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Comment: Quantum Fluctuation (Score 3, Insightful) 612

Since the equations only express the properties of the universe, what exaclty did the quantum fluctuation occur in? This seems to be more of a confirmation of M-theory than that the universe came from nothing. What is the formula for the state directly before the fluctuation ocurred? It seems that state would be necessary to calculate what the fluctuation occurred IN. That would, to me, be more of a discovery.

Comment: Fuck 'Em we can wait it out (Score 3, Insightful) 323

they are not selling food. the product is inherently of no value. I say make them sing for their supper. In the end all they are are fools for our entertainment. the idea that they dictate the terms of the price of a non essential good is in the long run just silly

Comment: Pointless (Score 1) 856

by fadethepolice (#43702077) Attached to: California Lawmaker Wants 3-D Printers To Be Regulated I couldn't find the link now, but don't all commercial printers print a tracking code on every print made in order to prevent and track counterfeit money? This is already done on regular printers so there is a very high likelihood this could get passed.

Comment: Re: Yawn (Score 1) 367

by fadethepolice (#43640323) Attached to: Observed Atmospheric CO2 Hits 400 Parts Per Million
Using a word like deniers to label people whose opinion you oppose is morally offensive. Climate changes this rapidly fairly commonly. If you review the vostok data the Holocene is already much longer than any recent interglacials, from that data we can infer that a glaciation lasting approx. 10000 years is about to descend and ruin human civilization. I'm not saying greenhouse gases are not causing global warming. What I'm saying is that is a hell of a lot better then dealing with another ice age. . The theory for long term global warming seems to be based on this: Hitting a window of 30000 years width 400000 years ago while simultaneously predicting the Milankovitch cycles at the time is a lot to bet the fate of humanity on. Picking MIS-11 out of the last five interglacials seems to me like cherry picking your data to support a populare opinion. Further, the guy who wrote the book picking MIS-11 wrote a book claiming the exact opposite in the seventies. New data on MIS-11 refutes it's pleasantly warm reputation. IF you look at all the scientific evidence other than the geologically insignificant data for the last 130 years it is abundantly obvious that a long-term ice age is much more likely than long-term global warming.

Comment: Re:Is it? (Score 1) 388

Well then, perhaps your expertise is exactly what the bitcoin community is looking for. MTGOX should not be the only exchange. You do seem to know what your are talking about. Most analysts I have heard on television do not stress this point. There is no doubt that real market factors contributed to the collapse of the US housing market, but some people were able to handily take advantage of the collapse. (As happens with most things). As a person who participated in both the dotcom and housing booms of the last 15 years or so, I can say that I was aware of the housing problem before it collapsed and was deftly able to shift gears to the Marcellus explosion that recently occurred, and now seems to be starting to taper off. If I knew as a corporate lemming what was occurring it seems rather far-fetched that the majority of analysts were unaware.

Comment: Re:Is it? (Score 1) 388

I'd prefer if you used your vast financial knowledge to explain to everybody you talk to about how lack or regulation of credit default swaps allowed large investment entities to increase the leverage on US home mortgages to the point that the US government had to step in and pay the debts of private corporations.

Comment: Re:Is it? (Score 1) 388

Man are you dumb. The fact that this was voted insightful truly forces me to again take note of the precipitous drop of overall IQ on slashdot over the last few years. Bitcoin != to an account. Bitcoin = dollar. Where you choose to store your bitcoins is entirely up to you. Depending on your situation your money may be more useful in dollars, bitcoins, euros, or yuan. If you want to access your money without approval of or notification by the US banking system then bitcoins is the way to go. If you want to store your money in a stable, mature currency that has little chance of volatility in value you use the dollar, or perhaps the yuan. If you want to take the chance of a national government unilaterally taking your money without notification you use the euro. The bottom line is that it depends on your needs. Some people may want to take a portion of their savings, buy bitcoins, place the bitcoins on a USB stick then hide the stick in their attic. This might be akin to investing in a smaller more volatile currency such as the rupee or rand. These types of investments have been in use by major investment firms for years, and make up a percentage of the investments in what they call 'high risk growth funds". The article is FUD, your comment is FUD. In fact I almost wonder if there is a connection between you and the people who are precipitating the DDOS attack on MTGOX. The greatest advantage of a bitcoin is that you don't have to ask a large corporations PERMISSION to access or transfer your money. It's entirely too easy for a government to unilaterally freeze all of your assets. I suggest you view a few episodes of Burn notice.

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