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US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

BringsApples Re:So the US government buys bitcoins now? (408 comments)

I never said "bitcoins don't exist".

Can you cite where anywhere is saying that they're going to auction the bitcoins off? The article that we're commenting on simply doesn't say that, it only says that they're going to convert (they literally used the word "convert") them to US dollars. maybe it's shitty of them to write it like that, and maybe it's shitty that I don't assume as you do. But your argument is based on your own theory, and nothing that I see fit to recognize as correct. Cite me something other than your rude comment, or fuck off.

about 3 months ago
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US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

BringsApples Re:the government also sells office chairs (408 comments)

Yeah, I think perhaps the article left out valuable info, like that it was going to auction the bitcoins. All it says is that it's going to convert them into US dollars. Anytime the government sells things, then they do so in order to get money which already exists. Here, it appears to me (and I could be wrong) that they're just converting them. So in the end, the US government is buying the bitcoins, as a means to create US dollars. Dunno, it just struck me as odd.

about 2 months ago
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US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

BringsApples Re:So the US government buys bitcoins now? (408 comments)

According to TFA:

"It is the intention of the government to ultimately convert the bitcoins to U.S. currency," said Jim Margolin, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York.

Once converted, the bitcoins, like monetary proceeds of other crimes, will go into the government's general fund, he said. There, they will be used for general-purpose spending.

So it appears that they're simply going to 'convert' the bitcoins to US dollars. As far as I understand how auctions work, this isn't it at all. No one ever 'converts' a seized car into dollars, they sell it to someone that had already owned US dollars. Here, it appears to me (and maybe I'm wrong) that they're going to print US dollars in the name of bitcoins. So bitcoins disappear, and US dollars appear. So the US government is essentially buying bitcoins.

about 2 months ago
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Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

BringsApples Re:Never been more than 17 min away? (222 comments)

but people who have committed their life to a single task have a hard time letting it go.

I know exactly what you mean. At my house I have a clock that shows how close I am to having sex with Natalie Portman. It's been at 1 minute till midnight, since 1999.

about 3 months ago
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95% of ATMs Worldwide Are Still Using Windows XP

BringsApples I just threw up a little (346 comments)

How has no one taken this, what would appear to be a nitch market (writing an OS for ATM machines), and done something with it? I mean hell, my oldest cell phone had more operations than an ATM. How did it do that without windows?

about 3 months ago
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FISA Judges Oppose Intelligence Reform Proposals Aimed At Court

BringsApples politics vs politicians (187 comments)

There is no political solution for politicians. They're simply men ('men' as in men and women), and cannot be trusted to do what's right over what they wish, anymore than any other men. When the terrorists take over, they'll be dressed as nice businessmen, and will be heavily involved in the political scene. Perhaps this has already happened, as fear is the governing body's tool of the day.

Don't be worried folks, this shit'll be over before you know it.

about 3 months ago
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Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

BringsApples Never been more than 17 min away? (222 comments)

From wikipedia:
Reflecting international events dangerous to humankind, the Clock's hands have been adjusted twenty times since its inception in 1947, when the Clock was initially set to seven minutes to midnight.

They give a good graph here.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

BringsApples Twonky (420 comments)

Have you looked into Twonky? It's what I use. Works exactly how you'd want.

about 3 months ago
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Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

BringsApples So now I guess... (1431 comments)

...we get metal-detectors at movie-theaters? Ooo, or how about those X-ray (nude) body-scanners.

about 3 months ago
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If I Had a Hammer

BringsApples Re:Future Guy responds (732 comments)

Future gal sez...

