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16  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Can computers be made to feel? on: September 24, 2010, 03:23:44 am
To live forever is one of the scariest things i can think of - just imagine the boredom after say 300 years...
I've never quite understood this attitude. Assuming you stay in good mental and physical health (which is quite a big assumption), why would living forever be boring? There's plenty to see and do in this world already, and in 300 years one would expect enough societal change to keep things fresh.

Now, living as a helpless brain in a jar forever, that is just creepy.

Forever is a pretty long time. Much longer than 300 years.
The strong possibility of the extinction of the species evenutally would turn me off to living forever. Also, when the universe starts to melt away at 10^50 years or whatever and you're living in a big void, I think you've probably seen enough.

It wouldn't be possible to be made unkillable. Effectively, you would be killed when your body can no longer function (consume energy), just like any biological body. Like I said, when it becomes pointless to live anymore, you can kill yourself. What's stopping you?

You may have said that, but I was responding to Novus who asked why living forever would be boring. If you really live forever, then that means you can't die. You can't have both.

Living as long as you want on the other hand would be great.
17  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Can computers be made to feel? on: September 23, 2010, 07:52:01 pm
To live forever is one of the scariest things i can think of - just imagine the boredom after say 300 years...
I've never quite understood this attitude. Assuming you stay in good mental and physical health (which is quite a big assumption), why would living forever be boring? There's plenty to see and do in this world already, and in 300 years one would expect enough societal change to keep things fresh.

Now, living as a helpless brain in a jar forever, that is just creepy.

Forever is a pretty long time. Much longer than 300 years.
The strong possibility of the extinction of the species evenutally would turn me off to living forever. Also, when the universe starts to melt away at 10^50 years or whatever and you're living in a big void, I think you've probably seen enough.
18  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: My Ur-Quan Kohr-Ah Artwork on: September 23, 2010, 12:53:59 am
lol@Lukipela. 

Okay.  Random alien looking species it is! Damn, I got 'schooled'. I didn't even remember him talking about the type of species in the bone pit.  <<loads up the game again>>  Generally when I play, I tend to stay away from the Ur-Quan whenever I can.  I really hate losing crew (Am I the only one?) so despite my love for Melee, I generally avoid any challenging fights. 

Remember the power of the Spathi if you must deal with the Kohr-Ah. On another note, I'm getting pretty excited about project 6014.
19  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Project 6014 – Ur-Quan Masters mod on: September 22, 2010, 03:37:59 pm
That is really impressive. Fantastic job.
20  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Global Warming Denialist on: September 15, 2010, 10:14:05 pm
They don't give a damn about the environment.

I  want to minimize being contentious any further about this topic since it really won't do any good for anyone, but I'm curious what you're basing this on? Do you have anything specific, or is this just a general feeling you get?
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He is right, though, that the developing countries probably won't help much, because I don't think they should. They have every right to be as dirty as developed countries were during similar periods of their industrialisation, and have every right  to recklessly ignore the warnings for as long as the West did. The first world should stop pointing fingers at the likes of China and start taking responsibility for the example they themselves have set, because evidence for global warming isn't new, nor should it ever have been doubted; it's only the consequences that have now come in from the distant horizon.

What? It almost sounds like you're contradicting yourself here. The developed countries have every right to ignore the warnings, yet the warnings should never have been doubted--as in in the past by developed countries? So according to that logic, the developing countries should not doubt that global warming exists, yet they have every right to pretend as if it isn't there. Or, they should be cognizant of what they're doing, since certainly they must be aware of the evidence, but feel free to continue industrializing using old, carbon-producing techniques? That sounds like a bad double-standard. Maybe I'm interpreting what you're saying wrong.

He's saying that developed countries (i.e. USA, UK, Germany, USSR, Japan) in the past have set a bad example for developing countries (and still do), so they (we) shouldn't be pointing the finger of blame on developing countries.

That isn't really what he said. He not only told westerners to not point the finger of blame (which they probably shouldn't yet), but that further carbon emission producing industrialization in developing countries is justified, even though they're aware of what they're doing.
21  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Global Warming Denialist on: September 15, 2010, 03:52:07 am
As well as saying it can't be stopped, he says it will probably be good for humanity. Sounds like tacit encouragement to me. Which is stupid because whatever the benefits, it could entail the dislocation of coastal cities, the destruction of fragile ecosystems and the reorganisation of national agricultural efforts.
Oh OK, I see what you mean.

