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by Chen
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187765

Re: Citizen's Wage

As for other almost-but-not-quite-essentials like electricity or rent or phones, you may have a point, but I don't see how that extends beyond the short-term. Supply and demand is a two-way street. If businesses are gouging people based on the knowledge that everyone has money, they can be undercut...
by Chen
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187765

Re: Citizen's Wage

I was more talking about businesses increasing the cost of things because of the ability for people to pay higher prices since they all get this UBI now. You may be right that agriculture/food will remain competitive enough that the prices won't drastically rise. But things like rent certainly will....
by Chen
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 187765

Re: Citizen's Wage

That is part of why I would implement the system slowly. Start with a tiny 1% UBI funded by a tiny 1% tax, and slowly inch it up, and carefully observe how the overall economy reacts to the changes. If things start to go wrong in ways attributable to the UBI, then we can ratchet it back down again ...
by Chen
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5081
Views: 401780

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, the impression I get from a lot of Republican objections to Trump isn't "stop, you're doing bad things!" but "stop, you're making us look bad (while we do the same bad things, but we spin it right!)" I'm not even that cynical about it. They may legitimately dislike the way...
by Chen
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 6328

Re: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner

They left the ad-JOI at the end ambiguous particularly to bring up this kind of questions. The realization when she calls him Joe is there and clearly made the character also question whether or not the other JOI was really "alive" or just something telling him what he wanted and programme...
by Chen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 6328

Re: Blade Runner 2049

It had endless and gratuitous nudity by women for no reason. Almost every single woman in enthralled by the lead character. Practically none have any depth or redeeming qualities. Definitely more (prominent) women characters were killed in the movie than (prominent) men. Male charac...
by Chen
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5081
Views: 401780

Re: Trump presidency

Aside from the usual Trump idiocy, is that 13% right? That seems pretty high overall no?
by Chen
Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So are these Oxford colleges different than Oxford university? Because an article from The Independent cites the initial "No black A level students accepted" but then ends with "The university said in 2016, 39 black British students were admitted for undergraduate study". Can som...
by Chen
Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Face covering law passed in Quebec
Replies: 19
Views: 3277

Face covering law passed in Quebec

So new law that ensures public servants and those receiving public services must do so with their faces uncovered. This is for secularity since the title of the bill is: "An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality and, in particular, to provide a framework for religious accommodat...
by Chen
Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 32472

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

The larger downside to ignoring them is letting them build support unopposed. Confronting them at least puts some price (social and/or physical) on that support. Both will realistically still get media coverage, but I'm not sure how many people are being drawn to them BECAUSE of said coverage. If yo...
by Chen
Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm pretty sure you'd run amok against the first amendment if you tried to legally outlaw fake news, at least in the US. Individuals can already punish those who spread fake news via defamation lawsuits.
by Chen
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm all for education, really, but I think it's naive to suggest you can educate the public to withstand strategies engineered by experts in their field to specifically target the public's biases. These are people that constantly work to improve their trade, performing experiments at a massive scal...
by Chen
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

sardia wrote:That's bullshit because those privacy rules aren't being enforced by the tech company. They only denied or deleted the Russian postings in an attempt to prevent public outcry that would lead to a real subpoena.


Citation? That's not at all what the two articles you posted said.
by Chen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'm confused as to either of the pro Facebook/tech company argument. Did the Russians come out and said they wanted their ads to be forgotten and Facebook is merely complying? Or was there never any such policy, and Facebook is covering their tracks to prevent investigators from revealing the full ...
by Chen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Advertisements shouldn't be subject to privacy laws - they're designed to be seen. So an advertiser should never be able to rescind and ad? Realistically that's what was happening in the Facebook case. The person who initially posted the ad removed their account and thus all the content that accoun...
by Chen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Madam Administrative Assistant
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: Madam Administrative Assistant

Haven't watched this season yet, but definitely enjoyed the last two. The dialog is entertaining and it's lighter than other political shows (like the West Wing or even the new Designated Survivor) which is good. It's pretty typical network TV though without anything big to shake up the vast majorit...
by Chen
Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Tech companies are deleting evidence that they aided Russia during our election. That's pretty dirty of them. They help fuck us, and now they're deleting any evidence of it because they are hoping the investigation withers. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/13/twitter-russia-data-deleted-invest...
by Chen
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 6328

Re: Blade Runner 2049

Visually the movie was excellent. The feel of the setting and everything was spot on. Acting was also quite good. There were a some plot problems though. They really are fridge logic on this one since they don't really seem to get caught immediately when watching just because there's so much going o...
by Chen
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The "unprecedented" quote came directly from a Fire Captain who even explained their use of it. The other quote I'll grant was just some random person's so it could probably have not been included without any big impact aside the clickbait part.
by Chen
Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'd like to know how they figured that out. The article basically says nothing about the actual leak and why they think it's this Software.
by Chen
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7603

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

I'm the center of the universe. But in the relative scheme of things I'm pretty sure that doesn't make me especially valuable in any definable way. There might be some value to me being the copy, in some sense it makes me ageless. The information you know has value even if its just to steal your id...
by Chen
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7603

