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by elasto
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 4894

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

Is there a way at all for man to be objective but away from empirical experience altogether? I seem to have in my stock knowledge that Plato is the patron saint of mathematicians in that he holds there is a world that is not founded ultimately on man's experience of the world, and it is accessed wi...
by elasto
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

China doesn't have free speech and so they can squish all propaganda campaigns like ants. Hell, many people in China aren't aware of Tiananmen Square. Yes and no. Attempting to suppress ideologies is counterproductive when done in the West; it is no less counterproductive when done in China. In eve...
by elasto
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192998

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

Watch a sunset while laying on your belly. As soon as the last rays of the sun disappear from your view, quickly stand up. If the Earth is round, this slight change in viewing angle should be enough to let you see the tiniest little sliver of the sun. Wouldn't the same thing be observed if the eart...
by elasto
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

I think it's more a case of 'allies don't do it to each other' than 'non-democracies being worse offenders than democracies'. Does Russia 'spend fortunes on conspiracy propaganda in order to sow dissent and undermine the central governments legitimacy' inside China? Not that I'm aware of. I think it...
by elasto
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

Not helping things is that non-democracies and pseudi-democracies spend fortunes on conspiracy propaganda in order to sow dissent and undermine the central governments legitimacy, and this makes it easier for the nutjobs to take root.

To be fair, fully-fledged democracies do this too.
by elasto
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

The situation you describe is one of the great dilemmas of the modern age - and there's no real consensus even within the West on how to deal with it. The question is: For ideologies that are damaging to liberal democracy itself, will allowing free expression cause the ideology to spread quicker, or...
by elasto
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 872801

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Cops frequently have hostile interactions as a normal and expected part of their jobs, and that would tend to make anybody more hostile in response, so how can we make sure that the people entrusted with deadly force don't end up responding like that, but better than just anybody would? That doesn'...
by elasto
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192998

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

Go ahead and try to show the earth is round. It's harder than it looks, especially if you limit yourself to only the things and knowledge you personally can do or demonstrate (no space photos, for example). It's an interesting challenge. It's enough for me that a conspiracy would be completely impo...
by elasto
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192998

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

I always assumed modern flat-earthers were just a novel form of trolling - an absurd belief expressed sincerely simply to irritate. I got much less sure of that when I saw just how much they put their money where their mouth is. (I still cling onto the hope that most are trolls knowingly exploiting ...
by elasto
Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

Yup, I'm sure it's entirely coincidental that Trump taunted him repeatedly over his pension and then he was fired minutes before the end of Friday on his final week of work.

Forgive me if I don't give Trump the benefit of the doubt here.
by elasto
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

It's the formal charge in the FBI. The FBI has an affirmative duty to provide information to investigators. Firing for it is indeed standard. 1) It may be a formal charge but I am assuming it has essentially been handwritten by Trump - either directly or by virtue of the intense politicisation of t...
by elasto
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270405

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

Finnish start-up Varjo has developed a prototype virtual reality (VR) headset that its makers claim gives an image 50 times sharper than most other headsets currently on the market. When I tested the prototype - looking round the virtual cockpit of a passenger plane - the level of detail in the sma...
by elasto
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

The high level resignations continue to pile on: US President Donald Trump's lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election has resigned, US media report. John Dowd is reported to have concluded that Mr Trump was increasingly ignoring his advice. Othe...
by elasto
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479155

Re: The Darker Side of the News

No, they would just go to the movie theaters who are going to show it and say "This is the film we want to show, how much is it worth for you to show it?" Once the studio reaches the funding goal, they release it and any theater can show it as much as they want. So basically Kickstarter f...
by elasto
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 2952

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

With that said, you guys are right, economic growth rate isn't TOTALLY independent. If we have a quarter of yuge growth, it's unlikely we'll have a huge contraction the next quarter or vice versa. Reminds me of one of my favourite coding books when I was growing up in the 80s, one chapter of which ...
by elasto
Wed Mar 21, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479155

Re: The Darker Side of the News

copyright law makes the products important rather than the actual reputation of producers ("You'll buy from us because no one else is allowed to sell this" vs "You'll buy from us because we can make this product better than anyone else"). That works when it comes to physical goo...
by elasto
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2192998

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

The consumer loses because he's out money to spite imaginary enemies. He only loses out if the book is bad. If it's good (or simply just ok) then it's money well spent in the same sense that money spent on any leisure interest is: It's money spent to give a fleeting amount of satisfaction. (I mean,...
by elasto
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:30 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Backlinks to a specific page on a third party server
Replies: 3
Views: 2658

Re: Backlinks to a specific page on a third party server

I guess you could ask them? I suppose they most likely browsed that forum anonymously or typed some obscure and specific search into Google, but if it's linked to from somewhere with more traffic I'm sure they could tell you.
by elasto
Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270405

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

Thesh wrote:Under 25 reduces risks massively, but the only way to get to zero [pedestrian deaths] is to get rid of cars.

Maybe external airbags would help.

