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by elasto
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

That's the way it's supposed to be. It's why it's important to select well. In theory at least, none of the elected members of the government are supposed to represent the party. They are supposed to represent the people. Up until Obama's second term, I was under the misapprehension that the US pre...
by elasto
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

I just... This is the guy doing our Diplomacy?!? What do you mean? But he does it in such a loving way... "The European Union has been particularly tough on the United States," Mr Trump said at Tuesday's joint press conference with the Swedish prime minister. "They make it almost imp...
by elasto
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 4783

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

Maths is mostly a game. It merely says 'if X were true, what would also necessarily be true?'. Another mathematician might say 'if X were not true, what then would necessarily be true?'. Neither has any innate claim to superiority; It's all a giant game of 'what if?' What turns it from being merely ...
by elasto
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

US President Donald Trump has stepped up his war of words over trade tariffs, threatening to "apply a tax" on imports of cars from the European Union. The trade wrangle began on Thursday when Mr Trump vowed to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. That brought a stiff respo...
by elasto
Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

There is a lot of talk about things like this, third place theory, etc. Places to go for the experience, not for the fundamentals of shopping. Unfortunately, I think the number of stores that can make that transition are limited. The amount of places one wishes to go simply to hang out and enjoy th...
by elasto
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

@ucim Now maybe I'm just bemoaning the decline of buggy-whip shops, but I think there's something bigger here to consider. The bigger thing that I agree with you on is: what the hell is humanity going to do when automation isn't just better at the boring, crappy jobs that are, frankly, a...
by elasto
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

@ucim et. al. It is a pitfall because scale is a killer of humanity. When everything is huge and huge equates to efficient, there is no room for anybody else or anything else. When everything is smooth, there are no niches, and niches are where life lives. You're kidding, right? Whilest online b...
by elasto
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

It seems like the obvious optimal strategy for an employer is to keep nonmembers at the same benefit level, which gives everyone an incentive to leave the union to avoid fees. The employer passes up a (very) short-term opportunity to pay workers less, but they bleed the union dry over the long term...
by elasto
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 12742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

...you end up with what I presume is your present view of what government's job is - to wit: "to give me shelter, food, [and] healthcare". Is this your actual view of the job of government? Because I don't see it as government's job to give you anything. I definitely view it as the govern...
by elasto
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 161
Views: 12742

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

My solution to wealth equality is to make virtual goods as realistic as real ones. If my senses can't tell the difference between a real rocket trip to Mars and VR simulation then who the hell cares. The government's job is to give me shelter, food, healthcare and a perfect VR simulation where I am ...
by elasto
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

Let's ignore the differences in wages, products, etc. Imagine there are two identical burger joints, except for the fact that one is owned by someone in town, and the other by someone three states over. Prices are the same, wages the same, etc. The joints both have profits of $100k. In the case of ...
by elasto
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

1) the profits leave the town, enriching the HQ while draining the town every single day like a corporate vampire I'm not sure how much I agree with this. Theoretically wages are the same, as are local taxes, utilities etc. This feels like the majority of the cashflow accounted for. In both cases s...
by elasto
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

I have no problem with efficiencies of scale so long as they do not degenerate into oligopolies. In a healthy marketplace with plenty of competition the benefits go to the consumer; In dysfunctional ones they go to the shareholders. The job of government is to promote healthy competition and break u...
by elasto
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

US billionaire Warren Buffet says his conglomerate has received a profit boost of $29bn as a result of President Donald Trump's tax reforms. Maybe he should use some of these profits for lobbying for tax reform. I'm sure he could. It's quite possible he does. I'm equally sure the trillion extra giv...
by elasto
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5723

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

They did, but in Europe Gilead negotiates with the country as a whole rather than just setting whatever price they feel like. So if France says to Gilead, "either you sell it to us for $10k or not at all", Gilead goes back and forth, and eventually hashes out an agreement that says they w...
by elasto
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

Hmmm.

4-8 more years of tax cuts forcing cuts to services... the steady erosion of blue-collar jobs by automation and offshoring... the upcoming takeover of white-collar jobs by AI... and a country with more guns than people...

What could possibly go wrong..?
by elasto
Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

US billionaire Warren Buffet says his conglomerate has received a profit boost of $29bn as a result of President Donald Trump's tax reforms. The Republican law reform, approved in December, cut the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35%. Mr Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, opposed the plan...
by elasto
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5723

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Saw this and it seemed tangentially related to your grey market commentary. Basically, it's an app in Greece that lets people return their leftover medications to a pharmacy which checks them then gives them away free to the poor. It's estimated that $5Bn worth of medications are just binned in the ...
by elasto
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188122

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

Reality TV star Kylie Jenner wiped $1.3bn (£1bn) off the stock market value of Snapchat after tweeting that she no longer used its messaging app. Celebrity Kim Kardashian's half-sister posted: "sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me... ugh this is so sad." Snapc...
by elasto
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

Because they want to be famous? Not that hard to understand. A few things can alter that desire, e.g., a religion where you believed yourself immortal so long as your name was still spoken, but it's not really fixible; you will never create a society where everyone is famous. You don't think there ...
by elasto
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

