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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
16. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 4, 2018, 15:50 NKD
 
Has WaltC ever actually read or responded to anyones posts here? He just spews his opinion and leaves.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 4, 2018, 11:00 NKD
 
Why even engage with Kxmode on scientific topics? He won't argue honestly, and if (when) he gets the science wrong, he'll fall back on some good ol' Biblical Literalism that not even most Christians buy into. His argument is always the same "We don't know everything, so we know nothing."

I'm not a physicist, but it's likely impossible to know what happened "before" the Big Bang, and that's just a clickbait title not reflective of what Hawking said anyway.

Even if we imagine the existence of some kind of multiverse-spanning meta-time that allows for a linear sequence of events that led to the Big Bang, we can't even make any educated guesses. We can only know things we observe, or things we can infer mathematically from things we observe. The Higgs boson is a good example. We hadn't even observed it, but the Standard Model predicted it would be there, and we set out to prove or disprove it.

That's science. Make a prediction, test the prediction. If the model you are using keeps passing the test of experiment, you know you are on the right track.

Physics is really just math. If there's something that doesn't add up, you figure out what would need to go there to make it add up, and then try to find it to see if you are correct. Kxmode mentioned dark matter/dark energy. Well, dark matter is more like dark gravity. It may actually have nothing to do with baryonic matter. We don't know its nature, but we can observe its effects and make calculations based on those effects.

But knowing what happened "before" the Big Bang is like trying to solve a math problem where you don't know, and can't know, ANY of the numbers, or even how many variables there are, or even the mathematical rules involved.

It is thought by many physicists that the rules that govern our universe are largely arbitrary, based on random events in the earliest moments of the Big Bang where certain fields "froze" in a certain way that set the constants. There could be universes where time is weird and there is no concept of cause-and-effect. There could be universes where there are no stars or planets because gravity doesn't exist.

There are always going to be limits to what we can know, or to what degree of precision we can know something. 2 trillion years from now, there will likely be a scientist somewhere in our universe that has set about observing the night sky. Because of inflation, this scientist will not have the same data we do. The cosmic microwave background, and all the surrounding galaxies, will have red-shifted beyond the point where they can be observed by any possible technology. (The wavelength would be wider than the galaxy.) That scientist will only be able to observe their own galaxy. A very large galaxy made up of all the galaxies that were close enough to each other that the gravity pulling them together won out over the rate of inflation. Because of the inability to observe Type Ia supernovae, or other extremely distant phenomena in other galaxies, it's unlikely that this scientist could ever find evidence that inflation even exists. His observable universe is too small in scale for the effects of inflation to be observable. And without that, he cannot mathematically infer that there were ever other galaxies, and would likely never be able to find out about the Big Bang.

That knowledge would be forever locked away from him unless he found some kind of data preserved by civilizations that existed during our time. And even then, he wouldn't be able to independently verify the data.

But we're a long ways off from running out of things to learn.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Mar 3, 2018, 15:28 NKD
 
That's a pretty clickbait title. That's not what Hawking said at all.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Mar 3, 2018, 02:21 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 3, 2018, 00:19:
She's one of those weirdos with painted on eyebrows. That's always creepy. Her house is probably decorated in complete rococo style with tons of bric-a-brac about the place. She probably views herself as some latent neo-bolshevik aristocrat.


Sounds like you'd have a lot in common.
 
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News Comments > Trump Calls Game Meeting
14. Re Mar 2, 2018, 02:23 NKD
 
Trump taking guns and games away? LOL. Does this idiot even know who his base is?  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 28, 2018, 21:41 NKD
 
Instagram image of Lego assault rifle, threat lead to 14-year-old’s arrest.

I was wondering what Space Captain had been up to.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 28, 2018, 20:18 NKD
 
DangerDog wrote on Feb 28, 2018, 19:12:
Turn that frown upside down libs, Trump says he wants to grab guns without due process.

https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/968953652483379202

Bwahaha, fucking genius. "Durrrr I'm a Republican and I'm going to alienate my base on purpose!" It's not like anyone on the left is going to switch to supporting Trump based on this, so it's just a net loss.

What a fucking idiot. Even Democrats who need to run for election don't suggest taking guns without due process. 4D Chess? The guy couldn't manage 1D chess.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation. Feb 27, 2018, 23:23 NKD
 
DangerDog wrote on Feb 27, 2018, 20:59:
3. God bless Trump

I'm not religious, but I grew up in a Christian household and by God's standards Trump is going to burn in hellfire. He checks every box of what an ungodly and unchristlike man is.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 27, 2018, 14:43 NKD
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 27, 2018, 12:57:
You know you'd be the first to go. Why do you hate yourself so much?

It's not the first time he's threatened violence on other posters, either. Maybe I should call the cops in case he's planning something? They might take online threats more seriously these days. Then again they might just ignore it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 27, 2018, 09:23 NKD
 
Violent situations are, more often than not, made worse by the presence of a gun. Guns are too easy to obtain.

So what's the solution? I don't know. It's difficult to see a path that reduces the number of guns in circulation. Even something completely unfeasible like repealing the 2nd Amendment and banning all new gun sales would leave all those hundreds of millions of guns still out there. A buyback wouldn't work well with America's gun obsession, plus good luck scraping up the money for it.

