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by Zamfir
Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 37717

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

So, you are looking for f(X) =[ Enew (X) - Ecurrent(X)] / Ecurrent(X) With E (X)= P(X)/x Correct? You don't need effective tax rates for that, you can just work with the tax itself, since the 1/x terms cancel out. Therefore, f(X) = [ Pnew (X) - Pcurrent(X)] / Pcurrent(X) Now the numerator term is si...
by Zamfir
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 37717

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

Now you've lost me, sorry.
by Zamfir
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 37717

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

If we change the current U.S. marginal tax system such that the first bracket is taxed at 15% and the second is taxed at 20%, then what is a function that gives the change in effective tax for a given income? Ok, you want a function that describes the difference( in effective tax rate )between the ...
by Zamfir
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 37717

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

@ jewish scientist, let's see if I understand your question: Second, if I change the current system such that the M1 = 0.15 and M2 = 0.20, then what is f(x) when /\E = f(x)? Looking at a post from you above, then you define f(x) like this: P= x*f(x) with P = income taxes owed x = pre-tax income Now ...
by Zamfir
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21688

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I have to wonder, why focus on such a level of detail? Suppose there is a world where the only remaining wealth differences are because some people go to more concerts, and others get more underpants and a bigger TV. Compared to our world, that's virtually the same as wealth equality. If such things...
by Zamfir
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 37717

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

Why is Zamfir's plan SO great?! Because the plan can generate as much tax income as you want, from a finite tax base. Edit: I'll add a serious part of this empty post: First, what is the equation for P in terms of x, Mn and Bn that does not call another function? k is the largest value such that B[...
by Zamfir
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 37717

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

It's true that we probably don't want an M that isn't integrable, Axually, I see possibilities here. Proposal for a change in the US tax code, as per the OP. In four easy steps: 1. The Vitali Tax Bracket Plan. This modifies the tax rate to some textbook non-Lebesque-integrable function. Obviously, ...
by Zamfir
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 26547

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

But you were Wrong On The Internet, and I couldn't let that slide. Also, I was stuck with a baby on my lap, so I had time to kill.
by Zamfir
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 21688

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I'll run through the the post step by step, is that OK? here's the break down of our current system. the government does not issue the currency, the "federal reserve" does. Yes. the federal reserve is a privately owned bank. Technically yes, but that is more of an historic quirk. The US go...
by Zamfir
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 26547

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

Etymology is a dubious guide to pronunciation. If you trace the word back 2000 years, why stop there? Why not go back 3000 years? And if it's so important to back 2000 years, why use the modern mandarin word? For comparison, America comes from Amerigo, the Italian version of a medieval name whose mo...
by Zamfir
Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 26547

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

CorruptUser wrote:Which is funny since we mispronounce "Qina" as "China". Make the CH sound by sticking your tongue to the top of your mouth rather than right behind your teeth.

Filthy gueilo.

China is not a Chinese word, it's unclear to me what 'mispronunciation' would mean.
by Zamfir
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323771

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

That is the best story. It's completely crazy, but every step makes sense.

Plus the suggestion that at some point, someone will ask 'grandpa, how did you meet grandma'.
by Zamfir
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 50348

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Are Nazis popping up over there as well? I didn't think you'd have people with guns and swastikas marching down towns with local armed police idly standing by. The guns and the swastikas can get you in legal trouble, but they try. A typical picture from the NVU, the Dutch People Union: http://www.a...
by Zamfir
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 50348

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Grop, I have similar experiences, but is that really relevant? The origin of this discussion was a specific series of events: the protest and counter protest in Charlottesville, the lethal car attack that followed, and the responses from Trump, especially his insistence to blame 'both sides'. And th...
by Zamfir
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323771

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

From the article: Many now see promise in bike-sharing, with the domestic news media hailing it as one of China’s four great modern inventions, drawing a comparison with the ancient inventions of gunpowder, paper, printing and the compass. I am glad to see that tech-puffery is a worldwide phenomenon...
by Zamfir
Sat Sep 02, 2017 5:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323771

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

You are missing the point. Kushner's company may be bankrupt, but he doesn't owe a dime, personally. He will just go on to ruin other companies, just like Trump. He might have lost some investment money, but if he's really clever, it was someone else's investment money As I read it, the mortgage is...
by Zamfir
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 26547

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

Dr34m(4+(h3r wrote:Bernie is shaping up to be America's Trotsky.

In charge of the red army, ousted once the enemies of the revolution have been defeated?
by Zamfir
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

Looks like he "doesn't want to cause controversy", but sounds like Trump is still planning on pardoning him. Ah well, there goes that hope. I would think it would be in Trump's best interest not to pardon him until after the appeal. If the appeal is successful, the same result is achieved...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 144
Views: 38267

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

Moo wrote:
Zamfir wrote:Another little Zamfir![img]
Congratumalations!

