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  1. Are the Evangelicals are just going to vote Democrat if the Republicans are less hardliner for some of the religious concerns? The issue here, IMO, is the primaries. In order to become the Republican candidate you need to win over the Republican voters, of which the Evangelicals will have a larger piece of the pie. This results in candidates trying to win those votes by catering to them, and then on the national level they have to rescind those hardline perspectives. If Republicans don't support their isues, they'll simply stay home and not vote. "The problem is the primaries" is lik
  2. It's your computer's way of telling you not to play the game because it's bad.
  3. Morrowind is considered one of the greatest RPG of all time for many, so I interested in why you think it is a terrible game? Because it has no story, atmosphere, or overarching plot. Morrowind is just a sandbox. It's fun for a while, but then you suddenly feel really dirty once you complete the main quest and realise the game is more shallow than a toddler's wading pool full of pee. The best part of Morrowind was the dwarven ruins.
  4. A lot of those numbers could be broken down to the simple fact that the states on the right have fewer rich people and industry, thus there's less federal taxes to be generated. I don't see the crime in getting federal dollars back since the federal system is a parasite anyway. But some of the so called "conversative" states do need to answer for running a budget into the dirt. "I'M A LIBERTARIAN - GOVERNMENT REDISTRIBUTION IS EVIL! EXCEPT WHEN IT GOES TO REPUBLICAN STATES!" Besides the fact that evidence-based government redistribution is actually a very good thing (e.g. universal
  5. What the Australian voters managed to prevent is what the Russian politicians have adopted - internet censorship via deep packet inspection. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/russias-leap-in-internet-control/2012/11/12/0ade4f4a-29c5-11e2-b4e0-346287b7e56c_story.html Russia is essentially emulating China: crush opposition, censor all media including the Internet, and make a few rich and powerful families even richer and more powerful.
  6. The Democrats now have a supermajority in California. Also, the California voters passed a ballot initiative that raises taxes. lol.
  7. It's an interesting thought experiment to consider what would happen if you, roughly, got all the Democrat states, made a country out of them, then took the Republican states and made a country out of them, and then came back 20 years later to see what each country had become.
  8. It's cool. I was responding to Wrath of Dagon, not you. Your posts didn't seem worth replying to. I consider you a person. In fact, after this election, I consider you guys people more than ever, because I can see that you are GENUINELY disheartened that Obama won. That's full-blown emotion I can empathise with (even if I support Obama). It's just a shame that the polices you, Mitt, and many Republicans support are cruel and crazy towards other members of your society. That does not make me want to think of you as a loveable rogue - a Republican who's still a nice guy with the best intenti
  9. It's cool. I was responding to Wrath of Dagon, not you. Your posts didn't seem worth replying to. I consider you a person. In fact, after this election, I consider you guys people more than ever, because I can see that you are GENUINELY disheartened that Obama won. That's full-blown emotion I can empathise with (even if I support Obama). It's just a shame that the polices you, Mitt, and many Republicans support are cruel and crazy towards other members of your society. That does not make me want to think of you as a loveable rogue - a Republican who's still a nice guy with the best intenti
  10. Well that hasn't happened in this thread, so why did you bring it up? I strongly disagree. Regardless of whether a kid falls in love with coding or intends to pursue it as a career, I think that given society of 2012 and the unstoppable direction of technology, those kids who don't understand basic parts of computer science - especially the notion of programming (and all the tech savvy it builds up) and being able to do the simplest stuff like hello world and a factorial function - are at a huge disadvantage for their future. Programming should be taught to children regardless of
  11. Well the Australian dollar is what you want (the AUD is the third most traded currency after the Euro and USD), but be warned: Australia is far, far more socialist than the USA, thank glob. We've got a federal-level carbon-methane-nitrous tax in response to global warming, an extra tax on mining profits because we believe the resources in the ground belong to all Australians, universal publically funded healthcare, universal publically funded education (right up to and including university), we have strictly enforced speed limits on our roads, ditto drunk driving (the limit is literally li
  12. Yeah - it's HTML 5. And YouTube will be switching to it by default soon.
  13. There is an entire field called 'concurrent programming' which disagrees with you and wants to violently punch you in the face.
