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Topic: Serious Discussion / Home sweet home...

The colonoscopy is nothing to worry about. The worry is the nuclear warhead they stick up there first – you get an industrial strength enema, for obvious reasons. Just in case you weren’t aware of that…

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Gay Marriage OK from a Biblical Perspective?

Marriage as we know it, with all its rights and responsibilities, is a relatively modern institution.

But practising homosexuality has been widely accepted in many cultures for THOUSANDS of years. I know this is only wiki, but it’s often a good starting point. Have a read of this and you will see my point. The bible represents one gay bashing community among many others which were more tolerant.

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Joshua "Leelah" Alcorn a Hero?

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Joshua "Leelah" Alcorn a Hero?

Less creepy for a female? Why?

And what does the moral high ground have to do with playing flash games? Either you like them or you don’t.

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Joshua "Leelah" Alcorn a Hero?

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Gay Marriage OK from a Biblical Perspective?

You might as well ask whether it was acceptable to an average Victorian gentleman, or an average Japanese samurai from the fifteenth century. Reader, why do you want to take your lead from a different culture in a different time?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Man and Machine

There have been many versions of humans, generally speaking each one cleverer and more competitive than the last. So why are you assuming that human development has run its course, and now we have appropriate emerging technologies, why should we not give ourselves a little nudge?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Man and Machine

There have been many versions of humans, generally speaking each one clever and more competitive than the last. So why are you assuming that human development has run its course, and now that appropriate technologies are available, why should we not give ourselves an extra little nudge?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Man and Machine

You need to hold a bit tighter – here’s one that got away. Or did it just pass you by unnoticed?

This has been going on for quite a long time now, and I’m rather chuffed that we have become the world’s first country to sanction this technique. No doubt you will now be awaiting the arrival of a horde of diabolical monsters, all intent on having you for dinner.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Man and Machine

Sooner or later there will be a new species of human anyway. Evolution will see to that. When they do appear, I very much doubt that they will want kill everybody else, or eat them, or turn them into slaves…… Why are you so alarmed about this?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Man and Machine

This “slow cook” is what’s happening to us right now. We’re being slowly introduced to new technologies that each have incredible potential in what it means to be human.

I’m not sure it’s slow at all; it seems to be much too fast for some among our number on this forum.

Those born with exceptionally short legs should have them lengthened so they become normal. Those born with long legs should have them shortened.

Not by the Procrustean method, I hope!

That is mutilation of someone who does not even have a say. THIS is the danger I am speaking of and is a perfect example why we are humans are not ready for such power. Don posted a link about a bionic eye. Is everyone ok with parents choosing to dig out and destroy a perfectly healthy eye to replace it with a far superior artificial eye, just so the infant can compete with other infants who’s parents chose to destroy and remove a perfectly healthy eye?

That’s a really huge leap of logic. Nobody is suggesting mutilating babies except for you. Don’s link refers to a project to restore sight to people who have already lost their eyes.

But if a super-eye became available, it might be very useful in a whole range of professions, especially in the sciences. The next few hundred years may see humans making permanent settlements on other planets. There will be enhancements which such people may find almost indespensible. We could tailor ourselves to any number of different environments, evolution over the course of a few generations.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Man and Machine

If we genetically engineer humans to have eyes that have the same ability as telescopes, that is wrong. Tools like telescopes are OK as they do not devalue what it means to be a human.

Why would exceptionally good eyesight devalue us? Why would it not enhance us? Repairing a broken arm is a good thing but making it a bit better than it was originaly is a bad thing. I don’t understand why you seem to think that any enhanced human would by definition turn into an evil monster seeking to dominate his slightly less enhanced brethren.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Pay2Win: Great business model or immoral exploitation of the easily addicted and children?

After reading a majority of these posts, the only concern that most folks have is the age of the in game purchaser

It’s not just that. It’s that the whole system is rigged to appeal especially to children. Waiting three hours for your “energy” to recharge is an unbearably long time for a child. If they can’t pay themselves, pester power can be a force to be reckoned with, and a lot of parents will spend the money just to keep little Johnny quiet for a while.

I have no problem with in game purchases per se. I downloaded a free dungeon crawl, and paid around £3 to get the full set of dungeons. I knew how much it would cost, and what I was going to get for my money. The difference between that and a game like candycrush is this (imho at least).

There is a wide range of pay to win power-ups available. So you get to a tough round, buy the appropriate power-up, and get through it. You are then faced with another tough round which really needs a different power-up. So you buy that one, and so on ad infinitum. It’s a very big game, and potentially a bottomless money pit. The only alternative is to play every round 25 times and hope you eventually just get lucky. Few people under the age of 20 are prepared to do that.

Interesting comment about Kongregate’s policy on all this. I wonder if anyone from Kong would like to reply to it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Pay2Win: Great business model or immoral exploitation of the easily addicted and children?

By using a credit card. My friend’s teen is too young, but plenty of older teens will have one, and using one doesn’t feel like spending real money – until the bill arrives of course.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Pay2Win: Great business model or immoral exploitation of the easily addicted and children?

