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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

cshark Hate to be the one to point this out... (265 comments)

But they said the exact same thing about Linux distributions in the 90's, after the post Redhat influx of distros. What we learned from that experience, and some of us knew it at the time, was that the more people you have working in their own isolated environments, solving the problems that are important to them... the more innovation you have in the greater Linux space. It's the trickle down effect in open source software, and it's what makes a product or product ecosystem stronger. And we're seeing the same effect in the Bitcoin space. Just look at the proliferation of Scrypt variation, Gravity wells, different variations on proof of work, proof of stake, and others. Like Linux, Bitcoin is more than a bundle of software products, it's an entire ecosystem. To dismiss that, and say that there should only be about Bitcoin seriously misses the way open source innovation works. The rest is all marketing, which is bullshit by definition.

2 days ago

Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

cshark Never never never. (413 comments)

I don't care if they did have a change of heart on the name, and released a version for Linux.
I'm still not installing the fucking thing.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

cshark It's like this.... (274 comments)

The old world job applications were not designed to let you highlight your skills or paste specific sections of your resume. The text boxes were built too small, and it was intentional. That’s because the objective of the old world job application was not to learn about your skills and competencies. To put it bluntly, they were designed to see how well you follow written instructions.

The technology we have now was inconceivable when these old job applications were created, but the objective of the application stays the same whether you’re writing one out on paper, or filling out an online form. If you've reached a point where the form is timing out, you’re either over thinking the thing, giving answers that are too thoughtful for the context, or you’re not going in prepared.

I can tell by the wording of the question that you've got entirely the wrong mindset. Applications are not resumes. Think of it like the good parts version, know that ahead of time, and you should be able to fill out just about any application in a few minutes.

about a week ago

Network Hijacker Steals $83,000 In Bitcoin

cshark Re:That's okay.... (101 comments)

And it's just now that they've caught it?

about two weeks ago

Network Hijacker Steals $83,000 In Bitcoin

cshark Re:That's okay.... (101 comments)

If you stored Bitcoin in a bank, it would be insured, and there wouldn't be an issue. This isn't even about wallets or banks or credit. This time, it's about a bug in the protocol. Every bug discovered makes the system stronger. Sucks that miners are losing money, but the discovery is good news in the long run. Compare this with the banking system. When a bug is discovered, it takes years to get fixed, millions, sometimes billions of dollars are lost. The process is onerous and intrusive, often resulting in less privacy or harder laws that don't actually address the root cause of the problem. A problem surfaces in Bitcoin world, at worst you're going to have to wait a week before the wallets or miners are patched. What was that you were saying about harm again?

about two weeks ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

cshark Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Given that Israel rules Palestine, that really doesn't meet my definition of democracy. As an American I'm sure I'd have problems with an Islamic Israel, but we tell ourselves we value democracy and freedom above all else. Furthermore, I can't imagine the current course will end up better.

You might want to do a bit more googling.

Let's start by correcting your math.
There are 5.9 million Jewish citizens in Israel. They comprise 73.75% of the population.
There are 1.4 million arab Israelis, who comprise 17.5% of the population.

Neither group is separated by law or for any other reason. They often share the same neighborhoods, employers, and elected officials.

Of the 12 arabs in the Knesset, 2 of them are Christians; which, by your numbers would mean that Christians are disproportionately represented in the Knesset because they only comprise 2% of the overall population. MK's are represented on their merits, and very little else.

How does that not conform to your idea of a democracy?

The West Bank is not governed by Israel. Under Oslo it is fully autonomous, and it elects its own government.

The arab population in the West Bank is 92% muslim.
There are no Christian members of Fatah serving in any capacity. Nor are there any to my knowledge in the "unity" government. Christians are routinely the targets of terror attacks, are required to pay the Jizya, and are regularly discriminated against by their Muslim neighbors. Often, their homes and holy sites are used as launching posts for attacks against Israel. They are prevented by the PA from rebuilding these structures.

Gaza is a completely different country, outside of the borders of Israel since 2005, and it is not a democracy at the present time.
Just yesterday, 20 peace protesters were executed. There is a gender apartheid similar to the one in Saudi Arabia. Like the Christians of the West Bank, Gazan Christians must also pay the Jizya without the benefit of any representation in government whatsoever. No freedom of speech is tolerated by anyone. Weddings are bulldozed when music is played, and honor killings are a fact of life.

If you as an American value the ideals of peace and freedom, you're being a complete fucking hypocrite by supporting terrorists in Gaza and the Territories.

about three weeks ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

cshark Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Hard to say. Egypt's reaction to all of this has been incredible to watch.

about three weeks ago

Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

cshark Re:Nuke those terrorists (868 comments)

Right. Israel doesn't work that way. A nuke is a big weapon that would cause a lot of damage, not just to the baby wielding gunmen in Gaza.

about three weeks ago

US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

cshark Okay (627 comments)

You know, I hate to be the one to point this out, but nearly every one of those things can be attributed to governmental overreach as much as it can be attributed to the environment. Just look at the water shortage statistics. States that were hit the hardest all had laws against rain water collection. Wildfires, likewise, may also be related to the insane laws we have in place. Insurance companies are being regulated to death, and are playing it as safe as they legally can. It has more to do with this insatiable need to regulate the hell out of them than it does with actual conditions. Sea levels go up and down all year long, and no amount of climate change legislation is going to have any power to control that. Of course the government is going to tell you that climate change is a big problem, and that more of your tax money is needed to combat it. They have a profit motive to do so, duh. The people to listen to here are the ones who have no political or financial agenda.

