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by jseah
Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 78908

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

I believe it may be possible to perform an energy calculation to show you can indeed set things on fire. Moonlight power: 0.00146 watts per square meter Ignition Temperature: 500C Assumption: Moonlight as viewed from Earth is parallel rays (we will assume the pesky Earth doesn't get in the way of th...
by jseah
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The view on the inside of a Ringworld
Replies: 6
Views: 8640

The view on the inside of a Ringworld

I'm considering a story where the protagonists live on a Ringworld. As in, native inhabitants. Specifically, it's a <1AU diameter Ring made of unobtanium and rotates at a rate around the Sun to produce 1G gravity on the inner surface by centripetal force. Day/night cycles are generated by gigantic s...
by jseah
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664312

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

From what I've read previously about the SF area, due to resistance, much of the property isn't very high rise. There are height limits IIRC?

Which means that buildings are replaced with high rise condominiums, there will be a net increase number of units. Basically you just need to build higher.
by jseah
Sat Nov 07, 2015 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Uses of a universal solvent
Replies: 1
Views: 5224

Uses of a universal solvent

As title. I am trying to think of ways such a thing could be used. More details: Fundamental premise: Universal Solvent (referred to as substance W) exerts extremely strong Van Der Waals interactions with just about anything, on the order of hydrogen bonding in strength Assumptions: - W is chemicall...
by jseah
Sat Nov 07, 2015 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How badly does this supertechnology break thermodynamics?
Replies: 15
Views: 9731

Re: How badly does this supertechnology break thermodynamics

The thing is that the message itself doesn't control an external factor, especially directly. That makes things difficult. If instead of sending information only, you could send a small object, that would make it much easier to break entropy. The reason why all the air in a room doesn't spontaneousl...
by jseah
Wed Oct 28, 2015 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 56366

Re: Creationism sub-thread

Yeah, I don't buy it. This is early childhood religious tolerance apprehension stuff. The dietary restrictions are the first thing anyone knows about Judaism. Like gmal said, ignorance might not actually have been the cause in this actual event and could well be a CYA, but as the excuse qua the exc...
by jseah
Fri Oct 23, 2015 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664312

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

He didn't have to pay for a drug trial (double-blind study), but if the production plant was not the original manufacturer's, it would have required a bunch of studies and trials (including time-consuming stability studies and expensive bio-equivalency tests). If he bought a operating manufacturing ...
by jseah
Fri Oct 23, 2015 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664312

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

It stands to reason that if you jack the price up too much, you'll get undercut.

And in medicine, where R&D costs are huge, you can get undercut a lot. Especially if (in this case) the manufacturer doing the undercutting doesn't have to perform an equivalency test to satisfy FDA.
by jseah
Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached
Replies: 94
Views: 23300

Re: Trans Pacific Partnership Deal Reached

I get that revealing treaty elements while negotiating is justifiable, but publicising the treaty once it is finalized would seem to be common sense. Is that going to happen before the ratification votes? EDIT: Not that it matters for where I stay. If the Singapore and Malaysia governments like the ...
by jseah
Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Speaker of the House John Boehner: To Resign in Mid October
Replies: 69
Views: 18215

Re: Speaker of the House John Boehner: To Resign in Mid Octo

sardia wrote:We run into the same problem, we have all these constituents who have needs, but not enough pie. And then some moron comes in demanding we shrink the pie because of the bill he ran up years earlier.

What kind of needs are these? Are you sure they are Need-needs?
by jseah
Fri Oct 02, 2015 5:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 192063

Re: Syria Civil War Spreads

Maybe after that deal, Putin will make Assad quietly disappear.
by jseah
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Speaker of the House John Boehner: To Resign in Mid October
Replies: 69
Views: 18215

Re: Speaker of the House John Boehner: To Resign in Mid Octo

On the sticker rate of course. I pay perhaps 2% in tax. On the bits that aren't covered by the deduction. My pay is perhaps 40k per year, depending on bonuses. The SS equivalent is 11%, employer matched. I'm fine with that since its defined contribution, so I have an account with my name on it and p...
by jseah
Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Speaker of the House John Boehner: To Resign in Mid October
Replies: 69
Views: 18215

Re: Speaker of the House John Boehner: To Resign in Mid Octo

From my perspective as a non US citizen, you guys pay far too much in tax.

