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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: December 17, 2013, 04:26:32 PM »
Yeah, the youthful exuberance does seem like it could turn in to arrogance really easily, especially on defense.  Russell Wilson seems to understand how to be prepared and focused though.  Kapernick still does not have me convinced.  Good thing he has Davis, Crabtree and Boldin to cover up some of his mistakes. 

I hope Seattle and SF meet for all the NFC marbles.


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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Should Mods Be Held to Higher Standard
« on: December 17, 2013, 04:22:31 PM »
Thanks Parsifal, this was well said.  I want to reiterate again, that I never said that crucifying a mod for breaking the rules is appropriate.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: December 17, 2013, 03:15:22 PM »
The Seahawks are hardly a lock for the Superbowl, even with home field advantage. I'd expect the Panthers do beat them, to be honest.

In Seattle?  How could you expect that? Seattle has not lost at home in almost 2 seasons. It's one of the toughest stadiums to play in and Seattle is on a roll right now.

They are on a 1-game winning streak.

The one game they lost was an extremely close game to the second or third best team in the NFC at home.  Otherwise they have been demolishing people.  They are relatively healthy, they have chemistry and confidence.  I dont think there is a better team in the NFL right now.

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Everything says they should be a lock for the SB.  Which is why they are not.

Maybe, but the NFL has shown that hot teams are the ones that go far in the playoffs and there is no one hotter in the NFC.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Yet another one
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:58:53 PM »
I am not sure what that Harvard study is on about since all the largest Western Democracies have fewer guns and fewer murders than the US. It is probably not distinguishing between handguns, assault weapons and hunting weapons for one.

EDIT: Another point this study seems to ignore is that some of those countries, like France, have extremely right gun control hand in hand with high ownership.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: December 17, 2013, 12:43:50 PM »
The Seahawks are hardly a lock for the Superbowl, even with home field advantage. I'd expect the Panthers do beat them, to be honest.

In Seattle?  How could you expect that? Seattle has not lost at home in almost 2 seasons. It's one of the toughest stadiums to play in and Seattle is on a roll right now.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Should Mods Be Held to Higher Standard
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:58:36 AM »
I think I have been misunderstood: I am not calling for mods to have any special principle or consequence applied to them when they follow the rules. However, there is a difference that, I think, everyone gets, when a mod breaks the rules. It might not matter to some, but it does matter to others and it is a logical and fair point of view. A mod who breaks the rules is extra culpable because they are not just another poster and to pretend otherwise is to ignore that they are the enforcer of the rules and seems absurd. As I have previously said, I am not interested in demanding they be perfect but you should prepare to deal with noobs who come along and think the mods do not have a leg to stand on because the mods are not more sophisticated than the average user when it comes to operating within the rules. I also have to object to the notion that this might be oppressive. Becoming a mod is not something that is forced upon anyone and to expect a greater level of responsibility from those who want a greater level of responsibility is totally natural.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: December 17, 2013, 06:00:23 AM »
Seahawks with home field look like about a safe a bet to go to the SB as you can imagine. My gut tells me something weird like the Colts taking the AFC will happen.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Should Mods Be Held to Higher Standard
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:58:27 AM »
Holding a mod to a higher standard is not oppressive. In fact it is generally impossible to oppress those that hold the power. Asking them to self-police to a higher standard is one of the safeguards against abuse of power.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:05:01 AM »
Nah. Gonna be the Seahawks.

The ravens beat the lions, so fucking what?

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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Gravity vs. Universal Acceleration
« on: December 16, 2013, 11:59:08 PM »
Atmospheric pressure would not be an issue on a balance unless the pressure varies greatly over the span of a square foot, which is highly unlikely.  Signifigant digits would rule out the Earth's magnetic field in the Gnome experiment since the Earth's magnetic field is measured in millionths of a Tesla, too weak to account for the tenth of a gram variations you can see in the gnome experiment.  It also would not account for the gnome weighing less underground, since magnetic fields get stronger as you reduce the distance between the attracting masses.  See below for the results of the gnome experiment at a laboratory 2kms underground:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/travelling-gnome-experiment-visits-world-s-deepest-lab-1.1294979

Your assessment that pressure is the same everywhere on earth and would not vary is false. The atmospheric pressure is different between locations. If you are in Death Valley, the air pressure is different than if you were at a beach in Florida or the top of Mt. Everest.

Your assessment that the magnetic field is far too weak for affect is also plainly false. It is certainly strong enough to keep a compass needle pointed at the poles, let alone affect the small parts in a digital scale.

