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by Trebla
Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 48337

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

Not to mention that those 600 million passenger-miles should be 600 billion , if I'm reading that right. Passenger-mile figures on that page are given in thousands. Yeah, I missed the (000) indicating the numbers were in thousands... I thought those numbers were way too low, but didn't find anythin...
by Trebla
Mon Mar 17, 2014 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Flight from Malaysia disappeared
Replies: 181
Views: 48337

Re: Flight from Malaysia disappeared

In the US alone, car fatalities last year were comparable to over 142 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 planes going down. That's the literal equivalent of a plane worth of people disappearing every 3 days. I feel safer on a plane. Statistics like this are wildly misleading, mainly because you're compar...
by Trebla
Tue Mar 04, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

If they were instead of nothing, that would be true. But having had an accidental child means you have resources and time allocated that you can't use on a child that you'd actually want in the first place. So it's quite often a matter of having an accidental child instead of a child that you wante...
by Trebla
Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

You can't decouple sex from procreation, and the idea that you can is the source of the problem. You certainly can , and to an extent we already have. Regular birth control, voluntary sterilization procedures, IUDs... what do you mean when you say "you can't" decouple them? Do you mean we...
by Trebla
Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

What evidence do you have that rights have a basis in nature? Given that animals generally do NOT respect the human right to life, I'd say that counts as evidence that rights are NOT natural. If there is a such thing as "natural right to life" it almost certainly differs from "human ...
by Trebla
Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Price Discrimination
Replies: 82
Views: 24479

Re: Price Discrimination

I am too. However, I'm not talking about criminal activities. I'm talking about the fuzzy idea of a level playing field. Of course, there's no such thing, and there never was. However data-gathering tech has gotten to the point where I believe the field is becoming significantly more non-level in t...
by Trebla
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Price Discrimination
Replies: 82
Views: 24479

Re: Price Discrimination

Given the existence of public records and your name and zip code, two of which your online retailor has, I can pin you to a specific address. If I have your address I can know how much the house you live in costs. In Kentucky I can get the voter information data. Request Voter Registration Data. I ...
by Trebla
Thu Feb 06, 2014 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Price Discrimination
Replies: 82
Views: 24479

Re: Price Discrimination

1: You probably don't know that you're telling them. Perhaps this is the biggest problem. And it's not new to online. If people assume that the vendor only has information that they explicitly give them, they're making a bad assumption. How many salesmen (in TV and movie tropes, at least) gain info...
by Trebla
Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Price Discrimination
Replies: 82
Views: 24479

Re: Price Discrimination

I don't attribute anything to malice. I fully support Home Depot's right to charge you whatever they please. But if they are logging your IP address than they will always know who you are. With that data and what they have aggregated about you they will be able to present a price that you will like...
by Trebla
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

The fact that we all agree on a certain set of rules and get pissed at those of us who violate those rules seems like strong evidence to me. If you try to trip me, I get angry not because I invested lots of effort and money into creating laws that you either don't know or don't care to abide by, bu...
by Trebla
Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Price Discrimination
Replies: 82
Views: 24479

Re: Price Discrimination

No. I just posted an example elsewhere to the contrary. Price Grabber and Home Depot I believe . I don't think that fact is particularly important. That's more of an example that Price Grabber is a bad comparison site. A quick personal sampling of top sites appears superior. It's not an example of ...
by Trebla
Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Privacy in public spaces
Replies: 32
Views: 10949

Re: Privacy in public spaces

ucim wrote:In any case, this is getting a bit on the edge of "public spaces".


Good call, I continued the Off topic bit in the "Price Discrimination" thread.
by Trebla
Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Price Discrimination
Replies: 82
Views: 24479

Re: Price Discrimination

X-post from the privacy in public thread because I think it's more applicable under this topic. It works both ways. Because of the personal data they have on you, they can figure out that you'd be willing to pay 50% over the normal retail for this item, and so that is the personalized price they...
by Trebla
Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Privacy in public spaces
Replies: 32
Views: 10949

Re: Privacy in public spaces

At Price Grabber I see Grip-Rite #8 x 1-5/8 in. Coarse Drywall screws at a best price of 51.98 yet when I click through I see a price on the site at 49.74. How does that work do you think? Do you see the same price? I also see 49.74. I have no idea how Price Grabber works... I'm going to guess &quo...
by Trebla
Mon Feb 03, 2014 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Privacy in public spaces
Replies: 32
Views: 10949

