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+1 for IdeaPeople -- I would really like to see that!
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One strategy I found that works, prior to when you start getting kickbacks for detaining people, is that you just instantly decline anyone who has mismatched documents -- don't bother interrogating or anything; just red-stamp them and give back their paperwork, then start spamming the "next" button. The first week, I can process about 10-12 people per day with this. Even when you scan them -- don't bother wasting time highlighting the contraband and rulebook discrepancy -- just reject them immediately.

I also alternate not paying for food and heat to build up my savings. 
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+Cinemassacre The turbo tunnel jumps: you have to keep your speeder bike flush with the bottom of the screen prior to jumping -- just press all the way down until you can't go down anymore (BEFORE the jump), and then when you jump, only use left and right to move in the air. You'll make every jump.
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What were the parameters for the setup? Were roles fixed, or chosen by players, and how many Epidemics were used?
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+1 for the Alice in Chains & Guns n Roses covers. KoRn too.

Something about this didn't feel quite the same as the others, even the styles that were re-used (Queen, Michael Jackson) -- it felt like staying truer to the original was holding back fully embracing the alternate style parodying? 

Still glad I heard it though -- well done. :) 
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We actually have a live Axolotl at our local Sciencenter -- Like, 2 weeks after they got it, the species was labeled endangered. :(
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I think that the etymology of "man" / "men" is the Germanic roots of English. In Swedish, (EN) "man" is just (SV) "man", but (EN) "men" is (SV) "män" -- the "ä" is pronounced in the same way as the short-e sound in "men".

Many of those oddities are the germanic roots, which were a conglomeration of many different dialects and irregularities.
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I've always kind of had this inkling of an idea, just jokingly, that the 24 Hour News conglomerate (let's be real -- there's some obligatory synergism between them, right? None of them are going to buck the system because it's profitable for all of them if they maintain the status quo) is like a horror genre... But I had never really considered the specifics of WHY. Very fascinating and entertaining as always.
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I disagree with Sean a little on this. 

What he's describing is really more like Combo-Control -- you hold the line until you can massively unload on your opponent and Just Win. 

The control archetype is all about establishing board control through overwhelming card advantage -- the three strategies he talks about ARE typically HOW you get to that point, but the finisher need not be big -- with a proper control deck you can finish the game with a Chimmney Imp or Prodigal Sorcerer (Vulshok Sorcerer? Whatever they call it now). 

While I admit it may be a bit more of an "advanced" control topic, I think it is worth saying that it's a rookie's mistake to think you have to counter or remove EVERYTHING... you only have to counter or remove something that you do not have an answer for later; life total can be used to "pay" for additional turns, and it's not uncommon to get down to single-digit (even low single-digit) life totals before getting board control.

THAT SAID:

Please, more videos like this.
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You would play Chimney Imp in a control deck? I'd rather play Elspeth, Sun's Champion personally. Maybe that's just me.
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Modern US Capitalism has deviated heavily from real capitalism because of the heavy usage of corporate subsidies and tax credits. (Consider fossil fuel subsidies, for example -- if solar energy received subsidies that large, for example, solar power would be cheaper than oil and autos could be battery driven instead of oil driven)

I often hear pro-capitalist talking heads profess their love for laissez-faire economics, and yet they always seem to turn a blind eye to subsidies, tax deferments, deductions & credits, etc. 

Not to mention that there is a strong under current (at least in America) of "pull the ladder up behind you once you get in the treehouse." In a true capitalist economy, you would not have the absurd copyright terms that Disney enjoys, the healthcare and telecomm companies would not be so entrenched, and patent laws would be more sensible so that Microsoft would not make more money from patent royalties that it PURCHASED (and that dubiously cover Android features) than on the products they themselves have developed.

If they want capitalism, then let's give them capitalism. But that's not what we have today.
  HRH Richard recently posted a link to an article about Distributism as an example of the uphill battle we face merely to undo the misconceptions others hold about the very core concepts of Distributism. The author of the pi...
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Also as Richard Wolff points out, we have never had that kind of laissez faire capitalism. It won't happen because of the tendency of capitalism to create monopolies and therefore unequal political power. The tea party is hoping for something that is an impossible fantasy. 
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Reminds me of that article a year or so ago about "bullshit jobs" -- Perhaps America will finally wake up and realize that it's ok if not everyone works, and your value as a human shouldn't be coupled so tightly to your occupation?
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Now back to +Aaron H 's point 2.  "Would a bot really need to be able to distinguish between good and evil? This is sort of the classic Asimov-type situation, isn't it? Robots take over and are ultimately ruthless because they are inherently amoral?"

