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Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:16:20 am »
Ah, well, in that context, yeah, that's pretty shitty.

I think there is a valid point (in the way I put it), but obviously that's quite tainted and self-serving given the circumstances.

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Cain, fingers crossed.

Quick test shows tentative signs for hope.  After updating all my Windows files (which did not crash the computer...like previously...or cause a "this copy of Windows is not legit" message to flash up, like previously), I was able to run my previous heavily modded Skyrim install (which previously crashed my computer).  And I just ran Dragon Age Origins now (which previously crashed the computer) without issue.  Next test is Dishonored and fraps.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: "Stupid wingnut says something stupid" thread
« on: October 16, 2014, 09:17:58 am »
Well...I'm not sure of US law in this regard, and I'm going off simply what you've quoted there.

But if US law is the same as UK law, then, no matter what, whether it's by accident or legitimate research (say, as part of a law firm or child advocacy group), no matter who you are or what circumstance it occurs under, accessing child porn is illegal and so long as there is proof you did it, there are no mitigating circumstances which allow you to avoid or reduce your sentence.

Intent does not apply at all to child pornography, and I can understand why that is.  On the other hand, apparently you can rape children for decades if you're a celebrity without suffering any ill consequences, so there does seem to be something of a discrepancy here.  And furthermore, how many actual cases of this have occured?  Any innocent person in prison is a tragedy, a truly vile criminal act.  But does it happen that often, with this particular offence?  I don't know.

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Computer returned.

No email from the company to let me know the computer was returning, or that the problem has been fixed.

It's now sitting on the end of my bed.  I'll check it out tomorrow and see if they actually fixed the RAM and installed a valid copy of Windows.  Well, after I do half-a-dozen things tomorrow...which will continue to keep me from here.

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Well, you know, numbers are hard and stuff, I'm only a social sciences major, so don't simply trust my take on it

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It was Aristotle, originally, in his Politics.

Although you may want to double check that, since social sciences majors are lazy and don't do any real work.

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I guess maybe that's reflected in the fact that you can get a job with one, and with the other you're qualified to work in any bookstore or coffeeshop in the nation.

But still.

Actually...

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/the-myth-of-americas-tech-talent-shortage/275319/
http://blogs.sciencemag.org/sciencecareers/2011/09/answers-for-sen.html
http://abstractengineer.blogspot.com/2013/04/stem-graduate-surplus-infighting.html

But you know, I'm only a social sciences major, and so clearly too dumb for anything more than working in a bookstore.

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Gah.  So here is the question I'm doing for this essay writing company:

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Are states the only relevant conceptual actors in world politics?

Gah.  Again.  It's so...first year undergrad.  Which is probably who they hope to sell it to, of course.  But still, that flaming question...it's almost as bad as "is classical Realism's focus on human nature misguided?"

The other questions were no better.  "Has the response of the EU to the ‘Arab Spring’, recent events in the Middle East, been primarily driven by self-interest?"  Probably.  I don't know, because there are more interesting things to think about than EU foreign policy, like how long it takes for paint to dry, or whether a falling tree in the woods makes a sound if no-one is around to hear it.

And the other is "To what extent are recent grass-roots protests such as ‘Occupy the City’ driven by identical motivations to the 1960’s protest movement?"  Yeah.  I'm not even going to go there.

By contrast, my actual university assignments are pretty awesome.  I mean, check this out:

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Answer one of the following questions:

    Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendation: learn to live with terrorism.

    Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendation: address root problems and causes.

    Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendations (a) avoid over-militarisation of response; and (b) obtain good intelligence;

    Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendation: respect the rule of law.

    Discuss and assess the following counter-terrorism policy recommendations: (a) co-ordinate counter-terrorism measures; and (b) maintain credibility in public argument.

Essay 2

Answer one of the following questions:

    ‘Competing analyses of al-Qaeda give rise to competing counter-terrorism responses’ – Discuss

    ‘Like other terrorist movements, Al-Qaeda aims to nurture a climate in which autonomous groups and individuals carry out terrorist attacks’ – Discuss

    ‘Communities help defeat terrorism’ – Discuss

    To what extent have notions of ‘radicalisation’, ‘counter-radicalisation’, ‘de-radicalisation’, ‘violent extremism’ and ‘extremism’ altered the concept and practice of ‘counter-terrorism’.

