McLaren cars cost over a million dollars. I don't think the owner of this kind of car is going to be overly worried about the replacement price.
A high pressure nozzle would make a hell of a racket. Imagine driving along with the equivalent of three or four Dyson Airblades going at full speed in front of the windscreen. You'd soon be wishing you had ordinary, almost silent winscreen wipers.
It's pretty much useless as a currency though. It's so volatile that by the time a Bitcoin transaction has been confirmed, the value of the bitcoin concerned may have moved by 30%. If it moves the wrong way the merchant may make a loss on the sale.
No it's not 40 year old tech.
People drove a car on my route to work perhaps 70 or 80 years ago. But that doesn't mean my Honda Civic is 80 year old tech. While the outcome is the same and the principles are the same, the technology used to make that journey now is quite different.
Where I draw the line is:
* Does it involve strenuous physical activity?
* Does it entail some level of risk greater than just every day activity?
* Does it involve competition?
If it does, it's a sport in my book. If not, it might be entertaining, it might be fun, but it's a pasttime. Starcraft 2 fails on the first two counts. Golf fails on the first two counts in my book. Snooker fails in the first two counts. I think of all these things as perhaps being entertaining and highly competitive, but not really a sport much less athletic. Motor racing does require all three, as does football, rugby, cricket, tennis, arm-wrestling etc. so I consider them sports. Motor racing for me falls into the set of sports but falls outside of the set of athletics (although you need to be in good shape to be a competitive motor racer in many categories, and it does involve strenuous physical activity).
I thought there was already an O (I think) visa for people who are outstanding in their field (i.e. musicians, bands, entertainers etc).
It does seem odd to call it an "athletic visa" when this P visa is also for entertainment groups (presumably, musicians will now be getting this kind of visa).
Generally I wouldn't call a Starcraft pro an athlete, nor would I call Starcraft a sport (I wouldn't call chess a sport. I wouldn't even call golf a sport - it's a pleasant past-time, but not a sport). Don't mistake this for me devaluing gaming tournaments - I enjoy them, I watch pro-league SC2, I've even participated in a few Starcraft tournaments and I play too much SC2 for my own good. But even playing in top level SC tournaments does not make you an athlete nor does it make SC2 a sport.
I don't know what you mean about classic UK bank numbers but at least bank account numbers that have been around since MICR writing was put on cheques do have check digits. However, there is absolutely no standardization on these check digits and different banks use different algorithms (there aren't many algorithms in use but different banks may use the same algorithm in creatively different ways). There is a file you can download with the rules to apply depending on sort code. (I know this because I had to write a Java library to verify sort code/account combinations that were being read from the MICR codeline on a cheque).
If you ever need to do it, this website tells you how: http://www.vocalink.com/products/payments/customer-support-services/modulus-checking.aspx
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Well, perhaps not a dark and stormy night, but a dull, windy and wet winter Saturday afternoon.
I was playing Doom on my 486, with headphones on on said dull afternoon. I had been playing a while and was really into it - Doom actually has great atmosphere with the music and the sounds of the various creatures and monsters shuffling around the map, and especially good atmosphere when played in a dimly lit room with proper headphones that cover the ears.
So my friend who I lived with at the time comes back from wherever he'd gone for the afternoon. In this place we rented there had been left these bean bag things for propping open doors. My back was to the door, and my friend seeing me fully engrossed in the game picks up one of these small bean bag frogs and throws it at me. The bean bag landed on my shoulder at the EXACT MOMENT one of those demons that go "Whoooooooooooo!!!!" (the ones that fire rockets) appeared behind me on the same side as the shoulder on which the bean bag had landed...
I almost died of heart failure right there on the spot. I certainly screamed like a little girl.
We celebrated the 20th anniversary of Doom this year at RetroEuskal (which is held within Euskal Encounter in Bilbao, one of Europe's largest LAN parties with about 5000 people who bring their machines (Euskal Encounter itself has been going for 21 years now, it came out of the Amiga demoscene and still hosts quite a bit of demoscene stuff).
Here's the video I made of the tournament. Proper e-sports with prizes and everything
We also had a tournament in November at RetroMañía at the University of Zaragoza.
Most of us would rather have the Queen as head of state than any recent prime minister.
No, Bitcoin isn't "pegged" to any and all currencies, it's free-floating. Rather too free floating and volatile as the case may be.
The problem with Bitcoin isn't the absence of a central issuer, but right now the problem with Bitcoin is its extreme volatility. At the moment it's almost useless as a currency and it's being used as an instrument of speculation. It's far too volatile for any merchant (perhaps except the black market) to take seriously since it's value relative to all other currencies swings so wildly and so quickly and you have to convert BTC into your local currency to be able to use any funds transferred to you for the mundane things in life like buying food, electricity, housing etc. If I want to sell a thing worth about US$1200 in BTC, if I sold it at 9am today for 1BTC and waited a whole 15 minutes to convert this to USD, in the intervening 15 minutes I would have lost around $300 because of a wild swing in its value that happened over a period of just a couple of minutes.