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by Silas
Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Exile the Obama way
Replies: 48
Views: 5149

Re: Exile the Obama way

But surely then the appropriate action is to more thoroughly search their persons and baggage, and maybe assign an armed air marshall to their flights. Or, in extremis, have an F-14 follow the airplane, just in case. If the no-fly list is meant to be a punitive measure, then people on it have to be ...
by Silas
Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians
Replies: 72
Views: 12779

Re: Report says drones are traumatising Pakistani civillians

As to a possible solution to the short term problem of terrorism? Insurance policies. Take the money spent on the war on terrorism, and spend it instead on premiums for an insurance policy for the victims of terrorist attacks. The amount of money that it takes to compensate victims of terrorism(pol...
by Silas
Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 6809

Re: What's the average value of a currency?

Can you say exactly how you used the GDP to weight the currency values. I took the nominal GDP (in USD) of each country, multiplied that by the value in dollars of one (pound, euro, rupee, what have you), summed that up, and divided by the sum of all nominal GDPs (of countries included). I can prob...
by Silas
Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's the average value of a currency?
Replies: 21
Views: 6809

Re: What's the average value of a currency?

The question as posed has some problems with its definitions. The Vietnamese đồng is worth something like $0.005- but the smallest coin in circulation is 200VND, and the smallest change it's even putatively possible to make is 100VND (by shuffling 500s and 200s). Is it really meaningful to talk abou...
by Silas
Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alleged criminal ordered to surrender password to hard drive
Replies: 48
Views: 7603

Re: Alleged criminal ordered to surrender password to hard d

Huh, a computer is an extension of one's brain. Forcing someone to unlock a computer against their will is slippery slope to mindscanning them and retrieving their memories against their will when such technology becomes available. I am firmly against the judge's decision. If they don't have enough...
by Silas
Sun Jan 22, 2012 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Multicellular Life Evolves in Laboratory
Replies: 26
Views: 5822

Re: Multicellular Life Evolves in Laboratory

Also, I'm not sure how much this tells us about the initial evolutionary transition from uni- to multicellularity. Especially since the ancestor of Saccharomyces is believed to have been multicellular itself. That was my thought. Isn't it likely that what's happened in these yeast cultures is a rea...
by Silas
Sat Jan 21, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 82964

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

I'd like somebody to be found guilty before he's censored, and even then it's something to be extremely careful about. Nobody's being censored here. Business assets have been seized, the same as if the DEA found out that a stationery shop was actually a front selling blotter acid. I'd say it's rath...
by Silas
Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 82964

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

As long as we're resetting, I'd like to go back and object to the first page's (and thread title's) fixation on there not having been a trial, yet. A trial isn't some talismanic ritual that's required before the legal system can do anything (you're thinking of due process, which is currently underwa...
by Silas
Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 82964

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

[Malice]'s not saying it has no bearing, just that it has no one-to-one correspondence: Things can be legal and moral [eg. giving to charity], legal and immoral [eg. adultery], illegal and moral [eg. smoking pot, perhaps] or illegal and immoral [eg. murder]. That's not what he said. He said moralit...
by Silas
Sat Jan 21, 2012 4:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 82964

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

The question, then, is whether morality follows the law or whether morality dictates a specific set of limitations on the respect someone must pay to an author's work, limitations which may or may not coincide with the law. The former possibility--that morality follows the law--seems absurd to me. ...
by Silas
Fri Jan 13, 2012 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reigious institutions exempt from discrimination laws
Replies: 36
Views: 5986

Re: Reigious institutions exempt from discrimination laws

Because being a Baptist is fundamental to being the leader of a Baptist church. I forget the legalese, but you are allowed to discriminate when the discrimination is part of the function of the job. E.g., you can refuse to hire a scrawny woman for the position of bouncer, you can refuse to hire old...
by Silas
Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iran Captures US Stealth Drone
Replies: 73
Views: 9197

Re: Iran Captures US Stealth Drone

All they did was receive (and then maybe apply a simple decode to) the non-encrypted RF video transmission. Using a $25 piece of software, if I remember correctly. Seriously, unencrypted video transmission? That's inexcusable from a wireless webcam, much less a UAV. The way I heard it, the military...
by Silas
Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Junior High B-Ball 100-2 Carnage: Mercy Rule?
Replies: 27
Views: 3391

Re: Junior High B-Ball 100-2 Carnage: Mercy Rule?

