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    Bird flu...a bad thing?

    This topic is meant in a very serious way. There is no doubt a global pan-demic would be truely tragic in terms of humanity due to the loss of life and its effect on a personal level. What I wish to create discussion on is a maco rather then micro view. What would be the effects on morality, religion, politics, the global order....global warming? We constantly ponder the destruction of humanity by the hands of humans in scenarios such as nuclear war, or as the result of catastrophic natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. Now consider the effect of a natural threat that would leave the legacy of mankind untouched, and would only effect the human organism. The scenario is simple and mirrors the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 and 1919 caused by an unusually severe and deadly strain of the subtype H1N1 of the species Influenza. In the 12 months of the pandemic, 50 million to 100 million people worldwide were killed (estimated at 2.5 – 5% of the human population). With todays large urban populations and global travel you can barely imagine the impact. However I want you to try and think beyond that and generate your own views on how civilization might be affected. Go ahead and streach your mind a bit. ***While this thread is asking for people to express opinions and theories, I do expect responses to stay on the side of good taste. If this gets carried away with inappropirate posts then if the moderators dont close it, I will have to ask them too. ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
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    Sprocket Troubleshooting thread.

    After my Spocket troubles I finally got an email from a BIS employee...which was when I learned that Sprocket was an "in-house" distribution program. And of course if I ever buy a BIS product again it won't be directly from BIS and their ill fated Sprocket. Try emailing them directly as Q suggested...nothing to lose at this point. (ever wondered why Sprocket is always advertised on th BIS website?)
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    USA Politics Thread - *No gun debate*

    So...sending a "Faux" reporter into a crowd of angst ridden, latte infused "protesters" is like soaking someone in blood and throwing them in a cage full of retarded lions...then being amazed as the animals awkwardly maul him? Anyone seen the internal drama on MSNBC lately? Â I know...nobody watches that channel, but when Tom Brokaw busts out that they are a bunch of butt lickers...comedy. Shouting down reporters with a dissenting opinion...its like a bizzaro Hanity show with entertainment value. Looks like "Faux" News now has their alter ego. Election season will be fun if your a cutter...
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    USA Politics Thread - *No gun debate*

    Pretty much explains itself... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o84PE871BE Priority 5: "I will replace the need for fossil fuels with Care Bear love. Â I will then release flying monkeys from my ass that will eat greenhouse gases and nukes, will poo money so everyone is equal, and will release a toxin so everyone sings "kumbia" in a harmonic wave that will bring everlasting peace to the galaxy...no really." Sorry but the level of this discussion forced me to do it.
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    Warfare Updated! v1.5

    Love it! Just an idea to throw out there. Â More options in the set up screen. These are options that I remember from OFP CTI missions, and might solve some of the requests/suggestions people have made. Â Gives the option, without permanent game-play changes. 1.) No guided AT Missles - FFAR rockets only. 2.) Ground War -Transport aircraft only. 3.) Adjustable max AI allowed in each players squad. Set according to # of players like in RTS or as an option in start menue. Thanks again for the effort! Â
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    Arma feedback thread - based on 1.14

    Pleasently suprised BIS...didn't expect that, so well done. I just might actually buy ArmA2.
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    Huge earthquake, impressive military rescue

    Now THATS propaganda,,,clap clap.
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    The death of freedom

    If the in the USA, the land of "freedom of speech," companies begin blocking web sites... what does this mean for the future? I think this is a valid question. Surf the web and you will find a bounty of porn, illegal downloads, hate web sites from white supremacists to terrorist sympathizers, and a plethora of violent and arguably disturbing images. So what would make a U.S.-based Internet company pre-emptively suspended access to a Web site? I can only guess, but is it fear? This matter has my mind racing. Â Look into it, and you should begin to wonder too. LINK>>>http://www.fitnathemovie.com/ If you don't know what I'm talking about, start with this and search for more on your own. LINK>>>Read and start thinking... it is the hope you will ignore this, buy the spin, and not use your own mind to think critically. I'm not telling you what to think, I'm just asking you to think about it.
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    1.12 beta patch troubleshooting thread

