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Domain Registry of America Suspended By ICANN

LostOne Re:For those that don't know: (113 comments)

CIRA de-certified Brandon Gray years ago, actually.

about 2 months ago
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Rubik's Cube: 40 Years Old and Never Meant To Be a Toy

LostOne Re:40 years and I still can't solve it (105 comments)

If one edge piece is flipped as described, the cube does, in fact, become unsolvable. It is not possible to flip a single edge piece without affecting at least one other piece on the cube.

about 4 months ago
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West Nile Virus May Have Met Its Match: Tobacco

LostOne Re:Maybe stop making breeding ponds for mosquitos? (54 comments)

Often, ponds are put in for storm water control. They are often used to store the water until the drainage system downstream has enough capacity to take it away. There are also some potential environmental benefits to having swampy areas (otherwise known as "wetlands"). To top it off, there are all sorts of people who think, "look! a lake! cool!". Of course, they are also great breeding grounds for mosquitos, which is a downside.

about 6 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

LostOne Re:Customers may benefit... maybe (455 comments)

In North America, the cashier almost always stands.

about 6 months ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

LostOne Re:Sabbath (224 comments)

I don't know which FA you read, but I saw nothing that suggested that this calendar had anything to say about days of the week. In fact, one part of TFA specifically mentions that it does not start on the same day of the week every year which obviously means that month zero counts in the day of the week progression.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

LostOne Bitcoin is a virtual commodity, not a currency (704 comments)

This is not a failure of bitcoin. Suppose you had a stack of companies whose purpose is to store your physical gold and prevent it from being stolen and to serve as an exchange allowing customers to trade gold for currency. Then, it turns out that some of them had inadequate security or were outright crooked and the gold they were storing went missing. This would not be a failure of gold itself. Sure, if sufficient quantities of gold were affected, it would affect the price of gold, but it does not change gold itself. This is the same situation.

The real problem here is the notion that bitcoin is a currency. It really isn't. It's a virtual commodity much like gold, with similar properties save for the fact that gold is physical and bitcoin is not. (Sure, the odds that everyone suddenly decides to pack up their toys and ignore bitcoin are much higher, mostly because there are no "real" uses to bitcoin, unlike gold which has actual uses other than being somewhat "rare" and looking pretty.) The same things that make gold less than idea as an actual currency (or a backer to a currency) apply to bitcoin. Sure, you can use either one as a place holder in a transaction if both parties agree, but you could just as easily use a common fiat currency, chickens, or grains of sand.

about 7 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

LostOne Re:Restaurant (731 comments)

Exactly the same thing that happens with a debit card now. The procedures for handling a PIN with a payment card should already be in place pretty much anywhere that accepts debit cards.

about 8 months ago
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U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants

LostOne Re:Why would they fund it in the first place? (329 comments)

Actually, ordinary loans from banks are exactly the same as loans from the Fed. When an ordinary commercial bank makes a loan, they are also effectively printing money digitally. By definition, with a reserve ratio of less than 100% and outstanding loans more than the total assets on reserve, money must have been created to make those loans. In short, "borrowing" from a commercial bank (loan, credit card, line of credit) is also not "real borrowing". Take a look at http://www.positivemoney.org/ for one explanation of why that is the case (yes, that is a UK based site, but the central bank system is the same in the UK). There are plenty of others out there.

about a year ago
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U.S. Will Not Provide Financing For New International Coal-Fired Power Plants

LostOne Re:Why would they fund it in the first place? (329 comments)

Today it is perfectly legal to mint a $16 trillion coin, deposit it at the federal reserve, and use that to buy back all of our debt. That would cause massive amounts of inflation not seen since the days of the Weimar Republic, but it would not be bankruptcy.

That is not actually correct. Inflation is controlled by the money actually in circulation, however it came to be. Borrowing money under the "fractional reserve" system adds money to circulation for the duration of the loan. A certain amount of money needs to be in circulation to maintain liquidity and avoid deflation. Any more than that steady state, whether from borrowing or printing money, leads to inflation. Simply printing money to pay off existing debt does not increase the amount of money in circulation and, thus, has no impact on inflation. That assumes it will be used to pay off existing debt, of course, rather than making room to borrow even more.

