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by ucim
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: are morals relative or absolute?
Replies: 20
Views: 4612

Re: are morals relative or absolute?

phillip1882 wrote:...and it be a good thing...
Good for who?

That's the problem with absolute morality. I'll go with relative.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 33558

Re: Let's Talk Money

How to Tap It Employees can withdraw money from a FICA alternative plan after leaving a job. Withdrawals are subject to federal income taxes. Distributions can also be made starting at age 59 1/2, or if a worker becomes disabled. The IRS may charge a 10 percent penalty for withdrawals made before 5...
by ucim
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 33558

Re: Let's Talk Money

There's another hidden concern here, which is why the money saved is so low. Maybe xe's just starting out. The $150 was from a part-time job (and is probably in a separate account because that's what they offered). You are addressing financial discipline, which while important, may either be irrele...
by ucim
Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 27
Views: 5863

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

But I think I have to disagree with this definition. Ok, here's another: True Love is being able to put up with someone you like. Many times, a mother won't feel like being a loving mother, but will do so despite it. Love isn't short term or fleeting. It's not what you "feel like doing today&q...
by ucim
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 33558

Re: Let's Talk Money

("Don't bother keeping a second account for a small amount of money, move it to the other one") Well, sometimes it's worth doing so (such as when one account gives you a bennie the other doesn't - such as live quote access or somesuch). And sometimes, once done, it's too much trouble to m...
by ucim
Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 33558

Re: Let's Talk Money

Yeah, when you've got a thousand mile long screwdriver, it's hard to accomplish anything. (And it takes a long time to sober up. :) ) You can do a direct transfer of funds from one IRA to another. It's a bit more complicated with (some) other plans because there are different rules depending on wher...
by ucim
Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 27
Views: 5863

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

Flintstone wrote:You can love anyone, just by putting the effort there.
Love isn't the putting somebody ahead of you. Love is the (followed through) desire to do so.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14752

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Well, that doesn't narrow it down much. Your prism is most likely colorless or green, but could be carrying tints You're missing the point. except, of course, that this is factually incorrect. Since scattering occurs at different wavelengths, and at a different angle for each wavelength, light whic...
by ucim
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5413
Views: 741239

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If the jury buys the argument, then by definition it was factually and legally justifiable. Uh.... no. That's like saying that if the electorate votes in a blundering racist misogynistic egocentric factually challenged misspeller, that the resulting hairdo is by definition factually and legally Tre...
by ucim
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3135
Views: 367392

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm talking about public policy. That's literally the first thing I said in the post you quoted. [to wit:]Public policy is all about managing the individual interests of people versus collective need. [...] In terms of city planning, neighborhoods of single family homes are pretty terrible though. ...
by ucim
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3135
Views: 367392

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It's inefficient in the very literal sense to achieve the same goal, one way of doing things is much more costly than the other. But you have to specify the goal first. The problem isn't that it's inefficient at achieving that goal, but that the homeowner's goal (to live in a nice quiet neighborhoo...
by ucim
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3135
Views: 367392

Re: The Darker Side of the News

No, what I mean is that in order to talk about efficiency, you need to specify what the goal is. Efficiency relates to how much {effort} is spent to achieve {goal}. However, since "efficiency" is also a buzzword, it can be used to cast aspersions on whatever it is you don't like. That is w...
by ucim
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3135
Views: 367392

Re: The Darker Side of the News

sardia wrote:Homeowners and landlords are driving inequality.
Inefficient home owners are holding back the economy and manipulating the government for their benefit at the expense of everyone else.
"Inefficient"? That word... it doesn't mean what you think it means.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 204
Views: 33558

Re: Let's Talk Money

Key standout: RESULTS: ...however only the rotating oscillating toothbrush consistently provided a statistically significant though modest benefit over manual toothbrushes in reducing plaque (7%) and gingivitis (17%).... CONCLUSION: ...only one type of electric toothbrush, the rotating oscillating t...
by ucim
Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104988
Views: 30316989

Re: 1190: "Time"

not everything is even related Of heresy there seems to be no end. Balthasar , you are hereby summoned to the Comfy Chair, where you will be plied with chocolate until you repent of your Grave Sin. Should you withstand that trial, you shall have the steak burnt at you. Know all that there is nothin...
by ucim
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 10748

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

A third option to consider is that objects are designed so that their components tend to fail around the same time. In the "Good Old Days" TM , when a component failed, it was reasonably assumed that the rest of the device still had a lot of life left in it and it was worth repairing. Howe...
by ucim
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104988
Views: 30316989

Re: 1190: "Time"

I know this will sound a bit weird, but what exactly is the time after time (TaT). After Time *nded, there was great consternation and much gnashing of teeth, for it seemed as if there would be nothing to wait for. However, this heresy did not last long, as after the ice cream there was a huge crea...
by ucim
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25529
Views: 1769420

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You just have to wait for it.

I wish the people of the United States valued rational thought, science, and evidence based reasoning over what entertainment and ego-gratification.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3135
Views: 367392

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It looks like SunShine and Roses to you? I wonder Why we are seeing these things So very differently. I can't think of anybody here who sees sunshine and roses in this. It's a clear path to a dictatorship. It must be stopped. Alas, I don't know how, except to protest, and encourage others to do so ...
by ucim
Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 5619

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

What's a factor of four among friends?

