Let me tell you what I think of people who have "calling of national service", they are power hungry, control freak beehive drones, which is not a contradiction of terms, this actually complements itself. The people that want to do any gov't activity are the very last ones that should be allowed anywhere near it. Gov't is a system disease, like cancer, hiv and leprosy combined. Its willing agents are the poison that is kills the host.
of-course the only real we have today to cover our energy needs while destroying the environment the least is by using nuclear energy.
Of-course the governments of the world stand in the way of the free market experimenting with nuclear energy, AFAIC that's the reason I don't have a flying car yet, it's because we are not yet powering cars with tiny nuclear reactors and that will not change until we get gov't out of energy business (and if you want progress in any field that is useful, get government out of it).
On the other hand, what has the West done to Iran anyway?
Only deposed democratically elected Iranian government in order to give Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, otherwise known as BP, cheaper access to Iranian oil, but that's ancient history too, isn't it?
But then he couldn't administer them to anyone. So that obviously doesn't happen.
Useless people are useless, and the problem is?
Eventually most jobs become useless, as the cost of producing manufacturing tools approach 0, it is possible to buy more and more manufacturing tools for any particular individual, so while the 'basic income' is complete nonsense and obviously a murderous, oppressive, armed robbery, the free market capitalism IS going to provide something like that through NORMAL market operations.
If you can buy a machine that does 20% of the work you do on a daily basis and you have to pay 2 years of your salary for it, would you buy it and if not, why not? Would you save the income you collect over time to buy more advanced versions of the machine? Say a machine is built that can do 50% of your daily activities, would you yourself buy the machine?
If you can buy a machine that provides you with some basic necessities and you have spend 10 years of your income on it, would you buy it? What if eventually the same machine only costs 5 years of your income? 6 months?
Do you get the point? It looks like you are asking for armed robbery, theft, murder, why can't you actually not be that violent and understand that the end result is the same, but your goals are immoral and also economically stupid?
In America, you have Ferengi style capitalism and call it "freedom".
- capitalism does not equal free market capitalism, which is the most proven system of capital management to produce the best outcomes in terms of wealth generation and raising overall standard of living for everybody in known human history.
capitalism, but with a social conscience, because we understand that in the long run, our way of doing things leads to more freedom for a greater number of people
- I think you are confusing the concept of being free with a concept of being subsidised or getting free stuff on the backs of the productive minority of the population.
Welfare state is this and it needs to stop.
No, that would be stupid. Why do you conspiracy types always take the easy route? If they stop supporting XP and the best and brightest malware creators suddenly can't find any holes to exploit would be a more compelling conspiracy. That would mean MS has been doing it all along just to maintain an entire industry dedicated to fixing them (not to mention under the table kickbacks from the virus writers guild).
Obviously MS isn't going to patch the *last* hole on the day they cut support. So your conspiracy is self fulfilling and lazy.
Try harder. I hear BG is interested in space travel. I'm sure you can find some alien connection there or something more interesting than this.
I know it was supposed to be funny but this is in fact the reality we face. MS isn't going to support a 13 year old OS forever. Exploits will still be found after they stop supporting it. Conspiracy types will claim MS planted them but it would be even crazier if the last bug was patched on the day they cut support. That isn't going to happen.
If you are using your system for professional work and it's still running XP it has paid for itself many times over. Upgrading is a cost of business. A responsible company / organization plans for it. This has been a long time coming so don't act all surprised now.
If your company relied on a machine and the belts started squeaking after you'd already adjusted them several times I think you would buy a new belt and be ready to put it on. Or better yet, buy the belt and put it on proactively. It would be irresponsible to wait for the belt to break and then look flabbergasted that such a thing could happen. Meanwhile your work comes to a standstill.
Voters are idiots, they keep electing people that promise more bread and circuses and corruption rather than people that promise to maintain rule of law and Constitutionality of the government. Voters deserve exactly the outcomes that they are getting.
Worse, the author doesn't understand what money is in the first place. Money is a claim on future consumption, it's a store of value, unit of account and means of exchange. But money is actually meaningless without ability to use it to buy something, so what is important to consider is whether there will be any productive output in the future that somebody with money can claim a portion of.
Given this, it is clear that any private issuer to emit money or currency that is backed by money. It is not government, that allows money to have value, it is private enterprise that produces something that gives money any meaning at all. Government cannot ever issue money, all money is supposed to be backed by productive output and productive output is not what governments do.
Government can issue currency, either it is backed by real money (gold) or it is not (fiat). Real money does not come into existence by the desire of either government or any private entity, that's why Bitcoin is 'doomed to failure', because it is not actually backed by any productive capacity. It is doomed to failure for the exact reasons that any fiat currency is doomed to failure and it doesn't matter who issues fiat, a government or a Bitcoin miner.
Now, I am not implying that Bitcoins will go down in price to 0 and not rise back up, I am not making any claim on the future price of Bitcoins. For all I know it is absolutely possible that 1BTC will = 1,000,000,000 USD in 2 years time, I don't know.
What I do know is that Bitcoin is a fiat currency that has no backing by any real money and it is indistinguishable from any other future (or current) version of electronic fiat currency and it is a tool of speculation. You will probably grow your savings if you buy Bitcoin even today and sell it at some future date.
If you fail to sell it at the right moment in time, you will probably lose your savings. That much is certain - eventually it will crash and not come up again, but when that will be I believe nobody can predict.
What I can say about this 'economist' though is that he does not know what money is, he does not know what currency is, he does not know what gives money or currency value and he is wrong about money being a 'tool of the state', that's a completely nonsensical statement. Money existed long before any states existed and it will exist long after any one of those states is gone.
Well sure. Personally I like the thinkpad look but I'm not that into fashion. If you need a computer to accessorize your glamorous life you may want to look elsewhere. I use mine for real work though and don't expect them to be fashion accessories.
There is some truth to that but this is
"Yet to be achieved"?
I don't even think it's a goal.
A wealthy enough person can take a hit on the transaction costs and just buy with one of his wallets while selling with another...... if the gamble pays off, he stands to make millions, possibly tens or hundreds of millions. If the gamble fails, all he is losing is some Bitcoins that he might have picked up much earlier at a very low USD price.