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Comment Re:depends on what you're looking for (Score 1) 152

Bitcoin is not only a good hope; it's perfectly viable for many transactions.

I would not necessarily suggest that you hold onto much BTC, however.

Problem is BTC has some volatility --- so it is best to keep only the small amount you need onhand to complete transactions in the near future; Replenish by purchasing more, as needed, for additional trading, but don't keep your life savings or a significant percentage of your monthly pay held as BTC.

Comment Re:Missed the Boat? (Score 2) 152

Why are you calling Bitcoin a pyramid scheme? I think it's a perfectly viable way of making electronic payments.

Why, just the other day I purchased around 1/4 a bitcoin, and used it to buy something.

I used Bitcoin for this transaction, because I tried Paypal first, and Paypal hung at a "Logging in... screen"

Something I am seeing more and more often.... I want to buy something on eBay, or from other source, they accept Paypal..... I try to checkout using PayPal, and PayPal's website hangs in Chrome After I enter my Login and Password, It just sits at "Logging in...." forever, Instead of coming up with the screen, where I am supposed to enter the One Time Password from my Keyfob.

And thus I cannot complete the transaction, Because PayPal's website is So broken, So then I am forced to use a Credit Card, which is Less secure, and paying by Bitcoin is a good alternative.

Comment Re:Bad tool (Score 1) 227

I think it's easier to validate that a JPG file is really a JPG than a BMP

You can start with a real image, then modulate the pixels by the data.

Also, you can make it a lossless JPEG.

I think the reason to just use BMP is because it's less processing and computing time required (More efficient, and less space will be wasted too).

Comment Wth is this 'asking permission' crud? (Score 1) 64

Imagine if Galileo had to 'ask permission' from the church to be allowed to use a telescope to look at the sky and 'ask for permission' to take observations that could propose heliocentric theory. We would still think the earth is the center of the universe, absurd.

Real scientists don't ask for permission... they just methodically investigate.

Also, real scientists aren't afraid of being punished by authorities, because their results disagree with popular notions.

Comment Seriously, just use one workstation (Score 1) 182

Clearview must purchase a standard license for type, a one-time charge of between $175 (for one font) and $795 (for the full 13-font typeface family) and up, depending on the number of workstations.

Use a stand-in font that gets re-rendered by a central computer to generate the results image and preview images before printing signs.

Comment Re: Nobody is buying email software anymore (Score 1) 242

Now they have shut it down as well.

No.... that's not quite accurate. Microsoft STILL has their own spam filtering solution.

It's available only as a cloud product; either by moving your mailboxes to O365, or by subscribing to Exchange Online Protection and using their hosted antispam service.

Comment Re: Nobody is buying email software anymore (Score 1) 242

And I know that MS does offer online Archives as part of O365.

Yeah, Online archives managed by the user whose mailbox it is....

Generally a business mail archiving solution is compulsory archiving, which the end user has no control over, and silently archives each message into compact indexed storage.

The Online Archives solution is more like a PST file on the local computer, just outsourced to the cloud, in that the end user decides when to move messages into or out of their Online Archive, and they can still edit/delete messages in their Online Archives.

Comment Re:One word (Score 1) 171

That just ensures that the more populous areas suffer from tax burdens far in excess of their representation.

This is the most equitable, when all the federal tax money is being spent on things that only benefit the population located in the populous area.

most equitable arrangement, of course, would be proportional representation based on how much taxes the individual pays

No... they call that a plutocracy. A most equitable arrangement would be to divide the land mass into fine-grained administrative boundaries on the geography, E.g. Counties, And only allow people in the same administrative boundary to participate in the process of deciding what if any federal tax money that was collected from people in that area can be allocated/spent on a specific project.

Also, for any money borrowed, the debt dollars are attributed in proportion to the decision of different administrative units to participate; allocated in the same manner as collected tax dollars.

Comment Re:One word (Score 1) 171

There is little evidence that they lead to better government.

