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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

geekmux Re:What are the sub units called? (142 comments)

Boone's Farm? Thunderbird?

Are Bartle and James on the board?

Dunno, why don't you ask the Twitter bird about the feasibility of stupid names sticking.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

geekmux Threat vs. Capability? Tell that to US Gov. (566 comments)

"Here, we need to distinguish between threat and capability—the ability to steal gossipy emails from a not-so-great protected computer network is not the same thing as being able to carry out physical, 9/11-style attacks in 18,000 locations simultaneously. I can't believe I'm saying this. I can't believe I have to say this."

If you're struggling to understand why you have to dispel fear-mongering at this level, perhaps I should remind you of the trillions invested by our own Government to justify the please-remove-your-shoes-before-boarding-the-aircraft department.

Seems our own Government has NO qualms whatsoever about overreacting, so stop wondering where the paranoia comes from already.

2 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

geekmux Re:Man, am I old ... (172 comments)

It's harder for me to listen to users justify their "need" for several hundred gigabytes or even terabytes of storage for their personal archives.

Call somebody a pat rat hoarder in real life and they'll likely become horribly offended. Accuse them of the same thing in virtual space, and they wear it like a badge of honor.

I wonder if the average consumer realizes that when they die, no one will give a shit about going through terabytes of crap.

Hoarding physical objects takes up increasing amounts of physical space. Instead of a basement filled with a hundred boxes, I have 8 TB of archived data that takes up about the same amount of physical space as a single hard cover book.

And I couldn't care less what anyone else thinks of my terabytes of stuff. it's for me, not them. And when I die I'm sure they'll just throw it out and free up those few precious square inches of 'wasted' space.

The entire point here is your data isn't even for you when there's a damn good chance that you will never look at 90% of it ever again.

Convenience is not a substitution for pure, unadulterated laziness. Buying a huge warehouse doesn't fix the problem of hoarding any more than buying a larger hard drive does.

2 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

geekmux Re:Man, am I old ... (172 comments)

Those aren't iPhone JPEGs, but ~20 Mpixel RAW files, and there are thousands of them each month - closer to 10k, really. These days it's really easy to generate vast numbers of pictures when you have a good camera. When she shoots kids, it's 10 shots per second, often until the buffer fills up after 50-60 shots. I'd say she takes on average 300 shots per day. It really doesn't take very long to have that many. If the camera was any faster, it'd have been more I'm afraid :)

Not even with a "good" camera does the average consumer generate that much data, especially every single day. Remember that more pictures have been taken with an iPhone than any other piece of image-recording hardware in human history, so even owning a "good" camera these days is considered an oddity.

And 10 shots per second outputting to RAW file format is hardly recreational. You're not sharing those over MMS with the grandparents, and Kim Kardashian doesn't take that many pictures in a day, and she wrote the book on selfies. Literally.

I guess the "hard" part to understand here is you accepting the fact that your usage profile only represents 0.001% of society.

And my original point still stands regarding data hoarding. No one is going to sort through terabytes of data when you die. No one.

2 days ago
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Backblaze's 6 TB Hard Drive Face-Off

geekmux Re:Man, am I old ... (172 comments)

I remember punching the side of 360K floppies to get another 360K on the other side.

Now you can buy a couple of gigs of USB drive next to the gum in the express lane at Wal Mart.

This stuff is awesome and all, but sometimes it's hard to really wrap my head around that pretty much everything about computers (except for physical size) is a billion times bigger than when I started using computers.

It really is hard to explain to people that at one point your entire digital life was about 20 floppy disks in a plastic case, and that what was once a completely hypothetical amount of storage is commonplace.

It's harder for me to listen to users justify their "need" for several hundred gigabytes or even terabytes of storage for their personal archives.

Call somebody a pat rat hoarder in real life and they'll likely become horribly offended. Accuse them of the same thing in virtual space, and they wear it like a badge of honor.

I wonder if the average consumer realizes that when they die, no one will give a shit about going through terabytes of crap.

2 days ago
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New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

geekmux Re:Not a cargo ship (113 comments)

It should not even be compared to ships.

If it can move under it's own power it's a ship.

Uh, we also label those things flying around in zero gravity "ships" too.

This logic is fucked no matter how you look at it, but hey let's keep inviting the Navy to steer those nomenclature meetings across every industry...

2 days ago
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

geekmux Re:These idiots remain idiotic (378 comments)

If they break DNS, we'll just move to a shadow system, whether based on hosts or just another flavor of DNS.

