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Monster Smash
It took me a while to warm to this and by "took me a while" I mean all the trailers are like "wow this is going to be terrible" initially and then GIANT ROBOTS START PUNCHING GIANT MONSTERS HOLY SHIT I'M SEEING THIS IN 3D HELL YEAH HOLY CRAP THAT ONE JUST HIT A MONSTER WITH A BOAT

I think part of it may be that we've seen giant robots: Transformers and giant interdimensional monsters in Battleship - the general... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:55 AM on July 9, 2013
Holy shit, these internal robot sets are no fucking joke
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:49 AM on July 9, 2013

Sponsored by Math-Based Asset Services LLC
I read the Ars Technica article about the BFL Jalapeno and I have had gold fever ever since. I started checking it out, and yeah, it looks like a Ponzi scheme with promised returns of almost 1000% per month. But it still looks like there is substance there. The Ars article says the guy ran the $275 Jalapeno box for a week and cashed out immediately with $700. Holy crap it's a box that prints free money. I'm going to bounce my rent check and get two of them
The... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 2:59 PM on July 4, 2013
Someone could put all this computer power behind something fucking practical, like the experiments I saw using ASIC miners to compute X-Ray diagnostics, for automated cancer detection.

Huh? ASICs are Application Specific Integrated Circuits. That is Application Specific - they can't do anything other then calculate SHA256 hashes of random inputs. That's it. They aren't like GPUs that can be used for lots of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 3:22 PM on July 4, 2013
Herbalife isn't going out of business any time soon, but that doesn't mean it's not a scam. There are an almost endless amount of suckers in the world.

The problem is that doesn't make any sense at all.

You can't say that the following two statements are both true:

1) Bitcoin is a scam because in the future the value will drop to zero
2) The scam may persist indefinitely into the future.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:16 PM on July 4, 2013
Delmoi, how much do you have invested in it?

What do you mean? In 2011 I spent about $1600 on GPUs on PC hardware, 8 GPUs and 2 motherboards, etc.

You understand that you can make a custom ASIC for any specific application, right?

Right... but I don't really understand what that has to do with with bitcoin ASICs, I thought you were saying that the chips might be better used for... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 5:39 PM on July 4, 2013
So go straight to the manufacturers. If you go to the Avalon site and try to place an order, it says Unavailable. ASICMiner's site has no sales offerings except you can buy a share in a Blade farm. I see Block Erupters for sale on Amazon for $170 to $390. They only do 300Mh so you'd need like 17 of them to get 5Gh. I suspect the Erupters originally wholesaled for maybe $25 and people are reselling at huge profits.

If you really want to trust them, go... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 6:25 PM on July 4, 2013
Well, I asked for a date when 1 bitcoin would be worth less then 0.1¢, making the entire blockchain worth less then $21,000 - not when it would hit absolute zero. It was empath who said the "scam" could continue forever.

the dreams of wealth that drives people to invest in Bitcoin, may persist indefinitely into the future?

The only "claim" made by the bitcoin system itself is that there is a fixed... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:27 PM on July 4, 2013
Yes it is true that tradeoffs and downsides make things a scam.
If I had any idea what that actually meant I could respond.


Bitcoin isn't a "scam" because it doesn't fit the definition of a scam, where some one lies to you in order to con you out of money. There's no lie with bitcoin, there's no false claim.

So far no one calling bitcoin a scam has been able to articulate what that false... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:18 PM on July 5, 2013
All of which deal exclusively in bitcoin.
That's straight up false.

I honestly have no idea how you think the exchanges work. Can you explain in your own words how you think someone converts bitcoin stored on their computers into US dollars in their pocket using an exchange? Because it doesn't seem like you could possibly understand how it works, even though it's pretty simple.

Earlier you said you didn't know... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:30 AM on July 7, 2013
Oh, also I just checked and on btc-e.com I can trade directly between Euros, the Russian Ruble and USD if you want.