    Well I don't see any posts describing the issue I'm having. When 1.12 came out I played a few games, but have since been playing mostly 1.08 because that's what the servers I play on were using. Now those servers have updated to 1.12. Some 1.12 servers are accessable on my list, but other 1.12 servers have a red X. When I try to connect to them I get a "connection failed." The same things seems to always happen when trying to join a hosted 1.12 game. I know the dedicated servers in question are running 1.12, but why am I able to get on some and not others...most notably the one I want to play on? On a side note, I have seen performance increases between 1.08 and 1.12b on my machine...to bad I can't play 1.12 MP where I'm trying to. Any help appreciated.
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    M1A1 Abrams by Mateck

    Thats a combat weight of 63,086 virtual kg's of goodness. Can't wait to play with that toy.
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    USA Politics Thread - *No gun debate*

    Good find Balschoiw! Very interesting read. Â I won't go into great detail, but there has been a large increase in people trying to use loopholes in laws and state constitutions here in the US. It used to be mostly tax protesters and scam artists, claiming things like the state they reside in is the "state of man." Â But now, in my state at least, criminal enterprises and street gangs are becoming incresingly adept. Â Not sure why. Â Maybe its the proliferation of info on the internet, maybe its the growing and increasingly ineffective government bureaucracy.
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    USA 2008 Depression

    Speaking of "propaganda," your the king. Your just as bad as any other zealot who has so invested in their own faulted beliefs, that reality becomes something you can no longer grasp. Because competing ideologies have been weakened by demagogues, that dosen't make your ideology stronger. Despite the degredation of perspicacity among the masses, there are still enough people left to see your message for the garbage it is. Even if you win in the short run, you still lose. At least that's the track record of what you believe.
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    USA 2008 Depression

    Yes the US Economy is like a house of cards at the moment. Yet some of those cards are built of brick.  If the sky is falling, if the strong points can hold the stack together, for how long, and how to strengthen the stack has been quite the talk of journalists that couldn't hack a business major. Panic is for fools, sound judgement and looking to those that acually have a grasp on the theories that make an free-market  economy (kind of) run is wiser. To bad wise people are rare.  Quoting the news as fact on this topic is about as smart as using wikipedia as a refrence for investing...garbage in, garbage out. Self perpetuating theory I say. I'm gonna go live in a cave and eat berries, or be that guy pushing a shopping cart full of cans & yelling at imaginary hecklers by the time this political "season" is over.
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    The death of freedom

    Good posts! I tried this same discussion on another forum ...and the results were dismal.  It was mostly young Americans who called the movie hate speech, then used the opportunity to bash other religions in the same post. is right.But it’s worse then that.  Ignorance of the world outside what is absorbed through the pea soup of media has turned the minds of westerners to mush. They cheer on and nod to the bobble-head politicians, allowing themselves to be incrementally boxed in.  I say "they" because my mind is still my own. We have already reached a time when our leaders act in spite of our beliefs, doing what they damn well please.  And the idiot masses grin, drool and bow. I have been told not to worry so much, that you can look at the rampant corruption in the early 20th century to see historical "cycles."  I'm having a hard time believing the conditions are so similar. The collision course seems to be set.  And while that future does not bode well for the common "peasant," history shows the repercussions for the elite (or ruling class) to be rather nasty as well. Chops, I have found myself disagreeing with your opinions in many previous topics.  That being said, I would gladly do the same to protect your right to anger, shame, insult, or generally piss me off. That certainly captures the principle of this topic.
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    The death of freedom

    Understood. Â As my original post stated, the topic is about "freedom." Â The example given of the removed website was related to the movie, but NOT meant to start a discussion of the movie itself. Keep on the original topic of "freedom" or this thread will get the lock-down.
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    The death of freedom

    *Edited* Please keep your discussion on the topic of freedom, not on the validity of the film itself.
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    The death of freedom

    Exactly...but... The point is in America, where freedom of speech is concerned, its not supposed to matter. Hate speech is not supposed to be restricted so long as it does not insite violence. If speech is suppressed before it can be gagued by such a test, then you have not even allowed it to be tested. Â Therfore you are in oppsosition to freedom of speech. (IMHO) To supress it out of fear of violent opposition, is cowerdece of the hightest degree. There is no freedom FROM offence in the constitution. Only the freedom TO offend. Regardless, my purpose was to foster discusion and thought on the matter. Â It appears I have done that. Thank you for your thoughful responses. Â I don't have to agree with you. Â I just have to respect your right to have an opinion, and express it. Â That's what this is all about. Unfortuneately, the complicated global environment, tied together through a digital medium, is not something that could have been predicted. (As was stated) But I contest it should not matter. Freedom as described is only made the more fragile by it. And therefore all the more imperative to preserve.
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    Police and Unjustified Murders

