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by Indon
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15636

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

No- that including and empowering minority groups has been steadily occurring for the last several centuries. At what point will other people have done enough, and it become the responsibility of individuals to better themselves? If you use results-based measures, never , since failure is seen as e...
by Indon
Thu Jun 17, 2010 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Most Dangerous Place in the World for Women
Replies: 91
Views: 13409

Re: The Most Dangerous Place in the World for Women

No, fair trade goods have the same problem above, unless you buy ALOT ALOT more of them. Also, I am really not sure how many fair trade goods are actually fair trade. I think time will fix it. As africa develops, child labor will decrease, just like it has in the western world. Only possible if the...
by Indon
Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Most Dangerous Place in the World for Women
Replies: 91
Views: 13409

Re: The Most Dangerous Place in the World for Women

Sure this is a horrible truth. But blaming the consumer? Sure we want cheap laptops and phones and that but when did a sales person come round to my house and ask me If I would like 2/400 pound off my laptop where all I had to do was let a few hundred, maybe thousand women get raped? Cause I don't ...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15636

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

Considering I had done due dilligence, and documented all of his attendence issues in the MFR format, I had information backing up my side. However, because he threw down the gauntlet of "whitey is racist", the IG came in and investigated the issue, making everyone's lives fun for the six...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15636

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

I think I see the problem here. I'm talking about interpersonal daily business, and or business situations such as the one I described earlier where the gentleman was malingering, and you're talking about studies and the claims of racism there-in. My posts are based on the thought that one is going...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7110

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

Action based reflexes aren't choices - if you hit my kneecap or burn my finger, I don't decide whether to jerk my leg or pull back my arm. You choose not to override those reflexes, because they can be overridden - you can keep your finger in the fire if you choose to, or suppress the movement of j...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15636

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

re: Wife beatery: Yes, but my point on that statement was that if someone claims to not be racist, you can just say that they are lying. So if they say that yes, they are biased to a degree you are playing directly into someone's argument, and if you say you are not then you are just giving them ca...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7110

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

I don't really see that, to be honest. It's very easy to provoke an emotional response/reflex via the media, but acting on said response is still a choice. I question the value of a concept of choice that trivializes manipulation. If I blackmail someone into doing something, do they still have choi...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7110

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

As long as they have a choice in whether or not to cause said detriment to themselves, I honestly don't see a problem with doing this. The concept of choice rather starts to get fuzzy when it comes to targeting things like instincts, reflexes, and so on - to the point where it can start to sound le...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6785

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

Moo wrote:Wouldn't that be only if doodling purportedly rewired your brain such that writing a coherent paragraph becomes harder and harder?


Only if the article wasn't full of crap.
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20783

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

As a related aside, the roman empire switched from a progressive % tax, to a flat % tax, and this seems to have worked out well for them. What you're describing is an issue of tax implementation, as the romans switched from a wealth taxation system to an effective income taxation system. Income tax...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7110

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

It's easy to blame the news but, well to use an old saying, 'You can't rape the willing.' In a situation like this, there's a thin line between that and "She was asking for it because of the way she dressed." Is it ethical to exploit human instinct for profit to the detriment of the peopl...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20783

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

It's not the responsibility of the rest of the country, or even the upper class for that matter, to make sure the poor are better off. Now I'm not trying to sound cold or heartless, but in so many cases the poor are keeping themselves poor. Not to say that starving college kids fit into this catego...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20783

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

I am not saying we should use fixed head taxes, I am saying they are the form of taxation that treats everyone the most equally, which is what Indon was asking. Clearly as far as efficiency goes there could many better options. (The same goes for tolls, which also involve too much overhead to be co...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CFTC allows futures trading in Box Office opening sales.
Replies: 48
Views: 4464

Re: CFTC allows futures trading in Box Office opening sales.

Um, when was sending movies to the box office not a method of profit? Sending movies that people wanted to watch was a method of profit. With such a market, you can make a bad movie that nobody wants to watch, but if they think people will watch it you can bet against them and then make a killing w...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6785

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

I'm pretty sure the analogous notepad phenomenon would be doodling.
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9321

Re: If you don't know, can it hurt you?

I think you are confusing terms. A utilitarian is NOT game-theory rational. Oh, they could be, they'd just have a different objective to their rational behavior - optimizing group utility rather than an individual metric. Rationality is an approach to behavior, not an objective. Rational =/= Exclus...
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Media and 2000's Paranoia
Replies: 49
Views: 7110

Re: The Media and 2000's Paranoia

I think that businesses can be expected to do what gets them more money.

And I think that scaring people gets news businesses more money.

So I think that news businesses can be expected to scare people.

*shrug*
by Indon
Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15636

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

That article seems vaguely "Have you stopped beating your wife"-ish to me. It's kind of relevant if the article cites studies that show that your wife keeps going to the doctor for falling off the stairs, and you've been buying a lot of switches. Just seconds after reading this thread, I ...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday Reports
Replies: 16
Views: 2285

Re: The Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday Reports

Awesome!

