* Posts by TheTick

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Re: What are people doing that needs fibre?

"What are people doing that needs fibre?"

There's probably a few households with several people all watching separate Ultra-HD Netflix streams (25Mb/s each) needing a big pipe it's a bit of an edge case.

Downloading big Steam games of 30GB or more are much nicer with a big pipe but it's not crucial.

Aside from them I can't think of much else the average household needs 1Gbps for.

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

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@ Ben Tasker

Your thinking is backwards, the court isn't saying that elites can't just dictate and must put it to a vote, the court is saying that a fully democratic referendum can be disregarded if the MP's (who one might call elites) vote against it.

The same MP's that voted to have a referendum, and agreed to abide by the result.

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It's democracy or violence

Democracy seems to be the only really practical alternative to violence to attain one's aims, at least in the Western world at this point in time.

There are many people who believe when Ted Heath entered us into the Common Market back in the day that he committed an act of treason (http://www.vernoncoleman.com/euillegally.html), but the public did not rise up in violence to change this, they simply stood up and argued against the Common Market/EU and hoped for change.

They/we eventually, after decades, forced the government to give us our say, and despite the massive status quo advantage, and of nearly all the establishment, the civil service, the media, IMF etc etc against us we stuck up our two fingers and said "OUT". The finest display of democracy I have seen in my lifetime, and the one and only time my side has ever won.

This vote was not advisory, whether they think it was or not, and if they screw us on this one it proves that you CANNOT change things through the democratic process.

That leaves only violence - and it would be fully legitimate violence. I'm sharpening my pitchfork as we speak.

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Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

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Re: All according to plan

"I've got some news for you. There's no such thing as a free lunch. If you save your money with a bank, you are lending it, at risk. The risk being the bank going pop, and you losing your money."

That's not news to me, I agree entirely, and it can't be said often enough that money in the bank is actually a loan to the bank and you no longer own the money - just a claim on it.

However as I mentioned some of my savings are in gold, but some of my family members, who mocked me when I mentioned the yellow metal, have the majority of theirs in bank deposits or sterling denominated shares. Although I feel a little smug about it, I take no pleasure in them being 10-15% less wealthy than they were not so long ago.

I can't agree with your assessment of QE saving the banking system but it's a bit late so don't feel I can go into detail without messing up my post. Yes, QE can theoretically be clawed back when the cash comes back to the central bank. But really, do you think that will ever happen? It's not happened in 25 years of doing it in Japan where it was invented. I can't think of a single instance where a CB has removed the QE from the system. QE is de facto money printing.

And that's an easy way out, a way that has been tried, tested, and failed from ancient Greece, through Rome, via the Wiemar Republic and a thousand other realms in between and on to us today. It will fail again ultimately, and the longer we stretch it out the worse it will be, we should have let it all go to pot in 2008 and rebuild, because now it's going to be even worse when it goes.

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Re: All according to plan

"Which seems to have developed arthritis these last few years."

It's been tied behind his back by the central planners in the central banks of the world.

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Re: All according to plan

"You might want an over valued currency"

No, I would like a correctly valued currency, the problem is what sets the value and that, quite simply, is the supply of money. The supply of which is controlled, ultimately, by the central banks, who respond (whether they openly admit it or not) to the government.

While it does make British exports cheaper, if you are in manufacturing that means the cost of imported raw materials has gone higher as well.

But the "weak currency = jobs" myth is just that - mythical. West/reunified Germany had an immensely strong currency in the Deutschmark and had no shortage of jobs and manufacturing. It was so strong the French devised the Euro to stop being so embarrassed by Fritz next door because the Franc was constantly devaluing. Switzerland is a modern example of very strong currency and plenty of employment. Please don't propagate that falsehood anymore.

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All according to plan

A weak pound is exactly what the government wants (pity we mere voters want the opposite) because it reduces the real value of the vast debt they have heaped up over ours heads and those of our children.

