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The word saboteur is French, I think.
Joda Time is brilliant.
It's a pleasure to use, and obviously was created by people who thought long and hard about it, and had suffered with the problems of the standard Java date/time libraries.
If you still use Date or Calendar, then check out Joda Time.
"Want to know how much my flat is worth and what I paid for it? Did I pay taxes last year, and if so, how much?"
"it would just force these hypothetical dirty bomb enthusiasts to line the bomb container with lead"
A friend of mine works for a company making detectors for ports.
I said to him "But terrorists will just ship them in in lead-lined boxes", and he told me that that would cause a measurable drop in the background radiation which would trigger suspicions.
I once renamed shutdown.exe from the Windows resource kit to DONOTRUN.exe, and sent it in a mail round to the company (in the I love you/Melissa days), warning people in the subject, and message to NOT RUN THE ATTACHED attachment.
People then started coming to me complaining they'd lost work because their computer had shutdown.
It's amazing, it really is.
Urg. That ampersand in the URL makes me twitch. Surely that's not a valid part of the URL, unless it's in a list of parameters?
Since my financial stability for the future doesn't correlate with income nor even profit, I think my risk is pretty low. Even if volatility continues, and even if my businesses took in 50% of their revenues in BTC, I still wouldn't see any actual harm. The businesses have been around for decades, and they're self-sufficient and stable.
Converting BTC to fiat currency puts a sell-pressure on BTC. Holding BTC would reduce the selling supply, thereby reducing volatility from the sell side. It's the same with dollars: I hoard my dollars in cash "under the mattress" rather than put it in a bank to get loaned out as debt (money multiplier effect).
The "market forces" in BTC right now are pretty unique because only a small number of BTC holders are actually transacting. Most people are "long game speculators", and are neither buying things with BTC nor selling it to liquidate for fiat currency. As the number of BTC users goes up (which will likely happen when volatility is reduced), I believe we'll see a more stable platform.
I'd be happy to throw back just to the 1800s or so -- when poor people could actually save their way to wealth, where credit addiction didn't lead to thrill-seeking behavior addiction, and where the money supply wasn't a medium to fund warfare and welfare entitlements benefiting the rich and powerful.
Business regulations, money regulations and savings dilution aren't modern in any way, but they've become the norm. I'd rather see all 3 go away, or at least just become part of the nanny-state economy, not my economies.
Bingo. I may be aligned with the anarcho-capitalists, but I also have no issue with government regulating the people who want government.
I don't care for money stability, I just want a bartering medium that is freed from the pressures associated with money. Bitcoin is unlikely to fund government programs -- and if the day comes that a commodity currency becomes official, it will certainly restrict government to acting within their means.
I also appreciate that Bitcoin doesn't have the money multiplier effect of credit (cards, loans, etc). People have to live within their means with Bitcoin.
I sell physical goods and accept Bitcoin as a payment method. The volatility doesn't bug me at all. While it's only a tiny percentage of overall sales, it's still exciting to see a currency that can actually become a true bartering agent that is freed of non-market forces.
If a seller is concerned with volatility, they should consider not selling their received BTC for fiat currency. It's the number of "we accept bitcoin" sites that accept currency and then immediately convert it to fiat that is one reason for the downward pressure.
I blogged about it the other day, in how I wish governments would just make BTC to fiat currency transactions illegal. It would be a great step in reducing volatility and decoupling BTC from the regulated markets.
I left her set up with the ability to sudo, but with the warning that "there be dragons", and to contact me.
I set up OpenVPN so I could always SSH on, and fix anything.
The only time I've ever had a problem was when my sister's Windows-using ex boyfriend tried to install something, and stuffed up the firewall rules. I simply talked her through sudo iptables
Years of trouble-free computing.
It sounds like you're projecting your own insecurities about your inability to interact with whom you want to interact with. That's too bad.
The straw man argument about "giving up" roads, postal, internet etc is irrelevant to me. I'm not political. I believe in the feudalism that has existed since the dawn of agriculture. 80% of people are serfs, 20% are lords. I'll take advantage of the system that you serfs have created, be it political, corporate, even sexual markets.
I don't support the systems, and in a truly free market guys like me would be knocked down a notch.
But we aren't. I'm still making good enough money to vacation every week or two. I have great friends who either really like me, or like the things I have access to. I sleep with great women who also take care of my domestic needs. I don't work in a cubicle or in a "team environment" and I work with the customers I want to work with -- and ones who want to work with me.
And I work when I want to work. My employees have that same freedom: if they don't need the income, they don't have to come in and field new jobs. It's pretty basic, it's how humans seem designed to operate.
Or, you can be a serf in a 9-5 job paying off a mortgage for 42 years, college debt for 20+ years, and hope you'll die being able to leave your children something of value.
You can have your society, I don't want a part of it.
The entire world has attempted this one-size-fits-all mentality, and it's a failure. People are unhappy with it.
I want to be with happy people in my life. I don't need the money from any one unhappy person, so I'd rather not have them in my life.
The idea that all businesses should accept all customers is insane. Should all men accept all women as possible sex partners? Should you accept any platonic friend who comes into your life?
No. We form relationships based on compatibility, and my businesses do BETTER because my clients are generally compatible with my viewpoints.
"Being a self starter has nothing to do with whether or not you went to college."
Really? I don't meet too many college graduates who I would consider self-starters. Very rare, actually.
"Having a college degree isn't the only thing that matters but it can be a very useful indicator of what the person standing in front of me is capable of."
"I have several college degrees including masters in both engineering and business. I've started 5 businesses, am a certified accountant, run a manufacturing company and am on the board of a non-profit. My wife has a doctorate and does even better than I do. If you think our college degrees have held either of us back in any way you are delusional."
I'm sure they haven't held you back, but I also don't see the purpose of those degrees connecting with your 5 businesses. Sounds like you wasted a lot of time chasing degrees. I wouldn't hire you.
"So you want to hire people who have no respect for others? Nice. I'll be sure to avoid you and the people you hire."
Feminists have respect for others? Please. Progressives have respect for others? Yeah, sure, tell me another one.
"You know a lot of engineers or doctors who picked up their profession "on the streets"?"
I own an engineering company and I have no degree. Two of my consultants who work with me also don't have degrees.
And I did mention in my OP that STEM degrees can make sense -- but they aren't the end off for confirming someone's ability to engineer.
The greatest engineer I ever met, in Chicago, who has been retired just 5 years, did not have an engineer degree. And he was the #1 guy in a certain engineering field in the Midwest. My mentor, of sorts. Never went to college.