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by arbiteroftruth
Thu May 03, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188537

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: 31909

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: 869997

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: 869997

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: 869997

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: 869997

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: 869997

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: 4802

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: 4797

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: 4797

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: 4797

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: 5221
Views: 404046

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: 4797

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: 12775

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: 12775

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: 12775

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: 5221
Views: 404046

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: 3202

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: 5221
Views: 404046

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: 5221
Views: 404046

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: 5221
Views: 404046

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: 6748

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: 6748

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: 5221
Views: 404046

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: 5221
Views: 404046

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: 31909

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: 31909

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...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31909

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

In short, what makes these sort of advances wrong isn't that there's a power-imbalance; it's that this power-imbalance makes it much harder for the initiating party to know whether or not this is consensual. So the problem isn't the power imbalance, the problem is that the power imbalance creates a...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31909

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

And the reason that's unacceptable is due to the power imbalance, correct? If so, the course of the argument would seem to be as follows: A: Sexual advances toward someone over whom you have power is almost always unacceptable. B: There's almost always a certain amount of power imbalance between peo...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31909

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Yes, it's possible to have a healthy, consenting relationship in the context of a severe power imbalance. It's hard, but it's possible. That's not what we're talking about. And the more you act like it is, the more tone-deaf you come off as. Flag on the play: moving the goalposts. slinches was resp...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 8148

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

In the direction of modifying facebook algorithms: it might be as simple as populating your news feed based on what's getting engagement among people with different views and interests than you, as opposed to what's getting engagement among people with similar views and interests. Then the only effi...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 8148

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

I think the way to do it is essentially a discussion forum, but the main thread consists of posts by each side of an issue, rather than posts by individual users. As a toy example, suppose an issue is cleanly divided into two sides. Users would choose which side they're on, and the thread would cons...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really Lucky's statistic
Replies: 13
Views: 1767

Re: Really Lucky's statistic

If we consider being 'blessed' as not just "being a statistical outlier", but as an actual property with causal influence on the world, then we can estimate upper bounds on the probability of a randomly selected person being blessed. If being blessed has actual influence on the probabiliti...
by arbiteroftruth
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187911

Re: Citizen's Wage

So everyone lives exactly where they want to live, and they wouldn't want to move if their income changed significantly? It's not a binary thing. Yes, there would be an equalizing effect for reasons you've explained, but the strength of that effect is uncertain. Say you live in Nowhere, Kansas, and...
by arbiteroftruth
Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 32573

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Lately I've been wondering what's wrong with putting Nazis in concentration camps. Obviously I don't like the idea of people being put in concentration camps, but that's just my opinion. They seem to be all for it. So why not let them have the fascism they want while the rest of us live in a democr...
by arbiteroftruth
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals
Replies: 14
Views: 3939

Re: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals

The fact that the data is sampled puts a hard limit on the spikiness of the signal. In the worst case you have a spike of only one sample. And the fact that the data is non-negative puts a limit on the maximum value of any sample in an integrated region. If you integrate a region and get a value y, ...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 38
Views: 4014

Re: The Good Place

The premiere was a 2-parter, so I'm talking about episode 3, which aired 9/28.
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 38
Views: 4014

Re: The Good Place

Note - I've not watched any of season 2 yet, so this maybe wrong. Did you miss the background episode on Micheal? The name of the place is The Good Place. Like Sunmerdale Estate, Rolling Hills Farm, CBGB, etc. She's not lying. She gave an incomplete answer. A complete answer would be "We&#...
by arbiteroftruth
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Possible "Spot it!"-like decks
Replies: 30
Views: 5889

Re: Possible "Spot it!"-like decks

Additional results: I'll use lightvector's notation, where C is the number of cards in the deck, D is the number of symbols per card, R is the number of occurrences per symbol, and S is the number of distinct symbols used. As lightvector observed, there exists the constraint that CD=SR, because both...
by arbiteroftruth
Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Possible "Spot it!"-like decks
Replies: 30
Views: 5889

Re: Possible "Spot it!"-like decks

For 7 symbols per card, I think the biggest deck you can make is 15 cards, with 35 distinct symbols and 3 instances of each symbol. 1234567 189ABCD 1EFGHIJ 28EKLMN 29FOPQR 38FSTUV 39EWXYZ 4AGKOSW 4BHLPTX 5AHMQUY 5BGNRVZ 6CIKPUZ 6DJLOVY 7CJMRSX 7DINQTW 7 instances of each symbol is impossible. After ...

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