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Comment: Re:Nothing has been lost! (Score 1) 290

by Registered Coward v2 (#48821445) Attached to: Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

Currency in general is just common agreement to scale work for goods and services.

Actually, currency is just a way to store value and to use as a medium of exchange. Problems arise when a currency fails to hold its value, causing people to turn to other means of storing value. BitCoin essentially has undergone a very large inflationary period as its value dropped, eroding its usefulness as a currency. Who wants to hold money that is getting less valuable every day? Unless you are speculating you'll want to dump BitCoins for something more stable. However, large stores of BitCoins may be hard to exchange for cash and even if you can likely to erode its value further and reduce people's confidence in it as a form of currency.Companies that accept BitCoins are smart in that they really don't accept them but simply use an exchange that converts BitCoin into cash immediately. They don't carry a stack of BitCoins on their books, unlike cash, since they do not ant to assume the volatility risk.

Bit Coins are actually more real then the US Dollar. Sure we get a paper or coin note stating that this represents so much. But at least bit coin is connected to something in limited supply thus needs to be shared.

People,, will however, accept the dollar bill as a form of payment because they have a good idea what it will be worth tomorrow. BitCoin, not so much; and limited supply has nothing to do with an item's value.

Comment: Re:Jurors (Score 2) 302

If you ran a construction firm and we being prosecuted for fraud or something after a bridge collapse don't you think the jury should have members that know somethings about materials science and masonry? I think that would be fair.

Not necessarily, it would depend on your defense. You may not want someone who understands civil engineering because they may disagree with the facts you present and be able to convince the other jurors to ignore them or to downplay them. You have weakened your lawyer's ability to tailor the narrative to your advantage and thus increased the risk of you losing. Having a jury your expert can educate and whose testimony supports your lawyer's narrative would be more beneficial. As anecdotal evidence, I was on a jury where the defense's main point was that roadside sobriety tests are wrong 25% of the time and thus there was reasonable doubt whether her client was guilty of DUI. Unfortunately he failed several different tests a total of 8 times and .25**8 is a very small number indeed. Had she kept the jurors who actually knew how to calculate probability off the jury she may have won. As it was, she lost before we even started deliberations, all we had to do was explain to our fellow jurors what she had really proven by questioning the test's accuracy. Lawyers want to educate the jury, not have an educated jury.

Comment: Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (Score 1) 786

by Registered Coward v2 (#48786295) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

I think it's more likely that you just never bothered to get the facts, rather than that you are outright lying, but by all means, post a single shred of evidence for what you claim. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

Fair enough: Defenders of John Kerry's service record, including nearly all of his former crewmates, have stated that SBVT's allegations are false.[4][5][6]

It's pretty clear the attacks had very little to do with the truth but were simply a way to attack someone politically.

Comment: Re:So, he is admitting that the attacks are true (Score 5, Informative) 786

by Registered Coward v2 (#48783605) Attached to: Michael Mann: Swiftboating Comes To Science

Well, considering that the word "swiftboating" is derived from accusations against John Kerry that were true. when someone says they are being "swiftboated" they are admitting that the attacks against them are based in truth.

Except they weren't true, as almost all of his cremates have said.

Comment: Re:How is this supposed to work...? (Score 1) 181

There are also retention laws that cover certain situations. Setting data retention guidelines prior to the suit protects you from getting into this mess (if you can prove that you ALWAYS destroy your data after X days/ x failed writes/ etc. then you're not culpable if you do what you always do just prior to being served).

Excellant point. I have worked for several companies that had very clear and strict data retention and destruction guidelines; thus ensuring all of our working papers were destroyed and thus not subject to being part of discovery in a lawsuit. The only time we did not destroy the working papers was when we were informed we were about to served as part of a lawsuit against a client; we beat feet and got out Dodge before the server arrived and turned all the working papers over to our lawyer.

Comment: I use VM primary in two ways (Score 2) 237

by Registered Coward v2 (#48662803) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

1. Triage calls for call back. If they won't leave a VM on my cell it is generally not a serious issue requiring immediate attention

2. To tell people they have reached the wrong number and the person they want to reach is at extension xxx. I use that at a client site because a PM has the same last name as I do since I get calls for him by accident on occasion. This message at least lets callers know they have reached the wrong person so they know to call back and dial the correct extension; which I give in my VM. I do get the occasional idiot who insists they dialed the correct extension, and says so in their VM, and leaves a request for information they need RIGHT NOW. Since I am rarely in my office and all my clients have my cell # anyway those requests generally never get answered. I assume they call back and actually dial the right extension when they do not hear back from the person they thought they left a message.

Comment: Re:prior oath to defend the Constitution (Score 1) 163

by Registered Coward v2 (#48660855) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

Aside from the question of standing, Snowden probably would have taken this oath before taking the NSA secrecy oath:

I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

His prior oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, takes precedence in my mind.

The problem for him is his definition of all enemies, foreign and domestic could be very different than a court's. An interesting defense but if you guessed wrong the consequences will be severe.

Comment: Re:My best was 45 minutes (Score 1) 246

I made it close to two hours once, while working at the same time. I speak french and they don`t speak it very well thus it was perhaps easier than you to keep them hooked up. He was quite angry when he understood he had been played all along. I hoped that saved a few people from getting caught by that scheme!

Tip of the hat, monsieur.

Laughing at them as they scream is a nice reward; I also hope it makes them more likely to dump a real mark, thinking they are being played, when the victim takes too long to con or isn't moving fast enough.

Comment: Re:My best was 45 minutes (Score 1) 246

Next time they call I plan on acting amazed that my new computer can tell it's infected even before I inbox it. I then intend to see if I can get them to walk me (an idiot, of course) through putting it together so I can let them "help" fix it.

Here's hoping it kills an hour or more of their time :)

Remember - your goal is to get them to think their is money at the end of the conversation. The more the talk, the more they've invested in the con and the more likely they are going to keep trying to get your CC number. Let them think they are in control of the situation.

Comment: My best was 45 minutes (Score 5, Funny) 246

before I got bored. He, and his "supervisor of tech support" was already spitting mad so when I thanked him for playing the fool and provide me with some laughs it pushed him over the edge. My shtick is to pretend to be an elderly man, who off course has trouble hearing so they have to s p e l l r e a l s l o w l y and i still mess it up, have them explain the internet (isn't it that cable thingy that I plug in the wall? You want me to disconnect it?) all while obviously being vey very worried about them virus things. I've seen them talk about it on TV. Is it like Ebola? I don't want to get that.Of course none of his instructions worked because I don't use Windows.

The trick is to appear complaint while being confused and incompetent. The couple of times he doubted my old age gimmick I thanked him and joked the ladies tell me that as well.

Comment: Re:Cost of a tank of gas (Score 1) 133

by Registered Coward v2 (#48638893) Attached to: Tesla About To Start Battery-Swap Pilot Program

at a cost of roughly a tank of gas in a premium sedan.

Roughly, not exactly. Pegging the price of a battery switch to the price of gas really wouldn't make any sense, although it might make sense to make it based on the cost of electricity in the area, assuming that that varies.

If I were to price it I would use the following formula once there were enough stations to make simply swapping a battery without needing to return to the same station to get the original back a viable option:

Price = Cost of electricity for a full charge from current battery state + prorated (operations and maintenance cost to swap + cost to amortize investment in station + cost of station depreciation) + allowance for replacement of bad batteries received in swap + desired profit per swap

3500 Calories = 1 Food Pound