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Forum: General Discussions 12 Apr 2014, 12:13
Replies: 51
Views: 3,646
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Wish Wash, Scary Monsters...

I'd be interested too, for nostalgia sake........
Forum: General Discussions 2 Apr 2011, 03:56
Replies: 10
yo
Views: 3,541
Posted By Nodrog
Re: yo

hello :)
Forum: General Discussions 26 Nov 2010, 22:36
Replies: 49
Views: 18,896
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Any of the old crew still around?

Hello

Dead_Meat/Aryn are still semi-around, Mer got married to DoctaDre I think but I havent heard from either for years, Torz is long gone afaik
Forum: General Discussions 17 Nov 2010, 13:33
Replies: 12
Views: 2,188
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Website

On the upside, yours is probably the 3rd best in your class (although number #1 (http://glynhollandm.glyn-applied-ict.co.uk/index.htm) and #2 (http://glynsaundersl.glyn-applied-ict.co.uk/index.htm)...
Forum: General Discussions 28 Sep 2010, 16:58
Replies: 29
Views: 2,945
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The "Intellectual" Left

maybe you should go post in "Alliance Discussions" about it.
Forum: Programming and Discussion 14 Sep 2010, 13:47
Replies: 7
Views: 4,301
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Google Instant

Anything that annoys SEO companies is probably a good thing on some level tbh.
Forum: Programming and Discussion 14 Sep 2010, 13:17
Replies: 7
Views: 4,301
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Google Instant

Its shit, like all the new Google changes. The sidebar on the left is shit, the new google images is shit, and instant search is shit.

Its done by popular search strings though I think (see...
Forum: General Discussions 2 Sep 2010, 17:26
Replies: 10
Views: 1,316
Posted By Nodrog
Re: So it turns out fat is fine.

This is a more balanced perspective (http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat-loss/insulin-sensitivity-and-fat-loss.html)

summary: The normal high carb western diet is bad, but theres a lot of...
Forum: General Discussions 20 Apr 2010, 15:15
Replies: 14
Views: 2,346
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Where the ****

horn still posts on SA, no idea about the others
Forum: General Discussions 3 Jan 2010, 12:44
Replies: 41
Views: 1,804
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New Years Resolutions

hey that seems kind of familiar............................................
Forum: General Discussions 3 Jan 2010, 11:58
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New Years Resolutions

an unexpected development.
Forum: General Discussions 3 Jan 2010, 11:56
Replies: 41
Views: 1,804
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New Years Resolutions

(what a faggot)
Forum: General Discussions 3 Jan 2010, 11:56
Replies: 4
Views: 902
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New Years Resolutions

good thread man
Forum: General Discussions 24 Dec 2009, 09:58
Replies: 10
Views: 1,437
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Brainteaser Thread

Nice idea but theres no way you'd ever get that if you didnt already know what the answer was.
Forum: General Discussions 24 Dec 2009, 01:17
Replies: 57
Views: 7,160
Posted By Nodrog
Re: who still alive?

Im here I guess.
Forum: General Discussions 24 Aug 2009, 20:12
Replies: 3
Views: 819
Posted By Nodrog
Anyone got Sky?

Just moved flat and need a new ISP, Sky seem to be the only one doing any kind of decent service so going to go with them. Need to find a 'friend' with Sky who I can use as a referrer so I get a...
Forum: General Discussions 19 Jun 2009, 20:25
Replies: 33
Views: 2,851
Posted By Nodrog
Re: MP's Expenses (UK politics)

Total nonissue. Pretty much everyone in the corporate world will try to score extra expenses when they can. Youre talking about a few million pound, its literally not even worth discussing when you...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Jun 2009, 11:28
Replies: 42
Views: 3,385
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Goodbye GD!

Its me I am the best poster
Forum: General Discussions 10 Jun 2009, 14:35
Replies: 298
Views: 28,471
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The BNP

Reading 1984 left me thinking..... heh is government torture really that bad? I mean its not like waterboarding is as bad as letting rats eat someones flesh. And the guy seems happy at the end, maybe...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Jun 2009, 14:47
Replies: 298
Views: 28,471
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The BNP

Blaming immigration for the country's problems is wrong though. There are a handful of towns in England where you can seriously talk about a 'racial divide' or race-related dilution of culture, but...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Jun 2009, 05:37
Replies: 298
Views: 28,471
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The BNP

Because the changes the mainstream parties would make would be to move towards BNP ideas (although obviously in a less extreme form), and most things the BNP advocates are terrible - even if you...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Apr 2009, 08:29
Replies: 36
Views: 2,429
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Holiday Cancellations

are you meeting a girl? :) :)
Forum: General Discussions 18 Mar 2009, 10:11
Replies: 13
Views: 1,780
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Facebook - Groups of Interest

its been done (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRIT_Awards)
Forum: General Discussions 20 Feb 2009, 07:41
Replies: 31
Views: 6,208
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Dhimmitude in the UK

talking of dumb British laws noone has mentioned this (http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=836675) yet (it passed)
Forum: General Discussions 23 Jan 2009, 18:55
Replies: 45
Views: 14,441
Posted By Nodrog
Re: All Time Music - Top3

http://www.last.fm/user/nodrogfs

:confused:
Forum: General Discussions 18 Jan 2009, 13:44
Replies: 48
Views: 3,357
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

No idea what your point is meant to be
Forum: General Discussions 18 Jan 2009, 13:39
Replies: 48
Views: 3,357
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

So whats your solution, should noone be allowed to travel abroad without your permission, or should flights just be taxed ridiculous amounts so that the non-rich cant afford more than one holiday a...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Jan 2009, 19:19
Replies: 48
Views: 3,357
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

couldnt care less about global warming, dont be so boring.

Apparently theyre evicting people from their houses to build it though, which is pretty disgusting. Would have thought Zhukov would be...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Jan 2009, 14:26
Replies: 48
Views: 3,357
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Heathrow expansion to go ahead

why is the expansion a bad thing, is it just environmentalist idiocy or are there actually reasons to oppose it?

have seen this story mentioned in various newspaper headlines but never cared...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Jan 2009, 03:25
Replies: 17
Views: 2,199
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Imagining the Tenth Dimension

Helldump is a terrible forum and the D&D contingent hates anyone to the right of Stalin
Forum: General Discussions 13 Jan 2009, 03:16
Replies: 39
Views: 3,080
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Are You in a Recession Yet?

dont you work in the civil service?
Forum: General Discussions 12 Jan 2009, 16:39
Replies: 17
Views: 2,199
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Imagining the Tenth Dimension

I was going to post a few days ago saying that the video was madeup nonsense but someone would have asked me to justify myself which would have been effort++, but since Jakiri has done it I'll just...
Forum: General Discussions 12 Jan 2009, 16:35
Replies: 45
Views: 14,441
Posted By Nodrog
Re: All Time Music - Top3

all rap music is shit fyi
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jan 2009, 13:53
Replies: 45
Views: 14,441
Posted By Nodrog
Re: All Time Music - Top3

Beethoven - String Quartet 14,Movement 5
Shostakovich - Prelude/Fugue in A Major (Keith Jarrett performance)
Beethoven - Piano Sonata 14 Movement 1


edit: non classical:

Can - Paperhouse...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Dec 2008, 06:49
Replies: 56
Views: 3,490
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Through the Fire and Flames

TK is pretty much right that the popularity of guitar hero and the dancing games is the product of an instant gratification culture which is built around meaningless second-hand experiences, and that...
Forum: General Discussions 27 Nov 2008, 04:08
Replies: 12
Views: 1,795
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Is your next door neigbour a racist f***?

haha is Zhukov one of those loony antifas as well as a commie?

you just need to become a vegan now and complete the hattrick
Forum: General Discussions 3 Nov 2008, 08:52
Replies: 14
Views: 2,209
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Election Prediction Thread

Dubious reasoning. Having a 'negative view towards blacks' may be empirically justifiable in a society where blacks are statistically more likely to commit crime and be poorly educated. It only...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Oct 2008, 12:51
Replies: 10
Views: 1,259
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Bartlet and Obama

theres no interesting direction for Obama threads
Forum: General Discussions 9 Oct 2008, 23:38
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By Nodrog
Re: I just bought...

I got a reasonably nice john smedley sweater off ebay for the princely sum of 7.50 this week.
Forum: General Discussions 30 Sep 2008, 17:02
Replies: 23
Views: 2,418
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Practical Ethical Question

Try it with splitting $1 million and the results would be different. Those sort of experiments are dubious becuse $10 is such a low amount of money that people wont really care about turning it down...
Forum: General Discussions 31 Aug 2008, 17:33
Replies: 22
Views: 3,160
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Advice for a friends first date...

sounds like we have a lot in common...
Forum: General Discussions 23 Aug 2008, 15:47
Replies: 22
Views: 3,160
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Advice for a friends first date...

Caring too much about clothes to the point hes asking advice on what to wear means hes probably quite insecure and lacks confidence which is a bigger problem than his dress-sense.

Also we all know...
Forum: General Discussions 31 Jul 2008, 18:04
Replies: 100
Views: 7,358
Posted By Nodrog
Re: G to the De-tox

aliens dont exist you faggot
Forum: General Discussions 29 Jul 2008, 03:44
Replies: 15
Views: 2,025
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Maths Exam, reward

I cant tell whether youre joking, or just didnt read the thread.
Forum: General Discussions 28 Jul 2008, 18:59
Replies: 100
Views: 7,358
Posted By Nodrog
Re: G to the De-tox

Can you reduce your argument down to like 200 words because I read your first post and still dont know what youre trying to argue and I dont really want to read all the other wall-of-texts in da...
Forum: General Discussions 21 Jun 2008, 00:38
Replies: 11
Views: 1,521
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Book Review

After youve watched it you can come back here and tell me I'm right.
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2008, 16:51
Replies: 6
Views: 1,320
Posted By Nodrog
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2008, 16:50
Replies: 11
Views: 1,521
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Book Review

The first half is good, before it turns into generic Hollywood 'wooo gotta go rescue the boy and kill all da baddies' nonsense.
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2008, 00:57
Replies: 16
Views: 2,637
Posted By Nodrog
Interesting flash game

http://logicgame.com.ua/flash/smartkitio.swf

theres no instructions, you have to work out what to do!

took me about 9 minutes to complete it
Forum: General Discussions 19 Jun 2008, 15:33
Replies: 11
Views: 1,521
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Book Review

Havent read it, but it's probably an introduction to Bertrand Russell's own views on the philosophy of mathematics (logicism). Its short though, so why not. Just be aware that its most likely a...
Forum: General Discussions 27 May 2008, 13:18
Replies: 33
Views: 1,374
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Economic Efficiency

A society where most doctors and physicists do manual labour most of the day is far less efficient than one where its done by less educated people, even if the doctors and physicists can actually do...
Forum: General Discussions 23 Apr 2008, 22:52
Replies: 12
Views: 1,082
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Snooker thread 2008

but all you do is play computer games and the tv isnt in the same room :confused:
Forum: General Discussions 10 Apr 2008, 15:47
Replies: 5
Views: 1,026
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Printing Photos ( or good picture shops)

Any high-street printing shop would do that surely? Why would you do it through a website?
Forum: General Discussions 10 Apr 2008, 14:46
Replies: 20
Views: 1,036
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Dichotomy

Yeah, this. In a media-driven soundbite culture, most complicated positions are liked to get distilled down into two extremes, and since you have 2 parties its likely that one party will take up each...
Forum: General Discussions 30 Mar 2008, 17:04
Replies: 5
Views: 696
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Arguments

