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 91 
 on: October 23, 2017, 08:01:14 AM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by brianvds
Libertarianism, or libertarian ideas, is from what I can see on the rise. Largely as a direct consequence of this PC hysteria. I hear more and more US "republicans" echo libertarian ideas instead of traditional "right wing" ones. (For instance, they suddenly don't care about people being gay as long as they can retain their freedoms in turn).

Yup, there are those who believe that Trump's victory is partly simply backlash against the PC thing. On the other hand, what with him being an asshole, it might now cause a back-backlash toward even worse PC excess. :-)

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He has an excellent history lesson on the idea you've quoted him on above. I'm no expert on the "Pareto distribution" he describes... but it sounds at least plausable.

Nassim Taleb also discussed this in one of his books, in relation to the arts (if I remember correctly). He talks about the 20/80 rule: 20% of writers, for example, make 80% of the income. Except it is even worse nowadays, more like 1/99. In many creative fields, there doesn't seem to be such a thing a modest success anymore: you either become a superstar, or nothing at all.


 92 
 on: October 23, 2017, 07:45:10 AM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Tweefo
Thank you all, There is now a glimmer of light in the back of my cave.  Cool

 93 
 on: October 23, 2017, 04:53:19 AM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Faerie

Yeah, but verily, remember that she can smite thee too. In fact, you sound like you're a bit smitten. :-)
Im in awe of seeping intelligence... I often imagine whilst conversing with a uniqely intelligent person that their heads explode and the brains splatter across the walls. How do they hold that much knowledge in the confines of a humble (or perhaps not so humble) package of grey matter encased by bone?
Bit crude, but thats my brain!

 94 
 on: October 23, 2017, 04:42:43 AM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by Faerie
A little story loosly related to this:

I chair a Women's forum on a monthly basis. We have forums for everything - Diversity, LGBT, men's, name it, we've set it up. A couple months ago we got this flapoy chap sauntering into one of the sessions midway through and an ackward silence decended as we were talking, I allowed him to settle in and then addressed a colleague across the room asking her preference on a product, she cottonned on and a full swing discussion around tampons ensued. We got seriously into it without stating what it was. The man was clueless and eventually interjected with:
"Im sorry I came in late, but what is the topic of discussion?"
I responded: "we are comparing the viability of brands and products which stems the flow"
" What flow?"
"Periods"

He excused himself and hasnt been back.

Inclusion is great, but as with anything, you cannot expect to be part of something you cannot contribute to. Its comparable with me wanting to join a conversation about physics and Mefi is in the room. Id be a duck trying to be relevant in a room full of eagles.

 95 
 on: October 23, 2017, 00:01:54 AM 
Started by brianvds - Last post by BoogieMonster
Yeah it's marxism.

Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology in Canada who wrote the latter article, was a fierce opponent of the bill in Canada, but (clearly) ultimately failed to prevent the bill from going through. He suffered a lot of backlash from colleagues and from far afield, to the point that he was unsure if he still had a future as a professor; the upside of which is that he gained enormous popularity as a consequence. From what I can tell this saved his job.

Libertarianism, or libertarian ideas, is from what I can see on the rise. Largely as a direct consequence of this PC hysteria. I hear more and more US "republicans" echo libertarian ideas instead of traditional "right wing" ones. (For instance, they suddenly don't care about people being gay as long as they can retain their freedoms in turn).

He has an excellent history lesson on the idea you've quoted him on above. I'm no expert on the "Pareto distribution" he describes... but it sounds at least plausable.

If you're interested, the entire hour of his testimony on bill C-16 (the pronoun bill) is available online.

 96 
 on: October 22, 2017, 21:45:46 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Mefiante
SKEPRat, with all due respect for your decades-long experience, my SO just performed your stepwise protocol with me observing (because we have nothing better to do of a Sunday night are obsessive fact-checkers).  I encourage others on the forum to do likewise so that they can ascertain for themselves what’s true.  Here are the results:

1. Ensure the switch on the plug is off.
Done.

2. Measure the contact in the plug from neutral to earth. 220V right?
Incorrect: 0.168V measured.  (In fact, this simply can’t be right because it would mean you can be shocked by sticking, say, an iron nail into the neutral terminal of a plug that’s been switched off.)

3. Measure the contact in the plug from live to earth. 0V right?
Near enough: 0.172V measured.

4. Measure the contacts in the plug from neutral to live. 0V right?
Near enough: 0.023V measured.

5. Switch the switch to on.
Done.

6. Measure the contact in the plug from neutral to earth. 220V right?
Incorrect: 0.273V measured.

7. Measure the contact in the plug from live to earth. 220V right?
Almost exactly, as expected: 220.6V measured.

8. Measure the contacts in the plug from neutral to live. 220V right?
Again almost exactly, as expected: 220.1V measured.

The erroneousness of points 2. and 6. individually and collectively refute your claims, and are in line with what I wrote before.  Ergo, I stand by my earlier assertions.

'Luthon64

 97 
 on: October 22, 2017, 21:06:33 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by BoogieMonster
Well foo, here I was thinking you were asking the question because you were electrically minded, but was willing to explain my theory further. However my theory was incorrect so blegh.

Here is a (higher grade) explanation of exactly how it works. In short (pun intended) it is indeed trying to send electricity through the circuit (house wiring) and if anything else in the cicuit (other lights, appliances, anything else plugged in lets even a teeeny little power flow it means the light cannot be switched off, since it's still connected to the circuit (the switch is still on). I expect this also goes for any transformers on the supplier (Eskom) side.

Even easier explanation: It's checking if anything else is connected to the power line it's connected to. If so, the switch is not off, and since it's not getting power.... it means there's a power failure.

 98 
 on: October 22, 2017, 20:41:50 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by SKEPRat
Mefi, with all due respect, I have been doing this for 30 years and more. Open any plug in your house. Now, with a multimeter set on AC Volts scale above 220V:

1. Ensure the switch on the plug is off.
2. Measure the contact in the plug from neutral to earth. 220V right?
3. Measure the contact in the plug from live to earth. 0V right?
4. Measure the contacts in the plug from neutral to live. 0V right?
5. Switch the switch to on.
6. Measure the contact in the plug from neutral to earth. 220V right?
7. Measure the contact in the plug from live to earth. 220V right?
8. Measure the contacts in the plug from neutral to live. 220V right?

Anyone checking if a system is live always measures all conductors to earth, never from live to neutral or just between phases ignoring the earth. I have worked on systems with 1000's of volts. If I was wrong I would have been fried.

 99 
 on: October 22, 2017, 20:00:45 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by Mefiante
However, if she can walk on wine…
Beyond a certain point on wine, I tend to stagger a bit. Tongue

'Luthon64

 100 
 on: October 22, 2017, 12:25:18 PM 
Started by Tweefo - Last post by brianvds

The occupational hazard of associating with clever peiple!! Did you understand Mefi's post?
It's a tough word out there. Way back when, if a guy walks on water or changes water into wine, you just assume he was a god. Now we want explanations for everything but first, you have to go to school and all that, to understand said explanations. Better to just call her (Mefi) god, cut off a chicken's head in her name, and pray to her if the light does not go on. However, if she can walk on wine I will have to spell god with a capital G.
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Yeah, but verily, remember that she can smite thee too. In fact, you sound like you're a bit smitten. :-)

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