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BitTorrent Unveils Sync 2.0

N3x)( subscription?! (60 comments)

How in earth do they motivate a subscription model for a service that isn't using the cloud? The whole point of Sync is that it's supposed to only involve your own machines. I have been looking into using sync at work as the Dropbox-possibly-giving-all-your-files-to-the-NSA thing isn't really a good alternative but with Dropbox I atleast get some good cloud backup. Now $40 isn't a lot of money for the intended audience for sure but it implies a lot of DRM/payment processor/Obsoleteness issues down the road. Are there any mature open source projects that are trying to make personal cloud storage?

about a month ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

N3x)( Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

Well as the average gamer age is now 31 you would have to seriously redefine the word "grownup" to exclude people who play FPS.

about 4 months ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

N3x)( Re:It's just human nature... (281 comments)

well if you don't broadcast then you won't get any confirmations and the exchange won't accept your transfer. AFAIK the double spend 51%+ attack is where you make an ordinary transaction let it confirm and then build your own blockchainfork that doesn't have this transaction and since your private chain is built faster than the regular chain you can then release your chain and it would supercede the public as it is longer. But you have to get away with the money/goods before this and it's very very expensive in processor time, so you have to get away with millions for it to be worth it. And most exchanges do have enough of a delay for this approach to be unfeasible.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

N3x)( Re:It's just human nature... (281 comments)

This doesn't seem correct. I have checked the available docs: https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Wea... Even if you control the blockchain you still have to broadcast it otherwise the chain will split and the broadcasted one would become the real one.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

N3x)( Re:It's just human nature... (281 comments)

Of course someone would find out. There can only be one blockchain and when your coins suddenly aren't a part of it anymore they are no longer valid coins and can't be spent. Which is something most would notice.

about 6 months ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

N3x)( Re:What happens if (281 comments)

Well the thing is, getting 51% doesn't mean you can steal any coins. It means you get to control who can and cannot spend their coins. Also you would be able to do "double spends" of coins in certain situations. Getting 51% means you control the transfer service not the coins themselves. Also it would be really really expensive and once you stop the network will start working as normal again.

about 6 months ago
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Standards Group Adds Adaptive-Sync To DisplayPort

N3x)( Re: What about normal TVs (82 comments)

I'm not saying it's the right way to go. I'm just saying that tvs get smarter and pcs get integrated into monitors and monitors becomes larger and larger. I'm just hoping for open standards enabling a sort of local cloud so that me having a nice PC makes games run better on my tv.

about 7 months ago
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Standards Group Adds Adaptive-Sync To DisplayPort

N3x)( Re:What about normal TVs (82 comments)

I was under the impression that many handhelds and laptops already have these kinda systems for power-saving reasons. It just hasn't been part of the standard as these devices all have proprietary interfaces between graphics hardware and screen. The demo of this that AMD showed ran on standard laptops.

about 7 months ago
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Standards Group Adds Adaptive-Sync To DisplayPort

N3x)( Re:What about normal TVs (82 comments)

well you'd have to wait for a new xbone/ps4/wiiuu/toaster to come to market in about 10 years or so. By then I expect that a tv and a monitor and a pc to be pretty much the same device.

about 7 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

N3x)( Re:Awesome desktop (139 comments)

yes. If this takes of I would expect laptops and possibly cars and home appliances to get ara-ports for upgradeable network connectivity and such

about 8 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

N3x)( Re:where's the money? (139 comments)

Well for starters this is the first time ever that a small company is even capable of building mobile phone parts without bending over for the big mobile phone makers. If I can design a small battery for instance thats way better than the stock batteries but somewhat more expensive I could easily have thousands of customers which would be fine for a small company but not get millions of customers which is a must for a big company.

about 8 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

N3x)( Re:What about the price? (139 comments)

As they are targeting this phone specifically at the poor featurephone users i'm sure no one in google headquarters has given this any thought at all.

about 8 months ago
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Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

N3x)( Re:google will find a way to lock it down (139 comments)

If you'd gotten your head out of your own ass for like 20 seconds you could easily read up on the article and realise that google fully intends to make this as open as possible. The only thing afaik that they are keeping for themselves is the endo. Everything else is open and license free. I'm not even sure they can enforce android although if you want to join their ecosystem of stores and whatnot im pretty sure android is the only way. I think that Googles entire goal with this is to break manufacturers monopoly on handsets and get android under more central control as no one will be running samsung-android or htc-android on these things

about 8 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

N3x)( Re:Wait... wha? (1482 comments)

Close, but no. He had a lease on an expensive Mercedes that he changed for a new identical Mercedes every six months to avoid having a license plate. If this is a prank or a statement or pure douchebaggery is left up to us to guess.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

N3x)( Re:Recently? (669 comments)

There is one ios game that i recommend everyone to play and that is Starbase Orion. It's a Master of Orion II clone that has gone above and beyond the original. Cloudsync, multiplayer, lots of settings and no dumbed down gameplay. Fully playable on both iPhones and IPads. And if you join the forums and the community they really listen to your feedback.

about 10 months ago
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US Government Embraces Bitcoin in Hearing on Virtual Currency

N3x)( Re:eco-generation (233 comments)

Well granted i don't have first hand experience of mining at the current difficulties i'd say that you'd still make more money by just buying coins than buying GPU-hardware. If you have some monster gpu gaming-rig already and some cheap electricity you might go plus. Then there are the alt-coins where i hear it's still profitable to gpu-mine.

about a year ago
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US Government Embraces Bitcoin in Hearing on Virtual Currency

N3x)( Re:eco-generation (233 comments)

Not everybody who uses bitcoin mines bitcoin. To be a profitable miner nowadays you need several thousands worth of hardware. Just holding bitcoin doesn't consume any electricity, in fact you can hold bitcoin without a computer. The bitcoin ecology has shifted from an everybody who participates helps secure the network to more of a server-client relationship. As long as there are several independent mining coalitions bitcoin as system is still secure.

about a year ago
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Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

N3x)( Re:Oh, I totally agree... (791 comments)

I agree. If the microUSB standard was something closer to the lightning connector it might have been alright. But as it is now it's a fragile mess. And apple did keep one single connector for close to 9 years. No other brand of phone (or any consumer electronics really) is even close to that. Of course it would be wonderful if everyone just converged on a sane working standard of connectors with realistic lifecycles but i can't really see that happening.

about a year ago

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