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Home of the Free in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #28
I always see it as a matter of usefulness. No matter what guns you arm your militia with, it can't compete with armored vehicles and aircraft. That's why the right to bear arms to form a militia is no longer a valid concept. You can either see that as making the right outmoded or a reason to put cruise missiles and tactical nukes on the mass market.

?Alorael, who opts for the latter. At least it would turn the leftovers of the Cold War into useful economic stimulus for a short time before the world goes up in flames and irradiated dust.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The chances of these in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #10
If I see any more AOLspeek in this topic, I may have to edit posts for profanity. Use of capital letters only, many exclamation marks, and creative spelling add up to profanation of the English language.

—Alorael, whose mind hurts after seeing what Scorp has done to the CoC. That should be against the CoC too, just because it is possibly the ugliest thing that can be done to the written word.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The chances of these in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #1
1. The chances of anyone becoming a mod are fairly low. There are many people who would like to moderate, and only a limited number of spots.

2. It's not likely, but stranger things have happened. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for it, though.

3. Zero, I'd say.

4. I believe Drakefyre has already said there aren't. At this stage in beta, it's unlikely that this will change.

—Alorael, who wishes Zephyr lots of fun seeing X-Men 2.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Home of the Free in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #26
Yes, serious criminals will probably always have access to guns. But most crimes aren't committed by serious criminals who would look on the black market. And since there are far more cases of people being injured or killed by their own guns than saving themselves with guns, it's statistically better to ban guns and accept that a few criminals will have an easier time because of it.

?Alorael, who still doesn't see any reason to legalize uzis. Weapons made for killing many people very fast are a strange choice for self-protection or hunting, but they're a great way to work off anger.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Mapping in Blades of Avernum
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #1
I'm not exactly sure what you mean, but it sounds possible. The exit from a town is anywhere beyond the sides of the town, and the entrances can be set to anywhere you'd like. The only difficulty with exits is in trying to make an exit that is not on the outer boundary of the town.

—Alorael, who is doesn't know if BoA will correct this one problem or not. Even if it doesn't, there are some ways to work in central exits if you really want to.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Avatars in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #8
I make no claims about the efficiency or intelligence of my internet browser. As far as I can tell, IE5 insists on loading the entire page before displaying anything.

—Alorael, who was referring to the off-site avatars. Spiderweb could have done away with its own repetoire and only allowed avatars through links, but that wouldn't have solved the problems.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Avatars in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #5
And Alec is mocking certain people. Avatars don't put any load on Spiderweb's server. They did, however, make the loading times higher, especially for people with dialup connections. I believe that was the reason given for the avatar purge, and it makes sense to me.

—Alorael, who had problems with the loading time on some pages even with DSL. He imagines that a 56k modem would have rendered many topics impossible to read.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Home of the Free in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #15
Many criminals are not, in fact, hardened killers who go out and buy guns to go on killing sprees. It's quite easy to get angry, grab a gun you have, and go blow someone away. If it were harder to get a gun, such "casual" murders would be far less common. And while you may be able to protect yourself with a gun, your are in the vast minority of gun-owners.

?Alorael, who also cannot see how a semiautomatic weapon is good protection against one attacker. It seems far better designed to be that attacker and try to eliminate dozens of victims. If you do know how to use a gun well, you won't need a rapid spray of bullets to deal with an assailant.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
RIP to the fallen in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #34
I didn't assign you the Canned title, but I'd say the two last straws were the Col F topic, which was simply unrelated advertisement, and the People are Stupid topic, which was not only worthless spam but offensive worthless spam.

—Alorael, who also considers this belated revenge for the endless RP spam and the posts in RP style. If Ghost could be canned for what he did in A3, canning is deserved in this case as well.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
karma in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #16
That's the way averages work. Anything below the average lowers the karma, and anything above raises it. With an average above four, only five causes it to go up. Of course, this assumes logical mathematics, which I have just seem disproved.

—Alorael, who believes those who don't accept ratings can still give ratings. No, it's not fair, but since karma doesn't matter, the fairness of the system doesn't matter either.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
karma in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #14
Actually, I realized that the change in karma from one vote represents a mathematical impossibility assuming votes must be whole numbers between one and five, inclusive. Obviously the UBB's karma system is not only meaningless but impossible to understand.

—Alorael, who actually thinks that it may be based on arbitrary decisions of highly skilled karma readers hired by whatever company makes the UBB.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The Age of Chaos(the book) in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #11
That would be a short story. Lined paper contains far less writing than printed pages, so even if you were only one-tenth done your story would work out to under 40 typed pages. That's not enough to get any attention from commercial institutions, copyright issues aside.

—Alorael, who would recommend instead finding a nice place online to post it. Yes, Geocities is good for this.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
'Wut do u look like?" in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #201
I was asked for the password once. I canceled, and I now receive no further promptings and cannot see Ghost's image. There may or may not be a causal link there, although I suspect one.

