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  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    And if things go wrong that's where things end up If you're a Microsoft, Adobe, or Apple customer you're already there. http://www.thepassivevoice.com/2016/05/apple-stole-my-music-no-seriously/ (A copy. Original article seems to not exist at the moment.)...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Libertarians also seem to worship "the market". Seems to me most people calling themselves libertarians are also anarcho-capitalists....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Thank you. You're better at expressing this than I am. With your and Schaffer's input, I consider this matter settled. The discussion was getting silly anyway....
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Fair enough. I should have mentioned Pigeon instead of you in that comment. S/he's the one disagreeing with Heteromeles. However, my pointing out that gold has value was just a shortcut for motivating why it cannot be fiat money, as...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Sure, for all practical purposes I think it's the same. It's just that I was a bit surprised by his rhetoric. The lesson I took from the lecture is that any policy with a chance of success must have an...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    Thank you for the vid, it was interesting. Especially how he's saying that you can't have sound fiscal policy without a steady inflation, meaning that it is impossible to base any policy on deflationary currency such as gold. But I'm...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "And I'm now saying.... See 'Nixon Shock' for an example of setting the value of gold by decree... (I didn't say that it worked, I said it happened)." Actually, they didn't. They set the dollar against gold. Either way, they...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "fiat money as we understand it is someone else's monetized debt." "Gold and other valuables are not monetized debt." Yes, I agree. But gasdive and Greg don't agree with you. You also write that the price of gold and tulips...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    I will try to make this more clear. Pigeon wrote: "fiat currency is something that is not much use but is nevertheless worth craploads because everyone pretends it is" Wikipedia article on fiat money (with citation): "Fiat money is a...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    "It's good for making electrical conductors, and makes a nice foil and is nicely corrosion resistant," It's also very malleable, it's pretty, it's rare, and most importantly it lasts. Funny how you omitted those properties. "but those properties no-where near...
  • Commented on Trapped in the wrong trouser-leg of time
    What? Gold is not fiat money. It has value in and of itself, which is almost universally recognised. What that value is, is an entirely different matter, but one that cannot be set by decree. Oh, and solar panels work...
  • Commented on Book day!
    I did indeed buy it for 9 SKR, if nothing else to see if this was a rabbit hole and to see where it went. It was pre-order (by a few hours) and I half expected it to be cancelled...
  • Commented on Book day!
    Yes, I'm Swedish. And the UK edition was priced at 9 SKR (~1 €)....
  • Commented on Book day!
    Is the book priced correctly in Google Play? It sold very cheap last time I looked....
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    In other news, Northern Ireland apparently had their first legally recognised Humanist marriage: https://humanism.org.uk/2017/06/09/success-couple-win-challenge-to-lack-of-legal-recognition-of-humanist-marriages-in-northern-ireland/ Were only church marriages recognised until now? Slightly tangential. Something I did not see elsewhere, but probably have missed: In The Annihilation Score, Mo tells the...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Nightmare Stacks
    You can always type "ä" to get "ä": "alfär" becomes "alfär". Any HTML escape code works....
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    It leads to the perversely amusing phenomenon where most of the purported advantages of dynamic languages are ones that you can't actually use Well, it kind of depends. For scripting languages – and even some forms of coding with JIT-compiled...
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