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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should medical crystal meth be legalized?

You can actually get a real water poisoning which is caused by water upsetting the osmotic balance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Prostitution

Vika you really believe it’s a good idea to have every traffic violation be brought to court? And what abou those who can neither afford to pay the fine nor miss the day of work? Plus how often would you have to liqudate a large sum of your property to pay the biggest of 1% of you annual income or 1/20% of your total net value? Even if you a worth 3 million that is only 1500$ for a traffic fien (sure it would otherwise have been around 150$ but still).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Prostitution

Interestingly enough that makes you exactly around 10 times as rich as the median american (who has a beth worth of a 38 000$ http://www.nasdaq.com/article/americans-have-relatively-poor-net-wealth-cm257517 ). So you really are quite wealthy. And a take 200% of everything you own fine would mean you did something really bad (I think the proper proportions are that for the median american all fines stay the same in value and that they pay from the income. It only becomes a percentage if net worth if that net worth exceeds 10 times their annual income and then they pay the normal percentage of income divided by 10 as percentage of net worth.

Note that I do not own nearly as much as you do but could quite easily (I’m a student so I really only own 2 laptops and my clothes but can earn a lot by doing IT security (think 500 euro per day)).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Prostitution

Well we are discussing a punishment right? And yes it would take a carefull balance to set them at the “right level”. And by the way do you really think that if you are getting hit with say 5% fines (no reason you couldn’t actually borrow some of the money) that more people will be out of their house then being hit with say 10000$ fines? This system would also make those with no job and living on benefit have to pay lower fines and thus prevent hitting those with no income with fines they won’t ever be able to pay (explain to me how a disabled man living purly on social security can pay sums that would affect someone like Bill Gates).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Prostitution

That would only happen if someone receives so many fines that they go bankrupt. Then the normal bankrupt behaviour follows which does indeed include selling everything. And by reinvestment I mean that instead of being stock it might be spend on healthcare, education or research.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Prostitution

I’m not suggesting that the governement seizes wind turbines or anything like that. That windturbine has a value you can fine someone for a percentage of that value (for example we can fine by 5% of net value or 2 months income whichever is highest) and how they actually get that money is up to them. If they want to get the money by selling stock then go ahead! If they want to sell stock also OK! And remember this money does not dissapear it can easily be reinvested into something else!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Prostitution

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

I agree.
Fines should be a factor of personal wealth.
A percentage figure much like a tax.
Good point, CROW.
It is one of many that add up to make the very ugly picture of wealth disparity.

Shouldn’t just be income but also current property. If someone earned so much money that they don’t have to work anymore (or are retired with a large amount of money on the bank) then that should also be part of the fine.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Apparently the government could wreck SD

Why do we need actual tags when you can just trace a mobile phone? Seems much easier to hide that you are tracking someone via mobile rather then by a tag system and people tend to keep those things charged and active most of the time.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Creationism vs Evolution thread 5: Single christian finds logic secret that makes evolutionists furious

1 if all of us descent from adam and eve how come there are still other descendants from adam and eve?
2 nothing can be absolutely proven outside the realm of mathematics. While we can find proof for our ideas we can’t be absolutely certain about them not being coincidence. Sure if I drop a coin a million time and each time it falls to the ground I might get the idea “drop coin = falls to the ground” but I can’t be certain the million+1th time it will also do so.
3 The 2nd law of thermodynamics only counts if you aren’t adding energy to the system. Look up to the sky if it’s day around you time zone, see that big glowing thing it’s the sun and adds a lot of energy to the earth. Meaning that the 2nd law of thermodynamics doesn’t really apply anymore.
4 And having an almighty being do the same is better? Plus there are other theories including “life can from space” and life formed in tiny pockets of highly concentrated chemicals within ice. However it’s equally likely life does not have a single origin and instead formed by a long chain of events each of which created something slightly more complex (prions are not consider alive neither are viruses but they are a step in the right direction).
5 They have found some bones however because early humans didn’t exist for that long and it is difficult to become a fossil few remain.
6 Looked at a dog lately? And did you know fish are getting smaller thanks to our selective fishing? In fact there is also this: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/04/080421-lizard-evolution.html a case where lizards evolved faster then what was believed possible.
Lastly let’s say you find some big gapping hole in the evolution theory. Does that prove god exist? No it only proves that the evolution theory is incorrect(1+1 is not 3 so it must be 5).

