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by Leovan
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 14440

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

How many regional subdivisions exist in Europe? How many ways can you subdivide it? I'm just curious. A hundred? More? Probably... Switzerland itself has four regional languages with distinct cultures, and the southern German speaking area can easily be split off. Not like the other German speaking...
by Leovan
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1584
Views: 225539

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

My father used to work for a company designing and selling knee and hip replacements. The same product, designed and manufactured in Switzerland, cost 3k in Switzerland, 2k in Germany, and 5k in the US. The German state-run health insurance refused to pay more, and the US insurances basically said t...
by Leovan
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3895
Views: 255210

Re: Trump presidency

I completely agree with finding a better candidate, but I think it's too late for that now, can't legally put someone else on the ballot (except as a write in). Last I heard the plan was to elect Moore, then get the Senate to shut him out, making the governor select a new (Republican) candidate. I'm...
by Leovan
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3895
Views: 255210

Re: Trump presidency

Anyone who looks at Roy Moore and says "Well, at least he's not a Democrat " is either childishly ignorant, a moral lunatic, or both. It's not child rapist vs Democrat, it's one man who has abused a dozen or so teens 30+ years ago vs another who wants to murder thousands of babies if we e...
by Leovan
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Men's Fashion
Replies: 396
Views: 107963

Re: Men's Fashion

I'll figure it out with a good old-fashioned stakeout ;) As for what field I'm looking for I'm a hard/software engineer, so I design the electronics and write any necessary firmware for it as well. Tends to be more suited for smaller companies though I wouldn't be disinclined if offered a position i...
by Leovan
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Men's Fashion
Replies: 396
Views: 107963

Re: Men's Fashion

I'm a 31 year old electrical engineer from Switzerland who is planning to move to the US in 2018, and I'm wondering how professional fashion differs in this field. What do I wear to an interview? Last time I looked for jobs in Switzerland a coach told me to lose the jacket and just go shirt and tie,...
by Leovan
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 119
Views: 12900

Re: Wealth taxation

I keep thinking of those cake sales where students found out that if they didn't set prices they ended up getting more on average... How about we just let everyone donate what they think is fair? There will be people who pay too much and people who pay too little, but maybe instead of campaign contr...
by Leovan
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 3621

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

I feel like "well moderated" would have to be the minimum standard for this platform. I also feel like a giant thread like a forum wouldn't work so well because everyone gets focused on one point (probably a straw man or grammatical error) and the other points get ignored. I like the idea ...
by Leovan
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 4
Replies: 158
Views: 23811

Re: Fallout 4

Anybody else getting Fallout 4 VR? I haven't actually played the 2D version so I'm excited!
by Leovan
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3218
Views: 384127

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm confused as to how Trump knows it's a mental health issue. As far as I have read the only mental problem the shooter had was that he beat his wives, so if that makes for a deranged person then Trump himself would be... nevermind... Is this the same strategy Trump uses with terrorist attacks, whe...
by Leovan
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3218
Views: 384127

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Thank you for your condescending response, it's very helpful, and accurately responds to my non-existent post about blocking the internet from Russia and forcing everyone to read the NY Times every day. Sorry we seem condescending. I think it's our frustration showing that like Quercus said: we're ...
by Leovan
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3218
Views: 384127

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Make this illegal. Make what illegal? Seriously, how would your proposed law read? I'm not sure what's this constant expectation by people in online debates that everyone must be able to provide a perfectly detailed solution to every problem they identify. I don't know how to write a law. That's no...
by Leovan
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3218
Views: 384127

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I used to live in Southern California, on the outskirts of town. In order to get fire insurance we had to keep brush on our property cleared and have sprinkler lines which could be turned on to protect the house if there was a fire, and keep our plants green in summer. Having a wall of avocado trees...
by Leovan
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 3487

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Having a copy of myself for my own use would be quite useful. Basically an AI that I can trust as much as I would trust myself, who doesn't need to sleep, and can move around cyberspace easily. I also wouldn't mind being able to focus on programming and learning a new environment while the old me ta...
by Leovan
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Video Games to Play During Intervals
Replies: 2
Views: 3292

Re: Video Games to Play During Intervals

Thanks for the encouragement and extra exercises. I'll try them out.
I haven't invested in kettle bells, but I have a shopping bag full of books :D I'll see what I can do with that.
by Leovan
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Video Games to Play During Intervals
Replies: 2
Views: 3292

Video Games to Play During Intervals

I've been playing Counter-Strike:GO lately and every time I die (a lot, I'm a Kamikaze) I do pushups, situps, curls, squats, etc. What exactly depends on how long I expect to wait till the next round and whether it's my arms or stomach or legs that are tired. This gives me around 25 pushups per set ...
by Leovan
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 10306

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

I'm Swiss but my wife is American, and we're planning to move to the US. Honestly, the label racist and the big deal that's made out of it in the US is one of the things that scare me about the move. You guys have such a load of cultural memes that are construed as racist that as informed as I try t...
by Leovan
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3895
Views: 255210

Re: Trump presidency

This sounds like the old "We shouldn't help group X because group Y has it just as bad" bit. There's cops being murdered, let's do something about it. That other professions also have a mortality rate doesn't change the fact that we should. Otherwise you're just stuck arguing in perpetuity...
by Leovan
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 4802

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

How did the total eclipse compare to the annular eclipse in 2012? I was lucky enough to see that at Bryce Canyon and that was pretty cool. Immigration didn't work fast enough for me to see this one...
by Leovan
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3895
Views: 255210

Re: Trump presidency

This is, like, satire, right? More like "Thank you Sir! May I have another?" I assume all those employees returned to the US are held in readiness to return or find different posts right? Or are they just fired and we'll see if they get hired again later? Seems really inefficient for when...
by Leovan
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3895
Views: 255210

Re: Trump presidency

I get the feeling Trump's strategy is to play chicken and hope NK backs down first. The US does have the advantage that if NK does launch a missile to Guam, even if the target is 30-40km off the coast like Un promised, they could possibly shoot the missile down, showing that even if NK does have mis...
by Leovan
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 17984

Re: How would you change the U.S. tax system?

No more complicated than digging on your own to find what deductions are available and you're eligible for. The same software can be used to find your subsidies. In that sense the structural change doesn't necessarily make the process easier. But like in coding, as tempting as spaghetti code is, as ...
by Leovan
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 17984

Re: How would you change the U.S. tax system?

I'm not sure why all those sub-goals should even be accomplished through the tax code. A tax deduction is basically a subsidy, but somebody thought it would be stupid to collect the money in taxes then distribute it again and this would be easier. Except now every single taxpayer has to work their w...
by Leovan
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 19961

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Isn't the problem that the parties DON'T want the others to do their own thing? For example gay marriage, neither party accepts the states doing their own thing, both sides won't quit until it's legal/illegal everywhere. Not sure if that would change if the states broke into countries. The states al...
by Leovan
Mon Feb 06, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting on government spending via taxs
Replies: 25
Views: 5059

Re: Voting on government spending via taxs

I’ve been thinking about something like this for a while. I’ll lay out my proposal a bit more detailed and the OP can specify where mine would differ from his idea, or if he’d prefer it being more vague in certain sections. The government would propose a budget as usual, but only 70% of every post w...

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