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Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs

Dalambertian Re:Nobody cares about bitcoin (403 comments)

Glad you're here to speak for the rest of us, anonymous coward. As a physicist and longtime slashdotter, I've always been willing to learn about new tech. I may be young, but this is the most impressive thing I've seen FOSS do in my lifetime. Anyone who thinks bitcoin is unfair/a ponzi scheme, or whatever, then by all means release your source code - show us the "correct" way to build a new currency and I'm sure people will use it.

more than 3 years ago
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Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs

Dalambertian Re:Thank god (403 comments)

Protein folding doesn't require a supercomputer. Check out Fold.it

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

Dalambertian Re:Yet another advertisement (768 comments)

That depends on how much he's invested in it. Most of the people who get into bitcoin are hobbyists. They spend a lot of time reading up on the technology, and once they grasp its potential they get a little excited. The truth is people will submit stories about things they're into. Bitcoin is no exception. Personally, I've invested about $120 in bitcoins. If I cashed out now, I'd have about $200 worth. Does that make my arguments are invalid?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

Dalambertian Re:Is the gold rush over? (768 comments)

How exactly do you get a new currency adopted without providing incentives? If you can think of a better way, please let us know.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin

Dalambertian Re:Bitcoin (768 comments)

The default transaction fee was lowered with the most recent update. Also, money isn't supposed to have intrinsic value. That's one reason bills are made out of paper.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Dalambertian Re:OpenLeaks sucks (278 comments)

I'm guessing they mean 'put it online', except they don't intend to publish by default.

more than 3 years ago
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OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks

Dalambertian Re:OpenLeaks sucks (278 comments)

By the way, the whole point of OpenLeaks is that you choose who gets your submission. So, if it's a local news story about your school board, you can send it to your local paper, and if they don't run the story within your time frame then you can choose for it to go public. This avoids the problem of only catching the biggest leaks. Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsIhiUHoNLA5

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Some WikiLeaks Contributions To Public Discourse

Dalambertian Re:Well (299 comments)

The only brave person surrounding Wikileaks appears to Assnage...

To find other brave wikileaks activists, just look at the names on the subpeona: Jacob Appelbaum @ioerror -Tor spokesman who subbed in for Julian Assange at the HOPE conference, and a lot has been written about him elsewhere, including Rolling Stone. He's on the way back from Iceland to Seattle today, so hopefully he won't be detained again. There's a crowd of wikileaks supporters waiting for him. Rop Gonggrijp @rop_g - Hacker/activist who helped produce and release the Collateral Murder video. He no longer works for wikileaks since he's spending most of his time cracking voting machines in India/Brazil. Birgitta Jónsdóttir @birgittaj - The Icelandic Parliament Member with an impressive history of activism.

All of these people have done more for the spread of democracy and freedom of speech than most of us ever will. No wonder they are under investigation by the DOJ.

more than 3 years ago
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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

Dalambertian Re:Go, Julian, go! (1018 comments)

Of the releases we've seen so far, yes. But we still have 200,000 to go. I'd be surprised if some of those didn't cover the months leading up to the Iraq invasion.

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Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

Dalambertian Re:What troubles me most (810 comments)

Maybe I can interest you in this very illuminating talk by Seth Schoen and Jacob Appelbaum. Jacob is the Tor spokesman and the only American working for wikileaks. Seth is on the HTTPS Everywhere project. http://thenexthope.org/talks-list/

The Tor project has seen an increased focus on Internet censorship as many more users adopted Tor to get around blocking. In the past year, Tor was a popular means of bypassing censorship in Iran, China, and around the world. Firewall operators have been noticing. Tor has also had to contend with new organized efforts to block access to the network, and has rolled out the “bridges” blocking-resistance system in earnest. Alongside the perpetual need to get more Tor nodes, it’s become important to get users to run bridges – and to experiment with ways of communicating bridge addresses to users affected by censorship. The current censorship landscape will be explored, along with the bridge mechanism and efforts to recruit more bridges. There will also be an update on how Tor developers are responding to the growing pains and dealing with scaling challenges associated with Tor’s popularity. You’ll also hear about the challenge of counting the number of users on an anonymity network, and how client software can force the use of encryption to protect users from some attacks after their traffic leaves the Tor network.

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Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

Dalambertian Re:Conservatives against Wikileaks.. (810 comments)

Who would have thought there would be several different ways of looking at multi-national dramas ;) Don't forget, even Godwin's law allows for legitimate references to Hitler where they apply.

