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by elasto
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2191972

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

Even then, there's no guarantee two feuding companies won't strand you somewhere just because they can. My wife (girlfriend at the time) and I drove cross-country from Tennessee to Arizona to Washington and then took a ferry to Alaska when she moved here. This was during the time when Google and Ap...
by elasto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

Ginger: I'm not really sure why it has 'politics' in the name. My best guess is it's more like politics with a small 'p' - like you'd talk about office politics. ie. PC-ness is more like a set of rules for how to interact with your peers without rubbing anyone up the wrong way unnecessarily. I think...
by elasto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2191972

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

You do realize that barring more expensive tech and better satellites, GPS is usually only good to +/- 10 feet? And in areas where there is significant multipath (like urban canyons) its more like 30-50 feet (10-20m)? Look at how often a phone will tell you you're driving on the next street over, a...
by elasto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

Well, I guess you right: twitter storms and public outcries are mob-led... still: Politicians invented, Basically Decent etiquette and rules for good reasons. Namely, to end discrimination and promote fairness and equality for all races and sexes. On occasion politicians lead, but usually they have...
by elasto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

Politicians CREATED the, "PC movement" they are the ones that determine what is Basically Decent or not. No they didn't and no they don't. When there's a twitter storm and someone gets sacked for using an un-PC term, that wasn't politician-led, it was entirely mob-led. Politicians general...
by elasto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

That sums up a divide in Western society that I didn't even know existed until last year - and yet it's every bit as fierce a divide as the traditional left-right: While one grouping places a heavy emphasis on character (do they mean well ), the other only really cares about outcomes. While I though...
by elasto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270213

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

Yakk: That assumes that labour always has an economic purpose. What happens if labour has no purpose because AI and automation can do almost everything cheaper and more efficiently? There are only a few kind of outcomes: The inefficient masses get suppressed/eliminated because they stand in the way ...
by elasto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 608
Views: 72999

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Killing technology is pretty much at its nadir. We don't need better. We're nowhere near the nadir. The direction of travel won't be to make explosions bigger and more spectacular, that's true; Instead, weapons will do the same or lesser damage but be miniaturised and much better ta...
by elasto
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270213

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

In a move that could revolutionise the way we buy groceries, Amazon opens its first supermarket without checkouts - human or self-service - to shoppers on Monday. Amazon Go, in Seattle, has been tested by staff for the past year. It uses an array of ceiling-mounted cameras to identify each customer...
by elasto
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A topic in which I expound my prodigious ignorance of polyamory. Posted 20 Jan 2018, 19:18 by CorruptUser
Replies: 48
Views: 3094

Re: Trump presidency

Basing it around children is probably better, assuming the benefits aren't good enough that you'd be incentivized to have a dozen of them to keep in a basement. Just don't make it direct cash payments and it's fine. Make it financial assistance towards childcare, child healthcare, school funding, u...
by elasto
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A topic in which I expound my prodigious ignorance of polyamory. Posted 20 Jan 2018, 19:18 by CorruptUser
Replies: 48
Views: 3094

Re: Trump presidency

I don't see why we need relationship contracts in the first place. We should focus our law, pensions, benefits, and safety nets around individuals, not families. Personally I think they should be focused on children. There's no real reason a childless individual or couple needs extra support from t...
by elasto
Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5402
Views: 409045

Re: Trump presidency

Probably moral discomfort is at the root of it - but creating tax/benefit loopholes is a biggie too - especially when paired alongside 'quickie divorces' which modern society also expects.
by elasto
Sat Jan 20, 2018 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5402
Views: 409045

Re: Trump presidency

The US government has begun shutting down many of its services after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget. A bill to fund the federal government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes amid a bitter dispute over immigration and border security. It is the first shutdown ever to...
by elasto
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5402
Views: 409045

Re: Trump presidency

To provide another example: Say I'm an artist who specializes in painting couples. Say that a gay man asks me to paint a picture of him and his husband holding hands at a wedding altar. I'm homophobic; this painting makes me super-uncomfortable, so I turn him down. Should I be penalized for that? S...
by elasto
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5402
Views: 409045

Re: Trump presidency

Refusing service on the grounds of honest religious objection should be allowed ... because it's not okay to force anyone to go against their religious beliefs. It's not ok to force anyone to do anything - but it's the one refusing to give service on religious grounds who should bear the burden for...
by elasto
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 478698

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sure. Noone would argue that the guilty should be punished. The question is how much should the innocent be punished in order to get to the guilty? If I have to suffer at the hands of the law for my misbehavior, if that is right and just according to everyone I know and it is b/c THEY told me so May...
by elasto
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 478698

Re: The Darker Side of the News

There is a double standard for sure, but I think if the choice were between 'everyone gets intrusively questioned' and 'noone gets intrusively questioned' then America would come down firmly on the side of noone getting questioned. To put it another way, America still pays lip service to the idea of...
by elasto
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 478698

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm in favor of heavier and heavier government strictures on crazy unsane parents: Watching them 24/7, compulsory counseling, drug and alcohol abuse monitor and even goin' to courts to register as sex offenders if they sexually abuse their kids. They deserve it. They did the bad stuff not the kids....
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

You should no more feel bad that science says it's hard to get all the nutrients you need from a vegan diet than you should feel bad that science says you can't fly by flapping your arms. It's only unethical to get nutrients from animal products because our society treats animals badly . If you had ...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

