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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

SillyHamster Re:Red Queen (115 comments)

Silly, the overhead administering it is very, very low. Much lower than the private retirement funds.

Private retirement funds invest the money, and pay back from profits. SS does no such productive thing. Government collects 13% and then pays out minus its cut.

Are you really arguing against a system that helped old people live a little more decently? There is no denying that SS provided (and probably still does) a great social service.

SS is a Ponzi scheme that robs the next generation to feed a previous one. The "Rate of Return" of SS has been decreasing with each generation - because the ratio of suckers to payees has been decreasing.

Even if SS became "sustainable", the benefits are wanting. Within families that care for their elders, all SS does is add overhead and extra costs. So SS penalizes families that prepare for retirement and care for their old, to benefit those who ignore retirement and neglect their old.

Why would you want to discourage people planning for retirement and caring for their elders?

If you're lucky, you will get old too and it's very likely you'll see it differently from now.

If I'm lucky, I'll see SS abolished in my lifetime so future generations do not live under its burden. Even if right before my retirement such that I never get a single penny.

Some generation is going to have to bite the bullet, and I'll choose mine if the previous ones are too selfish to do so. I don't hate the future enough to enrich myself at their expense, and I despise your belief that I am so easily bribed.

11 hours ago
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How the Pentagon's Robots Would Automate War

SillyHamster Re:Red Queen (115 comments)

When compared to the efficient way the other two agencies that command a large portion of the US budget (Health and SS) are run ...

What the ... ?

SS, efficient? How the hell is transfer payments from the young and poor to the old an rich efficient? What metric are you using, money spent to votes bought?

2 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

SillyHamster Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (246 comments)

And that you put argument in scare quotes just betrays your unwillingness to examine it as an argument, not some clever takedown of my debate skills, or whatever "totally subtle" jab you thought you were delivering.

I'll bite. Please elaborate the argument contained in your post that I was responding to.

Oh right, I forgot about the literally infinite capability of anyone on the right wing to dismiss primary evidence on the grounds that it disagrees with their beliefs. Sorry. Don't let me interrupt your fantasy, you can engage in those extraordinary mental contortions if you want. It's not like I'm going to stop you.

Here's what I see:

1. Accusation of being right wing. (how is this relevant to the topic?)

2. Accusation of dismissing primary evidence on the basis of beliefs.

3. Accusation of having a fantasy maintained with extraordinary mental contortions.

Are one of those points supposed to be an argument? Accusations are not arguments. So you can't tell the difference between a definition and an implementation, and you don't know what an argument is.

To also touch on the substance of the discussion:

I could cite the powers granted to congress that defy your stupid beliefs, but you'd say there were secondary ...

Maybe. Considering your reading ability, I wouldn't put much faith in your ability to read my mind. Asserting your ability to provide an argument is not actually an argument.

But clearly the most important thing is to delegitimize and shame those who disagree with you. They don't know anything, after all.

5 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

SillyHamster Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (246 comments)

Primary ... evidence? You can't even tell the difference between the source code and the compiled object, and you want to talk about evidence and fantasy?

"federal government" != "Constitution"

That you can't tell the difference demonstrates all that one needs to know about your "argument". The name of the object pointer is not the name of the object. The purpose of the government definition document is not the purpose of the government implementation.

5 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

SillyHamster Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (246 comments)

Yeah, and that's absolutely and undeniably bullshit and frankly you should feel ashamed to be pressing the point when the primary purposes of the government are exactly what the preamble establishes.

The Preamble describes the primary purposes of the Constitution.

The Constitution then assigns and limits powers to the federal government. The purpose of the federal government is not the same as the purpose of the Constitution, because the document and the system it defines are different things.

Have you ever confused a man page with the tool it described?

It's hard to feel shamed by a person who casually makes unjustified substitutions.

5 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

SillyHamster Re:wont last (284 comments)

No, it's not. The purpose of Wal-Mart's price matching policy is to drive competition out of business.

While they may wish to be the only store around, it'll take far more than price-matching to drive the competition out of business.

Saying that it's the policy's one true purpose is silly.

about a week ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

SillyHamster Re:To America? Yes. To the GOP? No. (246 comments)

i kan reed (749298) said:

Uh, actually, that constitution you mention lists a few more things than "common defense and currency"

Trying to disprove your user name?

The Federal government was to provide for the common defense, and currency, primarily.

about a week ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

SillyHamster Re:The workplace is changing. (495 comments)

"t 4-5 female vets do the job of one male vet." this just keep driving me up a wal. So by your "logic" a female vet works 3 hours a day?

An observation is not logic.

But by this observation, yes - if 4 part-time female vets are needed to do the same job as 1 full time male vet, then they are working the equivalent of 3 hours a day. On average - that number may not be the actual number of working hours per day.

When you consider that they're working part time and having families (pregnancy, maternity leave, taking care of kid's events), that number sounds plausible. It's the equivalent of working 2 days a week instead of 6.

about a week ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SillyHamster Re:Meh (257 comments)

What an rude, arrogant thing to say.

