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by janusx
Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legality of TiVo and Beyond
Replies: 12
Views: 2126

Legality of TiVo and Beyond

After thinking about this for a while I thought I'd see what other people thought. In the world of TV people have been recording TV shows, movies, etc. for as long as they've had VCRs to do so. Previously I've thought that that was a legally gray area. Or possibly not technically legal at all, since...
by janusx
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assange, Wikileaks, and the Philsophy of Anti-Conspiracy
Replies: 31
Views: 41214

Re: Assange, Wikileaks, and the Philsophy of Anti-Conspiracy

Not all information belongs in the public domain. This is coming from a bigger libertarian/anarchist than nearly everyone on this planet. The whole Assuage fanboyism makes my skin cringe and while I realize this thread has managed to mostly side step that so far, the deafening cheers of the internet...
by janusx
Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Anti-Humanists
Replies: 105
Views: 11978

Re: Anti-Humanists

Humanity has not harmed the earth. The only thing that I could see being considered "harming" the Earth would be its destruction which even a nuclear war is unlikely to cause. Other species only matter to the extent that they are useful to humans or other sentient species. Without sentienc...
by janusx
Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will happen once society learns everything?
Replies: 28
Views: 4439

Re: What will happen once society learns everything?

Seems to me that there is an infinite amount of possible information and as such it is impossible for society to actually learn everything.
by janusx
Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pornography only for people over 18?
Replies: 55
Views: 21229

Re: Is pornography only for people over 18?

Really I don't see a reason for age limits on viewing porn at all. I mean you could arbitrarily choose 13-16 or try to pin point the beginning/end of puberty, but as it's different for everyone I don't really see the point.
by janusx
Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?
Replies: 63
Views: 9774

Re: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?

The only time you can legally expose an employee to a hazard is if that hazard is not reasonably removable. Smoking is not required for club activities - even smoking clubs can engage in all sorts of activities without exposing their employees to smoke - and the risk of smoke to employees is easily...
by janusx
Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?
Replies: 63
Views: 9774

Re: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?

3. Already covered by the strip club example; if you have a problem with a business don't support it with your money. That comparison is totally irrelevant. The "dangers" of a strip club are purely moral; the dangers of smoking are biological. Smoking is poisonous - cigarette smoke is lac...
by janusx
Wed Aug 25, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?
Replies: 63
Views: 9774

Re: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?

I actually agree with you, but probably not in the way you think. I don't see secondhand smoke as a special privileged risk. I think it should be treated just like any other easily removable toxin in the workplace and removed entirely. I don't think there should be any exceptions for casinos or cig...
by janusx
Thu Aug 19, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: birth defects: lets get specific
Replies: 59
Views: 9607

Re: birth defects: lets get specific

In an attempt to answer the original question: I think that birth defects are most aptly described as anomalies that are physically or mentally dehabilitating to the person. In this case being 5'0" tall is unlikely to be a birth defect but being 3'5" might be considered a minor birth defec...
by janusx
Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?
Replies: 63
Views: 9774

Re: Smoking Bans, how do they (and should they) work?

Although I'm a non-smoker, I do not believe smoking bans should exist in any private establishment. Bars, stores, cafes, etc. should all be allowed to choose whether or not to allow smoking without intervention. All patrons of a bar have the choice of being there, whether they are patrons or employe...
by janusx
Mon Apr 26, 2010 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: This professor would like to clone himself. Thoughts?
Replies: 54
Views: 7820

Re: This professor would like to clone himself. Thoughts?

Why would anyone ever want to clone anybody, as opposed to having a child by currently available means? The only reason I can think of is that they want the clone because they like the original. Granted, there may be cases where parents who are both carriers of a recessive mutation for a debilitati...
by janusx
Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: This professor would like to clone himself. Thoughts?
Replies: 54
Views: 7820

Re: This professor would like to clone himself. Thoughts?

