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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:How to regulate something that is unregulateabl (164 comments)

As long as you keep your private key secure no one can take your Bitcoins. You can generate your private key on a non-networked computer and write it down, then transfer your coins to the public address.

Assuming you trust your printer, Mycelium is working on a USB plug to make paper wallets.

2 days ago
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New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

h4ck7h3p14n37 Thanks, but no thanks (121 comments)

we believe that setting up common sense rules of the road is vital to the long-term future of the virtual currency industry, as well as the safety and soundness of customer assets.(We think the situation at Mt. Gox, for example, made that very clear.)

It seems to me the Bitcoin community has been doing just fine without regulatory "assistance". Sure some people got burned by Mt. Gox, but I'm okay with that being one of the risks if it allows me to avoid government meddling. The State is a hell of a lot more of a threat to me than some shyster like Karpeles.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Only because they're stupid. (435 comments)

Of course, the FBI has way too many people that need to deal with technology that really don't understand it in the slightest. Years ago I had to disappoint an FBI agent that I was helping by explaining to him how things really worked. He was getting samples from all the different printers so that they could make a database to identify what printer printed something like they used to do with typewriters. I had to explain to him that the fonts are totally programmable and have no unique characteristics to that printer. Also, that the inks and toners are actually made by only a handful of companies, and are again, not unique to the printer. He was very disappointing with the information.

Maybe that's why some printers add secret watermarks to their output?

http://www.pcworld.com/article... http://www.instructables.com/i...

about two weeks ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:don't drive with nobody in it? (435 comments)

Why stop at cars? Once this technology is developed we could have things like roaming vending machines, automated fast-food stations, small courier bots, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:This makes sense. (280 comments)

Years ago I went through a SOX compliance process for a B2B website I worked on. I can't recall the name of the auditor, but it was one of the giant companies in Chicago. They sent us a clearly green auditor who had apparently taken some internal courses in how to perform an audit of computer systems (and billed a ridiculous hourly rate). One of the controls they insisted on was routine password expiration. When I challenged the auditor as to explain how it improved our security posture, they were unable to come up with any response other than that's what they were told was necessary. I suspect 90 days became the standard because the biggest auditors said so.

about two weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:E-mail? (346 comments)

Many large companies automatically encrypt emails with a certain keyword in the subject line. The large investment bank I worked at used to do this.

What's shocking to me is that the contractor was able to reach gmail at all. We were restricted to only connecting approved devices to the corporate network and could not access any websites unless we were connected to the bank's VPN and were routed through their filtering proxy.

about a month ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

h4ck7h3p14n37 fvwm2 ftw! (611 comments)

I just need something simple that gives me virtual desktops and the ability to launch xterms.

about 2 months ago
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OKCoin Raises $10 Million To Become China's Largest Bitcoin Exchange

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:The point of an exchange (48 comments)

An exchange is a place where buyers and sellers can meet to do business and where the price of goods is determined. You place an order with the exchange and it tries to fulfill your order given the other orders in the system. Some exchanges allow you to trade on margin, where you're only required to post a portion of the money for your deals and the exchange covers the rest. Exchanges make their money by charging a small fee per transaction.

Say you want to buy 100 Bitcoins, you open an account with an exchange and fund it via some method like cashier's check, money order, wire transfer, credit card or cash. You can then enter various types of orders. A market order would be fulfilled at whatever price the market happens to be at, while a limit order would specify a certain price (or better). Now, there may be no one on the exchange able to fulfill your order of 100 bitcoins, but there may be ten people who can sell you 10 each, or maybe two people with 50, etc. The exchange will manage this all for you. If you placed a limit order and no one is around to sell you those last 10 bitcoins at the price you wanted, then that part of your order will go unfulfilled.

An exchange is not a bank! You should not keep assets in your exchange account unless they are actively used to trade.

about 4 months ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Most Transparent Ever! (152 comments)

Given that very large percentages of the population can't be bothered to cast a ballot during elections, how can you claim that money in politics is the problem?

about 4 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

It Depends on the religion. Some sects of Christianity allow contraception (e.g. Methodists), while others, like the Roman Catholic Church, do not.

about 7 months ago
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US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Fuck religion. (903 comments)

No, the whole point of health insurance, like any type of insurance, is to hedge against risk. Risk pooling is just one way of helping to ensure it's profitable to issue policies. If I decide I don't want to risk having to pay for cancer treatments, I can pay a premium for an insurance policy to hedge against the risk of developing cancer. If I know I'm not going to be having children, why would I pay a premium for maternity coverage?

