Kreistor wrote:BEEEEP!!!! Wrong answer. Can't delete it (unless you're an Administrator, which gives you a warning if you try, but permits it). Everyone can test this themselves. Create a dummy text file. Browse to it, and set the Read Only flag. (On Windows, open My Computer, surf to your Documents, right click, choose properties, check Read-only. Close properties, and try to delete. You can't.)
Huh. When I tried this before I posted, the file deleted just fine, at least on my machine on Windows 7. Then again, I probably have admin-level permissions, just like the Titans do.
They are literally running in God mode. You can't argue that the can set the 'do not change' flag and then can't unset it. That's ridiculous.
Kreistor wrote:Hindsight. Titans have to predict the flaw without seeing it in action, based on pre-implementation design. Parson sees the system after it has failed for however long it has run. Anyone can see a program's bugs once it's compiled and running, but programmers rarely can write a flawless program first time. That others can see the blatantly obvious bugs afterwards doesn't make them as smart as the programmer that wrote it and failed to predict those bugs.
So, the Titans designed it, but never asked themselves 'how do we win' until after they started running it. And yet, they can predict the outcome of introducing a single chaotic external element into the system and know that this element will allow for a final victory condition. But they can't know exactly how Parson is going to win, because if they did, they could just inspire different units to perform the exact same actions without Parson prompting them to. Oh, and they can't destroy the system they created, because they took that power from themselves and they can't give it back.
It's all so clear to me now.
Kreistor wrote:Look up "idiot Savant". Being capable of amazing mental tricks doesn't make you smarter in general than someone else.
So, you're conceding that they're idiots?
Housellama wrote:It's been almost two full pages now of back and forth between you two, and the language is escalating dangerously. This doesn't feel like a public debate anymore.
Don't worry, Llama. There's no danger of escalation. I had honestly assumed almost everyone else on the forum stopped reading after about Kriestor's 2nd paragraph in the original post. Kreistor clearly enjoys obsessively responding point-by-point to lots of issues on the forum, and since this is his baby, he's doubly compelled.
Rob has already spelled out as a Word of God that Erfworld is not a game. Period. Full Stop. Kriestor isn't a Tool, so he probably hasn't heard the audio clip, but it almost doesn't seem fair actually invoking the direct recorded quote of the author just to win this argument. So, Kreistor and I are just having fun, and we'll continue to have fun. I'll taunt him, he'll taunt me, we'll both take it in good fun, and the rest of the forum will (quite sensibly) continue to ignore this thread.