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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

Vahokif Re:Whoops (600 comments)

It's pretty bad in the long term, according to this guy from last year's Chaos Communication Congress.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?

Vahokif Re:Use a tiny PC (434 comments)

I was thinking more DVDs + a USB reader. Might be better to store it separately, plus I don't know about bit rot in hard drives, and you don't have to take the netbook apart to get it out if it breaks or to do add more storage.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Storing Items In a Sealed Chest For 25 Years?

Vahokif Re:Use a tiny PC (434 comments)

This seems like a good idea. Just stash a netbook with some kind of USB storage/reader and a charger. Even if power sockets have inexplicably vanished or changed they're probably the easiest thing to recreate. I don't know how much information degrades on different media, you should probably research that.

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Write Off Google+ Just Yet

Vahokif Re:Google What? (286 comments)

That's why Facebook is such a failure right?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?

Vahokif Psychological warfare (646 comments)

Convince them that you can see everything they do online - that should keep them away from stuff they know is taboo, but won't protect them from following something innocuous.

more than 2 years ago
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BT Fibre Pulls Out of Chelsea Over Ugly Equipment Cabinets

Vahokif Re:Virgin Media (136 comments)

The latter I'm afraid. Nominally we have 30 mbps fiber but the pocket loss is so bad usually that it's more like 1 or 2, and Flash just gives up loading videos. Often it gets so bad I just use the 3G on my phone instead. Also, there is a 5 gig quota in the morning and a 9 gig one in the evening, which basically means Steam games have to be downloaded in two batches.

4 of my friends are sharing 21 mbps O2 ADSL and it works fine, so we're definitely going for that next year.

more than 2 years ago
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BT Fibre Pulls Out of Chelsea Over Ugly Equipment Cabinets

Vahokif Virgin Media (136 comments)

Richard Branson's Virgin Media has got it more or less covered

As a Virgin Media customer in Kensington, I can say that's a load of horsesh

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

Vahokif Re:Tandy Computer Whiz Kids (372 comments)

This this this. I basically learnt to speak and read English from my dad reading Asterix and Tintin to me out loud when I was a kid. Highly recommended.

more than 2 years ago
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JavaFX Runs On Raspberry Pi

Vahokif Funny (147 comments)

Don't you think it's funny that all the Boycott Novell doomsayers were saying Mono was a Microsoft trap every time it was mentioned and now their beloved Java is the reason someone is actually getting sued?

more than 2 years ago
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Physicists Detect Elusive Orbiton By "Splitting" Electron

Vahokif Re:Sigh (131 comments)

Philosophically, what makes these particles any more quasi- than electrons? Surely all we have to work with is the sum of their effects in either case.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Book For 11-Year-Old Who Wants To Teach Himself To Program?

Vahokif Learn You A Haskell (525 comments)

http://learnyouahaskell.com/ Haskell is really good for getting you to think about computation in higher level terms; where does this data go, how am I transforming it, etc. Also, functional languages are much easier to learn if you aren't encumbered with an imperative mindset, but you can easily continue on to imperative from functional. It's also the most beautiful language I know and your son will be a wizard.

more than 2 years ago
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US CompSci Enrollment Up For 4th Year Running

Vahokif Re:Students Don't Always Know The Difference (101 comments)

My university, Imperial College London makes a distinction. The computing department offers two undergraduate degrees: Computing (MEng) and Joint Mathematics and Computer Science (MSci). I'm currently in my second year of Computing, and there's a lot of focus on practical things - most of the large projects are in groups of 3-4, we've written assemblers, emulators, compilers and parts of an operating system from scratch, learned to use svn, git, project management etc. Besides this we still have courses in Haskell, maths, formal logic, models of computation (turing machines, operational semantics, etc), machine learning, quantum computing, all the classic CS stuff. In fact, JMC do less CS than us, and do straight maths instead. Pretty much everyone I know has obtained an internship this summer from a prestigious company, and I don't know any graduates who are having trouble finding a job.

more than 2 years ago
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Minecraft Creator Announces Space Sandbox Game Mars Effect

Vahokif Re:April Fools (117 comments)

No, the point is that it was a success for the wrong reasons, and therefore it won't carry on to his future endeavours. I wouldn't go as far as to predict they'll go bankrupt but you have to admit Minecraft is still ridiculously unpolished for a "gold" game - chunks appearing/disappearing out of nowhere, the entire render thread hanging when it needs to generate terrain, etc, etc.

more than 2 years ago
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Can Microsoft Afford To Lose With Windows 8?

Vahokif Cycles (630 comments)

This has happened before, and it will happen again.

more than 2 years ago
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X Server Now Available For Android

Vahokif chroot (131 comments)

You can also install a Linux of your choice in a loopback file on your phone and chroot in. You could use x11vnc for graphics before, but as you can imagine it's a bit inefficient.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Assembling a Linux Desktop Environment From Parts?

Vahokif Try Haskell (357 comments)

Recently I've been using the XMonad window manager with the XMobar status bar. Both are written in Haskell and are extremely minimal. XMonad is tiling so it's a joy to use on a laptop as you never need to use the mouse.

more than 2 years ago
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Booktrack Adds Music and Sound Effects To Ebooks

Vahokif Could work (119 comments)

Often I like to listen to music while I read a book, but then the problem is that the music can clash with the events of the book (happy song comes up on playlist during somber part of book). I think this might not be a bad idea, if they can pull it off tastefully.

more than 2 years ago

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The Guardian gagged from reporting UK parliament

Vahokif Vahokif writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Vahokif (1292866) writes ""The Guardian has been prevented from reporting parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds which appear to call into question privileges guaranteeing free speech established under the 1688 Bill of Rights.

Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question is, which minister might answer it, or where the question is to be found.

The Guardian is also forbidden from telling its readers why the paper is prevented — for the first time in memory — from reporting parliament. Legal obstacles, which cannot be identified, involve proceedings, which cannot be mentioned, on behalf of a client who must remain secret."

The editor, Alan Rusbridger, said: "The media laws in this country increasingly place newspapers in a Kafkaesque world in which we cannot tell the public anything about information which is being suppressed, nor the proceedings which suppress it. It is doubly menacing when those restraints include the reporting of parliament itself.""

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