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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

aNonnyMouseCowered Small time thievery (46 comments)

Well yeah copying isn't stealing ...

But I've heard rumors of really big time players in the bitcoin "market" who sell large volumes of bitcoin to THEMSELVES, a very real possibility given the anonymous nature of bitcoin addresses. This causes the value of bitcoin to rise, which then attracts the attention of the smaller players, who buy into the hype thinking, "OMG, bitcoin's going to rise to $$$$ again!". Which of course isn't likely since only a few people are buying and selling bitcoins, each through multiple addresses that artificially inflate the number of people apparently buying and selling bitcoins. When these big time players decide to bail out, the price of bitcoins sinks back to its normal market level (whatever that is).

about a week ago
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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

aNonnyMouseCowered Re: The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

"Any claim that this "saved lives" is complete fabrication. It was the murder of 250,000 people that people try and justify with a false claim. We happened to win the war which means our side did not face a tribunal for war crimes. Numerous Germans were put to death for killing far fewer people."

I wouldn't go so far as to call it complete fabrication. Could a better way have been found? Most probably. But think of it this way. This was the nation that invented the concept of "kamikaze". You conveniently forget that the death and destruction that Imperial Japan inflicted across Asia and the Pacific. This isn't the infantilised Japan of Sailor Moon and Hello Kitty. Google Rape of Nanking or Bataan Death March.

about two weeks ago
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fMRI Data Reveals How Many Parallel Processes Run In the Brain

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Oh Please Edge Detection and Motion Detection (91 comments)

The news report just confirms what Ray Kurzweil has been say all along about the hierarchical structure of the mind. What makes for thought happens at both lower and higher levels of the mind. Basically, if something gets recognized at the higher level, the lower levels don't kick in. If something is difficult to recognized at a higher level, then the lower levels start working until some pattern or part of a pattern emerges.

A rough example of how this works: suppose you see the back of a curly haired woman at a supermarket near your house. Your wife is curly haired. Mistaken identity occurs when you assume that the curly haired woman is your wife because:

(1) The woman you saw was curly haired.
(2) You saw the woman in a place your wife is likely to frequent.

You'd be less likely to instantly presume the curly haired woman is your wife if you happened to see her, say, in a topless bar (if you know your wife doesn't visit or work at such places). Now if you see a curly woman in an unfamiliar place, your mind works harder at trying to recognize the woman, until maybe you figure out the woman isn't your wife but a drag queen wearing a curly wig.

about three weeks ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

aNonnyMouseCowered What about Debian Hurd & kFreeBSD? (555 comments)

If systemd is going to be the default init system on steroids, where will that leave the non-Linux ports of Debian, which prides itself in being THE "universal operating sytem" (go ahead Google for the phrase, first hit is Debian)? Insisting on hard dependency on systemd is going to creat problems for Debian Hurd and kFreeBSD, unless systemd has already been ported to those systems? https://www.debian.org/ports/h... http://www.debian.org/ports/kf...

about a month ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

aNonnyMouseCowered Fusion or fission? (571 comments)

From the linked article before Reuters edits/corrects it: "U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fusion reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle."

WTF Are the conspiracy theorists correct? The US military already has secret fusion reactors. Makes me wonder whether the article is just a poorly edited press release. Otherwise, why is there a need to spend Billion$ on ITER. Compared to ITER, the Lockheed project, if true, would be peanuts.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

aNonnyMouseCowered The coming robotic divide (106 comments)

The problem isn't human pickers being replaced by robot pickers. I see that as progress. The problem is if, like in most fiction/movies/anime about a robotic future, the robots would wind up being controlled by a few gigacorporations or some central administration akin to the military. If every Joe or Jane can own his or her own private robot, great. However, news like this has me worried whether the dystopian future will be a technological divide between those who have robots and those who don't.

about a month and a half ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:IN OTHER WORDS? (774 comments)

I assume you're mainly a Windows user who use Linux only for the non-graphical (server, etc) stuff. Systemd is bad but it's not the Metro of Linux. The Metro of Linux would be either Unity3D (Canonical/Ubuntu) or Gnome Shell (Fedora/Redhat). These are both GUIs analogous to Metro. The rise in the popularity of Ubuntu derivative LinuxMint can be attributed to its use of its own more traditional looking desktop environments (either Cinnamon or Mate) in place of Unity. So there's clearly been a an anti-Metro-like pushback in that area.

Systemd is something else. Most desktop users probably won't notice it. And that's what makes it worse. A Systemd bug is going to be way nastier than Shellshock.

about a month and a half ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

aNonnyMouseCowered More improbable than a million spaceships to Mars (549 comments)

So basically you're saying let's have Peace, Freedom, and Love for everybody here on Earth. That's far more wishful thinking than dreaming of a million spaceships setting off for Mars.

