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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

bruce_the_loon Is this a perfect example? (267 comments)

Of Betteridge's Law?

No seems a perfectly fitting answer.

5 days ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

bruce_the_loon Re:Space? (246 comments)

I've always been a bit worried about the response time for the stop button at near light speeds. Press the stop button and by the time the circuits have reacted, you're a few thousand light years beyond your target and have to turn around and go back.

about two weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

bruce_the_loon Re:Old tech (81 comments)

True, but that's the choice of the station operators or the country's standard body. Some operate MPEG-4 or H.264 over DVB-T.

The station probably doesn't want to replace their encoders that they've used for satellite transmission before digital terrestrial was launched in their country.

about two weeks ago
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Add a TV Tuner To Your Xbox (In Europe)

bruce_the_loon Re:Old tech (81 comments)

This is incorrect. -T can carry HD channels, albeit with heavier compression of the video/audio signals. -T2 increases the channel bandwidth from 24Mb/s to 35Mb/s and allows less compressed HD channels.

Spain, Italy, France, Taiwan, Panama, Colombia all do HD over -T.

about two weeks ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

bruce_the_loon Re:The infection the 'right-sizes' the human race (183 comments)

You are failing to take into account the steady decline in the global birth rate since the mid 1980s. While we are at 1.1% now, we were over 2% in the 60s and have steadily dropped from 1.6% in 1990 and will go under 1% by 2020 and hit 0.5% by 2050 at the current rates. The current prediction for an extra 2 billion is 30 years time and to reach a peak of 11 billion in the early 22nd century before beginning to drop off.

The driving forces behind 3+ children were lack of basic education, religious beliefs and poverty. As the information evolves, the first two factors are fast disappearing. People are fast gaining an understanding of the growth issues globally and are adjusting their behaviors because of that understanding.

What may require intervention are the farming processes and the distribution of foods. The calorie requirements in developed countries have dropped because of the less manual labour nature of the economies, but the calorie consumption has increased dramatically. That is something that should be rectified both for the health of the population and to increase the availability of food in areas where needed. Easy access to higher density cultivars and reversion to soil management techniques from previous centuries is also essential. This might need a breaking of the business models of food, fertilizer and seed companies, but we don't like Monsanto anyway, don't we.

There is a growth issue and a food/water issue, but it isn't an exponential issue.

about two weeks ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

bruce_the_loon Re:Microsoft (267 comments)

For not having to pay international call costs for my parents to ask my teenage nephew what he's doing today and getting "Stuff" answers, I'll happily let the NSA try and interpret what "Stuff" really means. :)

about two weeks ago
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European Rosetta Space Craft About To Rendezvous With Comet

bruce_the_loon Re:Why aren't space pictures better? (62 comments)

Also, in addition to the bandwidth and generation of equipment involved, consider the range from Rosetta to the comet when the photos were taken.

One of the photos includes a |---2km---| scale marker. That means the camera is a bit further out than a studio photographer and distance reduces both the image size and amount of light reaching the camera.

Also, the amount of light at the comet location is lower than in a photographic studio, so longer exposures are needed which increase the effect of craft shake and sensor noise.

about two weeks ago
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German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

bruce_the_loon Re:Photocopy (244 comments)

They'll be bringing in a mimeograph machine to make the copies. Oh gods, the recollections of primary school and helping the secretary run off the couple of hundred copies of the latest school raffle sheet. By hand crank.

about a month ago
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Norway Scraps Online Voting

bruce_the_loon Re:What logic! (139 comments)

In South Africa, absentee ballots have to be applied for ahead of time, an electoral commission officer accompanied by one or more party representatives goes to the person, gives them the ballot paper and retrieves it in sealed double envelopes as soon as the person is done with it.

It is labour intensive, but it prevents trouble from happening.

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

bruce_the_loon Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

About 1.02996826% of a Library of Congress. :)

about 2 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

bruce_the_loon Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

Given average email size of 75kB, compressible attachments, a 5:1 compression ratio and LTO 6 uncompressed 200MB/s write speed, 18 minutes of tape would be roughly 14.8 million emails.

about 2 months ago
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Auditors Release Verified Repositories of TrueCrypt

bruce_the_loon Re:Subscribe (146 comments)

Hey, how did you get hold of the IPv6 address for my bathroom^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsecurity camera system?

Signed, the janitor at St Trinian's School.

about 2 months ago
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NRC Human Spaceflight Report Says NASA Strategy Can't Get Humans To Mars

bruce_the_loon Re:Why go to another gravity well? (206 comments)

I, for one, would happily spend 2.5 billion dollars to destroy the gold fetish.

about 3 months ago
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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

bruce_the_loon Re:overly complicated (193 comments)

4K? Huh?

The Atmel megaAVR series ranges from 4Kb to 256Kb code space. The Arduino Uno boards have been running the 32Kb chip since rev 1.

about 3 months ago
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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

bruce_the_loon Re:Paltry (193 comments)

South Africa just did it that way and it works well. First you count the total ballots, still folded, then you count the votes and that way nobody can add other ballots in during the vote tally to make up numbers. No cellphones etc allowed in the hands of the counters, elections officials or party observers during the count.

Got one addition to the process that we don't do. No results should be released from a polling station until every single station has finished counting and certified within the station. Forget this running TV tally and all that crap, if the numbers in each station remain secret until all stations are ready to report, then you can reduce the risk of "finding" additional votes in the trunk of a car.

about 3 months ago
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IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

bruce_the_loon Re:Duh... (265 comments)

It's the latter and seems to be confined to the United States at the moment. European and Asian forces seem to get the cooperation they need and African forces, those countries who have them, are way too busy with actual crime to bother with making crimes up.

about 3 months ago
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Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

bruce_the_loon Re:use a foil-lined bag. (450 comments)

Signal blocked right until you pull the bottle out again. Then it pings home with your home address.

about 3 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

bruce_the_loon Re:An...accident..? (564 comments)

There's a link at the end of the by user block. Used the Slashdot homepage option.

about 3 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

bruce_the_loon Re:An...accident..? (564 comments)

This is semi-maximum damage and disruption. The users PC's would still work, albeit with no personal data. Given the way SCCM formats and dumps, there is a change of data recovery with any of the post-format recovery tools like EZRecovery, Recuva etc.

Max disruption would be to deploy a DoD-level hard disk wipe utility configured for 20 passes.

about 3 months ago

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