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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

JonathanR Re:1941? (142 comments)

Just because the USD was once pegged to gold or silver does not make it any less fiat; then or now. The value of the peg is defined by... ...fiat.

2 days ago
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CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

JonathanR Re:Really? .. it comes with the job (769 comments)

I think the US Constitution purports to apply to federal actors. It seems to be worded in a way to put limits on their behavior.

As Lysander Spooner wrote:

But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain - that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.

Personally, I think its purpose is to dupe people into believing that the racket that calls itself the United States of America is somehow a legitimate form of thuggery.

about two weeks ago
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The Failed Economics of Our Software Commons

JonathanR A Sense of Community (205 comments)

Not everything boils down to rational economics. People do lots of things voluntarily, without expectation of immediate financial gain.

The other issue with infrastructure type software (viz. OpenSSL) is that once created, they only occasionally require modification. It isn't a full time job. It'd be better managed by some interested custodians in their spare time (or rather; in time they choose to allocate to the pursuit); than for the software to be owned and managed by some organisation which assigns square pegs to round holes in order to get some half-arsed patches written and out "on time and within budget".

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

JonathanR Re:solution: (398 comments)

+1
All my ATO (~IRS) forms are signed under duress.

about two weeks ago
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Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced

JonathanR Severance agreement? (398 comments)

Somebody needs to explain why anyone would sign a "severance agreement". If you're going to fire me, then fire me. If you want my ongoing loyalty, then respect me and pay me (which really means continue to employ me).

If you force me to sign a "severance agreement", then you've not actually got any contractual agreement, since it was signed under duress. Of course, there's always the point about consideration. I might be interested in waiving the duress; for a price.

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

JonathanR What happens to these at the true end-of-life? (143 comments)

Do the communities who benefit from the secondary-use life of these batteries have the infrastructure and culture to properly recycle the materials; or will they end up in landfill/discarded into the environment?

about two weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

JonathanR Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (332 comments)

You're thinking "enough" in the context of current fossil fuel consumption, not in terms of renewable energy load balancing, which could be a much smaller slice of the pie.

about 1 month ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

JonathanR Re:Breaking the stranglehold of other countries (332 comments)

Not necessarily. In times gone by, town gas was produced to meet fluctuating demands (using coal) by storing in gasometers. Nothing to say this couldn't be also done with biomass gasification.

about 1 month ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

JonathanR Photogrammetry (165 comments)

Is there enough material out there for a 3D JLaw reconstruction?

about 2 months ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

JonathanR Re:Baby steps (352 comments)

People always overlook the need for a thermodynamic sink...

about 2 months ago
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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

JonathanR Re:One word: (352 comments)

I think we would be better off going 100% silver bullets. That would instantly fix everything.

about 2 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

JonathanR Re:Biased summary (282 comments)

I obviously see it differently. Yes price is a factor. But Australia went to regulated taxis for safety reasons. Both that safety of the driver and the passenger. Here most taxi drivers are their own business and operate under the banner of the major brands.

Also I don't see how I am being taken from a government approved start to finish? Unless you mean a street address? I think you are stretching a bow here. Regulation is not inherently bad

This is bullshit. Each state racket has their own scheme of licensing, it isn't unified across the continent. As for most taxi drivers owning their own business; you'll more likely find that the licenses are owned by (and traded amongst) a class of wealthy investors who wouldn't see fit to sit their arses in the driver's seat of a cab.

The drivers are likely to be impoverished newly minted immigrants who get paid a pittance and, typically lacking in local language fluency, get fleeced when legal things go awry.

about 2 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

JonathanR Re:Biased summary (282 comments)

But that doesn't make it right.

Its what makes society function. Not every "outdated law" can be compared to the civil rights movement. Some bad laws you live with, because the alternative of everyone determining which laws apply to them is called anarchy, and works well for noone.

I think you'll find that most people don't consult "the law" as a benchmark for determining their behavior. Saying that "the law" is what makes "society function" is a classic example of the correlation equals causation logical fallacy. Just because a law prescribes or proscribes a particular behavior, doesn't mean it is the motivating force for undertaking or abstaining from such behavior.

about 2 months ago
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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Under Greenpeace Pressure

JonathanR Re:WTF is Legos? (252 comments)

Only when the farmer finishes collecting all the straws in his field.

about 2 months ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

JonathanR Where are the guarantees? (264 comments)

They expect us to make the trade, but provide no guarantees that they will perform on their half of the bargain.

See Sousa v City of Antioch for a pertinent example of them denying their obligations.

Citizenship is supposed to involve reciprocal duties of allegiance and protection. Protection is not guaranteed, but you betcha they'll guarantee to get their pound of allegiance.

about 2 months ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

JonathanR Re:That's How Law Works (264 comments)

It should be obvious that politicians project their own fears and desires in the legislation they create.

about 2 months ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

JonathanR Re: is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

Prices are set at the margin, so any new and additional borrowed capital chasing the existing market-share will catalyze a boom in prices.

Where the banks failed is in assessment of borrower's capacity to service. But rising prices combined with the government-sponsored protection that is the mortgage, meant that moral hazard was the order of the day.

about 3 months ago
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The Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes

JonathanR Re:is anyone really surprised here (201 comments)

And that's without going into the problem of side-letters...

There was outright fraud being perpetrated, but no one has the balls to prosecute.

about 3 months ago

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Unaided Tasman Sea Kayak Crossing Underway

JonathanR JonathanR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JonathanR (852748) writes "Two Australian kayakers have departed Sydney on their journey across the Tasman Sea, paddling a high-tech composite double kayak, kitted out with a myriad of telecoms and safety gear. The 2200km (1370 mile) journey is expected to take some forty to fifty days. When they arrive in Auckland, their crossing will hit the record books as the first kayak to cross the Tasman Sea and the longest unassisted two man trans-oceanic kayak journey, amongst other record permutations. The detailed planning and safety preparations, not to mention the kayak design and construction, have been completed over the last five years. An audacious adventure in anybody's book."
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P2P Downloads Increase CD Sales

JonathanR JonathanR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JonathanR (852748) writes "A study conducted by Industry Canada and the University of London confirms what we all suspect; that P2P music downloads contribute to an increase in CD sales. Of course the Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) general manager, Sabiene Heindl, had to insist to the media that the results did not translate to Australia. She goes on to quote figures suggesting 57% of people who download music using P2P don't go on to purchase legitimate media.

"It's not rocket science", she says. I agree that it isn't, however I'm not quite sure what the other 43% of P2P music-downloaders do. Perhaps the not-so-rocket-science corollary would suggest that they go on to contribute the music industry coffers. Is it these sort who found there way into the Canadian study results? It's amusing how the music industry can make such absolute statements, whereas other mortals have to conduct studies in order to discover the facts."

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