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Comment: Terciles (Score 1) 258

by tverbeek (#48633445) Attached to: At 40, a person is ...

It's a simple matter of terciles and life expectancies. Average life expectancy in the post-industrial world is about 80 years. Dividing that into three equal categories, you get (roughly) 0-26 = young age, 27-53 = middle age, 54-80 = old age. Of course with increases in life expectancy (and to make the math easier), you could use 30-59 as the middle group, and save a bunch of late-20s people the anxiety of already being "middle-aged", but it's still a bit silly how that term has become (in some people's minds) a euphemism for "old".

(And for the record, I'm 49: very accustomed to being "middle-aged".)

Comment: Re:Morons (Score 1) 137

You can't know your data is bad when doing experimentation. That's the point of experimentation - you control variables and observe others to test a hypothesis.
The point at which you can KNOW data is bad is the point at which you know all of the variables and all the details of the phenomena observing. It's like "experimenting" with 1+1 on a calculator. When it give you a 12 you know you've got bad data (you keyed in 11+1 or 1+11 or something), but that's only because you know the entire system and what it's supposed to do. It's not an experiment at that point, and there's no fucking point in doing it.
If you're experimenting on something then you don't know the entire system. If you don't know the entire system then you cannot know for sure whether any data is bad or not.

Even without going to that extreme. "bad data" - even obviously "bad data" - is merely a failure to control variables. The methodology and experiment as a whole is then suspect. Repeat with better control and methodology, or deal with the small amount of ugliness in the graph that the "bad data" may have contributed.

Comment: Re:Copyright expiry differs (Score 1) 159

by sexconker (#48630345) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

No idea. I don't get on the plane. I use electrons to tell other people to put it on a plane or a boat with a bunch of other items destined for this country and they do so affordably. When the goods are electronic this is even easier (I'll leave the "why" as an exercise for the reader.)

I do declare you're an idiot.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 388

by sexconker (#48630331) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Those are the people that exchange it for fiat currency.
If you buy X from a seller for Y Bitcoins and he simply has software that automatically pegs his Bitcoin price against a fixed price Z in some other currency, then the seller is simply accepting Bitcoin and speculating on the exchange markets.
If the seller then used that Bitcoin to buy W from someone else, he wouldn't care what amount of fiat currency it was "worth" on an exchange as he wasn't exchanging it for fiat currency.

If I buy something from a merchant using USD and he wants GBP he will convert (directly or via a payment processor) that USD to GBP, and will price his items in USD against some average price in relation to GBP.
If I buy something from a merchant using USD and he wants USD he doesn't give a shit what the hourly average GBP/USD ratio is.

Further, if you want to consider the problems of ANY currency increasing/decreasing in value in general, Bitcoin has a baked in advantage over fiat currency - it can't be manipulated by a central authority. It's an objectively better currency in all aspects except one, as you've pointed out with your post: People don't yet know how it works.

Comment: Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (Score 1) 143

by sexconker (#48630255) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

You're wrong.
You don't understand how mining and the exchanges work.
The people in last lose, people are encouraged to jump in up until the point when the founders bail, and people expend real resources to jump in (mining time and power, electricity, or fiat currency if buying in via an exchange).

Comment: Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (Score 1) 143

by sexconker (#48630245) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Wrong - they depend on other buying into the currency later in the game (when mining is more difficult) to increase the price on exchanges.

The people buying in before the schemers dump can lose:
A: Mining time and power costs that they could have used to mine a viable currency (like Bitcoin)
B: Money (if they bought on an exchange)
C: Both

Comment: Morons (Score -1) 137

You don't need to do this. It is obvious if you just look at the raw fucking data.

Statisticians have gone full circle (and full retard). They started out "adjusting" data - dropping outliers, massaging noisy data, etc. all in an attempt to make it fit a preconceived pattern in order to shit together a graph for a powerpoint. Now they want to add that "noise" back in (but only after tweaking it further).

Rule fucking 1 of data analysis: Don't fucking delete your fucking data you fucking dipshit.

Comment: Re:Copyright expiry differs (Score 1) 159

by sexconker (#48627629) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

For one thing, the SCOTUS ruling applies to selling individual physical copies. The Steam, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, and Xbox Live Marketplace services make a new copy on each machine where a game is installed. So the first sale rule about importation of a lawfully made copy doesn't quite apply.

And even in the case of disc games, differences in copyright term can still make a copy "not lawfully made". Let me give a more concrete example: Say there was a book written in 1925 by someone who died in 1940, and someone adapts it into a video game. Thus the video game is a derivative work of the book. Selling a copy of the game in Europe is legal because the copyright in the book expired at the end of 2010. Selling a copy of the game in the US would not be legal until the end of 2020. Under what logic would the derivative become legal to sell in the US just because it was lawfully sold in another country with a shorter copyright term?

Next time, try reading a post before you respond to it.
Legal to sell in Europe. Buy in Europe. Bring to US.

Comment: Re:toad (Score 1) 159

by sexconker (#48627589) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Russia has a large nuclear arsenal and submarine fleet, the only heavy lift rockets on Earth worth a damn, a LOT of land and a LOT of coast.
Economic problems won't break an established super power - they'll lash out and attack others and steal their shit before they collapse. (See the actions of the USofA.)

Comment: Re:Lies, damn lies, and "market caps" (Score 4, Interesting) 143

by sexconker (#48627505) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Its pretty much the same for bitcoin, those that got there first, including the creator had a very easy time mining tons of coins.

In my opinion, they are all scams but some of they are scams that also might work.

It is believed (but not fully proven) that Satoshi destroyed their fat wallet. Regardless, sitting on a mountain of digital gold does not put food in your mouth. You have to trade it. And all transactions are public. The fact that Satoshi is still anonymous is both surprising and evidence that they have not executed a massive payday in their favor.

As for everyone else who got in early, good for them. Bitcoin wasn't a scam coin with a huge premine followed by hype, pump, and dump like nearly all other crypto currencies.

Comment: Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (Score 4, Interesting) 143

by sexconker (#48627427) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Sometimes early investors/pioneers make a lot of profit. That's not the same as a pyramid scheme.

Most alternate crypto currencies ARE pyramid schemes.

There's a "pre-mine" amount - the creators, influential people in the scene, pool runners, etc. get a crack at all the early coins and become instant oligarchs within that crypto currency. They then go and shout from the mountaintops how this new crypto currency is going to be the next hot thing so you better get in now!
Then when usage adoption plateaus they dump their millions of coins for fractions of Bitcoin each. A few months later they'll be back with a new crypto currency to do the same old shit.

Comment: Re:Speaking off the record (Score 2) 182

by sexconker (#48627353) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

I'd like to see some actual evidence that NK was behind this, and not evidence put forth by Sony or the US government.
Until then I'll believe any the following are more likely scenarios.

Some hacker group unaffiliated with any government just wanted to fuck Sony.
Some Sony employees just wanted to fuck Sony.
The US government wanted to false flag North Korea. The timing of this (and the Cuba fiasco) is hilariously convenient - Congress just approved the ridiculous budget, there are no more elections for Obama to worry about, and Congress is out of session (AKA taking a well-undeserved vacation after shitting up the country as usual).

Regardless of how it happened, the US government will use it as the digital 9-11.
There will be more spying, less freedom, more cyber "crimes" invented to put more citizens in jail, and hey, let's go ahead and invade North Korea. Defense contracts for 2015-2030 need a boost.

C for yourself.