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  1. Robot Laws

    Hey guys, Robots (home robots, automatic delivery drones, etc.) are becoming a thing, and sooner or later this will need to be regulated to prevent problems. I'm not talking about robots taking control... What are your ideas on what should be in the robot law? This is a serious thread, so don't make fun of it. Some ideas I had: The police should be allowed to deactivate (for example by shooting it) and seize robots that violate laws that apply to humans. Example: An automatic drone steals an apple from the grocery store. Reason: It would be a legislative nightmare to rewriting all laws that prohibit a human from doing something to cover robot actions. Active robots should be required to have some sort of registration mark to find the owner when the robot behaves inappropriately, or else law enforcement may catch/destroy it. Reason: a human made/bought the robot and thus is ultimately responsible. What are your thoughts?
  2. Dr. Jill Stein did an Ask Me Anything-thread on reddit.com a day ago. People had the chance to ask questions, to which Jill Stein (or someone of her campaign) could reply. Here is the thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5a2d2l/title_jill_stein_answers_your_questions/ If you read the questions, it becomes clearer and clearer that she has no idea what she is talking about on a lot of critical issues, including the safety of Nulcear energy and Wi-Fi. Many people have pointed out where she is wrong in the replies, so go have a read
  3. Why I don't like Jill Stein

    I don't believe HRC is evil. Donald Trump is a psychopath however. It's not just "the wifi worries". Actually read the replies and see how people explain how she is wrong on so many issues
  4. Will Donald Trump Start the second american civil war

    There's a group of people who will make short work of silencing such revolt. Namely these guys:
  5. Show URL Shortener

    Immediately checked if it returned the same shortened URL for the same input URL, great job. It's the fine details that make programmers smile.
  6. Evidence of corruption = Ineligibly to Proceed

    I think it would be easier if they were tried in court (federal court if it is for a federal position). This would guarantee the right to an attorney as well. It would also require a very precise and exact definition of corruption. The usual providing for an entity that helped them obtain the position would not work, because an environmentalist politician with support from environmentalist organisation would fall under this category, and I don't think that's what you mean. Anyway, have your upvote, great you started a topic about it.
  7. Hello fellow MT Show watchers, Because of the Snowned leaks, I have been wondering what amount of state surveillance is appropriate. Personally I think the government should be allowed to place security camera's in inner cities so police can react to incidents quicker, but I don't think unlimitted tapping phones and e-mail communication is a good idea, because the people working for the government, as well as people who get unauthorized access to the computer system with which said tapping is accomplised, can (ab)use the information they find in the phone calls or e-mails. There have been a lot of cases where police/government staff used personal information found in computer systems for personal gain. What are your thoughts on this issue? (Please remain civil) — Aron
  8. The way it works here is that a separate public organisation monitors the city and they report everything bad they see to the meldkamer (911) which handles all information going to the police, hospitals and the fire departments. Also, they need a warrant for that unless national law prescribes forfeiture. (e.g. drunk driving five times IIRC)
  9. Robot Laws

    @Antinomy Interesting. I had thought about making a legal distinction between self-'thinking' robots and programmed/controlled robots before I wrote the post, but I couldn't find a good example. It really isn't al that futuristic, seeing the recent development in machine learning, motorics and speech recognition/generation.
  10. Hello from Europe!

    Hello everybody, Most of you are probably from the US, but I'm from the Netherlands (the little country that founded New York – called New Amsterdam back then – before the British captured it). I'm 15 years young but I like to talk about politics and policy so I thought I'd sign up. To get some discussion going, I started the following topic, so if you're interested take a look: Have a nice day. — Xesau
  11. PodestaEmails10 Summary

    Somehow the link stops after 'podesta-email', so you have to copy the link and paste it in the URL field manually.
  12. Hello everyone, A while back I thought about whether it's acceptable to let companies extract materials from the ground. It is a very profitable business in a consumption economy and if you stumble on a large patch of say, coal, the investment is easily paid off and the profit in no way reflects the effort put into the operation. In my opinion this is not a good idea because it stimulates unhealthy economics: extracting money from the system instead of making the money ‘flow’ faster. A solution to this would be to let government take care of the extraction and distribute the profit over the population or use it to lower taxes. What do you think? — Xesau
  13. The current private-public partnerships aren't good indeed. What should be the way to deal with companies that mess up? I think the government should be able to seize companies that seriously mess up and try to hide the damage or refuse to fix it. (e.g. oil spills/methane leaks)
  14. Yes.

    I agree, Yes. But how? There are numerous ways to implement UH. Which way is the best? To implement universal healthcare, a few questions need to be answered? Who gets treated first? How are hospitals financed? What do doctors get paid? There's still a lot to be discussed, so I guess that's what this board is for.
  15. Hello from Europe!

