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by elasto
Sun May 26, 2019 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243301

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I can't see anyone but a strident leaver winning the post. Amusingly, one poll last month had Farage as second favourite after Johnson which I'm not even sure is constitutionally valid :D With both parties moving to such extremes, the next general election surely has to be a golden chance for the Li...
by elasto
Sat May 25, 2019 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 2238

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

The math says the physical object remains 3D when in superposition. So the only avenue left is spacetime. In math, it is waves, in reality, it has lost a dimension. Something that that has lost a dimension is crazy. So it's superposition that you really take issue with, not uncertainty? Because the...
by elasto
Sat May 25, 2019 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 2238

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

It's not that it's complex, it's that it's arbitrary.

There's a billion ways matter 'disconnecting from spacetime' could look nothing like waves. You haven't given a reason why it would do so.
by elasto
Sat May 25, 2019 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 2238

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

obviously, matter disconnected from spacetime is seen to us as math waves. But why? There are countless other things matter disconnected from spacetime could look like. It's a little like the argument against the earth being young. A scientist might say 'if the earth is actually young, how come we ...
by elasto
Sat May 25, 2019 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 2238

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

Surely you don't believe matter goes through both slits of the double slit experiment? The math says waves ..I say it's temporary disconnected from spacetime. It's less that 'the math says waves', and more that the experiments do. QED has been shown to be accurate to within about 10 -8 If you want ...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 2238

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

@PittsburghJoe: 3blue1brown also did a video on the uncertainty principle, again showing that it applies to everyday, normal, non-QM waves. He talks through sound waves (time vs frequency), Doppler radar (distance vs velocity) and then QM (position vs momentum). As Pfhorrest says, the weird bit is t...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243301

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

The truth most likely is that a no deal Brexit will have far less of an effect on the average person than the general (mis)management of the economy by the government of the day - ie. how the future government handles the housing crisis, the mental/social care crisis, the rollout/rollback of Univers...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850186

Re: Trump presidency

And; Today our creepy Cheeto Chief goes on 'strike' because he does;t like Congressional Oversight. Yeah well you can't call somebody a criminal and then 5 minutes later sit down with him to discuss road infrastructure plans as if nothing's the matter. It's called serving your country. It's called ...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243301

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Prime Minister Boris... Ho hum. But, yeah, I think he's a shoe-in... I still remember him from HIGNY days, thinking he was a pretty lovable buffoon. Clowns are great at childrens' parties; Not so much fun for leading us through the biggest constitutional shake-up in decades and trade negotiations wi...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 8:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243301

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I'm hoping that a court case comes from this. Would be brilliant if the judges said 'redo the EU election because you failed to uphold the requirements of a democracy.' If a second referendum occurs I'm not sure it would be good PR for EU elections to be redone, especially if it's European judges o...
by elasto
Wed May 22, 2019 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6926
Views: 1113671

Re: Police misbehavior thread

cphite wrote:I think it was definitely wrong... but not necessarily illegal.

Wrong, but not wrong enough to get fired over apparently...

Is the US so desperately short of qualified candidates that they couldn't do better than him..?
by elasto
Tue May 21, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6926
Views: 1113671

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I mean, that's clearly awful, but from a legal standpoint -- if it was the gunshots that killed him -- I can't imagine it's a criminal act. That's shocking. The police should have a clear legal duty to try to save a person's life once they have been neutralised as a threat. (And I'm not saying he c...
by elasto
Tue May 21, 2019 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6926
Views: 1113671

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm surprised (or am I?) that police officers in the US can just decide to throw on their uniform whenever and basically act as vigilantes in the middle of the night. Agreed. Surely it violates protocol to be patrolling alone also? But, from a strictly legal point of view, if Hill was legitimately ...
by elasto
Wed May 15, 2019 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: faulty logic?
Replies: 6
Views: 844

Re: faulty logic?

Note that you could use this same logic to 'prove' that the diagonal of a unit square is of length 2... I looked up layman's refutations of pi=4, and the most succinct seemed to me to be: Of course, the circumference is not approximated by the sum of lengths of the lines constructed as shown, but by...
by elasto
Wed May 15, 2019 11:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4568
Views: 701262

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Ah.

Sadly I can't read Time's article on bans as Time bans banning ads.
by elasto
Wed May 15, 2019 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4568
Views: 701262

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What is up with that last line in the article? “Wikipedia is also blocked in Turkey”. No commentary nothing just end the article with that one line. I guess it's because that's two year old news (though it was news to me): On 29 April 2017, Turkish authorities blocked online access to all language ...
by elasto
Sun May 12, 2019 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 133
Views: 6291

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Saw it today with husband and kid. My main plot glitch was "Oh, shoot, the half of humanity that disappeared five years ago suddenly reappeared. This is an agricultural catastrophe. No one has planted enough food for a population this size. Certain starvation awaits. And probably a complete de...
by elasto
Sun May 12, 2019 7:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6926
Views: 1113671

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Not as long as legally killing people remains in the jurisdiction of regular cops and not a special segment. Theres a reason why some special British cops are armed but most arent. A police officer killing someone is not justice, no matter what the circumstances are. Yes, the person could be an imm...
by elasto
Thu May 09, 2019 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Drugs are weird in that most of the costs come from the R&D not from the manufacturing - and the successful drugs have to cover the R&D costs of the failures. I'm all for the banning of advertising of drugs to consumers though. Many countries do including the UK. That would reduce costs and...
by elasto
Tue May 07, 2019 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

