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Comment Re:Ooh... (Score 2) 116

Estonia has already weathered the brunt of a Russian cyberattack. They are recognized to be world leaders in cybersecurity at the government level, and host the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.


So yes, I think their safeguards and failsafes extend beyond Windows Update and Norton. Open sourcing their code reduces the black-box vulnerabilities well beyond that level to begin with.

Comment Re:There's no mystery. (Score 1) 172

I'm the anonymous who called you out on being a MORON

... as I am both science and philosophically oriented I prefer scientific studies to generate facts and not untutored opinions.

You throw around a lot of ad hominem attacks, name-calling, and personal anecdotal evidence for someone supposedly science and philosophically oriented, Skippy the Anonymous Coward.

Comment Re:Why Switzerland ? (Score 1) 245

That's ridiculous. Why would the French army go to the pains of crossing the alps and trying to invade a country that has atomic shelters everywhere

Geneva would be a cinch to snap up. It's in low-lying lands, and France can invade it from the northwest, south, west, east. All French territory.

Of course, they would have to contend with the fearsome Swiss Navy on Lake Geneva. I hear they have some fearsome, multipurpose cutlery they could bring to bear.

Comment Re:Can of worms opened... (Score 1) 955

I'd say it's a no-brainer that Ron Paul supports him:


“We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk. They have done a great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret.”

Comment Re:Lemmings (Score 1) 605

The very definition of a Ponzi scheme. This will only end in tears.


While I agree with much of your post, Bitcoin is not a Ponzi scheme, and certainly not it's 'very definition'. "Ponzi scheme" seems to be one of the most misused expressions in economics.

A Ponzi scheme is a specific type of fraud where a party pays people back their own capital rather than making legitimate returns. By definition, it is unsustainable. That's why it's a fraud.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, is just a commodity/currency in a bubble. Period. There are no mathematical reasons that it couldn't be perceived to be at its fair value of $166 forever, so long as people perceive that value to be correct.

Just because unscrupulous speculators make money off the naive, doesn't make it a Ponzi scheme. It just makes it yet another average financial marketplace, which have been drawing in suckers since 4000 B.C.

Comment Re:Or you can stay in the U.S. (Score 1) 523

And if everyone does what you did the quiet, scenic inexpensive areas that you moved to will become McMansion-infested suburban holes with high prices and everything else you ran away from. You didn't solve a problem. You're just the leading edge of the problem in a new state and you're crowing about it like it's something great.

I think you underestimate the size of the 'fly-over' parts of the United States of America. And the number of dying small towns that could use an influx of new people.

ps. Tom Geller - fyi, Toronto has all the sushi you could ever want, and is a hell of a lot cheaper to get to!

Comment This medal belongs at the Eagle pub (Score 2) 179

The Eagle Pub in Cambridge belongs to Corpus Christi College, and it is the place where Crick and Watson announced the helical DNA structure.

Corpus has the money; it could afford it. It's historically relevant, and I could think of nothing better than to hold a raise a pint in their honour.

And then maybe chase it bitterly with a bottle of Jack Daniels, in tribute to young Miss Rosalind Franklin from whom they stole so much.

Comment Re:Before commenting, please remember... (Score 5, Insightful) 389

The quicker we realize that it is anything BUT a religion of peace, and deal with it appropriately, the better.

Can you elaborate on this? How to deal with it? This isn't one of those vague political "yada yada yada" ideas, because dealing with a widely held religious belief usually involves war, discriminatory laws, or any other of a wide variety of excuses to stamp on personal rights and freedom of association.

Comment Re:$1 billion will buy you some excellent tax lawy (Score 1) 132

Buy up some cheap real estate in a distressed area, and then build something big there. The cheap real estate suddenly becomes quite valuable. A nice business plan . . .

The King's Cross area is not remotely distressed. It's been undergoing a revitalization project for pretty much a decade right now. The restored St Pancras station there ranks among the nicest buildings in London (and that's saying something).

So if Google would be a bit late to the party if this was their plan. But it's a great location. Central, on seven subway lines, and a 45 minute direct train to Cambridge.

Good strategic spot, I'd say.

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome. -- Dr. Johnson