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by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

But this becomes subject to the same creep that led to the welfare state and the healthcare mess. No matter what level "basic" is set at, there is pressure to move it up, and opposing that pressure is just mean. Then exceptions are carved out, perverse incentives get baked in, and things ...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

This can be said of any business. "Teachers are in business to pay for their SUVs, not to educate students." It's not "exactly" false, but it's not "exactly" true either. Big corporations are just better at being insensitive. But we need big corporations in order to ac...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347707

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Hmm, I'm not sure why your intuition says that. Your code is clearly saying that the "a" parameter is set to 0. It's also clearly saying that the first parameter is set to 1. These conflict, so yeah, you're doing something wrong. It doesn't conflict in my mind, mostly because the way I un...
by The Great Hippo
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 32
Views: 2060

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

SecondTalon wrote:pain creates adrenaline
Right, but as the article explains, it isn't enough of an issue to really minimize pain so much as just maybe mitigate it when it's not too costly to do so.
by The Great Hippo
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

elasto wrote:But they would say that that's because they have to cover the cost of developing the treatment - including all the attempts at treatment that didn't succeed - and all the costly trials therein.
And they'd be lying.

Just compare costs in the states to anywhere else.
by The Great Hippo
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

The screwed up part is that it's not as if the cost of medical care actually correlates with the difficulty of providing it. Trying to perform moral calculations based on cost-of-care means your moral calculations are now based on whatever price-tag suppliers have decided to set. It's not as if ther...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

Oh. Huh.

Well, if you're not the snooty democrat being indecent to commodorejohn, and I'm not the snooty democrat being indecent to commodorejohn, I guess... the snooty democrat must be invisible? Or a metaphor.

Nah, I'm going with invisible.
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I don't think you're wrong to think of it as bullshit Since you seemed to miss that bit, I'll go ahead and clarify: Yes, KnightExemplar. I accept their disgust, even if I don't agree with it; I also sympathize with their situation. Would you like Thesh to say it, too? Should we stop and get everyon...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It has everything to do with the situation however. The Premium Tax Credit, under the ACA, was explicitly designed to make the individual mandate more affordable to low-income people. Because we shouldn't be forcing poor people to buy things they can't afford. That's fucked up. I think we all can a...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

That's clearly not this case. commodorejohn alleges that he was unemployed for 14 months and then further penalized by the ACA's individual mandate. However, the ACA was supposed to have given him a tax-credit to assist him in paying for insurance. Okay. That's not what I was discussing with commod...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I'm hungry and start complaining about it... the last thing a friend is supposed to do is say "Well, there are starving people in Africa". No shit, that sucks for them, but I'm still hungry. "I'm hungry..." -- "Well, yeah, but that's because we've been using this food to fe...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

KnightExemplar wrote:And as heartbreaking as that case is, it isn't commodorejohn's case.
I'm aware; that's why I preceded it by saying 'now imagine that', instead of 'in your particular case'.
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 32
Views: 2060

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

Which is why it fits in a system that disallows dogfighting. Dogfighting creates pain for entertainment, and truest to maximize pain. The meat industry creates food and seeks to minimize pain. Generally speaking. It really doesn't? I mean, not even in a general sense. The meat industry creates food...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

The graciousness of my relatives was the only reason I wasn't out of house and home. Right, but I mean, there is a big difference between you being out a couple of thousand dollars and someone being out a couple of hundred thousand dollars. On one hand, it's a shitty position to put you in (and ide...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 82
Views: 2203

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I wish I lived in a universe where submitting and supporting a bill that takes away millions of people's medical coverage, allows for denial on the basis of pre-existing conditions, and removes requirements that insurance companies cover things like 'hospitalization' would end your political career ...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Get Out
Replies: 2
Views: 400

Re: Get Out

I just saw this movie and it was pretty amazing as far as horror movies go; I don't think I've been that tense in a theater for a long while
by The Great Hippo
Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 253121

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Though I have no idea about how a car's engine would fare at 10 000 m, remember that airplanes run on combustion too. Though they do use a compressor prior to that, I'm not sure if that's just for efficiency or because it simply wouldn't work otherwise. They're designed to handle bizarre altitudes,...
by The Great Hippo
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 253121

Re: The Darker Side of the News

WibblyWobbly wrote:Imagine this scene, though:

*Young punk threatens Crocodile Dundee with his tiny car*
"That's not a car!"
*Crocodile Dundee brandishes massive SUV*
"This is a car."
Cue Jackie Chan's maniacal laughter in the distance
by The Great Hippo
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 253121

Re: The Darker Side of the News

"Watch out, they've got a car!" doesn't have the same threatening edge that "Watch out, they've got a knife!" seems to.

Though -- could you even start a car in an depressured cargo bay? It seems to me like the lower oxygen rate would screw up the combustion.
by The Great Hippo
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347707

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Maelstrom. wrote:I would expect this to fail when len(args) > 2
Oops; pardon, yeah -- I didn't even bother trying to test that code to see if it works.
by The Great Hippo
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347707

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I was about to say that's the workaround I typically use, but I don't like it because it doesn't raise errors when you fail to provide the appropriate number of positionals (less or more than two). But then I realized that since you're unpacking the tuples into two values, it will raise an error -- ...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 253121

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The Great Hippo wrote:Are we sure? Has anyone ever tried taking their car through the TSA checkpoint?

