This is the era of computers. However, I think that the community should be involved in this. We should stop following proprietary platforms

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Are you saying use small time OSs instead of things liek say, Windows?

That would make a lot of things harder for developers, havin to make compatibility with so many small Oss instead of one big one. We may have awesome computers, but only a few programs can run on it. Basically, you pay to standardise so you can get things made for it.

Imagine if there were 20 smallish game consoles, instead of the big 2, PS and Xbox and a medium Nintendo series. Devs would need to create 20 slightly different codes and buy 20 licenses to make theri game universally compatible. Instead, many would make just 5 or so and only 25% of people (statistically) could play a given game. You'd need several consoles, possibly making the cost of an Xbox or PS. Not to mention the inconvenience.

Note: Don't expect a reply too soon. I've effectively quit amirite, but I take a look every once in a while and only vote/comment if I feel strongly about something.

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What if a planetary sized UFO appeared and asked us all very clearly to change our ways in 7 days or else?

"I feel I must remind you that it is an undeniable, and may I say a fundamental quality of man, that when faced with extinction, every alternative is preferable."
-Dr Leonard Church

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When is it right for a girl to have an abortion?

Anytime she wants, as long as there is no reasonable way of suggesting the foetus is self-aware.

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It depends how objectifying it is. If it makes the person receiving it feel bad in any way then it's not a compliment.

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Can you give an example?

Note that the compliment must be said as a compliment, not a perverted remark. For example, splashing a drink in a guy's face is an appropriate response to "nice rack" but not to "Aw, don't be sad; you'l find someone else, especially with your awesome ****"
Yeah that's a bit forced. I really couldn't think of anything...

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Can we expect emerging countries to curb their energy consumption, even though we had decades of flagrant use?

When you say "expect" do you mean...
mandate, or
predict?

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VicZinc VicZinc

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Well we can't mandate it. That's an infringement of a country's rights. Predicting won't do anything.

I mean expect in the way that we can reasonably ask them to reduce their emissions.

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Can we expect emerging countries to curb their energy consumption, even though we had decades of flagrant use?

It would help, but they will still need to use fossil fuel to build the tech. Can't have solar powered cars. Can't even have electric cars until you build the electric infrastructure; that alone will require the use of fuels and devastation of the environment. Building windmills takes trucks to carry the steel (and factories to make the steel). Building nuclear plants required a lot of bulldozers and cement mixers.

Can we expect termites to stop eating wood because we know its bad for houses? Of course not. Humans are termites of the Earth, we will continue to destroy it until it destroys us.

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Yes, but once they do, their emissions would drop to similar to that of the developed countries. After the construction, they would be on par with the developed countries environment-wise and thus can be held to the same expectations.

This includes the production for export to developed countries. Countries like China are making a large part of their revenue from exports, and as long as they are selling and not giving, the emissions are from them. Shipping on the other hand, should be 50/50. If China can't produce for the US, they're going to have to stop and the US will have ot find someone else, or do it themselves.

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Can we expect emerging countries to curb their energy consumption, even though we had decades of flagrant use?

Yes, if we (I'm not from the US or a big developed country, but I'll use the same 'we' as in the post) give the clean tech we gained from the flagrant use to the developing countries. We have invented ways of generatingclean energy, and that's the only reason we can curb our emissions. If we give this tech to developing countries, they can progress cleanly at the same rate as with carbon emissions.

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Actually, i'd expect more people to be visible. When most public media was controlled by large corporations, only greatest, say, 1% of people got any publicity, while, say, 49% were mediocre and 50% were idiots, all in private. Now, the greatest 1% still get publicity, but we are also easily able to see the other 99% in developed countries, giving the impression that people have gotten stupid.

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Dog 1 can operate the boat. Dog 1 moves dog 2 over.
Dog 1 returns alone.
Dog 1 moves man 1 and man 2 over.
Man 2 and dog 2 walk 1km upstream
Dog 1 returns alone with man 1.
Dog 1 moves dog 3 over.
Dog 1 returns alone.
Dog 1 moves man 1 and man 3 over.
Man 3 and dog 3 join the 2s
Dog 1 returns with man 1.
Dog 1 moves dog 4 over.
Dog 1 returns alone
Dog 1 moves man 1 and man 4 over
Man 4 and dog 4 join the 2s and 3s
Dog 1 returns with man 1
Dog 1 moves dog 5 over
Dog 1 returns alone
Dog 1 moves man 1 and man 5 over
Dog 1 abandons boat
the 1s and 5s join the 2s, 3s and 4s and continue the hike

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No but you're planting the seeds. So technically it's your own property, right?

