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Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th August 2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 23,623
Posted By The Atheist
Let's not forget that even though he clearly...

Let's not forget that even though he clearly out-muscled the 3rd-former, he had his mates and weapons. I'll be very surprised if the Dunedin flatmates are the only ones who come forward.

What a...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 9th August 2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 23,623
Posted By The Atheist
And lest anyone thinks I'm anywhere near the...

And lest anyone thinks I'm anywhere near the right because I've been pooping on Ms International Hero Ardern (as her popularity wanes to nothing in NZ) let me quickly state my complete disgust and...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 9th August 2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
I didn't even include the armed services as an...

I didn't even include the armed services as an alternative to prostitution, because if I'd rather my daughter be a hooker than a christian, that goes a million times greater for joining any branch of...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2022, 04:15 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
I have, and they're all terrible. I couldn't tell...

I have, and they're all terrible. I couldn't tell you how many apps I've downloaded and deleted, but I've tried them all. They claim to have learning abilities, but I've seen no sign of it, and...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 9th August 2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 531
Posted By The Atheist
You don't see an anomaly there?

You don't see an anomaly there?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 9th August 2022, 11:52 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
Not here, it isn't. We have an employment crisis...

Not here, it isn't. We have an employment crisis of too few workers for the jobs on offer, and the biggest demand is for unskilled jobs, like working in a cafe or petrol station.

Even then, if...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2022, 11:45 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
Utter bollocks, and it's backgammon 101. It's...

Utter bollocks, and it's backgammon 101. It's nothing like a fail-safe move and I've beaten it lots of times.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2022, 11:43 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
Which is why I pointed out earlier that bags...

Which is why I pointed out earlier that bags count as -9, not +1. Bagging in itself is an art, because a lot of players bag to setting point.

The flip side of bags is that bidding to avoid them...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2022, 10:59 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
I can only say that having played them both I...

I can only say that having played them both I find spades to be a far more complex game than bridge. Admittedly, I haven't played bridge to anywhere near the same level as spades because it's so...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 9th August 2022, 02:25 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
$250 is top dollar here. Nah. If...

$250 is top dollar here.



Nah.

If you're in a relationship where both parties desire and agree to fidelity, it doesn't work. If you have an open relationship, by all means take the tip by...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 9th August 2022, 02:12 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
500 is designed to tell your partner what cards...

500 is designed to tell your partner what cards you have through multiple bids.



That's why I stressed that it would learn from humans.



Computers without connectivity? What is this, the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3,105
Views: 175,034
Posted By The Atheist
Small pox escaped from British lab(s) in the...

Small pox escaped from British lab(s) in the 1970's. [/QUOTE]

Wow, thanks!

I always wondered where smallpox came from. All those thousands of years we've been wondering and it came from a lab...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2,300
Views: 144,218
Posted By The Atheist
If anyone's been keeping watch, covid numbers...

If anyone's been keeping watch, covid numbers have fallen off a cliff in the past 10 days, right across the world.

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 08:08 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
People are mostly predictable. If you're playing...

People are mostly predictable. If you're playing against a computer, understanding it's looking to read your play gives an advantage, I think.



That's one of the major problems of a real test...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 05:23 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
I'm probably not explaining it well, because I'm...

I'm probably not explaining it well, because I'm trying to explain what I mean to people who actually have no idea how the game works. You can be deliberately unpredictable at no cost.

There are...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 530
Views: 100,274
Posted By The Atheist
Maybe we can have a race with the turtles? ...

Maybe we can have a race with the turtles?

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/climate-change-infectious-disease-paper_n_62dfeac9e4b03dbb991d9a9e
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 01:39 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
There's nothing random about it. Randomness would...

There's nothing random about it. Randomness would lose every time. Bid 7 on a 2 and you're going to score -70. Bid 2 on a 7 and you're going to end up scoring -25.



That's exactly my point - if...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 530
Views: 100,274
Posted By The Atheist
Bye bye sea turtles! ...

Bye bye sea turtles!

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/08/03/us/florida-turtles-born-female-climate-change/index.html
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 11:37 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
That's one of the main problems for the computer....

That's one of the main problems for the computer. If you don't play to a pattern, it won't find one.



Vary our bidding and play in unexpected ways.

It's about beating an algorithm. You can't...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 8th August 2022, 02:26 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
If the subject came up, I most likely would. We...

If the subject came up, I most likely would. We told her from pre-puberty that whether or not she chooses to have sex is entirely her decision, so I'd be quite comfortable that she'd decide for...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th August 2022, 02:16 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
What's your highest point rank? Bloody...

What's your highest point rank?



Bloody good plan - I wish there were money in it so I could prove or disprove the point.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
Another one who doesn't understand the game. ...

Another one who doesn't understand the game.

A bad hand can beat a good hand, because of the way the scoring works.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 7th August 2022, 07:53 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
Given that conversations about careers took place...

Given that conversations about careers took place when my daughter was 17 and leaving school, the point is moot, because the minimum age is 18.

I didn't suggest any careers to her anyway - I told...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/1907...

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190711141343.htm



Backgammon is ruled by chance. Obviously, being a good player helps, but even a moron can win with a couple of timely double...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 07:21 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
FTFY Knowing I was playing a computer, I...

FTFY

Knowing I was playing a computer, I would play in a way that is designed to confuse it.

Like I said, learn the game first before making ignorant comments. I know it's de rigeur around...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
I think they'd be crap at knucklebones, too.

I think they'd be crap at knucklebones, too.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 7th August 2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
That's rich. You specifically asked what...

