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Topic: Off-topic / Youtube/Video Links Masterthread

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuDmLOMenD4

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 13th Amendment

And beyond that war powers and what not

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Was FDR more or less a dictator?

Can i make a thread asking if Abe Lincoln was a dictator? Or what about Jackson? They both shit on the constitution at times.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Mac VS. PC(ding ding ding fight!)

Originally posted by thedarklordx:
Originally posted by Arbitor165:

I really hate your way of dissecting a post darklord.

Anywho, I’m only gonna comment on the deleting system32. You can easily do it using cmd if you even remotely know what you’re doing. No special program there.

no one automatically knows the cmd prompts and there is no guide the only way to find it is by looking it up and actively searching for it

you dont have to be trying to screw up your linux

and you cant screw up your mac no matter how hard you try

and whats wrong with my way of dissecting posts?

actually i just typed help and cmd gave me a handy list

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / What has Canada done for the world?

They took an entire beach on D-Day and did the best job of it too. Also they burnt down the white house one time that’s some thing. Hockey invented that too. Made the restaurant chain of Tim Hortons. Had the tallest building the the world for sometime. The snowmobile they made that too. Imax i guess who knew? Insulin lots of people might say this is important. The chainsaw. Just because you and your friends don’t pay attention to Canada doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on there.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The ongoing case of geohot and PS3 jailbreaking

Saint hears a better question because its whats going to happen at some point. It to is a hypothetical. I have a friend that knows how to jailbreak a ps3. He tells me in detail. I do not own any sony products. Sony learns my friends can jailbreak a PS3 and tell him to stop and legal action transpires. Meanwhile I being an advocate of jailbreak or messing with sony or just posting handy you tube tutorials. Share on the internet how to jailbreak a PS3. Can and should sony be able to come after me also. I never even owned there product.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The ongoing case of geohot and PS3 jailbreaking

Its more an intellectually property debate the physically modify things.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The ongoing case of geohot and PS3 jailbreaking

Sony will lose even if they win see they case of breaking to dvd encryption back near 2000. Whats confusing about this case to me is sony’s stupidity. First they get rid of the feature that was keeping jailbreakers from having the incentive to want jailbreak it in the first place. Then apparently the level of security was pretty poor in the actual encryption.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Eu is going to be stronger then america

you all realize because of these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballistic_missile_submarine no one ever really wins a conflict

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

I think he mentioned that saint

It’s impossible to truly know the results of the other alternatives

I’m still a a loss to understand your argument. You never did explain to me how you go about making your daily decisions since you cant know for sure of the consequences. I’m sure it goes something along the lines of potential risk vs potential reward and the actions with lower risk relative to reward are the ones you tend to take. I’m not sure why this same style of decision making can’t be made to thing like war.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Methods to Bring Industry Back, or Alternatives to Industry in the United States

Well maybe not food (i still think so but its a argument that’s going over my major point) they will still trade. Even you have an absolute advantage in production of all goods its impossible to have a competitive advantage in all goods. For what they will trade i dont know im just speculating that it will probably have to do with food it could be something else though.

Also higher education would push the production possibility curve outward i would think. So it would probably lead to higher economic growth.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Methods to Bring Industry Back, or Alternatives to Industry in the United States

Ya but as there population continues to grow the fact that they have around 20% of the world population and about 10% of the world farmable land will become more apparent. Im not saying they are going to starve. Just that they will still have to import something its probably going to be food and the usa happens to be fairly good at growing food.

Looking at people with college degrees you see that their unemployment level is relatively low instead of making a manufacturing push the USA should make a massive education push it will allow US to compete in the future world.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Methods to Bring Industry Back, or Alternatives to Industry in the United States

Well ill start with this then prolly go somewhere else.

*bold*Trade is a good thing everyone remember this*bold*

Anyway i’m not sure why the US needs manufacturing. Ive often wondered if the USA could get to a point of such wealth that “working” would no longer be need to such a high extent (obviously people would still need to do things like drive the goods around or preform various service jobs) but the only thing that people did to sustain themselves would be invest in foreign or domestic companies to sustain themselves (play the stocks if you will) and let the rest of the world make everything for them.

And for anyone really worryed about the future of USAs economic power it will always be strong if not number one and the country that is fast on our heels has several potential issues that it will have to deal with some time and can’t ignore forever. Many of these are social or political but a big one is people still have to eat to live. Im talking about china if you didn’t know.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

Purely offensive wars are known for their low casualty counts. I mean look at WWII, hardly anyone died!

Well i was going to avoid bringing up this point. (Because i can basically guess the response that’s going to come for saint) but anyway. (Oh im going to do this in a sarcastic tone too.) You know what was even worse then WW2 the war that happened 20 years after the end of WW3 you wanna know the cause of it. Well (this is an alternate history if you couldn’t guess) well for a second time in a the allies decided not to remove Germany ability to make war but let them do as they please afterward and build up again while no one was paying attention. Because they were busy sinking their navel fleets while onlookers cheered and claiming that this war was the last one…

Oh wait that kinda what happened after WW1 but i guess since no one could predict that that would happen it was the best choice because it limited the immediate causalities while simultaneously laying the ground work for the next world war.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

Originally posted by 1132:
Originally posted by PCal:

Because you are only striking at attackers. If you attack another country, then you get all sorts of other people in mixed in.

This could easily lead to never ending or drawn out war with tons of causalities on both sides you know right? Also with enough time its likely the attacker will overwhelm the defenses a destroy everything that the defender is protecting.

You know what’s a funtastic example of purely defensive war? World War I.