    Heh, I do agree. But I don't see them as useless. Take them with a grain of salt and just use them as something to provoke thought about the topic at hand.
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    [Searching] Linoleum

    There was a remake made for Arma. I do have that map in my MP missions cache, so if you can't find it then send me a PM and I will email it to you or host it.
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    Police and Unjustified Murders

    I can only speak for US statistics, because thats what I was looking at. Â Police officers (and soldiers for that matter in contrary to rencent media) do not commit a disproportionate number of murders. They do however have a disproportionate likelyhood of being murdered. After reading that, I sure won't be taking a job driving a taxi. What is disproportionate is the way the media covers murders. Â While murder rates spike in cities following handgun bans & gang killings between different ethnic groups soar, the media in the US is foaming at the mouth over 2 cases where Police officers killed their wife/girlfriend. Less reported, because its not sensational enough I guess, is the rate at which families and specific groups are fleeing from specific metropolitan areas due to the radical increase in crime. Here is some interesting info. Â First on the US, and World stats follow. Ok here is where it gets interesting. I just thought it was interesting that 4 of the "Safest Cities" were on the list of cities with the top sucide rate, while only 2 cities from the top murder rate cities were on the same list. Here is some International stats: And here is the real kicker!!!!! ***Keep in mind these are all figures that I found on the web, so they are not necessarily proof of any opinion. And no, I did not get any of this info from Wikicrapia.
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    Human level AI in two decades

    Characters in video games are a VERY simplistic example of true AI. Â But what you describe shows how far "AI" has come in this very specific and limited use. Â When dealing with AI in the way this article suggests, it is about "thinking" and "learning" in a more human sense. Â It's about being able to interact in the physical "real world" environment rather than just in a simple game setting. If the topic of Artificial Intelligence interests you than I recommend reading "Artificial Intelligence: A Philosophical Introductuction" by Jack Copeland. Its a bit dated in the technology aspect, but still on target for the theory of AI development. For a quick introduction, have a look here. http://www.alanturing.net/turing_....AI.html *EDIT bn880, I was just looking through my copy of the book (been a while since I read it) and saw that it discusses the difference between classical symbol processing and parallel distributed processing. Â It seems the author also thought that would be a better way to go back in the mid-90's. Â This book really does a great job in explaining the two different approaches.
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    Human level AI in two decades

    Hmm a "futurist". These are the same people that predicted that today we would have: -Flying cars -A Moon/Mars base -Solved world hunger/disease -Robots to do your chores (no the Rumba isn't even CLOSE to counting! -Peace/End of the world -A perfect high-speed mass transit system -One minute microwavable Mac&Cheese, and frozen pre-made PB&J sandwhiches ....thank god we have food for lazy people at least!
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    RTS-4 ArmA Released

    ohhh!  Karr your sig has links to all of the OFP RTS-3 addons.... Just re-installed OFP and will be loading up the mod folders now! Now I will have something worth playing! ps  ...I miss you. Â
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    Anonymous vs Scientology

    Break it all down. To be objective, look at it as two sides in opposition. This campaign by "Anonymous" is quite brilliant. In essence this effort is a "fight fire with fire" campaign. Its stated quite clearly in some of the vids on the web. If one side targets individuals in attempt to discredit and ruin attackers and dissenter's, then remove their ability to target. Overwhelm them with masses and make the opposition look like the evil, power hungry authoritarian. Really they have an easy job. A...and I quote..."religion" based on the belief in an Alien overlord, based on a text of a Sci-fi author.....the more you dig...the more rediculous it gets. I invite a decenting opinion. I would love to get a rebute from a follower. Change my mind...give me some sources to convince me. For now I remain a bit astonished that a cult has so much power.
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    t5th Internet Cable Cut

    ...and do they know for sure the cable was "cut"? Who made/laid the cable? If it was a lowest bidder contract then maybe they got their moneys worth. Should have added better consipracy theories like: -Space born weapons testing -Chinese testing info-war techniques for attack on Tawian or US -Iran buys diesel sub from China and crew cant read the controls...