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by ucim
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15143
Views: 2625550

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

For professional researchers, the process is surely important. [...] But for everyone else, I am less sure. it's the body of settled knowledge that matters most... That cannot be more wrong. The most important thing for everyone , to know about science is how it works. Most people don't need to kno...
by ucim
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

If I absolutely, obstinately refuse to stop my kid from painting dongs on your house [...] it's not as if I'm forcing you to be violent [...] Sometimes, you're better off just letting a crime happen than actually trying to stop the crime. Sometimes, but that wouldn't be one of them. First of all, r...
by ucim
Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

A structured justice system does not require codification - look at how civil law works and look into restorative justice. Civil law is very much codified. It's just not codified the same way. But in any case, if people disagree on what is right (I can take your stuff, right, because, well, I want ...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

These properties and individuals are excluded from the neighborhoods self policing community, as it's understood that their presence actually makes the neighborhood less safe. How is that different from policing? When some individual whose presence "actually makes the neighborhood less safe&qu...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

you are welcome to argue about the "inherently bad" part of police as an institution Yes, that does seem to be the sticking point. I'll agree that 100% of cops are cops. No exceptions. But for the phrase "bad cop" to have any meaning, the phrase "good cop" has to also ...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

Look, either you think this is a relatively common, systemic problem, in which case - what are you arguing about? Or you think it's a few bad apples, in which case - you are misinformed. First that's a false dichotomy. Second, I'm mainly arguing that it's not literally 100% no exceptions, which was...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

Zohar wrote:...but your assumption that all cops are pure and angelic...
I have made no such assumption. "Not all" isn't "none". Come on, this is xkcd. I expect better.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

When the KKK was lynching blacks, how far does the chains of blame and evil would you go? [...]? Legitimate question. I'd say in the modern day Trump holds a lot of the blame for the recent spate, by virtue of his position and his mouth. People in the middle, not so much. People on the effective en...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

@ucim You are deliberately misrepresenting what I said. I didn't say all cops torture, I said that if you send someone to prison you are participating in slavery and torture. This is inherent in our prison system, and by design. You said it's impossible to be a cop and be a good person. Not in the ...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

]I mean it literally. There is not a single one. If you send someone to prison, you participate in slavery and torture. That's close enough. Thesh was saying that, and others are agreeing. And they've explicitly said that this is literally the case. It's not. Your experience may be bad, even 100% b...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

The question shouldn't be "Well, if COPS aren't punishing the murderers, who will?!" That never was the question. Cops aren't there to punish anybody. They are there to apprehend when necessary. It is the judicial system that deals with innocence or guilt, and any subsequent punishment, r...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

I'm sorry for your losses. And I am aware that there are people here who are closer to the bad side of cops than I am. And I acknowledge that there are systemic problems. These have to be fixed. This is far from saying "100% of cops are bad" however. It's likd saying "100% of politici...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

and here's a primer for starting to think of policing alternatives ... That's all well and good, but what do you do when someone just murdered your sister? Platitudes like "Get to know your neighbors" or "Rewrite your internal script about police" or "Start where you can, b...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

I mean it literally. There is not a single one. If you send someone to prison, you participate in slavery and torture. Well, since we are going to literal extremes already, if you don't put a murderer behind bars (or the electric chair) you are enabling and defending wanton killing. Are you actuall...
by ucim
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845089

Re: Trump presidency

Thesh wrote:That said, ACAB is absolutely true in America (it's impossible to be a good cop if you enforce our laws and send people to our prisons).
Is this not also hyperbole? Or do you actually literally mean that there doesn't exist even one police officer in the entire country that is not a Bad Cop?

Jose
by ucim
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

A suitably amoral administration, acting in collusion Perhaps on election night, but what about afterwards? If the records still exist, then they can be opened. An argument could be made that it's important to preserve the records because {reasons}, without any reference to side effects. Once that'...
by ucim
Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

However, they could destroy the record... ...or, a suitably amoral administration might choose to preserve the records, and avail themselves of the resulting voter profiles in the next campaign. I prefer that it be impossible to do this, as opposed to it being an integral part of the voting process...
by ucim
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386278

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

The point is you're stretching the definitions so much they're not useful anymore. Perhaps not in this particular case, but this particular case inspires the stretching of the definitions that will be useful in other cases. Like just when is it that we have a machine "be" intelligent, or ...
by ucim
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

orthogon wrote:In case somebody impersonates you, they can fish out the impostor's ballot at the count
...which implies that they can also fish out your legitimate ballot and see how you, personally, voted.

Jose
by ucim
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386278

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

That's gotta be a fallacy because you might as well call what happened artisanal computing with hand made bits and cycles. First off, that's not a convincing argument for why "that's gotta be a fallacy". That's not how it works. Second, my comparisons were made in that same post , so it's...
by ucim
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386278

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

sardia wrote:You're watering down definitions just to avoid being wrong.


