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kahudd2000 (157 D)
18 Aug 15 UTC
Where it went wrong
I thought I remember a proposed series called "Where it went wrong" or something like that.

Did no one have a game they wanted dissected? Because I wouldn't mind submitting some of my gunboat play to criticism.
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A_Tin_Can (2249 D)
19 Aug 15 UTC
Live game this Friday?
see inside!
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Hamilton Brian (717 D (B))
19 Aug 15 UTC
Sources of Tension
An exploration of those positionings that test an alliance. Feel free to add your thoughts, views, observations, etc. If you shit though, clean up after yourself.
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Ogion (4378 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Welcome back party!
Friends,

I've been away for the last six months, and I thought I'd throw myself a little welcome back bash.
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ckroberts (3548 D)
05 Aug 15 UTC
The Mountain Game 4 rules discussion/sign up thread
The Mountain Game 4 will commence soon.
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Rodgersd09 (100 D)
17 Aug 15 UTC
"A good games" was cancelled - Do any players know why?
Damn - I was enjoying it as well!
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Constitutional Rights for Embryonic Americans?
In the GOP debate last Thursday, unsurprisingly, abortion was a point of discussion amongst candidates. Obviously they were all pro-life to some extent or another, but Mike Huckabee went so far as to say that abortion was already illegal, because unborn children have the rights to equal protection under the law and due process. Right from conception, they have constitutional rights, he argues.

Regardless of your position on abortion, is this a valid argument?
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Jamiet99uk (202 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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Mafia
I'm getting sick of muting Mafia threads. Can someone launch a separate site for them or something?
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ssorenn (3173 D (G))
14 Aug 15 UTC
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Changes to site policy--
With this gunboat tourney going on, I think there should be a change to a site policy. ----see inside---
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
15 Aug 15 UTC
sex slavery in IS
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/sex-slavery-adopted-and-codified-by-islamic-state-1.2317309
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2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
12 Aug 15 UTC
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2015 Gunboat Tournament
See inside.
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DeathLlama8 (524 D)
15 Aug 15 UTC
What do people use to adjudicate F2F games without a board?
Fairly self-explanatory, really. Backstabbr doesn't really work for me.
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Eadan (454 D)
15 Aug 15 UTC
We need someone to step in as Egypt
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=164461#votebar
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King Mischief (108 D)
15 Aug 15 UTC
world take over-4
come join world take over-4. I'm some what new to the game so, it could be easy $$$.
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Stubie (1817 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Cutting Convoys
Is it possible to stop a supported convoy (where the fleet convoying is supported) with a supported attack of equal support, thus not dislodging the convoying fleet?
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Lebosfc17 (20 D X)
14 Aug 15 UTC
To The Mods
Does anybody remember DC35?
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Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
I need help with a research paper!
It's due tomorrow night and I have to do a 12-15 page paper on how the internet of things and the third industrial revolution will affect society and more importantly the work force and employment.

I'm up to around 10 pages and I have no idea what to write for the last 2.
And no, increasing the font size of each period isn't allowed.
jmspool (100 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
What have you talked about so far?
Randomizer (90 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Write a conclusion where you analyze what you wrote in the other 10 pages. Repeat key points and information from before to emphasize and pad it out.
TrPrado (441 D Mod)
14 Aug 15 UTC
And use a lot of quotes.
jmspool (100 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
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Oh, and don't forget Skynet.
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
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Try to tie back to earlier work forces and how they developed, and try to draw on similarities, use the word 'circular' and end with something almost cynical but enlightening.
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
+1 jmspool
Comment of the Year Nominee
TrPrado (441 D Mod)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Research paper you say? Good thing my first hour is...AP RESEARCH!!!!!!!!! (Not even joking.)
Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
I've given the history of the previous revolutions and how they affected society and extrapolated that to predictions about this one.
I've talked about robotics making a predicted 45% jobs become outdated.
I've talked about the technical aspect of it.
I've talked about how jobs that remain may be changed and be more efficient. (and more stressful for the employees)
I've talked about how the job bias that is shifting towards the social commons will shift even more.
I've talked about how workers will begin to develop a different skill set from the practical, hands-on skill a lot of the current work is based on.
Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
"end with something almost cynical but enlightening. "
YES. that is very true.
Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
I'm at the point where I've brought up the movie Wall-E.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
14 Aug 15 UTC
>Zultar's Face When people ask for homework help last minute on the forums
https://tinyurl.com/nssbflw
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Try talking to the rising population in West Africa and Asia, and how industrial markets there won't grow unless political progress is made, which is impossible until Western society gets their own political situation under control which won't happen because their markets aren't strong enough to support the country.

