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Topic: The Arts / Last NIght In Neon CIty

I prefer the bottom on… the top is too ‘busy’ for me (of course, the next person may say the exact opposite!)

 
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Topic: The Arts / Couple of bits and bobs...

Planned to… it’ll take a little while tho… playing with / trying to find all the tools I need ;)

 
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Topic: AdVenture Capitalist / Last AI amount LIES!

Have you heard the expression ‘you can catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar’? IF accurate (and I’ve no reason to doubt you at the moment) it’s an easy fix for HH (either alter the text or the multiplier) but I’m not sure it would have been at the top of their list what with the recent ‘omg all my xmas stuff disappeared’ problems that arose from the last patch.

I’ll take a closer look the next time I restart, but perhaps you could post your before/after pics anyway?

 
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Topic: The Arts / Couple of bits and bobs...

Thanks for the feedback – unfortunately I don’t (yet) have any decent photo manipulation software installed so you got the images straight off the camera. Looking at Gimp (as a free choice) any thoughts thereon?

The portrait you’ve managed to see (grr dropbpox) was, indeed, shot on an extremely bright day… out in the middle of Australia, on difficult terrain… that, as much as anything else, influenced the framing (as I couldn’t physically get into a better position)

And yes… ‘3’ was shot from a moving bus (rather than a car) so I’m stuck with a little blur but was still reasonably happy with it… now love it with the extra depth of colour ;)

(will try and find out what’s going on with P2 – although it’ll want/need the same levels adjustment for sure)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

Copper is non magnetic… but it is conductive. A conductor moving in a magnetic field (or moving the magnetic field about a stationary conductive material will induce an electrical current in the conductor (see Faraday’s Law)… the magentic field of the induced current will be opposite to the thing causing it (which is where the magnetic repulsion comes from).

Navigation of a hover board /could/ be achieved by the addition of a ‘fly by wire’ rudder (hand controlled? tilt sensors?) – the pressure difference between sides (due to the relative airspeeds) being used to turn the board… or (as we’re on a powered device) manoeuvring thrusters (air jets).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Originally posted by jhco50:

Also, we don’t really treat our mentally ill, and when we did it turned out they were used as guinea pigs to test experimental drugs, surgery, and a myriad of other experiments. Now we just throw them to the streets, to be part of our homeless and fend for themselves. But hey, why take care of them when we can bring in all of Mexico to care for.

Got any actual evidence to back that up? It’d be a fascinating read.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Book Club 2015

The 4th edition, in particular, gets glowing reviews…

When I first saw this book, I wondered how a book on breastfeeding could be so lengthy. However, this guide covers more than just the benefits of breastfeeding and feeding techniques. It is a logically written and informative guide to breastfeeding and how it relates to all the relevant aspects of post-partum family life—including getting baby to sleep, using a breast pump, returning to work, and weaning. I especially appreciated the section on trouble-shooting strategies. I attended a breastfeeding class and found that the information in this book was consistent with the information related by the lactation consultant. I also noticed that it corresponded with the information related in the American Academy of Pediatrics’ book on Baby’s First Year. Don’t think that this book is merely a repeat of all the other information you will learn, however. The book is useful because it relates everything you need to know chronologically and in very specific terms. It is also a great reference when you want to quickly look up something about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is a big commitment, so if you’ve decided (or are considering) that you would like to make it a part of your baby’s (and your family’s) life, I recommend reading this book at the end of pregnancy and keeping it handy for your post-partum reference.

But I can’t say knowing, for example, about the health benefits of breast feeding would drastically affect my views on the appropriateness of doing so in public (although for the record, I don’t particularly care if someone breast-feeds a baby anywhere in my presence… that’s one of their primary functions!)… but who knows, it may be useful sometime.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

A potentially interesting idea cro… assuming you’re talking figuratively rather than literally (‘planet creation’ is outside the scope of mankind’s powers) but a ‘one liner’ isn’t an appropriate response to the thread… we’d like to see details such as “the major goal is to support the actual feasibility of your creation. Use links, cite them, and debate the realism of other people’s ideas using your own understanding and citations. This should be fun. Try to avoid using fantasy interpretations of quantum physics and whatnot, and stick to experiments we’re doing today.”

