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Comment Re:If economics was a math problem... (Score 1) 506

If economics was a math problem, we probably would have solved it by now?

Like the General Three Body Problem in Physics, the Schroedinger Equation for more complicated cases than helium, the game of Go, the weather?

Some math problems cannot be solved by this Universe, let alone us, except for very simple cases.

Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 292

Mark Zuckerberg Tapes Over His Webcam. Should You?

Yes. Next question? Are they all this easy?

No. Go to the nearest sex shop, buy a lifelike-looking dildo at least porn star long, ideally something truly horselike, repaint it to match your skin tones if necessary, and mount it so that, if they turn on your camera, they become suicidally depressed if male, and horrified if female. Now wait.

If they are turning your camera on, you will KNOW! You may be kidnapped by a soon-to-be-disappointed operative, but you will know.

Comment Re:NEW IS BAD (Score 1) 265

It gets confusing, so I'm sticking to the original definition: a ship is a vessel with three or more main square-rigged masts.

And no fore-and-aft masts. A three master with one fore-and-aft mast is a bark, and with two is a barkentine (I remember that rule holding for 4 and more masts as well, but that may have been from just the one source -- to be fair, the nomenclature tended to break down with really big, unique, ships).

As we are discussing commercial vessels, barks and barkentines required much smaller crews than full ships. I assume, since clipper ships were all ship-rigged, that they were faster for a given sail size (providing that a viable broad reaching course existed, of course) or else everyone would have sailed big dhows for everything.

Comment Re:A successful heist? (Score 1) 116

If you were able to steal 10% of all the US dollars in circulation, it would cause the value of the currency to drop sharply.


Firstly, 10% of all US currency is a small fraction of all dollar-denominated accounts.

Secondly, the value would rise, since a finite and now smaller quantity of dollars was chasing the same sized pool of value.

Perhaps you were thinking of the case of 10% of US currency being counterfeited (aka Gresham's Law)?

Comment Re:Better idea... (Score 1) 760

For futures, require that the entity purchasing futures must pay for the transportation and storage of said futures until sold off, that will take the profit out of the futures market.

"Futures" don't exist except on paper or electronically. 1000 bushels of corn due in October don't exist in April. They are just being planted, then. Futures contracts can be even longer term, meaning the grain to be delivered might not be harvested, or its parent plants might not you exist, yet.

Comment Re:Guess that party! (Score 1) 760

Hmmm, someone in government said something stupid, and the party was left off by the media.

Wanna bet she's a Democrat?

Well, to be fair, it was reported by The Guardian, once the Manchester Guardian, the mouthpiece of the Labor Party from back when they yearly met with Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin back before WWI. To them, she is vaguely right wing.

Comment Re:Multiple use cases (Score 1) 263

This will only work in cities without skyscrapers and without winters. A friend installed solar panels on his property, and two winters were enough to crack enough of the panels to reduce the power generation to enough to recharge a few D cells at a time.

And seriously, where do you install them on the Chrysler Building? Or in the shadow of a taller building than the one on which you are installing the panels?

This might work in the US Southwest, but there is more suitable land outside cities than on all the buildings. Multistory buildings screw up your calculations, I am afraid.

Comment Re:Recently changed it (Score 1) 301

Use the old one, and really confuse the Big Brother processes that match leaked Slashdot account info to real identities (whatever those are -- names aren't, as any John Jones would say, and SSNs aren't, since in the early days, people could have multiple SSNs, and a lot of people used the same (wrong) one because a wallet maker included a sample Social Security Card which buyers apparently thought were individualized to them).

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