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Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics Yesterday, 05:42 PM
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
No, I just meant there has to be a few people--...

No, I just meant there has to be a few people-- owners, managers, engineers, professionals, etc. who are better paid than common workers.

But how much they are better paid is somewhat arbitrary. ...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics Yesterday, 02:33 PM
Replies: 203
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Yes, I agree, the pyramid of wealth needs a...

Yes, I agree, the pyramid of wealth needs a bottom, and the shape of the pyramid is somewhat arbitrary. Capitalism has a lot more to do with maximizing output than assigning worth, and it's...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics Yesterday, 02:17 PM
Replies: 203
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I don't think we should pat people on the back...

I don't think we should pat people on the back for employing people to feed them. That's a little nutso imo.

If we're talking econ, a median person is technically a "leech". They consume a lot...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-15-2019, 12:34 PM
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I just think it's a bad story to equate average...

I just think it's a bad story to equate average with non-average. You see that a lot in propaganda. The idea is to make lower-class people feel like they are secretly a part of the upper-class...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-15-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 203
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
It's a sleight of hand argument. One big reason...

It's a sleight of hand argument. One big reason people work hard (in school and in life) is to improve your chances at success.

Saying, "I didn't work hard, but I got rich" is a poor...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-15-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 22
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Yes, exactly. I've lived up and down the East...

Yes, exactly. I've lived up and down the East Coast, as well as in a small city in Asia. The people in the city in Asia were just like the people in my home town.

But then, folks in DC are...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-15-2019, 11:11 AM
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Views: 483
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
EATING THE OTHER.

EATING THE OTHER.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-15-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 203
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Hey, guys, can you tell me what's SO BAD about...

Hey, guys, can you tell me what's SO BAD about flipping burgers at McDonalds part-time, making 8 million a year, and coming home to play video-games and having sex with your 7 beautiful wives all...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-15-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 3,011
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Yes, through the numerous businesses he owns. ...

Yes, through the numerous businesses he owns. Like any average person.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-15-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 22
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
What are some different cultures that you've experienced?

By "culture" I mean-- the way a population tends to act/think/feel/believe.

I think of all the places I've lived, and I'm always a bit surprised that people really seem to act differently when...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 16,650
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I think after Laputa? But I forget. It's a...

I think after Laputa? But I forget. It's a random little anecdotal chapter.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 16,650
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
This thread reminds me a lot of the part in...

This thread reminds me a lot of the part in Gulliver's Travels where he meets people who have an immortality gene.

For a while he imagines up how awesome it must be to have super-elders, and then...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 595
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Hi there, where do I patent this rugged USB-C...

Hi there, where do I patent this rugged USB-C cable/wastewater hose with self-repairing technology?
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 595
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Kind of depends on what you're aiming for. ...

Kind of depends on what you're aiming for. God/evolution creates extraordinarily efficient machines that maximize competitive-thriving. You'd have a hard time building a self-replicating flying...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 667
Views: 16,650
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
The Boomers absorbed a lot of garbage tv and...

The Boomers absorbed a lot of garbage tv and magazines, and seem to be absorbed in more and more garbage as they age.

Really hoping that the Millennials learn how to find facts, but I don't have a...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 595
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
There's a corollary to Moore's law that states...

There's a corollary to Moore's law that states something like-- for every doubling of processor speed, programmers get half as efficient.

One weird thing about our bodies is that we have this...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 595
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Is that the part with the weird underwater...

Is that the part with the weird underwater dancing cult, because I get really bored by Stephenson's weird cults.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 595
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I mentioned this to my wife. She responded...

I mentioned this to my wife. She responded what's really weird is that my ____ is the only external data transfer cable we were born with. Which I guess goes to show you she's a better scifi reader.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-14-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 595
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
My ____ is literally a data transfer cable.

This morning I was thinking about having to set up our projector, which needs to somehow connect to a receiver, that takes data from a fire stick, a blue ray player, a Wiiu, and probably a laptop. ...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-12-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 16,650
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Generally speaking, if someone calls you a *****,...

Generally speaking, if someone calls you a *****, you have every right to call them a ******* but it has to be the specific person who calls you a ***, not just anybody.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-12-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 16,650
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Oh yeah I missed that post. Yeah, that's sort of...

Oh yeah I missed that post. Yeah, that's sort of the case, depending on context.
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 11-12-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 14,120
Views: 1,284,114
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
I'm liking Peter Pan, by the way. A good weird...

I'm liking Peter Pan, by the way. A good weird mix of slightly disturbing fairy-tales, dad jokes, and child romance.
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 11-12-2019, 04:34 PM
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Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Have you read 7 gothic tales? Pretty great faux...

Have you read 7 gothic tales? Pretty great faux goth.
Forum: TV Shows, Movies, Books, etc 11-12-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 14,120
Views: 1,284,114
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
Hyperion (book 1) is the worst book I've read in...

Hyperion (book 1) is the worst book I've read in a decade. (admittedly I don't read much).

It has a good premise (space-chaucer) but every story is boring, repetitive, and cloying. You have more...
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 11-12-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 16,650
Posted By Sredni Vashtar
...Eh, I'm going to put this one in the same...

...Eh, I'm going to put this one in the same bucket as dismissing someone as too gay, jew, female, or negro.

Can someone make a case for why this particular stereotype is good lighthearted fun...
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