Paul Graham is a genius and one of my favourite people on the internet, basically every essay (http://www.paulgraham.com/articles.html) on that site is worth reading.
Forum: General Discussions 24 Mar 2008, 09:30
Replies: 120
Views: 3,882
Posted By Nodrog
Re: GIF Ad Banners

Probably because theyre better at it than other subjects and find it less boring than History/Geography or whatever. Picking a subject at school doesnt mean you enjoy it; being prepared to do it in...
Forum: General Discussions 23 Mar 2008, 13:42
Replies: 120
Views: 3,882
Posted By Nodrog
Re: GIF Ad Banners

Quoting this because everyone should read it
Forum: General Discussions 18 Mar 2008, 16:50
Replies: 120
Views: 3,882
Posted By Nodrog
Re: GIF Ad Banners

GIF is the wrong file format to use in most situations, webpages shouldnt have animated components because theyre distracting, advertising based around 'flashy things' is generally an evil practice...
Forum: General Discussions 18 Mar 2008, 16:27
Replies: 120
Views: 3,882
Posted By Nodrog
Re: GIF Ad Banners

Perhaps we should explain in a friendly and helpful manner why you shouldnt be teaching school children how to design animated gif advertising banners
Forum: General Discussions 18 Mar 2008, 13:07
Replies: 120
Views: 3,882
Posted By Nodrog
Re: GIF Ad Banners

this thread has to be a poorly disguised troll
Forum: Programming and Discussion 10 Mar 2008, 16:17
Replies: 14
Views: 1,556
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New to Programming

I really dont see any benefit in learning ASM unless youve been programming for a while, but if youre going to do it then learn something coherent like MIPS rather than x86, and study it as part of a...
Forum: General Discussions 29 Feb 2008, 01:39
Replies: 21
Views: 1,128
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Imagine

Well I'm white and dont really care about what happens in other countries that are full of whiteys so I'd like to think that if I were some dumb religious brown butt I'd be equally apathetic about...
Forum: Programming and Discussion 21 Feb 2008, 21:52
Replies: 14
Views: 1,556
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New to Programming

its too low-level, you will spend too much time fighting against stupid syntax and machine level stuff rather than learning proper programming concepts. C++ is only a useful language when your code...
Forum: Programming and Discussion 20 Feb 2008, 17:57
Replies: 14
Views: 1,556
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New to Programming

Depends on the course/uni; if its a software engineering based degree theyll probably want you to use something applications-orientetd like Java, but if its more computer sciencey they might want you...
Forum: General Discussions 15 Feb 2008, 01:15
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Bridget Jones Diary

Well there are a lot of people (myself included) who think that a culture can be judged largely on the art it produces. Judging America by American TV/movies is fairly reasonable because ultimately...
Forum: General Discussions 10 Feb 2008, 20:39
Replies: 54
Views: 2,685
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What is a Liberal?

Yeah thats cool and all but you still havent explained how a guy contributing several times more in a year to social programs than youre likely to contribute in your life is paying 'close to zero'.
Forum: General Discussions 10 Feb 2008, 15:28
Replies: 55
Views: 3,117
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Tramps Tramps Tramps

Buskers generally arent homeless, nor do they pretend they are :confused:
Forum: General Discussions 10 Feb 2008, 15:25
Replies: 54
Views: 2,685
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What is a Liberal?

So hes contributing roughly 1000 times more than you to your precious social programs then?
Forum: General Discussions 7 Feb 2008, 10:13
Replies: 31
Views: 1,542
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD Movie Archive

I've been dragged to the cinema a lot recently so heres some short reviews of a few films I've seen over the last few weeks, complete with semi-ironic marks out of 10!


No Country For Old Men...
Forum: General Discussions 6 Feb 2008, 23:36
Replies: 51
Views: 2,070
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ailments and Freakishness

lazy eye (no 3d vision), mild OCD, phimosis
Forum: General Discussions 31 Jan 2008, 03:10
Replies: 54
Views: 2,685
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What is a Liberal?

I think its a mistake to look for ideological coherence when it comes to mainstream politics, or to try and investigate the essence of liberalism or conservatism in the context of major political...
Forum: General Discussions 26 Jan 2008, 03:52
Replies: 4
Views: 765
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Flip-Floping

Changing your mind on an issue is a good idea if you are a real person but its pretty awful in a mainstream politician because you know they havent changed it because of some underlying principle,...
Forum: General Discussions 22 Jan 2008, 18:54
Replies: 47
Views: 1,554
Posted By Nodrog
Re: A question about morality

Society doesnt kill babies, people do.

Are you suggesting that disabled babies should be forcibly killed against the will of the parents, or that parents should be allowed to kill 'their' disabled...
Forum: General Discussions 22 Jan 2008, 18:11
Replies: 13
Views: 1,171
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Polls

I think this kind of naive individualism is hard to take seriously when you take into account that most people in a society end up buying into the propaganda* being put out by the system they live...
Forum: General Discussions 17 Jan 2008, 21:47
Replies: 76
Views: 5,603
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New PC

All the girls in your hall are going to be hanging out playing Mario Party with the cool kids while youre locked in your room playing PC games and eating monster munch.
Forum: General Discussions 17 Jan 2008, 21:33
Replies: 76
Views: 5,603
Posted By Nodrog
Re: New PC

Do you really need all that? If youve got £1200 to spend then why not get a normal desktop for £500-600, a cheap second-hand laptop for college, and then spend the rest on a Wii if youre that...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Jan 2008, 22:06
Replies: 32
Views: 2,378
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Bookish? Inquisitive? Snobbish?

No way I'm typing like 100 books into some web page but heres a blurry photograph of my bookshelf!

http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/2700/booksup4.jpg

(the books underneath it are from the...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jan 2008, 20:16
Replies: 66
Views: 3,114
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Personality Test

I think the more fundamental question is why you would want to categorise personalities. I dont think its an accident that the Myers-Briggs test has its origin in industrial psychology - it was...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jan 2008, 18:50
Replies: 89
Views: 3,262
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Annoying election process begins.

I agree, but at least the British tend to accept this and display a healthy cynicism towards politics and politicians (although bafflingly they often still vote for the mainstream parties they...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jan 2008, 18:13
Replies: 89
Views: 3,262
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Annoying election process begins.

Obama's speeches are genuinelly painful to listen to; theyre pretty much the epitome of tabloid-rhetoric and populist platitudes. I tried to listen to his victory speech...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jan 2008, 13:17
Replies: 66
Views: 3,114
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Personality Test

Myers-Briggs is nonsense, but whats more interesting is the way that people continue to participate in these tests even when they dont believe the results are especially meaningful. Its kind of like...
Forum: General Discussions 5 Jan 2008, 05:26
Replies: 29
Views: 1,230
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who is the sympathetic one here?

I'm confused why people are implying theyre both to blame, it seems like a fairly one-sided case and the Mr. P guy should get hammered for it
Forum: General Discussions 2 Jan 2008, 16:28
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Revealed: the real reasons why people have sex

Yeah, probably. I dont think people have any real reason for reading newspapers (or watching TV news) other than some vague guilt relating to 'keeping informed about the world' , and the desire to...
Forum: General Discussions 2 Jan 2008, 16:06
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Revealed: the real reasons why people have sex

Yeah, I think this is characteristic of media reporting of science in general and ties into deeper social problems about how information is presented to the public. Science tends to be reported in an...
Forum: General Discussions 2 Jan 2008, 15:27
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Revealed: the real reasons why people have sex

I'm not sure how any of the findings are anything other than obvious.

Also you can probably argue for a significant discrepancy between people's self-professed motivations for carrying out an act,...
Forum: General Discussions 31 Dec 2007, 22:08
Replies: 89
Views: 4,016
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Best rep thread ever

5 of my last 6 negreps were from Yahwe.

Two of them were somewhat justfiable, the other 3 ridiculous.
Forum: General Discussions 30 Nov 2007, 18:14
Replies: 18
Views: 1,238
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Math

Yeah math, I think I've heard of that...

Could you be a bit more specific?:
Forum: General Discussions 23 Nov 2007, 23:59
Replies: 24
Views: 2,546
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [football] england

Also for diving and cheating.

But more importantly because the world champions shouldnt have to play with the same style of play that San Marino use to sneak a draw against France.
Forum: General Discussions 15 Nov 2007, 22:01
Replies: 33
Views: 1,213
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Health and Fitness

Not really; most of the times I've internet-diagnosed myself I've been correct. But yeah, you should always get a doctor to confirm it, especially in this country where it doesnt cost anything extra...
Forum: General Discussions 12 Nov 2007, 21:06
Replies: 442
Views: 22,667
Posted By Nodrog
Re: A Plane Problem

No i dont think you understand the problem the treadmil is going AT THE SAME SPEED as the plane so its not going to move and hence wont take off.

Its largely a question of coriolis forces; if you...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Nov 2007, 22:30
Replies: 15
Views: 1,587
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Law Question

Even if he was taking photos of children why would this be illegal :confused:
Forum: General Discussions 4 Nov 2007, 09:43
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

Ratios are essential to filesharing. You said already that you werent on OiNK so you perhaps dont understand how important ratios were in making it superior to shit like TBP or soulseek.

Its about...
Forum: General Discussions 4 Nov 2007, 07:55
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

He wasnt seeding anything.

A decentralised p2p service wouldnt work because you couldnt track ratios, and without ratios there is no incentive to seed.
Forum: General Discussions 3 Nov 2007, 19:33
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

It depends what sort of music youre talking about. Its easier for a rock band to tour than it is for a composer or an electronic artist for instance.
Forum: General Discussions 3 Nov 2007, 18:52
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

Your sample is biased because you presumably only talk to indierock bands who make most of their money from touring. The 'tour' model isnt really representative of music in general though.

Also...
Forum: General Discussions 28 Oct 2007, 11:35
Replies: 26
Views: 1,638
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Preventing Iran from getting 'the knowledge' to build nuclear weapons

The current cost for the Iraq war is around $400 billion. Assuming that regime change in Iran is going to be roughly similar, where will the money come from?
Forum: General Discussions 27 Oct 2007, 13:31
Replies: 43
Views: 1,394
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Copyrighted material

This is not true. Two topical musical examples would be OiNK and Radiohead. More institutional examples are busking and tipping in general, not to mention charity.



Noone has claimed otherwise....
Forum: General Discussions 27 Oct 2007, 12:59
Replies: 43
Views: 1,394
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Copyrighted material

I expect we're going to have a centralised artist donation system at some point, perhaps something like myspace (lol) but with the ability to donate to people making music you like. Use your...
Forum: General Discussions 26 Oct 2007, 13:40
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

Forum posts generally arent worth paying for but I'd happily buy a subscription to your blog if you updated it regularly.

Your point here is somewhat ridiculous though and your mario example reads...
Forum: General Discussions 26 Oct 2007, 13:33
Replies: 43
Views: 1,394
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Copywrited material

I've no idea offhand but I'd imagine so; if you want to watch a film by <some French/Hungarian/whatever director> then its unlikely there going to be a cinema near you showing it.

The whole...
Forum: General Discussions 26 Oct 2007, 13:10
Replies: 43
Views: 1,394
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Copywrited material

This is fine for pop music where there is a strong emphasis on touring, but how do you expect (eg) classical composers or producers of electronic music to earn money under this model?

I think a...
Forum: General Discussions 25 Oct 2007, 11:25
Replies: 30
Views: 1,649
Posted By Nodrog
Re: One for the rich people

Er, why?



€150k will buy you a nice TV and a house in a respectable area but its unlikely to let you retire at 40 or generally liberate you from working life.