What technology (gun, car, airplane, microchip, Internet, etc) has managed to eliminate the old ills of poverty, war, etc? We don't need money to fix those problems, we need a change in atittude as a species. We need to eliminate the old supersititions (religion, racial biases) and newer isms (communism, etc). And then we might just have enough time and resources to fix not just the Earth but to terraform Mars as well.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Patches for 3.x bash versions? (208 comments)

Redhat has patched the bug right down to RHEL 4, which has bash 3.0 which is even lower than Apple's bash version:

https://access.redhat.com/arti...

Since it's GPL I suppose Redhat has already released the source code for their GPL-2 bash versions at the same time as the installable binary updates?

about 2 months ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:~/.cshrc (208 comments)

"Oh, you think you're kidding ... but the problem isn't just bash ... it's that Apple uses bash in place of sh."

A long time ago I used a non-Intel version of MacOSX that had tcsh as the default shell. So the parent might not be joking if .cshrc was part of the tcsh installation (tcsh has its own config .tcshrc but also reads .cshrc). If that's the case, well, none of the c-shells suffer from this bug. I wonder why Apple made the change. tcsh is BSD licensed as it's (or was) the default NetBSD (FreeBSD?) shell. Are there any OSX services that actually depend on some bash bug/feature not implemented in say, tcsh, zsh or any of the other permissively licenses shells?

about 2 months ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

aNonnyMouseCowered Not all OSX versions affected (399 comments)

"The (ancient) version of bash that ships with OS X appears vulnerable."

Some really ancient versions of OSX shipped not bash but tcsh, which was (is?) the NetBSD default shell. So who's going to write the anti-bash rebuttal to the famous "Top Ten Reasons not to use the C shell": http://www.grymoire.com/unix/C...

about 2 months ago
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First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Bash needs to remove env-based procedure passin (236 comments)

You're a developer so you should know more ;) I mostly use zsh myself, but I'm curious as to what benefit or convenience feature this behavior gives to bash? Also are "normal" uses vulnerable or just web servers?

about 2 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

aNonnyMouseCowered Mind probes are next (354 comments)

I'm thinking of a future sci-fi scenario where a person who refuses to "cooperate" with a federal investigation is compelled to undergo a mind probe to ferret out the "criminal" data in his neurons. Seriously, we're already cybernetic in that a smartphone or PC can already be considered an extension of our brains, an additional storage pool for our memories. Where goes the right to remain silent? At most an uncooperative witness or suspect should be made to choose between jail time or unlocking his smart phone (which I see as the cybernetic equivalent of testifying).

about 2 months ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

"Help, help, we're being oppressed!!"

Well, son, you should report your teacher to the principal.

about 2 months ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

aNonnyMouseCowered Like Microsoft Encarta? (358 comments)

No, I thinks this would be more like those ancient multimedia encyclopedias that came out on CDROM. Or maybe like those kiddie edutainment titles where you click on characters/object to make them dance, jump etc.

about 2 months ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

aNonnyMouseCowered Conspiracy theory (222 comments)

Apple planned the outage to make the iFaithful salivate more and to prove to the tech press that demand is high.

about 2 months ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:RT.com? (540 comments)

It's downright retarded. China is more of a threat than Cuba is to US. Why not a trade embargo against China?

about 2 months ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

aNonnyMouseCowered Discounted not free (121 comments)

6 cents a book at current prices seems more like Amazon's discounted books business model. So it's not exactly free. Hell even brick and mortar stores conduct cut-price "sales". And at war time, reading books would have been a luxury both at home and at the battlefield. So selling them at the cost of production or at lost is more likely investing for the future loyalty of customers.

about 2 months ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Eurasia vs. oceania (215 comments)

The significance of your list assumes that Country = Country's Government. That might be more or less the case for most Western countries with a democratically government. But what about the Arab states. We have no way of knowing if the masses of those countries are actually sympathetic to IS cause (sympathetic until they actually have the chance to live other it). So while a certain Arab government might condemn IS, their support for any US military action might be just that, fighting words without any bite. Who knows if this will turn out to be a coalition of one backed up by a peanut gallery of nations unwilling to contribute a single soldier or even let their territory be used as an operations base.

about 3 months ago

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Free and open source apps for Android

aNonnyMouseCowered aNonnyMouseCowered writes  |  about 2 years ago

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) writes "One of my favorite freeware Android applications has been pulled from the Google Play app store. While I found a replacement for the app, I've decided to install only apps that won't become obsolete merely because of the developer's whim or lack of interest. With the exception of games, which I don't deem essential for work, I don't want to install potential abandonware even if they cost the pauperly sum of $0.00. My decision has thus far meant installing a relatively crude text editor like BusyBox's version of vi, rather than any one of those full-blown mobile office suites. I've found a short list of open source Android apps at Wikipedia, including the usual suspects, Firefox and the VLC media player. There are also links to two other sites at the end of the article. But even the more comprehensive listings have large gaps in them even when compared "merely" to the programs available in a typical GNU/Linux repository. So can anyone recommend useful or even just fun Free, Libre and Open Source Software for an Android smartphone or tablet? Free virtual beer to those that can find links for FLOSS programs for editing audiovisual media (Blender for Android?) and documents more sophisticated than HTML."
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