Huh?

What did I say (previously), that was wrong, for which what I said (now) covers?

Jose
by ucim
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386278

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

I don't mean anything philosophical about intelligence Nonetheless, I'd say AI is also a matter of degree. Any mechanized set of procedures makes decisions; if those decisions are easy to understand we say it's a dumb machine, if it's very hard to understand ("what was it thinking ?") we ...
by ucim
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

@ucim: If they work less or at more attractive (to them) times, the work cannot be obtained as easily. But if there's a big supply of other people who need the money and are willing to do the work, the (original) workers will just be replaced, and the work will be obtained just as easily. This is w...
by ucim
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

It's not valued because the one man works long hours at unattractive times and people say: If he was worthy, he would not. No, not at all. First of all, it's the work that is valued or not, not the person . And the work is not valued because it can be obtained inexpensively, or can be easily done w...
by ucim
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50135573

Re: Château de Sablé is a really cool CGI, he fights scary monsters and doesn't afraid of anything.

StormAngel wrote:Image
Baobabs!

Jose
by ucim
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They are poor because of having long hours. So they can become rich by working less? This new learning amazes me - tell me again how sheep's bladders can be used to predict earthquakes. They are poor because the work they do is not valued enough by society the work that is not valued enough by soci...
by ucim
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39093

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

The issue isn't that flattening happens. It has to.

The issue is who gets to do the flattening, which plays into what direction it gets flattened into.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 120
Views: 39093

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

What if everything is going well...whatever the system. Economy is good, people are kind, opportunities abound, crime is low, whatever it means to have "everything be going well" in politics and in policy. People are happy with the present leaders But you're not one of those politicians; y...
by ucim
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6884
Views: 1109991

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Thesh wrote:Cop who previously killed a mentally ill 15 year old and fired from Las Vegas PD after beating and arresting someone who did nothing wrong kills unarmed mentally ill man while working for Sheriff in Wyoming.
And the sheriff who hired him knowing his history was reelected.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17319

Re: Ethics of Research

So, what's the difference between an immoral act and a dick move? Consider the case of an Orthodox Jew on the Sabbath. They, by dint of their religion, are not permitted to work. "Work" is very broadly defined; to wit, they may not turn a light on or off, they may not open or close a water...
by ucim
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50135573

Re: 1190: "Time"

svenman wrote:Hey, where'd everyone go?
Upon seeing that raptor, they probably ran to avoid being enlightened by it. That is, after all, the Second (and just as Great) Commandment. :)

Jose
by ucim
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 697721

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Tyndmyr wrote:My question's mostly "how the shit did this guy get elected"?
I've been asking that myself a lot lately. I don't recognize the country I live in.

Jose
by ucim
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17319

Re: Ethics of Research

"Do researchers have the obligation to share knowledge they gain?" Do researchers have the obligation to withhold knowledge that they gain, if they believe that releasing it would be harmful? Do they have an obligation to even consider the question (or perhaps, do they have an obligation ...
by ucim
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:...and we restrict mail-in voting to those with special needs.
Right. And if we open mail-in voting too wide, we lose this safeguard. That is all.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17319

Re: Ethics of Research

I looked at deontic logic - it looks like word salad to me. It treats things as quantized (true/false, obligatory/permissive/forbidden...) when they are in fact continua. This is where it falls apart (IMHO)

Jose
by ucim
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17319

Re: Ethics of Research

I think that this may be self-contradictory. Are we morally obligated to not be dicks? That's the point I was bringing out. ...Before they do that though, they need to establish if that obligation even exists or not. It is kind of like how proving a solution to an equation exists is a different pro...
by ucim
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I don’t know how other states do it, but in Texas, you place your ballot into a blank, unmarked “privacy envelope”. No, that's not the question I was asking about. What prevents somebody from being paid to fill out a ballot a certain way and mailing it that way, by (say) sending a video of them doi...
by ucim
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18508

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Some colleges are utterly nuts and do outright require the student live in the dorms for at least the first couple of semesters, for the sake of the "campus experience" or some such, I don't find that nuts at all, and I'm generally in favor of it. But I suppose it depends on whether you t...
by ucim
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 8433

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

Pfhorrest wrote:Apple's version isn't called a black hole, it's called a Reality Distortion Field™, and it is mediated by bogons rather than gravitons. Steve Jobs was the only known example of one.
You're obviously not following the news from Washington.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17319

Re: Ethics of Research

But I'll entertain the hypothetical, ridiculous as it is. Not so hypothetical at all. Person becomes a doctor, develops some technique he licenses for a bazillion simolians, kicks back and sips margaritas for the rest of his days. She may enjoy doctoring, but that's a lot of responsibility and stre...

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