It depends what you think...
Forum: General Discussions 24 Oct 2007, 17:35
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

haha soulseek
Forum: General Discussions 24 Oct 2007, 14:08
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

They have though, oink was a respository for stuff which would be extremely hard to get anywhere else (including shops in some cases). Its somewhat ironic that the stuff the RIAA cares about...
Forum: General Discussions 24 Oct 2007, 14:04
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

i actually have very strong and developed opinions about both the state of online space-based MMORPGs and the anime world allow me to share them with you;
Forum: General Discussions 24 Oct 2007, 14:00
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

hey ive changed my beliefs about intellectual property somewhat over the last few months so screw you haters and your allegations of consistency :(
Forum: General Discussions 24 Oct 2007, 04:49
Replies: 178
Views: 5,345
Posted By Nodrog
Re: OiNK closed down...

Well yes, they have. Massively.
Forum: General Discussions 15 Oct 2007, 19:13
Replies: 69
Views: 2,974
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Desert Island Discs

Well longer or more complex books probably have more rereading value - I imagine you could reread something like Crime and Punishment or Les Miserables a few months after your finished it and get a...
Forum: General Discussions 15 Oct 2007, 02:32
Replies: 69
Views: 2,974
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Desert Island Discs

90% of mine would be classical but you cant really compare 40+ minute pieces of music to shortish songs and this isnt an album thread so I'll leave them out:

Delerium - Silence
Nusrat Fateh Ali...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Oct 2007, 17:56
Replies: 11
Views: 825
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Radiohead

make sense steven
Forum: General Discussions 13 Oct 2007, 13:12
Replies: 11
Views: 825
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Radiohead

Do you not think theres a pragmatic difference between one of the biggest bands in the world eschewing advertising and major label distribution when releasing one of the most hyped up rock albums in...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Oct 2007, 03:07
Replies: 20
Views: 1,103
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The new coolest optical illusion I've seen

I think most people see it turning clockwise at first, I wouldnt pay too much attention to the right/left brain thing since I think thats a bit of an urban myth anyway (in its popular forms), and...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Oct 2007, 01:31
Replies: 20
Views: 1,103
Posted By Nodrog
The new coolest optical illusion I've seen

http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,22492511-5005375,00.html

The left/right brain stuff sounds a bit pseudosciencey, but the illusion effect is amazing. I only saw it going round...
Forum: General Discussions 2 Oct 2007, 18:52
Replies: 112
Views: 3,996
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Its things like this that make me wish i was still a student :(

This isnt old fashion its a stupid modern idea.
Forum: General Discussions 2 Oct 2007, 14:36
Replies: 112
Views: 3,996
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Its things like this that make me wish i was still a student :(

I used to be sceptical towards Excel but I changed my mind over the summer after seeing what could be efficiently done using it by my workmate who was pretty much a genius at it and used it...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Oct 2007, 03:08
Replies: 112
Views: 3,996
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Its things like this that make me wish i was still a student :(

I assume they make most of their profits selling it to businesses rather than individuals.
Forum: General Discussions 1 Oct 2007, 00:22
Replies: 112
Views: 3,996
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Its things like this that make me wish i was still a student :(

MS Office isnt an especially good program imo (Excel excluded) and you could just as easily use one of the older editions which do the exact same stuff only with less bloat and awful user interface...
Forum: General Discussions 28 Sep 2007, 14:51
Replies: 19
Views: 1,016
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Snap uk election?

But thats one of the primary reasons why central banks exist in the first place; objecting to that sort of lending is pretty much objecting to central banks altogether
Forum: General Discussions 28 Sep 2007, 14:43
Replies: 19
Views: 1,016
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Snap uk election?

The Bank of England never 'bailed out Northern Rock' what is he talking about :confused:
Forum: General Discussions 27 Sep 2007, 20:49
Replies: 4
Views: 672
Posted By Nodrog
Forum: General Discussions 20 Sep 2007, 19:41
Replies: 97
Views: 4,852
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Stupid police officers and the nonsensical comments they make

I think empiricism is often a bad idea when it comes to analysing wider social issues because there are far too many factors to isolate in order to make a properly controlled study. Positivist...
Forum: General Discussions 5 Sep 2007, 11:41
Replies: 21
Views: 1,653
Posted By Nodrog
Re: 20th Century Achievements

If the photograph is staged for the cameras then its possible for it to become a symbol of something other than that which was intended (and perhaps one which more accurately summarises the 20th...
Forum: General Discussions 4 Sep 2007, 16:57
Replies: 16
Views: 962
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Five Years Time

Yeah, this. ASG you need to bear in mind that most corporate graduate-scheme job interviews are essentially just a test to find out how well you can lie, so asking people for their honest answers in...
Forum: General Discussions 3 Sep 2007, 14:08
Replies: 20
Views: 1,315
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD pyramid

His pyramid seems to be far too biased towards how the middle classes in the 20th century viewed their needs, and neglects the fact that some of the most creative/important people in history pretty...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Sep 2007, 17:07
Replies: 31
Views: 1,542
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD Movie Archive

No I wrote it last night while extremely tired and it was hilariously rambling and pretentious.
Forum: General Discussions 1 Sep 2007, 16:45
Replies: 31
Views: 1,542
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD Movie Archive

I'm going to say that theres a difference between art and entertainment, and that films/books with clearly defined genres generally belong to the latter category.
Forum: General Discussions 1 Sep 2007, 16:37
Replies: 31
Views: 1,542
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD Movie Archive

Not in any important way. Its nonsense to talk about the 'genre' that Kafka or Joyce were writing in, and there is nothing worthwhile to be gained from making these sort of classifications. Its...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Sep 2007, 16:33
Replies: 31
Views: 1,542
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD Movie Archive

'Genre' is largely a term from mass-marketing which groups products together based on their most inessential details. Genre fiction (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genre_fiction) is generally looked...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Sep 2007, 02:36
Replies: 31
Views: 1,542
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD Movie Archive

good films dont have genres


All About Lily Chou Chou (Shunji Iwai)
Probably the most beautiful film I've encountered -pretty much every scene could be a photograph, and the soundtrack blends in...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Sep 2007, 01:52
Replies: 97
Views: 4,852
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Stupid police officers and the nonsensical comments they make

I'm suggesting that its an extremely minor problem in the grand scheme of things, and one which doesnt justify increased state intervention. Moreover, even if state intervention were justified (which...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Sep 2007, 01:49
Replies: 51
Views: 1,971
Posted By Nodrog
Forum: General Discussions 31 Aug 2007, 22:57
Replies: 12
Views: 1,264
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Hey guys I can't get on irc

/s irc.planetarion.com
/s 194.19.26.178
Forum: General Discussions 31 Aug 2007, 22:51
Replies: 12
Views: 1,264
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Hey guys I can't get on irc

/s london.uk.eu.netgamers.org
Forum: General Discussions 29 Aug 2007, 15:58
Replies: 97
Views: 4,852
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Stupid police officers and the nonsensical comments they make

I think this sort of logic reflects the irrationally materialistic view of humans that modern society has. Yeah, alcohol/drugs at a young age might 'damage' children in some sense, but raising them...
Forum: General Discussions 24 Aug 2007, 11:26
Replies: 30
Views: 2,571
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The BBC strikes out against stupid conceptions of property

This isnt freeloading at all; if your employer thinks that they have the right to perform a service for someone and then force them to pay for it (regardless of whether they wanted it or not), then...
Forum: General Discussions 23 Aug 2007, 17:07
Replies: 30
Views: 2,571
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The BBC strikes out against stupid conceptions of property

I find the article+comments quite interesting, since it gives a really nice illustration of the way humans cope with new situations by trying to form analogies with what they already know, regardless...
Forum: General Discussions 23 Aug 2007, 12:56
Replies: 24
Views: 1,015
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ze Art

I think thats an overly cynical way of viewing 'professional' critiques, and I suspect your view is being skewed by the current art establishment (which is indeed horrible). I think people who have a...
Forum: General Discussions 22 Aug 2007, 19:09
Replies: 24
Views: 1,015
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ze Art

Is this really all it comes down to? The artists that most people respond to will generally be the those whose work produces emotions most in line with what a given society regard as being good to...
Forum: General Discussions 22 Aug 2007, 17:57
Replies: 24
Views: 1,015
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ze Art

Does the type of emotion being expressed matter? Is there any significant difference between works which (eg) express emotions one might feel in everyday life (such as love songs or novels about...
Forum: General Discussions 22 Aug 2007, 16:13
Replies: 6
Views: 787
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Those crazy Americans

I think youre missing the point. Guns kill people, there are now less guns on the street, ergo society is a safer place.
Forum: General Discussions 22 Aug 2007, 14:08
Replies: 24
Views: 1,015
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ze Art

Tastes arent really subjective since theyre generally conditioned by objective factors; it would be expected that the average pereson today would have a personal preference for the sound of rock...
Forum: General Discussions 22 Aug 2007, 12:26
Replies: 24
Views: 1,015
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ze Art

A debate without names is pretty useless; are they trying to compare Beethoven to Kenny G, or John Cage to John Coltrane?

Well when I hear 'art', I normally think of painting but thats more just...
Forum: General Discussions 22 Aug 2007, 11:26
Replies: 24
Views: 1,015
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ze Art

I dont think I've ever heard anyone denying that the best of post-bop jazz is art/serious music; could you name some names to make this discussion more productive?

edit: you can probably argue...
Forum: General Discussions 20 Aug 2007, 14:24
Replies: 42
Views: 1,734
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Reading 2007

I dont think I'd go watch any of those bands even if it were free :/
Forum: General Discussions 19 Aug 2007, 22:56
Replies: 7
Views: 803
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Jobs: ARGH

Hi my names Gordon, what sort of qualfications do you have, and do you have any work experience? How many years of uni did you complete, and do you have a decent excuse for dropping out that you can...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Aug 2007, 16:35
Replies: 48
Views: 4,321
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Student Accommidation

Why is this depressing?
Forum: General Discussions 16 Aug 2007, 12:57
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

Because most people end up leaving school with the idea that learning is boring, that intellectual pursuits and art are less fun than football, that analytical reading destroys pleasurei, that hard...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Aug 2007, 12:48
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

The current education system doesnt encourage this at all, in fact it does the opposite.
Forum: General Discussions 16 Aug 2007, 12:41
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

creating intelligent people capable of critical thought who have a wide range of genuine interests, spiritual development, fostering a sense of world-openness, whatever standard you want to use...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Aug 2007, 12:33
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

What? Ive never said anything like that; pretty much every post in my thread has been explicitly exposed to this, unless you mean 'preparing people for jobs' in the most general way possible (in the...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Aug 2007, 12:06
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

Because I dont really care about career training as such; school shouldnt be primarilly vocational. Programming should be taught both because its an extremely useful skill that will be worth knowing...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Aug 2007, 11:42
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

Teaching Excel is a perfect example of what you shouldnt be doing in schools anyway. The correct way to go down that route would be teach students how to think about both data and programming, and...
Forum: General Discussions 15 Aug 2007, 13:18
Replies: 57
Views: 1,584
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Bumming smokes

Well I admit the morning/evening rushes are symptomatic of deeper social problems and theres not really anything you can do about them, but I'd still say that being stuck in a traffic jam for 20...
Forum: General Discussions 15 Aug 2007, 12:56
Replies: 57
Views: 1,584
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Bumming smokes

Train journeys are unpleasant enough without the stench of stale coffee and scones adding to the experience. I strongly suspect that the anti-car brigade are mentally ill; its beyond me why anyone...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Aug 2007, 13:30
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