Have another go, by all means, but if you’re just going to make ‘trite’ off the cuff comments, expect them to be removed.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is it time to drop the death penalty?

Purely out of curiosity Sparagnausen – I’ve previously said I’d support the death penalty in cases where, and only such cases, the convicted – being deemed sane – had requested it (as opposed to ‘life’ imprisonment) – with the proviso that any such executions are carried out ‘humanely’ with no liability to the state should the individual posthumously be acquitted (surely an innocent person would rather sit in jail and ‘fight their corner’ rather than accede to the court’s verdict?).

How would you feel about the death penalty if applied only in such circumstances?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What the best personality?

3. If a thread is locked, or post removed, please do not recreate it. If you want to challenge the reason for the locking/removal you may do so via PM, but until an all clear is given to remake/repost, you may not.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

So sticking with my sci-fi theme there are quite a few things I’d love to bring into the world (subject to infinite resources, help, etc)… one of the ‘easiest’ (well, least complicated at first glance) is the hover-skateboard (aka back to the future) as all that would be required would be an ‘ambient temperature superconductor’ and a portable power supply capable of providing sufficient current, for sufficient time to make the ride worthwhile.

The word ‘all’ is quite misleading however for a number of reasons (e.g. problems we’d have to overcome):

  • While room temperature superconductors are proven feasible they have only been created, so far, in lab conditions for minuscule time periods using infra red lasers to ‘shift’ individual atoms within the ceramic substrate.
  • Obviously the equipment necessary to promote superconductivity at ‘ambient’ temperature would increase the system’s power requirement enormously (although this may not be significant when looking at the current necessary to interact with the Earth’s field) and as a not insignificant mass to the proposed hover board.
  • A alternative approach might be to use a ‘cold’ superconductor but this suffers from the same mass & power problems as above, although not necessarily to the same extent. The superconductor could be cooled in a closed circuit (basically like a very powerful fridge) using a tank of liquid nitrogen. Two potentially serious (read fatal) consequences that could arise from this approach would be asphyxiation in the event of an accident / rupture of the Nitrogen tank (the nitrogen could displace the oxygen from the air around a prone/injured skater) and, like any ‘fridge’ the heat generated by the cooling system itself would have to be dissipated to the environment without cooking the skater (or persons nearby).
  • The portable power pack adds not insignificant mass to the system (increasing the power requirement and potentially the amount of heat generated) and would require an enormous energy density to be ‘man portable’ and ‘up to the task’. What could provide the sort of energy density we’re looking for??? Well, absent anything ‘new’ I’d have to say some form of fusion was the best bet (hot or cold! – all things are relative tho)

Will come back and finish later – been up all night, need sleep (but feel free to comment on what’s there already)


(ahh, sleep!) continues

  • The material of the board itself would have to have to be strong enough to carry the load and of low enough density that (as it will need to be large!) that the mass of the board alone doesn’t make the whole unit ‘unliftable’… and it’d be handy if it was a ‘perfect electrical insulator’ given the enormous current being passed through the superconducting material immediately below.
  • This sort of thing may address the strength/weight ratio problem especially when combined with the types of shape engineering we’re all familiar with… but it’s obviously not an insulator, perfect or otherwise necessitating an additional protective layer.
  • There’s no such thing as a perfect insulator not here on earth, out is space, anywhere there’s a single free electron…

Given enough time and money I think most of these problems are surmountable – except for the very last… for which we’d have to have a ‘best compromise’ – likely composite material with as high a resistivity as possible.

In the interim however, a far simpler method for creating a similar effect already exists… in essence turn your skateboard into a miniature hovercraft, a 2 stroke engine attached to a fan, a skirt for the board and you’re good to go!

A Further interim step, as materials, miniaturisation, etc catch up with the requirements for the SC hoverboard would be to utilise VSTOL type technology (NOISY!) to lift and direct the board/rider freeing you from the constraints of the skirt (which must remain in contact with the ground).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Book Club 2015

Originally posted by Jantonaitis:

There’s a Charles Stross story that explicitly links Shub-Niggurath to the Lovecraftian version of a unicorn. Full-text here.

