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by Zamfir
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1201
Views: 172504

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

In any case it seems the method for calculating the bill has been agreed upon so we'll get the final score soon. Nigel Farage is predictably furious. This was one of those Brexit aspects that really annoyed me. If it wasn't for the heavy pressure from the EU,the UK was apparently planning to just w...
by Zamfir
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7234
Views: 540541

Re: Trump presidency

Completely agreed; what bad-faith coverage does is undermine and discredit the opinions of one's own side. The right had a lot of legitimate criticisms about Obama during the last 8 years, but because of the rampant conspiracy theories surround him, his place of birth, whether or not he's a Muslim/...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 12537

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

But I'm open to the idea that a broader understanding could (or should) go beyond just the intellectual arguments on areas of disagreement. I put that in my top post, but I haven't expanded on it because I don't know what it would look like in an app. But why do you want a dedicated app ( or an onl...
by Zamfir
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Maximizing 2 Variables
Replies: 19
Views: 4101

Re: Maximizing 2 Variables

If an objective function can find the value that maximizes variables weighted by their importance, then what does Hardin's quote mean? That there is not always an impartial, 'technical' method to pick an objective function. Pick one objective function to get this answer, pick another function to ge...
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 11501

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

I think a more illustrative modification to the thought experiment is to imagine that the guy in the room just memorizes his rulebooks, and then you let him out of the room. Human beings just cannot memorize large (computer-sized) amounts of precise, context-free data. Let alone perform exact opera...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 11501

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

I have never understood how the guy is supposed to change anything about the argument. He's clearly crucial - if we imagine a silicon CPU in the room instead of the guy, it's not The Chinese Room Argument anymore. Its another argument. But if the guy was only pedalling to provide power to the room, ...
by Zamfir
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 90422

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Given that we're liberating chemical energy, then this should be fairly similar to the detonation of an apple-sized explosive charge, right?
by Zamfir
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 202297

Re: Citizen's Wage

No, but it requires you to raise more money because you have to pay out a percentage to everyone. It's equivalent to passing a law that says for every $4 in government consumption and investment, you must pay $1 to the public as a citizen's dividend. Sure, but that $1 will come from taxes. If you'r...
by Zamfir
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 202297

Re: Citizen's Wage

You make arguments for why the Netherlands doesn't do that today, but if it's all to fund a UBI those points are fairly irrelevant; sure medical and government are taxed, but everyone gets a rebate equal to the amount increased per person, so they can afford it. I can't follow you here. My points a...
by Zamfir
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7234
Views: 540541

Re: Trump presidency

There are like 20.000 people in the Saudi royal family, right?

Surely there are some buttocks there, that you would be allowed to go near.
by Zamfir
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 202297

Re: Citizen's Wage

For my numbers to be accurate it would require that you charge VAT on all production including government consumption and investment. Also, many items in the Netherlands are taxed at 6% and if I understand what I'm looking up, education and medicine are exempt. EDIT: There are also issues with it b...
by Zamfir
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 202297

Re: Citizen's Wage

but in the end if you have a 25% VAT to fund a UBI that is 20% of your economy, There's something off here. For comparison, the Netherland have a VAT of 21% on most goods, and 6% on as smaller subset. This raises around 50 billion euro, or 7% of GDP. I am too lazy to do the calculation, but a full-...
by Zamfir
Tue Oct 24, 2017 5:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 11786

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

@sardia, It seems a matter of degree. Some amount of selfish political calculation is accepted even by the opposing judges, just not every amount. The question under debate is not whether the state government was acting in its partisan interest when it made the map, but where it becomes 'too much'. ...
by Zamfir
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 11786

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

Bias can be measured as the minimum number of additional votes Democrats would need to make the distribution proportional to within less than one seat based on the actual vote, if that additional vote is distributed proportionally to each district. Thing is, they are not obliged to aim for proporti...
by Zamfir
Sat Oct 21, 2017 11:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 11786

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

None of this has to do with the persistent bias SCOTUS has against mathematical arguments. This case is hardly evidence for that, though. One more democratic judge, and the court would have loved mathematical arguments. Unless the arguments would be against their party, then they would have dismiss...
by Zamfir
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 11786

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

. It would be good to have some changes to make third-parties more viable, but explicitly enshrining party affiliation into the system at a fundamental level seems like throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and into the frying pan Party affiliation becomes a rather different thing in PR systems...
by Zamfir
Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7234
Views: 540541

Re: Trump presidency

If you zoom in on particular policies, your can easily lose the forest for the trees. After all, there are many more areas where Trump (and his cabinet!) are following in the standard republican tradition, or at least closer than to anything a democratic presidential might have done. But even if we ...
by Zamfir
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323262

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

You have to admit, the 'of' construction is cleaner. I personally can't tell when the 'of' construction is acceptable. English seems to favour the genitive here for - "the rake of Jesus is in the outhouse" feels slightly off? Dutch has the same 2 constructions, plus a third option for name...
by Zamfir
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7234
Views: 540541

Re: Trump presidency

There's a difference between voting just because of the party affiliation, and tending to vote for one party because they tend to align best with your policy preferences. That's like the joke of the irregular verbs, isn't it? I vote for the party that best aligns with with my policy preferences, yo...
by Zamfir
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14874
Views: 2323262

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

Another problem his how you do possessives when a name ends in an 's'.

