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General Discussion / Re: The Glitchy Thread of Topiclessness (#3)
« Last post by Raven Freak on Today at 10:43:48 am »
I'm with ISSOtm on this subject. Nothing lasts forever, and emulators are a great way to preserve old consoles that are obsolete. If you choose not to use emulators that's cool, but I don't think everyone should be banned from using them. Another reason why emulators are great, programmers who don't have the proper tools such as flash carts to test their games or demos out can rely on accurate emulators to test their games out. (Though you'd have to know which ones properly emulate the hardware you're coding on. It's far from the ideal method of testing, but it may be all the programmer has. I've been there before.)
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Art / Re: Random doodles
« Last post by Zowayix on Today at 09:32:42 am »
Getting back into working on Meow Launcher tonight. And you know what all software needs? An icon. So I made one. I'm too afraid of social interaction to get someone else to make me an icon.

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General Discussion / Re: The Glitchy Thread of Topiclessness (#3)
« Last post by Zowayix on Today at 09:30:23 am »
..Wha?

Evie, are you talking about making all emulators illegal for _everyone_, or are you just saying you're not going to personally use them?

If it's the former, then… no.
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Writing / Re: Ideas about science
« Last post by Quirky Flower Chicken ❤✿ on Today at 06:11:50 am »
Awesome post. I haven't processed some of it yet, but I may come back to analyse what you said later.

Overall, I find most of what you said to be... out there. I don't mean to be offensive, and also there is some definitive truth in what you said, but I guess I just don't share the same vision of things..?

It's OK.  :)
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General Discussion / Re: The Glitchy Thread of Topiclessness (#3)
« Last post by ISSOtm on Today at 05:33:26 am »
It's something I've thought about lots of times before, but I'm adamant about stopping emulators for good [...]
This is complete madness, and here's why: emulators are the only way to preserve history. The hardware decays, software also decays, but emulators keep being maintained, and go together with documentation. You could argue that documentation is enough, but how can you check it's not wrong if you don't put it into practice? Moreover, what good is the documentation if, god forbid, using it is illegal?
Companies make laws such that preservation is impossible so they can sell consoles such as Nintendo's "mini" models, but did you notice how glad they are the homebrew/emulation community did their preservation work in their stead? Nintendo used the iNES format (maybe they downloaded ROMs off of the Internet, maybe they just had the ROMs and used the readily available header format; I don't have proof of neither), Sony used PCSX2 ReARMed, and so on and so forth. They want it to be illegal for the customer to do themselves, just like they want people to have their approval before being able to criticize.
It's batshit insane, and personally I am adamant that emulation SHOULD be legal, as is downloading ROMs off the Internet if there's no way to get them otherwise. Because sure, Super Mario World is properly preserved, being sold in a ton of Virtual Console entries, but what about Ninja Turtles on NES? A lot of people played that game, it's fairly well-known, and yet Nintendo didn't bother re-releasing it.
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Writing / Re: Ideas about science
« Last post by ISSOtm on Today at 05:25:56 am »
Traveling to the past (or the future, for that matter) is impossible anyways due to violating the principle of conservation: if you exist at a moment T and not anymore at T+1, then the universe lost mass out of nowhere. (Additionally, if you didn't exist at time T but did at T+1, then suddenly the universe would have gained mass.)
The only possibility I see to travel through time is to have "inverse" causality from the very beginning, ie. go backwards in time, but from the very beginning.
I'm unsure how well this would work with our (mostly?) causal (again, from our point of view) universe. The more I think about it, the more awkward it seems.

Maybe free will doesn't exist, we don't really know. Here's an example: take any RNG running on a computer. It's fully deterministic, as TASes prove it time and time again, but humans can't comprehend it and so call it "random". It's not impossible that everything works in 100% deterministic ways, but since we can't wrap our heads around it - and legitimately, as it's a problem so complex that an entire universe is needed to run it - we call it "random", "free will", etc. On the other hand, quantum physics have a share of random in them, and maybe why things act consistently most of the time is because at such a large scale, outliers tend to blend in the mass. And "irrational decisions" (not behaviors!) could be explained the same way as rolling a fumble on dice.

Just to say, waves are not matter.

Experiencing time "slower" is when your brain focuses on something intensely, recording much more information about it. Usually information goes through the filter of our consciousness, and some things are dropped entirely to avoid being overrun with stimuli. Such situations causing "extreme knowledge" sounds more like the brain is thinking intensely, giving off a false impression. As for forgetting, memories are simply connections between neurons - so that when you remember about something, which activates the corresponding neuron, it also activates other neurons, which the memory "links". Example: when you remember about that dinner with your SO, the neuron representing your SO will activate, which will also send impulses to the neuron representing their parents, who were there as well, and so on.


