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Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

Baron_Yam Re:so many problems with this idea (77 comments)

>a virtual currency that is in direct competition with its own pet, the Almighty Dollar.

This is what Bitcoin proponents would have you believe, but there is no competition at present, and the flaws inherent in the protocol mean there never will be.

Perhaps some other future crypto will be a competitor, but all Bitcoin does is spawn scams or payment gateways that evolve into PayPal equivalents (once they're big enough they cut Bitcoin out of the loop).

2 days ago
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Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

Baron_Yam You've missed the point (119 comments)

No factory in the world can custom build you a car body in 44 hours based on a design you just finished.

2 days ago
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Jim Blasko Explains BitCoin Spinoff 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 1 of 2)

Baron_Yam Re:Pump and Dump until proven otherwise (55 comments)

"The great strength of bitcoin is its network effect."

Which is pretty much all it has going for it, since the only problem it solves causes issues that can only be resolved by bypassing Bitcoin with third party vendors.

It's really odd to see so many people (though really compared to the US economy it's peanuts) jump in without understanding just how futile an attempt at crypto Bitcoin is.

"Every new coin has to demonstrate how they will gather sufficient network effect to make themselves useful"

Nope. The network effect will build if the coin has sufficient utility over existing systems. A new coin needs to demonstrate that it is scalable, more efficient, and easier to use than existing options, including but not limited to Bitcoin.

5 days ago
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Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

Baron_Yam Re:Inevitible (151 comments)

I wouldn't trust GPS to navigate a city, too much opportunity to bump into things, even above street level. You definitely need some kind of terrain recognition / object avoidance system in place.

about a week ago
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Being Pestered By Drones? Buy a Drone-Hunting Drone

Baron_Yam Re:Inevitible (151 comments)

Don't forget that guy in New Zealand who designed and built an inexpensive home-built cruise missile that could be launched from a pickup truck. It wasn't big, but it was effectively unstoppable and theoretically pretty easy to launch and escape without getting caught.

The important part here, is that he built a guidance system for it. Adapt that for a small drone platform, and suddenly you don't need to be at the controls or within visual range of the thing.

about a week ago
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BlackBerry's Survival Plan: the Internet of Things

Baron_Yam This will be interesting (74 comments)

They have been unable to make their smartphones work in the consumer market, and they've burned a lot of bridges with their corporate customers.

So... given the track record of being unable to judge the market and put out a solid, single product the company was focused on, they expect to succeed at putting out a variety of products with which they have no experience and know nothing about the market?

Good luck. I expect Waterloo will have some good commercial real estate freed up soon.

about two weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

Baron_Yam Re:It kinda looks just dumped there (320 comments)

Wow. I guess you live somewhere warm, because nobody around here is taking down lights until March at least. In most cases, they're simply frozen to the house until then.

Besides, it's nice to have a colourful light show when the days are consistently overcast and short.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Baron_Yam Re:But does it come with a android rootkit? (391 comments)

> It looks about the size of a smart phone. All you really need is something the size of a shuffle but with a microSD slot.

If you have a smart phone... why would you need a music player? The modern smart phone is pretty much a portable general purpose computer, and one of the things it can do is store and play audio at or beyond the fidelity capability of headphones.

about three weeks ago
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Early Bitcoin Adopters Facing Extortion Threats

Baron_Yam Re:Told you so (106 comments)

And... yeah, read that the way I meant it, and not with the error in the second paragraph that totally reversed my intended meaning. Damnit.

about a month ago
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Early Bitcoin Adopters Facing Extortion Threats

Baron_Yam Re:Told you so (106 comments)

In the history of bad IT ideas, bitcoin is near the top of the list. The nerd factor is the only thing going for it.

I don't think that's true. It's an incomplete, awful implementation with a community made of a bunch of sometime technically-adept, usually socially-inept, often blinded by greed fanatics.

That doesn't mean the idea of a trustless distributed ledger isn't completely useless, just that none of the current implementations are ever going to be successful in the long term. They've done pretty well at transferring money from 'little people' to Chinese mining operations and scammers around the world, though. They're so good at it, the victims keep cheering the effort on and recruiting new victims.

about a month ago
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Tech Startup Buffer Publishes Every Employee's Salary, Right Up To the CEO

Baron_Yam Re:It's more like a stunt to me (229 comments)

I work in a unionized environment. All wages are in contractual 'bands', every job is evaluated and placed in an appropriate band based on required skill, risk, shift, education, etc.

This means that, within the band, we all know each other's pay if we bother to look up a job classification and leaf through to the most recent contract's appendix.

We all seem to continue working without being at each other's throats.

1 year,27 days
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NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden's Data Trove

Baron_Yam Re:That's how it feels (383 comments)

Indeed. Snowden should release a letter of regret to the NSA, thanking them for their interest but indicating he can neither confirm nor deny possession of any NSA files as a matter of personal security.

about a year ago
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Could Humanity Really Build 'Elysium'?

Baron_Yam Re:Movie ad's disguised as science news? (545 comments)

I read all I needed to with Howard Taylor's review - weak sci-fi could have been saved by pretty visuals, ruined by shakey-cam.

They can't advertise it enough to convince me, now. I wouldn't even pirate a shakey-cam movie.

about a year and a half ago
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BlackBerry Officially Open To Sale

Baron_Yam Re:Pride (139 comments)

Actually, I think your analysis is off. Their real problem, in my opinion, is that they never got their systems working smoothly.

