{BAB} JJ Argus

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  1. This is just teh sad. Even with this patch business, which is very good of you to organise between yourselves, I think it's the news everyone was secretly waiting for. One of the down sides to living in a capitalist society eh!
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    Well this is an interesting debate alright! I can see where the 'dont change a thing' perspective comes from and i can see where the 'mods are fun' perspective comes from. As always, this comes down to who is using the mods and why. There are many factors that give people advantages. Ping is one that comes up a lot - certain people work more effectively with a certain level of ping. Another would be how good your computer is and how fast it processes the game. So that basically means that, regardless of aimbots, wallhacks and other obvious cheats - people all have different gaming experiences anyway. In the case of these 'chams' there could well be a number of players who use them to make things look different just to keep gameplay interesting, like Sinhol was hinting at. There are already a lot of legitimate ways of doing this by fiddling with gammas, resolutions, server settings, crosshairs etc. Does this mean 'there is enough variety already' or 'there is so much variety, how can this hurt?' Unfortunately, I imagine that a number of people simply want to use chams to give them a competitive edge in the game. Whether or not you interpret this as cheating is of course the crux of the issue here. My opinion is that SOME people will use this to cheat and SOME people will not. To be honest though, I dont see the point in attempting to ban it because people always find a way around - and if they cant, they will find some other way to gain an advantage. Interesting debate though. And doesnt that second screenshot from Cel look uncannily like the Russian Record Building Entrance in the single player mission? jj
  3. Hmm that's an interesting one alright and there is no definite yes or no answer here. There's too much in there all at once. 1) Probably all to do with the fact we Brits are totally crazy! 2) On the one hand, I think the most obvious point here is that that sort of trip does seem a colossal waste of taxpayers money. Certainly most school trips I went on were ones where you paid for yourself and the government funded the staffing. Just to pretty much pay for the whole trip seems bizarre when the money could have been spent a lot more effectively elsewhere. (Although I dont agree that a video of Amsterdam would have been a suitable alternative) 3) I can also see that people could get angry at the idea that this trip is something that has been - however indirectly - facilitated by the goverment and that raises issues over the UK being a 'nanny state'. 4) I think it is also pretty understandable why on the face of it, people would be worried about sending young children on a sex and drugs holiday. That being said, when you read the whole article that's actually not the case. And that comment about going to see Anne Frank's house - how stupid is that - if anything can be done in the classroom reading her diary could! 5) And finally, let's face it - when you send a group of school children anywhere that isnt school during term time, the last thing on their minds is going to be education! On the other hand: 6) Children are never forced to go on these trips - parents always have to give their permission - and, if you read the article, it sounds as if some sort of community committee dreamed up the whole plan anyway. If this is the case then local communities and parents have as much (if not more) responsibility here than the government does. 7) If you read the logic behind the trip it does make a kind of sense. It's heavily supervised by appropriate adults and in a very high adult-child ratio, meaning it's unlikely little Billy is going to get a whiff of the green stuff and a hows-your-father from a leather-clad dwarf in some alley. It's also pointing out that it's an attempt to raise awareness of why drug abuse and teenage pregnancy is lower in Amsterdam (which says rather a lot). Now i'm a little pessimistic on this front (taking 20 kids to Amsterdam is not going to change a whole lot), but i can understand the somewhat idealist thinking behind the trip. 8) Also, as a Brit, I think a major problem in our society is how we are very reserved in exposing/dealing with/talking about issues like sex and drugs. I dont see that by hiding children away from the realities of life that we will actually be helping them. It does seem to be a case of 'i was repressed so i'm going to repress my kids too'. But even if I dont agree with it, I acknowledge the complexities of personal life style choices, cultural awareness and parental influence. 9) I think the final issue this raises for me is that this is yet another culturally intolerant piece of journalism from one of the more jingoistic newspapers in the UK. The Daily Mail, Sun, New Of The World (haha oh the irony of that name) and the Star are trashy tabloids that feed on exagerrated stories like this that can intensify cultural misunderstanding and intolerance. Not only does the title of that article completely distort what the story was about and force someone to begin reading it in a biased fashion - but it also contributes to the whole stupid eurobashing culture the British Tabloids seem to indulge in. I understand entirely about freedom of the press but with articles like this it does make one wonder why someone would go out and spend thirty pence on it. (If it's still 30 pence, I last bought that pile of junk in the early 90's) So yeah, quite a lot of issues there. I'm going to go back and number them now so the debate can begin!!! jj
  4. how much do you get for the ad use? What I mean is, if we click on the ads and the google link for 10 mins, are we going to gain you 10 cents or 10 dollars? jj
  5. Have you considered disarming the enemies rather than killing them? - that way they will not respawn, but of course they can still raise alarms and you wont get such great kill stats at the level end.