Depends how far you want to go down the road of spending taxpayer/private money to protect people from their own stupidity.
by elasto
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 3691

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

Unless the computer didn't do what the computer itself expected and you get something like this (or this ) pattern of lights. I myself got this rather amusing light pattern not so long ago: https://i.imgur.com/TSBkttg.png I guess that's the software equivalent to 'the operation was a success but th...
by elasto
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270405

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

In 2016 there were only 1.16 fatalities per 100 [million] miles. Uber and Waymo claim 2 million and 4 million miles so far respectively, so that's 1 fatality in 6 million between the two. Fair enough. However, if it's shown that this fatality would have occurred even with a human driver in control,...
by elasto
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479155

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A benevolent dictatorship is the best possible system of government - with the minor flaw of tending to evolve into a non-benevolent dictatorship which is the worst. On the net, the best sites tend to have a strong ethos of public service, be non-profit and financially secure. Examples that spring t...
by elasto
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270405

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

duckshirt wrote:The accidents-per-mile ratios do NOT look good for the autonomous vehicles so far

Citation? Everything I've read says the opposite, even including this accident - and it seems like this particular accident would have occurred with a human driver too.
by elasto
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270405

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

The same day this happened almost 3,000 other people also died in car accidents.

“We should be concerned about automated driving,” Smith said. “We should be terrified about human driving.”
by elasto
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 4894

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

Maths is "unreasonably effective" in the sense that there's no reason the universe couldn't be unpredictable on a macro level. However, as Soupspoon and others have said, in such a universe intelligent life (and perhaps all life) would not have evolved. For example, I read that a universe ...
by elasto
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 10208

Re: Quantum Question

tomandlu wrote:HIs SF book sounds like it might be fun.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Einstein%27s_Bridge_(novel)

I read it many years ago and, while I don't remember the details, I did enjoy it.

As a reference point I am a big fan of Stephen Baxter for SF.
by elasto
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 2952

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

Lots of things are going to happen eventually. We're going to get hit by an asteroid. Yellowstone is going to blow. Not sure there's any reason to expect them to happen in the next five years though. Not sure there's any reason for a US recession in the next five years either, especially with Trump'...
by elasto
Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 2952

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

1. The budget deficit is growing while at the same time the trade deficit increases US debt held in foreign countries. While this is true, how is this any different to most of the last few decades? Where does he get a timescale of five years from therefore? But, yes, most of the West is going to ha...
by elasto
Sat Mar 17, 2018 11:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe has been sacked days before he could retire with pension rights. Mr McCabe had been with the FBI for two decades and was due to retire on Sunday, the day he turns 50 and can claim his federal government pension. It is not clear how much of his pension he mig...
by elasto
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4883

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Perhaps each seat has a designated cubic volume of luggage. Brought more than that? Tough. Check it, or keep it on your lap. That's both inefficient and unsafe. Unused space from one passenger can reasonably be used by another. In general, nothing can be on people's laps during takeoff and landing ...
by elasto
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

Eh, there's always some hypocritical Republican candidate in some such situation. Doesn't mean much. Sure, enjoy the amusement of laughing at 'em, but often the seat stays red after someone else takes over, or they're a tearful apology away from round two. People usually judge friends by their inte...
by elasto
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

US President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, naming CIA Director Mike Pompeo as his replacement. Speaking to reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump said his differences with Mr Tillerson came down to personal "chemistry". "We got along actuall...
by elasto
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 8087

Re: Ideal immigration policy

Nah, immigrants generally stay. It's likely not any particular plan to be exploitative, but simply the natural result of having lived in a place for many years. Inertia results in staying. Sure, you may have fond feelings for the old country, and keep traditions alive, but immigrant cultures genera...
by elasto
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 8087

Re: Ideal immigration policy

The thing is, it's something of an urban myth that people move countries to go live on welfare. Mostly people move to find work, and mostly they eventually return back home because they miss their family and culture. So countries typically benefit from the economically productive years of an immigra...
by elasto
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479155

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Soupspoon wrote:There's an easy way around that problem. IndyRef2! :P

I think Scotland leaving the UK would be a good thing from that pov. I think it would accelerate investment in Scottish renewables as a vital part of their economy. It could feasibly become their biggest export.
by elasto
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479155

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As for the UK, there are enormous energy resources off the coast of Scotland in terms of wind, wave, tidal etc. Scotland currently creates 59% of its electricity from renewables and has a goal of reaching 100% by 2020. I think it wouldn't be out of the question for Scotland to be able to supply 100%...
by elasto
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479155

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Obviously we can't take any military action against Russia. But Russia supplies 40% of Europe's natural gas imports, for example. How many tens of billions is that worth to Russia's coffers? Why didn't we use our (now deceased) influence in Europe to threaten to pull the plug? It's a slightly tangen...
by elasto
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479155

Re: The Darker Side of the News

For days, Russia's main national TV channels were practically silent on the attempt to kill former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent, but this changed in Wednesday's main evening bulletins. The comment by Kirill Kleimenov - the presenter on government-controlled Channel One's flagship Vremya ne...
by elasto
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

Aha! Trump finally has the answer for the mass-killings! US President Donald Trump is to meet video games company representatives on Thursday to discuss violent content. The meeting comes in the wake of last month's shooting at a school in Florida in which 17 people died. Press secretary Sarah Sande...
by elasto
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410097

Re: Trump presidency

Every side points to the other side as being criminal. But this is hypocritical if that side is equally criminal. So, it is a sensible question to ask, not for a list of {political enemy}'s criminal acts, but for a comparison between {my candidate}'s criminal acts and {political enemy}'s criminal a...

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