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by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

I think that general approach you're suggesting, Tyndmyr, is the correct one, but when carried out to its conclusion you end up with something very unlike your "libertarianism" (though still, broadly speaking, libertarian, as in the discussion we had at length earlier in this thread). Peop...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500568

Re: Trump presidency

Granted, I'm no Not Sure, but I thought the solution to those knock-on effects was pretty obvious. Brawndo could switch to selling water. Maintain their revenue and reduce their costs and watch profits skyrocket. Now everyone has even more moneys and also the plants ain't dead anymore. Coca-Cola had...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500568

Re: Trump presidency

presidents [...] Daniels This thought amuses me. One step closer to President Dwayne Elizondo Herbert Mountain Dew Camacho. Who was still a better president than Trump, because he recognized the smartest man on Earth when he saw him (or well, trusted in the institutional procedures meant to assess ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 21
Views: 2976

Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

Thank you :)

got past the alpha stage and released Beta 1 last night
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 2800

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

"Edgy" seems like a much older term I'm more familiar and comfortable with. It makes me think of people like Eddie Vedder.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500568

Re: Trump presidency

I really think it is the latter. As I was just saying earlier in the "Edgelord" thread in IXCT, lots of politicians I don't like pushing policies I don't like have been elected in my lifetime and I've never felt so emotionally upset about it, and the thing about this election that's differ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 2800

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

late 2016 I came up with a hypothesis that the internet is doing for what you might call "mental disease" (not meant as a synonym of mental illness, but of harmful memes, in the actual, Dawkins sense of the word "meme") what the network of connected cities did for physical diseas...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 2800

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

"salt" in the sense that I've heard it from chan-affiliated subhuman garbage seems to be in some connotation of "tears" (which of course are salty). usage like "lotta salt in here". i mostly hate it for its application against anyone unhappy with the results of the 2016...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 2800

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

in my experience "edgelord" is itself just a flamebait term implying that the only reason someone holds an opinion is to seem "Xtreme" and cool. i've mostly heard it whenever i make any comment anywhere against religion, because apparently the only reason someone might be antirel...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 11868

Re: Consequences of climate change

I'm a little too burnt out to tell if this was your point (or what anyone's point is at the moment), but "in the summer of 2013" and "by the summer of 2013" are different things. The former implies only at least a temporary period of icelessness at that time, the latter implies o...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500568

Re: Trump presidency

When ya' hunt Witches ya' find Witches. I'm sure it wasn't the intention, but given the history of actual witch hunts and the meaning of the idiom about them, it sounds like this is saying that the "witches" now found were only declared witches because someone went looking to call someone...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 106
Views: 23152

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

An umbrella made of pavement sounds like a bad engineering choice. Or is the cafe made of pavement? (Does it even count as pavement if it's not used for a ground surface? Wouldn't that just be concrete? Assuming a cafe/umbrella is not made of asphalt, though maybe that would make more sense than con...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Supervisors
Replies: 11
Views: 815

Re: Supervisors

I'm a supervisor of sorts. Nobody is my employee exactly, but some outside contractors who work for my boss report to me as their liaison with our company, and my boss expects me to make sure that they're doing their work for us correctly. Sometimes I make mistakes in my work, and then when those ou...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

I'm obviously not arguing against an UBI, but without anything else changing, $12.5k/yr would just barely pay my rent and health insurance and nothing else. If I didn't have a bunch of super high obligate expenses like that, then yeah, that'd be a pretty comfortable baseline of money to live off of....
by Pfhorrest
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 3225

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Dyson spheres would emit black body radiation of the average temperature of themselves and their contents, and so glow detectably and not be dark.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Aug 18, 2018 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 3273

Re: 2034: "Equations"

Aleph is Hebrew, not Arabic.

So is bet.

All the standard numerals are Arabic, though.

(Unless you ask an actual Arab, then they're Indian).
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitation 'Beach'
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: Gravitation 'Beach'

Could gravitational waves not be slowed by passing through masses interacting with them, much like light itself can be slowed moving through a medium?

