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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

gstoddart Re:How to regulate something that is unregulateabl (139 comments)

Being a cryptocurrency rather than a physical one also means that they can vanish your money with the click of a button instead of having to personally visit you.

So, tell me again, how is this different from most money these days?

Anything you have on deposit is pretty much just electrons. The vast majority of 'real' money is pretty much just as virtual these days.

yesterday
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

gstoddart Re:Ignorance is no excuse ... (90 comments)

With the inherent irony that you can then use that hidden data specifically to find "sensitive" areas you might not have known about

People have been using the internet to find out more about 'sensitive areas' for a long time now. ;-)

yesterday
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

gstoddart Re:How to regulate something that is unregulateabl (139 comments)

By treating it like currency and passing laws about what you can do it?

They make not be able to regulate the entire currency, but they can certainly pass laws regarding their own people and what they are required to do.

Did anybody really think that you could simply say you have a form of currency which isn't regulated and expect governments to just say "well, they've beaten us"?

That would be a neat trick.

yesterday
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How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

gstoddart Re:Helium? (37 comments)

no, it's because most of them crack their nuts with their beaks.

LOL, once again, I am going to have to invoke rule #34.

Somewhere, in a dark and nasty corner of the interwebs is the human analog to this.

Now, excuse my, I have to go apply brain bleach.

yesterday
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

gstoddart Re:Every month a new battery breakthrough, but.. (113 comments)

Nowhere did they say they had a battery ready for market. Moron.

No, but the GPs point remains valid -- we keep hearing about all of these breakthroughs in batteries, but they don't ever actually ever seem to materialize.

It certainly seems like all of this research never actually turns into anything you can actually buy.

So either these advances aren't trickling down to consumer stuff, or companies are doing a lousy job of telling us about it. If they're not trickling down to consumers, why?

yesterday
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

gstoddart Re:Out of the public domain? (90 comments)

Except, I'm pretty sure there are plenty of places which are also censored or blurred from Google maps and the like.

India is hardly the first country to do this, and there's a few US installations which are blurred out.

Governments censor data, film at 11.

yesterday
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Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

gstoddart Re:*Yawn* (113 comments)

Right, because no technology is good or useful until it has been perfected and extended to all possible corner cases.

yesterday
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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

gstoddart Re:Spruce Goose (84 comments)

Or, when you're rattling your saber over ownership of a bunch of islands, maybe you figure you need some amphibious capability?

China hasn't exactly been quiet about claiming ownership of stuff lately.

yesterday
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

gstoddart Such lies ... (199 comments)

If a broadband provider were to approach one of these hyper-giants and threaten to block or degrade access to its site if it refused to pay a significant fee, such a strategy almost certainly would be self-defeating, in light of the immediately hostile reaction of consumers to such conduct

Translation: We'd do this to a small company in a heartbeat, and we're really disappointed we didn't kill net neutrality before there were enough big players to fight us on this. Unfortunately we have to make ourselves out as the victims, again.

These guys will do anything to keep their monopolies, and want to be sure they can do anything they want to milk customers.

As usual, this is lobbyists and lawyers and PR people making their clients out to be the poor downtrodden victim here.

And, of course, the FCC being totally sympathetic to the plight of these poor, downtrodden monopolies, I'll be surprised if they don't give it to them.

3 days ago
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FBI Studied How Much Drones Impact Your Privacy -- Then Marked It Secret

gstoddart Re:Transparency (136 comments)

I find this a little creepy ... the study to tell us how much they're violating our privacy and civil rights is now a secret.

Which I'm going to have to assume they're pretty much doing everything they're not supposed to.

When government will no longer tell you what they're doing, you have to assume they're doing the worst.

3 days ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

gstoddart Re:Wow, amazing... (139 comments)

I bet in Australia they wore bathing suits.

And that multi-color sun screen stuff on their noses.

3 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

gstoddart Re:If it is paywalled... (310 comments)

I'm going to do the smart thing and give my money to that Asian guy who comes on my TV at about 2 AM every morning, and tells me that if I give him my money, he'll teach me to get as rich as he is.

I'll give you a hint and spare you the money.

You get a TV commercial, which says if people will send you money, you'll tell them how to be rich. ;-)

3 days ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

gstoddart Re:But what IS the point they're making? (310 comments)

new homes are built from Cross Laminated Timber

Only for *some* parts, like engineered trusses.

