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by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 3568

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

So you've got nothing, which is not, initially, seen as a number. Then something, which is, likewise, not seen as a number yet. Then multiplicities, the first real "numbers", which are the products of adding several somethings together. Then comes the thought of what do you call it when yo...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 07, 2018 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

I just thought, if you were not making reference to it yourself, you might enjoy reading about Rawls' Original Position concept, which is a great formalization and elaboration of the idea. FYI Rawls is the main contemporary opponent of Nozick who is the main contemporary advocate of libertarianism (...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

Jose are you familiar with Rawls or did you just come up with the same concept on your own right now?
by Pfhorrest
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6450
Views: 499775

Re: Trump presidency

What happens if a parent loans a child money and never forgives it but dies before it's paid off? Does the child still owe the money to the parent's estate... which they then inherit, paying inheritance taxes?
by Pfhorrest
Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 3568

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Old Bruce wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:Have you tried logarithms?

This may be the only thing about this cartoon (and all the comments) that I understand, just can't recall the original reference. So I'll give you an internets for it.

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by Pfhorrest
Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 3568

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Do these problems continue in higher dimensions, eg is an ordered pair of complexes not enough to make a quaternion?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 3568

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

here's that news story i mentioned https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-octonion-math-that-could-underpin-physics-20180720/ Moonfish, cannot any ordered pair of reals be mapped one-to-one to a complex number just by turning (x,y) into (x + yi)? With such a one-to-one mapping, how are the sets not iden...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 3568

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

tehre was a recent new story about how the staandard model vould maybe be reforumated using octonions instead of matrices
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

Texas is notorious for housing shortage? I thought Texas was the land of dirt-cheap $200k McMansions? (And I say dirt-cheap because out here in California, $200k will literally buy you a plot of dirt with nothing on it. If you're lucky.)
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Chronicles of Quelouva
Replies: 137
Views: 29655

Re: The Chronicles of Quelouva

On the topic of inspiring music, and Westworld/Otherworld connections, I've been listening to the Westworld soundtrack a lot lately, and their rendition of Radiohead's " Exit Music (For A Film) " brings to my mind tearful images of the end of the Otherworld series, the same part I spoke of...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

Short and exaggerated answer because I don't feel like it otherwise: for the same reason that keeping true but embarrassing information about someone secret is fine, but charging someone for that "service" isn't (we call it "blackmail"). You're extorting money out of someone in a...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

Why do you suppose rent the housing arrangement and rent the abstract economic concept have the same name? Might it be that one is an example of the other? Housing rent has its origins in feudal land tenure where you have to pay whoever is the designated lord of the land — its local government — for...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

I'm dubious about the accounts of "socialism ruining Venezuela" since from the little I've read into that situation it's a lot more complicated than that, but setting that side for a moment and for the sake of argument running with the thesis: if the problem is that wealth does correlate (...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

We're not talking about people who provide access to wealth, we're talking about people who are the gatekeepers to wealth. They don't magically transport people to the faraway land of wealth where nobody would otherwise be able to reach. They stand between the wealth and everyone else. Getting rid o...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

A stateless society is one with no government. This is literally definitional. So I guess we're just into flat contradiction now, because that is not definitional. It's a common assumption of equivalence, like the assumption that "free market" and "capitalism" mean the same thin...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

You're missing the point. A government is not necessarily a state. That's like saying "education is not necessarily religion". Which probably sounds obvious to us in the modern day, but from the viewpoint of a person back in the era when all universities were church-run, if you talk about ...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

An “ungoverned state” is the opposite of anarchy in two ways: anarchy does not have a state, but it must have governance in order to prevent a state from arising. Anarchy is stateless government, not an ungoverned state.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2113

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Living as I do in coastal Southern California, the normal weather here most days of the year is hot and sunny but dry and slightly breezy. I still sweat when I got out for hikes, and my clothes still feel damp from sweat when I get back, but never soaked like I ran through a sprinkler, and it's a ra...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2113

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Is there a combined index that accounts for not just temperature and humidity but also wind chill? Wind chill pulls the perceived temperature down just like humidity pulls it up (for the same reason, aids/impedes perspiration evaporation), so that would be an important factor in calculating how warm...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

Doing this would be horrible for future investment. It'd basically be setting our entire economy on fire. Ultimately, land has value because there is someone there to buy it. If the rich are all leaving, and those outside the country cannot own land, then you have to sell it to the poor who remain....
by Pfhorrest
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: The theory of everything shouldn't exist
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: The theory of everything shouldn't exist