I think we've had pretty much this exact thread before. It might be interesting to see whether the forums' attitude now matches its then.
by Silas
Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Recovering from an apocalypse...
Replies: 41
Views: 7924

Re: Recovering from an apocalypse...

Don't think about casualties and expertise lost, think about how you'd plan for the aftermath. There's gonna be somebody left alive and cogent with at least some theoretical authority*: what plan is he going to use his power toward? * In the US, there are seventeen people in the Presidential line of...
by Silas
Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 231784

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

A stock is a portion of ownership in a company. If I have X% of a corporation's stock, then by definition I have X% ownership of that corporation. So why wouldn't I expect to see X% of the corporation's profit? If I manage to buy all of Corporation Z's stock, I now own Corporation Z. All of it. So ...
by Silas
Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia
Replies: 75
Views: 8542

Re: 5.9 magnitude earthquake in Virginia

People on twitter might be joking, but in all seriousness, we would see a bigger boost in spending and hence economic growth if the earthquake had done more damage. link Destruction is prosperity. A disaster averted is a disaster in its self. Or so says the Nobel Prize winner. Fucking broken window...
by Silas
Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 297589

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I'm disappointed. I thought this was going to be about next Tuesday's election, when I'm working in the polls. But I guess nobody cares about the vote on the Republican candidate for sheriff or the uncontested races for the county supervisor nominations.
by Silas
Sat Jul 23, 2011 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Government has secretly been loaning bail money
Replies: 36
Views: 4002

Re: US Government has secretly been loaning bail money

Princess Marzipan wrote:I think the thread title is ambiguous. There are like, at least eighty Governments.

That's what you think is ambiguous about the title?
by Silas
Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Robbery averted, life in prison for excessive force
Replies: 128
Views: 13594

Re: Robbery averted, life in prison for excessive force

There was a thread about this, back when the shooting was in the news. You can't look at a man lying unconscious in a pool of of blood, walk behind the counter to get a fresh gun, come back, shoot him five times in the gut, and expect to beat a murder rap.
by Silas
Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

If someone politely passes me a pamphlet I disagree with, or, in fact, tries to talk to me in public, I will probably ignore them. I might shoot them a bird. I might even set up a counter protest. But I will not try to convince this person that they must shut up , or convince other people that this...
by Silas
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

I may have clipped your words, but I don't think I butchered your meaning. You said that you were especially worried about this kind of religious activity because- I'm interpreting here- you can't convince people that giving someone pamphlets that upset him, or giving their neighbors pamphlets that ...
by Silas
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

You were the one who said you couldn't bring people around to your view, not me.
by Silas
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

I'm prettymuch saying that ... this is more worrisome than other activity because it's ... harder to make someone understand [it's] wrong. So the reason you don't like it is because you can't come up with compelling enough reasons for not liking it? (edit: ugh, this is like four edits now, trying t...
by Silas
Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

Zamfir, I wasn't really planning on talking about lawsuits this much- it was just supposed to be a throwaway to turn "force" into more syllables, because the sentence didn't sound right. But if you don't think there's at least one case to be made that would force Ms. Kitchen out of her sho...
by Silas
Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

Why the lawsuits? It's not a lawsuit to point out people who are dicks who do things things they shouldn't do. Things can still be nasty even if they do not cross the line of illegality. I'm thinking of lawsuits as a still-unsatisfactory alternative to force on the part of people who want Ms. Kitch...
by Silas
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

Nobody's taking anyone's livelihood away. Yes actually. If she was bullied out of a marketplace, someone was. Namely, the people doing the bullying were taking her livelihood away. I...don't know how that's not clear. She wasn't, not that it matters. If a social-pressure campaign succeeds, you get ...
by Silas
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

Nobody's taking anyone's livelihood away. But caring about the sensibilities of other people is the very definition of civil.
by Silas
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets
Replies: 424
Views: 30951

Re: Pagan targeted by religious leaflets

Isn't that a big part of the problem? That everyone is getting pamphlets explaining how she is bad? It's a fundamental right of civil society to denounce things and people you think are wrong. If she were running a sketchy dog-breeding operation,- instead of a (witch)craft store- wouldn't it be pla...
by Silas
Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Dept. of Education Raids House Over Student Loan Fraud
Replies: 20
Views: 3024