But, if you've ever seen a 2x4, you'd realize what you're saying is wrong.

no one cuts trees down anymore just to build a house

While few people cut down a tree just to build a single house, the trees are harvested, and go into many many things. Included in them, building materials for houses.

Do you have any facts you'd like to offer, or are you content with unsubstantiated claims? Because you're 0 for 2.

3 days ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

gstoddart Re:How much of this work has been, or was outsourc (142 comments)

The funniest part of your rants is the unfounded assumption that Lockheed is or ever was competent.

I make no such assumption, that's all you.

I'm saying I'm not willing to conclude the issue was entirely the contractors, and that the people in charge of this quite likely brought their own level of incompetence to the table.

I'm not willing to assume it was entirely the contractor, because I've seen FAR too many examples of management incompetence on these kinds of things.

3 days ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

gstoddart Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (44 comments)

We have fusion now... We can start a fusion reaction pretty much whenever we want. The problem is we cannot create a sustained fusion reaction that nets us industrial levels of energy and do it in a cost effective way.

Then, it's pretty useless as an energy solution, isn't it?

When I say "I'll believe it when I see it", I don't mean some bench prototype which doesn't deliver, I mean a real, functioning system.

And we've been "a few years away" from having that from decades now. Until proven otherwise, I will continue to assume "real soon now" will probably not happen for quite some time.

3 days ago
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How a Solar Storm Two Years Ago Nearly Caused a Catastrophe On Earth

gstoddart Re:FUD filled.... (212 comments)

I dont know about his area but here they are supplied by natural gas

Which, one assumes, also relies on pumps.

I doubt natural gas gets from point a to point b by magic.

3 days ago
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Comet To Make Close Call With Mars

gstoddart Re:Too bad this didn't happen in 50 years (44 comments)

They've been saying fusion is just a "few years away" for decades now.

I'll believe it when I see it.

Fusion could make all sorts of things possible, but it doesn't mean we're near making it happen.

3 days ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

gstoddart Re:So ... (224 comments)

Why did the perfectly spherical chicken cross the road?

To get to the black hole (or neutron star).

Seriously, can we get a can analogy (yeah, I know, imagine a perfectly spherical car, bastards! ;-)

4 days ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

gstoddart Re:How much of this work has been, or was outsourc (142 comments)

And, then contrast that to how much controls were on the people who oversaw it, how well they communicated/knew the requirements, how often they changed them, and how much political infighting they did.

I've been on several projects trying to replace legacy systems. And, as often as not, the client is fighting among themselves, the definitions are either never nailed down or are constantly shifting, and the people involved have no actual experience in managing large scale IT projects.

I'm more likely to think this is a management issue than an issue with who was doing the work.

Ask anybody who has been involved in such a project.

I was on one project that had 11 PMs (no, I'm not kidding), all with their own agenda, and no two of them could ever agree on anything.

It was a truly terrible experience. The people in charge of the existing technology didn't want change and actively sabotaged stuff. The various stakeholders were all trying to carve out their own little fiefdom, the users weren't consulted until late into the project, and the specs might as well have been written in smoke.

The people trying to actually build it were constantly being told "no, don't do that, do this" only to have someone else say "why the hell are you doing this when we told you to do that?". Heck, I've left a meeting one day where everybody said "OK, we agree to do this", only to have a directive come down a day later which said "we can't possibly do that".

Combine that with vastly complex legacy systems nobody really fully understands, because it's been hacked, extended, patched, and a zillion other things for a few decades and you end up with a complete mess.

As I've said elsewhere in this thread, my money is on a failure of the owners of the project to actually take ownership and responsibility, instead of endlessly changing their mind and finding other people to blame. Documenting all of the bullshit becomes a full time job, because you need to CYA for when things go wrong later.

Some problems simply can't be fixed with good technical staff. Because the technical staff is just there to be yelled at and be scapegoats for management incompetence.

4 days ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

gstoddart Cue blaming the contractor ... (142 comments)

And, now they'll say it was all the fault of the contractor.

In reality, I suspect it's government infighting, poorly defined (and constantly changing) specs, and congress-critters trying to get a piece of the pie for their own districts.

They always blame the contractor but usually it's being managed by incompetent people without enough accountability and controls.

In fairness, I've seen a lot of legacy migrations fail, because it's often damned near impossible to understand the existing system well enough to write a replacement for it, and then you end up breaking everything which has been integrated with it for years.

I've been on a few large legacy replacement projects which fell squarely on their nose as the project progressed, largely because the system is vastly more complex than the initial analysis, and people make it impossible at every turn.

4 days ago

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