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  1. Felan

    Immortality

    Cannibalism brings with a significant risk of prion disease. Normal cooking or even the sterilization process they use for medical instruments is insufficient to destroy the prions. It's very nasty stuff. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/04/030411071024.htm...
  2. Felan

    Your game ideas

    The source to cataclysm is available and would be a great start point for this sort of zombie game (already having most of what you want in there). https://github.com/Whales/Cataclysm
  3. Felan

    What is your favorite movie of the romance genre?

    I think my favorite romantic film is the Chinese film, The Road Home. Highly recommend it.
  4. Felan

    New gun technology

    Personally I'd rather they were more, rather than less, accurate. Less collateral damage that way. I'm not sure mass murderers care about a specific precise target. If a criminal wants someone dead then the better precision they can do that with the better, definitely much better than an...
  5. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    From the title of Steven Pinkers book I can now see that *YOU* did not mean to say violence was *INCREASING EXPONENTIALLY* but that it was declining, which is consistent with my understanding. Standard of living has definitely increased, I didn't recall if it was exponential but I'll take your...
  6. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    You didn't really prove anything but talked about exponential and linear. Given your comment below about population growth not being exponential suggests you don't even understand that well. Malthus didn't say population was exponential but I did. I didn't mean to say population growth was...
  7. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    I'm not really sure if you find fault or a lacking with my point or not. Population is exponential so saying violence is exponential is only true in a raw numbers. In a per capita violence is atrophing. To me history isn't talking about numbers as much as it reveals human nature. I haven't...
  8. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    History tells us that no society lasts forever, and dysfunctional ones (which includes dystopian) tend to last an even shorter length of time. In some places there is a pattern of a dysfunctional society to stumbling from one dysfunction to another. I think the balance sheet of humanity is...
  9. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    I did laugh :P Being greener is inevitable. How it'll hurt before we are green enough is an interesting question though.
  10. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    I suspect when we get closer to but before the actuality of a self-aware AI we will have discussed what to do with an AI that crosses that boundary. I would think a self-aware AI would think no more highly of it's more primitive brethren than we consider a rat to be the equivalent of a human...
  11. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    A typical human uses a 100W a day, 20W of which is for the brain. A typical cellphone today uses a bit more than 20W, between the cell and charging the cell. While the amount of computation for computers has increased per unit of energy and significantly less powerful computers have been made...
  12. Felan

    Last movie you watched

    The last two movies I watched were "Marrying the Mob 2" and "Marrying the Mob 3". Both are Korean films on Netflix at the moment. I thought 2 was hysterical and 3 quite funny.
  13. Felan

    Swords

    Rapiers (or maybe it is more the foil) are possibly better weapons at killing then katanas or long swords. With rapiers it is more than just sticking your opponent. It is the ease with which you can send a wave down the blade, even through a tiny hole in metal armor, and have the tip shred the...
  14. Felan

    What's your favorite number?

    42, 69, and 86 ... mostly because they have fairly common meaning beyond just the number
  15. Felan

    Starting computer programming at 28

    I disagree. The falling down you do is painful and unnecessarily arcane. This is particularly true if you use the power of C++ like templates. If you are maintaining an existing C++ code base, then stick with C++. If you are doing new code you are honestly better off with D. If you are just...
  16. Felan

    Starting computer programming at 28

    You might like the book "Land of Lisp: Learn to Program in Lisp, One Game at a Time." Lisp is probably one of the most expressive languages and can do anything that any other language can do. You may not use Lisp in a job (not as in demand as other languages) but you should more easily...
  17. Felan

    Starting computer programming at 28

    If you find you love programming then it's an awesome job. If you just want something that pays well and you think that programming is that "thing" at the moment, then don't bother. In this age, programmers are gold of business. If you want to improve efficiency, generate new revenue, expand...
  18. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    I agree that immortality will eventually be possible and we are near a point where a person may still be alive in a 1000 years. But I don't think we'll see it by 2045, instead we'll see that we are able to add 25 years of meaningful life to a person, enough time to sort out more of the puzzle...
  19. Felan

    Where will you be in 2045?

    A 60 W lightbulb running for a day uses 5.184 MJ (megajoules). A human consuming 2500 calories in a day uses 10.46 kJ (kilojoules). I'm pretty sure robot bodies, the best case holograms, or even just an electronic brain with a download of the biological brain will be more power hungry then a...
  20. Felan

    Game design

    That sounds right. I think I only played it once or twice and that there was a sub in cave thing, guys with machineguns, my character had a pistol, and that my perception of what the game was about (as explained by the GM) differed from what the GM actually made the game about. As I recall I...
  21. Felan

    Game design

    Yes I've played alternative styles of games. I played a AD&D game once where we were sent to investigate some goblins or some such that a duke was getting worried about. So we went and found them, talked to them and found out they had some rich vein of gems and they were "gearing up" though...
  22. Felan

    Game design

    Justifiable in-game reason usually amounts to "they are orcs, kill'em", "they are in the dungeon we are plundering and they attack us" (which them attacking us in their dungeon/home is more reasonable then us being in their home ... but ya know we are the adventuring party), and so on. In...
  23. Felan

    Game design

    I like games where doing stuff other than combat isn't reduce to most boring let's just hurry up through this mechanic possible. A seduction, rallying a town, giving a concerto, or making a pie should have as much drama as combat in my opinion. But most games reduce it to a single role that...
  24. Felan

    Sinfest Feminism

    Your inclination would be wrong. But I won't deny there is a lot of men that play female avatars, many (or most) of which are unrealistically sexualized.
  25. Felan

    Sinfest Feminism

    If one has ever spent much time in a place like IMVU or Second Life, one realizes that given the choice women seem to almost universally choose unrealistic sexualized form and clothing. Personally I find the favored shape unappealing. It's more pronouned in IMVU, because clothing changes the...
  26. Felan

    Hogwart's School in Lego form

    Pretty amazing creation I think, my fingers hurt to look at it though. http://www.brothers-brick.com/2013/02/26/alice-finch-builds-massive-lego-hogwarts-from-400000-bricks/ This shows it even better: http://www.flickr.com/photos/88574960@N02/sets/72157632858317817/show/
  27. Felan

    Conspiracy Theorists vs Debunkers

    Given any event one can, with enough time and effort, find a number of connections. When those connections are put into a narrative, it seems like too much of a coincidence to have not been a conspiracy. The narrative constructed in this way seems persuasive, though there is zero truth to the...
  28. Felan

    What Moves You?

