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Amazon's eBook Math

CrimsonAvenger Re:Equally suspect (133 comments)

but calling any of them "legitimate" is shilling so hard you could pence a crown.

I'm trying to figure out the source of the expression "pence a crown" (old British money, obviously, but I'm missing something), and wondering whether the use of "shilling" earlier in the sentence was an intentional or unintentional play on words re:"pence a crown"....

4 hours ago

Comcast Confessions

CrimsonAvenger Re:How do investors react to such info? (221 comments)

Would you be more or less inclined to put your money into a company whose seemingly sole focus is profit?

Note that "profit" is misleading in this context. What they seem to mean, based on TFA is "income" or "revenue".

Admittedly, income generates profit (usually. See "loss leader" for an example of income with no profit attached). But they're not synonymous, as any taxman can tell you.


35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

CrimsonAvenger This can be extremely misleading. (499 comments)


I had a bone-marrow transplant in late 2012.

Over the next year, the Hospital and Insurance companies went round and round, churning out bills and checks.

In one case, the insurance company needed some information from the hospital to process the claim. SNAFU at the hospital left the insurance company without the info for about six months.

Soooo, the hospital sent the bill to a collection agency, which started sending me letters demanding payment. I was, therefore, among the 35%.

The next month, the hospital sent the info to the insurance company, the insurance company cut a check, and the collections agency sent me a "never mind" letter.

So, I never really had any overdue debt, but I would have counted under the methodology of this article as part of the 35%.

Which leads me to wonder what fraction of the 35% might have had debts referred mistakenly to collection agencies....


Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

CrimsonAvenger Re:Alright! Go Senate bill (173 comments)

TFS notes that Obama is behind this bill.

I find this interesting, since as head of the Executive Branch, he can order the NSA to do what this bill requires without bothering with a law, since no law exists requiring the NSA to collect telephone records on everyone.

And if such a law existed, it would be pretty clearly unconstitutional, and thus null and void....


US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

CrimsonAvenger Re:Equality (165 comments)

The laws should be identical to the extent possible, between different forms of currency.

So, your average C-Store should be required by law to accept Japanese Yen or the Sudanese Pound?

That aside, doesn't the Federal Government get to decide what's money and what's not? Didn't think it was the business of State governments to be regulating money....

2 days ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

CrimsonAvenger Re:Oh, bore off (565 comments)

Iraq on the basis of made-up "evidence" of non-existing weapons of mass destructions

You are probably unaware that chemical weapons are defined as WMDs in all the treaties related to WMDs.

And you are likely also unaware that Hussein used chemical weapons against his Kurdish population.

You are most likely also unaware that some chemical weapons were found when the US Army moved into Iraq.

Note that all those things were mentioned in the news at the time (at the time meant the Clinton Presidency in the first two cases, the Bush one for the third case), but presumably you don't (or can't) read the news either.

Which is why, presumably, you're still blathering about non-existant WMDs in Iraq.

3 days ago

SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

CrimsonAvenger Re:You having problems, John Galt? (114 comments)

Interesting you should say that when Musk has the cheapest space launch capabilities in the world, is in the process of making his first stage reusable (and thus cheaper still), is in the process of man-rating a seven-man capsule that will be reusable and will cost less to launch than the three-man Soyuz, and is developing a heavy-lift launcher that can put more payload into orbit than Shuttle ever could.

And all on his own dime....

3 days ago

SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

CrimsonAvenger Re:What is the business case of SpaceX? (114 comments)

SpaceX has scheduled eleven launches over the next several years with the US Government as the customer (ISS resupply missions).

In addition, it has 17 launches scheduled for other customers (private satellite launches).

So, no, SpaceX doesn't have to do space tourism, nor do asteroid mining, nor make all their money being a government contractor. What they are is a LAUNCH company. They don't do payloads, they just put other people's payloads into orbit for them cheaply.

3 days ago

SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

CrimsonAvenger Re:don't have money to waste (114 comments)

It should be noted that deficits for Obama's years in office amount to $4T to $6T. And those had nothing to do with our wars.

It should also be noted that unless we're counting Vietnam, Korea, and WW2, we haven't had $4T to $6T in war costs. Military budgets were higher as a result of Iraq and Afghanistan, but you'd have to count the entire military budget as "war costs" to reach even $4T, much less $6T.

It should also be noted that we're making absolutely no attempt to "pay down" our debts. The National Debt goes up every year, by rather more than $500B (rather more than $1T during most of Obama's terms).

