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ICT / Re: Martian Manhunter vs Orion
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:57:22 PM »
What does "on paper" even mean? "On paper" the Flash tools Superman.

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Game Cage / Re: Need laptop advice
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:39:31 PM »
1000 US is still like 1300 Canadian + 15% tax = $1450 CDN + ~$100 shipping + 1550 + ~$150 Duty = ~ $1700 CDN

But yeah, US has so many better options. You think I'll need 16GB to future proof for next 4 years?

(Don't mean able to play hottest new games, ofc.)

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ICT / Re: Martian Manhunter vs Orion
« on: August 11, 2017, 09:09:09 PM »
This is basically close to 50/50. I'd probably give Orion the edge if forced (just off gut feeling), but could go either way.

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Game Cage / Need laptop advice
« on: August 11, 2017, 08:49:10 PM »
I'm back in Canada, at least for a while. But I'm also stuck in the boonies. I need a new laptop (my old one is 7 years old and dying).

I'd like to spend less than CAD $1,400 all in (sales tax, shipping, etc.) I like a big screen, but I always do my work at my main desk. I don't laptop on the go, or bring it anywhere. However, I tend to move from country to country suddenly, and so a desktop is a no go. My next two years are looking especially itinerant, so hooking up external monitors might not be ideal. Thus, I'd like the max screen size.

I'd like to be able to do some casual gaming from time to time. But I doubt I'd be trying to play the newest games at the highest settings.

So what I'm looking for is:

**17.3 Laptop
**NOT a gaming laptop (or at least something that does not LOOK like one--there are times others need to see it, and it can't be some kinda rainbow nerdgasm monstrosity)
**8 GB of RAM (don't really think I'll need more) of any speed
**Discrete GPU (doesn't need to be latest--but some are saying the new Maxwell series from Nvidia is so much better than the Pascal it's worth waiting for and getting)
**Intel CPU (again, don't need latest and greatest--might even consider AMD if it seems right)
**256 GB SSD and 500 GB + HDD (Or just a 512 GB SSD)
**1920x1080 Display (IPS ideally, but could consider TN)
**Don't care about weight
**Happy to go refurb or used if there is a good deal
**MUST HAVE UNILINGUAL ENGLISH KEYBOARD (fellow Canadians will understand how sometimes you can order online and get the fucked up Bilingual French/English keyboard if you order from Canadian sites)

I'm in the boonies. I don't want to find the long ride into the nearest city too many times. So ideally, I get an SSD already installed. Plus, I've never opened up a computer myself...
However, from what I am hearing, I have several problems. I really want an SSD, but flash is scarce and SSDs are generally being reserved for gaming rigs. 17.3" laptops that aren't gaming rigs are a big hole in the market, and this is especially true in the limited Canadian market where hard-to-find SSDs are being reserved for mobile workstations and high-end gaming rigs, especially at the 17.3" level.
So I might have to order from the US and figure out the customs shit. Maybe ebay.
Others have said that given my exacting specs, I'd do so much better at 15.6 since that is the most popukar size by far and has the most options and deals, especially in Canada. Many have said that since I don't move my computer much, a 15.6 plus buying a used LCD external monitor at whatever location I'm at, even if I had to buy a few and never sell them (just throw them away), would still leave me ahead of the game.
If I want 17.3, esp. in Canada with a pre-installed SSD, then maybe I need to go over $1400 Canadian. Or really consider buying the SSD separately and installing myself.

Sorry for the quickly types post. But suggestions welcome.

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General Chat / Re: Culture wars at Google
« on: August 09, 2017, 05:18:11 PM »
And the rationale behind TEN pages...

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General Chat / Re: Culture wars at Google
« on: August 09, 2017, 01:10:29 PM »
Okay. I'm open to the idea that the guy is less of an idiot than I thought. Still, next to racial differences, biological gender differences are the biggest third-rail around. It's where careers of all kinds go to die. How could he not know?
But I'll take a look at the vid later.
(But 10 pages suggests, at least on the surface, that the guy is a bit unbalanced.)


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ICT / Re: Arya Stark vs The Hound
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:31:37 PM »
I absolutely loathe the female warrior trope that has become so popular as of late. Unfortunately, the GoT series has fallen for it a lot more than the books ever did, though to be fair, the series is still a lot more restrained than most.
Based on the series, it looks like a decently even fight if a) the Hound doesn't underestimate her and b) no bullshits and tricks are allowed.

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General Chat / Re: Culture wars at Google
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:28:06 PM »
While anything remains possible, those whose best guess is that biology plays an almost negligible role in female or racial differences are pretty suspect. They usually have an agenda and are not aiming at the unvarnished truth, whatever that is.

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General Chat / Re: Culture wars at Google
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:25:58 PM »
You brought up Sweden. I didn't. Also, Math isn't the only part of STEM fields and the article says girls were out performing boys in science and reading.

Its kinda funny too your now bringing up all these social and environmental reason why boys are falling behind. Nurture when the boys are as interested. Nature when its the girls.

And if your going to go ahead and say your not actually making that argument then my question is this. If you're not saying its all nature or all nurture then whats the harm in Google having programs to entice women into STEM fields? If nature makes them uninterested then they won't reach out to them.

There is going to be some harm: you'll spend some resources going against what seems to be the grain. And you may end up hiring some women who are at least somewhat less capable than the men you might have hired, at least in the short term. On the other hand, there may be some gain. Half of your ultimate customer base is women, and you may be more responsive to their needs if you have more women in your company and are more easily able to hear the female voice, whatever that is.
But it's almost always trade offs--there's no free lunch.

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General Chat / Re: Culture wars at Google
« on: August 08, 2017, 04:21:31 PM »
Disentangling culture and biology is tough. But it's so important to be humble in the face of overwhelming complexity. It's just as arrogant to assume it's all cultural unless shown otherwise than to assume the opposite. It's most likely a mix of both, though anything remains possible. We are dealing with best guesses here.


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General Chat / Re: Culture wars at Google
« on: August 08, 2017, 04:16:15 PM »
I would have fired him immediately too, though.

It doesn't matter whether he is right or wrong. The world is how it is. To fire off, unsolicited, a 10-page memo on such a topic and either not know how much shit it would cause, or worse, not care, means he's clearly an accident waiting to happen.

He definitely needed to go. Google is a business, not a philosophy and discussion club.

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General Chat / Re: Culture wars at Google
« on: August 07, 2017, 08:08:23 PM »
Calling this an 'anti-diversity screed' would be laughable if it were not so effective.

He is, of course, pretty much right. However, he may have failed to read the room...

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ICT / Re: Martial Arts Tournament Rd1
« on: July 24, 2017, 11:07:48 PM »
Tank Abbott is the greatest ever!

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Forum Rules & Announcements / Re: New board theme in development
« on: July 17, 2017, 09:32:06 AM »
Thanks for this. Sorry I missed this post and jumped the gun elsewhere. Returning to the Core theme felt like coming home again!

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Ask The Staff / Can we go back to the old layout?
« on: July 17, 2017, 06:56:38 AM »
The new layout/color scheme thing, or whatever it is, is unspeakably bad. I don't think I need to elaborate, except perhaps for the color-blind and taste-impaired. But fuck 'em!
Or you could try a new scheme. I'm a fan of the classic, but if ya gots yer creative juices flowing and need a change, then go for it. But don't make it suck this time!

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