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  1. This site has been developed over many, many years and it has worked very well indeed for thousands of members without the benefit of your semantic impositions. Nobody here has any obligation to defend the rules of the site to you. Again, if you want to engage here in a discussion that interests you, then you’re going to have to operate within the rules of the platform while you do so, regardless of whether or not you appreciate or agree with those rules.
  2. ‘You rules are fake’ is a meaningless proposition. You’ve been given your options, and your response shows what your choice is. I wish you the best of luck with that.
  3. Disputing what the rules are or should be is not the same as expressing an opinion on how aggressively or liberally moderators enforce the rules. You have a choice here. Continue to grind your own personal axe in the same environment where you have already been told plainly that a platform for those views will not be made available, or end up being sanctioned. Hint: railing at the rules you agreed to abide by when you joined, and blaming everyone else for your inability to work within those parameters, is not the optimal strategy.
  4. That thought will eventually become a corrosive force in your life if you let it. We are living through a time when cultural perception is saturated by illusory examples of great achievement and success but 99% of it is media-enhanced BS. Everyone thinks they’re starring in the film adaptation of their own life. Everyone presents themselves as a glamorous high-flier on social media. It’s no wonder there’s this feeling of dejection and insufficiency spreading throughout western society. The first thing you should do, immediately, is consciously make the effort to stop comparing yourself to
  5. Okay so it's been about 15 years since I decided I couldn't be bothered to code an entire online game. For those of you who don't know (which I guess is the majority of you who haven't been stalking me) I've spent the past 5+ years publishing the Armada Wars universe as fiction. After four books the characters are in their stride, events are dire, and it's starting to get really fun. At some point I may well come full circle and - if the fan base gets big enough - look at game dev again. Also... one million necromancy points
  6. Haven't you always been senile? Or am I thinking of Phi for All. Okay maybe I'm going senile.
  7. You go away for five minutes, and when you come back there's a thread like this which hasn't been closed immediately after a single "no" reply. What happened here?
  8. Imprecise wording on my part, mea culpa. He says the results suggest a specific motive, and I characterise this specificity as the 'conclusion'. Perhaps I should have said that he could not possibly justify selecting one of many possible motives as being one that is suggested by the available evidence, given that there is no such evidence accompanying the reputation total on each post. Ironically, this was my point to him.
  9. A logical fallacy occurs when invalid logic or an unsound logical argument are used in furtherance of an argument. Since I made no argument, no logical fallacy can be said to have occurred. My comment is best characterised as jest, and it is aimed at the juxtaposition of the import of the OP's chosen subject matter with the apparent clumsiness of his tool use. You cannot possibly make a conclusion about the motives behind upvoting. You cannot say why people voted, only that they did. You also cannot assume that the community is homogenous and there were no downvotes, only that there were f
  10. I strongly disagree. This is not a request for help made by someone who wants us to check his work and give him pointers; it was linked for us with the comment that it is a "one-page article, which clearly shows that the current interpretation of the theory of relativity, on the slowing down of clocks in motion and time dilation, is wrong". In that light, it is a very strong indicator that the OP does not have a good understanding of the academic process or any formal system of peer review. This in turn allows fairly accurate inferences to be drawn about their rigour and acumen. And
  11. Ah dropbox, that well known repository for peer-reviewed papers.
  12. That was just a free taster. We have to pay Cap'n ransoms to keep it going
  13. He was talking about having religious faith, not the academic practice of theology.
  14. Unless she's part of an away team and that's her communicator.
  15. Oi! False dichotomy! It can totally be both It's the same thing, only more of it. The emergence of complex behaviours through natural selection is no more difficult than the emergence of highly exotic phenotypes through natural selection. Nature is not beholden to us to act in accordance with our intuition and expectations.
  16. Quick query, because I think I possibly misunderstand you. In your first post you talk about the language appearing naturally as "an enhancement of whatever animal language proto-humans spoke". Is it an assumption of this thread that the Egyptian culture developed in isolation from other cultures, from their ascension from animal status to the beginning of their written history? Or that they are the common root of modern languages? I get the impression from your posts that there is an unspoken supposition at work: that modern languages and civilisation exclusively have their roots in E
  17. Nobody is making that claim. The claim that is made - and which is backed up by reams of actual science - is that it is empirically demonstrable that complex behaviours can arise from selection events. Again, that wasn't the claim. Go back and read. Selection events such as that work by incrementation, not sudden invocation. We know that there are many animals that can perform apparently complex tasks. For example, an octopus learning how to access reward items inside a screwed-shut jar. Many bird species can perform similar tasks and adapt to condition changes in the scenario.
  18. Possible that we are currently experiencing the lamest DDoS attack ever.
  19. Sigh. http://www.avast.com/en-gb/index See the bit where it offers you two products? The one on the left is the lovely free antivirus only package. The one on the right is the internet security suite, which you have to pay for.
  20. A few years ago when we were plagued by nuisance members we used a plug-in to set up a special user group. Any members in that group would have a horrible experience on the site until they gave up and went to troll elsewhere (long loading times, randomly incorrect pages, missing style sheets, broken images... you name it). I wonder if @blike has put us all in that group
  21. Seems much faster on my iPad than it is via Firefox
  22. The use of the word "weak" isn't a value-judgement. I think you're possibly a bit confused about the physical terms. This might be what you're talking about: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weak_interaction FYI, I'm pretty sure gravity propagates at the speed of light.
  23. Agree. Is it still @Dave who does all the servery stuff?
  24. I've used the free version of Avast! for years, it's really good. Quick to update, has a pretty low system footprint.
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