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Comment Re:It's not money... not unlike US green back (Score 3, Insightful) 62

Which isn't saying much, as that ten dollar bill is fiat money, and is good only so long as the government's credibility holds up (which for the US government is ... well, not very well.)

Every country in the world is trying to put their wealth in dollars. US government credibility (or rather, the credibility of the US treasury and the Fed) is pretty goddamn high.

Comment Re:"Business People" (Score 1) 170

Or you can not short the stock, you can buy options instead. Those options will be incredibly cheap because the market is most likely to go the other way. Using this strategy you can be wrong many times and get a big payoff that time you are right.

This is how you exploit the market. If looking at this history and financials of the company the layoff looks like desperate flailing before the fall you can target your strategy more specifically and have a much larger yacht.

Comment Re:Depends (Score 1) 32

You know those commercials that sometimes come on local stations late at night for "Consumers Cellular"? The ads sell it like a cell phone provider for old people, since they always have sixty-somethings being hip with their no-contract cell phones and buying slutty red dresses to see if they can interest their hubbies in one more roll in the clover.

What you may not know, is that Consumer Cellular is actually a really good provider. You pay as you go, you can use practically any smartphone, including the iStatus from Apple. They mail you out a sim card and away you go. Data, calls, texts, it's cheap as shit. If you pay attention to what you're doing and know your way around, you can even avoid giving them real information, so it's the anonymity of a burner phone and the convenience of a major provider. And no contracts.

My wife has some Cadillac plan from one of the big providers, but when my contract was up with AT&T but my phone was still good, I figured, "What the hell?" and tried Consumers Cellular. It works great, has coverage wherever the other companies have coverage and AT&T can just suck my dick.

Many of the MVNOs are actually quite good. We have Straight Talk and the coverage is great, at least for the places we go. They were not great during account setup and device activation (customer support is overseas) but once set up, there is no reason to talk to them. They have "unlimited" plans with an allotment of 4G data then 3G after that. Pricing and real-world signal strength was more favorable than T-mobile last time I checked.

I have also heard very good things about Page Plus wireless as well- a little more expensive than Straight Talk but apparently their customer support is excellent.

Considering how awful the main network providers are lately, many of the MVNOs are a better choice at this point.

Comment Re:Smartphone size? (Score 1) 506

I agree with the sentiment, but using a 3.5 mm to 2.5 mm adapter on a phone is an absolutely horrible experience, especially if you're putting the phone in your pocket. You end up making a gigantic lever (length of the entire 3.5 mm plug + length of most of the 2.5 mm plug + extra length from adapter) that is acting on the little 2.5 mm socket in the phone. If you don't do damage to the phone (which I did, then repaired, then did again on my old Nokia phone), the whole thing is still super annoying to have in your pocket.

Like it or not, the 3.5 mm plug is going to be here for a while. We can either tolerate a slow transition to a better design (like we did with the 1/4" TRS to 3.5 mm TRS plugs) or come up with lower profile 3.5 mm sockets. You can make a 3.5 mm socket that is equal to, or smaller than, 3.5 mm at the cost of a little structural support. Let's try that.

Comment Depends (Score 4, Interesting) 32

You know those commercials that sometimes come on local stations late at night for "Consumers Cellular"? The ads sell it like a cell phone provider for old people, since they always have sixty-somethings being hip with their no-contract cell phones and buying slutty red dresses to see if they can interest their hubbies in one more roll in the clover.

What you may not know, is that Consumer Cellular is actually a really good provider. You pay as you go, you can use practically any smartphone, including the iStatus from Apple. They mail you out a sim card and away you go. Data, calls, texts, it's cheap as shit. If you pay attention to what you're doing and know your way around, you can even avoid giving them real information, so it's the anonymity of a burner phone and the convenience of a major provider. And no contracts.

My wife has some Cadillac plan from one of the big providers, but when my contract was up with AT&T but my phone was still good, I figured, "What the hell?" and tried Consumers Cellular. It works great, has coverage wherever the other companies have coverage and AT&T can just suck my dick.

Nintendo

Nintendo Shares Plummet After Investors Realize It Doesn't Actually Make Pokemon Go (theverge.com) 170

Sam Byford, reporting for The Verge: Nintendo shares have skyrocketed since Pokemon Go's release and instant transformation into global cultural phenomenon, but they fell dramatically today after investors realized that Nintendo doesn't actually make the game. Nintendo put out a statement after the close of trading on Friday pointing out that the bottom-line impact will be "limited" as it only owns 32 percent of The Pokemon Company, and that revenue from the game and its Pokemon Go Plus smartwatch peripheral have been accounted for in the company's current forecasts. Pokemon Go is a collaboration between The Pokemon Company and Niantic Labs, the developer who previously created the similar AR game Ingress as part of Google. This apparent revelation caused shares to plummet in Monday trading, with the stock dropping 17 percent at one point, representing about $6.4 billion in value; as Bloomberg notes, Tokyo stock exchange rules prevent share prices from moving more than 18 percent in a single day.

Comment Illusion (Score 1) 192

"We're only crowded because we've crowded ourselves into cities. Try taking a train trip across the United States, or Europe or Asia or anywhere in the world. Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used..."

This sounds like the perspective of a city dweller. In the US at least, unless you are going out west and talking about desert the land is actually much more populated than even 20 years ago. More and more it's becoming like most state/national parks, a thin screen of trees creating the illusion of being out in the wilds while the next camper is just on the other side with no real private space.

Comment Re: Oh boy (Score 1) 375

"The legitimate reason for saying that is that Trump is modeling much of his campaign on the campaign of Hitler."

Exactly. I don't believe Hitler was sincere any more than I believe Trump. Both exploited flaws in human nature.

"One important thing to note is that despite the official recovery from a recession, most of the population isn't seeing much recovery."

Yes. We are seeing a new shiny bubble.
Biotech

Kurzweil Argues Technology Improves The World, Compares DNA to Code (geekwire.com) 192

Futurist Ray Kurzweil told a Seattle conference specific ways in which technology is already improving our lives. For example, while there's a general perception that the world's getting worse, "What's actually happening is our information about what's wrong in the world is getting better. A century ago, there would be a battle that wiped out the next village, you'd never even hear about it." An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes two of Kurzweil's other interesting insights: "We're only crowded because we've crowded ourselves into cities. Try taking a train trip across the United States, or Europe or Asia or anywhere in the world. Ninety-nine percent of the land is not used... we don't want to use it because you don't want to be out in the boondocks if you don't have people to work and play with. That's already changing now that we have some level of virtual communication..."

[And on the potential of human genomics] "It's not just collecting what is basically the object code of life that is expanding exponentially. Our ability to understand it, to reverse-engineer it, to simulate it, and most importantly to reprogram this outdated software is also expanding exponentially. Genes are software programs. It's not a metaphor. They are sequences of data. But they evolved many years ago, many tens of thousands of years ago..."

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