top I expect to retire ...
They secretly just want us all to respond "Never!"
top Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?
This is probably the most fair response to the question. The ultimate question being asked is, "Which workstation setup will allow the end users to be productive?" If FOSS is part of your criteria, ensure that there are open source solutions for all your office's needs, from document writing to file sharing to video viewing. Invest in what will make your office work better overall, even if it isn't $0.00.
top Interviews: Jonathan Coulton Answers Your Questions
That bit about the spreadsheets right at the end is so incredibly true with creative work.
You come in contact with a lot of people and for very different reasons - you've gotta organize that data somehow, otherwise you'll spend all your time memorizing people rather than making creative things.
top 3-D Printed Skull Successfully Implanted In Woman
Because Russia didn't 3-D print Ukraine's Dolphin Squad, I guess.
top I prefer my peppers ...
Jalapeño afficionados can place themselves in either the fairly or very spicy categories. From the
Scoville scale Wikipedia page, these peppers are in the 3,500-8000 SHU range.
Anything above that, and you're just trying to impress us.
top What day of the week is your most productive?
Do work that you enjoy. I work in IT on weekdays, and am a music producer by night/weekends. Both are demanding and are definitely no cakewalk, and I rightly describe both as "work." But, I enjoy being a music producer, and typically don't feel like it's the same kind of work that requires me to force my brain to do it. I'm not resting when I'm making music, and certainly not while performing it, but I enjoy it, so I don't feel like it's forced. At times, it does feel like "work," but most of the time it's just living.
So, maybe forcing the brain to keep working is the wrong mindset? It depends on the project(s) you're looking to do. What is it you want to accomplish?
top MtGox Finds 200,000 Bitcoins In Old Wallet
How much of that bundle is theirs and how much of that bundle is the users'? Can't just go around spending anybody's money.
top Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...
I will speak to the last two rows, and not of their typing errors.
"The source of its value is its limited amount: Normal currency - partly; Cryptocurrency; yes; A stick with my name on it; yes."
This line is problematic. A cryptocurrency's value is partly determined by its finite amount, not entirely. There are currently (and never will be) enough whole Bitcoins to go around for 1:1 ratio of a Bitcoin-to-humans distribution. So why aren't they currently worth a lot more than they are currently worth? Market forces, among many other factors. Their worth would certainly be damaged by having an unlimited supply (practically speaking), for obvious supply/demand reasons, but by that token, the US dollar or any other currency that is printed could be made to have a (practically) unlimited supply. (I say practically because whether cash or code, there will always be a finite limit to how many can be produced.)
Also, a stick with your name on it can be finite in amount, but supply and demand still determine its value, as well as other market forces and other factors beyond that.
"Anyone can make his own, undermining the whole damn system: Normal currency - no; Cryptocurrency - yes; A stick with my name on it - yes."
This is very much problematic. Although the chart doesn't define "normal currency," we can generally assume it is the kind you find listed on a country's Wikipedia page - paper dollars, coins, etc. Anyone can make coins out of metals, rocks, glass (which I want to see), etc. Anyone can print their own bills/notes and call them a tradeable, valuable good. Any non-cryptocurrency still has to be made, and someone still has to be the maker. Does that undermine the whole damn system? Look around the world and tell me your answer, chart-writer (I'm assuming the OP is not the chart-writer).
Going off that last point, does having options of currencies "undermine" the "system?" And how so? Cryptocurrencies seem to thrive on the principle that there should be more than one choice when choosing how you will conduct your business, transaction by transaction. I don't have to pay in USD, I can pay in Bitcoin. I don't have to pay in Bitcoin, I can pay in 42coin. I don't have to pay in 42coin, I can pay in credit. I don't have to pay in credit, I can pay in man-hours, fixing your printer or trimming your rhododendron. Does any of the above undermine the system?
And making your own stick with your name on it doesn't undermine any system that I'm aware of, it helps you walk when a leg gives out, and helps clear out cobwebs when your girlfriend is coming over with a last-minute warning text.
top Recent news events re: Bitcoin ...
Upon recommendation from the reddit Bitcoin community, I also put a liquid nitrogen cooling system in the box spring of my bed to keep my cold storage from getting too warm. I keep hearing about "hot wallets" being dangerous, so I figured, why take the risk?
top TrustyCon was the 'Rebel Conference' Across the Street From RSA 2014 (Video)
"catch as catch can.": using any available means or method : hit-or-miss
top Mathematicians Are Chronically Lost and Confused
Sounds like learning is not necessarily a linear process.
Makes me feel better about my learning experience!
about a month and a half ago
top Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?
I only heard of it because of its acquisition last week, and haven't used it.
top Google's Project Tango Seeks To Map a 3D World
Integrate this project with Google Glass. Or have they already?
top Watching a FIRST Competition Robot Being Built (Video)
Slashdot's home office is in the Murder Mitten?
top Yahoo Mail Resets Account Passwords After Attack
"Yahoo! announced via their Tumblr page"
Really? This is how businesses are delivering their security announcements?
top Microsoft Reports Record Revenue
I would have thought that more standardized devices would be more beneficial given the better/more familiar IT support, the familiarity of updates, better planning for scaling and expansion, etc.?
What in your view are the benefits in a working environment of having multiple different devices/platforms?
top US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment
Why wasn't this already required...? (Innocent until PROVEN guilty?)
top Twister: The Fully Decentralized P2P Microblogging Platform
The software is built off the blockchain model of the Bitcoin protocol. A key pair is recognized in the blockchain as being associated with a specific username, and it's there for all nodes to agree upon.
top Maker of Physical Bitcoin Tokens Suspends Operation After Hearing from Federal G
...What makes this different from selling someone your Bitcoins for US dollars (i.e. localbitcoins.com) in the first place? Should I be given a love letter from FINCEN for selling Bitcoins to someone directly? Is it just because he identified his activities as part of a business?
In that case, how many transactions would it take for me to be considered a business, to FINCEN?
Also, a more neutral stance on summaries would be nice in the future.
top When Metadata Analytics Goes Awry
I highly doubt this would lead to false accusations, especially if such "shadowy agencies" know of the issues with the matching algorithms, but I'm curious to see if anyone finds that they're being followed or looked into with more scrutiny than the average Internet user as a result of it.
Granted, someone doing the spying would have to royally slip up before the target suspect would find out...
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