I heard somebody in Germany gave it a try, but it turned out they already had an...

...autobahn.

...

(why do I keep doing this why god why)
by The Great Hippo
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 253121

Re: The Darker Side of the News

CorruptUser wrote:Quite most planes already ban cars.
Are we sure? Has anyone ever tried taking their car through the TSA checkpoint?
by The Great Hippo
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 253121

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, that article is (obviously) describing an incredibly fucked up law, but the big takeaway (for me) was that -- apparently -- some doctors thought it was totally okay to withhold medical information from their patients out of fear of what they might do with it. Enough, at least, that legislature...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 253121

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Mutex wrote:A car and a knife is all you need to pull off an attack.
Airlines already ban knives on planes; how long until they ban cars, too?
by The Great Hippo
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347707

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Being able to perform easy introspection on functions is super important, though? Especially when you're dealing with stuff like callbacks (where you can store a function with the wrong number of parameters and never find out until it fires much, much later). Pretty sure they got rid of it to expand...
by The Great Hippo
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347707

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

It should return one. def foo(**kwargs): return a foo(a=0) This returns a NameError; the contents of kwargs are not loaded into foo's namespace implicitly. To access them, you must go through kwargs: def foo(**kwargs): return kwargs["a"] foo(a=0) As for why -- **kwargs has some extra benef...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347707

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Thanks! I ended up wrapping two dicts in a class, yeah -- and overloading their __set__ and __del__ built-ins (regrettably, using 'update' -- or other methods like it -- will prolly break the dict, but since this is for my own use, I'm not too concerned). Semi-related: I've been struggling with the ...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347707

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Actual coding question: I'm working with a class that wraps two dictionaries -- one that maps a unique value ("A") to a non-unique value ("b"), and one that maps that non-unique to a set containing all the unique values that are mapped to it. In other words, as one dictionary map...
by The Great Hippo
Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9564
Views: 1347707

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I keep forgetting I can store references to the same set on different objects. Like, I had a dictionary that mapped values to a set, but I also wanted the set's contents to be accessible by another object -- so I kept trying to think up a scheme to update the object every time this set changed. For ...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 760

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

Isn't there a big difference between penalizing someone for their behavior ("stop speeding!") versus penalizing someone for their genetics ("stop being at-risk for heart-attacks!"), though? I know that in a lot of ways, we've moved past the whole nature-vs-nurture debate -- but t...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information
Replies: 11
Views: 760

Re: HR1313 - Workplace Collection of Genetic Information

I'm torn on this whole thing much in the same way as those GPS incentives for car insurance. If you can legitimately somehow show that the price you get is in fact discounted, rather than them just jacking up the price and then giving you the "discount" down to the old normal price, I'm o...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Paranatural
Replies: 1
Views: 2772

Re: Paranatural

I fucking love this comic and I've been reading it regularly for a long time, now. The writing and humor in it is pretty amazing (though I have to keep reminding myself that the main character is supposed to be like... 12? I don't think any kid exists that is this unfailingly clever). I also love th...
by The Great Hippo
Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Gunnerkrigg Court
Replies: 111
Views: 26748

Re: Gunnerkrigg Court

Plus, she's kind of talking about how Annie screwed Ayilu while Ayilu is right there . She's got what she wanted; she could speak for herself now too; but Red is too busy speaking for her. And that's because Ayilu doesn't actually seem to give a fuck. Maybe she will; maybe she shoul...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41976

Re: Trump presidency

But please, what do you expect will happen when unskilled immigrants enter the US? Low English speaking skills, less than high-school diploma. I know that there are always cases of people who pull themselves out of those kinds of disadvantages... but such stories are rare compared to the typical. I...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41976

Re: Trump presidency

KnightExemplar wrote:The world is cruel sometimes.
No, the world is merely indifferent; the people in it are sometimes cruel.

It's pretty easy to tell which ones. They'll try to blame the world for their cruelty.
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41976

Re: Trump presidency

We in general? No. The US as in "the US Government who is paid for and sponsored by the tax dollars of the US Citizens" ?? Fuck yes. We're paying for that shit. And if you fail to pay taxes to the US Government, your wages are garnished and potentially put into jail. So really, the action...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41976

Re: Trump presidency

Then lets call them uneducated immigrants. Those with less than a high school diploma or equivalent. In any case, these (would-be) immigrants have a very low chance of positively affecting the USA. With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The w...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41976

Re: Trump presidency

Refugees are a special case. Refugees are important to demonstrate that the USA is a responsible world leader, among other publicity benefits. The simple task of accepting refugees itself benefits the USA. What's the difference between an undocumented immigrant and a refugee? (hint: The answer is '...
by The Great Hippo
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41976

Re: Trump presidency

Well in the scope of immigration you generally look to training certificates and/or educational degrees. Education and/or work experience are large factors in whether or not a country will let you immigrate. But that's just predictive analysis. Just because you've designated me as a 'high-risk inve...

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