Carney took full advantage of the cover of Brexit to lower interest rates (after bullshitting that he was about to raise them for the last year or so) AND start up the printing presses with more QE. He's done absolutely everything he can to trash the pound at it's most vulnerable point in years.

So we poor saps who cherish our savings are once again looted by the invisible hand of inflation (no relation to Adam Smith's invisible hand of awesomeness).

Fortunately I invested in a bit of gold and Brexit actually had a net positive effect on my finances. Real money people - real money.

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Brexit? No impact at all, chuckles reseller juggernaut

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Who would have though it?

Brexit not causing disaster? Surely not?

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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"Vote Leave and Remain had no right to make policy promises about anything at all as they weren't running for government"

Absolutely correct, though the tone of your post seems to suggest that they did make promises, rather than suggestions of what could be done after Brexit. The only promise I recall them making was that after Brexit then we would be in control of our own immigration policy, and that we would not have to send £350m gross to the EU every week, which is entirely true.

Ah the controversial £350m number, personally I think it would have been better to use the ~£200m net figure or whatever it is but then I don't calculate the tax I get taken from me every year by looking at the gross number and removing what I think I get back in public services - and I bet you don't either. And apart from the rebate any money that comes back is spent by the EU, we don't get to choose what it gets used for.

The funny thing is whenever remoaners say the Leave campaign lied this is the only point they ever come up with, whereas on the remain side the list is long (World War 3, housing crash, economic crash, 3 million jobs at risk, no more CLOUT! oh god how will we survive without CLOUT!?)

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Re: Pragmatic solution?

@ smartypants

Yet another idiot trying to suggest that anyone who voted Brexit was a foaming at the mouth racist with an IQ in the single digits. That's as stupid as saying all remain voters are foaming at the mouth Brit-haters who can't wait for our culture to be obliterated and replaced with a Brave New EU World.

A lot is said in the media about not forgetting the 48% who voted to remain. Well I think it's about time that 48% started to make the effort to understand the majority 52% in this country instead of condemning them. Set aside your prejudice and bigotry for once and listen.

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@ MrXavia

It boggles the mind that some people downvoted your completely sensible suggestion.

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: lets all just die on this ball

"Considering the current inclinations of the great Yank electorate, I reckon it's touch-and-go that we'll make it to Christmas."

That's right - *Hillary* leading in the polls what the hell are they thinking...

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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My Virtualbox VM host and Teamspeak server will be migrated to Linux now. This update decided to ignore the "Notify to schedule restart option" and just went ahead and did it, dirtily shutting down the VM. It was at 3am so no real harm done but that's it for me, no need to have a Win 10 as a simple server host I'll knuckle down and put Linux on it one evening.

Desktop may still be a bit further off due to the games I'm playing at the moment.

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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Re: I chose the wrong career

I was thinking of posting a huffy reply but then looked out of my window (with it's lovely views of Lincoln Cathedral) and saw the ears of corn growing nicely in my back yard. Ok I'll give you this one.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Re: The year the BBC died

If they weren't missing people like him (and me) then nothing would be changing.

Clearly they do.

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I think it's 15 minutes after broadcast that you can watch something without a licence. If your systems "buffered" it for that long then it would basically be the same as recording it which is also covered by the silly rules.

If you do watch BBC stuff you should pay the fee, that's fair enough. It's the making us pay the fee because we watch other stations that gets me (I refuse to pay so don't even have an aerial on the house).

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Re: BBC Viewers

Yes it is, it's classified as a tax which is why people can be criminally prosecuted for it.

I believe this will be changing next year however.

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Protect your staff from Toronto's terrible Twitter trolls, bosses told

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Re: The Reg = SJW?

Believe it or not, I don't think conservatives have a general forum where they decide on what they think about people and everyone pulls the party line.

This may be hard to understand, but conservatives are people and have a variety of views, just like everyone else.