The fundamental stuff of reality is a mathematical structure, and all mathematical structures reduce to sets, starting with the empty set and then putting that into itself and so on. It’s all a bunch of nothing, nested within itself. All operations are likewise reducible to set operations which are ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

The reason a UBI isn't libertarian is because it's something that requires an authority to decide how much people deserve. I agree with this (and much of what else you wrote) on abstract principle, but on the comparison of the kind of right-libertarianism this thread is apparently meant to discuss,...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

It's quite a demand to raise taxes for that goal. For the vast majority of people (~75% in the US), it would amount to a reduction of their taxes; in practice either way, but if implemented as a tax credit, then directly and literally. See my earlier post on the topic. For most of those remaining ~...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Your Loss Memes
Replies: 18
Views: 1395

Re: Wanted: Your Loss Memes

is this just a reference for the sake of reference or something? I am at a total loss but this smells like 4chan and tempts me to hate it as intentionally obscurantist bullshit
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

The context where that bit you quoted came up was a comparison of BI to something like SSDI. In either case you just get cut a check each month, and the big difference I was highlighting was how easily you can lose that check by trying to better yourself, currently. Jose said that cutoff could be el...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

What is the practical difference between welfare available in progressively larger amounts to people with progressively lower incomes, and a basic income funded by an income tax (as any would have to be to for there to be any point to it)? It amounts to exactly the same thing. Except maybe less over...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

in practice, this becomes exceedingly similar to a means-tested system, just one that happens to be gated by tax policy, rather than a separate system. The very important difference is that there is no cut-off point. At every income level, you stand to benefit from earning more income yourself if y...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

I agree, and that's part of why I don't like the term "IP" to begin with. Copyright, patent, and trademark are completely different areas of law and cover completely different things, and they way they are all lumped together into "intellectual property" is deceiving (and manipul...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

I'd argue that in fact "IP" law ("intellectual property" is a marketing term with no legal weight; copyrights, patents, and trademarks are all completely different things) is flatly contradictory with actual property rights. I have a computer. I own it. Actual property rights wou...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

On the topic of basic incomes and how to fund them, don't overlook that for a vast majority of people, the funding and the income cancel out, assuming what each person pays to fund it is a function of their (non-basic, additional) income, i.e. from an income tax. If you implement the basic income as...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

There are some point you make in there but also it sounds like you didn't completely grasp the scenario under discussion. We're talking about paying PhDs who would otherwise be teaching university lectures more than their university salary to teach a single undergrad, because that's (supposedly) les...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

This discussion of value based on the cost of alternatives reminds me of this recent SMBC comic in which it is claimed that it would be cheaper to pay several PhDs to privately tutor a student for the length of a college term than it would be to pay for that student to attend college for that term. ...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Jul 24, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2868

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I think the black line having no correlation to anything is the point. It just jiggles up and down slightly, randomly, because of noisy data, like most lines tend to do. But because of the distorted scales, it looks like there's is a sharp upward trend recently. That latest point looks like 80%, but...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Jul 23, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Supergirl
Replies: 42
Views: 7871

Re: Supergirl

Zohar was asking about The Flash.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Supergirl
Replies: 42
Views: 7871

Re: Supergirl

A lot less angsty, which they call a lot of (IMO too much) attention to in the first episode or two. As far as boring, I was less interested in what turned out to be the plot of this season than I was in teased things that turned out to actually be buildup for next season's plot, so I felt disappoin...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Jul 22, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6450
Views: 499775

Re: Trump presidency

gd1 said "mlm" of Amway, meaning he's talking about the Multi-Level Marketing scam. I think he's comparing being suckered into supporting Trump to being suckered into such marketing scams.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 3589

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

April O’Neill probably does a lot of kneeling? That’s the best I’ve got.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

It sounds like the government he assumed would be a democratic one. Presumably not as pure and stateless a democracy as you or I would like, but not any particularly egregiously bad kind of government either, just “a government”. Not because people shouldn’t be allowed to do it themselves, but becau...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Jul 21, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

Thesh, I’m not sure how you read all that into ucim’s comment. It sounded clearly to me like he was saying that having to collectively bargain about everything they bought would be onerous work for consumers to do, and hence they largely wouldn’t bother to do it, but that someone should do it anyway...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22100

Re: Libertarianism

One big consumers union /advocacy group / information source (a la Consumer Reports?) for all kinds of products from all manufacturers is an obvious solution, that you (ucim) mention, but that solution does not require state power to create or maintain. I guess it is technically a kind of governance...

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