Endless cycle, only broken through spectacular scientific innovation. War is also an option, those are our final 2 reset buttons.
Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
That's actually not a bad idea. I can cover the politics on how setting up and building a shared decentralized system across countries is unlikely, especially in places like Africa.
Have you talked about Artificial Super Intelligence yet? Though Yanik may have an idea there.
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
"That's actually not a bad idea."

Yeah my reputation involves cats, the word no, and quotes from obscure movies. I probably need to do something about that.

Good luck!
rote (38 D X)
14 Aug 15 UTC
You could throw in some stuff about how between higher and higher capital costs, and the high yield of financial investment, we're bringing back the crises of overproduction (see China right now, it's when prices drop so low that the rate of return on producing goods falls below that of putting it into banks, and businesses stop spending on actually doing anything) that we used to see before we cracked down after the Depression.

Or how the massive energy use and expenditure through logistics is making fuel and energy even more important, and how energy from fossil fuels is now replacing not only the energy from human labor in industrial production, but the energy from human labor in services and administration - and how all that ties into climate change and potential energy crises coming up.
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Maybe even involve human morals/ethics/values and how we might see some changes in what we find important. Also, go into Nuclear Power, you can talk for HOURS about how brilliantly brilliant and brilliantly flawed nuclear power is.
rote (38 D X)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Get a block quote from Marx or Smith or someone, if you think you can analyze it in a way that fits into the rest of the paper - that could take up a paragraph or two, and make you look well-read.
TrPrado (441 D Mod)
14 Aug 15 UTC
If all else fails, quote source material you've previously used a number of more times and connect it around and make it relevant. That'll work.
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
I think he's got enough for two pages from this thread. our work here is done :)
ND (879 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Flum have you written a conclusion? Ideally for a paper this size you will have a 2-3 page introduction followed by 7 pages of evidence, citations, supports and then 2-3 pages of a conclusion summing up everything. Make sure you support you thesis throughout.
ND (879 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
my "r" key never seems to work. Apologies.
TrPrado (441 D Mod)
14 Aug 15 UTC
It worked just then you liar.
zultar (4170 D Mod (P))
14 Aug 15 UTC
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I... don't have a response for this. Is it that difficult to be responsible and get your shit together?
Son, I'm disappointed in you.
ND (879 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
sometimes it doesn't work unless I press it really hard.
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
love you Zultar
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Please donate to 918-555-0197 for a pants fund for ND. his seem to be on fire
Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Thanks guys!
Also, I haven't written the conclusion yet, but I assumed it would be a page and accounted for it in saying I have 10 pages covered.
My intro is only a page though. I'm too concise of a writer to draw things out.
TrPrado (441 D Mod)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Quotes!! Other writers draw it out for you.
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Prado and i quote one another very often. As a wise man once said, let "other writers draw it out for you."
MarquisMark (326 D (G))
14 Aug 15 UTC
Check the latest issue of the Atlantic. There is a long article about This topic and one of the interesting points was about automation leading to a post-work society where leisure becomes more important in our lives. It ought to be good for 2 pages.
MarquisMark (326 D (G))
14 Aug 15 UTC
I think it's the July 2015 issue, actually.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
14 Aug 15 UTC
If I were you, I'd make sure it's not too one-sided. Be sure to mention the positive aspects, all the wonderful opportunities and such, then argue why none of that matters because ...
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
14 Aug 15 UTC
High school librarian here. On summer break. My instinct is to yell at you for putting this off until the last minute but since I'm bored I'll bite.