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He is right, though, that the developing countries probably won't help much, because I don't think they should. They have every right to be as dirty as developed countries were during similar periods of their industrialisation, and have every right  to recklessly ignore the warnings for as long as the West did. The first world should stop pointing fingers at the likes of China and start taking responsibility for the example they themselves have set, because evidence for global warming isn't new, nor should it ever have been doubted; it's only the consequences that have now come in from the distant horizon.

What? It almost sounds like you're contradicting yourself here. The developed countries have every right to ignore the warnings, yet the warnings should never have been doubted--as in in the past by developed countries? So according to that logic, the developing countries should not doubt that global warming exists, yet they have every right to pretend as if it isn't there. Or, they should be cognizant of what they're doing, since certainly they must be aware of the evidence, but feel free to continue industrializing using old, carbon-producing techniques? That sounds like a bad double-standard. Maybe I'm interpreting what you're saying wrong.
22  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Star Control MMO: Good idea or bad? on: September 14, 2010, 11:56:47 pm
I think it's already well established that I think it's a bad idea.

Yep, I agree.
23  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Global Warming Denialist on: September 14, 2010, 05:20:24 pm
Translates roughly as `we don't understand how the system works, but let's keep screwing with it anyway.' Dangerous thinking.

I don't know about that. He isn't exactly telling us to "keep screwing with it". He acknowledged that global warming is happening and it is very likely due to mostly  non-natural emissions, but that drastic carbon emission reducing changes aren't realistic.

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"If global warming is really anthropogenic, what should we do and why? Some people talk about reducing carbon (dioxide) emissions. This is a fantasy. The developed countries aren't going to reduce their emissions much---1% per year is plausible, but 50% or 80% reductions will not happen. Emissions from developing countries will rise rapidly because so many contributors of emission (travel, electric power, infrastructure that requires carbon emission to build) are things people buy more of as they become more prosperous. People won't freeze in the dark for the sake of a scientific theory, even a correct scientific theory. "
24  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Global Warming Denialist on: September 13, 2010, 10:13:15 pm
Sorry to resurrect this ancient topic. The Starbase Cafe isn't exactly bustling anymore, so I figured that the admins and posters wouldn't mind that much if I reposted on it. Anyway, I found this short paper that's somewhat interesting written by a physics professor at Washington if anyone is interested in reading.

http://wuphys.wustl.edu/~katz/climate.html
25  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Project 6014 – Ur-Quan Masters mod on: September 13, 2010, 03:53:21 pm
Begin the countdown. 16 days, 20 hours, 9 minutes...etc. Honestly though, no pressure. I'd rather wait and see a good product then have a rushed one.
26  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: SENSO - A fighting game on: September 08, 2010, 04:39:34 am


For me an object is derived from "object oriented programming"  a format of data storage and manipulation with which most modern programming languages use. So from my point of view you are using the terminology incorrectly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object-oriented_programming

I only mention this because your usage of the term may be misunderstood by others in the future.


Wait..what? It seems like onpon is more correct in his interpretation. I thought the objects were the data structures or sets. I don't know what the data storage itself really has to do with the name.
27  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Pkunk ship reincarnates 8 times, takes out half a fleet. on: September 01, 2010, 01:36:52 pm
I had single reincarnations only... Never had even 2...

That's a nice feat.
28  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Pkunk ship reincarnates 8 times, takes out half a fleet. on: September 01, 2010, 03:25:03 am
I don't feel like digging up the thread, but I posted  about 10 or 11 reincarnations once and I was laughed at. I remember some in the thread talking of numbers near 20.
29  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Project 6014 – Ur-Quan Masters mod on: August 27, 2010, 03:23:18 am
Nice Cedric! Keep it up.
30  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Which Star Control species is your favorite and why? Which annoy you? on: August 19, 2010, 11:41:41 pm
Least favorite: The Faz...I just don't trust those guys.

Most favorite: the Nnngh! (I think) because come on, you gotta love that name.
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