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Comment: Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (Score 1) 134

by rolfwind (#47863023) Attached to: Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

Tax-wise it seems tricky. It seems (you're nuts if you take advice from a random stranger on this) that it's considered an asset, and if bitcoin gains in value you have to pay tax on that

Like most assets, don't you (in the US) just pay tax on it when you sell it and realize a profit? Just like stock?

That doesn't seem tricky at all.

Comment: Does natural gas fracking work the same way as oil (Score 2) 191

by rolfwind (#47860869) Attached to: US Rust Belt Manufacturing Rebounds Via Fracking Boom

?

I know the extraction bellcurves of conventional oil wells/fields are generally decades long things, while fracking lasts only a few years, so a fracking area tends to get dotted with many, many wells before they have to move on due to depletion.

Does the same short-livedness hold true for natural gas?

Comment: Re:Science creates understanding of a real world. (Score 2) 762

by rolfwind (#47853383) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

Science may be good and pure and free of politics.

BUT SCIENTISTS ARE NOT. They depend on funding and getting tenure and in general are dependent on institutions and where institutions are, there is a boat load of politics.

A hard science like physics has it relatively easy, but everything down the ladder can be and are muddied to one degree or another.

For the record, I'm convinced of anthropogenic global warming.

Comment: Re:Stock is at a record high (Score 4, Interesting) 90

by rolfwind (#47743875) Attached to: 3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

I agree. Apple still is coasting on Steve Job's risks. Coasting is fine in a stactic market, not in one full with change.

What happened to AppleTV? Oh, netflix and amazon and rokubox all claimed that pie because Apple was too stodgy to move on it.

Steve Jobs took chances. Where does Tim Cooke take chances? All I see is him betting on sure things and doing things for good PR.

Apple is the new Sony of the 90s. What happens when the tablet market is saturated and declines? What happens if major phone networks start allowing people to bring their existing phones and getting a discount, breaking the 2 year upgrade cycle?

Comment: Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (Score 2) 364

by rolfwind (#47734329) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

When it's all 3, I think it's a trimming of the budget thing. Or perhaps 2 of them really wanted to move on, and they didn't think they'd find a team that works on camera as well. If it were just say Kari, they could sub her with Jessy Combs. With 2 people, they'd likely collapse the team.

As with Tasha Yar, my view is, when you have a winning show, stay on as long as possible and ride it out.

Comment: Re:My wife will miss Grant. (Score 5, Insightful) 364

by rolfwind (#47734321) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

I will miss Grant too. He seemed to be the only one close to a scientist of the 3, as an electrical engineer and robot builder.

Haven't watched the show for a while now. It became too much blow shit up and other dumbed down shit. Every episode. And yet it was still one of Discoveries smarter shows, as sad as that fact is.

While I can fault their scientific method, they had some ingenius ways to test and bust some myths. I wonder if "returning" to roots means smarter shows though or just trimming the budget?

Comment: Most documentaries suck (Score 5, Insightful) 103

For the past 15 years, nearly all the channels such as history channel, discovery, etc have been nearly wothless, waste your time with ratings tactics, etc. Some physics series (NDT, Brian Cox) and maybe animal planet being an exception?

It's easier just to read up on the rest without the bullshit, the commercials, and the ratings grab tactics. Even on netflix, it's rare that a documentary is worth watching, because of the editing geared towards TV.

It's telling when the most worthwhile educational show the last years came out on Fox.

Comment: Re:Gators (Score 5, Interesting) 160

by rolfwind (#47668329) Attached to: Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

Sad thing about requiring college education whether the job needs it or not. You can fill a moron with facts, but not logic.

The body of Bravo's roomate was later found in a makeshift grave in a forest close to Bravo's apartment.

That is stupid.

Also of note is that investigators determined that Bravo, during the same time frame he asked Siri for advice on where to hide the body, also used a flashlight app nine times. Though circumstantial, the inference is that he used the flashlight on the iPhone to help him see as he disposed of the body.

Scary how shit like that is tracked in the phone. I use my flashlight daily, wonder if that makes me a suspect for something?

Comment: Re:Cook needs to resign. Apple is going downhill f (Score 1, Insightful) 561

by rolfwind (#47660643) Attached to: Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Apple is still coasting on Job's set up.

It has absolutely sucked at setting up new types of products in the pipeline in the eventual saturation of the tablet market (ok, people will keep on buying phones every 2 years... well until some markets savvy up and offer a discount for bringing in existing smartphones).

Ipod sales are going down since 2009, to be expected because of the iPhone, but now also because of android.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

What happened to Apple TV since Steve died? Nothing. And it will remain nothing. Netflix and Amazon have that market tied up now.

Apple is going to wonder what happened to itself in 10 years, because I see Tim Cooke taking absolutely no chances unlike Steve. He's too conservative and too scared of fouling up but he also will never be able to hit it big. They'll keep churning out iPhones and that won't be enough for that much longer. Apple is the new Sony and it's days are numbered.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 502

by rolfwind (#47610465) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Yeah, but we still have the battery problem. And the huge upfront investment.

No one in cities has the space to dedicate for solar other than a rooftop supplemental.

Solar panels went down a lot in price and will continue to do so (still quite an expensive component though), but batteries haven't really quite kept up. Unless a new tech comes in as well like some sort of super capacitors (or ultra cheap sand battery tech), we also have the lifetime/limited cycles to consider along with capacity.

Am I going to be scared just to turn on my induction stove or A/C just because what wear and tear it will cause my system?

Comment: Re:Bubbles (Score 5, Interesting) 130

by rolfwind (#47608165) Attached to: Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists

Have you seen so-called "World News" with Diane Sawyer lately on one of the big networks?

It's embarassing. 3/4 human interest stories at least. Mostly domestic. A few minutes of human interest human interest stories.

Or when you watch the olympics. Very few competitions anymore on the networks. Especially not when foreigners are competing. And we need everyone's tearjerking backstory now.

It hasn't always been like this. People don't need social media to stay ignorant. Their own mass media does it for them.

Comment: Re:Try to make me forget. (Score 3, Insightful) 135

by rolfwind (#47591459) Attached to: How Google Handles 'Right To Be Forgotten' Requests

Actually no, that's not how life works.

Go apply for a US government job with some clearance and see how far that forgetting works while they speak to your 1st grade teachers and anyone else that knew you since birth.

And you can also apply that to anybody that would want to put the time and money to put a detective on you.

Back in the 1960s (or today even) I could write a book with some embarrassing anecdote about someeone, would they be able to order that pulled off the shelves? No.

The only difference here is "internet." Ah yes, now we're in the era of not just negative rights, which are relatively easy to enforce, and positive rights, which usually cause a clusterfuck wherever they are tried.

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