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US Government Shutdown Ends

harks Re:Thank goodness (999 comments)

Health insurance company stocks are near all time highs. I don't think they're going out of business any time soon.

about 6 months ago
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Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

harks Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (732 comments)

I will be patronizing places that allow a lower price for cash. I don't want to have to pay money to the credit card companies, I'd rather get the discount.

about a year ago
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3D Printable Ammo Clip Skirts New Proposed Gun Laws

harks Re:Clip (1862 comments)

The actual legislation regulates "feeding devices" which covers both clips and magazines.

about a year ago
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Makerbot Cracks Down On 3D-Printable Gun Parts

harks Re:Defense (528 comments)

An assault *rifle,* by definition, has the capability of firing single shots per trigger pull, or full automatic when you hold the trigger down. The AR-15 is not an assault *rifle* because it does not allow for full automatic fire.

An assault *weapon* has no definition besides the 1994 law that basically invented the concept - and the AR15 in general does fall under this definition, except for the weapons manufactured between 1994 and 2004 that remove certain features (flash suppressor, bayonet lug, collapsible stock, maybe pistol grip) but shoot the same. The definition of assault *weapon*, per this law, is based on the presence of the features I mention that most people would not consider especially important to lethality.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

harks Re:They're just used as a transaction mechanism (600 comments)

With Mtgox (Japan-based), the largest exchange, you can use a service called Dwolla to transfer money from your US bank account to the exchange. They also accept bank transfers from many countries (but not the US.) There is a service called Liberty Reserve (Costa Rica-based.) You can also deposit cash at places like CVS and Walmart through a service called BitInstant.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

harks Re:They're just used as a transaction mechanism (600 comments)

IE - government can force Visa and Mastercard to shut down all bitcoin exchanges whenever they want to, effectively killing the currency for all intents and purposes. They only reason they don't do this is because it is not relevant enough to care.

Bitcoin exchanges don't accept Visa or Mastercard. Paypal specifically disallows its use for Bitcoin.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

harks Re:Quick find all the people that care (600 comments)

There is intrinsic value in a thing that can be used for making quick payments to anyone across the Internet, with low fees and no regulators standing in the way.

about a year ago
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South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence For Retweeting NK Propaganda

harks Re:Thank goodness... (90 comments)

I can't believe I missed your sarcasm. Brilliant, sir.

about a year ago
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South Korean Man Given Suspended Sentence For Retweeting NK Propaganda

harks Re:Thank goodness... (90 comments)

If you can get prison time for "praising" the wrong country, I can't think of any better example of a totalitarian restriction on speech.

about a year ago
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Third Party Debates Moderated by Larry King: Discuss

harks Re:Third-party topics for third-party candidates (221 comments)

From the NBC/WSJ link you posted, this is the poll question they asked:

"There are many important issues in this presidential campaign. When it comes to deciding for whom you will vote for president, which one of the following is the single most important issue in deciding for whom you will vote? The economy. Social issues and values. Social Security and Medicare. Health care. The federal deficit. Foreign policy and the Middle East. Terrorism." If "all": "Well, if you had to choose the most important issue, which would you choose?"

Climate change, the drug war, and civil liberties aren't even options in the poll! You can't use a poll that doesn't allow these options to conclude that people don't care about these options.

about a year and a half ago
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BitCoin Gets a Futures Market

harks Re:Not sure I follow... (467 comments)

It depends on whether he can exchange those Bitcoins for the same amount of Maker's Mark, at an exchange rate that takes into account the learning curve of Bitcoin and the recipient's calculation of the risk of holding Bitcoins.

about a year and a half ago
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Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

harks Re:Yeah but... (992 comments)

Darwinism has a farcical and humorous good kind when discussing people's own stupidity removing them from the gene pool. 'Good Darwinism' is not intended to be a scientific theory.

about a year and a half ago
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Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

harks Re:Yeah but... (992 comments)

Well, it's not Darwinism (at least not the good kind) when someone driving recklessly crashes into someone driving safely, and the increased speed results in the safe driver's death.

about a year and a half ago
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BitFloor Joins List of Compromised BitCoin Exchanges

harks Re:Why ever use Bitcoin in the first place? (232 comments)

The way I think it is going to work - I'm not 100% sure - is that the Bitcoin network will not process transactions from two-factor addresses without having two ECDSA signatures from two separate keys. So there is no single point that a trojan could compromise to send payments.

about a year and a half ago
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BitFloor Joins List of Compromised BitCoin Exchanges

harks Re:Why ever use Bitcoin in the first place? (232 comments)

Bitcoin enables a person, anywhere on Earth, to receive computer-based services from anyone anywhere on Earth, very quickly and with very little charged in transaction fees. Additionally you can send large amounts of money anywhere on Earth without incurring what banks charge for international wire transfer fees. I think it will also be good for micropayments - a website that wants to charge its visitors 15 cents doesn't have any good way of doing this presently without being destroyed by credit card fees.

about a year and a half ago
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BitFloor Joins List of Compromised BitCoin Exchanges

harks Re:Why ever use Bitcoin in the first place? (232 comments)

A stolen briefcase can be broken into, a stolen encrypted Bitcoin wallet file with a secure password cannot. Additionally, Bitcoin is supposed to be introducing two-factor authentication soon, which would, for example, require keys from both a smartphone and a PC to decrypt a wallet and send Bitcoin payments. While it's possible and feasible to make and distribute a trojan that could infect a computer and both copy the wallet.dat file and log keystrokes to determine the wallet password, it would be incredibly harder to do so on both of a single person's computer and smartphone. Whether that is easy enough and safe enough for the masses remains to be seen.

about a year and a half ago
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BitFloor Joins List of Compromised BitCoin Exchanges

harks Re:Why ever use Bitcoin in the first place? (232 comments)

The difference is that most of the reasons that people have for accepting silver/gold certificates instead of actual gold/silver coins do not apply to Bitcoin. Bitcoin can be carried anywhere (and sent anywhere in the world) without a weight or volume problem. You don't have to physically travel to a Treasury office to redeem Bitcoin certificates for real Bitcoins. You don't have to worry about counterfeit Bitcoins as you might with gold/silver coins. With a moderate amount of encryption and backup you don't have to worry about them being stolen from your computer.

about a year and a half ago

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