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RPG Heroes Are Jerks 119

Posted by samzenpus
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I have to give him credit for smashing the vases to get the medicine, and finding the legendary wedding dress among the rags. However, he forgot to kill the peasants for xp and you should always check the fireplace for any remaining food.

Comment: Re:Why Firefly? Here's why... (Score 1) 922

by dlaudel (#30727316) Attached to: What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next?

Oh yea, and drop that whole "all the planets orbiting one sun" nonsense since it isn't workable. Miranda would have been frozen ice-ball _or_ the "inner planets" would be molten slag.

It was their way dealing with the issue of no FTL travel. And a rather good one at that. Partly terraformed planets led to the many barren landscapes they visited, and they could get to another planet/moon within a reasonable amount of time (ie, before they run out of food and water).

Comment: Re:While your at it...... (Score 1, Offtopic) 411

by dlaudel (#28486969) Attached to: Amazon Cuts Off North Carolina Affiliates
Sheesh, how long are people in your restaurant? You're not going to catch cancer from an hour long dinner at a smoke-filled establishment. You'd have to be in there a very significant amount of time to damage your lungs. Besides, if you were a restaurant owner, you can say up front, "This is a smoking establishment." As long as you aren't taking customers in at gunpoint and forcing them to stay in the smoke, it's not your problem.

Comment: Re:Anyone else hoarding gold? (Score 1) 195

by dlaudel (#27704957) Attached to: Linux Flourishes In 200-Year-Old Gold Markets
Even in the case of food, though, the value is determined by people's want/need, not anything inherent in the object itself. To a starving man, food is likely more important than anything in the world to him. Therefore, the value is much higher than gold. On the other hand, your typical first worlder could probably skip a meal with no real issues. It is a much lower value to him. A suicidal man may even find food worthless.

Gold has emerged over thousands of years a good medium of exchange due to many people wanting something they could trade easily for other goods. Gold fit the bill. It may happen that we find another object in the future that meets people's demands for money even better than gold, in which case we would probably see the price of gold go way down and this other element increase in price until it found a relatively stable value compared to the people's demand for it.

Comment: Re:Anyone else hoarding gold? (Score 2, Insightful) 195

by dlaudel (#27695899) Attached to: Linux Flourishes In 200-Year-Old Gold Markets
I'm trying to buy gold, too, but it has no "inherent" value. No object in the world has inherent value, just the subjective values due to people's wants. Gold has historically functioned very well as money, is fairly rare (though common enough that anyone could get a bit), and is durable. It is not easily counterfeited either. Thus, people assign a great deal of value to it as a medium of exchange or something to store value. It's not because we all believe it is magical or something, it's because it has emerged over time as the best available option for money. That's the market process at work.

Comment: Re:That Thing We Did? (Score 1) 922

by dlaudel (#27122195) Attached to: US Forgets How To Make Trident Missiles
How many of those civilians supported that decision? In my view, if even one of those thousands of civilians was against attacking the US, the bombing was not worth it.

I have no problem with defense. If someone attacks, by all means fight back. But when you retaliate a sneak attack on a military base with an attack that causes more than 100x as many deaths, many of them civilians, then you've overstepped your right. That's a criminal act.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long

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