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Comment Re:Android CUPS Printing (Score 1) 64

Android CUPS Printing. Advertises through AVAHI, works on Smart Phones, solves the problem. No Google involvement.

My Android phone with the HP print service installed just finds my HPLJ2300 on the network. No server involvement, beyond the Jetdirect card. ISTR paying $200 for it, and then I went ahead and ponied up another hundred bucks for an additional tray, a postscript DIMM, and a 128MB DIMM.

Comment I'd have paid that in a geek house (Score 1) 277

Back when I lived at the Marshmallow Peanut Circus near downtown Santa Cruz, CA, yes I would have paid that — or rather, my share of it. With six of us in the house and a fairly decent television (and pretty nice stereo), $25 would have been a shoo-in and even $50 would probably have been feasible for some pictures. But there would have been some conditions. Wave a wand and ignore the technical restrictions of doing this in the early 2000s; it would have had to have been as good quality as rental, and it would have had to have been downloaded ahead because you still can't trust streaming now and we didn't actually have the bandwidth to do it back then.

If I'm not trying to see the movie with other people, then I can wait. I don't need to see it when it comes out if I'm going to see it at home anyway.

As others have suggested, I would pay a premium to get to stream the movie early, provided I had a physical disc coming to me when it was released. But I wouldn't pay so much only to watch the movie. For $25 I might even accept a DVD, if it were an anamorphic transfer and came with DTS audio. For $50 I expect a Blu-Ray.

Perhaps my expectations are high. So be it.

Comment Re:Wrong even if correct (Score 1) 246

Fundamentally inflation happens when the money supply in circulation grows faster than the economy, deflation happens when the money supply grows slower than the economy.

Fractional reserve banking increases the effective money supply. A proportion of customers deposits are kept as central bank money in reserve. The rest is loaned or invested. The result is that the total customer deposits (which as far as the customer is concerned are effectively money) is greater than the totl ammount of "central bank money" in the system.

In our current system governments/central banks can control the effective money supply in a couple of ways. They can put in place minimum reserve requirements on banks and they can control the ammount of "central bank money" money in circulation.

For fractional reserve banking to work customers must have high confidence in the safety of the banking system. This is ensured through a cobination of government-backed "insurance" schemes and stract regulations on bank investment practices.

So what about bitcoin. The rules for the supply of real bitcoins (analogous to central bank money) are largely fixed. Afaict there is currently no significant fractional reserve bitcoin banking going on. So the inflation and deflation is largely tied to the size of the bitcoin economy and the proportion of bitcoin that is hoarded by speculators rather than circulatin in the bitcoin economy.

A successful introduction of fractional reseve banking would cause a sudden increase in the effective money suppy and with it a burst of inflation.

So the question is would fractionl reserve bitcoin banking be successful? My bet is NO.

The problem is how is the fractional reserve bitcoin bank going to invest the money that they aren't keeping in reserve. There are two options I see both bad.

1. They could make bitcoin denominated loans. However given bitcoins's overall deflationary tendancies and massive volatility only an idiot would take out such a loan.
2. They could invest in something non-bitcoin denominated but then the bank is taking on the risk from bitcoins deflation and volatility.

Either way I expect any fractional reserve bitcoin bank to find themselves bankrupt fairly quickly.

Comment Re:Science coverage with AD (Score 1) 116

apparently, study of ancient history falls apart if we require the kind of proof that you're looking for for a historical jesus.

That's fine. We should require that kind of proof. Otherwise, it should be acknowledged to be the study of mythology, and the places in which it intersects with observable reality.

Comment Government overreach (Score 1) 136

This reminds me of the time the federal government decided to Ban sliced bread,
because they fancied maybe there could be some savings or economic benefit.

The government has no business regulating ticket sales differently than any other kind of product sales.

Obviously the tickets are underpriced in the first place, if people are willing to do this, they're correcting a market distortion.

The bots could be stopped in their tracks a few different ways without needing to pass laws about them.

Comment Re:I'd love early access (Score 1) 277

$25 is less than you pay for two at the cinema

The cinema is expensive for the same reason concerts are expensive,
because you're paying to essentially rent a seat in someone else's space/venue,
as a result, you're paying for extra amenities such as lounge, bathrooms and water fountains,
popcorn, their employees to maintain that space, for their lease, the electricity, cleanup, costs of furniture, ongoing maintenance.

No such costs would be justifiable for you to pay, watching it at home (You pay all those costs yourself for your home space!); The movie itself should be much less expensive, since you're providing your own delivery resources...

If you needed to pay $25 for a rental, it had better include a Valet to come to your house and personally start it playing for you, Or a Television and Sound system rental or something with that.....

Comment Re:Replacing CMD (Score 1) 87

> running scripts or programs written by potentially malicious people is the only reasonable way to do your job

Maybe I'm reading too much into this part of your post, however, if the only way to do your job is to run scripts you download off the Internet, then may I suggest you're doing it wrong (TM) ?

Typically, scripts are very small programs which you implement yourself for your own convenience. They are typically not distributed beyond your immediate team. If the "scripts" grow into applications for which you cannot (or will not) inspect the code yourself, then they are as much a security threat as any other executable from an unknown untrusted source. Now, that risk might be acceptable in some scenarios, but typically, a no-go on any corporate device.

Comment Re:So. 50,000 more H1-B visas need to be issued (Score 1) 318

Go back a year ago, even at rallies when he was talking about the wall he said there would be breaks for natural barriers. You're moving the goalposts.

If those breaks are patrolled with the same fervency as a border crossing, then I'll allow it. Otherwise, the whole thing is even more of a sham than I thought.

Comment Re:Science coverage with AD (Score 1) 116

... revisionism at its best. was christ born in that vicinity of years? yes, the man later to be known as christ was born in a 30 year window of that time.

[citation needed]

There is not one single historical point of evidence for the man's existence. Every supposed eyewitness account is from the same collection of related works allegedly created by three authors. I love the idea of Jesus Christ as much as the next guy, but there is literally no historical evidence for his existence. The closest thing you get is one historian repeating hearsay.

This doesn't mean there was no Christ. The absence of evidence is not the same as incontrovertible evidence of absence. But please, let's at least try and stick with facts here. I know, I know. I must be new here.

Comment I'd love early access (Score 1) 277

But I sure as hell am not paying $25 just to rent it early, and 2 weeks after in Theatres is not that early anyways, that sounds about right for a perpetual purchase price.

By the way, I don't go to theatres anyways, haven't gone in years. Usually by the time the movie's out on DVD, I've already forgotten about it and lost interest.

On the other hand, if they released it earlier, and the price was reasonable instead of extortionate, they might have a chance at some of my business.

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