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#1 Cool New Science » Theory that says there was no big bang » Wed, Feb 17th, 2016 7:41 pm

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I thought this was a pretty cool read.  It's a theory that basically states the Universe has always existed.

http://phys.org/news/2015-02-big-quantu … verse.html

#2 Cool New Technology » quartz memory storage can store 360 terabytes for 14 billion years » Wed, Feb 17th, 2016 7:12 pm

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This is really cool.  The storage is only one way (write), but these tiny quartz discs can store 360tb for 14 billion years.  I am pretty excited about what this can do for mobile devices and redundant/static information.

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http://futurism.com/memory-that-lasts-f … ion-years/

http://gizmodo.com/optical-data-storage … 1759359652

#3 Re: Consumerism » What I think about consumerism » Tue, Jan 12th, 2016 7:10 pm

I think you bring up an interesting point.  How much of it is in our control though, and how much is acquired behavior?  I mean if a mother and/or father is lazy, there's a good chance the child might turn out to be as well if they respect the parents, but if they DON'T respect their parents, it can be a catalyst for them to better their lives.  It's almost as if how we view others and what they do helps decide our own behavior.

Then there is indoctrination, which is to say that some people are born into an environment and taught from day 1 that being fat and lazy and being a consumer is the proper way of life.  This is harder (maybe near impossible) to unlearn because the brain builds neural pathways that reinforce this behavior. It's almost sci-fi.

#4 Re: Corruption » Edward Snowden » Tue, Jan 12th, 2016 7:04 pm

I think that's the problem with information, and especially with the internet. Without documented proof, sometimes the only thing we have is someone's word on something.  The internet is a breeding ground of disinformation and hoaxes.  Sometimes it seems like people will do anything for attention. hmm

#6 Re: Venting Area » Idiots who drive me up the f*cking wall » Tue, Nov 10th, 2015 7:45 pm

I agree there are some people who are lazy, but to many people technology is intimidating.  Take something that you don't know that well, like "cars", and put yourself in a situation where you have to find which part to purchase for your car.  So if there is a person near you who knows everything about cars, aren't you more likely to ask for him to help instead of wasting time trying to figure it out?  I guess the thing is that maybe some people don't put technology at the forefront of their lives, and just want to get things done.  I feel like it's actually a compliment that you get bugged so much. lol

#7 Re: Law Enforcement » Police Brutality » Tue, Nov 10th, 2015 7:29 pm

I think in many cases, things are done.  We also have to consider that media is posted to sway the opinion of the viewer into believing brutality exists when in fact we don't know the details of the situation.  I am not saying it doesn't exist, but I am saying that everything viewed as information on social networks and independent sources is difficult to validate.  To be honest, it's almost difiicult to trust information in general as of late, as there's the leaning/bias of the media, and people posting biased and incomplete information as fact for their own personal reasons.

I feel law enforcement is important.  I also feel the pressure they feel has likely increased in relation to the lack of rationality and "I'm a victim" crying much of the public has done.  Sure, there are issues, and sure we need to fix them, but dramatization doesn't help with logical decision making.

#9 Re: Corruption » Edward Snowden » Mon, Nov 9th, 2015 8:55 pm

I am not sure if it was really about them "controlling the media".  I think it might have been more that the media always reports on the law and its decisions, so in a way, they control the verdict more than the media.  At any rate, I don't know the details enough as I wasn't involved, but I did think it was strange that nothing was done about the fact our right are being violated.... It's like it just got put on the back burner or ignored completely. That is weird to me. Not to be a conspiracist or anything, but the word "misdirection" comes to mind.

#10 Re: Science & Religion » Science and religion are both stupid as sh*t » Mon, Nov 9th, 2015 8:33 pm

I feel that even though it has some problems, religion has helped many people in many ways.  Like anything, there will be good apples and bad apples.

#11 Re: Science & Religion » Science and religion are both stupid as sh*t » Mon, Nov 9th, 2015 8:29 pm

lol the giant lemming thing... I think I get what you are saying.  In short - why are we caring about who is right and who is wrong about something that isn't evident, and may never be evident?  I agree with this to a large extent.  I think people need to accept what they believe, but keep it to themselves and try to live instead.

