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Comment: Re: Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 659

by jcr (#49772685) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

The Fed is not to blame for the predatory lending practices of the giant corporate banks

The Fed is definitely to blame for providing the banks with an unlimited amount of fiat money to lend. If the banks were limited to lending out their deposits, the interest rates would provide a natural limiting effect.


Comment: Re: Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 659

by jcr (#49772681) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Unlike you, I actually understand the economy

As conceited as you are ignorant. How tragic.

if you had at least two brain cells ...and bereft of a logical argument, naturally you resort to being snotty.

The Fed has caused a series of bubbles by fucking with interest rates. Latin American debt, the dot-com bubble, and the most recent real-estate bubble are just three in a series going back to the Fed's inception.

When they interfere with interest rates, they break the crucial information flow. When there's an endless supply of fiat currency, the market signal of the scarcity of capital is destroyed. Read and learn.


Comment: Re:Why do this in the first place? (Score 1) 73

there's no reason to write firefox apps NOW.

either the firefox apps need to be natively packagable for android or the other way around.

however, if it feels like mozilla? what do they mean? that they'll add a skinning system to it with big fanfare and then drop it? that at first it'll be a lean mean thing that runs quick and then quickly will get bloated with stupid shit while they move yes/no/cancel buttons to different combinations and orientations without telling you?

also, it feels just like a fucking company now so there's that... it doesn't have the from users to users feel. mozilla should just go and look back at why phoenix was such a success and why firefox is now meh.

mozilla hasn't provided me with anything useful/better in THIRTEEN FRIGGIN YEARS than competition now so..

Comment: Re:Wasnt an inside leak (Score 1) 73

by gl4ss (#49772387) Attached to: Large Amount of Star Citizen Art Assets Leaked

very clever? you mean they had them all in an aws bucket with no access limits?

anyways, the assets as such wouldn't be so interesting as would be to get to know how far they are at modifying the cryengine to fit a free roaming space simulator. because THATS what i'm skeptical about in the project. I'm sure they can produce pretty spaceship models and all that, I'm just not so sure they grok what it takes to change the engine so that the space doesn't feel like couple of arenas(like x2 or freelancer).

Comment: Re:females operate on emotion, not logic (Score 1) 296

That initiated is physical as well as mental. Please link to those studies instead of a promotional site. When the woman can hit her boyfriend/husband and he calls the police and *HE* is arrested for domestic violence even when witness support the events, all the stats are suspect.
Don't be a useful tool.

Comment: Re:Lets all chant together (Score 3, Informative) 189

And under Firefox, don't forget to tweak your about:config: = false # DOM storage is cookies reborn
plugins.enumerable_names = "" # Useful for fingerprinting
network.http.sendRefererHeader = 0
network.http.sendSecureXSiteReferrer = false
general.useragent.override = "???" # May not be worth it.

If you don't need them, WebGL and WebRTC are just big security holes:


Not privacy-related, but...

network.prefetch-next = false # Don't load pages without asking (esp. at work)
network.http.pipelining = true # Improve load performance.

Comment: Re:I'll believe it when I see it... (Score 1) 117

by Rei (#49767671) Attached to: India Ends Russian Space Partnership and Will Land On the Moon Alone

Its not that simple. You can't just recover it from nuclear reactor waste because it's mixed in with other isotopes of plutonium, and isn't in that great of quantities to begin with. So first off you have to reprocess nuclear waste to extract the neptunium - which again, itself isn't in very great quantities, it takes a lot of waste, and most places don't want to do waste reprocessing to begin with due to cost and liability issues. You then have to make neptunium targets and expose them to a neutron flux - that is, using neutronicity that could otherwise be used for power generation or other valuable purposes (it takes a lot of neutrons to make a tiny bit of Pu238). Pu238 should be more thought of as a manufactured product than as a byproduct of particular types of nuclear reactors.

There are a few other candidates for use as space power sources that actually are waste products, but they're all significantly worse performers. There are two other alternatives. One is to make a Sterling RTG, which was in development, but funding has been cut off (it's also kind of tricky because you have to ensure that something with moving parts will operate for decades in the harsh environment of space). The other is to make an actual nuclear reactor. This means almost limitless power, but it comes at the expense of not only massive development costs and public opposition, but a large minimum size and massive radiator requirements, as well as the same reliability challenges of sterling generators.

There's no easy solutions. Except, of course, to stop bloody wasting plutonium once we have it.

Comment: Re: Great Recession part II? (Score 1) 659

by jcr (#49767389) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

You are a moron.

Coming from you, that carries no weight at all.

Fiat currency has nothing to do with the 2008 crisis.

What's your next guess?

The whole problem was caused by a huge shadow banking system that essentially allowed to use private debts as if they were a currency.

All enabled by the Fed. You really weren't paying attention, were you?

Without the Fed holding down the interest rates by inflating the currency, rising rates would have limited the pyramiding of debt on debt.


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