Michel2Bec

Michel2Bec

  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    I have read when I was younger pretty much all I could of Cordwainer Smith. I loved it but he is clearly a writer of these times, the 50s & 60s, where intellectuals and Hollywood would grant psychiatrist and other...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    There is also the indo-pakistany change of border guard. Here : https://youtu.be/izO02t7KfCE...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    "Ah, America, where someone can write Barbarians at the Gate as a Wall Street expose, and people on Wall Street take it as an instruction book, not a warning..." Out host is fond of saying that irony died with the...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    "A Solution looking for a Problem" " Like a shark suspended in formaldehyde, it has value only if we believe it does. " https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-05-21/bitcoin-is-more-modern-art-or-religion-than-money (but honestly this can be said of any monetary instrument, because the root of any monetary...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Paul Krugman, on bitcoin again, he is not a fan : "Technobabble, Libertarian Derp and Bitcoin" https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/20/opinion/cryptocurrency-bitcoin.html...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I freely admit than I'm less than impartial when crypto is the subject....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Well it has changed sometime last year, where you tend to get the paywall if you are not using NoScript, porn mode or Firefox "reading mode". And to get the graphs linked in the column to work, you need Javascript...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Krugman opinion on Bitcoin : "a fresh infestation of monetary cockroaches" (can be read in anonymous browser mode) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/opinion/cryptocurrency-inflation.html...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Charlie @100 (Greg @96) : Yes, and we sort of have working recipes how to get out of excessive inflation. But to get out of the 1929 deflation, nothing worked, even the new deal was not really enough. We needed...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    @Ederly Cynic When money is no more a store of value, you should get rid of it as fast as possible for anything else that has value. It's called hyperinflation....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    @Crack The Safe (26) That's the general idea. In fact, money *should not be* a commodity: One of the reason why gold was eventually selected over previous other kind of primitive money (ox-pelt-shapen bronze or iron ingots for example) is...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I think all economists will disagree with you : Textbook definitions normally list the following three properties of money: - A medium of exchange - A unit of account - A store of value I however agree that money should...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Exercise for the nitpickers here : can you punch holes in this guy story ? (or direct me to a place where it has already been done) : [heavy space cadet vibes ahead] https://caseyhandmer.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/the-spacex-starship-is-a-very-big-deal/...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    "How do you see the Future working out? " Nothing done but symbolic gestures up to the point where climate catastrophe is big enough to directly affect western joe six pack. Then : find a scapegoat, burn a few witches...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Yeah, but think at the number of no-materialy-verifiable-result jobs it provides for the school of management educated bureaucrat : bullshit-jobs aplenty !!! minions and backstabing everywhere. https://medium.economist.com/bullshit-jobs-and-the-yoke-of-managerial-feudalism-e908fb9c3020 There were quite a number of middle managers in France when Graeber published...
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    The IP persistence is also dependent on the ISP policy. Some ISPs used to reset explicitly all leases at least once a week and sometime every night (I think because they were selling stable IP as a pro option). I...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Well I must say that her going now by "She Of Many Names" made me chuckle (it was the way Greg called her)....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Out of topic - feel free to remove i, but I know you love hyper-parasitism : https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2021/02/web-credit-card-skimmer-steals-data-from-another-credit-card-skimmer.html...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    The is no lack of goldbugs even among supposedly serious economists. Money is debt and debt is money and both are a social contract. It is always hard to find people who really understand that....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    " Ask Grayling? Or Gove?" All great artists, we are just unappreciative peons....
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    2021 starts with a strong 2020 clown circus feeling : "Microsoft Word/ Google Docs issue compatibility issue causes Gohmert lawsuit to miss submission deadline" https://mspoweruser.com/microsoft-word-google-docs-issue-gohmert-lawsuit/ Incompetence at this level is an art form....
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    Brexit Progress !!! "Exclusive-Facebook to move UK users to California terms, avoiding EU privacy rules" https://www.reuters.com/article/britain-eu-facebook-exclusive-idUSKBN28P2HH...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    acoup is a great blog. the articles about bread taught me a few things about subsidence agriculture (and the mindset of the subsidence farmer). Probably nothing new for you given your areas of interest....
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    "--Even the classical Greeks knew about coal being *really good* for metallurgy. However, they only used surface deposits, and when those were gone, that was it. This was also true of China and elsewhere. The lesson? Coal isn't magical stuff,...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Under Windows, there is an old utility(*) than allow you to build your own signed keyboard driver - it is a quite tedious process, but there is also a number of pre built keyboard drivers on the web. I'm using...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Speaking of statues I just saw this one on twitter : https://twitter.com/p_zalewski/status/1326808434281418752 "Turkmenistan’s president Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has just unveiled a giant statue of his favorite dog" Does Ivanka have a favorite dog ? (in 4 years ?)...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "Given everything that has happened, not the least of which around Covid, for Trump to be increasing his voter base says to me that the true believers are more numerous than many are willing to admit." Being from France, where...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    "But it only worked because enough voters were either inclined to vote that way anyway, or to stupid to understand a very simple concept - employee good / contractor bad" Seen from europe : it's been a looong time USA...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Modern Internet is a pain, more often than not. I have a special place in hell for the sites that only load thru Javascript. Even, with my standard uBlock + Cookie Autodelete settings blocking a lot of crap the difference...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    uBlock Origin will help you here, under Firefox,new Edge and *even* ad-friendly-Chrome, I just checked....
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