Re: US Dept. of Education Raids House Over Student Loan Frau

Why does the DOE even need its own enforcement agency ? Because nobody else is going to take their warrant seriously. Local PD is going to say, 'we have better things to do with our time and money than search a house to make a case so that your agency can make a case and recover funds.' State polic...
by Silas
Fri May 27, 2011 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his friend
Replies: 138
Views: 11881

Re: 16 Year old charged with murder after cop shoots his fri

I'm curious how long after the robbery this shooting happened. Because I don't think gets-killed-in-a-shootout-when-a-cop-tries-to-arrest-him is intimately enough connected with the original crime for the felony murder rule to apply.
by Silas
Fri May 27, 2011 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 664
Views: 259639

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

There was this Russian short story I had to read for one of my exams. ... Anybody know what it's called, or who wrote it? Is it A Clump of Lilacs by Alexander Kuprin? http://worldlibrary.net/eBooks/WorldeBookLibrary.com/clumplil.htm It is! Thanks so much. This has been bugging me, on and off, for m...
by Silas
Sun May 22, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Right to Lie
Replies: 45
Views: 4986

Re: The Right to Lie

So, in summary, guy is a bastard, is caught being a bastard, and attempts to make a bizarre legal argument to distract us all from what a huge bastard he is? I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything here. The thing is, his legal argument isn't really that bizarre. It comes down to, he hasn...
by Silas
Sat May 21, 2011 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Right to Lie
Replies: 45
Views: 4986

Re: The Right to Lie

I'm pretty sure neither clears the bar for fraud. The issue, basically, is that neither the trucker in the bar, nor my ∆∆∆-obsessed boss, thinks he's getting something of value in return . It's not like impersonating a doctor, where your patients aren't getting the qualified attention they think the...
by Silas
Sat May 21, 2011 9:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Right to Lie
Replies: 45
Views: 4986

Re: The Right to Lie

Personally, I think the revision they mention at the end of the article is probably the most important. It shouldn't be illegal to lie, and if he's going to fight for veterans rights under the pretence that he was a veteran once then sure, whatever. But as soon as he gets anything that isn't his du...
by Silas
Wed Apr 20, 2011 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 664
Views: 259639

Re: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic

There was this Russian short story I had to read for one of my exams. It was about a student at the University who, for one of his exams, had been told to draw a map of the facilities. While he was drawing it, he spilled a drop of ink, and decided to embellish it into a picture of some lilac bushes....
by Silas
Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Clash of civilizations
Replies: 348
Views: 23068

Re: Clash of civilizations

Forget the putative raping and murdering. Piracy all by itself is a big fucking deal. These guys tried to kidnap a bunch of sailors. There aren't mitigating circumstances that make it appreciably less bad. He's doing it to survive? He's stealing bread because he's starving, like Valjean? Bullshit. T...
by Silas
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acoustics: principles, resources?
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Re: Acoustics: principles, resources?

Great! That's exactly what I was looking for. I'm not really concerned with practical uses- not only does the math look wicked complicated, but I don't have any near-term projects that call for it. The thing was, I was seeing these counterintuitive outcomes I just couldn't (still can't) grok. Meanwh...
by Silas
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acoustics: principles, resources?
Replies: 4
Views: 862

Acoustics: principles, resources?

Backdrop: I've gotten into my head recently the idea of casting a bell. Now, I've made a cursory look into it, and it looks like that would be the culmination of a ten-year, $20,000 hobby- not something I can seriously contemplate starting right now. But reading about the mechanics of how bells are ...
by Silas
Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The most uncounted cost of Endless War
Replies: 48
Views: 4566

Re: The most uncounted cost of Endless War

Not only is it obviously unconsitutional to take action against Koran Burners, I'm 99.8% somewhere in the constitution makes it illegal to enact laws or take official actions against specific individuals and organizations. So this intention is doubly illegal. Article I, Section 9. The part about Bi...
by Silas
Wed Mar 30, 2011 6:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements
Replies: 18
Views: 2449

Re: The Falklands considering annexing West Bank settlements

I thought this was a hilarious parody at first- especially because of the bit about "three sides" in the first paragraph. Now I'm just disappointed. Curse you, mods.

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