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Dwarf Fortress Gets Biggest Update In Years

Chowderbags Re:Perspective (138 comments)

Then you get a somewhat bigger fortress that won't collapse from external forces (instead it'll be the King demanding materials that don't exist causing every dwarf to be arrested or one careless death causing a tantrum spiral).

about 3 months ago
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ACLU and EFF Endorse Weaker USA Freedom Act Passed By Committee

Chowderbags Re:The ACLU would have more credibility... (107 comments)

Yeah, when was the last time they took up a case about quartering troops in people's houses or made damn sure that suits at common law for $20 would be tried by juries? Oh, wait, you probably mean the second amendment. The one that already has the NRA standing up for it with twice the total budget of the ACLU. But if it makes you feel better, the ACLU has actually defended gun owners before: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04...

about 6 months ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

Chowderbags Re:Dark underbelly of reality (230 comments)

I always knew that the Red Cross was implemented by communists! See, they even have "red" in their name!

Oh wait, that's General Ripper territory.

about 6 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

Chowderbags Re:Its called paying attention (364 comments)

People already do speed to beat the light. The only difference with a timer is that fewer people will be a few seconds late and speed past when it's red.

about 7 months ago
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Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

Chowderbags Re:three responses (562 comments)

Not just "a federal judge". The Supreme Court said it. Kyllo v. United States

about 10 months ago
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Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner

Chowderbags Re:Wages as share of GDP dropping since 1972 (754 comments)

Is that before or after companies just can't happen to find an American candidate with 10 years experience in Rust and 15 years experience in Windows Server 2013 and fluent in 3 different foreign languages and willing work 80 hour weeks for $40,000 a year? But they can sure find some H1b visa candidate who's a perfect fit and a candidate in Elbonia who's even willing to undercut that. But the American worker is bad for wanting to put food on their table.

1 year,15 days
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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

Chowderbags Re:Healthcare.gov problems are real (516 comments)

If it were just the 4-5 times the number of unique visitors expected, then I'd say that it's probably just curious people trying to understand the mechanics for themselves. But if there's a 100,000 visitor spike for no good reason, yeah, that doesn't pass the sniff test.

1 year,15 days
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Administration Admits Obamacare Website Stinks

Chowderbags Re:I'm confused (516 comments)

Do you keep full insurance on a 20-year-old Buick? Especially insurance that covers every mechanical and electrical system in the car?

If a 20 year old Buick were dying on you, would you take it to the closest mechanic you could find as soon as humanly possible and not ask the price of fixing it or even if there was a realistic chance of fixing it? No, but that's because a 20 year old Buick going kaput isn't the end of the world. A 40 year old body going kaput very much is the end of someone's world.

No, that's the whole idea behind Obamacare. The idea behind insurance is that it is a personal choice to have it or not. Now it's just a tax that unfairly impacts young healthy people.

Young people get sick. Young people get injured. Young people do not have enough assets to pay for any kind of hospital bills. It can easily cost thousands of dollars just to get diagnosed with something, even if it ends up being a relatively minor thing. Do you know a lot of 20 somethings that can absorb that kind of hospital bill?

Then again, I'd much prefer single payer, because I'm not fucking insane.

1 year,15 days
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Toronto Family Bans All Technology In Their Home Made After 1986

Chowderbags Re:Lots of tech addicts posted (534 comments)

Whether or not turning my phone (and presumably all such communication tech) off for a week would bother me depends on what's happening. If I'm specifically away on vacation, then whatever, doesn't bother me at all (other than maybe not having music to listen to). If it's a normal week where I might expect calls or text messages from friends, then yeah, it'd kinda suck to not have any idea what's going on. For better or worse, most people don't live within walking distance of all their friends, nor do most people want to just stop by unannounced.

about a year ago
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Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

Chowderbags Re:Good ... (1073 comments)

Yet Scalia cites the Federalist Papers, which is basically one side of a pretty damn spirited ideological debate between the founding fathers.

about a year ago
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Chinese Firm Approved To Raise World's Tallest Building In 90 Days

