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by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87489

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

mosc: (various points)
Izzawlgood: Have you not read the thread?
Heisenberg: Why do you keep asking that?
Izzawlgood: Have you not read the thread?

It was a good joke. I refuse to believe that Iz is that bad at arguing.
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712555

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

Your value system is in error.
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712555

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

No, he's not. He's asserting that everyone has a right to life.

This differs from your "utilitarianism." But that's ok.

Edit: I was rude.
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

KrytenKoro wrote:Sort of like the "people will be careless with smart guns" point that was raised earlier.

Interesting hypothesis. Let's test it.
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712555

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

Can't you both see that restricting the permissible level of force to defend ones property is an erosion of that property right? How on Earth do you conclude that you have a right to your television but your neighbors don't have a right to life? If a criminals life is worth more than my TV, and tha...
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712555

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

That's a jolly line of assumptions you got going there, but the report from the Bureau of Justice is fairly clear -- if there's a break in while you're in the house, there's a roughly 1 in 4 chance some violence is going down. And there's a 2 in 3 chance that the burgular knows the victim, and the ...
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is North America
Replies: 23
Views: 9752

Re: What is North America

It's whatever you want it to be. Unlike the word "planet," which astronomers got together and ruined for everyone, the word "continent" does not have any sort of scientific monopoly on it. That said, I always thought North America included all the little countries between Mexico ...
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87489

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

You really don't see how that was funny? Have you not read the thread? :D
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87489

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

Hahahaha, nice.
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethical basis for environmentalism
Replies: 69
Views: 18434

Re: Ethical basis for environmentalism

My largest concern with ethics w/regard to environmentalism is a substantial luddite/anti-technological bent in the movement. Sure, this isn't universal...but there's a significant portion that seems to view progress as the enemy, and has strange ideas about us all being better off going back to so...
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87489

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

LaserGuy wrote:Because that exact argument has probably been made fifteen times in this thread?

If you say something enough times, it becomes true?
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

No, but it works better than anything else that's been tried, provided that they have access to condoms and such. That's kind of a ridiculous analogy though, since the thing you seem to be worried about is an attempt to physically break into a gun safe, and by my reckoning there's a bit of middle-g...
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712555

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

By definition, the cases are home invasions. Most burglarys will not involve direct physical harm because the homeowner is not there. If you are not there, defense is irrelevant. If you ARE there, it's the much riskier category of home invasion. Do you have a reason (other than the obvious scare-fa...
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO
Replies: 874
Views: 87489

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

Izawwlgood wrote:Respectfully mosc, you should read the thread.
Why do you assume that anyone who disagrees with your conclusions hasn't read the thread?
by Heisenberg
Tue May 06, 2014 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?
Replies: 96
Views: 22297

Re: Does traditional debate reinforce White Privilege?

Yup, that's why most schools go for the more traditional parliamentary debate, rather than policy debate, which frequently devolves into who can yell the most in a limited time.
by Heisenberg
Mon May 05, 2014 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make water
Replies: 39
Views: 10337

Re: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make wa

Oh my dear God. Did anyone read the article? To survive, women and their children walk for miles to worm-filled ponds contaminated with human waste, collect water in trashed plastic containers or dried gourds, and carry the heavy containers on treacherous roads back to their homes. This process take...
by Heisenberg
Mon May 05, 2014 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

I totally agree. Which is why having the gun disabled until the watch I wear at all times is nearby seems like a pretty clever idea to me. That way, even if a kid finds a gun, accesses it, and loads it, it still won't fire if I'm not around. Seems like an increase in security to me. Because people ...
by Heisenberg
Mon May 05, 2014 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make water
Replies: 39
Views: 10337

Re: Article: WarkaWater: basket uses condensation to make wa

CorruptUser wrote:Bacteria live in the moisture of the air at any altitude.

Holy shit! You're saying that water condensed from water vapor is exactly as dangerous as the air I breathe every day? Everyone freak out and wreck stuff!

OH GOD, IT'S IN MY MOUTH RIGHT NOW!
by Heisenberg
Mon May 05, 2014 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethical basis for environmentalism
Replies: 69
Views: 18434

Re: Ethical basis for environmentalism

I agree its a hard decision, when faced with "do nothing = uncertainty" or "do something = uncertainty" I side with do nothing, because humans being falible always manifest their biases in predictions :) Cool, then you won't mind doing nothing which would release harmful gases a...
by Heisenberg
Mon May 05, 2014 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712555

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

I'm fairly ok with the use of force to stop imminent harm. The only issue HERE is that the use of force went far beyond that. No, the issue here is that you're broadly defining both force and harm. If this is your ethic, that property theft or damage is justification for any level of force, then yo...
by Heisenberg
Fri May 02, 2014 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

Additional memorized data does not necessarily increase security. I totally agree. Which is why having the gun disabled until the watch I wear at all times is nearby seems like a pretty clever idea to me. That way, even if a kid finds a gun, accesses it, and loads it, it still won't fire if I'm not...
by Heisenberg
Fri May 02, 2014 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712555

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

sardia wrote:Lying in wait for burgulers isn't inherently bad.