It is a common misconception that just printing money at all leads to inflation. Printing too much leads to inflation. But so does borrowing too much.

about a year ago
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New Doctor Who Actor To Be Revealed This Sunday

LostOne Re:Here's an idea (249 comments)

Not quite correct, actually. Both Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee were on longer than 4 seasons. Pertwee was on for 5 seasons and Tom Baker was on for 7 seasons.

about a year ago
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Disney's Titling Problem With Its Star Wars Movies

LostOne Spaceballs: The Search for More Money (279 comments)

Maybe we can have that Spaceballs sequel, too?

Oh, wait. That's essentially what this is.

Of course, there's an outside chance it won't suck horribly.

about a year ago
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Banker Offers $1M To Solve Beal Conjecture

LostOne Re:Couldn't you just make up any old equation... (216 comments)

Just to point out that 3^3 is *not* a factor of A, B, or C in this case since A, B, and C are the bases (3, 6, and 3 in this case).

about a year ago
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The Group That Makes Tech Work For the Disabled

LostOne Re:"essentially useless" (44 comments)

Can't say I've had the distinction of driving in Boston. But I have driven in various areas in over 20 US states and 10 Canadian provinces and territories. The traffic lights are "red yellow green" (left to right) or "red yellow green" top to bottom. For other configurations (turn arrows and such), there are nearly universally consistent variations.

Of course, what's really fun is trying to figure out the lights at 6+ way intersections.

about 2 years ago
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The Group That Makes Tech Work For the Disabled

LostOne Re:"essentially useless" (44 comments)

Just pointing out that green is not the problem for me (red/green colour blind) because the green traffic lights have a markedly different lightness. Green traffic lights look white to me and red ones don't. Rather, I can't tell the red and amber lights apart because the lightness of red and amber is too close. But don't let that confuse you too much. You have noticed that the lights are always in the same order, right? Guess why.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Teaching Typing With Limited Electricity, Computers?

LostOne Typewriters are the right answer (325 comments)

Limited supply or not, manual typewriters are the right answer for several reasons:

1. From the submission, it seems that everything else that is not in limited supply is too expensive in either cash terms or electricity usage.
2. High technology devices are more likely to fail, and if they fail, are much more difficult (or impossible) to fix.
3. Even if the limited electricity supply goes away, a manual typewriter still works.
4. A decently constructed manual typewriter will outlast any electronic device.

about 2 years ago
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UN Takeover of Internet Must Be Stopped, US Warns

LostOne Re:Imagine a world run by librarians... (454 comments)

Imagine a world run by librarians...all information is free and uncensored but we all have to speak in whisper voices and women have to wear their hair in buns and sensible shoes and tearing pages out of library books would punishable by a year in jail.

Women would have to wear their hair in sensible shoes? That would be interesting to see.

more than 2 years ago
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All Researchers To Be Allocated Unique IDs

LostOne Re:Unique IDs eh? (164 comments)

Full names are not necessarily unique either.

more than 2 years ago
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Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't

LostOne Re:Receivers transmit (290 comments)

Sure, that works a treat. But it does require someone in reasonable proximity with such a rig and it still doesn't tell you *which* receiver happens to be operating. Certainly not practical for the sort of tracing the tin foil hat brigade is worried about.

more than 2 years ago
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Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't

LostOne Re:Run your own NTP if it matters (290 comments)

The problem here is that there are two different words. "flame" and "inflame". "inflame" is not using the "in-" prefix. You can add "-able" to either one, with the usual meaning. That then gives "flammable" and "inflammable". You can then theoretically add "in-" meaning "not" to "flammable" which gives "inflammable". This is clearly an absurd situation since you now have two conflicting meanings which usually cannot be separated in context. (For the record, "inflame" does not have strictly the same meaning as "flame".)

In my part of the world, "inflammable" is generally thought to mean "not burnable" but there is enough confusion that it is better to avoid using the word altogether.

more than 2 years ago
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Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't

LostOne Re:Receivers transmit (290 comments)

Those vans only find the "leakage" in local proximity. They can't, for instance, identify which house has a set if it were pointed at London from, say, Paris. And even if the *low power* GPS receiver circut is transmitting something receivable, it would only be retransmitting the signal already coming from the satellite, not the location information which never enters the radio circuitry.

more than 2 years ago

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