tomandlu

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  1. Petrol-head Question

    Everyone: "What sort of car do you have?" Me: "A grey one." (I had to look up what the type of car I was thinking of was called - 'saloon' - I generally describe such models as 'car-shaped').
  2. Well, alright, but you'll have to give an example. Otherwise, I could just cherry-pick.
  3. Petrol-head Question

    Pretty much every car on the road has rear windscreen wipers, with the exception of almost all saloon cars - does anyone know why? It doesn't look like an economy thing - the cheapest 5 or 3 door has them, but top-end Mercs don't. It doesn't look like a utility thing - saloons tend to have more of a slope on the rear window, so would benefit more than most cars imho. Anyone?
  4. I think it was certainly doomed if that means 'controlled and organised.' The future will be what it will be, and I suspect that in ten years time, leave or stay, we'll be wondering what all the fuss was about.
  5. The Bubbly Bitcoin Thread -- Merged Threads

    Is that a deceased rubber cat I see?
  6. The trouble is it would need to be a three-option vote: Accept, Reject and Leave, Reject and Stay - and I can't realistically see how to organise that fairly.
  7. If you give - and think about - an example and compare it to what happened to Greece, I'm fairly confident you'll find your answer.
  8. The Bubbly Bitcoin Thread -- Merged Threads

    Truth is always stranger than fiction - except when it isn't... Thanks for that.
  9. The Bubbly Bitcoin Thread -- Merged Threads

    My fantasy crypto, apart from low energy consumption, would, above all, be stable. All evidence at the moment seems to indicate that an inherently deflationary currency is self-defeating (for once, classical economics seems to be spot on). Why, for example, could an alt not be pegged to, e.g., the world average price of a kWh? If the value rose, everyone would get paid for each transaction; if the value fell, everyone would get charged, thus increasing and reducing the amount of alts in circulation to maintain a steady relative value (the alts would be 'created' and 'destroyed'). It would be Ronson's money - it would do exactly what it says on the tin.
  10. The Bubbly Bitcoin Thread -- Merged Threads

    This. The fascinating thing is that, afaict, it either goes to zero or the moon. I would bet on zero, but i genuinely don't know - and anyone who says they do is either fooling themselves or other people. Of course I wish I had a few hundred BC, and had followed through on my mild curiosity in setting up a mine a few years ago - but, in all honesty, I would have sold them far too soon, so what do I know? I will say one thing in its defence over tulips - at least BC has a proposed utility; what utility did they an effing tulip bulb ever have to justify that price?
  11. The Bubbly Bitcoin Thread -- Merged Threads

    Given the volatility, I assume no one would be so foolish as to use a large amount of leverage...
  12. The Bubbly Bitcoin Thread -- Merged Threads

    But he gave one - the price is being driven by sentiment, not utility. Given HODL, even the most enthusiastic BCer has to concede that the opinion has legs.
  13. Halifax +0.5%

    Rates haven't risen in any meaningful way. They've just rattled the cage to stir up some activity. Get in now before they rise further... (well, that's one theory)