Dankuwel
by Zamfir
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

Boris Johnson
by Zamfir
Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

Again, it's the actual actions that warrant being punched in the nose, not the actions associated with the group that one belongs to. If these blacks riot, it's still wrong to punch those other blacks in the nose. You're smart enough to see the difference between ' being black' and 'calling for gen...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

Can he survive this?
by Zamfir
Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 939525

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Not sure which (if any) other countries have a similar system Dutch system has the same principle, called a 'policy sepot' - public prosecution can decide not to pursue a case, if this is deemed against the 'general interest'. The typical case is a relatively minor offense where the defendant has a...
by Zamfir
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

To be clear, this is the state-run chinese newspaper. I assume this is more or less equivalent to the government making the announcement. Nah, if you want the official position of the chinese government, you look at the official statements from the Chinese government. The people's daily and the glo...
by Zamfir
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

Thing is, this could easily be Trump's 9/11. If NK does anything the harms US citizens people are going to back military action there. Isn't this running ahead of the actual events? North Korea is testing missiles, something other countries do as well. Their recent threat was to launch a missile in...
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Foolish question debunked. Move on, nothing to see.
Replies: 80
Views: 11487

Re: Does the Banach–Tarski Paradox prove that you can't see the edge of the universe?

disclaimer: I haven't ridden a bicycle since like 5th grade

Of all the concepts in this thread, I found this the hardest to wrap my head around.
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wave Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2957

Re: Wave Questions

the intensity is pressure * volume I assume you meant to write velocity, not volume? @wumpus: there are several physical quantities in a sound field that are proportional to each other. Particle velocity, pressure (relative to average pressure), density (relative to average density), displacement. ...
by Zamfir
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wave Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 2957

Re: Wave Questions

Wumpus, I can't fully follow your argument, but it feels off. I think you're missing a square somewhere - destructive interference decreases magnitude of the Fourier coefficient, constructive interference increases it, each with equal odds. But power is proportional to magnitude squared, so the expe...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 304255

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

hopefully, they'll defeat these problems. The Mazda engine will have a regular spark plug, so presumably they intend to use that for the cases where HCCI struggles. It's enough if they can use it in a narrow band, as long as that band matches typical cruising performance. I have seen these HCCI ini...
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

Do you mean that your post disappears, or refuses to post? Might be a spam filter thing. If you send me the post as PM, I'll take a look.
by Zamfir
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

I don't know if war is the only way to deal with North Korea, but the situation is very despairing... Where does this despair come from? To the point that you would consider warfare as an option? I am quoting you as an example, but the same question applies to others. Every few years there is a Nor...
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

Pretty common practice for friendly publications to seek white house counsel on things.
'Things' is rather general. This is about a specific thing , namely spreading the rumour that the democratic party murders people.
by Zamfir
Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 37717

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

I am really confused. I was talking about the first set of tables here. You talk about using a continuous function to avoid a "spike in taxes owed caused by a small increase in income" . But those tables already describe continuous functions that avoid such spikes. So it's unclear what yo...
by Zamfir
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

I have by now seen many, many years of American health care debates fly past, and it seems like there is only one politically relevant question: how much should rich people and healthy people contribute to the healthcare of poor and sick people. That's the fundamental disagreement, everything else i...
by Zamfir
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

To stay with the Russian theme of his presidency, I suggest Tesla Coils from Red Alert.
by Zamfir
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries
Replies: 144
Views: 38267

Re: Parenting - Gushes, Rants, Advice & Worries

Another little Zamfir!Image
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

And honestly, if there is such a strong advantage to us, then that means that it is much better for other countries to form an alliance like the EU where they all agree they will only negotiate collectively. Because such an alliance is easy, quick and not at all controversial! Just look at the EU. ...
by Zamfir
Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 226
Views: 55990

Re: Let's Talk Money

Perhaps this is too obvious to mention, but what I found useful: make a "history" table for a car model you're interested in. Define a model your interested in, including engine and trim level. Go to a used car website, and find a 2 year old, 4 year old, down to 10 year example of that sam...
by Zamfir
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hydrodynamic Levitation
Replies: 35
Views: 5574

Re: Hydrodynamic Levitation

Thanks, but the Coandă effect explains it sufficiently for me. The effect will actually work on glass. You can see it by holding a round water glass in a stream. Neither of those are the Coanda effect, though. These are surface tension effects, something unrelated. The Coanda effect is about turbul...
by Zamfir
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7242
Views: 540938

Re: Trump presidency

In Snow Crash, people listened to Reason

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