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Eda Mrcoch

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  1. Quote[/b] ]No, it is this way:

    Monkey->Anarchosyndicalistic monkey commune->Atlantis->Antiquity->Feudalism->Capitalism->Cyborgs enslave humanity->Chemocracy->Ur-Quan Masters->Cthulhu eats all

    You can optionally skip the cyborgs if we break enuf computers.

    That is the historical nu-determinism which is The Science! Prove the opposite.

    Ok, then describe the different modes of production that define those societies.

    Monkey - monkey see, moneky gets

    Anarchosyndicalistic monkey - monkey see, monkey gets, other monkeys get pissed that they didn't saw first and they call up a meeting

    Antiquity - Roman see, Roman gets

    Feudalism - peasant produces, king gets

    Capitalism - man produces and sells, other guy buys - as a byproduct Spokesperson gets the internet although he is dying of hunger like other 99,8 % of population

    Cyborg enslavement - human produces, cyborg gets. BSOD.

    Chemocracy - You take a pill. There is no pill.

    Ur-Quan Masters - can't see through slave shied, sorry

    Cthulhu eats all - self explanatory

    All as scientific as it can get. band.gif

    (of Atlantis I cannot speak, they're watching)

  2. Communism can't be implemented at once. Hunter Gatherer (primitive communism)->Slavery->Feodalism->Capitalism->Socialism->Communism

    You can't just skip a stage or two. Of course this is no real explanation because it's quite complex but you get the idea.

    No, it is this way:

    Monkey->Anarchosyndicalistic monkey commune->Atlantis->Antiquity->Feudalism->Capitalism->Cyborgs enslave humanity->Chemocracy->Ur-Quan Masters->Cthulhu eats all

    You can optionally skip the cyborgs if we break enuf computers.

    That is the historical nu-determinism which is The Science! Prove the opposite.

  3. Just my OT thoughts about the advancements of artificial intelligence.

    It takes years filled with education and sensory stimulation to nurture just one intelligent human (plus lots of patterns are kind of "preprogrammed" by millions years of evolution) and still your chance to fail is quite high. Therefore I do not believe in creating strong AI in foreseeable future. Computing power itself is not enough. Even if we copy neural pattern from newborn child one-to-one (not discussing the ethical side of that) we gonna end with deprivants. Adding the senses is not enough, the urge to reproduce, hunger, physical abilities, sleep (love?) etc. have to be realistically simulated. And after all that you end with artificial intelligence that has the same characteristics and flaws we do.

    Well, maybe in 22nd century the need for for AI kindergarten teachers is gonna rise. smile_o.gif

  4. The point is that she did not name the bear. The kids did it. How do we (or the court) determine that she even knew it? Is there any more info about this?

    I believe the one who taught the kids religion is to be responsible for that his pupils did something considered blasphemous.

  5. I think it would be good idea to check if the soldier is set captive in the main loop. This way, missionmakers can simply disable the vfai for not-to-be-armed civilians or prisoners. In the present state, we have to extract the script and run it for specific units only. And with the weapons list being acquired dynamically through new ArmA config commands it would be perfect.

    Also, I do not want it run for player controlled AI. I hope that if the addon is only serverside it will run exactly that way as the AIs in player's group are local to his machine. Will test that sometimes this week.

  6. Equality, for me, means equality in rights (voting, speech, etc) as well as opportunities (education, health care, state benefits, etc). In the US this is far from covered with the current capitalistic economy, and looking at some recent events in the news, we have a long way to go for racial equality and equality of rights as well. When any proposals for universal health care or education are brought up the inevitable "nanny state" reference comes up, or people start crying about taxes (did you know between federal and state taxes, people in California pay a comparable tax rate to those in Canada while not recieving ANY of the social programs Canada has....namely health care).

    My stance as I live in European nanny state is quite the opposite. Guess everyone wants what he doesn't have. What you call equal opportunities in your post is more like "positive rights" i.e. "right to have something someone else pays for". That is quite a different thing than equal opportunity. As for the health care, most of countries have mixed system with government funded basic care and private insurance. Canada is quite an abomination (as is US in the opposite sense).

    For an example of my definition (applies to the religion comment as well), homosexuals and gay couples would receive all right as heterosexuals...including being able to marry. The religious right is exerting it influence to deny basic rights to citizens based on sexuality. Something that is NOT suppose to happen in this country.