I may or may not be rude and arrogant. But I note that you did not claim it was the wrong thing to say. Based on your latest post, that's because my statement was true.

I've made two points in this discussion thread:

1. The federal government has the authority to regulate interstate commerce by collecting/authorizing an internet sales tax.

2. State use taxes are simply a relabeled sales tax on inter-state transactions and are thus unconstitutional under current federal law.

Read the bill. Or even just read a news article about it. It wasn't a tax. It was a bill that would have unconstitutionally tried to force STATES to collect taxes for other STATES.

Neither of my points care what the text of the rejected federal sales tax bill says. Your response is irrelevant - which means my comment is accurate. You are not paying attention to the content of my posts when you respond to them. That's the charitable interpretation.

You presume to correct a misunderstanding that is not there. Your behavior is rude and arrogant - which makes your accusations of the same in me seem like projection.

You can't even summarize your own article correctly. From your link: "the bill ... would allow states and local governments to collect sales taxes on Internet sales by businesses located outside their borders".

That's not one state forcing another state to act. Businesses are not states. Why don't you take your own advice on reading up and getting a clue?

about a week ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SillyHamster Re:Meh (257 comments)

Nice theory, but it doesn't work. States set their OWN sales taxes. It's not a Federal tax, and it varies from state to state. And apparently you forgot the part where I pointed out that the Federal government has no Constitutional authority to collect taxes on behalf of states. There is no law anywhere -- sure as HELL not in the Constitution -- that gives the Federal government that kind of taxation power. It's taxing powers are spelled out very clearly in black and white.

You are not following the discussion and you do not understand the points being raised.

The authority of the federal government to collect taxes on behalf of the states is not in question. The federal government can collect a sales tax because it wants to, just like it collects an income tax.

What the federal government does with a hypothetical federal sales tax revenue is its own business - it can then pass federal laws to give money to states based on a set of rules. (subject to some equitable standard; no giving all the money to a single state)

State laws have NOTHING to do with such a tax system.

about a week ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

SillyHamster Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (474 comments)

You just changed the definition of Social Justice Warrior (SJW).

I have not. I previously said people who do X are SJW. I did not say that all SJW do X. There is no contradiction between what I said earlier and now, and there has been no change in definition because the previous statement was not a definition at all.

I see you have also completely ignored all of my questions in favor of incompetently criticizing a single point as a "gotcha!". Answer the questions.

about a week ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

SillyHamster Re:huh? (187 comments)

I love chilled chicken embryo with all of the embryo's nutrients for my benefit, fried or scrambled.

Do you actually go to the trouble of buying/acquiring fertilized chicken eggs? Because until fertilization, they're not embryos, they're just eggs.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

SillyHamster Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (474 comments)

I say you're projecting an identity on a group of people you label as SJWs because I don't know if the group you think exists actually exists in any cohesive manner. Also, it's a bit like "racists" or "misogynists", most of the people you would put in the group probably wouldn't think they belong there. Often, I suspect the term is used to identify "people who have called me racist or sexist".

You don't know if the people exist. I do know they exist - I've observed them and identified them by their actions.

You can dismiss the label all you want - people use words to describe the world as they see it. Your inability to adopt a different perspective does not make that perspective wrong or nonexistent.

As far as I know there is not. There are people who use the terms too freely, but as far as I know, they are not part of any organised effort to police public behaviour.

Organized effort is not part of the definition. Irrelevant objection. Is there a concept of "Social Justice"? Yes/No. Are there people who fight for that concept of Social Justice? Yes/No. An individual fighting for Social Justice is a Social Justice Warrior. He doesn't have to be part of a group to be an SJW. Whether all SJWs are perfectly agreed on every ideological point is also irrelevant. There's a general trend that can be described.

Recently, a scientist was called out for being sexist because he wore a shirt covered with sexually dressed women. Regardless of whether you think that is a good/bad thing - there was action by a group of people to police his behavior, and an effect where he publicly apologized for wearing the shirt.

The people who think that calling for an apology on sexism is more important than landing a spaceship on a comet are most definitely SJWs by action and belief - they value Social Justice over scientific achievement, and they act accordingly.

I'm not arguing that the term needs to be changed. After all, what would be the point? I'm saying it is already effectively meaningless, much the way conservative talking heads have made liberal and progressive meaningless by ascribing it to virtually everything they don't like.

Liberal and progressive are not meaningless labels - do you think "conservative talking head" is a meaningless label? Why would you use that term at all if you think liberal/progressive have become meaningless labels? Only conservative talking heads have preserved meaning?

You yourself criticize groups for being "called on attitude" and "believing ... conspiracy". You certainly believe that groups worth criticizing exist - just not the ones you don't criticize. Why the bias?

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

SillyHamster Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (474 comments)

You've already projected the SJW identity onto them. I don't see how you can label a group and then claim it's not an identity.

By this standard, any label is a "projection".

But if I label the group of people who steal property, "thieves", is this mere projection? Have the actions not fulfilled the very definition of "thief"?

