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by StevenR
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?
Replies: 71
Views: 14731

Re: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?

Will any computer capable of passing the Turing test be able to handle sarcasm? There are people I know that can barely do that.
by StevenR
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24413

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

Because the money they get from kickbacks, bribes, campagin contributions, lobbyist jobs waiting for them, and knowing which stocks are going to be affected by upcoming legislation just isn't enough to pad their nests. EDIT: I forgot getting lucrative contracts for companies owned by spouses, Sorry.
by StevenR
Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24413

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

No. I would pay Congress a stipend, give them base housing on one of the many military bases in/around DC, medical care on post, and cover their Congress-related expenses. Anything beyond that comes out of their pocket. It should be an honor to serve their district, not a free ride to more perks and...
by StevenR
Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (MI4)
Replies: 5
Views: 2926

Re: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (MI4)

It didn't do that much for me, which was disappointing, but I think I have unreasonably high expectations for MI films. Basically I don't really want an action film, I want an espionage/heist type movie, and that's just not the direction the series is going. The finale, for me, shouldn't be a big a...
by StevenR
Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24413

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

I'm alright with congresscritters getting paid while in office. I'm just oppossed to anyone on Capitol Hill (or the White House, or the SCOTUS) getting another dime in pension or benefits after they leave office.
by StevenR
Tue Apr 17, 2012 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nuclear energy
Replies: 545
Views: 88169

Re: Nuclear energy

But those people vote too. That's the problem as I see it. Even if the facts about whatever issue at hand are available and able to consumed by the general public, many people vote emotionally instead of rationally. Candidate Jones explains how nuclear power works, the good, the bad, the ugly, and w...
by StevenR
Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Sexual Revolution And Children's Education
Replies: 64
Views: 13335

Re: The Sexual Revolution And Children's Education

[snip]

... Child rape and/or molestation is an automatic trip to a ditch on the side of the road and a bullet to the brainpan.

Yeah, this isn't what Serious Business is for. All subsequent replies deleted.

- Az
by StevenR
Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Intelligent space dinosaurs: How worried should we be?
Replies: 22
Views: 4720

Re: Intelligent space dinosaurs: How worried should we be?

Two things the movie Evolution taught me. 1) Aliens arriving from outer-space strapped on to an asteroid to invade our planet, come as non-carbon-based lifeforms vulnerable to anti-dandruff shampoo and unable to respire using the gas blend of our atmosphere 2) The black dude dies first. 3) There's ...
by StevenR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your 2012 Political Ad idea.
Replies: 40
Views: 7034

Re: Your 2012 Political Ad idea.

Hi, I'm Mitt Romney. Do you enjoy paying 4 dollar a gallon gas and higher prices for everything because of higher gas prices? If so, please vote for Obama again.
by StevenR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Sexual Revolution And Children's Education
Replies: 64
Views: 13335

Re: The Sexual Revolution And Children's Education

So, in conclusion, I'm even more in favor of teaching kids everything about sex that they can understand, including that they really really really should be in no hurry to experience it themselves. Which is counter to everything they experience culturally. Music, TV, movies, every other message kid...
by StevenR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24413

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

Yes, the Founding Fathers were clear in what was expected. Unfortunately, the public learned to love being bribed with their own money.
by StevenR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living alone: anecdotes and such
Replies: 69
Views: 13274

Re: Living alone: anecdotes and such

It just saddens me that kis these days aren't learning the classics.

I'm not certain I want to live in a world where Nigel Tufnel isn't known. That is most certainly not a world that goes to 11. :cry:
by StevenR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24413

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

A) It's not their money to just give themselves. It's your money they took from you
B) Politics was supposed to be a part time gig, not something that required a pension
C) Even if the pension was there to allow politicians to go into public service after they retire, they aren't doing it.
by StevenR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24413

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

If she had a pension, Kate would be maybe more inclined to take the teaching job or hit the lecture circuit. Except that they don't. Congressmen retire, take up the lobbyist gig, and still collect their pension. The intent was someone serve their community in Congress and go home when they were don...
by StevenR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 385759

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

"Don't be afraid of numbers. Analysis without data isn't analysis; It's an opinion."
by StevenR
Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living alone: anecdotes and such
Replies: 69
Views: 13274

Re: Living alone: anecdotes and such

Damn. I was hoping someone would get the Spinal Tap reference.
by StevenR
Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24413

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

I know. I mean, who could possibly foresee that a lobbyist would wine and dine a congresscritter and give them a huge "campagin contribution", write the legistlation for Congress, because it is so technical and whatnot, and then be surprised when that industry benefits significantly from t...
by StevenR
Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution
Replies: 235
Views: 24413

Re: The 28th Amendment to the US Constitution

I would make three changes: 1) All laws sunset after ten years. If it was a good law, it will be easily passed through the legistative system again. If it wasn't a good law, it probably won't. 2) 4/5 of both houses are required to pass anything. This means no more laws strictly on party lines. 2a) A...
by StevenR
Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living alone: anecdotes and such
Replies: 69
Views: 13274

Re: Living alone: anecdotes and such

SecondTalon wrote:That's because you're sexist.


