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Topic: Serious Discussion / Now from the government! Pay per mile!

Originally posted by greentunnel:

this tracking bullshit is dangerous. i dont want to be tracked. just raise the gas tax and use technology to force prius and electric car owners to pay more.

How about just making electricity a bit more expensive or just giving electric cars a tax break until the majority of the public uses them. Seems better for the environment.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

I sometimes wonder how much of this is due to the current social situation. Losing connection with other humans is a lot easier so someone who is depressed might retract more from others or be forced to act in a way they don’t feel causing more unhappyness and thus creating a positive (that’s in this case very negative)feedback loop. This combined with the fact that people worry about the future and if they feel bad they might see the future as worse resulting in them feeling even worse (another positive feedback loop). Just my theory(this is not really my area of expertise anymore).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Values in the gaming industry.

Let’s also not forget that “pleasure” is a vague concept. Maybe I enjoy playing as a character who shares my beliefs values and morals? It’s also rather unclear what point you are arguing, are you arguing that we cannot gain anything from games except fun? I think my current understanding of economics, game theory, English,tactics and history have something to say about that. Or are you arguing that other people’s morals shouldn’t interfere with your fun? Situations such as Australia banning a large number of games. My view on this is that despite a lot bloody games not being that interesting ( look blood, now be shocked, you were shocked you had fun</bland voice>) they still should not be censored as you should never censor any medium(and yes that is my belief for all media).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Now from the government! Pay per mile!

I would favour a higher fuel tax. Both because it promotes cleaner cars and because it better protects privacy. It’s not unlikely that we will end up with variable tariffs on road tax depended on time and this will end up favouring gps. And as bigger cars use more fuel and require more of the road (more wear and tear from a large SUV then a smart) it makes sense to me to just tax the fuel.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

They quarantine the sick people so if you are sick then you either refuse any medical care or will be quarantined. The moment they hear one of dissease they want to have under control has broken out they will try to collect all the sick people, that is anyone who asked for medicial attention. Now I do hope you are smart enough not to refuse medicial attention if you were to contract a potentially deadly or disabling dissease.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

I estimate there are only about 100 000 free proxies/tor noder exit nodes/ whatever avaible after that you have to pay for it. So if kong decided to ban all trolls and ban all provides of dynamic IP than within a few months most of these free options would run dry preventing new trolls from showing up (and permantly blocking up all public internet places…).

By the way internet access is not technically consided a human right, it’s just that blocking it is considered a way of reducing several other rights(very close but not quite the same thing). And they only advice against states blocking internet access not against companies.


i can take my family to the cabin for 6 months its stocked with 3 years of food and water plus meds plus guns its quite comfortable as well. we cant get the flu if we dont interact with people while its raging

The problem is that many of these vacinated dissease are rather well hidden. Just a few cases every year because almost all people are vacinated. You just suddenly have an outbreak of several dozen people who get sick. So you would need to be aware of the outbreak before the authorities otherwise they will quaratine the area and you will not be able to avoid getting sick as all the sick people have been issolated (sorry if I’m not making sense it’s time for bed).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Charity begins at home...

Consider whatever or not it could be more effective to teach local teachers, I’m sure you know that children have some difficulty with constantly switching teachers and the chaos that brings so it might be better to instead prepare to teach a number of local teacher so they can be more effective in teacher the children over a longer time.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

Basic fact is that animal cruelty laws protect certain rights. These rights might not be “the right to vote” but instead the right not to be treated unecessary cruel. This is a right we give to a large number of annimals as well as humans. However we do not really apply them equally. Many will state that someone doing what the girl in the video did is wrong and should be punished, however few will state that someone killing mosquitous should be jailed. So where is the line? What is important in these disctictions? Is it intelligence? (what does this mean for pigs?) Is it social behaviour? Is it cuteness?

Being a great ape already has quite a few legal implications in a few areas of the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_ape_personhood .

Overal the most interesting animals in these discussions are of course the great apes, the ocotpi, the pigs, the dogs and the humans.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

ButLiberal question:
is something like this http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/31/girl-sparks-animal-activi_n_701011.html something you believe is within the law? Should it be? If you answer any of those two questions with yes then you do believe in certain annimal righs. Now as I think most people have no trouble swatting musquitous but trowing pupies into a river seems wrong there must be a something that makes certain species of annimals have more rights then others. What is that something?

