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by cphite
Wed Aug 07, 2019 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mortgage Interest Deduction Diminishment
Replies: 11
Views: 638

Re: Mortgage Interest Deduction Diminishment

Not sure I understand the question. Do you mean when the Trump tax cuts get repealed? Well, if the rich are less rich and own less property, then theres more supply of property out there and more families will have homes instead of a significant number of rich people with third homes. To be honest,...
by cphite
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

“there is no legitimate need to own guns.” Do you believe that includes the government? Because I could respect that. What about the rich and famous who might employ armed bodyguards? edit: Or banks and other facilities/institutions that might have armed private security? No. Taking PAstrychef's re...
by cphite
Fri Aug 02, 2019 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I've heard sometimes when hunting larger animals you may want a semi-automatic to actually stop it (think something like a wild boar or something). I don't if that's really mandatory and there aren't other solutions, and I don't think that's an excuse to avoid massive gun ownership restrictions. A ...
by cphite
Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I've heard sometimes when hunting larger animals you may want a semi-automatic to actually stop it (think something like a wild boar or something). I don't if that's really mandatory and there aren't other solutions, and I don't think that's an excuse to avoid massive gun ownership restrictions. A ...
by cphite
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The most implausible part is anyone would explain to a soldier why they have to do a specific task. If someone asks you for a report - you provide a report. If someone asks you to be on standby - you're on standby. You don't need to ask why. At most you would need to know what equipment to keep on ...
by cphite
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 927925

Re: Trump presidency

Obama gave a highly publicized and celebrated speech in Germany leading up to his election... Last time I checked, Germany was a foreign power... and yet they facilitated a massive, highly visible campaign event for a US presidential candidate; the motive was obviously to sway public opinion - both...
by cphite
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 927925

Re: Trump presidency

...except that he was not "illegitimately elected". There's no evidence (of which I am aware) that votes were changed in sufficient quantities to change the outcome. And while he lost the popular vote, that's not how we elect the president any more than simply counting home runs is how th...
by cphite
Tue May 28, 2019 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

True, but I'm thinking a non-armed, non-armored, otherwise functional facsimiles of heavy equipment must be so much cheaper, even with the cost of making it custom. An Abrams tank cost 6 million, but if you can drop the guns, replace the thick steel armor with thin aluminum, and replace the power t...
by cphite
Tue May 28, 2019 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Hmm.. I also wonder how much one can do with hollow props, CGI, and cutting in stock footage nowadays. It may not actually e that much harder to make a movie showing heavy military equipment without access to any of it. Expertise can be acquired by hiring retired veterans directly. Hollow props of ...
by cphite
Thu May 23, 2019 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I think it was definitely wrong ... but not necessarily illegal . Wrong, but not wrong enough to get fired over apparently... Is the US so desperately short of qualified candidates that they couldn't do better than him..? That's actually part of it, yes; there is a shortage of experienced law offic...
by cphite
Wed May 22, 2019 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm surprised (or am I?) that police officers in the US can just decide to throw on their uniform whenever and basically act as vigilantes in the middle of the night. Agreed. Surely it violates protocol to be patrolling alone also? But, from a strictly legal point of view, if Hill was legitimately ...
by cphite
Tue May 21, 2019 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The article goes in to a little more backstory detail, but the overall incident makes sense really. One might not -want- it to make sense but the general string of events holds together. Rambunctious youth vandalizes a police car with his underwear, control-freak of a police officer snaps and decid...
by cphite
Mon May 06, 2019 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 8225

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Also, do you think that other governments are inherently more competent to run these systems than the US? I mean, technically the CDC is run by the US government, what makes you think that you can't get another government agency to run healthcare like the rest of the world. Just to be clear, I'm no...
by cphite
Mon May 06, 2019 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 8225

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Sad that America as a whole rejects what seems the most equitable solution: The rich subsidise the poor... Meh. Frankly, a lot of us who reject the idea of government healthcare in the US aren't rejecting it because of who is paying... we're rejecting it because we don't believe the US government i...
by cphite
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 8225

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

I have this idea for how healthcare should be provided in an industrialized, Western society, but there is a really big flaw. There is one underlying assumption, without which the whole argument in favor of this system becomes magnitudes weaker. "The purpose of a healthcare system is to provid...
by cphite
Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is it possible to escape from a black hole using another black hole?
Replies: 56
Views: 6626

Re: Is it possible to escape from a black hole using another black hole?

If a probe entered a blank hole event horizon, then immediately after, the black hole passed by another black hole in such a way that a pocket of reduced gravity is created in the section of the event horizon where the probe is located, would be possible for the probe to surf that gravity pocket an...
by cphite
Tue Apr 30, 2019 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Help Installing Windows 10
Replies: 7
Views: 5643

Re: Help Installing Windows 10

If it worked normally after deleting your partitions it sounds like you had a drive issue. It's entirely possible that it was a logical issue - in which case re-partitioning solved it and you're good to go; but I would suggest checking the SMART data on the drive and making sure there isn't some und...
by cphite
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 927925

Re: Trump presidency

"Yes, they were obviously acting unethically and harming the entire country, but it's not clear they have actually violated the letter of the law." - How the law works for rich people Barr has increased his definition of what constitutes breaking the law for the president. Barr mentioned ...
by cphite
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ads on the night sky
Replies: 8
Views: 2909

Re: Ads on the night sky

Pepsi has signed up with a Russian tech startup to be the first to project an advertisement on the night sky with a network satellites. This is not a joke. Please read more here: https://futurism.com/pepsi-orbital-billboard-night-sky I bring this to SB, in part, to make people aware; but more impor...
by cphite
Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 22
Views: 4281

