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by KnightExemplar
Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18157

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

KnightExemplar: China's not exactly a low-cost country anymore, but I get your point. Moving a business offshore isn't necessarily an assholish thing to do, though, and I'm not opposed to doing to in order to remain competitive. (Folks in India or China or Thailand need jobs too!) Expecting unpaid ...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 31631

Re: Lulzsec

I apologize if you are insulted by my previous words. I do not want to take this thread towards the darker direction. From a serious point of view, everything we work for is a "small victory" at best. It takes years to implement social change, entire lifetimes to move from slavery to overt...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18157

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

If an employer can't make a profit while paying an appropriate number of employees a reasonable wage, then they are running a terrible business. I've lost jobs before because the business wasn't selling enough to justify keeping me on, and I don't blame or resent them for that. But if it was just b...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 31631

Re: Lulzsec

What accomplishes more: A bunch of easily ignorable people who are legally, ethically, and socially in the right, or someone with money? http://news.change.org/stories/victory-government-drops-espionage-charge-against-thomas-drake Looks like the former. BTW: Lulzsec and Anonymous have neither. I ne...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 31631

Re: Lulzsec

What accomplishes more: A bunch of easily ignorable people who are legally, ethically, and socially in the right, or someone with money? http://news.change.org/stories/victory-government-drops-espionage-charge-against-thomas-drake Looks like the former. BTW: Lulzsec and Anonymous have neither. I ne...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 31631

Re: Lulzsec

vodka.cobra wrote:What accomplishes more: A bunch of easily ignorable people who are legally, ethically, and socially in the right, or someone with money?


http://news.change.org/stories/victory- ... omas-drake

Looks like the former. BTW: Lulzsec and Anonymous have neither.
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 31631

Re: Lulzsec

IMO groups like this are the first of a new breed of activists. It seems that nowadays the best way to get a message across is through hacktivism. If you look at how corporate most of the media is, they can pick and chose how to report on things and with the excuse of national security the governme...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police taze and beat underaged mentally handicapped boy.
Replies: 83
Views: 8759

Re: Police taze and beat underaged mentally handicapped boy.

This shit wouldn't fly in my city (and if it would... well, things would change come the next election)

But this being specific to the Dayton Police Force, not much we can do about it unless we live there.
by KnightExemplar
Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morals in Evolutionary Game Theory
Replies: 23
Views: 4322

Re: Morals in Evolutionary Game Theory

Or, as A Beautiful Mind put it, "doing what's best for yourself and the group." Oh dear god. I forgot just how much Beautiful Mind raped the REAL theory of Nash Equalibriums. Hollywood at its fucking finest. Everyone has a strategy in every "game" where you've minimized your opp...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18157

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

Well I mean, is that a correct/reasonable thing to think? Based on my experience with modding, I'm just assuming the principle carries over to the original design and programming. Oh dear god, you weren't sarcastic. EDIT: Nm, didn't read things right the first time. Programming is a creative pr...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: All work and no pay: the american speedup
Replies: 220
Views: 18157

Re: All work and no pay: the american speedup

I'm fairly certain that was sarcasm. If it wasn't... well... see the Mythical Man-Month. As for the proper ratio of productivity / compensation, there seem to be too many confounding variables in the system to draw an adequate solution. For example, the pace of technology in the last 30 years has sk...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Strong AI and simulations
Replies: 11
Views: 3025

Re: Strong AI and simulations

Depends on what you mean by "escape". If the AI's logic exists inside of hard-drives and RAM, the AI will have to learn to somehow move this logic off of the hard drive and RAM onto something else. Without any sensors to the external world, it would be impossible to notice whether or not y...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fuck Tha Police (or not).
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: Fuck Tha Police (or not).