An individual should absolutely be able to choose which risks he wants to hedge against and which risks he doesn't. That's the big problem with the minimum essential coverage requirements in the Patent Protection and Affordable Care Act, it forces everyone to pay for coverage they may neither need, nor want. Insurance does not equate to healthcare, although people like to confuse the two. You can always pay cash for services. If I'm relatively young and healthy, with plenty of cash in the bank, it may make sense for me to carry a high deductible catastrophic plan that does not cover routine services that I can pay for with cash.

If the goal is universal health coverage, then we should be opening free clinics, new medical schools and offering scholarships to people who want to be trained. The PPACA did none of this, it was simply more regulations on an already over-regulated industry.

about 7 months ago
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How long do your computer mice last?

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Who uses mice? (361 comments)

I agree, the Logitech Trackman Marble FX rocks. I've got two that I bought back in the 90's and I'm thinking about buying some more off eBay.

I never understood why Logitech stopped producing them, or why someone else didn't license/copy the design. Fits the hand and wrist well, the large ball has some heft and spins freely and I found the thumb cutout useful for finer movements.

about 7 months ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

It's not just opiates. There are plenty of classes of drugs where ignorant physicians prescribe inappropriately and get people addicted or harmed. Then the doctor blames the patient for the problem he created, labels them "junkie", refuses to see them or help with a taper which then pretty much forces them to seek out the black market.

Read up on what happened to the people who got hooked on Paxil before the physicians knew it was addictive. Doctors actually told people their withdrawal symptoms were due to mental illness and kept on prescribing. Or read some stories of people who were prescribed benzodiazepines incorrectly and lost years of their memories.

about 10 months ago
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First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Gross, but... (618 comments)

Gee, you think? It appears that American society has collectively learned nothing from the Prohibition days.

Rather than trying to understand why people use drugs or doing something to help people, society at large just likes to judge and label them "losers". For a supposedly "Christian" nation this is pretty f'ing pathetic.

I live in Chicago and have seen what happens to people when they can't get access to treatment or when they decide to take a trip to the 'hood for their fix. Most of the addicts I have known have wanted to quit, but the help's not there for them in many cases. One of my ex-girlfriends died from an overdose a few years ago. Thankfully some of the other people I knew were able to get clean after many years of trying.

We should be pursuing harm reduction strategies, but again, these are just "losers", so it's good if they die. Right?

about 10 months ago
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Robotic Bartender Programmed To Recognize When You Are Ready For a Drink

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Put even more people out of work (90 comments)

Don't most people expect to converse with their bartender? How's that going to work?

Hello patron, my name is bartender Sbaitso.
I am here to help you.
Say whatever is in your mind freely,
Our conversation will be kept in strict confidence.
Memory contents will be wiped off after you leave,
So, tell me about your problems.

about 10 months ago
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Emotional Attachment To Robots Could Affect Battlefield Outcome

h4ck7h3p14n37 Robot? I'd have an AbuseBot. (194 comments)

Based on my past history of swearing at and smacking tech gear (it works!), I'm pretty sure any robot I worked with or acquired would suffer nothing but abuse from me.

And what's with people trying to make robots cute? I want mine to look mean as hell, remember Maximilian from the Black Hole? That guy was freakin' awesome!

Granted, I've been attached to some of my cars and felt really shitty when I crashed one, but it's just a car. It can be fixed and there are others out there.

about 10 months ago
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What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

h4ck7h3p14n37 Missing option: short story (322 comments)

Holodeck was an option, but not short story? I'm offended.

about a year ago
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U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

none have been lost, swallowed or used for lewt sexual acts.