Chowderbags Re:Empire State Building Built in 14 months (307 comments)

The Empire State Building used 48000 cubic meters of concrete. The Burj Khalifa used 330000 cubic meters of concrete.

about a year ago
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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

Chowderbags Re:My goodness (417 comments)

I'd say it's way more like a suspected bookie that's writing down bets in code. Maybe you've cracked some of the code to figure out that there's a bet on one page of a book. Using that, you're trying to get the bookie to divulge his method of encrypting all the books found in his office. The question is whether the bookie has to give you a) the code b) decoded versions of the books or c) nothing at all.

about a year ago
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Psychiatrists Cast Doubt On Biomedical Model of Mental Illness

Chowderbags Re:Psych, Feynmann and Cargo Cults (329 comments)

Stuff that isn't science that is sure it "knows" is prejudice. By pretending to be science such "stuff" gets to deprive you of you liberty in a court based on prejudice because you're a bit socially eccentric and someone else doesn't like that for "moral" reasons or whatever and wants to "straighten you out" whatever that means to them. Do you dress funny? Have sex? The wrong skin colour? These kinds of things...

To my knowledge, the only way to be forced into any kind of treatment at all (at least in America) is to threaten the life of yourself or of others or if you use insanity as a defense in a crime. The latter one is pretty obviously following due process. The former one is often a pretty high bar to meet and emergency psychiatric beds are in short supply so they tend to be reserved for people who are a real danger. No one in America is getting sent to a padded room for dressing funny, sleeping around too much, or being the wrong skin color (though if you match those criteria, you can get a spot on the Maury to find out who's your baby daddy).

Psychoanalysis has not been checked carefully by experiment

Basically no one does psychoanalysis anymore. Drawing conclusions about the field of psychology based on an outdated model would be like drawing conclusions about physics based on the theory of luminiferous aether or the phlogiston theory.

about a year and a half ago
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So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms?

Chowderbags Re:Real motivation here (832 comments)

Marissa Mayer put a private nursery right next to her office. Not exactly a luxury afforded company wide.

about a year and a half ago
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SOPA Creator Now In Charge of NSF Grants

Chowderbags Re:ah the anti-NSF crowd again (307 comments)

I could point out that some research on both sides are utterly crap. funding the study of beetles migration habits? yeah I dont think we need to waste money on that one

Unless you care about how it could affect agricultural production. The boll weevil alone does $300 million in damage to cotton crops. The bark beetle and elm leaf beetle carry Dutch elm disease, which has devastated elm trees in both Europe and North America. Another beetle damages potato crops in Idaho. On the other hand, there are beetles that eat pests and the dung beetle saves the cattle industry $380 million every year in dung disposal costs.

about a year and a half ago
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Noodle Robots Replacing Workers In Chinese Restaurants

Chowderbags Re:Capital vs Labour (531 comments)

It's interesting to hear people talk about "productivity of the economy going up while employees who grow the productivity aren't ripping the reward, instead the owners do". Well excuse me, the owners created the productivity, not the employees. Employees are not adding to productivity, it is the owners, the investors, the capitalists that are improving their productivity. In case of the noodle restaurants the productivity of the owner (investors) of the restaurant is going up, he can serve more noodles with fewer labourers doing manual work, but it costs him the original investment into the labour saving device - the robot.

Except that the labor saving measures tend to require better trained and educated employees. Take an adult from 100 years ago, put them in front of a computer, and you'll get all of nothing.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Surely that's just a matter of training. The person from 100 years ago had different skill that were probably quite useful." And I'll say "Sure did, and capital had expensive equipment that became obsolete too."

about a year and a half ago
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Tech Firms Keep Piles of 'Foreign Cash' In US

Chowderbags Re:Holiday (427 comments)

which places US citizens into the unique and perverse situation of moving abroad and still paying Uncle Sam taxes, despite getting no services for that tax.

Except that you can exclude the first $90000 or so of income from taxation and generally deduct foreign income taxes from your US taxes.

about 2 years ago

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