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Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

chfriley Re:Gun + BC client = $1,000,000,000 (390 comments)

Ask the USA too. "Long term stability" and "dollar" do not go together for many decades now.

about a month ago

Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

chfriley Re:Why? (390 comments)

He was storing them at Gox?

about a month ago

Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

chfriley Re:Sounds like he visited torproject.org recently. (547 comments)

OR they did use it in this case, realized it wasn't a "real" threat and so did not pass along the information to the local police.

about 4 months ago

Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

chfriley Re:can I just say (475 comments)

We've been hearing this on Slashdot for 3.5 years now and during the time bitcoin has gone from well below dollar parity, to here.

about 4 months ago

Bitcoin Tops $1,000 For the First Time

chfriley Re:Sell now. (371 comments)

This sounds like a copy and paste from 2011 on Slashdot.org. It is a good thing that people listened and didn't buy in at $1 or $3 or $0.10. ;-)

about 5 months ago

Can Older Software Developers Still Learn New Tricks?

chfriley Re:Of course not (365 comments)

Don't forget to add things like LISP, snobol, prolog, Pascal, Modula-2, SML, APL etc. :-)

about a year ago

Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

chfriley Re:"Free market" scare quotes (345 comments)

And if he is really concerned about the "free market" not doing enough, there is always the option of starting a competing service that is more "free market" and responsive. Yes, that costs something, but that is the nature of the "free market" - it isn't free to everyone, someone's time costs something, always.

about a year ago

Pioneering Transplant Surgeon Joseph Murray Dead at 93

chfriley Re:Honor him by fixing corrupt transplant matching (24 comments)

Perhaps prioritizing based on when a person registered themselves to be a DONOR would be helpful too. This would encourage people to be donors and eliminate some of the issues for matches because there would be many more people who were donating.

E.g. Someone registered to be a donor when they were 18 and needed something at 60, would be placed ahead of someone who registered at 59.5 (or not at all) and needed one at 60. This would encourage many, many people to donate, alleviating the shortage and finding many more matches. It would likely result in the time of registration rarely or never coming in to play.


about a year ago

Crashed X-51A Test Results Released

chfriley And then... (48 comments)

And then you'd get part way done and the government would want it an ounce lighter, 1.23 inches shorter, and .08 inches narrower.

You see, this was not COTS, but custom.

about a year and a half ago

Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

chfriley Re:Of course they won't.. (446 comments)

Joshua: Shall we play a game?

about a year and a half ago

House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act

chfriley Re:I'm probably being tapped as we speak. (326 comments)

He knows because the poster says near the very bottom of the post: "this free citizen living in Hancock, Michigan" :-)

about a year and a half ago

NASA Testing Supersonic X-51A Jet Tomorrow

chfriley Re:Cost (214 comments)

Not to mention the difference between a military/government contract and a private one. One has a lot more cost and design controls, the other has a lot more political input for spreading the work around.

about a year and a half ago

Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

chfriley Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (556 comments)

Viagra and Cialis are NOT "COMPLETELY OPTIONAL."

If you are a prostate cancer patient increasing blood flow to the area for up to 3 years will improve healing - for nerve damage and the like. They are only "optional" in the sense that physical therapy is optional or that statins are optional. You want healing for both continence and potency among other things.

A little knowledge goes a long way, but to claim that it is completely optional ignores the studies showing the benefits for at least prostatectomy patients.

The example still holds though: if Doctors and patients are not aware of the benefits of a drug, they won't prescribe it.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Support Forums Suggest Malware Explosion

chfriley Re:The Only Feasible Strategy... (455 comments)

The slightly different option is to default to only installing through the App store with an option for users to turn that off, perhaps in the Accounts section of System Preferences. This gives a compromise where people on Slashdot can use whatever method they want and naive users will be much more protected.

Remember that 99% of the users out there know very little about computers. They think a Computer Science degree or Computer Engineering degree means you "know how to fix computers." Kind of like an "electrical engineer" can come and wire your house or a "mechanical engineer" knows how to fix your car.

The question here is: how much do you protect users from their own naivety/stupidity/credulity (depending upon how you want to phrase it)?

