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Bitcoin Token Maker Suspends Operation After Hearing From Federal Gov't

earlzdotnet Written in a biased way (258 comments)

This summary is written as if the government does nothing but enforce/give monopolies and is only out to serve the big companies... oh wait

about 10 months ago
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JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

earlzdotnet This isn't bitcoin, or a cryptocurrency (292 comments)

Yea, the reason they don't mention bitcoin is because this is nothing like bitcoin. This isn't a cryptocurrency. This assumes that behind the scenes a bank is tied to your account to push/pull funds from. This incorporates some of the things bitcoin is good at, but it does it all in a completely different manner. If you'd take a look at the patent application, you'd know this is in no way close to bitcoin

about 10 months ago
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Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services

earlzdotnet Re:Not going to happen (222 comments)

THIS! I tried using youtube-dl to watch a video. I was getting speeds of 23KByte/s, and my internet is 20MBit down.. At that point I ssh'd into VPS, downloaded the video at 8MByte/s, then downloaded it from my VPS at 2MByte/s, and then finally watched it. I've considered setting up a network-wide VPN to my VPS because of this crap.

about a year ago
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A Playstation 4 Teardown

earlzdotnet This is pretty cool (254 comments)

This was very interesting to watch, also to see him describe some of the hardware (such as CPU and GPU being single chip, with GDDR5 on the motherboard). I'm usually a fan of the Xbox, but I've never seen Microsoft give one shred of detail about how to take apart any product of theirs.. I've never seen Sony either, but this is a welcome change.

about a year ago
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Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

earlzdotnet Re:Ever seen...? (164 comments)

That's fine as long as you trust a proprietary protocol and use one of their supported operating systems (which doesn't include Linux or BSDs)

about a year ago
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Gate One Will Support X11: Fast Enough To Run VLC In Your Browser

earlzdotnet Thinclient gaming? (164 comments)

Would it be possible to play (non competitive/timing intensive) games over this!?

about a year ago
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What Valve's Announcements Mean for Gaming

earlzdotnet Re:When will the right people get to test controll (182 comments)

This. I'm most curious as to how this would work with the typical dual-stick layout of a first person shooter. How would something like Battlefield work, where there is also semi-extensive use of ABXY buttons? Having to take your thumb off the pad to push those seems like a possibly significant problem.

1 year,22 days
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Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

earlzdotnet Re:LOL (740 comments)

This. To give a few more details as to what the article says though. Basically, even assuming they have some genius computer that can parse the announcement made at 2pm and execute these trades within 1 millisecond or less, it would be physically impossible for the news to have been received that quickly. The trades in Chicago were executed 2ms after 2PM. The speed of light dictates that the news (assuming no barriers or other latency) would take at least 7ms to actually reach Chicago from where it was announced.

So, in summary, no matter what these crooks try to say to fool a jury with favorable circumstances, it is physically impossible that they did not know about this news before 2PM

1 year,25 days
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California Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum

earlzdotnet First teach it to teachers (356 comments)

The hilarious irony of this is how many teachers are committing "piracy". My math teacher had an old out of print workbook that he would make copies of(single pages, not the whole thing) and hand out to the class as homework because the workbook had better problems than our current text book. My choir teacher made copies of music clearly marked with "DO NOT COPY" because it was out of print and there was no way to get a legal copy of it anymore. My English teacher copied an excerpt of a story out of one of her old text books that are no longer used and handed it out to the class.

So yea... this is an extremely stupid idea

1 year,26 days
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Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving On Bitcoins

earlzdotnet Re:Good news! (403 comments)

Not sure if spam or genuine comment

about a year ago
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Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving On Bitcoins

earlzdotnet Re:At some point (403 comments)

The amount of money they would probably save would be at most a couple dollars per year. Charging cell phones and even laptops every day or two uses a minimal amount of energy compared to keeping a room lit up

about a year ago
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Sailfish OS Gains Two-Way Android Compatibility

earlzdotnet Re:Shame (130 comments)

It really is amazing more people don't do this. When I went out and got my own plan, I went with subsidy. Got a phone for like $50 from AT&T. But, the bill I was paying was $110/month. For a single line, a ridiculously low amount of minutes(I never talk on the phone, but if I did I could run through it quickly), unlimited text messages, and a data cap of like 1G

