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Ash: Phoenix / Re: Ash: Phoenix- Reboot
« on: May 29, 2013, 09:28:57 pm »
Nope, sorry :P

Miscellaneous / Re: Bitcoin - the currency of the internet.
« on: May 29, 2013, 09:26:40 pm »
Double necro

Bitcoins shouldn't be looked at as a method to get rich. It's supposed to be a currency first and foremost, and now 2 years since this thread has started it's crashed several times but recovered every time. The reason why they're harder and harder to mine (now impossible without several GPU's or an ASIC) is to control the flow of new currency thus making it a deflationary store of value (kind of like gold) backed by its own scarcity as opposed to an inflationary one backed by the word of a government (like the US dollar).

Bitcoin may eventually go to 0 but I doubt it will be because of panic selling. A lot of people have faith in the currency, as an open source codec flaws have been looked for and (almost) none found. In April this year they crashed from $266 down close to $50 but have been sitting comfortably around $120 for the past few weeks. If Bitcoin ever takes off, it would *not* be a smart idea to sell; you'd be losing money as the currency would begin experiencing massive growth. Right now the largest single holder of bitcoins are the Winklevoss twins, yet they only hold 1% of the total Bitcoin economy.

Thoughts, now we've had a couple years observation on the topic?

Miscellaneous / Re: Religion Discussion
« on: May 25, 2013, 12:15:46 pm »
there is actually a fairly strong argument for the existence of religion being a positive influence on the world. yes, you can say whatever you like about crusades etc, but the primary driving factor behind those is always humans desiring for power or being bigotted against others, with their religions being used as a convenient excuse to continue acting that way. they would act out against their fellow humans regardless. yes, it may be true that it exacerbates it in some situations, but it's also true that religion is a calming, comforting influence in the lives of billions. studies have consistently shown that people who are able to convince themselves of the validity of some religion that offers a promise of an "ultimate purpose" for their lives are, on average, happier people than those who cannot.

I don't think I said that religion only has a negative effect, just that it has a strong one ;)

Regardless of whether it's a positive or negative influence I think it's important to live based on 'truth.' I can easily visualize how religion can be a positive influence (it's one of the easiest ways to deal with the problem of death), but in the words of Camus it seems a bit like philosophical suicide (to me anyway) to actually take that leap of faith.

Miscellaneous / Re: Religion Discussion
« on: May 24, 2013, 09:30:01 pm »
When you consider the amount of time and other resources spent on religion and how it directly (and indirectly) influences the lives of billions of people through its influence on political ideology, then yes I say it's very important to decide whether He exists or not. (Although I guess it's more important to decide whether the holy scripts are true or not)

Miscellaneous / Re: Religion Discussion
« on: May 24, 2013, 02:48:50 pm »
Stefan, I don't find what is written on that site satisfactory at all. The section on why the Bible is infallible has 3 main points:

1) The Bible has no contradictions and has never been proven wrong
What about this? As another example big bang theory/evolution disagrees with Genesis' account of creation, but seeing as how we are already talking about that I won't bother repeating the words of others on this point.
2) It is a living document and written with symbolism and hidden meanings.
So what? The Constitution (of the USA) is a living document. The Great Gatsby has symbolism and hidden meanings. How something is written has no bearing on whether it is indisputable truth.
3) Everyone says so
I don't think I need to explain why this is patently irrelevant

Miscellaneous / Re: Religion Discussion
« on: May 24, 2013, 05:45:04 am »
Why is the Bible infallible?

TI Z80 / Re: Zombie Gun
« on: May 22, 2013, 11:46:59 pm »
Good luck, IIRC the code is really messy since I changed coding style halfway through :x

Miscellaneous / Re: Religion Discussion
« on: May 22, 2013, 11:23:25 pm »
I don't believe that humans have souls.

I also don't believe that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. It seems pretty obvious to me that science is all about only believing something after you've exhaustively experimented and drawn conclusions from your work, where religion is about faithfully believing in spite of lack of evidence.

I don't think the discussion about the various powers of God are very useful. If God is actually a being that is allowed to violate casuality then there's no conceivable way to prove or disprove His existence and so the entire discussion in that respect becomes moot. As long as one believes in God's supernatural powers in this way there's no way to convince him/her otherwise since he/she will always be able to invoke God's magic powers to answer any inquiries.

I hold that while it's impossible to disprove His existence, that doesn't mean that he exists. Google Russell's teapot, flying spaghetti monster, and invisible pink unicorn.

Whoo controversy! Discuss.

Miscellaneous / Re: Religion Discussion
« on: May 21, 2013, 12:24:17 pm »
* shmibs actually agrees

everything is, to some extent, something that has to be believed in. knowing your surroundings requires that you first have faith in the trustworthiness of your senses, knowing mathematical theorems to be correct requires first that you have faith in the work of those who have proven them (or, in the case where you have proven all the necessary prerequisites for some conclusion, faith in yourself :P). for humans, then, "truth" is not an absolute, but rather a degree of certainty.

also, as per the rules, this topic will be watched. feel free to speak your minds, but don't let it turn into a flame war, please.

I don't think you can really compare faith in observation and maths with faith in a supreme being...

I agree with your point about truth really being more about a degree of certainty; but with maths you can go and redo all the work before to confirm its validity and with your senses you can confirm their consistency (eg red things are always red no matter who you ask; even if you don't know if your red is the same as other people's red, it's still a constant "fact" that this color is named red)

I cant think of a single way to increase the degree of certainty about the existence of a supreme being

Ash: Phoenix / Re: Ash: Phoenix- Reboot
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:15:12 pm »
yeah actually that wouldn't even be difficult seeing as how nearly all the text is in an outside file

when this gets finished I can send the text to anyone who wants to translate stuff to be translated

TI Z80 / Re: [Axe] Super Crate Box
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:13:42 pm »
iirc thepenguin's list of free ram areas is semi out of date with the latest version of axe since runer moved around some stuff. You'll want to take a look at the file included in the latest release to see the details

Ash: Phoenix / Re: Ash: Phoenix- Reboot
« on: March 10, 2013, 11:27:30 pm »
^ I never lived in China ???

Anyway I'm actually in South America, and I'll be here until the start of the next academic year at which point I'll move back to the US.

Ash: Phoenix / Re: Ash: Phoenix- Reboot
« on: March 08, 2013, 10:05:44 am »
not yet, progress is slowing atm because I just moved to another country on the other half of the world lol

Once things settle down I'll have a bit more time to work it out.

Ash: Phoenix / Re: Ash: Phoenix- Reboot
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:54:12 pm »
Nearly ready for a demo update, except for one pretty major bug that makes the enemy's skill attacks OHKO >:(

Mainly posting to provide myself a way to keep track of what I have to do still; I've been really busy the last couple weeks, and will be even busier the next few...

Anyway the point is that the project isn't dead

TI Z80 / Re: [Axe] Super Crate Box
« on: February 15, 2013, 10:23:48 pm »
That slight screen shake effect you have there really adds to the feel of the game

Great job so far!

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