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by LaserGuy
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is up with the ASCII capital phi?
Replies: 6
Views: 2300

Re: What is up with the ASCII capital phi?

I can only assume that it's supposed to be an uppercase phi, as in ϕ, and that this depiction was chosen due to the difficulty of rendering such an intricate character in the limited space available. Except I can't seem to find any examples of someone using this particular typography outside of the...
by LaserGuy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

KnightExemplar wrote:http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-forum-idUSKBN1431KU

Not all is gloom and doom in Trumpland. But Uber can go ahead and fuck itself.


Maybe Elon Musk can convince Trump to build the hyperloop if it uses workers from the Rust Belt and is renamed the Trumploop.
by LaserGuy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Meter of A Midnight Summer's Dream
Replies: 2
Views: 1191

Re: Meter of A Midnight Summer's Dream

The only explanation that I can think of is that because these characters are commoners, they do not speak as eloquently as the nobles. That just seems like a lame cop out, especially when you consider that the porter in Macbeth Act 2 Scene 3 does talk in meter. Shakespearean characters do not gene...
by LaserGuy
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 102720

Re: Gamergate

I see nothing wrong with responding to, say, a protest with counter-protest, or to a boycotts by boycotting in turn. That seems really fair, actually. Proportional. Neither do I. The reason I don't see anything wrong with it is because I'm not claiming that it's ethically wrong to boycott in the fi...
by LaserGuy
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1768079

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

Tyndmyr wrote:I mean, if that medicine made lifespans 260 years, bully for you. Enjoy being rich.


I think Coyne is referring to the duration of patent protection.
by LaserGuy
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 136
Views: 25684

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

Unrelated: How do people feel about Santa Claus? My oldest is just coming up on the age where it might start to be thing (he's about two-and-a-half), and it will be next year for certain. My wife and her family are really into the tradition (her parents still give us gifts from "Santa"). ...
by LaserGuy
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 102720

Re: Gamergate

KrytenKoro: you do not hold a monopoly on "caring" for issues. I care and that's why I respond at all. On Gamergate, my caring level has greatly diminished in the past two years however. I'll reserve my hyperventilating for the actual Donald Trump topic. As for the rest of your post: Ad H...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well, the guy hasn't taken office yet. All we have so far is promises, talk, and possibilities. Much like the campaign itself. So, if they bit for the campaign, there probably isn't much to discourage them yet. Wouldn't hold out much hope for 2018, though. Math is brutal, even if Trump isn't belove...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 28, 2016 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

President Paul Ryan? Seems possible, but I wonder how many House members would be willing to rile up their base by voting for a candidate that they didn't vote for... It would get messy, and none of the solutions would end well for the Democrats. For what it's worth, 538 wants an audit, for selfish...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Honestly, the only recount outcome that I think isn't catastrophic is that clear and evident foreign government tampering is discovered. All America needs for unity is a common enemy to rally against? I think it would be hard for even the most ridiculous of Trumpeteers to say that Russian hacking o...
by LaserGuy
Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1486
Views: 281131

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I am a little behind the times but I have almost completed A Link to the Past on the SNES (assuming it doesn't spring some even bigger boss fight on you after defeating Ganon) and I'm looking for another game to fill the empty cartridge slot in my life. Something with exploration and adventure, rat...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 136
Views: 25684

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

Has anyone here had experiences with gifted children? At a family friend's urging, we took our daughter (four at the time) to get an IQ* test. She got a 152, but the child psychologist explained that the test caps at 160, and due to the nature of it, we should read that as "¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 152?"...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Morris, there's a lot of things wrong about "Clinton asks Obama for pardon" to me. Why would you think she needs one? Her innocence or guilt don't really change the fact that a pardon would be beneficial. If there is a chance republicans will pursue her with prosecution for something it i...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 579
Views: 56333

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I've been juggling several games lately. Rocket League, Crypt of the NecroDancer, DOOM (which I call Doom 4 when speaking aloud), The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, The Swapper. I also never got all those stars in The Talos Principle, and therefor never started the DLC levels. I'll go back to...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1768079

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

It also apparently has very different drawings for "phone" and "telephone".
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1768079

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

I tried it a couple times. Interestingly, it seems to consistently get "aircraft carrier" wrong, because apparently a lot of people don't know what they look like and just draw planes.
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Democrats need to get rid of minimum wage laws and create low-regulation economic zones for rural America. Yeah, just throw money at the problem, but it'd actually be a solution. Tech can start moving their call-centers to rural America, instead of relying on India and/or China (Rural Americans def...
by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 22, 2016 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 10179

