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Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 10th August 2022, 02:56 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 13,223
Posted By jeremyp
Not really. Advertisers care about the return on...

Not really. Advertisers care about the return on their investment. This is the ironic thing: the number of bots doesn't matter.

Advertisers pay Twitter a certain amount and then they see people...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 9th August 2022, 04:53 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 13,223
Posted By jeremyp
And now Musk has challenged the CEO of Twitter to...

And now Musk has challenged the CEO of Twitter to a debate (https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/08/musk-challenges-twitter-ceo-to-debate-twitter-will-stick-to-its-lawsuit-instead/). As the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 02:05 AM
Replies: 3,146
Views: 103,197
Posted By jeremyp
The problem with all of this is that you are...

The problem with all of this is that you are theorising after the fact. For example, there was much speculation in the West before this whole thing began about what Putin's objectives were.

I...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 1st August 2022, 11:30 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 13,223
Posted By jeremyp
My Google foo has deserted me. I canít find any...

My Google foo has deserted me. I canít find any reference to Musk saying he wants to buy Disney, only speculation based on the fact that he has started disparaging them on Twitter.

It is possible...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 30th July 2022, 06:07 AM
Replies: 2,118
Views: 44,877
Posted By jeremyp
I can only speak for my country, which is the UK,...

I can only speak for my country, which is the UK, but here, even the criminals don't have guns for the most part. There are several good reasons for this.

Firstly, it's really easy for the police...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 21st July 2022, 01:55 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
He's just told you. It's used for ransomware and...

He's just told you. It's used for ransomware and illegal drug deals. At least he's provided a list unlike your good self.

Of course, I would add "scamming people out of their life savings" to the...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 21st July 2022, 01:49 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
That's not a counter argument. It's an attempt to...

That's not a counter argument. It's an attempt to insult the people who disagree with you.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 21st July 2022, 01:47 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
I live in a Western democracy. While my...

I live in a Western democracy. While my government does some pretty crappy things, in general it uses taxes for the good of the populace. when it doesn't it tends to get voted out.


The problem...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 19th July 2022, 05:29 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
The two main reasons I can think of off the top...

The two main reasons I can think of off the top of my head for regulating the movement of money around the world are to make it harder to launder the proceeds of crimes and to prevent the evasion of...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 19th July 2022, 05:18 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
You haven't made any counter arguments. I asked...

You haven't made any counter arguments. I asked what cryptocurrency is useful for that is both legal and not better served by fiat currency.

No answer. Zip. Nothing. Nada.

All I've had so far...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th July 2022, 04:35 AM
Replies: 2,118
Views: 44,877
Posted By jeremyp
If the bad guy didn't have a gun, the good guy...

If the bad guy didn't have a gun, the good guy would not have needed his and nobody would have died.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th July 2022, 04:34 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 13,223
Posted By jeremyp
Musk makes his next move: ...

Musk makes his next move:

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/07/musk-wants-twitter-trial-pushed-to-2023-so-he-has-time-to-analyze-spam-data/

I think the idea is to move the trial far...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 17th July 2022, 06:12 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 13,223
Posted By jeremyp
It's my opinion that Musk doesn't have $44...

It's my opinion that Musk doesn't have $44 billion with which to buy Twitter. Even with the deal he signed, a fair amount of the money was coming from third parties in the form of loans, some of...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th July 2022, 01:28 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 13,223
Posted By jeremyp
It has happened before. The court's chief judge...

It has happened before. The court's chief judge Kathaleen McCormick forced Kohlberg & Co LLC to close its $550 million purchase of DecoPac Holding Inc. Musk should be ok though, as long as she...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 15th July 2022, 03:52 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 13,223
Posted By jeremyp
For those who are interested, Ars Technica have a...

For those who are interested, Ars Technica have a copy of Twitter's lawsuit.

https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/twitter-lawsuit-against-musk.pdf

It's definitely worth a...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 12th July 2022, 04:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,148
Posted By jeremyp
What I find astonishing about that (apart from...

What I find astonishing about that (apart from the fact that a lot of drivers didn't realise it is not sustainable) is that Uber could take 85% of each fare and yet they still lose money. It was...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 11th July 2022, 04:33 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 92,479
Posted By jeremyp
It was a simile, not a metaphor. /more...

It was a simile, not a metaphor.

/more pedantry
Forum: Computers and the Internet 10th July 2022, 05:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,511
Posted By jeremyp
This is a ******** excuse. If they are claiming...

This is a ******** excuse. If they are claiming backing up does not include an implied ability to restore, they would have been cycling the tapes to save themselves some money. They ****** up and...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th July 2022, 05:31 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 8,879
Posted By jeremyp
He's resigned the party leadership but he hasn't...

He's resigned the party leadership but he hasn't resigned as prime minister.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 10th July 2022, 04:44 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 8,879
Posted By jeremyp
Rule 2 from schedule 2 of the Conservative Party...

Rule 2 from schedule 2 of the Conservative Party Constitution (page 18)...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 6th July 2022, 07:00 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
So you don't want to engage. That's fine. I'll...

So you don't want to engage. That's fine. I'll put you down as a "have no credible arguments".
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 6th July 2022, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Well that's an advantage for fiat currency. ...

Well that's an advantage for fiat currency.


So does heroin.



Gold has value because it has utility for (e.g.) making jewellery and electronics. The fact that it is also scarce inflates...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 6th July 2022, 05:22 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
You realise that when everybody realises it is a...

You realise that when everybody realises it is a scam, the price will fluctuate to zero?



When Bitcoin fails, everybody still in it will be left high and dry. The people who sold at $60k have...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 5th July 2022, 04:46 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
You know the price of Bitcoin isn't magic? The...

