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by bratwurst
Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

...I think The Pirate Bay will lose in the higher court unless they find some technicality to toss out the charges on. This is part of the shakedown. The users have had their honeymoon with the Internet... colonizing the unknown and staking their claims. Now we're civilizing the place. And with tha...
by bratwurst
Wed Apr 22, 2009 4:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

Usefulness is not equal to economic value. This seems to be the crux of your argument, but is consistently completely baseless. Usefulness is clearly of economic value. Anything that a person needs or wants is of economic value, whether it be of a physical nature, ideal nature, or serviceable natur...
by bratwurst
Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

That's the equivalent of asking how you would build a company that turns a profit selling gold, if you already stole all the gold and distributed it to everyone. I guess we can't really sell tangible good either. Gold has scarcity - there is a finite amount of it, and more of it cannot be produced ...
by bratwurst
Wed Apr 22, 2009 2:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

But it's pretty much a necessary precondition for having a non-zero price attached to whatever that value may be. No, it isn't - that's just as baseless as your previous claim. Tell me, then, how you would build a company that would turn a profit by selling something that is freely available to eve...
by bratwurst
Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

No, I'm saying they already have no economic value, because they have no scarcity. Except scarcity is not a necessary precondition to economic value. But it's pretty much a necessary precondition for having a non-zero price attached to whatever that value may be. If the world is full of apples, I w...
by bratwurst
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

MichaelKarnerfors wrote:
MichaelKarnerfors wrote:/Michael, star of Pirates 3 - Walk my plank!

When someone said I'd be trollbait I wasn't quite expecting that... what gives?

/Michael


Typo?
by bratwurst
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

Actually, one system that could work would be commissioning. The artist gets payed for their work, and it allows for the work to be copied freely. Would take some twerking, but at least it moves away from the notion that the real value of the work comes when it's copied to the CD and shipped to the...
by bratwurst
Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

That's a trust issue, not a copyright one, insofar as I am concerned. Well then I know your position. Need I say I find it deplorable? /Michael Go ahead. If the real issue you have with your friends giving away your sex tapes is copyright infringement and not the fact that they have ridiculously br...
by bratwurst
Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

You would get mad props from the scientific community, and you would get paid for the work you did, but the knowledge itself has no value. There is a giant difference between value and price. bratwurst- yes, the socially optimal value of consumption for a non-rival good is, in the short term, every...
by bratwurst
Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

Edit: Or are you seriously going to argue it is immoral for me to make something myself? No, I'm arguing that if you make something yourself, noone else can say "Hey, I decide over your work now... because I feel like it". /Michael I'm arguing that if I make something and give it to someo...
by bratwurst
Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

I am indifferent to these arguments about "rights" and whatnot, because I have always been of the opinion that intangibles are not property. I am perfectly aware that some disagree with this - that said, I don't particularly care. So noted. And as you said I pretty much don't care about t...
by bratwurst
Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

So give me one solid economic reason why I should pay money for something that is freely available to me wherever I go. Simple - you're essentially making any intellectual advances have inherently no value, which gives people little to no incentive to actually produce them. If you're believe that t...
by bratwurst
Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

I am indifferent to these arguments about "rights" and whatnot, because I have always been of the opinion that intangibles are not property. I am perfectly aware that some disagree with this - that said, I don't particularly care. Therefore, here is an economic argument: Supply and demand....
by bratwurst
Mon Apr 20, 2009 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins
Replies: 305
Views: 24873

Re: The Pirate Bay trial in Sweden begins

But one should also be aware that the rights purchased in this case are not universal or in any other way all-encompassing. You purchase a license to use the work for personal entertainment . If you want to use it for more than that, you can do that, assuming that you negotiate for another kind of ...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C# vs C++
Replies: 40
Views: 5978

Re: C# vs C++

I'm a little confused by BADFEED's response. Isn't Generic Programming necessarily part of OOP? Generic programming, in the context of C++, is just another term for abusing the shit out of the template typing system. Generics have nothing to do with OOP, really. Most seriously OOP languages are dyn...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 15295

Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

That's the point entirely. I'm not talking about a turing machine simulating a neural network - it would be moronic for anyone to claim that a turing machine simulating a neural network were capable of hypercomputation - it'd contradict itself. I'm talking about an actual neural network - not a sof...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 15295

Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

Are you guys serious? Hava Siegelmann proved that Neural Networks are capable of hypercomputation nearly two decades ago. If it can be run on a computer, it is not capable of hypercomputation. Edit: From the wiki: Some models have been proposed, already by Siegelmann, such as neural networks with r...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:31 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Okay what the hell Telstra?!!
Replies: 30
Views: 3008

Re: Okay what the hell Testra?!!

Americans have had it too good for too long, thinking it's their god-given right to have 200GB/month. Some of them need to come live down here where until a few years ago 20GB was a massive amount, unthinkable to be offered by any local ISP. Pfft. I've done 200GB a week a few times. I'm only Canadi...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 15295

Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

I don't know whether it's been mention or not, but if it has, it bears repeating. Neural networks are capable of calculating non-Turing computable functions. A neural net is actually more powerful than a Turing machine. Considering Turing machines can simulate neural networks, I find your statement...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?
Replies: 130
Views: 15295

Re: Artificial intelligence - Does boolean technology fail?