Right, for example now there's an offer to sell €0.39 for $0.49, which is actually below market rate. If you go up in price, you can get up to €115 for an exchange rate of 1.2727. There's apparently €15,892 total at any price in USD at the moment, and about $2,393 available to buy in euros. Compared with 7682 btc available to buy in dollars and $360,750... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 2:06 AM on July 7, 2013
Eh, I don't actually pay that much attention to MtGox, since I don't use the site for anything - I never setup my account for USD withdrawals there at all, although I do remember hearing something about it at the time

Anyway, the entire point of buttcoin.org is to post articles with as negative a spin on bitcoin as possible, and the posts are highly speculative. MtGox has apparently restarted US withdrawals since that happened.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:21 AM on July 7, 2013
Missing: the part where you refute any of the facts presented in the linked articles.

I'm not their lawyer - the bitcoin system itself is completely transparent, but MtGox, just like any other company, is opaque and could be doing anything behind the scenes.

They could be running some kind of tax avoidance scam against the government, laundering money for themselves, something like that. How would I know? People can read the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 5:55 PM on July 7, 2013
I read you testifying as to their strict adherence

Testifying? I said they went out of their way to comply with regulations, which was my impression, not that they were completely successful in doing so. Technically, that's not an inaccurate statement - especially given the fact that the seizure affidavit does not make any claim whatsoever that there was any intentional deception going on.

If the most popular, most... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:31 AM on July 8, 2013
*shrug* I still don't see how that's "moving a goalpost," but whatever.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:23 PM on July 8, 2013
no obligation to answer either question
That's right. Being interrogated by someone bent on twisting my words out of context would hardly be an enjoyable use of my time. I also answered some of your questions, but the posts were deleted, so you'll just have to live with the mystery.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 5:47 PM on July 8, 2013
It's not the topic that's the problem, and I think I've only had one question deleted actually. I think I've made it clear I don't have any interest in defending MtGox, yet you keep asking me questions about it. I'm not answering your questions because I find them annoying.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:47 PM on July 8, 2013

Each time you open your mouth.. I see Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman..
I'm not really sure why the Jury would care that this guy was reading from notes or whatever - a lot of people seem to be treating this case as if it were a political campaign where every witness needs to be judged on style points or whatever - it has nothing to do with finding out what happened, there's no reason for a medical examiner to be dishonest. If he's a little disorganized on the stand, so what? It doesn't change the science of what happened - if you go to an academic conference and a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:23 PM on July 5, 2013
But the real problem is that it completely distracted from what should have been a stellar one-two punch close with Martin's mother followed by the ME with pictures of Martin.

Yes, but that's a ridiculous way of looking at it. This isn't theater, the jury's job is to determine the truth, not grade the prosecution for theatrical performance.

And they will be quite faulty. But that's not something you're supposed to... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:55 PM on July 5, 2013
You can't expect a jury to be "swayed by theatrics" on the one hand and then apply this rigorous system you've built up in your head about the precise definition of reasonable doubt about the absence of things on the other. If they're going to be emotional about this witness, then they'll be emotional about all the different things Zimmerman said in his various interviews and statements, all the inconsistencies, saying he thought it was "gods plan" and that he shouldn't... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:15 PM on July 5, 2013
I've come to believe that it was Zimmerman screaming because he seems to be that kind of wuss. Martin used his fists when threatened. Has there been any evidence at all that Mr. MMA Zimmerman fought back other than pulling his gun? The only unsettling detail counter to my theory is how abruptly the screaming stopped as the gun was fired.

There's actually not much evidence that anyone threw a punch at all. None of Zimmerman's DNA on martin's hands, for... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:49 PM on July 8, 2013
Why the Zimmerman Verdict Will Be All or Nothing

That article is paywalled off - are they talking about what the sentence would be if it ends up being manslaughter?

From what I heard the sentence he would get if is dropped to manslaughter would be pretty heavy - from what if you use a gun while committing a Felony doubles the penalty, and if he's convicted of Man 1 then he obviously used a gun in committing a felony.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 9:42 PM on July 8, 2013
He reported that he was screaming for help immediately after the incident to the police who first responded.

Are you sure? The first version of his story I heard was the the one he told to the cops, as well as to his friend who wrote the book - that Martin had his hands over Zimmerman's mouth and Zimmerman couldn't say anything at all. When the detective asked him about it, he said it didn't even sound like him.

