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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Jeremi Re:Biggest Probem? (128 comments)

Isn't the biggest problem for these digital currencies the fact that their can be an infinite number of competing currencies?

If that's their biggest problem, they are in better shape than I thought.

11 hours ago
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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

Jeremi Re:Aluminium (185 comments)

And in the 50s we were going to be driving nuclear powered cars by now.

And indeed, some of us are. If you drive an electric car and live near a nuclear power plant, you might be one of them.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Jeremi Re:Tech angle? (872 comments)

Are you a paid shill for Uber, or just a disgusting human being?

Ad hominem attacks are tedious, so for the sake of argument let's take it as given that I'm both. Now that we've got that out of the way, I'll ask again: how are Uber's high prices ripping anyone off? Does anyone actually pay those prices? If so, why? Is Uber pointing a gun to their heads?

3 days ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

Jeremi Re:Congratulations you've invented the credit card (153 comments)

Congratulations you've invented the credit card!

I've always kind of wanted a bank account with built-in credit-card functionality. No overdraft fees possible, rather you pay credit-card style interest when your balance is negative, and earn bank-style interest when your balance is positive.

Of course, this is unlikely to be offered for just that reason... to the banks, overdraft fees are a profit center :(

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Jeremi Re:Tech angle? (872 comments)

Then whoever designed the algorithm is purposely ripping people off

Nobody is being forced to pay Uber's prices. There are still taxicabs in Sydney, are there not?

4 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

Jeremi Re:Really? (160 comments)

Windows has nothing to do with it. No other music management program pegs the CPU while syncing media over USB. This is purely the fault of Apple programmers not caring or not knowing how to program for Windows.

You don't give Apple programmers enough credit -- the USB transfer routine includes a surreptitious Bitcoin mining thread. That's how Apple builds up its cash reserves.

5 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

Jeremi Re:Windows doesn't stop it (160 comments)

There's a big difference between saying "We aren't going to do any work to support your stuff," and saying "We are going to work to make sure your stuff can't be supported."

Is the latter action illegal? If so, under what circumstances?

Off the top of my head, I can't think of any particularly compelling reason why company X should be required to permit a competitors' software to make use of the company X's servers.

5 days ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

Jeremi Re:Notes from a real Sync user (232 comments)

As a real Sync user (from 2012), my experience has been that its problems have more to do with user interface than "stability". Even if QNX improves on the latter, it does nothing for the former.

Well, it might help indirectly. Every hour the developers don't spend trying to debug the OS is an hour they can instead spend on making the user interface work better. I suspect that a lot of mediocre products appear simply because there were so many showstopping bugs to chase down that there was never any time to smooth out the rough edges.

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Jeremi Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

But, if you end up buying a newer Keurig machine ... suddenly you get DRM, specifically because it's the razor blade business model, and Keurig has decided you must buy from them.

If there's any justice in the world, Keurig will be getting a lot of post-Christmas returns this year, when people realize that the coffee machine they just upgraded to is incompatible with most of the coffee they wanted to make.

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Jeremi Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

Why in the hell would anybody buy a coffee maker that uses DRM to prevent using "non-genuine" coffee?

When polled on this question, the number one response from consumers was: "What is DRM?"

about a week ago
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Microsoft Quietly Starts Accepting Bitcoin As Payment Method

Jeremi Re:As a Market Lover (107 comments)

You can't have a currency that changes value significantly in the time it takes to get to the grocery store.

Agreed, but the hope/expectation is that as the user base grows, the valuation will become less volatile, making it more useful as a currency.

about a week ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Jeremi Re:Very cool. (127 comments)

But once it's there it's really not yours anymore. And years down the road it may not exist at all.

There's nothing that says you have to delete your original file after you've uploaded a copy of it to YouTube.

about two weeks ago
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO 32-Layer 3D V-NAND-Based SSD Tested

Jeremi Re:Very cool. (127 comments)

Why would I put my grandchildren's videos on Youtube?

