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by Ranbot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

On average, wealthy people work longer hours than the poor, so the idea that the wealthy are all coasting on trust funds is, by and large, not accurate. Wealthy people are, for the most part, bootstrapping entrepreneurial work. The proponents of capitalism are not anti-rich, because rich people are...
by Ranbot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

True... I don't have any illusions that wealthy families wouldn't still have an advantage, but if society's goal was to redistribute/claw back generational wealth a 100% death tax would be a significant change. ...Working to provide a better life for your children seems at least as admirable as wor...
by Ranbot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

The most direct means to change this generational advantage of wealth would be a 100% mortality tax. Doesn't stop people from giving their kids tons of wealth while they're still alive. The kid who gets even a zero-down interest-free mortgage from his rich parents while they're still alive (never m...
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

The solution isn't to make it so that you have to start out in the same poor conditions as your parents and the people starting out like they did now, but to make it so that people starting out like your parents did can keep as much reward for their work as you do, so people who were born into poor...
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

I find the North Korean economy fascinating in general. In part, I suppose, because of how limited a lot of information is on it outside the country. Inaccessible stuff always has a certain cachet to it. Will definitely listen to it when I have a moment! Agreed...It's fascinating to get a window in...
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

...real world countries, you do run into some definitional issues as far as what countries are capitalist, and which are socialist, as real world examples are fairly messy. ...the Heritage organization's measurements... They rate countries such as Cuba, North Korea, etc poorly in economic freedom.....
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

That being said, I truly believe that in most cases all workers should be consultants. Good god no! As a consultant, you are responsible for your own marketing, your own bookkeeping, your own {everything about running a business}, and most people are not good at that . As an employee, you can just ...
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Why did you have to interview; why couldn't you simply work for yourself? "Simply work for yourself" works pretty well in low-tech agrarian societies. If you want to live with the benefits of any modern infrastructure and efficiencies, that doesn't happen when everyone chooses the "s...
by Ranbot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Good point and agreed. The more people who can add to the network effect, the better society is overall. Which gets back to Pfhorrest's original point... Socialism and capitalism are different theoretical frameworks with the same goal of distributing wealth such that everyone in society has the opp...
by Ranbot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 64
Views: 1019

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

But if I have two pens and two stacks of paper, and you have nothing, and I give you a pen and a stack of paper, I have increased your wealth a lot more than I have decreased my own wealth... Yes, but not (just) for the reason you gave. I'd posit that both people increased their wealth, because now...
by Ranbot
Tue May 29, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 108
Views: 2840

Re: Firearms Regulations

...back to Australia's gun ban, I think you can find a correlation between Australia's 1996 ban on specific types of assault-style guns and their incidents of mass shootings since then... there have been ZERO mass shootings since 1996. Uh, the last mass shooting in Australia was in May. May 2018. S...
by Ranbot
Fri May 25, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 108
Views: 2840

Re: Firearms Regulations

What if the US just got to Australia levels of gun regulation? A country that spans an entire continent, democratic style of governance, English speaking, former colony of England, a nation with one of the larger economies in the world, contains a mix of modern urban areas and vast rural and agricu...
by Ranbot
Fri May 25, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 108
Views: 2840

Re: Firearms Regulations

What if the US just got to Australia levels of gun regulation? A country that spans an entire continent, democratic style of governance, English speaking, former colony of England, a nation with one of the larger economies in the world, contains a mix of modern urban areas and vast rural and agricul...
by Ranbot
Thu May 24, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 108
Views: 2840

Re: Firearms Regulations

Wouldn't this predominantly affect black people and other minorities like most measures that give the courts and police more power to punish without oversight? Republicans can then gleefully point to statistics. Vermont probably won't be a suitable test case for that theory, because Vermont is the ...
by Ranbot
Thu May 24, 2018 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 108
Views: 2840

Re: Firearms Regulations

The bump stock discussion seems like beating a dead horse by now... The current background checks are considered to be fine. The lack of enforcement by federal government of them is considered to be pretty awful, and they certainly oppose any sort of registry of legitimate gun owners. Criminals can ...
by Ranbot
Thu May 24, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 32
Views: 1295

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

FWIW the garbage culture I'm thinking of is not that of Facebook or Twitter with which I have almost zero familiarity, but more that which started on 4chan and spread through Reddit and (my most direct experience of it) Imgur and now seems to have echoes all across the internet from places as mains...
by Ranbot
Wed May 23, 2018 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 32
Views: 1295

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

What is the difference between the internet as a form of social activity and other forms of social activity? Access and Anonymity? You could argue that humans have had access and anonymity since whenever they developed a written language and a means to share their words with people far away. Papyru...
by Ranbot
Tue May 22, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 32
Views: 1295

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

It sounds like you are experiencing that with a dash of X Always Sucked - the realization that your nostalgia for a thing is misplaced, that it always had problems but you were able to ignore them way back when because it was new or the problems didn’t affect you. I'm not so sure about that. I don'...
by Ranbot
Tue May 22, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 32
Views: 1295

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

I agree with Tydmyr again. Ucim's focus on the specific subjects a society coalesces around and monetization [which may be interesting in their own right] miss the bigger social picture they are part of. Whether on- or off-line people always form social structures and apply them to define themselves...
by Ranbot
Mon May 21, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 32
Views: 1295

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

It isn't really anything about people. Or at least, not about the innate quality of people. Just about all sub-groups like to feel superior to the masses, and will portray themselves as such. Getting to select your own sub-group is nice, and coupled with the above effect, it's easy to feel as if on...
by Ranbot
Mon May 21, 2018 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 32
Views: 1295

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

But now I realize that all I had discovered was a carefully curated cross-section of a larger world that in general (outside that cross-section) was every bit if not more crappy than the little part of it I live in, that had just been hidden away in its own filter bubble... I am quote sniping this ...
by Ranbot
Thu May 17, 2018 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2599
Views: 457324

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

SecondTalon wrote:Wait, what? Refunded to Steam from a bundle? How does that work?

