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15 Awesome and Geeky Shower Curtains

Posted on October 13th, 2012 at 0:50 by John Sinteur in category: shutupandtakemymoney

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  1. That doesn’t go well with the chrome faucets in our bathroom.

  2. But it is near the toilet where it can meet its best fate.

Today’s the day

Posted on June 4th, 2012 at 17:42 by Desiato in category: personal, shutupandtakemymoney

I made a donation to the EFF in honor of John’s birthday. Please join me in wishing him a happy birthday, and make a donation too!

–Desiato


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  1. Thanks for this posting. I already wired 10.000.000 euro to John as a present, but, luckily, I was just able to alter the destination to the EFF.

  2. EFF
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    EFF may refer to:
    The Effective Federal funds rate
    Electronic Frontier Foundation, a U.S. non-profit advocacy group
    Elf Fantasy Fair, a fantasy event in the Netherlands
    Economic Freedom Fund, a U.S. political organization
    Equipped for the Future, a U.S. non-profit adult literacy project
    Election Fighting Fund, a UK fundraising organisation in the 1910s
    Ethiopian Football Federation, the governing body of football in Ethiopia
    Evergreen Freedom Foundation, a U.S think-tank
    European Fisheries Fund, a fund allocated by the European Union (see Structural Funds and Cohesion Funds)
    DC Environmental Film Festival, a festival held annually in Washington, DC
    Eff may refer to:
    The English spelling of the letter F
    A euphemism for the word fuck

  3. i donate in honor of the EFF most of the time.

  4. Well, I am sure Desiato meant the Ethiopian Football Federation.

  5. EFF – Extra Funny Faces
    Exceptionally Fantastic Fries
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    Jokes aside, I make an automatic contribution monthly to the EFF and Linux Foundation.

  6. I tried to donate to find that my US credit card has been refused by EFF. (The bank says it`s OK, they can see the transactions but they get cancelled immediately). Will try to get EFF to process electronic money.

  7. Everybody: thank you for a great birthday present!

Pirates

Posted on May 12th, 2012 at 11:30 by John Sinteur in category: shutupandtakemymoney


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Should We Kill The Dollar Bill?

Posted on April 24th, 2012 at 19:02 by Desiato in category: News, shutupandtakemymoney

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In its most recent report, the GAO recommends switching to coins, which could make $4.4 billion for the government over 30 years. But the report says the government benefit does not come from the fact that coins are more cost effective. Instead the benefit comes from something called "seigniorage."

Seigniorage is the profit the government makes from having money out in the economy. More money out there means more profit for the government.

Over time, coins earn more seigniorage for the government, but only because we don’t like using them.

"Lots of people when they take coins out of their pocket or purse at the end of the day put them in what we call a coin jar," says the GAO’s Lorelei St. James, who oversaw the agency’s most recent study.

As a result, the GAO estimates that if the government were to eliminate $1 bills and switch to coins, it would have to replace every two bills with three coins, because one of the coins would sit idle.

So more coins means more profit for the government. But where does that profit come from? It comes from us — the public.

I decided not to include the bit where they talk about the fact that the senators proposing the switch to coins are from states where… coins or their raw materials are produced. Surprise!


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  1. Large denomination coins are less likely to sit idle than pennies. And people will get used to them. However if you want to consider seigniorage the most egregious is the issuance of coins and postage stamps in special presentation packs for collectors. They cost very little to print and you can charge more than the face value. Daylight robbery.

  2. Large denomination coins are less likely to sit idle than pennies.

    On the contrary. Back when we still had the guilder, it was a common hobby to collect 5 guilder coins in coin jars.

  3. Isn’t creating coins and stamps for collectors just like any other product with high margins? The people buying it know what’s going on, they’re not being hoodwinked, and the general public doesn’t buy them. Seems less of a rip-off than $25 USB cables…

  4. @John: I knew that ING guy got it from somewhere.

    @Desiato: You know, now you come to mention it, that collection of computer cables in my basement must be really worth something by now. I might be able to retire after all…

No Risk No Fun – RC plane footage

Posted on April 23rd, 2012 at 13:23 by Desiato in category: awesome, shutupandtakemymoney

Video is an 8 min collage of footage taken from an RC-controlled plane with POV camera (GoPro). Looks like a good alternative to learning to fly real planes: cheaper, less carbon impact, and safer for you. :-)

It’s also interesting to watch this in the context of recent coverage of drone planes entering law-enforcement use. It’s not just governmental agencies that will have drones; any of your neighbors can gather good quality video footage from above.


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  1. Great ending!

  2. Amazing! We’re going to see a lot more of this. In my neighbourhood night flying produces weird lights in the sky and frantic emergency calls by disturbed townsfolk…

Warning Sign

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 at 15:10 by John Sinteur in category: shutupandtakemymoney

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Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 16:29 by John Sinteur in category: shutupandtakemymoney


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