I believe that in the long term, like it or not, the trend will be that the operating system will be closer to the walled garden approach for just this reason.

more than 2 years ago

Doctors Are Creating Too Many Patients

chfriley Exactly (566 comments)

Or heaven forbid an extra bit of blood is drawn for the PSA test. Sure, PSA can be elevated due to other causes, but NO one has a prostatectomy or radiation without DREs, and biopsies to confirm cancer. And if the DRE finds something it is probably at a worse stage (e.g. metastasis) vs first detection due to an elevated PSA.

No one has "radical life altering procedures" without a positive diagnosis. DREs and PSA are safe and easy. Even the biopsies, while uncomfortable, are safe.

The medical establishment should OFFER the PSA and DRE beginning at 35 (40 at the latest). The American Cancer Society and government agencies advocating no PSAs until 50 is practically criminal.

Let each person decide for themselves, it is their life - let the Doctors bring it up.

Essentially they seem to be saying that if the odds are less than 1 in 1000 of finding something, don't do the test. Most things occur at less than 1 in 1000, but it makes a difference to that 1. Insane.

more than 2 years ago

System Measures Stress In Emergency Callers' Voice

chfriley 3rd party callers too (238 comments)

It does not take into account 3rd party callers either. For example, I'm driving along and see a horrible accident right in front of me.

I call in, calmly describe the detached body part in the road, the 5 cars involved, and the blood on the pavement. Then compare it to the guy who lost the blood or the finger or whatever calling in completely hysterical.

Same situation, one person much calmer than the other. It is a common occurrence. Ditto friend vs spouse or parent or child.

Definitely cool technology, but assuming the article is accurate, not a good usage.

about 3 years ago

More Trouble Expected When Egypt Comes Back Online

chfriley Tax it into submission (175 comments)

(I know the original was somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the power-hungry politicians will find ways to get around it):
The politicians will just try to (a) tax it to death (either the companies or the subscribers), (b) regulate it "in order to make sure it is free and non-discriminatory," or (c) have "voluntary" codes that ensure that access by children (and other protected classes) aren't shown "inappropriate content."

The power to tax is the power to destroy and the power to regulate is the power to control. You don't need to shut down the Internet to have control over it. You just have to be the ONE to define "inappropriate" or the ONE to decide what the "voluntary" codes are or the ONE to set the tax rates. Or give "tax breaks" to companies that comply with the "suggestions" - kind of like the Federal Highway funds used to be tied to speed limits.

more than 3 years ago



DOJ Demands warrantless email access.

chfriley chfriley writes  |  about 4 years ago

chfriley (160627) writes "CNET reports that Google, EFF, CDT, and other groups have joined Yahoo in defending against a U.S. Department of Justice demand for warrantless access to email messages. The DOJ contends in a 17 page brief that while 'federal law requires search warrants for messages in "electronic storage" that are less than 181 days old, the Yahoo Mail messages don't meet that definition. 'Previously opened e-mail is not in 'electronic storage.''' And it further states that "This court should therefore require Yahoo to comply with the order and produce the specified communications in the targeted accounts."

The EFF has a statement, here, http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/04/13."

Link to Original Source

Google shows EVERY site as having malware

chfriley chfriley writes  |  more than 5 years ago

chfriley writes "For approximately the last hour, all search results that Google displays show each as having malware. No one has commented on the issue, but plainly Google's Safe Browsing tool is having problems."
Link to Original Source

Dangerous Global Cooling is Concern

chfriley chfriley writes  |  more than 6 years ago

chfriley (160627) writes "A current article on Canada.com states that "the mud at the bottom of B.C. fjords reveals that solar output drives climate change — and that we should prepare now for dangerous global cooling." It continues: "Politicians and environmentalists these days convey the impression that climate-change research is an exceptionally dull field with little left to discover. We are assured by everyone from David Suzuki to Al Gore to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that 'the science is settled.' At the recent G8 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel even attempted to convince world leaders to play God by restricting carbon-dioxide emissions to a level that would magically limit the rise in world temperatures to 2C. The fact that science is many years away from properly understanding global climate doesn't seem to bother our leaders at all." Apparently, the research isn't as settled a some would like to believe given that these scientists believe we are in for global cooling, and that is the main danger we should fear. To read the full article about Global Cooling, follow this link."


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