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by Glass Fractal
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Taxes and Spending, decoupled
Replies: 40
Views: 6389

Re: Taxes and Spending, decoupled

Health care, food, shelter, etc. are goods and services, not rights. There's a whole thread here discussing what rights are, but essentially, I don't see any reason for the government to provide these things, least of all giving them the same status as freedoms of speech, press, assembly, etc. I wo...
by Glass Fractal
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So... the entire United States is now a battleground
Replies: 142
Views: 17380

Re: So... the entire United States is now a battleground

Some people don't like the way I write. Yeah, it makes you sound brain damaged. That was way over the line. Don't do it again. -- Zamfir When they banned the trolls I said nothing. When they banned the assholes I said nothing. When they banned the rude I said nothing. When they came for me ther...
by Glass Fractal
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 279648

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

All words are made up words. To insist that people use your personally accepted versions is childish, anyway. It's like people having a hissy fit over McDonald's "drive-thru" making it into the lexicon. Except that " irregardless " would literally mean the opposite of what the p...
by Glass Fractal
Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So... the entire United States is now a battleground
Replies: 142
Views: 17380

Re: So... the entire United States is now a battleground

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That was way over the line. Don't do it again. -- Zamfir
by Glass Fractal
Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So... the entire United States is now a battleground
Replies: 142
Views: 17380

Re: So... the entire United States is now a battleground

Generally it can be summarized as "It's not a big deal, but technically everything you've read about this bill is true, but civil liberties aren't that big of a deal, so shut up you whiners." Generally it can be summarized as: "It doesn’t significantly expand the government’s detenti...
by Glass Fractal
Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "First glimpse" of Higgs expected 2011-12-13
Replies: 67
Views: 10260

Re: "First glimpse" of Higgs expected 2011-12-13

Jave D wrote:So has Higgs been glimpsed yet?


The results don't meet the (very high) standards of evidence used by particle physicists but they're still enough to get them interested.
by Glass Fractal
Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Accord
Replies: 105
Views: 10233

Re: Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Accord

If you want a place to permanently have clean water, you have to keep cleaning their water. If you want people to not have cancer, you only have to invent the cure once. That comparison is so idiotic I can't believe your computer didn't explode while you typed it to prevent it from escaping out int...
by Glass Fractal
Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "First glimpse" of Higgs expected 2011-12-13
Replies: 67
Views: 10260

Re: "First glimpse" of Higgs expected 2011-12-13

I honestly don't see what's wrong with comic sans in this case. It doesn't make it hard to read -- in fact, when there's little text it's one of the easier fonts to read. This is what's wrong with Comic Sans. When they blurred the Helvetica and the CS to show how Helvetic gets some kind of complete...
by Glass Fractal
Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What changes do we need to make in our democracy?
Replies: 49
Views: 8011

Re: What changes do we need to make in our democracy?

As a tangent, where does this weird "The US is not a democracy, it's a republic" notion come from? I've heard it several times before on this forum, and I've also seen it in other places. It's always trotted out by the same people who like to talk about how "democracy is two wolves a...
by Glass Fractal
Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Death Note
Replies: 45
Views: 8224

Re: Death Note

We can take the magic out of this fairly easily and still have a plausible scenario to work with. Suppose we create a society where every crime (or every crime that is sufficiently severe--eg. all felonies) carries an automatic death sentence. What do you believe the effect on crime rates would be?...
by Glass Fractal
Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So... the entire United States is now a battleground
Replies: 142
Views: 17380

Re: So... the entire United States is now a battleground

The most bizarre thing is that the POTUS has said he will veto the bill, but only because it errodes the power of the executive to find terrorists...wtf? I thought that too. That explanation has to just be a stunt to avoid the "HEEZ WEEK ON TRRRSTS!" debate that would spring up if he shot...
by Glass Fractal
Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spidersilk wins again!
Replies: 30
Views: 4494

Re: Spidersilk wins again!

Even if it doesn't stop the bullet, would it at least slow the bullet down so that it doesn't penetrate as deep into the flesh? If so, that still increases a person's survival chances. Handgun bullets are usually designed to penetrate a minimum of 12 inches of flesh (supposedly the longest possible...
by Glass Fractal
Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spidersilk wins again!
Replies: 30
Views: 4494

Re: Spidersilk wins again!

It still increases your chances of survival. Not this stuff. They had to handload a .22lr with less powder in order to get no penetration. The least powerful round you can easily purchase is too powerful to be stopped by this spider skin. It more bulletproof than skin, sure, but not to any practica...
by Glass Fractal
Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spidersilk wins again!
Replies: 30
Views: 4494

Re: Spidersilk wins again!

