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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

David Gerard The important thing to remember (281 comments)

The most important thing to remember is:

THIS IS GREAT NEWS FOR BITCOIN!!

about 4 months ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

David Gerard News: Tony Abbott evolved a punchable face (190 comments)

OLDUVAI GORGE, Warringah, Monday (NTN) — A new theory suggests that Tony Abbott's ancestors evolved remarkably punchable facial features, accounting for people's deep desire to do so today.

The bones most commonly broken in prehistoric Liberal Party punch-ups gained the most strength in early "conservative" evolution. They are also the bones that show most divergence between Liberals and Nationals.

The paper, in the journal Guardian Australia, argues that the reinforcements evolved amid fighting over females and resources, in which communication by kicking each other's heads drove key policy changes.

Fossil records show that Australopithecus menzieii had strikingly robust facial structures. This was long seen as an adaptation to a tough diet including nuts, seeds and Malcom Turnbull's balls. But more recent findings suggest that violent intra-party competition was the cause: the "protective buttressing hypothesis".

Interestingly, the evolutionary descendants of Australopithecus — including more left-leaning humans — have displayed less and less facial buttressing. "Human arms and upper bodies are not nearly as strong as those found in Liberal Party members," said the author, Prof David Carrier, dusting off his gloves.

Studies from Canberra emergency wards show that faces are particularly vulnerable to violent injuries, many self-inflicted from being banged against desks when Coalition policy proposals reach the news.

"The historical record goes back a short time, but anatomy holds clues as to what selection was important, what behaviours were important; and so it gives us important information about what caveman notion Mr Abbott is going to come out with next."

Photo: Tony Abbott actually getting punched in the face. What a happy-making photograph this is.

about 5 months ago
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Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

David Gerard Uh ... it's still carbon neutral, isn't it? (159 comments)

Surely it's still carbon neutral, given it's from already-present carbon grown from air in the first place (like all plants)?

about 6 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

David Gerard Microsoft extends XP downgrade option to 2101 (341 comments)

From the vaults:

REAL VIRTUALITY, Seattle, Thursday 2099 (NNN) — Microsoft Corporation has announced a limited one-off extension of availability of its Windows XP operating system to April 2101 after criticism from large customers and analysts. This is the fifty-sixth extension of XP’s availability since 2008.

Through successive releases of Microsoft’s flagship Windows operating system, demand for XP has remained an important factor for businesses relying on stable XP-specific software and installations, who have pushed back strongly against the software company’s attempts to move them to later versions. Windows administration skills have become rare in recent years and consultants have demanded high fees. Reviving Windows administrators from cryogenic freezing has proven insufficient to fill the market gap, as almost all begged to work on COBOL instead.

“Windows XP is currently in the extremely very prolonged super-extended support phase and Microsoft encourages customers to migrate to Windows for Neurons 2097 as soon as feasible,” said William Gates V, CEO and great-grandson of the company founder. “Spare change?”

Microsoft Corporation, along with Monsanto Corporation and the RIAA, exists as a protected species in the Seattle Memorial Glass Crater Bad Ideas And Warnings To The Future National Park in north-west Washington on the radioactive remains of what was once the planet Earth, under the protection of our Linux-based superintelligent robot artificial intelligence overlords. Company revenues for 2098 were over $15.

about 7 months ago
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UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

David Gerard Good news about the NHS! (341 comments)

It's okay! Lots of the NHS has upgraded ... to Vista.

Yeah, I was so happy going into a consultation at Whipps Cross and seeing they were running Vista.

about 7 months ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

David Gerard The font on the NCPPR press release (348 comments)

Of course, the science denialists used the right font for their press release heading:

COMIC SAAAAAAAAANS!!

about 8 months ago
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French, German Leaders: Keep European Email Off US Servers

David Gerard Re:Let's be realistic. (115 comments)

Quite a few government organisations in the UK use Google Apps.

about 8 months ago
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Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?

David Gerard We can't have an erasable Internet (210 comments)

There is no such thing as DRM, and apps to save "unsaveable" Snapchat images are legion.

This is a fool's quest, and whoever wrote this WSJ piece is woefully ignorant of their subject.

about 10 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

David Gerard Where Internet Libertarians come from (691 comments)

I liked the comment explaining where Internet Libertarians come from:

And if you grow up in your parent's basement, then you are shaped by an environment where the fundamental constraints on what you want to do are shaped neither by scarcity nor malignance, but _by genuine good intent_. Your relatives probably don't wan't you to spend all day smoking pot and playing video games; in some cases they will over-estimate just how much of a bad thing that is. And even if they _are_ right, it's not like anyone facing such hectoring is going to admit it.

Pretty much every libertarian position can be understood in that frame of restrictive but benevolent authority being the root of all 'real' problems. It's a rare parent who literally tortures their kids, so torture is, at best, not a 'real' issue, not a priority. But many make them do stuff for their health, so mandatory health insurance is a big deal. Pretty much no parents kill their child with drones, many read their diaries. And so on.