Clones are people. Plain and simple any rights a person has a clone would have. No different than a twin. Also I see no compelling reason why people shouldn't be able to clone themselves or any other willing party. It's no different than having a child under any other conditions in my mind. Genetic ...
by janusx
Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 19219

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

i did not write that No you didn't, I apologize for that, something must have gone wrong with the Quote button and I did not proofread the quote tag. It is now fixed. Offtopic: I just encountered a very repeat able bug on the forum: if you are on the reply screen, you can scroll down to view previo...
by janusx
Thu Feb 18, 2010 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 19219

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

Is there anything more moral than "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need"? That statement makes me die a little on the inside every time I hear it. In my opinion it is an aberration to individual freedom which I hold in high regard. Essentially someone it says ...
by janusx
Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 26157

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

Maybe we should go to the health care thread? :) I'm Canadian so I tend to think to believe in public health care (my favorite statistic: The US government spends more on healthcare than the Canadian government ). I'm pretty sure this has more to do with the fact that there are 10 times as many peo...
by janusx
Sat May 16, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sex and love
Replies: 21
Views: 4144

Re: Sex and love

I'm pretty much in agreement with Norris on ever point. The issue of why is it unacceptable to have sex with a relative may be biological in nature but if both parties are willing then there really isn't a reason it shouldn't happen/be allowed/acceptable. Really I think in the modern world it really...
by janusx
Thu May 07, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wikipedia fails again
Replies: 44
Views: 11194

Re: Wikipedia fails again

I really don't know that much about shell and its controvercies however: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Controversies_surrounding_Royal_Dutch_Shell was linked to on the shell page and seems fairly in depth to me. My personal gripes with Wikipedia are when pages are arbitrarly shortened or simplified t...
by janusx
Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Simulated Consciousness & Free Will (Merge)
Replies: 81
Views: 10445

Re: Reality vs. perception of consciousness [Philosophy]

There seems to me to be only two possible answers to this situation. Either A: Both the human and machine are conscious Or B: Neither the human nor machine are conscious The Chinese Room, experiment seems to ignore B in favor of giving the human mind some sort of undetectable spark. If we create a m...
by janusx
Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trash?
Replies: 14
Views: 2921

Re: Trash?

The best solution is just to create less trash. Things like recycling and reducing packaging can help a ton. Also using packaging that is biodegradable instead of plastic and Styrofoam. These would be good things and much more practical than launching things into space (which does not solve the pro...
by janusx
Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9890

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

Capitalism is not zero-sum game. Wealth is generated all the time. Invention and innovation are some of the driving forces behind this. If a new method of generating electricity is discovered called "Xergy" from raw material X, then wealth is created rapidly: The company supplying X has an...
by janusx
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Helping the poor pay for college
Replies: 106
Views: 11974

Re: Helping the poor pay for college

No, I don't think that everyone should be paid through college. Especially not if SAT, ACT, gre, or what ever performance indicator you want to use is not that great. College isn't everything. For some people job/skill training would be much more cost efficient than paying to send them through colle...
by janusx
Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What can change the nature of a man?
Replies: 40
Views: 3437

Re: What can change the nature of a man?

Well of an individual I would say a number of things: Head Trauma/Brain Damage Mind affecting chemicals Natural Aging processes Various self-produced hormones Etc Also on another level I'd argue that taking part in the process of education - high school, colleges, elementary schools, technical insti...
by janusx
Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Republican Party: Traditionalist v Reformers
Replies: 40
Views: 4844

Re: Republican War: Traditionalist v Reformers

The problem I see in the Republican party is the same as mentioned by Lucrece and others. The fiscal conservatives who are socially liberal are left high and dry. The Republican PARTY dogma has been far too caught up in recent years with the Christian evangelical movement and both parties are plague...
by janusx
Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why Are (Economic) Conservatives Still Relevant?
Replies: 75
Views: 6404

Re: Why Are (Economic) Conservatives Still Relevant?

Except for people who want to know the drugs they are taking are safe, you know? With the price of drugs being what they are, a lot of people can't afford to pay the premium to make sure Xaxarax doesn't have a side effect of spontaneous heart explosion. You're basically turning the supposed governm...
by janusx
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Past and Present: which is preferable to people?
Replies: 53
Views: 5632

Re: Past and Present: which is preferable to people?

Is it really even a question? People live longer, healthier lives, have more money, and are able to do what they want now. In the past, life was worse. That's what the present wants you to think. Truth is, good clean tribal living (as was common circa 10,000+ years ago) is a lot less work with a lo...
by janusx
Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 37523

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

But the infections do not need to be treated. Infection != disease. EDIT: Sorry, I should explain. I gave cases where writing a script is 100% quicker then figuring out WHY the patient wants a script. I am by no means saying that empiric coverage followed by culture w/sensitivity is wrong. That's g...
by janusx
Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Past and Present: which is preferable to people?
Replies: 53
Views: 5632

Re: Past and Present: which is preferable to people?

