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by elasto
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

I think they'd like to, and they may gain traction the election after this, but for now they'd probably be over the moon to get 20 MPs...
by elasto
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1356
Views: 171377

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Physicists have created a fluid with "negative mass", which accelerates towards you when pushed. In the everyday world, when an object is pushed, it accelerates in the same direction as the force applied to it; this relationship is described by Isaac Newton's Second Law of Motion. But in ...
by elasto
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 27
Views: 2535

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

Love isn't short term or fleeting. It's not what you "feel like doing today". It's what drives how you feel from day to day. I'd put it as 'Even when I don't want to be caring, I want to want to be caring'. It's a deeper drive that does not fluctuate in the same way that, say, 'I like you...
by elasto
Wed Apr 19, 2017 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

Although what happens if May ends up with an even tinier majority? Very unlikely, but it would put her in a weird position of still being in charge while not really being able to boast about her mandate. I find that really hard to imagine. I'd expect many if not most former Tory voters who went UKI...
by elasto
Wed Apr 19, 2017 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

Yeah, I didn't expect many people to vote against it. That would be sending out a signal that you don't expect to win. Exactly. So the Fixed Parliaments Act was largely pointless as well as a bad idea (since it might otherwise lead to hugely elongated election campaigns like we see in the US: Long ...
by elasto
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

When I look at Corbyn's policies on the Labour Party website, I find myself broadly in agreement with all of them. However, I have absolutely no faith in Corbyn's competence personally, and even less faith in the remainder of his team. I first lost confidence when he proposed we continue to manufact...
by elasto
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13709
Views: 1651364

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

A three-month old baby was summoned to the US embassy in London for an interview after his grandfather mistakenly identified him as a terrorist. Harvey Kenyon-Cairns had been due to fly to Orlando in Florida for his first overseas holiday, until his grandfather Paul Kenyon made the error on a visa ...
by elasto
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

The EU is set to inflict a double humiliation on Theresa May, stripping Britain of its European agencies within weeks, while formally rejecting the prime minister’s calls for early trade talks. A beauty contest between member states who want the European banking and medicine agencies, currently loc...
by elasto
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13709
Views: 1651364

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

In terms of precedent, whether Google, of all companies, is equipped to handle it is kinda beside the point. Why is it beside the point? In law, not just action but intent matters. If BK correctly believes Google is perfectly able to handle the extra volume of requests, the ad can hardly be conclud...
by elasto
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13709
Views: 1651364

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

According to internetlivestats, Google currently averages about 60k searches/sec (probably peaking at several times that) so I doubt this would function as a DDoS - especially as each request was identical (the result of which would be cached putting their servers under even less strain). If anythin...
by elasto
Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 161
Views: 6249

Re: Breaking Up the United States

CorruptUser wrote:If California seceded, do you think for five seconds the US would respect Apple's patent on a rectangle with rounded edges?

Of course they would else India, China et al. would turn even more of a blind eye to US patents on drugs and tech etc.
by elasto
Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1546
Views: 70349

Re: Trump presidency

A former adviser to Donald Trump who is at the centre of an FBI investigation was exhibiting “strongly pro-Kremlin” ideology almost two decades ago, his former employer has told the Guardian. Carter Page, who was reportedly being monitored by the FBI last summer because of suspicions about his ties...
by elasto
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1546
Views: 70349

Re: Trump presidency

Again, call me cynical but in my head the conversation is playing out like this: Trump: "We have bigger bombs than cruise missiles, right?" The Military: "Yes, Mr President." Trump: "How big? Like, really, really huge?" The Military: "Yes, Mr President. Very big in...
by elasto
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1546
Views: 70349

Re: Trump presidency

I dunno if trump running into the realities of the job, turning him into a typical neocon-type-republican is reassuring or what. I'm not sure he is. He's u-turning on a vast range of policies right now: US President Donald Trump has reversed course in the space of 24 hours on an array of populist p...
by elasto
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5246
Views: 643315

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't think you understand what an attorney's obligations are. An attorney of any sort has an ethical obligation not to submit any argument or defense that isn't factually or legally justifiable. If the jury buys the argument, then by definition it was factually and legally justifiable. You are p...
by elasto
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1546
Views: 70349

Re: Trump presidency

One reason I say that is that, yes, dropping sarin on a town then bombing the hospitals treating the victims is horrific, but dropping barrel bombs on a town and then bombing the hospitals treating the victims is only barely less horrific, and Syria has been doing that for years now. I don't know if...
by elasto
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

So while the EU is locked into its walled garden, the UK can freely court trade agreements all over the world. Thus, even if the UK takes the bigger hit in the short term, it may be better positioned to recover from that injury. Possibly, but the EU has serious clout to demand good trade deals: Col...
by elasto
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1546
Views: 70349

Re: Trump presidency

Given how Russia seem to be kicking up a stink about this, talking about US-Russia relations falling to a new low etc... is it incredibly cynical of me to wonder if this is all smoke and mirrors thought up by Putin and Trump to pretend they aren't all loved up..?
by elasto
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 2912