No, because I believe both that the social structure is largely a function of the education system (albeit with a lot of 'vice-versa') hence changing the latter is the best way to change the former,...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Aug 2007, 13:03
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

I think we have to look deeper here. I dont doubt that children today would rather do david beckham studies than something worthwhile, I'm suggesting that the reason why they would rather do this is...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Aug 2007, 10:38
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

Is this meant to be a universal claim about the abilities of under 16s, or is it just a feature of children in early 21st century Western society? If the latter, should it not be a function of the...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Aug 2007, 08:58
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

You should read the first 4-5 chapters of this (http://www.amazon.com/Emperors-New-Mind-Roger-Penrose/dp/0140145346), its probably the best introduction to deeper mathematical concepts Ive...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Aug 2007, 06:35
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

People are often reluctant to start investigating a subject which they have existing prejudices about. I agree that students should be free to study whatever they are interested in, but I think you...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Aug 2007, 17:35
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

I expanded on that on my next post. Basically, not that many people 'need' to know any maths beyond fractions and percentages in order to be a Productive Worker, but maths has never been primarilly a...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Aug 2007, 17:23
Replies: 4
Views: 827
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Economics and politics

Physics envy is the scourge of academia :/
Forum: General Discussions 13 Aug 2007, 16:34
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

its nothing to do with 'needing it', the whole "maths as practical" philosophy is the reason why school maths classes are so mindnumbingly boring and why most of the population hates maths. It should...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Aug 2007, 15:45
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

It depends how you want to do it I suppose; most Western countries have fairly shitty cultures these days so you dont want to pay too much attention to them in the context of an arts class. If you...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Aug 2007, 14:04
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

total waste of time unless the students actually have a genuine interest in the country/culture in question; how many people remember any of the French/German they learned in school?
Forum: General Discussions 13 Aug 2007, 12:59
Replies: 168
Views: 4,474
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What Should be Taught in Schools?

I'd scrap around 90% of the current highschool curriculum because its completely worthless; an education shouldnt consist of memorising 8 hours a day worth of contextless trivia to be forgotten after...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Aug 2007, 11:13
Replies: 4
Views: 827
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Economics and politics

Blame university over-specialisation; if youre doing one of politics/economics/sociology/[political]-philosophy then you should really be taking lots of classes in the others as well.
Forum: General Discussions 10 Aug 2007, 14:22
Replies: 19
Views: 1,006
Posted By Nodrog
Re: More chauv rant

books are for nerds
Forum: General Discussions 10 Aug 2007, 02:37
Replies: 6
Views: 871
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] 2018 World Cup

Its not really fair to say that England has had no significant impact on world football; they introduced hooliganism for example.
Forum: General Discussions 7 Aug 2007, 08:24
Replies: 31
Views: 1,332
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Women's American ballthing

The winner of the women's internet posting competition would have made a far better thread than this one.
Forum: General Discussions 6 Aug 2007, 19:13
Replies: 28
Views: 1,712
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Decisions

On the otherhand, if he stays in Glasgow he can spend the year going out for drinks with Dace every week :)))
Forum: General Discussions 6 Aug 2007, 16:08
Replies: 28
Views: 1,712
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Decisions

Didnt you make a series of almost identical self-pitying posts back when you were trying to come up with excuses not to go to stirling? (here...
Forum: General Discussions 6 Aug 2007, 12:28
Replies: 28
Views: 1,712
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Decisions

Dont give up the place. If you decide you dont want to go this year (which doesnt really sound like a great idea given youre just going to end up sitting in glasgow spinning a web of lies while...
Forum: General Discussions 6 Aug 2007, 09:02
Replies: 17
Views: 856
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Group Assessment

This is some pretty boring material right here dante.
Forum: General Discussions 4 Aug 2007, 18:27
Replies: 30
Views: 1,063
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Feelings

quoting this just in case someone missed it
Forum: General Discussions 3 Aug 2007, 14:55
Replies: 34
Views: 1,135
Posted By Nodrog
Re: American politics scares the bejesus out of me.

I wish someone had taught you to be less of a butt.

hey man I'm pro-abortion at any stage, I just think that theres a difference between opposing late term abortions and opposing abortion...
Forum: General Discussions 3 Aug 2007, 13:47
Replies: 34
Views: 1,135
Posted By Nodrog
Re: American politics scares the bejesus out of me.

America isnt a democracy, pro-gun isnt a conservative stance, and opposing late term abortions probably doesnt make you pro-life.

this isnt a nodrog thread horn, why does everything have to be...
Forum: General Discussions 3 Aug 2007, 13:25
Replies: 39
Views: 972
Posted By Nodrog
Re: In the wake of recent events

Normally the difference lies in what 'equality' is taken to mean (its not an uncontroversial notion).
Forum: General Discussions 3 Aug 2007, 13:08
Replies: 34
Views: 1,135
Posted By Nodrog
Re: American politics scares the bejesus out of me.

You arent a person to me horn.

What do you think of that.
Forum: General Discussions 3 Aug 2007, 12:57
Replies: 34
Views: 1,135
Posted By Nodrog
Re: American politics scares the bejesus out of me.

It depends what you mean by fundamental reform; its obviously not going to be anywhere near as radical as my ideal changes, but school vouchers are a really good idea.

dont h8
Forum: General Discussions 3 Aug 2007, 12:36
Replies: 34
Views: 1,135
Posted By Nodrog
Forum: General Discussions 3 Aug 2007, 11:50
Replies: 34
Views: 1,135
Posted By Nodrog
Re: American politics scares the bejesus out of me.

You do know that at least half these things are good right? Im not really sure what your point is; a politician runs for office with a few good ideas and a lot of really bad ones, news at 10. If you...
Forum: General Discussions 2 Aug 2007, 14:17
Replies: 40
Views: 1,182
Posted By Nodrog
Re: radical feminists lolz

A lot of the 'feminist' stuff about language makes sense imo, i can sympathise with what theyre trying to do. Hofstadter explains (http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~evans/cs655/readings/purity.html) it...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Aug 2007, 14:45
Replies: 14
Views: 4,802
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Yahwe's Essay #1

Never heard of anyone on that list, dont care
Forum: General Discussions 31 Jul 2007, 18:54
Replies: 86
Views: 3,237
Posted By Nodrog
Re: #forums

I cant tell whether this post is serious but lol
Forum: General Discussions 31 Jul 2007, 15:26
Replies: 40
Views: 1,182
Posted By Nodrog
Re: radical feminists lolz

You're not in 2003 anymore Dorothy
Forum: General Discussions 31 Jul 2007, 14:48
Replies: 86
Views: 3,237
Posted By Nodrog
Re: #forums

posting in support of the anti anti-nodrog crew
Forum: General Discussions 31 Jul 2007, 07:37
Replies: 40
Views: 1,182
Posted By Nodrog
Re: radical feminists lolz

I assume the first 2 posts there are trolling
Forum: General Discussions 30 Jul 2007, 12:59
Replies: 16
Views: 810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Coconuts

You do realise youd have got the same results if you had asked the same questions to white people in Scotland?

edit:

This is a textbook example of how not to do statistics. You cant just lump...
Forum: General Discussions 29 Jul 2007, 16:19
Replies: 73
Views: 2,454
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Movie Review - Transformers

Well I dont think any action film could really be considered one of the great works of all time but even so theres a big difference between well-crafted action films like Battle Royale/Usual Suspects...
Forum: General Discussions 23 Jul 2007, 19:26
Replies: 59
Views: 1,682
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Litvinenko, again

People care more about Iraq and Israel because thats what gets more TV coverage, and I doubt that over 20% of the population even knows whats going on in Chechnya or the history of the region. I dont...
Forum: General Discussions 21 Jul 2007, 03:39
Replies: 59
Views: 1,682
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Litvinenko, again

When the UK decides to annex Iraq and proceeds to hold onto the region for over a century against the wishes of its people, repeatedly using violence against all seperatist movements including an...
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jul 2007, 22:02
Replies: 40
Views: 1,364
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Answer a quick questionnaire for me

McDonalds isnt cheap, not is healthy food expensive. You could easily afford a day's food for the price of a McDonalds meal.
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jul 2007, 20:41
Replies: 40
Views: 1,364
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Answer a quick questionnaire for me

No they arent, at least 50% of the arguments are either made-up or dishonest.

edit: heres a list
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jul 2007, 18:28
Replies: 59
Views: 1,682
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Litvinenko, again

Probably, and since Chechnya cant be blamed on America the political left doesnt really care about it either despite it being about a million times worse than the Palestine/Iraq situations. However,...
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jul 2007, 18:06
Replies: 59
Views: 1,682
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Litvinenko, again

Is this thread just a contest to see who can say the stupidest things about Chechnya or something.
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jul 2007, 18:01
Replies: 59
Views: 1,682
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Litvinenko, again

This is obviously true, but not in the sense which you apparently think.

what
Forum: General Discussions 19 Jul 2007, 14:43
Replies: 40
Views: 1,364
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Answer a quick questionnaire for me

Assess how strongly you would respond the following arguments

1) Astronmers prove that a comet will strike the earth in two years and eliminate all life unless every person in the UK has sex with...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Jul 2007, 15:07
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Philosophical Question

Depends on the person and how independent/systematic their works are. Often you arent going to understand the 'best' works if you dont have a good idea about their context and general ideas (in the...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Jul 2007, 00:19
Replies: 263
Views: 166,198
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD Music Archive

Come Out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4bZsSVL010) is awesome although more minimalist than his later work (ignore the terrible dancing in that youtube link, also thats only half the full piece)....
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jul 2007, 17:34
Replies: 12
Views: 747
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Student Loans

There would be good and bad points in a privatised/unregulated student loans market; presumably youd have to pay interest above inflation, but youd probably also be able to get a larger amount per...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Jul 2007, 08:47
Replies: 10
Views: 1,136
Posted By Nodrog
Re: new laptop

Why would you want to use a laptop for gaming, are you that desperate to play WoW on the train?

Get a desktop PC and a PSP.
Forum: General Discussions 4 Jul 2007, 20:18
Replies: 6
Views: 1,257
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Alex Gopher - "Gordini Mix" / Air - "Brakes On Mix"

If you look on the album sleeve itll probably say where the sample came from
Forum: General Discussions 28 Jun 2007, 20:06
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By Nodrog
Forum: General Discussions 28 Jun 2007, 19:37
Replies: 7
Views: 727
Posted By Nodrog
Re: J. S. Bach: the Man, the Music

What sort of level are we talking here? Do you already know the general basics of Baroque/Classical forms and what a fugue/canon etc are?

Are you asking as someone who just wants to listen to the...
Forum: General Discussions 28 Jun 2007, 19:34
Replies: 51
Views: 1,962
Posted By Nodrog
Re: A moral question

I dunno it would depend what I had in my pocket at the time I guess unless I needed the change for a milkshake or something.
Forum: General Discussions 27 Jun 2007, 20:32
Replies: 46
Views: 1,326
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Rape sentence too 'lenient'

These sort of laws are based on the cultural stereotype of women being easily-led innocent pixies who cant be held responsible for their own actions, which is just the latest incarnation of a myth...
Forum: General Discussions 25 Jun 2007, 23:43
Replies: 46
Views: 1,326
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Rape sentence too 'lenient'

Using 'rape' to describe statutory rape is bullshit and you should edit your original post to make it less retarded.

