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by Leovan
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 1289

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Considering the whole point of the weather report is to know how to prepare for the day, this makes it rather significant. And it's easier to understand when they say it's above freezing but feels like way below than if they just say what the temperature is and then two minutes later they tell you t...
by Leovan
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 3663

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

There are more and more cash registers that automatically dispense your coin-change nowadays too. So if you add that quarter the cashier has to re-enter the transaction, otherwise the machine will still dispense 75c and the cashier has to reclaim it. Another thing might be that there are some well k...
by Leovan
Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 8336

Re: Firearms Regulations

I've carried my assault rifle into a supermarket for the simple reason that it seemed safer than leaving it with the motorcycle. I was on my way to the range and wanted to buy something to drink. No nefarious purpose whatsoever.
by Leovan
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 193
Views: 5748

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

I'm not sure how you expect your 100% death tax to work. So if a four year old gets orphaned they're stuck with zero because leaving them a home that their parents paid off and enough funds to get through college would be unfair? At what age would such a situation be acceptable? Would this death tax...
by Leovan
Sun Jun 17, 2018 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 5233

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

If your work is overtime exempt though, then your yearly income is a fixed amount though and you're really not allowed to look at it that way. But yeah, if you can work overtime and get more money then it's often cheaper to work an extra hour and earn yourself the new vacuum. My problem would be I'd...
by Leovan
Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 193
Views: 5748

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Part of the reason employees usually make less than consultants is also that the company is buying your skills in bulk. Instead of a 200 hour contact, or just an hourly basis, they are buying the next x years of time you offer on the market, lowering your overhead costs of marketing, sales, bookkeep...
by Leovan
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 193
Views: 5748

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

But if I have two pens and two stacks of paper, and you have nothing, and I give you a pen and a stack of paper, I have increased your wealth a lot more than I have decreased my own wealth, because marginal utility (granted the marginal utility of pens drops a lot faster than the marginal utility o...
by Leovan
Thu May 31, 2018 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy and science of gender and sex
Replies: 118
Views: 6096

Re: Philosophy and science of gender and sex

I agree with Thesh, instead of categorizing the differences even more, essentially trying to digitize an analog value, let's just tear down the idea that we need a label for it in the first place. The only use for gender is for a description of a person and to allow first impressions to give you a g...
by Leovan
Sun May 27, 2018 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 901845

Re: Police misbehavior thread

As CU says, if it's a requirement then let the sentencing judge pass it as a requirement. "2 years in jail then 2 years community service" or whatever. The point of the parole system is that the judge thinks that for your case a criminal usually requires six years to rehabilitate and it's...
by Leovan
Thu May 24, 2018 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 179
Views: 8336

Re: Firearms Regulations

Wouldn't this predominantly affect black people and other minorities like most measures that give the courts and police more power to punish without oversight? Republicans can then gleefully point to statistics.
by Leovan
Tue May 08, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6179
Views: 466295

Re: Trump presidency

I feel like he's high from what he views as his success with North Korea, and expects that the same tough talk bigger button strategy will force Iran to the table and he'll get what he sees as a better deal. It's the same as with NAFTA, tariffs, etc. It's his only foreign policy strategy. Tear up an...
by Leovan
Tue May 08, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 8453

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I don't know the numbers, but horses don't crash when their driver gets tired. Horses are fairly good at avoiding collisions with other horses, unless their operator is doing stupid things like charging at other horses while carrying a pointed stick. As a rule, I'm guessing horses are safer per pas...
by Leovan
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 19325

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

The thing that irks me though, is that devices nowadays do not permit local sync. Sure, you can sync to the computer that is right next to you, but you have to use an app, and go through the internet, where the app authors can collect the info for their own purposes and sell their conclusions to an...
by Leovan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 4988

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

I actually like moving. Which is a good thing because I'm packing for a transatlantic move right now. Decluttering takes longer than packing though. Especially if you also try to sell some of the furniture.
And the customs paperwork is a pain. Still better than immigration :D
by Leovan
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3987
Views: 511531

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, I get why countries have to be careful about produce crossing borders, but is it necessary to be an asshole about it? It doesn't help that they (i.e. all countries' customs forms) ask questions like "are you bringing food products into the country," when they really mean stuff like ...
by Leovan
Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 4046

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

It gets even better. If time is like a physical dimension, then moving yourself will, like moving a square that is part of a cube, move infinite other yous in the same direction. Every you will be torn across timelines until the one that's in control arrives at his destination, leaving half of the ...
by Leovan
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 4046

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

It gets even better. If time is like a physical dimension, then moving yourself will, like moving a square that is part of a cube, move infinite other yous in the same direction. Every you will be torn across timelines until the one that's in control arrives at his destination, leaving half of the y...
by Leovan
Thu Apr 12, 2018 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 4046

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

Yeah, the only ones that would profit would be the people living in the new timeline and the people who went back in time to change it. The ones who don't go back only have the advantage of the hope that there is a timeline out there where things were different, thanks to their sending someone back....
by Leovan
Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 7533

Re: 1979: "History"

Yes, far too often the "story" part of history is neglected in the teaching, boiling it down to a boring series of dates and trivia nobody will remember after the test is over. You nailed it. When we were learning about the world wars in middle school I really couldn't have cared less and...
by Leovan
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 8189

Re: Census Dickery

I'll be answering that question as an immigrant. Wouldn't it be more suspicious to not return the census and then have census workers show up at your door asking questions? What prevents an illegal immigrant from simply claiming they're citizens? Frankly I just don't buy the idea that this will keep...
by Leovan
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 285301

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

It's always disappointing to hear that someone stole your idea. How COULD you soupspoon? I wonder why it's not implemented yet.
My Dad wants DB9 noises.
by Leovan
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6179
Views: 466295

Re: Trump presidency

I just don't understand anyone supporting trump at this point. The only two reasons I can possibly see are that they are financially benefiting directly, or that they are so incredibly ignorant they don't know anything about politics. I dislike Trump but there is one thing he does and he does well ...
by Leovan
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6179
Views: 466295

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: 6534

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: 16961

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: 16961

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: 16961

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: 6179
Views: 466295

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: 147
Views: 19325

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: 7553

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: 10920

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: 7553

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: 10920

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: 10920

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: 10920

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: 3987
Views: 511531

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: 38624

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: 38624

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: 38624

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: 38624

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 ...

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