It wasn't... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 9:50 PM on July 8, 2013
I've heard this too, but I've heard other lawyers argue otherwise. Richard Hornsby
Hmm, interesting. To bad he doesn't say what he thinks manslaughter sentence would actually be.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 9:57 PM on July 8, 2013
I wonder if being a neighborhood watch captain could technically make you somewhat responsible for the caretaking of children in the neighborhood. Seems slightly plausible.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:22 PM on July 8, 2013
There are a couple reasons why the Jury would be more likely to think it's Trayvon martin over George Zimmerman, just from the tape itself.

1) The screams stop as soon as the gun was fired - if you heard the tape with no context, you would assume that they stopped because the person screaming just died.

2) The screams sound completely panicked and terrified, so, it sounds a lot more like someone with a gun pointing at them, not someone who was... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:44 PM on July 8, 2013
it's not up to Zimmerman to prove his innocence.

You can say that all you want, it's not going to affect the way a jury actually thinks.

It's one thing to be unable to prove your innocence.

But, being able to give evidence that would either prove your guilt or innocence and choosing not to do so is going to make you look subjectively guilty in... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:55 PM on July 8, 2013

When Facebook posts lead to prison
This is the kind of thing that pushes people towards libertarianism, I think - the idea that you could be charged with a crime and have prosecutor, a judge, and a jury composed entirely of idiots who have no idea what's actually going on.

This guy doesn't actually live in Austin, but some nearby city - it's entirely possible to think that if this were to go to trial the judge, and the jury would be just as stupid as the prosecutor.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:35 PM on July 8, 2013
In a better world the DA who allowed these charges to be filed would be drummed out of office at the next election. In our world, "tough on terrorism" seems to mean "soft on thinking." There ARE ethics rules against filing criminal complaints that are blatantly not supported by the evidence. ... I don't know how good the judges in Austin are.

The problem is this is some small town in the middle of nowhere (it's like 40 miles out of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:55 PM on July 8, 2013
Yes. If you post a message on Facebook saying that you're going to blow up a clinic, and someone reports it to the police, you will get in trouble
NO JOKES PEOPLE!!! NO JOKES EVER!
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:59 PM on July 8, 2013
That's not really true. The Supreme Court has incorporated the First Amendment against the States, and the Supreme Court has also said that the relevant test for the limits of freedom of speech is the imminent lawless action test. Texas cannot go over the Supremes' heads on this issue. Unfortunately for Justin Carter, he'd have to appeal several times to get the Supremes to find this law to be an overbroad violation of freedom of speech.

Sure, but that... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 6:57 PM on July 8, 2013
Texas is making an example of this guy.

Not that I'm a huge defender of Texas, but it's not "Texas" that's doing it, it's one person, County DA Jennifer Tharp who's doing this.

My guess is she's some sheltered person who'd never seen dark humor internet humor or something like that.

The problem is, you get 6 or 12 jurors with the same sheltered backstory, you can get a... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:38 PM on July 8, 2013

Disaster in Lac-Mégantic
Seems like pipelines would actually be safer. Not that I'm in favor of building oil pipelines, but if you were transporting liquid hydrogen it's obvious a pipeline would be safer then hauling tanks on trains.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 5:58 PM on July 8, 2013
“If the operating locomotive is shut down, there’s nothing left to keep the brakes charged up, and the brake pressure will drop finally to the point where they can’t be held in place any longer,” Burkhardt said.

A simple design change would be to have the breaks held shut with a spring, so that they need a charge to stay open - you could even have an electromagnetic lock that wouldn't require much power to stay in the 'open' position, but would require... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:33 PM on July 8, 2013

#newrules
I suppose, though, if Jay-Z is the Rolling Stones, than Kanye is the Clash. And who would you rather have listened to in 1981?
Just out of curiosity, were you around in 1981?

How about, Jay-Z is Journey, and Kanye is STYX.

(Note: I wasn't particularly in touch with the zeitgeist at the time)
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 6:21 PM on July 8, 2013
Who will be Jay-Z's Bette Midler?
Lady GaGa.