Yes, it's biology. Feed a cat a vegan diet and it will flat out die. Humans can survive better because we are omnivores rather than carnivores, but we will still suffer. I would never tell a person not to be a vegan on ethical grounds, every person has to choose their own path there, but let's not p...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

Fuck you you are "unnatural and distinctly unhealthy" AND WRONG WRONG Wrong Wrong. Veganism is totes healthier than eating gross icky gross meat products And you get guilt free murder of animals free eating experiences. Who said anything about eating meat? You don't have to eat meat to ha...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 7:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

If people could go see their doctor for free whenever they needed to they wouldn't be tempted to look for quick fixes. You do realize that the alternative medicine racket in the UK is around 4.5billion pounds a year? It's important to note that people can't see their doctor for free whenever they w...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

CorruptUser wrote:Because you could be vegan?

That would go against the advice to eat a healthy, balanced diet. At the risk of starting a flame war, veganism is unnatural and distinctly unhealthy.
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

There's never any actual reason for anyone to visit that aisle, but there are plenty of maladies not solved by diet and exercise -- basically anything that you should go see a real doctor for -- that would still tempt people into that aisle. I'd argue the issue there is that there isn't universal t...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

Not sure if serious, but: "And cook that food, because tapeworms are a thing" - many of the healthiest foods can be eaten raw "And avoid un-iodized salt, unless you want to raise a bunch of cretins" - I have never added salt to my or my children's food "And be in long-term r...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

It's not great that so much money is made from people looking for shortcuts and magic bullets, but from the outside it feels like conventional medicine has much bigger issues than alternative medicine does. The US is one of (I think) only two countries in the world that allows advertising of prescri...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

DSHEA is definitely dangerous, in that it has led to one of the most effective attacks on the credibility of science of the 20th century Reading the wiki, it doesn't seem like it attacks the credibility of science particularly, it merely says that the government will play a reactive rather than pro...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

Are those things actually dangerous or merely a waste of money though? All presidents and parties waste money - the biggest being the many trillions both parties have wasted on the military. I'm not saying any of your objections are incorrect, however have you not heard of the expression "the p...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

The issue is not that she doesn't understand science. She openly supports and has been a purveyor of bad science to the detriment of her viewers health. I do not want the sort of programs she will almost certainly push. I think they are harmful. Doesn't your health care pay for homeopathy (overpric...
by elasto
Tue Jan 16, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

While I agree with you, the problem I have with rejecting Winfrey on the basis that she doesn't understand science is that I can't recall any leader either side of the ocean that had any real respect for it. Indeed, I can't recall an election where I even had the choice to vote for someone who'd mak...
by elasto
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 478698

Re: The Darker Side of the News

They've already announced some corrections to procedures: They're creating a "cancellation template" that allows an immediate issue of 'oopsie' texts, and two people are now required to sign off the issuing of an alert rather than just one.
by elasto
Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where does inflated value go?
Replies: 62
Views: 5546

Re: Where does inflated value go?

For me, governments have a duty both to make me happy and to prevent me from being unhappy... What is your duty in all of this? People don't need a duty to make themselves happy - it's the default mode for everyone. People who are self-sacrificing do it because it makes them happy. People who are v...
by elasto
Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2191972

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

If some bureaucratic slipup had resulted in the homes of a middle-class or poor person being seized, we'd be furious. Au contraire, these hings happen routinely to the poor and it rarely even makes the news. Take a look at this article for example, where the poor have to choose between homelessness...
by elasto
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 478698

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It also probably wouldn't hurt to have a simple, "Oops, that was an accident." message they could immediately send out. According to the BBC they sent out oops emails after 18 mins and oops texts after 38 mins but that seems waay too slow - and does suggest that someone had to do it manua...
by elasto
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 478698

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Does this screen appear when it is just a drill? Humanity has become inured to "are you sure" screens; as a programmer I don't know how to get around this. I think all you can do is spell out the consequences in simple terms: eg. "Clicking 'yes' will wipe all the files on your disk. ...
by elasto
Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10863

Re: Winfrey presidency

As an aside, though interesting in terms of the debate on what qualifies a person for political leadership, the BBC is reporting that Chelsea Manning is seeking to become a senator.
by elasto
Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2191972

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

Commuters who face daily tailbacks to cross a toll bridge for 12p have been saved their misery - as local residents pay for them all in one go. In recent years, motorists have gone through the time-consuming process of each handing their pennies to an attendant in the booth on Warburton Toll Bridge...
by elasto
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5402
Views: 409045

Re: Trump presidency

Then yes, it's terrible. But you have to lead with "Trump states he wants no more black people" not "Trump calls countries that people literally risk their life to escape a mean name". I dunno. If he really did say that all Haitians have AIDS, his contempt isn't for these countr...
by elasto
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5402
Views: 409045

Re: Trump presidency

US President Donald Trump has reportedly lashed out at immigrants in a foul-mouthed Oval Office outburst. "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" Mr Trump told lawmakers on Thursday, according to the Washington Post. The remark was reportedly in reference t...
by elasto
Thu Jan 11, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where does inflated value go?
Replies: 62
Views: 5546

Re: Where does inflated value go?

I'm not sure I'd call it market failure, more just that there are larger than normal virtuous circles and economies of scale. It's only a market failure if it fails to serve the customer well as well as the supplier. Apple takes some liberties but no more so than any other company really. For the mo...

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