—Alorael, who would be happy to view the picture if given the name and password with which to log in. He doesn't have any base intentions. Really!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The Age of Chaos(the book) in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #3
I doubt anyone wants to see a post the size of a book, or even a series of posts that long. Instead, you could get your own website and simply post a link. Books aren't actually that large in kilobytes, so you shouldn't even need to pay.

Now, for the publishing bit... If you want to publish your book, you'll have to ask Jeff for permission. Unless it is very good, he is unlikely to grant permission. Even if it is very good, he'll probably want some sort of compensation for the use of his intellectual property (although maybe not, sometimes it's hard to tell what Jeff will or won't do). I think putting the story online as for free is legal as long as you give proper copyright information regarding the games you based your story on, but I'm not positive.

—Alorael, who thinks the more important question is whether you can actually finish a book worth reading, let alone publish it. That's a lot of hard work, and most publishers would reject your story just because that's what they do best.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
help in Nethergate
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #1
Yes. To complete that chapter you need to have the full version of Nethergate.

—Alorael, who recommends getting it. Although it's Spiderweb's shortest RPG, it's also one of their most original.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
karma in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #7
Don't try to understand karma. Don't pay attention to karma. Unless it comes back to haunt you in a future account, as karma is supposed to but rarely does, it doesn't mean anything, does it?

—Alorael, who finds it amusing that you can rate people who are not accepting ratings. You can figure out the how of it for yourself.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
What World Leader to like best. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #53
On the other hand, Gandhi managed to gain independence for India without resorting to violence, which had never happened before as far as I know. Pakistan soon split off amid some nice domestic bloodshed, but that wasn't Gandhi's doing.

—Alorael, who isn't sure how great a political leader Gandhi would have made. After all, nobody ever saw him working on national policy or foreign treaties. He could have been a big meanie under that Mahatma disguise!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Khoth's Sig in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #15
Anything is possible. Then again, Tolkien was a devout Catholic and probably viewed homosexuality negatively. If he was gay himself, any reference to it in his works is almost certainly accidental. And if he was and didn't know, then it's the Freudian slips!

—Alorael, who also has to say that he has seen worse NC-17 fanfiction as well. At least it was written by someone who is familiar with the basic workings of the English language and the meaning of capitalization.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Failure to download games for MAC in Tech Support
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #3
I have a Mac, and the link works for me as well. Given the message, it's possible that you have somehow configured your own internet settings to prevent access, although that does seem unlikely.

—Alorael, who would look for other sites to download from. Try http://www.shareware.com for one. If you can't find anything that will let you download, it's almost certainly a problem on your end.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
'Wut do u look like?" in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #182
I am religiously offended by the cross on the forehead and nose of the guy on the right. And he's not an elf, so I'm offended by the implied inter-species relationships.

—Alorael, who is also afraid of the picture of Feran. Once you have a face to put with the comments, everything changes and the mental images become all the more disturbing.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Khoth's Sig in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #11
Tolkien was the product of a far more repressed time. He probably couldn't even see the innuendo present.

—Alorael, who could also interpret the quote as a Freudian insertion due to the aforementioned repression. But that is unnecessary, is it not?
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
The Flawless Proof in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #25
I think La Canaliste is not an impartial judge on the subject. On the other hand, I'll concede that that statement has not been adequately proven.

—Alorael, who thinks everyone is going about this wrong. Saunders isn't the root of all evil, she is the definition of evil. You can't prove a definition!
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
Crossfire in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #138
I don't think that occupation necessarily has to be work. I just think that it is the responsibility of society (i.e. the government) to provide some activity in which people can involve themselves if they wish to. Having a large number of unhappy people with nothing to do is a good way to start revolutions.

?Alorael, who may be a tragic victim of the Puritan work ethic. But he doesn't like having absolutely nothing to do for very long periods of time, and he assumes he is not alone in that. It doesn't necessarily need to be work, but some chance to go out and socialize is nice, and there are many employments that give a satisfying sense of accomplishment.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
death, or something like it. in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #14
If I have to go, I'd rather do it in a way that earns me recognitions. I don't care if it's death for a just cause or death to advance science or a death that wins me a Darwin Award, I'd just like some credit. That aside, I'd have to say anything spontaneous is good. I don't think I'd want to deal with either protracted pain or protracted introspection. It's hard to say which one would hurt more.

—Alorael, who has to say that there is something to be said for the mad monks and dying in the vat of acid with a pH of about 7. It takes true dedication to the principles of mind over matter to cause self-dissolution in water.
Posts: 14579 | Registered: Saturday, December 1 2001 08:00
:) :P ;) in General
Law Bringer
Member # 335
Profile Homepage #1
Graemlins do serve a useful purpose. They can help show the difference serious statements and jokes and sarcasm. That said, they're also often abused like this: :P :) :( :D ;) .

That makes me :o .

—Alorael, who prefers just letting people puzzle through his words without the benefit of labels. When absolutely necessary, he resorts to faux tags. But even those are occasionally overdone.... [/jk jk jk jk jk jk]
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