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One Bitcoin By the Numbers: Is There Still Profit To Be Made?

eln Re:Deflation, numbnuts (239 comments)

I agree that bitcoin is built to be scarce, and therefore valuable, but that sort of thing is the opposite of what you want in a currency. If the currency constantly increases in value, then the best option is to obtain as much as possible and stuff it under the mattress. Only an inflationary currency encourages investment, because you actually lose money by hoarding it rather than investing it. If everyone hoards the stuff instead of spending it, it becomes useless as a medium of exchange.

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung Researching How To Let You Control Your Phone With Your Brain

eln That's how it starts (80 comments)

Sure, first you can control the cell phone with your brain, then the cell phone can control your brain, and before you know it the Cybermen are invading.

about a year and a half ago
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Futurama Cancelled (Again)

eln Re:Good news everyone! (390 comments)

"Fucking awful" is a bit strong, but they definitely weren't up to par. I'm not surprised it was cancelled, and at this point I'd be much happier if they put the series to bed instead of continually trying to bring it back, as it will inevitably get worse every time they do.

about a year and a half ago
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

eln Re:dd (295 comments)

Not to DoD standards. Several (usually 3-7 passes with /dev/random (or /dev/urandom) followed by /dev/zero will erase data well enough for any standard out there other than those that specifically require physical destruction, though.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best 32-Bit Windows System In 2012?

eln Re:Windows 3.1 Mode (313 comments)

Yes, but in that case you're running on a virtual computer with its own virtual hardware layer, not on Windows itself. If your only goal is to run 16-bit applications, and you have a copy of Windows 3.1 laying around, then that would be one way to do it, though.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

eln Re:IT jobs at 60. (306 comments)

You don't ask them their age, you just ask them if they are over the minimum required age for the job. That's a yes or no question.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

eln Re:IT jobs at 60. (306 comments)

Just so you know, asking an older person for their retirement plans in an interview or at any point during the hiring process can open you up to a very costly age discrimination lawsuit. Not hiring people over 40 because you think they'll ask for too much money will do the same. If you're simply reporting that people that age tend to ask for too much money that's one thing, but if you're proactively screening out older applicants because you think they might ask for too much money, that's against the law.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Convince Someone To Give Up an Old System?

eln Re:Smart Guy (379 comments)

I would approach it from a standpoint of professional curiosity on your part rather than the "what if you got hit by a bus tomorrow" thing or the "you don't really want to do this forever" thing. No matter how sincere you are, people often recognize those as code words for "what if we want to get rid of you" and will be reluctant to cooperate.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon EBS Failure Brings Down Reddit, Imgur, Others

eln Re:Low Availability? (176 comments)

That's old Web-2.0 thinking. We're in the era of the cloud now, and the cloud is magic. Trust the cloud.

more than 2 years ago
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Unredacted Filings Reveal Claims of Juror Misconduct in Apple vs Samsung Trial

eln Re:How does the rest of the jury feel? (282 comments)

I've been on a jury, and you'd be amazed at how easy it is for the entire jury to fall in line behind someone who seems to know what he's talking about, especially if the trial involves something few people have experience in (such as patent law). If the rest of the jury trusted him as the resident expert on the issue at hand, they would likely go along with whatever he said.

more than 2 years ago
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Stanford's Self Driving Car Tops 120mph On Racetrack

eln Re:More exciting? (97 comments)

Agreed. Driving out west involves vast distances on straight roads. Sometimes the scenery is cool, sometimes it's flat and boring. I'd love to be able to drive through and admire the scenery when it's nice instead of having to pay attention to the boring stretch of asphalt I'm on, and be able to nap when the view sucks. If I wanted an adrenaline rush with my driving, I'd go to the race track.

more than 2 years ago
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Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

eln Re:vintage computers (231 comments)

I was too young to come up with that. I think my first BASIC program just repeated "hello" or something similar.

more than 2 years ago
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Radio Shack's TRS-80 Turns 35

eln Re:vintage computers (231 comments)

I also had a TRS-80 Color Computer as a young child. I mostly played games on it, but my father apparently did actual work on it as well. I can't imagine how much it cost him (he didn't make much money), but his willingness to spend that money fundamentally altered the course of my life. The TRS-80 was the first computer I ever used, and it sparked a passion for technology that's still with me today.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot - Careers In Computer Science That Keep You Physically Active?

eln Re:oh... (220 comments)

It's a joke. It means the time between release and the first "expansion pack".

more than 2 years ago
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Rob CmdrTaco Malda AMA On Reddit

eln Re:yes but (101 comments)

He became locked in his car and ate himself to death. Very tragic.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM CEO: 'There's Nothing Wrong With the Company'

eln Re:CEO's job is to sell... (230 comments)

If it's obvious to everyone that a company has problems, the worst possible thing a CEO can do is say everything is fine, because it makes everyone think he's out of touch or not interested in fixing what's wrong. A good CEO would acknowledge the problems and present a high-level plan for fixing them. Whistling past the graveyard just makes things worse.

more than 2 years ago
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New .secure Internet Domain On Tap

eln Re:tl;nt (129 comments)

You laugh, but if I hadn't used that method I never would have known that my bank relocated to Russia.

more than 2 years ago
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More Plans For UK Internet Snooping Bill Revealed In Queen's Speech

eln Re:Other strange note at the end of her speech... (114 comments)

This all sounds like bad news, but on the bright side there won't be any reduction in the chocolate ration this year.

more than 2 years ago
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German Authorities Find Al Qaeda Plans Disguised In Porn

eln Re:It's a Trap!!!! (332 comments)

From now on the TSA will request all pornography in your laptop or smartphone be carefully analyzed, frame by frame, before you board your flight!!!

That's it, I'm going to get a job at the TSA.

more than 2 years ago

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EBay unloads Skype

eln eln writes  |  more than 5 years ago

eln (21727) writes "After struggling to find how to effectively utilize Skype after purchasing it for $3.1 billion in 2005, EBay appears to be giving up the fight and will sell Skype for a loss ($2.75 billion) to a group of investors, including a new venture capital firm headed by Netscape founder Marc Andreesen."
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