Oh by the way how do you view chimpansees that have learned to talk by hand gestures and symbol cards?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

There are the yearly flu shots and there are the vacinations that protect against dissease for (almost) life. The flu shots work poorly because the flu is able to mutate quickly making it hard to vacinate against as every year you effectifly have to protect against several new disease. But several other disease have been almost completly wiped out (Polio, measles). Refusing such a vacination risks setting back this efford for several years.
And are you suggesting that when a dissease occurs it’s a good idea to let socciety break down completly as everyone heads to the woods? That sounds like a great way of making matters worse.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

An extra problem with refusing vaccination is of course that first of all you are prolonging the existence of the disease you are refusing to be vaccinated against. The moment everybody is vaccinated against a particular disease that disease will go extinct and we can stop the effort. The second problem is that risk you pose to those who are to young to be vaccinated yet (children under a few years old). Do you believe it’s fair to endanger them?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

By the way annimals already have some rights encoded in various annimal cruelty laws. For example when a woman some time ago threw a box of kittens into the river there was a large outcry that resulted in her being arrested so we clearly have given certain rights to annimals (the right not be killed/hurt needlessly).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

This of course raises the question of what type of inteligence count? For example an octopus is very good at problem solving but they don’t have a lot of social inteligence. We can also have an annimal like a bonaboo with a lot of social inteligence but it’s problem solving is a lot less then of the octopus. Then there are the annimals with the ability to easily understand humans (dogs for example) and the annimals we care about but have little in the way of actual intelligence (house cats for example).

Another interesting question is of course what about the reverse? Should a human who lacks one of these things lose certain rights?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / I am damn tired of Obamacare. Now it's time for the correction. :)

Originally posted by masterofthegun:

No, the point about they are walking around with cell phones with 2 year contracts that end up costing 2-3k, yet they use food stamps and assistance, mooch off their parents, etc. Drop the fancy cell phone and get a bare bones cell phone with no fancy features. Make the sacrifice instead of getting the parents to sacrifice more simply because you have not grown the fuck up yet and become responsible.

As for Jantonaitis, you have not changed at all. You still say little without saying anything – simultaneously. It’s a very impressive skill.

The problem with much of this is that if you are young and looking for work/study you are going to need a smartphone most of the time (when in a young envoriment a lot of communication goes via what’sapp and e-mail that you have to check every few hours). And often a laptop. If I work as a teacher assistents at my univercity I have to bring my own laptop and we always use what’sapp for communication not having either one of these means you cannot work. So maybe these smartphones aren’t that weird at all?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should intelligent animals be given more rights?????????

Well I can see reasons for giving some apes/monkeys extra rights same for parrots pigs and maybe octopi.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The price of oil.

You do realize that overall a low oil price is good right? Sure it might hurt a few oil companies but all companies that use energy or fuel will be able to turn a higher profit. As such low oil prices help the economy. However a bad economy reduces oil demand and as such oil prices.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Zwarte Piet, and sinterklaas. Racism or tradition?

In dutch politics you either support wilders or you are very strongly against him. The majority is very strongly against him but he still has a support of a number of people. Interestingly enough the area he has most support in are villages with very few people of non Dutch decent.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / would a artificial human have rights?

Originally posted by powerpos:

Isn’t giving rights to an entity the way to make a human ?

We give rights to annimals but that doesn’t make them human. So no.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Christians and Atheists have one thing in common.

Originally posted by RollerCROWster:

if God doesnt exist, then who wrote the Bible?

Real people – 1
Atheists – 0

sint Paul (that’s easy as it doesn’t even matter if god exists or not we can easily point to him). We can also point to the council of rome as another contender.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The age to appear in porn is 18, but the average world age of consent is 16

The only way I can see myself interacting w/ a pedo is in a therapy situation for him/them if there were to somehow be some benefit for me being there.

So if one of your friends told you he is a pedophile then you would inmidetly seice all contact? I hope you can see this makes it less likely that any of them will ever tell you, what do you prefer if you know exactly who is a pedofile or having no idea? Somewhere between 5% and 0.5% of all males is a pedofile which means that you will almost certainly know a number of them. I know I would prefer to know who is and who isnt’ a pedofile and then judge who to trust and who not to trust as I get to better know them.

Kasic, would YOU allow a pedo friend to bounce your 3 y.o. on his lap or play “horsey” w/ your 5 y.o.? At what level of physical contact would ya begin to have concerns?


Stop at the level that it is harmfull to the child. Simple line as long as the kid doesn’t know anything and won’t realize anything later then no damage is done no matter intent (and if the intent is not there at all then no problem).
 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / The age to appear in porn is 18, but the average world age of consent is 16


This is an image of a 4 year old pussy, it is now inside your browser’s image cache and there is little you could have done to prevent it from getting there. Had this been the other kind of pussy then you would now be in possession of illegal material. In the darker parts of the internet such attacks have been launched at people and these people have faced criminal charges (you report someone while also supplying the image then they are arrested in some states that is an auto 10 year sentence). This means that you can be arrested solely because of the actions done by a third party which you could not have prevented.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Or on a more likely note, who are we paying to watch these cameras so they can call police/ mall cops/ whatever to intervene when something bad actually does happen? Unless you got people monitoring the cameras 24/7, all the footage provides is evidence in the courtroom rather than actual prevention of the assault. (Given many assaults are often unplanned ‘spur of the moment’ sort of events, the threat of being filmed is often the last thing on the mind of the assailant and does nothing to prevent the event. I doubt the cameras alone would be a sufficient deterrent.)

I know somebody(a student) who sometimes watches the surveillance camera’s in Amsterdam at night. Basically what normally happens is that over the course of 10 minutes a situation escalates. As these camera’s are mainly placed in high risk areas the police is usually less then 10 minutes away and the situation can be resolved by them (if not they also tend to dispatch an ambulance for any wounded that might result from the fighting).


But with all seriousness, people may display varying aggression within a wide variety of scenarios, and most of the time nobody throws a punch or pulls out a gun. Sure some people might gesture wildly (‘talking with their hands’ as some would say) and never actually punch or slap anybody. What happens if these cameras only partially see an argument and mistake a few gestures for the start of a fist fight or the unveiling of a concealed weapon?

For the camera’s you dispatch a police officer to the wrong place. The camera’s do not actually detect hand movement but only voice and they appear to work quite well. If you have the devices I proposed then you have a sound feed (probably the 15 seconds before anger and from that moment on a constant connection) from which to judge if action should be taken.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

By the way vikaTae I thought about how you could improve the wrist detection system: in the Nederlands they are currently running tests using camera’s that detect aggressiveness in voices, these camera’s turn on when someone is being aggressive close to these camera’s. One could therefor fit the audio unit of one of these devices to an inmate and dispatch a police officer whenever the device is triggered this will probably be less visible and can work a lot better at preventing disaster rather then tracking who is responsible afterwards, if you also combine this with something that detects the sound pattern of a gun being fired you can have at a lot cheaper and far less visible device with the same effect as your wrist detecter.

This also carries the advantage that if you want you can put two of these on someone making it a lot less easy to smash them should you want to avoid detection and it’s a lot harder to change the voice of all people involved in a fight rather then just the shock signature of the gun, all of this using technology that already exists and is being used.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

What delicate balance? Just report the problem, have it investigated by tech support, and receive the replacement.

The exact parameters such a system uses is quite complex, switching one of them could have unforeseen consequences to the rest of the system.

Your personal preference has no bearing on what degrees a person may choose for themselves. You don’t get to dictate what degrees people are allowed to pursue.

Yes but I do know there is currently a shortage of people with a degree in computer science (that actually makes me happy considering my study choice) and a surplus of people with psychology degrees. This means computer scientists are expensive. So if you are going to hire extra computer scientists to keep this system up to date you are going to fire psychologists who can actually help these people.

So your plan is to completely ignore the reoffenders. Let them do as they please, we can’t be bothered to chase after them. Wow. Good call. Do you give them a free gun for completing the councilling course too

I think that a very expensive system that has questionable succes ratio’s should be scrapped. That does not mean that all reoffender programs should be scrapped. I just have my doubts about this one as you are both visible marking them as offenders (making reintegration harder) and doing fairly little to actually adres the issues.

So what you’re saying is you support the murder of members of the public, as it saves the system money on having to care for them.

I support not spending money on someone if more lives can be saved with the same money.

True. You’re the one who argued that healthcare is free.

Maybe not clear but only free to the end user not to the government. In general I tend not to make argument that are completely insane we might disagree but I really hope I don’t normally make statements this insane, maybe you could ask for explanation if you don’t think my statements make sense I think half our arguments come down to these things.

you look at the budget and decide on a case by case basiswhich can be treated, aqnd which have to be delayed treatment until the next financial year. the goal is to minimise back-end costs as much as possible. Ultimately techhnological solutions must play a big part in that, as you constantly re-evaluate methods to do the same task with lower errors and less expenditures.

Yes but seeing as these other programs are not yet in affect to me it seems they would take priority.

One of my own referrals cost £6,000 to the NHS just for the referral. I’m sure a lot of minor ear infections could have been treated for that, but I stand by the decision to do it as it made a world of difference to the individual, and vastly increased their quality of life. If I have to, and its worth it, I’ll pull from my own money for the referral cost, or ‘redistribute’ it from somewhere else.

Yes but the money is there to treat the ear infections and your work is likely improve patient life over a number of years to be worthwhile. The problem with this sensor is that it’s not as directly increasing anyone’s life and instead working rather indirectly with a large number of if’s. So I would prefer to instead provide better mental care rather then invest into this.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Gun issues updates

Yea, that was my thought too. I did apologise for doing so, but since he’s going to make a mountain out of a molehill about it, I’m going to do so too. “I’m against technology!” “It interferes with my high-tech scripts!”.

The reason I pointed it out was that you made the exact same type 4 times on the same page so I pointed out and described how to pronounce my name which I know can be rather complex to people who don’t speak dutch.

“I’m against technology!” “It interferes with my high-tech scripts!”.

I have nothing against technology however I do have something against using tech where it will be more costly then the old solution without as much gain as available for less or when it interferes with other ethics. And my scrips help me easier scan trough long posts, gather data on how people react to my posts and to each other and thus improve my posting standard and counter the problems associated with dyslexia while speaking a second language.