#12 Re: SJW and Political Correctness » What is it that is wrong about political correctness? » Mon, Nov 9th, 2015 8:24 pm

Yes, that's a possibility, but doesn't it seem more likely just a social trend that is soon to wear off?  I was listening to NPR, and they discussed social trends in the way that people talk and pronounce things.  There are cultural trends as well, such as being a scenester, skater, etc... I feel that social justice and the politically correct is simply a trend.  Not that it's not helping in many cases, but I feel it might disappear like hammer pants.

#13 Re: Conspiracy » Flat Earth Society nutjobs » Sun, Nov 8th, 2015 5:05 pm

I am not trying to start an argument, but have you yourself proven beyond a doubt that the earth is indeed round?  Regardless of what I believe, look at the facts that everything you may know could indeed be a lie (albeit a VERY large conspiracy).  Unless we have absolute proof for ourselves, we use science as a justification for our beliefs.  Just my thoughts.

#15 Re: Consumerism » What I think about consumerism » Tue, Oct 27th, 2015 9:42 pm

I deleted two responses to this thread because some people were swearing at each other.  Keep it civil!

#16 Site Updates » Forum section Icons and banned user maintenance » Sun, Oct 25th, 2015 6:12 pm

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So today, I added icons for all of the primary forum sections and created an attributions page in the footer (giving credit to the artists). I think the icons look pretty good.  I am considering adding icons for the "everything else" section, but I feel it might be overkill.

I also added a query to delete users from the user index when they are banned.  It will keep the db cleaner and prevent idle users from showing up on our list anywhere.

#17 Re: How to Improve the World » Some ideas. » Sun, Oct 25th, 2015 3:04 am

For a dude with such a scary dark avatar you sure do have some pleasant ideas. smile

#18 Random / Other » Cool Music » Sun, Oct 25th, 2015 2:57 am

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I heard this song while listening to a Youtube mix and thought it was absolutely amazing so I am sharing.

#19 Funny » Youtube mashups » Sun, Oct 4th, 2015 10:54 pm

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The basic Idea is that you find a video on youtube, then you find another video that is the audio of that video.  The results are sometimes hilarious! big_smile

This thread is for sharing any mashups you come up with. I'll go first, this is from user RSK.


http://www.youdubber.com/index.php?vide … io_start=0

and here's my retake of it

http://www.youdubber.com/index.php?vide … io_start=0

#20 Q & A » How to get an avatar/picture for your account » Sun, Oct 4th, 2015 10:37 pm

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The dimensions of the avatars used on the site are 150 x 150 pixels. There's tons of great avatars here - http://avatars.alphacoders.com/, and many are 150 pixels.  Just right click the avatar you like, save it to your desktop, and under the "Profile" section of the site, under the "Personality" section you can upload your avatar.

#21 Science » Trauma extends through DNA » Sat, Sep 26th, 2015 9:00 pm

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This is really fascinating.  Apparently traumatic experiences extend all the way through our DNA.  I am curious if this can be responsible for mentall illnesses and such things.

More at the article.

#23 Re: Good Things to Know » health » Fri, Sep 25th, 2015 11:22 pm

angel wrote:

Your health and well being is a gift. The saying; "you are what you eat" is very true. Chips, candy, pop, and junk food slowly undermine the gift of health that you were given. Return to what nature provides; vegetable, fruit, and simple organic meats if you are not vegetarian. Nature knows best, as your mom would say.

Ahh yes, but with such a short time on this planet how can we resist the indulgence of the things we love that are simply horrible for us?

#24 SJW and Political Correctness » What is it that is wrong about political correctness? » Tue, Sep 22nd, 2015 10:18 pm

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There's a really good write-up here about the annoying properties of "Political Correctness", and how the meaning of the term is being misused, and even used to justify exclusion or a way to get desired behavior.

Here's a response to the article I found interesting -

Suzanne Walsh, Mother, intellectual, and lover of all things chocolate -
"It's often used as a shield by  some extreme liberals (as opposed to your common liberals) to shut down  opposing ideas and stifle free speech - particularly on college campuses."

#25 Site Updates » Youtube capability and spammer protection » Mon, Sep 21st, 2015 11:19 pm

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So today I modded the url parser to throw YouTube videos inline just by recognizing the url.  I also added a plugin/mod to the forum for spam protection (first spammer was banned today.).  Next plans are to integrate a wysiwyg editor into the post area.

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