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Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables

Dalambertian Re:dont think so, (810 comments)

That's the point of the insurance file, right? Although I've heard there's no way to tell if it's just a bunch of random 1's and 0's...

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WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal

Dalambertian Re:Go, Julian, go! (1018 comments)

Had the present leaks occurred when we were still considering war with Iraq, do you think we'd be in the mess we are today? As I recall, the media published only what the government wanted us to hear, that the rest of the world supported us. Because the public bought it, the congressmen bought it, and the debate was over before it began. Would you rather us wait until the next war starts?

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Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems

Dalambertian Re:Next Next Step (890 comments)

You're saying that the reason that you're not doing the job that I'm paying you to do is that you don't have a job to do? Is that what you're saying? What are you trying to convince me of, exactly? That you're as useless as an asshole right here? Well guess what, Buddy. I think, you just fucking convinced me! -Larry Gomez

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Hawking Picks Physics Over God For Big Bang

Dalambertian Re:well duh. (1328 comments)

Or, even more accurate: "Hawking modded down for massive flamebait"

more than 4 years ago
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The Best Near-Term Future of Space Exploration?

Dalambertian Re:Why mining? (444 comments)

Asteroids are not that radioactive, but there's a lot of radiation due to cosmic rays. high energy particles from the solar wind are also extremely dangerous, not to mention those coming from transient events like coronal mass ejections. If you don't have a magnetic field to deflect particles or a thick atmosphere to absorb them, then you're at risk. Even shielding of a spacecraft (or aircraft) can make matters worse by causing secondary collisions that interact more strongly with human tissue than the incoming high energy particles. I have heard that if you bury yourself with a few inches of dirt inside an asteroid or the lunar regolith, then you should be fine. It's the commute that kills.

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The Best Near-Term Future of Space Exploration?

Dalambertian Re:Why mining? (444 comments)

The moonwalkers knew it was prudent to wait for the moon to be full before making the trip, so that they would be shielded by the earth's magnetotail. However, this was before space physics models existed - they didn't know that they could end up effectively sitting in the solar wind if the interplanetary magnetic field shifted southward, and that's something that occurs rather frequently even during low solar activity. So they apparently drew their cards right. However, if we're planning to leave the earth's magnetosphere entirely then we'll really have to come up with something fancy.

more than 4 years ago
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The Best Near-Term Future of Space Exploration?

Dalambertian Re:Why mining? (444 comments)

The radiation problem is a big one, and I think the public doesn't yet realize how big of a problem it is. I mean, flight attendants and pilots are exposed to about as much or more than someone working in a nuclear power plant, so shouldn't they be wearing radiation badges? http://iopscience.iop.org/0952-4746/21/1/003 Now fast forward 50 yrs, with asteroid mining profits starting to take off. Will similar health risks get swept under the rug?

more than 4 years ago

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China's WoW and The War of Internet Addiction

Dalambertian Dalambertian writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dalambertian (963810) writes "Alex Pasternack has a nice article on War of Internet Addiction, the brilliantly satirical WoW machinema that sadly seems to be sneaking under the radar. While much of the Chinese internet memes may be lost on western ears, the social commentary is quite poignant and should not be missed. From DigiCha : "The film tracks the fight between The9 and Netease over the renewal rights to Activision Blizzard's World of Warcraft, the requirement that skulls be removed from World of Warcraft (hence the Skull Party), the bureaucratic battles between GAPP and the Ministry of Culture over the re-approval of WoW in China, the money-obsessed Uncle Yang and his Internet addiction camps and electro-shock therapy, and the attempts to impose Green Dam Youth Escort software on Chinese web users." Further, Digica argues that "this more effectively challenges and potentially undermines the powers behind internet controls than anything Google has done; many more Chinese likely care about censorship that affects WoW and other online games than care whether or not Google.cn stays online in China." If you don't have an hour to spare, skip to part 6 of 7."
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Spore Patch Nearly Lets Creatures Into Other Games

Dalambertian Dalambertian writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Dalambertian (963810) writes "The release of Patch 5 lets players export their creatures (and soon vehicles and buildings) in Collada format. This includes textures, bump mapping, and rigging for animation. Maxis developer Ocean Quigley recently posted a nice tutorial for getting said creatures into Maya, and other 3D packages are soon to follow. This could have a huge impact on the games industry, and the indy games scene in particular. Unfortunately, if the patch falls under the usual EULA, then any legitimate use of the art assets outside of the Spore community becomes impossible. EA is apparently just teasing us with its taste but don't swallow policy, and at present it's not clear whether the genius that came out of Spore's development will ever truly be accessible to the game dev community."
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