" The best of Elvis"
by Zamfir
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7234
Views: 540541

Re: Trump presidency

I may be cynical, but most people will vote entirely based on the (R) or (D) next to the name on the ballot. But are they wrong? If someone agrees with the Republican platform on most issues, then surely Trump is a better president (in their eyes) than Clinton? Even if they also think that he's a l...
by Zamfir
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is Wealth?
Replies: 10
Views: 4849

Re: What is Wealth?

I agree that we as a culture (early 21st ct western/globalised culture) mean material wealth when we say wealth. I therefore second Zohar's claim. We use 'material' for two very different concepts. On the one hand, it refers to tangible objects. Material wealth is having physical stuff. On the othe...
by Zamfir
Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Uranium more Common than Zinc
Replies: 10
Views: 2985

Re: Uranium more Common than Zinc

Wikipedia? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abundance_of_elements_in_Earth%27s_crust Has a table comparing several sources Edit: TIL that noble metals are actually rare due to their nobility. Since they do not react to form stone-like materials, they do not float on iron. And therefore most Gold$$$$ ...
by Zamfir
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7234
Views: 540541

Re: Trump presidency

It was reported that Sec of State Tillerson called Trump a "moron", along with other comments. Tillerson went to the press to deny the other comments and, when asked, refused to address the moron comment. I wonder how close we are to the Cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment and declaring t...
by Zamfir
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 11687

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Anyway, I've lost track of the point of all this. Your consciousness is your soul, so is it worth is to, like Faust, sell (a copy of) your soul in exchange for immediate worldly rewards in this life, at the cost of unknown and possibly immeasurably negative consequences for your soul in another lif...
by Zamfir
Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals
Replies: 14
Views: 4990

Re: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals

Based on previous runs, you might be able to define limits on the spikiness of the function. Not just width, also height. As a rough sketch: you go through all local maximums in old datasets, measure their peak height from the neighbouring minima, and measure the area (integral) of the peak. This mi...
by Zamfir
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 11687

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

I'm not asking about the morals. I'm asking about who is willing to pay me money to torture a version of me for eternity. Based on the real-world, there are plenty of people willing to pay for slaves. The typical reason seems to be to put the slaves to work, not to torture them. As in, the work mig...
by Zamfir
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals
Replies: 14
Views: 4990

Re: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals

From your description, you can't do a multi-stage approach, right? You cannot do a coarse sweep first, then zoom in on promising regions, because those samples will be lost?
by Zamfir
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 11687

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

This is basically like selling a child into slavery? You create a new person (or something techno-magical that rather resembles a new person), then you sell it off.

It seems rather straightforward: no, you shouldn't be a buyer or a seller. And people who do anyway should go to to jail?
by Zamfir
Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31479

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

You can't move far in that direction. Make the EU much stronger, and Brussels becomes the new London/Madrid/Paris etc, the oppressive center (either in fact or in perception) that people want to get out under. Brexit is a thing already, there is not much stretch left in the system.
by Zamfir
Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earthquake in Mexico: 09/19/17
Replies: 8
Views: 4078

Re: Earthquake in Mexico: 09/19/17

That's serious... I can only wish you the best of luck
by Zamfir
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 50299

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

How much improvement would people expect from something like hate speech laws in the US?
by Zamfir
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 50299

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

And yet, Dick d'Spencer hasn't been in public much since he injured someone's fist with his face From his POV, those Charlottesville marches must count as serious successes? I am open to the idea that, on average, some violence helps to scare people away from Nazism. I am not convinced, but perhaps...
by Zamfir
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31479

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

I'm surprised you haven't mentioned the underlying reason. Money. Aren't Catalans much richer than the rest of the country? They don't appreciate their money going to others. Thats one of those patterns that explain everything, except when they do not. Catalonia is richer than average, so money is ...
by Zamfir
Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31479

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

That's a bit of circular reasoning there... that word "nation" was put in by the Catalonian parliament, and it's not accepted by the Spanish courts.
by Zamfir
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 31479

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

I mean, most countries that achieved independence did so as rebels and traitors. Spanish law didn't permit the Netherlands from becoming independent. Why shouldn't the dutch be part of Spain today? That was not the situation in the 16th century. The various Dutch provinces were not part of Spain, a...
by Zamfir
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 50299

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

One possible place to draw it is at the minimum level needed to get the Nazi to stop.

This is unclear to me . To stop doing what?
by Zamfir
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 50299

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

People are being hurt and killed right the fuck now.

And there are already laws against this, and self defense clauses, all without controversy. The controversial part is punching people who are not doing the hurting and the killing , however despicable they might be in other regards.
by Zamfir
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 50299

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

A (really useless and frustrating) politician in Israel was asked what his position on marijuana legalization is. He answered "Well it's illegal", which is the most stupid and dumb response I can think of. Laws can be changed, and they can be changed according to developments in our under...
by Zamfir
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7939776

Re: Thoughts for ships

The strangest funeral I went to, was my wife's grandfather, lets call him John. John was not very religious, but he had been a conservative pillar of the local catholic community. Head of the financial board, of the church charity, etc. John was a stubborn guy, and his funeral plan was simple: Like ...

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