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Comment: Re:Please explain (Score 1) 141

by Charliemopps (#47444741) Attached to: How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

Consider the time axis, from minus infinity to plus infinity.
Somewhere along this axis the universe comes into existence.
Call this point t0.

Now why is t0 exactly t0? Shouldn't there be another universe, exactly equal to this one, with time t1 (!= t0).

Now even if time is created as part of a "big bang", there should be a "meta-time" for which this holds.

No. Time is a part of this universe. There is no "meta" time, other universes do not necessarily have time. There is no t Minus infinity. We know exactly when time started (ok, to within a few trillionths of a second) You can no more go back further in time than that, than you can make a square circle.

It's something that's hard to talk about because our language is so wrapped up in the idea that time is endless, but it's not.

Comment: Re:Math? (Score 1) 141

by Charliemopps (#47444183) Attached to: How Deep Does the Multiverse Go?

The universe is expanding like others said... but it's still an incorrect statement. All of our measurements so far suggest that the universe is flat, and extends in all directions infinitely. It has no size, it's unending. Even more mind boggling is that if the many worlds theory is true, then there are also an infinite number of other universe that are equally as vast. Long story short? There really are Ewoks somewhere.

Comment: Re:Does anyone oppose this? (Score 1) 108

by Charliemopps (#47443877) Attached to: Fighting Climate Change With Trade

It's not clear you understand the difference between a tariff and a subsidy. Are you posting drunk?

There is no effective difference.

You own a mall
You make your money by charging people admission to the mall.
There are 2 stores in the mall.
One sells apples
The other sells oranges
The apple seller charges $2 per apple.
The orange seller charges $1 per orange.
The apple seller has to lower his prices to $1 to attract customers.

After a while the apple seller comes to you and says "I can't make a profit! The Orange guy is stealing all my customers unfairly! It's too cheep to grow oranges!"
You start charging the orange seller a $1 per orange fee to operate in the mall.
The price of Oranges goes up to $2 and shortly thereafter so does the price of Apples.

You've subsidized the Apple sellers with your customers money.
The difference between a direct subsidy and a tariff?
In a subsidy, you collect money from the customer as they enter the mall and give it to the apple store directly. The price at the door increases (taxes) but the price at the register does not.
With a tariff, the price at the door (taxes) will remain the same. But everything at the register goes up. Even things that weren't taxed directly due to lack of competition. The long and short of it is, as far as the customers concerned it's the same thing. They still pay more. It's just a matter of when.

Terrifs and Subsidies are only marginally different. If you believe in managed economies (I don't) then you can use either depending on what you're trying to do. If you really want to hurt the industry in question, then tariffs are the way to go. They hurt that industry directly. If, however, you're just trying to help an ailing industry but don't want to directly hurt the one that's supplanting it, then you can subsidies it. This also gives you the option of getting the taxes from whichever source you really do want to hurt. i.e. Rich poeple, gas and oil, etc...

Comment: Re:Not France vs US (Score 1) 253

I was 18.
There was no Internet to find out what a good deal even was at the time.
This was the only shop that sold guitars within 50miles of me, much less where I could get a loan for one from.

So yes, when he told me it was fair I believed him.
At best it was a $1000 lesson in personal finances. $3000 if you count all the interest and fees when I was done.

I often find it funny how people that have grown up in the internet age can't fathom how dumb we were prior to it existing. We had no way to find this stuff out... at all. I had no way to find other guitar stores even! I could look in the phonebook maybe... but how would I get a phone book that had every guitar store within 100 miles of me? I only had my local phone book! It was a dark time my friend.

Comment: Re:Silly season much (Score 4, Informative) 99

From 2011

You might think this is getting to be epidemic in China or somebody over there takes advantage of gullible westerners ?

ok, I'd like to argue your point. You seem to think online gaming addiction isn't a "Thing"
First you'll have to accept that "Gambling addiction" is real and causes people do these same sorts of things. If you don't that's a different argument.

Then I, of course, am going to say that Online Gaming addiction is one and the same as Gambling addiction. And not that they are similar to or trigger similar things in the brain... no, it's that online gaming has turned into true gambling.

As an example I'm going to cite "Neverwinter Online"

It's not the only one like this, but it's a good example of what I mean. They've taken strategies strait out of casinos and applied them to an MMO.

First, they have so many currencies that are so confusing you can never keep track of what you have. There are dozens, if not over 100 of them:

Secondly, you can BUY one of these currencies with real money. Zen:

Then you can turn around any buy a whole host of items with this Zen in the game.
But, those items are expensive. But, you can buy "Keys" that open magic boxes that drop like rain in the game.
Those boxes have completely undisclosed "odds" that can change at random.

This is where it gets interesting...

You can then sell the items that you got in those boxes at a profit in their online auction house.
Then use the money you get from the sales to buy more keys
Open more boxes
You're getting the idea...

On occasion you'll get a "winner" and get some fantastic item that sells for a lot.
Often you'll lose a "small" amount and on occasion a LOT
To get back into the game you have to buy more Zen...

and it goes on like this. This is clearly gambling in my eyes. People are being used an manipulated. The fact that they hide the odds should be a red flag, but it's still going on. And before you argue that this isn't gambling because you don't get real world cash out of it... you can. There are plenty of people that will buy your currency for real money if you're selling cheaper than the game is. They make no attempt at all to stop it. There are a lot of people that make their entire living in markets like this. Ironically, most of them in China.