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Re: The Reg = SJW?

The byline is irrelevant to my comment, what are you on about?

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The Reg = SJW?

"After years of criticism and complaints, last month Twitter finally started taking a more proactive role in pushing back against its needlessly offensive users when it permanently banned high-profile troll Milo Yiannopoulos from the service for encouraging and coordinating racist attacks against actress Leslie Jones."

Is the Reg now a bastion of SJW lies, or did you just not bother to look any deeper than the headlines yourself? In no way did Milo ever coordinate racist attacks you complete muppets.

Neither is Twitter pushing back against needlessly offensive users - it's banning conservative opinion while leaving radical jihadist and racist Black Lives Matter accounts open. It's censorship of opinions they don't like.

Please do some research I'm seeing a lot of rubbish like this on the formerly awesome Register lately.

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Well?

@Big John

Without a doubt we have been conditioned to love being disarmed, and many of us seem to take a weird kind of pride about it as well, the same way some people proudly say "I'm happy to pay my taxes!". Good grief.

The sneering condescension of certain British classes (middle and upper) was curtailed in recent decades when they were told not to be nasty to the working class anymore. They couldn't stand that of course and had to find other outlets to be snobbish about the working class, so they invented the "chav" insult as well as mocking anyone who believed in anything remotely patriotic or nationalistic, and that wide net includes guns.

So our middle class lot tend to hold their noses in the air and sniff at anyone who suggests that an armed populace might actually be a little better at handling such incidents as armed jihadis storming a theatre, or trying to abduct off-duty RAF personnel to behead them. Oh no - we're CIVILIZED you see, not like you barbarians in Texas who gunned down two jihadi wannabe's before they could kill anyone. Oh no, we're happy to let our people die horribly just to prove how absolutely wonderful we are.

I say this as someone brought up middle-class myself with family who talk like this and people I went to school and university with as well. Being anti-gun control in the UK has bugger all to do with reason and everything to do with self-righteous holier than thou attitudes (I believe the term now is virtue-signalling but it's just the same thing as it's always been) to prove how much better you are than the plebs.

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IPv6 now faster than IPv4 when visiting 20% of top websites – and just as fast for the rest

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Re: 20% is not noticable

Do some work with local government or some government agency and see how they spend that money they take from you.

You might not have the same opinion afterwards (I didn't).

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My plan to heal this BROKEN, BREXITED BRITAIN

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Re: Parliamentary Sovereignty

Well Rich 11, that's because the House of Lords and the Queen don't actually have any real power, one is an advisory chamber and the other is a ceremonial role which, while having in theory significant power, in practicality she has very little.

I have no idea why you mentioned kicking people out of Britain, oh wait, yes you are trying to tar Brexiters with the brush of heresy. Whoops did I say heresy? I meant racism of course.

Of course, given that I am engaged to a leave-voting immigrant then I wouldn't be too keen on seeing her thrown out, and I would be quite surprised if she were, considering that I actually listened to the Leave people's argument which said, on many occasions, that people who came here legally and haven't broken the law are more than welcome to stay.

Now, to respond in kind, what are your opinions on the remain supporters who want old white people to die because they voted to leave?

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Re: Parliamentary Sovereignty

No, it wasn't politicians that said we would leave the EU. It was the people, and we spoke clearly.

Woe betide any prime minister that ignores the spoken will of the people. Even though I don't have the faintest idea how, I for one am prepared to take up arms against any government that abandons democracy in my country. I hope everyone else here would do the same, after all our current prime minister supports the people rebelling against dictatorial government (Libya, Syria).

And no, I couldn't care less if the spooks see this.

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Dabs founder Dave Atherton returns to techland

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Cheers

Cheers for letting us know, I'll stick that one on the avoid list for any future purchases.

(Dabs under that bloke was the first company I ever had to sue via small claims - successfully of course).