I know but until tanks there wasnt much to do agaisnt intrenched units

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

Because you are only striking at attackers. If you attack another country, then you get all sorts of other people in mixed in.

This could easily lead to never ending or drawn out war with tons of causalities on both sides you know right? Also with enough time its likely the attacker will overwhelm the defenses a destroy everything that the defender is protecting.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

Originally posted by JohnRulz:

For example, the japs in WW2 were brainwashed and obsessed and would not stop for anything, save nukes.

That seems like a slight exaggeration. Certainly some of them were, but by far not all of them.

But less of an overstatement then you would think i mean there was an attempted coup the day before they surrendered.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

Originally posted by SaintAjora:

If you only act in immediate defense, inflicting minimal casualties is inevitable. You would only be acting against those who are the aggressors. When you go on the offensive, you automatically widen the pool of potential victims including those who aren’t aggressors.

How do you know that if you only act in immediate defense casualties will be at a minimum?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

You guys really need to understand your history. Britain declared war on Germany before Hitler bombed London. I’d suggest to England not declaring war if it doesn’t want to be attacked

Ya of course its not like Britain made it clear that they had a defensive pact with Poland a couple weeks before they declared war on Germany. What should Poland have done not to get attacked btw?

(so for example fighting the bombers as they came in)

Would it be appropriate for them do maybe target the factories making the bombs or the airfields where the planes were coming form? At what point would you says its ok for a nation under attack form another nation to try and go and remove the aggressors ability to make war. (eg. go to war with them?)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

Saint the arguments you are bringing up are starting to make me wonder how you ever make any decision since your arguing things are so hard to predict that maybe no action or another action will bring about a better result then the one your picking. I mean someone might have poisoned my breakfast cereal i cant be certain because of all of the variables there are but most days it’s not poisoned so it stands that it probably wont be tomorrow. So im am gonna make a bold prediction of the future and say that my cereal will not be poisoned tomorrow. Why cant the same concepts apply to war?

Now when bombs started hitting houses in London during WW2 what would your suggestion to England to do had you been back then and had only the intel they had then assume maybe he would change his mind giving back all the land he had taken after a few weeks because he was bored?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Just War.

Well since for some reason this is fast turning in to a french revolution debate. Are we allowed to throw a time constraint on actions saint? You say they could have tried other options other people are arguing there were no other options. With not much research into the subject it a appears the main complaint of the people was they didn’t have food. Now lets break this down into something that’s easier to look at then infinitely many choice for the people how about to choices. Choice one go get food right now (by any means) eg:revolution or choice two all other options. Picking choice one seems to trend to a higher chance of living wheres as choice two because they will starve within the next couple days seems to indicate a lower survival rate. So clearly they are going to pick choice one.

Now on to the question at the whole war. If the potential benefits out-way the risks it is fine. The reason saint you are seeing it as never good is because you are valuing human life very high.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is It Possible That Ancient Men Can Run Faster Than Usain Bolt?

before this thread gets too far just be forewarned that what you referencing isn’t the most accurate thing in the world. This book came up on the xkcd forums a couple months ago they found a couple inconsistency with the math used. Mainly this

The approximate speeds that the people making the trackways were traveling were calculated using a regression equation derived from measurements by Cavanagh and Kram (1989) for a sample of twelve male recreational distance runners: velocity = stride length x 1.670 – 0.645. Estimates of velocity derived from this equation should clearly be interpreted cautiously, as stride lengths at a given speed will be modified by variables such as leg length and body mass. Respective track speeds in the T1-4 group range from ~ 12 km hr -1 for T1 to ~ 14 km hr -1 for T4 (Table 2). The fact that there is only slight variation in stride length suggests that the people who made trackways 1-4 were in mid-run and taking the same course from south to north (Fig. 3a). The person in T1 was trotting, with a shorter stride than the others, two of whom were shorter in stature. It is difficult to know if these tracks are contemporary, but the close spacing between the trackways, along with their uniform orientation and similarity in appearance, suggests that they may have been
made during the same event.
The direction of T5 and T8 shows that these individuals were headed towards a convergence point with the T1-4 individuals, suggesting that they may also have been contemporary and engaged in the same activity. Footprints from T8, which is higher up the depression rim, are not as deep as the others, indicating a slightly drier surface nearer the edge. Trackway 5 is the shortest with only four prints, restricting stride length to a single measurement. Foot length (270 mm) indicates that the person was 1.78 ± 0.14 m tall. This individual was running at around 17 km hr -1.
The most impressive track in terms of speed is T8. These footprints are 295 mm long and 100 mm wide; the estimated height of the person who made the tracks is 1.94 ± 0.15 m (~ 6.4 ft), close to that of the T1 individual. The tracks indicate that this individual was running the fastest of any person at the site. Pace length increases from 1.8 to 1.9 m over 11 m, indicating acceleration, and speed is estimated at ~ 20 km hr -1. The surface on which this person was running was drying mud that left detailed impressions of foot architecture, with mud oozing between the toes, and slight heal slippage on the surface.

here’s the thread
carry on how ever you fill fit

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Problems with the US Education System

Heres a question is it may be a national problem but each state controls its education system. So are there any states that are doing great with there education system maybe the states doing poorly should look to those states.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Opinions on the Founding Fathers

This whole discussion basically goes under history is written by the victors. There are plenty of ways to look at the founding fathers. Terrorist would be an acceptable label had the British won.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / New Planet?

Whats a constant sustained force of 3 G’s feel like? That would be the gravity you’d feel on the planet right if its three time the mass of earth. that’s another thing to consider besides the distance but probably easier to over come.