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by Elliot
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Japanese photo question
Replies: 4
Views: 2746

Re: Japanese photo question

I don't think the sign on the left will help. As far as I can see, there's nothing in that picture that shows what the next shop to the left is. Everything in the picture, includig the very right-hand side, is part of the same shop. I think the only way to solve it (at least, the way I just solved i...
by Elliot
Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What the hell is corporate personhood.
Replies: 43
Views: 11843

Re: What the hell is corporate personhood.

The legislature did not define what is meant by people. The legal concept of corporate personhood existed before the constitution. My point is that the legislature can change what is meant by 'corporation'. They can change the requirements for, and the powers and liabilities of, corporations. The '...
by Elliot
Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What the hell is corporate personhood.
Replies: 43
Views: 11843

Re: What the hell is corporate personhood.

If you take a corporation, and then remove all the people from it. The share holders, the executives, the employees, There will literally be nothing left. A corporation ACTAULLY IS people. it is a group made entirely out of PEOPLE. Well the shareholders are not necessarily humans; they could be oth...
by Elliot
Tue Nov 13, 2012 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What the hell is corporate personhood.
Replies: 43
Views: 11843

Re: What the hell is corporate personhood.

If I am not mistaken, there is even an American law that states that 'person' in american law should be read to include corporations and such groups, unless explicitly excluded. Probably. But there's also one in Australia , South Australia (didn't check any other states), New Zealand , the UK and C...
by Elliot
Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What the hell is corporate personhood.
Replies: 43
Views: 11843

Re: What the hell is corporate personhood.

If you can't watch it, the point is that corporations have rights because people have certain rights, but maintain those rights when they gather together in a group. A group of people have the right to speech and assembly, and the right to pool their property. They don't lose any of these rights wh...
by Elliot
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it worth going to vote?
Replies: 92
Views: 17818

Re: Is it worth going to vote?

Роберт wrote:Doesn't Australia do that?
Sort of.
by Elliot
Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it worth going to vote?
Replies: 92
Views: 17818

Re: Is it worth going to vote?

No. I do know that some countries are this way (eg Australia, if I'm not mistaken) but I don't agree with it. I believe that along side every basic human right is a counterpart right to abstain. You have the right to free speech, but you also have the right to silence. You have the right to religio...
by Elliot
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]
Replies: 92
Views: 15724

Re: Capital Punishment/Death Penalty [Philosophy]

As there is no benefit that can outweigh death it's not possible or reasonable to enter a social contract that does not grant you a right to life. It might be reasonable. If we assume, for argument's sake, that executions are a uniquely effective deterrent against homicide, then it's possible that ...
by Elliot
Sun Sep 16, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 189527

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

If I could get ruby text running in AnkiDroid, then I could probably use kanji in front. I'm afraid I can't help you there. But as a sort of stop gap, you could put both kanji and kana fields on the front. Not quite as convenient as ruby, but serves a similar function. As for confusing kana, using ...
by Elliot
Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 32707

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

Reminds me of this (gets relevant at about 0:33).
by Elliot
Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)
Replies: 552
Views: 189527

Re: 日本語 (Japanese Practice)

So, here comes English. Can anyone recommend a way to learn both Japanese grammar and vocabulary in general? Currently I'm doing sentence mining, coupled with a grammar book. For grammar, Tae Kim's grammar guide is excellent. Example sentences are written with kanji but there's a vocabulary list wi...
by Elliot
Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do natural rights exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 25238

Re: Do natural rights exist?

I can see how you might still have rights, in a sense, even though they are violated. But that doesn't mean your rights cannot be taken away. There’s no reason in principle why the member states of the UN cannot decide to amend the UDHR, or any other international human rights instrument. If interna...
by Elliot
Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prior Art
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Re: Prior Art

In this digital age, where text can exist solely as bits strewn across electronic storage devices in complex encoding schemes, what does it mean to publish something? There is an algorithm for generating digits of base whatever pi ad infinitum. What differentiates that from the algorithms that peel...
by Elliot
Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343545

Re: Gun Control

People don't commit robbery because it's the one law that they decided to let themselves break, it's because they aren't concerned that it's illegal. A person committing robbery is likely to very concerned that it's illegal; he or she just happens to have made an assessment that the benefits of com...
by Elliot
Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prior Art
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Re: Prior Art

