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Comment Re:Even if it is money, I get it.... (Score 4, Informative) 114

I believe the correct answer is not only do you not change the money, you are obliged to contact the police and report the person. Knowingly changing the money could make you an accessory to a crime (I believe they have to tell you the crime they intend to commit).

Incidentally, Bitcoin probably can't be considered legal tender - it would violate the Constitution, which allows only Congress to print money and denies states the right to have their own currency. It does fall into a category not thought of by the founding fathers, though, which is non-printed money (so Bitcoin basically is a loophole).

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

I like my Apple Watch (the Sport - read "inexpensive" - model). I like having notifications on my wrist, because it's a lot less disruptive to make a quick glance at my arm than to pull out my phone. Don't underestimate the convenience of seeing your next scheduled appointment at a glance! I also really enjoy the activity tracking. I used to have a Jawbone UP but I had to send it back several times for repairs; it wasn't up to the rigors of my Desktop Warrior lifestyle. My watch (plus a couple of third-party apps) is far more useful for fitness stuff than the UP ever was.

watchOS 2 went a long way toward converting the watch from a fun gadget into something genuinely useful, and by all accounts watchOS 3 sounds like a huge step forward. If I lost my phone, I'd hightail it to the store to pick up another one ASAP. It's where I keep my schedule, to-do list, contacts, and other stuff that makes day-to-day life as easy as possible. If I lost my watch, I'd meander back to the store when I had some free time. I'd be bummed and would keep glancing at my naked wrist out of habit, but I'd survive. I would eventually replace it, though. While I could certainly live without it, I like having one and wouldn't voluntarily go without.

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 3, Interesting) 343

On the other hand, I could post stuff as AC that might get me in legal trouble if they traced it to me, say by posting information about illegal government surveillance (ala Snowden). I have done this myself, but not for anything as serious as that (a possible NDA violation having no ramifications on anyone at this time since the product was released years ago and already shelved, but the the NDA was technically perpetual).

Comment Re: Unfettered capitalism (Score 1) 637

Actually, that need further refinement - socialism is only state ownership in the communist form of government. Socialism as its own doctrine refers to the economic system where the workers own the factory and not a factory owner (the proletariat owning vs the bourgeoisie owning in Marxist theory). In Marx's version of communism (which is good enough for this argument), the socialist workers give excess production to the state for distribution and eliminate money. This means socialism inextricable from communism but communism is not inextricable from socialism. Put another way, a raven is a bird, but not all birds are ravens.

Comment Re:Unfettered capitalism (Score 2) 637

You're referring to anarchy the state (as in no government), not anarchy as a form of government focusing on the economic system. There are actually anarchy forms of government such as anarcho-syndicalism, individualist anarchism, and platformism. Anarchism in this sense refers to the government, but the economic system runs by other rules. Think of it this way - if you and your neighbors all agree to where each one lives and what laws to live by and even who polices those laws, do you need a government? The people are the government. It is really extreme Libertarianism. A true democracy could run in an anarchic state. Furthermore, a true "individualist anarchy" may not give a shit if you shoot your neighbor, but a platformist would, so anarchy in this sense does not necessarily mean society without any rules.

  I like to use the Monty Python and the Holy Grail example of the "anarcho-syndicalist commune." That one has the workers organized into syndicates (unions, basically) by industry and the "government" exists to ensure private ownership of land. They reject the "worker-state" (government-economic) idea of communism, saying that tying those two together leads to corruption (and frankly, I agree with them on that point). Put another way, if the farm syndicate ruled the government, would not the farm syndicate try to make everything as favorable to farmers as possible? They would be fools not to, but in doing so prove that power corrupts.

Comment I do, or at least did (Score 4, Interesting) 142

When I was in my 20s, I was in a fast food restaurant across town from my house. Some guys started calling out a name I forget. Let's say, Mike. I eventually started looking to see who they were calling to, and was very surprised to find out it was me. The conversation from there was very surreal.

Me: Uh, sorry. I'm not Mike.
Them: LOL. What's up, man! We haven't seen you in ages.
Me: I don't think I know you.
Them: LOL. Seriously, where've you been?
Me: Uh, no, really, I don't know you. Who's Mike?
One of them, as confused as me: What are you talking about?
Me: I'm not Mike.
The guy: You're serious?

I pull out my driver's license, cover up most of it with my thumb, and show him my name. The guy mildly freaks out.

Guy: Whoa, this isn't Mike!

They all rush over to look, then stare at me like they're seeing a ghost.

Guy: We've gone to school with Mike since elementary. I swear to God you look like him. Do you have a twin?

It turns out their buddy was a year or two younger or older than me. I don't have a twin - I'm absolutely certain about that - but there's someone out there approximately my age that looks similar enough to me that his childhood friends couldn't tell the difference between us.

Comment Re:Save often, make backups (Score 1) 465

Yes, it's called "don't be a fucking retard and save multiple copies of everything locally".

Or even invert that: save copies locally and then upload them when they're ready. Know how long it'd take me to get my blog back online if a provider nuked it? As long as it takes rsync to finish copying the files.

First, I'd never trust a hosting provider not to delete everything I've written for some unknown reason. Second, the writing/editing apps on my laptop are way better than any browser editor I've ever used. I'd loathe creating anything substantial directly on a remote server.

Comment Re: The Taste must have been fired also (Score 2) 474

Seems endemic. Right after 9/11 my US company did exactly the same thing - fire half the workforce and gave upper management massive bonuses and raises. They then hired massive amounts of replacement workers in India with no idea what the fired people actually did. That anchor actually dragged down the ship as far as the main business went, but they managed to spin us off so their stock wouldn't go junk so my division actually survived and rehired some of the critical engineers those idiots fired. The same events probably would have played out in the 2008 recession if a German company hadn't snapped us up in 2007.

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