    However, regarding your employment question, refer to my post about individual enterprise from earlier. Employers would not be required to hire everyone who applies. Required skill sets would apply of course. Also, ideally since education would be free, workers would receiving the training they want.

    So let me put it blunt. If I refuse to employ someone on the base I am racist/sexist/homophobic/hate blonde people, do I have the right to do it? Can I make a free subjective decision (I am talking about private enterprise, not government funded)? If you're against the private enterprise itself you do not have to answer as it is then pointless.

    About the gay marriage, it happened in my country and I think it is wholly different and good thing.

    The difference between this two examples of what may be called discrimination is fundamental. Permitting gay marriage does extend the freedom, forcing someone to employ one he doesn't want constricts it in my opinion.

    Ah but term limits (one or two terms for example) limit the amount of influence one person has while at the same time making them far more responsible to the people they represent.

    Why would that make them more responsible? Two terms means that they'll make populistic claims and waste money to get re-elected (as seen thousand of times). One term is like the old saying "After us, the flood" (Luis XV.). The number I believe is okay is zero. Hope you do not believe that the retired representatives return to the pre-politics standard of living. Even if they would be forced to have minimum wage while being on the term, there are thousands of opportunities to suck the money from state's tit if you're in the power.

    By community worker I mean someone who contributes to the community however that may be. Odd jobs, factory worker, farmer, etc.

    Pensioners of course could be, since by definition they contributed work to the community. I am not sure what you meant by "rentier". Unemployment would indeed be possible, but by choice not by circumstance (ideally). If you don't want to work that is your choice, and you would still receive state services (education, health care, basic necessities) but you would have no vote right in the community work. It's not discrimination, its common sense. If you are not contributing to production, why would you have a choice about what is produced? To take a capitalist example, I don't have a choice on the Coke board of directors.

    That is one thing we can agree upon. However I do count people living from taxpayers money as non-contributors. That makes us both non-democrats (in the sense of universal vote rights). As you probably have figured out I am kinda on the "worse than nazis" side from page 2. The chance of some simple worker being catapulted from worskhop to office is non-existant. It would be the one who got money from the state "for that idea of his" and then used them to get to the power.

    Not sure what you are referring to, but I'll try to elaborate.

    Taking my previous example, if you decide you want to make certain clothes based on an idea of yours, the state would provide you with the means with which to produce those clothes (machinery, factory space, etc) while you would be responsible for workers...hiring, retaining, etc. You would be a "boss" of sorts, but far less so than currently.

    No, you would be more than that. No risks, all money from the stupid taxpayers but not yours. That is one of the main reasons of why state owned means of productions failed to produce dignified way of living for its citizens - absolutely no responsibility. The state supervising authority (which would be massive) can be easily bribed. There is only one way to ensure that you're responsible for the company and that is that you own it.

    I am undecided about raw materials...whether the state would provide that. It would probably aid the community more if those materials were localized.

    If the state owns it, it is same as above.

    That is up to the individuals of course. Market in a non-capitalist sense is a possibility but it would be agreed upon by the two people. Market forces are hard to keep out of individual transactions or community based exchange. But unlike capitalism, the exchange would be not profit based.

    I fail to see why would anybody trade if they do not have anything from it. Again I ask, who would determine the prizes (one product/another product ratio)?

    In any case though, no single item would be able to become a currency as you suggest as the market would be filled with variable products. Soy beans for cheese, pinapples for wood, carpeting for carpentry work, etc.

    Market is filled with zillions of variable products now and I do not see major of transactions being bartering product for product. Money is also commodity - that is why I used the soy beans as an example that currency is inevitable. It simplifies things. If I have the peas and car producer do not want them, what shall I do? I need to exchange them for something else and then hope he'll want it. But only thing i can get in my commune for peas are soy beans for example. He do not want soy beans. He wants bananas. So I either travel the world to find some car manufacturer who wants soy beans or peas, or travel the world to find someone who will give me bananas for them etc. Madness. After a short time people will find some other commodity to use as a currency. And voila - your hated money are back.

    However, there are many options available for exchange basis. I've been toying with a few like barter as you suggest. Work credits are another choice but most theories inadequetly work them into the economy. I'm still exploring other options as well.

    The amount of credits workers earn would be based on what? You're not digging out labour theory of value from its grave, do you?

