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by cphite
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 188268

Re: Citizen's Wage

... Yeah, I know how Google and Facebook make money. Does that mean their capital is "socially produced", as in, I should get a share of those earnings because I worked hard to post on Facebook/search on Google? I get the impression you agree that that argument is garbage, but you never a...
by cphite
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 188268

Re: Citizen's Wage

“Firstly the technologies were funded by some government grant; secondly every time you search for something on Google, you contribute to Google’s capital,” he said. “And who gets the returns from capital? Google, not you. “So now there is no doubt capital is being socially produced, and the return...
by cphite
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479156

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You guys keep assuming I'm having good ideas, when I already said I don't. In any case, I never said outlaw these pieces of writing. I said curate, and notify, and provide more information. Well, they are already offering to do that, but it's very tricky. On what basis are "they" qualifie...
by cphite
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

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 cphite
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7710

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

I dunno man. The Mandala effect proves that people are able to live with the perception of massive unexplained changes without substantively altering their lifestyle, even if they do change their metaphysical views or whatever. It proves no such thing. The Mandala Effect is about people misremember...
by cphite
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7710

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

So an average simulation could consist of mostly very primitive pathfinding AI, a few linguistic expert systems, and only a handful of genuine human or above human intelligences, without cuing anyone in. Once the behavior of the individual is predictable, you know the exact amount of computation re...
by cphite
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7710

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

So, here are the premises: 1. It will be possible to simulate human level intelligence in our lifetimes 2. It will be possible to use brain scanning technology to clone the patterns of conscious personality that compose a human being within our lifetimes 3. Regulation regarding this will move more ...
by cphite
Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 30925

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Yeah, I agree that forcibly separating people ideologically has some very severe and obvious problems. I was implicitly suggesting an alternative. Allow the states more autonomy and people can freely choose to live somewhere that more closely matches their political philosophy. No force necessary a...
by cphite
Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 30925

Re: Breaking Up the United States

this seems a bit too impossible and unlikely to happen but i just wanna say i think that it's really smart if we could separate people by their beliefs into territories a bit more directly. get lots of diversity in terms of what different states can do. that way one group of people can keep their b...
by cphite
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 33054

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

The morality of antifa violence. So aside from a snide Normandy vs Dresden response, I ask again what is the limit of the violence that people here are deeming morally acceptable? And perhaps more importantly, how are you drawing that line? For me, an imminent threat of bodily harm justifies a viol...
by cphite
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 33054

Re: The same fucking thread it's been this entire time.

↶ I don't read minds and I have no idea why you chose that example. Because it was the only thing I could think of that would make it an interesting argument "coming from me". I don't understand what you think was odd about it, considering that throughout this entire thread people have ma...
by cphite
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 872805

Re: Police misbehavior thread

That's the view of that one lawyer who that whole article was about. Hard to extend that to police in general without further evidence. There are tens of millions of contacts between police officers and suspects in a given year, and there are maybe 1,500-2,000 that result in someone being shot. Tha...
by cphite
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 872805

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Georgia tech student killed by police. Student was an LGBT activist. According to videos, student was holding a pocket knife and screaming "shoot me", possible mental breakdown and/or spontaneous suicide by cop, sad nonetheless, bullets are a pretty horrific treatment for mental illness. ...
by cphite
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 872805

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Georgia tech student killed by police. Student was an LGBT activist. According to videos, student was holding a pocket knife and screaming "shoot me", possible mental breakdown and/or spontaneous suicide by cop, sad nonetheless, bullets are a pretty horrific treatment for mental illness. ...
by cphite
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 9972

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

I have to disagree with the one about bringing a knife to a gun fight - at close range, a knife can be highly effective against someone holding a gun.

Also, a metal lid can be used against someone wielding a knife; so that one should at least be yellow instead of red.
by cphite
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 33054

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

And some of those nonviolent religious leaders thanked Antifa for protecting their lives in Charlottesville. Right. In this specific incident, antifa actually traded blows with some really awful people who are just about as deserving of an ass-kicking as people can be. However, in numerous other in...
by cphite
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 33054

Re: Trump presidency

Pretty sure that punching someone who is claiming that they're going to exterminate you and your family is defensive violence. The problem with the whole punching nazis craze is that very few of the people who end up punched are actually nazis. It quickly devolves into punching anyone who you happe...
by cphite
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

What is under discussion is giving civilian police the weapons of international war, under the guise of "protection". Because heroes. People keep getting caught up on this concept of these being weapons (or vehicles or whatever) "of war" but that term really doesn't mean anythin...
by cphite
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: null

You do know in America them there things are legal for private citizens. The public is better armed than the average cop. Ever more dollars allocated to hardware and not personnel. You know people collect tanks right? We don't expect the Police to regularly use Tanks to conduct their day-to-day act...
by cphite
Mon Aug 28, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?
Replies: 9
Views: 4038

Re: Do you think that's ideology you're breathing?

