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by Indon
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?
Replies: 183
Views: 25597

Re: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?

Anyways, a thought experiment for those who think that those who play the lottery for fun are idiots (as opposed to those who play it on the expectation of winning or out of addiction... I don't think anyone is arguing against the idea that those people are in trouble): Suppose a video game came ou...
by Indon
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Government wants ISPs to record browsing history
Replies: 51
Views: 5455

Re: Australian Government wants ISPs to record browsing hist

If the ISPs are mandated to keep five years of browsing history as suggested by the article, that would be about 5 petabytes of data. Figure at least 10 and probably closer to 20 petabytes of actual storage for redundancy, disaster recovery, etc. As you say, you are a heavy user, but businesses hav...
by Indon
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Afghanistan has $1 trillion in mineral deposits
Replies: 31
Views: 3027

Re: Afghanistan has $1 trillion in mineral deposits

Now they need to worry about predatory foreign business interests manipulating the local governments who want to profit from the resources without needing to invest significantly in the local area.

The whole war thing apparently wasn't enough of a headache.
by Indon
Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6776

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

TV has changed people plenty. Look at elections over the last four or five decades compared to earlier, and see the change. As television became a dominant means of accessing information, the information that was deemed important shifted focus to appearance and things that worked well in the medium...
by Indon
Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?
Replies: 183
Views: 25597

Re: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?

Well, the chances of winning the jackpot stay the same, but the chances of needing to share it increase. However, in most of the powerball type lotteries, the payout increases as more people play so it (kind of) evens out. It would even out for any lottery with an expected long-term return of zero ...
by Indon
Fri Jun 11, 2010 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Dream wrote:So yes, for many kinds of music, that would be a very bad thing.


And my example was a form of music which in modern times is largely dead because of the resources it consumes. Other forms of music have replaced it.

Not necessarily a bad thing.
by Indon
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

I think he's referring to the gap in expertise. Sort of for the same reason that RollerCoaster Tycoon isn't replacing engineers and architects just yet. In RollerCoaster Tycoon, you aren't actually being an engineer or an architect. In Rock Band, you are, however, actually singing (and arguably, pl...
by Indon
Fri Jun 11, 2010 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9306

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

A person in a relationship has a right to seek sexual satisfaction if the other party is categorically unwilling to fulfill their desires as assumed or understood when the relationship was entered into. For example, take a husband and wife pair. The wife decides after having a child that she is nev...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Dream wrote:The reason is that the gap isn't solely a technological one.

I think the cultural aspect of the gap can close as well, particularly with the role the internet can play.

But a cultural gap requires a culture, and with the inertia of the major labels there's less room for that.
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?
Replies: 183
Views: 25597

Re: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?

The number comes from the operators of the lottery. The number is independent from the play. The odds are determined from the number of possible combination's of winning numbers. But your prospective winnings from the jackpot decrease as the number of people playing increase, which skews your odds ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9306

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

Dark567 wrote:How exactly do you strip people of the opportunity to cheat on their significant others? For that matter can anything like that actually provide more utility to the population?

We may need to kill all the actors, so that the rest of us can better trust our relationships.
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9306

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

But what I am saying is that it can be worth it to break the contract as long as others don't find out and allowing the trustworthiness to stand. As long as everyone else still believes in the trustworthiness and you won't get caught, the utilitarian is obliged to break the contract. Unless it is o...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Once again, I'm not at all saying that decent production isn't possible at home by amateurs. I"m saying that the real thing is still going to be in demand and will still have a premium place in the music industry of the future. And I'm saying that every passing year will make 'the real thing' ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

I do, and I agree. I don't quite get how it relates to the quotation above it though. I'm saying that while most bands can do a solid, useful, basic job of producing and mixing their own music, most can't do a Nigel Godrich-level production job, and would probably like to have one of they could. It...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9306

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

More trustworthy doesn't mean more utility, particularly when its done irrationally. The utility of a social contract stems from its' trustworthiness. If people feel that others will break contracts when they can get away with it, those contracts become less trustworthy and thus provide less utilit...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What will be the next step of the internet?
Replies: 36
Views: 12015

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

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I think there will be many more spam/trollbots registering on well-known and well-respected forums, asking open-ended speculative questions about the economic future of the internet.

Oh wait!


Huh.

Well played, Jalapeno. Well played indeed.
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9306

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

But in certain situations divorce could have larger negative utility. Yes maintaining social contracts has high utility value, but in certain situations if no one finds out you break it, there are no issues of trust. Clearly there are situations where the utilitarian would break a social contracts ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6776

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

How do you know? Did you read the article, or any of the links contained in it? Have you read other articles on the subject? You know, that's a fine point. Let's run through the remainder of the article. For him, the tensions feel increasingly acute, and the effects harder to shake. The Campbells r...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What will be the next step of the internet?
Replies: 36
Views: 12015

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

I think advances in trust systems will represent the next evolution of internet-based social systems. The work that humans normally do through gossip and social interaction will become partially automated, as /friending someone elevates them within a social microcosm, makes them more visible, gives ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Political mapping idea: equality/individuality/hierarchy Δ.
Replies: 16
Views: 3634

Re: Political mapping idea: equality/individuality/hierarchy

Hmm, well, a triangle's good to describe a lot of engineering problems, but you need a mutually exclusive relationship between all entities. In what sense are the ideals of equality and heirarchy, equality and individuality, and individuality and heirarchy mutually exclusive from each other in ways ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9306

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

Although I think it can support the creation of it, I don't think it can support it all the time. This is actually one of those times. If breaking a social contract yields higher overall utility for everyone, then you should break it. I would identify that as an argument not for cheating, but for d...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?
Replies: 183
Views: 25597

Re: Does the Lotto make people blind and stupid?

