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by Leovan
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 344187

Re: Trump presidency

My local bookshop offers ordering from Amazon for you. So whether they have it or not, you'll find it when visiting them and either take it home or receive it in the mail. They handle the buying so you don't need an account, and you can pay with cash or whatever they usually offer. You can also retu...
by Leovan
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 2487

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

You could try boarding rows 40, 36, 32. 28 1 minute later 24, 20, 16, 12 then 8, 4 then 39, 35, 31, 27...23, 19, 15, 11 etc etc. You can keep families together since they mostly sit in a single row. Row 40 won't be standing in line back far enough to get in 36s way, etc. The one minute delay will im...
by Leovan
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 7701

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Rental and interest is not a problem, it is merely the fee you pay to be allowed to use what someone else has paid for. If you don't want to do either, you simply wait with fulfilling your desire until you've earned it yourself. Nobody is forced to participate.
by Leovan
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 7701

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Allowing someone to use something is not "a service". Besides which: the example works the same if both start out with enough already saved to fund a world trip, so nobody borrows anything. Of course it is. I worked to get the money you're borrowing, and I am allowing you to use it. That ...
by Leovan
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 7701

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Put another way: two people who, having different amounts of stuff to start with, start living the exact same life style, should start converging in the amount of stuff that they have (as the time they spend living that lifestyle goes to infinity, at least). If two people living the same lifestyle ...
by Leovan
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 344187

Re: Trump presidency

I think his message is more "If your job is to protect and serve, get your ass in there and protect and serve," than it is "I'd be like freakin' Rambo!" No. And that is the disconnect that is one of the reasons Trump is so abhorrent. He's very happy to have other people do the d...
by Leovan
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 116
Views: 5999

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Radar can penetrate snow and rain and fog, so that's a plus. It's no LIDAR, but avoiding stopped cars in front of them in the fog is something self driving cars should be able to do better than humans. HERE maps is proposing using the parking assist sonar/radars in cars passing by to identify empty ...
by Leovan
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 3450

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Information is free, thanks to patents. Everyone can freely access them to see how a thing is done. You can learn from it as much as you'd like. What you're getting when you licence a patent is the right to profit from that information. And what you're paying for is the services of the inventor. The...
by Leovan
Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 4737

Re: Ideal immigration policy

If you want an example of what benefits/conflicts open borders could bring, you should check the real life experiment going on now in the EU. The economic and cultural differences aren't as large as say Myanmar and Canada, but they are quite substantial. You'll also get some good examples of differe...
by Leovan
Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 3450

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

What used to happen is one craftsman would have an innovation but have to protect it by obfuscation etc. They would be so efficient at that nobody ever knew how it was done and when they died, their innovation died with them. Patents share the idea with the world and attempt to preserve knowledge as...
by Leovan
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 4737

Re: Ideal immigration policy

So the social cost problem is exclusive to illegal immigrants, since legal immigrants will be paying taxes, which should be covering all the regular costs of existence. So how do you stop people from immigrating illegally? 1. Make it faster. If it takes me 2 years to get through the paperwork then I...
by Leovan
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 4737

Re: Ideal immigration policy

Talk of immigrants taking social support from Americans is further pointless because legal immigrants like me aren't eligible in the first place, hence needing years worth of poverty level income in assets before being allowed in. After 40 quarters of paying into the system (or when I become a citiz...
by Leovan
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 4737

Re: Ideal immigration policy

I'm currently going through the process of trying to immigrate to the US from Switzerland. I'm married to an American. Seems like it should be just about the easiest case, but I filed my paperwork in 2016 and I finally got my interview at the embassy this March (after which I've got 6 months to move...
by Leovan
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3664
Views: 444932

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Actually, I'm kind of curious how you would handle the situation of removed consent as a professional. Say the John pays for sex, then you all kiss, get naked, he's horny and you realize you really don't want to do this. You say no, he says ok but wants his money back. Do you return it all, or do yo...
by Leovan
Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23512

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Not to say you're right or wrong, but can you point to example? I don't really follow most of the cases to their conclusion (often years later) but a recent case I can think of is with Aziz Ansari. https://babe.net/2018/01/13/aziz-ansari-28355 He's not legally accused of sexual assault but the arti...
by Leovan
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23512

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I'm sorry I did not specify that I was talking more about the court of public opinion. You're right, MPR did a thorough investigation. I did not mean to say that this specific case was handled badly, I was referring to the more general sexual harassment epidemic pointed out in this thread where goin...
by Leovan
Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23512

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

... perpetuating the cultural flaws that should have been eliminated violently. Yeah, ain't life a bitch. There is of course another way. Never let any women get close, don't mentor them, never be alone with them. Should I go on? I believe our sitting Vice President uses the procedure. Dating is a ...
by Leovan
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23512

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

As I said, if I felt I was in the right I would go to the mat and spend everything I had to clear myself. That's a character flaw of mine. That doesn't work with these kinds of accusations where the accused is presumed guilty and there is practically no evidence you can use to prove innocence. The ...
by Leovan
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 5010

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

In a Nash Equilibrium, neither side changes their strategy. I'm not quite sure if that applies here because every couple of years the power balances shift, and that makes the parties change their strategy. The underlying strategy (make the others seem worse than me) doesn't change much, but the deta...
by Leovan
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 55
Views: 6019

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Edit: looked it up. Minors make 24% of the US population and immigrants 13%. Implies immigrants were not included in "How America participated" That 13% of the total U.S. population is ALL immigrants, most of whom become legalized citizens, and can (and many of whom do) vote. Nobody knows...
by Leovan
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 55
Views: 6019

