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Comment Re:really... (Score 4, Interesting) 613

"no one claims it is the literal word of God"

Like most absolute statements, this is false. It might be that most Christians don't believe the Bible to be the literal word of God, but there is definitely a vocal sub group that do claim it is exactly that. Additionally, despite knowing that the Bible was assembled into its various forms by groups of religious leaders centuries after the constituent parts were supposedly written, many people I have talked to believe that the form we have today is what God intended all along.

While we know a lot about the history of The New Testament, the Old Testament is far more obscured. The last I heard it looked like the author attributed as Moses had written the first few books. Which is troubling when you think of all the Christian mythology that comes out of those books. For instance the Exodus appears to be completely unsupported by archaeological evidence.

Comment Re:Very Very True (Score 1) 214

All true, but the simple fact of the matter is that there just aren't enough people willing to commit acts of terrorism for it to matter. Even if Terrorists immediately started using AV's for killing people, they'd have to kill more people than human piloted cars kill now. And that's a pretty tall order. Hell in the USA just last year automobile related accidents killed close to twice as many people as were killed around the world by terrorists.

Safety is always relative. I'd rather have a near complete elimination of the risk of death via auto accident, even if it comes with an increased risk of terrorist caused death. Because the terrorist risk has to be multiplied by an incredible factor to catch up to auto accident risk.

Comment Re:Just a question (Score 1) 389

Sadly enough I don't think being black, or part of any minority, automatically confers that knowledge and or point of view. I work with a relatively speaking, very ethnically diverse set of professionals. Among many of my coworkers, because the system has worked for them, they feel like the American Dream is alive and well, and the people living in the ghetto's just scraping by are there because they deserve it. It's a psychological thing, people don't like to ascribe to luck what they can claim as personal effort.

People will go to some incredible lengths to devalue luck when it comes to success and failure. Pretty much every organized religion is setup to directly feed off that urge. That's right, it wasn't luck that you picked the winning lottery number, it was gods will because you've just been so righteous and patient all these years.

Comment Re:First things first. (Score 1) 820

I'd hire at least two accountants and two lawyers, each to check the others work, and hopefully reduce the risk of being ripped off by either one.

I'd allocate some portion of the windfall to a trust that would be as untouchable as possible. The purpose of the trust would be to provide continued income in perpetuity for my immediate family, and eventually education of descendants.

Then I'd work to find charities that appeal to me for whatever reason and find a way to actively help them through volunteering, and eventually improve their funding. Or maybe start a charity to serve an unmet need in the local community.

I think one of the things that appeals the most to me for business/charity would be starting a school. In particular the online schools you hear about all seem to be outright scams aimed at gathering government backed student loans. I'd kind of like to see an online school accredited for 9th grade all the way through college. Going for a lower starting grade might work but I'd be hesitant to go all the way down to elementary levels, as kids at that level still need a lot of personal interaction with teachers to keep them focused.

Comment Re:Permission from the owner (Score 1) 211

I agree that tracking stolen property shouldn't be problematic. But because of the way that the Stingrays work they should get a warrant for pretty much any use. These devices don't just single out a specific cell phone, they intercept everything and from there the operator picks one in particular to locate. They are essentially violating the privacy of innumerable innocent bystanders every time they turn one of these devices on.

Comment Re:The Wire (Score 1) 211

My wife was once pulled over by an officer because she didn't pull off on the shoulder of a narrow country road to let him pass, when he wasn't running lights or siren. Which is funny to me because when I was pursuing a career in law enforcement we were taught that you had to run lights if you wanted special treatment from other people, and even then it wasn't a legal right of way. If you got into an accident while running lights and siren, because you broke some traffic law, like running a stop sign, you were still at fault.

Comment Re:Happily married? (Score 1) 286

A truly non-punitive 50/50 split in divorce is like a mythical unicorn. People value things differently and so working out any arbitrary split isn't going to be viewed as fair by at least one party, and frequently both. Where I grew up there was a rich couple going through an unpleasant divorce. The husband sold all his wife's favorite race horses at fair market value to spite her. Despite the fact that she would get the money for the horses she couldn't necessarily use it to buy the horses back and comparable horses still wouldn't be the horses she wanted.

