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by idonno
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652052

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: 8215
Views: 652052

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: 8215
Views: 652052

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: 8215
Views: 652052

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: 1528

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: 15021
Views: 2429185

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: 470

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: 470

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: 470

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: 8215
Views: 652052

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: 8215
Views: 652052

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: 5278

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: 5278

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: 5278

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: 1088

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: 1088

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: 8215
Views: 652052

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: 15021
Views: 2429185

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: 15021
Views: 2429185

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: 5278

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: 27159

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: 27159

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: 15021
Views: 2429185

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: 15021
Views: 2429185

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.
by idonno
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 36426

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

That sounds roughly equivalent to a copyright that only prohibits copying as long as the work remains in publication. While that helps in terms of making works as available as possible, it also denies the owner any right to deliberately makt their work unavailable (e.g. George Lucas stopping the di...
by idonno
Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 598691

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The sentence is insanely light but at least Epstein is probably no where near as big a risk to society anymore since it would be much harder for him to get away with something like this again. I find it much more concerning that they shut down the investigation which strongly indicates at least one ...
by idonno
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652052

Re: Trump presidency

So... PBS? Maybe they could package PBS and Voice of America into a new Department of Truth, after the fashion of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. I think Congress would need to get involved. May as well add a Department of Love while we are at it. State-supplied prostitutes for...
by idonno
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15021
Views: 2429185

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

Couldn't you set up a valid double blind study where everyone takes something like Rohypnol so they can't remember if they ingested a Lego or not?
by idonno
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15021
Views: 2429185

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

Sableagle wrote:
Thesh wrote:Why not do a call for case studies, surveys of parents, etc?
Parents don't start a stopwatch at the moment the child swallows the coin or lego brick.

And paying them to do so would create ethical issues and would almost certainly still not get you very good data.
by idonno
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652052

Re: Trump presidency

Are you reading that as "total loss over the next 80 years"? I don't have time to check into it right now, but the way I read that is that the annual US GDP will be hundreds of billions dollars smaller in the year 2100 than it would be otherwise. I read it as the annual amount by 2100 wou...
by idonno
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652052

Re: Trump presidency

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG8lgx85u10 Climate change could shrink the US economy by hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century." I am not arguing against a need for change but that economic impact portion is pretty weak. If you assume a natural 2% real GDP growth rate a de...
by idonno
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652052

Re: Trump presidency

Not sure if this has come up and I've just missed it, but apparently Ivanka Trump is in a bit of trouble for using private email for government business . This situation sounds vaguely familiar to me, though I can't remember where it came up in the past :roll: The one way that this is different fro...
by idonno
Sun Nov 18, 2018 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Sacrifice
Replies: 8
Views: 4541

Re: Sacrifice

Smartass solution: Real smartass solution 0. Just let the humans drink one can every 24 hours. No one said anything about minimizing their deaths. Assuming only one round like the first solution I think an adjustment to the first solution can be made to increase chicken survival. There are 128 poss...
by idonno
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652052

Re: Trump presidency

Woo. I'm actually slightly interested in the returns, only so I can laugh at just how little Trump is actually worth. It is my understanding that they can get the returns and review them privately but that it is a felony to just reveal anything learned from them. They can vote to make them public b...
by idonno
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15021
Views: 2429185

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

If it doesn't make a difference, are they all true?
by idonno
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15021
Views: 2429185

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

Well, obviously if she's displaying sexuality in public then she's a feminist and this confirms how terrible feminists are, which literally doing nothing but hating on women is something that is good for rallying the Trump base. So is her being arrested good for Trump? Or should she be guilty but o...
by idonno
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15021
Views: 2429185

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

Does news of a women being arrested for trying out dozens of sex toys in Walmart benefit Trump or not?
by idonno
Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 996856

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Isn't it a bad idea to shoot someone who has a gun held to a hostage because an involuntary jerk can cause the gun to discharge and shoot the hostage. Even if he had been "the bad guy", I'm pretty sure this was an awful response that could have gotten the other guy, the one who they were s...
by idonno
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4201
Views: 598691

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Are you tired of your pedophile priests getting complaints about their pedophilia? Dump them off in non English speaking communities. That way the victims can't report them to the police because they don't speak English. https://www.npr.org/2018/11/08/665251345/immigrant-communities-were-the-geogra...
by idonno
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 24
Views: 2887

Re: The MITT Cult

If it does cause demenstrable psychological damage, there is a could chance that they could be held liable. Lifespring, the entity that they came from, lost several lawsuits.

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