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by Chen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect
Replies: 244
Views: 43082

Re: Mass Effect

Actually very few of them are bisexual. The game just switches everyone from gay/straight to straight/gay, depending on what gender you start the game with. It's all quite complicated, really. Wait what? I thought specific people were gay/straight/bi and that was it Gil, Suvi: Gay Cora, Liam, Jaal,...
by Chen
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect
Replies: 244
Views: 43082

Re: Mass Effect

Decision making is gone. I've finished the intro, the first explorable "open world" planet and explored three whole star systems and there hasn't been a single decision to make. I don't even mean major "life or death of a species" decisions like in previous ME games, I mean ever...
by Chen
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stress Test for a Proposed Electoral System
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: Stress Test for a Proposed Electoral System

That's by design. The majority of the riding doesn't become the important thing - the riding is to ensure everyone has a local representative, but the objective is to ensure that as a whole they are proportionally represented. Do the people really have a local representative if the person they, in ...
by Chen
Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect
Replies: 244
Views: 43082

Re: Mass Effect

I was going to buy this game regardless of the reviews and hype/lack thereof. So when I saw it was $4.99 for a month of Origin Access which gave me 10% off a $79.99 game along with a 10 hour free trial it only made sense to pick that up. After about 6 hours in the trial the game itself is a lot of f...
by Chen
Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets
Replies: 21
Views: 1803

Re: Wikileaks Releases CIA Hacking Secrets

If a government agency is going to be involved trying to make sure people's software vulnerabilities are in line, you'd probably do it via regulation in the software design rather than having some agency picking through code trying to find said vulnerabilities. I suspect this will actually be the wa...
by Chen
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252449

Re: The Darker Side of the News

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/african-development-summit-univerrsity-southern-california-cancelled-african-delegates-denied-us-a7637696.html Univerrrrrsity? Someone (univ)erred. African business summit in US 'has no African delegates after they are all denied visas' There were re...
by Chen
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 728

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

I'm not sure I see the distinction between a discount and a penalty; regardless of whether or not they stick with the 'old price', you're ultimately asking people who don't want to share genetic information to pay more for the same thing. We presumably the "discount" is given by the insur...
by Chen
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 728

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

30% is the existing discount value, since this program is already in place with the ACA, though it restricts them from asking for the genetic stuff. The new bill allows the genetic stuff AND increases the discount to 50% if what I read elsewhere was correct. I'm torn on this whole thing much in the ...
by Chen
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Therian Saga
Replies: 3165
Views: 366830

Re: Therian Saga

SecondTalon wrote:There's some rule about correcting someone's grammar and making a grammatical error while you do it.

I wonder if there's a similar one in place for introducing yourself as a writer?


To be fair I think their first language is French not English.
by Chen
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 728

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

This Vox article seems to go into a bit more detail on it: http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/3/13/14907250/hr1313-bill-genetic-information I'm not sure how the family part would work though. Take the situation Dauric mentioned with two siblings. If the sibling working for the company simpl...
by Chen
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583891

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Baby steps people, baby steps. Also apparently there are at least women on the council, they were just in another room due to enforced gender segregation of unrelated men and women. So yeah that's probably one of the first things to tackle.
by Chen
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

It's only the front pages, so most detail is missing and there isn't anything interesting (conspiracy theories suggest that Trump leaked it as a distraction, which is fueled by the "Client Copy" stamp on the front page), but I think the big thing with respect to Trump's tax returns is tha...
by Chen
Wed Mar 15, 2017 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 21
Views: 1209

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Excluding DC, the biggest differences in states during the 2016 election were around 30% (~60% winner to ~30% loser) in maybe a half dozen states on each side. The rest were in pretty close to the single digits differences. That would make it ridiculously hard to split the country in any geographic ...
by Chen
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Yes; I'm familiar with labor that requires very little skill or experience to accomplish. I am not, however, familiar with the term 'unskilled labor er '. How do you determine whether or not someone has no skills? Do you test them on everything you think qualifies as a skill? Well in the scope of i...
by Chen
Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

It's super weird to hear someone describe undocumented immigrants as getting off 'scott free', because it makes it sound like they all want to be undocumented. Like, if came here illegally, it's probably because your situation is all kinds of fucked up. It's not like there's some segment of the und...
by Chen
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

I resist the idea that Trump is a direct product of our attitudes regarding immigration (illegal or otherwise) because if correct, it means Trump is a direct product of voter ignorance. That makes it really hard to talk to Trump supporters -- to address their issues, to respect their beliefs, to su...
by Chen
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logan
Replies: 39
Views: 1432

Re: Logan

Most of the bad acting that came from the kid in Star Wars was when presenting dialogue too. There was significantly less of that here in Logan so presumably they could ensure when she did speak she got it right. Having her glare and look angry probably is far less difficult.
by Chen
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

I think if you look at what is driving the right wing around the world, immigration seems to be a huge part of that. Sure a lot of Trumps supporters probably just in general overlap with GOP voters, but I think it is clear that immigration is the main reason for this populist uprising we are seeing...
by Chen
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 49
Views: 4290

Re: An essay against competition

But seriously, I'm trying to avoid overloading the word "process", though I may have slipped up here and there. I always mean a physical process: something that happens by itself as the Rube Goldberg machine that is the physical universe ticks along. It's a material thing. In the case of ...
by Chen
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An essay against competition
Replies: 49
Views: 4290

Re: An essay against competition

So, purely to organize my thinking: A human "is an" instance of a thought process. A human "has an" idea. That means that the human contains a member. Specifically, the human contains the idea. The thought process class inherits from the class of computational local ordering pro...
by Chen
Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Does that quoted rule only apply to Federal government employees? One would imagine the rules governing classified information would be federal laws and thus apply to everyone.

