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Comment: Re: Wow ... (Score 4, Insightful) 419

by madhatter256 (#47559215) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Not really, I know people who write POS code for a company that competes with NCR. They have no ties to banks. it's all about talking to processors, like VISA, Mastercard, etc.

I guess people are trying to pin this on the bank because banks are evil. #wallstreet #99% #ideserverwhatyouworkedfor #givemestuff

Comment: But has anything changed becaose of this? NO! (Score 1) 348

by madhatter256 (#47101397) Attached to: Why Snowden Did Right

They are still tapping phones, they are still encroaching on our very-so-precious privacy. I don't want NSA to hear me talk sex with a russian prostitute overseas. It's my right as an American to do what I want behind closed doors....

Snowden is just popular because it's cool to disrupt the status-quo and by doing so, he is therefore part of the status-quo - meaning nothing has changed and nothing will ever change because there is nothing that needs to be changed...

Comment: There are other rocks also (Score 2, Insightful) 180

by madhatter256 (#46018915) Attached to: More Details About Mars Mystery Rock

If you look in the photo provided by CNN in the article, look at the rock which casts a shadow near the top left corner of the photo.

That same rock is there in the newer photo with the donut-rock. Now, just look down a little bit and slight right you will see a darker spot that wasn't that dark in the earlier picture and it appears to cast a shadow. Therefore, there are more rocks (at least two) that weren't there before.

Comment: Charlie Stross was right! (Score 3, Insightful) 182

by madhatter256 (#45911521) Attached to: Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

Bitcoin is the Libertarian's Currency!

Taken from his rant:

"Libertarians love it because it pushes the same buttons as their gold fetish and it doesn't look like a "Fiat currency". You can visualize it as some kind of scarce precious data resource, sort of a digital equivalent of gold. Nation-states don't control the supply of it, so it promises to bypass central banks. "

Comment: Re:Profit (Score 1) 265

Not only that, the yield of such intrinsic metals on these asteriods may literally be a thousand times higher than current yields here.

Of course, very high yields of such metals can be very detrimental to the market because t he whole premise of mining is to have low availability to make extreme mining ventures viable.. Why continue spending billions of dollars in mining palladium, iridium, if the value drops to that of gold prices?

Comment: Big advancement over previous method in catching.. (Score 1) 545

Prior to computers we had to use pull-string dolls.

Our methods were presented in this documentary:

but during the course of filming we had to use live bait and then the operation went down the tubes.

You have a tendency to feel you are superior to most computers.