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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

WhiteZook Re:overly complicated (193 comments)

That's why you'd use a USB stick instead. Seriously, who ever thought that a 3.5" floppy disk would be a good way to transfer data ? I haven't seen a floppy drive on a computer for at least a decade.

about 5 months ago
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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

WhiteZook overly complicated (193 comments)

A simple microcontroller could have done the job, so why introduce unnecessary complications and attack vectors by using DOS or Linux ?

about 5 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

WhiteZook Re:Environment (198 comments)

The amount of carbon you can sequester that way is pitifully small. In the meantime, these mixed materials can only be dumped in landfills, where they take up space.

about 5 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

WhiteZook Re:A very useful payment system ... (143 comments)

Yes, but you could use a local merchant to get bitcoins, and transfer those to the other side of the world.

about 5 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

WhiteZook Re:Exchanges should not lose inventory! (143 comments)

Except that the customers will prefer a small delay, so they'd rather use an exchange where they can immediately withdraw their funds. This is especially true for people wanting to trade back and forth, or those seeking to do arbitrage for profit. Given that you have to put trust in the exchange anyway, you might as well extend the trust a little bit in return for immediate transactions.

about 5 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

WhiteZook Re:Exchanges should not lose inventory! (143 comments)

Still, in order for MtGox to facilitate a trade they must have an account per user, that will hold a certain amount of btc and fiat. So, say I wanted to buy 1000 EUR worth of bitcoin, I arrange a bank transfer from my bank to MtGox. This may take a few days, and then they have my money in their account. Now, maybe during that time, the BTC/EUR exchange rate went up, and I decide to wait for the price to drop. In that case, the 1000 EUR will be sitting in their account until I decide to buy btc (or decide to cancel, and transfer it back). If there are enough people like that, they will have quite large sums of money in their account.

about 5 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

WhiteZook Re:Exchanges should not lose inventory! (143 comments)

The problem is that in order for an exchange to work properly, transactions need to be cleared instantly. If the fiat money and/or the bitcoins are not stored in accounts on the exchange, how do you propose to quickly clear the exchange ? For example, MtGox was located in Japan, so if I'm in Europe, and I have 1000 EUR in my own bank account, and I wish to buy bitcoin from a seller in the US, when and how do you want to exchange the money and bitcoin for a price we all agree on, and with no risk of someone running away with some of the funds ?

about 5 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

WhiteZook Re:well IMO (143 comments)

The same applies to real gold, precious gems, and many works of art.

about 5 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

WhiteZook Re:Hahahahhahaha (143 comments)

You are making a common mistake of claiming that a diverse group of people all have exactly the same opinion and motives. But in reality, the bitcoin supporters are all different people with different opinions. Some may be completely opposed to rules and regulations, while others are not. At any time, you only hear the most vocal and opinionated members of the group express themselves.

about 5 months ago
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Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

WhiteZook Re:To the Moon, eh? (131 comments)

Except that we currently have no use for Helium 3, and it's not even sure we will have such use in the future (there are other options for fusion fuel). And even if we have a need for Helium 3, it may be cheaper to produce it here on Earth.

about 5 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

WhiteZook Environment (198 comments)

Plus, it does not have a negative effect on the environment.

Of course, that depends on how it is used. If the bamboo can be separated from the other materials, it will decompose nicely. It's another matter if you take bamboo fibers and mix them with epoxy.

about 5 months ago
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Sifting Mt. Gox's Logs Reveals Suspicious Trading Patterns

WhiteZook Re:As time goes on... (143 comments)

Even if you don't consider bitcoin money, many people caught in the MtGox scam also lost regular money.

about 5 months ago
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Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

WhiteZook Let's be realistic (131 comments)

NASA can't even afford a decent space telescope, so why would anybody think they can afford to build a lunar colony that would require such as laser system ?

about 5 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

WhiteZook Re:that's not what determines viewing distance (304 comments)

Ideally, the screen would cover your full angle of vision. Yes, this means that if you want to look at all the details, your eyes will have to move. The same thing happens in real life, so it's not a problem. What needs to happen though, is that film makers adjust their camera focal lengths accordingly, so that the size of objects in the media correspond to their real life size so that your eyes and head don't need to make more movements than they would in real life if you were standing there in the scene.

about 5 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

WhiteZook Re:4k at viewing distance isn't that special (304 comments)

At recommended viewing distances, 4K resolution is difficult for most of the population to detect

The obvious solution is to reduce the recommended viewing distance, as the resolution of the screen improves.

about 5 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

WhiteZook Re:Nitrogen asphyxiation (483 comments)

In the case of suicide, people sometimes don't have access to the right materials, don't know the proper way to handle them, and may also have (subconscious) doubts about suicide. I'm sure if somebody is strapped down, the mask is applied properly, and you leave it on for a few minutes after the heart has stopped, nobody's going to survive.

about 5 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

WhiteZook Re:Nitrogen asphyxiation (483 comments)

If it's not painful enough, have somebody else punch them in the stomach at the same time.

about 5 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

WhiteZook Re:Use confiscated drugs (483 comments)

Except that the sudden loss of blood pressure to the brain would normally cause immediate loss of consciousness. Of course, the fact that the decapitated people can't really tell what's happening makes it hard to tell exactly if/what they are experiencing.

about 5 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

WhiteZook Nitrogen (483 comments)

Give them a small mouth/nose mask attached to a nitrogen supply. Quick, painless, and you don't have blood everywhere.

about 5 months ago
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Trillions of Plastic Pieces May Be Trapped In Arctic Ice

WhiteZook Re:Where did you get that fact from? (136 comments)

There could still be a lot of plastic in the Arctic of course. Some currents are more likely to collect the plastic in one area, and it's plausible something like that is happening in the Arctic. But adding the "trapped in ice" doesn't really make sense, if there's a constant exchange between water and ice, and each having the same concentration of plastic.

about 5 months ago

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