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  • Commented on Tentative hypothesis
    This is at least partly a trick of scope. If people agree about something, they'll subdivide it into smaller pieces until they find something to disagree about. https://xkcd.com/915/ If you want to talk higher-level technologies, I'm pretty sure this blog...
  • Commented on Someone please sack the script-writers
    > If you define pacifism as "not wanting to be at war", which is quite a common definition... I've never heard that definition before. Wikipedia says there's a spectrum but that the most common definition is unwillingness to wage war...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You're now only debating whether your argument is dead twice over or dead three times over, because I pointed out three independently-fatal problems and you only responded to one....
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Again, this all sounds like a comprehensive explanation of how Ashby's Law is completely irrelevant to the problems being discussed. You've already admitted that: 1) The necessary amount of control "variety" is miniscule (legal / not legal) 2) The regulator...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    You're the one who's trying to apply "Ashby's Law" to the legal system, so I await your reasoning for how we know that the legal system is one of the special "tractable" cases where Ashby's Law applies. (Actually, I don't...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    I have been attempting to steelman Ashby's Law, imagining the most persuasive variation on it that I can. If you want to dig into what Ashby actually says, it looks to me like he proves this "law" by explicitly choosing...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Yep, all of those sound like legitimate problems. But none of them sound like problems of "variety" in the sense of Ashby's Law. Those sound like problems of efficiency; the correct response is already on the list of responses the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    > I have trouble with it just from your brief description... because it talks about states... and ignores the between-states. In common parlance, the "state" of a system refers to it's general status. For instance, a machine might have "on"...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    > From the viewpoint of the thermostat, "door left open" and "window left open" don't matter; what matters is how the temperature is changing. OK, change example to "you can make a perfectly serviceable thermostat that turns on the cooling...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Being unfamiliar with "Ashby's Law", I did some brief reading to try to understand your line of reasoning. Looks like Ashby starts with the idea that a system can't have more behaviors than it has distinct states, which is true...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I have lived my whole life in the US and I grew up with "couldn't care less". I have long assumed that "could care less" is simply people being too lazy or too ignorant to say all of the words,...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Several other people have made insightful comments raising issues with this overall strategy, but I also want to point out there's a mistake in your equation for implementing that strategy. You're using Expected Value = Profit - Legal fees and...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    The question you are answering is not the one I asked. See my previous clarification @433. (Or, alternately, go to the part where you quoted me and carefully re-read my first sentence.)...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I suspect you have completely misunderstood my question. I'm not questioning whether corporate executives do, in fact, currently get away with crimes they commit using their corporations as instruments. I am persuaded that they often do. I'm questioning whether "corporations...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    Could you explain what corporate personhood has to do with executives getting away with crimes? If you instruct a human being to commit a crime, and then that human being goes and does as you instruct, then YOU can go...
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    My impression was that gordycoale was suggesting A/B testing different covers/titles for a single book. i.e. the actual story would be word-for-word identical. I seem to recall hearing at some point that cross-genre novels had experimented with a separate cover...
  • 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...
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