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  1. I think that would depend on just how agreeable @MarginOfError is to the acceptableness of the size of the error.
  2. As they are done in binary, decimal numbers can have round off error, as it is not possible to exactly represent a number like 1.1 in binary. However, fractions like 1/2, 3/4, 15/32 and so forth can all be exactly represented in binary. Of course that is only true if the denominator is a power of 2.
  3. I never said anything about every 4th year. I said on Leap year. Leap year is has 3 rules, none of them have anything to do with 200 year intervals. If the year is evenly divisible by 400 OR (it's evenly divisible by 4 and not evenly divisible by 100), then it is a leap year.
  4. You see the issue is it has a special kind of OCD, kind of like CDO only it likes to keep things in descending order which is why it has ODC. It calls it's self UTC because the letters have to be in the right order, only backwards Whatever you do, don't call it COD, no body does that anymore.
  5. "Who's with me?" Was referring to the calendar idea not the base 10 time idea. That comment about base 10 time was intended to mock those who who are so emphatic that metric is better because it is base 10. Really the most commonly used metric units are base 1000. Base 60 is far superior. After all 60 is a "Highly composite number", "Superior highly composite number", and a "Colossally abundant number" 10, 100, 1000 and all other powers of 10 are not part of any of those sets. But since this isn't a math forum I should probably shut up now. Chris W.
  6. If base 10 is so great, then why is there no metric hours minutes or seconds. How hard could it be. There could be 10 hours in a day, 100 minutes in an hour and 100 seconds in a minute. Then instead of 86,400 seconds in a day there would be 100,000 seconds in a day. But if you really want to improve things, we need a new calendar. Here is how it should work. There will be 13 months in a year. Each month will have 28 days. Those doing the math know that is only 364 days in a year. So the 365th day will be an international holiday and will not actually be on the calendar. On leap year it will be a two day holiday. With this calendar no one will ever need to ask, what day of the week is that? Because the first day of every month will naturally be the first day of the week (Sunday). So for the rest of time the 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd of every month will be on Sunday. So when you invite your friends over for your scary movie night party on the 13th of next month, they will know it is on a Friday because Friday the 13th will happen every month. Who's with me? Chris W
  7. I don't mean to sound harsh but that seems like a selfish desire to me. Even so, it's not hard to see the good the church does with it's money if you look for it.
  8. For those who haven't seen it yet, Elder Nelson gave a challenge to study the 2200 scriptures about Jesus Christ listed in the Topical Guide. I wanted to see if I could organize the information in a way to make it easier to study. Being a programmer I wrote some code to parse the 50 something TG entries about Christ and save all of the references in a database. I found 2227, however only 1648 were unique. So I created a table that has a row for each of the unique reference grouped by the topic they came from. I thought I would share that in case anyone else might find it useful. Chris W.
  9. I suspect the understanding of various types of government by the average US citizen in the 1780's was greater than the collective understanding of 95% of all elected officials today.
  10. I'm pretty sure I'm reluctant in my support of that federation, but I'm still going to try to get the Romulans to join
  11. I'm not sure how someone could desire something they don't understand. Gaining understanding of what government can and should do is the point of this post. So how about something specific that you think government can and should do?
  12. In the context I am trying to get to, the US constitution is both too specific and not specific enough. The constitution lists details (too specific) about how many congressmen and senators there should be, the frequency of elections for each, and many more details that are irrelevant to a discussion of how can and should government promote the gospel. I'm pretty sure it doesn't specify (not specific enough) what gospel principles the government can and should support. However I do agree that charity "mandated by legislation" is contrary to the principle of agency. As such it is closer to Satan's plan than God's. In the most recent conference Elder Dale G. Renlund quotes Elder Wilford W. Andersen of the Seventy “The greater the distance between the giver and the receiver, the more the receiver develops a sense of entitlement.” That does a good job of pointing out just some of the failing of charity as implemented by governments.
  13. Since it doesn't seem like anyone wants to be at all specific, here is what I think. Agency is the most important, if not the only gospel principle that government can and should support. However it is the tendency of all government to restrict agency on a regular basis. Even in the USA, where the phrase "It's a free country" used to be very common, agency is dramatically restricted. Laws and regulation at the federal level are so numerous and complex that the phrase "ignorance if the law is no excuse" becomes a ridiculous statement. In the USA it is 100% impossible to be anything other than ignorant of the vast majority of the law! One of the reasons for this is people don't understand just how important the principle of agency is.
  14. The community I live in is less than 0.5% members of the church, less than half of them ever come to church. The type of government you are talking out ignores that reality.
  15. I specifically didn't ask it that way because the reality today is not, and can not be, as it will be during the Millennium. For that reason I think the best government we could hope for today would be significantly different.
  16. A quick response to a few things. Thank you MrShorty for pointing out the more general way my question was worded. I don't mean this to US centric. However the government principles in the US Constitution are certainly worth using in this discussion and can apply to any country, state, or city government. Also thanks for bringing up D&C 134. I meant to mention that in my first post and point out that it lists several important things related to government. " We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them. . ." ". . . no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life." Actually it is kind of point less to try and pull short quotes out. Just read the whole thing it is only 12 verses. anatess2, I agree that the US Constitution is an inspired document created by men who, though flawed like all of us, were inspired by God. However I'm looking for more specifics on how different principles of government relate to the furthering of the gospel. In this discussion I think it is worth while to point out things that governments do that are contrary to the gospel and they should not do. Chris W
  17. Let me start of by pointing out I didn't title this post "politics and religion", although this discussion will certainly have political implications. I'm also not sure how to word my question, so please try not to get hung up on the wording I use, because I'm sure it could be asked in a better way. What can and should government do to "promote" The Gospel of Jesus Christ? I don't think promote is the best word to use. Let me be a bit more specific, I'm not asking if government should advertise/publicize the gospel. I'm also not sure the other definitions of promote quite fit either, but to "further the progress of" is the closest to what I'm trying to ask. By government, I don't mean any specific government, I mean to speak more generally. But I want to stay in the context of the realities of the world today. So obviously the governments we currently live in will affect the discussion. I'm hoping to keep this as specific and direct as possible. I think things that have an indirect affect are far too numerous and subjective. I think it would be helpful to list some gospel principles. Below are listed (alphabetically) some I think "might" apply to this discussion. Agency Charity (Pure Love of Christ, not giving to those in need) Forgiveness Fasting Faith Hope Law of Chastity Obedience Prayer Repentance Sacrifice Service (giving love, time, talent and or money to those in need) Tithing I specifically left off items that I feel certain government can't and or shouldn't be involved with in any way, such as baptism or The Gift of the Holy Ghost. Of course there are probably some on that list that shouldn't be, and most likely I missed some too. Finally I want to expose my motive for this post. I feel I may be too confident that my political opinions are correct, and think this could be a way to challenge that and learn something. At the very least I would like to be more able to make the case for my political opinions being consistent with the gospel in an intelligent and respectful way. Chris W
  18. I believe the reason most single sisters are not married is because they haven't met me.
  19. I think maybe they need one post with one like, another post with 2 likes, then 3 .... then a 12th post with 12 likes........ wait, that's the 12 days of Christmas..... never mind.
  20. I'm confused, is it NT's Little Pony or Zil's Little Pony? One thing I'm sure about; it's not My Little Pony Chris W