Justin Jordan

Justin Jordan

  • Commented on WTF
    "When the payout goes that high EVERYONE buys a lottery ticket. So my ODDS of winning actually decrease." They don't - since there's no guarantee of a winner and the length of number you need to match remains the same,...
  • Commented on New guest blogger: qntm
    Oh man, I somehow missed that There's No Such Thing As The Antimemetics Division was QNTM....
  • Commented on WTF
    "The argument that making addictive drugs legal and widely available will lead to less use of them seems odd to me. " Because it isn't the argument. The Libertarian Argument is that people have the right to do what they...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Yeah, this particular line of argument was just bizarre. Look, I'm a professional writer, and it's been my sole source of income for a looooong time. If I were independently wealthy, or provided a well off living without writing for...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    "What the fuzz will do is simply start chasing you, match speeds, record their own speedometer readings (on a bodycam, if nothing else), admire your bad driving and technical wizardry, and pull you over." In the US, they don't even...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    I had a heart attack six weeks ago (six weeks today, in fact) I suspect very strongly it was a result of having (probably) Covid in March. I wasn't sufficiently sick to go to the hospital and confirm the Covid,...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    What tech, exactly?...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Yeah, pumped hydro can store electricity from literally any source. It's bizarre to say it couldn't. There may not be a POINT in storing non renewable sources, but that's different. But Nojay has nuclear as his thing, so all his...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Part of the issue with making environmental switches is that, in the West (or at least, English speaking countries) we're not in a stage where government is willing/able to effectively lead on large scale projects. There's a lot of reasons...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The whole hydrostorage thing really feels like it's confusing 'impossible' with 'not economical under current conditions'...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    Obesity I'm down about eighty pounds from my peak, and have been for more than a decade. So, I'm a rare success story. The obesity epidemic is, for both an individual and especially at a society level, multi factorial, and...
  • Commented on I can't even
    "Similarly, in the USA, drivers are generally not taught how to do a three-point turn or parallel park" This is not right. Both of those are required for most state license tests and teaching them is a the default everywhere....
  • Commented on I can't even
    Okay I actually snorted outloud at that. Well done....
  • Commented on I can't even
    I live in very rural Pennsylvania - several hours drive from large cities, an hour from even a small one, and 40,000 people on 1,000ish square miles. Offhand, I know where at least three EV charging locations are, all of...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I feel weird calling him that, but everything else felt like it had a tone I didn't intend....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    I think there's some truth to this, although the why might be different. There are a lot of what I think of as Very Certain People here, capitals there intentionally. Essentially people who are very confident in what they reason...
  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    On the 'why Britain had the industrial revolution first' tack, I think an underlooked aspect is that it's geographically small. That's not enough, obviously, by itself, but it means that innovation could travel faster, so in a wealthy, resource rich...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    There's no point in say "can" or "can't" in regards to the President in the law - the rules are very literally whatever the Supreme Court says they are. Their only boundaries are 'will this get me impeached' or 'will...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    The 'nauseous means sick' usage goes back at least more than a hundred years, and probably more like 400....
  • Commented on The ends of education
    They are, but I'd guess you've made up your mind the other way. Or at least, the US experience is. It's possible that the UK version is different enough for the points to not apply, but it doesn't seem to...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    If they were outlawed successfully. Which is a very non trivial problem, even if you think we should. There's 300 odd million of them, most of which we don't actually know where they are, and many if not most of...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Yes? Happens all the time in the US....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    They did it on Mythbusters. Bull was surprisingly agile, didn't bust a thing. It DID charge a red flag, but it turns out (unsurprisingly) that color had nothing to do with it, it was the movement that aggravated it. Red...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I'm from Pennsylvania. But yes, operating room is what I should have said....
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Yep. But, also, I think you may be thinking of this in terms that (in the very unlikely event it happens) don't necessarily apply. Almost all extant cities just happened, and so are constrained by physical geography and people, you...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    "Do they even bother with ambulances to try to get people to hospitals, given that the hospitals are forced, by linear geometry, to be too far away from most people? What about the location of emergency services and law enforcement?...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    " Any sane scale would compare with experiences people have had, not those they can only imagine." No. 1 - People's experiences are different. I know people who have never been hurt worse than a bee sting, and people who've...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    Men, at least, should actually donate a couple times a year - most dudes have problems with iron and it influences heart disease, so it's good for us to donate (and, you know, good for society)...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    The 'how' of that quasar entanglement experiment is worth talking about - essentially, they were using the color of the light from the quasar to determine what kind of sort of measurement they were doing - it was, essentially, them...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    I mean, they're mobile. That's the appeal. People not paying attention to what they should be is a separate issue, and not really one new to smart phones. I prefer to read dead trees books, but I am glad I...
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