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

Don't hold it as an ultimatum or anything of course. But just be happy with that connection. I was uninvited from Thanksgiving when the conversation started. I have hope that my wifes tactic of just smiling and talking about neutral subjects will prevail, but we'll see! Do still try to talk to your...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yeah, honestly, if you're looking for a silver lining in the Trump presidency, the fact that he isn't a religious nutjob is certainly one of the things you could be taking away from it. He's happy to pander to them for votes, but it seems fairly clear he's not personally invested in religious cause...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Conversion camps are awful, yes. I've previously condemned them. I have bad news for you regarding Republican candidates, though. Most of them are lacking on gay rights. Trump is probably the best possible candidate for this issue in the party primaries. Yeah, he took on a veep that would appeal to...
by LaserGuy
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

All I'll say to DJT supporters is: Integrity matters for a reason. Maybe you don't care that Trump and his representatives bare-faced lie. But maybe they'll eventually lie about something you do care about. Ok so it wasn't a great choice this year. Maybe iyo Clinton would have been little better. E...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 17, 2016 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 10179

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

How come civilizations managed to exist and societies managed to have laws and rules prior to Jesus? After all, there WAS a Rome that managed to keep from tearing itself apart until long after the Pope showed up. Then again, denialism is a strong thing. There was, of course, religion prior to Jesus...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 17, 2016 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 10179

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

Angua wrote:Can we keep the hypothetical discussion about what is and isn't morality for theists/atheists out of a Dear SB thread, please. Unless Izawwlgood says they specifically want to discuss it.


This isn't Dear SB.
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 10179

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

Your approach is way too abstract. This is a personal attack on the irreligious person's character, and should be treated as such. I disagree. A lot of religious folk draw their morals from the Bible directly, or whatever good book they read. They literally don't understand how morals can work with...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 17, 2016 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 10179

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

More or less. That's putting it lightly. Last time I had them over, in addition to the staged intervention attempt, they hid various "you're going to hell" messages throughout the entire house. One of them, stuffed into a grill, nearly started a fire, as I didn't think someone would stuff...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 10179

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

The path that I think resonates best with my position is to call them on the bigotry and minimize contact and exchanges to ensure a bare minimum of civility. I feel pretty abandoned by my family though, and given some of the conflicts I've had with my parents in the past few years regarding my choi...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 16, 2016 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Inventing The Intelligence
Replies: 5
Views: 1815

Re: Inventing The Intelligence

by LaserGuy
Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 579
Views: 56333

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Planetside and Planetside 2 have some multi-level tactics. The series is primarily an MMO shooter, but platoon leaders can set waypoints and draw on the map to give orders and coordinate logistics (setting up spawn points, constructing forward bases, supplying ammo for vehicles, etc). When there's ...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 579
Views: 56333

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

While the combat AI is a problem, I think the biggest problem is that if you dedicate your focus on technology and military, you can still win even if you mostly ignore the other stuff. You can't win if you focus on the other stuff, but then pretty much ignore technology and military. So there is a...
by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That chart is a poster child for how to deliberately mislead, also. Note how the y-axis doesn't start at zero... Most people wont notice and will think Dem voting is down by 1/2 or even 2/3rds when in fact it's down by about 1/7 - which is explained much more simply by how inspirational Obama was t...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

On a different note, I was just reading an article earlier today that added another somewhat depressing point to this whole affair. Due to Republican obstructionism in Congress in the last year or two in particular, Obama has been advancing his agenda quite a bit through executive order. While this ...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

New York Times has called the election for Trump with wins in Pa and Wis.

[edit]Hillary has conceded.
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't think Clinton would actually win in that case. I mean, it'd be litigated to hell and back, but presumably the Republican-nominated electors from the electoral college would just vote in Pence.
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Honest question from someone who is, as yet, mostly politically uninformed: as an atheist, should I be concerned? If so, how concerned? Probably not a huge problem any more than it already is. Trump is not a particularly religious candidate, especially for a Republican. He's giving the religious ri...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Penn and either Wisconsin or Arizona and that's the night done. Hillary basically needs to take every state left to stay in the race, and she's behind in most of them, some by as much as 5pts.
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So are the Democrats going to have the discipline to filibuster Donald Trump's entire agenda in the Senate?
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm sorry, but, what, to borrow a phrase, the actual fuck, apologies for the base language, have you done? The conservative media and white people narrative is very strong. I wonder how much Trump is just gonna rubberstamp stuff and call it "Winning!" and how much he'll affect bills. He d...
by LaserGuy
Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I have extra room at my place in Canada if an American refugee family is looking for a place to stay.
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 617338

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Sorry, it strains the bounds of credulity for me to believe all this was just an honest mistake. It would require a breath-taking degree of ignorance and incompetence on Ms. Clinton's part, and whatever else I may think of her, she doesn't strike me as being either ignorant or incompetent. Be hones...
by LaserGuy
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 8803

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

Everything you said is completely correct. However, by "average American" I was referring to non-famous Americans and I cannot make a survey because the article is due Wednesday. I think you probably need to narrow your focus a bit, especially if you only have a couple days to write and y...

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