Most of us don't own horses but there are usually many assets which you would value for more than just their replacement cost. Your spouse is likely to have differing value assessments than yourself. This is a big part of what commonly makes divorce settlements so challenging, even when they are amicable. When things start to get ugly then fault starts getting passed around. If it goes far enough it'll end up in a court where judge decides whose at fault and who gets the, perceived, better deal.

Comment Re:WoW! really its taken this long to figure that (Score 1) 119

You can think of a MOBA as being a very short term RPG in an incredibly tiny and linear world. Your main opponents are other players, or computers controlling a bot, with some lower level chaff MOBs thrown in for you to level off of. You play as a small team against another team. There are usually three paths that connect your teams base to the enemy base. Each base sends out little PvE critters to wander down the connecting paths and attack enemy critters and structures. It is a stalemate without player intervention. Each player picks a character/class to play, which they then use to try and help their teams critters over power the enemy team. Character progression is accomplished by gaining experience for levels, and currency for upgrading gear, by doing the typical stuff you do in video games like killing, destroying, and capturing. Character progression is not retained between matches and so you start over every game. Matches can last anywhere from a few minutes to hours I believe.

In my experience, game play is almost as exciting as typing up this reply was. But apparently there are a ton of people out there that enjoy playing and watching others play this style of game, and I suppose that's good for video gaming in general.

Comment Re:MMO's (Score 1) 119

Or one of the emulated servers for SWG, pre-NGE of course.

I tried Eve for a few months once and decided the mechanics of it really just made it a tedious game to play. The whole security scheme is too easily exploited. The UI is built to facilitate scammers and apparently kept that way deliberately. One of the more critical elements of the ui is impossibly screwy to try and adjust, meaning you can never be sure if it's actually displaying what you think it is. It's a sandbox without much in the way of space to build, which is funny because it is filled with empty space by and large. Suicide ganking is a profitable strategy and the game has had design changes specifically to enable it. I suppose it does have a lot of features compared to other MMO's but it also has far more grind and tedium, with developer that seem keen on making it more unpleasant.

Comment Re:Really? Don't think so. (Score 1) 119

That was very likely the case early on with WoW. But once you got past the first expansion I'm pretty sure WoW had more subscriptions than all previous MMO's historically had combined. WoW ended up being the first MMO for a very large segment of it's player base I would wager.

I think that most people would identify themselves as a fan of a specific genre before all others. But that Genre is likely to change on a regular basis for most people. Some people do seem to always play the same genre games and rarely venture out of it. But most gamers that I know would change that favorite genre whenever their latest game of choice switches.

Personally I would say that in the last half dozen years my favorite genre has been sandboxes. I've played a lot of Minecraft, Terraria, and 7DtD, which are all sandboxes in the strictest sense. I also played a lot of Skyrim which isn't exactly a sandbox but is very open world. Before all that though I played WoW, and that alone, for several years. I played SWG and EQ before WoW came along. And I had some bouts with Diablo 2 as well. I play other games here and there as I'm drawn to them, D3 gets my attention for awhile after every major patch, and I actually completed the Shadowrun game. I expect in a few years though I'll have moved on to some other genre and claim that as my favorite for the time being.

Comment Re:i'm waiting for actual enforcement of 2nd amend (Score 1) 698

I am not opposed to having to take some safety courses and pass basic proficiency tests for gun ownership.

However the sentence structure of the 2nd Amendment could be interpreted as saying that in order to have a well trained and equipped militia, the citizenry must be able to have arms. If you don't have a weapon it is difficult to become proficient with it, chicken and egg problem. This is kind of like how major sports leagues promote their sport starting in grade school, so that they'll have a ready supply of talented players to draw from.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 1) 755

I think you pretty much have to continue subsidizing children to some extent unless we simultaneously open the borders for immigration again. Rapid swings in population growth, in either direction, are detrimental to society and our economy. Obviously subsidizing them too heavily would result in a swing in the up direction, and under subsidizing would go the other way.

I wholeheartedly agree with not rationing the funds for specific purposes. I gave the values in the way I did so I could think it through as I went and see how it could fit into a persons budget.

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