Does this mean that U2 will have to make an upbeat sequel song to Sunday Bloody Sunday? :P
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20783

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

Option 1 treats both people the same. Why isn't option 2 treating both people the same? Is it, for example, unequal treatment for me to say, "I will hire anyone who can do this job"? After all, while I'm holding people to the same standard, I'm doing different things for different people ...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 20783

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

However I see that with all your intelligence you are looking at the issue from the wrong point of view. I believe that, although we form groups, and you can categorise people into groups based on anything, we are first and foremost individuals. And as individuals we should be treated equally by la...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9051

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Composers can't just repeat a musical period. The history of music will always be a rich source of great work, and contemporary composers will give to posterity their own history of music. It's nothing to do with being the best, it's just that the hundreds of years of composition that have gone bef...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9051

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

The reason is that the recordings still endlessly rerecorded today are towering artistic achievements that are yet to be surpassed, and thanks to the ever advancing progress of taste and style, likely never will be. Honestly, kinda leery about claims like this in the way that I'm leery about claims...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chrono Trigger
Replies: 273
Views: 28034

Re: Chrono Trigger

Prism spectacles just add so much damage. Nothing else comes close to that kind of damage buff. You can make an argument for improved criticals maybe, but that's really only a frog option. Basic attacking beats the tar out of techs save for the incredibly rare immunity. I still log in from time to ...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military service and Senatorial Candidacy
Replies: 21
Views: 2301

Re: Military service and Senatorial Candidacy

Honestly, I can't say I'm a fan of stripping felons of significant rights in any case, at least after they've served their sentence. Sends a poor message to felons ("You're a bad person and we know you will never get better"), and to the populace at large ("Our system doesn't fix peop...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9321

Re: If you don't know, can it hurt you?

Well, you still have trust, because no one is game theory rational, when it comes to real life. Well, does utilitarianism require game theory rationality? And does this problem still exist if we're dealing with people who aren't game theory rational? Eh, I'm not sure it goes that way. Marriage can ...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism and Over-Tolerance
Replies: 120
Views: 15636

Re: Racism and Over-Tolerance

For example, a technician at a sleep study hospital was nervous about saying that Asians tended to have sleep apnea more often than caucasians. Why? Racial trends in medicine are well-established. Some races experience greater rates for heart trouble, for instance, and african-americans primarily s...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?
Replies: 183
Views: 25632

Re: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?

That point doesn't make sense. Winning money isn't the intended purpose of playing a computer game. It is the intended purpose for the lotto's existence. Purpose intended by the creators, I mean. And yet, some people play WoW solely to raid and get gear. Honestly, the analogy was clearer in the ear...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: nofollow vs dofollow
Replies: 13
Views: 2588

Re: nofollow vs dofollow

There are programs out there that search the web for "dofollow" blogs. People using such programs (and there are many out there), then post comments on those blogs. That is an interesting emergent behavior, but it seems to me that it's something that relies on most blogs being nofollow bl...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What will be the next step of the internet?
Replies: 36
Views: 12029

Re: What will be the next step of the internet?

Blame Marketing. Oh, I do. Each passing year has only made me more militant against the practice of manipulating people to make money. It's gotten to the point where I'm making it a point to avoid goods and services that I remember seeing an ad for. I figure if enough people do that marketing might...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is anyone else really annoyed that *other people* read xkcd?
Replies: 26
Views: 4006

Re: Is anyone else really annoyed that *other people* read x

I used to feel the same way between the ages of 15-21 when every change/addition I made in my interests and wardrobe became a fad. I'm 24, and I know now that everyone lives in their own little universe unfathomable to even their comrades. EVERYONE IS UNIQUE! It's the definition of the word. So it'...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9051

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Well, yes and no. Much of the records are on dead composers, and not the living ones (this is a severe understatement). The cynic in me suspects that the reason classical music is of such prominence is because it's public domain so the label doesn't need to give any artists a cut - just pay the per...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military service and Senatorial Candidacy
Replies: 21
Views: 2301

Re: Military service and Senatorial Candidacy

Is it just me, or is the gist of the article, "Hey, this guy is literally so bad that some conservatives in SC probably put him up to the election specifically to lose"? This article (and the linked previous article ) tells me one important thing, and it's that the people of South Carolina...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CFTC allows futures trading in Box Office opening sales.
Replies: 48
Views: 4464

Re: CFTC allows futures trading in Box Office opening sales.

You'd think there'd be constructive economic activity these bozos could invest in, but noooooo.
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6785

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

My point is that even if the article is composed of FUD/fecal matter, I still think there are things we can discuss in this thread. That's a good point. I'd like to discuss the notepad effect the internet has. I carry a notepad at work to help to remember details - to take notes, if you will. It he...
by Indon
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Government wants ISPs to record browsing history
Replies: 51
Views: 5469

Re: Re:

The browser history surcharge is negligible compared to the point that not only would your efforts be blatantly obvious as trying to game the system, you would be traceable. Base assumption: 1) Net usage will be linked to the consumer. Likely since there is no point tracking histories otherwise. 2)...
by Indon
Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What will be the next step of the internet?
Replies: 36
Views: 12029

Re: What will be the next step of the internet?

A long and inspirational speech worth of truth. Yeah. But it's not jus t the internet, the internet's just really important. A system designed to monetize everything is going to work to subvert absolutely everything for monetization. And the system is working exactly as intended. You're forgetting ...
by Indon
Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9051

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

You mean classical/orchestral music is largely dead? This is another time I'm going to have to respectfully say that you're speaking from ignorance. It's thriving. It's target market is one of the least affected by file sharing (high income, advanced age), it's artists have one of the most secure i...
by Indon
Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9321

Re: If you don't know, can it hurt you?

That's the point. In prisoner's dilemma it doesn't matter the other prisoners do. Regardless of whether other people defect (cheat), you will be better off defecting than not defecting - even if everyone would be better off NOT defecting. So no, it wouldn't change the optimal solution. But without ...

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