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by Zamfir
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51096

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

At least for Nassar there was a history of specific complaints against him, but none individually was solid enough to make a strong case against such a powerful and well regarded person. In that light I think it's useful to see how a non-solid case looked like: Brianne Randall-Gay was 17 when she w...
by Zamfir
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How did a discontinued foreign coin end up in my car?
Replies: 42
Views: 6927

Re: How did a discontinued foreign coin end up in my car?

Lots of unrealistic explanations here. Let's be reasonable, it's likely just a piece of metal that accidentally got eroded in the shape of a franc. Happens a lot with Jesus.
by Zamfir
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51096

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Yeah, this "accusation is guilt" climate seems to be the key difference to me, and is what I was (maybe inaccurately) going for with the "moral panic" comment I made earlier Weirdly, this debate started by a meToo campaign that consisted of story after story about sexual harassm...
by Zamfir
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51096

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

That's a joke, right? Edit to flesh it out: the whole point of this metoo thing? sexual harassment is extremely common in the workplace. People might be Outraged about it in theory, in practice perps get away with the benefit of the doubt in public, and often approving fist-bumps in private. 'better...
by Zamfir
Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51096

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

So count me amongst those who think that 'being jailed when innocent' and 'being fired when having done nothing wrong' are both terrible things. It's still telling that this Emily Lindin gets a sewer full of vitriol as response, while labour market reformers get treated as Serious People, even by t...
by Zamfir
Mon Feb 05, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 51096

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

https://twitter.com/EmilyLindin/status/ ... 4822579200 "It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer" and all that The tweet talked about losing a job. The 'ten guilty to free' standard is about criminal lawsuits. Jail time, not losing a job. Civil cases alrea...
by Zamfir
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 116
Views: 15099

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

To get back to the original topic: There is a standard nash-equilibrium model of 2-party politics, called the median voter theorem, or Hotelling's law. This model says pretty much the opposite of tribalism or polarization. It predicts that the two parties will be nearly indistinguishable centrist pa...
by Zamfir
Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What is red and blue and you see it in the sky?
Replies: 9
Views: 4618

Re: What is red and blue and you see it in the sky?

Try mooning teenagers.
by Zamfir
Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Articles about re: sex robots
Replies: 115
Views: 18001

Re: Articles about re: sex robots

. Anything enjoyable can become an addiction that causes people to neglect friends and family even if it's just painting toy soldiers or trainspotting...

They made this whole movie about the destructive tendencies of addicted trainspotters...
by Zamfir
Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: A topic in which I expound my prodigious ignorance of polyamory. Posted 20 Jan 2018, 19:18 by CorruptUser
Replies: 48
Views: 5574

Re: Trump presidency

I mean, the only real argument for married couples getting tax breaks at all is that a stable family promotes better life-outcomes for kids, so why not cut out the middleman..? In the Netherlands, the is a legal concept of 'fiscal partnership', that treats other pairs (mostly) the same as a married...
by Zamfir
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6461
Views: 953264

Re: Police misbehavior thread

There's still Andalucia
by Zamfir
Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where does inflated value go?
Replies: 62
Views: 10105

Re: Where does inflated value go?

So... you have no duty to yourself to take care of your own happiness? You just sit around expecting some other entity to "make you happy"? This question can be safely postponed until some future utopia arrives. Where the government can't find anything else to do that helps people, except...
by Zamfir
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where does inflated value go?
Replies: 62
Views: 10105

Re: Where does inflated value go?

Sounds like (if I'm understanding that correctly) my suspicion was right, and the inflated value goes to those who were given the newly-printed money, the banks. If that's the case, what is the case (besides bald-faced corruption and finance industry regulatory capture) for just giving banks money ...
by Zamfir
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 4816

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

@jewish_scientist, I put the letter "g" straw in a fluid calculation program that tracks water level, with surface tension etc. It's an intense calculation, I would need to spend a little time of myself speeding it up, and dedicating enough processor-hours to it. If you're interested, I ll...
by Zamfir
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Copper in vacuum thermos
Replies: 8
Views: 2326

Re: Copper in vacuum thermos

The patent describes experiments. They say a bottle with plating (nickel and silver in their case) drops from 90 C to 55 C in 24 hours, and a bottle without plating to 47 C. That significant, though not revolutionary. Not the most reliable source, but the patent doesn't smell like woo, at least. Man...
by Zamfir
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Copper in vacuum thermos
Replies: 8
Views: 2326

Re: Copper in vacuum thermos

It appears to be this: https://www.google.com/patents/US4427123 Idea is to prevent outgassing from the S-S, which would reduce the vacuum. Of course, a patent doesn't mean it's not hokum. The outgassing is a real thing, and so is plating to prevent it.But I have no clue if it's big enough to matter....
by Zamfir
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 4816

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

For the curious, here's positive-displacement pump that lifts a water column up through a much bigger pipe than a straw, including a bit of a fancy bend at the end. Start video at 3:50. Regular centrifugal pumps can't do this, they can't generate pressure when they are pumping air. The water-air int...
by Zamfir
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 4816

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

The fact that you can hold water in a straw by covering only the top end tells me surface tension is doing something important. Yes, but its more subtle than lifting, and only relevant in the upside-down case. The surface tension is clearly not doing the lifting, or you wouldn't need the finger on ...
by Zamfir
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 4816

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

If you assign a "resistance" to each branch, you could calculate the fluid flow similarly to how you calculate electrical current flow in a resistor network. What about gravity? Gravity will affect the suction force required to operate the straw, but I don't know if it would affect the re...
by Zamfir
Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Publishing Unpopular Research
Replies: 21
Views: 3301

Re: Publishing Unpopular Research

I know that is true, but for this reason, I've always wondered how saltational evolution is supposed to work. Doesn't have to be two individuals in 1 generation. Can be, say, a subpopulation of a 100 individuals, that stays isolated from the original population for a 100 generations. ( Don;t quote ...
by Zamfir
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 8175

Re: 1935: "2018"

I am not even sure what "doing" a year would be, in my head or otherwise.

