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Comment: Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (Score 1) 408

by hchaos (#45986437) Attached to: US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

Replace BTC with USD in your entire statement, and you'll have your answer as to why everyone (including governments) sees the USD as some sort of "magically universally accepted currency".

Totally. wrong. The magic words that exist on USD and don't exist on BTC are "legal tender". It means the bad boys with guns of the US government protect the purpose of your USD's on US soil, as a means of exchanging goods and services. In other words, currencies become accepted because regional powers are willing to kill, maim, and imprison if need be to make it so.

An additional point to this is: because the US Dollar is a currency agreed upon by the people of the US, through our government, as a medium of exchange for goods and services, it is in fact backed by the current and future productivity of the United States, which it turns out is still pretty damn valuable.

Comment: Re:Invisible unicorns in a garage (Score 1) 150

by hchaos (#45747931) Attached to: "Perfect" Electron Roundness Bruises Supersymmetry

Unfortunately for the theory of supersymmetry, this is yet another blow.

Ok, but why? Anyone care to explain this for me?

In simple terms (that I hope are accurate), supersymmetry is one of the predictions made by string theory (although the concept of supersymmetry pre-dates string theory). I believe there are other theories that incorporate supersymmetry as well. So, if the predictions made by supersymmetry don't hold up, any theory that is based on it will need to be revised or abandoned.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 622

by hchaos (#40496475) Attached to: The PHP Singularity

What kind of bullshit logic is that? Something is broken, everyone hates it, so let's put all our efforts in making the alternatives better? How about contributing to PHP and fixing what you're bitching about instead of, well, bitching about it? You know, it's open-source and all.

Speaking of bullshit logic, why should I contribute to a language that I hate, instead of doing something useful in a language that I actually like?

Comment: Seriously? (Score 2) 315

by hchaos (#37628418) Attached to: Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?
NO ONE considered the time distortion of gravity? I mean, sure, it's the first time that the time distortion due to gravity has ever been significant in any practical application, but it's still a fundamen... wait, it's not the first time? You're saying that there's an 18-year-old system that relies on this principle to work properly? How many people use this obscure system? Every single person in the civilized world? You'd think that at least one of these researchers would have heard about it, then.

Comment: Re:Not so far from Greece (Score 1) 176

by hchaos (#31222244) Attached to: Stone Tools Found On Crete Push Back Humans' Maritime History

A fair point, which deserves an answer. The reason they're not thinking that is, probably, that there has as yet been no evidence that there were humans in mainland Greece anything like that early. The earliest known sign of human habitation in Europe is only ca. 40k years old.

Humans in Africa, however ...

There is no evidence for Homo sapiens in Europe 130k years ago. However, according to the article, these tools are Acheulean technology, which was used by Homo erectus. These were not modern humans, and this technology was pretty widespread across Europe, as well as Africa and Asia.

Comment: Re:Verbification and Neologism Running Amok! (Score 1) 100

by hchaos (#28934859) Attached to: Thinktank Aims To Crowdsource Government Earmark Analysis
"Verbification" is also a neologism, even though the activity that it describes has been occurring in the English language for several hundred years, so don't think you're going to stamp it out any time soon. Also, "source" has always been a verb, and it's use as a noun is probably the result of nounification some 500-700 years ago.

Recent research has tended to show that the Abominable No-Man is being replaced by the Prohibitive Procrastinator. -- C.N. Parkinson