Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
>the economy is actually more stable after we left the gold standard.
of course it is, and it had all signs of getting worse if kept on the gold standard. That fiat currency problem is so born out in human history, that most religions of any size has rules against being a lender or a borrower, or hoarder of money because banking with a fiat currency guarantees endless bust/boom cycles, with a regulated banking and flexible money supply the inevitable crash in money supply can be reduced or illuminated.
It is odd that proponents of going to a fiat currency, thing that a gold standard is a fix to fractional reserve, but in reality it is what originally cause fractional reserve banking. IE it is a pain to carry gold, and to try and verify it's value over each transaction (people slugging gold coins, trimming edges...) The fix was banking, take your gold in and trade it for a paper IOU that is easier to trade/carry... Then the bank realizes it can loan out that gold in it's vault for money, and you have fractional reserve banking. Same is true of bitcoin, also since it is a pain for me to walk to the neighbor, hand him a USB chain, then force him to get online and verify it for a cost. So it will inevitably have offline paper IOU's as well (or rather already existed, and are coming back, see Casascius coins)
Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize
Although it would be interesting to know if the Tesla was braking when it crashed, Base model Porsche 911 stopping distance from 60 is 98 feet, the base Tesla is 150 feet. I haven't seen numbers for 100 to 0 on the Tesla, but in the 911 it is reported as 250 feet so I am guessing the Tesla base model is going to be over 400 feet (M*V*V, means 100mph is 3* more energy than 60mph). So if he had slammed on the brakes from 100mph, 200 feet before the crash, the tesla would have still been doing 70 at the crash, while had he stolen a porsche 911, he would have slowed from 100 to about 40 mph in the same 200 feet. (Although Tesla does offer a performance braking package that will stop from 60 in 120 feet, only 22% further than the Stock Porsche.)
So if were going to speculate had the thief stolen the better handling, better stopping Porsche, he probably wouldn't have even crashed in the first place.
Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches
Did you do this search from the EU? Appears only the EU google requests are being tampered with. I am really curious how far and fast google expands this blacklist to all references to the event in europe, or does the resident need to keep requesting... Because this was leaked as a bad. example, its doubtfull google can get away with many of these types of leaks going forward.
I am guessing plenty of proxy plugins for google europe will become popular, rendering this law mute anyway.
What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant
> Under no circumstances should you trust a cop, EVEN if you are innocent
That is only true for things worth hiring a lawyer over. As long as your confident your being hassled over a minor violation not worth a lawyers time, you might as well try the cheapest easiest time to present your case. Talk the cop out of the ticket, you don't have to try and talk the judge out of it, or get a lawyer involved. Anything under a few hundred dollars, no jail...
This does mean you have to recognize, and shut your mouth when being talked into something. Hard to recognize signs like, anytime a cops asks the same question twice... And even then, it can be very helpful to get on the record what other people did, to the officer right then. Don't answer questions at the scene of a accident... about what you did, they can't be used to help you in court. But it is very helpful if you can get a cop asking the right questions of other people. IE bashed a mugger, or saw a mugger bashed, you don't just claim the fifth and sit in the car while him and his buddies walk away, you tell the police I saw a knife in his pocket, and he ran after me... When the cop asks what you did, that's where you change the subject to what they did, and refuse to talk about that.
Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House
I know what your saying is often true (except I have no idea what your talking about, when you say "taxpayers paying for educating foreigners" If that exists, it is a small edge case) But to say that my viewpoint differs, because I have worked with many H1B workers (most from India), and all of them I have worked with are really good human beings, who truly deserve the opportunity they get here, and US taxpayers paid nothing for their education. Similar to the problems in Mexico, it is a real shame that their home country has so much corruption in their governance that screws up the chance for them to do these Jobs in India. It is also very difficult for the spouses of these employees, they are often educated as well, but cannot apply for Visa's, because they have to give up the spouse visa, leave the country and apply. Even doing things like babysitting... for others is not allowed; really putting the pressure on them. Really degrading for them to not be allowed to do anything but house work. Of course the problem comes with those who would abuse these well intended rules.
Autonomous Car Ethics: If a Crash Is Unavoidable, What Does It Hit?
My guess is your assumption of "few times" is the issue. I know I use my truck, as a truck practically every weekend. So cost of renting every weekend > cost of 2 vehicles > cost of 1 vehicle. And honestly none of that entered me though process, the want of a vehicle prepared for my needs (front and rear hitch, air bag suspension, air compressor, tool box, convenient gun holster...) Out weighs the consideration of cost of fuel, insurance, parking spots; even if they were less. Although the idea of preserving that vehicles life, now setup, by reducing miles used does make me keep my eye out for a deal on a chevy Volt (or similar.)
Volvo Testing Autonomous Cars On Public Roads
>deploy this technology and risk the lawsuits from the first death/mishap.
