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Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 2) 385

The trouble with that argument is that it relies on the stronger members having enough economic power to actually do that. It is far from clear that this is currently the case, with the expansion of the EU in recent years to include many far less economically advanced member states

The problem with that argument is that the economic condition enjoyed by the stronger nations is built upon the exploitation of the poorer ones. You don't get to complain about how poorly someone is doing at treading water while you step on their head.

That may be the case with the world in general, but for this case (ie. the EU) it is not the case. Most of the poor economic situations are self inflicted from corruption, poor taxation system or just plain bad government. No one forced Greece to be a corrupt tax avoiding nation and certainly no one was benefiting from what they were doing.

Comment: Re:$1 a month (Score 3, Insightful) 167

by bloodhawk (#49669745) Attached to: How Spotify Can Become Profitable

Recurring expenses don't bother me. Trusting a company like Spotify to handle them securely and professionally however does. To many of these companies consider secure handling of your details as something that is distant second in importance to actually getting your money. Recurring payments mean long term trust, I simply don't have that in such a company.

Comment: Re: 20,000 hands against each player? (Score 1) 65

in online poker that isn't hard. There are a heap of programs that track the betting behaviours and stats of your opponents so you can know as much as possible without having to monitor the table constantly. online poker by its very nature is far more limited in the information you have and as such is not to difficult to track.

Comment: Re:things getting harder for NSA, which is good (Score 0) 268

by bloodhawk (#49661943) Attached to: Russian Company Unveils Homegrown PC Chips

The FSB would have no interest whatsoever in anything I do. There are thousands of things the NSA would be kicking down your door for that the FSB at best would laugh at, unless you are some person of significance or have something they want then they are definitely the lesser evil.

Comment: Re: 20,000 hands against each player? (Score 2) 65

the reason people can multi-table so much is because you rarely have to do anything. mostly you are just folding until you find hands or positions you want to play from, multi tabling reduces the boredom and stops you from playing in hands you shouldn't. It is not uncommon to go 10-20 hands in a row on a table where all you are doing is folding. multi tabling is not hard.

Comment: Re:Optimal outcome (Score 1) 65

reading the details this looks more like a complete route and they are just trying to put a nice face on things. A person that relies heavily on maths and is a tight player would have similar results, these are the type of players that professionals make their living off, players that slowly lose money too you, not fast enough to scare them away and make them realize they suck though.

Comment: Re:/.er bitcoin comments are the best! (Score 1) 253

by bloodhawk (#49591191) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

25% per year? so far less than what bitcoin lost in the last year? seems to me the story is shit and it certainly isn't any sort of disruptive influence on the economy as it is too small to be noticed. What I find amusing though is people claiming it is more stable, botcoin has collapsed far worse than pesos in last 12 months.

Comment: Re:uh... (Score 1) 170

by bloodhawk (#49581793) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video

Eventually, ISP's are going to come up with 'pay per gigabyte' pricing that will solve this in a better, fairer way. Net neutrality is vital - certainly for protecting access to all content. But unlimited access to unlimited amounts of data is not really net neutrality. I'm fine with watching Netflix at 720P if I can save money on my broadband bill. Someone else may want 4K streams and be willing to pay for it. The internet will survive this.

Eventually? I live in Australia nearly all the providers here charge on a per gigabyte quota basis and have done for a long time. It is one of the reasons I can't see ultra HD streaming taking off here as when you are paying for your data it becomes very expensive

Comment: Re:What am I missing? (Score 2) 101

by bloodhawk (#49567551) Attached to: A Cheap, Ubiquitous Earthquake Warning System

That was my thought too. $38 mil is nothing for california, and given the upside (lots of people not dying horribly), it seems worth funding.

To put in perspective, last year CA made $82m on cigarette taxes alone and plans to spend about 10.3 billion in public safety spending 2015. I think $36m for this cause could easily be raised and appropriated.

Hell, just fully legalize pot and let the taxes on that pay for it. Who's onboard?

while it is a nice thought I seriously doubt 10 seconds is going to stop many, if any, from dying. It would take a person the best part of that 10 seconds just to realize what was happening as it happens so infrequently OR if the alarm is to sensitive that it goes off all the time for minor tremors then it would be just like a car alarm where people barely even realize one is going off and again still won't react in time.

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