A few have already read it, so they’ll have a bit of a headstart… but reconvene in a week? (and try and find something good for the next read!)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What's the best personality?

IOD – repeat after me – we do not engage with a person we suspect of ‘wrongdoing’ – we flag and move on.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is it time to drop the death penalty?

Originally posted by cromagin2:
Originally posted by beauval:

In the wake of a botched execution in the American state of Oklahoma, Barack Obama wants a review of the death penalty in the USA. He is clearly not entirely comfortable with the idea of capital punishment.

The last execution in the UK was fifty years ago, and in the whole of Europe only Belarus retains the death penalty. So is it time that any country which likes to consider itself a bastion of civilisation to find a better way of dealing with its criminals than simply killing them?

In Canada, the last execution took place in 1962 here in Canada. I have no idea why the USA is still so bloodthirsty as two wrongs do not make a right. It makes zero sense to punish someone who commits the crime of murder ( Murder is a crime ) BY murdering him.( committing another crime to punish a crime )

Hmm… murder = killing = crime (true) Killing = murder = crime (false)

Both legally and morally, under certain circumstances, one can kill someone without committing a crime (as I suspect you know perfectly well). The killer, in those circumstances, will still have to live with the knowledge of what was done, why it was done and accept responsibility for their actions.

One has to wonder at the irony whereby the legal killer’s suffering from potential long term psychological problems arising (survivor’s guilt, ptsd, etc) could be a fate worse than that of being killed (for the executed, obviously, the suffering is over ‘instantly’) :/

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Theoretic Wonders: Infinite power! Unlimited fun!

Hmm, a thought occurs… grow some bamboo tall and straight (for structural elements), grow others in ‘large sheets’ for the walls & roof…

The only problem I see there tho, is to make it watertight, you end up with a non-living bamboo structure – but could use some form of polymer/preservative to coat and protect it without disguising the fact it’s ‘natural’ wood.

 
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Topic: AdVenture Capitalist / Wow... Reinstalled PC lost MONTHS of progression

http://www.kongregate.com/forums/2606/topics/466379?page=1#posts-8890463 (there may be a hint or two laying around… but yes, backing up is GOOD!)

 
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Topic: AdVenture Capitalist / Anything to do after getting all achievements?

Some of us are old enough to remember :P

 
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Topic: AdVenture Capitalist / Thanks!

You could try emailing the devs and asking if they would ‘compensate’ you with a bunch of angels… Adventurecapitalis@hyperhippo.ca

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Do you ever disconnect in the middle of an online game because you're losing?

Team game – absolutely not (We’ll suffer to the bitter end)
1v1 – probably wouldn’t resign (caveat: would if connection issues)
1vAI – yes… primarily to find a human/humans to play with/against.

 
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Topic: Wartune / Chests for Every Atoll Boss!

Does anyone else read the title as ‘Cheats for every…’ every time they scroll past or am I just being blonde?

 
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Topic: Wartune / What kind of total unfair bullcrap is this

Originally posted by lkmyblspls:

Everyone’s free to disagree with each other, of course… but you don’t have to be deliberatively provocative to get your point across.

 
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Topic: AdVenture Capitalist / Beta access

Originally posted by salokin88:

Could somebody post some screencaps of the closed beta game??

http://www.kongregate.com/forums/2606-adventure-capitalist/topics/466339-beta-version-with-screenshots

 
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Topic: AdVenture Capitalist / candy cane achievements gone

http://www.kongregate.com/forums/2606/topics/466101?page=1#posts-8886934

 
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Topic: AdVenture Capitalist / +1% AI away

http://www.kongregate.com/forums/2606/topics/466101?page=1#posts-8886934

 
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Topic: AdVenture Capitalist / Corrupt a Wish-AC Edition

Granted. But 2 feels left out and stabs 1 in the back.

I wish my sense of humour wasn’t so macabre