You don't need to ask me about UK or Australia.
by jseah
Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creationism sub-thread
Replies: 354
Views: 56366

Re: Creationism sub-thread

Just to be clear, I'm not saying don't fight, but try to leave space to make your enemy someone you can live with when the fighting is over, if it ever is. Why not just try to 'win'? It's not like the YECs are aiming to make space to live with the other people. Their mission statement is to convert...
by jseah
Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664312

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

He's relying on no-one else being sufficiently enticed by the profit of undercutting him for him to make a profit on buying the manufacturing plant and stock of the drug. He might be right. Also, from the original article: One factor that could discourage that option is that Daraprim’s distribution...
by jseah
Tue Sep 22, 2015 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15151
Views: 2664312

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

One wonders how a generic drug could get 'bought'? Isn't it generic?

Why not start a generics company to undercut them?
by jseah
Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mental support for pedophiles
Replies: 51
Views: 25891

Re: Mental support for pedophiles

There are these: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-28353238 http://www.vice.com/read/child-sex-robots-are-a-terrible-idea-717 Well, I don't see actual robots able to do this for a very long time, but we'll get there eventually. So, what do you think? A potential possibility? Might it work? ...
by jseah
Fri Sep 11, 2015 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Refugees travelling to Europe
Replies: 139
Views: 24510

Re: Refugees travelling to Europe

The cognitive trick to get out of this bind of course is to imagine they deserve it. Rich, powerful people very often imagine that they somehow have earned their status only because of their inherent virtue (previously religious, nowadays hard work), instead of it being almost entirely down to luck...
by jseah
Mon Sep 07, 2015 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Refugees travelling to Europe
Replies: 139
Views: 24510

Re: Refugees travelling to Europe

^The economy is made of humans too. Too many times I see "the economy" or "the market" or even "the country" talked about as if it was some individual entity that could be manipulated without touching the people making it up. Saying that net negative immigrants should b...
by jseah
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

The young single worker is also a common renter here. Of course, the locals here are Chinese. The thing is that Singapore has a lot of expatriate workers. Enough to drive an entire housing market all by themselves. I think the number of permanent residents + foreigners in Singapore is more than 50% ...
by jseah
Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

Eye contact? Uh. I don't think that could be a problem. We do make eye contact when talking you know? I think perhaps another difference is that the renters are very different. When I think of a typical tenant, I think of a expatriate, with or without family, looking to stay in Singapore because the...
by jseah
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

<...>As for the landlord discussion-it seems like there might be a cultural miscommunication here as most of the landlords OP mentions are talking about living with renters or renting to people when they own a specific unit they're not using. Actually, this is the common practice here. Buy to let i...
by jseah
Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering
Replies: 215
Views: 47380

Re: The Ethics of Genetic Engineering

(Yes they seriously have been advocating that kids must be born with exactly the same conditions as they got. Yes amazing but true, and they used some very strong language to make their point comparing it to events that happened about 60 years ago. And a number of PC politicians parroted their rema...
by jseah
Sat Aug 01, 2015 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4625
Views: 723359

Re: The Darker Side of the News

How would it be more efficient than an animal? The animal comes packaged with food processing, self-repair systems and contamination resistance. Oh and self-replication too. A vat of muscle has none of that, replacing these are going to cost hi-tech equipment, purified input materials and lots of en...
by jseah
Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

Being somewhat interested in the formulation of such a test, I had a few random thoughts: To prove an employer is not racist towards a specific group, you need a baseline pass rate for the test (independent administration towards a representative population meeting other selection criteria?). Statis...
by jseah
Fri Jul 31, 2015 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the burden of proof though. Because disparate impact still reads to me like assuming a employer is racist. Especially the 80% rule, which seems to be awfully close to racial quotas. (Perhaps I'm over sensitive to racial quotas, they have a very bad reputation ...
by jseah
Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

