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by arbiteroftruth
Wed May 30, 2018 8:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 870535

Re: Police misbehavior thread

↶ On a side-note, it's this sort of overly-zealous 'determination to label as a victim someone who does not see themselves as a victim' and 'determination to be offended on behalf of someone who was not offended' that drives a wedge between the right and left - and has produced the backlash that, i...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed May 30, 2018 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 117
Views: 2685

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

(foregoing quote boxes because A: I'm on my phone, and B: in my time zone it's 3 am and I have work in the morning) First, I think that in the descriptivist sense, the original sociological meaning of the word 'gender' is largely irrelevant at this point. I think the divide on the subject comes down...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue May 29, 2018 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 117
Views: 2685

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

But I'm pretty sure they are usually neither trying to describe their sex nor to describe society's application of gender constructs to them, but rather applying a gender construct to themselves, which is in the same category of "accepting something as money": it's not something you can b...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue May 29, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 117
Views: 2685

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

Pfhorrest, you seem to be taking an overly binary approach to the notion of something being objective vs. socially constructed. You say, on one hand, that a social construct is arbitrary and with no underlying reality. On the other hand, you say that race is a social construct simply by eliminating ...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 24, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

I have a job that doesn't particularly involve public speaking or performing in any way, and yet there is a clause in my employment contract to the effect that if I cause a big public controversy around myself such that it becomes a political statement simply to keep employing me, then I can be fir...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 24, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

Sports has always been full of politics, because it is so visible. You think Jackie Robinson wasn't political? If you truly believe that sports shouldnt have politics at all, then shouldnt you be advocating for the removal of the Pledge entirely ? I'm not saying there shouldn't be any politics in s...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 24, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

The President's staff is political, that's not really relevant. It's not just that they are telling them not to make political statements, it's that they are telling players to make a specific political statement while silencing another. It was established above that everything is political. If you...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 24, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

The fact that they are granted special protections by the government and receive government funding specifically for promoting the DoD means that there may very well be a free speech issue, and they aren't allowed to silence people. If you are forcing people to make a political statement, you autom...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 24, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

They're professional performers who are on the clock. There's nothing unreasonable about saying "no politics on the job", particularly when it results in boycotts from a non-trivial chunk of the audience. As Thesh already mentioned, banning protests is already including politics on the jo...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 24, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

And? Yeah, it's silly for the government to be involved in an entertainment business, but that doesn't change the realities of running that business, nor is there anything abnormal or unreasonable about restricting the expression of people who are essentially government employees.
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 24, 2018 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

link By unanimous decision, the NFL owners ban an expression of speech require all NFL players to stand for the pledge of alliagence. Players are allowed to protest by staying in the locker room and out of sight of the public *People riot due to police brutality* "Why cant these hooligans prot...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 17, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28369
Views: 2899927

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Problem resolved. It turns out I still had the original remote buried in a box of cables in an obscure corner of the house. So my tv is all set up now. Still though, no excuse for leaving the most important key off of the on screen keyboard.
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 17, 2018 1:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28369
Views: 2899927

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

So I want to connect my tv to WiFi. I don't have the original remote, but my cable remote works with the tv. Except, it doesn't seem to realize that navigation arrows and 'select' are things a tv would need. No matter what I try, pressing those buttons registers as a command to the cable box instead...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 03, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188959

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

Thesh, in your proposal, where does the initial investment come from when creating a new worker cooperative, and what compensation if any does said investing entity receive for the service they provide by accepting the risk inherent in starting a new venture?
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31976

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I'm not knowledgeable on the subject, but I would guess that the 90 day figure is intended to cover things like hospitalizations or other special reasons for an extended leave of absence, and using it for general absences is an abuse of the intent.
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 870535

Re: Police misbehavior thread

@natraj To be clear, I'm not saying j_s's original response wasn't callous or that it shouldn't have been called out. What I'm saying is that since then, he has acknowledged that it was a miscommunication on his part and has clarified what his intent was, and that intended point is genuinely potenti...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 870535

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If something is so obvious that no one should need it pointed out to them (eg., cops shouldn't kill a man innocently using his cell phone in his own back yard), why not skip to something less obvious but still relevant (eg., look at this additional indication of the poor training that likely contri...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 870535

Re: Police misbehavior thread

@ Zohar What makes you think that was the first instinct or the most obvious example of misconduct? If something is so obvious that no one should need it pointed out to them (eg., cops shouldn't kill a man innocently using his cell phone in his own back yard), why not skip to something less obvious ...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 870535

Re: Police misbehavior thread

who said anything about hating black people? just you I'll rephrase. "Or, you know, assume that in his mind 'black people aren't actually regarded as human life worth considering so why not just make this a discussion of whether or not cops are being trained with appropriate shooting form'.&qu...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 870535

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Alternatively, operating on the principle that the default assumption should be that a fellow human being is not a monster, the point is that poor, panicked use of a gun is indicative of poor training practices in general, and that better training might lead to less panic in such situations, and thu...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 4820