I think there's good odds that "swipetounlocksmartphone" occurs in the first 100 trillion digits of base 26 pi. You need more than just 'swipetounlocksmartphone'. Here is an actual patent for using gestures to unlock something like a smartphone, to give you an idea of the sorts of detail ...
by Elliot
Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prior Art
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Re: Prior Art

What if I make a website that is an infinite stream of randomly and lazily generated text? If you advance through it far enough, every possible string, describing every describable idea will occur. On a practical level, isn't it just completely unreasonable? It would take ages for random text to st...
by Elliot
Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343545

Re: Gun Control

Besides, making guns illegal would only catch the attention of people who obey the law. Felons and gang members do not just pick one law to break and obey the rest, they just don't care if something is illegal. I don't understand why you would think that. Of course some felons pick one law to break...
by Elliot
Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2324537

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

I would think at the very least they'd just delete some of the less important evidence and keep only the bare minimum to convict him. I mean, they're deleting it anyways, so why not just keep enough to convict him? In terms of documents, I'd think they could fit that onto a USB drive. The governmen...
by Elliot
Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343545

Re: Gun Control

I already linked to a source that said accidental firearm deaths are vastly outnumbered by defensive uses of firearms. Your turn. Yeah, about that. Based on survey data from a 2000 study published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology,[17] U.S. civilians use guns to defend themselves and other...
by Elliot
Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 343545

Re: Gun Control

As far as gun control is concerned, this idea that we want people to have guns to fight against the government seems to depend on an assumption that we want any rebellion to be successful. Sure it's theoretically possible that the military might support a dictator and so we would want people to have...
by Elliot
Sat Jul 21, 2012 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 'stranger than fiction' Orwellian laws in Australia
Replies: 57
Views: 10734

Re: 'stranger than fiction' Orwellian laws in Australia

I wrote: "If corporate lying is a serious issue in this area, it should be prosecuted, but in courts, not by some arbitrary executive panel." I really have no idea how I can be any clearer than that. I'm sorry, isn't that how the ACCC works? If a company disagrees with the ruling of the A...
by Elliot
Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: general nooby questions
Replies: 125
Views: 16315

Re: general nooby questions

by Elliot
Tue Jun 12, 2012 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inadmissible evidence
Replies: 26
Views: 6090

Re: Inadmissible evidence

From what I know, some countries will actually bend their constitution to allow really good evidence to come in for really bad cases (like murder) even if it was obtained unconstitutionally. Now that I've said that, I can't remember which ones (I think Australia is one)[...] As an Australian I take...
by Elliot
Sat May 12, 2012 1:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Windows 7, XBox, may be banned in Germany
Replies: 60
Views: 9918

Re: Windows 7, XBox, may be banned in Germany

Wouldn't this be the difference between who owns your house and who owns the patents to how to build your house? When it comes to works, I don't see patent being an ownership issue -- a patent is not intrinsically linked to the software any more than use of a given engine is intrinsically linked to...
by Elliot
Fri May 11, 2012 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Windows 7, XBox, may be banned in Germany
Replies: 60
Views: 9918

Re: Windows 7, XBox, may be banned in Germany

I don't see how your distinction is actually distinct for software: you can "own" software while letting others use it, just as with property (under contract or otherwise). In both cases, you're giving away some of your rights to the entity. So, a fair point on the rights not necessarily ...
by Elliot
Fri May 11, 2012 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Windows 7, XBox, may be banned in Germany
Replies: 60
Views: 9918

Re: Windows 7, XBox, may be banned in Germany

"Ownership" generally means (if not defined by) having complete rights over the relevant entity. "I own this lake" and "I possess exclusive rights to use this lake" are effectively the same statement. Any differences would only exist by virtue of there being additional...
by Elliot
Thu May 10, 2012 8:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Windows 7, XBox, may be banned in Germany
Replies: 60
Views: 9918

Re: Windows 7, XBox, may be banned in Germany

How are the statements "I own this software" and "I possess the exclusive rights to distribute and change this software" effectively different? The difference is that one specifies the rights that you own, and the other does not. If you tell me that you 'own this software', am I...
by Elliot
Wed Apr 25, 2012 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 50856

