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      D1P 2017 Charity Campaign for The Life You Can Save: $1,515 (as of April 7, 2017)   12/12/2016

      I've decided to extend our charity campaign for The Life You Can Save organizations for the entirety of 2017 so feel free to contribute at any time!  Periodically through the year, I'll have game giveaways for those who have donated to the campaign as a "thank you" for supporting this worthy endeavor!
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      Update on the single-device/browser login restriction issue some people are having.   04/04/2017

      4/7/2017 update: Now people who've been affected by this are saying that it went away on its own after about a week. So I dunno, if this would really hugely inconvenience you try to not log in on additional devices/browsers until the 4.2 update that's supposed to hopefully resolve this for good.   original announcement: For a long time now, D1P has been limited to three logins at a time; logging in on a fourth device or browser would log you out everywhere else. Unfortunately, multiple people have been reporting that they've started experiencing being limited to ONE login at a time.   The good news is, Invision Power Services (the company that makes our forum software) is aware of the issue and will be addressing it in version 4.2 of the software, which is the next big update. The bad news is, they announced about a month ago (the beginning of March 2017) that the update will be coming out in "mid 2017", so we probably have at least another couple of months to go before this is resolved.   In the meantime, I apologize to those affected for the inconvenience, and would suggest to everyone else to not log in to additional devices until this is resolved if this is something you don't want to have to have to deal with. I'm still not 100% sure on why it's not affecting everyone and why it didn't hit everyone affected at the same time, but the timing of when the reports of this started here mostly lines up with when I've seen reports of other sites having this issue starting, and I suspect that the problem is trickling in because of people happening to hit a fourth login that logs them out everywhere else, and then proceeding to be limited to one login at a time after that.

      D1Pcast Episode 26: The Retro Show   04/19/2017

      It's time to have that talk with your kids. No not THAT talk, the talk about retro games and how much better things were back in our days! We have @Reputator join us and talk a bit about the Scorpio and some retro PC cards. [email protected] us about console retro gaming and how he just got his Super Mario USA. While @Jason tells us about the day his parents threw out all his retro consoles. A sad day for any gamer. So listen and give us your feed back about your retro gaming experience!    


