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  1. @~thehung

    Rules Must Be Obeyed !

    thats a shame. a missed opportunity to start fading in some sweet Oscar play off music at the 10:59 mark, while keeping only Liam's mic open. "I'd like the thank the fans, the city of Melbourne, but most of all my far more talented brother, without whom I wouldn't be standing before you today..."
  2. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    HO HO HO https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/09/business/walmart-apology-santa-sweater/index.html New York (CNN Business)Walmart Canada is saying sorry for making available a Christmas sweater with an apparent drug reference.
  3. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    speaking for myself: thats a major comprehension fail :( how you can come to that conclusion after my take on the skydiving example, i do not know. did the tour operators undertake to fully inform the adult tourists of the raised alert level being in place, and the ramifications of it, i dont know — do you? i made it pretty clear i would deem it unethical for them not to. did the tour operators fail some requirement of law, i dont know — do you? are there any regulations or codes of conduct in place that prohibit or warn tour operators against conducting business during an Level 2 alert, i dont know — do you? if there arent, maybe there should be. how often, and for how long, has the volcano been at Level 2 in the past without an eruption, i dont know — do you? i regard the limits and fallibility of the science in this regard as a potential mitigating factor when it comes to assessing failures and culpability.
  4. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    its one thing to write a great parody and make an amazing video, another to nail the vocals. phenomenal! plus, when future generations ask what it was like for most people living through twenty-tens: "Er...Just watch this. It was mostly just this."
  5. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    agreed. or at least, that tallies with exactly what i would expect. theres so much chaos inherent to these systems. you dont have to look far before you're staring into a black box. it sometimes pragmatic for us to pretend we can divide Nature's continuous whims up into discrete graduations of probability, but its little more than the most useful illusion we can muster. there could, for instance, be ten more categories in between Level 1 and Level 3, but in practice, the classifications would still be riddled with arbitrariness.
  6. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    youve royally mangled my point, and not answered my question! thats what i get for not editing my posts into one explicit block. note: i was referring you to my previous post, which contained the actual direct comparison i was drawing (ie. my alteration to eveln's skydiving analogy). the share swindler example was just an adjunct confined to calling attention to the continuum between nanny state thinking, and taking a 'let the chips fall where they may' hard line on caveat emptor and individual responsibility. whilst i suspect we both generally lean towards the onus being on individuals to be diligent, we recognise there are times we must draw a line far short of the extreme in the interests of the public good. capiche? i think a more direct parallel would be, say, if the company is aware that the wind/weather conditions today will be just shy of the threshold beyond which it would be illegal for them to take people up. the ethical thing to do, would be inform jumpers that if they choose to jump today, the danger will be significantly higher than normal — regardless of whether or not there is an explicit legal requirement to do so. 1) do you agree with the above assertion? that despite there being a base line of danger assumed to be known by all, the ethics of making every effort to inform or not inform people of the nature of the enhanced risk differ greatly? 2) hypothetically, where would you stand on the ethics of a volcano tour company willfully exploiting people they suspected had an insufficient grasp of the proportion of elevated risk posed by the jump from level 1 to level 2?
  7. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    see my comments above. there are limits to this kind of thinking. remember that guy who was for a time legally swindling little old ladies out of their money by buying their shares at shitty rates (or whatever)? haha stupid fucking old ladies. didnt do their due diligence. where do you stand on the ethics of that? hypothetically, where would you stand on the ethics of a volcano tour company willfully exploiting people they suspected had an insufficient grasp of the proportion of elevated risk posed by the jump from level 1 to level 2?
  8. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    i think a more direct parallel would be, say, if the company is aware that the wind/weather conditions today will be just shy of the threshold beyond which it would be illegal for them to take people up. the ethical thing to do, would be inform jumpers that if they choose to jump today, the danger will be significantly higher than normal — regardless of whether or not there is an explicit legal requirement to do so. suppose there isnt one, no warning is given, and a bunch of people die. surviving relatives may still have a case against the company for them failing some broad duty of care provision. however, i am not so much concerned about the question of liability. i am inclined to think its just very bad luck. waivers, though, would be a way of removing any doubt on the ethical question of whether sufficient efforts were undertaken to ensure all participants made informed decisions.
  9. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    thats the real issue. if the implications of the upgraded alert level were adequately signposted and explained to one and all. there should be a waiver to sign (i am assuming there isnt). and it should be legal for adults to take the risk upon themselves. HOWEVER, i would support it being illegal for minors. "It is likely the inquiry's attention will at some point turn to whether officials had set the correct eruption warning level before the incident." that sounds like a dumb but credible possibility. a) rough yard sticks for risk are exactly that. there could always be a statistically freakish eruption at level 1, and this line of thinking would make more sense but still potentially be misguided. sometimes shit just happens that redefines the best guesses of our current models. b) the only other alert levels available in this case were 1 or 3 (an eruption is taking place). so are they supposed to pre-empt the eruption?
  10. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    somehow that melancholic arrangement of Jingle Bells reminded me of some jewish music
  11. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    i mean not flying like a plane, in that it appears the wings provide zero (negligible) lift. their angle of attack is on axis with the prop. the whole frame is for adjustable drag. this thing is a HTOL chopper! it looks as though he has no elevator control (?) but the stabilisers are super flexible towards their outer edges. seems to me that would smooth out turning circle when pitching, and keep the pivot point nicely centred about the wings — like a plane ;P
  12. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    i know...shit aint right! i dont think that "plane" is "flying" though. its more like a propeller with an areoplane-shaped rigid sail, and its either hovering or gliding. seems so light that the interplay of gyroscopic forces on the frame versus air resistance is a big part of it.
  13. @~thehung

    What's on your mind?

    huh...what are KBOs? Kuiper belt objects?
  14. @~thehung

    What Did You Watch Lately ?

    one of the most punchable twats ever to stink up youtube — clearly with a wealth of developmental issues of his own — still, i agreed with the main thrust of that, in particular the Alan Moore quotes. too many of that crowd in this CONAN audience methinks. granted, its not great material, but it seems much worse because the comedian loses them with her comic book stuff and never really gets them back. "i just had to draw a line in the sand for myself: no more three hour movies about happy meal toys fighting on a rock" LOL
  15. @~thehung

    Mindless ramblings

    with low humidity, even 44°C is bearable. almost nice if you have access to shade and a place to swim. but ive done hard physical work in that. sure, you seem to lose your body weight in water every minute, but you keep your sanity. but anything above 28°C with really high humidity — fuck all that. brain fog. humidity makes me retarded. the only thing thats good for is drinking frozen margaritas on balconies into the late evening. theres a whole different night atmosphere in places that skew tropical. having said that, ive never been much further north than Brisbane, a.k.a the last outpost of the habitable zone.
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