[Nigel]
What's wrong with being sexy?
[/Nigel]
by StevenR
Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Worst thing you've seen in a lab
Replies: 256
Views: 231167

Re: Worst thing you've seen in a lab

I took a marine biology class in high school. We were discecting some kind of shark that had a mouthful of small, backward angled, sharp teeth. One of the mouthbreathers doing time in school because he was too young to go to state prison thought it would be funny to jam his finger down the shark's m...
by StevenR
Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How long until 'Peak Science'?
Replies: 75
Views: 38293

Re: How long until 'Peak Science'?

@StevenR GE can't patent FTL particles, and Merck can't patent the knowledge of how life began. They could patent ways to generate FTL particles or new ur-life. And even if they effectively owned those things at first, patents expire, so they'd only own them for a couple of decades. But they can pa...
by StevenR
Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How long until 'Peak Science'?
Replies: 75
Views: 38293

Re: How long until 'Peak Science'?

I don't know that there is such a thing as peak science. Oil is a finite resource, but there will always be something new to discover about the universe. That said, I do think the low hanging fruit of science has been picked clean. We're past that point where some man could consider the universe, do...
by StevenR
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A world without war
Replies: 40
Views: 7182

Re: A world without war

That's really the next part of the article: sometimes wars are stopped before they really finish anything. The Falklands reached an end point of the previous status quo, so nothing was really resolved. Had the British decided to solve the question once and for all by forcing a peace treaty with Buen...
by StevenR
Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How has food brought different cultures together?
Replies: 4
Views: 1713

Re: How has food brought different cultures together?

I think trade is a bigger factor, food being a part of it. For example, the spice trade was the primary reason for the age of Exploration and Colonization. Exactly. Trade and war. US troops go to Italy during WW2 and bring home pizza. Coca-Cola is the world's most well-known brand, even in places t...
by StevenR
Thu Nov 10, 2011 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?
Replies: 123
Views: 27535

Re: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?

So we're at the point where money really doesn't exist and neither does barter because of unlimited resources? Who cleans the toilets in that society? Without pay of some sorts, all of the truly unpleasant jobs that get done now simply won't get done. For every ten people that now have the free time...
by StevenR
Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A world without war
Replies: 40
Views: 7182

Re: A world without war

Have there been any wars between two fully democratic (by modern standards) nations? I can't think of any off the top of my head. Come to think about it, have there been any wars between communist nations? The first one is always mired in debate about the exact meaning of democracy. The Kosovo war ...
by StevenR
Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 39632

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

When it comes to the state exercising any power at all, we should be extremely careful because A) there are always unintended consequences and B) the rights of the individual often get trampled in the name of the "greater good." My body is my own, not the government's to do with as some be...
by StevenR
Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 39632

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

So because it hasn't happened it means it can't happen? I don't trust any government entity enough to assume that there will never be mission creep and that once the public gets used to by default donation that it can't expand to a few new areas here and there.
by StevenR
Thu Jul 14, 2011 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No Country for Gentleman Scientists
Replies: 43
Views: 10087

Re: No Country for Gentleman Scientists

Stephen Hawking doesn't leave his chair, does not do science in a lab with big shiny eye-protectors on, but I would go so far as to suggest that he may also be a gentleman scientist. Yes, but how much of the work of theoretical physicists and string theorists is based on the work of other scientist...
by StevenR
Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: No Country for Gentleman Scientists
Replies: 43
Views: 10087

Re: No Country for Gentleman Scientists

A "gentleman scientist" is more or less a scientist who is financially independent. This is, I think, practically nonexistent in the modern day and age. It's been a while since I've heard of any researcher who wasn't working under a financially-capable institution. Of course, these scient...
by StevenR
Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 39632

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Under this plan of mandatory enrollment, is there an upper limit to what can be taken? What is to stop the state from saying, "you know what, we need cadavers for medical school gross anatomy classes. Since we're already harvesting the bodies after death, this is pretty much the same thing so w...
by StevenR
Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germany?
Replies: 101
Views: 15663

Re: Which WW2 battle was more instrumental in defeating Germ

I'd say the monumental turning point of the war happened back in 1939 and had nothing to do with Germany. At the same time Germany and the Soviets were raping Poland, the Soviets and Japanese were fighting a brutal border war in Manchuria. The Khalkan Gol (or Nomonhan depending on source used) campa...

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