I did not say pressure was the same anywhere. That is a gross misreading. Atmospheric pressure is controlled in the gnome experiment by zeroing the balance. So unless the pressure suddenly changes on one side of the balance it does not affect the weight measurement.

The Earths magnetic field is approximately 1/4 the strength of a fridge magnet, so I doubt it has a significant effect on a ceramic gnome or a lead weight, but the burden of proof is yours to show it does, so go to!

Could you explain why a gnome might be lighter underground when the Earth's magnetic field should be stronger there? As shown in the link I provided?

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Maybe, except that I have heard reports before the official announcement saying the Uncle was being tried for debauchery and other assorted offenses, and then heard so-called "political experts" saying the affair was murky at best.  I do not trust any state that does not have a free press, even in principle.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Should Mods Be Held to Higher Standard
« on: December 16, 2013, 09:03:17 PM »
I definitely do not think that Mods need to be utter paragons, to be sure.  That being said, if Mods do not show the same grace, then they cannot expect the same treatment in return.

Thanks for the reply pizaa, my concerns are satisfied.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Should Mods Be Held to Higher Standard
« on: December 16, 2013, 07:23:46 PM »
And a mods posting intersects quite nicely with their duties if/when they break rules and do not moderate themselves. That is why I think they have to be held to a higher standard, because if they are not self-moderating then they are failing at their job.

I am not trying to say a mod should feel their role is onerous, just that if they take the role on they should obviously take the application of whatever rules are in place very seriously, and I believe that applies to their own posting.

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Suggestions & Concerns / Should Mods Be Held to Higher Standard
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:58:01 PM »
In light of Rooster's recent thread in S & C, I wanted to have a general conversation about the behavior of mods.  I have always felt that a moderator should be setting an example for the other posters on the site.  They ostensibly exist not only to enforce the rules, but also to be the mediator between the administrators rules and the people who post.  As such, I feel their understanding and application of the rules should be of a greater magnitude than anyone on the site.  I definitely believe that you cannot ask someone to respect rules you yourself do not obey, but this belief is obviously not ubiquitous and I wanted to know what the feelings on the site are towards possibly creating a moderator's code of conduct?

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Technology & Information / Reliable Project Management Software for Free?
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:40:58 PM »
Does anyone know of free software that can be used for logistic and project management that can be used for billing as well?

Here is an example of free software to give an idea:

http://www.bqe.com/default.asp

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Flat Earth Theory / Re: Gravity vs. Universal Acceleration
« on: December 16, 2013, 06:38:08 PM »
The gnome experiment is not a controlled trial. It is not being conducted in a lab, but being sent from person to person via post mail.

Gravity measuring experiment are incredibly sensitive and outside factors weigh in. For example, how are they ruling out that the varying magnetic field of the earth is not affecting the metal weights in the weighing machine?

Different areas on earth have different atmospheric pressures, if only slight, and thus things fall faster/slower via buoyancy. How are they ruling out that either the gnome or the balance are not affected by the pressure?

The static force is said to be orders of magnitude stronger than the gravitational force. How do these experiments account for the static force from the floor, walls, and ceiling of the room the experiment is conducted in?

See: http://milesmathis.com/caven.html

Per the Mercator gravity map, my comment is that it comes from a space mission and is automatically invalidated on grounds that sustained space travel is not possible. These alleged gravity space missions were not controlled, either.

Atmospheric pressure would not be an issue on a balance unless the pressure varies greatly over the span of a square foot, which is highly unlikely.  Signifigant digits would rule out the Earth's magnetic field in the Gnome experiment since the Earth's magnetic field is measured in millionths of a Tesla, too weak to account for the tenth of a gram variations you can see in the gnome experiment.  It also would not account for the gnome weighing less underground, since magnetic fields get stronger as you reduce the distance between the attracting masses.  See below for the results of the gnome experiment at a laboratory 2kms underground:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/travelling-gnome-experiment-visits-world-s-deepest-lab-1.1294979

As to your assertion that space travel is not possible, the evidence is clearly against you, and you have never conclusively shown that space travel is not possible whereas there is a lot of evidence that it is.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Official Sports Thread
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:57:36 AM »
Holy fuck. Cowboys. Mwahahaha!

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Anyone who says "they know" why he was executed is lying. There is only the government story and it is impossible to say what the truth is.

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By the way, under the 20 year sentence he would have been eligible for parole after 2 years.  If he would have only served the 2 years and the parole board felt he was eligible (so long as they weren't bought and their review was legitimate) the 2 years served would have been a long enough in my eyes.

Yeah maybe. It would be nice if judges published their decisions in these cases.

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