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Comment Inflation or Rally? (Score 5, Informative) 82

Driven by Trump's 'Spending Binge' and Dollar Rally

The two offered reasons seem to be mutually exclusive... Either we see inflation — as Trump's government prints money to finance the feared "binge" (which is oh so different from the wise Government Spending of the Obama era). Such printing may cause an inflation with dollar falling against other currencies — including BitCoin. In this case, BitCoin may, indeed, rise in value.

Or we see dollar "rally" — rise in value against other currencies, including BitCoin.

So, which is it?

When inflation rises the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates to bring it under control. This causes the dollar to appreciate because it would be seen as an attractive currency for foreign investors.

I don't think, a raising of rates ever reversed inflation in the history of Federal Reserve — it can only slow it down. They would not even seek to stop it, considering the value of 1-2% per year "normal" (that's a tax on wealth, BTW).

Comment Bogus link (Score 1) 4

Though the submission claims to link to a piece by Scott Adams, it points to someone responding to Scott instead.

That is borderline dishonest. Down-modding the submission as "notthebest". The actual blog-entry by the Dilbert-creator is here.

Submission + - Transport employees were secretly paid by the DEA to search travelers bags (economist.com)

schwit1 writes: THERE are many reasons why you might have been stopped at an American transport hub and your bag searched by officials. You might have be chosen at random. Perhaps you matched a profile. Or you could have been flagged by an airline, railroad or security employee who was being secretly paid by the government as a confidential informant to uncover evidence of drug smuggling.

A committee of Congress heard remarkable testimony last week about a long-running programme by the Drug Enforcement Administration. For years, officials from the Department of Justice testified, the DEA has paid millions of dollars to a variety of confidential sources to provide tips on travellers who may be transporting drugs or large sums of money. Those sources include staff at airlines, Amtrak, parcel services and even the Transportation Safety Administration.

The testimony follows a report by the Justice Department that uncovered the DEA programme and detailed its many potential violations. According to that report, airline employees and other informers had an incentive to search more travellers' bags, since they received payment whenever their actions resulted in DEA seizures of cash or contraband. The best-compensated of these appears to have been a parcel company employee who received more than $1m from the DEA over five years. One airline worker, meanwhile, received $617,676 from 2012 to 2015 for tips that led to confiscations. But the DEA itself profited much more from the programme. That well-paid informant got only about 12% of the amount the agency seized as a result of the his tips.

Comment Re:Jon Stewart as full of shit as PopeRatzo (Score 1) 743

Whoever he is, the facts he cited are incontrovertible — the only evidence ever offered of the supposed "epidemic" is a survey, in which 19% of women reported having been "sexually assaulted" while in college.

No comparison has been offered with non-college women of the same age, and these "assaults" ranged from attempts at unwelcome touching to actual rapes. There is no other evidence to back the bombastic claim that "every fifth woman is raped by the time she graduates college" and therefore the story, which Jon Stewart and others have peddled, is a fake.

Even Politifact finds it dubious — gotta tell you something, uhm?

Submission + - Orwell's toys

Presto Vivace writes: These Toys Don’t Just Listen To Your Kid; They Send What They Hear To A Defense Contractor

According to a coalition of consumer-interest organizations, the makers of two “smart” kids toys — the My Friend Cayla doll and the i-Que Intelligent Robot — are allegedly violating laws in the U.S. and overseas by collecting this sort of voice data without obtaining consent. ... ... In a complaint [PDF] filed this morning with the Federal Trade Commission, the coalition — made up of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), and our colleagues at Consumers Union — argue that Genesis Toys, a company that manufactures interactive and robotic toys, and Nuance Communications, which supplies the voice-parsing services for these toys, are running afoul of rules that protect children’s privacy and prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices.

Comment Re:Inside every "Liberal" is an "Authoritarian" (Score 0) 369

you're a terrible advocate for free speech because your agruments depend on absurdities or things demonstrably not true.

Your argument boils down to "Free speech allowed Hitler" and therefor some nations should not have free speech.

I'm actually in favour of free speech

Yeah, as along as it is yours.

Comment Party-approved fake news (Score 5, Informative) 112

The following Party-approved Fake News stories need not be flagged — indeed, tagging them as anything other than deeply concerning may cause your account to be suspended:

Comment Jon Stewart as full of shit as PopeRatzo (Score 2, Insightful) 743

If you have an example of one of Jon Stewart's segments being based on a fake story, I invite you to share it with us here.

How about the — completely bogusmeta-story of the "campus rape epidemic"? Which Jon Stewart and others have covered.

You go rape yourself now...

Comment Re:Beginning of the end (Score 1) 119

Actually, I had exactly the same thought, and that's coming from a background in biochemistry.

It's not "global warming" that I find frightening; it's the schemes people come up with to "cool the planet" (one or two degrees and hello ice age) or "get rid of CO2" (which is to say, plant food -- this is a recipe for famine by reducing crop yields by at least as much, probably about half-again more since starving plants need more water, and cooling reduces rainfall).

So while you got modded funny... it was actually damned insightful.

Comment Re:Inside every "Liberal" is an "Authoritarian" (Score 0) 369

No, of course not.

Then your argument is invalid — by your own admission and on its own merit.

Your method has already been tried and it resulted in a massive disaster

Non sequitur. If freedom of speech is what gave us Hitler's genocide, you may as well blame mothers giving birth — Hitler was born, was not he?

I'm actually a strong proponent of free speech.

Yeah, except in Europe, right? Let's go back to the question I asked earlier: if Germany not having true freedom of speech is justified by Hitler, what other freedoms and liberties would you excuse other countries not offering their citizens and visitors by something, that happened to them in the past? Is it Ok for Thailand or Venezuela to prosecute people for "insulting" the head of State, while you continue denouncing Trump (and I don't expect you to stop, when he actually takes office)?

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

Did KDE popup an update warning that went ahead and updated to a drastically new version when you clicked the close button?

I already acknowledged, that no such trickery took place.

But I also stated, that it is of little comfort — the users of old version were left with unsupported software. Their bug-reports summarily closed, what security-holes there were — staying open. They were all told to upgrade to KDE4, except KDE4 was not, according to KDE's very authors, an "upgrade" — it was a "new software". At least, Windows 10 tries to adhere to the older settings — even if it is not always successful.

KDE4 completely ignored them — even the name of the configuration-directory was deliberately changed to "start new" — and screw the existing users. That was a major fook-oop, which, hopefully, will not be repeated in KDE5.

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