    Do these count: http://intpforum.com/showthread.php?t=3126
  29. Felan

    From Nothing to Existence

    Antimatter and matter is like 1+1 = 2, matter/energy is conserved in an antimatter/matter reaction. Energy and negative energy is like 1 - 1 = 0, matter/energy is still conserved. Negative energy hasn't been directly observed, there isn't a glowing substance you can suspend in a container and...
  30. Felan

    From Nothing to Existence

    I'm not sure antimatter and matter are the opposites in the sense of creation/uncreation, because when they combine they produce energy. The opposite of matter or energy interacting with matter or energy would produce nothing as I understand it. Negative energy is opposite of energy in the...
  31. Felan

    Da Blob

    Da Blob was just a narcissist with a custom tailored point of view to make his egocentrism a moral prerogative.
  32. Felan

    Ask a one-legged AB-blood-typed Greek midget demisexual bionic Pagan transgendered replicant

    Sounds delish! Can I have mine on the rocks?
  33. Felan

    Ask Redbaron

    Are you really AB-blood-type that is so cool.
  34. Felan

    How to understand Vacuum: T=0K ?

    From wikipedia (not necessarily entirely trustworthy), but the explanation of negative absolute temperature isn't colder but actually hotter than some point at which entropy decreases within that system. Negative temperatures can only exist in a system where there are a limited number of...
  35. Felan

    Noah and Sloan

    Despite storied myths of INTPs not having emotions, they are just myths. Speaking personally I tend feel more alone than in company. Also emotional appeals would instantly throw up my guard. Don't sweat emo-overload, it's pretty normal. It's a good place to write from. The story doesn't...
  36. Felan

    Noah and Sloan

    You have all the slack you want, it is your story and don't let anyone take that away, especially a curmudgeon like me :) I think your artistic intent is good. I just think you are so excited about it this part of the story that you are over-playing it, bludgeoning it really. The result...
  37. Felan

    Noah and Sloan

    Glad to see you are still working on it and are getting feed back on it. Plan on rewriting and tweaking it many (dozen or hundreds of) times before it sings. My biggest criticism is some of the deeper conversations particularly the two emo-moments, when Sloan sees the Taser and when she...
  38. Felan

    A whole new look on religion

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  39. Felan

    I agree that it is suboptimal. I merely meant to clarify the gist of where my sleep hungry brain...

    I agree that it is suboptimal. I merely meant to clarify the gist of where my sleep hungry brain was going. Also you never mentioned Sloan having a suppressor and made everyone on both sides surviving the preferred story, so I kind of painted myself into a corner. I think having Noah shoot...
  40. Felan

    -I'll add a scene where Noah walks over to Sloan after shooting her; in the original, the effect...

    -I'll add a scene where Noah walks over to Sloan after shooting her; in the original, the effect is that of him teleporting Clarification of what I intended, Noah didn't shoot Sloan. Sloan was on the ground winded and the Tango had his gun pointed at her. Noah keeping with the don't kill ran...
  41. Felan

    Accidentally added zip ties to their equipment load out in the story, didn't feel like editing...

    Accidentally added zip ties to their equipment load out in the story, didn't feel like editing it out.
  42. Felan

    Clarification requested, what do you mean when you say: "but without a bipod instead of a foregrip"

    Clarification requested, what do you mean when you say: "but without a bipod instead of a foregrip"
  43. Felan

    The answer is right in front of your face, it's everywhere...

    If I were a creator and created something like humanity and largely left them their own devices, it's what I would say to them. Energy is important. I think at this point though more energy would actually make things worse, rather than better. I think in a real sense energy provides a lot...
  44. Felan

    Physics Question Within

    If you can stretch out the space before light reaches it then yes it will have a longer journey then if the space hadn't be stretched out. If you can shrink the space before light reaches it then it will have a shorter journey. I'm not aware of anything that shrinks space though.
  45. Felan

    The answer is right in front of your face, it's everywhere...

    I think they would say, "We know it was a long, difficult, and frustrating journey. We may have started you off, but we wanted you to be your own selves and we are delighted and proud of what you are."
  46. Felan

    Physics Question Within

    E = mc^2 ... yep interchangability of mass and energy There are others particles with zero mass that can travel the speed of light. Photons are electromagnetic energy (light). Gravitons are unconfirmed yet but expected to be zero mass and travel at the speed of light, I believe it has been...
  47. Felan

    Physics Question Within

    LOL
  48. Felan

    Physics Question Within

    I think the main problem is the scale. An electron is closer in size to human than it is to a Planck length. What you are proposing to do would be worse than trying to visually detect a random spontaneous collection of electrons by walking around a human sized set of windows constructed as you...
  49. Felan

    Physics Question Within

    Nah just failing at humor.
  50. Felan

    Physics Question Within

    I think you are just trying to create your own universe and want to know if you'll be able to detect it and next you'll want to know if you can slip into it when you detect it. My answer is you'll have to do a lot more dieting.
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