    No problem, welcome bud. Good to know I'm not the only one VPRO Backlight (YouTube Channel: vpro documentary) is great food for thought, and I regularly watch it. 11/10 recommend it to everyone here. I had heard about the name Ron Paul before and just read a bit about him, seems like a sensible politician.
  16. I doubt the writer is American, because anyone with English as first language would know that the word 'in-biased' doesn't mean anything. Someone with English as first language would use 'unbiased'. What the posts say looks interesting, however. Not releasing the documents until just before the election would be an effective move, because no new electors could register to be on the ballot, so the DNC wouldn't be able to install a replacement. If Bernie is on the ballot on more states, the DNC could try to endorse him to remain at least a little viable.
  17. Hello from Europe!

    The reason (I think) The Young Turks don't discuss policy a lot is because when it's discussed, it's often because of the news of that day. Back in the primaries, there was a lot of news about Bernie Sanders, and therefore also about the policies he favoured. These days it's when some country makes a bold move (like Germany banning petrol cars after 2030). I do not think it's become more pro-Hillary - Cenk especially is very critical of almost every politican. Do you also watch the David Pakman show? You won't convince diehard Hillary supporters to vote for anyone else - and please don't try to if you're in a swing state - but there are more elections than just the presidential one. Doing some research on local progressive candidates and getting your friends engaged may result in more positive experiences. And yes, definitely keep in touch
  18. I find the framing of this message a bit problematic.It would do good to include the 2nd line after:
  19. Interesting. If it was using Outlook, the mails will have only been marked 'deleted' right? Would make for an interesting case of attempting to destroy evidence. Also, do you have any idea of how this may stand in relationship with the Clinton staffer asking on reddit how to delete emails without leaving trails?
  20. Looks a bit strange indeed... Maybe someone over at WikiLeaks 'accidentally' leaked it to Roger Stone without permission or without anyone else knowing about it.
  21. We didn't need a leaked email to figure that out... #stillangry
  22. Hello from Europe!

    Our public media (radio, television; tax-funded, not corporate) feels quite objective. They don't give an opinion on the news, they just tell what's going on. I also read a lot of news on the internet, for example on independent.co.uk and nu.nl (Dutch site, you probably won't understand a word of it). I try to stay away from the "biased" news (no matter which direction), except for The Young Turks, not because of the journalistic value but more because they're just awesome people. From what I've seen on the internet, people from the USA are still very tied to the idea that 'the news must be right', probably because for a long time news has been somewhat neutral, even in the US. I don't really know how to 'wake up' others. I also don't think people need a 'waking up' per se, but rather generally need a more critical mindset. I question a lot, not just the news, so I guess it's a bit of a personality deal. Changing someone's personality is difficult. I also think that most of the 'waking up' is fear-mongering, both from the progressive and the conservative side. If you really want to change how people think about things, political (meaning: about policy) and historical information is probably still the most effective means, letting people themselves form an opinion about the ideas they are presented. Leaked e-mails won't help a lot with that, but I imagine with spreading the word about progressive initiatives (such as California Proposition 61) the progressive base will grow stronger than with political nonsense about how bad Trump and his following is. (Don't get me wrong, he's detestable, and so are some of his followers, but saying someone is a moron isn't going to make them any less of a moron)
  23. Hello from Europe!

    Thank you, Dory. Sometimes I'm astonished by what happens at the other side of the Atlantic. You can definitely expect some posts about how Europe differs from where you live.
  24. It would be a great idea to make the surveillance camera feed live and publicly available. This has some positive and negative consequences, however: Positive: people can 'help' policing, by looking at the cameras and reporting burglaries, robberies and fights on the streets when nobody from the police is watching. Negative: people can spy on other people more easily, broadening the spying to the masses, not just the government.
  25. My opinion about surveillance cameras in inner cities ("spy cameras") is based partly on my experience here in the Netherlands, where those cameras are used to see what is going in the party areas late at night, which has proved to increase overall safety, and partly because I believe that everybody should be allowed to monitor their property, and thus the government should be allowed to monitor their property. That also means they (and private individuals) should not be allowed to monitor anything else, so a strategic placement of cameras is paramount: the cameras should be facing away from private buildings. In the 'graphic' below, I tried to explain this with three cameras: a green camera facing the street and the street only, an orange camera facing the street and a McDonalds, and a red camera facing the street and a grocery store. I believe the green camera should be acceptable, as it looks out on the street: government property. The cameras facing the McDonalds and the grovery store however I find not acceptable, because they allow the government to peek into privately owned buildings.