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Forum: General Gaming Yesterday, 06:19 PM
Replies: 2,012
Views: 53,177
Posted By John
A fundamental division in all software. A...

A fundamental division in all software.

A "thread" is a series of instructions, essentially. Most programs can only do one thing at a time*, and so are "single-threaded". Think of a "thread" as a...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-26-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 877
Posted By John
I think era is trying to have a situation in...

I think era is trying to have a situation in which theft occurs but no harm is done. However, while some laws do cover situations in which there is no harm done, theft is not really one of them. By...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-25-2014, 06:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 877
Posted By John
Not at all. The store has stored the milk in...

Not at all. The store has stored the milk in sterile bottles, they are not obligated to keep a surface that the milk will not come into contact with when handled by a reasonable (or even most...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-25-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 877
Posted By John
Ah, I get it. Doesn't matter, though, since...

Ah, I get it.

Doesn't matter, though, since "theft" does not require you to physically remove something in either the legal or colloquial/moral definition.

The legal definition in England and...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-25-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 877
Posted By John
Indeed. They stole the milk. Now, if they...

Indeed. They stole the milk.

Now, if they bought it first, then the only crime is, arguably, littering or similar, which usually doesn't involve the police.
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-23-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 71
[Discussion] Religion, yes or no?
Views: 2,442
Posted By John
Nah, that's not it. There are a few reasons,...

Nah, that's not it.

There are a few reasons, I suspect, and my guess would be that they're as follows:
Right-wing US Christianity tends to skew heavily right-wing authoritarian.
- That means, in...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-22-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 884
Views: 20,699
Posted By John
See, I'm very pro-technology, but I'm...

See, I'm very pro-technology, but I'm anti-electronic voting because it has some serious drawbacks (especially in terms of accountability and trust in the system). There are ways to solve those...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-22-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 71
[Discussion] Religion, yes or no?
Views: 2,442
Posted By John
I wasn't trying to make a definitive statement,...

I wasn't trying to make a definitive statement, but rather give a ballpark number. My reasoning was as follows: A few years ago we passed the 7 billion-people-alive mark, so more people than that are...
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 08:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 449
Posted By John
Quick and easy? Anything but! Fighting games are...

Quick and easy? Anything but! Fighting games are all about hard-to-learn-harder-to-master input combinations and strategies.
Forum: General Gaming 09-21-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 449
Posted By John
I'd disagree there, in that fighting games such...

I'd disagree there, in that fighting games such as Blaz Blue are quite different in...most ways, really, from ones released a decade ago.

No, the problem with fighting games is that they've...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-20-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 71
[Discussion] Religion, yes or no?
Views: 2,442
Posted By John
I should note that I do, sort-of, hold that...

I should note that I do, sort-of, hold that religion and science are incompatible, but not in the way most people seem to mean it.

See, there are very few religions that don't make untestable...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-20-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 71
[Discussion] Religion, yes or no?
Views: 2,442
Posted By John
Kashbash: You're, effectively, cherry-picking...

Kashbash: You're, effectively, cherry-picking from a pool of people some 7-billion strong. It's not hard to find bad examples that way.

Now, have religious institutions opposed human rights? Oh...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-13-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 884
Views: 20,699
Posted By John
That's a 35% jump, that's massive. What we...

That's a 35% jump, that's massive.

What we really need is a boost to minimum wage and to then have it indexed to the cost of living. Then it's not up to each government to raise it, or not, but...
Forum: General Gaming 09-10-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2,012
Views: 53,177
Posted By John
...It's going to be difficult to explain how she...

...It's going to be difficult to explain how she was wounded in Afghanistan and got married to her wife, then. :P

Also, getting an MD in Victorian times as a female? Who's under 8? Yeahh...:P
...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-09-2014, 12:55 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,714
Posted By John
DotA 2 is also infamous for the sexism of its...

DotA 2 is also infamous for the sexism of its community (along with LoL and others in that genre).


If it's a truly random sample then it tells us that somewhere between 100% and 92% of people...
Forum: Entertainment Media 09-06-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 2,243
Views: 69,586
Posted By John
There's no way you watched 200 episodes in one...

There's no way you watched 200 episodes in one night. Even at a (short) 20 minutes per episode it'd still take you 66 hours to watch that much. :P

If we assume you watched for 24 hours then that...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-04-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 335
Posted By John
Further, direct proportional representation leads...

