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Comment: Re:Largest Ponzi Scheme Ever (Score 4, Interesting) 113

by Concerned Onlooker (#48015199) Attached to: Mystery Gamer Makes Millions Moving Markets In Japan

"Further proving that the Stock Market is almost entirely disconnected from the underlying companies."

Exactly. I've been wondering for some time just what IS stock price based on? Since it's not based on the soundness of the company (the company doesn't even need to have a P/E!) it seems entirely based on perceived potential of the company and whatever news makes the traders nervous or ecstatic that day.

Therefore, it seems to me you're better off avoiding fundamentals and instead watching the news and reading sociology books. Oh yeah, and developing ways to do high volume trading one millionth of a second faster than you competitor.

Comment: Re:Rent a Tesla for $1 (Score 1) 324

by Concerned Onlooker (#48011063) Attached to: State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives

"We don't live in a democracy, and never have."

As popular as it is to make this gripe this country was founded on democratic process. It's only somewhat recently that we became an oligarchy.

" The only way this will ever change is through aggressive 'petulance'"

Whatever that is, a better tactic would be to aggressively contribute to Lawrence Lessig's movement.

Comment: Re:~/.cshrc (Score 1, Interesting) 208

by Concerned Onlooker (#48009559) Attached to: Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

"Unfortunately, based on my extensive experience with OS X, I have to say that it is a big pile of shit. "

Don't stop there. Give us some real examples of why you think this. Because otherwise it kind of sounds like you're just making something up that sounds authoritative but really isn't.

Comment: Re:Recent claims by whom? (Score 1) 222

by Concerned Onlooker (#47943043) Attached to: Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

"All the hippies need to get over it and come back to reality."

The reality is that evolution isn't finished. We are possibly evolving into something much greater than what came before. Steven Pinker exhibits that the human race has overall experienced a decline in violence in the recent past. (

Maybe the reality is that the hippies were right.

Comment: Re:Obama is but a puppet (Score 1) 236

by Concerned Onlooker (#47942595) Attached to: Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

"The huge machinery behind the NSA / CIA / FBI and all those alphabet agencies wants total control, and it has the enthusiastic support of private companies such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, amongst others"

While I admit that we have a de facto oligarchy here in the US I have to wonder that if the above were true then why have a warrant canary at all?

Comment: Re:Expensive and complicated? (Score 1) 97

by Concerned Onlooker (#47934299) Attached to: How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

Well, sort of. There has been a much larger outlay of cash necessary to break into digital photography. You may realize a break even point sooner if you would have shot lot of rolls of film, but the initial barrier to entry is much higher than it was for film cameras, which really only needed to be a light-tight box. Having said that, the price of good digital cameras has come down a lot since the late 90s, so what I observe is more of a trough where film was pretty much phased out yet digital cameras were still really expensive.

Comment: Re:SCI-FI used to be inspiring (Score 4, Insightful) 191

by Concerned Onlooker (#47914987) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

"The current crop of sci-fi-writer-wannabes just ain't got the imagination to inspire"

I'm not sure there's even really a market for science fiction. What was that last Star Trek movie? I can't even remember the name of it now. It wasn't science fiction. It was an action flick with more explosions than ideas. It just happened to be set on a spaceship.

I'm willing to bet not many these days would have the patience to site through 2001: A Space Odyssey, let alone the original Solaris.

...when fits of creativity run strong, more than one programmer or writer has been known to abandon the desktop for the more spacious floor. - Fred Brooks, Jr.