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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Star Trek
« on: December 26, 2013, 08:41:37 PM »
Perhaps you should move to Stargate?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Religion and for-profit business
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:45:08 PM »
Whew! This is a toughie! Although I'm a Jew, I got 3 degrees (2 BA's & 1 MA) from a Catholic university. The question isn't whether abortion or birth control is moral or not. That's not what we're debating. The debate is whether someone should be forced to pay for someone else's moral choices when they disagree w/ those choices. I have thought about this @ length, & I think I have to come down on saying no. A person or persons should not be obligated to provide birth control or abortions to another person when they oppose it for religious reasons. To force them to is to make a mockery of the 1st Amendment.
What about Jehovas Witnesses and blood transfusions/organ transplants?

In the same vein, Scientologists don't believe in psychiatry, so could a corporation deny access to mental health services because they claim to be Scientologist?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Drugs should be legal.
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:10:26 PM »
Alcohol and cigarettes pose serious health risks as well as being addictive.  Regulations can help limit the exposure of the more dangerous drugs and addiction help would probably be more readily available to them.  The supply would also be regulated and the product would then be safer than it currently is since they would have to meet a specific standard to be commercially sold.

This is especially true for amphetamines, where pharmaceutical grade drugs have relatively few long term negative health effects when compared to the street versions.

Technology & Information / Re: Xbox users are bricking their consoles
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:30:10 AM »
Dead Rising 3 is 720p at 30 FPS with frequent drops.

Sometimes dropping to 10-12 FPS, even, which makes it worse. Not to mention like Call of Duty and Battlefield had to be lowered to 720p on Xbox One 'cause they couldn't make it run as well.

It's because there is a dedicated portion of the hardware that just goes into making the Kinect work. If Microsoft let the games use that bit, they'd run much better. Or at least that's what I've read.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Gateway Musicians
« on: December 06, 2013, 10:00:31 PM »
I can't really say. I've always embraced all sorts of music, probably because my parents listened to a variety of music while I was growing up.

What if I don't happen to have random gun parts around the house? Can this still be done?
Why would you want to even be like on those nut cases in the first place? There flippin crazy!!!!!!!

Because currently I don't have a gun, but if the country went sideways, it'd be nice to know that I could construct one out of a shovel.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: FES Book Club
« on: December 03, 2013, 10:45:48 PM »
I just finished "The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values" by Sam Harris.  I found it to be quite illuminating but those that know Sam Harris' beliefs can likely just watch his Ted Talk on the same topic.

Maybe after we get some more regulars/traffic we can actually start up a monthly or quarterly club to discuss a specific book if people are into that idea.

I would be in to this.

I didn't care for "The Moral Landscape" at all. I agreed with everything he was saying, but his arguments didn't seem very well laid out.

What if I don't happen to have random gun parts around the house? Can this still be done?

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