Earth is a toxic waste repository for the dominant invasive species.
That was my immediate thought. Any decent system needs to ensure that it isn't running at a loss. To make that happen, they need an accounting system in place.
Rather than a loss, they managed a significant profit. The profit didn't go to the company.
I've seen lots of affiliate systems (sign up for a sight, the referring webmaster gets x%). In the adult industry, it's called shaving. The referring webmaster has a percentage of their sales (I've seen up to 25%), where it isn't recorded that they got the sale. Instead, it is credited to another account. The owner of the system doesn't always know. They see sales come in. They see payments go out. The shaved sales go to one of the developer's accounts (usually to a difficult to trace 3rd party).
If I were the developer, I'd have a friend in another country set up his affiliate account. The "lost" sales get paid out to him. He keeps a percentage, and pays me the rest. It can be very difficult to trace until there is a code audit. The audits don't usually come until the boss knows there's something funny going on. As long as the boss is getting a large profit, they have no reason to audit.
In the rest of the corporate world, it's skimming. Accountants can make it look like the missing funds are going to nondescript costs.
In both skimming and shaving, it becomes obvious when the person doing it gets too greedy. Like, it's difficult to justify that $1M/yr goes to miscellaneous custodian costs. And yes, I've seen exactly that, in a company that only made about $3M/yr profit. Sometimes it goes to consumable costs. It can be tricky to track if they're smart. When they get greedy, smart falls out of the equation.
You need to read up more on economics. Maybe swing by a local college and audit some economics courses.
No, most (all?) of the current in use today is backed by nothing. Well, nothing more than the idea that it's worth something.
I have a $20 bill in my pocket. It's not worth anything. There is a perceived value of it, so I can exchange that piece of paper for goods and services.
If it were backed by anything, there would be an obligation by the issuing party to exchange it for the commodity it was backed by. You can't go to the federal reserve and say "I want to exchange my $20 note for $20 worth of gold". Best case, you'd get a smile, pat on the head, and be sent on your way.
We effectively work with a bartering system. The perceived value of one service or object, for another. You can barter drugs, ammunition, or sex. That doesn't make any of them a currency, even though they'd each be good examples in your description. Actually, I think I like my examples better than the ugly paper in my pocket.
The drone was able to dodge scorching debris and lava at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Celsius, record the footage and still return safely to its owner."
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I could build a simple application that would allow constituents to vote on any random congressional bill. I would then use this as my primary campaign strategy. "Don't vote for me, vote for you." I would vow to vote the way my constituents wanted me to. Pretty damn simple, really.
Sort of. But - how do you ensure that only voters in your district can vote? How do you ensure that people aren't coerced into voting in certain ways? How do you convince your constituents that their votes remain absolutely secret?
No banks? How do you plan on borrowing money to buy things you can't afford outright, like a new car or a house?
This is cool but let's not delay commuter rail and subway construction.
Yeah, I agree, but many folks' computers with checkbook software are also used for lots of other uses, including games. My opinion of SELinux still applies.
Thanks for your thoughts.
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I would have recommended the excellent Lindows/Linspire, then gOS, but, oops, they've been forced out of existence.
After that I gave up.
Simply put, gaming and the security model enforced by SELinux, just don't mix. The whole idea of SELinux is to provide fine-grained control to system resources. You can't have that and expect acceptable gaming performance. The specialized way that Miles' uses memory is just one example. The modern "direct" graphics drives are another.
How to solve this? Simple. Don't play games on your security assets. The security provided by SELinux isn't really intended to protect your checkbook from buffer overflow attacks.
Running a recent version of Linux Mint with the MATE desktop
Create a big 4GB casper file on the USB stick.
Have it mount the existing hard disk and create shortcuts so they can get to their photos and stuff.
Maybe put on http://www.playonlinux.com/en/ to help get some of the old Windows software working under Wine
Bring a new stick with you over the holidays with upgrades.
They may or may not use it (they can just remove the USB stick and reboot to go back to their old getup), but at least you feel good that you've done "your part" without spending more than a few hours downloading and twiddling while you're there, and they don't go running off to all their friends complaining about how you came and now their computer is all different.
Meh, I get that when I start hyperventilating. You should just have your blood pressure checked.
I kinda thought that I didn't like music either, then some slashdot post recommended one of the streams at http://somafm.com/ . Since then I've actually spent some money on an album or two. Though I still don't have an "entertainment" budget set aside to speak of.
Also want to put in a plug for http://sleepbot.com/ambience/b... , which is generally "not music", at least not as you know it.
I guess I lucked out.
I worked for a background information company a while back. I did a broad search for my real name (i.e., not my Slashdot name), and found all the other "me"s out there. There are several right around my age. There were doctors, lawyers, and a pilot. One, approximately my age, didn't live very far way, so we could easily be mixed up.
I had some nefarious thoughts as I was looking at their full record. I had their DOB, SSN, address history, phone numbers. I could have easily become a doppelganger.
Damn. I just checked on Intelius.com for myself. I know how they pull some of their records, and they use the same resources as some employment verification companies. The real me on there, based on age, cities shows all the wrong employers, the wrong education, and an extra relative that I don't have. Great. Maybe I should go try to buy a gun, to see what new shit comes up. It's been a few years.
Maybe it's just time to change my name to a string of random letters, and live in a nice cabin in the woods. I hear the property Ted Kaczynski was living on is available now. He lived pretty quietly out there for a while.