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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

BigSlowTarget And then... (119 comments)

After the auction the Bitcoins will be confiscated as they were previously the proceeds from illegal drug transactions.

about a month ago
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Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets Into Hands

BigSlowTarget Pseudo-anonimity no more. (77 comments)

So much for being anonymous. That's even better for tracking than a bar code tattoo.

about a month ago
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Facebook Testing Lithium-Ion Batteries For Backup Power

BigSlowTarget Re:Li-Ion batteries aren't good for this role (41 comments)

They have to be thinking LifePO4's and recharge cyclability. I've been trying to justify moving to lithiums for five years and the economics never even come close unless you count in charge cycles on the lead acids or need the light weight.

about a month ago
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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

BigSlowTarget Absolutely (145 comments)

[Comment redacted by Verizon, thank you for using the Verizon wireless network]

about 1 month ago
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Only 100 Cybercrime Brains Worldwide, Says Europol Boss

BigSlowTarget There is always a top 100 (104 comments)

This is about like going after Al Queda's no 2 guy. There will always be more and really if you have problems with these guys the next set are going to throw you into fits.

about 2 months ago
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Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

BigSlowTarget First prove the math works (389 comments)

The assessment center approach described by the article would replace reading an application with days of evaluation of each student. Of course you would get better results but you just replaced a few person hours of work (on each side) with an order of magnitude more. That means much more expense for the colleges and way fewer applications possible for applicants. Is it worth it? You can't just say "sure" you have to examine the real data in detail. If you don't you could paralyze the whole system.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

BigSlowTarget Re:Could be improved (907 comments)

That would make sense. People would inevitably push it to the limit then complain when it shut down anyway. The ignition should definitely be shut down (that is you cannot turn it on) rather than the engine for safety reasons. That just means people will leave their cars running 24x7 after not paying but that's against the law and probably expensive in gas.

about 3 months ago
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China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

BigSlowTarget So someone didn't pay their bribes on time? (152 comments)

It has to be either they have developed their own to the point they don't want competition, someone didn't get sufficiently greased or irrational fears. Bribes can trump the others so there's your reason.

about 4 months ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

BigSlowTarget Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (276 comments)

As with everything it depends on the service level and cost. If you live outside major cities your service level would be like Amtrak in those cities - terrible. This is proposed for a major city where it makes the most sense and I expect will lock the inhabitants (or at least the non-wealthy ones) into those cities by denying transport outside them and preventing them from traveling to less spoiled areas.

about 3 months ago
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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

BigSlowTarget Not deploying driverless cars kills people (190 comments)

We have 30k+ deaths a year from traffic accidents in the US. The UK could not be too far behind per capita. Driverless cars have a flawless safety record. Even if they screw up and kill somebody it won't be anything like 30k/year. That means every day we don't deploy driverless cars here kills something like 90 people. It's sad governments seem more interested in BS like lawsuits, gun control and drug wars instead of actually preventing people from dying.

about 5 months ago
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'Hidden From Google' Remembers the Sites Google Is Forced To Forget

BigSlowTarget This guy is going to be so rich (163 comments)

He will do great - right up until he is sued into oblivion.

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

BigSlowTarget The world's servers are ours (749 comments)

Mwaaa mwaahh haah haa, Muaaa Ha Ha Ha Ha, Muaaa Ha Ha Ha Ha!

What will you do now you puny international community?

about 5 months ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

BigSlowTarget Re:Imperial Police (176 comments)

Well they don't want to go arrest people in Mexico. It's dangerous down there and besides the Maldives have great beaches.

about 5 months ago
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USPTO Approves Amazon Patent For Taking Pictures

BigSlowTarget Re:Hmmm... I did this for Christmas pictures at ho (152 comments)

I'm sure you could mail your payment to Amazon or possibly use a credit card but don't use a 1-click system or other charges may apply.

about 7 months ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

BigSlowTarget Re:Ummm... (150 comments)

Except of course that individual current owners of Yahoo would see that the investors would get a 25% return and figure other people would sell at market and they could hang on to their shares for a while to get a chunk of the 25%. The investors would effectively have to pay a portion of the premium. They would also have to deal with the risk that they put the whole deal together and then someone jumps in and buys out Yahoo for a tiny bit more or that Yahoo directors tank the value through poison pills or other actions in response to their attempt.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

BigSlowTarget Robots (702 comments)

I build and sell mobile animatronics. Last year I pulled an 8 track player and a VCR out of an entertainment robot and upgraded it with a DVD and LCD TV. It had been running shows in local classrooms since the early 80s.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

BigSlowTarget You are on the right track just not quite there (478 comments)

You've tried ultra bright IR but you really need flickering ultra-bright IR strobing at different rates and levels. A solid IR just sets things up for a better photo. Providing the camera didn't have an IR filter and did photograph IR a flickering IR would cause differing light needs within the exposure window which the camera would be unlikely to adapt to. If you are able to link the timing of the flickering in with your own cameras you'd be able to shut it off momentarily (electronically) and grab the photo.

about 10 months ago
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US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil

BigSlowTarget Re:Remote control? (439 comments)

Not necessarily. The same could be said for the power of experience, leadership, morale, training or logistical support. The US military is neither Jedi nor Sith but they are pretty well led, trained and supported. Having the biggest guns does nothing to help you when you pull the trigger and it goes 'click' because you're out of bullets, didn't maintain it or forgot to flip the safety.

1 year,1 day
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Watch Out, Amazon: DHL Tests Drug-Delivery Drone

BigSlowTarget Pot delivery drone (134 comments)

Here they come. Order in Colorado, delivery in Florida.

1 year,9 days
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JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

BigSlowTarget Hah now they'll sue (292 comments)

"Now we sue Bitcoin and shut them down. (whispers) They don't have lawyers? Excellent! (whispers) What do you mean they don't exist as an entity?(whispers) Distributed what?! (whispers) Damn those techies. They can't do that. Don't they understand real business?"

1 year,9 days

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Searches for "Adobe Flash" and "crash" up over 250% since release of 11.3

BigSlowTarget BigSlowTarget writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BigSlowTarget (325940) writes "Despite claims of stability, many have been having issues with Adobe's recent release of Flash. How many? It's hard to know for sure but here's an indication — since 11.3's late May release Google searches involving "Adobe Flash" and "crash" are up to record levels."
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TOSAmend: Counteroffer Terms of Service Agreements

BigSlowTarget BigSlowTarget writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BigSlowTarget (325940) writes "Are we simply subject to whatever a software provider demands of us in their clickthrough TOS agreement or are they real contracts where we can counteroffer our preferred terms and expect a refund if they are rejected? One blogger has come up with an applet to change TOS agreements and automatically submit the changes for approval (or rejection). Even he is not sure of the legal standing for the offer, but with these contracts so common they have been featured on South Park the issue certainly could be coming to the courts soon."
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Goodbye advertising

BigSlowTarget BigSlowTarget writes  |  more than 4 years ago

After years of coexisting with ads in the interest of supporting content development I finally have to say no more. Today I enabled the stop advertising option on my Slashdot account and installed adblocker. Why? The proliferation of drop down page expanding banners. Am I the only one who finds this as annoying as the pop-up? How can advertisers profit from inventing advertising so bad it forces their audience to take these kind of actions?

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