By the way you say you have 5 points and list 6.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why american soldiers should not be allowed in ukraine?

The difference would be that in ukraine they would be acting on behalve of the current governement rather then trying to install their own.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / Augmented reality gaming what would you do?

I’m currently working on a project that involves augmented reality (meaning combining reality and the virtuel world) and looking into possible applications for games. So I thought were better to look then on a gaming website.

the basis of the technolegy is that we can place a computer between the things your eyes would normally see and your brain either preventing you from seeing some things or causing you to see things that aren’t normally there. However it has some limitations because computers have some difficulty seeing things.

Now my request to you is what type of game would you make, can you describe some gameplay elements? And yes parts of a good idea may get implemented into (augemented) reality!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Life on other planets

To me life is any system that is capable of passing on some type of “genetic information” to the next generation, within my definition “genetic information” is information that(1) is one of the prime deciding factors in whatever or not the offspring is able to pass on their genes as well, is (2) capable of being mutated and (3) remains largely the same between generations. However this definition is not commonly used as it makes certain computer virusses alive (not a problem in my mind but still). The problem with many common definitions is that it seems to be all geared towards chemical based lifeforms which eliminates the option of having mechanical life forms.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Life on other planets

Let’s look at what is chemically needed:
1 life needs an element that is capable of undergoing many differend complex bindings to pass information and work inside cellulair level mechanisms. Earth based life is carbon based, meaning that this element is carbon. Most likely other lifeforms would be carbon based as well, there have been a few suggestions about sillicion however that would most likely not work as such lifeforms would die when exposed to sunlight and would have more then a few problems with waste disopsal if they were to become multi-cellulair. Another problem is that water would be dangerous to such lifeforms leading me to 2:
2: A liquid, All life forms need a liquid to transport substances around, this liquid needs to be liquid at local temperature (obivous) as well allow a large number of substances to be solvable within it. Lastly it needs to allow for some type of semi permeable membrames which stop the internal parts of the organism to stay inside yet allowing liquids to come and go. This translates to the fact that the liquid molecules can’t be to big, no complex carbon based liquids and metals won’t work to well either. This quickly shows why we need water.
3 An energy source, this is a more vague one but all life needs energy this can come from a star (like for most life on earth), radioactive sources(such as the case the radiation eating funges) or a chemical. However a chemical supply will need to be resuplied from somewhere making this a lot more difficut(heat or electricity are both derived from one of the other 3). This makes life on a planet that does not orbid a star unlikely but not impossible.
4 A seed, somehow life must have been created somehow meaning that a reasonable number of differend chemicals are avaible to allow the creation of life or it was seeded from another planet (through an meteorite). Because of the 2nd fact not that restritive but it does put a few limits on where life can exist.

However all of the above is all based on chemical lifeforms, mechanical lifeforms(robots) need not follow such restrictions(except for 3) and in stead require a steady number of (semi)conductors and most likely a creator (meaning that another lifeform must have existed nearby, through it possible that they have since been wiped out.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Eat Akiv it's very healthy for you

www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Akiv
According to urban dictionary akiv is someone who is lazy but has a certain wisdom. In this case I would say the wisdom of knowing what akiv as a food is and the laziness not to explain it to us.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / should GMO foods be banned?