    I wish it were so, but take a look at the US...especially the rise of the religious right and evangelicals and my example above of the denial of rights to a demographic of the citizenry.

    Well, it is not capitalism fault that religion interferences with state. The Soviet bloc was certainly not capitalistic and they had Marxism-Leninism as the state religion for example.

    The problem is that you're taking US-centric issues and then applying them to the capitalism as the whole even if they are in no relation to it (gay marriage, separation of church and state, racism etc.). We should separate these two things.

  7. It might help if I make clear what my political ideology is, so that it can be a basis for discussion.

    For one, as I'm sure you guessed, I am a socialist (however you wish to define that). I am anti-capitalist (the system...not persons). I hold many beliefs that other socialist do but a lot they don't.

    So let us start from the beginning.

    1) I think that human society should be based on equality, no class divisions, no castes, and certainly no discrimination.

    1A) Please explain your definiton of equality. Does that mean just equal rights (voting, speech, etc.), or equal wealth distribution (which I can see being achieved only by taking from one and giving to another). In modern capitalistic democracies the first part is I believe covered fully, the second part to some extent (medicare, education) too.

    1B) No discrimination. Quite a vague one too. Does it include only bussiness and employment, so I am effectively forced to make contract with someone I do not want to - reasons (that might be biased or not) aside? That is also kind of like it is now in most states, even though it sometimes leads to absurd endings.

    Or does this in your definition extend to marriage, taking hitchikers or making cartoons of other social/religious groups for example?

    2) I believe in a form of democratic socialism, though a form that does not exist today (or at least that I am aware of).

    OK, I'll read your other posts, which are probably explaining it in detail. I apologize I did not catched much as I was overwhelmed by things Spokesperson wrote.

    3) I think there should be a weak central government, mainly for foreign affairs, diplomacy, etc run by community representatives, not career politicans. Lobbying should be outlawed as well as any form of contributions to candidates. The government should be responsible for production only so much as necessities are concerned. Education, health care, defense if deemed needed, infrastructure, etc. Local communities will hold the rights to the rest of production as they determine fit (as illustrated in my posts).

    Almost all career politicans started as community representatives. I do not believe term limits from 4) would make much difference. The instant man does have control over other's lives makes him prone to corruption. To the rest I will return as I read your other posts in detail.

    4) Representatives will be directly elected by communities to be sent to execute government business. Term limits apply and representatives must be community workers.

    What does the term community worker exactly mean? I am not able to run as a representative if i am for example pensioneer or rentier (if that is possible in your society) or unemployed (if that is possible in your society - yay for slavery! )? You contradict your own "no discrimination based on class" point.

    5) Individuals my begin production of their ideas with some government assistance (means with which to begin and continue production) while it will be the individuals job to gain and retain workers among other things.

    May or have to?

    6) Internally and ideally, a non-monetary economy. The central government would be responsible for exchange on the international level.

    How is the exchange on individual level then conducted?

    2 485 789 424 soy beans for a car, or 2 soy beans for a car? Who is going to determine? Market (:evil capitalist grin:)? Central Commitee for Determining Values of Things by Comparing Them to Other Things? What if I do not have soy beans, but peas. Can I compare their value to a car by using the soy bean base? Wouldn't that make soy bean a currency?

    7) Unlike other socialists movements, I recognize the inate need for some people to believe in religion or spirtuality (I am a Buddhist). No abridgement of religion would be allowed, however it also would not be allowed to govern community or state policy, at least not where it effects others who do not follow or agree.

    That is how it is in most of capitalistic democracies (not all states using market based economy are democratic of course).

  8. Quote[/b] ]As a person living in postcommunistic state, surrounded by people who had lived through that shit for most of their lives I do find some of the posts (namely Spokesperson's) utterly Martian.

    We have already determined and shown that the USSR was neither truely "communistic" nor "socialist." Therefore, your experiences in a post-USSR satillite are irrelevant...other than as living proof that the USSR form of government does not work.

    My post was aimed at Spokesperson who have stated that life in the whatcha-want-to-call-it-istic Soviet bloc was better than in the West.

    Quote[/b] ]Just because the Soviet Union and DDR had cheap cars all citizens could afford (that's better than in the west) it doesn't mean future socialist societies must have the same quality.
    Quote[/b] ]Well, yea your parents ordered one when you were born. You got it when you turned 18. That's better than in the west.
    Quote[/b] ] The fact that the eastern bloc was catching up on west shows that the economic system was a success. Up till 1971 it looked like the USSR would get ahead of the US one day. But the Cold War grew more intense and more had to be spent on the defence.