Yes it is.
by Heisenberg
Fri May 02, 2014 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

I imagine it's harder to immobilize that area, so needle movement would be more common. Of course, it's entirely possible that the technician missed the vein entirely or went through it in the first place.
by Heisenberg
Fri May 02, 2014 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

I mean, I suppose if you give them the code to open it, misuse could occur. This is identical to the use case in which you give the kid the code to use the smartgun. If I'm understanding it correctly, the smart gun requires two step verification to fire. The code and the watch. While one step is ob...
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

What's wrong with a gun safe? Size, weight, accessibility, and mainly the fact that it still poses a risk to the lives of my children. The cost is relevant because the company is embracing a strategy of mandating it's products legally. If company A wants to ban me buying products from company B, th...
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

Well, maybe I'm old-fashioned, but I'll happily pay extra to marginally reduce the risk of my child being fatally shot. Honestly, the only reason I do not currently have a firearm in my home is that I have small children living there. With current gun technology, a firearm in my home would be far mo...
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

Of course there are painless ways of killing a person. There are thousands of ways of killing a person. What the Oklahoma case brings to light is that even a country that regularly attempts "humane" execution will sometimes punish its criminals cruelly and brutally. In the face of this evi...
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

We're not that far off. The thread is about how a supposedly humane execution became a horrific debacle. It raises the question of whether there can be any logical moral position that condemns killing by killing killers.
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

No - I'm just highlighting that everything is a trade off and that a gun that costs 10x the price and yet is still likely subject to near identical levels of stupdity and adds new major functional risks is not a sane trade off. You think the risk of having a gun in a home is the same as the risk of...
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

That's fine, but I don't see any reason to do it chemically. Stick a needle in the guy's arm and drain out all of his blood. Asphyxiate him. Shoot him. There are lots of ways to kill a man, and we're under no compulsion to only use chemical options. The entire point of the drugs was that the person...
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

That's fine, but I don't see any reason to do it chemically. Stick a needle in the guy's arm and drain out all of his blood. Asphyxiate him. Shoot him. There are lots of ways to kill a man, and we're under no compulsion to only use chemical options. The entire point of the drugs was that the person...
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 23235

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

Note that the "gun left out, young child stumbles across it, shoots himself, etc" is fairly rare. The vast majority of "child deaths" with regards to firearms are either suicide or gang violence. The pure accidents get a lot more airtime because of the tragedy, but they're not s...
by Heisenberg
Thu May 01, 2014 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

So then one would argue that executions need to stop, but then what do you do with all the prisoners? Just hold them forever at the expense of society ? There doesn't seem to be any right answer. That's the right answer. Holding them forever until they die in prison is actually far less expensive t...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: We need to focus on educating the below average.
Replies: 72
Views: 16285

Re: We need to focus on educating the below average.

Some of these correlations probably have the causal chain in the opposite direction. For example, people tend to refrain from having children in order to pursue education, and people who have children tend not to pursue education. Education doesn't seem to change people's propensity for having chil...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

What? How can they not know how to quickly an painlessly kill a person? Oh, they know. They just don't want to do it. Administering a lethal dose of morphine, for instance, would be "too nice." People who want to kill criminals want to make them suffer, even though they are prohibited fro...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: We need to focus on educating the below average.
Replies: 72
Views: 16285

Re: We need to focus on educating the below average.

Or pay educators more. Education is getting a giant pile of money. I don't think simply throwing money at the issue is adequate. Perhaps you mean it as increasing compensation to induce good teachers to take up the profession? Education got a lot of money that went to a huge bureaucracy that doesn'...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

Do you have any articles that say they didn't know what they were doing regarding the replacement (searching now is just giving me repeats of this botched execution article)? I had read about the original drug company's stance on not using their drugs for executions, but I had not seen anything tha...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 46660

Re: Gay Activism & Trans Rights

It's cognitive dissonance resolving. If the split is 50/50, then half of People magazine readers decide that "I hate gays" is more appetizing than "I heart Ellen." But hey, half got rid of the "I hate gays" notion. So when Neil Patrick Harris comes out, half of People r...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

The article seems to imply a vein ruptured and the drugs were not getting administered properly. That hardly seems like a case of the drugs not being "correct" or anything. The whole article is written in such a way that the reader links the "confidential" drugs to this issue, b...
by Heisenberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched
Replies: 83
Views: 15020

Re: Oklahoma Double Execution Botched

You're probably right. Wishful thinking on my part.

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