Khadim uz Zahra

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  1. Although I'm not American, I have actually followed the health care bill closely and the only thing I'd disagree with is the above. Even if your Senator is a Democrat, you should still contact them as they can use the large number of petitions as proof of the bill's unpopularity in public debate. Also, there are always a few Senators in each party who don't toe the party line and vote with the other party because of either a difference of opinion or backroom dealings and they should also be reminded of what you want.
  2. Except, if you read my post, it's very clear that the use of an external graphics dock allows you to play with all those things - a surround sound system, a proper desktop GPU, a big screen and everything else you might want - but, on top of it all, allows you to then take the same machine and all of your data and documents and then go to work/university with only the hassle of unplugging one cable. It's not either this or that. It's more either this or this and a bit of that.
  3. There's a difference between basic Photoshop functionality and even advanced usage. More importantly, though, video editing is a whole 'nother can of worms and even the best of PCs will take a long file to just compile the end product of editing. And, again, plenty of processing power and RAM = gaming machine. The only difference is a gaming machine will also always have a GPU and GPUs are immensely helpful in video editing - because that's kinda their thing - especially nowadays when a lot of OSes and third-party software use hardware acceleration. To add to that, I don't know how intensive his hacking is but compiling code can sometimes be a bit CPU-intensive, though I can't imagine that being as big of a deal, unless he secretly works at Microsoft and is creating the next version of Windows. :P
  4. Yes, I know what external GPUs are. In fact, if you read my post right above yours, you'll see I even mention them extensively. My point was that you can't do it on 'almost every' laptop found today so your suggestion for him to just buy any laptop with an i7 and he can "always add a 2GB external graphic card later" was incorrect.
  5. You would obviously plug it in when gaming. Unless you plan on gaming while walking, you can find a place to charge almost everywhere these days. Plus, the other benefit of a gaming laptop, especially these days when Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C is a thing, is that even a laptop with a relatively weak graphics card (or, even no graphics card) can push games at desktop fidelity with the use of external GPU docks. Even a laptop i5 is more than enough for gaming these days and the only concern people used to have was heat, a large part of which will also be offset because the main source of heat during gaming (the GPU) will be outside the laptop and have a large enclosure for it. So, why buy two different machines when you can just buy one, use it for travelling around and doing your work, then plug in into the dock at home and play games 90% as well as you would on a desktop? You save both money and time. @DigitalUmmah This isn't just a nerdy debate between me and him. This is useful information for what options you have and also kinda what I'm looking for you, though the higher-end systems run a bit higher in cost as these technologies are still very new.
  6. Uh...there's no such thing as laptop graphics cards anymore. Nvidia's graphics cards for laptops are, nowadays, the same as their desktop counterparts, with a few changes to accommodate the thermal limitations, of course. Then, there's this: That's Nvidia's top of the line desktop graphics card on a laptop that's only 2mm thicker than a MacBook Air. Gaming laptops have made huge strides in the past few years and while I would have touted the superiority of desktops for gaming alongside you just five years ago, I think things are very different today.
  7. Why not just buy a souped-up desktop, then, as its unlikely you'll be hacking and editing video on the subway. Most likely, you'll do that at home, no? So, just get a good desktop and a cheap laptop for on the fly stuff if you need it - and I can help with the selection.
  8. No, you can't. You can't add an external graphics card on almost the entirety of the laptop catalogue available today.
  9. It's not so much a marketing gimmick as it is simply an acknowledgement of the fact that gaming requires a ton of horsepower, especially in a laptop where you have a very small chassis and a ton of heat being generated in that small area, which means the company's have to find innovative ways of cooling the thing. Of course, adding a gaming brand does allow them to get away with adding one or two bells and whistles intended for gamers and charge a $100-200 premium but that's often a fraction of their total price and they're never going to be low priced because they can't be low priced.
  10. That laptop is wayyyyyy out of your budget. And, you don't necessarily need an i7 for video editing but, either way, you defintely won't be editing videos very well on an Intel Celeron processor (which is what the £200-300 machines you linked to contain). So, make a choice on whether you want to increase your budget or not do intensive tasks like video editing. Gaming laptops are generally designated so because they are more powerful than what you'd find in most machines. Of course, once a laptop has been designated as being fit for gaming, it usually also comes with a few bells and whistles and some branding associated with gaming but it's mostly just a sign that they're more powerful than the bunch - and come with the dedicated graphics card.
  11. Who said so? The thread is almost entirely all about condemning him. But, here, I'll do it for you again: I condemn Tawhidi. Happy?
  12. Majlis literally means 'sitting' and is derived from the Arabic word jalasa (to sit). In a religious setting, especially in the Indian subcontinent, it's used to refer to a religious gathering or a lecture.
  13. I was listening to a lecture yesterday and the scholar had a very interesting story to share (I don't know the history of it and haven't authenticated it but even if it was a fabrication - and, I trust the scholar that it's not - it still makes sense all the same): He was talking about a saying from Imam Ali that Muslims should be careful of having the Qur'an in their hands but letting others walk in its path. To make the point, he referenced some Grand Rabbi from Israel. When the state of Israel was created, people came to him and asked him to help create the most magnificent synagogue under his supervision, one that would put any mosque, temple or church to shame. And, the Rabbi replied by asking them what they thought the worth of such a synagogue, even if he made one entirely out of diamonds, would be in the eyes of God, He who created the Universe? The scholar finished by saying that these Jews instead invested their money in education and, so, walked in the path of the Qur'an, while we are still stuck a century behind them. It's a very potent story and contains within it a very useful lesson for us. In general, we need to stop spending so much money on beautifying our mosques and, instead, spend it on things which actually matter, which the Qur'an commands us to do, helping the orphans and the needy, educating those who don't have the means to do so themselves and so on. Your prayer will be just as valid in a mosque made of stone bricks as it will be in a mosque with all the flashy chandeliers that mosques today have come to adorn.
  14. I didn't say the article disputed what you said, though your use of language is most definitely imprecise and problematic. I said the two links were relevant and useful. Secondly, I'm not familiar with the jurisprudential process so I can't tell you what the scholars who allow the use of vaccines think of the issue. However, I would like to point out that even in the case of the vaccines you mentioned, no babies are being aborted today. Bioologists today simply makes copies of the cells obtained those 40-50 years ago and simply keep making copies of those original cells. No babies are being aborted today. Thirdly, there is a large difference between 'consuming a baby' and consuming a tiny cell harvested from a baby, just like I'm not exactly eating you if you give me a bone marrow transplant or a kidney.
  15. This might be a useful reference on this issue: It's a statement from the Vatican regarding the creation of vaccines using embryonic fibroblasts. It must also be noted, however, that only a few vaccines actually employ the use of such fibroblasts and not all vaccines require the use of one. This article explains the issue in simpler, layman's terms: