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by thoreau
Today, 14:02
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11913
Views: 676083

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

The science journal Nature publishes one sci-fi story a week. A lot of them are boring, notable only for their high-art pretensions. But this one is good: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-06698-2 OK, maybe I only like it because it appeals to my libertarian sympathies via a scenario of "In...
by thoreau
Today, 13:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

People are choosing not to take precautions, and the lack of precautions lines up with potential partisan advantages from meddling.

I thought that if people were acting in accordance with incentives we were supposed to treat it as something obvious, not something mysterious.
by thoreau
Today, 00:30
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

Tovarisch, is most troubling you not trusting of government. GRU and FSB have invested great resources to study security of American elections, because are friends of American President and want to make sure his country is safe. When you not trusting him we thinking you are not wanting make America ...
by thoreau
16 Sep 2018, 00:54
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 121
Views: 1914

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

nicole wrote:
15 Sep 2018, 23:57
What I’m trying to say is that the private/government distinction is illusory; the state is actually a bunch of private individuals acting as individuals. There’s no magic halo of legitimate authority. All violence is already private.
So there's no emergent order in the state or anarchy?
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 20:16
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

As much as I despise Bush Jr., I give him credit for keeping the racists from going completely hog wild. I think some of it was conscious, deliberate messaging on his part (e.g. "religion of peace"), telling them that racist shit is not OK with him. Another part of it is that they probably felt like...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 19:14
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 121
Views: 1914

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

Although I've argued that the local Legitimate Sicilian Businessmen are a de facto government, if you want an interesting argument for a distinction between mobsters and less-undesirable governments, read Systems of Survival by Jane Jacobs. She argues that good/less-bad governments operate by a diff...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 13:52
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 121
Views: 1914

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

If you think that I hold up loyalty to the state and its rules as over-riding the prerogative to live as one wants, you need to go read this thread . But the question of how individuals should weight and decide on courses of action is very different from the question of whether it makes sense to abo...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 12:08
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 121
Views: 1914

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

nicole wrote:Yeah, this is definitely not a matter of just going along with things because you’re used to them.
But not going along with statism would mean accepting anarchy, which gives you a gangster regime that is just like statism...

Is there a red pill that will let me escape this Matrix?
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 00:53
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 121
Views: 1914

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

OK, states and anarchy have the same problems and are literally the same. I'd like to see fewer people treated inhumanely because of minor crimes. How will anarchy be any better for that end if anarchy and statism have the same problems and are literally the same? Is it just a relabeling of the same...
by thoreau
15 Sep 2018, 00:10
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 121
Views: 1914

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

I mean...you guys are all talking about how if whatever nonstate mafia gains enough power it becomes a state. So, you recognize that the state is just the biggest mafia. There’s no question of “legitimacy” in terms of its monopoly on violence. So...how is this not exactly what you say anarchy would...
by thoreau
14 Sep 2018, 22:13
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist
Replies: 121
Views: 1914

Re: Debate: Be an Anarchist, Not a Minarchist

I am far from convinced that we live in the best of all possible systems, but I am even less convinced that anarchy is the answer. Four problems: 1) I don't think you actually get away from a de facto monopoly on force. Every serious anarchist proposal that I've ever seen has security providers. In ...
by thoreau
14 Sep 2018, 13:42
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread
Replies: 764
Views: 47559

Re: DB's absolutely amazing sci/tech thread

SCIENCE!!!!!111! PROVES THAT MALE AND FEMALE ARE CULTURAL CONSTRUCTS!!!!1!!!1!!11!
by thoreau
14 Sep 2018, 13:37
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 892
Views: 35738

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Well, he's going to be cooperating with Mueller. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/manafort-plans-to-plead-guilty-to-second-set-of-charges/2018/09/14/a1541068-b5c9-11e8-a7b5-adaaa5b2a57f_story.html?utm_term=.8fe81aba86d8 Look, I'm sure that Trump is completely innocent and it is...
by thoreau
14 Sep 2018, 11:34
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Occam, Trump, and Russia
Replies: 892
Views: 35738

Re: Occam, Trump, and Russia

Manafort is pleading guilty to witness tampering and conspiracy. The plea document includes extensive details about his lobbying for Ukrainian politicians aligned with Russia. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/14/former-trump-campaign-chairman-paul-manafort-appears-to-reach-plea-deal-823882 Whe...
by thoreau
12 Sep 2018, 14:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11913
Views: 676083

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I never thought I would type this, but....

What Jadagul said.
by thoreau
11 Sep 2018, 20:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Worthwhile intertubez finds
Replies: 11913
Views: 676083

Re: Worthwhile intertubez finds

I like this article dissecting the concepts of privilege and diversity, and the way that diversity has replaced equality as the concept most in tension with privilege: https://iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_article_2018_Summer_Crawford.php TL;DR Another essay on how privilege rhetoric has been used to shu...
by thoreau
11 Sep 2018, 19:33
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

I think that the median American is decent on these issues, not interested in going backwards, and (sadly) not in the driver's seat right now. I do NOT think that the median American is more racist than ever. I do NOT think that the median American supports what's happening. I do think that policy i...
by thoreau
11 Sep 2018, 18:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

I don't think most Americans are white supremacists (except maybe if we define the word as Ta-Nehisi Coates, does, in which case I'm pretty sure even Al Sharpton is a white supremacist). I do think that people are complacent about Trump and letting him cross lines that people were unable to cross fo...
by thoreau
11 Sep 2018, 17:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

We have a President who can't bring himself to denounce Nazis and Klansmen, and a substantial part of the public doesn't care. We have a President whose campaign was stuffed with people who could never in a million years get security clearances if they weren't so close to the President, and a substa...
by thoreau
11 Sep 2018, 17:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

In normal times, most things that people are worried about won't happen on the scale that they fear. Trump and the political circumstances surrounding him are not normal. Members of his family and campaign met with Russian government representatives who offered dirt, then released the fruits of hack...
by thoreau
11 Sep 2018, 17:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

There's no way that people would do stupid, irresponsible, short-sighted things that have big negative consequences. I know that because in an efficient market that would create an opportunity that somebody would promptly take advantage of and then it would be fixed.
by thoreau
11 Sep 2018, 15:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

Maybe you're right; maybe it isn't hackable. BUt the whole point of redundancy is so that you don't have to find out in the hardest way possible that your one and only layer was more hackable than you thought.
by thoreau
11 Sep 2018, 13:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

States should set minimum performance standards, but not specify the tech and vendor. I'd be fine with a state law that says "You need at least three layers of redundancy, and at least one of them must be analog and off-line. But you pick your vendor."
by thoreau
10 Sep 2018, 23:24
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Food
Replies: 4560
Views: 190599

Re: Food

I've only purchased apple butter once. I devoured the entire jar in less than an hour and decided that for health reasons I should never do that again.
by thoreau
10 Sep 2018, 20:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 250
Views: 8626

Re: Putin on the Writs

I used to volunteer at the polls. I spent a lot of time trying to think about how a person could hack our system: paper ballots read by a scanner, results stored on a hard drive, then transmitted at the end of the day. With three separate data sources (the transmission at the end of the day, the har...