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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Media Control 2 on: January 02, 2018, 04:28:10 pm
The name suggests that there is a "Media Control 1", plus it's really generic and sounds like the name of a sound mixer.

I don't think any parents would have the patience for this sort of thing, anyway. And besides, what's there to stop little Johnny from just downloading new games? There's literally thousands to choose from and many of them can be "run in place". Some even run in a Web browser, so how are you going to stop that?

Besides, I think the big vice today isn't too much video games, it's spending too much time on Internet forums, social media, YouTube, etc.
2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Returning player: game is now 100% impossible, cannot progress! on: October 20, 2017, 04:52:49 pm
The VUX exception doesn't happen in the campaign, only in Super-Melee.

If the RNG is giving you problems, you can restart the game (as in, close the game and then re-open it). That will give it a different seed.
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: NEWS: Ghosts of the Precursors is coming! on: October 17, 2017, 05:18:18 am
That's reassuring to me. It means there won't be any publishers getting in the way of the possibility of a libre release. And who really needs fancy high-end graphics anyway?
4  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: PAUL AND FRED ACTUALLY MAKING SC3!!! on: October 10, 2017, 06:15:37 pm
What business model can they use if they open it right away?

The same one I use:

But like I said, I would be happy with a later libre release if they are unable or unwilling to use that method. Late is much better than never. The most important thing to that end is to not use a third-party proprietary engine or library like Unity or whatever else is popular with the kids these days. Fingers crossed.
5  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: PAUL AND FRED ACTUALLY MAKING SC3!!! on: October 10, 2017, 04:57:53 pm
Holy crap, it's actually happening? That's fantastic!

FF & PR, please please please make this libre software, and if you can't do that immediately then at least plan on doing it a few years later. I'd much rather this be something I can proudly recommend to friends than a guilty pleasure. Wink
6  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: A new theory of pain on: October 05, 2017, 11:49:05 pm
The objective shouldn't necessarily be to convince anybody about anything, but rather to see what criticism people have, which is actually a way of absorbing more data.

This is the approach that the ancient Greek philosophers took, and as you may or may not remember, the ancient Greeks may have came up with ideas that turned out to be true, but they also came up with tons of ideas that didn't. Also, as the naming suggests, they were engaging in philosophy, not science.

The only thing this is any good for is for subjective questions, like what is ethical and unethical or what the meaning of life is.

Also, if you believe in something stupid, it might be a good idea to tell other people about it, since they might give you negative feedback you can use to correct yourself. If other people aren't able to give you negative feedback, you might have more reason to investigate your hunch further.

It doesn't work like that. Firstly, most people aren't going to criticize your ideas because that would be rude, or just because they're uninterested. Secondly, those who have the same idea or really like the idea will defend it very strongly. Thirdly, confirmation bias; try as you might, you will hear the stuff that confirms what you already believe more loudly than what contradicts it. This is how conspiracy theories grow.
7  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: A new theory of pain on: October 05, 2017, 04:28:35 am
I just came up with the idea that the sun is actually powered at the center by a nuclear fusion reactor. It fits! The sun does indeed produce energy by nuclear fusion, and it's big enough to hold such a reactor! Solid theory right there.

The Higgs boson and gravitational waves were proposed long before they were observed, and Hawking radiation hasn't even been observed yet. Still, the majority of astrophysicists believe in Hawking radiation. Do you think that Stephen Hawking isn't a real scientist?
I don't know about the first example you gave, but Hawking radiation is a prediction based quantum mechanics, not just some idea someone came up with out of thin air. Quantum mechanics was established for unrelated reasons beforehand, and it too didn't just come out of thin air; it explains observations that were made.

Also, I didn't say you have to observe what you are claiming. I said that any good hypothesis should be fulfilling some kind of purpose, to explain something that you observed. If what we know about the universe doesn't change because of your hypoethesis, or if it doesn't connect to anything you have observed, it's a worthless hypothesis. The same as the "theory" that Elvis Presley is alive; if no one has observed that Elvis Presley is alive, then there's no basis for a hypothesis for why he could be alive.
8  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: A new theory of pain on: October 04, 2017, 09:07:45 pm
People are often scared of spiders, even though they might never have had the experience of been bitten by a dangerous spider. This is because we are born with certain neural circuits developed by the experiences of our ancestors. Hundreds of millions years ago, some of your ancestors might have had huge problems with dangerous spiders. So the neural system developed a circuit then, which made your ancestors fear spiders. This neural circuit seems to have survived until today.