Re: Privacy in public spaces

Also, none of that has anything to do with symmetry. Even if you did have as much information about Amazon as Amazon has about you, your concerns still exist. Yes, they do. However, I could use my information against Amazon, and this might give Amazon pause. I guess we simply disagree here. I see n...
by Trebla
Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal I think a lot of things that people talk about as rights are really applications of "equality." When pressed in detailed conversation, I doubt most intelligent people in favor of "health care rights" would i...
by Trebla
Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Privacy in public spaces
Replies: 32
Views: 10949

Re: Privacy in public spaces

I want to personalize my own experiences, for myself. I don't want them to be personalized on my behalf for the benefit of others. This is why it is important. Jose And owning guns makes it easier to shoot people. Having information isn't the problem, misusing it is. Also, none of that has anything...
by Trebla
Wed Jan 29, 2014 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

In most industrialized cultures, the birth rates are lower than the mortality rates. The population growth is driven by immigration, not births. As such, I don't think we have too much to worry about when it comes to overpopulation in the developed world. The biggest issue longterm may be a few cul...
by Trebla
Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

Assuming we agree that no AI could be perfect, then the more bizarre its decision the more it would have to explain itself to us convincingly. And if it couldn't do that then we'd just simply ignore it or switch it off. This isn't 'The Terminator' that we're envisioning creating here... Uh..... yes...
by Trebla
Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Privacy in public spaces
Replies: 32
Views: 10949

Re: Privacy in public spaces

Symmetry is not perfect (it never is, and doesn't have to be). Degrees of symmetry are important however, just as degrees of privacy are. The idea (and symmetry only partially encompasses it) is that when you surrender information, you are put in a position of having to trust some entity (whether y...
by Trebla
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

I'm not assuming anything per se, I'm illustrating. I have no idea what an AI might or might not do. I was pointing out that you don't have any idea either. The phase "hindsight is 20 20" is the tacit acknowledgement that our knowledge of the future is always limited. Pointing at using AI...
by Trebla
Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Privacy in public spaces
Replies: 32
Views: 10949

Re: Privacy in public spaces

In the case of public spaces, those gathering the information tend to be anonymous, and in the case of public virtual spaces, they tend to not even be co-located. This generates asymmetries of intimacy. Further, when information is aggregated by machine, a finely granulated image is generated of th...
by Trebla
Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Organ Transplantation
Replies: 90
Views: 21317

Re: Organ Transplantation

As Heisenberg has pointed out, a human is worth roughly a million dollars over the course of their life, so, maybe that's a good ballpark place to start. This article cites the value of a statistical life at about $6.6 million (2006 dollars) using wage hedonic analysis used by the EPA for policy de...
by Trebla
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 418929

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

I'll detail the specific example and spoiler it in case you'd still like to come to the conclusion on your own. We'll go with your scenario. 100 blue eyes. BLUE is a person with blue eyes and sees 99 blue eyes. BROWN is a person with brown eyes and sees 100 blue eyes. Day 1: BLUE assumes the 99 ...
by Trebla
Fri Jan 10, 2014 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 62069

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

Personally, I like what they do in Beta Colony in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga books. That's a work of fiction. It works because the author wrote it that way. Real life interferes with real life. True, and in 1984 ubiquitous surveillance is portrayed as a bad thing, but it is a work of fi...
by Trebla
Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587138

Re: Religion: The Deuce

I dunno, if I found out that say...the Egyptian gods were real, I'd be tempted to build a mini-pyramid so I could live in the afterlife comfortably. That would mean not only planning for retirement, I'd need to plan for afterlife retirement as well. It would be a huge drain on the global economy, s...
by Trebla
Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Flipping 50 consecutive cards
Replies: 15
Views: 6100

Re: Flipping 50 consecutive cards

The idea of both sides being able to force a draw on a large enough board, seems reasonable. here are definitely ways in smaller games that end in a draw. Consider a game with 4 cards where each player can flip 2 consecutive cards. start 0000 player 1: 0110 (1100 and 0011 lose immediately) ...
by Trebla
Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Flipping 50 consecutive cards
Replies: 15
Views: 6100

Re: Flipping 50 consecutive cards

wraith wrote:No. This is not the case. "Right" is absolute. If it's relative, then the game could theoretically continue forever.