A centralized Bureaucracy can deal with the diseconomies of scale by simply splitting itself up. Ex: ATF vs FBI both cover law enforcement. But I guess its more efficient to create two different agencies that focus on (slightly) different tasks. Decentralized Bureaucracies (ie: 50-different State-wi...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No "him" or "her" in Preschool
Replies: 61
Views: 6444

Re: No "him" or "her" in Preschool

So what you're saying is that kids don't know what princesses or magic are unless they're given Disney things. Just stop that train of thought right there cause it's foolish. Fairy tales are everywhere, on TV and in the movies, these kids aren't going to be ignorant of what a freakin' castle is jus...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No "him" or "her" in Preschool
Replies: 61
Views: 6444

Re: No "him" or "her" in Preschool

What happens if my kids ran around the playground using words that don't exist? Kids make up new words all the time. This is... not uncommon. "Strange ideas" would make him an easy target on the playground. Strange ideas are what makes a person successful in life too (though other ingredi...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No "him" or "her" in Preschool
Replies: 61
Views: 6444

Re: No "him" or "her" in Preschool

The Swedish children will nearly all be multilingual. They will nearly all encounter wide variations in culture. This is teaching them to think about gender. That is all that will happen. The children will encounter people that think that only men can drive. They will know better. They will encount...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jun 29, 2011 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Korea (Multithread Dump)
Replies: 123
Views: 8202

Re: Have you heard "the Pencil-Shells"?

I'm not so sure if this is too different from GI Joe </joke response> I guess a more similar situation is what Rambo does to the Vietcong . North Korea has a lot of disturbing things, but I don't think this is one of them. On the contrary, I think it highlights some similarities between our cultures...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No "him" or "her" in Preschool
Replies: 61
Views: 6444

Re: No "him" or "her" in Preschool

I'm genuinely curious what will happen to these children.

If the parents are fine with this social experiment... I guess I'm kinda cool with this. I'd never send my kids to a school like this, but I'd like to know how it turns out 15 years from now.
by KnightExemplar
Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fuck Tha Police (or not).
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: Fuck Tha Police (or not).

http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=72313 A potential source of information I guess. An example of where cops screwed up, and a federal agency stepped in to prosecute the cops. I'm unsure on its relevance to this topic (it won't answer how regularly the DoJ steps in...) but it may have so...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This verdict is f--ing golden: Blago guilty on 17 of 20
Replies: 21
Views: 4761

Re: This verdict is f--ing golden: Blago guilty on 17 of 20

Voir Dire is a good thing. And both the defense and prosecution IIRC have equal abilities to filter the jury. Why is this necessarily good? Given that the defense and prosecutions have generally equal influence, it's to be expected that the jury come to some "middle ground" for expected o...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Jun 28, 2011 6:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This verdict is f--ing golden: Blago guilty on 17 of 20
Replies: 21
Views: 4761

Re: This verdict is f--ing golden: Blago guilty on 17 of 20

Voir Dire is a good thing. And both the defense and prosecution IIRC have equal abilities to filter the jury.
by KnightExemplar
Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This verdict is f--ing golden: Blago guilty on 17 of 20
Replies: 21
Views: 4761

Re: This verdict is f--ing golden: Blago guilty on 17 of 20

Radical_Initiator wrote:The Illinois tradition continues ...

The total possible sentence tops 300 years, but it is presumed Rod will get 6-12 or so, and few think more than 15 is possible. I have to wonder why such a small fraction is seen as acceptable.


Corruption is fine, as long as you don't twitter your Weiner.
by KnightExemplar
Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fuck Tha Police (or not).
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: Fuck Tha Police (or not).

But the problem with centralizing anything is more and more bureaucracy. Bureaucracy is not necessarily bad. There are examples of bad bureaucracy, but most of the time it makes things run smoother and cheaper overall. I can't actually think of any examples in recent years of anything the US govern...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jun 26, 2011 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fuck Tha Police (or not).
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: Fuck Tha Police (or not).

Giving Tickets out to people you don't like is kinda weak actually, especially if you can only give tickets out to the people who technically did break the law. We're not talking about arrests here, but probably a ~$70 ticket or something. Annoying yes, but if I were fighting for a cause, it'd hardl...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will the future look like, culture/career-wise?
Replies: 20
Views: 4426

Re: What will the future look like, culture/career-wise?

