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Topic: Serious Discussion / "I Will Never Know Why" (Suicide)

Originally posted by iMachine:

I think that those who commits suicide should leave behind letters which explains the reasons for that action.

why do they owe you an explanation?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

Originally posted by JohnRulz:

They accomplish the same thing as normal x-ray machines, can’t they use those instead?

normal x-rays are more likely to give you cancer.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / [CONTEST] Game of the Week #10

http://megaswf.com/view/68d64868d4a3f4e791a9d9f8f346d9c1.html

only got 2 levels done and a dumb-as-bricks level generator.

instructions:
wasd to change directions
space to pass your turn
1-2 to change to preset levels
r to generate a level

don’t get hit by arrows or you lose.
get to the house and you win.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Pokemon Fave

milotic is a sexy beast.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

Originally posted by zamininc:
Originally posted by notallama:
Originally posted by zamininc:

Okay, I am not going to respond to that massive text wall when they all say the same thing.

“I don’t want them to see me naked.”

Would you seriously use that as an excuse for not using something that could prevent things Like this ?

She lost 18 years of her life because we didn’t have anything like what i’m suggesting. I respect you don’t want to be seen naked but, seriously now.

your brilliant plan would give everybody cancer, because that’s that prolonged exposure to xrays does.

also, the funding for this privacy invading, cancer causing disaster would presumably come from taxpayers’ pockets. awesome.

X-rays give cancer? Explain without giving a source. I do not click random links.

ultraviolet and higher energy light (such as x-rays) can knock electrons off of atoms/molecules.
if it hits dna, it can mutate it. and one of the ways it can mutate is to become cancerous.

examples: skin cancer from uv exposure. edison’s buddy had to get both arms amputated because he kept x-raying his hands.
also, there’s radiation sickness. that only happens in high doses, but geting x-rays 24/7 could very well count as high doses. i mean, they usually just fire a quick burst at you. for video, you’d need to pulse people with it several times per second.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

Originally posted by zamininc:

Okay, I am not going to respond to that massive text wall when they all say the same thing.

“I don’t want them to see me naked.”

Would you seriously use that as an excuse for not using something that could prevent things Like this ?

She lost 18 years of her life because we didn’t have anything like what i’m suggesting. I respect you don’t want to be seen naked but, seriously now.

your brilliant plan would give everybody cancer, because that’s that prolonged exposure to xrays does.
also, the funding for this privacy invading, cancer causing disaster would presumably come from taxpayers’ pockets. awesome.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

Originally posted by SaintAjora:
go overboard

i lol’d

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

Originally posted by Minnakht:

I also say that being just seen sort of naked for a few seconds is better than being touched in all places for severalteen seconds.

or you could just walk through the metal detector like the good ol’ days.

or they could just let you on and assume you weren’t going to stab anyone.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

Originally posted by zamininc:
Originally posted by Frogmanex:

Not really. Otherwise they’d ask, “Hey, do you want to walk through our nude-x-ray machine?”

It may be “optional” for some people, but for those who have to travel to see family, or even more so for those who have to travel on business… it’s not really a ‘choice’ for them.

It is there choice.

How would it be any more effective in ‘telling you who it was’ than, Idk, security cameras?

Don’t most bank robbers use.. I don’t know. A mask?

5000 scans per year is considered safe, according to that. if it was in the bank, airport, and a few other places, people could start getting that number of scans. bank employees for example. or maybe couriers would start getting their organs/sperm cooked.

also, the bank robber could wear a tinfoil hat.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

i don’t get why someone has to look at the images even with the xray system.
i mean, can’t they just use an image recognition thing to look for things that shouldn’t be there?

anyways, i think airport security in general is way too high. or at least is designed to appear way too high.
the cost of all that paranoia goes into the ticket price.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 'Naked' X-ray Machine.

Originally posted by zamininc:

This kind of technology has to be used more often.

it says 5000 scans per year is safe.

so no, it certainly does not need to be used more often.

anyways, woo paranoia. what was wrong with the whole “empty your pockets and walk through a metal detector” plan? just put a couple burly guys with tasers on the larger flights, or something.

also, lead underpants. edit: it’s a low power x-ray, so tin foil underwear should work too.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / [CONTEST] Game of the Week #10

my game is getting there.
i have the game logic set up. just have to put some time in and make some levels (and/or a level generator)

hopefully i’ll have time tomorrow.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Rotation Constraints

it’s probably easier to deal with if you get an angle between -pi and pi, or -180 and 180. (to convert: if it’s over 180, add it to -360)
like, have a default angle for your object, and let it rotate between that angle +range, and that angle -range.
and then calculate mouse angle relative to that default angle, rather than relative to the stage.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / Rotation Constraints

theta = //whatever you have to find the angle
rotation = 
  theta > max_angle ? max_angle :
  theta < min_angle ? min_angle :
  theta;
 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Matter and energy: origins?