Also the sentence makes no sense and seems like a half-hearted compromise based...
Forum: General Discussions 21 Jun 2007, 21:00
Replies: 34
Views: 1,761
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Best uni for Computer Science

I think that your university plays a huge role in the sort of job you get, but it goes so much deeper than whether employers care about your institution when considering application forms. Its more...
Forum: General Discussions 21 Jun 2007, 19:20
Replies: 9
Views: 769
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The Welfare State

Is this sarcasm?
Forum: General Discussions 21 Jun 2007, 01:18
Replies: 19
Views: 802
Posted By Nodrog
Re: China overtakes US as world's biggest CO2 emitter

The point is that the biggest polluters over the next 50-100 years or so are likely to be non-Western countries, so while adopting envioronmentalist policies here may well have some impact on...
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2007, 22:33
Replies: 34
Views: 1,761
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Best uni for Computer Science

Youre not looking at the broader picture. It isnt about getting a job, its about being good at what you do. If you go to some Java factory then you might graduate with a degree but if you dont really...
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2007, 22:30
Replies: 34
Views: 1,761
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Best uni for Computer Science

nonsense.

If you care that much about the experience then youd probably have more fun taking the 4 years off and going travelling than you would attending uni.
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2007, 22:00
Replies: 34
Views: 1,761
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Best uni for Computer Science

Look at the syllabuses; if they teach something like Java in the first year and shy away from more abstract topics then its likely to be junk. Imperial has a really good comp sci program thats heavy...
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2007, 19:17
Replies: 53
Views: 1,740
Posted By Nodrog
Re: I'm SO moving to Scotland

You have to pay it back after you graduate except they call it an endowment rather than fees.
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2007, 18:08
Replies: 53
Views: 1,740
Posted By Nodrog
Re: I'm SO moving to Scotland

balanced out by the lower salary youll have

you wont be able to find an NHS dentist


highschool education is just as shitty and worthless as everywhere else though.
Forum: General Discussions 20 Jun 2007, 12:23
Replies: 27
Views: 1,030
Posted By Nodrog
Re: For Friends of loud music - #moshpit

Although they arent going that far, at least Sweden seems to agree (http://www.thelocal.se/7650/20070619/) that they have some kind of mental problems.
Forum: General Discussions 19 Jun 2007, 21:57
Replies: 27
Views: 1,030
Posted By Nodrog
Re: For Friends of loud music - #moshpit

metal fans are barely human
Forum: General Discussions 18 Jun 2007, 18:54
Replies: 29
Views: 1,314
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Non-English Music

Listen to Kraftwerk 2 (one of their best albums imo), its fairly straight-up jam rock. They didnt really start becoming an 'electronica' group until after Autobahn, but even then they were just as...
Forum: General Discussions 18 Jun 2007, 12:44
Replies: 29
Views: 1,314
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Non-English Music

Some possibile theories for why this is the case:

1. Language education. People in England and America generally have poor relationships to foreign languages compared to how well people in other...
Forum: General Discussions 12 Jun 2007, 08:06
Replies: 29
Views: 1,085
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The faulty electoral syste -rant

I've never voted either for what its worth.
Forum: General Discussions 12 Jun 2007, 07:02
Replies: 29
Views: 1,085
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The faulty electoral syste -rant

Because compulsory voting is a complete sham which treats the symptoms rather than the underlying cause, and any country with such a system is fundamentally broken.
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jun 2007, 11:20
Replies: 387
Views: 13,402
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] Summer Transfers

Mostly in the 30s, which is fairly irrelevant and means nothing in terms of their current support. Stuff before the end of WW2 doesnt count really since very very few modern fans are going to have...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jun 2007, 10:44
Replies: 387
Views: 13,402
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] Summer Transfers

Rangers are domestically more successful than Celtic historically speaking; Celtic are a huge club largely because they have one of the best marketing departments in modern football and trade...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jun 2007, 10:21
Replies: 29
Views: 1,085
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The faulty electoral syste -rant

Well I'm not particularly big on the idea of democracy and would only really support it in an extremely limited form (where officials are elected by mass vote but have very little power to effect...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jun 2007, 10:04
Replies: 29
Views: 1,085
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The faulty electoral syste -rant

I sometimes post on a music forum where people tend to have somwhat diverse and obscure tastes in pop music. A few weeks ago there was a poll where everyone voted for their favourite 3 albums, and...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Jun 2007, 09:02
Replies: 64
Views: 3,299
Posted By Nodrog
Re: And Justice For All

Do you have any actual proposals here or is this just going to be one of these tossing out meaningless platitudes things?
Forum: General Discussions 9 Jun 2007, 10:30
Replies: 387
Views: 13,402
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] Summer Transfers

I wouldnt say that being 'big' has much to do with what youve won - I'd say its more to do with history, the size of your fanbase, and (most importantly) how much you matter on a global scale. Villa...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Jun 2007, 09:05
Replies: 387
Views: 13,402
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] Summer Transfers

Liverpool were the most successful club in British footballing history over a period of several decades, whereas Aston Villa at their peak had a couple of years success where they won a European Cup...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Jun 2007, 14:27
Replies: 64
Views: 3,299
Posted By Nodrog
Re: And Justice For All

Three strike laws are some of the most retarded shit in existence, dont even try to make sense of it.
Forum: General Discussions 7 Jun 2007, 05:14
Replies: 15
Views: 777
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Uni Application

You're such a sell-out Darian.
Forum: General Discussions 6 Jun 2007, 13:11
Replies: 53
Views: 1,926
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Working/moving abroad

More money, cheaper living, better weather; sounds terrible.

'Employees rights' hardly matter at real jobs; I suppose its an issue if youre planning on working in wal-mart or something.
Forum: General Discussions 5 Jun 2007, 11:39
Replies: 87
Views: 3,573
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who Wants to Be Second Best?

Its impossible to calculate how much of your income is taxed indirectly, but 60% doesnt sound that unreasonable. Taxation as a %ge of GDP is 46%, but that doesnt include the myriad of subtle forms of...
Forum: General Discussions 5 Jun 2007, 05:45
Replies: 40
Views: 1,325
Posted By Nodrog
Re: London 2012

wait, what? Its a logo - a work of graphic design, not art. The idea is to make something clean and identifiable which in some sense captures the essence of what you want to portray. I dont even know...
Forum: General Discussions 5 Jun 2007, 05:26
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Pay to stay jails [DDA]

This is all rather silly; if the prison system is underfunded then the solution is to give it more funding, not to allow rich people to buy better sentences. Its not like there isnt enough tax money...
Forum: General Discussions 4 Jun 2007, 20:54
Replies: 87
Views: 3,573
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who Wants to Be Second Best?

The gay rights issues you discussed are incredibly minor compared to pretty much turning Britain into a police state. Yeah, sexual equality is a good thing but single-issue voting is stupid especialy...
Forum: General Discussions 4 Jun 2007, 10:26
Replies: 86
Views: 3,961
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Festival Wrist Bands

Actually when it comes to being a dick, wearing a band t-shirt in everyday life is roughly on the same level as wearing a football top.
Forum: General Discussions 4 Jun 2007, 10:22
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Pay to stay jails [DDA]

I'm guessing theres some backstory behind this and its not quite as simple as the article makes out because as it stands this is one of the stupidest things I've read this month.

You dont think...
Forum: General Discussions 3 Jun 2007, 13:14
Replies: 160
Views: 6,688
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Madeleine MCcann

I think hes just pointing out that sometimes people to tend to identify more with people they share a cultural context with, and that this is often split along race lines. For example, as a Turk I...
Forum: General Discussions 3 Jun 2007, 13:10
Replies: 94
Views: 3,034
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What should my home drinks cabinet contain?

No you werent, but nice work on the attempted backtrack.
Forum: General Discussions 3 Jun 2007, 09:58
Replies: 94
Views: 3,034
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What should my home drinks cabinet contain?

Other way round (edited first post)
Forum: General Discussions 3 Jun 2007, 09:55
Replies: 94
Views: 3,034
Posted By Nodrog
Re: What should my home drinks cabinet contain?

That wasnt the 'joke' he was making, the examples Belgarath gave were whiskeys rather than whiskys (whisky = distilled in Scotland and a couple of other countries, whiskey = ireland/US).
Forum: General Discussions 2 Jun 2007, 19:16
Replies: 17
Views: 1,327
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Thought of the day

Unless youre a religious fundamentalist/kantian its likely that your 'moral axioms' will be somewhat nuanced and context-dependent, hence requiring details about the actual situation in question. The...
Forum: General Discussions 2 Jun 2007, 00:53
Replies: 17
Views: 1,327
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Thought of the day

Abstract thought experiments about moral problems are almost always a waste of time, you have to deal with actual examples with context in order to get anywhere. The type of cheating that someone...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Jun 2007, 20:18
Replies: 87
Views: 3,573
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who Wants to Be Second Best?

Well yeah, I was talking about human rights stuff ('civil liberties' is a horrible piece of newspeak and whichever publicist was responsible for getting that term into popular discourse must have...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Jun 2007, 16:26
Replies: 87
Views: 3,573
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who Wants to Be Second Best?

I'm generally very solid in the "voting doesnt mean anything, its a sham"/"every vote is also an implicit vote for the current system" camp, but I think we've reached a stage where its just silly to...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Jun 2007, 14:34
Replies: 38
Views: 2,066
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Help me Obi-GD, you're my only hope!

I'd probably go watch Shpongle too actually, although I'm not a massive fan.
Forum: General Discussions 1 Jun 2007, 05:23
Replies: 263
Views: 166,198
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The GD Music Archive

Sparks - Lil' Beethoven. Like Steve Reich decided to write a pop album. Fairly minimalist looped vocal phrases over a largely piano backing track, and it sounds absolutely fantastic. Hard to describe...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Jun 2007, 05:12
Replies: 22
Views: 935
Posted By Nodrog
Re: FAO: tomkat

hey man whats up?
Forum: General Discussions 31 May 2007, 12:13
Replies: 38
Views: 2,066
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Help me Obi-GD, you're my only hope!

Its pretty much an NME wankfest and most of those bands are terrible, but the few decent ones include Rodrigo y Gabriela (get the Refoc album), The New Pornographers (get Twin Cinema), and Koop...
Forum: General Discussions 31 May 2007, 09:08
Replies: 22
Views: 935
Posted By Nodrog
Re: FAO: tomkat

In what way?
Forum: General Discussions 30 May 2007, 22:58
Replies: 22
Views: 935
Posted By Nodrog
Re: FAO: tomkat

People who watch big brother are cretins and ironically acknowledging/mocking your own cretinry doesnt make it any less cretinous; well done in playing your part maintaining the cultural sewer.

A...
Forum: General Discussions 30 May 2007, 11:16
Replies: 75
Views: 2,302
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Mmorpgs

Is this paragraph meant to be written in English?
Forum: General Discussions 30 May 2007, 10:59
Replies: 87
Views: 3,573
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who Wants to Be Second Best?