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

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Re: MEPs make the laws

That's an appalling reason to vote to stay in the EU.

Are you seriously saying that fundamental matters of accountability, democracy, legitimacy and all the rest are less important to you than the fact the person you like got elected as an MEP in your region?

Jess, that MEP you like has almost zero power. He/She cannot propose legislation, nor propose to repeal legislation. If you are happy with that level of power then I pity you.

I don't see much reform coming from Westminster either, but the current setup is significantly better than the setup in the EU and is therefore an improvement from the current situation.

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Re: MEPs make the laws

"But it's certainly not a good enough reason to leave."

Only if there was a reasonable possibility of this changing in the future. But I don't see any reform in the direction of more democracy and accountability coming from the EU in the foreseeable future.

Elected representatives proposing and repealing laws is pretty much the most fundamental reason to stay in or leave the EU. All of the other problems stem from this basic failure of representative democracy. So yes, it is a good enough reason, and it is the reason I will vote to leave.

I would urge you to not take it lightly.

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"Not strictly true. MEPs make the laws"

I'm not sure that's accurate, as I understand it MEP's only get to vote on laws that are proposed by the EU Commission/Council/Whatever which is the same amount of power as our House of Lords has, they cannot propose laws themselves. Whereas our MP's do make the laws, even opposition MP's can bring a private member's bill to be voted on.

If you haven't already watched it Brexit the Movie does discuss this among a host of other issues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYqzcqDtL3k

I strongly agree with the rest of your post however, and I've always considered the US method of open primaries to be very interesting. e.g. Love him or loathe him, the Republican voters want Trump and they are getting him.

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Most of the arguments that we keep hearing all over the media, trade/how much we pay/immigration etc are of little relevance. The absolutely fundamental issues are getting next to no airing at all.

The people who make the laws are not elected by the people, they are elected by other politicians who might be elected by the people. Now I don't know about the rest of you but that's not bloody well good enough for me!

For centuries we have wrested power from the elites and passed it closer to the people, we fought a civil war and chopped off a king's head to prove there was no divine right to rule. This is the first time that I can think of (admittedly only an amateur student of political history) where the direction of power has been the other way round. Those who seek to rule us are now less accountable than they were 50 years ago. Back then we could directly vote for or against the top decision makers, now we can only vote for people who might vote for the top decision makers we want.

They ignore referenda in smaller countries like Ireland, making them vote again until they get the answer they want. They have desposed elected governments in Italy and Greece and placed appointed apparatchiks in their place. The EU Arrest Warrant undermines our ancient right of Habeas Corpus (Google Andrew Symeou).

I really wish all those points were the top item on the media and the Leave campaign's agenda but I barely hear a peep about it.

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Re: both major parties are split.

I have it on reasonably good authority (that I won't disclose here) that the Labour Party has made a decision to look united on the EU question as much as possible in the hopes it shows them in a good light so they have a better chance at winning the next election.

Yes, that's right, Labour MP's who think we should leave the EU are keeping their gobs shut because them getting into power is more important to them than the most important referendum this country has had since the 70's (arguably even more so). Only a few mavericks like Kate Hoey are stepping out of line.

Reminds you of old Tony B.Liar doesn't it?

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

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Re: There is so much bollocks ...

It's probably because of the stitch-up that got Vote Leave the official designation rather than the GO movement.

Now the media types that love the EU (like the EU-Funded BBC) have their ready-made reason not to invite Saint Nigel on anymore "Because he's not the leader of the official Leave campaign!".

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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Re: Yes please

Honouring your origins is not childish.

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Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

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Re: Skegness every time

The way to tell the locals from the punters in Skeg is to see who ask for a bottle and who gets a pint. At least back in the late 90's during my wonder years the pubs and bars rarely cleaned the pipes feeding the pumps, especially at Fat Louis' and Strikes - bloody horrible pints!

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Red dwarf superflares batter formerly 'habitable' exoplanet

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Extreme age?