Insurance can take up the banner. Google shows the car is safer, then requires proper insurance that covers them. If the statistics pan out, insurance companies will charge less, despite the risk of a bigger pay-out from a jury on a single case.
How 'Fast Lanes' Will Change the Internet
> The real problem is that the indirect fee also applies to DSL and satellite customers,
That is interesting, it seams like Netflix needs a surcharge to customers using Comcast or other providers that make them pay up. Netflix tried shaming them by showing the worst providers, didn't work.
I think the worst problem is for possible Netflix competitors, Netflix was big enough to make agreement and pay for preferred access. A new competitor cannot compete with Netflix until they make the same agreements.
Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
that the police officers here followed the pickup for over five minutes â" and "five minutes is a long time" - without any indication of drunken driving or even bad driving.
Basically they had reason to investigate the call, but did they have reason to investigate un-related offenses? IE the concern of drunkenness didn't pan out, but we pulled him over anyway. Then they continued to search, for a cause completely un-related to the first tip. At some point you have to draw a line.
Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All
: to make (a liquid) pure by heating it until it becomes a gas and then cooling it until it is a liquid again : to purify (a liquid) by distillation
Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All
2 mistakes in your post:
>extremely diluted quantities of a harmful substance
Urine is not considered a harmful substance.
> to boil off contaminants
No, distilled water is water that was boiled, then the steam is condensed to water then it is distilled water. Campers will boil water to make it microbiologically safe, but that is not distilled water, you can only distill by condensing the steam (FYI I am pretty sure RO water is also considered more pure than distilled water as well, definitely cleaner than boiled water.)
'Thermoelectrics' Could One Day Power Cars
> insulation or one of the various waste-heat-recovery systems that transfer some amount of the heat remaing in outgoing exhaust gases into incoming working fluids?
Several reasons this isn't done in the engine intake. The main power conversion in a ICE is through the thermal expansion of the gasses trapped in the cylinder, so heating it before the intake valve is closed only reduces the density of the air taken into the cylinder (PV=nRT so at the same Pressure and volume, the higher the temperature, the fewer molecules, less O2 available to burn.) Once the air is trapped in the cylinder all heat added will then be converted, so a cold intake, then a hot block helps contribute to efficiency. But then metals have limitations on the allowable temperatures (for at least the last 40 years Ceramic engines have been on the verge of a breakthrough making higher temp more efficient engines a reality, maybe next year.) Also combustion properties of carbon fuels create emissions problems when combustion occurs at too high of temperatures.
Power stations will harness the waste heat from Ng Generators, and pump that into a sterling engine, then take that waste heat into another conversion, then take that waste heat as warm water for buildings, etc. But that takes too much space, weight, and cost (I assume) to be put into a mobile vehicle (other than used as a heater in the winter.) Although I would hope Cruise ships, etc would utilize this waste heat as well.
Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
> 2nd amendment favors the rich because they can arm themselves to the hilt
I don't think that is the general case. It is true for Ted Nuegent, where he has a 1000 acres, probably 100% coverage of networked game cameras alerting him of entry, and all the weapons he can get, and probably a dozen fully armed "friends" around him at most times.
But in general I would think the normal rich are more on the lots of gun restrictions, they have more stuff to lose and more exposure, and less likely to need to take by force. After all they can hire the off duty police, who get through all legal challenges... But all of that can be upset by anyone who can come up with a a couple grand and waits for the right time, to call them out on what some wrong. And the distrust of the poor can be great amongst them, well at least the rich republicans.
I would say the line is also pretty high where a person making minimum wage can (would require good budgeting) come up with the money to get a AR and ammo, but your going to have to be a billionaire to justify spending a millions to get to those weapons you list that the "poor" can't touch.
Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
> Firearms are for when you are assaulted by gun fire from a distance AND standing and shooting back
I don't think those are necessarily true. For one, your assuming you are the one being assaulted, If I walk by a gang rape, the extent of my reaction without a firearm is to take cover and let it happen until police arrive. With a gun, I can find the high ground, and attempt to verbally break up the action, then defend myself from the likely attack. Similar if I am assaulted by a group, If I escape and am cornered (or if I see it coming, I may get cornered in the escape) the firearm comes back into use. It is also a deterrent to a possible attacker. Seeing a potential victim with guns, they need to make the decision, that a attack needs to be with the intent to kill. The theory would be if they leave me armed and able, they leave themselves open to be killed. Attacking someone without a weapon, any failure is almost certainly leaving them a safe escape. At least where I live, in a border state, it is said that the smugglers do have look outs. When they see a armed party, they stay clear. The risk of being spotted by a defensed group ups the likely hood of failure, with failure being any activity that increases the interest of Police/Border Patrol quick response. If a unarmed party spots them, they can use less noisy means to silence the group than gun fire (will surrender to guns, can be killed with knives...)
Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi
The square yard plan I had was to do increasing D shaped passes. So imagine a 30 by 30 lawn mower width field, you would start your North pass 10 lawn mower widths from the west edge, mow until you were 11 lawn mower passes from the North edge, and then make as tight of a 90 as possible, then drive 9 lawn mower widths to the East, then make as hard of 90 to the right heading back South, reaching 10 mower widths north of the South edge you would turn as sharp as you could back to the West. You would mow until you cross your first path, turning 90 to the right to mow to the west edge of that path. Then follow the left edge of your previous cuts until your done.
The point of this is to make sure you never get into following a path on the inside of a corner, because that will cause every corner to get tighter and tighter until you can't make the corner. This path you only double cut 1/2 that first pass (technically if you start your first path 10 passes in from each edge, you would never mow the spot 2*, you will end with a couple unmowed circles at each corner before you have to overlap to catch them up if truly square.
Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law
is this about something other than the gay marriage proposition? Because California has recognized a Gay Domestic partnership 1999, and was completely unrelated to prop 8. Supporting this prop in no way affects how anyone can live their life in California, but a little about how it travels to more Conservative states.
OKCupid's actions were purely PR, otherwise they shouldn't be going after what mozilla guy did 6 years ago, they should be boycotting actual meaningful and active hateful companies and people, going after the 6 year old $1000 donation, while remaining silent on the Koch brothers millions in dozens of states really smells funney, but then the took on the easy target so that both mozilla and OkCupid can take a meaningless action (can't take back his donation or change anything done so long ago), and look good to liberals. The positive PR is worth paying off Eich to give up a title for mozilla, Eich, Mozilla, OKCupid are probably all much better off after this PR stunt, and had no actual effect.
Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading
I think a better option would be a fee that is triggered off a pattern of undesirable trading patterns over a extended time period (perhaps a year). IE brokerages that has a high percentage of short term trades gets a extra fee, along with customers and funds that do the same. Not preventing a single (or a few) actions.
> you have to hold on to them for a minimum of a week or a month
In general I think that would make momentum stocks much worse, more bubbles and crashes. IE if a stock takes off going up, you will create a bubble anytime you lock out very many sellers. Also locking out sellers in one often locks out buyers in another stock, thus creating more market volatility, as well.
For example as a fundamentals trader I look at a industry that looks promising, and find individual stocks and place a value on it, then look for stocks to give me a chance at a desired return, but expect half of that. For example I might decide I like ag-equipment, and put a values on Cat for $90 and Deere for $85. I buy the one at a better value, if I buy cat at 8am for $85, it is at $90 later in the day, and deere drops to $80 that same day, despite planning to hold cat stock for 2 years to get 10% return, I would take the 5% today in Cat (preventing a price bubble) and instead buy the new better value (Deere in this case.) The point of the market is to keep valuations in check (not too high or too low), so preventing me from selling the Cat stock, and buying the Deere stock hurts the market arbitrage. For example I have had an entire year not selling a single stock, and I have had days where I bought and sold several stocks the same day multiple times. Encouraging people to hold a stock (or houses, businesses...) despite it being overvalued, causes more problems than HFT.
Bugs In SCADA Software Leave 7,600 Factories Vulnerable
>SCADA systems NEVER EVER get connected to the internet
Easy for the clueless to say. But often not connecting a SCADA system (through a firewall) to the internet has more payoff than risk. Worked in a factory with 24 hour operations, having a competent engineer on staff at all times just isn't practical (good engineers don't like to work off shifts, just in case.) So when the meat of the operations go down costing $1000's a hour, allowing the system to be troubleshoot remotely without waiting for a hour drive in for the closest engineer, is more valuable than the risk of being targeted by a hacker who compromised a PC on the network.
Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO
All of your arguments were about joining a boycott. This was a person using their position in a business; to call for a attack (boycott) of another business in a attempt to get a person fired over a action that person took (as a individual) over 6 years ago (and wasn't associated with Mozilla at the time.) Not even all that prejudiced of an action IMO. IE California already had a domestic partner law, that gave equal treatment in California. I would have voted against prop 8, but I don't see calling out supporters as being bigoted. In this case, because of the time after the action, how minor the action was; And how large the counter action was, This boycott looks like a real dick move to me (at least the actions by OKcupid)
60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S
>Tesla is profitably making electric vehicles
You might want to check that; Tesla has had one profitable quarter, making $16 million. (even that math was even somewhat questionable, how they accounted for leased vehicle revenue, and selling emission credits to other automakers....) All of the money paid back was purely from investors, the hype has made their stock sky high. Not (yet) from selling cars. Nothing wrong with that, and the reason for the hype is because many people much smarter than me believe they will be highly profitable (I don't see it, but that doesn't matter.)