That's a good point. Is not just word choice and speech. Dress does play a part too. If someone turned up with multiple piercings and tattoos all over, I bet he/she wouldn't be accepted, regardless of behaviour. I don't know what would happen if a tall/muscular black man with a 'gangsta' style of sp...
by jseah
Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

^I'll lay off on the youtube comments. Those things have a reputation for being extremely dumb. Zamfir: Saw this late but I'll put this on top because it looks important. What actually are these racial stereotypes? Because it's not like we don't have nastier ones than halal / non-halal food. But no ...
by jseah
Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

Yes, that's an interesting take on it. What about this other scenario I know in real life more relevant to your example: My parents, when looking for a tenant for an apartment they were not staying in, mentioned to me that they did not want a tenant who was single, especially not white male tenants....
by jseah
Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

How much of a minority are the blacks in America? Because the way it works here, the Chinese would look for a Chinese landlord and the malays look for a malay landlord. Practically no one applies to the other. It is hard to imagine a scenario where that wouldn't apply (anywhere there are jobs, you w...
by jseah
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 25083

Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

Could someone explain to a non-American what the rationale is behind these two... whatever you call them. Laws? I got pointed to these elsewhere and read their Wikipedia pages. This is how I understood them: The Fair Housing Act prohibits landlords from rejecting tenants based on non-business criter...
by jseah
Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so great about Tuesday?
Replies: 140
Views: 30248

Re: What's so great about Tuesday?

Imagine an engine that works by reviving humans. (rather than chopping people in half and using one half, you could just kill them 50% of the time when they revive and get the same. *handwaves away implementation details*) Anyway, the idea is simple. The humans live on some habitat structure. The en...
by jseah
Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so great about Tuesday?
Replies: 140
Views: 30248

Re: What's so great about Tuesday?

We mightn't need to be truly alien to build something like that. Maybe humans solve the AI problem (not the building part, the control part) and send a robot factory to Alpha Centauri to disassemble all the planets / do some star lifting and eventually spit out a Ringworld. Unaging humans might even...
by jseah
Sat Jun 27, 2015 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 26632

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

which is why I was earlier talking about how drastically Americans changed their lives for the war effort in the 40's. Getting people to rally behind a cause is hard, to be sure, but don't underestimate how significantly people can change once they do rally. But the war had higher levels of approva...
by jseah
Fri Jun 26, 2015 10:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 26632

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

heh, I love that you claim that getting Americans to change for anything other than an immediate perceived threat or agreed military action is impossible, and then segue into nuclear waste disposal. Evidently only 44% of Americas are pro the idea building more reactors. I meant getting people to ch...
by jseah
Fri Jun 26, 2015 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's so great about Tuesday?
Replies: 140
Views: 30248

Re: Should humans be allowed to live forever?

As far as I know species extinction seems to be a natural part of the planets long term cycles. If you would talk about making ethical decisions on behalf of unborn human children, what about the species of 50-100 million years time whose existence may depend upon our eventual extinction? For this ...
by jseah
Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 26632

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

2 ) It's also, however, worth pointing out that ENORMOUS cuts into citizens QoL have been all but mandated for other purposes. WW2 saw some, by todays standards, unimaginable demands on citizens with respect to conservation, war bond purchasing, and price hikes in luxuries. Due to the necessity of ...
by jseah
Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 26632

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

The science is clear: It says that at the current rate of burning fossil fuels, a global temperature rise will occur. The science makes no claim as to if this is good or bad - indeed, for the West, a rise in temperatures is neutral to good - it merely says what needs to be done if it's to be avoide...
by jseah
Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 26632

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

Well that is certainly true, the trick is not to learn that you have done something so egregious that it kills off a substantial portion of the human race. <...> Almost inevitably we will wait until the threat is as real as it can get and then try to do some last minute fix like geoengineering. If ...
by jseah
Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 26632

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

It's not the natural world that is the principal concern with climate change. Life, as a whole, is resiliant, there will be extinctions, there will be evolution and over time life as a whole will be just fine. If life can survive the Permian-Triassic extinction event, it can certainly survive a lit...

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