There, fixed that for ya. I mean, if we're going to go all out here with our fantasies of the future, then I'm sure that there will be no men, just women. If the elite have been 'growing us regulars' for so many years to develop the technology needed for them to be able to sit around and do jack-diddly, then I'm sure that the elite women will certainly kill off those old elite geezers at some point. :)

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

BringsApples Re: Abolish software patents (204 comments)

You are confusing patent & copyright with trademark

No, I just gave a horrible example, in order talk about how Coke and Pepsi are very closely related. Patents relating to food items and computer-related items are vastly different, but I'm not near as knowledgeable about computer-related items as I am food-related items. I really should have just said nothing, but when the article is about patents, and someone brings up how copyright will still be in place, it makes me think that they are confusing the two, because they are not similar at all.

about 3 months ago
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If I Had a Hammer

BringsApples Re:Isn't this the ultimate goal? (732 comments)

If 90% of the population is unemployed, then who's going to be buying the products made by the robots? If the general population is flat broke, then growing your own food is the same, if not better, as printing your own money.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Newegg Patent Case

BringsApples Re: Abolish software patents (204 comments)

copyright:
the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same.

Patent:
a government authority or licence conferring a right or title for a set period, esp. the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention.

If I find a way to grow orange corn, and add a buttery salt to it, and sell it as "BringsApples Corn (TM)", then no other person can sell corn and call it "BringsApples Corn (TM)", but they can grow orange corn, butter it with salty stuff and call it "Similar_Name Corn (TM)". Since I'd have my own recipe, your corn may not be as good as mine, or it may be better. Look at the similarities on the ingredients of Coke and Pepsi.

But if I patented "orange corn" then no one else can even try to compete. I know that this is a stupid example, and I'm sorry that I couldn't come up one closer to the programing world. But when people start getting patent-happy, they start patenting things like a virtual shopping cart, or a "like" button. It's crazy.

about 3 months ago
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Regex Golf, xkcd, and Peter Norvig

BringsApples Re:Regex this (172 comments)

If you want, you can probably buy some tractors and water filters right now and have them shipped to poor villages.

The length at which I'd like to point out the intricacies of growing food and filtering water in areas of the world that are heavily populated and dry, far exceed my want to type, and I'm sure your want to read. Let's just say that sending over a tractor and a filter would be as close to solving the problem that they're having as sending over a scalpel and air-mask to your house, when you need heart surgery.

The techniques needed to make fertilizer or purify water by boiling are well known.

Are they? If they're so well-known, let's hear your take on it. How do you make fertilizer? How do you 'boil' 50,000 gallons of water? Because if you ever need food or water (God forbid) to the point that these people need it, then that's going to be your main objective of the day, not regex.

And let me remind you that if we cannot pull together as a people, then what we see in the areas where dictators rule food/water supply, we'll see here one day as well. $85 BILLION are printed each month. One day, someone is going to have to pay that back. It may not be you or I, and it may not be our kids, but one day the whole idea of simply going to the store and buying whatever you need is either going to be to expensive, or not an option. Humanity will need people like you (and whatever you teach your kids) to solve problems that we'll face.

...tinkering around with regex to do neat things, while clever, doesn't mean that that cleverness will transfer to other tasks.

Exactly. That's why it's important to train your way of thinking to be in line with the rest of the natural world, and not some way to do some man-made confined way of thinking. This is exactly why I think it's a waste of great human potential.

about 3 months ago
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CES 2014: Ohio Company is Bringing Military-Grade Motion Sensors to Gaming

BringsApples video clip = advertizing (46 comments)

and this time, they've been working on PR before asking for money

Obviously, if this story's on Slashdot.

about 3 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

BringsApples Re:Inside job? (250 comments)

Hell I hope so. 2006 was 8 years ago. Then again, I figured that they'd be running some Unix variant, so what do I know.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

BringsApples Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

I'll just repeat what Trouvist said here:

People, for centuries, spent hours a day looking down at their desks before these new-fangled computer monitors let us look levelly.

Seems like a good point. Think of board-drafting.

about 3 months ago
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Target Confirms Point-of-Sale Malware Was Used In Attack

BringsApples Re:Inside job? (250 comments)

Actually no, I haven't. But how do you access the OS? Surely there's a need for a keyboard, that plugs into some internal port, accessible only by opening the ATM. Right? Maybe I'm being naive. Do you know?

about 3 months ago

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