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  Suicide machine draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral show
Posted by: ShineCero - 04-18-2018, 02:40 AM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (4)

Quote:A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at a press of a button went on display at Amsterdam funeral show on April 14.

Called the "Sarco", short for sarcophagus, the 3D-printed machine invented by Australian euthanasia activist Philip Nitschke and Dutch designer Alexander Bannink comes with a detachable coffin, mounted on a stand that contains a nitrogen canister.

"The person who wants to die presses the button and the capsule is filled with nitrogen. He or she will feel a bit dizzy but will then rapidly lose consciousness and die," said Nitschke, who has been dubbed "Dr Death" for his work to legalise euthanasia.

The "Sarco" is a device "to provide people with a death when they wish to die," Nitschke told AFP.

The inventors put a model of the device on display, together with a set of virtual reality glasses to give visitors a true-to-life experience of what it would be like to sit in the pod, before ultimately pressing the button.

Nitschke said he aimed to build the first fully-functioning pod before the end of the year.

After that, the design will be put online as an open-source document for people to download.

"That means that anybody who wants to build the machine can download the plans and 3D-print their own device," Nitschke said.

Asked about the controversy surrounding euthanasia and legal hurdles, Nitschke said: "In many countries suicide is not against the law, only assisting a person to commit suicide is."

"This is a situation where one person chooses to press a button... rather than for instance standing in front of a train."

"I believe it's a fundamental human right (to choose when to die). It's not just some medical privilege for the very sick. If you've got the precious gift of life, you should be able to give that gift away at the time of your choosing," Nitschke said.

Thousands of visitors flocked to the annual Amsterdam Funeral Expo at the city's famous Westerkerk, where all the latest trends in death, such as biodegradable coffins and a hot-rod funeral hearse were on display.

But the "Sarco" drew large crowds, many of them morbidly curious to try out the device's chair and virtual reality glasses.

"It was really an experience and a strange thing to see. But very pretty and calm. You see the moon, you see the sea. It's very calm," said Piet Verstraaten, 52, from the eastern Dutch city of Venray.

Others, however, were not impressed.

"Well, I think it's quite silly. It's stupid. I don't get it. I'm not interested in a real 'Sarco'. No," said 52-year-old Rob Bruntink. — AFP Relaxnews

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  Dragon Ball Heroes
Posted by: ShineCero - 04-07-2018, 03:28 AM - Forum: Modern INKers - No Replies

[Image Coming Soon]

Dragon Ball Heroes

Dragon Ball Heroes is the re-imagination of the Japanese arcade carddass game of the same name. First released in November 11, 2010, the series had spawned different medium based on the game; including several comics (Victory Mission, Charisma Mission, Super Dragon Ball Heroes: Dark Demon Realm Mission), ported to the Nintendo 3DS game (Ultimate Mission), events on Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle (JPN) and recently became available in merchandises. 

The purpose of this fanfiction is an attempt to turn the animated introduction of Dragon Ball Heroes into a comprehensive, action-packed story, following the main protagonist, Beat, in a, rather, creative continuity (snipping from various mangas and Ultimate Mission if I felt can contribute the story somewhat and it make more impactful). The second reasoning is to expand my creative writing of constructing dynamic fighting in explicit details to push my limited descriptions further in my own stories. You can think of this creative work as a project of self-improvement. 

You do not need to watch any extra supplemental material to understand Dragon Ball Heroes, as any basic viewing of Dragon Ball (whether manga or animated format) should be sufficient. I will include sources and information as fun little tidbits things I include in the story; none of it enhanced the story at anyway but it something to add a little trivia every now and then. Thank you for taking the time to read this fun little project and I hope you enjoy what I have in store, for this story and future ones.



Earth Mission Arc



*Information about West City is drawn from the Daizenshuu 7 Geographical Dictionary, translated by Herms. 

*The President of Capsule Corporation first appeared in the episode 64, the finale of Dragon Ball GT. She is the mother of Vegeta Jr. According to Herms and TheDevilsCorpse, neither her name nor age are specified in the GT Perfect Files or anywhere in the Japanese version of the cartoon [1].

*Telecommunicated Satan-style Martial Arts Course and Pan Fighting Network is drawn from timeline of the now defunct Dragon Ball Online, translated by both Herms and TheDevilscorpse [2] [3] [4]. "....Purchasers of the “Satanic Martial Arts Correspondence Course” begin demanding their money back en masse, complaining that the course hasn't made them any stronger. Disgruntled costumers storm Satan’s house, only to be beaten back by Pan. Pan’s handling of the situation becomes big news, and so the “Satanic Martial Arts Correspondence Course” is revived with Pan as the instructor."