...Actually I have no idea, I have absolutely no cultural context to understand this

Oh I got one - Jay-Z is Salieri to Kanye's Mozart. </highbrow-pretense>

Or Jay-Z is Don Draper to Kanye's Ted Chaough?
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:20 PM on July 8, 2013

Liquid City
The NYer article makes it sound as though NY was somehow tempting fate by being close to the sea for hundreds of years, completely ignoring the fact that climate change seems to be changing weather patterns. Presumably people doing urban planning assumed the problem would be solved and it wasn't something that people were going to allow to actually happen.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 6:07 PM on July 8, 2013

Drugs in context
And that, right there, is why I don't expect decriminalization to happen anytime soon. 1.5 million people, potentially dropped straight into the job market?

Crack babies and cokeheads may not be a threat, but a million and a half more people suddenly competing for jobs that are already too few on the ground ... that's a threat.


First of all, that's a completely ridiculous read on politics. The same thing is true with... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:51 AM on July 7, 2013
It seems like you have much more direct experience with addicts then I do but I did spend a good number of years in a party town (ski resort) where all sorts of drugs were the norm. -- Jalliah

I would imagine the experience of a bunch of rich druggies is different from the experience of poor people who use it.

I have never, ever heard an addict of heroin say they started using because they were in pain. --... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:09 PM on July 7, 2013

"..isn't a huge amount of money compared to what you save in welfare.."
Can anyone explain why the people responsible for this haven't all been thrown in jail?
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 7:04 PM on July 7, 2013
I don't see why we wouldn't want to heavily encourage serious criminals not to have any children.
I don't see what this has to do with the crime under discussion.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 7:44 PM on July 7, 2013

It's Minimal. But the *Parts* are Maximal.
For those unfamiliar with @Seinfeld2000, it's a parody of the inane @SeinfeldToday, which imagens if sienfeld were on modarn tv today.
I feel like I could have gone the rest of my life being unfamiliar with @Seinfeld2000
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:35 PM on July 5, 2013

There never was a golden ratio
Plus the frame doubling that all modern TVs seem to have on by default! I can not watch anything but sports like that but nobody else seems to care.

I like it. People need to get over their obsession with low frame rates being "better". A whole generation of people will grow up without thinking that moves are "supposed" to be 24fps, and that sensible frame rates "look wrong". And I say good riddance.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 2:29 PM on July 5, 2013
Well, no, but aspect ratio isn't just about square-meterage. An artist doesn't randomly choose the aspect ratio of a canvas and a scene of, say, a desert stretching for miles isn't "the same" if you add a couple more feet of sky to the top and a couple more feet of empty sand to the bottom.

Artists don't have a choice about what aspect ratio they film in. They may chose shots to look best on a 16:9 screen if that's what they're shooting for.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 3:23 PM on July 5, 2013
The reason laser projectors speckle is because the light is polarized. If you just shine a laser at something the dot will look speckled in your eyes (but if you take a photo, you won't see it) I guess you might be able to fix that by using two lasers with opposite polarizations on top of eachother.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 3:58 PM on July 5, 2013

Running with the jackalopes
I don't really see that ignorance on display here. What was so implausible about the story he told her? It actually seems laudable that she was writing a story about him, and trying to share that with readers. By interviewing him, isn't she trying to learn about his history?

Because we would expect an American teenager, which is what this kid is, to bullshit a reporter.

Does Nigeria have a particular culture of... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:09 AM on July 5, 2013
oft repeated attention-seeking lies, and the colour of his skin is irrelevant to his choice and purpose for lying.
Not irrelevant to the fact a newspaper article was written about him.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:36 AM on July 5, 2013

Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs
What does it say about us that pretty much all of our "culture" is made by a small group of people who go to the same websites, retweet the same horse-based tweets, and know the same people?
I.... think it means that you've mistaken your idiosyncratic browsing habits for "our culture"?
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 5:16 AM on July 4, 2013

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (mlyt)
What's crazy about SAC is that it basically predicted the whole Anonymous/Guy Fawkes Mask thing.

I watched it a year or so and I thought it was really good, but at least to me the pacing seemed really slow. So slow, in fact that I actually watched it at between 1.2-1.5x speed using VLC.
What does "Stand Alone Complex" mean?
A self-sustaining meme complex. That answers your question, right?
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:10 AM on July 4, 2013
Huh, I had no idea about this, apparently there's a new series out - I guess of four 2 hour OVAs? The first one is already out.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:51 AM on July 4, 2013

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