Charles H

Charles H

  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    It's not that I feel rich individuals should be allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to finance political campaigns...but it's that I don't think they should be able to do so anonymously by hiding behind a corporate veil. I...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Unfortunately, I'm not widely read in that area. It doesn't interest me. I occasionally encounter them, so I know they exist, but this doesn't help answer "How do I find them?" It's worth remembering that John Locke wrote quite a...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    There are very good reasons for limiting the liability for minor shareholders. Major share holders *are* (officially) liable. But the liabilities that are theoretically present are never (hardly ever) enforced. And perhaps the limitation on the liability for the minor...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Actually, there are many intelligent political theorists out there right now. It's just that none of them have much power....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    California tried term limits, and the result was that "decent" politicians were forced out. By "decent" I mean the ones that had their names associated as backers of policies that worked well, or that people liked. They were replaced by...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    If you want to say that the States appointing Senators has different problems, I'll agree with you. I'm just not convinced that they are worse. Yes, it means that we get corrupted Senators from corrupted states. But it also means...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The US Constitution may not be perfect (it isn't), but I wouldn't trust the politicians I've seen in my lifetime to do nearly as good a job. Half the problems with it are that it doesn't have anyway of enforcing...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    There's a lot of engineering that goes into keeping even something as "simple" (seen looking back from 100 year in the future) as the ISS from cooking its contents. If you put the thing into solar orbit rather than earth...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The problem is that large projects run by humans need to be centrally organized, and those with the power will make designs that favor themselves, and those they like. So for a decentralized power structure you need the power to...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The problem given current economics is that is something stops being useful, its resources are used for something else. So if a "sentient being" isn't useful, its quite likely to have its resources used for something else. This comment applies...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    Mainly addressing point 4. The surveillance state will happen, and it will be essentially inescapable. This is because the cost of surveillance has been decreasing, and continues to decrease. What we can hope for is that the surveillance is run...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Actually, the market has been known to spook even when external reality is calm. I'd give you that it's a lot *better* at making predictions if things remain as they are, but there are too many people involved who make...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    It's sillier than that. Almost all the time science fiction writers are not trying to make predictions, except about how people might react in some situation. And they will often set up the situation in a rather off-hand kind of...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Well, you've got a bit of time, but "LED agro" implies that you don't have a lot of room. If you want to raise chickens, you'll need a bit more space than you seem to be expecting. My grandfather had...
  • Commented on That sinking feeling
    Re: [quote]Canned food I suspect might be the best currenct if push comes to shove... Gold is not as good for digestion...[/quote] Canned food is good, but whiskey might be better for trade. It's not as compact as gold, but...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Sorry, but *you* are the one who added the "cheap" constraint. I'd be willing to pay a reasonable surcharge for a safe nuclear reactor. Which is why pebble bed is one of the ones I consider. My guess is that...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    OK, that would be a good answer to nuclear waste too. But when you just leave it in a holding area, you are inviting catastrophe. I'm not really sure ANY of the currently operating designs could ever be considered by...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    No. A pool of water is not a good place to store nuclear waste. It's a reasonable temporary dodge. OTOH, I haven't heard a good argument against glassification, i.e., grinding it up and stirring it into a pot of molten...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    When the government is anti-racist, it's normal for the racists to claim to be libertarian. I think that's the basis for your observed correlation. (Some will even go full-anarchist.) I don't believe that there's any inherent correlation between libertarian and...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    It's unreasonable to attempt to make long term predictions at this point. And long term has shortened to about 15 years. So don't make any guesses about what 2075 will be like. It tells you more about you than about...
  • Commented on Test Case
    You are talking about people who are (or allow) themselves to be dominated by sadism. As a minor component of the psyche it's probably a universal, and certainly a near universal. And you need it to be able to understand...
  • Commented on Test Case
    My French is probably worse than yours, but as I understand it, all words in French are gendered, mountains, rivers, trees, etc. so it's probably a bit less tightly linked to sexuality. FWIW, even in English grammarians insist that gender...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Unfortunately, not having a Facebook account doesn't mean they don't have any data on you. If you want to bet, bet they have all they can lay their hands on, even if they have to pay someone a bit....
  • Commented on Test Case
    I use transit all the time (I don't drive) and *I* don't like it. It's far less convenient than a car was back when I was driving, and I never liked driving. It's not the selection of other people, it's...
  • Commented on Test Case
    I must disagree. Sadism is a necessary component of empathy. You can't understand the feelings of the other without understanding the feelings, and one of those feeling is almost always going to be sadism. Who is without, e.g., schadenfreude? It's...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Yes, it's pretty sick. It's also not uncommon among teenagers...in multiple countries, though the details of their actions vary. The thing is, if MOST people are decent, that doesn't tell you much about the edge cases. To me it seems...
  • Commented on Test Case
    The problem is that people *can't* quickly switch from "I'm just observing" to "I'm in control". It takes, IIRC usually around 2 seconds, and it may have been longer. So if the autopilot freezes, the pilot needs time to assess...
  • Commented on Test Case
    Geofencing that can't be overridden via "hacking" requires at minimum that the software can't be updated. Nobody seems willing to accept the idea of selling things that can't be updated by the manufacturer...they just don't want the end user to...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Unfortunately, it's not just poorly written programs that sometimes produce bizarrely unexpected results. Look at the plastic turtle that an AI thought was a rifle. Sometimes an AI will think something that just looks like noise to us is clearly...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Don't have the bitcoin wallet on a USB stick, have it on a CD or DVD. USB sticks evaporate their contents after a year or so without electricity. ... Unless, of course, the idea is that the wallet is just...
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