You're using overly complicated phrasing to explain what natural selection is, and in the process you're adding extra random baggage. What are you trying to accomplish with this?

Science doesn't work by coming up with an idea and then trying to find explanations for that idea. Science works by making observations and then applying the scientific method to discover why you observed what you observed. You haven't made any observations here. You're just making stuff up.
9  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: A new theory of pain on: September 30, 2017, 06:45:17 pm
Riiiiight. And if intelligence is linked to the presence of carbon dioxide, we could be getting smarter because of fossil fuels, and that would make pre-industrial people doofus blockheads. And it would make no sense to worry about global warming.
10  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: A new theory of pain on: September 30, 2017, 04:54:01 pm
Being mysterious is not a good reason to make things up about it out of thin air. Sleep is mysterious, but that doesn't make it valid to hypothesize that sleep is a way of contacting aliens in a galaxy far, far away to learn about the Force.
11  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / General UQM Discussion / Re: Report spam topics here!!! on: September 25, 2017, 08:30:53 pm
Why does this thread exist?
12  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Nutrition on: July 05, 2017, 04:36:29 pm
Everything you said about the U.S. is far more complicated than you claim (even the part about distrusting government), and even if it were all 100% true cut and dry, it would not be evidence that your country is going to stay benevolent forever. Power corrupts, leaders change, that sort of thing.
13  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Nutrition on: July 05, 2017, 03:46:07 pm
but then they won't necessarily be able to run the program to operate the user database anymore

Yes they will. There isn't any possible way for a program to not work with a certain operating system, unless it's proprietary, in which case, again, the developer of the program can introduce malware.

And it would be completely illegal, and they would need to spend the rest of their lives in prison if they got caught.

No, because the government itself is your adversary. I don't know why you refuse to accept this simple fact. Just look at North Korea, Soviet Russia, even China. Malicious states do exist, and in wide numbers. You can't just expect your government to be benevolent in perpetuity. If you give your government too much power, and it goes rogue 50 years down the line, you will find yourself living in 1984.

100% security is more or less impossible

Security is largely a moot point. It's a secondary concern, but more important is the fundamental nature of the collection of data.

If you don't want technology because it infringes on your civil liberties, then go and join an Amish settlement.

Our choices aren't an Amish farmland and 1984. Technology doesn't necessitate totalitarianism or mass surveillance. Saying that you would rather have technology is not a valid argument for increasing surveillance.
14  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Nutrition on: July 05, 2017, 03:27:05 am
the administrator doesn't need to be able to read it.

Yes, they do. It necessarily follows from the fact that they can control what the computer does.

You can make a Linux distribution where the administrator have much less rights.

And the owner of the server can just not use that distribution, or replace it with one that doesn't put arbitrary restraints on what they're able to do like that. This idea of making the owner of a computer unable to do something that a computer can do (a.k.a. DRM) is a pure fantasy. The only way it can sort of work is with a proprietary software stack, in which case it's the proprietary software stack's developers who can put malware into the computer to allow them to record and/or transmit the information.
15  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: Nutrition on: July 05, 2017, 02:51:49 am
It doesn't necessarily need to have any operators.

Yes, it does. All servers do. The operator would likely just be the owner, which yes, all servers have to have. It's just like any other equipment.

You know, even at this computer, I can just create another user, and encrypt the folder of that user. Even though I have administrator access on this computer, I wont have any access to that encrypted folder unless I know the encryption passphrase. I can delete the user and his folder, but not access his folder. The assertion that a server owner can access everything they want is nonsense. I think you have a basic misunderstanding about what encryption is.

There's a big difference between not being able to access something and not being able to understand something.

But as I have been trying to explain to you, it is not possible for the owner of the server to be unable to know what something on the server is unless it never does the decryption or encryption. If the encryption and decryption is done at the bank, the bank can read it. If the encryption and decryption is done on the store's computer, the store can read it. If the encryption and decryption is done on the server itself, the server can read it. The only way you can use cryptography to protect the citizen is if the data is encrypted and decrypted only on their own computer, which as I explained is impossible if you're going to require I.D. checks or force the citizen to upload certain information.
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