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    posted a message on The Goodwill thread- Free gift games!
    Okay, I grabbed a four-pack of Terraria while it was on sale. First three to PM me with their e-mails get them. Good luck!

    Sorry for the late update, very busy day. Anyway, only 8 people wanted Terraria codes, and they're cheap. I'm buying extras as soon as Steam accepts the transactions, so everyone that PMed me before this edit will get one in their inbox / Steam account real soon.
    Posted in: General Gaming
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    posted a message on Garry's Mod Help!
    This "Scary Gman Virus" is a poorly coded Lua file. From the sound of it, by itself, it is a ****­ty screamer that doesn't even do that very well. All the magic to keep you from stopping it is a few lines of code that reset your mouse position and pop up text and play a sound when you perform certain keystrokes. Hell, I could write this and I am terrible at programming.

    The only way you'd get this is ingame is if you joined a server whose owner intentionally distributed it in the client files. Even then, you can completely blocking this by setting your options to never download files from servers you join, although this is at the expense of near-always-harmless custom content that is on the majority of servers. The servers that you need to be careful of are the ones like "herp derp butsecks" with 0 players running sandbox on Construct - stick with the big names, and you'll be fine.

    What you really need to be careful of is addons you grab from garrysmod.org, or the rest of the interwebs. It is very easy to conceal malware in these. Never trust an addon just because it looks cool. Before downloading, check for:

    -Picture Previews: Malware downloads will almost never have them.
    -Comments: If people are raging about a virus that the addon gave them in the comments below, don't get the addon.

    Just those steps will screen the vast majority of what you don't want on your computer from garrysmod.org.
    If you REALLY want that one cool addon but aren't sure, download it (do not extract from .zip or whatever other compression method it is using) and scan it with a good antimalware package.

    Realistically, you should be very safe if you use GMod and the interwebs smartly. "Scary Gman Virus" is an old issue anyway (4+ years) and has reportedly been resolved by updates now long past. Still, it never hurts to be careful.
    Posted in: General Gaming
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    posted a message on Weird Things Teachers Told You
    When I was in elementary, we had lines to get into the lunchroom. An old volunteer lady was in charge of letting small amounts of kids in at a time since the lunchroom was tiny, but seemingly at random she would stop a student and exclaim "MY FAVORITE!" extremely loudly. I still do not know why or what her selection method was, but it scared me to go past her.

    In junior high, I gave a presentation on the viability of dependence on nuclear fission as a power source in Japan. My teacher informed me afterward that she had been unaware of a difference between nuclear fission and fusion, which was rather concerning. In my Honors Bio class, the professor (an extremely awkward man) explained the difference between complementary and supplementary angles (in what context, I don't remember) by making a joke about complimenting the appearance of one of the more attractive females in class. It was not clear that this was a joke for approximately 45 seconds, and the most awkward silence I had ever sat through occurred.

    This year in AP Bio, our professor retired - but not before informing us that he looked forward to smoking a lot of pot now that it was legal. I think he was already doing that fairly regularly as it was.
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    posted a message on Real Life SCP foundation?
    Could something similar exist? Yes. I don't see it as remotely likely, though.
    Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
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    posted a message on Everyone's Religion
    Honestly, I feel bad for those that choose to accept the "answers" religion claims to provide. While it's perfectly fine for anyone to have their own ideas, it's just too bad that they would choose to take the easy way out by saying "Well, I don't know how the universe works, so...God!". Those people that choose to take an answer from a Priest or a Pope rather than think and figure it out for themselves cannot participate in the forefront and wonder of scientific discovery as our civilization inevitably develops. If anything, they can only be a hindrance by attempting to spread their unsupported claims.

    Think about this: various religions have cumulatively spent thousands of years suppressing discovery, science, technology, and development of civilization, even for all the good they have done. If this had never happened, thousands of years of brilliance could have been already exploited to get us, well, who knows where? We could already have achieved interstellar travel, colonized countless worlds, created sentient AI...the possibilities are only restrained by the limits of science.

    Looking at religion, I see nothing but wasted potential. Seven billion of us could be making new discoveries daily; instead, many spend hours of their weeks praising a deity they can't actually prove is there, let alone answer their prayers or manifest itself. The religious mindset as I see it is a trap: it provides a framework for illogical thinking. If one can accept God as truth without any evidence, what is stopping that toxic certainty from spreading to other facets of knowledge? Nothing, as FOX and the radicals that have hijacked the Republican party attest to daily.

    Part of a famous quote by Marx: "[Religion] is the opium of the people". While it may feel good and provide temporary relief, it is not actually solving any problems. Furthermore, it can become negatively addictive and be used to control unquestioning people. This can be seen especially in state-sponsored religions.

    Well, seeing as it is midnight and I have most likely thoroughly offended anyone with slightly religious leanings, I bid thee farewell.
    Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
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    posted a message on Barack Obama won. I now have a problem.
    They most likely repeat what their parents tell them. That is quite typical of children. Although I greatly disagree with Romney, I would encourage you to stand up for your viewpoints, especially if you can back them up - something your classmates apparently have trouble with. Just knowing that you (hopefully) think and make decisions for yourself should be enough to realize you're doing one better than the rest of them and get you through the harassment.

    Good luck!
    Posted in: General Off Topic
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    posted a message on Afterlife?
    I'm not going to believe until I have evidence. That's the only attitude that makes logical sense, really.
    Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
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    posted a message on Endlessly, Truefully Bored
    I don't mean to sound insensitive to any of your monetary problems, but have you considered saving / working to buy another computer of your own?
    Posted in: General Off Topic
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    posted a message on Your thoughts on my newest study?
    I'd be able to make a better judgement if I had more to go by. However, a few points of interest:

    -You seem to draw amusement from behavior which could simply be labeled as "trolling"
    -You have no immediately visible compunctions about posting a thread in which you depict yourself as a young victim of rape
    -You found yourself happier when you manipulated people, avoiding "legitimate" ways to obtain your goals (although legitimacy and ethics are relative to each individual)

    Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that you are a somewhat cynical, cold, and of the antisocial variety. Accordingly, manipulation may have very well been a good investment of your time as you may not find happiness otherwise.
    Posted in: General Off Topic
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    posted a message on Why do people still deny the fact of evolution?
    I believe that the main opposition to evolution comes from people not understanding what it really is. That, and they are just too stubborn (read: religious) to change their clearly illogical views.
    Posted in: Politics, Philosophy, News and Science
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