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Comment: Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (Score 1) 571

by Ol Olsoc (#47447621) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Are we assuming all transactions humans do are with merchants?

Naive as hell!

Hard to say. My son, who isn't in business, takes credit cards through his iPhone. Just a card swipe and there ya go. Comes free with a PayPal account.

Pretty nice actually, will probably be a hit at yard sales. The times, they are - a - changin'.

Comment: Re: 666 (Score 1) 571

by Ol Olsoc (#47447607) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

As opposed to gold, which has never seen the price move.

This. Gold is exceptionally volatile, and basing an economy on it is not a wise move.

The idea that fiat currency is somehow less stable than gold is not proven out by the facts. If a person were to check out the dates of depressions and recessions, at least in the US, they will quickly see that the economy is actually more stable after we left the gold standard.

What is more, if we were to take the entire amount of gold ever mined and tried to apply it as the standard, we'll see right away that there just isn't enough gold, or else the gold would be insanely expensive per ounce. Especially as we in the US don't have all the gold ever mined. Which in the end would render any currency actually based upon it immediately worthless.

So we were on fiat currency long before we went to fiat currency.

I'm not in a place where I can easily look up the stats at the moment, but I did post the supporting math in here a while back.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 571

by Ol Olsoc (#47447567) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

the abolition of printed cash drives a wedge between 2 and 3. at the first whiff, run.

Shouldn't you be complaining about not being on the gold standard?

Seriously dude, your paranoid fantasy came true years ago, when we went off the Gold standard, and decoupled gold form the dollar.

It's all a game, and there was always too much paper floating around to make a gold standard serious. And as soon as we went total fiat, it didn't matter whether the money was printed, or a checkbook, or auto-deduct or credit card.

Maybe Somalia might work for you? I don't know how they handle money - mostly barter, I suspect - but it's probably more in line with your ideals. The rest of the world will just move on, and stand in line for their mark of the beast. The good news is they can pay for that online.

Comment: Re:666 (Score 1, Insightful) 571

by Ol Olsoc (#47447541) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

The moment cash was eliminated, you could kiss your precious freedom goodbye. That is not a joke, and it is not a fantasy.

Yes, I went totally cashless about ten years ago, and still lament the loss of my freedom.

If there is anything worse than having an itemized statement of all my purchases, and paying it off every month, then getting cash back, I don't know what is, unless it is....

The nightmare scenario of automatically paying your bills. Jesus, that's awful.

Some times I wonder if the doomsday preppers haven't taken over Slashdot these days. We've always had a strong streak of libertarianism, but half the comments these days read like they are posted from a bunker in Idaho. The second, fakey one, because we don't want the Guvmint finding the real one by tracking our phone. Back to the rabbit holes everyone!

Comment: Re:Onlione. (Score 1, Interesting) 123

by Ol Olsoc (#47445077) Attached to: Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

More of that high-quality Slashdot/Dice.com editing.

Is there any other kind?</snark>

Well then you do it! Seriously dude you show thes asshat editors that make a spelling mistake and show them how a really smart person does it. I am looking forward to seeing many articles from none other than Safety Cap.

In a breach of playground protocol, I triple dog dare ya.

Comment: Re:because drinking water is so pristine (Score 1) 237

by Ol Olsoc (#47439483) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

The concern is not piss and shit --- it's synthetic chemicals, such as rubbing alcohol, medications, petrol/motor oil, ethylene glycol; pesticides, fertilizer, and materials containing heavy metals or other toxins, that folks sometimes flush down the drain.

Medicines are a big part of that mix also. Especially estrogen and it's mimics. lot's of goodies in the water, some times from discarded pills, some teims from pissing. There is even some thought that this has been part of the issue of men "growing boobs" that's been going on for some years now. Between the Phytoestrogens we've been eating in larger and larger amounts, (soybeans, peas) and the Mimics in Bisphenol A plastics, and the estrogenated water we're drinking, men are growing their own set of hooters, and we might have trouble finding our willies soon.

Comment: Re:"Tastes about average for West Texas" (Score 1) 237

by Ol Olsoc (#47439391) Attached to: Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

I've had NYC tap through clean pipes and it was the best I've had so far. Florida's aquifers will still be kicking when it starts to *really* dry up out west too.

Side note - NYC's water system is amazing. Piped in from upstate New York through huge underground tunnels, ending up deep under the city and piped back up. It is very clean, and is very tasty. I was going to post a link from youtube, but it turns out there are a lot of them on the NYC water system at the site.

Comment: Re:Alternate use for this technology (Score 1) 181

by Ol Olsoc (#47438737) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

And here's a clue for you. NO one over there wants peace at all, ever.

Sorry, but many Muslims are taught to hate Jews from a very young age:

Sorry youuself. Yours is just another "Yeah, BUT! response. Next will be someone for the other side going " Yeah, BUT! And on and on and on

The fact is neither of the sides can get along with their neighbor. Period.

From what I understand (and I know many American Jews who have visited Israel), the Jews pretty much just want to be left alone.

Well duh! did you expect any other reaction?

Fact is, you'll see me as supporting the Palestianians. Muslims will see me as supporting the Jewish people.

Hey, I support everyone's right to live in peace. Not a one of both sides of this conflict do.

I support no side in this conflict, and consider both sides as a shame to humanity. Some people can get along with their neighbors - some people can't. We just have a big neighborhood battle going on here, neither side wanting to give an inch. Each has a mile long list of their awful neighbor's wrongs, this list going back to the bronze age.NO one is going to win that ware short of exterminating the other side. Then who they gonna hate?

Comment: Re:Alternate use for this technology (Score 1) 181

by Ol Olsoc (#47438663) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

What I don't understand is why the Israeli side gets US backing when they have *nothing*. (well neither do the Palestinians, but the Saudis and Iraqis and Iranians etc etc do and they all hate the Israelis).

Two hings I can think of: Both religion based

The fundamentalists question your patriotism, and sentence you to hell if you don't support Isreal with major money.

I think that is based on their actually being more old testament oriented than most Christians.

The other thing is that many of these same fundamentalists believe that by supporting Isreal with Arms and money, they are greasing the skids for Armageddon, the Gog-Mgog battle that some look forward to iheralding the end times.

Comment: Re:Alternate use for this technology (Score 1) 181

by Ol Olsoc (#47435711) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

And he's a clue for you.......if "Palestinian" Muslims don't want to be be treated like animals, maybe they ought to stop acting like animals.

And here's a clue for you. NO one over there wants peace at all, ever. They are two sides of the same coin. They hate each other, They always have hated each other, and their hatred of each other is their core value. and if there is ever the chance of peace erupting, one or the other will start the carnage again. This has been replayed over and over again. This is exactly what both sides want.

Read your religious texts. That's a crew that is really into killing each other.

Your silly rant about the Palestinian Muslims is just one more excuse for the bloodshed from the neverending list of excuses offered form both sides. And you'll just have another excuse that it's the Palestinians fault, and the Palestinians will have another excuse why it's the Jewish people's fault, and on and on and on. Back and forth, world without end amen.

Big fat hairy deal. They should just do as they will, and the world can watch them do it, and not interfere.

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