There are some simple things we can do to patch up holes in our gun laws, but they are going to be small improvements that don't necessarily lead to bigger ones. We should still do them.

I think that this problem is insurmountable until our culture shifts to the point where we no longer see guns as worth the body count. Because that's really the thing few people want to admit. They are okay with the number of firearm deaths in this country. They see it as the cost of doing business or the cost of freedom.

Personally, I felt that way for a long time because I am distrustful of certain political factions in our country. But as I've gotten older it's become clear to me that there are a lot of steps between what we currently have in the US, and complete disarmament of the populace. If people who really want a gun, and are willing to jump through some hoops, can still get one, and we save a few thousand lives a year at the same time, that would be great.

There are lots of countries in the world where they don't have massive gun ownership, but at the same time still have a functioning democracy. Often more functional than our own. You don't NEED unrestricted gun ownership to have democracy.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 23, 2018, 18:56 NKD
 
Deus Ex: Manafort Indicted  
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News Comments > Trump Calls Out Video Games
38. Re: Trump Calls Out Video Games Feb 23, 2018, 02:08 NKD
 
A bad situation with a gun is worse than a bad situation without a gun. A bad situation with two guns is, more often than not, even worse than one with a single gun.

I'm a gun owner, though I don't conceal carry anymore. But one thing I've learned is that most gun owners in the US have no idea what the fuck they are doing. Regarding arming teachers: In a mass shooter situation, they are just going to freak out and start popping innocent kids. The confusion during these events is severe. You're not going to be able to train middle aged women (who make up the bulk of the teachers in this country) to have the tactical abilities of trained SWAT dudes.

It would just be more guns, firing more bullets, hitting more kids. It's a dumb fucking idea and any gun owner who thinks it would actually help are probably part of the population that shouldn't be allowed to own them. Bunch of yahoos who think that popping some active shooter is the same as popping a target at the range.

Adding more guns to the equation won't save lives, it'll cost even more. It's worse than doing nothing. Not to mention mass shooters don't always go to a school.

Do we just arm everyone everywhere so when the shooting starts we can all start blasting each other in the confusion? You pull out your gun, see another guy holding a gun. Is he the shooter? You only have a couple seconds to decide.

And let's talk about the rest of the shootings in America, that aren't part of mass shootings, but related to gang activity, domestic violence, alcoholism, etc.

The only thing all gun crime has in common is the presence of a gun. It's a force multiplier that makes violent confrontations more deadly. Does it make more sense to address the guns, or the 80 billion different underlying causes of violence, most of which are poorly understood or would require erosion of way more than the 2nd Amendment.

The 2nd Amendment is useless if we have to give up the 1st and the 4th, among others, to defend it.

 
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News Comments > Trump Calls Out Video Games
24. Re: Trump Calls Out Video Games Feb 23, 2018, 00:08 NKD
 
I hope Trump tries to ban violent games. Please do it. Pleeease take the vidya away from your supporters.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 20, 2018, 20:39 NKD
 
Will it just be Sean "Alex Jones Jr." Hannity on loop?  
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Feb 19, 2018, 23:44 NKD
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 19, 2018, 14:56:
I'ts useless reasoning with these idiots. Even straight up facts and statistics are useless here. Its like reasoning with flat earthers, it just doesn't work.

Yep... if someone can't understand that a gun makes an already bad situation many times worse, they can't be reasoned with. Gun owners are far more likely to succeed in a suicide attempt. Some twitchy drug addict looking to rob someone to pay for his fix is way more dangerous with a gun. Domestic violence is far more likely to be fatal if there's a gun in the house.

I don't know what the answer is, but if we can't even get on the same page regarding the statistical facts, we can't find a solution.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
34. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 17, 2018, 17:01 NKD
 
I really don't understand why so many people (who presumably aren't Russian bots or paid trolls) are so invested in denialism of Russian election meddling.

Even if you're a Trump bootlicker, there's no guarantee that meddling in the future will go your way. What's more, it's not like the Retard-in-Chief gets kicked out of office if he was the unwitting beneficiary of Russian meddling. Hell, even if he colluded the Republicans won't impeach. So your guy still gets to be President either way.

So why defend Russia? It's not in the interest of any American to do so, whether you like senile reality TV Presidents or not. Russia is not our friend. Our foreign interests are almost entirely opposed to each other.
 
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News Comments > Remastered System Shock on Hiatus
26. Re: Remastered System Shock on Hiatus Feb 17, 2018, 03:29 NKD
 
Unity gets shit because a lot of people put their shovelware on it, because it's cheap. But you can make great games in it. Subnautica, Cities Skylines, etc.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 16, 2018, 20:35 NKD
 
Taking bets on whether the local Russophiles will simply deny Russian state involvement, or move the goalposts and say that it's fine because the US surely does it too.  
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News Comments > Remastered System Shock on Hiatus
7. Re: Remastered System Shock on Hiatus Feb 16, 2018, 20:33 NKD
 
That's too bad. I didn't back this but I was hoping it was going to work out. It was looking great...  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 15, 2018, 22:21 NKD
 
I thought Trump was all about lowering taxes? Oh right, only for the rich, and apparently, Australians, since they seem to be big Trump fans.  
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