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Uh oh. It looks like the veneer was just washed off Robert’s agenda. And I’d venture to say all the other Democrats had a similar reaction. Now, with a second shooting occurring only an hour or so ago in Ohio, they’ll probably go full tilt with gun control in their campaigns. I don’t think they’ll be able to take down the 2nd Amendment, but I can see most blue states banning rifle ammo over the course of the next couple of years.

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Technology & Information / New laptop
« on: June 26, 2019, 07:01:00 AM »
Welcome to yet another new tech purchase advice thread.

I'm getting a new laptop. I'm looking at the most recent MacBook Air and the Thinkpad X1 Carbon (base model). I'm really interested in the opinions of people who already have variants of the Thinkpad since I've never owned a modern one before. How would it compare to the MacBook air? I've never actually seen an X1 in person since they seem to be missing from every tech showroom I've been to. I'm also curious about the build quality of recent, Lenovo made Thinkpads. I have an old IBM Thinkpad in the garage that is heavy enough and sturdy enough to murder someone with, but I've heard the build quality has somewhat declined since Lenovo took over.

With Apple's recent price gouging shenanigans, I'm leaning towards the X1. It has ports for days, a sexy af carbon fiber frame, and that jet black matte finish that will make any nerd lift his skirt in a hot second. I'll also be doing plenty of virtualization, so the quad core i5 would be spicy as fuck compared to the dual core i5 on the Air. Although, the idea of having a Windows based laptop kind of makes me cringe. I'm worried about battery optimization and heat dissipation mostly. What do you computer dudes think?

One final note: I probably wouldn't install a different OS on the Thinkpad.

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Arts & Entertainment / Albion Online
« on: March 26, 2019, 07:04:34 AM »
I started playing this modern Runescape style MMO a couple weeks ago and now I can’t stop. It has full loot pvp, so if you die in an endgame zone other players who are not part of your alliance can take your gear and stowed items. It sounds harsh, but you can avoid dying a lot of the time if you know how to play. That constant threat of being ganked makes the game extremely thrilling.

It’s going free to play on April 10, but if anyone wants to try it immediately I can send you a 7 day trial key.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / American Police vs British Police
« on: October 26, 2018, 04:24:48 AM »
First we have the British chaps who look like they just want to go home and watch a nice game of football:


Then we have the American police who look like they're actually having fun dispersing riots:

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Arts & Entertainment / Fallout 76
« on: October 19, 2018, 04:36:13 AM »
Is anyone going to play it? What platform?


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Political Musings
« on: September 19, 2018, 06:17:06 AM »
Seems about right.



I am more authoritarian than libertarian, libertarianism is a meme that relies on everyone holding hands and getting along.

I'm also in favour of government regulations on the free market so I think it placed me fairly.

Red is objectively the worst quadrant.

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Science & Alternative Science / Aliunz and SETI
« on: July 13, 2018, 04:55:35 AM »
Why is SETI wasting time and money looking for aliens in the radio spectrum? Is it just a front to buy time until a better technology comes around (like Laser Seti) so they don't get put on the chopping block? Because the only way we'd ever pick up an alien radio transmission is if it was a massively boosted signal aimed right at us. And that doesn't seem like it will ever happen unless aliens knew we were capable of receiving it, or knew that there was intelligent life here at all. Because an errant radio transmission from one of their tv shows or military things would be indistinguishable from background noise by the time it got to us unless they were within dozens of light years. Aliens could be within 100-500 light years and we would probably never even know it.

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Or Scouts BSA for short.

I just wanted to what you all thought of this. They have been accepting girls for a few months already. Their enrollment must be tanking hard.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-scouts/u-s-boy-scouts-to-change-name-in-appeal-to-girls-idUSKBN1I32EQ

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"Fermi’s Paradox is the apparent contradiction between the high probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and the lack of contact with such civilizations."

It makes a lot of sense, right? On the surface it does, but it has never been convincing to me. Here are some of the things I think it overlooks:
  • There IS evidence in our field of view. Our detection methods are just too primitive
  • They don't want us to know about them
  • They are too far away to be contacted/observed
  • They made their presence known in the past and decided we were weak sauce
  • Earth is an afterthought. Like an anthill you don't notice while driving through the Nevada desert (the ants don't notice you either)
  • They don't want us to hack their data centers (lols)

I don't think the Fermi paradox fully appreciates just how big the universe is.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Modern Feminism
« on: May 13, 2017, 05:33:30 AM »
https://www.facebook.com/xicanisma/posts/1630630620311008 (read the comments too)

Terrifyingly hypocritical.