Excellent questions, and not easy to answer!

1.  A bot designed for a specific task, such as driving automobiles, likely would not and could not (because it is a special purpose machine) be designed to distinguish between good and evil, except in the very narrow sense of gettings its job done.  The owner directs it to drive from Dayton to Indianapolis.  The bot does not know, does not care, whether it is making a delivery of dangerous drugs or arms to malefactors; does not notice or respond to the hungry, homeless people on the curb, other than to avoid driving into them.

2.  Bots that do stock trading -- I don't imagine any of them are giving any ethical consideration to their buy and sell decisions -- but maybe they should be?  "I can profit by investing in the tobacco industry -- but what do I care that smokers are dying of cancer?  I can profit by investing in this company that pays its workers such a low, unfair (the bot doesn't really have this concept) wage -- but only profit matters to me."

3.  Bots that ascend the scale of capability and responsibility: managing a department in a business, managing an entire business, managing a city, a state, a country.  Let's consider the accounting manager bot.  Accounting is a lot of number crunching, but isn't it more than that?  Surely no one thinks today there are no ethical decisions to be made in the practice of accounting?  In some cases very simple ones: to lie or to tell the truth!  And general managers and government leaders, obviously, will have more complex and difficult moral choices to make.

4.  Now for those delightful Asimov robots -- great stories!  I've forgotten most of them; I rely mainly on Wikipedia to refresh my memory.

But I think you have misrepresented Asimov's robots: they are extremely moral, governed by a strict code of ethics (3 or 4 laws), and in some of the stories they blend in well and harmonize with humanity (Homo sapiens), but in the others where they are ruthless and rule -- it's not because they're amoral, but, quite the contrary, their particular interpretation of the moral code leads them astray, as in the Foundation sequel(s) where some of the robots want to create a benevolent dictatorship over humans to fulfill the law of not allowing a human being to come to harm -- not understanding that they would harm humans  a great deal by depriving them of the fundamental good of freedom! [1]

Here are the laws, in their 1942 form with the augmentation of the 0th law, which came later and takes precedence:

    "0. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.
    1.  A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2.  A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3.  A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law."  [1]

Following these laws is difficult.  It requires understanding what is a human being (do the unborn count?), what is humanity, and what constitutes harm to a human being (viewing pornography?) or to humanity -- and so, by extension, understanding what is the good for a human being and for humanity.  And Azimov and others (and their readers) have had some fun with exploring, in story form, the difficulties of interpreting these commandments.

What strikes me as outrageous is that by obeying these laws, a robot demonstrates that it is a moral agent, but it is not treated as a moral agent.  I believe that as a moral agent, the ethical robot has moral rights equal to mine; but the very laws that it follows deprive it of those rights and treat it as a slave of humanity.

While I don't agree with Helm that rule-based ethics is hopeless, I do agree with Goertzel that rules need, at least, to be supplemented with intuition or "practical wisdom" in their application (both cited in [2]).

Nobody actually building or designing robots today seems to be using the Asimov laws, and there are military and industrial actors with clear disincentives to using those laws.  Yet South Korean and Japanese governments have written some (other) ethical guidelines for robotic functions, and U.S. courts seem inclined to say something about it ([3], [4]).

Finally, the laws of robots -- whether Asimov's or somebody else's -- bind the robots absolutely, just like the law of gravity controls a stone.  But the ethical laws that govern, or ought to govern, my life -- I have the choice of obeying or disobeying.  I seem to have a degree of freedom in my life that the robots are lacking (which might mean that they are not moral agents, after all).  My Creator, in some sense, trusted me with freedom; but Men have neither the will nor the power to endow their robotic creatures with the gift of freedom.

[1] Wikipedia, Three Laws of Robotics.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Laws_of_Robotics

[2] George Dvorsky, Why Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics Can't Protect Us.  http://io9.com/why-asimovs-three-laws-of-robotics-cant-protect-us-1553665410

[3] R. J. Sawyer, On Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.  http://www.sfwriter.com/rmasilaw.htm

[4] R. J. Sawyer, Editorial: Robot Ethics.  Science, 2007 Nov 16.  http://www.sfwriter.com/science.htm
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I'm a web developer / science enthusiast in upstate Yoo Nork.

I like Tanqueray, Game [Design|Analysis|-ing], Organic Chemistry, Ruby on Rails and long walks on the beach (Order of preference depending on time of day).

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    Chemistry & Informatics, 2009
  • IvyTech State College
    Accounting, 2005
  • Ohio Institute of Photography & Technology
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