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Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 3, Informative) 146

by Anon-Admin (#47777301) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession

Your Step 1 is off, you would have to be salaried exempt, in a salaried non-exempt position they can still dock you for lunch.

Step 2 is irrelevant, I have found that it does not matter how hard you work, how much you get done, or how good your results are. The company will always say that there is an unpaid lunch, even when you are salaried exempt. It is just that most people are unaware that in such a position you can ignore them as they can not divide out the half hour or hour for lunch.

Comment: Re:Less profits for big banks (Score 2) 50

by Anon-Admin (#47774061) Attached to: Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

Ill reply to my own post to answer many of you who replied.

Changing cash to bitcoin and back to cash does nothing to launder the money. Move the money, sure, but not laundering it. Even moving it out of country does not launder the money and then the person receiving the money still has the task of getting it converted back to $$ without raising suspension.

To those that list localbitcoin or atm's, really for money laundering you would need LARGE amounts. We are talking number above 20k but to be honest it would more than likely be in the millions. There is no buying 50k in bitcoins from an ATM and localbitcoin, although great for a few $100 falls a bit short when talking 20k+

Comment: Re:Less profits for big banks (Score 3, Interesting) 50

by Anon-Admin (#47772973) Attached to: Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

These comments about bitcoin being good for money laundering are such BS. Do you even understand what money laundering is?
Note: I have worked in Financial IT and have had the AML (Anti-Money Laundering) training which was less impressive that it sounds. lol

The point of money laundering is to make an illegal income look legal. To take large amounts of a given currency received for an illegal act and to provide it a banking trail that makes the money look like it came from a legal source of income.

In most cases money laundering starts with large amounts of cash. Buying bitcoin does not magically make it look ligitement, and what exchange takes cash?

The truth is money laundering tends to be done by mixing the illegal money into the income of an all cash business like vending machines, massage parlours, small computer stores, etc. Then showing it as ligitement income on the books.

+ - How The Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built The Pyramids 2

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt is constructed from 2.4 million limestone blocks, most about 2.5 tonnes but some weighing in at up to 80 tonnes, mostly sourced from local limestone quarries. That raises a famous question. How did the ancient Egyptians move these huge blocks into place? There is no shortage of theories but now a team of physicists has come up with another that is remarkably simple--convert the square cross section of the blocks into dodecadrons making them easy to roll. The team has tested the idea on a 30 kg scaled block the shape of a square prism. They modified the square cross-section by strapping three wooden rods to each long face, creating a dodecahedral profile. Finally, they attached a rope to the top of the block and measured the force necessary to set it rolling. The team say a full-sized block could be modified with poles the size of ships masts and that a work crew of around 50 men could move a block with a mass of 2.5 tonnes at the speed of 0.5 metres per second. The result suggests that this kind of block modification is a serious contender for the method the Egyptians actually used to construct the pyramids, say the researchers."

+ - Bioengineered Opiates Don't Require Poppy Plants

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Opiate drugs are on their way to being fully synthesized. Drug makers will no longer have to rely on a plant, the same basic organism that's delivered narcotics to humans since the Neolithic, for the most basic raw materials of opiate painkillers.
Fields of flowering poppies are out, and bioengineered microorganisms are in, at least according to a new paper published in Nature Chemical Biology, which describes a new method of producing opiates with help from a genetically tweaked version of regular baker's yeast."

Comment: Re:Feedback loops (Score 2, Interesting) 273

by Anon-Admin (#47750589) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Hmm, let me take a stab at your points

1) No other apex predator exists and thrives in as many varied Eco systems as humans. From the arctic to the desert we adapt and survive. Where as other apex predators fail to adapt and go extinct, we as a species adapt and survive. The reason for this is our ability to reason and to build tools.

2) True, however our ability to reason and build tools allows us to adapt both our selves and the land at a much faster rate than nature. Thus as the land becomes arable we move in and hasten it's conversion.

3) Governments change, people change them. This has been going on for 8000+ years. Nothing new here.

4) Even at current climate change prediction we have a couple of hundred years for the changes to take effect. Think of where we were 200 years ago compared to today. In another 200 years there is no telling the things we could discover, build, or learn. Technology moves faster than climate change no matter how you look at it. You may also note that the population growth of the planet has been slowing and is (from memory) dropped to 2.6 kids per family down from 5 kids per family just 50 years ago. At 2 kids per family there is 0 population growth!

Comment: Re:Feedback loops (Score 3, Informative) 273

by Anon-Admin (#47750001) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Hey, look, HornWumpus, you don't know shit.

Our planet, has, in it's history, quite provably been over 10 C warmer, due to different carbon levels. That's huge, FYI. Earth has a proven history of going extremely warm(and no one is saying Venus is our future, thanks for the implied strawman there). That kind of change would murder our system of agriculture, almost everywhere.

Not exactly, higher CO2 levels and warmer temperatures would provide more arable land, more plants absorbing CO2 etc. That is one of the feed backs that mitigate CO2 concentration buildups. I do know that plants in higher CO2 concentrations can handle higher temperatures. Raising the CO2 concentration to 1500ppm in an enclosed green house promotes plant growth and the plants do much better at temperatures up to and a little above 32.2c (90f) I did a study a few years back on that and was surprised at the results.

Comment: Re:Global Warming? (Score 5, Informative) 273

by Anon-Admin (#47749795) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

No this is naturally occurring seeps. We have known about them in the past but recent discoveries have shown that more exist than was thought and with methane being 30x more potent of a green house gas than CO2 it throws the models and calculations off.

There is however the hypothesis that we create the CO2 that causes the base warming and the because we are warming the oceans it may be causing more methane to be released.

However, this is not known for sure and the extent at which methane is being released from natural sources is still in question.

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