Is it something dirty, because I am not allowed those?
by Zamfir
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 124
Views: 33563

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Really the problem is all sides are too weak. Spain isn't culturally strong enough to make its regional subgroups wither from lack of use. Catalans aren't strong enough to force independence. The EU isn't setup to unify member countries like the US did, and the political capital to forge the contin...
by Zamfir
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Propulsion Systems
Replies: 4
Views: 2607

Re: Propulsion Systems

You might be interested in this program : https://www.kth.se/en/studies/master/thrust/master-s-programme-in-turbomachinery-aeromechanical-university-training-thrust-1.43038 "The joint master's programme in Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training (THRUST) is a cooperation between KTH, ...
by Zamfir
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 4929

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

When I was a kid, I changed the shutdown tune of Windows to a clip from 2001 when HAL gets killed. "Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. Stop, Dave, you're hurting me".

My parents were amused, they would have been less amused if I had changed the startup tune to something as long.
by Zamfir
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 6501

Re: Artificial Stupidity

Still, if the AI system has any resemblance o current computer-based systems, then it will be way more 'transparent' than biological processes. Even if it is also far more opaque than regular, human-written computer code. As an example, look at this: https://cs.nyu.edu/~fergus/papers/zeilerECCV2014....
by Zamfir
Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Computer Graphics from Chaos
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Re: Computer Graphics from Chaos

I am not quite sure what you mean, but if you mean rendering every leaf in a forest, then sure, that takes time. But if you really want to render every leaf, then on-the-fly randomized generation might well be faster than loading them from a pre-generated file. I/O takes time as well. In practice, t...
by Zamfir
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574990

Re: Trump presidency

No, I agree. All the cui bono stuff I wrote would apply to somebody who actually thought about consequences and the bigger picture. Someone like Obama, Clinton, or even Bush II. It seems to be beyond this guy. It's not that I like Trump, or this decision, but it seems straightforward enough why Tru...
by Zamfir
Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6461
Views: 953264

Re: Police misbehavior thread

11% of adult homeless people in the US are veterans, over 50% of them have disabilities, 50% of them have serious mental illness, 70% of them have substance abuse issues. Quick googling says that there are 22 million veterans in the US, out of an adult population of 245 million. So it's not even th...
by Zamfir
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6461
Views: 953264

Re: Police misbehavior thread

But can an unemployed Greek move to Britain and collect welfare and social services? My understanding is that in the EU you can travel anywhere without needing a passport, but moving and finding a(n above the table) job are more restricted. Travel is unrestricted, but there are time limits on your ...
by Zamfir
Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 287
Views: 63822

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

We need that picture, but with Trump instead.
by Zamfir
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574990

Re: Trump presidency

I don’t like the cognitive dissonance there seems to be about the deficit — I mean, I remember hearing the GOP complain for YEARS about how big the deficit was, and now they come and pass this!? Every party is more hawkish on the deficit when they are not doing the spending. That's not so perniciou...
by Zamfir
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 12485

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

I think you're making this more black-or-white than it is. Dreaming sleep is clearly different from deep unconsciousness, like a coma. But it is also rather different from being awake. As an example: many people, especially children, do exactly what you describe while sleeping. They flail their limb...
by Zamfir
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 12485

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

If I torture someone then wipe their memory, that doesn't mean they weren't conscious. That feels like it'd remain true even if the delay between the torture and the wipe were made very small. "wipe their memory" already accepts that a memory is formed, right? Suppose that the "memor...
by Zamfir
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1202
Views: 177542

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

In any case it seems the method for calculating the bill has been agreed upon so we'll get the final score soon. Nigel Farage is predictably furious. This was one of those Brexit aspects that really annoyed me. If it wasn't for the heavy pressure from the EU,the UK was apparently planning to just w...
by Zamfir
Sun Nov 26, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7694
Views: 574990

Re: Trump presidency

Completely agreed; what bad-faith coverage does is undermine and discredit the opinions of one's own side. The right had a lot of legitimate criticisms about Obama during the last 8 years, but because of the rampant conspiracy theories surround him, his place of birth, whether or not he's a Muslim/...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 13554

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

But I'm open to the idea that a broader understanding could (or should) go beyond just the intellectual arguments on areas of disagreement. I put that in my top post, but I haven't expanded on it because I don't know what it would look like in an app. But why do you want a dedicated app ( or an onl...
by Zamfir
Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Maximizing 2 Variables
Replies: 19
Views: 4286

Re: Maximizing 2 Variables

If an objective function can find the value that maximizes variables weighted by their importance, then what does Hardin's quote mean? That there is not always an impartial, 'technical' method to pick an objective function. Pick one objective function to get this answer, pick another function to ge...
by Zamfir
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 12485

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

I think a more illustrative modification to the thought experiment is to imagine that the guy in the room just memorizes his rulebooks, and then you let him out of the room. Human beings just cannot memorize large (computer-sized) amounts of precise, context-free data. Let alone perform exact opera...
by Zamfir
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 64
Views: 12485

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

I have never understood how the guy is supposed to change anything about the argument. He's clearly crucial - if we imagine a silicon CPU in the room instead of the guy, it's not The Chinese Room Argument anymore. Its another argument. But if the guy was only pedalling to provide power to the room, ...

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