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by Trasvi
Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 28584

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

I think its funny that pretty much EVERY time the 'Three Laws of Robotics' come up, someone pipes up and says 'see, I don't like these laws because of X, Y and Z situations...' when the original books I, Robot and The Rest of the Robots are pretty much explicitly dealing with X, Y and Z situations.
by Trasvi
Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 54627

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

It's a good idea, one I'd be in favour of, but I can't think of a good implementation of a vote-by-proxy system that would have safeguards against vote-buying and coercion. The whole secret-ballot system is intended in part to ensure that you're unable to prove to anyone who you voted for, with any...
by Trasvi
Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Children's Suffrage
Replies: 233
Views: 75060

Re: Children's Suffrage

It's too easy to coerce children to vote a certain way. This would artificially inflate the voting power of adults with children. Although I do completely agree with you, the same argument was used to deny women the vote. As to whether 'children' should have the vote? To a certain age, children jus...
by Trasvi
Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593189

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I have trouble understanding this notion of "justification". I mean, no matter how much better things get, it will always be that case that between years xxxx and yyyy billions of people have lives filled with nothing but suffering. What difference to their lives does it make if totally d...
by Trasvi
Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Survey on the Importance of Prices
Replies: 11
Views: 5707

Re: A Survey on the Importance of Prices

Because, amongst other reasons (a) individuals are not always rational, (b) individuals do not always have good information, (c) individuals do not often consider the long-term Irrationality = mistake, poor information = mistake, short term thinking = mistake Why not just say that people make mista...
by Trasvi
Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Survey on the Importance of Prices
Replies: 11
Views: 5707

Re: A Survey on the Importance of Prices

How does a market without prices work?

What is to stop me from giving $1 for everything I buy? No matter if it is a chocolate bar or a house, or a aircraft carrier.
by Trasvi
Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 316058

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

Having read the transcript of debate over the equivocation fallacy in global warming arguments I present the following summary of apparent points of agreement. There seems to be no disagreement with the propositions that: * the words model, science, scientific and scientist are polysemic, * the wor...
by Trasvi
Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 316058

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

Terry Oldberg wrote:The management of the blog refuses to post my response to emtp's response to me. What's happening?

I'm guessing its because you need to have 5 (iirc) posts before you can post links.
by Trasvi
Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

People certainly vote for drugs to be illegal...but how much would they personally be willing to pay for the war on drugs? We have no idea what the actual demand for the drug war truly is. So the government is merely guessing how much drug war to supply. But if the guesses of government planners we...
by Trasvi
Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

Just for argument, how about some other domains where a third party knows your preferences better than you do and/or can deliver you better value for your money? Interior Decorators - rather than you fumbling around trying to come up with something fashionable, hire someone to buy furniture for you....
by Trasvi
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

Can you cite any sources? I can... Consumers fare better [at identifying their own preferences] than all types of givers except significant others and possibly grandparents...it seems unlikely that an alternative chooser would do better than friends, siblings, and parents, all of whom have substant...
by Trasvi
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

Yep. There's only pure free-market paradise and command economy hell. Nothing in between! If you seriously think anyone in this thread has been arguing for a command economy instead of a market system with varying levels or regulation and social safety net programs, you have not been paying attenti...
by Trasvi
Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

So, you argue that wealthy business owners are wealthy because the government is corrupt and protects large corporations, and not because the structure of markets itself created shielded niches? I think it would be impossible for the government to protect all large corporations equally...but there'...
by Trasvi
Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

Lets say we cut the minimum wage. The baker can now lower wages to half what they were: he can make 10% more profit baking the same amount of bread! Yeah, and maybe he could use the additional money to buy a Ferrari. Except, would't he be worried that his competitors would use the additional money ...
by Trasvi
Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

something about lemons. I really don't get what this is supposed to be an analogy of. We rarely pay people to do something that we don't want done at all (well, there are situations, but they are definitely minority). We're just paying the girl 15c for her lemonade rather than 10c, and not employin...
by Trasvi
Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

something about lemons. I really don't get what this is supposed to be an analogy of. We rarely pay people to do something that we don't want done at all (well, there are situations, but they are definitely minority). We're just paying the girl 15c for her lemonade rather than 10c, and not employin...
by Trasvi
Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