Adam Preston wrote:wow, some cutting edge stuff, it would sure help many important and influential people feel a bit more safe if their message is threatening to some people, specifically people holding a barret 50cal couple of hundred meters away.


More like people holding a 10/22 a hundred meters away...
by Glass Fractal
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really BIG Black Hole discovered.
Replies: 47
Views: 6698

Re: Really BIG Black Hole discovered.

Right, I'm asking how a blackhole can expand such that it's density is... low... and maintain it's status as a black hole. Because confused terminology is being used. You can use "black hole" to refer either to area in the event horizon or to the singularity at the center. The singularity...
by Glass Fractal
Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "What's next, Bestiality?" revisited
Replies: 81
Views: 12667

Re: "What's next, Bestiality?" revisited

Consent. Marriage is a contract between two parties, and in any civilised society a contract is void unless all participants freely consented to signing it. Your cow, your toaster and your underage friend can't consent, so you can't marry them. Not so for your same-sex partner. Isn't "Marriage...
by Glass Fractal
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: National Riot Day (Black Friday)
Replies: 23
Views: 4954

Re: National Riot Day (Black Friday)

'black friday' is primarily a slow news day driven phenomenon. Or maybe it's more to do with consumerism and profit-chasing. No, the phenomenon of Black Friday is an invention of bored news media. It's barely any worse than normal shopping days in terms of violence and only recently became especial...
by Glass Fractal
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy and AI
Replies: 27
Views: 4514

Re: Democracy and AI

Requiring one to have a certain amount of wealth to be allowed to vote would solve this. The economy would become politics but that wouldn't necessarily be bad. Yes, brilliant, there's no way that could ever become a problem. Openly disenfranchising part of the population only ever has good consequ...
by Glass Fractal
Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What should be done with Superflu Research?
Replies: 5
Views: 1019

Re: What should be done with Superflu Research?

Didn't we develop a vaccine for the original Bird Flu anyway? More to the point, though, how easy is it really to make this stuff? I'm betting even the people publishing couldn't do it in my kitchen. It would have to take a wealthy or well connect group to put it together and if there were such a gr...
by Glass Fractal
Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: National Riot Day (Black Friday)
Replies: 23
Views: 4954

Re: National Riot Day (Black Friday)

'black friday' is primarily a slow news day driven phenomenon. Or maybe it's more to do with consumerism and profit-chasing. No, the phenomenon of Black Friday is an invention of bored news media. It's barely any worse than normal shopping days in terms of violence and only recently became especial...
by Glass Fractal
Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CDC Reports Crazy Differences in STD Rates
Replies: 76
Views: 8261

Re: CDC Reports Crazy Differences in STD Rates

CorruptUser wrote:
addams wrote:Besides; The sexist thing about a man is what is between his ears not what is between his legs.


Agreed, but the sexiest thing is probably the leather thing behind the buttcheeks.


Pants?
by Glass Fractal
Sat Nov 19, 2011 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lighter than Air Solid
Replies: 53
Views: 7181

Re: Lighter than Air Solid

I think the worst part is that it's also 99:1 parts air to metal . Somehow 99% air at 1.275 kg/m 3 and 1% of mystery metal has a combined density of 0.9 kg/m 3 . Perhaps it uses the same mechanic as ice, which is less dense than water because the crystalline structure creates voids in its volume? I...
by Glass Fractal
Thu Nov 10, 2011 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Motion mountain: crackpot?
Replies: 26
Views: 14276

Re: Motion mountain: crackpot?

Astonishingly, it is actually impossible to distinguish an original picture of nature from its mirror image if it does not contain any human traces. In other words, everyday nature is somehow left-right symmetric. I hope this is leading up to a discussion of left-right symmetry breaking, because ot...
by Glass Fractal
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does light move at the speed it does?
Replies: 83
Views: 13333

Re: Why does light move at the speed it does?

Here's a better way to think about it: light goes at the speed of 1. The value 3*10 8 m/s is only generated by our units. It makes a lot more sense to define c as 1 and then go from there. Thus, I win the bet with WarDraft: c's value is 1 in all possible realities, and it has nothing to do with how...
by Glass Fractal
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Poetic Gravity
Replies: 3
Views: 1142

Re: Poetic Gravity

All mass has gravity. Gravitational force decreases by the distance squared, so launching something halfway to the moon will decrease Earths pull on it by 1/6? Relative to the surface of the Earth? I think its more like 1/800 (at the surface your ~7000km from the center of the Earth, half way to th...
by Glass Fractal
Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Goodbye dark matter?
Replies: 18
Views: 3500

Re: Goodbye dark matter?

