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Comment: Is he arguing for a return to the Gold Standard? (Score 1) 692

by HotTuna (#43473151) Attached to: Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money
"Money is most optimal when it is fixed in value just as commerce is facilitated when we have fixed weights and measures. When you buy a pound of hamburger you expect to get 16 ounces of meat. An hour has 60 minutes. A mile has 5280 feet. These measurements don’t “float.”" The value of money changed [is manipulated] all the time. The only way to prevent that would be to have it's value fixed to a tangible asset like Gold. However, the last few days have shown that even paper gold isn't necessarily backed by real gold, so how would we ever know if the gold behind a "gold backed" dollar ever existed? Protip: We wouldn't.

Comment: This would be news... in 2008 (Score 1) 126

by HotTuna (#38880195) Attached to: Surveillance Cameras Used To Study Customer Behavior
Retailers have been doing this for years as an extension of counting traffic in and out of the store (to calculate conversion rate) following customers by heat signature through the inside of the store can show you where your visual merchandising is not having enough of an impact. Sure, there could be some limited room for abuse, but without tying identity into those heat signatures somehow, all we know is *someone* took a certain path through the store - We don't know *who* that is. In any case, this data is examined in the aggregate traffic patters it produces as examining the behavior of individuals is not valuable marketing information.

Comment: Don't know if troll... (Score 1) 350

by HotTuna (#38879863) Attached to: WikiLeaks To Ship Servers To Micronation of Sealand?
It would be way cheaper for Wikileaks to just push their servers off a pier and into the ocean - Which is exactly where they're going to end up after the cruise missile strike on Sealand. Wikileaks' 'investors' are seriously overestimating respect for sovereignty and international law in 2012.

Comment: Re:Umm, no? (Score 2) 339

by HotTuna (#37277250) Attached to: Is Tablet Success Bound To Their Crackability?
True story - I'm no Apple guy, and I have to admit I don't know exactly what "Jailbreaking" accomplishes, but when the AP Clerk, logistics Coordinator and Receptionist are talking about jailbreaking their iphones by the watercooler - I'd say it seems Apple has even brought device hacking into the mainstream...

Comment: George Carlin said it best... (Score 2) 961

by HotTuna (#37209436) Attached to: Michael Mann Vindicated (Again) Over Climategate
"We're so self-important. So self-important! Everybody's going to save something now. "Save the trees; save the bees; save the whales; save those snails." And the greatest arrogance of all, "Save the planet." WHAT? Are these fucking people kidding me? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven't learned how to care for one another, we're gonna save the fucking planet? I'm getting tired of that shit. Tired of that shit. Tired! I'm tired of fucking Earth Day! I'm tired of these self-righteous environmentalists; these white, bourgeois liberals who think the only thing wrong with this country is there aren't enough bicycle paths. People trying to make the world safe for their Volvos. Besides, environmentalists don't give a shit about the planet. They don't care about the planet. Not in the abstract they don't. Not in the abstract they don't. You know what they're interested in? A clean place to live. Their own habitat. They're worried that some day in the future, they might be personally inconvenienced. Narrow, unenlightened self-interest doesn't impress me. Besides, there is nothing wrong with the planet. Nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine. The PEOPLE are fucked. Difference. Difference! The planet is fine. Compared to the people, the planet is doing great. Been here four and a half billion years. Did you ever think about the arithmetic? The planet has been here four and a half billion years. We've been here, what? A hundred thousand? Maybe two hundred thousand? And we've only been engaged in heavy industry for a little over two hundred years. Two hundred years versus four and a half billion. And we have the CONCEIT to think that somehow we're a threat? That somehow we're gonna put in jeopardy this beautiful little blue-green ball that's just a-floatin' around the sun? The planet has been through a lot worse than us. Been through all kinds of things worse than us. Been through earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, continental drift, solar flares, sun spots, magnetic storms, the magnetic reversal of the poles; hundreds of thousands of years of bombardment by comets and asteroids and meteors; worlwide floods, tidal waves, worldwide fires, erosion, cosmic rays, recurring ice ages... And we think some plastic bags, and some aluminum cans are going to make a difference? The planet... the planet... the planet isn't going anywhere. WE ARE! We're going away. Pack your shit, folks. We're going away. And we won't leave much of a trace, either. Thank God for that. Maybe a little styrofoam. Maybe. A little styrofoam. The planet will be here and we'll be long gone. Just another failed mutation. Just another closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac. The planet will shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance. "

Comment: The Future... (Score 1) 234

by HotTuna (#35637208) Attached to: Nokia - No More Symbian Phones After 2012
"Hello, tech support? I've had my Windows Nokia for 6 months and it's really really slow" "When was the last time you defragged your phone?" "What?" "Oh - looks like your phone is riddled with viruses and malware... We will have to format your phone and reinstall Windows... Do you have your original install disk? " Kill me now.

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