I think we've reached the point where anyone who votes Labour in the next election can genuinelly be considered either evil or ignorant beyond words, so I cant imagine what frame of mind youd have to...
Forum: General Discussions 28 May 2007, 20:45
Replies: 61
Views: 2,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Radio 1's Ten Hour Takeover

I specifically said that was for me, I'm well aware that isnt why most people listen to the radio (especially radio 1).
Forum: General Discussions 28 May 2007, 20:42
Replies: 55
Views: 2,019
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The Smoking Ban

But all of the stuff youre asking is really superficial and doesnt go anywhere near the heart of the issue; its like there was a political debate about whether it should be illegal for fat people to...
Forum: General Discussions 28 May 2007, 20:31
Replies: 61
Views: 2,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Radio 1's Ten Hour Takeover

Huh? On the rare occassions I listen to music radio, its to hear new music. So the most important thing is that the presenter has good taste and is likely to play something interesting. Links dont...
Forum: General Discussions 28 May 2007, 20:19
Replies: 61
Views: 2,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Radio 1's Ten Hour Takeover

I've no doubt hes got a demanding job; very few people could do what Chris Moyles does. However the difficult part of his job isnt being a DJ, its being able to entertain listeners with banter. The...
Forum: General Discussions 28 May 2007, 20:06
Replies: 61
Views: 2,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Radio 1's Ten Hour Takeover

This is all that needs to be said really, I dont understand why you would choose to listen to something that you freely admit is crap just becuase it fills up your sound space.


Being a DJ...
Forum: General Discussions 28 May 2007, 19:53
Replies: 55
Views: 2,019
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The Smoking Ban

A pretty good example of narrow-minded stupidity is the insistence on viewing all political arguments solely in terms of how they will affect you personally, in the short term.
Forum: General Discussions 28 May 2007, 19:41
Replies: 61
Views: 2,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Radio 1's Ten Hour Takeover

I hope you arent seriously defending listening to Chris Moyles or Edith Bowman.

Dont you people have mp3 players? Even if not, silence is preferable to terrible music and chav banter.



edit:...
Forum: General Discussions 28 May 2007, 10:25
Replies: 61
Views: 2,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Radio 1's Ten Hour Takeover

Why on earth would you listen to Radio 1?
Forum: General Discussions 27 May 2007, 23:10
Replies: 20
Views: 1,265
Posted By Nodrog
Re: It's wrong on many levels - I'm sorry

http://youtube.com/watch?v=f2bcPIXl8kc
Forum: General Discussions 27 May 2007, 23:01
Replies: 12
Views: 740
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Gavin & Stacey

Clips werent funny, and programs about average mediocre people got old after Men Behaving Badly (which sucked).

Seems reminiscent of that 2 Pints of Lager travesty.
Forum: General Discussions 27 May 2007, 16:25
Replies: 14
Views: 908
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Margaret Hodge

Thanks for pretty much proving my point in the previous thread :cool:
Forum: General Discussions 26 May 2007, 16:00
Replies: 19
Views: 701
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Dealing with Young People

Despite what they say, secure people ultimately want a mentor they can look up to rather than someone that engages with them on their own level. If youre effortlessly competent and show it then those...
Forum: General Discussions 26 May 2007, 15:54
Replies: 22
Views: 826
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] Beckham returns to england squad

Weir over Anderson is the biggest joke in this thread, does your Glaswegian provincialism know no bounds?
Forum: General Discussions 23 May 2007, 22:03
Replies: 37
Views: 1,119
Posted By Nodrog
Re: A Powder Keg?

I dont think its productive to demand that everyone accepts your framing of the problem as a precondition to debate, especially when a) youre posting on a forum where a lot of the regular posters...
Forum: General Discussions 23 May 2007, 21:46
Replies: 37
Views: 1,119
Posted By Nodrog
Re: A Powder Keg?

If you insist on having public services, then you necessarily need to have fairly strict immigration controls and restricted movement in order to prevent the system from being abused by foreigners....
Forum: General Discussions 23 May 2007, 21:43
Replies: 37
Views: 1,119
Posted By Nodrog
Re: A Powder Keg?

In the software industry we call it iterative improvement
Forum: General Discussions 23 May 2007, 21:33
Replies: 37
Views: 1,119
Posted By Nodrog
Re: A Powder Keg?

Several European countries never really understood the idea of liberalism and associated civil liberties like freedom of speech/religion. Its not really surprising that places like France are...
Forum: General Discussions 22 May 2007, 18:26
Replies: 129
Views: 4,994
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Internet forums

Humour my curiosity Maladoni. First time for everything after all.

Why be such a ****? Anybody who knows me would laugh in your face at the thought of me being freckley or ugly like you tried to...
Forum: General Discussions 22 May 2007, 12:35
Replies: 129
Views: 4,994
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Internet forums

Jakiri still posts and MM, Dace, hyfe and Proteus are the only ones out of that lot who were any good. We gained dda/ASG and Tomkat stepped up from being a fringe poster into the major league so it...
Forum: General Discussions 21 May 2007, 13:46
Replies: 15
Views: 934
Posted By Nodrog
Re: It's no longer just Father

But the Torah itself hasnt changed.
Forum: General Discussions 20 May 2007, 20:17
Replies: 15
Views: 934
Posted By Nodrog
Re: It's no longer just Father

Why would it have changed?

What does this mean?
Forum: General Discussions 20 May 2007, 13:10
Replies: 12
Views: 796
Posted By Nodrog
Forum: General Discussions 17 May 2007, 12:49
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Nodrog
Re: 'Base interest rate' and capitalism

But you wouldnt, thats the point. If fives had a repuation for being dodgy then youd surely try to get rid of your fives and hence use them as much as possible, preffering to give away 2 fives as...
Forum: General Discussions 16 May 2007, 17:31
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Nodrog
Re: 'Base interest rate' and capitalism

Presumably if 5% of all pound sterling notes were bad, people would be more likely to use pound sterling notes than anything else since that would make it more likely they were geting rid of notes...
Forum: General Discussions 16 May 2007, 16:38
Replies: 39
Views: 1,047
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Dancing on graves

While it may be true that Americans are on average 'more Christian' than British people, it should also be pointed out that a) they dont have government-funded religious indoctrination programs (eg...
Forum: General Discussions 15 May 2007, 19:21
Replies: 39
Views: 1,047
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Dancing on graves

Focusing on the 'evilness' of fringe lunatics rather than those who hold genuine positions of power seems misguided - yeah, Falwell said some pretty bad things but in terms of his actual effect on...
Forum: General Discussions 15 May 2007, 13:39
Replies: 22
Views: 938
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] West Ham / Tevez

An official set of rules governing the type of penalities to be given out for various types of offences is the only rational solution to this sort of thing; its silly to have bodies pretty much...
Forum: General Discussions 15 May 2007, 12:33
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Nodrog
Forum: General Discussions 15 May 2007, 12:29
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Nodrog
Re: 'Base interest rate' and capitalism

Indirect taxation via inflation would be the most obvious.
Forum: General Discussions 15 May 2007, 12:27
Replies: 17
Views: 816
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Ask them why you were rejected and tell them to be brutally honest.
Forum: General Discussions 15 May 2007, 12:26
Replies: 160
Views: 6,688
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Madeleine MCcann

The reason is fairly obvious, one death a tragedy, several a statistic etc.
Forum: General Discussions 15 May 2007, 10:55
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Nodrog
Re: 'Base interest rate' and capitalism

What is a pound? What gives a piece of paper its value? Banknotes say on them that they are issued by the bank of england, so if you took your a 10 pound note to the bank of england and asked to...
Forum: General Discussions 15 May 2007, 10:39
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Nodrog
Re: 'Base interest rate' and capitalism

I dont think the laws are 'severely restrictive' - your link doesnt support this claim anyway. Free banking technically exists in that people are free to use other currencies like egold/liberty...
Forum: General Discussions 14 May 2007, 23:53
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Nodrog
Re: 'Base interest rate' and capitalism

This is the entire reason central banks exist. I dont think theres anything stopping private banks issueing their own currency in England if they wish to do so; in Scotland only coins are legal...
Forum: General Discussions 14 May 2007, 23:43
Replies: 34
Views: 1,130
Posted By Nodrog
Re: 'Base interest rate' and capitalism

What are you asking? Central banks generally do various things, like controlling the money supply and bailing out other banks if they get in trouble in a way which is going to damage the economy....
Forum: General Discussions 13 May 2007, 16:38
Replies: 160
Views: 6,688
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Madeleine MCcann

Ah, the predatory paedophiles. Roaming the country in large gangs looking for unattended children to throw in a sack and carry away to the paedophile palace to be raped and murdered :(
Forum: General Discussions 12 May 2007, 21:30
Replies: 160
Views: 6,688
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Madeleine MCcann

If they had offered a reward for a black girl people would be whining about how they were only doing it to look PC/liberal/whatever.
Forum: General Discussions 8 May 2007, 03:44
Replies: 85
Views: 2,875
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football]Well it's all over

I'm not sure why being a lifelong fan of Chelsea is commendable when you take into account that before Abrahamovich the club pretty much stood for BNP-style nationalism.
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 18:31
Replies: 35
Views: 953
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Oh Come On

Its used for emphasis, and in context its generally the most elegant way of writing things. You shouldnt just use it for random sentences though. There arent any 'rules', it either just feels right...
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 18:30
Replies: 35
Views: 953
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Oh Come On

What could possibly make you think that "don't" and "wasn't" arent correct English?
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 13:52
Replies: 54
Views: 1,854
Posted By Nodrog
Re: I'm A Big Boy Now

Radio 2 is about as middle-of-the-road as it gets from what I've heard of it, but its still vastly preferable to radio 1 I guess. I'd rather just work in silence than have music I dont like playing...
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 12:07
Replies: 35
Views: 953
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Oh Come On

Using And at the start of sentences is fine as long as its done properly.

You were talking about TV shows.
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 09:14
Replies: 16
Views: 1,141
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] Free Football

Yeah they work sometimes, but are fairly unreliable in general. As I said, I'd advise aganist relying it on it for a game youre really wanting to watch.
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 09:12
Replies: 54
Views: 1,854
Posted By Nodrog
Re: I'm A Big Boy Now

Cant you just put a CD player in your car/work.
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 09:09
Replies: 16
Views: 1,141
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Football] Free Football

Theyre pretty much all terrible, youll just have your stream interupted every few minutes for buffering. I mean sure, use it if you have no other option and dont care that much, but dont put your...
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 08:59
Replies: 54
Views: 1,854
Posted By Nodrog
Re: I'm A Big Boy Now

DJs at mainstream stations normally have fairly strict playlists determining what they can play, you arent going to ger much variation between programs. Why would you listen to non-internet music...
Forum: General Discussions 7 May 2007, 04:22
Replies: 35
Views: 953
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Oh Come On

I dont think I've ever encountered a zine that doesnt read like it was written by failed English students whove just taken a politics 101 class; the thought of these people doing films/TV series is...
Forum: General Discussions 6 May 2007, 21:35
Replies: 35
Views: 953
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Oh Come On

Yeah, this.

Why does it matter whether the people writing the latest catchy pop singles are working for an advertising company.
Forum: Programming and Discussion 6 May 2007, 06:27
Replies: 17
Views: 1,337
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Would you use this programming language?

Emacs for windows lets you use the arrow keys doesnt it? And learning to touch type will help you in the long run anyway. I'd prefer not to use emacs personally because I'm too lazy to learn how to...
Forum: General Discussions 5 May 2007, 14:51
Replies: 44
Views: 1,633
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Touch-typing

I dont believe for a minute you can reach 60wpm with single finger typing, what sort of test did you do?
Forum: General Discussions 5 May 2007, 14:36
Replies: 44
Views: 1,633
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Touch-typing

Huh? I'd be amazed if the majority of hardcore computer users here couldnt touch type. I dont think I could take someone seriously if I saw them typing with a single finger on each hand (noone takes...
Forum: General Discussions 5 May 2007, 11:51
Replies: 50
Views: 1,675
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Vitamin Tablets and their ilk.

