We're trained from birth to think in decimal, which matches (1) the median number of fingers, and (2) the metric system. Imperial is inferior, both in that it is inconsistent (12 inches to a foot, 16 ounces to a pound) and that it is not decimal.
The United States should really just get with the program.
Stop paying attention? Never.
Stop trying to win arguments on the Internet, on the other hand...
Let me jump to the end of this thread and save everyone some time:
The person/people with whom I disagree represent(s) unprecedented* evil -- double-plus-ungood, even -- and must be stopped at *all* costs. Anyone who disagrees is stupid/misguided/uninformed.
* I know this had been said every year since forever, but I it's really true this time. Trust me.
Yup...Radeon 6850. Happily, I have various other parts, including a GTX 550ti lying around. Maybe I'll give that a whirl.
What bugs? I've never encountered any in 80 hours (on PC). The closest thing is what the camera very occasionally gets a bit confused and sits on the other side of a wall whilst you're firing on the other side, but that's hardly serious.
But the one that kept getting me was the game would just hang when switching between soldiers. I could still move the camera, etc., but couldn't take any actions. Happened two or three times, and once at the end of a long involved mission. That soured me on the game and I've still not gone back.
And Justin, you're demanding detailed design docs on the Internet (the existence of which would be a huge security breach) to prove the software is secure? Do you even understand how ludicrous you sound?
Justin Rocket wrote:
If that is the case, then the insurance provider's application has a problem, not healthcare.gov. Unless you're arguing that the information wouldn't have been available online in any form without the ACA? I think that would be a pretty tough argument to make -- and even if you could, it still isn't a problem with healthcare.gov.
Maybe someone who gets medical care because of the ACA -- and subsequently survives -- will go on to assassinate the president. In which case, I guess you'd say the ACA killed the president? :P
Doug's Workshop wrote:
Markets may not be perfect, but they are the best option out of the list of imperfect choices.
I respect the power of the profit motive, and the efficiencies that markets deliver. But I think markets work best when regulated, which is Keynesianism in a nut shell. Unfortunately, part of the American public reliably confuses regulation with Socialism.
Now that the ACA is in place, 1.5% have had their current coverage cancelled as of Dec 01 2013 because it's not good enough for what's set forth in the ACA, AND the 29% this was for can't get onto the exchanges to get healthcare, either.
Any coverage in place when the law was signed is exempt from ACA requirements forever. These are known as grandfathered plans. Any company that canceled coverage effective Jan 1, 2014 was NOT required to do so by the ACA. Did they use the ACA as an excuse? Quite possibly.
Edit: Turns out I was mistaken -- Grandfathered plans are exempt from some requirements, but not others. Here is a good article on the matter. I would summarize things thusly: Some plans are being canceled because bringing them into compliance with the law would make them less profitable than the insurance company is willing to accept.
Yup. I think labor is in much greater danger of becoming irrelevant than is capital. Just look at our tax structure...
Here in 'Merica, we exercise our freedom to select an objectively inferior measurement system. And by select, I mean "remain too lazy to bother changing." :P
Besides, I'm pretty sure that metric system is Socialist. Think about it -- every unit of measurement is exactly 1/10 the size of the next larger unit. Talk about equality of outcome!
In other news though: I bought the beginner box and am really excited to try it. I've realized something from my other thread (4e vs PF) and it's that the systems may be different, but every person has his/her opinions on it and neither system is better nor worse. I know that isn't really like an epiphany or anything but I'm really excited to try PF considering I never played 3.5. I've heard the rules may be a little more complicated than 4e but that's okay. I learn rules pretty quickly; especially related to games and gaming.
You won't be disappointed -- the beginner box is a fantastic product.
That said, it is an introductory product, so much of the complexity of the full game has been removed. It sounds like you might consider spending $10 on a PDF of the core rules as well.
I found 4E to be mechanically superior to Pathfinder, but inferior in terms of adventure support, setting material, PDFs, and plain-old completeness in the core rules. As a result of these shortcoming, 4E failed -- and many great ideals were deemed untenable.
I'm looking forward to trying 5E, but my expectations aren't high.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Yes, the failure of Obamacare to do anything about the skyrocketing costs of health care is one of its biggest drawbacks.
No argument here. But this is kinda one of those "perfect being the enemy of the good" situations, no?
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
All costs are ultimately borne by the proles. But why am I telling you that? Aren't you a Communist? :P
Scott Betts wrote:
And don't forget that many have the audacity to hope that their children, should they be unfortunate enough to become sick, won't die in a ditch. Leeches.
Really, we should just shout "bootstraps!" at chronically ill children who can't afford treatment. It's their fault for getting sick. They should buckle down, master medical science, and treat themselves!
Oh right! Apologies to our worst (illegitimate) president ever. :P
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I heard his administration has been committing war crimes in Pakistan and Yemen.
I've heard he's an incompetent mastermind. Also, he's an iron-fisted dictator who can't control the federal bureaucracy. And he's rounding up the guns. And crushing freedom of speech (this one is usually said with no sense of irony whatsoever). He's Keynesian. Or Kenyan. Or something.
He's a bad, bad man.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I'm not sure what you guys are trying to prove, but New Hampshire, while having low sales taxes and no personal income tax, has pretty high property taxes and the "harshest" corporate tax burden in the country.
I'm trying to prove that the middle class is taking in the shorts to benefit the rich, but being told to blame the poor. And it's working.
Though really all one should need to do is look around.
wicked cool wrote:
The tea party isnt about Rich people fighting. It looks like most are middle/lower class voters sick of their money being wasted and tired of being taxed.
I repeat: Revenue as a % of GDP is just about the lowest it has been in 60 years.
That's right: "Obama has raised taxes to records levels" is a bald-faced lie. So why all the anger just now, I wonder? Hmmm...
Adamantine Dragon wrote:
That's quite a chip you've got on your shoulder. Pray tell, what other "lessons" have I to learn, oh wise one?
For the record, I already pay a higher percentage of my income in taxes than the so-called 1%. Or have you forgotten this already?
Not that it matters -- unlike the Tea Party, I understand that my taxes haven't gone up under Obama. That's right. Revenue as a % of GDP isn't high...it's actually just about the lowest it has been in 60 years. You know what else has been going down? The effective tax rates on the highest earners. In other words, we have a revenue problem.
But sure, the poor people are engaging in class warfare. Those jealous bastards. /s
Kelsey MacAilbert wrote:
No kidding. Companies employ tens of thousands who need public assistance to survive. Not only do the companies not dispute this, they tacitly acknowledge it by advising their employees how to best collect public assistance. It's disguising.
Spanky the Leprechaun wrote:
As opposed to the ~48 MILLION people in the United States that have no insurance whatsoever, and no access to primary care, let alone specialists?
Even assuming the worst about Canadian health care, I know which I'd prefer.
Guess we have to add Market Watch -- Along with 86% of Canada -- to the list of those with whom it is "not worth having a discussion."
It's certainly a time saver. :P
Andrew R wrote:
How far do you have your head up there to not know the difference between "hostility to those that are different" and not being willing to feed innocent people to the killers and rapists?
Here is more on authoritarian followers. Of particular interest to you might be: "5. Hostility: RWAs frequently become hostile when confronted."
Yes. And those things are therefore terrible, horrible, no good, and very bad.