Actually I think Crow has a point here. I allowed my friends 13 year old to load some games on to my phone to keep her amused while she was in the shop with her parents, and I made it clear that she could have freebies only.

One of her choices was Candycrush. It starts out easy, but after a while it becomes increasingly difficult to complete a round without buying power-ups. I proved to her that it is possible to win without paying, but it needs a lot of patience. Teenagers don’t have much of that, and I can imagine lots of them spending far too much on this game just to keep things moving at an acceptable speed.

Another choice was CSI hidden objects. You need “energy” to play the game, it doesn’t last long, and it’s a long wait for it to charge up again. The game bombards you with opportunities to spend real money, and she gets very annoyed with me because I won’t let her do that.

Selling these upgrades is done in a way to appeal to the I want it and I want it now generation, i.e. children. It’s a business model which creates a bottomless pit for kids to throw money into. Capitalism at its finest no doubt, but considering the vulnerability of the target audience, perhaps there should be a maximum monthly limit on what they can spend.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Book Club 2015

As Pete has relegated himself to plan B or C, I have made a choice.

I’m a great lover of Victoriana, including the good old fashioned Victorian ripping yarn. Although this comes from a later era, I consider this to be a fine tale of adventure, Roger Zelazny at his story telling best. So my choice is The Doors of his Face, the Lamps of his Mouth

I hope a few of you enjoy it as much as I did.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Greek Elections Jan 2015

There is no logical connection, but it is how a lot of Greeks and a ragbag of loony lefties across Europe see the situation. Anything to do with Germany flexing its muscles is still seen by many as a direct threat, even though they should have flexed them in 1981 when Greece joined the EU. Everyone knew the Greek way of doing things was shambolic, but the rush to expand the EU trumped all sensible considerations. It was bound to come on top sooner or later, and that time is now.

I’m simply reinforcing your assertion that dealing with the root cause of this mess is going to be very difficult.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Greek Elections Jan 2015

I’m not sure that a friendly occupation would even be possible. This is the sort of reaction we saw two years ago when much the same idea was put on the table. It’s all bullshit of course, but it’s an easy argument to sell to an angry public. All the more so because Hitler’s face is still a potent image in Europe, even after all these years.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / United States advancements "Vermont Edition"

Europe. I thought all the regs here knew I’m a London boy. It must be true because it says so on my profile.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Book Club 2015

My apologies. I took that as an invitation to kick off the discussion on the Trust Engineers podcast, which I had just done. It’s a pity that it didn’t go very far – I thought there was some real meat in that one.

I shall see what I can come up with. I sometimes read biographies, which are a bit long for this, so I’ll see if I can come up with something which can be swallowed in one bite.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Greek Elections Jan 2015

Another solution along the same lines as what you propose however, is to send the bailifs in to confiscate national treasures…

We’ve already got most of the best stuff, we looted it in the nineteenth century!

Greece likes to do things the old fashioned way. Bribery and corruption are a way of life over there. The time difference between London and Athens is about two hunded years.

I can’t find this story at the moment, but I linked to it in a thread a year or so ago. The Greek government decided to raise some money by selling off some prime virgin beachfront property to foreign developers. They sent their surveyors to value it, who found there was already a town of around 50,00 people there, which nobody officially knew about. It had all been done on a nod and a wink, with plenty of bribes changing hands. That’s typical of the way they do things.

Greece has for many years had a negative balance of payments, the shortfall being covered by tourism and, in theory at least, by shipping. Greece has the world’s largest merchant fleet. The tax from that alone would be enough to get things moving, but bribes have always been paid and tax has not. They have wasted their opportunities, and now expect everyone else, mainly the Germans (because they are in the Eurozone and the UK isn’t – nice one Dave) to pay for all their mistakes.

Greece is probably the least civilised country in Europe, and will likely remain that way until the EU has the guts to force them to change their bad habits. The EU is run by a bunch of idealistic, dogma driven losers, so I’m not holding my breath on that one.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Greek Elections Jan 2015

Same goes for a lot of failed states. Running the show with old fashioned tribal methods doesn’t work in a time of globalisation. Bribery is illegal in the civilised world, even if we have to turn a blind eye to it whenever a juicy arms deal presents itself.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Greek Elections Jan 2015

Although they haven’t been masters of the universe for over 2000 years now, I rather suspect that they haven’t quite got over it yet.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / United States advancements "Vermont Edition"

It’s just that on this side of the pond, we tend to take such green attitudes for granted these days. And with a population not much over 40,000, Burlington is really a pretty small town. Achieving 100% renewable electricity generation is much more realistic than in say New York. Nevertheless, hats off to them, they’ve done a good job.

Was there any particular aspect of this story that you wanted to discuss?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Anyone got experience with wills and probate (uk law)?

If the landlord wants to increase the rent above the going rate, then a trip to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau could pay dividends. They may not be the best solicitors, but they are a) qualified and b) free. Tenants have rights in the UK, quite a lot of them in fact.

I doubt if they will want to get involved in contesting a will though.