Further, direct proportional representation leads to a gridlock in parliament, as you can have dozens of parties, each with only a handful of seats. The ability to find common ground amongst so many...
Forum: ZU Help Forum 09-02-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 3,737
Posted By John
Yeah, at least a month until the benefits start...

Yeah, at least a month until the benefits start showing is fairly normal, but the side-effects are usually instantaneous, because medicine is weird and frustrating at times. :B

If, after a month,...
Forum: General Gaming 09-02-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By John
Nossomuch these days. UMDs, the last portable...

Nossomuch these days. UMDs, the last portable discs to see any real use outside of Japan, capped at 1.8GB. Let us assume that between the last generation and this one the amount of storage space one...
Forum: Serious Discussion 09-02-2014, 12:34 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,714
Posted By John
Alright, FoV, I honestly am not involved with...

Alright, FoV, I honestly am not involved with online Feminists enough to honestly offer much on the links your provide. But I'd like to look at your latter points. Namely, I'm honestly confused: Do...
Forum: Technology 08-31-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,050
Posted By John
Well, let's do some ballparking here: If...

Well, let's do some ballparking here:
If encoding-on-the-fly isn't an option, and full-1080 video is wanted, then the following file sizes are roughly what you'd get:
1 frame: 6MB

1 second (24...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-29-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,714
Posted By John
You'll note that no one is defending the pulling...

You'll note that no one is defending the pulling of the fire alarm nor the physical assault. If the worst examples you have of censorship are two incidences where even other feminists say there was a...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-29-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,714
Posted By John
Time for a mega-post of ludicrous proportions! ...

Time for a mega-post of ludicrous proportions!

…Actually, maybe not. Doing a line-by-line for 13+ posts wouldn’t really accomplish anything, so I’ll try to do as best a summary as I can. If I...
Forum: ZU Help Forum 08-29-2014, 01:43 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 3,737
Posted By John
That's the depression talking, and the more you...

That's the depression talking, and the more you close in on yourself the worse it'll get. :/.
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-28-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 4,714
Posted By John
Feminism and Video Games! Again!

Ayup. Inspired by a discussion in the General Gaming Arcadia and a ridiculous online tempest in a teapot I've decided to revive this rather inflammatory subject so we can take a look at it again.
...
Forum: General Gaming 08-28-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 667
Posted By John
So, while watching a fun live LP of the game the...

So, while watching a fun live LP of the game the other night it occurred to me: When the Order of no Quarter aren't going around causing mayhem do you suppose they hang out in the capital city...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-28-2014, 11:20 AM
Replies: 884
Views: 20,699
Posted By John
I always kinda suspected he'd do well. People...

I always kinda suspected he'd do well. People will vote for him on a lark, or because his is the only name they recognize, and the consequences be damned.
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-27-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,147
Posted By John
I must confess that I find the story that has...

I must confess that I find the story that has formed around Satan to be fascinating. Much of what you write here matches the popular view of the event, but none of it is from the Bible, which I find...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-27-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,147
Posted By John
The fall of Satan is largely extra-Biblical...

The fall of Satan is largely extra-Biblical (entirely so if you only look at the old testament). We're never told why the fall occurred, either. The common Christian, uh, "fan fic", I guess, is that...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 08-27-2014, 05:05 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 15,238
Posted By John
I usually don't remember my dreams, and when I do...

I usually don't remember my dreams, and when I do they're mundane, which makes my last dream of WW1-era German flying tanks (...yeah) putting on an airshow at my elementary school for propaganda...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-24-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 247
Views: 6,224
Posted By John
What your initial post doesn't make clear, Gaba,...

What your initial post doesn't make clear, Gaba, is that you're talking about after the person has made their preference known, which no one here objects to. What Regginator seems to be talking about...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 08-22-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 684
Posted By John
"Sabotage" comes from the French for a type of...

"Sabotage" comes from the French for a type of shoe, "sabot". The idea was the workers would throw their shoes in/kick with their shoes machinery to break it.
Forum: General Gaming 08-22-2014, 12:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By John
Of course, an IQ of "5 000" is a meaningless...

Of course, an IQ of "5 000" is a meaningless number. 100 is an average human, 84% of all people are 115 or lower, 98% are 130 or lower, and 99.96% are 145 or lower. By the very nature of the test no...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-21-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 71
[Discussion] Religion, yes or no?
Views: 2,442
Posted By John
In many cases religion is used as a tribal...

