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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

RalphSleigh Bitcoins weakness (351 comments)

The problem here is that mining these days requires custom ASICs made to compute the double SHA-256 used by Bitcoin as the proof of work, CPUs and GPUs just don't cut it. is the pool attached to the larger manufacturer of them, and as its always more profitable to mine using your ASICs than sell them, you can't just buy a bunch for anywhere near the cost price and mine yourself.

Solving this will require someone to make and sell the mining hardware at near the cost price instead of using it themselves. They may lose a bit of profit but in the long run the network will be better off.

about 8 months ago

Can Google Fix the Cable Box?

RalphSleigh Re:Really? (223 comments)

Here in the UK the TV I got 8 months ago happily plays mkvs off USB drives. I would assume its quite standard in set top boxes as well?

about 3 years ago

Is the Gaming Industry Moving Online Too Fast?

RalphSleigh Re:Uninformed Rant, or Sony Apologist? (185 comments)

For games with a single player component that stops working when the internet/sony is down it sucks, but for MMOs the whole point of game you 'own' is to play on their service. Compare it not to a single player game but more someone who buys say a mobile phone without a service. yes you own a nice shiny toy, but its pointless without the service that goes with it.

more than 3 years ago

Time Warner Cable Cuts iPad Live TV Access 50%

RalphSleigh Re:Pressure From Above? (225 comments)

It's not the iPad you need to fool, but rather the server serving up the content. Which you could do, by connecting the two though the household, but it would probably be quite slow.

more than 3 years ago

Abusing HTTP Status Codes To Expose Private Info

RalphSleigh Re:Incognito anyways (133 comments)

You can't do cross domain xhttprequests, so you can't do it via AJAX.

more than 3 years ago

Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft

RalphSleigh Re:Damage Meters built into client (175 comments)

This, if you follow Ghostcrawlers posts on the WOW forums its clear that combat data from dungeons/raids is saved and mined for tuning/balance purposes. Especially the really hard stuff that not many groups attempt. Client side damage meters get pretty much the same data from the combat log sent to the game.

more than 3 years ago

Adobe Releases Its Own HTML5 Video Player

RalphSleigh Re:Your code is missing the critical part (139 comments)

You can use a generic flash video player and feed it the same H264 video you asked HTML5 to play. If you want it to work in older flash versions that only support .flv video then you will need another encode.

more than 3 years ago

Micro-Transactions Coming To Team Fortress 2 Via Steam Wallet

RalphSleigh Re:Quick Question (161 comments)

Very few of the unlockable/craftable/buyable items are universally considered a direct upgrade on what they replace, and of those that are almost all of them are unlockable by achievements (wangler, equaliser, axtinguisher, etc). The achievement milestones are easy to get, and the achievements required are designed to make sure you know how to play the game (While there are some uberskill and grind ones in there, you don't need those to unlock items).

The only item I have seen consistently equipped that's not achievement based is the Sniper's Tribalman's Shiv. It's not a huge upgrade but you will need a couple of random drops to craft it.

more than 3 years ago

When the Senate Tried To Ban Dial Telephones

RalphSleigh Re:Forward thinkers (506 comments)

I like the self-checkouts and find them quicker, but there are a few rules

1) Nothing age limited or in a security case that requires staff interaction anyway, just queue for the human when buying booze.

2) Unpackaged fruit or anything you have to weigh is a bit hit and miss.

3) Please please please understand the simple concept of showing the scanner the barcode, reverently placing the item in the dead centre of the scanner/scales platform thing and saying a prayer will not make it scan. I have seen far too may people fail to understand this, despite presumably having spent their entire lives watching the human operators do it. Ditto when its moaning at you to put the item in the bagging area, leaving it in your buggy/handbag/in another bag on the floor won't work.

more than 3 years ago

Introducing the Invulnerable Evercookie

RalphSleigh Re:Doesn't work as advertised (332 comments)

I think the evercookie page gives you a new id every time you hit it. I did a simple open chrome -> hit page -> close -> repeat and only the pngData was the same across the two pages. A better test may be needed.

more than 3 years ago

To Ballmer, Grabbing iPad's Market Is 'Job One Urgency'

RalphSleigh Re:I don't get it. (764 comments)

Because as it turned out winning the console war was a software/online services/developers war, not a hardware/games one. Something that Sony and Nintendo didn't seem to get until it was too late.

more than 4 years ago

100 Million Facebook Pages Leaked On Torrent Site

RalphSleigh Re:No, It's Just a List (163 comments)

While yes you can set up your profile or page with a URL so it can be accessed at e.g. Logins are done using email addresses, which have never been displayed publicly by default.

more than 4 years ago

WordPress Creator GPL Says WP Template Must Be GPL'd

RalphSleigh Re:And this folks... (571 comments)

Which is why eglibc is LGPL, which is designed for this case and allows your C program to do that without itself being GPLed. Were eglibc GPL like wordpress is, your C program would also have to by GPL if it used the library.

more than 4 years ago

Anatomy of an Achievement

RalphSleigh Re:No, they need to die (157 comments)

Actually that achievement is probably there as a breadcrumb for people who know about the achievement system but not that there are barber shops, as IIRC they were added to WOW after the achievement system and players who don't go through the patch notes or visit WOW websites might not have known.Blizzard have said a few times that one of the aims of achievements was to encourage people to try other aspects of the game they might not have otherwise.

If they do have a darkside in WOW its being required to have the achievement for completing a raid in order to ever be invited into a group doing it. (But this led to an interface addon that lets players lie about the achievements they have....)

more than 4 years ago

Visually Demonstrating Chrome's Rendering Speed

RalphSleigh Re:Why does it render from bottom to top? (140 comments)

Says in the video description, the mac is upside down and the screen rotated by the video driver.

more than 4 years ago

Google Street View Logs Wi-Fi Networks, MAC Addresses

RalphSleigh Re:Ignorance abounds indeed (559 comments)

Nope, they can record the MAC of my access point and pin that to a location, but they can't access that MAC from the browser, so can't connect my web session and access point together. (unless they say, ooh write a web browser that contains a javascript function to get the access point's MAC from the OS).

more than 4 years ago

Making Closed Software Act Like It's Open

RalphSleigh Re:The real question is- (157 comments)

Watch the youtube video, they have the software running on Vista work on widgets drawn in a OSX remote desktop, this can totally handle you moving windows around/changing screen resolution. I would be more worried if it can work on loads of different Gnome GTK themes, as the widgets will be less consistent.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Crawler Speaks Back

RalphSleigh Re:Arachnophobia (317 comments)

Yes it is, but spiders in my bathroom is a more specific declaration and so will override the spiders in my house clause.

more than 4 years ago


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