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All Bitcoin Wallets On Android Vulnerable To Theft

SlashV Re:How can an OS have such a fundamental problem? (137 comments)

I would say the main advantage of bitcoin is that you *don't need* "big-name transaction clearinghouses". If you use those, you might just as well just pay with your creditcard.

about a year ago

All Bitcoin Wallets On Android Vulnerable To Theft

SlashV Re:How can an OS have such a fundamental problem? (137 comments)

Have you ever looked at the android source code? I have done some hacking on cyanogenmod and it's amazing what kind of crap can be found in a code base that is being used by several hundred million(!) people..

about a year ago

Stop Fixing All Security Vulnerabilities, Say B-Sides Security Presenters

SlashV Re:A better way to phrase it: (88 comments)

Why get a ladder when you can just walk in next door without one?

The argument is moot.

It's like it is with bike locks. Getting a better one does not guarantee that your bike won't get stolen, but it does help! And a 100% security is always unattainable.

about a year ago

The CIA Wants To Know How To Control the Climate

SlashV Re:Obvious (238 comments)

You call bullshit for the wrong reason. The problem of the GP's statement lies not in whether there are or are not more trees/forests than a 100 years ago, but in the fact that he considers a 100 years to be a long time. The whole climate change discussion suffers from this. Surely we will be OK in the next 50 or a 100 years as well. But if you actually care about the future of our species and that of the planet in general, a 100 years is nothing. The fact that we *can* see the climate change in just a persons' lifetime should be scary enough for anyone!

about a year ago

Former Microsoft Exec Ray Ozzie Named To HP Board

SlashV Re:What deal? (52 comments)

If you put it like that, it looks like there is no way to change the system other than violent revolution. Interesting.

about a year ago

Math and Science Popular With Students Until They Realize They're Hard

SlashV Re:like anything else.. (580 comments)

I am still not sure I understand using 4x4 matrices to do transforms in three space. I can write the code though (slowly).

Because a 3 dimensional object can be translated by a linear operation in 4 dimensional space. Similar to how you are able to move (the projection) of a 2D shape by moving it along an arbitrary third axis pointing out of the shape's plane. This doesn't sound fundamentally very difficult for me. Now group theory on the other hand... I guess it depends on how your brain works. I have a lot less trouble with geometry than with more abstract maths.

about a year ago

Firefox 23 Makes JavaScript Obligatory

SlashV Re:why? (778 comments)

I figure that if I feel a need to consult my old BioChem text to figure out just what that ingredient is, I shouldn't be eating it.

Though I think this is a wise attitude, you must be starving!? Or do you grow your own groceries or something?

about a year ago

The Aging of Our Nuclear Power Plants Is Not So Graceful

SlashV Re:NIMBY (436 comments)

Both were outdated and should have been scrapped but due to irrational fear, were allowed to keep running past thier expiration date

Both were outdated and should have been scrapped but due to GREED, were allowed to keep running past their expiration date

There, fixed that for you.

about a year ago

Have We Hit Peak HFT?

SlashV Re:Good (476 comments)

then why not tax per volume traded?

It *is* taxed per volume. 0.03%, which it nothing for a normal transaction. But for someone who buys and sells the same stock a hundred times per day, just to profit from tiny fluctuations in the stock value, it's 3%. This will kill the ridiculous business of racing for fastest connection and smartest trading algo, which is *good* because it is a ridiculous and useless business.

about a year ago

Google Chrome 27 Is Out: 5% Faster Page Loads

SlashV 5% faster page loads? (195 comments)

Web browsers are like washing powder. Forever three times concentrated and more powerful, bla bla bla. Yet my laundry doesn't get any cleaner.. and my web browsing doesn't get any faster!

about a year ago

A New C Standard Is On the Way

SlashV Re:C11???? (305 comments)


more than 2 years ago

The Science of Handedness

SlashV Re:So why the right hand? (258 comments)

What is this "writing" thing that everybody is talking about?

more than 2 years ago

Van Rossum: Python Not Too Slow

SlashV Surprising (510 comments)

I always find the statement that most of the time is spent in just a small part of the code tricky. I am not sure it is even true for many programs. I wrote some software for and found that very many somewhat intensive operations accumulate, which made the python version of my software prohibitively slow compared to a C++ version I wrote, with no easy single performance bottleneck to blame.

more than 2 years ago

Jimmy Wales To Become UK Government Adviser

SlashV Re:Fucking wow. (95 comments)

The government may have listened to the Godfather.. Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer.

more than 2 years ago

Did the Titanic Sink Due To an Optical Illusion?

SlashV Re:Ptheh. (166 comments)

I don't think cost was the issue here. It is just very inconvenient for a passenger liner. Moving around the ship will become very difficult if you have to get through a watertight door every few meters.

Also there may have been structural issues. Even if the bulkheads would have been completely watertight, the flooding of all forward compartments would have caused the ship to pitch forward, which might have caused here to break in two like she did anyway. I am no expert on early twentieth century passenger liner design, but I am sure they had their reason to design her the way they did.

more than 2 years ago

Eric Schmidt: UN Treaty a 'Disaster' For the Internet

SlashV Re:Consolidation (346 comments)

Why would you assume there is an X amount of political power? That makes no sense at all. I would think the idea behind a 'United' Nations is to lessen the need for power and thus reduce X. Whether this is working out at present is a different matter.

more than 2 years ago


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