  14. If you're into building your own computer from scratch from NAND, then writing a compiler for a language to use on the computer, then writing a small OS to run it and the version of Tetris you coded on it, then try this (click 'Course' on the left-hand menu): http://www.nand2tetris.org/ It's nice because it's a general brush-up on almost all aspects of computer engineering, computer science, and software engineering. Plus, you get to build your own computer. I think I've grown on hardware projects like this and Arduino these days because it's so much easier to get the motivation fo
  15. Voting results has seen an ebb and flow, however. Oh, definitely. It's essentially sinusoidal (with occasional 3 terms of the same party or a single term of one party here and there). Actually, I suppose it's more a step function. But Volourn was basically acting like it's sinusoidal/step-like by nature, rather than because of internal dynamics. No way Jose. If the alternative party is consistently ****, people will never vote for them. Japan, for all its cultural differences, is perhaps a good example of that. The Republicans can easily win again. People would just LOVE to vote
  16. Krezzie, this is why you are bonkers and sitting in your strange ivory tower, constructed completely out of astro-turf. Because if you honestly think that Joe Soap in Ohio didn't vote for Romney because of his position on AGW then you are nuts. Calm it down you hothead. Some Ohioans won't vote against a Republican candidate because of his lies on global warming by itself. Other Ohoians will vote against him because of this. But yet more Ohians will definitely vote against a candidate with a twisted anti-abortion stance who denies evolution is real and believes global warming
  17. It doesn't go in cycles at all, Volourn. People don't vote in cycles. They don't go "oh, the Dems have been in power for 8 years, now I'll vote Republican". People vote according to issues relevant to them. The Republicans are not relevant to women, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, or educated people. Take a look at the demographic analyses of the election. Take a look at how the Hispanic and black vote-share has changed over the past, say, 4 elections. The only way the Republicans can start winning again is by either a) relying on a huge Democratic screw up, or b) being less
  18. Yeah, I thought of that as I was posting. Although I think Deus Ex 1 pulled off an acceptable level of scientific accuracy, too - for what constituted scientific accuracy in the year 2000. Based on some of the stuff I've seen in Nature articles, modern nanotechnology is both far more advanced in some ways and far less advanced in other ways than Deus Ex 1 nanotechnology. Still internal consistency is a basic requirement of scientific accuracy, so if games could at least nail that down first, it would be a good start (and, really, an endpoint for fantasy games). Some do. Many don't. Jud
  19. One of the first things I ever built as a "self taught" C64 programmer (several years before I signed up for CS at the university) was a two-pass assembler, basic was just too slow Does building your own DMA hardware using only 74xx series of chips count as qualification for handling boolean math? I had no problems constructing my own neural networks and train them (when I was younger). It would be interesting to see how it perform on quantum computers. I once developed (as part of a team) a programming language for distributed processing on a network of Unix machines for calculati
  20. About ****ing time! I'm absolutely sick of the pseudoscience bull**** which artists push these days. I will be all over this game if what is said in the article is true. I think I pledged so I guess I'm all over it anyway, but still. Deus Ex 1 may have been 'magick-y', but it adhered to its own internal rules. And heck, it had internal rules in the first place! The Fallouts were also fairly like this (tending to delve often into real-world science, politics, and economics amongst the odd vacuum tube and mutant). Even Planescape: Torment - a fantasy game - was like this.
  21. Entirely anecdotal, but I suck at math (a nice way of saying 'a complete disaster') and made modestly successful career out of development Maybe my natural affinity for languages and transforming problems into something I can visualize (in my mind) and express with the tools at hand may have helped. It sure wasn't math. I don't know if you could get by like that these days. I mean, I already know plenty of people my age who do, and I suppose they're doing well for themselves - it'd be hard not to as a programmer. But the market is saturated with IT grads - and while yes, I admit th
  22. Kinky lol. Should that be sexa-? Or hex-? Just keep in mind that Windows doesn't perform as well under virtualisation as it does when run natively. I imagine this is also true for Linux. A better idea, Gorth, would be to download the Ubuntu 12.10 .iso file (which you'll need to do either way): http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop And then use this simple programme to make a bootable USB stick (with some persistent storage if you desire): http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows This way, you can try out Ubuntu natively from the USB, and the
  23. Regarding where the Republicans are going horribly, horribly, wrong, a huge chunk of their "wrongness" can be found in their collective attitude to science and maths: an attitude of disdain. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than their approach to the science of evolution or global warming (it's the same approach for both), but if we don't want to go down that path, then let's just look at how they handled Nate Silver's electoral predictions (his blog is linked to in the very first post of this thread): http://blog.chron.co...om-nate-silver/ What must go on in their minds to sus
  24. OKAY, odd, you're saying that we SHOULDN'T adjust for inflation? What a ludicrously novel idea! I think it's a load of tripe, but I don't care, because exactly the same trend line is evident whether adjust for inflation or not, so again: Republicans = bad for stock market, Democrats = good. Insofar as using stock market growth as an indicator of presidential performance is a good idea - which it surely isn't - but you conservatives seem to be in love with money, so I'll run with what works for you. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Q1a3bP-GV8Y/T1ajvk0N9oI/AAAAAAAABSg/8TheBHlMppk/s1600/Dow%2BIn
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