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Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

spiralx Re:Sell now. (371 comments)

According to this document linked to from your page world production of gold has increased by a factor of almost 7 over the last century, which is a significant increase, especially since as you say, price has not changed really at all (ignoring the large increase in the last five years, the price/ton in 1900 was the same as in 2005). This seems to indicate price is set by the demand side; also it seems to show consumption has increased by a similar factor, so more gold mined means more gold used.

The last few years however show a huge increase in price without any increase in production or usage, which does indicate to me that speculation was driving the price - the recent crash supports this.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

spiralx Re:Sell now. (371 comments)

It surprised me to be honest - here is the page I saw, and it's 1967, not 1969.This article backs up the data and discusses the gold supply in general - it does seem as though most people assume that gold mining is much less prevalent than it actually is.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

spiralx Re:Sell now. (371 comments)

Half of all of the gold in the world was mined after 1969. I wouldn't be surprised if it was similar for silver. And while that obviously hasn't affected the price massively, the supply of gold is increasing rapidly - which I would say indicates the price has nothing to do with supply or utility.

about 5 months ago
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Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"

spiralx Re:You had me at ... (328 comments)

Actually according to Wikipedia the average purity of crystal is 62%, so it would be a bit short of the world's population. It would cover the adult population though :)

about 5 months ago
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Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"

spiralx Re:You had me at ... (328 comments)

Not far off! According to this page the density is 1.2 g/cm3. So 200 gallons is approximately 1000kg, which is about 10 billion 100ug doses.

about 5 months ago
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Gunman Opens Fire At LAX

spiralx Re:Great... (520 comments)

Chart one on the police report you linked to shows there were fewer crimes where firearms were used in 2011 than in 1997, the year the handgun ban went into effect. That's despite the fact that

The method used for counting the number of firearms offences in England and Wales was changed on 1 April 1998 and, as a result, the reported number of offences has been seen to increase across some categories of offence.

If you look at the second chart then you can even see that the "big increase" of firearm use in 2003 was nothing to do with handguns anyway, it was mostly from air guns.

about 5 months ago
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How PR Subverts Wikipedia

spiralx Re: Internet democracy (219 comments)

With the other half being "the government has been corrupted by companies: we need more companies!"

about 6 months ago
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UK Minister: British Cabinet Was Told Nothing About GCHQ/NSA Spying Programs

spiralx Re:"The state is our servant" (85 comments)

We're not, we're British Citizens as of 1983, and were formally Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies since 1948. The term British Subject applies to a very small minority of people who weren't from places that were members of the Commonwealth before 1948. See this article.

about 6 months ago
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The Luddites Are Almost Always Wrong: Why Tech Doesn't Kill Jobs

spiralx Re:Sure, to lower paying jobs (674 comments)

You can pay cash and cheques in via ATMs in every bank branch I've been to in the UK since as far back as I can remember, no need for counter service.

about 6 months ago
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Intel Rejects Supporting Ubuntu's XMir

spiralx Re:Explain Windows XP/Vista/7/8 (205 comments)

Hardware acceleration of audio is pointless today given how little system resources it takes to mix multi-channel audio in realtime... but apart from that, both WDDM and UAA introduced in Vista moved large parts of the graphics and sound drivers out of the kernel, which is a huge stability gain.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Selects Their Favorite Fake Customer Reviews

spiralx Re:David Hasselhoff CD Reviews (98 comments)

I hear the song "Hot Shot City" is particularly good.

about 8 months ago
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Welcome To the 'Sharing Economy'

spiralx Re:lasting awesomeness? (153 comments)

Your understanding of human nature is at least fifty years behind current research, but does serve to justify your beliefs.

about 9 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

spiralx Re:Fixed that for you (387 comments)

Gah, Larry Wall and his "natural language" crap, he's a terrible language designer and an even worse linguist. And I'm sure you've seen the Perl 6 periodic table of operators, which I'm fairly sure the Perl core think is a good thing, not an utterly obvious example of why Perl 6 is still not near release.

Powershell 3 seems to have a bunch of syntax improvements that make it better though, had a look earlier, you can now write "(dir).fileName" rather than "dir | % { $_.fileName }" and everything works the same now with both a single output or a list of outputs, along with a bunch of other stuff that should make it less of a symbol-fest. However, in the mean time I've finally remembered the syntax for FOR in cmd.exe, and have written most of what I need as a file-processing library in Python. I'm not a Windows admin, that'll do for me.

PS. lol, just remember that one of the new syntax features is that instead of writing $_ you can now use $PSItem - apparently lots of people had complained about strange, meaningless symbols being confusing. Fancy that!

about 9 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

spiralx Re:Fixed that for you (387 comments)

I like everything about Powershell except the syntax... which was inspired by Perl according to one of the designers. When I read this it explained a lot, because I hate Perl's syntax as well.

about 9 months ago
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Why JavaScript On Mobile Is Slow

spiralx Re:Easy (407 comments)

Glad you found the info, I meant to reply sooner but got distracted by shiny things.

There's been a huge flux in all areas of web development the last few years, who knows what will come up in the new few. At the moment a good portion of the problems I have is there's too much code out there for everything, all in different states of development and with slightly different features and methodology - it's not always easy to find the right tools. Still, I'm sure something like the Apache Commons, Spring, etc. will eventually arise as a de-facto standard.

about 9 months ago

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Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us

spiralx spiralx writes  |  about a year ago

spiralx (97066) writes "Based on TIME Magazine's feature this month, Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released on May 8 the list of prices (known as the "chargemaster") of 100 common medical treatments across all US hospitals, and the prices Medicare paid for the same treatments, showing for the first time the vast discrepancies across different providers, even those within several miles of each other. Nationwide for instance, inpatient services for joint replacement vary from $5,300 at a hospital in Ada, Oklahoma, to a high of $223,000 at a hospital in Monterey Park, California."
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