"scientists put the kibosh on the prospect of colonisation by noting that the Kepler-452 solar system's extreme age - six billion years"

Is that really considered extreme age for a G-class star? Ours is about 4.5 billion years old and considered middle-aged with a few billion years left before it uses up it's hydrogen. Kepler-452 sounds like it's in it's 50's - getting on a bit but still kicking.

Assuming we could get there and colonise the planet we could get at least a few hundred million years out of it surely?

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OH GROSS! The real problem with GDP

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Good article

Good article on the imperfections of GDP Mr W.

It's a shame all the headlines trumpeting "The economy has risen 0.2% last quarter!" don't come with the proviso " - but take it with a massive pinch of salt!".

Personally I think GDP is too flawed to be used, not because it doesn't give some indication of economic growth, but because it provides an irresistable incentive for governments to juice the figures. Your example of paying beaureacrats more increases GDP is a good one.

But also if they use the Y = C + I + G + (X − M) calculation of GDP (Y) then governments are massively incentivised to borrow huge amounts to increase government spending (G) to get that juicy headline. Sadly the GDP calculation doesn't seem to take vast debts into account.

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POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

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Early Earth?

"...chillier norther climes of early Earth"

I wouldn't call ~69 million years ago "early Earth", that's like a centenarian saying "Back when I was a young whippersnapper at 98..."

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That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

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Competition

“There is not sufficient regulation to create competition"

Or in other words:

"We can't compete - government please help us!!!"

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Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why

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Me too

After being pleasantly surprised that X-Com Enemy Unknown and Civ V both have Linux ports that work flawlessly through Steam for Linux...I'm out too!

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Gold isn't for the bad times, it's for the rebuilding period afterwards.

The most important assets for bad times are family, friends and community, and a little bit of arable land near fresh water doesn't hurt either.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: Deniers?

@RIBrsiq

"http://theconsensusproject.com/"

That whole website has zero evidence for anything. Just a bunch of links to articles saying "we're right and that's that!". It peddles the discredited 97% of scientists statistic as if it's not completely and utterly bogus. If I remember they counted any paper that even mentioned climate as though they agreed with the "consensus". They also counted those who believed mankind has an effect on the environment but did not think it would be very significant.

That website is more like a bunch of kids stamping their feet shouting "IT IS IT IS IT IS!!!".

So I repeat my question: Is there any solid, proven evidence of *anthropogenic* global climate change? I'll add significant climate change to that question, as me farting adds to climate change, though only the missus notices that much.

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Re: Deniers?

"Because at this point in time, I cannot fathom what else can make any sane person deny anthropogenic global climate change."

Is there any solid, proven evidence for anthropogenic global climate change? Serious question.

And yes the "denier" tag is disgraceful as it attempts to link skeptics with holocaust deniers (don't even think about "denying" that!).

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

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I'm a raging libertarian capitalist, but even I see the problems of having all the emails of our Parliamentarians on the servers of a foreign company, no matter how much they say they will never, ever take a little peek...

Why on earth hasn't the government set up an IT division to provide public sector organisations, including Parliament, with an internally managed email solution/file services etc? An NHSMail for government.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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"The problem is the UK's welfare spending is an order of magnitude bigger than that"

I couldn't agree more, it's a huge problem that the UK govt spends so much on welfare. I'm fairly sure that both of us can think of instances where govt welfare spending is not, shall we say, efficient?

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As per my response to Mark #255 above - it's not a liberty for you to have an employment contract, it's an imposition forced on businesses by the government.

I don't think Tim is suggesting that you be unable to voluntarily write a contract with an employer that matches the current state of affairs, so long as both sides agree.

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People in the UK give over £10 billion a year to charity, despite also being taxed. Lots of people are nice and charitable. I've lived and worked with all sorts of people in my life (except the significantly rich) and I've found most people will give someone a hand when they are in need. It's just p*ss-takers they have a problem with. The vast majority of people are NOT selfish jerks.