So to libertarians, Bitcoin is like wages from a fast food job as opposed to an allowance; lets you buy what you want without someone else having a veto. Only money that doesn't judge you can be considered entirely yours...

about 10 months ago
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Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers

David Gerard Re:Breach of contract, copyright infringement (259 comments)

Povinator - do you have a copy of the DMCA notice that can be put up? A copy that people can link to would be most useful.

about a year ago

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Elsevier going after authors sharing their own papers

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  about a year ago

David Gerard (12369) writes "Elsevier, in final desperation mode, is going after authors sharing their own papers online. Academia.edu reported to several researchers that Elsevier "is currently upping the ante in its opposition to academics sharing their own papers online." This is the sound of a boycott biting. Repeat after me: "Elsevier delenda est.""
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How amateurs destroyed the professional music business

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  about a year ago

David Gerard (12369) writes "Here in the future, musicians and record companies complain they can't make a living any more. The problem isn’t piracy — it’s competition. There is too much music and too many musicians, and the amateurs are often good enough for the public. This is healthy for culture, not so much for aesthetics, and terrible for musicians."
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Internet Brands sues people for forking under CC by-sa

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

David Gerard writes "Internet Brands bought Wikitravel.org in 2006, plastered it with ads and neglected it. After years, the Wikitravel community finally decided to fork under CC by-sa and move to Wikimedia. Internet Brands is now suing two of the unpaid volunteers for wanting to leave. The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a declaratory judgement that you can actually fork a free-content project without permission. Internet Brands has a track record of scorched-earth litigation tactics."
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Nvidia loses huge order due to binary blob

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

David Gerard writes "Phoronix reports: The Chinese, who also developed the Loongson MIPS CPU, were looking to order at least ten million graphics processors. The problem is that the GeForce/Quadro driver from NVIDIA is only available for Linux x86 and x86_64 architectures, not MIPS or even ARM (only the Tegra driver is for ARMv7). NVIDIA refused to release the source-code to their high-performance feature-complete cross-platform driver to the Chinese, and it would cost them millions of dollars to port the code-base, so they went to AMD for their GPU order."
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Stuxnet/Flame/Duqu uses GPL code: release it!

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

David Gerard writes "It seems the authors of Stuxnet/Duqu/Flame used the LZO library, which is straight-up GPL. And so, someone has asked the US government to release the code under the GPL. (Other code uses various permissive licenses. As works of the US
federal government, the rest is of course public domain.) Perhaps the author could enlist the SFLC to send a copyright notice to the US government..."

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Why MegaUpload Was Really Shut Down

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

David Gerard writes "In December of 2011, just weeks before the takedown, Digital Music News reported on something new that the creators of Megaupload were about to unroll. Something that would rock the music industry to its core: MegaBox. MegaBox was going to be an alternative music store that was entirely cloud-based and offered artists a better money-making opportunity than they would get with any record label — "allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings.""
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Schmidt: G+ "identity service", not social network

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

David Gerard writes "Eric Schmidt has revealed that Google+ is an identity service, and the "social network" bit is just bait. Schmidt says "G+ is completely optional," not mentioning that Google has admitted that deleting a G+ account will seriously downgrade your other Google services. As others have noted, Somewhere, there are two kids in a garage building a company whose motto will be "Don't be Google"."
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Google+: Don't Be Evil, Just Racist

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

David Gerard writes "Google+'s pseudonym policy isn't just weird and capricious — it's now blatantly discriminatiory too. Hong Kong-based users are getting blocked for using the English form of their names — which is unlikely to be on any of the forms of ID Google+ claims to accept scans of. (Good thing no-one uses Photoshop or GIMP, hey.) Users consider this "a great disrespect to Hong Kong culture"."
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Google+ deleting account en masse

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

David Gerard writes ""Do, However, Be Stupid": In an attempt to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, Google+ is frightening off the geeky early adopters with a mass bonfire of accounts claimed to have fake names. As you might expect when your userbase goes beyond white male engineers inside a single dorporation, quite a lot of these people are indeed using their real names. Kirrily "Skud" Robert — whose account was shut six days after she stopped working at Google — is compiling a list of victims. Commenters hypothesise Google is using the AdSense detectors, and applying the customer service Google is famous for, i.e. none to speak of."
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Wine 1.2 released

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

David Gerard writes "Stuck with that one Windows app you can't get rid of? Rejoice — Wine 1.2 is officially released! Apart from running pretty much any Windows application on Unix better than 1.0 (from 2008), major new features include 64-bit support, bi-directional text and translation into thirty languages. And, of course, DirectX 9 is well-supported and DirectX 10 is getting better. Packages should hit the distros over the weekend, or you can get the source now.wi"
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Wine 1.2 released

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

David Gerard writes "Stuck with that one Windows app you can't get rid of? Rejoice — Wine 1.2 is officially released! Apart from running pretty much any Windows application on Unix better than 1.0 (from 2008), major new features include 64-bit support, bi-directional text and translation into thirty languages. And, of course, DirectX 9 is well-supported and DirectX 10 is getting better. Packages should hit the distros over the weekend, or you can get the source now."
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Times UK paywall a miserable failure

David Gerard David Gerard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

David Gerard writes "As part of his war against free, Rupert Murdoch put the Times and Sunday Times of London behind a paywall. Michael Wolff of Newser asks how that's working out for him. You can guess: miserable failure. "Not only is nobody subscribing to the website, but subscribers to the paper itselfâ€Â”who have free access to the siteâ€Â”are not going beyond the registration page. Itâ€Âs an empty world." Not that this wasn't entirely predictable."
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