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

As has been pointed out in the very post you are replying to, an atheist is not someone who claims to have absolute proof that no type of god can possibly exist. That's what I was saying, because the post I was replying to seemed to consider those to be a significant portion of actual atheists. I w...
by Elliot
Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 50856

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

For atheism the overwhelming majority of atheists are weak atheists, though many arguments against atheism are built against the strong claim. I'm not sure that's right. Perhaps we need to further divide 'strong atheism' into two more categories. First, there are atheists who believe that there are...
by Elliot
Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consent and Consent Impairment
Replies: 58
Views: 12257

Re: Consent and Consent Impairment

How can a drunk driver not have consented to the law? He must be of legal age to obtain alcohol, he has taken a test to obtain his license to operate a motor vehicle which explicitly states the driving under the influence of alcohol is forbidden. He has been made aware. Being drunk doesn't change t...
by Elliot
Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consent and Consent Impairment
Replies: 58
Views: 12257

Re: Consent and Consent Impairment

Elliot, I'm not sure what your saying. The consent is to the obligation to obey the law, whatever it is, or wherever, for a particular jurisdiction. Licenses to operate any type of vehicle are a easy way of identifying who is competent to operate that vehicle within the boundaries of the law for wh...
by Elliot
Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consent and Consent Impairment
Replies: 58
Views: 12257

Re: Consent and Consent Impairment

Roads are public property, you give your consent by using them. A license gives permission to operate a motor vehicle on a public road. The fact that road rules mostly apply to public roads would seem to be nothing more than a consequence of the fact that most people drive on public roads. It isn’t...
by Elliot
Tue Mar 13, 2012 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consent and Consent Impairment
Replies: 58
Views: 12257

Re: Consent and Consent Impairment

driving a motor vehicle of any kind, by any person, is not allowed by default, which is why you have to have to gain a license before you can drive (legally). by getting a license to drive, you have explicitly consented to following the laws of the road. one of which, is that you can't drive drunk....
by Elliot
Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consent and Consent Impairment
Replies: 58
Views: 12257

Re: Consent and Consent Impairment

Contractual capacity refers 2 the ability of a party 2 enter into a legally binding contract. Minors, drunks and the mentally impaired may not possess adequate capacity however the ordinary reasonably person be presumed by default 2 have contractual capacity. From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aust...
by Elliot
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Draw Mohammad Day
Replies: 414
Views: 42759

Re: Draw Mohammad Day

Then in his closing statement, the officer concedes that it may not have been the defendant's intent to 'accost this individual'. The crime of harassment requires 'intent to harass, annoy or alarm another'. No intent, no crime. The judge refers to this requirement, and the failure to prove it, in h...
by Elliot
Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Draw Mohammad Day
Replies: 414
Views: 42759

Re: Draw Mohammad Day

Based on a recording of the trial that Pearce uploaded here , that article is very misleading. The decision (aside from the lecture) seems pretty solid. Complainant says the defendant grabbed him and tried to take his sign and false beard. The defendant said he didn't. A police officer did give evid...
by Elliot
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Infant Circumcision
Replies: 1022
Views: 102298

Re: Infant Circumcision

As this applies to circumcision, if done correctly, the infant does not have any rights to violate (as the right to bodily autonomy rests within his parents), and suffers no physical or emotional harm (except in trivially rare circumstances.) As such, circumcision can be, for all practical purposes...
by Elliot
Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Infant Circumcision
Replies: 1022
Views: 102298

Re: Infant Circumcision

And I responded to your responses. Whereas you just asserted correctness again. That’s not how I see it. Your response has been to direct me to unspecified examples on pages two, three and ten. I have responded to some of them. In the case of the food example you then responded by saying that it’s ...
by Elliot
Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Infant Circumcision
Replies: 1022
Views: 102298

Re: Infant Circumcision

These things would bother you because you'd known I'd done them, and thus they'd have a falsifiable consequence. The situations are not analogous. People know that they have been circumcised. Even if we accept your ‘harmless’ nonsense, circumcision obviously has a falsifiable consequence. You’re be...
by Elliot
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Infant Circumcision
Replies: 1022
Views: 102298

Re: Infant Circumcision

How could you consider a violation of a right, in itself, a bad thing? Shouldn't that violation do harm? If my rights are violated but I don't know that and it doesn't affect any of my experiences or what I do, how is that a bad thing? And indeed, what is the purpose of rights if not to protect fro...

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