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Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:I think it's reasonable, if it was accurate (276 comments)

BTC supporters tell me that BTC is going to fundamentally transform the economy. I'd certainly like to know a little about who created it, why they created it, and who financed its creation. Sunlight...disinfectant...and all that.

about 9 months ago
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MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Regulation of currency (240 comments)

Volatility is a weakness, not a strength, for a digital currency. It's fine to be volatile when a currency is just starting out, but no supporter should be excited by it or want more of it.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Could your question be more generic? (531 comments)

It's just an excuse to have an open thread and chat. If that's not your thing, that's fine.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Read the bill yourself it mentions nothing abou (917 comments)

You expect the waiter to act like a professional, not whine about their feeings, and do their job like a boss. When did being professional become a lost art?

about 10 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

Brad Delong has a pretty good summary of the advantages of a market system:

The market economy, based on deep human psychological propensities, is an extraordinarily effective societal instrumentality for planning and coordinating the production and distribution of scarce, rival, excludable commodities.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Deus Ex: Human Revolution (669 comments)

Malkavian on 2nd playthrough is how I played it and it was fantastic.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Batman (669 comments)

If you like the Batman series, you might like the newest Tomb Raider. Uncharted-style gameplay with Arkham Asylum-style exploring and collectibles.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Adventure games (669 comments)

I also played through Beyond Good and Evil again not so long ago.

If you like Beyond Good & Evil, you should try Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, which was ported to Windows in October. I really enjoyed both.

about 10 months ago
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More Bitcoin Exchanges Forced Out of Sync After Massive DDoS Attack

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:the value in Bitcoin is in transactions (135 comments)

There'll be a short-term bounce back--people have too much ideology invested in BTC to believe otherwise, but the long-term viability may be in danger. But I doubt the attackers care about that issue.

about 10 months ago
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Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Then again, maybe it’s not the suits at a (357 comments)

Many Olympic sports have "a single country cannot send more than X athletes to compete in this sport" rule. So a pure medals per capita analysis may be misleading.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:rsync -- look at Unison! (168 comments)

I've tried the rsync and Unison solutions. If you have all Windows boxes (2 PCs and 2 laptops for my family), the free Microsoft SyncToy is very user friendly to keep a Documents or a Pictures directory synchronized across multiple boxes.

about 10 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Gold has value in a working economy (249 comments)

Petrol may well be more valuable than gold in a Mad Max scenario, but don't think for a moment that any collection of humans will not want a way to disintermediate their labor and have a means of trade.

Within their society they'd use reputation-based credit, and with outsiders they'd use petrol. It's not clear why they'd need gold at all in your example.

about 10 months ago
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Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Gold has value in a working economy (249 comments)

Almost everyone would pick a million US dollars over the equivalent in gold or bitcoin. You can exchange it easily for practically anything you'd want, and the value is relatively stable.

about 10 months ago
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Peanut Allergy Treatment Trial In UK "A Success"

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Feed your kids, people (192 comments)

Same here. I developed an allergy to a certain type of tree nut. Before I went into shock as a child, my parents fed me all sorts of food and nuts, no hesitations. It's bizarre when people assume that food allergies are caused by parental avoidance--usually they just happen.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:No surprise in the collapse (475 comments)

The problem is that there are an infinite possible number of cryptographically signed digital currencies.

I'm not a BitCoin fan, but I'm not sure I buy this argument, because it seems too close to saying "gold can have no value because lots of other metals exist." How do you differentiate those two arguments?

1 year,3 days
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Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Splendid (321 comments)

I understood him to be commenting on the number, not the existence, of the photos. I'm the designated archivist for the family's (7 members in 2 households) photos. At last check , I have about 20k photos in the archive. It's hard to imagine having "hundreds of thousands" without having enormous amounts of redundant or irrelevant photos, which is what the parent post is poking fun of.

1 year,11 days
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195K Bitcoin Transaction

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:a skeptic says "wow bitcoin is serious ". Hope (167 comments)

Perhaps we should start exchanging goods and services with the exchange of WELL FUCK I DONNO goods and services?

You have a small business with several employees. It's time to make payroll so you whip out the goods and services box and...

1 year,27 days
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Safety (545 comments)

You're describing an issue that's independent of DST. School districts have school hours, job have work hours, and people have to coordinate the two, which often don't match.

about a year ago
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A Plan To Fix Daylight Savings Time By Creating Two National Time Zones

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:Safety (545 comments)

Sounds like your school district needs to set the school hours so that the start hour in winter is later than the sunrise hour. I'm not sure why you would blame the clock or time zone for the decisions of your school superintendent.

about a year ago
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Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments

F. Lynx Pardinus Re:the difference (473 comments)

" All the good learning and counter points that have helped me grow, or pissed me off entirely, have been in forums and comments. Not in books."

Reading a book gives you a well-reasoned, long-view argument but omits alternate perspectives. Reading comments on internet news gives you those alternate perspectives but the articles often can't see the forest for the trees, unless you're specifically visiting a site that does long-term-research, multi-page articles. I've found that the best of both worlds is to read a book, then to search on C-SPAN Video or similar sites to watch author interviews and viewer-call-in shows. CSPAN Book TV is really great for this purpose.

about a year ago

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