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by Bharrata
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 293901

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

Terry Oldberg, while I think some of your criticisms of the predictive capacities of climatology are relevant and well-founded, having looked over your essays I feel that there are a couple problems with your analysis. This is in response to the more substantive piece from http://judithcurry.com/201...
by Bharrata
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 122158

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

Merely claiming self defense does not provide immunity from prosecution. Obviously. Yes, clearly the incident will still be investigated and in this case there really wasn't sufficient evidence for a prosecution. My point was that SYG played a role in the verdict whether the lawyers used it or not:...
by Bharrata
Thu Jul 18, 2013 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 122158

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

The instruction is general and in this case the "duty to retreat" part clearly does not apply because of the way the defense narrated the events. All these news articles that say the Stand your Ground law was the problem are bullshit. That law did not come into play here, assuming you bel...
by Bharrata
Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Head of Zetas Cartel captured
Replies: 34
Views: 11725

Re: Head of Zetas Cartel captured

Still ironic to hear about a health scare in drugs lol. Why ironic? Most drugs are not in themselves that harmful to your health unless taken in massive doses or used habitually over long periods of time. The drug war perversely promotes overuse ("quick, use as much as possible before someone ...
by Bharrata
Thu Jul 18, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 122158

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

While I think race may have played some sort of role in the profiling of Martin, generally speaking most young men get profiled as trouble makers or threats by older adults, especially when they're not incredibly clean cut, they're walking around at night, and the adult doesn't recognize them (even ...
by Bharrata
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Spying Internationally, Cooperates with UK, Can, Aus, NZ
Replies: 64
Views: 12090

Re: NSA Spying Internationally, Cooperates with UK, Can, Aus

Would people be as upset about this if the surveillance were conducted by an organization such as INTERPOL or a UN agency dedicated to signal analysis for the purpose of identifying terrorist and/or criminal activity? Yes, especially the americans. They'd scream murder over those damn euros trying ...
by Bharrata
Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Spying Internationally, Cooperates with UK, Can, Aus, NZ
Replies: 64
Views: 12090

Re: NSA Spying Internationally, Cooperates with UK, Can, Aus

Would people be as upset about this if the surveillance were conducted by an organization such as INTERPOL or a UN agency dedicated to signal analysis for the purpose of identifying terrorist and/or criminal activity?
by Bharrata
Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Abortion Laws
Replies: 223
Views: 28329

Re: Texas Abortion Laws

No, I'm saying an abstinence-only framework heightens the emotional investment whenever you get around to it because by then it's been hugely built up socially and in your head, and given that most people's first relationships/sexual pairings are sub-optimal, this heightened emotional investment le...
by Bharrata
Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Abortion Laws
Replies: 223
Views: 28329

Re: Texas Abortion Laws

Hard line approaches to sex before marriage or abstinence, imo, tend to lead to all sorts of issues in relationships where too much emotional investment is put into making it work with the first person that it happens with over the long term, when most young people are really just looking to get la...
by Bharrata
Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Abortion Laws
Replies: 223
Views: 28329

Re: Texas Abortion Laws

CorruptUser wrote:...yeah, that's why I said the pressure in either direction is wrong and the pressures don't cancel each other out.


I suppose I was just trying to reinforce how they magnify each other, and point out the common root of their wrongness. Not saying you were wrong.
by Bharrata
Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Abortion Laws
Replies: 223
Views: 28329

Re: Texas Abortion Laws

OTOH, there is a bit too much pressure in our society as is for guys to have sex "to be a man". Any pressure on sex in either direction is wrong, IMHO, and 'abstinence only' pressure does not cancel out 'macho' pressure. Abstinence-only makes the pressure you're pointing out worse, by tel...
by Bharrata
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Abortion Laws
Replies: 223
Views: 28329

Re: Texas Abortion Laws

It is good to remember that most advocacy for "abstinence only" sex ed is for the purpose of promoting a sexual ethics that prescribes no sex before marriage. I think a broader outcome of the loss of this ideal in contemporary culture is that we now have happier relationships, though they ...
by Bharrata
Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Abortion Laws
Replies: 223
Views: 28329

