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Tossing your privacy policies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald L. Engel Sep 25. 5 Replies

The following companies just betrayed billions of peopleThese companies are lobbying for "hugely unpopular surveillance legislation that's been lambasted by privacy groups and security…Continue

Tags: surveillance, privacy, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, cybersecurity

Unsustainable Bitcoin

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 3. 2 Replies

... Bitcoin about 5,033 times more energy intensive, per transaction, than VISA... Bitcoin’s power usage per transaction isn’t remotely sustainable as a wholesale replacement for the conventional financial system.... According to my calculation, a…Continue

Tags: transaction costs, sustainability, Bitcoin

What Be Your Nerd Type?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Michael Penn Sep 3. 57 Replies the test and see what you get.This is what I am -Science/Math nerd and Gamer/Computer Nerd…Continue

The best trailers and talks of San Diego Comic-Con

Started by Steph S. Jul 15. 0 Replies

San Diego Comic-Con was last week, and our sister site IGN descended upon the…Continue

The Avengers - Age of Ultron

Started by Steph S. Apr 27. 0 Replies

Here is the website and trailer to the movie coming out May 1, 2015.I am looking forward to seeing this movie.…Continue

10 bold predictions for 2015

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joseph P Apr 14. 5 Replies

Life extension is one of the hottest topics around these days, but that…Continue

1000 years from now: What will we be like?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Joseph P Apr 14. 4 Replies

What will humans be like in 100 years?  1000?  One million?  One trillion?My main reason for this discussion is to see if my thinking is that far off.  I’ve mentioned this subject several times before on Atheist Nexus, in relation to living forever,…Continue

Tags: bodies, mechanical, Future

Not-really-free smartphone apps

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Apr 2. 10 Replies

Ads in free mobile apps have hidden costs for both users and developersThose free smartphone apps actually cost you plenty.Advertising may allow developers…Continue

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Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 5:04pm

How does Nimoy get himself out of check and checkmate Quinto at the same time?

Technically, he could have moved a piece to block the check, allowing a piece that had previously been blocked by the piece he moved to put the other king into check and mate.  In reality, that's very unlikely in normal chess, in a game between skilled players, although I don't know the rules of Vulcan chess.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:55pm

Yeah, I really enjoy games like the Grand Theft Auto series.  There are lots of gay jokes, but they're usually not really anti-gay jokes, mostly just mocking our culture's recent fascination with gay people.  Florian Kravic is ... very flaming, but he's a fun character, and Nico Bellic (the protagonist) is surprised at the changes, including the homosexuality, but he takes it all in stride and is non-judgemental.

Plus, the storyline of the second expansion, The Ballad of Gay Tony, revolves around this gay club owner and his right-hand man, Luis.  Yeah, Gay Tony is a messed up coke-head, but most of the main characters in the series are more than a little messed up.

There are several characters who do all sorts of gay-bashing ... generally the people who you're supposed to hate, particularly the guy who you end up killing in the last mission.  Luis (the person you play as) takes a lot of shit from his friends about working for a gay guy, but they're a bunch of uneducated, drug-dealing reprobates from the hood who you're not supposed to want to emulate.

The writers of the series do a decent job of walking a line, I think.  If you stay fully PC, you can't do very interesting stuff.

Comment by James Yount on May 8, 2013 at 4:46pm

How does Nimoy get himself out of check and checkmate Quinto at the same time?

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:44pm

Zachary Quinto vs. Leonard Nimoy: "The Challenge"

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:30pm

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:27pm

Yes, I would agree Joseph. : )

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:22pm

I'm not for full-on political correctness, necessarily.  Orson Scott Card just tends to be one of the more flagrant examples for which a little cleanup is necessary, because ... well, he's a bigoted asshole.

Comment by Steph S. on May 8, 2013 at 4:19pm

I think they did alter Ender's Game to remove those problems Joseph. It is now politically Correct I would imagine. I would have to see the movie though to know for certain.

Comment by Joseph P on May 8, 2013 at 4:05pm

Well, yeah.  Technically, it's inserting and removing a zero, in an invalid manner.  However you want to label it.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 8, 2013 at 2:22pm

I actually haven't read Ender's Game; don't know if I'll get around to it. Agreed that a movie gives an opportunity to "fix" details.

On the "1=2" proof, I think it's easier to explain the flaw not as "dividing zero by zero is undefined" (scary, forbidden) but like this:

1*0 = 2*0      but    1*42 =/= 2*42

The multiplication by zero hides the inequality of the other factors -- which can't happen when you multiply or divide by a nonzero number.


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