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Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

mousse-man The good thing, at least... (199 comments)

will be that WHEN the bubble blows, only shareholders will be left to hold the bag, not taxpayers (except maybe through bad investment into their retirement funds).

about 5 months ago

Major Find By Japanese Scientists May Threaten Chinese Rare Earth Hegemony

mousse-man Re:If it's Japanese (189 comments)

You forget Switzerland - they have a German-speaking majority. So German would have lived on.

about a year ago

The Science of Hugo Chavez's Long Term Embalming

mousse-man Brains.... (215 comments)

He'll probably crave for brains, never having had any in his life. I mean, he was damn inefficient at redistributing money - like all socialists.

about a year ago

Islamist Hackers Shut Down Egyptology Research Journal

mousse-man Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (564 comments)

The problem just is that more and more people (AKA 'islamists') start believing that implementing the 'holy' Quran literally is going to make this world better.

Let's hope some predator drone finds these twits and sends them a clear warning by dropping a 500kg block of concrete into their house, with a note attached that if they or anybody else ever impedes things like that again, the 500kg concrete is going to be swapped with a few Mk82 bombs with live fuses and real explosives.

Alas, debating with these people is nigh impossible, and the only language they understand is violence, or at least the clear and present danger of ending up having to schedule an appointment with 72 virgins.

And even the Quran knows to how work out problems with their own believers - if a majority of muslims was susceptible to jail sentences or fines for theft or other crimes, the Quran wouldn't mandate chopping off hands and other body parts.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO

mousse-man Re:When they say they're only going to tax the ric (911 comments)

Wrong. The USA is not the USSR. In the USSR, you could not amass lots of wealth. And the "Exit Tax" should correctly be called "Reichsfluchtsteuer", or maybe "Dego-Abgabe".

more than 2 years ago

US Government: There's Child Porn On the Megaupload Servers Judge!

mousse-man Re:Please! (375 comments)

I thought we were talking about chihuahuas. Makes it an even tighter spot for those who are really into it.

more than 2 years ago

New Car Anti-Theft Device Profiles Your Rear End

mousse-man Direct biogas impingement system (126 comments)

Or even better. Have a rod rammed up your colon to scan it. If it's the right colon to start the car, do so and get all the biogas to power the car from the same source.

more than 2 years ago

New IMF Head Says US Must Raise Debt Limit, or Face 'Nasty Consequences'

mousse-man Several Inconvenient Truths About The Debt Ceiling (932 comments)

- Not one penny of US debt has been repaid for 51 years: the last time US government funded debt actually decresed on a year-over-year basis was 1960
97% of today's funded debt has been accumulated since August 1971 - the end of the Bretton Woods era by Nixon, and the terminal delinking of all fiat currencies from any and all hard assets, ushered in the era of modern-day hyper-debt insolvency
- Obama projects 2.5% Fed Funds rate in budget calculations through 2020. Average Fed Funds rate since 1980: 5.7%; Since 2008: 0.00%, If average 5.7% rate was used, projected US deficit would increase by another $4.9 trillion by 2020
- Obama projects 4.2% growth rate over next 3 years. If a normal growth rate of 2.5% is used, deficits would increase by another $4 trillion by 2020
- The US government borrows 40-50 cents for every dollar it spends. A balanced budget would mean cutting government spending in half.
- Implementing a balanced budget would not reduce current debt outstanding. It would merely stop it from growing.
- Over the past three fiscal years US debt grew by over $1.5 trillion per year: this is more than three times the record annual debt increase in any previous year in US history
- Last night deficit reduction targets were cut from $4 trillion to $2 trillion over the next decade, in exchange for a $2.4 trillion debt ceiling hike, which will last the Treasury until the next presidential election. Said otherwise, the Treasury needs to fund a $2.4 trillion hold over the next 15 months. Over a decade this come to $20 trillion: ten times more than the proposed deficit reduction.