A "gravitation beach" would then be some kind of ginormous wall of mass, somehow?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 2638

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

Surely that's only if you count the absolute number of businesses though, right? If you take into account the number of employees or the number of computers purchased, the large companies are going to dwarf the small ones? Seems like a bit of a weird metric. This reminds me of a derivative of somet...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 3273

Re: 2034: "Equations"

Also, that "quantum gravity" expression... actually, several of the things on this... are not even equations. It's not an equation without an equals sign.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

i've addressed all of this before and i'm not going to do it again, except to say: when you return something to a rental company, if they are going to hold you responsible for damages etc they have to have some way to know if you have damaged it. if they have that, they can just as easily tell if yo...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

You don’t need capital up front because you just start making payments like you would if you were renting, just after enough payments you can stop. And yeah, it is a lot like rent in the circumstances that rent would be convenient, and less like rent the more the circumstances are ones that rent wou...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 17, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

Short-term "rentals" would look a lot like actual rent today, but be technically back-and-forth sales of used goods on installment. The "rental company" would be in the business of selling for more than they buy back for, and relying on people to accept the difference and sell ba...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitation 'Beach'
Replies: 11
Views: 684

Re: Gravitation 'Beach'

I think the sound wave analogy does work better than the water waves because AFAIK gravitational waves are compression waves, not transverse waves. (In what dimension could they even be transverse?)

The Higgs field has nothing to do with gravity BTW. No more than any other fields, at least.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

You'd certainly get a price drop from the initial dumping, but you'd also reduce the profit margin on new construction. The cost of construction is absolutely trivial compared to the cost of land, especially when modular construction is a thing. The structure I live in could be purchased new for ar...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

Essentially, it's simply saying that someone can only sell a property, not merely rent it. That is the point, yes. Renting will become as unaffordable as buying. Maybe technically true, but because the cost of buying will be forced to come down. Landlords who can't be landlords anymore will have no...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

rewinding back to the topic of unaffordable housing, i just remembered a point i wanted to make back then but forget: a shortage of places to live is not the problem facing the people stuck renting in expensive places, because THEY ALL LIVE THERE ALREADY so obviously there are places enough for them...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 2638

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

I wonder if a world of ubiquitous human-intelligence labor (i.e. robots) would change the economics here, since the major factor seems to be it's not worth a human's time to figure out what's wrong with something and make it better. In the old completely pre-automation economy, was it still cheaper ...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 2638

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

Also: was he using WFW3.11 and skipped the next one, or was WFW3.11 the first one he skipped? You might have an off-by-one error.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 3382

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

I don't even understand the sense of the phrase "Word Puzzle" being used here. Like, I grok that it's some sort of puzzle involving words, but I don't know what there is to be solved, what a solution would look like, how one is supposed to proceed looking for one, or anything like that. Ca...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 21
Views: 2976

Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

I discovered a single numerical configuration value that has been set wrong in Eternal for over a decade, changing which radically improves the quality of lighting across the entire scenario, and now even the people who thought it sucked think it looks pretty awesome. :)
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

FWIW I am planning on investing in real estate via Fundrise starting probably next year so as to help offset the costs of my own rent and accelerate the time I can stop paying it. I don't consider it hypocrisy because so long as I'm not making more off other people's rent than I'm having to pay on m...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

ETA (or nope, ninja'd): now if I just had piles and piles of money sitting around unused and wanted to use them to get even more money, then yeah, that'd be a good idea, if by "good" you mean "exploitative". Buy a house, collect rent on it. But absent those piles of money, it's r...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

I would have to borrow money to buy the house to rent it out, so not only would it come with an extra job built in, it would come with extra rent built in (just on money instead of land), which largely cancel each other out. Also, you know, I'd need a huge pile of money that I'm not saving toward th...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

I mean yeah I guess if a bunch of other people want to pack in like sardines I could just say fuck em so long as I get mine, but that seems like an attitude that's not indicative of a healthy social situation. On the topic of people moving in to California but all of the poor people moving out: if e...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8230
Views: 1268845

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

congrats!
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

I agree that HOA fees are still not as bad as rent, as far as justice is concerned, since the HOA is owned by the homeowners so like you say it's basically forced savings. But as far as acquiring a safe place that you can't be thrown out of no matter how hard you hit rock bottom, which is the bare m...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

Building apartments doesn't really help with escaping from rent though because apartments are inherently rental housing. Yeah, you can "own" a condo which is basically an apartment, but not without paying HOA fees which are basically the same as rent inasmuch as you get kicked out of your ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

Thing is you're comparing medians to medians, and yeah if I could afford to pay median rental prices I could also afford to buy because both are ridiculously huge. What matters is the low end, and there simply is not housing available for purchase at prices comparable to the low end of rent, so the ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

i dont know what kind of blissful fantasy land you people are looking at but for hundreds if not thousands of miles from where i am, i'd need to put hundreds of thousands of dollars down (close to half the cost) before the INTEREST ALONE on the CHEAPEST PLACE TO BUY is less than the rent i'm paying ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22225

Re: Libertarianism

Because, at least in the housing options I’ve looked at, the amount you pay towards principal is basically just what you would have otherwise been saving while renting, so mortgaging doesn’t amount to anything different than renting while saving until you can afford to buy outright in cash. I used t...

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