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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - US Could Hit Default Ceiling By May ( 2

cosm writes: Unfortunately, you can spend your way out of debt. The United States Government could learn this lesson the hard way come March, when the treasury is forecasting the US will hit its debt-limit.

From the article: "As the government nears the debt ceiling, the Treasury has authority to take certain extraordinary measures to postpone the date the United States would default on its obligations. However, those actions would be exhausted after about eight weeks and there would be "no headroom" to borrow after July 8, Geithner said. The Treasury has already taken steps to avoid reaching the debt ceiling." I guess it is time to really start stocking up on food and water, and perhaps invest in tangibles that aren't susceptible to the follies of our fiat currency.


Submission + - An Agile Pace -- What about overtime? (

Esther Schindler writes: "You’ve seen those job listings: the ones that say, “Must be able to work additional hours, beyond 8 per day, as necessary, to complete tasks required or meet deadlines.” If it’s an ostensibly Agile job such as Scrum Master, though — is this a bad sign? Does Agile’s notion of “sustainable pace” mean it's always inappropriate to work more than 40 hours a week? Tim Ottinger, the originator and co-author of Agile in a Flash, says, "Overtime is for bumps, not for normal work flow. Predicating project plans on constant overtime is a bad idea, but there are circumstances in which team members may work additional hours without running afoul of Agile principles. Let’s examine five such situations.""

Comment thousand monkeys (Score 1) 513

Reminds me of the "thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters" thought experiment.

As a side note, I think that this confirms my pet theory concerning time travel: any attempt to do it will change the past, which changes the conditions of the travel slightly, which changes the past, and so on, until the travel never occurs and the past stops changing. In other words, a spacetime where time travel happens is unstable and decays into one where it won't. Quantum uncertainty would, in this interpretation, be there to allow causality to "stretch" enough to allow such decay; a hypothethical universe without quantum uncertainty but with sentience and time travel (which is an inevitable outcome of the Theory of Relativity, which in turn is an inevitable outcome from the laws of physics being the same for all observers) would tear itself apart. You can thus deduct the Uncertainty Principle from the Anthropic Principle (we are here, so this universe must be able to support sentient life).

I wonder if you could calculate the minimum required amount of uncertainty for spacetime to stay consistent, and how it would relate to observed/otherwise calculated values? Assume that the first singularity formed at t=0, and has been moving infinitely close to lightspeed ever since, and connects to every other time period through a wormhole, and go from there. The math is beyond me, does anyone else care to try?

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