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Comment: Re:Gold (Score 2) 400

by ArundelCastle (#40497233) Attached to: A Cashless, High-Value, Anonymous Currency: How?

Gold:
[_] Cashless
[x] High-Value
[x] Anonymous

You're really referring to fiat currency and not cash-carrying in a broad sense. Although given that the penny's metal now has intrinsically more value than its decree, anything can change. Imagine how valuable paper bills would become if some catastrophe destroyed the world's forests? (Let's assume it also destroys book scanners. ;)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krugerrand#History
http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2011/07/13/bernanke-fights-ron-paul-in-congress-golds-not-money/
http://archive.mises.org/19274/central-banks-gold-is-money/

But it can work.
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/04/27/can-gold-be-used-as-a-currency/

Comment: Re:If Poor Acquire Capital, If Not ... (Score 3, Insightful) 335

by ArundelCastle (#40402533) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do Before College?

Yep, I worked for 5 years after high school, mainly in a grocery store. Best decision I ever made, before going to college.
There just aren't a lot of employers who want to hire a high school grad for anything approaching a complex task. Ten years from now OP will probably understand why... nah, he's a smart kid.. probably 5 years. :-) Need to see your current self in the rear view mirror first.

Something to be said for knowing what you want to do with your life, there's also something to be said for letting yourself change minds. If you're still a programmer in 20 years, good on ya. Probably set for bigger and better things though.

Comment: Re:That Moment (Score 3, Insightful) 414

by ArundelCastle (#40129217) Attached to: 350-Year-Old Newton's Puzzle Solved By 16-Year-Old

What's wrong with using them? Not to do that would be like using a pencil and paper instead of typing when you're preparing a publication – I'd think that brain power and time should be used constructively.

It's not a matter of the tool is wrong. It's a matter that assuming one tool is always best is wrong.
Your premise is based on: using a computer is easier and better for 100% of humans. That's not true. Allow me to introduce you to my parents. Allow me to introduce you to senior engineers who can craft new formulas on a whiteboard faster than juniors can wake their laptops.

Different areas of the brain are involved with the act of handwriting than with touch typing or pecking. Make LCARS speech recognition a reality and we have a winner. Solving problems that stump otherwise intelligent humans for *hundreds* of years, *clearly* requires some creatively alternate use of the brain, and not Microsoft Clippy. ("I see you're trying to solve an unprovable theorem, would you like to Quit without Saving?") I don't even need to cite sources that say poor UIs slow people down. That's how it is. Computers add cruft, otherwise there wouldn't be a market for applications that remove distractions when writing.

...like using a pencil and paper instead of typing when you're preparing a publication...

Poor analogy. Publication implies mass reproduction and distribution. An *author* can write however they want to form their ideas, the result is the same. How the idea gets distributed is irrelevant to the core point. (Also there are such things as shorthand.)

Comment: Re:Realmedia codec (Score 1) 182

by ArundelCastle (#39810819) Attached to: Mozilla Considers H264 After WebM Fails To Gain Traction

I kind of wish VLC or MPlayer OSX Extended would implement this.

Try MPlayerX. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. The current version doesn't have a playlist or individual loop feature, but that's really about the only things it doesn't have, IMO. It does a reasonable attempt at detecting episodic files in a folder.

Comment: Re:Not astroturfing if profile indicates employer (Score 1) 391

by ArundelCastle (#39731253) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?

If I recommend it in a slashdot thread regarding calculator apps I am *not* astroturfing because my account name, "perpenso", indicates that I represent the publisher.

No it really doesn't. On an internet forum using a corporate alias makes you a fanboy. At best it makes you uncreative.
What you *should* do is a very simple "Disclosure: this is my product".
Presuming that someone will even bother to look at your username, then connect 2 + 2 (lol amirite?) is demanding far too much investigative work from a forum reader.

On a forum that uses Facebook for comments if it said "Works at Perpenso" then your argument would hold water. But a username? No. Absolutely no. You might as well be OracleBoy48.

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