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Comment It depends (Score 1) 270

There are some online retailers that accept bitcoin. Since there isn't a credit card involved, there is no reason why you need to give them your real name. Checkout is a breeze too, relatively speaking.

Depending on where you are, you might be able to do small cash transactions for people in your area that are looking to buy.

If you need a lot of cash quickly, there is no practical way around it - you'll need to register with an exchange, under your real name. Depending on how large, you may need to go through the KYC stuff too. Not exactly a bitcoin-specific problem. You'll run into the same thing selling gold or silver to a dealer too.

No matter what, you need to keep track and pay your taxes. Selling them for cash or buying goods or services with them is all the same. Any half-decent accountant will be able to handle this. If you got your coins from mining, tell your accountant to claim a zero basis. The value of bitcoins in the early days was negligible anyway, so you won't be overpaying your taxes by very much, and it is WAY easier than choosing a FIFO/LIFO policy, documenting it, and pulling historic price data for each purchase. If you have receipts for mining equipment, talk to your accountant about deducting them.

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 1) 279

It's been done. By statisticians, by physicists, by chemists, by people with decades of experience making models that are tested against reality.

People who dispute the narrative are attacked and smeared. Their arguments are largely ignored while the whole climate establishment and their friendly media go into a frenzy searching for dirt on the heretic.

There is no fucking science here. There is no honesty, no humility. These are not people eager to gain a better understanding of reality by hearing about their mistakes.

Comment Defund NPR (Score 0, Troll) 108

Unproven Stem Cell Treatments Blind 3 Women

In a second report, a patient suffering from the same condition had a halt in the inexorable loss of vision patients usually experience, which may or may not have been related to the treatment.

women who were blinded after getting stem cells derived from fat tissue at a for-profit clinic in Florida

Money shot:

The inaction by the FDA not only puts many patients at serious risk

Imagine that. A government mouthpiece (literally) publishes a story with the sole purpose of making an emotional appeal for: more government.

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 1) 279

All of those 26 papers are based on the same one incestuous pile of self-confirmation as the original. You should read the actual papers some time. Be warned that you need to understand statistics to see what is happening behind the curtain.

Basically, each "proxy" is a statistical model, not a physical one, and the knobs and parameters of that model are tweaked by comparing it to the other "proxies". If the first model had been trained against stock market data, it would be obvious that there is no such "variety of data sources".

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 1) 279

the dispute is about how many rich people would have to be very slightly less rich in order to start reversing the effects

Ahh, our old friend, class warfare. Where else can you see a comfortably wealthy person tightening a noose around his own neck at the urging of one rich person, thinking it is somehow going to strangle a different rich person, who is nowhere to be found, and most certainly doesn't have a noose around his neck?

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 2) 279

Did you not notice that the hockey stick nearly disappeared a some years ago? One day, it was everywhere you looked. Now you rarely see it except in deep disguise, like that comic strip turned sideways.

That's because a couple of statisticians disproved it, back in like 2003 or so. And by "disproved it", I mean into tiny pieces that were then burned and the ashes dropped into a volcano. Several members of the Hockey Team (their term for themselves) then destroyed what was left of their credibility by attempting to un-disprove it

Climate "science" is, apparently, done by guys that sorta half remember the one stats course they took in high school. Every time you look around these days, you find that someone else with a post-secondary knowledge of statistics has peeled back another sheet of faux-brick wallpaper they've been using to make their styrofoam outhouse look like a stone castle. See, Patrick Frank for an excellent example. Or click around a bit on this site to see what the Statistician to the Stars has to say.

Comment I blame pop culture (Score 0) 162

For years now, pop culture has been pushing the idea of vat grown meat through television and movies, trying to normalize it. The other prong is climate change hysteria, pushing the idea that we need to get rid of our cattle herds and battery chicken to save the planet or something.

Now that public acceptance is where it needs to be, investors will see that returns are there to be had, expect research to really take off. The only problem left is taste. Still a long way to go in that department, as shown by this documentary video.


Comment Re:WOW! (Score 1) 88

You could spray the insulation in during printing. Just add a second arm at a 90 degree angle. Give it 20 to 30 degrees of swing in either direction and a nozzle that can plunge and retract quickly. Insulation handling gear is pretty light, so it'll be easy to counterbalance, and can traverse in and out quickly. It should also spray in much faster than concrete, so the computer would just keep track of which voids still need insulation and are cured enough to accept it.

Rebar will be much harder. I'm thinking of a rotary multi-head where the subarms are able to swing together and apart. As they come to a piece of rebar, one arm will approach it from the back and the other from the front. They'll come together briefly to make a continuous pour, then the back arm will swing away and around to get ready for the next piece. I don't see any reason why another arm can't place and weld the rebar, and then spray epoxy on later passes. The question will be time. The welds need to cool before the epoxy spray, and the epoxy needs to cure before the concrete, and the concrete needs to set before the insulation can be sprayed.

The really hard part appears to be electrical conduit and boxes.

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