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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Errol backfiring Re:Crisis explained in a short phrase (333 comments)

That "fracking" takes too long. Would you settle for a tropical cyclone? The more equal pigs are working on it as you speak.


San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Errol backfiring Totally misses the point (333 comments)

It sure looks like someone is trying to explain a housing crisis without even looking at how money is put into existence.


Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

Errol backfiring Re:Welcome to America! (133 comments)

You forget that the USA is a capitalist state. You have the cheapest government that money can buy, not the best.

5 days ago

China Approves Microsoft-Nokia Deal, Gets Patent Concessions In Return

Errol backfiring "... fair patent use" (26 comments)

China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use

I think a few brain cells just exploded. What can possibly be fair about an extortion permit?

about a week ago

Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them

Errol backfiring Re:HA (351 comments)

Indeed. Guns are not unknown.

about a week ago

Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Errol backfiring Re:A better solution (307 comments)

And the financial sector, please. Among with the lawyers.

about a week ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Errol backfiring Re:bullshit (641 comments)

Webmail loads slower?

Not that I am aware of. From the summary:

the Start menu will return to Windows sometime in the coming months

It appears that they tested it on a really slow computer. On my computer, the start menu appears just after I have clicked the button...

about a week ago

Synthetic Chromosomes Successfully Integrated Into Brewer's Yeast

Errol backfiring Action series (107 comments)

I think it will become an action series: the Six Million Dollar Yeast.

about three weeks ago

The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine

Errol backfiring You can get higher (143 comments)

You can even get higher if you use staged balloons. At some point, the cable gets too heavy to support its own weight. If you use multiple stages in the cable, you can make it much longer and therefore catch more wind. I don't know what the optimum altitude for such a balloon is (at some point the reduced air density would make the efficiency decrease with altitude). This principle was already demonstrated with staged sailplanes.

about three weeks ago

Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Errol backfiring Re:encrypted (150 comments)

Note that the cable might be ethernet,

So there's your attack vector. Note that you may heavily encrypt the output of all the input devices, but with your own device drivers or added hardware there is little you can do about replaying the input signals themselves. Or from "swallowing" the cards and transmitting all the PIN codes.

about three weeks ago

Jimmy Carter: Snowden Disclosures Are 'Good For Americans To Know'

Errol backfiring Re:I got a letter from President Carter (289 comments)

They don't survive the mail sorting machines. I tried. So when you use a wax seal, you will have to deliver the letter yourself. I admit, that is a good way to prevent the interception of mail as well.

about three weeks ago

Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Errol backfiring Re:Asleep at the wheel. (150 comments)

Actually, they do surf the web (or did. I sure hope they fixed it). That is one of the problems with ATMs. The connection with the bank may be secured, but the devices are still attached to the big bad internet. So if you replace a device driver (or add your own piece of hardware), all communication channels are just waiting for you to be abused.

about three weeks ago

L.A. Police: All Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

Errol backfiring Re:tree of liberty (405 comments)

You wish. It was long ago chopped because the wood could be sold for a precious number in a computer (erroneously referred to as "money").

about three weeks ago

Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

Errol backfiring This is NOT a glitch in the Matrix...... (142 comments)

It is merely a branch of L-space. If you encounter an ape, please pass him my greetings and give him a banana.

about three weeks ago

Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

Errol backfiring Nothing new (259 comments)

Years ago (10 years or more)? There was a study about the arms race in agricultural pest control. The subject of this study was a genetically engineered crop that made its own poison, but that was not really relevant to the outcome of the study. Traditional spraying would have the same effect.

It was discovered that poison did not only fight pests, it also helps pests. The non-resistant pest bugs were killed, but the resistant pest bugs were given a predator-free environment. This was important, because the poison resistance often comes with lower chances of survival in non-poisoned environments. For example, one poison had an impact on the nerve system, paralysing non-resistant bugs. Resistant bugs had a nerve system that worked much slower, so they would be a "sitting duck" in a natural environment.

the study showed that if a certain portion of the land (recommended was 15% to 20%, which sound like a lot, but is peanuts compared to the 60% loss often found due to resistant pests) was planted with non-poisoned crops, the whole arms race could actually be stopped. The bugs would move between plants, and if they came on a poisoned plant they would be attacked by the poison, and if they came on a natural plant, they would be attacked by their natural predators.

about a month ago

Child Porn Arrest For Cameron Aide Who Helped Plan UK Net Filters

Errol backfiring Re:Someone has to be looking for child porn (205 comments)

Is it possible to make something illegal if you don't know what it is?

Sure, you don't have to become a murderer to catch murderers.

You can test almost any software with mock data. In fact, such data may be a by far better test as it is composed of things that are on the edge of being problematic..

about a month and a half ago

Russians Suspected of Uroburos Spy Malware

Errol backfiring Re:I must be Russian (137 comments)

Well, it's true. You should have at least some Russian intelligence to speak or write Russian...

about a month and a half ago

Star Trek Economics

Errol backfiring "European socialist capitalism" (888 comments)

What is THAT supposed to mean? That the grass is greener at the other side of the Pond? Somebody really lost hist touch with reality...

about 2 months ago

Russia Bans Bitcoin

Errol backfiring Re:Banks making money "a will" (207 comments)

No it's not. That is a common misconception. What happens with a loan is a "mutual debt". Your bank gives a promise to pay (NOT money!) against your promise to pay the loan with interest. Only if you want the real money instead of passing the numbers around, the bank will have to use "its" (its customer's) reserves. There are laws in some countries that say the bank has to make sure it has the lend-out money after two weeks, in which case the bank loans it from a central bank, which has no obligation at all to anybody. So banks really create money and do not lend it out from some sort of stock. It is said that only 3% of the money is real and the rest is just made up by banks. But that number is from a few years ago.

about 2 months ago

Quarks Know Their Left From Their Right

Errol backfiring Goatse (150 comments)

Goatse is better than Beta.

Please don't give them any ideas! It's bad enough already.

about 2 months ago



In the Netherlands, criticising the money system is not allowed

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  about 6 months ago

Errol backfiring (1280012) writes "The organization OnsGeld.nu ("our money dot now") has been denied a payment account for receiving donations (in Dutch) (Google translation in English) because they want to reform the money system. They want to inform the public about what they think is wrong with our money system and push for changing the law towards full-reserve banking. They are not against banks, just against how banking is performed.

After they called the payment provider to explain that they are not against banks, but against the way banking is legally allowed to be done, and that they are striving to get the banking law changed, they were informed that pushing for change in money politics is not acceptable."

Dutch providers do not need to block Pirate Bay

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Errol backfiring (1280012) writes "The judge thinks that Brein (a dutch "intellectual property" group) should go after individual customers, not after the internet service providers.
(article link in dutch). This decision is not final.

Brein had sued the provider Ziggo, and the provider XS4ALL has joined them on principal grounds. The verdict (PDF, dutch) can be found at https://www.xs4all.nl/nieuws/pdf/Vonnis_kort_geding190710.pdf"

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Romanic vs Germanic property and religion

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  more than 3 years ago

While I am searching for types of properrty and its history, I have found a few references that the transition from catholic to protestant religion has also brought a change from germanic property ("clan" property, property that means responsibility) to romanic property ("if I own it I can do with it what I want, even if it hurts others").

the problem is that I cannot see any sense in it. Why would protestants see property different from catholics? If anyone out there is reading this and can give some insight, please post a comment.

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