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People's Bank of China bans Bitcoin over 'drugs and guns' trade fears

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@Johan Bastiaansen..

Any government has the right ànd the duty to set rules for their banks. It's because most failed to do their job, that we're in this mess to start with.

Maybe you should first learn how money production and bubbles work before pulling random stuff out of your nether regions.

If random IT guy would come up and tell you that his program doesn't work because there is not enough Microsoft licensing in this company, he would rightly have an accident with the tape safe.

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Re: The voice of reason

Seems your IP address is the Federal Reserve Main Bunker. How bizarre.

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Re: Fearmongering from the Masters

Any currency is controlled by a national bank that has the monopoly on issuing coins and notes.

And you know where that is coming from and why it is there.

Taxes. And getting away with inflating the money supply (i.e. getting valuable goods for nothing). Brought to you by the guy with the swordgun. That is what Seigniorage is about: "the difference between the value of money and the cost to produce and distribute it", aka. "stealing". Right up there with first f*ck rights.

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If you bring cash that value is set by a third party

No.

This based on the wrong idea that "cash" has some universally defined value. It doesn't. "Cash" is just a moniker for some good that you trade for another good. The valuation is done at the moment of exchange only and valid only for the persons taking part in that exchange,

Hopefully that good is actual money, i.e. some hard metal.

Today, "cash" is cheap paper and symbols in computer memories.

If you are the government, the value of that kind of "cash" is basically zero (the cost of a print run) and you can buy anything at all. If you are the seller-to-government, you will make sure you increase the price before you are being handed that paper and then you will spend it pretty fast (transforming it into money) if you know what is good for you.

"Legal recognition" is bullshit front, back and center as the Weimar hyperinflation nicely showed.

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Someone totally missed what "money" is

One can argue whether Bitcoins are "money", but....

“Although there are people calling it a ‘currency’, it is not issued by the monetary authority, it does not possess the attributes of a currency such as legal repayment and enforcement abilities”

In the real world: Money: any commodity that can be used for exchange of goods.. Gold, nicely ciseled stones, fishes and bales of hay may be "money". (The Theory Of Money)

"Legal repayment and enforcement abilities" are not attributes of money. They seem to be random interjections thrown out by the guy with the brass knuckles.

Today of course, people are toilet-trained and think that colored pieces of paper (the value of which exponentially going to 0) are money. For those, you may indeed need "enforcement abilities" by the state. Otherwise, who would accept that crap for honest work.

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Send in the clones: Oracle, CentOS catch up to Red Hat Linux 6.5

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What's good for the goose....

I feel there is a copyright-able collection of software in that RHEL and Red Hat should sue Oracle for about a beeelllion dollar in response to their Java API shenanigans.

That would show them.

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Hear that? It's the sound of BadBIOS wannabe chatting over air gaps

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Re: Powerline communication?

I don't want to hear anymore of this, Mr. Mulder!

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Easy to defend against

1) Dont USB plug the machine on the other side of the airgap in the first place

2) Helen Keller mode switch

3) White noise fun in the machine room

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: Google had taken “the most important, the most appealing” parts of Java...

The Ask toolbar is pretty good though.

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How about 0?

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Why are you even commenting on a tech site?

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Help me Ayatollah, you are my only hope

Microsoft, NetApp and EMC have all filed written arguments supporting Oracle’s side of the copyright fight

Fatwas demanding stoning of the whole board of the directors and their legal team as well as the families of the same including their offspring -- and this in the most cruel and inhuman way (NONE SHALL BE SPARED! ESPECIALLY THE PARASITIC LEGALS) --- would, I think, not be totally out of place in this case of a rank beggar-my-neighbour manoeuvers ordering up state protection of monopolistic policies.

Yes, I have NO CONFIDENCE WHATSOEVER that the judge will just fart in the general direction of these festering grabbers of IP "rights".

Luckily, twenty years from now these companies will all be dead and gone and "IP protection" will be one of these retarded ideas of dinosaur whitey. Unfortunately we will have have to talk MAJOR ASIAN LANGUAGE instead to have any economic relevance whatsoever.

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Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year

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USD 10 sounds expensive

Is this western fiat money level pricing?

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Re: It's not gravity powered !

ANd Larry Niven invented the "Gravity Drag" anyway - potential energy being transformed into heat in a magic device that gives a f*ck about the equivalence principle, thus allowing a spaceship to settle down lightly (which disturbingly would be like making it "massy but not light")

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FCC boss hints at change to neutrality policy

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Waaaa? Uncontroversial positions from MUH REGULATOR?

