It's 2013, does that make the term "Information Superhighway" retro?
Judging from the summary, their idea sounds more like the Information Spaghetti Junction.
But there is another way. What if the asset manager gets immediate access to their commission credit through Bitcoin: the peer-to-peer (P2P) digital currency?"
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At the moment, monetary wealth is incredibly disproportionately held. Doesn't stop fiat currencies working.
If Bitcoin takes off as an international currency, then the initial enthusiasm of early adopters will have played a large part in this. Those bit-billionaires deserve a very hefty reward for getting a currency started that governments can't print at will, or track.
To the extent they spend their money, they redistribute it throughout society, and they'll have to spend it in order to get, at the very least, food, water, and utilities.
True, an eeeevil bit-zillionaire could crash the value of bitcoin. But two observations spring to mind about this:
1. What happened to Zimbabwe's currency? What happened to the mark during the Weimar Republic? What the hell do you think the bank bailouts and Quantitative Easing have been doing to the Dollar, Euro and Pound Sterling recently? You don't need eeeeevil bit-zillionaires in order to monkey with the currency, you just need an unscrupulous government, which can be had for tuppence ha'penney. At least you can't print Bitcoins.
2. If you're worried about the value of Bitcoin crashing (reasonable), don't keep your savings in Bitcoin! Keep it in something else (gold?), and use a service that will easily exchange your gold for bitcoins when you want to cash in some of them. Such services would spring up pretty readily in the event that Bitcoin took of but remained volatile.
How exactly is the UK 2 party system? With SNP running Scotland, Lib-Dem in the coalition, and AV being voted on in like 3 weeks?
Speaking as an Englishman (as I tap my pipe out on my mantlepiece), in my opinion a 3-party system functions as horridly as a 2-party one.
"Introducing... the 3 Party System! Now with 50% extra choice! Running the gamut of meta-opinions from A to C!"
We Americans need to stop letting the loonies think they are on even footing with the rest of society. We're only doing ourselves a disservice. First we let the Scientologists think they are legits, then creationists, then the Tea Baggers, now Jedis? Ugh.
According to TFA, the Jedi in question lives in Southend, England.
But fuck it, you're having fun. Rant on, sir, rant on!
"It's called self-deprecating humor. I'm a male, so I get to make fun of men."
Assuming you're a man, saying "all men are stupid" deprecates you --- that's 1 person --- and 3 billion other people.
It's 3 billion times more *other*-deprecating than self-deprecating.
Not saying racist and sexist jokes aren't funny.
But they're not self-deprecating.
Needing the teller to belong to the group the joke targets, ain't about self-deprecation on the teller's part. It's about what sort of things an audience is prepared to listen to, and from whom.
I think you may be taking a too local view of the odds.
Assume around 100 people win the lottery jackpot every year (about right for the UK's National Lottery, don't know about other versions)
Assume world population stabilizes at around 10 billion (figure pulled proudly out of my arse).
Assume an asteroid wipes out nearly all life on earth once every 100 million years.
J Random Human's chance of winning the lottery this year = 1E2 / 1E10 = 1E-8.
J Random Human's chance of getting killed by the next KT event this year = 1E-8.
Sure around 100 people win the jackpot every year, but it'll take 100 million years for the lottery to become more successful at awarding money than lone asteroids are at killing things.
But I'm an actor, so my maths are probably totally wrong. Anyone care to put me out of my misery?
Wow, what resolution is your desktop to use that as the wallpaper?
One day, big enough.
You can download much larger versions of this image from the following link:
I'm downloading the 50 MB TIFF at the moment.
I'm left-handed. In school, I found that my writing tended to become illegible rather quickly, because of having to `push' rather than `pull' across the paper.
One day, I was browsing in a bookshop when I noticed a facsimile of some of Leonardo da Vinci's notes. Now, everyone knows that he wrote his personal notes backwards, and writing backwards is often a sign of left-handedness. And since da Vinci hacked on just about everything else going in Renaissance Italy, I wondered whether he might have hacked his own handwriting for ease of use. And he must have had to write to other people occasionally --- he couldn't ALWAYS have written backwards.
So I bought the book and with a mirror and a magnifying-glass figured out how he formed his letters. And I found that actually, his handwriting is very easy when writing left-to-right. I think that most of the ease comes from replacing difficult `pushed' curves with straight lines wherever possible. For example, using a small capital N rather than n, using a small captial A rather than a, forming g like a modern cursive z, and so on. Other improvements appear to have been made for speed, such as not dotting i or j. Other decisions appear to have been made to slow the hand down briefly but regularly; for example, writing capitals large, and with curves.
So I adopted his ways of forming letters, and found that I could write quicker, more fluidly, and without much of the hand-cramp from which I used to suffer. A decade later, I still use his handwriting.
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