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Comment: Re:Deflation, numbnuts (Score 5, Insightful) 239

by eln (#43593325) Attached to: One Bitcoin By the Numbers: Is There Still Profit To Be Made?
I agree that bitcoin is built to be scarce, and therefore valuable, but that sort of thing is the opposite of what you want in a currency. If the currency constantly increases in value, then the best option is to obtain as much as possible and stuff it under the mattress. Only an inflationary currency encourages investment, because you actually lose money by hoarding it rather than investing it. If everyone hoards the stuff instead of spending it, it becomes useless as a medium of exchange.

Comment: Re:IT jobs at 60. (Score 5, Informative) 306

by eln (#41922329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?
Just so you know, asking an older person for their retirement plans in an interview or at any point during the hiring process can open you up to a very costly age discrimination lawsuit. Not hiring people over 40 because you think they'll ask for too much money will do the same. If you're simply reporting that people that age tend to ask for too much money that's one thing, but if you're proactively screening out older applicants because you think they might ask for too much money, that's against the law.

Comment: Re:Smart Guy (Score 1) 379

by eln (#41917857) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Convince Someone To Give Up an Old System?
I would approach it from a standpoint of professional curiosity on your part rather than the "what if you got hit by a bus tomorrow" thing or the "you don't really want to do this forever" thing. No matter how sincere you are, people often recognize those as code words for "what if we want to get rid of you" and will be reluctant to cooperate.

Comment: Re:How does the rest of the jury feel? (Score 5, Insightful) 282

by eln (#41537569) Attached to: Unredacted Filings Reveal Claims of Juror Misconduct in Apple vs Samsung Trial
I've been on a jury, and you'd be amazed at how easy it is for the entire jury to fall in line behind someone who seems to know what he's talking about, especially if the trial involves something few people have experience in (such as patent law). If the rest of the jury trusted him as the resident expert on the issue at hand, they would likely go along with whatever he said.

Comment: Re:More exciting? (Score 1) 97

by eln (#41069005) Attached to: Stanford's Self Driving Car Tops 120mph On Racetrack
Agreed. Driving out west involves vast distances on straight roads. Sometimes the scenery is cool, sometimes it's flat and boring. I'd love to be able to drive through and admire the scenery when it's nice instead of having to pay attention to the boring stretch of asphalt I'm on, and be able to nap when the view sucks. If I wanted an adrenaline rush with my driving, I'd go to the race track.

Comment: Re:vintage computers (Score 1) 231

by eln (#40875969) Attached to: Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35
I also had a TRS-80 Color Computer as a young child. I mostly played games on it, but my father apparently did actual work on it as well. I can't imagine how much it cost him (he didn't make much money), but his willingness to spend that money fundamentally altered the course of my life. The TRS-80 was the first computer I ever used, and it sparked a passion for technology that's still with me today.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.