2 years down the road I started looking to alternatives. This was a few months before T-Mobile started to be talked about being bought by AT&T, otherwise I would've went elsewhere. So, I took a cheap, but decent phone my girlfriend had that she wasn't using and started a $50/month unlimited everything prepaid plan. Now, I put $30/month in a savings account so that I can buy a new phone eventually... but I'd rather me be earning interest on it, not AT&T

I've tried convincing my parents to do something similar. They use their phone constantly and their bill is somewhere around like $600/month for 4 phones... and their plan doesn't have the concept of unlimited minutes, so they still get overages. The even more ridiculous thing is that usually they will stick with their phone til it breaks.. They don't seem to get the concept that you can get new phones when your contract is up.. either that or they just prefer to not learn how to use a new phone every 2 years

about a year ago
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The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

earlzdotnet Re:Post options translated (410 comments)

Satellite brings broadband everywhere.

I barely consider satellite to be broadband. It's ping times are so ridiculously horrid. Have you ever tried an SSH session through satellite? It's literally less painful through dialup.

about a year ago
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Apple Sued For Dividing Final Season of Breaking Bad Into Two On iTunes

earlzdotnet Xbox Video did this too with Dr. Who (458 comments)

Xbox Video did this too with the last season of Doctor Who. I bought the season pass for a steal when it was on sale, for like $8 or something. Then, new episodes started coming out but weren't on Xbox Video. It took me weeks to figure out that I had actually bought "season pass part 1" or some bullshit like that. I haven't bought anything from Xbox Video since.

about a year ago
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Qcloud Puts Quantum Chip In the Cloud For Coders To Experiment

earlzdotnet The simulator (73 comments)

I spent 5 minutes wading through news articles to finally find the free to access simulator: http://cnotmz.appspot.com/

about a year ago
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Datacenter Gives Internet To 70 Percent of Navajo Nation

earlzdotnet Re:Fact Check.. (162 comments)

Will they only be and/or "prefer" hiring Native Americans? I'm from Oklahoma where there is a bunch of Indian stuff (I even have an underutilized CDIB card) and one of the crazy things I always came across was that a lot of businesses only seemed to hire native americans. If federal law applies to them, I never could see how this was legal...

...Also, never shoplift from an indian gas station. From what I've heard, apparently you go through the indian court system for laws broken like that, where punishment can be much less transparent and more harsh than "normal" laws broken.

about a year ago
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Your preferred Linux distribution for 2013?

earlzdotnet Arch... but only til I replace it (627 comments)

I adopted Arch after moving on from OpenBSD, but lately it's been becoming too unstable for me, even for a rolling release model. This is primarily caused by them being an early adopter of systemd and Lennart deciding that every few weeks that there should be a major breaking change. I know it's what everyone is moving to and adopting and unavoidable... but holy hell do I hate systemd and all of it's crazy magic and retarded journal

about a year ago
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Are We At the Limit of Screen Resolution Improvements?

earlzdotnet Not until Anti-Aliasing isn't a thing (414 comments)

We've reached this point with some devices, but a screen isn't a high enough resolution until Anti-Aliasing isn't needed in any form.

about a year ago

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Colorado town considers hunting licenses and bounties for government drones

earlzdotnet earlzdotnet writes  |  about a year ago

earlzdotnet (2788729) writes "A small town in the state of Colorado is currently weighing a new ordinance that would allow the issuance of hunting licenses for unmanned aerial vehicles, and even offer bounties for their successful takedown. Even if this law were passed, the types of weapons allowable for drone-hunting is quite restrictive: “any shotgun, 12 gauge or smaller, having a barrel length of 18 inches or greater". The town board is scheduled to consider the ordinance on August 6."
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Microsoft reveals major reorganization

earlzdotnet earlzdotnet writes  |  about a year ago

earlzdotnet (2788729) writes "Microsoft put out a press release today that they are doing a major reorganization of the company. From a quick glance, the biggest change appears to be treating each broad "category" of products (like operating systems, or applications) as a team, rather than each "suite" of products (like Windows, Office, Development): "There will be four engineering areas: OS, Apps, Cloud, and Devices.". This is probably an attempt to solve their big problem of teams competing with each other as enemies, rather than aimed at the same goal."
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HTTP 2.0 will be a binary protocol