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

[...] and here is the in a way should be distressing to mathematicians, the world of mathematics in the mind of mathematicians is inherently shaky, opposite to solid and firm. And no matter that mathematicians want to use words from the empirical world outside and independent of their mind, like th...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4813

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

That's not so hard to address. Don't charge for carry-ons. Offer a discount to people willing to waive their carry-on privileges. You do know that those are the same thing, don't you? Of course. I was addressing the argument that irrational humans would rebel against being charged for carry-ons. Yo...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4813

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Realistically , customers hate being charged for things they think should be or are accustomed to being free (rightly or wrongly) and may choose fly on another carrier. Logic, mathematics, and engineering are wonderfully efficient, until you add an irrational human to the mix. :lol: That's not so h...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4813

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

If you have an assigned seat and a carry-on, you should have an assigned bin. If you take someone else's bin, when they get there and find it occupied, they just replace it with their own. The flight crew makes a quick announcement to give the owner a chance to claim it and put it in the right bin, ...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

The Democrats do not have some deep conspiracy to keep folks poor and dependent to ensure their political future. That's Fox-spin. The Republicans are not trying to buoy up the churches out of Christian charity; they just don't want to pay taxes. You mean to tell me that neither party engages in va...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4813

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

As a compromise on the OP's back-to-front, window-to-aisle protocol, to address the desire for families to board together, try this: On a plane with 6 seats per row, with assigned seating, board back to front, every sixth row. Let's number the rows back to front starting with row 0. The first boardi...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 12791

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

The cost for payment on longer terms is higher, sure, but that's not the same thing as interest. In my own proposals I've pointed out that in an interest-free world sellers could still ask higher prices in exchange for easier terms if the market will bear that cost for the convenience. I don't see ...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 12791

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

so you're basically paying off something you're using over time, which is an interest-free loan. Crucially, in my proposal it's not effectively interest free. The price per stock you're paying when renting is going to be higher than the price you'd pay when making an all-at-once purchase, for all t...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 12791

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Idea: use a system of stocks instead of leases. If you want a court-enforceable rental agreement on something you own, you must register the property as having its ownership divided among some number of stocks. An agreement is made among all owners that whichever partial owner is assigned as the use...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

commodorejohn wrote:Well, since trying to revive Hillary as the all-purpose bogey(wo)man of the fringe right didn't go anywhere the last half-dozen times they tried it [...]


???

The last time they tried it, it got them to the white house.
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Repairing a Digital Multimeter?
Replies: 5
Views: 3208

Re: Repairing a Digital Multimeter?

The resistance/continuity/diode modes of multimeters work by connecting a small internal current source to the terminals and measuring the resulting voltage. The details can vary from design to design, but in this case I'm guessing the current source is routed through that fuse. So when the fuse is ...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

Republicans have even resorted to calling themselves "Real Americans" to let people know that they don't consider most people in this country to be their countrymen, and I'm fucking sick of it. I agree. That's right up there with calling people on the other side traitors. On one hand, you...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

Thesh wrote:Republicans have even resorted to calling themselves "Real Americans" to let people know that they don't consider most people in this country to be their countrymen, and I'm fucking sick of it.


I agree. That's right up there with calling people on the other side traitors.
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

With all seriousness, why is it acceptable for a Christian baker to not provide services to customers on religious grounds, but not for a doctor to do the same with patients? If your answer has anything to do with differentiating the needs of customers and patients, yes, that was my point. You are ...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 6767

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

So say someone discovers something, in your not-invention sense. Later, someone else notices that that discovery alone is useful to some desired end. Has the latter person invented something, simply by realizing an application for an earlier discovery? Or do the discovery and the later application ...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 6767

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

In response to the notion that all inventions are just discoveries about the consequences of certain decisions, I would posit the following definition. An invention is a simultaneous discovery of a set of decisions and of the fact that those decisions result in a desired consequence. For the purpose...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

Perhaps 'coincidental' isn't the right word. 'Tangential' maybe? The point is that this exact effect is a big part of the motive for lowering corporate taxes in the first place. Blaming the guy with high tax rates for running off those corporate funds, and thanking the guy who brings them back by lo...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405334

Re: Trump presidency

You're only wrong in the sense that you seem to think that's some sort of coincidental effect, when actually it's pretty much the whole idea behind lowering corporate taxes.

Changing the incentives involved for people who are gaming the system is in fact an intentional government strategy.
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31976

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

At no point have I suggested banning sexual relationships between people with power imbalances. I've even provided at least one example of a sexual relationship with power imbalances that would probably work just fine. Banning, no. But you have taken an absolute moral stance against ever initiating...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31976

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

You seem to be objecting to natural features of how conversations work. ie. "Let's discuss (problem)." "I think (cause) might be one of the key components of (problem)." (people begin discussing (cause) under the premise that it underlies (problem)) "What if we tried (soluti...

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