What's your research question? Do you have theme or argument to your paper, or is it just a string of tenuously connected ideas and topics under the vague umbrella of the "internet of things?"
In a sentence, give us your paper's main point.
JamesYanik (548 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
America is AWESOME
orathaic (1009 D (B))
14 Aug 15 UTC
'Humans need not apply' sounds like it relevant, and i suspect give grey's reputation is well sourced, so you could cute it fairly easily...
orathaic (1009 D (B))
14 Aug 15 UTC
*cite it, even.
Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
I've almost finished it. Just need to do the bloody annoying reference formatting.

I decided to cover the security and potential fall-backs for relying on the technology too much and a bit of the political situation needed to actually create a global system of things connected to the internet for it to be of practical to use in the workforce. (and anywhere)

@2ndwhiteline:
Lol, if you call finishing it up the day before/day of being last minute, then you should know this is a big improvement for me.

My theme was how human culture and society will potentially change (specifically focusing on employment) if the internet of things takes off. That is, an energy and logistics internet being merged with our current communication internet where every practical item is connected in a single decentralized system.
My argument was basically the token, "There are pros and cons, but either way it will be different if it takes off." and "It's up to the individual to adapt to make the best of it." and somewhat cheesy lines like that.
Ah, I would have gone with the dichotomy of advancing technology either to immortality or possible extinction. Also, I would talk about advanced virtual reality and sex robots.
Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
One of my classmates did his paper on Oculus Rift which is basically virtual reality.
I could have mentioned that sex robots may put brothels out of business and maybe stop the sex trafficking. They probably wouldn't though.


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4-8-15-16-23-42 (339 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Question- Help
See below.
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general (100 D)
13 Aug 15 UTC
Quick live game
Join my quick live game: http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=165983.

Haven't played in years and want to get back into it :)
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
13 Aug 15 UTC
Messed up, two 13 year olds tired as adults
m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7979942?cps=gravity_5540_1138476008340655834

So teenagers brains are different from adult brains; that is a reason why we don't let them drink or drive... The frontal lobe which controls will-power and executive function ( ie decision making ) continues developing until about 25.
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
11 Aug 15 UTC
Risk taking
http://youtu.be/vBX-KulgJ1o
Great video, but the first thing i think of is relationships, (and given that i was recently dumped, this is no surprise) Naturally you could also apply this to diplomacy; but the probabilities get a little messed up, and in Dip not taking a bet means taking a different course, which may also be risky.
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
10 Aug 15 UTC
Snowden Interview
Recent interview with German tv, apparently not shown in the US and not available on youtube?? m.liveleak.com/view?i=f93_1390833151

He makes some interesting points...
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fulhamish (4134 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Climate change - another feedback loop
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150805140254.htm

Time to recalibrate those models..........................again
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Jamiet99uk (202 D)
13 Aug 15 UTC
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The death of the republic
http://diprepublic.net/?reqp=1&reqr=

Oh no. How sad.
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Tru Ninja (1016 D (S))
05 Aug 15 UTC
ESPN Fantasy Football Signups
For those that will play only ESPN league, post interest here. List your preferred draft day (I prefer late preseason Saturday or Sunday around 1 p.m. Central Time

1. Tru Ninja (Sat Aug 29th or Sun Aug 30th)
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Thucydides (869 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
GRE scores
What's a good score? Share your score too, if you feel comfortable. I just took the test this morning
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alulahello (0 D X)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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halloween costumes 2015
I know, 3 months early blahblah. But I'm bored and I want to talk about Halloween.
Some people are into crazy Costumes and go all out to make them. Brainstrom ideas for costumes and how to make/obtain them. What are you thinking of going as?
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goldfinger0303 (3200 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Opposite Gender Friends leads to Lower Academic Performance
Interesting paper I'm reading right now. Not completely done with it, but its methodology seems sound.

http://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/app.20140030
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ssorenn (3173 D (G))
12 Aug 15 UTC
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this is interesting--watch the video
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/08/10/everyone-fails-to-ride-this-bike-you-would-too-this-is-what-it-tells-us-about-the-brain/
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P13ANATOR (100 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Hi I am new, quick question
I am starting a game with some friends, can you play with less than 7 people? If so, is anything different compared to a full game? Thanks :-)
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