In many cases religion is used as a tribal marker. It's less about the specific beliefs* and more about distinguishing "us" from "them". As such, religious violence isn't really about doctrinal...
Forum: General Gaming 08-21-2014, 09:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 425
Posted By John
Religion would be in a bind; the Pokemon world...

Religion would be in a bind; the Pokemon world was explicitly created and managed by semi-divine pokemon.

People capturing these semi-divine 'mons would almost certainly lead to the world being...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 08-21-2014, 01:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 841
Posted By John
Mm, perhaps, but I think that it's more likely...

Mm, perhaps, but I think that it's more likely that we're seeing another ".com" bubble, albeit much smaller. We have a number of social media websites that have consistently failed to turn a profit...
Forum: Technology 08-20-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 120
Posted By John
Even when it comes to FPS it's a bit murky. How...

Even when it comes to FPS it's a bit murky. How it works is this:

Your monitor's refresh rate is how often it redraws the image.
A game's frame rate is how often your graphics card renders an...
Forum: General Gaming 08-19-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 2,012
Views: 53,177
Posted By John
I don't have time to watch the video now, but if...

I don't have time to watch the video now, but if true that's, well, hella depressing, because the idea behind Depression Quest is excellent, and the fact that it's available for free is wonderful.
...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 08-19-2014, 01:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 448
Posted By John
Try an ergonomic keyboard. The home row is much...

Try an ergonomic keyboard. The home row is much less stressful on your wrists than hunt-and-peck, so you may just be positioning your hands wrong.

Me, I'm standard home row. I average somewhere...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-18-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 870
Posted By John
The universe is actually expanding faster than...

The universe is actually expanding faster than the speed of light, and so has reached a diameter of 90 billion ly (which is what you'd expect for 45 billion years expanding at light speed). It can...
Forum: Technology 08-18-2014, 08:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 413
Posted By John
Something to note about the freezer trick: It's a...

Something to note about the freezer trick: It's a temporary solution at best, so you'll want to do that so that you can copy data off of it to put on another drive.
Forum: Entertainment Media 08-18-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 2,243
Views: 69,586
Posted By John
Princess Jellyfish It's about an apartment...

Princess Jellyfish
It's about an apartment building with only very nerdy (in a real-world, not moe way) girls as residents. Well, that's the setup. Then one of them meets a transvestite wannabe...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-18-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 870
Posted By John
Current evidence seems to indicate that...

Current evidence seems to indicate that essentially every star could have at least one planet that could support life. Their search requirements are still going to be beyond ginormeous.
Forum: Entertainment Media 08-18-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2,243
Views: 69,586
Posted By John
Alright, well, I'm not too up on contemporary TV,...

Alright, well, I'm not too up on contemporary TV, actually, but a few shows I think you might like based on the titles I recognize:

Baccano!
A 1930s gangster story with some mystical elements and...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-18-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 870
Posted By John
A pyramid is actually an incredibly easy...

A pyramid is actually an incredibly easy structure to build: It's essentially just a pile of rubble.

What's more, we have evidence of previous, unsuccessful, attempts to build pyramids where the...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-18-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 870
Posted By John
But, again, we don't know how likely it is. I...

But, again, we don't know how likely it is. I know it's tempting to say that it must be probable, but we literally have no idea what the odds are, so we cannot say, in any way, shape, or form, how...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-18-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 870
Posted By John
The ancient aliens theories are, quite simply,...

The ancient aliens theories are, quite simply, hogwash. Not only is there no real evidence backing any of the theories, they all also tend to have an undercurrent of racism, with "Egyptians couldn't...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 08-18-2014, 01:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Posted By John
I suspect that most clothing manufacturers simply...

I suspect that most clothing manufacturers simply already have a large amount invested in the system for producing tags, and don't see a need to invest that kind of money again in tagless shirts.
...
Forum: Serious Discussion 08-17-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 814
Posted By John
So, first off, I am genuinely sorry to hear about...

So, first off, I am genuinely sorry to hear about your loss, and I'm not calling the IDF as a whole monsters.

Unfortunately, Israel "trying to minimize collateral damage" only works if the attacks...
Forum: General Gaming 08-17-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 2,012
Views: 53,177
Posted By John
SSDs offer two advantages over traditional HDDs: ...

SSDs offer two advantages over traditional HDDs:
The first, and largest, is what's known as seek time: This is the amount of time it takes to locate a given piece of data on the drive. Traditional...
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