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    Fat vs Thin

    Lol who would have thought it - another way sinhol is able to stir up some bother and highlight differences between people. I'm in shock, really i am! (NOT) Sinhol, why dont you think about things before you post them, then you wouldnt offend anyone buddy. You can always make a humorous set of teams without using a contraversial real life gap. why dont you propose 2 different funny team names? That way, you are not insisting people choose a side based on something personal, just on which team name they find funniest? Oh heck, i just spilt apple juice on myself! JJ
  7. That aint 'normal'. I dont know anyone who ticks all those boxes - ergo it isnt normal. All western societies consider single-parent families, divorced families, adopted and foster children to be the normal state of affairs. I also dont think it stops a child being raised well. I think there is just as much chance that something would be wrong with a full biological family as with any other sort. I'm with you on the molesting uncle bit though. Incidentally, it isn't even historically 'normal'. Wars, disease, famines, politics, money and natural disasters have always meant that families are split up or family members are lost. Really, wow that is weird. We have laws that keep our military in check over that and good on them. Not that it's all fine and dandy yet but it's going in the right direction. Yeah of course it's gay people that caused this???? - NOT. Hmm, maybe have a read of some basic medical material and you'll see the disease orignated in Africa and was actually spread (and is still spread) mainly by heterosexual intercourse. The only reason it ever got associated with homosexuality is because of an outbreak in the 70's amongst the western homosexual community that got a lot of media interest. Incidentally this weekend was Manchester Pride (Kind of a gay Mardi Gras affair) and even though i'm not gay i'm proud that it happens every year and that where i live diversity and cultural appreciation is so positive. Even the military march in the parades now.
  8. Wow is this a serious topic or what! Are you born this way? If so should science work on available options to offer a person the ability to become hetersexual? Perhaps science should make more effort into studying the intolerance people have against 'outsiders', be that race, sexuality, religion or disability to name but a few examples. Also, it might be a good idea to cure cancer, AIDS, parkinsons, MS and all the other terminal diseases before it looks at something that isnt a disease? That being said, i dont think any scientific enquiry into sexuality would be a bad thing, as it might dispell some of the myths if they cant find an 'evil gene'. Although to answer your question, i think probably nature, nurture or both may have an influence on sexuality. There was some psychological study done years ago (i forget the name) that pointed out that barely anyone is 100% heterosexual or 100% homosexual. Should homosexuals be allowed to openly fight in the US Military? Well as I come from the UK and they have done just that with our military it would seem just as bizarre to exclude homosexuals from the army as it is to keep out women or ethnic minorities. If someone wants to join the US army (although on a personal note with Mr Bush as their commander i would seriously worry about becoming cannon fodder) then if they pass the physical and mental tests, nothing else should be an issue. Should they be allowed to enter Marriage, Unions, with the same legal benefits but no title, or neither? Amazing really, in this day and age we think it is okay to still think that it should be up to us to determine if homosexuals should be 'allowed' to do things. Could you imagine if someone said that a black person could not marry etc? I would think it would be unnatural to stop 2 people who care that much about each other from being partners in any shape or form. Again, the UK just started same-sex partnerships a year ago and as I work right opposite Manchester City Hall, I can see enough same-sex unions taking place to make me believe that this sort of question will become a non-entity in the coming years. Should they be allowed to adopt? I have to agree with the others here - yes yes yes! How many children need a family? Loads. Fair enough at the moment the children may have a hard time at school for it, but i would say that has to be better for them than growing up in an orphanage with no one to care for them. And until this sort of adoption becomes commonplace, how can you expect people to consider it normal? Should they be allowed to user doner eggs, sperm, carriers to have children? I believe this already happens pretty much everywhere but again, so long as (like blood tests) the proper tests for illnesses etc are carried out, in the same way as is done for heterosexuals, why would it be an issue? By the way Knix, i have to admire how 'open-minded' you are about peoples views about this. I might have a girlfriend, but i have a huge number of gay friends and i cant help but respect you for wanting to listen to the other side of the coin, so to speak - although i imagine that homophobia or just unease about sexuality is becoming less and less prevelant in our world today!