I don't know why you'd do it, but I think the reason many people put their videos on YouTube is because it's an easy way to share said videos with the people they want to share them with. Sending someone a YouTube URL is a lot easier and quicker than figuring out how to get a multi-gigabyte video file from your computer to their computer.

about two weeks ago
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Curiosity's Mars Crater Was Once a Vast Lake

Jeremi Re:Global warming (42 comments)

So basically, once global warming takes its course, Earth is going to look like Mars.

If you want a global-warming nightmare scenario, Venus is a better candidate.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

Jeremi Re:I look forward (137 comments)

Actually, I don't know why they don't "acquiesce" somewhat to the demands - and offer to sell to the dealers at the same price as they sell in other states.

I don't think there is anything stopping a Texas auto dealer from going to Tesla's web site today and buying as many cars as he wants to buy.

The real issue is that the dealer would then want to service and support these cars, which would require a more in-depth working relationship with Tesla; and Tesla (quite reasonably IMO) does not trust dealers to do as good a job with that as Tesla itself can. Without quality service and support, OTOH, there is no reason why a customer should want to buy through a dealership and pay extra for inferior support.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

Jeremi Re:Are they really that scared? (460 comments)

The weirdest thing is that this hatred of "government" seems to come, without a trace of irony, from politicians.

It's perfect cover: as an anti-government politician, if your policies don't work, that's only more proof that government is incompetent and you were right all along to oppose. If they do work, OTOH, you're a hero! You can't lose :^)

about two weeks ago
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The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

Jeremi Re:Sad? Saddest? (528 comments)

And, Godwin'd. That's a wrap everyone, have a great evening, see you in the next thread.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

Jeremi Re:Why program in Python (277 comments)

Also, explain to me why anyone should use an interpreted programming language when even CommonLisp was already compiled in the 80s?

In a large number of scenarios, the limiting factor is the skill of the (often easily-intimidated newbie) programmer, not the speed of the resulting program's execution.

In those cases, a "slow" language that is easy to learn and use (e.g. Python) typically produces a better result than a really fast/powerful language that isn't as newbie-friendly. Computers are fast enough these days that for a lot of things, a slow/inefficient program is nevertheless more than adequate to the task at hand.

In particular, I think the ability to run the Python interpreter and enter python code into it interactively is an easy and convenient way for people to experiment and learn how Python works. Compiled languages make that harder to do, as you have to enter all your changes at once, then recompile, rather than being able to type in a single line and get an instant result.

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

Jeremi Re:C/C++ at $160k/yr (277 comments)

Which language is that? Phython? C++? C? Java? A language "does not cut it" ... how retarded.

It's not retarded at all; it's a simple fact that each language comes with its own set of design decisions that make some tasks easier and some tasks more difficult. Thinking that all languages are equivalent would be a newbie mistake.

For example, Python, while it is a great high-level language and easy to learn and use, will almost never produce software that runs at the speed of an equivalent compiled C or C++ program. Furthermore, its continuing reliance on a Global Interpreter Lock means that multithreaded Python programs will not utilize multiple cores efficiently for the forseeable future.

Java, OTOH, avoids those problems but using Java means you'll need to include a Java runtime environment and JIT on any platform you deploy on; that makes it inappropriate for many embedded devices or otherwise constrained environments. Also the non-deterministic timing of the built-in garbage collector makes Java a poor fit for real-time programming.

C/C++, finally, can run mostly anywhere, but their low-level nature makes them a bit harder to learn, and a great deal more conducive to shooting yourself in the foot with (if you don't use them correctly).

about two weeks ago
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Which Programming Language Pays the Best? Probably Python

Jeremi Re:Keep Learning (277 comments)

Python, C, C++, Perl, Java, Ruby, etc. are all very similar and there's a point where you'll know enough that you'll just have to google the 'if' and loop syntax and you're good to go.

I'm reminded of this quote:

"The determined Real Programmer can write FORTRAN programs in any language." -- Ed Post

about two weeks ago

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