So yes, I think it could get as crazy as these articles suggest. I don't propose banning it or anything. But more disclosure on odds... less pretend bullshit that this is anything less than what it is: Gambling... would do us all some good.

Comment: lol (Score 3, Insightful) 96

Interviewer: So what can you do for this company...
Interviewee: There's this dude down the street with Magic beans!
Interviewer: You're hired! Now go get them beans!
Interviewee: You really bought that? er... ok... you realize that was an interview and much like televisions commercials I'm expected to exaggerate right?
Interviewer: You promised me beans give me some beans!
Interviewee: ooook... here ya go...
*2yrs later*
Interviewer: These beans aren't growing!... lets just sue that bean salesman, clearly these beans were defective..
Interviewee: I really need to find a new job but I don't want to go through another interview like that last one...

Comment: Re:Not France vs US (Score 3, Insightful) 253

This is not at all about the French/US competition, the big French sites like are subjected to the same rules of course.

You can think one thing or another about the rules, but they are about the big sites killing off the small local shops.

Yes, the rest of the world had this argument 20yrs ago when Walmart killed off most of them here.

The consensus? Fuck the local shops. What good did they ever do us? Unlike most, I remember those shops. I remember the 70yr old owner busy chatting with his friends out front and not giving a shit if I could find what I needed because he was the only game in town. I remember paying $5 for a bolt. I vividly remember when I bought my first guitar, prior to the internet even existing and believing the store owner that $800 was a fair deal (it wasn't, it was a $200 guitar) and after he signed me up for a loan that would likely be illegal today, he asked "Oh... would you like a case with that?" $200 for the case. I paid over $1000 for the guitar, got signed up for a 30% interest rate and it was a balloon payment (go look up how awful that is) I was basically bankrupt all the way through college because of that guy.

Fuck the local shops. Competition is good. There are still local shops around here, but now they focus on carrying unique hard to find things and customer service. You can't walk in without them jumping up to help you. The products they do carry are things you need "NOW" and can't wait for shipping on. Or things that would be silly to ship. The local shops that weren't total ass-hats survived, the ones that weren't got what they deserved.

Comment: Re:This Chimanzee video amazed me... (Score 3, Insightful) 152

by Charliemopps (#47440097) Attached to: Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

You'll have to do some diging, because I don't remember where I saw it... but they now understand why they are so good at that kind of task. It has to do with "working memory" and some other kind of memory that we're good at. I forget which, but having working memory that good would actually hinder us. The chimps have their plan DONE in their mind when they start pressing buttons. They do not need to be able to see the numbers anymore, because they no longer matter. The chimp saw the numbers, decided a course of action and executed. Humans on the other hand decide what to do for each key press. We make a new judgement call and continue. This is what makes us so creative. If something were to happen to the numbers, like they get rearranged we'd still be about as good. It's just as much work for us to deal with the new state as the old. The chimps on the other hand would have to stat over. This is, at least how I remember it. I'd research if you're really interested.

Comment: Solar activity (Score 5, Interesting) 77

I confirmed the effect of solar activity countrywide myself a few years ago...
I used to work in the NOC (Network operations center) for a major Telco. The job is pretty strait forward, there's an application that gets alerts from a vast and very diverse set of equipment all across the country and displays "alarms" when they are having problems. There are always alarms, but many are transient and a lot of the equipment will fix itself. Your job is to know what's bad, how bad it is and how to intervene if you need to. A remote in the backwoods of Georgia has a fire alarm... Call the fire department who will break down the door, hose down the equipment and put 10,000 people out of service for a week? Or notice that the same remote has a minor fan alarm thats not on your display because of the severity and know that what really is going on is the fan burned up and you can just send a field tech to replace it.

Anyways, that jobs a lot like war. Long periods of boredom punctuated by brief periods of terror. 100k people without 911 service wares at you. But in the slow times it's really boring so I was surfing one day and found this:
It's a NASA website that shows the activity in space around the sun/earth. You can even download spreadsheets of past data.
This got me thinking so I exported alarm activity on the millions of pieces of equipment I watched for the same time period.
At first it didn't match up, but then I remembered there are local causes to. So I found some data on electrical storms and subtracted that...
Tada! I had a perfect graph showing the rise and fall of solar activity that matched nicely with my alarm activity. There were a few anomalies, but I'm not scientist. I could see that the effect was more negligible on our fiber networks, but still there. I attributed this to power fluctuations.

Excited I ran into my bosses office and told him to look at my charts. He said "That's fantastic! Good work! Really interesting! But useless I'm sad to say..."
I was baffled...
"Do you want me to block out the sun? This really is neat, but that's about it. We can't do anything about it."
I thought about it and finally agreed. It's is neat, but also unavoidable. At best we could use it to put more techs on staff on certain days, but that would be about it. And the fact is, there's ALWAYS someone on call... so, though being interesting, it's also irrelevant. About the most interesting part was that fiber made the issue go away... but we already knew fiber was better in just about all cases. This was just more proof.

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