I understand that. But what about the variation where it's not... is there a winning strategy for one player? Or can one player force a draw?
by Trebla
Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Flipping 50 consecutive cards
Replies: 15
Views: 6100

Re: Flipping 50 consecutive cards

Does it change anything if the two players are sitting on opposite sides of the table? I.e., Card 1 for player A is card N for player B and each one flips 50 cards to their respective right? Is it profitable to stalemate? Edit: Changed "Is it possible to stalemate?" to "Is it profitab...
by Trebla
Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 587138

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Alright, I'm certainly willing to be convinced, what's the reason to think that existence does not have a mind? That's a fun question, and clearly difficult to answer given how unclear "mind" is. The only solid examples we have of "minds" are humans, so asking if existence has a...
by Trebla
Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Robots be Human? (or The Bicentennial Man's Question)
Replies: 136
Views: 44930

Re: Can Robots be Human? (or The Bicentennial Man's Question

Since this thread has already risen from its grave like some ancient Altered Beast and even elicited some response... One theme that's consistent across threads is that it's difficult to define "human" (or "person" or anything in that vein). So what's a robot? I mean, we can all ...
by Trebla
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Prisoners disguised as guards
Replies: 29
Views: 8777

Re: Prisoners disguised as guards

@trebLa you only need at most 29 questions in that scenario to work out that 60 is a true guard. If you have not yet asked a guard after 29 questions, all the people you have not yet asked are guards, so 60 is a guard (there are at most 29 prisoners). If you have asked a guard by this point...
by Trebla
Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Prisoners disguised as guards
Replies: 29
Views: 8777

Re: Prisoners disguised as guards

We asked F+2G+P questions to find the true guard and at most a subsequent 2F+G+2P+1 to determine everyone else. This is 3(F+G+P) +1 = 3x29+1=87 people. I assume you mean 87 questions, but the first case I think of ends up requiring 89... Granted, you're leagues beyond my ability to parse the langua...
by Trebla
Fri Oct 18, 2013 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories
Replies: 501
Views: 97547

Re: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories

Actually, there are several accounts of Jesus performing miracles in the Quran--some of them far more incredible than those reported in the Gospels. Jesus' birth from a virgin is vouched for there, too. Fair observation, the implicit statement was probably that "there are no non-Christian cont...
by Trebla
Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Parking on a hill
Replies: 40
Views: 10908

Re: Parking on a hill

I don't know about other countries, but in some (most? all?) U.S. states it is illegal to parallel park against the flow of traffic. So if your street runs north-south, and driving north is uphill... you'd tell him "always turn your tires to the west". If he's coming uphill, this will be a...
by Trebla
Wed Oct 16, 2013 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories
Replies: 501
Views: 97547

Re: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories

Then surely you can provide numerous examples of fictional or mythological narratives written in the form of current-event-reporting during this time period? The books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy and Joshua are all examples of this. Even New Testament sources have strong similarities...
by Trebla
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories
Replies: 501
Views: 97547

Re: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories

A feat which would have been much more impressive had someone else been around to see it, even in the story. Are you fucking serious? Do you actually believe that me sticking a hundred witnesses in the 'Muhammad gallops to Heaven' story would increase its credibility? Is that how you genuin...
by Trebla
Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories
Replies: 501
Views: 97547

Re: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories

For example, let's take this claim: "God says that a wife cannot be divorced without paperwork, and she cannot be taken as a concubine by her ex-husband afterward" (Deut 24, Davidstarlingm's Paraphrased Version). Let's look at this cultural context. In the male-led ANE society, women had ...
by Trebla
Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories
Replies: 501
Views: 97547

Re: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories

When someone makes a claim, we rightly intuit that there are three possible reasons for this claim: ⋅ The person is lying ⋅ The person is mistaken ⋅ The claim is true The less probable 1 and 2 are, the more probable 3 becomes. It's that simple. You're overlooking the m...
by Trebla
Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On the ethicality of killing virtual virtual citizens
Replies: 19
Views: 10181

Re: On the ethicality of killing virtual virtual citizens

This is probably only tangential (at best) to the original question... but at what point do you think that killing the virtual citizens in the "first order" (for lack of a better term) world would actually feel morally wrong? Is it possible in an offline game where you have save points you...

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