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by cphite
Mon May 06, 2019 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 2951

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Also, do you think that other governments are inherently more competent to run these systems than the US? I mean, technically the CDC is run by the US government, what makes you think that you can't get another government agency to run healthcare like the rest of the world. Just to be clear, I'm no...
by cphite
Mon May 06, 2019 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 2951

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Sad that America as a whole rejects what seems the most equitable solution: The rich subsidise the poor... Meh. Frankly, a lot of us who reject the idea of government healthcare in the US aren't rejecting it because of who is paying... we're rejecting it because we don't believe the US government i...
by cphite
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 2951

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

I have this idea for how healthcare should be provided in an industrialized, Western society, but there is a really big flaw. There is one underlying assumption, without which the whole argument in favor of this system becomes magnitudes weaker. "The purpose of a healthcare system is to provid...
by cphite
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is it possible to escape from a black hole using another black hole?
Replies: 56
Views: 2293

Re: Is it possible to escape from a black hole using another black hole?

If a probe entered a blank hole event horizon, then immediately after, the black hole passed by another black hole in such a way that a pocket of reduced gravity is created in the section of the event horizon where the probe is located, would be possible for the probe to surf that gravity pocket an...
by cphite
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Help Installing Windows 10
Replies: 4
Views: 583

Re: Help Installing Windows 10

If it worked normally after deleting your partitions it sounds like you had a drive issue. It's entirely possible that it was a logical issue - in which case re-partitioning solved it and you're good to go; but I would suggest checking the SMART data on the drive and making sure there isn't some und...
by cphite
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8571
Views: 807737

Re: Trump presidency

"Yes, they were obviously acting unethically and harming the entire country, but it's not clear they have actually violated the letter of the law." - How the law works for rich people Barr has increased his definition of what constitutes breaking the law for the president. Barr mentioned ...
by cphite
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Re: Ads on the night sky

Pepsi has signed up with a Russian tech startup to be the first to project an advertisement on the night sky with a network satellites. This is not a joke. Please read more here: https://futurism.com/pepsi-orbital-billboard-night-sky I bring this to SB, in part, to make people aware; but more impor...
by cphite
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 21
Views: 1655

Re: Julian assange arrested

I'm pretty sure Assange would have had better odds if he had let himself get extradited when it first came up. His odds of getting a juror that won't convict him have to be a lot lower since he published the Democrats' emails. If the activity is considered a crime in both countries, he can be extra...
by cphite
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 21
Views: 1655

Re: Julian assange arrested

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London Julian Assange has been ejected from the Ecuador embassy and subsequently arrested by the English police. The US justice department has finally revealed what they plan to charge him with: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/wikileaks-founder-...
by cphite
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 679815

Re: The Darker Side of the News

My brother works in IT, at one company he was taken aside one day and informed he'd been made redundant, and had to leave immediately. I can't remember his exact position, think he worked in operations or something, clearly something with enough potential to do serious damage if he'd wanted to. Fir...
by cphite
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1091650

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My understanding is that in a Grand Jury hearing, the defense doesn't actually present any evidence or make any arguments. Much easier to win when the other side isn't playing. It's not really a matter of winning. The purpose of a Grand Jury hearing is for the prosecution to demonstrate that it act...
by cphite
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1091650

Re: Police misbehavior thread

1. Dude is acting unhinged, so I clutch my pearls and call the cops. Unless they are acting violently, there's no reason to call. People die from police response because of this currently, and if you make this sort of call in most Oakland neighborhoods, then you are the problem, not them. They don'...
by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1091650

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Something that might be a useful note in this discussion: last time a topic like this came up, it became clear that some people were considering whatever organization would enforce the rules of whatever ideal justice system to be "not police", and "police" by definition to be th...
by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1091650

Re: Police misbehavior thread

To those who say it's impossible by definition to be good and be a cop, how do you propose that laws be enforced? Or do you propose that laws not be enforced (or equivalently, that there be no laws at all)? Unjust laws should not exist or be enforced. Fair enough; but who do you propose should enfo...
by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1091650

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They demonstrated being good people by not being cops. There was not an option for them to be cops and be good that they could see. They demonstrated being good people by refusing an order that would endanger inmates in their custody. The bad actor in this situation was the judge who issued the cou...
by cphite
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1091650

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't mean to turn this into an argument but it strikes me as a weird spin to put on the story. Everyone at the sheriff's office resigned so presumably they were all "good cops" and they are protesting against some kind of political pressure coming from outside the police force, right? ...
by cphite
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592875

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

Varies by genre. Country, like Rap, finds its greatest strength in that virtually anyone can enter the genre. But its greatest weakness is that virtually anyone can enter the genre. Anyone can create lyrics and badly sing country songs while playing simplistic chords without having to bother harmon...
by cphite
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 3444

Re: Captain Marvel

What do the tree and the raccoon have to do with ignoring physics? A talking animate tree and a raccoon with the dexterity and mental acuity to pilot a spaceship clearly fall under the purview of biology... They also don't care about biology. Then again, Groot can expand and contract his limbs at w...
by cphite
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 3444

Re: Captain Marvel

Yeah, the world-building of interstellar travel in the MCU is a bit lacking - we know routine travel uses jumps, that jumps are limited in range/destination (since it took a ridiculous number to reach Ego), that you need to get to specific points in space in order to be able to jump, but we don't k...
by cphite
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 679815