In other words, cut the US budget in half to stop the situation from getting worse. Then start working on your debt mountains.

about 3 years ago

A New Approach To Reducing Spam: Go After Credit Processors

mousse-man Re:Problem (173 comments)

Their damn problem if they get cut off. By staging examples and publicizing them, other companies will stop working for spammers.

A similar method is used against drug dealers in some countries - deal 15g of hard stuff, get an appointment with the hangman. And drug dealing is harder to catch than spam-based credit card processing.

more than 3 years ago

Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound

mousse-man Re:he had the women in the house (537 comments)

All in all, there was a talk about six wives. However, I don't know how many he simultaneously had at the end. If it was just 4, it was halal. If not, Osama is going to roast in hell, together with 72 old hags.

more than 3 years ago

Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound

mousse-man he had the women in the house (537 comments)

I doubt Osama needed to have wank movies in his house - after all, he hed enough women who wanted to be together with a terror czar. And if one remembers where most traffic came from (until blocked) - it was arab and muslim countries.

more than 3 years ago

Speed Tickets Challenged Based On Timestamped Photos

mousse-man Re:The Shark Fin Solution (566 comments)

That wouln't work here too often as lots of cameras take a picture of you dead ahead in order to enforce the motorway toll sticker usage as well.

more than 3 years ago

US Navy Close To On-Ship Laser Cannons

mousse-man Re:Just sail over the horizon _then_ fire your gun (309 comments)

And what if a potential attack consists of a missile that will seperate itself into multiple warheads before attacking the target? The overloading tactic would presumably also work against RAMs (Rolling Airframe Missiles) and conventional Phalanx guns.

more than 3 years ago

The Luck of the Irish Runs Out

mousse-man Re:Defaulting is worse! (809 comments)

Companies will also flee towards Switzerland as it's the only other semi tax haven in Europe, and since the Swiss did not outspend their tax receipts, they're in a financially pretty good shape and thus taxes will most likely stay low.

more than 3 years ago

How the Global Seed Vault Aims To Fight Future Famine

mousse-man Re:Not always working (115 comments)

No, one would have to weed out socialism for this. And not to store it underground to make it reappear hundreds of years later.

more than 3 years ago

Possible Treatment For Ebola

mousse-man Re:Bioterrorism (157 comments)

A antibiotics-resistant version of Yersinia pestis would be optimal - high killing rate, high infection rate, and the disease spread can only be stopped with drastic measures.

If I were a terrorist, I'd forego using Ebola since this disease kills it's host rather fast. Too fast for a successful spread of the disease.

more than 3 years ago

GPS Tracking Without a Warrant Declared Legal

mousse-man Re:Sauce for the goose (926 comments)

Depends. There are certainly some high-ranking officials going visiting prostitutes. Attach the device to their car, and the county/state has the sex&crime scandal it needs.

more than 3 years ago

"Phone In One Hand, Ticket In the Other"

mousse-man Re:The fines are too low in California (419 comments)

100 US-$ is still no deterrent. Go to Singapore.

1200 SGD for one offense, the SGD is maybe 80 US cents. Kind of works.

more than 4 years ago

Chicago Debates Merits of ShotSpotter Technology

mousse-man Re:Fix the real problem ? (385 comments)

They tried that in the UK, in Germany and some other places. And guess what - they still have guns. Better use ShotSpotter if it really works, at least with non-sound-suppressed guns.

The problem is not the huge amount of guns (Switzerland, Norway, Finland and even Sweden have a rather high gun density, but rather little violent crime), but the social breakdown of society. If you want to fix that, it's either by making these people think that legal work is more desirable than ten years in a hellhole of jail, or by simply having a death squad clean up the gangs, sans due process.

more than 4 years ago

Paypal Reverses Payments Made To Indians

mousse-man Re:In Europe PayPal IS a bank, right? (509 comments)

Down in Switzerland, they need to be registered as a financial intermediary, at least. Which basically means that if they aren't, any enterprising lawyer could catch them for not fulfilling the legal rules regarding money laundering. And regardless of what they talk about tax laws, the Swiss money laundering rules are strict.

more than 4 years ago


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