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Winners of First Seized Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Remain Anonymous

OneSmartFellow Re:Unbelievable (88 comments)

Shouldn't 'uncertainty' and 'risk' be detrimental to the value of anything that is subject to it
Not necessarily. Many financial instruments are inversely price sensitive to risk. Although why a bit coind exchange rate for hard currency would be so is a mystery.

It appears to me that BitCoin is one of the most irrational products of technology of recent times
Appearances can be deceptive. Watch and learn.

about three weeks ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

OneSmartFellow Re:Solar still not cost effective (262 comments)

Note: Poster lives in Newfoundland, and paid for gold plated connectors.

about a month ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

OneSmartFellow Re:Not more solar energy!! (262 comments)

The sun is the BEST source of power there is. It powers all life on this planet.

The problem is not the power source, it's how to store it. Plants do that pretty well, our problem is we're inneficient at extracting that power to produce electricty.

Luckily we're highly efficient at extracting it to produce body heat.

about a month ago

Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

OneSmartFellow I'm confused (262 comments)

10 cents per watt is saved for every point of efficiency gained

What does that mean ?

My electricity cost of approx. € 0.25 / kwh

How do I save 10 cents per watt ? Or are they talking about the re-purchase price of the panel ?

about a month ago

Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

OneSmartFellow What kind of crap software... (564 comments)

...starts out a system update with a format C: command under any circumstance?

Answer...presumably any Windows based *&^% that gets sold into Universities. Why wasn't the development of such a tool a graduate research project ?

I wish I had the chutzpah to sell such junk, I'd be a freaking billionaire by now too. Instead, my software is bulletproof, but it sells for pennies per seat. I guess I missed the big picture. Oh well, at least I have a clean conscience.

about 2 months ago

C++ and the STL 12 Years Later: What Do You Think Now?

OneSmartFellow Re:Meh (435 comments)

I don't know anyone who worries about garbage collection in C++11.

about 3 months ago

SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

OneSmartFellow Umm, what's the difference between (303 comments)

Front running and adding a spread ?

Ummmm, aside from it sounds like something different, not much.

about 3 months ago

Mozilla Plan Seeks To Debug Scientific Code

OneSmartFellow Good intentions, bad implementation (115 comments)

Having seen some code written by an esteemed Bio-Chemist, I agree that experienced programmers should be reviewing their code, but then, you'd expect a true scientist to have an expert review his stuff anyway.

My experience was a real eye opener. Between the buffer overruns, and logic holes, I am amazed the crap ran at all. The fact that it compiled was a bit of a mystery until I realized that it was possible to ignore compile errors.

about 10 months ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

OneSmartFellow Ummmm.... (410 comments)

Almost everyone posting from home who claims to not be using a dial-up modem is woefully ignorant of how their internet connection is working. The only difference between broadband (DSL anyway) and "Dial-Up" is the frequency used.

Broadband still uses the PSTN, (with some rather insignificant exceptions) and still uses a phone number - and the same call routing infrastructure - to initiate a call to the ISP to begin the broadband session.

about 10 months ago

SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests of Internet Rideshare Drivers

OneSmartFellow Re:indictable offense? (510 comments)

Would you prefer summary offense and indictable offense then. After all this distinction, while going under different names, is NOT unique to the US despite your ignorance of the fact.

about a year ago

Ask Personal Audio's James Logan About Patents, Playlists, and Podcasts

OneSmartFellow Hmmm. (99 comments)

Now that has been slashdotted, how do you feel about the apparent inadvertent side effects of owning patents ?

about a year ago

Why Your Users Hate Agile

OneSmartFellow Re:Agile is not a golden bullet (597 comments)

New being the new euphemism for something that's been around for over a decade, and stinks as much as it's parent, Rapid Application Development, born in the 80's.

Why does it stink ? Because it's implemented by mindless low level managers who fail to understand the point, and asked for by foolish high-level managers who are too impatient to let it produce the results it claims to produce. Meanwhile, the poor slobs working within its constraints get to attend "scrums" where they get to stand around during the most productive time of the day, explaining to their colleagues what they would be working on if they were at their desk.

about a year ago

Open Source Radeon Gallium3D OpenCL Stack Adds Bitcoin Mining

OneSmartFellow Re:Will increased exposure make the market rationa (140 comments)

Hmm, let's test your thesis the really simple way

Dollars/Euros/Rand in a rational market would cost only as much as they cost to make with perhaps a small premium.

Lesson: A medium of exchange (aka currency) is NOT necessarily a commodity.

Scarcity of the commodity vs. demand for the commodity drives the market price up or down in a rational market. I wonder if increased competition will do that to this market as more and more way to mine get distributed. I doubt it though, but time will pop the bubble anyway.

Lesson: I produce very few boogers, so they are scarce, BUT, importantly, there is to my knowledge zero demand for my boogers, so they have no value whatsoever. The number of bitcoins that will ever exist is finite (21,000,000), if the demand for them goes up, so will their price (or "value" if you wish to call it that).

about a year ago

Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

OneSmartFellow Skills Crisis ?... (303 comments)


There's no skills crisis, there's a corporate unwillingness to pay for skill crisis.You want me, who has spent nearly three decades learning continuously, struggling to understand the latest IT technologies, some so bleeding edge that I helped form the damned standards, to work for the same amount of money I earned 30 years ago, while you, with your Business Administration undergraduate degree from Florida State take home nearly a million a year because you talk a maelstrom of bullshit every time you open your mouth.

F % ( # Y O U

about a year ago

150 Copyright Notices For Mega

OneSmartFellow I guess the "Mega" business model is working. (199 comments)

When I read the details about the circumstances under which one would need to pay to access the site, it struck me that Kim had hit upon a truly novel idea; to wit, make the copyright holder pay in order to access his own copyrighted material - in order to verify of course !

Genius Kim, pure genius !

about a year and a half ago

Prosecution of Swartz Typical for the "Sick Culture" Pervading the DOJ

OneSmartFellow Re:The United States has it's own propaganda (443 comments)

You are missing the point.

The problem is not that we (the people) are not willing to stand up and say enough. It's that we're not willing YET to say enough. The reason is that the revolution will be a very unsavory experience, and the current situation is (marginally) more agreeable.

That the revolution is coming, I have no doubt. The only question is how soon.

about a year and a half ago



OneSmartFellow OneSmartFellow writes  |  more than 6 years ago

OneSmartFellow (716217) writes "A 'Whites Only'scholarship of $250 is being offered to needy students who are at least 25% 'Causasion', but this has sparked anger in other 'ethnic' groups. My question is, what is the legal definition of an ethnic group, and why would anyone get so pissed off about this scholarship, seeing as a 25% causasion is still %75 something else, and so presuambly still a 'ethnic' minority."


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