The cause of school shootings is in part school shootings. It's a trope that is LEARNED. Erm, you're repeating the point I just made - that there was a run of teachers shooting up schools, then that petered out, and now there are loads of students shooting up schools. Obviously it's a trope. The qu...
by elasto
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

...because killing a dozen people is a guaranteed way to get your picture in every newspaper in the country for a few days? It's really not difficult to understand You are missing my point. School shootings are essentially a US phenomenon despite being a guaranteed way to get your picture in every ...
by elasto
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

In addition, I read an article about how school mass-shootings are a relatively recent phenomenon. Up until a couple of decades ago it was basically unheard of for a pupil or ex-pupil to go shoot up a school; However, there was a history of teachers shooting up schools which basically petered out (o...
by elasto
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13803

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Or, do you want to be running away from a stalker/rapist, and have your car not start because he put a screwdriver through (or a piece of electrical tape over) one of its "eyes"? I know you're exaggerating to make a point but that's still a pretty silly example. You're still inside your c...
by elasto
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5723

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

It solves the problem of content creators segmenting the market through exclusive contracts. Hulu and Amazon should be able to license streaming rights to everything on Netflix other than their "originals". It also solves the problem of sports team coverage on TV. If there's enough intere...
by elasto
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5723

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

What's the problem there? Company A has given up all its rights (including usage rights) to company C. That's essentially the same thing as "assigning" a patent. I don't want to eliminate works for hire, just make sure that either one company/person holds the IP or it's available for anyo...
by elasto
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5723

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

And there is no "new owner". Ownership of IP would be non-transferable after the initial assignment, so if the company is bought, it's still the owner. It's just part of a bigger company. In all cases, the owner is the company that owns the company that owns the IP. My point is that makin...
by elasto
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5723

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

They could, but who would buy that company if it doesn't produce anything on its own and the price to license its IP is so high that no one else would pay for it? If they come to sell it why can't they reduce the price to licence the IP? Even easier, why can't the new owners licence the IP at whate...
by elasto
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476607

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, suffers up to 30 violent seizures a day. His parents want to treat him with medical cannabis oil, which is illegal in the UK. In September, Alfie went to the Netherlands to take a cannabis-based medication. The medication, which was presc...
by elasto
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5723

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

If they register that IP with a separate company, they'd need to buy a license to use the IP. Then there's a price set for it that any competitor can pay Why does selling a licence to one company mean other companies can buy the same licence? Why couldn't they sell an exclusive licence? Why couldn'...
by elasto
Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Help
Replies: 10
Views: 1744

Re: Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium Help

I'm not a biologist either but f(A)2 = f(AA) does seem like the key to it.

If we imagine the population consists entirely of an organism of genotype AB: f(A) = 1, so f(A)2 = 1, yet f(AA) = 0

So that would seem to be an example of a population not at Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium.
by elasto
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 5723

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

However, the problem with trolls would be more directly addressed by limiting transfer rights of IP. Just require that the original author/assignee cannot sell their ownership and any license sold is transparent and non-exclusive (anyone can purchase for the same price), then acting as a middle-man...
by elasto
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476607

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I don't think it became easier for kids to get their hands on guns, I think the reason for the extra school shootings is all the extra coverage due to modern media. There is a sort of immortality through immorality, with a word named for the guy who intentionally destroyed one of the Seven Wonders ...
by elasto
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5093
Views: 402598

Re: Trump presidency

We have rules for a reason. If we allow people to pronounce words the way they prefer, we'll descend into chaos. It's a slippery slope. Before you know it, it'll bleed over into writing, and we'll wind up with people who only use capital letters, or worse, people who use numbers (or even pictures!)...
by elasto
Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31864

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

The latter is a claim based on a thing you read. The former is a claim based on a thing that happened to you . In addition, so long sexual assault carries this huge stigma of shame and guilt for the victim , all things being equal we ought to tend towards belief. (Yes, it's ridiculous in this day a...
by elasto
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31864

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Not judging at all is also an option. And the one I usually take in most cases of a famous person being accused of anything, sexual or not. (Or any other stranger I hear of being accused of something, but why would I hear accusations against a stranger unless they were famous enough for those to be...
by elasto
Wed Feb 07, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 11781

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Yeah, if the phone companies had their way there'd be no such thing as VOIP. Thankfully the free market works just well enough that they didn't manage to squash it, but there is more competition between mobile providers than broadband. Instead of removing the requirement for ISPs to obey net neutral...
by elasto
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 31864

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

The tweet talked about losing a job. The 'ten guilty to free' standard is about criminal lawsuits. Jail time, not losing a job. When someone loses their job due to a sexual abuse accusation, it's not unlikely it actually means them losing their career. That is a big deal if it happens to anyone, es...
by elasto
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476607

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Well, I was talking specifically to MW when I said that - giving him the benefit of the doubt that he views rape as a more serious crime than theft. However you are quite right that many societies today do not view rape as serious - and even in our own societies in times gone by it was not viewed a ...
by elasto
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476607

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Rape is actually a crime against the essential nature of autonomy. I control me. And you have no right at any level to remove that control. This is true for everyone. What I am trying to reach to is the nature of a sexual transaction for money. A store clerk who is robbed at gunpoint is violated on...

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