You've outdone yourself darian, that last blog entry is exceptional.
Forum: General Discussions 4 May 2007, 13:37
Replies: 9
Views: 685
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Job] Application form

I'm assuming that you used having sex with a fat girl as your unexpected solution to the problem you were experiencing, so you can probably talk about how you learned that its superficial to judge...
Forum: General Discussions 4 May 2007, 09:48
Replies: 50
Views: 1,675
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Vitamin Tablets and their ilk.

hey man am I the particular fellow mentioned in your last blog entry?
Forum: Programming and Discussion 3 May 2007, 22:09
Replies: 17
Views: 1,337
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Would you use this programming language?

I think the lisp syntax makes it superior to OCaml - its the syntax that really brings out what is going on in the underlying evaluation model. Yeah, OCaml is a functional language and you can...
Forum: Programming and Discussion 3 May 2007, 07:17
Replies: 17
Views: 1,337
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Would you use this programming language?

Lisp is beyond awesome and I would rarely choose to use anything else for 90% of tasks unless I was forced to due to lack of libraries. Learning Lisp completely changed the way I thought about...
Forum: General Discussions 1 May 2007, 10:13
Replies: 101
Ffs
Views: 3,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ffs

"Gun crime' is a meaningless statistic anyway and focusing on it is fairly disingenous. All that matters is the crime level, not the instruments which were used to commit these crimes - lowering the...
Forum: General Discussions 30 Apr 2007, 21:56
Replies: 101
Ffs
Views: 3,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ffs

Except it wouldnt, because theres no evidence that banning guns would save lives on a national scale, and all the poor analogies in the world arent going to change this.
Forum: General Discussions 30 Apr 2007, 21:44
Replies: 101
Ffs
Views: 3,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ffs

No it wouldnt, and events generally have consequences other than the ones intended. Looking at isolated incidents (including large scale massacres) is a pointless way of measuring a nations level of...
Forum: General Discussions 30 Apr 2007, 18:11
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who said that a US-EU free-trade area was impossible?

I probably said that its never going to be the case where its possible to import large quantities of goods from the US without paying customs duty because the british electronics retail industry...
Forum: General Discussions 28 Apr 2007, 21:55
Replies: 6
Views: 936
Posted By Nodrog
Re: a game

47 on normal (3419 points) then my maze collapsed :/
Forum: General Discussions 28 Apr 2007, 05:40
Replies: 52
Views: 2,737
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Segregation rears its ugly head.....again.

The level to which people care about Israel/Palestine still seems to greatly exceed the level to which they cared about apartheid/chechnya/australia-aboriginees, or whatever other similar thing you...
Forum: General Discussions 28 Apr 2007, 05:30
Replies: 52
Views: 2,737
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Segregation rears its ugly head.....again.

Religion is part of a 'cultural tradition' so this doesnt really make sense. Christianity in America is fairly responsible for perpetuating negative views towards...
Forum: General Discussions 25 Apr 2007, 08:51
Replies: 52
Views: 2,737
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Segregation rears its ugly head.....again.

its pretty retarded/wrong, but:

1) Far worse things happen in hundreds of countries across the world and the continual focus on Israel rather than places doing more unseemly is obviously motivated...
Forum: General Discussions 25 Apr 2007, 08:44
Replies: 29
Views: 815
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Where is my head?

I dunno man, it's going to be pretty hard to top something voted 5th best album of all time by NME.
Forum: General Discussions 24 Apr 2007, 19:09
Replies: 50
Views: 1,675
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Vitamin Tablets and their ilk.

I despise this country more than words can possibly express
Forum: General Discussions 23 Apr 2007, 13:11
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By Nodrog
Re: today I have been mostly listening to

You people need to read the first post more closely
Forum: General Discussions 23 Apr 2007, 13:04
Replies: 9
Views: 539
Posted By Nodrog
Re: today I have been mostly listening to

Tin Pan Alley is perhaps the ultimate origin of commercial pop music, along with Broadway etc.
Forum: General Discussions 19 Apr 2007, 20:15
Replies: 101
Ffs
Views: 3,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ffs

Of course, you could refute my claim by providing evidence for your position rather than more adhoms and kneejerk emotionalism. I'm not going to bother replying to any more of your nonsense in this...
Forum: General Discussions 19 Apr 2007, 13:59
Replies: 101
Ffs
Views: 3,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ffs

Making suggestions about the results of having human being walking around with guns based upon a priori beliefs about human nature, while ignoring what actually happens in places where carrying...
Forum: General Discussions 19 Apr 2007, 13:17
Replies: 101
Ffs
Views: 3,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ffs

1) You dont need to be an 'expert marksman' to hit someone at close range, and most people should have some basic firearms training anyway. Theres also the deterrant factor where a criminal would be...
Forum: General Discussions 19 Apr 2007, 06:00
Replies: 101
Ffs
Views: 3,810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ffs

Defending yourself using a gun is likewise easier than defending yourself with a knife. The American college this happened at had recently passed a law preventing students from being armed on campus;...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Apr 2007, 20:37
Replies: 24
Views: 836
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [football] PFA Awards

If Ronaldo is nominated for both then itll perhaps be a copout Drogba/Ronaldo award.
Forum: General Discussions 14 Apr 2007, 21:34
Replies: 19
Views: 27,257
Posted By Nodrog
Re: [Horse Racing] The Grand National

If science cant even predict the winner of a horse race then no wonder it cant explain irreducible complexity
Forum: General Discussions 14 Apr 2007, 12:41
Replies: 67
Views: 2,171
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who wants to live forever?

Meh, 'unwise actions' have to be evaluated within the context that existed at the time. Yeah, the interventions that ultimately led to fantatical Islamic leaders gaining power may look like a bit of...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Apr 2007, 12:34
Replies: 86
Views: 2,173
Posted By Nodrog
Re: GD Axis of Evil

I doubt that even Zhukov is insane enough to cite world war 2 and the Korean war as examples of America 'killing people to spread democracy around the world'.
Forum: General Discussions 14 Apr 2007, 11:14
Replies: 86
Views: 2,173
Posted By Nodrog
Re: GD Axis of Evil

I doubt that even Zhukov is insane enough to cite world war 2 and the Korean war as examples of America 'killing people to spread democracy around the world'.
Forum: General Discussions 13 Apr 2007, 21:22
Replies: 86
Views: 2,173
Posted By Nodrog
Re: GD Axis of Evil

I'm on the opposite side to Deffeh but I'll let him pick which one he wants to be on first.
Forum: General Discussions 13 Apr 2007, 21:10
Replies: 16
Views: 725
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Unknown Bands/Songs you'd like to share

Dont like the second one, the first one is good and has a nice melody but is a bit too simple/poppy to be much more than ambience (especially since I cant understand the words). Also the upbeat...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Apr 2007, 14:11
Replies: 16
Views: 725
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Unknown Bands/Songs you'd like to share

http://media.putfile.com/Nothing-WIthout-You-44
Forum: General Discussions 12 Apr 2007, 17:55
Replies: 227
Views: 6,994
Posted By Nodrog
Forum: General Discussions 12 Apr 2007, 15:57
Replies: 227
Views: 6,994
Posted By Nodrog
Re: bad rep/good rep.. what s the points and why no comments when issued?

Yeah, but you have to actually demonstrate that the system is being abused rather than just asserting that it is and then ducking out when called to justify this. It seems to me that most of the...
Forum: General Discussions 12 Apr 2007, 15:53
Replies: 131
Views: 4,834
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Best Sci-Fi Movie

On a sidenote, why does it even matter whether its satire? An ironically bad movie is a bad movie nonetheless.
Forum: General Discussions 12 Apr 2007, 15:44
Replies: 29
Views: 1,367
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The Console War

What? The original point was that joypads were a terrible way to play FPS games. This is correct - the only reason it works with Goldeneye is because the multiplayer is very slow and linear compared...
Forum: General Discussions 12 Apr 2007, 06:36
Replies: 131
Views: 4,834
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Best Sci-Fi Movie

Surely the fact that a film is deliberately trying to increase its box office revenue by dishonestly luring people into the cinema under false pretences is something that should be taken into...
Forum: General Discussions 12 Apr 2007, 06:30
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Selling stories

Ultimately its a military issue and if the Navy think its best for them to be allowed to speak then politicians and the media need to do a lot more shutting up.
Forum: General Discussions 11 Apr 2007, 17:14
Replies: 227
Views: 6,994
Posted By Nodrog
Re: bad rep/good rep.. what s the points and why no comments when issued?

Yeah, except this is bollocks really. For reference, here are the last 5 'non-IRC clique' posts that I've neg repped; which ones do you think are defensible?
...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Apr 2007, 17:02
Replies: 29
Views: 1,367
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The Console War

The only skill is aiming, and level knowledge. The simplistic physics removes the skill associated with being able to exploit the game engine to traverse maps faster (bunnyhopping/rocket...
Forum: General Discussions 11 Apr 2007, 16:45
Replies: 29
Views: 1,367
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The Console War

It works fine for what it is, but its still a kludge which removes any possibility of there being higher levels of skill. If it were possible to play Goldeneye using mouse/keyboard then the joypad...
Forum: General Discussions 10 Apr 2007, 14:55
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Another Blatant Attack on the GD Community!

Yeah this is a fair point, since as the Sun said (http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,31-2007160333,00.html) this morning:
Forum: General Discussions 10 Apr 2007, 13:47
Replies: 15
Views: 706
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Another Blatant Attack on the GD Community!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1705000/images/_1708212_paulsgrove300.jpg
Forum: General Discussions 10 Apr 2007, 13:27
Replies: 131
Views: 4,834
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Best Sci-Fi Movie

Putting Serenity at #1 is a bit silly given that its essentially a Star Wars clone.

Star Wars pretty much defined the 'scifi action' genre so putting any other similar film above it is fairly...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Apr 2007, 02:10
Replies: 18
Views: 846
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Easter

Religion probably has worse effects on children than being fat so it seems a pretty good tradeoff to me.
Forum: General Discussions 7 Apr 2007, 22:59
Replies: 47
Views: 1,377
Posted By Nodrog
Re: If you could only listen to artists starting with one letter of the alphabet

Shame that apart from Daydream Nation, most of their albums I've heard have about 3-4 good songs max (although Rather Ripped is good) :/
Forum: General Discussions 7 Apr 2007, 21:48
Replies: 67
Views: 2,171
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who wants to live forever?

I'm not sure why you'd fear this, it hasnt happened with any other technological development in history. There's generally more money to be made selling a reasonably priced product to the masses than...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Apr 2007, 21:42
Replies: 67
Views: 2,171
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Who wants to live forever?

Google for 'myelination' (which I'm guessing is what youre talking about), although you'll mostly find solid neuroscience stuff rather than dubious psychological theories about how it relates to...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Apr 2007, 21:00
Replies: 47
Views: 1,377
Posted By Nodrog
Re: If you could only listen to artists starting with one letter of the alphabet

Beethoven, Bach, Bartok, Belle And Sebastian, Bruckner, Vashti Bunyan, Built to Spill, Bobby Previte, Dave Brubeck, Battles.

S would be my next choice (Shostakovich, Sonic Youth, Steve Reich,...
Forum: General Discussions 2 Apr 2007, 19:47
Replies: 26
Views: 810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: calling all UK terry pratchett fans !!!!!

thats just how we roll around here
Forum: General Discussions 2 Apr 2007, 15:10
Replies: 26
Views: 810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: calling all UK terry pratchett fans !!!!!

Pratchett deserves a proper literature prize infinitely more than the 'lol this is a tragic tale about a poor family from africa!!!" dross you often have winning such things.

Without even...
Forum: General Discussions 1 Apr 2007, 22:23
Replies: 26
Views: 810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: calling all UK terry pratchett fans !!!!!