In the least facetious sense possible, could the God of Metaphysical Theism (Omniscient, Omnipotent, Omnibenevolent) solve the halting problem? With omnipotence defined as "the ability to do anything logically possible" this question is a little less speculative. The question is: is solvi...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cyberbullying Research
Replies: 7
Views: 2107

Re: Cyberbullying Research

Well anyone with half a brain who's trawled (not trolled, traversed) the internet knows there are many differences between RL and online bullying. Anonymity and the things that follow from that. A cyber-bully is unable to throw a punch at you if you say something that pisses it off. It's normally a...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Rights Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 4853

Re: Human Rights Discussion

In the scenario you're describing both the corrupt government and Bill Gates are taking actions to deny others access to food. It would be just as contrived to say that the government/Bill Gates sucked all the air out of the atmosphere. It's the difference between taking action to kill someone and ...
by bratwurst
Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: No Vote No Right To Complain?
Replies: 42
Views: 4244

Re: No Vote No Right To Complain?

Maybe the saying should be, 'if you don't vote, and your vote would have decided the election, you can't complain'. I still disagree. Politicians [lie/bullshit/make inane promises they know they can't keep] all the time. If you vote for something and they backtrack, it's perfectly well within your ...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 311735

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I'm off to read the rest of the thread, then.
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 311735

Re: The radical idea that women are people

The sensible feminists, on the other hand, (so far as I can tell) seem to either not have particularly tried, or just not had the same luck. My apologies if that came across as insulting; that was not my intention. I certainly wasn't suggesting that they aren't actively working towards the goal of ...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 311735

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Hey, Brat... Read the thread, re-read what you posted, and see if you see any problems. The first bit, or the second? If it's the first bit, then I have no real issue with the topic going away. I wasn't the one who brought it up; I just don't like assertions that such people don't exist. Saying &qu...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 311735

Re: The radical idea that women are people

If they aren't a significant group--perhaps people should bring them up LESS OFTEN THAN EVERY OTHER PAGE. Just a thought. Sounds good to me. I'd like to see the percentage of people who think that the majority of feminists hate men. My friends were quite adamant the other day when they said that mo...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 311735

Re: The radical idea that women are people

As for the man-hating part, I still want to see the evidence that they're a significant group. No doubt, some exist, but that's true of pretty much every possible group. The problem isn't that they exist, the problem is that so many more of them exist as anti-feminist strawwomen than actually exist...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Homework Help??
Replies: 21
Views: 1549

Re: Homework Help??

I've never really understood the level of difficulty that some of my classmates seem to have with recursion. When I first ran into it, I was slightly uncertain for a couple of days and then it made pretty good sense. Half my class, on the other hand, is trying to implement red black trees iterativel...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1449901

Re: Boy Thread: It's a Boy Thread! ... Sort of

To make my point crystal clear, some home truths to get about your thinking hole: ⋅ Men can look manly whilst spending £5 on a haircut and shaving on a daily basis ⋅ Men can look manly whilst spending nothing on a haircut, letting that motherfuker grow and maintaining a beard/ta...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:49 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: change font or margin in a .pdf file
Replies: 5
Views: 1308

Re: change font or margin in a .pdf file

Failing that, I would try finding some OCR program that will scan your PDFs and give you text. If you can only find an OCR program that scans JPEGs or something, there are plenty of programs that will convert a PDF to images. I haven't tried to use OCR in a long time; I don't know how reliable they...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2036442

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Berengal wrote:I've either created a new thread or posted it here in the FT thread in the past. Perhaps we could use a new "code snippets" thread for things such things? They're not really fleeting thoughts, but on the other hand not all code deserves a new thread.


Fleeting hacks?
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1449901

Re: Boy Thread: It's a Boy Thread! ... Sort of

I intend to go into the legal profession once my education is finished, as my interests have always drifted towards debate, politics, law, and the like. In my own social subset, there's undoubtedly somewhat of an importance placed on clean, refined appearance that is not necessarily present in othe...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: The Great Operating System Disscussion
Replies: 82
Views: 10781

Re: The Great Operating System Disscussion

Cycle wrote:Just put Ubuntu on the Mac. Get rEFIt, and you're good. Ubuntu even comes with Airport drivers.


I might just do it, once I get an external hard drive to back my stuff up to. Thanks.
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2868233

Re: Confessional Fred- He doesn't care much about your problems

COnfession: I don't use email. I communicate solely through telephone, PMs, IMs, and Facebook. And yet there are still 16,000 emails in my inbox. I have half a dozen fake e-mail addresses that I use to sign up to websites. My real e-mail I only give to the university and friends. I have gotten some...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: a challenging, but hopefully easily answered question
Replies: 11
Views: 1547

Re: a challenging, but hopefully easily answered question

Briareos wrote:

Code: Select all

#!/usr/bin/perl
$zips{substr($_, 0, 3)}++ while (<>);
print "$_\t$zips{$_}\n" foreach (keys %zips);


This is relevant.
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1449901

Re: Boy Thread: It's a Boy Thread! ... Sort of

Chai Kovsky wrote:Note: there are some people who simply do NOT look good with shaved heads. They just look like neo-Nazis.

Remember children: Neo-Nazis are NOT manly!


Although they are fun to troll, from a safe distance.
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 311735

Re: The radical idea that women are people

Militant Feminist would convey the same general notion without the loaded word of Nazi. If nothing else, you can sympathize with someone who's a militant. Not everyone will, but if you say you do, you're.. maybe extreme, but still acceptable for you to hold that opinion. Outside of White Supremacis...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 246724

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

I use a different username on every forum I'm on. It simplifies things. My usual methods are to either use StumbleUpon* to go to some web page I've never seen before and jab my finger at the screen until it lands on a word, or to do basically the same thing with a dictionary. This time I wound up wi...
by bratwurst
Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The radical idea that women are people
Replies: 3259
Views: 311735

Re: The radical idea that women are people

I would just like to continue the feminazi discussion to say that feminazis are much like SmexyTalon's "semi-mythical" man-hating feminists. You have to provide a lot of proof of feminazis on any kind of scale before I believe that they even exist as a statistically significant group. Act...

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