Re: Texas Abortion Laws

Sex ed is not quite the same thing as violence prevention. Pretty much everyone is in favor of preventing violence, including rape. Sex ed should be promoting an understanding of options. Neither of these things prevents work on the other in any way. I'd just like to point out that sex ed and viole...
by Bharrata
Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 82280

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

As I understand it, it means it's less "NSA has a direct pipe into every company's internal data and can pick and choose private data as it pleases", and more "this is a system to help automate the sending of requests for information". It's like the difference between a new poli...
by Bharrata
Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 82280

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

The part I quoted said that PRISM exists because FISA "constrained" their advantage since it required a warrant and confirmation that they were non-US citizens. Presumably this implies that PRISM gets around those problems. "Targeted individuals" just sounds like "interesti...
by Bharrata
Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 82280

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

The large scale data gathering from companies like Verizon (the original leak) pertains to metadata. The PRISM program involves getting the stored content of email, chat, etc. from companies like Google, Facebook, et al with a warrant. No, that was FISA. As the original article quoted: The presenta...
by Bharrata
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 82280

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

Are they? The leaked slides indicate that they include all sorts of data, and doesn't seem to mention metadata at all. It says "stored comms" and "email, chat, video , photo", etc. The large scale data gathering from companies like Verizon (the original leak) pertains to metadat...
by Bharrata
Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrists
Replies: 240
Views: 82280

Re: PRISM: NSA access to big tech companies because trrrrist

Also, the Guardian was the same news source that provided the Verizon thing. How do they even get this stuff? It's all been broken by Glenn Greenwald . He's been writing on abuses of power in the name of the War on Terror for years. I imagine he has his sources and is visible enough that whistleblo...
by Bharrata
Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: THE MADNESS GOES
Replies: 315
Views: 60738

Re: THE RECKONING COMES

Who says you need boobs to enjoy wearing pink furry handcuffs?
by Bharrata
Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: THE MADNESS GOES
Replies: 315
Views: 60738

Re: THE RECKONING COMES

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by Bharrata
Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I Shouldn't Have To Say This
Replies: 2609
Views: 356330

Re: I Shouldn't Have To Say This

cphite wrote:"You cannot plug the power strip into itself."
- Me, to the executive vice president of the company where I worked, on why his computer wasn't starting despite being plugged into the power strip.

"It's a plug isn't it?"
- The executive vice president.


Science disagrees.
by Bharrata
Fri Mar 29, 2013 5:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever
Replies: 31
Views: 7106

Re: 300+ GB/s DDOS attack against Spamhaus: Largest Ever

The main problem about this attack is it introduced a new form of DDOS, apparently related to Open DNS recursors. There's nothing new about it: the attack itself was a completely standard distributed reflected denial-of-service attack, using DNS resolvers as amplifiers. This sort of attack has been...
by Bharrata
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Windows Calculator "invalid input for function"
Replies: 18
Views: 16171

Re: Windows Calculator "invalid input for function"

Uhh, I'm a bit confused by your post. I think you have some typos or something. (2^3)*(10^9) is the number of bits used, not the value of the largest number. It's also not very big (~8 billion). The largest number is you can store in a gigabyte of memory would be 2^(2^3 * 10^9) - 1 for an unsigned ...
by Bharrata
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What if you knew all of the prime numbers (up to some N)?
Replies: 5
Views: 6825

Re: What if you knew all of the prime numbers (up to some N)

For the primes, in theory, I think what you're looking for is the Sieve of Eratosthenes.

This method runs into memory space issues for sufficiently large primes so, just to point you to a specific useful wiki citation, an optimized algorithm using "segmented sieves" can be used.
by Bharrata
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Windows Calculator "invalid input for function"
Replies: 18
Views: 16171

Re: Windows Calculator "invalid input for function"

You don't need a calculator to do that. You do need some more specifics if you're curious about what is the largest number your computer can represent with one gigabyte of memory. If you don't care about how they're being represented and just want to know what the value is then I'd hand-wave and say...
by Bharrata
Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty
Replies: 324
Views: 43911

Re: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty

That's my core point: if you're poor unto starving, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I find it interesting that although the many Americans, especially on the right, are fond of market theories positing rational actors, that few of them seem to apply that theory to those who are poor -- i.e., to suppose that...
by Bharrata
Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty
Replies: 324
Views: 43911