Jose
by ucim
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3135
Views: 367392

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It is not only what you are offered, but also, what you will Never see that matters. And that is the crux of it. As for how the data can be used; while methods today may be primitive, they are still effective enough to have maybe thrown the election. Computers get better, and the historical data is...
by ucim
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 10748

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

A bit off topic but Storing (or having remote access to) detailed, regularly updated maps... ... is an excuse for employing detailed surveillance and getting us to accept it. Cars don't need maps. Cars need eyes. They need to respond to what is , not what should be . As to the rest of the (recent) r...
by ucim
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 5619

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

Always use a random line out of a Shakespearean sonnet to use as your password, interspersed with three two-digit numbers. ButBeautysWaste19HathInThe75WorldAnEnd33 Come to think of it, that's not really all that bad as such advice goes... I mean, it's better than most, anyway... be a bongo to type ...
by ucim
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104988
Views: 30316989

Re: 1190: "Time"

Awesomeful cake GnomeAnne ! And no, BlitzGirl , it's not heresy at all to consume Time. We are all but tiny droplets in the Sea of Time, but together, we make up Time. Now that is heresy! Only the Great Lord Randall can make Time! I'll go sit in the comfy chair and contemplate T1i, TAT, and all ...
by ucim
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 10748

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

AI won't spring full-blown from the womb. It will begin as it is now - computers aiding people in simple ways. Then as they become more capable and more complex tasks are tackled, people will be aiding the computers that aid people... for example, (as said above) highlighting the proper tool, pointi...
by ucim
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 10748

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

The main issue is the difference between statistics and AI. In some cases, statistics IS AI. Are you really so sure that statistics isn't the basis of meatbag intelligence too? That's what forming memories, learning stuff, "muscle memory", and creativity are, except that it's statistics a...
by ucim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 10748

Re: Ai discussion from The Darker Side of the News

AI can't win. But it will have won. As AI becomes good enough to replace {job}, it will be able to use that ability to become good enough to replace {JOB}... AI isn't standing still. It is evolving much faster than meatbags. There's a difference between saying "we don't yet have the technology...
by ucim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104988
Views: 30316989

Re: 1190: "Time"

Heh, the odds of there being any Little Links any Time soon are about as good as the odds of said Little Links forming spontaneously out of the vacuum Would that make them "missing links"? Um, is the face in the background intentional? (Try looking at a distance.) Sweet! The beanie I rece...
by ucim
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 10748

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Computers can't create their own goals until you define goal-creation as a goal. That's because they're tools; they don't have goals in of themselves -- they're not supposed to. We create them with goals in mind and they work to accomplish them. But computer networks can . We program individual com...
by ucim
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 10748

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So, would it be fair to say that you think the difference between AI and a human brain is that you can use a human brain to better understand a human brain? We are already using AI to better understand a human brain, and (more scary and to the point) human behavior. It's getting good. Eight years a...
by ucim
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14752

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

what material is the prism made of? Ordinary window glass. Somewhere I have a microfiche whose label is green (in ordinary reflected light), but when put in a fiche reader, that label is yellow (in transmitted light). What color is it? To oversimplify (which is sometimes enough for insight), only t...
by ucim
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3135
Views: 367392

Re: The Darker Side of the News

And anybody who's genuinely fooled by a vocaloid must be half deaf. Certainly no True Scotsman would be fooled. none of those qualify because all they are is exercises in pattern-matching and applied algorithms. Is "thinking" really any different? I posit that it is just a more involved v...
by ucim
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14752

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

What color is a prism?

Jose
by ucim
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3135
Views: 367392

Re: The Darker Side of the News

We will need Civil Engineers and Architects. We will need Programmers, Chemists and Astronomers. Will we, though? As the existing, organic engineers and scientists put things online, the networked computers will be able to make correlations between the ("published") research, and draw con...
by ucim
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3590
Views: 225199

Re: Sonic drive-ins expanding to all 50 States

Look, give the guy some slack. He was elected to Drain The Swamp. What better way to do this than to fill it with alligators?

Jose
by ucim
Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104988
Views: 30316989

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi. umm... I'm going to be blitzing i'm at page 176 going mad bye! [...] Please excuse me I'm a bit shy. Welcome Daniel! You're among OTTers, no need to be shy (but you can be as shy as you like). :) And Randalspeed on your Holy Quest! 'Tis full of perilous hazards, hazardous perils, and dangerous ...
by ucim
Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25529
Views: 1769420

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It's duct tape. You smell smoke.

I wish for a USB3 external CD/DVD ROM burner.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Blog About Paradoxes
Replies: 6
Views: 3894

Re: Blog About Paradoxes

Ring species are new to me, though. I'll definitely take a look! I think it gets down to " calling something something" rather than "something being something". A thing is what it is, not what we call it. When we call it something, we abstract, abbreviate, and ( things come in t...
by ucim
Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9766
Views: 1574275

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

If the two instances of x are different values, then changing the order of the operations doesn't necessarily help. You can still get large rounding errors, or even NaN/other stuff if they are too close to zero. Yes, but if you can gather the two different values of x and "cancel" them up...
by ucim
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104988
Views: 30316989

Re: 1190: "Time"

Guilty as charged. :P I always knew you had potential! VITSSÅGEN, JA! http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=39451 There's no resistance to the punsaw! Absolutely shocking :shock: Ohm my! - Wire you all amping up? You all know this short digression will end up in the ground. Jose

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