3 days ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

CrimsonAvenger Re:What? (200 comments)

Monopolies are the free market in action.

There are "natural monopolies" in the real world. An example would be that "last mile" thing - it makes very little sense for seventeen competing companies to all run fibre to every house in a city.

"Natural monopolies" should be the province of government.

Other than the "natural monopolies", pretty much every monopoly exists as a result of government regulation imposing draconian startup penalties on newcomers. Frequently as a result of a business bribing government to impose those barriers, but when you have a government that can do anything you desire, it's going to be bribed to do what someone other than you desires also....

4 days ago

The Truth About Solar Storms

CrimsonAvenger Fewer English Majors? (90 comments)

the potential dangers to both humans and humanities infrastructure

If the humanities infrastructure suffers, no doubt there'll be fewer English majors, and more CS majors, so it'll be a good thing, right?

Or did someone mean "humanity's infrastructure"? Yes, I know, "my people don't do editing"....

5 days ago

SLS Project Coming Up $400 Million Short

CrimsonAvenger Re:Kill SLS (132 comments)

We'll get more results by using 20% of the money to expand SpaceX contracts, and applying the other 80% toward deficit reduction.

80% of SLS devoted to deficit reduction is a trivial change in the deficit (Better to split it between SpaceX and Orbital Sciences and mission development. Allowing $3B per year for mission development, that leaves enough to pay for development of Falcon9R, Falcon9 Heavy, and Orbital's equivalents.

Or just buy Dragon flights from SpaceX - $5B per year would pay for a Dragon launch every couple weeks.

Or an equivalent number of Falcon9R launches for unmanned missions. Or a Falcon9 Heavy every other month....

5 days ago

Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

CrimsonAvenger Re:I take offense! (165 comments)

Or problem is we put people into positions of power who developed their sense of morality at a time when "The Nazis" were still a valid political party and we didn't generally allow African Americans into the military yet.

And in 50 years, we'll be putting people into positions of power who believe something that is a very fashionable idea in 2014. No idea what it will be, but since we pick our leadership from among the elderly, and develop our ideas of what's good, right and proper during our youth, it's inevitable.

Note also, for reference, the "Buffalo Soldiers". They were around from the end of the Civil War (formed in 1866). There were Negro regiments during the Civil War as well.

It should be noted also that the 9th and 10th Cavalry, as well as other Negro regiments existed through WW2 until the military was integrated during the Korean War (considerably before the rest of US society).

5 days ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

CrimsonAvenger Re: Not news (326 comments)

and we're not really an apex predator either.

Yes, actually we are.

A very efficient one, at that, being omnivorous and all. It lets us get past that boom/bust cycle that so many predatory species have to live with....

5 days ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

CrimsonAvenger Re: Not news (326 comments)

one of the tenants of punctuated equilibrium

I had no idea that punctuated equilibrium was renting out its spare rooms.

Or did you mean "tenets"?

5 days ago

Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

CrimsonAvenger Re:no problem (326 comments)

I had no idea we were supposedly responsible for the extinction of mammoth.

Why not? We've had evidence that we ATE them going back to the 1800's.

The early 1800's

5 days ago

Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

CrimsonAvenger Re:Missing Key Information (142 comments)

1/20th of one percent of their annual budget.

about a week ago

Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

CrimsonAvenger Re:Just wow. (109 comments)

If we attach penalties for violation of the UN bill of rights governments would be forced to hold a much higher standard of behavior.

I suggest you take a quick look at the UN Veto Powers. Then ask yourself: "how likely are ANY of these countries to want real penalties attached to the UN Bill of Rights?"

If your answer to the question above was "why, all five of them would give the UN Bill of Rights some teeth in a heartbeat, if only someone would suggest it to them", then go right ahead and do so.

Then report to your psychiatrist and tell him you need stronger meds....

about a week ago

Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

CrimsonAvenger Re:Vaccine in the 2030's? (167 comments)

was known to be effective by '97

From your link, it was known to have "great potential" by '97.

Which is NOT the same as "known to be effective".

about a week ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

CrimsonAvenger Re:Biden is talking coding?? (224 comments)

Success in life in not measured by how well you know coding.

Agree completely.

Alas, talking in public about things you know nothing about tends to make you look like an idiot.

Not that Biden needed "One More Thing" to help him look like an idiot - he's had that down for years.

about a week ago


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