Quickly, tweet a protest march for more equality! #OCCUPYQOS

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Microsoft: Anonymous hacktivists DDoSed us? Really?

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Hmm,,,, issue-of-the-day DDoSing?

I am le excited!

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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

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Re: @Grogan 20:45

Fun is overrated.

Gamers must sweat blood and tears.

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“over 50 million hours”

Can we have this in km² of the Philippines rebuild or maybe in "free healthcare dollars" provisioned?

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Re: Practice trumps nature.

> You can learn any skill.

It may just take a couple of centuries, discounting any time spent watching TV.

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Right!

"Multitasking" - A yuppie illusion. Doing three things at the same time totally half-arsed if not plaing wrongly and possibly with disastrous consequences (going from wrecking one's hand to burning down the house) is not "multitasking". It is having a wrong idea of one's capabilities.

Also:

Neuropsychologist Ruben Gur, who participated in the study, conceded that "at any given moment, a woman is likely to be using her whole brain while a man is using half of his". Speaking to Philadelphia's Enquirer, he "struggled when asked if this structure makes men superior at anything".

What is this "if" that reporter is talking about? The real question is how women still manage to foobar things even if all the brain is engaged. Seeing how most of their decisions seem to be driven by mating reflexes (which is then strenuously denied) and peer group dynamics (even more strenuously denied), it could well be that all those active modules are the "social" ones.

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One-minute Koch-blocking earns attacker two years, massive fine

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Re: On the one hand...

His heart was in the right place.

Right next to 4chan?

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Mwahahahah!

You cannot just ANGER the BIGGEST BUGBEAR OF LIBURLSLEFTISTS (probably just below a Republican donning a Dark Helmet suit in their overall scheme of classification) and hope to get away scot-free.

Fade to black while a hand is seen stroking a white fluffy lolcat

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Hey, George Clooney. LOST in SPACE... and thirsty? Visit these 5 ALIEN worlds*

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Blasphemy

FRANK POOLE WAS FIRST!

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Re: Time for a new standard unit of measurement?

"Voyager One isn't currently heading in the direction of planet Hoojymaflip but if it were..."

Methinks you protest too much. This is a politician-level-quality non-denial "no-comment" non-confirmation.

What EXACTLY can be found on planet Hoojymaflip?

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Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in

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Re: prior "art"

The Terminator had this even earlier, and sure as hell that is a "mobile device".

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Goddamit El Reg

For a moment I was thinking Apple was patenting facials.

That would have heavily rounded the corners.

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On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns

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Re: At last a use for the Raspberry Pi

Waiting for these to be banned once someone takes an autoguided potshot at a US NAVY FUCK YEAR fregate.

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Re: What if...

But Detroit has Michael Moore doing movies about capitalist 'sploitation. That outweighs even a Cannibal Humanoid Underground Dweller attack.

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Re: Weapons

/k/ please go.

If it can drill a hole in your braincase, it is a weapon.

But on the other hand.

> Thinking that .22 LR is any way equivalent to .223 NATO.

> MFW

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Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...

It's like I'm really reading Wile E. Coyote's list of ideas, soon to be implemented using trusty ACME wares.

ACME - Arming Coyotes since the Mid-Eighties!

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SaaS superstars' cynical sales schemes make them dinosaurs-in-waiting

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Re: @DAM (was: IMO, all of *aas ...)

> I notice that you didn't comment on my comment about gartner.

That's because imma agree with it.

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Re: IMO, all of *aas ...

Right.

Were you bitching about that new "electronic brains" malarkey in the 50s too, jake?

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Captialism!

It works, bitches.

Unless, of course, the SaaS is granted rights of monopoly through patenting, regulation and other shenanigans. In which case we will have to live with dinosaurs for a long time until the "antitrust" hand tries to do something about what the "trust" hand did.

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What is thy bidding? Han Solo’s shooter goes under the hammer

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Re: Airport Security

Yes, but it will immediately re-appear on e-bay.

The circle will then be complete.

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Re: A good weapon

A bit massy to carry though.

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Sony PS4 SHATTERS UK console sales SPEED RECORD

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Re: These figures are fairly irrelevant

Photos of the Conspiracy Papers now or it's idle speculation.

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The amazing thing is that I know no-one around me who owns up to having bought any of those devices.

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Re: Look at the profit...

> What is more telling is that neither console is being sold at a loss.

That remains to be seen. Those "profits" (how horrible! not selling at cost to the gaming proletariat!!) are AFAIK just materials. A *lot* of secondary costing is not in this number. I do think one can safely assume that both are sold at breakeven and that "profit" is mainly security margin.