This certainly sounds like an interesting approach (although it fails to address the problem with galactic rotation which is usually solved by adding dark matter). That said, Annila constantly asserts that Maupertuis derived his principle of least action correctly without, or so it seems from this ...
by Glass Fractal
Sun Oct 16, 2011 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Psychopaths (info and experiences)
Replies: 54
Views: 15272

Re: Psychopaths (info and experiences)

If 1% of the population exhibits the symptoms of psychopathy, we treat that 1%, and afterward, 50% of them stopped exhibiting the symptoms of psychopathy, what would happen--would we determine that psychopathy is treatable 50% of the time, or that 50% of the 1% didn't actually have psychopathy? Wou...
by Glass Fractal
Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the point of space colonies?
Replies: 11
Views: 1610

Re: What is the point of space colonies?

the Martian surface offers all the natural resources and elements necessary to sustain human society


Like arable land and water and a breathable atmosphere . . . no wait that's not right.
by Glass Fractal
Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the point of space colonies?
Replies: 11
Views: 1610

Re: What is the point of space colonies?

They would require constant supplying, and wouldn't be economically beneficial. It's unlikely colonies that a haven't been carefully selected and prepared to be slightly self sufficient or economically useful will be made. When you want to colonize, aren't you just succumbing to materialism? No, yo...
by Glass Fractal
Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Does randomness exist ?
Replies: 48
Views: 6471

Re: Does randomness exist ?

I would not call it deterministic, as you cannot for example determine exactly when a particular individual radioactive atom will decay. Now, wait, what do we mean when we say determinism? If it's that you can't accurately predict the future then even a nonrandom universe could easily be so complex...
by Glass Fractal
Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 28326

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

That's a dead link. Not for my computer. Also, corporations don't have death panels Sure they're just panels that decide if you live or die. Totally different. Face it you're just mindlessly sucking on Ayn Rand's rotting cock and telling yourself that the government is arbitrarily evil. But don't w...
by Glass Fractal
Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is health care a fundemental human right?
Replies: 247
Views: 28326

Re: Is health care a fundemental human right?

Most, if not all. In England, if you are over 50 and have renal failure, the state refuses to pay for treatment. No dialysis unless you pay out of pocket. So, yeah, death panels deciding if a person is 'worth it' and all that. Not like it's all that different from a civic engineer determining if th...
by Glass Fractal
Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 41134

Re: Well, this could change things

supposedly GR ends up creating FTL stuff somehow No it doesn't. I always hear people bring up stuff about non-inertial reference frames? I assume it's some kind of illusion or virtual speed. Relativity, I was taught, was a barrier, not a universal speed limit. If something comes into existence movi...
by Glass Fractal
Thu Sep 22, 2011 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 41134

Re: Well, this could change things

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:What is the likelihood that it was just a random cosmic neutrino in the right place and time? (obviously, IANAS)


It would have to be 15,000 random neutrinos in exactly the right place and time. The odds of that are nil.
by Glass Fractal
Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 41134

Re: Well, this could change things

Is it maybe a general relativity thing that they didn't account for? Gravity, the rotation of the planet and all that stuff? (just throwing that out there, supposedly GR ends up creating FTL stuff somehow)
by Glass Fractal
Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 41134

Re: Well, this could change things

Macbi wrote:Almost certainly misreporting.


Well I can't seem to find CERN's statement on the matter but they have quotes from the scientists about it. More like easily excitable reporting.
by Glass Fractal
Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Physicists - Not all that
Replies: 61
Views: 6346

Re: Physicists - Not all that

CorruptUser wrote:Is that even a science? Maybe color theory...


You could include it in psychology. How to get certain reactions from people, how to generate illusions of depth, texture, and motion.

I doubt it's often studied as a science, though.
by Glass Fractal
Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?
Replies: 122
Views: 11569

Re: G.O.P. vs. Obama: Disrespect or Just Politics?

You're constructing a defense of the way things work by...detailing how they work. Any system of selecting leaders will always select for who plays the system best, not by who is the best leader. We can try to create a system that being a good leader is roughly aligned with playing the system, but ...
by Glass Fractal
Sat Sep 10, 2011 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative energy questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1797

Re: Negative energy questions

AFAIK, it's possible to create negative energy density with the Casimir effect, and possibly other things. I'm just wondering, though, why is this hardly mentioned in the context of QM or a Theory of Everything? Do we know what negative energy particles/fields exist, or is it a case of "Sort o...
by Glass Fractal
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Credible 9/11 anniversary terrorism threat
Replies: 79
Views: 8154

Re: Credible 9/11 anniversary terrorism threat

You've got to wonder about the thought process behind that. It's the one day that Americans are guaranteed to be thinking about terrorism, they're going to be better prepared for it emotionally and in terms of security.

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