~10-25 years: Computers will become more powerful. Much, much, much more powerful. There will probably be a computer like Deep Blue or Watson that is optimized for a similarly specific goal to a level far above humans in quite a few areas once thought impossible: composition of music and poetry com...
by KnightExemplar
Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 31631

Re: Lulzsec

The pastebin thingy has a good point. Google, unfortunately, is very very good at finding SQL Injections. http://erratasec.blogspot.com/2007/08/sql-injection-is-surpisingly-easy.html This is why people talk about "Google Hacking" - if you want to find a website to hack with SQL injection, ...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eguchi Aimi
Replies: 27
Views: 2832

Re: Eguchi Aimi

Ninja edits :-p Yeah, Zun is awesome. Unfortunately, I've got into Touhou after the fanbase exploded. But I love me my old-school 8-bit(ish) music. I guess the problem with Hatsune Miku is that her voice is pretty unique. They did a good job making it the "futuristic pop idol" sound, so it...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eguchi Aimi
Replies: 27
Views: 2832

Re: Eguchi Aimi

Also, Hatsune Miku is awesome . Especially those professionally done songs. I've also got a few awesome death metal albums with her doing vocals. I admit that I kinda like some of the Volcaloid tunes, but I actually don't like Miku. Way too synthetic. IIRC, the recent " Bad Apple " song w...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 33261

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

But guys like the Ronpaul exist. And while I totally disagree with everything that comes out of that guy's mouth, he seems genuinely interested in remaining consistant to his ideologies, even if it costs him political power. So cooperative, non-selfish, non-egocentric politicians exist. Which doesn...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eguchi Aimi
Replies: 27
Views: 2832

Re: Eguchi Aimi

Curious, what about japanese but not english makes vocoloid impossible? I presume vocoloid is a program that artificially renders spoken word? Because the Japanese are obsessive enough over androids that their strange robot creations are far superior to any English-speaking country's androids. Anyw...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 33261

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

Political Realists are one ideology. And as far as I can tell, that ideology is "Politicians are selfish". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(international_relations) In the study of international relations, Realism or political realism prioritizes national interest and security over id...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 33261

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

I don't understand us americans. Very easy things with little to no negative side effects (like legalizing and taxing marijuana or revoking the bush tax cuts) would go a huge wage to eliminating our economic problems and people refuse to do that because of, what, ideological grounds? I_don't_want_t...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks
Replies: 394
Views: 33261

Re: GOP Leader Abandons Debt Talks

Our collateral http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/usa/bomber/b-52_11.jpg Let us show you it. The majority of our debt is owned by the US Government actually. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/17/Estimated_ownership_of_treasury_securities_by_year.gif In 2008, 47% of our debt was owned by th...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts
Replies: 88
Views: 10241

Re: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts

I'm more curious how knowing that something was Halal actually changes the dining experience. Perhaps people don't want to contribute to the suffering involved in being hung up feet-first and bleeding to death? I guess I could see from that perspective, but the way I read his post, it seems more li...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts
Replies: 88
Views: 10241

Re: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts

I have just enjoyed a fantastically tasty roast lamb shoulder for my tea...but it was soured by the knowledge that the lamb in question was slaughtered in line with halal (throat cut and allowed to bleed out while some himmam speaks gibberish over it). If you didn't want to eat Halal meat.... why d...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts
Replies: 88
Views: 10241

Re: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts

Islamification in europe is becoming a real problem, multi-culturalism in Europe no longer means tolerance of other cultures, it means pandering to the tantrum child that is islam. :shock: :shock: Oh well, I'm not surprised that Islamaphobia exists. I'm just disappointed whenever someone proves to ...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fuck Tha Police (or not).
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: Fuck Tha Police (or not).

A lot of rapes go unreported and you think most people are going to file a complaint against a cop when it's just their word against his? Especially if they are already a convicted felon? When it's nothing more than that the officer was overly aggressive or disrespectful? They will believe the comp...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 31631

Re: Lulzsec

Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors - the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world. I haven't been following this that closely. Has this been in all of the messages, or is it new? Does it indicate actual anarchist ideology, or...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jun 24, 2011 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fuck Tha Police (or not).
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: Fuck Tha Police (or not).

You say the cop acted like an asshole, the cop says you acted like an asshole. Who is going to be believed? You file a formal complaint against the cop. The cop said you acted like an asshole. Two weeks later, another guy files a formal complaint against the cop. The cop also claims that guy was an...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Jun 24, 2011 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fuck Tha Police (or not).
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: Fuck Tha Police (or not).

While video is a good idea (and everyone has a camera in their pocket today. Even the crappiest cell phones have cameras...) There's a number of things you can do even without a camera, although I'm not entirely sure how much of it is specific to my state. If the Police pulled up in a car, there is ...

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