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HP dishes up FAIL-filled public cloud

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Re: Worse than Amazon?

So DEVELOP your argument, anon.

Also: "Nope, know nothing"

Jesus F*ck HP. You are no longer the go-to guys, you know that?

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India's Martian MOM leaves the nest

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Nein du! Hinein in die Arbeiterfront!

the state shall .... employ the masses !!

The stupid, it burns. And not in an orbital change sense either.

Oh well, okay then. First you need an appropriate logo, some weird cross or agricultural implements might do.

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Re: Could you please explain why the UK still sends aid to India...

> preferential trade agreements

I love the smell of hardcore mercantilism in parliament. It covers up the Zombie Stench.

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Fun-killing fireshow-flunking ZOMBIE COMET ISON only LOOKED alive

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Re: ISON

Stupidly US Space Command held its fire because scanners could not detect any lifeforms in there. So they assumed it must have short-circuited.

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Re: It is an Ex Comet...

Orbits are conics, not coils.

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That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA

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Re: An idea for google

I would rather run Seti@Home for free.

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What lies beneath Microsoft's Cloud OS?

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Interesting.

Maybe a post-Ballmer-CEO can build on this and make Microsoft an adult, mentally stable, trustworthy and technologically well equipped vendor. I won' be going back to the Microsoft world anytime soon, and probably never but it's always good to see improvements in the marketplace. Well, the next generation of software will probably be talking to you in Mandarin, cloudy or not.

And if Microsoft hopes for the "good times" to roll back in, I have bad news: this recession hasn't appreciably started yet. There are about a hundred trillions of bad debts to expunge still in US dollar alone. Enjoy.

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Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G

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Much music. Such audio loving.

Hope you don't want to listen to your music in a tunnel, or in a concrete building with lousy reception, or the wrong side of hill, or, if you're on 3, anywhere at all.

Yoof today need to keep their brain pumped 24/7. And no interruptions. FACT.

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Re: Charger

Power over Ethernet can work the same miracle on powering routers switches

Only in a very limited way. It is VERY UNWISE to have serious power dripping along your Ethernet cable. Not to mention inefficient (i.e. you are heating the cable). And you need a bigger power supply in the rack. And are limited as to the cabling length. And no plugging of random swicthes.

Meanwhile

Regulation making sense

Hell yeah for once.

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Solar enthusiasts rays idea of 'leccy farms on MOON, drones

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The roads in the UK I know nothing about, but every single other item on your list was piloted and underwritten by governments. Big outside investment eventually came along, but only when the technical issues were understood and governments had agreed to assist with governmenty issues.

Not at all my dear chap.

Even at Jimbo's Truth Emporium, we learn:

The railway system of Great Britain, the principal territory of the United Kingdom, is the oldest in the world. The system was originally built as a patchwork of local rail links operated by small private railway companies. These isolated links developed during the railway boom of the 1840s into a national network, although still run by dozens of competing companies. Over the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries, these amalgamated or were bought by competitors until only a handful of larger companies remained (see railway mania). The entire network was brought under government control during the First World War and a number of advantages of amalgamation and planning were revealed.

In other words: it worked until the big intra-european massacre which Britain though it could participate in for frankly unclear reasons (now being retconned to "protecting the freedoms"), at which point frank socialization occurred, as one never should let a good crisis go to waste.

When "governement" does something, it does not "contribute". Government is also not structured to do anything (otherwise there would be no wars and decisions would either make sense or be followed by firings). It ignores economic calculation. Destruction of economic well-being necessarily ensues, otherwise the Soviet Union would have been the splendid land of proletarian freedom, so glowingly presented to us by the starry.eyed press of the 20s. Ah yes.

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Re: where the cost of delivering heavy equipment and maintaining it is minimal

Moondust is just as bad as desert sand

Moondust is far worse than desert sand. It's like slow-motion grey goo and abrades anythingsoft parts of the machinery:

What a little Moon dust can do

Lunar dust is extremely abrasive -- and unavoidable -- as astronauts quickly learned during the Apollo missions of the 1960s and '70s. Within hours, the dust covered the astronauts' spacesuits and equipment, scratching lenses and corroding seals. "Dust is the No. 1 environmental problem on the moon," said Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who reported having a severe allergic reaction to moon dust during his mission in 1972. "We need to understand what the (biological) effects are, because there's always the possibility that engineering might fail."

AFAIK it ate through all the rubber seals used to keep it contained in a box.

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And it's Japanese. What can go wrong!

Excellent! Most excellent!!

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