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If I bought Skyrim, and made copies of it, would I then be able to sell them in a legitimate store?

When a company edits the genes of a plant and sells the seeds with the new genetic code, they are selling a one-time privilege to use the seeds for profit, because they aren't so much selling the seed as they are the gene in the seed.

That's why I say if the company invents a gene from scratch, not jsut moves it form another species, it is a totally legitimate business. But if they just transfer a previously existing gene, I think they have no more right to the GMO than anyone else and can't impose limitations on its use.

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I disagree that it's piracy. If you buy a monsanto fruit (I hate to use such a similar case) and then plant the seeds, they can't sue you.

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Ethan Ethan

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Actually I'm pretty sure they can. It's evil, but legal. It's like buying a DVD for personal use, but copying it to sell. In fact, it's exactly the same thing.

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I think assuming that every women has this maternal instinct and because of it is going to want to have children and be able to take care of them better is pretty problematic. If the mother isnt suited to have custody and the father is more suited there shouldnt be an advantage for the women because of this maternal instinct youre talking about.

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I'm not dealing in absolutes here. I'm just saying she should have an advantage, not a guaranteed win.

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That's true, and not something I considered with my comment.

I was intending mine only in response to sexual orientation (the original post), rather than actual disabilities.

Sexual orientation is not something that affects one's ability to be independent, live a full life or needs treatment in any way; unlike some of the other example above such as autism or physical disabilities.

Even though it can be more difficult being gay, this is due to the ignorance of others. While the attitude still exists that it is undesirable to be gay, even in a 'not wanting your child to face hardship' manner, it still reinforces the notion that being gay is something to be ashamed of.

Let's reword the original post with a different group, and see if it would still be acceptable:

"You can be for women's rights without being totally fine with your baby turning out to be female, amirite?"

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Again, by 'totally okay' I mean you have absolutely no preference. I want my first born to be male, so I would be happier with a son first and a daughter second, but it's such a small matter that it wouldn't affect my outlook on anything.

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By not being totally fine with it, do you mean that someone doesn't support it, or is slightly disappointed by it?

I can understand why a parent would prefer to have straight children, but if they are fine with it in others but unaccepting of it in their kids, then that just means they're both homophobic, and don't care about there being something they think is wrong in the world getting worse, which are two wrongs that cancel out in practicality, but don't make it right.

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I mean they have a clear preference to have straight children. As in, given the choice, they'd say they want all their children to be straight not, "Oh, I don't know, anything. I don't care"

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All of it. Hold the two ropes together, climb up both as a single rope but go nearer on at the top, so that rope is straight but the other one bends horizontally to reach you. Like this: |Γ

Cut the straight rope at the top, and the and Tarzan swing, climb up and cut almost all the way through the second. and slide down. Once at the bottom, yank the rope until the last few fibres break, and you have both ropes.

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The brain makes the mind. The cells brain (nucleus) decides which cells to turn into the brain. After the brain if formed, the neurons activate and the mind is formed. Just like you build a computer, but only when you switch it on does it do anything.

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There are a few problems with your comparison of a fetus with a finger. The most obvious is that a finger cannot and will not develop into its own individual. A finger is a part of the woman's anatomy. However, nowhere is it stated that a fetus is ever part of her anatomy. That alone should be an indication that this child really isn't part of the woman. Sure, it leeches off of her and is joined to her, but it is still its own individual. This is evident from the simple fact that an unborn fetus has a completely unique genetic code from its mother.

Another problem is, like you said, a finger will never develop a brain. However, a fetus will. The specifics of when the brain develops is irrelevant, the point it that the brain WILL develop. A finger does not contain the "blueprints," if you will, to develop into its own mature human. A finger is not meant to develop a brain; a fetus is.

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So basically, at this very moment, a foetus is no more valuable than a finger, but it has future potential. It is not necessarily the woman's finger, just a hypothetical finger.

I do not think the foetus is a part of the woman, per se, but it is also not its own being until it develops a brain. I have no sympathy for any life form being damaged if it doesn't feel it or know it's happening. And by the way, a finger does contain the blueprints to develop a brain. It's just that the genes to un-differentiate the cells and then specialise them are not used.

I do agree than a foetus is alive, but only to the level that a finger, or any body part is alive. It does not have its own life until it can claim it, ie, has a brain.

If you kill a caterpillar, can you say you killed a butterfly? If you boil a seed, can you say you killed a tree? YOu can prevent the formation of a thing, but you didn't destroy it.

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The gun. I'd start out not using it at all, trying to build a house and stuff, but if things go wrong I can kill myself.

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