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Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work

Twisted Mind Re:Inspiriation from Bitcoin (128 comments)

Everyone has everyone's data, but the data is encrypted and pseudo-anonymous - meaning you can't get information on someone's transaction without knowing a long bitcoin-address. The latter you can recreate for each transaction for added security. For more information, use a search engine like this one: https://www.google.com/search?q=bitcoin+introduction

What makes the encryption/privacy issue for BItcoin easier is that the data that is stored are just numbers with little or no value on them own: data like 1235.12 is absolutely meaningless when you don't know to whom and what the number applies too But data like a JPEG representing a cat or a text like 'I dated with Alice' already means something on its own.
So our distributed social network would have to store only data of each-other friends. When you use Facebook or similar social networks, it stores data of *everyone*.

more than 2 years ago

Decentralized Social Networking — Why It Could Work

Twisted Mind Inspiriation from Bitcoin (128 comments)

A distributed social network without any central server would certainly work: just look at Bitcoin.
When you start up the Bitcoin client, you can securely transfer Bitcoins to other clients. The Distributed social network client would instead of transfering Bitcoins, transfer social information (pictures, messages). Instead of replicating transactions as Bitcoin does, it could replicate the state of all of the connections ('friends') of the person running the client. That friends could replicate the state of the person as well, so when you'd have enough friends you wouldn't have to worry about backups.

more than 2 years ago

Oracle Buys Sun

Twisted Mind Re:What about MySQL? (906 comments)

Oracle joined the Eclipse foundation reluctantly and they have, as far as I know, not released an IDE based on Eclipse.

JDeveloper is more targeted for RAD development or development for software to run on Oracle software (such as JHeadstart) - although JDeveloper is certainly not limited to Oracle software. By the way, JDeveloper is based on a old version of JBuilder (I think it was JBuilder 2)

I, as many programmers, like Netbeans more then Eclipse, so changes are big Netbeans will get (more) support of Oracle.

more than 5 years ago

First Photos of MIT $100 Laptop

Twisted Mind Re:Internetcafes (659 comments)

I think, rather than donating money for a computer, we can rather donate money for internet cafes.

I worked with floppies a lot too, but for most people that isn't very usuable. Remember, that before the internet computers were much less used. Most non-tech people either didn't have a computer or only used for tekst-writing or playing games.

more than 8 years ago


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