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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

evilbessie Re:Bitcoin (263 comments)

Is fraud not specifically doing things against regulations? Without any form of regulation at all it wouldn't be fraud. The SEC are the police but they are paid by the people they police, if not actually being the same people. Bad policing of regulation isn't a problem with the regulations and to draw such comparisons hides the nature of the problem.

about a month ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

evilbessie Re:Get up early if you want (462 comments)

Well that's lovely, other than at above about 50 degrees the winter sun is maximum of 8 hours but in the summer you get 16 hours, actually moving it in the summer makes sense so you make more use of the available light (you could change your wake up time by 1-5 minutes a day, or move the clock once, most people tend to get up at the same time each day). But it not getting light until 10am in the winter (with DST still applied) just so it can get dark at quarter to five seems really silly. It makes a lot more sense to then have mostly continuous systems countrywide to ease any confusion.

about 5 months ago
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Re: Daylight Saving Time, I would most like

evilbessie Re:It's really dumb once you understand the purpos (462 comments)

But sunset and sunrise can change by 5 minutes a DAY, which is pretty stupid if you have to reset your clocks every week, enough people forget to do it now. Yes lots of clocks are automatic now but many (annoying ones mostly) are not and people do like their heating on at sane times and the car clock to be mostly right. It's a dumb plan in every conceivable way.

Hell it'll never change there is already enough anger about leap seconds and they happen at most twice a year...

about 5 months ago
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IBM Uses Internal Kickstarters To Pick Projects

evilbessie Re:Sounds more like a mockery (40 comments)

But then do you not have to evaluate all the unsuccessful stuff. How do you quantify the rapidly prototyping with a 3D printer vs. slower prototyping, which out of necessity is only going to be used on well formed ideas and the various success rates. It's pretty hard maths and it's only by judicious use of these tools can maximum benefit be obtained.

And even if you could do this you wouldn't be measuring anything, you'd be estimating.

about 8 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

evilbessie Re:On Safari for Macs (506 comments)

What happens if it wasn't the last things you did? I close tabs do other shit then realise I should have that tab back, undo sucks in this situation, undo specific action much more useful.

about 8 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

evilbessie Re: Huh? What? (506 comments)

Ctrl+T (Cmd+T) is new tab and Shift is 'backwards', Ctrl+Shift+Alt is scrolling reverse through the Alt+Tab menu. Makes perfect sense, not like the inability to tab through dialogs in MacOS without turning on an option.

about 8 months ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

evilbessie Re:This is also the case on Firefox (482 comments)

So someone with admin wouldn't be able to reset your password? or change ownership of the file?

about 8 months ago
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Chrome's Insane Password Security Strategy

evilbessie Re:This is also the case on Firefox (482 comments)

Resetting passwords is a hugely complicated process on machines you have physical access to...

about 8 months ago
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Edward Snowden is ...

evilbessie Re:Snowden (601 comments)

This is entirely the problem with codified constitutions, especially if they don't change with the times. What worked hundreds of years ago may not apply now.

about 10 months ago
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Federal Judge Says Interns Should Be Paid

evilbessie Re:Genius judge (540 comments)

What's the point of internships if you don't want to hire any of the possibly useful people? I sort of thought the point was to give experience so that they might be useful in the future. Why spend any effort doing that if you're not going to take the reward of a useful new employee. If you are just using it as a source of free labour, fuck that shit, seriously.

I don't imagine for a second that anyone would take an unpaid internship over a paid one if they were the same in every other respect. Saying that some people want to work for free is missing the point that they shouldn't be allowed to be slaves in the first place.

about 10 months ago
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Most precise measuring tool I've used ...

evilbessie Re:Tiny option missing... (328 comments)

It wouldn't as the SI unit is the Kilogram, so it really should be the kilo-kilogram which is just stupid (but correct).

about 10 months ago
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Judge Orders Child Porn Suspect To Decrypt His Hard Drives

evilbessie Re:Funny ould world we live in (802 comments)

So you wouldn't mind if pictures of you being raped were being looked at on the internet? Fair enough, personally I'd have a problem with that and want it to be a crime to look at them, but maybe that's just me, I have been known to be a little odd.

about a year ago
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Canadian Cellphone Users May Get Justice Over Phantom Charges

evilbessie Re:So many extra fees (91 comments)

One of the reasons that is bandied about is that advertising regions do not match up with state borders so differing sales taxes would cause the advertising to be wrong. It does piss me off when nothing in a $1 store is actually $1 though. I'm glad Europe got its shit together to get rid of most of these extra unavoidable fees.

about a year ago
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Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

evilbessie Re:Open set it is! (248 comments)

I was just objecting to the use of set of all primes, as you say there is no easy way to construct (or test) primes, however by showing that there must be a prime greater than an arbitrary value you have demonstrated there are an infinite number of primes* without requiring that you know all the primes in the first place.

*(N!+1)! +1 ad infinitum.

The proof in the article is that there exists an infinite subset of the primes where members are separated from at least one other member by less than 70 million. Which is a pretty hard thing to even get close to proving.

about a year ago
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Major Advance Towards a Proof of the Twin Prime Conjecture

evilbessie Re:Open set it is! (248 comments)

This whole proof is much easier if you use factorials as you can always prove there must be a prime bigger than N, as N! + 1 is not divisible by any number less than N. Which sort of gets around this weird way of attacking this problem y'all seem to be using which involves ephemeral 'set of known primes' which is weird in proofs.

about a year ago
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Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

evilbessie Re:Easy. (288 comments)

Supermarionation

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Time Standards Are There?

evilbessie Re:Time Standards vs. Time Formats, and Y10K probl (214 comments)

They also counted in base 60 using the knuckles of the fingers of one hand (using the thumb as a marker) and the fingers of the other hand for 5x12 counting system. There are some people who stand by this or the duodecimal system.

about a year ago
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Alcoholism Vaccine Makes Alcohol Intolerable To Drinkers

evilbessie Re:Underestimating (350 comments)

Hmm, if you suffered from it you would probably think differently. Trust me.

about a year ago
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When 1 GB Is Really 0.9313 Gigabytes

evilbessie Re:"they" can fuck off, the binary units are the o (618 comments)

Except floppy manufacturers, they exist in their own world where there are 1024 Bytes to the KiloByte and 1000 KB to the MB all so they could have a 1.44MB capacity, not 1.41MiB or 1.47MB as logic dictates, because fuck logic.

It's unlikely to cause any probes to crash into Mars so it probably doesn't matter that much.

about a year ago

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