You know the price of Bitcoin isn't magic? The only way to buy low is if somebody sells low and the only way to sell high is if somebody else buys high. Bitcoin is a zero sum game. No new value is...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 5th July 2022, 03:19 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Agreed. And what do you think happens when the...

Agreed. And what do you think happens when the Bitcoin investors realise there is no money making scheme in it after all?


No. I'm saying that Bitcoin is like a ponzi scheme because the early...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 3rd July 2022, 05:28 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Firstly, you are using the word "usually" quite a...

Firstly, you are using the word "usually" quite a lot which means that many of the features you listed are not absolutely needed for something to be a Ponzi scheme. For example the "usually actually...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 02:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By jeremyp
I think Musk's main problem is that he needs to...

I think Musk's main problem is that he needs to grow up.

As for Tesla, I would be concerned if I was an investor. This issue with the factories probably isn't a huge deal as long as Musk is not...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 24th June 2022, 01:40 AM
Replies: 3,146
Views: 103,197
Posted By jeremyp
You only regard it as realistic because it...

You only regard it as realistic because it confirms your bias.

In reality, the war is more or less stalemate at the moment but there's no reason to believe that is Ukraine that will break first.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 24th June 2022, 01:33 AM
Replies: 3,197
Views: 231,406
Posted By jeremyp
He was a wanker... sorry, spelling...

He was a wanker...


sorry, spelling error...

he is a wanker.

He was a banker.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 24th June 2022, 12:46 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Stable coins aren't supposed to decline - at...

Stable coins aren't supposed to decline - at least, not in comparison to the real currency to which they are allegedly pegged. What use are they if they can collapse when people don't put enough...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 24th June 2022, 12:35 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
No. I've seen lots of people telling us it's been...

No. I've seen lots of people telling us it's been explained but I've seen no actual explanations.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 24th June 2022, 12:33 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Except you can sell gold to people who want to...

Except you can sell gold to people who want to make jewellery.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 24th June 2022, 12:30 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Maybe nobody's told you, but there is currently a...

Maybe nobody's told you, but there is currently a lot of concern about how much carbon dioxide humans are putting into the atmosphere. The fact that Bitcoin is using as much electricity as the...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 24th June 2022, 12:27 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
What aspects? So is a Ponzi scheme....

What aspects?



So is a Ponzi scheme. Bernie Madoff got money by selling something to people who wanted to be in his "fund". When people wanted to withdraw money from the fund, he paid them off...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 23rd June 2022, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
The question is where did that $59,700 come from?...

The question is where did that $59,700 come from? The answer is it comes from other people buying in. You could only take that $59,700 out because somebody else put it in. These other people will...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 23rd June 2022, 04:49 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
No, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be...

No, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be considering it given how bad for the environment it is.

I find it informative that you keep trying to claim that cryptocurrency is similar to poisonous...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 22nd June 2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3,146
Views: 103,197
Posted By jeremyp
I don't think it means the latter because they...

I don't think it means the latter because they wouldn't use the phrase "original force", they'd just say "55% casualties". It could still mean one of two things though:

a) 55% of the men who...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 22nd June 2022, 02:58 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
He's wrong by exactly three orders of magnitude....

He's wrong by exactly three orders of magnitude. Somebody misread the units on the table in the article I linked earlier.

It should be pretty obvious really: if the energy cost of mining an ounce...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 22nd June 2022, 02:39 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
No there's nothing wrong with the data which is...

No there's nothing wrong with the data which is in a table that comes from an external source. They have misinterpreted it, that is all.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 22nd June 2022, 02:36 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Another false equivalence.

Another false equivalence.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 21st June 2022, 03:39 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Well on this thread in the last few pages he has...

Well on this thread in the last few pages he has accused others of "false equivalences" whilst failing to acknowledge that his own points about the difficulty of banning Bitcoin are false...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 21st June 2022, 03:26 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
No. The table is right. The text is wrong. The...

No. The table is right. The text is wrong. The energy consumed by the top 20 gold producers is given as 306,646 TJ. The gold produced by the top 20 gold producers is given as 30,857 koz. Divide the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 20th June 2022, 03:43 AM
Replies: 3,146
Views: 103,197
Posted By jeremyp
Dammit. I was going to say the Waterloo example....

Dammit. I was going to say the Waterloo example. Of course, Napoleon lost that battle.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 20th June 2022, 03:14 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
False equivalence. We've tried to ban...

False equivalence.

We've tried to ban various things with various degrees of success. You have presented zero evidence that cryptocurrencies are more like prostitution, alcohol and drugs* than...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 19th June 2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Evidence that this is the case please. ...

Evidence that this is the case please.



No they aren't.


Really? how do you know that? We've never tried to ban cryptocurrencies before.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 19th June 2022, 03:50 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
No, it's nothing like the shares in a publicly...

No, it's nothing like the shares in a publicly traded company. If you buy shares in a publicly traded company, you literally own a small piece of that company. That means you own a share of their...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 19th June 2022, 03:34 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Did that and found this article...

Did that and found this article https://www.goldmoney.com/research/gold-price-framework-vol-2-the-energy-side-of-the-equation-part-ii

Look at the total line on table 1. It says 8.4, so I assume...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 19th June 2022, 03:17 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Unlucky, it's back up to over 19k.

Unlucky, it's back up to over 19k.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 18th June 2022, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Currently below $18k. -10% in less than a day....

Currently below $18k. -10% in less than a day. Hooray for stores of value.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 18th June 2022, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2,627
Views: 180,111
Posted By jeremyp
Neither is it in the same category as alcohol or...

Neither is it in the same category as alcohol or drugs. Quit accusing others of false equivalences.



We have good reasons for banning crypto currencies. They are good for nothing legal and they...
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