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Comment: Re:Bitcoin (Score 4, Insightful) 263

by evilbessie (#46476515) Attached to: Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

Is fraud not specifically doing things against regulations? Without any form of regulation at all it wouldn't be fraud. The SEC are the police but they are paid by the people they police, if not actually being the same people. Bad policing of regulation isn't a problem with the regulations and to draw such comparisons hides the nature of the problem.

Comment: Re:Get up early if you want (Score 1) 462

by evilbessie (#45354281) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

Well that's lovely, other than at above about 50 degrees the winter sun is maximum of 8 hours but in the summer you get 16 hours, actually moving it in the summer makes sense so you make more use of the available light (you could change your wake up time by 1-5 minutes a day, or move the clock once, most people tend to get up at the same time each day). But it not getting light until 10am in the winter (with DST still applied) just so it can get dark at quarter to five seems really silly. It makes a lot more sense to then have mostly continuous systems countrywide to ease any confusion.

Comment: Re:It's really dumb once you understand the purpos (Score 1) 462

by evilbessie (#45346353) Attached to: Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

But sunset and sunrise can change by 5 minutes a DAY, which is pretty stupid if you have to reset your clocks every week, enough people forget to do it now. Yes lots of clocks are automatic now but many (annoying ones mostly) are not and people do like their heating on at sane times and the car clock to be mostly right. It's a dumb plan in every conceivable way.

Hell it'll never change there is already enough anger about leap seconds and they happen at most twice a year...

Comment: Re:Sounds more like a mockery (Score 1) 40

by evilbessie (#44754729) Attached to: IBM Uses Internal Kickstarters To Pick Projects

But then do you not have to evaluate all the unsuccessful stuff. How do you quantify the rapidly prototyping with a 3D printer vs. slower prototyping, which out of necessity is only going to be used on well formed ideas and the various success rates. It's pretty hard maths and it's only by judicious use of these tools can maximum benefit be obtained.

And even if you could do this you wouldn't be measuring anything, you'd be estimating.

Comment: Re:Genius judge (Score 1) 540

by evilbessie (#43987699) Attached to: Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

What's the point of internships if you don't want to hire any of the possibly useful people? I sort of thought the point was to give experience so that they might be useful in the future. Why spend any effort doing that if you're not going to take the reward of a useful new employee. If you are just using it as a source of free labour, fuck that shit, seriously.

I don't imagine for a second that anyone would take an unpaid internship over a paid one if they were the same in every other respect. Saying that some people want to work for free is missing the point that they shouldn't be allowed to be slaves in the first place.

Comment: Re:So many extra fees (Score 1) 91

by evilbessie (#43766825) Attached to: Canadian Cellphone Users May Get Justice Over Phantom Charges

One of the reasons that is bandied about is that advertising regions do not match up with state borders so differing sales taxes would cause the advertising to be wrong. It does piss me off when nothing in a $1 store is actually $1 though. I'm glad Europe got its shit together to get rid of most of these extra unavoidable fees.

Comment: Re:Open set it is! (Score 1) 248

by evilbessie (#43729789) Attached to: Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

I was just objecting to the use of set of all primes, as you say there is no easy way to construct (or test) primes, however by showing that there must be a prime greater than an arbitrary value you have demonstrated there are an infinite number of primes* without requiring that you know all the primes in the first place.

*(N!+1)! +1 ad infinitum.

The proof in the article is that there exists an infinite subset of the primes where members are separated from at least one other member by less than 70 million. Which is a pretty hard thing to even get close to proving.

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