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Comment: Re: No Tea Party Member is on board with this!! (Score 1) 342

by Archangel Michael (#47425011) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

You can't fix politics, until you fix the people voting for the politicians. We get exactly what we deserve as an electorate. However, there are signs on the wall (CANTOR), that given enough crap, voters will out vote incumbents even as they spend millions to hold onto a seat. I see more potential in the (R) side right now in outing politicians who deserve it. However, I don't see ANY such on the (D) side. There is no (D) grassroots with any power, including OWS (noisy, but otherwise ineffective) threatening Harry, Nancy, or any of the others who need to go as much as Cantor did.

But I actually blame the liberal mentality for this, because they like abusive power of Government butting into everyone's business and telling everyone how to live, rather than leaving us the hell alone. Liberal fixation on people like Sarah Palin (who doesn't hold an elected office), because she talks funny, while accepting Sheila Jackson Lee (a complete loon) is a prime example of duplicity that is amazing.

Comment: Re:This is real money (as in dollars) laundering (Score 4, Informative) 118

That is not how money laundering looks like. Here is what Money Laundering Looks like

Illegal gained money is given to a Legitmate enterprise (Gambling) and is returned as "profit" or whatever from the enterprise. In a very simple case, mob money is put into a slot machine, and 98% of it is returned when the jackpot is hit. The gains, now washed (legitimate) are taxed and are clean for use elsewhere (deposit into a bank). Where if you just stuck the gains in the bank would trigger all sorts of investigations. This is part of the reason why deposits of $10,000 or more in banks are automatically reported to treasury, for an audit of the money trail.

The trick in money laundering is to hide the input (initial gains being laundered) well enough that it doesn't trigger the reporting requirement of transactions of 10K or more. A series of 5000 "high risk" transactions where you lose most of the time, but win big occasionally, is typically how money is laundered. The inputs are not traceable, and the earnings become legitimate.

The goal is always to hide the initial input, obfuscate the long trail of transactions and end up with legitimate money on the back end. The transaction you describe is used to obfuscate the buyer and seller from each other, and the authorities, not the transaction. Money laundering still has to occur with the seller, as the bitcoin to currency exchange still has dirty money written all over it.

Comment: Re:Moron Judge (Score 1) 118

No, that is not a show stopper for Bitcoin. It is what is going to drive Bitcoin to full currency status faster, where people trade money for the more usable Bitcoin.

Here is the issue, anything that makes something less utilitarian and causes restrictions will fall into disfavor eventually. Laws and Restrictions and fees and taxes all have the unintended consequence of driving economy deeper under the table. There is a whole class of people who now work off the books, bartering and trading and whatnot, and they don't pay taxes on anything they earn, simply because the government cannot track their activities. They work very hard at staying under the radar, dealing in CASH and trades, and as a result, have a better income than someone that is legitimate.

If I earn 2000 under the table, it is worth 3000-4000 in legitimate earnings that people pay taxes on. And as more people realize how much the government seizes in taxes, even on the "poor", this will start happening more and more. Bitcoin(and similar), has the ability to really change this equation faster than it is happening now.

The more they squeeze their fists, the more people will slip through their fingers (paraphrase of Princes Leia)

Comment: Re:Moron Judge (Score 1) 118

The problem is, it is going to be really hard for the Government to trace money laundering with Bitcoin, if the people take a few simple steps.

1) Use unique wallet for each transaction
2) Use a washing service every time one acquires new coins in a normal transaction.
3) ???
4) Profit

The government is going to try to regulate "coin washing", but since it is a decentralized currency, with no government boarders, it is going to be really hard to pull off well.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 557

by Archangel Michael (#47420751) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

You're right. But the problem is, loyalty is a two way street. If an employer doesn't value existing employees to pay them what the market rate is, or even reasonably close, deserve to lose them to people willing to pay for it all. If my boss hired someone to do what I do, with less skill and experience than me, for more than I make, while being unwilling to even negotiate with me on a raise .... see ya boos!

Comment: Re:Python for learning? Good choice. (Score 1) 403

by XxtraLarGe (#47417737) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

I'm a C++ programmer by trade but there's no way I'd wish that language on a student

Agreed. Its not a learning language.

I learned to program with C++, you insensitive clod! And we had to write our own stacks, heaps and vectors without using the standard library, and that's the way we liked it!

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 557

by Archangel Michael (#47417363) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

You get a better job, by becoming better at your job, and either you move up, or on. This is especially true in IT, where if you stay in your job, you don't get any raises or improvements in benefits. The proven method is to change your job, work somewhere else where they will pay you more, a lot more. I just read where people who change jobs do get raises, because they leave places that do not offer wages, but offer new employees more money than the people who have been there a while.

Which is something I never considered before, and now, I'm actively seeking new employment, and will continue to do so for the rest of my career. If people don't value what they have, they will lose it. Pay me what I am worth, or the marketplace will take me away from you.

Comment: Re: (Score -1, Troll) 384

Credible doubt ... the Antarctic Ice Sheet being larger than average, during the "hottest years in the last century", and violating the entire climate change model being used to predict catastrophic sea-level changes!

Thesis is made
Antithesis is rendered
Experiments are conducted (Climate Change SuperComputer Models)
Results are measured. (Ice Sheets should be shrinking, but are growing)

Conclusion, AWG isn't producing the results actually seen compared to the various climate models. The Thesis is flawed, and therefore MUST be reconsidered, but that isn't happening. Why?

The new answer is "global warming is changing currents in the oceans, causing ice sheet growth". So, by example, the global cooling should make the ice sheets smaller? But that doesn't work either, does it?

Hurricanes, Tornadoes, drought, flooding, etc are all about the same or LESS than years before, counter to all the AGW predictions about "massive" change to the climate.

I can cast credible doubt, but it will be ignored by the likes of you, simply because you WANT to believe AGW.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 557

by Archangel Michael (#47417185) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

How is this a strawman? This is exactly the point. Here is a guy, who views exceptionalism, as "injustice" and "exclusion". Being really good at something is not an "injustice" period. It is exclusive, but that is kind of the point, as being really good at something does make your talent and skill exclusive. But that is the problem with LeftWingers, who want equal outcome, regardless of ability.

Comment: Re:$300 for a GPU (Score 1) 207

Meanhile, the end result doesn't look THAT much better than the PS3, with its measly GeForce 7900 series.

I actually bought it for my PS3, and the graphic quality seems pretty good to me. Of course, I'm more about the game play than anything else.

It's pretty fun, but a lot more driving & gunplay than I was expecting, and there's no real feeling of consequence.

It's easy to get good karma simply by catching criminals, and if you accidentally kill a bystander, it's a minor hit to your karma. I'd expect it to tank, but it doesn't. Hacking people's bank accounts seems to not have any effect, which seems like it should. It would be nice if they had offered a white hat/black hat path that you could take.

Also, if you want, it's pretty easy to level up right away by simply doing the criminal detections and hacking everyone in site in order to buy 5-star weapons from the get go. There doesn't seem to be an XP cap on the criminal investigations, and they're always worth the same.

If this is timesharing, give me my share right now.