These Are 3 entirely different things:
1 the risk of GMO’s
2 making seeds unable to reproduce
3 patenting “life”
4 the “ethics” of playing with live (you didn’t mention it but it’s still an issue)
Each of them is a discussion on it’s own but here are my points of view:
1 The risk of GMO’s, well at the core we have been modifying genetics for millennia. Just compare a dog with a wolf and you will see what I mean. However this used to be a fairly slow process where if anything went wrong it would probably be noticed before there was any massive scale damage (a dog that became super aggressive would be put down quite quickly). However on the scale of GMO’s we can instantly deploy the technology across billions of organisms. This means that a mistake can trigger at a much larger scale when things go wrong. This can be avoided by careful testing and scaling up slowly (you first start with 1 plant then 10 then 100 then you move to 1000 ext.) and stop if anything weird happens. Another problem is interbreeding with wild populations.This can then make these wild populations go extinct which in turn reduces our biodiversity which moves us closer to a mass extinction. This can be avoided by keeping wild populations and modified populations separate (by say an ocean). The third problem is that of “causing cancer” or other health problems in humans. Well this is really the same things as with the first point I raised you should test. So it’s definitely true that certain modifications to certain organisms may cause them to become carcinogenic, however this is not common and can be tested for.

2 making seeds unable to reproduce: this is a double edges blade as it can be an easy way to prevent interbreeding with wild populations and other forms of the modified organisms to spread into the environment. On the other hand it’s often used to force farmers to keep buying the seeds. The problem we often see is that a company like Monsanto goes to an area in famine and offers the farmers free GMO seeds to plant if they want to, this is of course accepted and because they think they now have good seeds they lose their normal seeds. Because they no longer have these normal seeds come next seeding time they will have to buy GMO again and are effectively “trapped”. On the other hand the company made a large development cost that they need to recoup either by making the first purchase really expensive (thus making sure only rich farmers can make the initial investment who then go on a buy out their neighbors which is bad) or making sure the plant can’t reproduce and thus spread the cost over multiple years.

3 patenting “life”: This is a difficult issue as some patents make sense (if you just spend millions making a discovery then you wouldn’t want another company to use that discovery to compete with you) however some people have decided to just patent everything and then sue anyone who does anything related with your patent even if they are say trying to cure cancer. I think that in general we need some more rules on what can be patented and what can’t be patented, overal my view is that the system should exist but is just in need of some serious renovations.

4 the ethics are primarily based on religious views for this reason I think GMO foods should be marked as such on the outside but it should have no extra impact.
The advantages of GMO are also quite large cheaper and better food, medicine, plastics, medicine and many more.

So I think the risks can be managed however this is currently done poorly so my view is that we should allow GMO but under tight control of an international organization.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The only way to save our species is to dramatically reduce our population

The problem is reducing the population in a way that does not negatifly impact our ability to produce food power medicine etc. The only way I see the human species pull that off is by gruadally reducing the population. A one child policy in place world wide over a durration of 2 generations would reduce the population to 1/4 of what it currently is (100 years down the line). This would reduce the population slowly. Of course a lot of eugenics come into play who is allowed to have more then 1 child (what happens to infertile people can they “donate” they child? And what happens if someone has more then 1 child?).

Interestingly enough currently the best way to stop overpopulation appears to be edducation. Areas where the population is well educated often have a birth rate less then the dead rate especially among those who are well educated which is another way of gradually reducing the population without making anyone angy (alright maybe some religious fundamentalists (both chirstian and muslim and probably a number of other religions to))

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Addiction A Disease?

By your arguing no mental disease can exist at all. An addiction is just as much a mental problem as say depression. On a physical level it’s just as easy for someone who is depressed to become happy as it is for someone with an addition to be no longer addicted. That does not mean that through shear willpower someone who is addicted can’t pull through it just means it’s a very real problem.

