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by jseah
Sat Dec 13, 2014 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 9952

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

ZCorp: Having civics class doesn't make student unemployable. Not being able to read does. Sure, an informed citizenry is important, but productive citizens is a prerequisite. Emphasis needs to be on competency first. It's not like it's incompatible with civics and history. Plus higher order thinkin...
by jseah
Sat Dec 13, 2014 12:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teachers
Replies: 32
Views: 9952

Re: Obama doubles down on standardized assessment of teacher

Common core is a standardized assessment of learning for a very specific set of skills. That specific set of skills has consistently been argued against as being the primary focus of K-12 education, and with good reason. A few idiots at the top saying 'we only care about making better workers' is n...
by jseah
Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Going by the definition "ability to satisfy needs/wants": Tom is stressed because of work. He needs to reduce his stress level, otherwise his life will be miserable. He quits a job. He earns less money, but he is healthy, happy and relaxed. Is he more wealthy? This is why I said there wer...
by jseah
Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

They gain in term of what? They are better off. Their life quality is better. What if they drank them together? They might have enjoyed them even more. But they are not wealthier. At least not by the definition of wealth that has been given here, which is: the proportion of the market one owns. I t...
by jseah
Sun Dec 07, 2014 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I mean seriously, why is social security only levied on the first $110k you make? I would imagine the justification being that SS was meant to be more of an insurance scheme than redistributive. Do SS payouts scale with how much you are taxed by it? If yes, then I would interpret it that way. It wo...
by jseah
Sun Dec 07, 2014 4:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

The point is the way it works now is broken and from each and every way you look at it they make to much money. The argument that they create value relative to their pay isn't a sound one. It doesn't help that quite consistently these CEO's are actively harming society and that the willingness to d...
by jseah
Sun Dec 07, 2014 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Moving from 500k to 50million in salary, perks and bonuses while no one else is seeing noticeable growth in pay for their contributions while productivity is soaring is problematic and does not suggest that the CEOs are the only ones adding value to companies. Wages are not determined by productivi...
by jseah
Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

jseah, you might find this article interesting: http://www.economist.com/news/business/21635005-startling-new-cost-estimate-new-medicines-met-scepticism-price-failure?fsrc=scn/tw/te/ed/pe The analysis involving the capital cost is actually what I would consider a "true" cost that includes...
by jseah
Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

I understand your concerns about people making drugs to cure diseases not getting their money back. But: 1) if they can get back the money spent (no extra monetary earning for the company, no huge bonus for the manager, but everyone gets paid for his work), they do not do it either. 2) your concern...
by jseah
Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

So no, the statement is not 'because you are earning money you are at fault.' It is instead, you are earning money by screwing lots of people over and even when caught doing it the people you have wronged at getting very little relatively to the harm you caused and the gains you made. All the while...
by jseah
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Namely that there weren't enough of the "best" sorts of goods and most people had to make do with second or third rate because the best master craftsman in the world could only make so many first-rate products. Now however, with instant worldwide market making, ability to harvest, produce...
by jseah
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

The 2000s saw our strongest growth in corporate profits on record, along with the weakest growth in GDP since the great depression. This holds true both before and after the recession. Not to mention that real household income for most Americans peaked in 1999 and has never recovered. I'd say that ...
by jseah
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19076

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

Is this a guide for begging or are taxes different ? I do recall mentioning taxes somewhere up thread? But I was mainly targeting this at the social expectation and consequences we impose on each other for whether someone gives or does not give to a beggar, for whatever reason. I also recall someon...
by jseah
Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

If the problem is not wealth per se, then the apparent solution would be to tackle the link between wealth and political power.

In the other hand, that seems like a good thing to do anyway.
by jseah
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19076

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

You're in favor of no one giving them money, or just you not giving them money? I don't care if other people give money or not. But other people care if I (and other people) give money or not. I don't like that part. Put in another way, I'm in favour of people not being expected to give money. Not ...
by jseah
Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 86951

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Are you positing that the lot of the 99% has not improved significantly in the past 40 years? Apart from my computer and handphone, which are awesome, the things I do today would not be significantly unrecognizable to my parents when they were growing up. Except that they were too poor to afford a ...
by jseah
Fri Nov 14, 2014 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19076

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

jseah: What does taxation have to do with any of this? All the discussion here has been about limiting voluntary charity on public land, and the degree of moral (not legal) obligation to perform voluntary charity. Enforced charity seems utterly tangential to the thread and the original article. If ...
by jseah
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19076

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

I think what sardia might be getting at is that one of the most cost-effective ways to deal with homelessness is... give people homes. I'll take this side. Government subsidized housing open to all, with attendant infrastructure. After watching some discussions on various forums (and one blog), I g...
by jseah
Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157068

Re: Gamergate

Isn't this just a statement of the obvious? Pastrychef is participating in the social debate regarding the content of video games, and as a response yoallu're just listing stuff about how social disagreements work? I think everyone here realizes that if people disagree about a product they can eith...
by jseah
Mon Oct 27, 2014 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157068

Re: Gamergate

theres nothing at all wrong, but at the same time such positions must be open to criticism. Criticism is in turn open to being ignored. Same with poo-slinging. Why you had to specify leftist tenents is beyond me. How about just leaving out the scenes where, just to get a few extra tokens, the chara...
by jseah
Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157068

Re: Gamergate

leady wrote:That won't work because it looks exactly like today, which is exactly what people are trying to change.