Configuring a BB server is a bitch, and it all depends on connectivity to RIM, which is a dumbass move. Then they put out several generations of handset that failed during normal use due to design flaws, and then they rolled out BB10 which doesn't sync as well as the older system, and crippled their companion tablets in the process instead of providing the software upgrade they'd promised.

If they'd have run their corporate and consumer sides as seperate platforms, done some decent usability and QA testing, made sure their systems required only connectivity to their home server with a phone-home to RIM only to register a BBM address... they'd probably still own the corporate world. Instead, they screwed up each time they made a change - improving some things, but damaging others.

When all the employees (and, more importantly, the management) want Android/iOS, it's very, very important to keep the techies happy so we can articulate why BlackBerry is a much better choice for security, control, and TCO. We can't do that anymore, at least not strongly enough to justify sticking with the BlackBerry platform.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Baron_Yam Re:Put simply; yes (759 comments)

If you try to strike this woman down, every woman with a militant feminist agenda will stand up and scream 'patriarchy!'.

The best you can hope for is that ignoring her leads to the problem going away - because keeping her in the limelight is almost certainly going to result in people creating policies to 'protect' everyone, and the reasonable voices will be drowned out, partially because they don't make as good news copy and partially because the reasonable people generally have something other than 'advocacy' to engage in, and are busy with it.

about 2 years ago
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Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

Baron_Yam Imagine a world where... (759 comments)

Pycon put out a statement that it was regrettable somebody was oversensitive and overreacted to something mildly offensive.

That under these particular circumstances it might have been best if the offended party had expressed the fact that she was offended directly to those offending her (as they were not the least bit threatening) or perhaps escalated it to Pycon security.

That Adria Richards was banned from all future events for violating Pycon privacy policies and making a hostile environment for all attendees, and the developers banned for a year for their part.

Imagine a world where Pycon did that, and stated that there would be no changes in policy as a result of the 'donglegate' effect, because no Pycon policy was an issue in the events as they unfolded.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

Baron_Yam I need an agent first (379 comments)

I need an AI to watch the video for me, erase the boring stuff and duplicate things, and flag and tag everything else based on date & time & categories and people involved, transcribe all conversations, do OCR on everything in front of me, plus make a nice searchable index.

Otherwise I'll never be able to find anything interesting out of the giant heap of boring in my life if I'm ever so lucky as to have something worth reliving actually happen to me.

about 2 years ago
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Utilities Racing To Secure Electric Grid

Baron_Yam The best defence is interdependence (113 comments)

China benefits from a functional United States. So long as the benefits outweigh any prize that would remove them in the taking, Americans are fairly safe from Chinese attack.

about 2 years ago
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Publisher Sues University Librarian Over His Personal Blog Posts

Baron_Yam The perfect response (126 comments)

Institutions of higher learning across country should issue a joint statement banning that publisher's books from being sold in on-campus bookstores (new or used) or being required material in any course.

They're against academic freedom, they can kiss academic support goodbye, right?

It's not like there aren't other publishers.

about 2 years ago
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BlackBerry 10 Review: Good, But Too Late?

Baron_Yam Re:My Playbook Review (184 comments)

My Playbook does VOIP and video calling. The app was free, too.

BBM is through a tethered connection to my phone, though my Playbook has an option for its own cellular data connection. I've no idea if that would make it BBM capable, I'm not going to pay for a second connection to find out when the Bluetooth link reaches throughout my home and my office.

You can load Android apps on it if you wish, though you do need a bit of knowledge or just some Google-Fu to find the instructions on how to do it.

about 2 years ago

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Imaging PCs with Ghost on a USB Flash Drive

Baron_Yam Baron_Yam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Baron_Yam (643147) writes "Imagine a large number of non-networked computers that see a lot of use and abuse and as a result need somewhat frequent reimaging.

At first, I used a custom hardware imager that involved opening the case and directly connecting to the HDD. Then I tried using Ghost and a bootable USB flash drive. VERY SLOW. I assumed it was the way the BIOS was handling USB, so I made a custom boot floppy using IOMEGA USB drivers. Very fast, but I need to disable the BIOS USB support and unplug a hub because they each cause the boot floppy's drivers to freeze up.

It turns out that DOS doesn't do a great job of handling I/O between IDE and a USB flash drive, and the conflicts result in a very slow transfer rate — imaging takes roughly 6x longer if I don't use the floppy method. Google, normally my friend, has endless forums where people have gotten about half as far as I have and just assumed it was the BIOS running in USB 1.1 only for some reason.

Little help? I'd love to tune the process to remove the need to unplug hardware and carry around a floppy disk."
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Baron_Yam Baron_Yam writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Baron_Yam writes "I've looked around and seen many utilities for displaying live data from an OBD-II source, or logging it. What I'm looking for, however, is the ability to log specific sensor data automatically without having to load a GUI... When I turn on the computer (running XP — sorry), I want it to immediately start logging to a directory of my choice.

If there is something out there that would take inputs from an electronic compass, combine them with the speedometer reading, and create a virtual GPS data stream for a mapping application as well, that would be ideal.

OK, so some of this might scare the tinfoil hat brigade, but it's for ME, not YOU!!!"

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