Search found 505 matches

by sigsfried
Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 38505

Re: Scottish Independence

Thought it was just that none have been commissioned, it is much more expensive than a normal exit poll (where you know which constituencies are representative of typical marginal, Labour, Conservative, ... constituencies).
by sigsfried
Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 38505

Re: Scottish Independence

Not going to happen. The UK recognises those islands as Scottish, suddenly changing that attitude would be totally against the current policy of Britain to heavily back self determination (which came about as an argument to keep Gibraltar and the Falklands). Though it would accept a referendum of t...
by sigsfried
Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 38505

Re: Scottish Independence

I love the faith that that other countries and organisations won't act in ways that have long term advantages (like strangeling their own nationalist movements). I'd even say its 50 - 50 that UK will let Scotland secede but retain the Islands as protectorates and hence massive amounts of the oil re...
by sigsfried
Mon May 12, 2014 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 203829

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

I really do try not to take pleasure in other sides failing but as my side is never going to achieve much again, Leeds for my sins (which must have been many and large but which I somehow don't have the pleasure of remembering committing). That said I can't help but smile at the position United ende...
by sigsfried
Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592693

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

Fair enough, it may be worth pointing out that the people who said it was offensive were white, but the reaction I took to be similar to how I would react if someone in the UK said "Paki" to describe someone from the Indian subcontinent, the term may occasionally be technically correct as ...
by sigsfried
Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592693

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

Well I could be wrong, I'm not American but when I visited America with a friend who is black I can remember pointing him out at a party and shocking everyone by referring to him as black (something on the line of he is the black man over there stood next to the door). Now I admit the possibility th...
by sigsfried
Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592693

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

Take for example the word "niggardly". The etymology has nothing to do with black people, it actually means the exact opposite of a racist term that does (n-word rich), but because enough people think it's racist the only places you will likely see it is either a discussion about it or th...
by sigsfried
Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Segregation in the name of free speech
Replies: 43
Views: 8363

Re: Segregation in the name of free speech

Universities want to host talks by very controversial speakers, at the very least student societies might want to invite a speaker to talk to their society (pretty much all religious and political societies want to do this), and in some cases the society might already segregate to some extent, I don...
by sigsfried
Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 26602

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

To which part. I will freely admit I just assumed most men don't consider themselves rapists. As for most men, well I might be pushing it slightly but I am asuming some of those who do consider some instances of rape to be rape wouldn't actually stop. http://news.sky.com/story/819702/rape-awareness-...
by sigsfried
Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 26602

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

The only cause of rape is rapists who rape This sort of basic black and white language is not helpful. Most, damn close to all, men don't consider themselves rapists, yet many, possibly if some statistics are to believed most, men have, will or under certain circumstances might rape so if we say we...
by sigsfried
Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592693

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

The Bechdal test was never meant to be perfect; the comic that created the test joked that Alien passes because the women talk about the monster. Interestingly, Mulan fails (the only women in the movie are trying to get Mulan married off), despite being pretty much the most feminist movie in all of...
by sigsfried
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592693

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

If your criteria is as strong as zero people ever capable of voting legally being unable to do so, no matter how much fraud, then there is nothing that can be done. Anything no matter how minor will catch someone. Basically your only hope is to literally let anyone in and vote and make no attempt to...
by sigsfried
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 26602

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

That does get into an issue of definition, if you mean by rape, the crime named rape then in many areas women are by definition incapable of rape, or only capable of statutory rape. While ideally this should be changed it is for the most part an unnecessary distraction as it affects such a small por...
by sigsfried
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2592693

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

The issue pretty much boils down to how many people is it worth stopping voting, who are legally able to, to prevent one illegal vote. If you think 100s or 1000s then you are going to accept pretty much any restriction, if you think that the ratio is the reverse you are barely going to support any.
by sigsfried
Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?
Replies: 340
Views: 38971

Re: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?

I want to say this in much less polite language but why is the Speaker a partisan figure? I just can't see what advantages you gain from it being a partisan position. Because it is an elected position, and all elected positions are partisan. Personally. I think we should be able to eliminate all of...
by sigsfried
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?
Replies: 340
Views: 38971

Re: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?

I want to say this in much less polite language but why is the Speaker a partisan figure? I just can't see what advantages you gain from it being a partisan position.
by sigsfried
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?
Replies: 340
Views: 38971

Re: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?

So looks like it is resolved for the time being. Any chance the US can stop playing chicken with the world economy now?
by sigsfried
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 42422

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

I know my case is only one so not useful for statistical analysis, but I was on cocodamol for a month, when I changed painkiller I had some physical symptoms of withdrawal without any desire to take more tablets. The GP said this wasn't unusual, and had warned me of the likely impact of switching pa...
by sigsfried
Mon Oct 07, 2013 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7518

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

Yes pretty much I agree with that.
by sigsfried
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7518

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

But we're talking about opposite sides of the coin here. I'm not talking about the person who's agreeing to have sex because they have other reasons and are totally cool with it, I'm talking about the person who's trying to get sex from somebody who's not clearly interested at the time. Yes we are ...
by sigsfried
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7518

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

Lot's of people are uncomfortable with the thought of their partner masturbating. Ideally sex should always be out of a mutual felt equally strong desire. That doesn't make everything less than that rape. By trying to define as rape anything less than the ideal then you are, indirectly, saying I hav...
by sigsfried
Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offenders.
Replies: 32
Views: 7518