That's rich.

You specifically asked what danger retail staff faced compared to sex workers, you were told, then complained that it wasn't strong enough evidence.

Now that it's been provided in...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 02:56 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
You only get one bid, so there's next to no...

You only get one bid, so there's next to no information to be given away there. The comment on the way you play the cards is only partly valid, because good players will vary their play against other...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
Pretty sure I do, while I'm certain you don't...

Pretty sure I do, while I'm certain you don't know how to play spades.



Nope, also wrong, because statistics are irrelevant. No matter how smart you make the computer, it can't know what's in...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 7th August 2022, 02:50 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
Really? Sex, sexual health, relationships,...

Really?

Sex, sexual health, relationships, drugs and lots of other important subjects are & were subjects for discussion from a young age.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 7th August 2022, 02:47 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
It won't. It's the only game where having good...

It won't. It's the only game where having good cards can be a liability, because the other team can bid zero.



You really need to have a good understanding of the game to get what I mean. The...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th August 2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 2,553
Posted By The Atheist
A Game a Computer Cannot Beat

Chess? Big deal - the moves are limited to what's possible, and as any pro poker will tell you, poker is all about the odds, so ideal for a computer. Bridge? Pathetically stupid game that a clever...
Forum: General Skepticism and The Paranormal 6th August 2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 1,134
Views: 11,979
Posted By The Atheist
Congratulations - you're the luckiest human who...

Congratulations - you're the luckiest human who ever lived!

Those aliens travelled for hundreds of light years just to show you they existed.

I hope you monetised the YouTube channel.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 6th August 2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2,300
Views: 144,218
Posted By The Atheist
Speculative. Then...

Speculative.



Then...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 5th August 2022, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2,300
Views: 144,218
Posted By The Atheist
Dear old Warren Tate...

Dear old Warren Tate (https://www.otago.ac.nz/biochemistry/people/profile/index.html?id=37). I referenced him in my ME/CFS thread a few years back. Warren has been the leading voice in ME research,...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 5th August 2022, 03:50 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
Did you miss these bits?

Did you miss these bits?
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 4th August 2022, 08:24 PM
Replies: 2,300
Views: 144,218
Posted By The Atheist
Still a lot of questions unanswered. From...

Still a lot of questions unanswered.

From the Dutch study:



Sounds way too much like CFS/ME for my liking.

More research needed.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 4th August 2022, 08:16 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
That is 100% correct in all respects. ...

That is 100% correct in all respects.



You know what occupation is struggling with violent clientele right now?

Supermarket and grocery store workers.

USA -...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 4th August 2022, 05:59 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
http://charman.co.nz/elmo.gif

http://charman.co.nz/elmo.gif
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 4th August 2022, 05:57 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
I agree with that, and it makes a huge...

I agree with that, and it makes a huge difference.

There's also a thing in NZ you probably wouldn't be aware of - if you tell someone here you're a christian, the person you tell will probably...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 3rd August 2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 2,300
Views: 144,218
Posted By The Atheist
And it needs to be noted that to seriously...

And it needs to be noted that to seriously compete, a new variant would need to be more infectious than BA5, and since 2.75 hasn't, I don't believe we'll see one.

I'm now quite sure this is the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 3rd August 2022, 06:33 PM
Replies: 2,300
Views: 144,218
Posted By The Atheist
I'm fairly sure we've both turned the corner and...

I'm fairly sure we've both turned the corner and the worst of the wave is behind us.



Well, you do rank #1.

Just not quite in the way the report suggested.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 3rd August 2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
I think it's a bit wide-ranging, and the thread...

I think it's a bit wide-ranging, and the thread is specifically about prostitution, not acting in porno movies, strippers, dominatrices, or the myriad of other sex work.



No, I said I'd prefer...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 2nd August 2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,398
Posted By The Atheist
I was about to point this out, but Don beat me to...

I was about to point this out, but Don beat me to it:



100% correct. The poor old Anglican Church is dying and the only new members they're getting are in Africa.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 2nd August 2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 3,105
Views: 175,034
Posted By The Atheist
Looks like case closed to me: ...

Looks like case closed to me:





https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/explained/300652718/the-siren-has-sounded-scientists-pinpoint-covid19s-origin
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd August 2022, 03:01 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
If I thought there were any chance at all that...

If I thought there were any chance at all that you wanted to be educated and weren't just being a typical anti, following a stupid fundy agenda, I'd answer.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd August 2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
Yes, good point, and they are, of course, covered...

Yes, good point, and they are, of course, covered by the same legislation.



Where?

Maybe you're reading old stories? They were heavily owned by gangs until legalisation, but since they're...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 1st August 2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2,300
Views: 144,218
Posted By The Atheist
I have no problem with that, and I've said as...

I have no problem with that, and I've said as much.

It's the vast majority of deaths that wouldn't that makes the difference.



It does show that prior infection builds a better wall, but at...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st August 2022, 04:07 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 5,738
Posted By The Atheist
I can't speak for all prostitutes, but the ones I...

I can't speak for all prostitutes, but the ones I know have no issue with being called hookers. Maybe it's a rugby thing and not the same overseas.



That's not ok, though. Deliberately...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 31st July 2022, 04:55 PM
Replies: 2,300
Views: 144,218
Posted By The Atheist
That was before vaccinations started, so not...

That was before vaccinations started, so not relevant to the present, where a very small number of healthy, vaccinated, people are dying.



That's exactly what I'm saying. Of people counted as...
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