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Comment we already have an "oil standard". petrodollar (Score 1) 601

we already have an "oil standard". it is called the US petrodollar.
this is a good read:
The End of Dollar Hegemony


Realizing the world was embarking on something new and mind-boggling, elite money managers, with especially strong support from U.S. authorities, struck an agreement with OPEC to price oil in U.S. dollars exclusively for all worldwide transactions. This gave the dollar a special place among world currencies and in essence “backed” the dollar with oil. In return, the U.S. promised to protect the various oil-rich kingdoms in the Persian Gulf against threat of invasion or domestic coup. This arrangement helped ignite the radical Islamic movement among those who resented our influence in the region. The arrangement gave the dollar artificial strength, with tremendous financial benefits for the United States. It allowed us to export our monetary inflation by buying oil and other goods at a great discount as dollar influence flourished.

Comment Re:Politics making technology useless (Score 1) 176

i actually prefer his solutions to those issues.
There should be no "gay rights". You have individual rights, they should be the same for everybody.
Get the government OUT of marriage. Marriage licensing by the government originated as a way to keep whites and blacks from marrying. Let's eliminate state-sanctioned marriage and return it back to where it came from, chuches or individual private ceremonies.
Well I'm pro-life, but even then his solution is to return it back to the state level. Let those red states outlaw abortion the blue states can keep it.

New Fish Species Discovered 4.5 Miles Under the Ocean 96

eldavojohn writes "The University of Aberdeen's Oceanlab (a partner in the recent census of marine life) has discovered a new snailfish. That might not sound very exciting, unless you consider that its habitat is an impressive four and a half miles below the ocean's surface (video). If my calculations are correct, that's over ten and a half thousand PSI, or about seventy-three million Pascals. The videos and pictures are a couple years old, as the team has traveled around Japan, South America and New Zealand to ascertain the biodiversity of these depths. The group hopes to eventually bring specimens to the surface. It seems the deepest parts of the ocean, once thought to be devoid of life, are actually home to some organisms. As researchers build better technology for underwater exploration, tales of yore containing unimaginable monsters seem a little more realistic than before."

Background Noise Affects Taste of Foods 79

gollum123 writes "The level of background noise affects both the intensity of flavour and the perceived crunchiness of foods, researchers have found. Blindfolded diners assessed the sweetness, saltiness, and crunchiness, as well as overall flavour, of foods as they were played white noise. While louder noise reduced the reported sweetness or saltiness, it increased the measure of crunch. It may go some way to explaining why airline food is notoriously bland — a phenomenon that drives airline catering companies to season their foods heavily. In a comparatively small study, 48 participants were fed sweet foods such as biscuits or salty ones such as crisps, while listening to silence or noise through headphones. Also in the group's findings there is the suggestion that the overall satisfaction with the food aligned with the degree to which diners liked what they were hearing — a finding the researchers are pursuing in further experiments."

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 156

"to below what the customer paid for"
"This would prevent Comcast from screwing with torrent traffic"

I don't think it would prevent them for screwing with torrent traffic. Last I checked, most consumer-level cable connections such as what most have with comcast explicitly forbid running a "server" on the line in the contract. Torrents pretty much meet the definition of running a server. So comcast could completely block such traffic and still not be interferring with "what the customer paid for". Of course the consumer could opt for the much more expensive business line which allows servers.

Note: maybe this has changed I haven't had comcast in a few years and I do pay for a business fios line to my house, so I can do whatever I want on it.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 156

"And before you go off all half-cocked, I am not naive enough to think that governments today aren't totally corrupted by corporate sourced money. That is a different issue, however"

I don't think it is a different issue, not one bit. You just argued for giving more power and control to the very entity you declared corrupt. I for one think our government has too much power already.

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