Re: The Darker Side of the News

But, as written, the NC subpoena would require such things as meeting minutes, time sheets, reports, travel vouchers, and such. Certainly some of the documents produced might be evidentiary against the people who committed the fraud, but more would have no evidentiary value at all. Well, unless it ...
by cphite
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 679815

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I for one wasn't speaking of socialism, because that isn't hard-left. Nor was I speaking of communism or Nazism - both of which are a mix of hard-left and hard-right. Left versus right tends to be an oversimplification. It ends up being a circle... you have the left and right, obviously. But you ac...
by cphite
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 3752

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

No, because she might not be capable of breastfeeding. Or, as someone else pointed out, if she hasn't been breastfeeding it may prove very difficult ... Whether or not she breastfeeds becomes irrelevant if she falls unconscious from dehydration or heatstroke. Speaking on Paranoid__Android's behalf,...
by cphite
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 3752

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

It is a fairly hotly discussed topic that breastfeeding should not be recommended too enthusiastically to new mothers, as it could be seen as a violation of their bodily autonomy. Obviously that is fine so long as there is an alternative of bottled formula, but what if there wasn't... I present a t...
by cphite
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 377842

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

It's incredibly useful for Nike to have a list of names and contact information for people who are gullible. FTFY Well, sure; the gullible are the foundation of the advertising industry. Until the Butlerian jihad, anyway. Yeah, but I have to imagine we're still a good couple years away from Titans,...
by cphite
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 377842

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

In short, I’m willing to pay more money to permanently end the invasion of my privacy than I am willing to pay to purchase their products, ever. Not really sure it matters. Advertisers are already messing with facial recognition; recognizing a logo isn't much different. It won't be long before just...
by cphite
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 377842

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

It's incredibly useful for Nike to have a list of names and contact information for people who buy Nike shoes; They have that already from the credit card data. What this potentially gives them is a live, continuous data stream about those people's lives. The accelerometer in a cellphone is basical...
by cphite
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 377842

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

[tinhat]Do you think it might be usesful for Nike to know when people tie their shoes? At the moment I can't think of why, but there are so many other things I couldn't think of why then that facebook has taught us - from phone cameras to free email to web beacons to fitbit to alexa, which is nothi...
by cphite
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8571
Views: 807737

Re: Trump presidency

Or some future Democratic president declaring global warming a national emergency, say. You say that as though Global Warming isn't a national emergency. (I suppose that, strictly, it's an inter national emergency, but still.) The sad thing is, declaring Global Warming a national emergency could, p...
by cphite
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8571
Views: 807737

Re: Trump presidency

What is really scary about this is that I am fully convinced that Trump does not believe this is an emergency yet he's declaring one anyway. The system was built with checks and balances and some situations require them to be bypassed. But when they are bypassed just because you don't like them, we...
by cphite
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8571
Views: 807737

Re: Trump presidency

Most of those seem to be primarily be about blocking assets to foreign nationals. I'm not sure specifically why that requires emergency action, but apparently it's a thing. Mainly because it allows the administration to act quickly and with a lot of freedom... if you want to block somebody's assets...
by cphite
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8571
Views: 807737

Re: Trump presidency

Well, I guess he shouldn't declare a fake state of emergency to get his way then? It's opening the floodgates and everyone knows it, too bad he literally doesn't give a shit about anything except himself and appeasing his base, damn the facts and future repercussions. I don't agree with the proposa...
by cphite
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 7044

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

I think this goes back to the first point about policing yourselves out of power and pragmatism vs princple. The ones more likely to resign are presumably the ones who may actually feel bad or regret doing it. Those who think its ok are going to be far less swayed to resign since they feel they did...
by cphite
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8571
Views: 807737

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenaniga...
by cphite
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8571
Views: 807737

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenaniga...
by cphite
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 679815

Re: The Darker Side of the News

IT really does seem to be extra awful in terms of sexism. "citation needed". I've read some credible evidence that the IT industry is no worse than any other field. Personal opinion based on decades of experience. The survey your article uses as it's basis is asking specifically about sex...
by cphite
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 679815

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Why is IT such a fetid pool of misogyny and sexism? It's full of humans. Yeah but those critters are around in every industry... IT really does seem to be extra awful in terms of sexism. A few years back I had to get HR involved to override a senior manager who tried to stop me from hiring a junior...
by cphite
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Better Call Saul
Replies: 14
Views: 8124

Re: Better Call Saul

fernandoburdalo82 wrote:Is it necessary to have seen Breaking Bad before?


Nah, the series can stand on it's own... in some ways it might even be more interesting not knowing how these characters will end up in Breaking Bad.

That said, it's worth watching Breaking Bad just because it's excellent.
by cphite
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8916

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

More likely, once the bookies became convinced that he was infallible, they'd either "suggest" some sort of cooperative setup with Biff, or they'd allow him to keep winning just for the inside knowledge. Whatever money they paid out to Biff in either scenario would be more than offset by ...
by cphite
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8916

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Secondly, after his first few wins what does he need a bookie for? He can move to Vegas and become a bookmaker himself. With his knowledge he could make bank as the house. Additionally, I would not be surprised if an Almanac boasting boxing and horseracing results on its cover would contain inciden...
by cphite
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8571
Views: 807737

Re: Trump presidency

I sincerely doubt Trump would have won without the solid base that genuinely believes he's the greatest President in modern history. Again, I don't think that's how they think. The main lie he successfully sold is that he's 'anti-elite', that he'd 'drain the swamp' etc. You don't to be 'great' for ...

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