@Schol-R-LEA: If there is no choice, why are you pretending to start a discussion? Your words, your choices, their all preordained. As far as you are concerned, you have no choice, you have no rational decisions or statements you can make. You think you have educated us about some deeper truth that...
by cphite
Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

3. It only matters during near 100% eclipse, because while it looks "dark" there is actually a ton of light energy and your pupils don't dilate as they normally would; don't look at the sun. Light energy being non-visible light energy? Like IR and UV? That would be my guess, they didn't e...
by cphite
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

It is indeed their job to protect the POTUS from himself. Yeah, but there isn't a whole lot they're reasonably going to do in this case more than say "Hey, dumbass... stop looking at the sun." And the danger during a partial solar eclipse comes from your pupils dilating because it's much ...
by cphite
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

I did say "more like", as in, in the direction of: Greens are generally more socialist and egalitarian, Libertarians are generally more, well, libertarian, and I'd like to see the extreme poles of the political spectrum be extreme liberty and extreme equality instead of moderately-both an...
by cphite
Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows 10 Automatic Update
Replies: 11
Views: 4860

Re: Windows 10 Automatic Update

One simple way to prevent these if you're using a wireless connection is to set it to metered... Open Settings Open the Network & Internet section Open Wi-Fi and click Advanced Options Toggle Set as metered connection to On Windows won't automatically download stuff over a metered connection, an...
by cphite
Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Empty Suit Presidency

That clock expired at the buzzer unfortunately. They have nukes. They could pop a submarine up in Tokyo harbor at any moment. Detonate remotely or have the crew give it all for the fatherland. Even a fizzle would send a very powerful message. And if they can do it there they can do it on the coast ...
by cphite
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

As for the nukes thing, I think it's unlikely that NK would use them, even if it has them in an available state, even in the event of a large conflict breaking out. The reason - and this is just my own personal opinion - is that above and beyond all else, the regime wants to survive. They talk a lo...
by cphite
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

To take that to the next level. Do we cut our losses and take them out now, knowing there will be some casualties. Or do we wait and risk a potential conflict in the future where North Korea may have a nuke at the tip of one of those missles with the ability to take out an even larger population. M...
by cphite
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

Have to be careful when making comparisons between how we fought the gulf war vs how we will fight north korea. North Korea may have a large standing army, but they don't have the vehicles, etc. to support such a large army. Iraq had very strong armored divisions with a lot of tanks and support veh...
by cphite
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

order for a military strike to be successful, it would have to be absolutely staggering. We'd need to deal massive damage, very quickly, all along the border to take out their artillery; while at the same time hitting several very well fortified missile sites all simultaneously. And the thing is......
by cphite
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah... I find that one pretty hard to believe. Best case scenario, China is flooded with millions of starving refugees; worst case, they're flooded with millions of starving refugees while also dealing with the fallout from the US nuclear response. I've always found the idea that China, with a pop...
by cphite
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

From a comment on that news article (not my words): There is another possibility that people never seem to recognize. What if China is OK with NK using nukes against SK and Japan? that would take out their two biggest economic rivals in Asia and make China dominant. NK would hurt us if we hit them,...
by cphite
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

North Korea actually has an army, unlike the other locations we've invaded. And since we haven't completely pulled out of Iraq / Afghanistan yet, its unlikely that we have the military strength to wage war against NK. Iraq had the 4th largest military at the beginning of the second Gulf War; so it'...
by cphite
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How would you change the U.S. tax system?
Replies: 197
Views: 28824

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

One solution: communism No. Communism is a terrible system. (I'm very young, forgive my ignorance and upbringing) Couldn't everyone be taxed %10 on all the money they make? Deductions(refunds?) could then be given based on that persons situation. Why should the rich pay a higher percentage? They al...
by cphite
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Unnecessary SWAT Use
Replies: 9
Views: 3125

Re: Unnecessary SWAT Use

In the third example, it's not SWAT that really caused the problem. The police were in a tough situation - they have a kid who they know is armed, barricaded, and who has already threatened to shoot someone. At that point they are obligated to stay until the situation is resolved. No matter how sure...
by cphite
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

The ACA already has minimum coverage / catastrophic plans defined . The ACA has plans that it calls "catastrophic" plans but they are not - they are still subject to the "essential benefits" defined by the ACA including things like maternity, substance abuse, mental health - whi...
by cphite
Tue Jul 18, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

I'm not fluent in politics - do they need 51 (or 50+tie breaker) votes to repeal, or do they just need a majority? And does a repeal have to go through the house as well? I have heard conflicting reports on this. My understanding is that they can only repeal the parts that deal with revenue generat...
by cphite
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410136

Re: Trump presidency

Wut? (And is he using the same "transparent" as when defending his "open" family member? Really, I don't think Trump can substantiate his claim to "know the best words"...) And I'll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs...
by cphite
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 5969

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

I would worry less about them mistaking fiction for fact, and more about them basing their impression of our species on our fiction. Imagine you're an alien scientist looking through Earth fiction... where probably 90% of stories that involve aliens (beings non-native to Earth) involve humans fight...
by cphite
Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 5969

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

CorruptUser wrote:Three Rules Church? I belong to the Church of Three Rules. Fuck those splitters. And the People's Rule of Three Churches.


Church of Three Rules, or Church of Three Rules Reformed?
by cphite
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 5969

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

If they are so advanced that they can read our sf, i'd assume they are smart enough not to take it as description of reality, galaxy quest style. https://what-if.xkcd.com/47/ That whatif sort of touches on, at least, the radio side of transmissions. Which gets me to my main point of, if aliens are ...

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