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Forum Games / Re: Fact or Crap? 2017 Edition
« Last post by HighPockets on Today at 05:25:21 PM »
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General Discussion / Re: The military of the SGU forum
« Last post by teethering on Today at 05:22:41 PM »
I wasn't in the military (my eyesight precludes me).

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You would have to blind, if its correctable, it wouldn't have kept you out.

I had to get a medical waiver for my vision, and color-blindness precluded my from going to a parachute company. Didn't stop me from working with explosives though...

 :o

But the blue wire!   THE BLUE WIRE!
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Tech Talk / Re: Learning to Code
« Last post by werecow on Today at 04:56:48 PM »
Once you get the basic logic of programming languages, what specific language you code in is of secondary importance. I don't have much experience with C#, but I agree that Python is a really good language for learning basic programming skills. It teaches you the logic of programming without the extra hassle that comes with strong typing (though dynamic typing can also be a curse at times), pointers and memory management, and forced object-oriented design, and it forces you to learn to maintain a good, readable layout. And it has the advantage of being pretty popular right now, so there are lots of libraries either already available or being written (and package management is really easy when using pip and virtualenv). A downside is that there are no really great IDEs for python like there are for, say, JAVA or C# (in part because this is really hard to do well in a dynamically typed language).
I personally learned Java and C before python, and I think I'd have been better off in the reverse order (pointers and memory management in C are annoyingly confusing to a novice programmer). So I would say use python for your backend work (look at how to set up REST services, for example). For your frontend work you may want to use something like AngularJS.
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I doubt we will ever crack back in time time travel. I think we will find that it defies the Laws of Physics.
I agree*, but then that leads me to ask.  Why is that?  Why does time only go one way?  It keeps PANTS up at night sometimes.

*Or if we do it would have to be within the set of space that light from there has not reached us yet.  If that makes sense.  In order to go back in time 1 second, I'd have to travel more than one light second away.  In other words, we might be able to go back in time, but not to a point in space where we could break causality.  Which is no fun, really.  Well - at least my way doesn't preclude wormholes and FTL travel, so, slightly more fun, mebbe.
Unless there's some additional rule that allows only one time machine to exist, that won't help. If you go to t=-1, x=2, then someone at x=2 with a time machine can go to t=-2, x=0. Your own location two seconds in the past, in other words.

Moreover, the strongest rebuttal to those kinds of religious arguments (and the Simulation Hypothesis right along with them), is that there's zero material evidence to support the hypothesis that such entities as gods, or indiscernible universe sims for that matter, can even possibly exist, let alone that they're overwhelmingly likely to exist.
Doesn't that just mean you believe the first possibility to be true? It just has the added bit that the reason the fraction of civilizations reaching (that definition of) a posthuman stage is zero is because such a stage is impossible.

(Personally, I think that while the argument might work for my individual experiences over a particular short period of time, in that I think it will be possible to simulate minds experiencing "hi-res" reality for at least a short time, but it doesn't work if you take it to mean the whole universe and everyone in it might be a simulation. And I reject the solipsistic version for the same reason I object solipsism in general: it's useless for drawing any conclusions about anything, regardless of whether or not it's "true" in some sense.)

Because otherwise it would violate causality as well as the second law of thermodynamics. Though I have a feeling that answer may not be as satisfying as it maybe ought to.
It's my understanding that the second law of thermodynamics is a consequence of statistical mechanics, rather than a fundamental principle in its own right.
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Forum Games / Re: Fact or Crap? 2017 Edition
« Last post by starnado on Today at 04:43:08 PM »
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Forum Games / Re: 2017 SGU Forums Deadpool: GAME ON!
« Last post by PANTS! on Today at 04:32:50 PM »
Yeah - Heard that on the news just now.

As I look back on Obama's presidency, and what we might get from Trump, all-in-all, he wasn't that bad a president.

Yea, i listen to an hour long video where the presenter made a "Report Card" for Obama, after going through every major decision of Obamas, he got a Grade of C+.
I agreed with much of what that video said.
Im going to miss Obama.

Heh - I was referring to Bush Eins, but that was not at all clear.  Sorry.
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General Discussion / Re: The military of the SGU forum
« Last post by SkeptiQueer on Today at 04:17:48 PM »
I wasn't in the military (my eyesight precludes me).

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You would have to blind, if its correctable, it wouldn't have kept you out.

I had to get a medical waiver for my vision, and color-blindness precluded my from going to a parachute company. Didn't stop me from working with explosives though...
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General Discussion / Re: The military of the SGU forum
« Last post by Ah.hell on Today at 04:15:52 PM »
I wasn't in the military (my eyesight precludes me).

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You would have to blind, if its correctable, it wouldn't have kept you out.
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Forum Games / Re: Fact or Crap? 2017 Edition
« Last post by Ah.hell on Today at 04:14:27 PM »
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Forum Games / Re: 2017 SGU Forums Deadpool: GAME ON!
« Last post by Gerbig on Today at 04:14:23 PM »
Yeah - Heard that on the news just now.

As I look back on Obama's presidency, and what we might get from Trump, all-in-all, he wasn't that bad a president.

Yea, i listen to an hour long video where the presenter made a "Report Card" for Obama, after going through every major decision of Obamas, he got a Grade of C+.
I agreed with much of what that video said.
Im going to miss Obama.
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