about 3 months ago

Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work

cshark Cool. (156 comments)

Every innovation in crypto is step forward. I'm curious to see if this will be adopted by other currencies.

about 6 months ago

We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia

cshark Bullshit (267 comments)

This is an outright, prima-face lie, based on nothing.
Why is this even on the Slashdot home page? Are we dedicated to spreading liberal and progressive propaganda now?

about 6 months ago

Bitcoin Plunges After Mt. Gox Exchange Halts Trades

cshark Re:Gold Lasts (249 comments)

And if Copper were rare, you would be talking about the exquisite shades of brown and green.

about 6 months ago

Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

cshark Re:Bigger crime here (149 comments)

It is awful.

about 6 months ago

Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering

cshark Why do they always make grand inaccurate claims? (149 comments)

I would make a case for entrapment. If anyone comes to you and says something along the lines of, "I've got some drug money to launder, I need $30,000 in bitcoins..." don't say yes. I mean, Jesus Christ, how fantastically stupid do you have to be to go for that?! Still, law enforcement is breaking the law when they create crimes to arrest people for. Beyond that, unless they're going to make private money transactions illegal, this case doesn't really mean anything for the bigger picture.

about 6 months ago

PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

cshark Re:Ugh (564 comments)

PC's have a totally different tool set than mobile devices. This is what's making mobile devices so popular. If you could incorporate a touch screen and a camera into PC's, then load Android onto them in a way that makes sense (it would take some real work), that would go a long way to making desktops more appealing to the average user. As a hacker, though, I think I still prefer my Ubuntu desktop for the time being. But that could change. We'll see.

about 8 months ago

Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

cshark Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

This is just nuts. The internet isn't growing up, big money sites like the LA Times and Reuters are just getting lazy. What ever happened to comment moderation? Why is it so fantastically difficult to screen these things?

about 8 months ago

Millions of Dogecoin Stolen Over Christmas

cshark Re:Ironically this gives Dodegcoin legitimacy. (132 comments)

It's trading at over 300% of its original value. Granted, when you figure in that it's only worth a fraction of a penny, it doesn't sound like much. But it's one of the faster growing altcoins right now.

about 8 months ago



cshark cshark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "Yep, the Actionscript virtual machine is going to be open sourced. Code named Tamarin according to the adobe press release, they're promising to implement the ECMAscript 4 standard. Very interesting."

cshark cshark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "A friend of mine was teaching me about the principle of abandoned property. In his example, he stated that (in most states) garbage when thrown away falls under this principle. In theory, he stated, anyone could legally go into your garbage can and take whatever they like with no fear of legal reprisal.

I'm not really sure if that's an urban myth, as my brother was arrested in Colorado for dumpster diving. It seems to me that regular property (assuming the above paragraph is true) can be regulated by the state, as New York (for example, I don't actually know this) may have no rule against it, while it is a priority in Colorado.

So that got me thinking...
If it is possible to consider regular property abandoned and free to the public, can the same principle be applied to digital property? Theoretical example: a software company puts out a small program or utility, it doesn't sell, and they stop selling it. Could one legally distribute the software? It's been abandoned, discarded the same way regular property would be.

Or, say someone reserves a domain name, puts up a web site, does not register a copyright formally, but notes the copyright for the content of the domain as property of the domain name itself. If they allow the domain to expire (without trademarking it), and I reserve that domain name... do I then have the right to use the original content of that domain name?

Is there any precedent for this that I can read up on?
Just curious.


cshark cshark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "Back to square one.
Need to research linux distros later, or else I'll be downloading crap for weeks.

Figured out how to solve the networking problem.
Free BSD will compile and run (sort of). It will run well enough to get to the point where I can download new sources.

Now, let's see how long it takes to get it right!
heh heh.

More to come."

cshark cshark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cshark (673578) writes "I toasted my Windows instalation recently. Don't really know how it happened this time. Network analysis indicates a script kitty, but no way to be sure.

So I figured this would be a great opportunity to give PC-BSD another shot. Heard the new version has better hardware support, and I'm running a much less esoteric setup this time. Just one thought. Why the hell aren't the kernel sources included in the base install?!

Here's my thinking.
I live in an older house with two phone jacks and cable wiring on the first floor only. So my options for connectivity are limited. Luckily, there's a DSL boosting station two blocks from the house, so DSL gets decent speed around here. I run my connection through a Linksys router, which would work under PC-BSD with Project Evil (which happens to be built in) and porting the driver. Sounds good, works extremely well. Driver make file gets set up, but in order to install it, I need to re-compile ther Kernel.

There doesn't seem to be link to the kernel sources anywhere. When I tried the PC-BSD message boards, the best anyone could tell me was "Click the refresh sources" button under settings, and download them from the web. Argh!

If I could download them from the Web in the first place, I wouldn't need to download the sources to begin with.

The Free BSD and Net BSD sources are available for download, but they're just different enough to break PC-BSD if I tried to use them to re-compile the Kernel.

So now I'm going through the liteny of live CD's, looking for something compatible.
First Ubuntu (dapper version), serious driver problems, Gnome only, I seem to need KDE for Wireless support.

Knoppix still won't boot.

Morphix and Phase both cause my Trinitron screen to do very bad things.
Freespire hangs and won't do much of anything.
Debian mirrors won't seem to complete a download.

On to Slax live CD.
The kill bill edition looks promosing.

I'll keep you posted."


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