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Comment Re:I guess there is demand (Score 1) 74

> All money is fake by definition.

That's partially incorrect.

* Hard currencies have an intrinsic value. i.e. Especially the metals.
* Soft currencies -- you are correct -- they are completely artificial.

However, this isn't telling the entire picture.

There are 4 Levels of money. That is, money can represent 4 different things:

1. Barter

If you have physical good I desire, and vice versa, we can trade. The *thing itself* is money -- ANYTHING can have value -- depending on who wants it. Now this becomes impractical when you only want 1/2 a cow -- thus a solution was needed for this problem. Which leads me to my next point:

2. Tokens

Instead of trading the physical things themselves, we can trade tokens which represent them. The nice thing is that we can sub-divide tokens into any division we want.

3. Time, Effort, and Skill

I don't have the skills to build a house, nor the time, but if I have enough tokens, I can hire people who do. As a result we've started to ditch using physical tokens and moved to digital tokens, aka bits to represent money. For the time being banks will honor this Bits <--> Paper money equivalency.

4. Energy

At the end of the day, currency is really about energy. Hell, Bitcoin mining shows _exactly_ this. We can currently, very primitively, convert matter into energy and vice versa. This will play an ever increasing role as our technology moves beyond the primitive level we have.

ZPE (Zero Point Energy) will free us from the greed of currency, and move the value into what people can create uniquely. But hat is still a few decades off before we evolve to that level.

Comment Sop fucking abusing the term AI (Score 1, Insightful) 98

Code + Data is NOT Artificial Intelligence no matter how many times you call it that.

The joke that passes for A.I., which really should be called Artificial Ignorance, in contradistinction to a.i. (actual intelligence), is nothing more then a glorified dynamic table lookup.

Comment Re:Depends on price (Score 1) 337

You missed the parts where:

* I get to pause the movie for food / bathroom / etc.
* I get to control the volume,; treble, AND bass.
* I get to turn on/off sub-titles
* I get to to adjust the PQ (Picture Quality) to my likes. Movie to dark? Just turn up the brightness.
* I get to avoid all the stupid annoying kids that won't STFU. 4 months ago a kid was snoring loudly next to me. WTF.
* I get to laugh as loud or as soft as I like and I don't to worry about disturbing someone.
* I get to to wear nothing, full clothes, or anything in between.
* I get to to drink as much, or as little, as I want.
* I get to avoid all the other idiots on the road
* I don't waste gas
* I don't pollute by driving a archaic gas vehicle

Region Locking is Price Fixing.

Submission + - Scott Adams and "The Non-Expert Problem" ( 15

Layzej writes: It is easy for a non-expert to be swayed by a credible sounding narrative that claims to overthrow a scientific consensus. For a scientist it is generally clear which arguments are valid, but the general public can’t independently evaluate scientific evidence. Scientist Victor Venema provides answers to a number of concerns about climate science raised by cartoonist Scott Adams. His answers are accessible and illuminating, and hopefully helpful to the non-expert who would like to understand the truth behind certain contrarian talking points.

Comment Re:A perfect Christmas gift... (Score 1) 188

Nordstrom is late to the party.

The De Beers propoganda slave-labor cartel has been scamming suckers for years selling overpriced rocks when in 1939 they kicked their marketing campaign in high gear. i.e. Only an idiot would pay $100 million for a De Beers Centenary Diamond

You know what they say: A fool and his money are soon parted.

Region Locking IS Price Fixing

Submission + - FOIA confirms existence of real-life X-Files that FBI previously denied existed (

v3rgEz writes: A Freedom of Information Act request for FBI files on a figure at the center of dozens of 20th century conspiracy theories reveals a rare glimpse into the Bureau's real-life "X-Files" — which the agency had long maintained don't exist. And while there's no evidence yet of Mulder or Scully, the files do include a story of flying saucers and secret assassins stranger than anything on the show.