Fuck them.

That "shadow" system you speak of could in fact be the catalyst we've all been waiting for to push the majority into IPv6 space.

2 days ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

geekmux Equality = girls-only? (208 comments)

"to create a girls-only computer science Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)."

Oh yeah, brilliant answer to equality in IT.

Don't suppose we could find enough common sense to short-circuit this process before the lawsuits start flying...

2 days ago
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Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

geekmux Re:Perfect (174 comments)

Instead of trying save people from the ravages of heart attacks, they'll all be golden parachuting into their new startup selling this crap to vain and insecure one-percenters at immoral levels of profit.

Before completely writing it off, perhaps we wait and see what useful things could also come of this technology, to include funding the original research with "immoral" profits.

2 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

geekmux Re:Does the job still get done? (653 comments)

If the job still gets done it's a good thing that jobs gets replaced by AI. The flaw isn't in who does the work, but how the economic system around it is set up.

The economic "system" in front of you today is slightly divided between the 99% and the 1%.

And that gap continues to grow more and more every day, with the "system" not really giving a shit about those who are now unemployed, unless you want to define Government welfare as an acceptable "system" for the future.

There will have to be a considerable model shift in the future. You may only have one citizen working for every 20 people. We can assume families won't grow that large, so this does mean a single income supporting more than one household.

That model doesn't really exist today other than by force (taxes), and it will be interesting to see how the great divide will handle that.

2 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

geekmux US Corporation... (166 comments)

...US Laws.

'nuff said.

No, seriously, can we please stop being shocked and appalled over the (ancient) concept that a US Corporation would beholden a US Citizen with any form of communications service that also contains a back door for the US Government? The OMGWTFEFF attitude is wearing thin.

US Corporation. US Laws. CALEA is twenty years old now. You have no Right to privacy anymore with any US-based communications service.

Oh, and according to this Administration, you just might be a terrorist if you think or assume otherwise. Have fun.

3 days ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

geekmux Re:What authority do senators have? (76 comments)

He's just "respectfully requesting" the answers. Those are his words.

However, the correct reading of those words is more like "If you don't want your entire business to be illegal in a year, I suggest you explain to me and my colleagues why we shouldn't make that happen, because even members of the other party will get a lot more sympathetic to that idea if they find out you've been dissing the position they and I both hold. By the way, if I call the executive branch and ask them politely to look really hard at any existing laws you may be breaking, they will take my call a lot faster than they'll take yours.".

Gee, sure would be nice if our elected representatives went after the NSA like this when it comes to protecting user privacy...

I mean we're only talking about illegalities on a Constitutional level, being performed by a government agency and paid for by US Citizens. What could possibly go wrong...

3 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

geekmux Re:Huh? (188 comments)

Yet beyond monetary damages, the case has zero bearing on the modern technology industry, as both the MP3 music file format and the iPod itself have waned in popularity

Wait, what? People no longer use MP3s? They don't buy iPods?

This sounds like an odd claim ... I've got way more MP3s now that I did in 2005, and it's the primary way I listen to music. When I buy a CD (yes, I still do that) the first thing I do is rip it.

Sure, there are streaming services. But I'm betting lots of people still play MP3s on portable players.

It's not as glamorous, but saying MP3s have no bearing on the modern technology industry? I'm not buying that.

You hinted towards the very definition of "waning" in your description, especially identifying yourself as one of those rare individuals who still purchases their music, and in a 30-year old format.

Do not simply dismiss those "streaming services". If they don't comprise the majority of music consumption these days they likely soon will, and reflect an impact similar to the one Netflix has had on video streaming.

Sure consumers like MP3s, but consumers are also really fucking lazy. They don't even type the name of a song into a device anymore, they just speak into their Beats-enabled cell phones and out pops damn near any song they want. This kind of user catering can really only be done with a rather massive online streaming service.

And there are now several to choose from, with perhaps the most important factor for the average hipster being the price; free.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

geekmux Re:What? (440 comments)

Because it's impossible to secure 3,000 miles of border, and he would just sneak back in if that's all we did.

Pardon me, but that's bullshit.

Let's just take the forces we already have today. We have 1.4 Million in active duty military personnel and 850,000 reserves. Obviously we can't take every single one, so let's take half: 1.1 Million people. Now stick them on a 3-man rotation minus 1/3 for duty rotations and leave and spread them out across the 1,954 mile border with Mexico. That puts 125 people plus their equipment per mile of border, plus all their R&D budget going into technologies to increase protection. Those personnel aren't just idle all day....