*Certain keywords, phrase and names will drawn from their Japanese spelling, rather than FUNImation names.

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  Facebook Acknowledges It Has Been Keeping Records of Android Users’ Calls and Texts
Posted by: ShineCero - 03-28-2018, 03:14 AM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (9)

Quote:On the same day that the state of Illinois sued Facebook over its alleged misuse of data that allowed Cambridge Analytica to download information on more than 50 million users, Facebook confirmed that it had been collecting and storing call logs and text message metadata for millions of Android users.

Last week, one user who downloaded his data to learn what Facebook knew about him in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal found that the company had a record of the date, time, duration, and recipient of calls he had made from the past few years. On Saturday, the tech news site Ars Technica published an account of several others—all Android users—who found similar records.

In response, Facebook published a post Sunday denying that it ever logged call or text history without a user’s permission. But it did acknowledge that it was collecting and storing these logs, attributing it to an opt-in feature for those using Messenger or Facebook Lite on an Android device. “This helps you find and stay connected with the people you care about, and provides you with a better experience across Facebook,” the company said in the post. “People have to expressly agree to use this feature.

“We introduced this feature for Android users a couple of years ago. Contact importers are fairly common among social apps and services as a way to more easily find the people you want to connect with.”

Ars Technica refuted their claim that everyone knowingly opted in. Instead, Ars Technica’s Sean Gallagher claimed, that opt-in was the default setting and users were not separately alerted to it. Nor did Facebook ever say publicly that it was collecting that information. “Facebook says that the company keeps the data secure and does not sell it to third parties,” Gallagher wrote. “But the post doesn’t address why it would be necessary to retain not just the numbers of contacts from phone calls and SMS messages, but the date, time, and length of those calls for years.”
On Monday, in response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the Federal Trade Commission announced it was launching a probe into Facebook’s privacy practices. 

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Thank god I stopped using Facebook Dank

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  Vulcan Bride
Posted by: LoopyPanda - 03-23-2018, 04:48 PM - Forum: Modern INKers - No Replies

Hey all! I'm back with a short story one-shot. This is part of a 1000-word writing exercise, so don't expect a series out of this (I actually nearly reached 3,000 words!)
I took two prompts that were generated and mashed them into one: "Your character gets married" + "your character fights kaijus for a living". Hope you enjoy it all the same knowing I slightly spoiled it.

Basically, with this approach, I took a bit of artistic liberty with it and didn't really go along with realism for this one. I kind of messed with the laws of physics/gravity but in the end I wanted to achieve a comical fantasy type of thing. I'll probably update this thread with cover art of some sort eventually.

Hope you enjoyed reading!

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  Aye lmao
Posted by: Raditz - 03-19-2018, 09:29 PM - Forum: Introduction & Commencement - Replies (5)

Awkward moment when it's your third comeback


For all you new peeps who don't know me or longtime members that don't remember I'm Raditz. I've been RPGing since 2011 when I was on another forum (lol) and then moved here when my homie Shine invited me.

I'm back and not leaving cuz this time I'ma not be a forgetful dummy. Plus I'm discord so I'm sure someone will @ me lmao. 

Nice to see y'all again and glad to meet some new homies. If you're down to talk I gotchuuu.

Black Hug

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  Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
Posted by: ShineCero - 03-14-2018, 06:03 PM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (1)

Quote:World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76.

He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday, his family said.

The British scientist was famed for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.

At the age of 22 Prof Hawking was given only a few years to live after being diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease.

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The illness left him in a wheelchair and largely unable to speak except through a voice synthesiser.

In a statement his children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.

"He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years."

They praised his "courage and persistence" and said his "brilliance and humour" inspired people across the world.

"He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever."

A book of condolence has been opened at Gonville and Caius College in Cambridge, where Prof Hawking was a fellow.


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RIP  Sad You're part of the universe now.

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  Can a superhero participate in the Olympics?
Posted by: ShineCero - 02-26-2018, 02:43 AM - Forum: Discussion Table - Replies (1)

Take two different scenarios:

First Scenario:

A regular man suddenly breaks his limits during Track & Field competition, easily out speeding other runners and broke practically all records. Will his accomplishments be met? Assuming that the officials had clear him from any foul play (such as dopping, enhancements, etc), will his record-breaking feats will be accepted? Or thrown out because, after that point, it would be practically impossible for anyone to accomplished that (under the assumption that man is the first and last person to do so)? 

Second Scenario:

Suppose a man gain superhuman-like strength, should the man be allowed to participate in the Olympics? If not, would this be considered discrimination? Why or why not?

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