No no.... I bought Stick Fight from Steam some time last year and returned it then... I was just mentioning the game because it was the only other game in that bundle I was familiar with, apart from Rocket League.
by Ranbot
Thu May 17, 2018 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2599
Views: 457324

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

A new Humble Bundle coincidentally includes Rocket League and some other games that might be fun. https://www.humblebundle.com/games/hooked-on-multiplayer-2018-bundle?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=2018_multi_boost I can't speak to any of the other games except Stick Fight....
by Ranbot
Mon May 14, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why trust the CDC?
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

Re: Why trust the CDC?

If you're having a debate with conspiracy theorists on a social media platform with a wide audience, consider giving up and letting it go.... "discussions" on those platforms are rarely a real and honest exchange of ideas. Typically they are people [or trolls] grandstanding for others on ...
by Ranbot
Fri May 11, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why trust the CDC?
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

Re: Why trust the CDC?

In a discussion with a person who doesn't care for big business, the government, and modern healthcare in general, what reasoning would you give to convince them that the CDC is trustworthy? I'd focus in on the specific subtopic, rather than trying to convince them of everything..... I'd point out ...
by Ranbot
Tue May 08, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2599
Views: 457324

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Ive had rocket league on my ignore list. Don't care for sports games, even ones that are innovative with "let's play soccer with rocket cars!". Your loss. Rocket League has a ball and goal, but all of the surrounding game mechanics are completely unique to Rocket League. FWIW, I play Rock...
by Ranbot
Fri May 04, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 35323

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

I was thinking physical model building and crafts, but Robocraft also looks cool. Have you looked into Nintendo Switch's Labo? Official website: https://labo.nintendo.com/ Detailed review: https://www.digitaltrends.com/game-reviews/nintendo-labo-review/ The Labo games are currently Nintendo's super...
by Ranbot
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2599
Views: 457324

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Rocket League is on sale on Steam for $12 (40% off), just in case you've been under a rock for the past 3 years. No need for expansions, they are only cosmetic. Rocket League's simple concept and mostly intuitive controls make it easy to pick up, but the road to mastery is long and gameplay is deep...
by Ranbot
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 35323

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

Back to combining games, what about model building kits with a game component ? Like maybe just a choose your own adventure booklet and depending on how you go through it you pick different pieces or paints. Do you mean a physical model building kit? or virtual? If it's a virtual model, then Robocr...
by Ranbot
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1514
Views: 329432

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I just made a Steam account. What are some essential free/cheap games that can run on a low-end laptop? Likes: platformers, rhythm games, jrpgs Dislikes: shooters, anything team-based Limbo and Inside are great platformer puzzle games with unique style/vibe. Both are made by the same game maker and...
by Ranbot
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 35323

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

The world/setting of Doom with cooperative and asymmetric competitive gameplay like Left 4 Dead.

I want to be a cyberdemon!
by Ranbot
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9016

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Never having had Turkish delight or even bothered looking up what it is, I've imagined it as something like baklava, which I also think is really overrated. Looking it up now, I guess it maybe is kinda similar? A gel of starch and sugar sounds similar-ish to thin layers of dough held together by ho...
by Ranbot
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 6104

Re: Census Dickery

Question... Can US Census respondents leave the citizenship question blank? I've read in a few places there's an often cited law that requires responding to the US census [which hasn't been enforced since the 1970s], but I don't see if that includes not responding to parts of the census. The US cens...
by Ranbot
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 6104

Re: Census Dickery

How do undocumented immigrants pay income tax? ....Or do companies just withhold taxes as usual, and then its on THEM to pay the government? Cause it seems like they'd just pocket that amount if there was no way of tracking it. I can't speak to what employers do with paychecks and tax withholdings....
by Ranbot
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 6104

Re: Census "Dickery"

A shame this discussion has to be under a title of "dickery" because you're pretty much guaranteed to have a dickish discussion when you start it that way. For people who want to do some reading here are two news articles that do an OK summary of issues/sides: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4811

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

There's nothing irrational about not wanting to pay for something you believe isn't right, and trying to find ways to avoid it. It is irrational when people's beliefs make an entire system inefficient, slower, and more expensive for everyone involved (including the person trying to avoid paying for...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4811

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

And all that said, the different methods didn't really change the time all that dramatically. Changing carry-on vs checked bag rules would probably be FAR more effective in reducing that time. Realistically this would come at customer's cost in that they'd likely start charging for carry-ons... Rea...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4811

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I am very surprised, but also slightly doubtful of one test done by Mythbusters. I'm sure airline companies have a lot of data on this and I'd be interested in seeing it. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1108.5211v1.pdf Paper shows that rear ordered or block boarding is pretty slow compared to other methods l...
by Ranbot
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4811

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

:idea: I think it would be neat if an airline experimented with rewarding passengers for fast boarding. They could arrange for the optimal boarding system, tell passengers that if they follow all the rules they should board within a set time, and if that time is met then the airline will give all p...
by Ranbot
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4811

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

...I think I have to stand by my original suggestion of back-to-front and window-to-aisle boarding protocol. Sure, there's always some dolt who screws up any protocol, but I think my system is still optimal for speed and convenience. I looked, but didn't see this mentioned, but one of the drawbacks...

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