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Comment: don't bother reading this (Score 1) 266

by cmdr_tofu (#49099099) Attached to: The Robots That Will Put Coders Out of Work

TFA is crap and has nothing to do with TFP which is also crap.

A quote from the Introduction of the paper (The alive reader will notice that they failed to spellcheck it):
Ironically, smart machines are invaluable for considering what they might do
to us and when they might do it. This paper uses the most versatile of smart
machines – a run-of-the-mill computer – to simulate one particular vision of hu-
man replacement. Our simulated economy – an overlapping generations model
– is bare bones. It features two types of workers consuming two goods for two
periods. Yet it admits a large range of dynamic outcomes, some of which are
quite unpleasant.
The model’s two types of agents are called high-tech workers and low-tech work-
ers. The first group has a comparative advantage at analytical tasks, the sec-
ond in empathetic and interpersonal tasks. Both work full time, but only when
young. High-tech workers produce new software code, which adds to the ex-
isting stock of code. They are compensated by licensing their newly produced
code for immediate use and by selling rights to its future use. Thestock of code
– new plus old – is combined with the stock of capital to produce automatable
goods and services (hereafter referred to as ‘goods’). Goods can beconsumed
or used as capital. Unlike high-tech workers, low-tech workers are right brainers
– artists, musicians, priests, astrologers, psychologists, etc. They produce the
model’s other good, human services (hereafter referred to as ‘services’). The ser-
vice sector does not use capital as an input, just the labor of high and low-tech
workers.
Code references not just software but, more generally, rules and instructions
for generating output from capital. Because of this, code is both created
byand is a substitute for the analytical labor provided by high-tech workers
in the good (autmomatable) sector. Code is not to be thought of as accumulating
in a quantitative way (anyone who has worked on a large software project can
testify that fewer lines of code often mean a better program) but rather in
efficiency units.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by cmdr_tofu (#49063581) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

Further we don't criminalize other behaviors that increase risk of infections, *like eating raw meat, and or going to the movies when you have the sniffles*.

To repeat, it is legal to go to the movies when you have the sniffles, and to eat raw meat.

Having sex with a teenager is already a crime (statuatory rape), and knowingly infecting someone in HIV is deliberately infecting someone.

That's a far cry from criminalizing not taking every possible precaution for not getting an infection.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by cmdr_tofu (#49052301) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

There is a risk of dying from seizures and a risk of dying from the vaccine.

not a reason to refuse a vaccine that saves a million lives a year.

citation needed.

The vaccine reduces your risk of contracting the disease when exposed (but does not eliminate it). It's less effective than behavior, say wearing a mask in crowds and frequent handwashing. Do you propose we have handwashing police? Or that certified handwashers should be exempt from vaccinations?

Further we don't criminalize other behaviors that increase risk of infections, like eating raw meat, and or going to the movies when you have the sniffles.

I am all for vaccination. Overall it is a smart move. Measles could potentially become an epidemic. In my judgement the risk analysis seems very favorable towards vaccination. However highly trained experts do disagree on the suitability of vaccine for all people, and we should not legislate away freedom based on opinion.

Comment: only someone who truly appreciates high-quality... (Score 2) 418

...will be able to see the value of these cables. If you idea of fine dining is hotdogs and cheetos while watching Gilligan's island, then you won't be able to tell the difference. You might as well use your crappy coax cable with duct tape on it for your streaming audio!

But if you actually want to reduce the latency between your brain and pure audio bliss (and also have a higher TCP window size), then these cables are a *requirement*.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by cmdr_tofu (#48987905) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

But you don't have to drink coffee. It's a choice. What you are proposing is tantamount to mandatory coffee drinking for long drives because of "the numbers". In all likelihood mandatory coffee drinking on long drives probably would save lives, but we are not legally mandated to do what is statistically propitious for ourselves or others.

In the law's eyes, you cannot legally (by deliberate act or recklessness) cause harm to another person. Certainly if someone HAD measles they should be quarantined. Further peopel should be encouraged to get vaccinated. That is reasonable. I believe that your position is unreasonable.

  It is not reasonable to criminalized people who fail to get a vaccine with a 2/1000 of SEVERE side-effects and a 1/100 chance of minor side effects when there is only the tiniest risk of exposure probably less than 1/100000. We do not live in a minority report where you can criminalize people for Risk of Possibly Harming you at some point in the future. However, if someone gets measles and then infects others.... Well at that point then maybe we can consider if a crime has been commit (most likely a crime of negligence) which they could have done even if they had been vaccinated, but hopefully whether or nto they had been vaccinated would be relevant evidence in their case.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by cmdr_tofu (#48977819) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

I wouldn't call potentially lethal recurring seizures "minor" side effects. Minor side effects
Several mild problems have been reported within 2 weeks of getting the vaccine:

        headaches, upper respiratory tract infection (about 1 person in 3)
        stuffy nose, sore throat, joint pain (about 1 person in 6)
        abdominal pain, cough, nausea (about 1 person in 7)
        diarrhea (about 1 person in 10)
        fever (about 1 person in 100)

Severe life threatening side effects affect 1-2 persons in 1000

Vaccination reduces your odds of contracting a disease by a small fraction.

If you break your kids' feet, you reduce their odds of getting run over (because they can't run around in the street), by a large fraction. Further it decreases the risk of innocent footsmashed families from running over your kids and causing accidents involving several cars. Should we then make foot-smashing mandatory?

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by cmdr_tofu (#48975967) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

What you are saying is incorrect. 1 or 2 in 1000 is not .0001% of the population, it's 99.998% of the population (for febrile seizures in relation to MMR vaccine http://sciencenordic.com/break...)

Add in other serious side effects and we're getting closer to to .01%.

And what are the benefits of the vaccine? They reduce your chance of contracting a disease by a small percentage if exposed to it.

In my opinion, it makes sense for most people to get this vaccine. In my opinion it also makes sense for most people to avoid alcohol and other drugs. In my opinion people should practice restraint in a lot of ways that they do not. However we live in a society based on freedom, and if you can't handle the risks (and benefits) of your neighbors having liberty, then frankly it doesn't make sense to live in this country.

It is good public policy to encourage people to get vaccinated, and it is also good public policy to encourage people to go to college. However these things should not be mandatory.

Comment: Re:Backpedalled? (Score 1) 740

by cmdr_tofu (#48967593) Attached to: New Jersey Gov. Christie: Parents Should Have Choice In Vaccinations

Except that there is a risk of illness from the measles vaccine and the measles vaccine has a risk of failure (it doesn't prevent measles, it just reduces chance of getting measles).
http://www.webmd.com/vaccines/...

Why not say people who feed their kids bacon should be sued for manslaughter and tobacco companies too. Or people who wear football shirts (which increases chance of kids seeing those shirts, playing football and subsequently getting killed).

Yes, let's redefine manslaughter to encompass all activities.

That being said, I think getting the measles vaccine is a good move for 99% of people. Unfortunately, the vaccine is not zero risk.

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