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  1. That's not true at all; deductions and exemptions are not taxable. Ours kind of work like that, but in a much more convoluted way. When you begin working, you fill out a W4, which is your withholding allowance that dictates how and when you pay the taxes you owe. Basically when looking at what should be withheld, your employer looks at what you claimed on your W4 and withholds what should be your effective tax rate based on those criteria. However they do not account for any other pre-tax withholdings (insurance premiums, retirement contributions, charitable payroll deductions, etc.) In a simple scenario where someone has a predictable salary, fills out their W4 exactly, and doesn't have any other pre-tax withholdings, their balance when they file will be $0 (they won't get a refund, nor will they owe). But some people fill out a W4 with no declarations, meaning their deduction/exemption isn't accounted for and too much is withheld (leading to a refund), and at the other end of the spectrum some people opt out of withholding altogether and pay estimated quarterly payments instead (usually only higher income people do this). You can *also* manually adjust your withholding to account for pre-tax withholdings, if you so choose. It's a bit dizzying to explain, but it's more intuitive than it sounds. Basically it all comes down to when you want to pay (per paycheck or quarterly), what effects your tax basis (deductions, exemptions, pre-tax withholdings), and if you have chosen to pay per paycheck, how you want those affects to be accounted for.
  2. As a matter of fact, I would! Besides doctors who work in research hospitals, many (most?) residencies require published research. Whether or not you want to colloquially refer to doctors as 'scientists' is up to you (I would probably agree that they are not), but my point in all of this is that I think study of field which entails understanding/employment of the scientific method can safely be characterized as a 'background in science'. I find the colloquial definition of 'science' to be inaccurate, and I think that can/could lead to some problems if it means the scientific method is ignored/deemphasized.
  3. I never accused you of dancing around the point, I was just seeking clarification; given that you took umbrage with Ana's comment, it wasn't entirely clear.
  4. Given the requisite level of knowledge engineers need in the scientific method, physics, and chemistry, it is not particularly crazy to say engineers have a scientific background. You don't need a PhD and a CV with dozens of peer-reviewed articles to have a 'scientific background'. The scientific method requires experimental control; you cannot do that with astrophysical phenomena. You can design experiments to explain astrophysical phenomena (e.g. the LHC), but observational and theoretical physics do not employ the scientific method (determining the age of a supernova or predicting the behavior of a black hole are not experimental). I disagree on the first point, and have no opinion on the second.
  5. The original claims were that he doesn't have a 'degree in the field of science' or a 'real scientific background', not that he 'isn't a scientist' (of course he isn't, he doesn't spend most of his days doing research). He most certainly has both a degree in a field of science and a real scientific background, regardless of whether or not he is really a scientist or person of authority.
  6. I don't think that; if a libertarian supports net neutrality because of market conditions, that's completely reasonable/understandable. But it's not outrageous to point out how net neutrality is incompatible with libertarian principles, and thus in an ideal libertarian environment, there would be no net neutrality.
  7. Who said anything about being a 'science guy' or an 'authoritative figure'? You two said he doesn't have a 'degree in the field of science' or a 'real scientific background'. Those aren't the same things. I'm sure Lucian appreciates you moving the goal posts on his behalf, though. And yes, being far away does mean the scientific method isn't used; you can't experimentally control a star that thousands of light years away, you can only observe it. If you are building a machine, you can apply the scientific method: hypothesize about the best materials/design, control the variables, assess the results, and come to a statistically-significant conclusion regarding the best design for the machine. That is science; things that have the scientific method applied to them are science. Whether or not engineers are colloquially regarded as scientists does not mean they lack understanding/background in science.
  8. TIL that a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering isn't a 'degree in the field of science', and doesn't constitute a 'real scientific background'. lmfao Edit ~ I especially love that the latter comment came from someone with a degree in astrophysics, a field in which much of the work cannot be governed by the scientific method since it is observational/theoretical rather than experimental.
  9. This isn't a gotcha; I just want to confirm you principally oppose net neutrality. If you don't because of the current market conditions that's fine, but regardless of whether you do or don't, it's not crazy to point out that libertarian principles would oppose net neutrality (i.e. regardless of market conditions).
  10. Uh, what? This news has to do with whether or not ISPs from blocking/throttling traffic, it has nothing to do with 'government-guaranteed monopolies'. Whether there are three ISPs backed by government collusion or three hundred ISPs in a free market utopia, this development would let them block/throttle traffic.
  11. The CBO projections for this are going to be absurdly hilarious in light of the wall and infrastructure plan.
  12. If the inability to breath from laughter doesn't kill me right now, the radioactive levels of narcissism may finish me off. Who talks about themselves like that? Holy hell...
  13. I'm happy to dig up those threads; the entitlement thread you straight up abandoned (I'd know, I kept posting more articles to goad you), the same-sex parentage one you tried to claim the studies were invalid due to sample sizes (even though a number of them had significantly large sample sizes), and in the case of both tweets, you refused to admit your error to a pathological degree. 'Thoroughly debunked' Moreover, I couldn't care less about winning any debate with you; I just like seeing you exposed for the detestable pissant that you are. So boastful about your intellectual faculties, yet so quick to post tweets, ignore arguments, and call people 'leftists' and insinuate they are mentally ill; so earnest about your desire to see countries, communities, and people thrive, yet there is zero evidence you've ever been in service to others (however that may manifest). Am I bitter? No, I am not bitter; I do enjoy mocking and instigating awful people though. Certainly not the most admirable character trait, but hey, at least I can admit to the less savory aspects of my personality (unlike a certain someone...)