Comment Re:too much segmentation (Score 1) 161

1. Agreed that this greed over licensing only harms consumers.

/Oblg. Clueless exec is clueless:

"If you were passionate (about a movie), you've already seen it," he said.

Gee, isn't that precisely the problem in the first place !!! Netflix is so late to the party that they are becoming so irrelevant due to lack of content that they are having a hard time get new subscribers.

This artificial time-delayed release (movie theater first, cable second, streaming third) IS precisely the problem caused by greed over licensing.

2. The study is flawed. How about letting users TAG _which_ content they WANT To see but can't. Then you would actually have relevant data. The study is akin to asking "Which numbers do you like?"

* 2
* 4
* 8

And then going "See, no one likes odd numbers!"


You're only sampling PART of the data!

Region Locking IS price fixing.

Comment Re: Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 381

Yes, he should go back and update his book with _actual_, popular, assembly languages. Using _practical_ languages means a student doesn't learn some obscure language that no one gives a fuck about but can _apply_ their skills immediately.

Also, by learning _multiple_ assembly languages the student doesn't pigeon-holed into myopic thinking. By being exposed to multiple languages they see how different design and implementation trade-offs were made.

The day of professors inventing yet-another-language are over. You can teach Theory AND Application, not just "my pet theory".

Comment Re:Maybe, I should sue KDE? (Score 1) 121

> KDE3's tech had reached a dead-end, there was no way forward there, to keep building a new base was needed. KDE4 had to happen,

WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menu, Pointer) has been around since 1980 .. yeah, the 80's -- over 30 years.

Design and Implementation a GUI isn't rocket science -- WTF are people doing that they are constantly hacking SO much SHIT into it that they need to throw the whole thing away and start again from scratch?!?!

Comment Re:Unfortunately no and I have a reason (Score 1) 381

> More like pseudo-assembly than high-level pseudo-code.

It is actually worse then that. You learn some bullshit imaginary assembly language MMIX, instead of a pragmatic real assembly language like 6502, x86, or ARM which you could have immediately tried out. And while an assembler and debugger exist for MMIX this is yet more time you need to waste on some obscure, niche, proprietary language and toolchain.

That said, what The Art of Computer Programming lacks in quality it makes up in quantity.

> and understood it right away from CLR

100% agree that Introduction to Algorithms is a fantastic book! It definitely is on the "short list" of every books a computer programmer should own.

Submission + - How Windows 10's data collection trades your privacy for Microsoft's security (

jader3rd writes: PCworld has an article on how Microsoft uses Windows 10 telemetry to improve the security of the end user:

But the telemetry data is used for more than how to improve or evolve Windows. There is an actual security impact, too. Knowledge is power, and in the case of Windows 10, that usage data lets Microsoft beef up threat protection, says Rob Lefferts, Microsoft’s director of program management for Windows Enterprise and Security.

The information collected is used to improve various components in Windows Defender, such as Application Guard and Advanced Threat Detection (these two features are available only to customers with Windows 10 Enterprise with Anniversary Update and Enterprise E5 subscriptions). As Windows 10’s built-in security tool, Windows Defender uses real-time protection to scan everything downloaded or run on the PC. The information from these scans is sent back to Microsoft and used to improve protection for everyone else.

Comment Re:What ??? I was assured... (Score 1) 102

> Element 137 should be Feynmanium

Indeeded. Feynman had this quote about it:

It has been a mystery ever since it was discovered more than fifty years ago, and all good theoretical physicists put this number up on their wall and worry about it.) Immediately you would like to know where this number for a coupling comes from: is it related to Ï or perhaps to the base of natural logarithms? Nobody knows. It's one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man. You might say the "hand of God" wrote that number, and "we don't know how He pushed his pencil." We know what kind of a dance to do experimentally to measure this number very accurately, but we don't know what kind of dance to do on the computer to make this number come out, without putting it in secretly!

-- On the numerical value of α, the fine-structure constant, p. 129

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