This is your personal definition of SJW, it is not the same as the others I have been given, so it does appear that you are projecting your own personal beliefs about what is wrong onto this group and then dismissing their role in "civil society" based on what you think they have done. It seems like you're doing exactly what I said you would be doing.

Are there or are there not a group of people who go around using "misogyny", "sexist", "racist", and other charged adjectives to police public behavior? Are those words related to the concept of "Social Justice", or not? Labeling the people who fight for "Social Justice", Social Justice Warriors, seems quite apt. If you don't like the label, what would you replace it with?

Or do you wish to say that no word is allowed to label the group, since it's all "personal definitions" and "projections"?

You're welcome to come up with a better label - but in the meantime many people have settled for "SJW". Change the name to anything else, people will still hate the group, because they hate the actions of the group, not the label of the group.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SillyHamster Re:Meh (257 comments)

Regulating interstate commerce still does not give the Federal government the authority to force somebody in one state to enforce the laws of another. A "use" tax is a STATE law. The Feds have no legal way to enforce state laws across borders, interstate commerce clause or not.

If the Feds regulate interstate commerce, they will not be "enforcing" one state's law over another. They would be enforcing a federal law that collects sales tax on inter-state commerce.

How that sales tax is then used is up to Federal law, not state law. The federal government could distribute that sales tax revenue to the states, or pocket all of it, or some combination thereof. This is within the Federal government's constitutional scope of authority.

This has all been done before, when mail-order purchases became common.

The cases back then dealt with states, they do not limit federal authority on the matter.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

SillyHamster Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (474 comments)

Someone who uses SJW as a silencing pejorative? There's no room in a civil society for such an uncivil actor.

Not at all. But since reading or quoting the entire thought is too difficult for you, there's nothing else for me to add.

about two weeks ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

SillyHamster Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (474 comments)

Actually, I'm pretty sure that comments like that make my point. SJW is just another de-humanized group for people to project their personal devils onto.

No projection is needed. SJWs are defined by their actions, not their identities.

Casually and inaccurately use "misogynist" and "racist" to browbeat people while pushing an agenda? SJW - and there's no room in a civil society for such an uncivil actor.

I'm sure though that you'll also find that the majority of people in gamergate are left-libertarians. And the majority of anti-gg are left-authoritarians.

I would suspect that you're suffering from the false-consensus effect and projecting your beliefs onto other people in Gamergate, possibly also the halo effect with respect to the people who don't like Gamergate. Of course, if you are correct about Gamergate having a libertarian base, then everyone else would be relatively more authoritarian, virtually by definition since just about the only group less authoritarian than libertarians are anarchists.

General self-reporting reflects it. Caveat is that this is the Twitter GamerGate population - but it does refute the Twitter accusations of right-wing conservatives being behind #GamerGate.

It also makes sense in that gamers tend to be more socially introverted and thus more "go your own way" in attitude.

about two weeks ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

SillyHamster Re:Ya...Right (285 comments)

Not all plants thrive with higher CO2, especially when the CO2 causes increases in temperature at the plant's location which allows pests to attack it.

That does not address the argument. Someone argued that greenhouse gas == pollutant.

I point out that H20 is considered a greenhouse gas.

You seem to agree that CO2 == greenhouse gas => CO2 == pollutant.

Do you agree that H20 == greenhouse gas => H20 == pollutant? Because that's absurd.

You can educate yourself here so you stop making yourself look quite so foolish. Fat chance, right?

What on earth is an "encyclopedic definition" of a word? Have they not heard of word definition lists called "dictionaries"?

Pollutant: a substance that makes land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use

Not safe or suitable to use? CO2 could be considered unsafe at elevated levels ... but at the planet level, it's a key part of the Oxygen Cycle. that is essential to life. Defining a necessary part of life as a pollutant is nonsense.

(Legal definition ignored because it does not change the science)

The graph on your article that claims runaway CO2 levels is invalid - it overlaps 3 different methods over 10,000 years, and the last method showing the worst numbers uses a single location's sample to represent the entire earth's atmosphere. By that standard, the whole earth must have Hawaii weather. Except it doesn't.

Bring a better source. Yours sucks and mal-educates.

about two weeks ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SillyHamster Re:Meh (257 comments)

If it's a "use tax", then it's not a sales tax.

But since it sounds like a sales tax, acts like a sales tax, and talks like a sales tax, you're right that it's a sales tax in all but name - and that makes it unconstitutional.

about two weeks ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

SillyHamster Re:Torso and Head and "Seeing" (136 comments)

Parallels could be drawn to RADAR or SONAR, because it is SONAR. And RADAR is just SONAR with radio waves instead of sound. It's nothing like Synthetic Aperture RARAR, which relies of phase correlations between many hundreds (or thousands) of separate radar pings.

The important bit of SAR is not that there are hundreds/thousands of separate radar pings, it's that the effective aperture is increased by moving the antenna around to collect signal returns from multiple locations serially.

Note how the ability to move the head/torso (and thus ears) was important to successful navigating. That means the brain is collecting extra information from the movement. Would be interesting to measure how much freedom of motion is needed.

about two weeks ago

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