For example, the owner of a bakery receives more positive feedback than his employees do. But because of the minimum wage...some of this feedback is misdirected to his employees. But if it wasn't misdirected, then a larger quantity of less expensive baked goods would be produced. So the employees' ...
by Trasvi
Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

Rising wages in emerging markets and higher shipping costs are also closing the cost gap between developing markets and the United States. - Scott Malone and Ernest Scheyder, Outsourcing Losing Its Allure As China Costs Soar Wages didn't increase in China because a minimum wage was created...they i...
by Trasvi
Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

The primary driver for a minimum wage in modern society is to prevent exploitation. A company may value the work of an employee at $5 per hour, but the employee is desperate for money so accepts an offer at $3 per hour. Why is this considered a more 'efficient' outcome than the company valuing you ...
by Trasvi
Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

The primary driver for a minimum wage in modern society is to prevent exploitation. A company may value the work of an employee at $5 per hour, but the employee is desperate for money so accepts an offer at $3 per hour. Why is this considered a more 'efficient' outcome than the company valuing you ...
by Trasvi
Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply
Replies: 105
Views: 29089

Re: Pseudo-demand, Pseudo-supply

A few thoughts: 1) A command economy is a planned economy . The modern public sector really does not qualify as a planned economy. Planned economies may be the opposite of a free market, but that does not make everything that isn't a free market a planned economy. Either you shop for yourself...or ...
by Trasvi
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 249365

Re: Citizen's Wage

addams work or go hungry is my statement of how I see it for the scenario I proposed. If it disturbs you I'm sorry. But if I offer you the chance to earn a wage, doing something that you are able to do, without judging you, why should I feel bad about it if you choose not to do it. If you choose no...
by Trasvi
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Take A Louisiana Literacy Test!
Replies: 87
Views: 21490

Re: Take A Louisiana Literacy Test!

IF (and this is a big IF) there was a literacy test (or IQ, or political knowledge) which was perfectly designed with unambiguous questions and answers, universally administered, objectively marked and at an appropriate level of difficulty, would you support such a test?
by Trasvi
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minority Veto
Replies: 41
Views: 13302

Re: Minority Veto

I've always sort of liked the idea of laws expiring after a given term unless reauthorized. Say, 40 years or what not...a point at which many of the people who passed the law are no longer even alive. It's not something that needs to be tied to a supermajority system, but it is a decent mechanism f...
by Trasvi
Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal Election Cycle
Replies: 43
Views: 13637

Re: Ideal Election Cycle

I think if we implemented this, people would, at first, be drunk with power and you would see changes every other day. After that initial period though, I don't think it would be much of a concern. I doubt you would see congressmen or senators changing seats at a rate much greater than they do now....
by Trasvi
Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal Election Cycle
Replies: 43
Views: 13637

Re: Ideal Election Cycle

Forget election cycles. They are from a time when people and information were slow. They are obsolete. Keep a running tally. Let me log on to elections.gov and change my vote from Obama to Joe Blow at any time I want. I think that would give people more direct control of their democracy without too...
by Trasvi
Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593189

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Fair enough. I'm actually a nihilist, so in the objective sense I don't think any morals are true*. It's just that, as you say, many Christians oppose a lot of the concepts in the Old Testament, and many Christian groups distance themselves from those laws. I was just wondering if any Christian chu...
by Trasvi
Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal Election Cycle
Replies: 43
Views: 13637

Re: Ideal Election Cycle

France used to have a weird system, with the president elected for 7 years and the assembly for 5, resulting in the two being of different orientation regularly. We moved everything to 5 years, synchronized, as we felt 7 years was too long, and didn't allow for enough flexibility. You can have shor...
by Trasvi
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Minority Veto
Replies: 41
Views: 13302

