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  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    > Rolling Stone vigorously argues that he [Assange] should be released. False, as far as I can tell. They vigorously argue that the US should not charge Assange with computer hacking. I can't find anywhere in the article that they...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I think you lost the context. I asked: "Is anyone anywhere seriously arguing that journalists should have blanket immunity to all possible criminal charges?" Moz answered: "Sadly, yes." He offered the Rolling Stone article as an example. I am saying...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    > It's wrong, anyway. Even after reading your entire post, I'm not sure which "it" you are referring to in this sentence....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    > Um, "this particular one" is jumping bail to avoid prosecution for rape. That is exactly what they think he shouldn't be arrested for. No, that's what you want them to talk about. What they actually are talking about is...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    If you want to criticize Rolling Stone for focusing on the wrong issues, fine. But I don't think it's fair to read anything in that article as arguing that Assange should be immune to charges of rape or bail-jumping. They...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Is anyone anywhere seriously arguing that journalists should have blanket immunity to all possible criminal charges? That sounds like a straw man to me. It is a genuine problem that governments (and everyone else) can use the legal system to...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Off-topic: Charlie's made a number of comments about how money at national scales is a fluxion and behaves rather differently to how it behaves on a personal level. Is there some place I could read about this model in greater...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    So to clarify...the group of people protesting this decision on the grounds that corporations should not count as persons are those who feel BOTH: 1. Corporations SHOULD NOT be allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money on political campaigns, but...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Pigeon, I can't tell if you have completely failed to understand the math, or if I have completely failed to understand what you think you're accomplishing, but one of those is definitely true. Let me propose an example: Suppose that...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Would any of the people arguing against corporate personhood be willing to describe your position for me in more concrete terms? (I'm assuming this isn't actually an argument over the WORD "person" but instead has to do with some specific...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    If you currently have a progressive tax regime that applies a higher marginal tax rate to individuals with higher income, then there is no mathematically-equivalent system that only looks at an employer's TOTAL wages paid without regard to how much...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    OK, poor word choice on my part....
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    But you specifically said you wanted to keep this abstract rather than talking about a current EU political issue, which seems to invalidate that defense. You presented it as "this is what would be required" rather than "this is the...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Also not an expert, but I am also a programmer, and based on my understanding of blockchain, there was a REASON the problem was made hard in the first place, and if you make the problem easy then that reason...
  • Commented on Media Piracy and Unpronounceable Names
    Your introductory passage about ebook piracy seems poorly argued. I agree that stamping out piracy would be really hard and would require extreme measures that are unlikely to be worth it, but I don't see why the EXACT measures you...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Following a link from the main blog page ( https://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/ ) to an individual article (like this one) moves me from https to http....
  • Commented on Cthulhu Counterfactual
    I am able to view the site in https if I enter the protocol manually in my address bar, but I am not automatically redirected from http. (Viewing with Firefox on Windows 10.) Also, I notice that when I view...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Perhaps this is a dumb question, but if one were to institute a 100% estate tax, how do you stop people from gifting their assets to their children before they die? (Yes, then it is presumably taxed as income, but...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    That seems implausible. The world population's around 7.6 billion; 1% of that is 76 million. US population is around 320 million, so even if ALL of the top 1% are in the US, they're less than a quarter of the...
  • Commented on The crazy years
    > who predicted that a subset of humans, or a subset of human interactions, could be replaced to Turing-Test standards, by really, really simple scripts? "Go away or I will replace you with a very small shell script" has been...
  • Commented on What can possibly go wrong?
    > Everyone else is saying AlphaZero won 28 games, and drew the remainder. They're saying "AlphaZero beat Stockfish 64–36" which is a very different thing. Actually, it's not different. The standard way to assign points in chess is 1 point...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    > But with bitcoin, the higher the price, the more incentive there is to mine, which increases the difficulty, which reduces the supply to exactly cancel everything out. Wait, what exactly do you think is being canceled out? More miners...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    OK, but I still have no clue what distinction you are drawing between this and what we already do right now, in real life. In our current real-life economy, when we say the government "pays" someone, we generally mean it...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Perhaps I'm thick, but how exactly is "monetizing the debt racked up" different from "paying them for doing it"?...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    I haven't studied digital contracts in depth, but I don't immediately see a useful way to do what you're suggesting about verifying the shipment of digital goods. You could probably have a contract along the lines of: "if someone pays...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Digital contracts are less useful than they sound, since they can only examine and modify stuff on the same blockchain, not in the real world. For instance, if we want to have a contract where I'll pay you some cryptocurrency...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    You specifically limit your complaint to bitcoin and not blockchain. But to me, it looks like the power consumption issue is probably inherent to blockchain. Am I wrong? I've never dug deeply into the algorithms, but the usual high-level explanation...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    As whitroth pointed out, the primary problem with letting corporations vote isn't the corporations that exist right now, it's all the new tiny corporations that would be created for the sole purpose of amplifying their owner's vote. Assuming you could...
  • Commented on From Here To The Holodeck
    > there is more real world to augment than there are VR worlds By what metric?...
  • Commented on Burn The Programmer!
    > Is anyone seriously suggesting that there is a category of person who should be allowed to sign contracts, pay taxes etc but not allowed to vote? It seems to me that a lot of people are seriously suggesting exactly...
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