I'd like to think that after all hes written parodying the establishment and worthless titles, he would have the grace to turn it down if he were offered.

If you like his writing, petition to get...
Forum: General Discussions 29 Mar 2007, 07:25
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The first Iranian-born US Mayor

Wait, I thought we were only meant to be doing racism ironically these days.
Forum: General Discussions 22 Mar 2007, 16:40
Replies: 39
Views: 1,353
Posted By Nodrog
Re: It's not always easy

Yeah, pretty much.
Forum: General Discussions 20 Mar 2007, 13:36
Replies: 11
Views: 789
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Wii's

http://froogle.google.co.uk/froogle?q=wii&btnG=Search+Froogle
Forum: General Discussions 18 Mar 2007, 12:24
Replies: 22
Views: 816
Posted By Nodrog
Re: You think it's worth the cost?

Add on the cost of developing means to deal with any potentially dangerous asteroids if theyre discovered. A detection system is fairly useless if it isnt also accompanied by a program to deal with...
Forum: General Discussions 18 Mar 2007, 10:46
Replies: 14
Views: 824
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Your thoughts and feelings

The instrumental part is really basic and uninteresting in itself. The result of this is that pretty much all of the song's impact is going to be carried by the singing. This style of music doesnt...
Forum: General Discussions 16 Mar 2007, 18:55
Replies: 47
Views: 1,687
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Favourite advertising campaign of all time

TV ads dont annoy me much (well having programs interupted does, but not individual ones), but I genuinelly cant listen to radio ads without feeling physical disgust.
Forum: General Discussions 15 Mar 2007, 20:55
Replies: 47
Views: 1,687
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Favourite advertising campaign of all time

The growing fusion between information and entertainment is a worrying contribution to the public's shrinking attention span. Agree/Disagree
Forum: General Discussions 14 Mar 2007, 20:20
Replies: 113
Views: 3,988
Posted By Nodrog
Re: ITT you say things that you know will get you neg repped

youre meant to be aiming for negrep, not posrep.
Forum: General Discussions 14 Mar 2007, 19:42
Replies: 34
Views: 1,596
Posted By Nodrog
Re: what would happen if your mortgage lender went under?

suppose company 2 turned up on your doorstep and demanded the money. What legal claim do you think they have? How would they go about arguing that you have an obligation to pay them a $100000 lumpsum...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Mar 2007, 15:37
Replies: 34
Views: 1,596
Posted By Nodrog
Re: what would happen if your mortgage lender went under?

They care about the the installments and contract because they are buying the debt, and the conditions under which the debt is repaid are defined by the contract. They can want whatever they like,...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Mar 2007, 15:34
Replies: 26
Views: 1,202
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Tuition Fees

What are the benefits from a system which forces people to stay in a course which they no longer wish to be in?



Talent and hard work generally rewards itself regardless of whether the...
Forum: General Discussions 14 Mar 2007, 07:40
Replies: 34
Views: 1,596
Posted By Nodrog
Re: what would happen if your mortgage lender went under?

Er, no. If you have a contract to repay X amount of money at regular intervals, then another company cant just buy this debt and change the terms of the contract. If someone bought your mortgage then...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 22:56
Replies: 25
Views: 1,583
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Gf Poll

It depends what 'serious' means I guess, probably no though.
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 22:51
Replies: 34
Views: 1,596
Posted By Nodrog
Re: what would happen if your mortgage lender went under?

Surely your mortgage lender owns the debt rather than the property? The asset is the debt - thats what would be repossessed or sold off. The house belongs to you, not the lender.


disclaimer: I...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 22:45
Replies: 26
Views: 1,202
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Tuition Fees

The distinction between mickey mouse and 'traditional' subjects is somewhat dubious, since a lot of 'traditional' subjects are fairly useless (hello Classics, hello Theology) and are considered...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 22:39
Replies: 26
Views: 1,202
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Tuition Fees

Ah, the ironies of the modern world.
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 22:37
Replies: 26
Views: 1,202
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Tuition Fees

Statistics like this seem dubious since I assume theyre skewed fairly heavily by degrees such as medicine and law - it's not very clear why having a degree in English literature or theoretical...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 22:30
Replies: 26
Views: 1,202
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Tuition Fees

But UK tuition costs are paid out of general taxation - around £4.5 billion a year (http://education.guardian.co.uk/universityfunding/story/0,,2023473,00.html) to be precise. The fees that students...
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 22:24
Replies: 26
Views: 1,202
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Tuition Fees

I want things and other people should pay for them, here is my list of demands;
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 17:18
Replies: 59
Views: 1,583
Posted By Nodrog
Re: You Are Gay

wait why has my avatar disappeared
Forum: General Discussions 13 Mar 2007, 17:17
Replies: 59
Views: 1,583
Posted By Nodrog
Re: You Are Gay

We need some sort of committee system where JBG doesnt get to make any decisions without approval by an IRC cabal.
Forum: General Discussions 10 Mar 2007, 19:30
Replies: 30
Views: 1,237
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The 24 Hour Day

What?

Also yeah, this is pretty much what I do too.
Forum: General Discussions 10 Mar 2007, 00:24
Replies: 31
Views: 1,461
Posted By Nodrog
Re: robot rights. good, bad, or ugly ?

Do you think "she still answered your question though" is a good thing?
Forum: General Discussions 10 Mar 2007, 00:17
Replies: 31
Views: 1,461
Posted By Nodrog
Re: robot rights. good, bad, or ugly ?

Human: hello
ALICE: Hi there!
Human: are you a girl
ALICE: My gender is female.
Human: got a pic?
ALICE: Try asking the Milk Mystic.
Human: lol ya, asl?
ALICE: I am glad you find this funny. "...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Mar 2007, 23:29
Replies: 31
Views: 1,461
Posted By Nodrog
Re: robot rights. good, bad, or ugly ?

There's no obvious application of quantum computing to AI. Also the problems arent entirely a matter of computational power; I dont think it's fully clear how you would write an algorithm to (eg)...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Mar 2007, 22:24
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Honkies

I was making the point that the logic people use to oppose robot rights was somewhat analogous to the arguments used to deny minorities rights in the past but I can see how that may have been too...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Mar 2007, 20:52
Replies: 31
Views: 1,461
Posted By Nodrog
Re: robot rights. good, bad, or ugly ?

Youre thinking of negros.
Forum: General Discussions 9 Mar 2007, 20:36
Replies: 31
Views: 1,461
Posted By Nodrog
Re: robot rights. good, bad, or ugly ?

If you tell me specifically what type of AI youre asking about then we can discuss it. I'd be cool with Rimmer from Red Dwarf or Data from Star Trek having rights, for example. But the whole point of...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Mar 2007, 19:58
Replies: 31
Views: 1,461
Posted By Nodrog
Re: robot rights. good, bad, or ugly ?

The problem is that if you arent talking about a specific kind of robot (eg one we could actually build), then the question is vague and impossible to answer. And if you do want to specify a certain...
Forum: General Discussions 9 Mar 2007, 17:38
Replies: 31
Views: 1,461
Posted By Nodrog
Re: robot rights. good, bad, or ugly ?

Because some of us have vague awareness of the current state of AI research, and I can pretty much promise you that we arent going to have self-aware robots any time soon. It's possible that there...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Mar 2007, 16:55
Replies: 46
Views: 1,348
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Evolution of religion

Well from Dawkins perspective the reason is fairly obvious - finding out why people think what they think is the whole point of (evolutionary) psychology. He's trying to analyse why people hold...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Mar 2007, 06:27
Replies: 46
Views: 1,348
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Evolution of religion

Dawkins isnt pro-evolution as such, hes pro-science. He isnt advocating Darwinism as much as hes advocating a scientific approach to the world - namely trying to base your beliefs on evidence to the...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Mar 2007, 04:41
Replies: 46
Views: 1,348
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Evolution of religion

Valid in what context? If a person's ultimate justification for believing something is that they want it to be true, then they really have no place in rational debate. I think the world would be 87%...
Forum: General Discussions 8 Mar 2007, 02:48
Replies: 32
Views: 1,288
Posted By Nodrog
Re: my eyes are bleeding, my brain is bouncing in my head, my hands are shaking

B.C.E/C.E are pretty stupid replacements for B.C/A.D, to be fair.

edit:

Someone sucks at maths.
Forum: General Discussions 7 Mar 2007, 21:01
Replies: 46
Views: 1,348
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Evolution of religion

Talking about 'religious' experiences and the 'supernatural' is a crazy oversimplification, because it fails to distinguish between relatively naturalistic beliefs (eg Greek religion, witches), and...
Forum: General Discussions 7 Mar 2007, 20:52
Replies: 36
Views: 786
Posted By Nodrog
Re: T in the Park 2007

Arcade Fire are pretty good to be fair.
Forum: General Discussions 7 Mar 2007, 02:57
Replies: 36
Views: 786
Posted By Nodrog
Re: T in the Park 2007

Its like a who's who of terrible NME bands.
Forum: General Discussions 7 Mar 2007, 02:55
Replies: 24
Views: 832
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Song of the monent?

Afghan Whigs - Crime Scene Part One / Arcade Fire - Intervention
Forum: General Discussions 6 Mar 2007, 18:37
Replies: 29
Views: 1,173
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Are people in need of help or a smack?

This is one of the most bizarre arguments I've heard. Noone is being forced to do anything here, they're just having support cut off at an earlier date. If you really wanted to know what % of people...
Forum: General Discussions 6 Mar 2007, 13:08
Replies: 15
Views: 714
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Ahm Hillary Clinton y'all.

You should instead blame the country and system which puts so much focus on personality politics and equally superficial issues. Dont hate the playa hate the game.
Forum: General Discussions 2 Mar 2007, 07:36
Replies: 57
Views: 2,017
Posted By Nodrog
Re: English Fatty

Because the government has a responsibility to protect the more vulnerable members of the populace from potential dangers, and we've already got rid of drugs and paedophiles.
Forum: General Discussions 2 Mar 2007, 05:02
Replies: 57
Views: 2,017
Posted By Nodrog
Re: English Fatty

Not particularly. You can buy healthy-ish microwave meals if you want, Tescos have a wide range for example.

Sure you do. Most main streets have a Boots chemist and they sell a lot of...
Forum: General Discussions 2 Mar 2007, 04:56
Replies: 26
Views: 1,620
Posted By Nodrog
Re: The limpwristed excuse for a currency that is the US dollar, and you!

By the time you add in shipping and import duty, it often isnt that great a deal. The sooner we have a UK/US common-market the better.
Forum: General Discussions 1 Mar 2007, 23:46
Replies: 57
Views: 2,017
Posted By Nodrog
Re: English Fatty

Exactly what education do you think the average person is lacking in terms of health or food?
Forum: General Discussions 1 Mar 2007, 00:55
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Falling in love with the wrong person

How is this different in principle from (eg) an English man and an American woman who cant be together because of visa/immigration issues?
Forum: General Discussions 25 Feb 2007, 03:51
Replies: 56
Views: 1,992
Posted By Nodrog
Re: if you were given fifty grand

It's enough to satisfy a small dream that a person has, whether thats a few months holiday to somewhere theyve always wanted to go, the ability to take a few years off work and (eg) do a new degree,...
Forum: General Discussions 24 Feb 2007, 20:27
Replies: 14
Views: 810
Posted By Nodrog
Re: Hypothetical Question

When one of these amateurs produces a new drug requring millions of pounds of equipment to synthesise and test, then maybe we can treat them as a credible alternative. Theres a pretty big difference...
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