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by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah but it obviously has to be veto proof after a veto no matter what Mitch does. There are a lot of people that don't want to have to vote one way or the other. Once they have to weigh in things become a real shit show for them if they don't do anything about it.
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138455

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yeah, but the teacher did send them to the headteacher. Apparently the pupil escalated things from there, the details of which we are not informed. I somehow doubt that the student escalated things because whatever member of the administration they were sent to took their side. For civil disobedien...
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

ucim wrote:If it's not veto-proof, the question dies in Mitch's hands on the overrule attempt, which will never come to a vote.

Apparently, at least according to Jake Tapper on the late show, that isn't actually true. If the House passes it, the Senate has to vote on it within 18 days.
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138455

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yeah but the security officer is not part of the administration. The administration can't just suspend a kid and then blame the teacher for not following the rules. It is literally their job to correct the teacher and the fact that they suspended the kid instead means that they aren't fulfilling the...
by idonno
Tue Feb 19, 2019 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

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 idonno
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138455

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You left out blaming themselves for suspending the kid for three days.
by idonno
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 400893

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

The placebo effect works even when you are consciously aware that it is a placebo but there is clearly some subconscious processing of expectations that is behind its function. If that weren't the case, things like charging more or mimicking something that might be expected to work would not yield b...
by idonno
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

addams wrote:He had as many votes for his Wall as for UnTax the Rich Bill.

The tax bill passed and there weren't enough votes in the lame duck session to pass the wall bill so I doubt that he ever had as many votes for the wall.
by idonno
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3940

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

Given that this started over 60 years ago, I think if no one can produce any major psychological divergence those generations had, the most likely answer is about the same as other common environments.
by idonno
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 400893

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

More expensive placebos can be more effective though and I somehow doubt that your mind won't be fooled into thinking one side of the body is better than the other.
by idonno
Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3940

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

Pulling a small fragment of data like that doesn't actually prove anything. How much damage does having nightmares actually cause? Is there any evidence that the number of nightmares were drastically increased or did it just influence the subject matter? Being afraid of something like nuclear war ma...
by idonno
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 3940

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

P.S. What's the point of saying, "This is not a drill," when it is a drill. If that phrase is used both when it is and when it is not a drill than it is not conveying any information. It is hard to believe that no one involved in this plan had ever heard the story of the boy who cried wol...
by idonno
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

I hope the democrats use the same powers once in office to declare a national emergency on health care, or environmental issues and steamroll any republican obstruction in the process. A state of emergency doesn't just grant all power to the President. It has to fit under something allowed by being...
by idonno
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 10776

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

Does anyone who thinks the blackface might be defensible have a defense to overlook the fact that it is happening right by someone dressed as a KKK member? That is not a picture of someone harmlessly dressing up as a black person without a clue about the historical context. Statute of limitations ar...
by idonno
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138455

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My primary point was that it wasn't even incentivising them to do their job because their job is not to just seize money. The need for an incentive argument is an argument against this because they clearly are taking the incentive without finishing the job so no more payment until the job is done up...
by idonno
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6977
Views: 1138455

Re: Police misbehavior thread

What if we were to only let them keep it after they prove to a court that it is in fact drug money? That way they are motivated to do their entire job and gather proof instead of just taking the money and moving on. It has the added bonus of actually respecting the 5th amendment's forbidding deprivi...
by idonno
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

If they cut through it with ordinary power tools in testing, properly planned out theft is probably not going to take anywhere near 30 mins to cut through it. That is a lot of steel. If people are trying it for current fencing, they are going to try it for that much steel. As soon as it has a hole i...
by idonno
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

If you put a large quantity of what will be mostly undefended steel that is easy to remove in close proximity to a large number of poor people, I'm not sure people will even need saws to cross the border. They might just be able to go through all the gaps that have been created by people making mone...
by idonno
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

Trump was elected largely on his promise to build a border wall to secure the southern border, and he's confident the rest of the country wants security. Schumer and Pelosi don't care whether the border is secure or not as long as they can make Trump look bad. You would have a lot stronger case bla...
by idonno
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

As a (state) government employee who has experienced furlough of indeterminate length due to government shutdown on more than one occasion, I can sympathize, but at the same time, it's a risk every government employee knows is there. The risk is probably greater for federal employees than state emp...
by idonno
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 10669

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

You probably don’t want this at home, but businesses can pay a single monthly fee to get a fleet of PCs and have Microsoft manage them. The business doesn’t need a big IT department. Depending on prices and level of IT support provided, if you can get single unit subscriptions, I can think of a few...
by idonno
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664294