I'm not sure that's a meaningful distinction. Should farms be required to give away the food they produce at cost too? Food is basically a life-saving drug. Drugs are weird in that most of the costs come from the R&D not from the manufacturing - and the successful drugs have to cover the R&D...
by elasto
Tue May 07, 2019 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Anyone in the position of power who has the ability and means to murder people by withholding life-saving drugs by reason of profit should be charged with depraved indifference homicide. I hope not else we're all in trouble. You and I have the ability to save a life right now by making a donation t...
by elasto
Mon May 06, 2019 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10133

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

I think news has to be non-profit. That may mean government-funded but independent (like the BBC), that may mean private benefactors (eg. some billionaire setting up a trust), and maybe even a collective (I recently heard an interview with a journalist who self-funds through Patreon) but I think the...
by elasto
Sat May 04, 2019 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Nope, anyone above 400% of FPL pays exact same for health insurance on the ACA. Well, not exact same, rich people being in healthier areas like Connecticut, but whatever. Plus, federal monies pay for the poor, and the rich do pay more in income tax, so they do sort of pay for the poor. [...] Proble...
by elasto
Fri May 03, 2019 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Well, imo, it's fair enough for a family on $100k to pay disproportionately more than a family on $25k, so long as a family on $400k pay in disproportionately more again. That's the part where the equation breaks down I suspect. (Still, I could be wrong, but I bet a family on $100k in the US pay way...
by elasto
Fri May 03, 2019 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243301

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Is anyone else disillusioned by the result though? I mean, I was one of those who carefully read the election leaflets and picked counsellors based on the local issues. But screw all that, all that matters is Brexit, right? How many counsellors doing great jobs for their local communities got tossed...
by elasto
Fri May 03, 2019 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

When I pointed out that not only would the cost of the cheapest available health insurance drastically exceed anything I was likely to pay in health care (which, at the time, I basically just didn't get, at all, because I couldn't afford it), that cost of health insurance would subsequently leave m...
by elasto
Thu May 02, 2019 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The Modalities and Practicalities of Hell
Replies: 2
Views: 5514

Re: The Modalities and Practicalities of Hell

Have you seen Black Mirror's "White Christmas"? It's a brilliant episode that covers many of the areas you explore.

(The "Black Museum" episode also explores similar ideas but I feel "White Christmas" to be superior)
by elasto
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

And you don't think services to help people stop drinking or drink less are provided by public health? Some services are, but some (such as police breathalysing motorists) are not. Look, I don't think we are disagreeing in any substantive way here. I'm arguing that there is a body overseeing the he...
by elasto
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

I would say that vaccines, proper diet, etc. are preemptive treatments of a disease, so my principle still holds. I think you could state it more clearly than you did in that case. Rather than: "The purpose of a healthcare system is to provide healthcare i.e. treat diseases" perhaps somet...
by elasto
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

As I said, the definition of health is a controversial one (the WHO definition is from 1948, not surprising that there would be some issues with it now). However, most definitions as used by medical and public health bodies include other domains than just physical and mental. Yeah. I have no proble...
by elasto
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 4741

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Even though it comes from WHO, Angua's definition strikes me as overly broad. I'd describe that more as a system of 'social services' than 'healthcare' - though I would agree that 'health' goes beyond merely the physical and into mental health, which, agreed, is a very nebulous arena... "The pu...
by elasto
Wed Apr 24, 2019 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850186

Re: Trump presidency

Oh the US right definitely uses dehumanising language way more, but there are ways to dehumanize that win you elections and ways to do it that don't. Elections in the US are decided in a handful of swing states by a handful of swing voters. When the right dehumanizes, it generally targets non-voters...
by elasto
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850186

Re: Trump presidency

Sadly, that kind of rant is a small reason many voted for Trump in the first place. Elections are won in the middle ground - by appealing to the masses, and hyperbole like calling ordinary right-wing voices on this board 'fucking evil' is just a complete turn-off. All you'll get is people saying 'we...
by elasto
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?
Replies: 16
Views: 2266

Re: What do Average Mathmaticians Do?

If you're genuinely interested there are some pretty approachable channels on youtube where people talk through math proofs in something approaching layman's terms, and you can get a reasonable insight into the day to day ways they approach tasks - Numberphile and Mathologer spring to mind. As a ran...
by elasto
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Competition Is Bad. There's An Alternative.
Replies: 63
Views: 7503

Re: Competition Is Bad. There's An Alternative.

... are you trying to claim that guided processes (e.g., human thought) are more efficient than random ones (natural selection)? Yes. Seems pretty obvious to me. Apparently not to everyone. It's obvious to everyone. Yes. It's completely obvious to everyone. The disagreement is (a) whether competiti...
by elasto
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10133

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

I think it’s important to distinguish between voters and those they vote for when talking about this. There is still today a contingent of politically left-leaning people who are anti-vaxers and homeopaths and generally all in for a wide variety of woo, but to my knowledge that has never been part ...
by elasto
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10133

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

What part of what I said there isn't true? If what you said was true (that policies are correlated because they come from first principles and not from partisanship) then it wouldn't be the case that the left in the UK believe in (A and B) but not (C and D), but the left in the US believe in (A and ...
by elasto
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10133

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

[Double-Post]
by elasto
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 127
Views: 10133

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

So an anti-establishment political movement had people who were anti-medical establishment and this was all because of partisanship? I don't think you put much thought into this, which would be my experience with centrists. Where did I say that hippies held their views because of partisanship..? It...
by elasto
Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 21
Views: 2462

Re: Julian assange arrested

Since when are criminal charges subjected to a statute of limitations? Some weird Swedish thing? Does the US not have a statute of limitations? In general it's to do with the accused's right to a fair trial: If the crime was committed too long a time ago, the accused may reasonably have no recollec...

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