    ‘Government negotiations with terrorists reward terrorism’ - Discuss

And these are the ones I'm interested in from my electives:

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Analyse the concept of the ‘lone wolf’ in relation to far right terrorism and political violence.

Discuss the relationships between (a) mainstream politics, (b) far right politics, and (c) far right terrorism, political violence and hate crime, in one country.

To what extent do Richard English’s seven policy recommendations in Terrorism: How to Respond apply when conceiving responses to far right terrorism and political violence?

‘Since 9/11 Muslims in US and Europe have become more at risk of far right violence’ – discuss

To what extent have governments been ‘blind in the right eye’* ?

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    What forces shaped patterns of political violence between 1914 and 1945?
    Assess the achievements and failures of the IRA in mounting sustained campaigns of destruction in Britain in 1919-22 and 1939-1940.
    Why were the Irgun so brutal?
    How far should we concur with the Nazis' assessment of Resistance fighters as 'terrorists'?

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Q1. Using examples, critically discuss some causes of suicide terrorism.

Q2. What role does religion play in promulgating suicide terrorism?

Q3. How can we explain the contagion effect of suicide terrorism?

Q4. How important is it to understand the role of women in suicide terrorism?

Q5. Can we construct an overarching theoretical approach to study suicide terrorism?

Q6. Has Al Qaeda changed the nature of suicide terrorism? Discuss using examples.

Q7. Can suicide terrorism ever be a rational choice for the individual committing the act? Why or why not?

Much more fun

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Women Fighters In Reasonable Armor
« on: October 13, 2014, 08:51:38 am »
Back to the OP a bit....looks like Dragon Age Inquisition has some very reasonable female armours, going by a couple of the trailers I was looking at.



Given Cassandra is a romance choice, that's pretty impressively sensible.



Leliana has gone for a chainmail hauberk sort of a thing.



Sera's armour is a little more figure hugging but, as an archer, also fairly reasonable

Looking back, as far as I can see, all the TES games had reasonable female armour as well.







Well, mostly.  Some of the bandit armour in SKyrim was quite revealing, but both for men and women.  And those bandits didn't live long anyway, likely because they were exposing so much flesh.

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I'm thinking of maybe giving up my think tank position.  As useful as it potentially is, and as little as 10 hours a week sounds, what is actually happening is that I'm writing a masters level style essay, every single week, without pay.  And naturally, doing that is interferring with the research I paid to do, which is of several magnitudes more important to me.

I also may be getting another writing job, if I can finish off this application form, which would make things harder.  Assuming they can supply me with enough work, they would pay enough per assignment for me to live on comfortably, quit my day job (such as it is) and continue studying.

But to finish the application, I have to write...yet another essay for free.  Urgh.

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They have a shit ton of brown tree snakes as well, don't they?

Yes, and the spiders eat those too.  :kingmeh:

Uh, I'm not so sure about that, especially given they're about 3-6 feet long.  My understanding was that brown tree snakes ate all the birds which used to hunt spiders, leading to a population explosion, and the only animals which feed on the brown tree snakes are red-bellied black snakes and cane toads.  The former is...not terrible, as far as Australian snakes and invasive species go, but the latter...

Is there anything from Australia that is not trying to kill something else?

Some of the sheep.

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They have a shit ton of brown tree snakes as well, don't they?

Yes, and the spiders eat those too.  :kingmeh:

Uh, I'm not so sure about that, especially given they're about 3-6 feet long.  My understanding was that brown tree snakes ate all the birds which used to hunt spiders, leading to a population explosion, and the only animals which feed on the brown tree snakes are red-bellied black snakes and cane toads.  The former is...not terrible, as far as Australian snakes and invasive species go, but the latter...

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Bar-tending is a terrible job.

Well, for me it was.  But then, I don't like people much.  Data entry in the middle of the night is definitely more my speed.

He hates data entry, loves to work with people. And bartending here is a whole different game... bartenders make bank and it's incredibly hard to get a job doing it. It's not uncommon for bartenders to make six figures here.

Ah of course, tips.  Makes sense.

Here, I pulled down just above minimum wage, and had to do most of the ordering and maintenance and stupid shit the owners are supposed to do.  I was effectively the manager, which was certainly not reflected in my pay.

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Bar-tending is a terrible job.

Well, for me it was.  But then, I don't like people much.  Data entry in the middle of the night is definitely more my speed.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates
« on: October 11, 2014, 01:42:19 pm »
This board is practically Proust, compared with 2004's offerings.

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