Re: Minority Veto

That sort of attitude is ... incredibly strange to hear, especially since they were willing to do it by playing a game of chicken rather than coming up with better policies. I can't recall of hearing another major party in a western democracy saying 'we'd rather scuttle this ship than put up with t...
by Trasvi
Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Demarchy
Replies: 65
Views: 24628

Re: Demarchy

Why not do away with the entire House completely? If time/experience in politics is unnecessary or detrimental to being a good representative as you seem to be saying, don't have a House at all. Instead, just poll a subset of citizens every time. You can ask ten thousand people and you don't need to...
by Trasvi
Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Demarchy
Replies: 65
Views: 24628

Re: Demarchy

Respectfully; I'm a real person and would absolutely abhor the notion of me being in charge of making laws or politically negotiating. I don't disagree that career politicians are potentially problematic, but lets dispense with this silly notion that the average citizen knows how to make laws. If y...
by Trasvi
Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 249365

Re: Citizen's Wage

One thing I keep wondering when tings like this come up: What obligation does 'society' (whether that be the state, people in general or something else) have to people who don't spend their welfare money wisely? What about the people who will never be productive members of society? If someone takes ...
by Trasvi
Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Demarchy
Replies: 65
Views: 24628

Re: Demarchy

It seems like you're viewing the representatives as people whose only responsibility is to vote for whatever bills are presented in the house. Absolutely not. They also serve on the various oversight, legislative and investigative committees that reviews and drafts proposed legislation, passes it t...
by Trasvi
Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 249365

Re: Citizen's Wage

So, apart from the small minority that really enjoys productive endeavors (farming, coding that spreadsheet, skinning that chicken, etc) more than anything else, and the minority talented enough to make a lot more money than the Citizen's wage, what drives people to produce? A Citizen's wage means ...
by Trasvi
Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 249365

Re: Citizen's Wage

One question I have for this is : why should my income subsidize those who choose not to work? I have no problem assisting those who cannot work, and I'm all for national healthcare, but taxing me to support feckless layabouts just grates. Also, if enough people choose not to work, where does the i...
by Trasvi
Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Demarchy
Replies: 65
Views: 24628

Re: Demarchy

It seems like you're viewing the representatives as people whose only responsibility is to vote for whatever bills are presented in the house. I am sure that anyone who has held a position on any kind of board, from student societies to local sports clubs to federal government, things are a whole lo...
by Trasvi
Fri May 31, 2013 7:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In the US, criminals will be intentionally starved to death
Replies: 39
Views: 12925

Re: In the US, criminals will be intentionally starved to de

I think what Tyndmyr is saying is that we should give wellfare to those who need it, but, especially in the case of ex-cons, we should also try to prevent them from needing it in the first place. Amirite? Precisely. The concept of someone being entirely unemployable is worrying. If that person actu...
by Trasvi
Thu May 30, 2013 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting system - based on matching algorithm
Replies: 47
Views: 18970

Re: Voting system - based on matching algorithm

So how would these random people get anything done? You'll get a bunch of people who think it's an absolute blast to show up every day for 4 years, tick 'yes' to whatever bill a lobbyist puts on the floor, and go home with $20 million. You'll get people who are too dumb to know the difference betwee...
by Trasvi
Mon May 27, 2013 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting system - based on matching algorithm
Replies: 47
Views: 18970

Re: Voting system - based on matching algorithm

What happens if you change your mind? You're locking a politician in to what you think *right now*, and he has to do that for the next 4 years or go to jail?
by Trasvi
Mon May 27, 2013 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Voting system - based on matching algorithm
Replies: 47
Views: 18970

Re: Voting system - based on matching algorithm

I think the general idea behind this is tying politicians to actions, rather than speeches and party lines. I think this is a good thing. In the US especially you have a disfunctional voting system which effectively only allows for 2 parties - and if you want to vote for the fiscally conservative pa...

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