Its fair to say there are a whole heap of people that don't like the choices that free people make :)

I don't see anything wrong with trying to change the situation by persuasion.
by jseah
Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157068

Re: Gamergate

Technical reasons. Content generation is a HUGE portion of a game's cost, and replacing a significant subset of content(usually including char models, which are particularly fincky), costs a bunch of money. Plus, then you have to test both versions, etc. Minor swaps aren't a big deal, but for the g...
by jseah
Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157068

Re: Gamergate

(Any uses of "you" below refers a singular unspecific person, not any specific person in any discussion) I don't know much about this Quinn business but I like this Popehat guy. To paraphrase: "you can say whatever you like, but other people are free to hate you and/or dismiss your ar...
by jseah
Sat Oct 25, 2014 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 157068

Re: Gamergate

Those things are merely being used as tools. Weapons, more accurately. Amen. I have become more disillusioned of arguments and general discourse in the recent few months. (call it the waning of youthful idealism as I become a working adult if you want) Seems to me that alot of so called discussion ...
by jseah
Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4632
Views: 724555

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What kind of dysfunctional schools did you guys go to?! Frankly, even the fact that the milder examples have liason officers and you can get pot/ritalin is pretty darn freaky to me. Note to self: Do not raise kids in America! Somewhere with a saner school system... In my school simply holding cigare...
by jseah
Tue Aug 19, 2014 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Right to Record
Replies: 72
Views: 25252

Re: The Right to Record

I don't think it works that way, the power of a recording is in other people being able to see exactly what is recorded. I doubt that you can display what you see. And if your attention is not on it you may not see an event at all. What about someone who has exceptionally good short-medium term mem...
by jseah
Sat Aug 16, 2014 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4632
Views: 724555

Re: The Darker Side of the News

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/technology/web-trolls-winning-as-incivility-increases.html?_r=1 Web trolls are winning? Amanda Hess pointed out that the Internet was becoming “central to the human experience,” <...> arguing that the unchecked rise of trolling posed nothing less than a civil rights...
by jseah
Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: "The Billiard Ball" and Non-Newtownian Drive.
Replies: 5
Views: 5828

Re: "The Billiard Ball" and Non-Newtownian Drive.

Moving electrons generate a magnetic field. You can probably collect energy from them by decelerating them using induction coils (the coil gains a current). As a bonus, your induction coils also receive the electron's momentum. Reactionless drive and power generator all in one. Then you capture the ...
by jseah
Fri Aug 08, 2014 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1932
Views: 401453

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

IBM put out a new chip, only this one is a bit strange... https://www.google.com.my/search?q=neuromorphic+microchip#q=neuromorphic+microchip&tbm=nws It's the new SyNAPSE chip! So, what do we have here? A chip that simulates 1 million neurons with 256 million synapses? Power consumption of only 7...
by jseah
Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13684

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

The objection, the thing that makes the Brooks column go from "stating the obvious" to "economic Calvinist jackassery" is the assumption that lack of self-control causes poverty and, conversely, that poor people are to blame for their fate because they lack self control.? Even i...
by jseah
Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Time Travel Paradox
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

Re: Time Travel Paradox

Xanthir: Quantum Determinism is being assumed for my argument, which is an extension of the MWI. There is no such thing as quantum magic in this interpretation since we're considering the wavefunction itself to be reality. Yes, that's mentioned as the critical assumption of the NCP in this section o...
by jseah
Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Time Travel Paradox
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

Re: Time Travel Paradox

The global NCP constraint itself doesn't affect the local laws. It only says that inconsistent loops do not happen. Given a certain history, it is possible and indeed likely that such a configuration in the middle of a time loop always leads to inconsistency. In the case of the billard balls, the tr...
by jseah
Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Time Travel Paradox
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

Re: Time Travel Paradox

However, if you then don't receive the password, the wisest course of action for you would be to immediately turn off the machine - because *something* will act to prevent the machine from creating a paradox - and that might be as trivial as the machine breaking but could be as major as the earth b...
by jseah
Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Time Travel Paradox
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

Re: Time Travel Paradox

The easy solution to this is that since you only know the last guess you received, you could easily end up just constantly trying two incorrect passwords. However, that's bugging me for two reasons. You're still sending twenty different passwords, and I thought Nov meant no change. Also you could t...
by jseah
Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Time Travel Paradox
Replies: 46
Views: 14267

Re: Time Travel Paradox

Of course I'm not sure how one could prove one was living in a NCP universe; Deliberately trying to change the past and failing to do so would be strong evidence but not conclusive beyond all doubt (and is a very dangerous thing to try; it might result in your death as the 'easiest' way to prevent ...
by jseah
Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13684

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

I was addressing your point that long hard work physically breaks people. That sounds like a negative externality and we should seek to reduce it. Don't get me wrong: it really is demanding work to put in long office hours in a stressful job with lots of responsibility. It just that this particular ...
by jseah
Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13684

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

Disclaimer: I'm not in America and I have no idea what sort of problems goes on over there. Of course, and I'm not saying that's not valid. Most people can probably look with hindsight at their lives and find those key points. But you can see how that poses difficulties when suggesting paths out of ...
by jseah
Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13684

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

If you've lived poor, working a menial, soul-crushing, degrading, low-paying job that leaves you with neither time nor money to find opportunities* to do better, you wind up realizing that economic systems have vast scope and strength, and will utterly demolish an individual's free will. People are...
by jseah
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13684

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

So, how DO we fix the lack of character building? First we need to agree that moral relativism is wrong, that human well-being is definable and can be studied scientifically. I could go on...but really that there won't happen for a long time so... You don't have to say "wrong". You just h...
by jseah
Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Brooks: The Character Factory
Replies: 63
Views: 13684

Re: David Brooks: The Character Factory

So, how DO we fix the lack of character building? First, identify what causes character building in a person. Second, make it happen. There may not be singular causes fully generalizable across humans. Nevertheless, we might be able to get a subset (and you need to be able to identify that subset) ...

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