Are you sure those personnel aren't just idle all day?

No, that's not a stupid question. I'm asking this because of your assumption that 1.1 million active duty personnel are doing jack shit right now, and thus have plenty of time to go pull guard duty.

It's not like they're maintaining a global presence or anything...

3 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

geekmux Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

...overturned on Appeal?

I'm sorry, that's just an insane ruling. REQUIRING a company to manufacture a specific product???

Yeah, you're right. That's insane.

Almost as insane as a the practice of changing a product ever so slightly and re-branding it under a different name in order to avoid further lawsuits and bad publicity they would receive from the previous formula riddled with side effects or fatalities.

Perhaps we should learn to look through the forest being planted in front of our eyes, or at least ask why it exists, because it would certainly appear this type of activity is not always about simple greed like patents.

5 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

geekmux Re:freedom 2 b a moron (1048 comments)

I don't believe it is controversial to consider vaccination 14 shots at 2 years old extreme.

Why? Excluding religion, there is no reason to believe that vaccines cause any harm: literally every study attempting to find otherwise has either failed or been proven fraudulent.

Fraudulent, eh?

Tell that to the parent of a dead child.

Let's have an intelligent discussion about this. That would include admitting that bad shit can sometimes happen with medicine.

To sit here and generalize that we've never suffered even a single fatality due to a reaction to a vaccine is demonstrating a level of ignorance that even religion cannot attain.

about a week ago
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Is Enterprise IT More Difficult To Manage Now Than Ever?

geekmux Re:bring back the green IBM 3270 (240 comments)

force everyone to work on green phosphor , don't hire or pander to the kind of dumb-ass that needs clicky pointy and autocomplete and facebook/twitter/tumblr updates on the side. raise the bar. work will get done.

That's cute.

And I suppose when the new 29-year old social media hipster junkie walks in the room and introduces themselves as your new CEO, I'm curious how you're going to propose your new-and-improved hiring mantra.

Or are you gonna just tell him to get off your lawn too..

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

geekmux Re:Yet another law enforcement tool? (134 comments)

So when Facebook compiles all of this information into one large data set and labels the results file "underage drinking" to sell to law enforcement, we won't be surprised at all when arrest rates increase in highly targeted areas with great "success", right?

The power to abuse large data sets should not go unnoticed, and there are quite often more reasons than one to justify a new feature or service.

How is that abuse? If Facebook could make a heat map of where underage people are drinking, why would you not want to know that?

Remember that the reason why underage drinking isn't legal is because there's a correlation between death, kidnapping, etc. and underage people being drunk. You'd *want* to be able to prevent those deaths, kidnappings, and date rapes by keeping a close eye on those areas when you know there's a lot of intoxicated 17 year old out.

Don't get me wrong, I think think of *millions* of other uses of this technology that would be abuse, but this isn't one of them.

So, it makes sense to march society towards a Minority Report pre-cog enforcement solution?

Boy, won't that be fun. Can't wait until there's drones flying over every human head on a constant lookout for ANY activity that is deemed illegal. Or immoral. Or whatever other line we want to freely grant our illustrious leaders to draw around society and abuse the living shit out of.

Yeah, I get it. Won't someone think of the "children". But if it's effective, it likely won't be long before this monitoring feature starts scanning and reporting on other activities too. As I said before, there is often more than one reason these solutions are baked up, and when you own the largest database of HUMINT on the entire planet, it tends to be ripe for abuse.

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

geekmux Re:We don't care how many pixels it has (179 comments)

That's useful for technical matters like bandwidth calculation but the user cares about clarity. 8K can display a line half the thickness of 4K. That's what matters.

When we're talking about this level of resolution, perhaps the upper limits of human eyesight is what truly matters.

Of course, that assumes that consumers use common sense when purchasing TVs the size of drywall sheets. Highly unlikely, especially during Superbowl season.

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

geekmux Yet another law enforcement tool? (134 comments)

So when Facebook compiles all of this information into one large data set and labels the results file "underage drinking" to sell to law enforcement, we won't be surprised at all when arrest rates increase in highly targeted areas with great "success", right?

The power to abuse large data sets should not go unnoticed, and there are quite often more reasons than one to justify a new feature or service.

about a week ago

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