    You, in the contrary say, that the theory is right, it was just badly executed. I strongly disagree with that and do think the theory itself is perverse, but at least there is possibility to discuss it with you. I see no point to try to do it with Spokesperson as his opinions do not correlate with reality as I perceive it.

  9. Quote[/b] ]As a person living in postcommunistic state, surrounded by people who had lived through that shit for most of their lives I do find some of the posts (namely Spokesperson's) utterly Martian.

    Sorry for being personal, but where are you from?

    I'm an internationalist, and as such it doesn't matter where I'm from. The question you should ask is which class do you belong to?

    If you say you're from a postcommunistic state and got the internet and play this game then you're likely no good representative of the people that live in your area. You're probably bourgeois and share their values/view on history.

    So it is really Mars.

  10. As a person living in postcommunistic state, surrounded by people who had lived through that shit for most of their lives I do find some of the posts (namely Spokesperson's) utterly Martian.

    Sorry for being personal, but where are you from?

  11. Maybe

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    should be

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    like in original config?

  12. I'd wait for buying a new GPU till the die shrink to 65nm.

    Current graphic cards trend of high heat power hogs made with 90/80nm technology reminds me of similar situation in processor market which fortunately ended (not a long time ago) and is clearly a way to hell.

    CPU manufacturers eventually came to reason. Since ATI aims to make RV630/610s on 65nm late this year it seems that graphics card producers are hopefully going the same way.

  13. I got performance decrease about 20% in 1.05 too.

    Tried to disable one core on my C2D@2800 entirely (in WinXP you can do it by changing the "computer" driver from multiprocessor ACPI to simple ACPI PC) and the performance was almost the same (5% drop compared to dualcore), so dualcore itself simply cannot be a problem.

    If you try it and then have performance increase then something is wrong with your OS (try this patch for WinXP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896256).

  14. The answer is simple and quite obvious. They don't have girls in Czechoslovakia.

    You speak the truth (Czechoslovakia doesn't exist since 93 tounge2.gif)

    Comparing Schindlers List with Arma is more than comparing apples with stones. Arma has no message. It doesnt say: War is bad, don´t play the game.

    Out of curiosity, a custom made campaign with children included with strong anti-war theme would be okay with you? (not that I'm planning something like that now)

  15. I'm attending a conference on March 9th about the future of the European Union held among students from 20 Dutch and Flemish universities and Dutch 1st chamber representatives because of the 50th anniversary of the treaties of Rome.

    Subjects are:

    1. Europe as a value community:

    "Inhabitants of the Union should have obligatory education about central European values and freedoms"

    2. Boundaries of the Union:

    "The European Union should introduce a B-membership"

    3. Economy and Environment:

    "Members should transfer all authority about environment and energy to the Union"

    4. The institutional future of the Union:

    "Europe should be a federal state"

    If anyone can recommend some interesting readings about these issues it would be very appriciated

    Errm, the text in italics means what? Is it the conclusion the discourse have to lead to? Then where is the point of arranging a conference?

  16. eMachines - 356 Desktop T3604

    Used to work in factory where they made these. In QA. I would advise strongly against buying anything form eMachines for anything other than simple office use.

    Interestingly, last month I talked to my friend who still works there and they've tested model with similar specs (IIRC P4 3 Ghz, 512 RAM shared with graphics card).

    It had Vista boot time 12 minutes, so they scrapped it. Go figure.

  17. You would need to attach an event handler to each of the relevant units, and you also need a trigger over the active area.

    The event handler can be done in the init line of the unit:

    <table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tr><td>Code Sample </td></tr><tr><td id="CODE">this addEventHandler ["fired","FIRED=true"]

    This sets a global variable to signal that a shot has been fired.

    Then, in the trigger, you test for the presence of the unit, as well as for the status of this variable:

    * Activation: (select side) / Repeatedly

    * Condition: this && FIRED

    * On Activation: FIRED=false; hint "shot fired"

    Maybe I am missing something here, but doesn't the trigger get activated even in case when anybody (from the selected side) is present at the trigger area and any other unit with the evendhandler (that might be on the other side of island) fires?

    IMO there should also be condition if the unit that fired is in thislist of the actual trigger.