Welfare was initially a few shillings for people over 70 (something like the equivalent of over 100 in life expectancy now), who would complain about that eh? But it quickly expanded as soon as politicians realised they could buy votes with it. Now we have a permanent benefits culture trapping millions in poverty with marginal tax rates higher than the top tax band (haven't kept up with this though, perhaps the Tories have sorted it?) and all these people will vote for the parties that keep them down on benefits street rather than give them a hand up to main street. State welfare has nothing to do with people's welfare.

Zero hour contracts are desired by quite a few people. Why would you take that flexibility away from them just because you don't like the thought of it?

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Re: hmmmm

"extra "flexibility" imposed on us."

Erm, it wouldn't be imposing anything on you, I think he's suggesting that current impositions on employers are removed. Whether you think that's a good idea or not is another issue, but he's suggesting less impositions, not more.

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Of course in a free market if you feel you are being treated badly as an employee or contractor you can look elsewhere for work and find somewhere better, or start a better company yourself. As a contractor this is nice and easy as you simply don't renew the contract which is much less hassle than resigning.

I've never heard of a company off-shoring to temporarily push up share prices, they do it to reduce costs and have a more flexible workforce without so many govt regulations weighing them down. Now if everyone was a contractor it's a million times easier to reduce the workforce by, again, simply not renewing contracts. That may sound bad to you that companies can just let people go without issue, but it also means companies are less reticent to hire contractors when they know there's no chance of a tribunal if they forget to cross their t's on the redundancy notice.

Unions have a bit of a history of their "collective negotiations" being little more than blackmail with things like the closed shop and the coal miners bringing down Ted Heath. Thatcher was right to stamp it out. Unions helping their members is no bad thing, but some use their members for their own political aims.

Companies restructuring themselves to pay less tax? Well so do I, and so probably do you (got an ISA?).

I'd love to see a more flexible workforce like Tim suggests, even though in my personal case I'd probably be worse off (currently on a pretty high wage for what I do which they don't have much choice about thanks to some TUPE arrangements a couple of years ago). Companies would be so much more inclined to hire people for work without all the bullcr*p that comes with employees, and wage renegotiations will be much easier for contractors; done a good job and they are asking you to renew? Ask for 20% more!

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: Linux

After a particularly annoying evening trying to simply get into safe mode and do a system restore after a dodgy install borked my Win8.1 system, I am going to finally install Linux Mint Mate edition and give it a proper trial as my main day to day system.

Apparently my OS drive was "locked" which meant the recovery usb couldn't do either a system restore or repair and didn't tell me how to unlock it either. Eventually I found the command to re-enable the F8 menu on boot and got it done (FYI it's "bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy" from an elevated command prompt).

The above kerfuffle has just added weight to my concerns abouts Win 10's Cortana, the mandatory auto-updates, the pushing towards a Microsoft account and OneDrive and mostly the fact there's no straight answer on whether this will change my retail Win 7/8.1 keys into OEM ones yet.

Win 10 makes me uneasy, Linux deserves a shot.

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

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Re: Sorry for the rant, but...

@Arnaut the less

In the period of the classical gold standard to which I was referring, the British pound was no longer a pound in weight of sterling silver, it was about 7.32g of gold minted into gold sovereigns along with a little copper.

While I'm certainly not an expert I have struggled through a few economics books in the past thank you for your concern. But as I said in my last post, I was not advocating a return to the gold standard, merely comparing it with the unfettered fiat currency expansion of today.

In fact the gold standard suffers from fractional reserve banking as well, with banks producing more notes backed by gold than the gold they actually have. But at least there was a limit to the amount they could print because at some point people want to see the shiny metal itself.

Since 1971 however there has been no link to gold at all, and inflation took off like a rocket. Debtors consider this state of affairs to be wonderful, savers less so.

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