I argued that it didn't matter and that it is equally unlikely that you will win no matter number you play. The people who had taken statistics classes argued that because you hit the number it was less likely to come up again, because the odds of a number coming up twice in a row were very high. Y...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Nothing's wrong with it. But it doesn't replace a professional studio and engineer, any more than getting the bass player to double on keys gets you Chick Corea. It's limited and constrained, and that's fine if you're ok with the limits. It's not so fine if you want a string section for your new ba...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16338

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

I don't like this because it still gives people incentive to immigrate illegally. Even if only to stay for a year during the process of deciding whether they can or cannot stay. It seems to me as if you're effectively advocating legalizing a year-long vacation for anybody. Except that being an ille...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6776

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

Except your example doesn't have any obvious downsides unless it's full of mercury or something. This newfangled "Internet" thingy does; namely, it represents a distraction from other, more productive endeavours. I mean, I could be twiddling my thumbs waiting for my painfully slow algorit...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16338

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

And how do you debunk someone arguing that they're making a principled stand on enforcing the law? Point out how poorly the measure will enforce the law and the potential damage to the rights of citizens would come from enforcing it. Respect for the law is not automatically legitimate if it's for b...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Like it or lump it, music piracy is the way of the future. I don't know about this. I know it's the way of now , but that's arguably more an expression of music consumers' discontent with the way things are run than it is a permanent state. It could be that when the major labels die, that a less of...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

I'm talking about any music. Any band or artist gets to decide what goes in to their music when they're making it, no? Obviously you get to decide whether you buy it or like it, but it seems like you're saying some musicians want certain things for their music which they do not need. I'd like for y...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Madrid gay pride march bans Israeli
Replies: 56
Views: 5317

Re: Madrid gay pride march bans Israeli

Toronto Pride is banning QuAIA (Queers against Israeli Apartheid). It goes both ways. Both prides are wrong. As I've said on other parts of the forum, pride is political, and you can't separate your politics. Nor should you. That's not going the other way. That might actually be justified, as the p...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: If you don't know, can it hurt you?
Replies: 76
Views: 9306

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

I'm pretty sure utilitarianism can support social contract creation, and cheating would be violation of a social contract and thus undesirable.
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

Maybe I'm misunderstanding you, but surely the musicians themselves get to decide what they do with their music? Who are you to decide whether they need something or not? Well, if you're talking about commercial music, I'm the consumer (well, a consumer anyway), and I get to determine what types of...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

In essence the computer is the tool, and tools are easy to come by. Knowledge is not. A copy of Pro Tools and a mic does not make a sound engineer. I would say that as the internet further develops the music community, the knowledge is becoming and will become easier to come by than the tools. And ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6776

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

It's more a rant about the intellectual decay of everyone. Or at least the Internet-using majority of the high tech nations. Don't cast it as crusty old folks whining about kids. :P Old people watched TV, too, but many complaints about the TV boiled down to crusty old folks whining about kids. Peop...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

You're missing the point. The technical aspects of the recordings are easy to get right, and are not the issue. It's the ability of the people doing the recording to accurately capture the music as played, or in the case of certain styles, as envisioned after processing and mixing. If you want to d...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price
Replies: 62
Views: 6776

Re: Hooked on gadgets, and paying a mental price

This point isn't so much the distraction, but a change in thinking habits and abilities. Essentially if we spend hours each day nibbling little snippets of data and far less time in quiet contemplation of longer and deeper work. This has the effect of reducing our ability for the latter. The intern...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16338

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

Indon, I'll ask this again: what methods do you favor to enforce the US's immigration laws, close our borders to illegals, and get rid of the illegals who are already here (possibly sending them away to "try again" with a legal immigration process)? I've already said it. I suppose I could...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Madrid gay pride march bans Israeli
Replies: 56
Views: 5317

Re: Madrid gay pride march bans Israeli

Well, solidarity is good, but how do they even know these people supported the attack?

It'd be like someone discriminating against me personally for the Iraq war.
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Knesset members push law to punish Palestinians for boycott
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: Knesset members push law to punish Palestinians for boyc

Either way, I can't even say this is an overreaction to a poor move by the Palestinians -- it makes complete sense for the Palestinians to boycott settlement products; in fact, it's the ideal non-violent form of resistance (even if of questionable efficacy, but it seems to have struck quite the cho...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry
Replies: 104
Views: 9035

Re: Radiohead and the collapse of the music label industry

You have to pay the other musicians to record and master your work, they will not do it for free. They're doing it for themselves, and telling each other how to do it for free. I know this because I'm listening to a playlist containing hundreds of professional-quality, independent songs right now. ...
by Indon
Thu Jun 10, 2010 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration law
Replies: 191
Views: 16338

Re: Arizona is so unpopular, people want similar immigration

It doesn't have to be true. People just need to believe it's true. I agree that it is theoretically possible for innocent people to believe those excuses honestly. Those people, once the excuses are proven wrong, should be changing their minds about whatever the measures are excusing. You're trying...

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