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Great idea, but it doesn't really tell the story. The people who did not vote at all should be represented, as well. Great idea. I'd love to see ghost icons for eligible voters who didn't vote. And for the even more ghostly ineligible voters : minors, felons, illegal immigrants, aliens in area-51 c...
by Leovan
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 18113

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

How many regional subdivisions exist in Europe? How many ways can you subdivide it? I'm just curious. A hundred? More? Probably... Switzerland itself has four regional languages with distinct cultures, and the southern German speaking area can easily be split off. Not like the other German speaking...
by Leovan
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 251204

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

My father used to work for a company designing and selling knee and hip replacements. The same product, designed and manufactured in Switzerland, cost 3k in Switzerland, 2k in Germany, and 5k in the US. The German state-run health insurance refused to pay more, and the US insurances basically said t...
by Leovan
Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 344187

Re: Trump presidency

I completely agree with finding a better candidate, but I think it's too late for that now, can't legally put someone else on the ballot (except as a write in). Last I heard the plan was to elect Moore, then get the Senate to shut him out, making the governor select a new (Republican) candidate. I'm...
by Leovan
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 344187

Re: Trump presidency

Anyone who looks at Roy Moore and says "Well, at least he's not a Democrat " is either childishly ignorant, a moral lunatic, or both. It's not child rapist vs Democrat, it's one man who has abused a dozen or so teens 30+ years ago vs another who wants to murder thousands of babies if we e...
by Leovan
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Men's Fashion
Replies: 396
Views: 113775

Re: Men's Fashion

I'll figure it out with a good old-fashioned stakeout ;) As for what field I'm looking for I'm a hard/software engineer, so I design the electronics and write any necessary firmware for it as well. Tends to be more suited for smaller companies though I wouldn't be disinclined if offered a position i...
by Leovan
Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Men's Fashion
Replies: 396
Views: 113775

Re: Men's Fashion

I'm a 31 year old electrical engineer from Switzerland who is planning to move to the US in 2018, and I'm wondering how professional fashion differs in this field. What do I wear to an interview? Last time I looked for jobs in Switzerland a coach told me to lose the jacket and just go shirt and tie,...
by Leovan
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 16549

Re: Wealth taxation

I keep thinking of those cake sales where students found out that if they didn't set prices they ended up getting more on average... How about we just let everyone donate what they think is fair? There will be people who pay too much and people who pay too little, but maybe instead of campaign contr...
by Leovan
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 6038

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

I feel like "well moderated" would have to be the minimum standard for this platform. I also feel like a giant thread like a forum wouldn't work so well because everyone gets focused on one point (probably a straw man or grammatical error) and the other points get ignored. I like the idea ...
by Leovan
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 4
Replies: 158
Views: 27032

Re: Fallout 4

Anybody else getting Fallout 4 VR? I haven't actually played the 2D version so I'm excited!
by Leovan
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3664
Views: 444932

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm confused as to how Trump knows it's a mental health issue. As far as I have read the only mental problem the shooter had was that he beat his wives, so if that makes for a deranged person then Trump himself would be... nevermind... Is this the same strategy Trump uses with terrorist attacks, whe...
by Leovan
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3664
Views: 444932

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Thank you for your condescending response, it's very helpful, and accurately responds to my non-existent post about blocking the internet from Russia and forcing everyone to read the NY Times every day. Sorry we seem condescending. I think it's our frustration showing that like Quercus said: we're ...
by Leovan
Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3664
Views: 444932

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Make this illegal. Make what illegal? Seriously, how would your proposed law read? I'm not sure what's this constant expectation by people in online debates that everyone must be able to provide a perfectly detailed solution to every problem they identify. I don't know how to write a law. That's no...
by Leovan
Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3664
Views: 444932

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I used to live in Southern California, on the outskirts of town. In order to get fire insurance we had to keep brush on our property cleared and have sprinkler lines which could be turned on to protect the house if there was a fire, and keep our plants green in summer. Having a wall of avocado trees...
by Leovan
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 5825

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Having a copy of myself for my own use would be quite useful. Basically an AI that I can trust as much as I would trust myself, who doesn't need to sleep, and can move around cyberspace easily. I also wouldn't mind being able to focus on programming and learning a new environment while the old me ta...
by Leovan
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Video Games to Play During Intervals
Replies: 2
Views: 3710

Re: Video Games to Play During Intervals

Thanks for the encouragement and extra exercises. I'll try them out.
I haven't invested in kettle bells, but I have a shopping bag full of books :D I'll see what I can do with that.
by Leovan
Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Video Games to Play During Intervals
Replies: 2
Views: 3710

Video Games to Play During Intervals

I've been playing Counter-Strike:GO lately and every time I die (a lot, I'm a Kamikaze) I do pushups, situps, curls, squats, etc. What exactly depends on how long I expect to wait till the next round and whether it's my arms or stomach or legs that are tired. This gives me around 25 pushups per set ...
by Leovan
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition
Replies: 177
Views: 14422

Re: Let's talk about race, 2017 edition

I'm Swiss but my wife is American, and we're planning to move to the US. Honestly, the label racist and the big deal that's made out of it in the US is one of the things that scare me about the move. You guys have such a load of cultural memes that are construed as racist that as informed as I try t...
by Leovan
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 344187

Re: Trump presidency

This sounds like the old "We shouldn't help group X because group Y has it just as bad" bit. There's cops being murdered, let's do something about it. That other professions also have a mortality rate doesn't change the fact that we should. Otherwise you're just stuck arguing in perpetuity...
by Leovan
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 5760

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

How did the total eclipse compare to the annular eclipse in 2012? I was lucky enough to see that at Bryce Canyon and that was pretty cool. Immigration didn't work fast enough for me to see this one...

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