Originally posted by mxmm:
Originally posted by notallama:

@mxmm:


with your calculus there, you found the /change/ in potential energy.


just leave it as an antiderivative (with C = 0), and it should make more sense.

I believe the constants cancel eachother once you subtract.

yes, but you don’t subtract if it’s an antiderivative. (also called indefinite integral)
the definite integral is for work required (difference in potential energy between two points), not for total potential energy.

often, you choose C such that the surface has 0 potential energy. then everything further away has positive potential energy, but things below the surface have negative potential energy.
if C = 0, then potential energy at infinity = 0, and everything less than that has a negative amount.

one reason for choosing it that way is that because 0 is an easy constant to remember, and it’s pretty hard to think of any other constant to go there that would have any physical relevance. i don’t know of any reasons other than “it makes the math easier”, though.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Matter and energy: origins?

@mxmm:
with your calculus there, you found the /change/ in potential energy.
just leave it as an antiderivative (with C = 0), and it should make more sense.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Declining Intellgence

alright, it seems we’re talking about two seperate tests.
the kind i mean is the multiple choice/fill in the blank ones. they passed them out in school every few years, but that might be a local thing, so i don’t know if you know the ones i’m talking about. from my perspective as a person taking the test, they look pretty much the same as those iq tests that are everywhere on the internet, except they were marked by a human emulating a computer.

and the one you’re talking about requires individual attention from the examiner and a whole bunch of other stuff.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Declining Intellgence

Originally posted by SaintAjora:

Pattern matching is a measure of cognitive ability (specifically abstract and visual reasoning). That being said, it is not almost entirely pattern matching. One of several portions is pattern matching.

You people keep saying things that are patently untrue, do any of your do even the slightest amount of research?

I know it would kill everyone to put in the minor amount of effort it would take to find information on the most popular and prevalent intelligence test in use, so here you go [PDF].

there’s the ones like the image i posted above (although usually not quite so awful)
other “odd one out” questions with words or numbers.
the “complete the sequence” and “fill in the blank” ones. numerical and visual ones.
and “unscramble the word” ones, which overlap with the vocabulary parts.

those make up a large portion of any test i have seen. so maybe they’re not supposed to be so heavy on pattern matching, but they are.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / [CONTEST] Game of the Week #10

it’d be nice if there was a preview button.



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edit: my fat guy is not working well at all. : (

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / An answer to America's obese?

the energy required to haul your fat ass up the stairs is about 0.5-1 dietary calories.
(note: this is a huge oversimplification. it’s just the gravitational potential energy at 3m
by this logic, going down stairs could make you fat.)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Declining Intellgence

what does an iq test have to do with reasoning ability?
last i checked, it’s almost entirely pattern matching. (and hoping you got the same pattern as the test makers)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The White Plurality

Originally posted by SaintAjora:

why is affirmative action a good thing?

I know my post containing an explanation was like four whole paragraphs above yours, but you should give it a shot anyway.

and if you read mine (past the first line), you might see why your post doesn’t explain it.

affirmative action is better than nothing, but i’m comparing it to things that benefit poor people in general. more progressive taxes, public health care, better public education, etc.
is it just because it’s easier to get the conservatives to play along with affirmative action or something?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The White Plurality

why is affirmative action a good thing?

i understand that minorities often have shitty conditions growing up that can mess up oportunities.
but why not make the shitty conditions the prerequisite for the benefits, rather than [insert race or whatever]?

i mean, if you grow up in a trailer park, chances are you’re at a disadvantage too.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Declining Intellgence

i like how you misspelled intelligence twice.

and it depends on how you measure.
if you go by iq, each generation is, on average, smarter than the previous one. (people slightly above average 60* years ago could be considered mentally retarded if they took today’s test back then)
if you go by other measures, you could get different results.

i don’t think iq is particularly useful.

*i didn’t look up the actual number. consider 60 a placeholder for whatever the actual value is. there are people that would have gotten over 100 on the earliest tests, and below 70 on today’s, though.

 
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Topic: Game Programming / [CONTEST] Game of the Week #10

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