Get rid of winner take all and do proportional representation voting. There is plenty of evidence that it leads to more voices participating in government, which is what is best.

Of all the issues I care about, almost none of them are specifically tied to the state I live in.

Then there are probably a large number of issues that you should care about, but you are poorly informed on. The economic condition of the area and business you are in will be influenced by many factors that bear a relation to government policies.

Also, for example: Urbanites VS people living in Rural areas have conflicting objectives and needs... on some major issues, such as guns (People living in Rural areas definitely cannot rely on a rapid police response, therefore, owning some heavy weaponry such as "Assault rifles" can be essential).

Geography is quite important. Matter of fact.... Fair and like representation Of different communities, regardless of their size, is important. To give only representation to people or groups and not people in different geographies is called taxation without representation, since, then the geographies with low populations are not getting a vote comparable to the vote that larger communities get in the process.

It's not alright if I live in a small community or village, and all of my tax dollars get spent on projects which mostly only benefit those living in large communities, such as Metropolitan city areas.

That's exactly what happens, if there is no geographical element in the representation. New York City and San Francisco get all the federal economic development, infrastructure development, and public works moneys, while Xyz, Montana gets stuck with nothing, zip, nada.

Also, they want to charge tax rates set at a level appropriate to communities where the cost of living is higher. The economic conditions, such as prices for goods, or for housing, basic essentials, and utilities, in different parts of the country are quite different. It is not cool when the feds impose these various taxes at a higher rate more suited to other areas of the country, causing certain products to be unobtainable in smaller areas or extortionately expensive.

Also, They exploit public resources in a way that hurts the local population, and funnel the royalties/proceeds to other states with higher concentrations of people.

For example: The way the federal gov't allows offshore drilling which deals tremendous damage to some states' wetlands, then allocates the proceeds from federal royalty proceeds to benefit almost entirely to states such as California and Florida who have higher populations.

If anything, there is a lack of proper geographic representation, and should be more representation for sparsely populated geographies such as Alaska, which is unfairly underrepresented.

Comment Re:Isn't it obvious? (Score 1) 242

What is the price of a lost important mail?

It's pretty much zero, because if the email is important enough to actually matter, you will be asking the recipient to let them know, and contacting them over another channel, if they didn't get it.

So if the important mail is "lost", the actual price is attributable not to the loss of the E-mail, but human error in not anticipating the possibility of a lost e-mail and making sure the message gets through.....

Comment Re:A libtard SJW submits his own opinions as news (Score -1, Flamebait) 828

Just remember the person who submitted the story had the decency to put his name on it.

Which means absolutely zilch. It is the bigoted SJW lemmings who are the faux purveyors of justice and come in groups, so those such as the person who submitted the story have nothing to fear by attaching their name. It is their activists groups who are the vocal minority of the public which are Anti-Free-Speech terrorist cells that make Ad Hominem attacks against "Conservatives".

Whenever conservatives attach their name to a differing view by posting or making a monetary contribution, these groups go after the person, instead of the opinion written --- common tactics include boycotting their employer, E.G. OKCUPID vs Firefox.

These guerilla tactics shutdown the discussion and allow the minority groups to sabotage the political process and get their way, even when 99% of the population would be against it with views presented in fair debate.

Posters writing anonymously is a reasonable defense, and therefore, you should expect it to become more common.

Comment Because the headline is bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 828

Twitter gets to decide how they like to enforce their policies, and shutting down honest discussion and posting of truth on a political or social issue by someone, candidate or not, would be shameful, and drive people away from Twitter.

Nobody has shown proof of a Twitter ToS violation by Trump on Twitter.

The guy's team posted some Tweets which became controversial; However, all the tweats claimed to be "Racist" appear to not be racist, unless you have a colored interpretation driven by a politically biased agenda against Trump.

Anti-trump bloggers describing Trump's postings as ToS violations are "Seeing what they want to see".

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