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Comment: Re:Copyright? (Score 1) 188

by BronsCon (#48479199) Attached to: Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency
Did I call Dahamma out for relying on a strawman argument? Yes, but only after calling the argument what it was, a strawman. After declaring the argument false based on its own merits, I had removed any legitimate claim that I had made any ad hominem argument, even in the face of calling my adversary out on their argumentative strategy. However, since they are very clearly misusing the term themselves (and it is equally clear what they were hinting at with their use of the term), it is safe to assume they would understand my similar use of the term.

I was using the term the way Dahamma had used it (e.g. the way they would understand it). Correct or not, that's effective communication and I'm sure it got my point across to my adversary, which was my intent.

Thank you for educating my adversary, though, so they don't make the same error next time. So many people fail to see the value in being able to properly debate a given topic...

Comment: Re:Copyright? (Score 1) 188

by BronsCon (#48477513) Attached to: Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency
Huh, well now, that's strange, I could've sworn the post in which I originally mentioned solar calculators was in response to a post claiming we were still 30 years off from seeing any economical use of solar cells. Any currently viable, practical, economical use of solar cells is a valid counter to that, so you're right, the straw man I accused you of building was just me being nice and not calling your argumentum ad hominem when you insinuated that I'd make such an argument without adequate research.

Comment: Re:Copyright? (Score 1) 188

by BronsCon (#48473925) Attached to: Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency
why, your average accountant might care... they're touch-typing their work into their adding machine (or cheap $5 calculator, if that's what's available at their client's office during an audit or consultation), without looking, which is something you just can't do on a phone...

It's impossible to research the infinite number of strawmen, which is why people like you rely on them so strongly.

Comment: Re:Copyright? (Score 4, Insightful) 188

by BronsCon (#48470669) Attached to: Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency
I don't know... I can replace the batteries in my $5 calculator every year, or I can have a solar cell in my $5 calculator and never replace the batteries, because there aren't any. That's just one practical application where they're quite economical; there are many others, but I'm not up to the task of wasting my time doing your research for you, so you can seek them out yourself if you're interested.

Comment: Re:Tempting (Score 1) 181

by BronsCon (#48392501) Attached to: Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'
No. Just no. You see, I don't care if someone else has intolerant thoughts or opinions, and neither should you; after all, who the hell am I (and who the hell are you) to judge what's in someone's head, when only they know how it got there? So let them vocalize, let them write, let them scream. You don't have to listen to it and you don't have to read it. We have laws for a reason and, if someone's intolerance reaches a level that causes them to violate one or more of those laws, well, that's what the laws are there for. Likewise, there is a reason we don't have laws against holding certain thoughts and opinions, and why free speech is not only not deemed illegal, but an integral part of the US Constitution. If you live elsewhere, of course, that does not apply, but you should still be able to see my point.

And no, you've got that logically backwards: saying it's hypocritical not to eat people just because you eat potatoes is like saying it's hypocritical not to tolerate murder just because you tolerate speeding. Intolerance is a negative, tolerance is a positive; take (and pass) a logic 101 course and you'll learn why that matters.

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