Re: Julian assange arrested

I'm pretty sure Assange would have had better odds if he had let himself get extradited when it first came up. His odds of getting a juror that won't convict him have to be a lot lower since he published the Democrats' emails. If the activity is considered a crime in both countries, he can be extra...
by cphite
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian assange arrested
Replies: 22
Views: 4281

Re: Julian assange arrested

Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London Julian Assange has been ejected from the Ecuador embassy and subsequently arrested by the English police. The US justice department has finally revealed what they plan to charge him with: https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/wikileaks-founder-...
by cphite
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

My brother works in IT, at one company he was taken aside one day and informed he'd been made redundant, and had to leave immediately. I can't remember his exact position, think he worked in operations or something, clearly something with enough potential to do serious damage if he'd wanted to. Fir...
by cphite
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My understanding is that in a Grand Jury hearing, the defense doesn't actually present any evidence or make any arguments. Much easier to win when the other side isn't playing. It's not really a matter of winning. The purpose of a Grand Jury hearing is for the prosecution to demonstrate that it act...
by cphite
Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

1. Dude is acting unhinged, so I clutch my pearls and call the cops. Unless they are acting violently, there's no reason to call. People die from police response because of this currently, and if you make this sort of call in most Oakland neighborhoods, then you are the problem, not them. They don'...
by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Something that might be a useful note in this discussion: last time a topic like this came up, it became clear that some people were considering whatever organization would enforce the rules of whatever ideal justice system to be "not police", and "police" by definition to be th...
by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

To those who say it's impossible by definition to be good and be a cop, how do you propose that laws be enforced? Or do you propose that laws not be enforced (or equivalently, that there be no laws at all)? Unjust laws should not exist or be enforced. Fair enough; but who do you propose should enfo...
by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They demonstrated being good people by not being cops. There was not an option for them to be cops and be good that they could see. They demonstrated being good people by refusing an order that would endanger inmates in their custody. The bad actor in this situation was the judge who issued the cou...
by cphite
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1161091

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't mean to turn this into an argument but it strikes me as a weird spin to put on the story. Everyone at the sheriff's office resigned so presumably they were all "good cops" and they are protesting against some kind of political pressure coming from outside the police force, right? ...
by cphite
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15197
Views: 2707237

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Varies by genre. Country, like Rap, finds its greatest strength in that virtually anyone can enter the genre. But its greatest weakness is that virtually anyone can enter the genre. Anyone can create lyrics and badly sing country songs while playing simplistic chords without having to bother harmon...
by cphite
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 6038

Re: Captain Marvel

What do the tree and the raccoon have to do with ignoring physics? A talking animate tree and a raccoon with the dexterity and mental acuity to pilot a spaceship clearly fall under the purview of biology... They also don't care about biology. Then again, Groot can expand and contract his limbs at w...
by cphite
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 6038

Re: Captain Marvel

Yeah, the world-building of interstellar travel in the MCU is a bit lacking - we know routine travel uses jumps, that jumps are limited in range/destination (since it took a ridiculous number to reach Ego), that you need to get to specific points in space in order to be able to jump, but we don't k...
by cphite
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

But, as written, the NC subpoena would require such things as meeting minutes, time sheets, reports, travel vouchers, and such. Certainly some of the documents produced might be evidentiary against the people who committed the fraud, but more would have no evidentiary value at all. Well, unless it ...
by cphite
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4886
Views: 750095

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I for one wasn't speaking of socialism, because that isn't hard-left. Nor was I speaking of communism or Nazism - both of which are a mix of hard-left and hard-right. Left versus right tends to be an oversimplification. It ends up being a circle... you have the left and right, obviously. But you ac...
by cphite
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 6756

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

No, because she might not be capable of breastfeeding. Or, as someone else pointed out, if she hasn't been breastfeeding it may prove very difficult ... Whether or not she breastfeeds becomes irrelevant if she falls unconscious from dehydration or heatstroke. Speaking on Paranoid__Android's behalf,...
by cphite
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 6756

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

It is a fairly hotly discussed topic that breastfeeding should not be recommended too enthusiastically to new mothers, as it could be seen as a violation of their bodily autonomy. Obviously that is fine so long as there is an alternative of bottled formula, but what if there wasn't... I present a t...
by cphite
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1937
Views: 409754

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's incredibly useful for Nike to have a list of names and contact information for people who are gullible. FTFY Well, sure; the gullible are the foundation of the advertising industry. Until the Butlerian jihad, anyway. Yeah, but I have to imagine we're still a good couple years away from Titans,...
by cphite
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1937
Views: 409754

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

In short, I’m willing to pay more money to permanently end the invasion of my privacy than I am willing to pay to purchase their products, ever. Not really sure it matters. Advertisers are already messing with facial recognition; recognizing a logo isn't much different. It won't be long before just...
by cphite
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1937
Views: 409754

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's incredibly useful for Nike to have a list of names and contact information for people who buy Nike shoes; They have that already from the credit card data. What this potentially gives them is a live, continuous data stream about those people's lives. The accelerometer in a cellphone is basical...
by cphite
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1937
Views: 409754

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

[tinhat]Do you think it might be usesful for Nike to know when people tie their shoes? At the moment I can't think of why, but there are so many other things I couldn't think of why then that facebook has taught us - from phone cameras to free email to web beacons to fitbit to alexa, which is nothi...
by cphite
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8719
Views: 927925

Re: Trump presidency

Or some future Democratic president declaring global warming a national emergency, say. You say that as though Global Warming isn't a national emergency. (I suppose that, strictly, it's an inter national emergency, but still.) The sad thing is, declaring Global Warming a national emergency could, p...

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