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Except when I decide that the robot who built my house fucked up on the plumbing -- and decide to rehaul it myself -- the robots who come in to fix it a year later end up installing a toilet in the middle of my new living room. That's not the direction things move in though. Just look at cars - the...
by elasto
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 2912

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Your robot plumber has to deal with problems that it, at least initially, cannot directly interact with. It cannot initially see the plumbing, or even know the location of the plumbing That's not really the key disadvantage of a robot plumber over a human: Human plumbers are simply more dextrous (r...
by elasto
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

Slyreaper: Also, you can't simply consider the situation in isolation. Sure, if the UK were the only country who might ever threaten to leave, it might be in the EU's rational self-interest to be generous. But this is a situation that could play out repeatedly - which would definitely weaken the EU ...
by elasto
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

Sure, but that's not a good argument for not trying to make cost savings and passing those on - on both sides of the channel!

Since when was government saving money a bad thing..?
by elasto
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13709
Views: 1651364

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

He has been branded “the Banksy of punctuation” and describes himself as a “grammar vigilante”. For more than a decade, an unknown corrector of poor English has been venturing out in the dead of night and tidying up the punctuation on Bristol’s shop fronts and street signs. The first sign he tackle...
by elasto
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 2912

Re: The Darker Side of the News

No, when I said "should be able to do", I was asking what concrete tasks AI must perform to convince you that it's capable of research and innovation. I'd still like to know the answer, btw! Because until you can actually concretely define your expectations for AI, AI is never going to me...
by elasto
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

It is a nice example of the British attitude towards the EU. For someone from a smaller EU member state (like me) such harmonization sounds good. Yes, exactly. Once again someone managed to paint a key benefit as a 'drawback' based on some vague, feel-good notion of jingoism. Heck, even as no longe...
by elasto
Sun Apr 02, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1097
Views: 74380

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

The UK passport could turn dark blue again after Brexit under a £490m contract to redesign and produce a new version of the document. Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell said the burgundy passport had been a source of national “humiliation”. He told the Press Association: “The restoration of our own B...
by elasto
Sat Apr 01, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1546
Views: 70349

Re: Sonic drive-ins expanding to all 50 States

Theodore Allan Rumpshaker III left the Oval Office on Friday without signing the executive orders that he was there to announce. "Jobs and wealth have been stripped from our country," he said before exiting. He continued walking as a reporter shouted questions about whether Mr Trump was d...
by elasto
Wed Mar 29, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2516
Views: 269328

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The only "solution" I can see long term is to make education more accessible and ensure people go into fields that are not as easily replaced by machines. Even that's a moving target though. Healthcare and other service industries where people like to see other people (education, child-ca...
by elasto
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 4223

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

@cphite: Yes, non-emergency surgery is somewhere where transparency is useful, but from what you describe it's already there. It sounds like you could already get all the information you needed to make a judgement. I had to go through a similar exercise when my child was born since my wife was not e...
by elasto
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1375

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

If the odds worked out that more value in high-end items (not number of items, but the aggregate value of those items) were substituted for cheap knock-offs Amazon and their high-end vendors would be incentivised to do something about it internally as products more expensive than the sales income (...
by elasto
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 4223

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It absolutely does, and there is a real world example that demonstrates it: Corrective eye surgery. For two decades the cost for the consumer has trended downward even while average costs in the market have trended upward, in large part because such procedures were not typically covered by insuranc...
by elasto
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 4223

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 elasto
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 4223

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

Honestly, I don't know. It's a compromise from the government just owning its own pharmaceutical research firm and directing it to come up with a new line of antibiotics (say). Because today's mantra goes 'Private sector good! Government bad!' it's a backdoor way of achieving public service goals bu...
by elasto
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 4223

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

There's no going back. But suppose the same thing happened with food? And then with housing? And then with access to legal aid? I think all a basic level of all three should be universally available and taxpayer funded myself. but corporations are really only interested in marketable life-saving pr...
by elasto
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 4223

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

The real problem is that we have a system that's trying to be "market based" but is almost completely prevented from acting like one. These ridiculous prices are due in very large part to a complete lack of market forces. These companies charge thousands of dollars for a pill because they...
by elasto
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 11
Views: 1375

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

Interesting.

And it works the other way around of course: If you plump for the cheapest vendor for a product (which I invariably do), you could well be supplied by one of the higher-end vendors.

Very interesting.
by elasto
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 4223

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

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. Yes, but the tradeoff is that US ...
by elasto
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 86
Views: 4223

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

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. About the best you could do is ban marketing spending by drugs companies, but that would only be a small p...
by elasto
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13709
Views: 1651364

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

After a year cut off from modern life in the Scottish Highlands, imagine re-emerging to find a world where Donald Trump is US president, Britain has left the EU and Leicester won the Premier League. For the contestants of the Channel 4 programme Eden, coming back from isolation means not just comin...

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