Wait, you can use them for sex? Why am I just now learning this?

about a year ago
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Surveillance Story Turns Into a Warning About Employer Monitoring

h4ck7h3p14n37 "We need to talk to you about some email" (382 comments)

I once had a friend email me at work with the subject "IRC" and the message "get your @ss on IRC". My employer (small company, 50 people) was running some kind of filtering software and flagged the message. Resulted in the head of HR talking to the head of IT who then pulled me aside and asked me what IRC was.

Ultimately nothing came of it, but I wasn't very happy to discover that they were secretly snooping through employees' email. They certainly have the right to do it, but I think it's unethical to do so without notifying people of the policy. There's no reason it needs to be a secret.

about a year ago
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The $200,000 Software Developer

h4ck7h3p14n37 Re:Wanna earn $200K+? Two words... (473 comments)

I have been working for a very large investment bank in the U.S. for about five years and my experience definitely doesn't match this. Plenty of incompetence, but I haven't seen malice or ethical/moral issues. Honestly, some of the smartest and most helpful people I've ever worked with.

I work in the middle-office doing tech and user support for trading applications (rates and credit). My employer has a college pipeline program which is how they get a lot of their people. They also work people on contract and then make them an offer if they're good; that's how I got in. I went to an agency that had helped a friend out and landed a six month contract. The contract was extended six months and then half-way through I was asked what I would like to make if they were to offer me a position.

I got the initial contract for two reasons. Number one, I'm experienced and talented. I started working with computers when I was about five and have been programming them since age six or seven. I got access to the Internet in high school back in '91 and learned a lot about things like Usenet, Unix (SunOS) Gopher and the WWW (go Mosaic!). When I started college in '94 I got a job as an admin in the MSCS department's NeXTSTEP lab and started to learn how to do basic sysadmin work, port and compile programs, etc. I spent quite a bit of my time writing CGIs in C running on Apache. I was a student in the EECS department and was taking computer science courses; my electives were in operating systems (2 classes), computer architecture (2 classes), object oriented programming (C++ & Smalltalk) and databases systems. I also did an independent study in Java when people were first talking about it. During my third year at the University I got a job in industry working for a 5 person web development company where I was _the_ tech guy. I was the sysadmin, DBA, webmaster, etc. From there I went on to work for medium sized companies doing development work for B2C and B2B e-commerce websites using Java.

The second reason I got the job was that I presented well and could interact with people socially. A support job entails being able to communicate with a lot of different types of people and it's amazing how many candidates simply can't do this. You need to present as someone who is confident, knowledgeable, flexible and who can get along well with others. Also, don't hit on people during your interview! It's amazing, but people have actually done this before. My group would always have one of the more attractive women talk to the candidate just to get a feel for their personality and to flag the creeps.

I didn't have any prior financial experience and that wasn't a problem, I just needed to have a good attitude and a desire to learn. I'm someone who realizes that tech exists to serve the business and not just for its own sake, so I always look forward to learning the business side of things wherever I go. I'm not a diva and really don't care what language I'm using or what operating system is running on the box under my desk; I can work with anything. Some of my friends aren't that way and it has cost them opportunities.

I would definitely recommend you talk to some of the consulting agencies in your area and see if they have any reqs from financial companies. I'm not sure what part of the country/world you're in, but those kinds of jobs exist all over. They're not just in London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Financial industry doesn't just mean high frequency trading, it includes community banks, loan servicing companies, etc. Be honest on your resume and when you speak with people. It's unfortunate, but employers get a lot of resumes from liars that put a bunch of stuff down that they can't back up. If you're someone who's honest then you will look like a superstar.

about a year ago

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Network Solutions DNS is Screwed Up

h4ck7h3p14n37 h4ck7h3p14n37 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

h4ck7h3p14n37 (926070) writes "It looks like Network Solutions has managed to really mess up their DNS servers. Not only are they returning incorrect results for valid domains, but they're also returning results for invalid domains.

dwiest@dfwdamian.vail: dig @ns1.netsol.com ftp.freebsd.org ; > DiG 9.3.3 > @ns1.netsol.com ftp.freebsd.org ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER> DiG 9.3.3 > @ns1.netsol.com invalid.domain ; (1 server found) ;; global options: printcmd ;; Got answer: ;; ->>HEADER

There's an article over at InfoWorld about this."

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