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Technology & Information / Discord
« on: January 29, 2017, 12:11:31 PM »
I made a Discord server if anyone wants to join.

https://discord.gg/VWSYn

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Technology & Information / What in the fuck?
« on: October 27, 2016, 05:56:33 PM »
So the new MacBooks don't have hdmi or USB. They have 4 thunderbolt ports. Weeeewwwww lad.

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Arts & Entertainment / No Man's Sky
« on: August 03, 2016, 07:56:21 AM »
I just pre-purchased this on Steam after watching every single Sean Murray demonstration. I'm either going to play it for 10 minutes and realize I wasted $60, or I'm going to be playing it for 12 hours a day for the first few days. Right now, I feel like it's likely to be the latter.

For those of you who haven't heard of it it is a sci-fi exploration game in which all players exist in the same universe and explore planets and star systems. Players can name planets, creatures and plants that they are the first to discover. The game's lead designer, Sean Murray, has said that the universe is so huge that coming across a planet that another player has discovered will be very unlikely. Supposedly, there are 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 discoverable planets.


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Technology & Information / Building a New PC today
« on: July 22, 2016, 07:51:02 PM »
http://pcpartpicker.com/list/LffKBP

All this PC talk got me hot and bothered, so I'm building my first system with DDR4 memory. The inspiration for a mini ITX build came from the NZXT. Manta case. It has a hub to power up to 8 fans, which is pretty nice considering the fact that the motherboard I ordered only has 2 fan headers. I will probably end up upgrading it with an Nvidia GTX 1000 series GPU next year, assuming I don't get bottlenecked by the CPU. Discuss, berate etc...

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Arts & Entertainment / New Legend of Zelda
« on: June 17, 2016, 05:12:49 AM »
This game looks incredible. Like best game of the decade incredible.


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Technology & Information / Does anyone know about bikes?
« on: May 11, 2016, 05:36:52 PM »
I got a new bike that I assembled myself and I'm having trouble with one part. The handlebar is secured via a quill stem. Basically, you insert the stem into the tube and turn a screw on top of the stem. It causes a little metal thing to press against the tube, securing the handlebar in place. However, it seems like no matter how much I tighten it it always slips out of place. Does that sound like it's defective, or am I just doing something wrong? I was thinking of just epoxying the bitch on, but then I'd never be able to adjust it.

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Arts & Entertainment / Miitomo
« on: March 31, 2016, 06:31:26 PM »
It just came out for iOS and Android in the U.S.

https://miitomo.com/en/

So far, it seems a little like Tomodachi Life for the 3DS only with less features, but with the social media aspect.

I even took a fancy picture👍


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Greed
« on: February 05, 2016, 09:40:04 AM »
Lately I've been considering selling off a large portion of the unnecessary items I own. I've realized they were purchased out of greed and they contribute nothing to my life. In fact, they create more worry. What if they get lost or stolen?

For example, I own a collection of amiibos. I don't actually use them. They just sit on the shelf as decorative ornaments. I have an e-reader and a smartphone. The e-reader is completely unnecessary. I can just read on my phone. I have a messenger bag and a backpack. The messenger bag goes unused most of the time. And the list goes on.

The only things I don't feel guilty about collecting in excess are physical books, of which I have many.

Do you ever feel that twinge of greed when you buy something you know you don't need? It's become a bit of an obsession for me lately when I sort through my stuff.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Has math already proved god?
« on: October 24, 2015, 09:03:38 AM »
Integers are literally endless. If we can refer to infinity in math, why can't we also do the same for god? If there are an infinite number of multiverses, then there is an infinite amount of matter. Further, if our universe simply expands to infinity and never contracts, then at least elementary particles will exist forever. It seems totally reasonable to me, then, to assume an infinite being could also exist in some form. Perhaps it evolved to achieve immortality and learned to transcend dimensions or universes. It may not exist exactly as religions have described, but as far as I'm concerned, theoretical physics have already lent some credence to the idea whether scientists will admit it or not.

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