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Forum: General Gaming 10-27-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2,240
Views: 62,933
Posted By John
I'd wait. Microsoft is knocking another $50 off...

I'd wait. Microsoft is knocking another $50 off the price to try and get someone, anyone, to buy one.
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-26-2014, 09:25 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 8,275
Posted By John
I very much disagree that "both sides are equally...

I very much disagree that "both sides are equally bad", because they really, really, aren't. #GamerGate is, frankly, an unprovoked attack that incites death threats. The other side has some people...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 10-25-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 559
Posted By John
Yep, "Alphabet" comes from the first two letters...

Yep, "Alphabet" comes from the first two letters of the Greek one, "Alpha" and "Beta".

What's interesting is how weird alphabets are. Think about it: Why do we have a set order for letters? There...
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-23-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 8,275
Posted By John
https://medium.com/the-cauldron/why-gamergaters-pi...

https://medium.com/the-cauldron/why-gamergaters-piss-me-the-f-off-a7e4c7f6d8a6

So, a warning, lots of (highly inventive) profanity there, but I think it's a fairly good summary of my views on...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 10-23-2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 559
Posted By John
Here I was thinking she was played by ZUUL!

Here I was thinking she was played by ZUUL!
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-22-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 8,275
Posted By John
Except that what you're saying never actually...

Except that what you're saying never actually happened. There was no coverup. There was no banning of discussion. There was no insulting of an entire demographic. #Gamergate folks literally made all...
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-21-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 517
Posted By John
Well, let's take a step back and look at what...

Well, let's take a step back and look at what animation is trying to do:

The whole reason animation works is that it tricks our minds into seeing flat lines as living beings, even as people. We...
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-20-2014, 09:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 470
Posted By John
But, again, violent rape is fine to show in...

But, again, violent rape is fine to show in movies, or even games. As is general violence, death, drug use, and any other crime you care to think of. But anything that even hints of child porn is...
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-20-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 470
Posted By John
The Treachery of Images

Let us say you sit down one day and watch Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. You've just reached the end credits when police officers break down your door and arrest you. The charge? Owning media that...
Forum: General Chit-Chat 10-19-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 559
Posted By John
So instead you post here, which means that he...

So instead you post here, which means that he prolly knows you didn't get the joke at the time, and now the rest of the internet also knows that, but he likely won't know that you eventually did...
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-16-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By John
Fun fact: If you ask everyone in a group project...

Fun fact: If you ask everyone in a group project how much of the work they're doing, and then add the percentages together, you always get a result well above 100%.

As such, it seems likely that...
Forum: General Gaming 10-14-2014, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2,240
Views: 62,933
Posted By John
You kidding? I loved the gameplay in Ico, SotC...

You kidding? I loved the gameplay in Ico, SotC less-so, but it was still fun. The thing about Ico is how it communicated so much about the characters solely through gameplay, which is something I've...
Forum: Entertainment Media 10-13-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 7,086
Posted By John
Ah yes, The Castafiore Emerald, a book in which...

Ah yes, The Castafiore Emerald, a book in which *nothing happens*, but which is still very entertaining.
Forum: General Gaming 10-09-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 2,240
Views: 62,933
Posted By John
That's not a sign of impressive effects, it's a...

That's not a sign of impressive effects, it's a sign of *terrible* optimization.
Forum: General Chit-Chat 10-08-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 580
Posted By John
Written text, it has been shown, conveys less...

Written text, it has been shown, conveys less meaning than its spoken cousin. That's because things like emphasis, tone, and pacing all convey information that is not maintained by text. As such, we...
Forum: General Gaming 10-08-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 216
Posted By John
Oh, yes, plasma. Forgot those existed.

Oh, yes, plasma. Forgot those existed.
Forum: General Chit-Chat 10-03-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By John
This is a parody, yes? 'Cause it's hard to tell. ...

This is a parody, yes? 'Cause it's hard to tell.

The evidence is...pretty damn slight, frankly, and I can go into more detail if this is a serious claim.
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-02-2014, 08:42 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,437
Posted By John
WWII was caused by WWI, which was in turn caused...

WWII was caused by WWI, which was in turn caused by a whole bunch of politics.

Antisemitism also flourished in places that weren't Christian, or even religious, such as the USSR.
Forum: Serious Discussion 10-01-2014, 11:33 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,437
Posted By John
The definitions I've, literally, always heard...

The definitions I've, literally, always heard are:

"Strong" Atheist: Gods cannot exist. This one is quite rare.
"Weak" Atheist: There is no/insufficient evidence of the existence of gods to...
Forum: General Gaming 09-29-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 2,240
Views: 62,933
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: 61
Views: 1,459
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: 61
Views: 1,459
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: 61
Views: 1,459
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: 61
Views: 1,459
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: 114
Views: 3,437
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: 897
Sticky: [Discussion] The War Room II: The Sequel
Views: 21,985
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: 114
Views: 3,437
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: 30
Views: 672
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: 30
Views: 672
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: 114
Views: 3,437
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: 114
Views: 3,437
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: 897
Sticky: [Discussion] The War Room II: The Sequel
Views: 21,985
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: 2,240
Views: 62,933
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: 265
Views: 8,275
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: 2,284
Views: 71,517
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: 356
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: 146
Views: 4,032
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: 234
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: 265
Views: 8,275
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: 84
Views: 2,287
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: 265
Views: 8,275
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: 265
Views: 8,275
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: 146
Views: 4,032
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: 265
Views: 8,275
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: 681
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: 897
Sticky: [Discussion] The War Room II: The Sequel
Views: 21,985
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: 1,287
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: 1,287
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: 380
Views: 16,523
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: 6,311
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...
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