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

What is the bargain in this case? As long as the original knows that he got off the table after the procedure then there is no Faustian Bargain. Who cares what the copy knows? Forgetting the philosophical implications, you've created a copy that knows ABSOLUTELY everything you do and given it to so...
by Chen
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7603

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

I can't take a trip back home, because I'm homeless. I don't talk to anyone except through the internet, and 95% of the people around me are devoid of personality. If that's the case, then sure you'd be more susceptible to your clone not recognizing they were in a simulation even if the simulation ...
by Chen
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7603

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

It should have been clear from context that it was intuition. Without intuition, discussion is impossible. Don't be a dork. But it was an argument against having to re-create a bunch of other consciousnesses to interact with your copied consciousness to ensure they couldn't realize they were in a s...
by Chen
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7603

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

There's no need to fill it. 95% of interactions are shallow enough that they don't require any complexity, and of the remaining 5%, everything that came before is documented in a person's mind already. Some interpolation and inference just needs to happen and then you can give them the subjective e...
by Chen
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476149

Re: The Darker Side of the News

There's also the problem of the absolute number being so shocking because there's a ridiculous amount of people in the US (or really almost any country). Things are rare in percentages but are still huge absolute numbers. Looking at Wikipedia there were over 5 million car crashes, 30k of which were ...
by Chen
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7603

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

The risk is initially psychological. The problem is that as soon as it becomes the case that you might have made such a deal, it becomes astronomically more likely that you're a cloned consciousness than the original, especially since the risk isn't necessarily n/(n+1), but may be (n^x)/((n^x+1) du...
by Chen
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 7603

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Wouldn't this be like selling a kidney on the black market, though with no detrimental impact to you? You're basically selling something you have an unlimited amount of. Sorta like selling a picture of yourself. I'd be wary of fraud that might be able to be used, but presumably if such technology wa...
by Chen
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 869205

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The officers in question did not deny the sexual acts occurred, but both claimed they were consensual, according to the New York Daily News. What the actual fuck. It's surely impossible to gain meaningful sexual consent from someone that you are actively detaining (since at that point the p...
by Chen
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 80
Views: 8027

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

Sure Threshold on Voyager was bad but that Quark episode was way up there too. Or the one where the crew gets transported into a video game somehow by accident. Its pretty fair to say that all the Star Treks had their massive stinker episodes.
by Chen
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 80
Views: 8027

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

DS9 is very serialized, and very good. I think the show ends with a series of 8 directly-connected episodes or so, and that's not a rare occurrence. I'm really curious about the show but I'm hesitant to sign up for CBS All Access for one show - I'll have to see what else is around. Re-watching DS9 ...
by Chen
Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 80
Views: 8027

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

It's supposedly set in the same "Prime" universer (pre TOS by about a decade) but it looks very Abrams universe like which is throwing things off a bit for me. The weird holograms to communicate is also strange since we never saw things like that in the "future" shown in all the ...
by Chen
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 32472

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

We'll never see any stick, given contemporary First Amendment jurisprudence. Even if hate speech laws DID stick, it wouldn't stop White Supremecists from marching and saying despicable things. You'd get some limits on what they were saying but look at Germany. You still have basically neo-Nazi marc...
by Chen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5081
Views: 401780

Re: Trump presidency

The quote from Pat Roberts is surprisingly up front about the reasoning If we do nothing, I think it has a tremendous impact on the 2018 elections. And whether or not Republicans still maintain control and we have the gavel. This is perhaps the most patronizing thing I could imagine someone saying. ...
by Chen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 32472

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

The only reason I brought it up is because I want you to acknowledge that error and try harder to understand your opponent's point of view in the future. I assume that the you referred to above where you put [SDK] was the royal you and iampsen implied that trying to discuss anything civilly with a ...
by Chen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 21920

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Presumably if it was super clear cut that practically everyone wanted to (like when South Sudan was formed) it would have happened. In reality many of these separation type votes, even if they have the backing of the majority, it isn't a huge majority. Even say a 2/3 split means that you're throwing...
by Chen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 32472

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Of course we do, even if the law doesn't make as fine-grained decisions. Shoving someone away from you and giving them a black eye may both be assault, but I'm sure you can think of situations where one is acceptable and the other isn't. Giving someone a black eye and putting them in a coma likewis...
by Chen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 32472

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

To stop doing the thing you want them to stop. I'm not saying this is a universal moral imperative or even the one I would personally adhere to. The question was asked in the context of, "Why just punch them and not murder them?" That question can be answered with, "If punching them ...
by Chen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 21920

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

I'm very doubtful that such a rule would help. The situation in the UK right now is bad enough, with people like me, who were in the 48%, finding it difficult to swallow the idea that there's a clear mandate and that Brexit is what The British People have voted for. Imagine how febrile the atmosphe...
by Chen
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 32472

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

gmalivuk wrote:The morality of antifa violence.


So aside from a snide Normandy vs Dresden response, I ask again what is the limit of the violence that people here are deeming morally acceptable? And perhaps more importantly, how are you drawing that line?

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