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  1. 3-day badges are 90% sold out! If you're planning to be there all weekend, get in now!


    1-day badges still plentiful, and flights+accommodation haven't gotten crazy yet. Still plenty of bargains to be had on Skyscanner and AirBnB!!

  2. 17 hours ago, NZT48 said:

    What do you call "controlled scientific conditions"?


    For instance... for the "Water into wine" trick
    - An empty room with no access to outside materials

    - Water supplied in transparent containers

    - If necessary, a workbench, but one with open sides for observation purposes

    - The performer to be searched for concealed apparatus, and not permitted to bring any equipment with them.
    - Analysis of the provided water for contaminants prior to supply, and during the procedure

    - Continuous observation of the entire room, and of the performer from arrival at the facility until conclusion of the trick, with constant video (visible and non-visible, eg. IR) and data recording.


    The idea is to eliminate the opportunity for the person performing the "miracle" to conceal their method, and for the observations to be recorded in a meaningful and reproducible manner.


    Which is to say, the CONDITIONS for the "miracle" are CONTROLLED.

  3. It doesn't strike me as thorough to look for confirmation of miracles only in other Abrahamic religions' holy books. Looking at the Quran (or, say, the Torah) as examples of "nonbiblical" sources is lawyering your way around the thrust of the question.


    Are Christ's so-called miracles documented in any scientific journals? Did he perform his miracles under controlled scientific conditions for impartial observers?

  4. 4 minutes ago, NZT48 said:




    How so?


    At least "There is a teapot orbiting Jupiter" is a claim that can be tested through observation. As inconsequential as it is.


    What does "seek and you will find" add to the discussion?


  5. On 7/24/2019 at 2:42 PM, NZT48 said:



    No. I have not read the Quran. I am providing a "nonbiblical reference re the man and his miracles" as was requested.


    "It talks about XYZ" is scantly a reference. "Seek and you will find" is as pointless a thing to say as "There is a teapot orbiting Jupiter. Prove me wrong."



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  6. 5 hours ago, NZT48 said:

     Some say "they are born that way", "they can't help it", "it's natural", "it's not a choice", but the fact that one wants to do something does not justify doing it. If I want to have sex with a woman who is married to another man that does not justify me having sex with her.


    If two people want to do something to each other, and they both consent, to whom must they justify their actions?


    Not me. Certainly not you. And definitely not to some unseen moral arbiter in the sky.

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  7. Israel's post is both broad and scathing, and your response was "Oh but he's just trying to warn and help people!", as if the buffoon has a shred of good intention in his body.


    First of all, social media is about generating exactly this kind of hype/hysteria, it doesn't matter whether it's positive or negative, people are talking about him, so he feels relevant, and will receive offers for paid promotion out of it.


    Secondly, there's an old saying that goes "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar". If Israel genuinely wanted to bring people across to his faith, there is plenty to love about individual church groups that would make a good sell. "Come to church on Sunday, there's music, it's warm and cosy, the people are friendly, and there's a place to sit down!" will convert more people than "BE ONE OF US OR BURN IN HELL". Posts like the one in your OP are NOT designed to warn/help people, they're there to be divisive and create controversy, and at that, Israel has succeeded.


    I wouldn't want somebody so petty and narcissistic working for me, regardless of the subject matter, and apparently, neither did Israel's employer. Organisation like Australian Rugby Union and the NRL want their players to be positive role models, not doomsayers.


    It speaks volumes that the ACL is standing behind Israel, rather than distancing themselves. It's not about the good that individual churches do for their communities, it's about trying to be the state sanctioned morality police.

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  8. 15 hours ago, Rybags said:

    I don't get it - "Twitch bitrate is 3000-3200kbps. "  which equates to about an 8th of the best-case scenario of ADSL2+

    Though more realistically just under a third if you get 10 mbps.


    The problem with cellular data is it's so variable - get a few others on it and you'll probably plunge below ADSL2+ values.

    And regardless, the ping time isn't setting the world on fire (going on memory here).


    I just ran a quick SpeedTest here - got 2.25 Meg/sec worth of torrent going as well and got a 6 ms ping and the DL speed reflected the remainder of my capacity.


    Download speed, sure. The upload speed of ADSL2+ is only 1Mbps, that's the kicker.

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  9. I moved to an apartment complex which is yet to receive NBN connectivity. I have the option to take up ADSL2+, but even best case 24/1 is unusable for me, given my Twitch bitrate is 3000-3200kbps.


    So I had to look at wireless.


    I've settled on a prepaid data-only plan with OVO, an Optus reseller, at $99/mo for 500GB.  Not the best value, but also not the worst. 


    The device I purchased was a Netgear Nighthawk M2 from Telstra, outright and sim-unlocked, at a cost of around $300. It came with 100GB of data on Telstra's network, which has lasted me just over 2 weeks with deliberately frugal use.


    I was apprehensive at first, but I think the results speak for themselves, and it's only going to get better when 5G comes along.




    Would I prefer a fixed-line connection? Of course I would, if not just for the quota, but for the lost packets performance and having a real IP address.


    Can I "make do" with 4G for a few months up to a year? I think so.

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  10. Another year, another pilgrimage to the gaming motherland.


    Who's going this year?


    I've got my 3-day pass and flights sorted, so I'll be there with bells on. HBU?

  11. So seemingly out of nowhere, it became popular to RolePlay on GTAV, using this modding platform called FiveM.


    I've been getting in to it, and helped produce some quality content.


    How about you guys? Anybody getting in on it?


    Also I'd be keen to here thoughts on why this 10 year old game became popular all of a sudden!