Definitely the futu... I mean present. As much as I think the past is very cool to study, I think the past would be a terrible place to live. No electricity, plagues, no xkcd, no grocery stores, no hospitals, etc. Personally I'd much rather live in the present than the past and much rather live in t...
by janusx
Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 37523

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

I have a patient who comes in with a cold. In the process of working them up I do a urinalysis for their diabetes, I then find that they have an asymptomatic urinary tract infection. Do I treat with antibiotics? They have an infection, no? If I treat it, I'm practicing medicine, but it's against ev...
by janusx
Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14550

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Well Here's my pro-con lists McCain Pros Economist says he'd likely be better for the economy Which one? And McCain has some pretty dumb economic policies so far. The gas tax, for instance. Here's a blog on an Q/A in which he attacks economists, dismisses their expert opinions, and says a remarkabl...
by janusx
Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14550

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Well Here's my pro-con lists McCain Pros Privatized Health Care Theoretically Lower Taxes Economist says he'd likely be better for the economy Nuclear Power Cons Almost Guarenteed to continue big government trend Iraq and foreign policy Obama Pros Pro Stem Cell Research Pro Gay Marriage Against the ...
by janusx
Wed Jul 30, 2008 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7296

Re: Stem Cell Research.

I'm not a master of the constitution, but where does it specifically bar funding of stem cell research?
by janusx
Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7296

Re: Stem Cell Research.

Experimentally removing cells from a IVF pre-child, then developing that child, for purposes other than the health of the child produced by that experiment, seems far more questionable than simply taking cells that are going to be destroyed anyhow and use them to attempt to cure cancer, regrow orga...
by janusx
Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18688

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Adalwolf: you are quite right, "Health" is not a right. However healthCARE definitely is. I mean really, if you don't think people have a right to the best healthcare their country can afford then why hell should they pay taxes? "Here, i will give you this money, even though one of t...
by janusx
Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Societally Enforced Population Control
Replies: 158
Views: 10449

Re: Societally Enforced Population Control

I feel like I'm missing something here, but why are you insistant that the world is over populated? Seems to me that some places have fairly high population densisties and might actually be overpopulated but then when have places that are very much underpopulated like Antarctica. Most places to me h...
by janusx
Tue Jul 15, 2008 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Wii, Nintendo, and their Audience - Philosophical Musing
Replies: 262
Views: 17674

Re: Nintendo's Master Plan Revealed

When I first started reading the article it sounded a lot like another (albit creative) bashing of "casual games", and I became pretty skeptical of it's content. However, not long after the article seemed to take off and I'm very impressed at the author's insight. The number one thing to n...
by janusx
Wed Jul 02, 2008 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Diversity for the sake of diversity
Replies: 38
Views: 4764

Re: Diversity for the sake of diversity

Not to be a yes-man, but I also agree with this. It makes sense to repair habitats that are getting fucked up by human interference. It does not make sense to tell nature that it doesn't know what's best for itself. I tend to disagree here. Personally (I'll be in the minority on this one i think) I...
by janusx
Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Diversity for the sake of diversity
Replies: 38
Views: 4764

Re: Diversity for the sake of diversity

If this is happening as a result of coyote's being introduced to the red wolves' territory by man then this has some virtue. But it sounds like the removal of a less successful species in the face of competition from a stronger one, in which case this is just nature working right, as you say. This....
by janusx
Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Special education funding
Replies: 9
Views: 1637

Re: Special education funding

I think roughly the same amount of $ should be spent on all students: Up to a certain point, say the end of high school (or maybe middle school). At that point those who have done well should have more money put towards their education and those who have not done as well should recieve the same amou...
by janusx
Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pre-emptive genetic strikes
Replies: 74
Views: 4929

Re: Pre-emptive genetic strikes

As some others have mentioned, there are a lot of random vulnerabilities that come with genetic change but that is really the least of my worries on the subject. Culture can exist without physical markers (I'm blonde and have a small nose but I'm still jewish) but some cultures would fade away with...
by janusx
Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is success?
Replies: 50
Views: 6318

Re: What is success?

I'll consider myself a success once I achieve immortality (for those of you who think I am joking I would like to inform you that I am actually being fairly serious, I am also agnostic/athiest so it has nothing to do with the "afterlife"). Other than that I figure if I can keep myself ent...

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