That said, if he had no classified information stored there, that rule would clearly not apply.
by Chen
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Ho hum. I'm sure that 'but that's different!' for some reason though. Only in that we don't have a detailed explanation of what was going on yet. If there were no classified emails on that account and if he adequately kept all the emails as required by Indiana state law, it would be different. But ...
by Chen
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2017/mar/02/context-what-jeff-sessions-told-al-franken-about-m/ See here why the context of the question matters. Taken absolutely sure it's a lie. He did have communication with Russians. I mean hell, theoretically if he had ever spoken to a Russian p...
by Chen
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

You realise that the Attorney General has lied under oath to the Senate, right? For sake of clarity, the Attorney General is the head of the US Department of Justice, chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the US government. This is not a 'technicality' - lying under oath is something no...
by Chen
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 95
Views: 4484

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

The setup of the facility itself was fine. I was concerned that you had to use a MANUAL claw machine interface to get at the records. I'm pretty sure the linked existing data center runs that robot via entering a command to retrieve something and then the robot going to get it for you, rather than y...
by Chen
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Not sure if you're being dismissive, but it is a pretty big deal that hard proof of him breaking the law has turned up. It's far less nefarious that some other speculation though. Hell it probably worked out well for the US in not getting Russia to respond with a promise of better relationships in ...
by Chen
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583891

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

It took me a bit to realize this wasn't an Onion article. DNA tests reveal Subway chicken only 50 percent meat I gotta wonder at the methodology here. Those chicken strips at Subway are clearly heavily processed. I gotta wonder how homogeneously mixed they are. I can't imagine it's that thorough. I...
by Chen
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252449

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Is that really new though? They may not have actually used the term "fake news" before, but Xinhua complaining about the west lying and misleading the Chinese people is not uncommon.
by Chen
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 95
Views: 4484

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

I have been suspending my disbelief about these movies since I was 13, the year the original was released. I enjoyed most of them. In this particular film they failed at continuity. I have ignored the whoke extended universe of novels, cartoons, action figures, breakfast cereals, etc. In terms of t...
by Chen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252449

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, that was my point. In reference to what they said about it being relevant so doctors wouldn't bug them about birth control. If a doctor is suggested birth control for something other than preventing pregnancy, than orientation tends to be irrelevant anyways. The "bugging them for birth c...
by Chen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe
Replies: 95
Views: 4484

Re: Star Wars Episode 3.5: Roguey One Kenobe

There wasn't a joke in the whole script. Wait what? There were at least a couple of points where I laughed (shooting the K2S0 lookalike, them hooding the already blind Chirrut, some comment K2S0 makes about surviving in space etc). It's at the very least on par with anything in the original trilogy...
by Chen
Mon Feb 27, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Therian Saga
Replies: 3165
Views: 366830

Re: Therian Saga

Ack hadn't been following the games forum and missed this thread. I will try and make a point of it today or tomorrow. There should be a way to make a vote on it since I've been offline for so long, but its not clear if that'll work if everyone else isnt on anymore either.
by Chen
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anti-Semitism in Boston Suburbs Mishandled
Replies: 35
Views: 1975

Re: Anti-Semetism is Boston Suburbs Mishandled

That clarifies absolutely nothing in the article or the question elasto asked. Well I mean it does in a very broad sense but not in one that actually gives any new information about the circumstances at hand.
by Chen
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

This is a weird one. A British Muslim school teacher was not allowed on a flight to the US. He wasn't even a dual citizen. There have been stories of Canadians as well being refused at the border, pretty much all Muslims. That said I haven't seen any follow-up articles for any of these to try and s...
by Chen
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 1762

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

That report is interesting. ~28k dams that server "recreation" as the primary purpose. What does that mean? Also ~58k dams are owned by private entities? Seems like those entities should be required to keep their dams up to snuff.
by Chen
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII naming contest
Replies: 34
Views: 1721

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII naming contest

So french title has been released as "Les Derniers Jedi", which still obfuscates the masculin/feminin questions by making it plural rather than singular.
by Chen
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Housing discussion from ION
Replies: 58
Views: 1147

Re: Housing discussion from ION

If I paid $200,000 for a house, and then due to changes in the area its assessed at $150,000, I've just lost $50,000. I won't be able to sell my house for what I paid for it to break even, or make a profit. If I wanted to lose money I would rent, not buy a house. A house is never a guaranteed inves...
by Chen
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

I get that he lied about talking to the Russian (or at least that's the claim. Others now claim that the Trump administration knew about it all along). But why is talking to the Russians wrong in the first place? He was one of Trump's most important advisers. Isn't talking to foreign leaders or rep...
by Chen
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Well, you say that, but according to the article he actually broke the law. If he hadn't resigned the Dems would have surely pursued it through every legal avenue available to them. I hadn't read the BBC article. The NYT one was surprisingly light on any law breaking. Apparently there would be some...
by Chen
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41406

Re: Trump presidency

Liri wrote:Exciting!

Who else knew about it at the time, I wonder :?:


Knew about the call itself? While outside of protocol as the article mentions, it seems the resignation was more because of lying to Pence about it than actually having the call.

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