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

The anti-doping rule violation was “more likely than not” to have been caused by the consumption of a contaminated piece of meat the night before the race, according to Usada. A test undertaken the day before had returned a negative result. Isn't epitrenbolone just used to promote muscle growth? If...
by idonno
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)
Replies: 8
Views: 4270

Re: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)

I'm not missing something? That is a non linear function right? I don't entirely follow the function but I don't see any way you can assign 1 cost value to a channel and not be feeding more information than the initial problem. If you have a simple 3 city problem, channel C3 has 2 possible costs, Ro...
by idonno
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)
Replies: 8
Views: 4270

Re: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)

I read the more detailed report and I still think this is cheating in some manner To do this, the researchers use a neural network model in which every six seconds the system updates which channels are illuminated. The model incorporates information about the distance between each pair of cities, as...
by idonno
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)
Replies: 8
Views: 4270

Re: Amoeba Solves Traveling Salesman (P=NP)

I feel like I must be missing something because it looks to me like the entire experiment is cheating. My understanding is that they already solved the problem and as soon as the amoeba starts extending down one channel it starts getting probable cost feedback on every other channel without having t...
by idonno
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

But that isn't the same as protecting political beliefs. I can have the political belief that, for instance, we should reinstate Jim Crow and related rules, and while I can't be imprisoned for that alone, that doesn't mean that I can't be dismissed from a job for openly espousing said belief, and m...
by idonno
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

You might want to exercise a bit of care with any plans to go after Nazis head on. Hitler was arrested and sentenced on clearly legitimate grounds after a blatant attempted coup d'état and still managed to turn it into a propaganda win for his side.
by idonno
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 24689

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

A reasonably competent person can be taught the basics pretty easily. Always assume the weapon is loaded unless you've cleared it yourself. Always treat the weapon as loaded in regards to other people, even after you've cleared it yourself. Never point the weapon at anyone unless you intend to shoo...
by idonno
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 24689

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I also agree that courses should be independently reviewed. Would you consider a course that had not been independently reviewed with independent testing of people who had passed the course to be adequate. Because as near as I can tell, this is not the case. In my opinion based on personal experien...
by idonno
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 24689

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

The three day course described in the original post is adequate; What do you base this claim on? How long is it adequate for before they need a refresher? I would argue that no course can be considered adequate without at the very least testing it efficacy to see how long teachers tend to retain wh...
by idonno
Tue Dec 18, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 5137

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

First off, it doesn't have to call this specific request to call the quality of the test into question. Secondly, if the robot can take a new input and figure out what it tells it about its body, does that make it self aware? Adapting to new sources of information seems is a pretty useful evolutiona...
by idonno
Mon Dec 17, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 5137

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

It probably depends on what exactly you mean by self aware. If I make a robot that can take advantage of reflections to clean itself, does that automatically mean it is self aware? If yes, self awareness is trivially within the grasp of current technology. If no, is there any reason to believe evolu...
by idonno
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 890237

Re: Trump presidency

The girl was taken into custody until eight hours before the seizures. They can't change what happened before taking her into custody so running out of water for the day is the same as her going without water for several days and dying. I disagree with you on that being understandable though. Sure t...
by idonno
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664294

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

It is too bad they are retired because I was looking forward to seeing them get sent to a different school where the missing money was less likely to be reported. On Monday, St James' Catholic Church said the nuns had expressed "deep remorse" over their actions, adding that while the poli...
by idonno
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664294

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

It is too bad they are retired because I was looking forward to seeing them get sent to a different school where the missing money was less likely to be reported.
by idonno
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 24689

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

The sideshow is that Republicans have taken a position that we must arm teachers and Democrats have taken the position that we must not, when neither policy has any measurable impact on anything. You don't know that. Data from areas where teachers have already been able to bring guns in is not even...
by idonno
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 56576

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Yeah but the Rs would certainly vote to throw him out if he can't even provide a vote and the Ds choosing to keep him when the Rs want him gone would not play well politically.
by idonno
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 56576

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

It isn't that surprising that "members of Congress can serve when they’re under trial" since anything else give the executive branch too much power to sideline representatives especially considering the president also appoints judges.
by idonno
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664294

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

Going through customs is more of a time cost. I'm talking about various cost options. A trip to Mexico which involves a border crossing can be done at a a low cost per person if you take a van full of people. A trip to Hawaii requires transit over water which doesn't really have near the cheap trade...
by idonno
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664294

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

I think it depends on what you are classifying Hawaii for. For travel requirements and shipping costs, I could certainly see classifying it as overseas.

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