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Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

ThisIsSaei Re:Focus all you want... (207 comments)

A better user experience is unique and amazing.

about a year and a half ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

ThisIsSaei Re:Well the ultimate value of Bitcoin is (605 comments)

Given that I have no horse in this race (I have no bit coins, and no plans of getting any) you're falling back to accusations that don't make sense. Also it doesn't fit the "pyramid scheme", because the value isn't dependent on new users taking loses. Throwing around terms like that weakens your point.

about a year and a half ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

ThisIsSaei Re:Well the ultimate value of Bitcoin is (605 comments)

I think that's a pedantic argument of the limits of currency. You don't want to call it a currency, that's fine. Lots of people disagree with you and use it as a currency. But the equivalency you draw to "pony plates" is intended to be demeaning and offensive in a gender-normative way. It seems like your issue isn't with the definitions of a currency, but that the argument of a currency's limit has become the vehicle to discuss your dislike of BitCoins. That's fine too. You could save a lot of effort just by saying that from the start; "I don't like BitCoins."

about a year and a half ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

ThisIsSaei Re:Well the ultimate value of Bitcoin is (605 comments)

There's an actual thriving market of collectibles and antiques; so, yeah, there's that.

about a year and a half ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

ThisIsSaei Re:Tax payment (605 comments)

This is an argument that the USD is worth MORE than the BTC, and not that the BTC is inherently worthless. If we agree on that, good. But the statement "X makes the USD valid, while other invented currencies are invalid" is absolute bullshit. No, fucker, it's all made up.

about a year and a half ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

ThisIsSaei Re:Well the ultimate value of Bitcoin is (605 comments)

One step further; if you mention that 'bitcoin' isn't a real currency. The whole argument chain is fucking tired.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?

ThisIsSaei Re:tl;dr (285 comments)

Spoilers! Spoilers!

about a year and a half ago
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German Court Finds Apple's 'Slide To Unlock' Patent Invalid

ThisIsSaei Re:Now Apple should pay 1/10th of it's value (120 comments)

You're asserting that all opinions are equal, that because there is not a unanimous opinion that an opinion can't be a binding legal obligation -- allow me correct you there. A court's opinion is more important in this case, it has ruled the patent to be without merit. Fines to dissuade further abuse of the patent system are in order.

While systemic changes to reduce the ability for abuse are needed, this isn't a time for better planning -- it's about responding to abuse that has already happened. You don't ignore that and merely lament that you need to better the system.

(i.e. You broke the rules, you receive a punishment. The system is, by poor design, promoting the breaking of rules, you fix it. Both can be true.)

about a year and a half ago
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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Has Taken Its Battery Certification Flight

ThisIsSaei Re:No way! (123 comments)

I'll take that bet. Digital representations count.

about a year and a half ago
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Senator Feinstein: We Need Video Game Control

ThisIsSaei Re:Clearly unconstitutional (424 comments)

ESRB conformity is a voluntary action on all sides; the concept of "more penalties for video game stores that sell them to kids" doesn't make sense in the current system.

about a year and a half ago
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Senator Feinstein: We Need Video Game Control

ThisIsSaei Re:Duh. (424 comments)

First, they're enraged over a kidnapping, iirc, of their eggs.

Second, it's because the game is about cartoon animals - there's a lot to be said for evoking social issues, like your jihad example. It wouldn't be a 1 for 1 swap.

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Mt.Gox Suffers Serious Attack, Instawallet Offline

ThisIsSaei Again? (388 comments)

It is the site operators and their site with the security flaw, not the bitcoin itself. Not to claim that the bitcoin structure is perfectly solid, but once again people are arguing the wrong point. ( i.e. If your local bank is robbed they have a security problem, but that doesn't demonstrate a failure of the dollar. )

about a year and a half ago
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MIT To End Open-Network Policy In Response To Recent Attacks

ThisIsSaei This is news? (144 comments)

Honestly after the whole Swartz case we knew it wasn't a 'free network.' You know, it would have been nice if they "secured it" to their liking before they harassed someone to death for using it.

about a year and a half ago
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FCC Chair Genachowski Resigns; What Effect on Net Regulation?

ThisIsSaei Re:Net neutrality (42 comments)

If anything, nanny-state filters are a leftist thing. See: Iceland.

about a year and a half ago
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Longest Running Linux Distribution Slackware Adopts MariaDB

ThisIsSaei Re:GPL and LGPL? (109 comments)

Congratulations, you've just landed aninstall contract AND a software support contract. Jesus, are you new to capitalism?

about a year and a half ago
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IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

ThisIsSaei Re:Who gives a shit? (280 comments)

Actually, yes it does. We have limited resources to go after and fix problems, and sometimes the cost of oversight is higher than the amount recouped.

about a year and a half ago
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IRS Spent $60,000 Producing Star Trek Parody

ThisIsSaei Re:Not even a drop in the bucket (280 comments)

True. But when you have a pinhole leak and a gaping hole in the hull they're not equatable.

about a year and a half ago
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Doctors Bypass Biometric Scanners With Fake Fingers

ThisIsSaei All the biometric criticism is missing the point. (139 comments)

The fact that the doctors were trusted as both the authenticating-client and the key-holder was the issue here. Not biometric authentication. There was no promise that the doctors were not the malicious users themselves, but rather the authenticating-client here had an inherent incentive (getting paid without working) to help defeat the system. So, for all the criticism of biometric systems here -- we're missing the point, the implementation was incorrect to start. Attacking the medium is misguided, and also composed of (mostly) stupid arguments.

If this was a story of doctors having others falsify their time-cards or sharing keys it wouldn't have the same "people who like x auth method are idiots", but since it involves some slightly higher tech punch-in... well, here we are.

There's no such thing as a secure system. Just an inconvenient-to-defeat system; the weakest link/low-hanging fruit and all that. Biometric merely provides another authentication factor that can be used - so pointing to cases where people helped defeat their own locks is akin to saying that your buddy let me make copies of his keys, just look insecure keys are! It's silly. Correct implementation is key before you judge a system.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Knows If You're Gay, Use Drugs, Or Are a Republican

ThisIsSaei Re:The real story here? (473 comments)

Terrible sit-com.

about a year and a half ago

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