Another question is how to treat people who are no longer capable of stopping because the withdrawal would destroy their bodies. In the Netherlands there is a problem with certain groups of addicts where the market for certain drugs has collapsed meaning they are no longer available but there is a group of aging addicts who can no longer live without their drugs (their hearts wouldn’t take it) they are currently experimenting with a nursery home that actually disperses the drug to the elderly so they won’t die from the withdrawal (they life expectancy isn’t very no so it won’t be a problem anymore in +-10 years)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Ask an Atheist (AAA)

I think the core of the argument of “god is not good so I chose not to believe in him” comes down more to a slightly more complex argument.
1 god is not good (because reason previously explained.
2 the bible claims god is good.
3 the bible in the main “evidence”/indicator/source of information on the Christian faith.
4 So 1 and 2 are in conflict meaning the bible if wrong or god is not evil.
5 if the bible is wrong then according to 3 most other things we know the the Christian god is no longer trustworthy.
6 I do not believe in something about which we know nothing that does not come from sources that are known to contains great errors.

In short claiming that god is evil means claiming the bible is wrong and therefore the entire basis of the Christian faith is wrong. Of course that does not prove no other god can exist or that god does not actually exist it’s merely a argument against the existence of the Christian god according to the bible interpreted in a certain way.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / What is the Best Gamer Laptop

Then a laptop is not something for you. At the higher range of your budget you could actually build a reasonable (but not top notch) desktop. I think that if you google around you will find plenty of tutorials for currently up to date parts for a build it yourself desktop and will at least be able to play the current generation of AAA gaming titles on high(er) graphics levels and will probably as be able to play games on lower graphics levels 2-3 years down the line. However you will have to search for this yourself and keep an eye out on the data information that was relevant half a year ago is no longer meaningful when shopping for parts.

Make sure you get yourself a good cooling systems and power supply those are not the parts you want to cut corners on (oh the smell of burnt electronics).

 
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Topic: Technical Support / What is the Best Gamer Laptop

Well I have seen a number of gaming laptops(and in fact own one myself) often from people who have themselves made upgrades to already existing laptops so it IS possible, however I also know that these gaming laptops start somewhere around 1000 euro (1300$) and have seen them cost as much as 3000 euro (4000$) (I got mine on the cheap via my university it would but it still cost me 1300 euro(1600$ and would have cost about double that had I bought it on my own) so 500$ is not going to get you a gamming laptop. Else I would suggest looking for some youtube videos about building your own gaming computer (for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zOYdNEHDQo ).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / when is srs

In general the difference between a serious discussion and one suited for OT is based primarily on a combination on the amount of effort invested in the opening post, the influence on the world as a whole from the topic of discussion and how seriously people in general are willing to discus your topic.

or as you might put it
it iz sriusly whun pops go nd discuss sriusly

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Teaching a lion to eat tofu.

There is quite a leap from poor qualities of life on the giant farms and the fact that some animal require meat to survive. The first of which is that humans are not one of these animals and would probably benefit from eating around 1/5 of the meat we currently do (on average we eat to much meat which means to much fat and to little other stuff). And if we are willing to pay say twice as much for the remaining meat (and also the meat to feed our own pets) then it wouldn’t cost much more then we already pay for our food but it would massively increase the quality of life of the animals on the farms.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The bigbrother and how to defeat him

Well there are 2 different concerns here: 1 video camera’s which are interesting as most of them are not interconnected right now (meaning that if someone wants to he has to check every shop to see if you where there which takes a lot of time. There are some ways to make it more difficult for them to see who you are (just look at about any of the crime programs where they are looking for someone whose face is not visible.
The second issue is internet anonymity. Which because the data is stored centrally. This makes it easy to track one person. The easiest way to do so is by downloading tails or tor. If you don’t know how to hide I would suggest just downloading tails and personalising it a bit till it operates in a way you want it has an email system and browser already installed both of which can easily keep you private. If you are interested google it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Atheist forced to go to church

Have you considered talking with whoever leads your local church? They are usually trained to deal with this and usually don’t want people who don’t want to be in their church to be in their church. And they should hold enough influence over your parents to convince them.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / No chocolates after 2020....

I heard something about it basically the idea comes from 2 points: 1 more and more countries are outlawing slavery(and enforcing it), this makes chocolate more expensive and 2 more and more people eat chocolate thus demand is rising and supply is lessening which can only result in rising prices.