Re: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty

Perhaps a more generalized form of the title would be: "Privilige: Still Invisible to the Priviliged"

Because really, politicians are just a sub-group of the group of individuals modulo poor individuals. The group operation is "bootstraps", of course.
by Bharrata
Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Superrationality
Replies: 73
Views: 15094

Re: Superrationality

You guys seem to be arguing about the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma, rather than the classic version. The long-time individual champion of IPD is the Tit-For-Tat strategy in which the "player" is set to choose the nice, non-damaging option and from then on echoes the opponent's choice. This ...
by Bharrata
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Superrationality
Replies: 73
Views: 15094

Re: Superrationality

The problem is two-fold. Superrationality assumes/argues that people are or can be logical at all times. Doubtful without strong evidence - which brings us to problem two. Information is always asymmetric, that is to say, even IF individuals could be logical at all times they would still come up wit...
by Bharrata
Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 542969

Re: Religion: The Deuce

You speak of logic as if it is a thing , as if the fact that, say, [it can't be true that the sky is blue and the sky is not blue ] is true in virtue of the fact that a certain object, logic, exists and has certain properties. But I don't think many philosophers would view the situation this way, a...
by Bharrata
Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 542969

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Yes, you're right, God could use his powers to get rid of his powers. It's paradoxical in the context of Abrahamic conceptions of God. It would cause God to no longer be God. Maybe Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra was about how God came over and drank with him one night and told Fred that he had ...
by Bharrata
Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 542969

Re: Religion: The Deuce

God has the ability to do anything. He can use this ability to limit his ability to do anything (because one of the powers under the subset of 'All Powers' is 'The Power To Not Have All Powers'). He doesn't have to 'find' a limit; He just has to say 'I will use my powers to create a limit'. Upon do...
by Bharrata
Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 542969

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I don't understand why you think an omnipotent being couldn't put something beyond their power (and in doing so, cease being omnipotent); it seems like quite an easy thing to do! This implies there was a limit to their power to begin with, in which case they were never omnipotent. In other words, i...
by Bharrata
Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 542969

Re: Religion: The Deuce

If God (or anyone for that matter) chooses to do some action and does so then by any meaningful sense of the words "choice" and "action" he cannot simultaneously not have performed the action. Sure, God is omnipotent and immediately after the act he can define the act as "n...
by Bharrata
Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 542969

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Part of my problem here might be that I cannot bring myself to see the rules of chess existing outside of anything more than our perception of the rules of chess. Change our perception, and you have changed our rules. Change reality so that reality no longer reflects the universe where the rules of...
by Bharrata
Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14727
Views: 2253486

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Firstly let me say that I found this post very interesting, and I am almost disappointed not to be able to respond to all of it in my post. Well thank you very much for that! :D But I have heard the position almost reversed by some other people: i.e. Eastern thought parses religion and philosophy a...
by Bharrata
Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14727
Views: 2253486

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

To be fair, Religion and Philosophy are the same words in the Far East, To be fair, I think this is a common, perhaps hypocritical, misconception Westerners have of East Asian thought. Unless I'm wrong and they are literally the same words in Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese or existentiali...
by Bharrata
Mon Nov 05, 2012 3:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 873,000 Jobs in September
Replies: 127
Views: 15848

Re: 873,000 Jobs in September

Did you just compare my right to a free trial with what you call your "right" to better healthcare? Explain to me how you can have a right to ANY healthcare when you require someone else's service? Do you have a right to someone else's labor? You certainly have a right to ASK for their la...
by Bharrata
Sat Aug 18, 2012 9:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 15046

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

... I'm afraid of Syfi channel's hack writers reading that article. Data being stored in the biological structures that determine a cell's development. Clearly this is the setup to Syfi Original Movie "4Chan Escapes the Internet." where a well meaning but otherwise bumbling grad student d...
by Bharrata
Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)
Replies: 84
Views: 15046

Re: Tech News (Remember, Religious Wars Is Thataway)

In other news: some guys stored 700 terabytes of arbitrary data in a gram of DNA . I logged in to post this story, damn you Gadget! Here's the beginning for the lazy Saturday-ers among us. A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — aroun...

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