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    [–] Women go into science careers more often in countries without gender equality RikerT_USS_Lolipop 8 points ago in science

    It isn't equal by any stretch of the imagination. There are loads of women who refuse to take the trash out or pick up and move things.

    [–] Discovery RikerT_USS_Lolipop 1 points ago in mildlyinfuriating

    US dollar inflation is about 3% each year, meaning every 20 years prices can double.

    You haven't answered why that should happen, which is the entire point of my comment.

    Why should inflation occur? Specifically, why should cereal cost more now than two decades ago? Wages have remained flat, machinery has improved production, science has increased crop yields, all of which mean the cost to produce that cereal has gone down.

    [–] Discovery RikerT_USS_Lolipop 1 points ago in mildlyinfuriating

    You haven't answered why the price should increase. In fact you stated food costs have mostly stayed the same or gone down, and you've stated that labor has become a smaller portion of the price of a good, meaning the fact that food costs have gone down combined with the fact that food costs make up a higher proportion of price; we should see substantially lower prices compared with two decades ago.

    If the currency is worth less than it was before, then why? If a cereal company buys grains from within the US, and it has a US based factory filled with machinery bought from within the US, then the strength of the dollar is irrelevant.

    In fact the US dollar has gained strength over the past two years compared to the Euro and the Yuan.

    [–] Discovery RikerT_USS_Lolipop 5 points ago in mildlyinfuriating

    So people who are tricked by a team of psychologists working to exploit your innate weaknesses deserve it for being broken. Okay....

    Do small children who get beat up deserve it too?

    [–] Discovery RikerT_USS_Lolipop 1 points ago in mildlyinfuriating

    But why should the price increase? Wages haven't increased. Automated factories have improved productivity. There is no actual reason for inflation to occur here.

    [–] Discovery RikerT_USS_Lolipop 1 points ago in mildlyinfuriating

    I want to live in a world where we execute people for this. I'm not joking.

    [–] This is what democracy looks like. View from the Capitol in Tallahassee right now. RikerT_USS_Lolipop -5 points ago in pics

    The people who clasp their guns the tightest, cheered the loudest when the patriot act was passed.

    [–] This is what democracy looks like. View from the Capitol in Tallahassee right now. RikerT_USS_Lolipop 1 points ago in pics

    You have it backwards. Millinials don't vote because no candidate deserves their vote. If you want them to vote you have to put someone on the ballot that represents them.

    [–] This is what democracy looks like. View from the Capitol in Tallahassee right now. RikerT_USS_Lolipop 3 points ago in pics

    Yeah. This is like when you tell your three year old child he can eat anything on his plate. Anything at all! It's his choice. All he has to do is choose. Why isn't he choosing!?!?

    And you put broccoli and spam on his plate.

    [–] Computer graphics in 1998 compared to 2018. RikerT_USS_Lolipop 2 points ago in gaming

    That's a good point. It got so hot I was worried about permanent damage so I dropped from 1024x768 to 800x600. It ran no problem, though the first campaign doesn't use large maps nor multiple enemy factions.

    It has a 360º lid so I opened it up to tent mode so that the fan was firing hot air straight up, and so that the lid as well as base weren't flat against a surface. Now I'm considering putting a fan below so that the tunnel has air moving through it.

    [–] Christopher Nolan says he's definitely not directing Bond 25 RikerT_USS_Lolipop 2 points ago in movies

    Imagine how good the DC universe could have been if he was put in charge of it.

    [–] Computer graphics in 1998 compared to 2018. RikerT_USS_Lolipop -4 points ago in gaming

    I wish we had that level of bit miser building todays applications. We hear all the time about how the computer in my pocket is a thousand times faster than a 2004 gaming rig. Well I wish there was something to fucking show for it.

    [–] Ray Kurzweil Predictions Persist as He Turns 70 RikerT_USS_Lolipop 12 points ago in Futurology

    Nick Bostrom, Ben Goertzel, Aubrey de Grey, Peter Diamandis, Brian Cox

    Leaning towards the economics side of the conversation are Erik Brynjofflson and Andrew McAffee.

    Really Ben Goertzel is the only one up there that I really enjoy listening to. Brian Cox is fun to listen to but he's more of a Carl Sagan successor than a futurist.

    I already complained about Michio Kaku... so I can't really add him to the list. Though maybe a chorus of ridiculousness will produce a wisdom of the masses situation. Peter Diamandis is also out of his mind.

    Let's rotate the board!!

    [–] Computer graphics in 1998 compared to 2018. RikerT_USS_Lolipop 1 points ago in gaming

    I'll agree that it's a programming issue, but I really don't feel like hardware is moving that fast. I grew up in the late 90s so maybe my expectations for growth are unrealistic.

    I have ranted on reddit many times that every thing the hardware guys give us the software guys take away. The user experience today is virtually identical to the experience 12 years ago. A few applications have more features nobody requested or wants and all those FLOPS are fucking gone for nothing.

    [–] Computer graphics in 1998 compared to 2018. RikerT_USS_Lolipop 3 points ago in gaming

    Do you not understand the concept of the passage of time or something? Do you think an AppleII is a better gaming machine than "a fucking laptop".

    [–] Computer graphics in 1998 compared to 2018. RikerT_USS_Lolipop 1 points ago in gaming

    That depends on the user. I'm living in a foreign country. Everything I own fits into a suitcase. When I moved here I had to throw away an entire furnished apartment. I expect I'm going to have to move again within a year and again throw away everything that doesn't fit into a suitcase.

    [–] Computer graphics in 1998 compared to 2018. RikerT_USS_Lolipop 17 points ago in gaming

    A laptop should be able to handle a 12 year old game.

    [–] Computer graphics in 1998 compared to 2018. RikerT_USS_Lolipop 973 points ago in gaming

    Yep. Games may be getting better but I feel like hardware isn't moving as fast.

    I bought a new laptop in November of last year. Not top of the line, but definitely included in the "gaming" laptop section. I installed Heroes of Might and Magic 5 (2006) on it and the thing got burn-your-hand levels of hot.