Overall, I find most of what you said to be... out there. I don't mean to be offensive, and also there is some definitive truth in what you said, but I guess I just don't share the same vision of things..?
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Writing / Ideas about science
« Last post by Quirky Flower Chicken ❤✿ on Yesterday at 04:44:04 pm »
As someone is reported as saying:

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

(not that balancing the two is not important, it may be wise to balance them)

So what ideas have you come up with? :)

1 (I will post more of these if drawn to doing so):

People are keen on the idea causation cannot be violated. However, ideas may come when the opposite is also a different perspective of the same thing. Example: 'time travel to the past does not make sense'; there are multiple solutions that could make it work, one of them that there are many universes and your consciousness (or material (in terms of 'light' and 'matter') form as well) simply enters a new universe and perhaps in that universe time too only travels forwqrd. Another interpretation is that you are 'tranced out' and the ego (as some believe) is just an illusion also that, probably I have a soft spot for, is how travelling near the speed of light distorts both time and space. It may not be that you don't succeed in the travel, but rather your memories and cognitive state are also transferred, hence something mysterious happens like becoming someone or something else/death/(add your idea here if you like)

2. If free will and determinism are equally correct. Take something you love the most like a tasty treat; in one sense your particles made you do it (chemicals and matter in the brain, etc.). In another narrative, 'nobody cares about that', your heart made you do it. Is the 'subjective' heart and 'vacuum' a synomyn? Take the saying '1 plus 1 is 3'. Well if it is 'true' maths is an 'infallible' maxim, this can't be, yet the heart imagines it anyway, and it is 'true' if an equation from the future (+1 again) or 'a friend joins in' applies. Yet we insist time and space are different ignoring some theoretical physics ideas. If vacuums can create matter it says something 'strange'; it's not just random perhaps, but can be analyzed in the future as these things may be integral to time itself (e.g. double slit experiment and wave particle duality might come into this).

It's also thought provoking string theory and quantum stuff may not be what we think of as science (true and set whether you believe it or not), but duality may solve that. Some mathematical equations do in fact have more than one solution if time is not considered possibly.

3. If consciousness and dogma is a type of matter (wave), no matter what; and our perception of nature (while not necessarily true maybe) is that all things change; and balance out, creating an understanding of the opposite (according to Tao culture and yin/yang) you can't for instance stay in one state of mind forever; what if you got hurt? Also pain may be needed for greater happiness in the distant (but not near) future, and the proverb 'pride precedes a fall', as much as we may want to be happy, some believe in that all highs precede a fall. This could explain the phenomenon of evolution, because at one point bacteria were 'weak', at a later point they devloped resistance, and recently antibiotic resistance.

4. If 'time' can be compared to 'memory' in cognition whatever form that may be, and if these are linked. Sometimes (thanks one of my favourite YouTubers Sharkee!) subjectively we experience time slower if in mortal danger. If you were dead you perhaps would remember nothing, however, could time be excluded? To stretch that further do you truly ever forget? Some near death experiences report a mutual understanding of all souls and extreme knowledge, and I wonder whether time no longer occurs if we're dead, it then doesn't necessarily mean we know nothing just have no recollection if we are reborn in whatever way.

Thanks: News Scientist and spiritual circles who I've read a lot from, despite how I personally think New Age Movements and religion can (but it depends) be 'dangerous'. Also my sociology teacher. But I'm in no way wise.
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that's fair. I just feel like power users of... anything, really, are being caged in and forced to be end-users because some corp wants to keep some s**t, inferior code to themselves.

I relate with that. Again without the emotion in this case, it's bits in a computer. As with ownership in general this may be flawed; the idea that corporations can control who has the product (I.e  the end user must pay for it, or a license to one computer only, or they can only use it under certain other conditions) is like expecting just because you have food doesn't sadly mean you may cannot get robbed.) So in that sense ignorance is bliss, often it seems the most down to Earth people are more rational than those in power. Hmm.

Hm. I guess I'll keep it brief and just agree to disagree, as I've never thought about it much myself. At the very worst I feel like it could be a "park anywhere but leave before the tow truck" situation, but what you do is up to you.

That's all right with me!  :)
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Wiki Discussion / Re: The category that will never stop making me laugh.
« Last post by Sherkel on Yesterday at 03:42:00 pm »
Eh... might come in handy for later games?
But if it gets another member then it'll lose all its meaning to me! :P

(On a more serious note, I know there are a lot of small categories that may not be needed, but don't think removing them is a priority.)
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General Discussion / Re: The Glitchy Thread of Topiclessness (#3)
« Last post by Sherkel on Yesterday at 03:38:03 pm »
Hm. I guess I'll keep it brief and just agree to disagree, as I've never thought about it much myself. At the very worst I feel like it could be a "park anywhere but leave before the tow truck" situation, but what you do is up to you.
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