earlzdotnet earlzdotnet writes  |  about a year ago

earlzdotnet (2788729) writes "A working copy of the HTTP 2.0 spec has been released. Unlike previous versions of the HTTP protocol, this version will be a binary format, for better or worse. However, this protocol is also completely optional: "This document is an alternative to, but does not obsolete the HTTP/1.1 message format or protocol. HTTP's existing semantics remain unchanged.""
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Complete Tear Down of Google Glass

earlzdotnet earlzdotnet writes  |  about a year ago

earlzdotnet (2788729) writes "It would appear that Scott Torborg and Star Simpson got a chance to get an ever illusive Google Glass. Like a true hacker, they have done a complete tear down of it. They warn that it is not very easy to disassemble, but they also managed to reassemble it with only minor cosmetic damage."
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SimCity Launch Failure: A good case for DRM being bad for business

earlzdotnet earlzdotnet writes  |  about a year and a half ago

earlzdotnet writes "The SimCity release happened, yet there are many people incapable of playing the game. Many can't install the game because the Origin servers providing the downloads are overloaded. This is to be expected. But, one cited reason for this is because they didn't allow preloading of the game at all. Even if you decided to buy a disk set instead of download it, you'll still have problems installing it because it still needs a few files from their servers that wasn't provided

One of it's primary features is multiplayer support. However, single player support appears to have taken a back seat. So, now even the lucky few that have managed to get it installed are having to wait in a queue to play the single player game because it requires a slot on their servers.

Although it's a best guess at this point, but one of the probable causes of all this happening is because they were trying really hard to prevent piracy. It's not easily possible to pirate a game if all the logic goes through their servers. However, by doing it in this manner, they have (like most DRM schemes) harmed the paying customers primarily. As a result of these failures, many people are steering clear of buying the game and even requesting refunds from EA."

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Ask Slashdot: Making side-money as a programmer

earlzdotnet earlzdotnet writes  |  about a year and a half ago

earlzdotnet writes "I've been programming for a few years now, have a full time job etc. I'm one of those lucky souls that actually enjoy programming, so I commonly work on my own open source projects on weekends. However, I wouldn't mind working on a short-term(ie, not more than 2 months) project every once in a while on weekends.

I've looked at freelancing before and I could probably make more money by working at McDonald's on weekends than that. I've also looked into making web sites for small businesses, but it requires a bit too much commitment and support for me, especially since I'm terrible at graphics design. I've had my hand at trying to write reusable components to sell to other programmers, but that was pretty pointless(made one $20 sale). I've seen teaching suggested, but I'm self-taught and probably not experienced enough to responsibly teach people

Are there any other options to make a bit of cash as a programmer? Is programming just one of those things that requires complete dedication or what?"
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Patent troll targetting users of scanners; wants $1000/employee

earlzdotnet earlzdotnet writes  |  about 2 years ago

earlzdotnet writes "A new patent troll is in town, this time targetting the users of technology, rather than the creators. They appear to hold a process patent for "scanning a document and then emailing it." They are targetting small businesses in a variety of locations and usually want somewhere between $900 to $1200 per employee for "infringement" of their patent. As with most patent trolls, they go by a number of shell companies, but the original company name appears to be Project Paperless LLC. Joel Spolsky said in a tweet that "This is organized crime, plain and simple...". I tent to agree with him. When will something be done about this legal mafia?"
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Developer of Facebook browser extension banned from Facebook

earlzdotnet earlzdotnet writes  |  about 2 years ago

earlzdotnet writes "The developer of F.B. Purity (Fluff Busting Purity) has been banned from Facebook. F.B. Purity is a set of browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and others to make Facebook more accessible and remove some of it's most annoying features.

Facebook complains that they are violating their terms of service by interfering with Facebook's user-interface and not using the official API. They also claim to own the "FB" set of letters and say F.B. Purity must remove those letters from it's domain and product. And finally, Facebook also complains that his website is spam and therefore direct links to it is blocked from Facebook.

The developer is not yet banned from Facebook, but has been told that his personal account will be banned at anytime, along with the Facebook page set up for F.B. Purity. This isn't the first time F.B. Purity has caught the eye of Facebook's legal team, but it is the first time they've decided to outright ban the developer. However, it's impossible to ban the browser extension because it is... well, an extension to your browser. Facebook probably can't even detect one is using it."

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