Re: Rape due to small number of non empathetic repeat offend

I'm not super clear on at where the cutoff is between "agree to" and "want to" for where it becomes rape. Well, I know it SHOULD be 'enthusiastic and obvious consent' No, where else do we consider in law enthusiastic consent to be required for consent to be valid? I can consent ...
by sigsfried
Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 188921

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

The reality is no country could act without US backing, Even going back to the 60s when the balance of power was not so concentrated in America, you still have Suez, where combined British, French and Israeli forces a re forced into a humiliating backing down simply from US disapproval. Since then t...
by sigsfried
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 188921

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Deciding to do nothing and doing nothing because you are incapable of making a decision are two very different things, that will play out very differently on the world stage.
by sigsfried
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 188921

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

I don't think it helped that Cameron was keen to say we wouldn't be taking sides or supporting the rebels. It is hard to take seriously the idea that missile and bomb strikes against the Syrian government wouldn't be taking sides and it looked like we were being dragged into a bigger conflict that w...
by sigsfried
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 188921

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Blair I suppose finally got his legacy, something he was definitely keen to make sure happened. Not sure it was the legacy he wanted, but then he also wanted to be seen as pro gay rights but it fell to Conservatives to pass marriage equality laws because he wouldn't do it. That said Labour/SNP/PC di...
by sigsfried
Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hacktivism: doesn't it seem... ineffective?
Replies: 27
Views: 13430

Re: Hacktivism: doesn't it seem... ineffective?

Governments rarely give way, if they won't give way to force does it seem plausible they will give way to something that amounts to defacing government posters. Of course there are cases of hacks doing massive damage to governments, true not always parts of organised hactivism campaigns but the case...
by sigsfried
Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 188921

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

Not really. A seizable backbench rebellion was maybe made easier by internal politics, but it wasn't even just the Lib Dems (the junior partner in the coalition). Cameron had already been forced to water down the Bill, to one calling for military action in principle but not immediately. Plus there a...
by sigsfried
Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hacktivism: doesn't it seem... ineffective?
Replies: 27
Views: 13430

Re: Hacktivism: doesn't it seem... ineffective?

I am not so sure that the IRA went away totally because of the GFA, true it recuded their influence but they were still fundraising after that, a resumption of military action was at least plausible. That said Americans in late 2001 - early 2002 pretty much stopped funding the IRA and while it proba...
by sigsfried
Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 188921

Re: Syria Civil War Threatens to Spread

British parliament rejected military intervention. Cameron losing control over British foreign policy is big, it is unheard of for Parliament to vote against the government on foreign policy. While Cameron doesn't have to listen to Parliament he said he will, and failing to do so could have caused a...
by sigsfried
Mon Jul 22, 2013 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

A brain is, in a way, a quantum computer, and a quantum computer the size of the brain should be able to simulate the brain. Now, that's light years away from our technology level, but we know for a fact that chunks of matter the size of the brain can behave like brains for only 20W. The theoretica...
by sigsfried
Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

Can we just be clear here. I am not, to the best of my knowledge, in charge of distributing research funds. If I was I would still want to see such projects funded. I am just very sceptical of it delivering the very ambitious claims made. Similarly I am dubious of the commercialisation of a lot of s...
by sigsfried
Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

Of course there will be limits to any model that isn't perfect. I am not saying that a real brain being simulated isn't possible just that I am not convinced yet either way, and that certainly an argument that the brain is only size X and power Y does not convince me. A "real brain" can c...
by sigsfried
Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

Well, hang on. You seem to be arguing the opposing point of view to that which you took on the last page: If we want to build something more intelligent than us, why start by making something that might be an inferior version of us. If I want to write a Go AI that can beat a pro (a daunting task so...
by sigsfried
Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

Of course there will be limits to any model that isn't perfect. I am not saying that a real brain being simulated isn't possible just that I am not convinced yet either way, and that certainly an argument that the brain is only size X and power Y does not convince me.
by sigsfried
Fri Jul 19, 2013 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

As for simulating a brain. Well it really depends on how accurate the simulation needs to be. Certainly we can't ever, with pretty much any level of technology, perfectly simulate a system that large. Fundamentally we need to hope our description of neurons can be simple enough to be computationall...
by sigsfried
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

Unless you wish to claim there is something fundamentally special about the brain surely it must be possible, at least in theory, to produce a program that can do that sort of innovative thinking.
by sigsfried
Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Evils of Rent-Seeking
Replies: 35
Views: 9730

Re: The Evils of Rent-Seeking

The Poll Tax was not the main reason people hated Thatcher. She was already hated in many areas before the introduction of it.

Also while local tax rates are somewhat set by the Local authority they do not have unlimited powers to set the value.
by sigsfried
Fri Jul 19, 2013 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

That said second year medical students aren't all that useful. Hence them still being students. As for simulating a brain. Well it really depends on how accurate the simulation needs to be. Certainly we can't ever, with pretty much any level of technology, perfectly simulate a system that large. Fun...
by sigsfried
Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How will society handle robots and AI?
Replies: 290
Views: 64038

Re: How will society handle robots and AI?

Evolution had not need to provide us with perfect brains, and was heavily restricted in the materials it could use. Maybe it is the perfect system but that seems strange.

Go to advanced search