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Estonia Urged To Drop Internet Voting Over Security Fears

hotdiggity Re:Ooh... (116 comments)

Estonia has already weathered the brunt of a Russian cyberattack. They are recognized to be world leaders in cybersecurity at the government level, and host the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.

http://www.zdnet.com/the-poste...

So yes, I think their safeguards and failsafes extend beyond Windows Update and Norton. Open sourcing their code reduces the black-box vulnerabilities well beyond that level to begin with.

about 4 months ago
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Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown

hotdiggity Re:sure (222 comments)

You Bastards! *punches sand futilely*

What have you not done?

Damn you! Damn you to hell!

about 8 months ago
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Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin To Die In a Fire

hotdiggity Re:Bigger than Jesus? (691 comments)

Yeah, but those are just newer, less "legitimate" alternatives - like LiteJesus, NameJesus, PPJesus, etc.

about 9 months ago
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Open Source Beehives Designed To Help Save Honeybee Colonies

hotdiggity Re:There's no mystery. (172 comments)

I'm the anonymous who called you out on being a MORON

... as I am both science and philosophically oriented I prefer scientific studies to generate facts and not untutored opinions.

You throw around a lot of ad hominem attacks, name-calling, and personal anecdotal evidence for someone supposedly science and philosophically oriented, Skippy the Anonymous Coward.

about 9 months ago
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Swiss War Game Envisages Invasion By Bankrupt French

hotdiggity Re:Why Switzerland ? (245 comments)

That's ridiculous. Why would the French army go to the pains of crossing the alps and trying to invade a country that has atomic shelters everywhere

Geneva would be a cinch to snap up. It's in low-lying lands, and France can invade it from the northwest, south, west, east. All French territory.

Of course, they would have to contend with the fearsome Swiss Navy on Lake Geneva. I hear they have some fearsome, multipurpose cutlery they could bring to bear.

about a year ago
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British TV Show 'Blackout' Triggers Online LOLs

hotdiggity Re: Kind of reminds me of a story... (222 comments)

First, you make him drop the banana.

Then, you eat the banana!

You have now rendered him...'elpless!

(>6 hours and nobody delivered on this Monty Python setup. Sheesh.)

1 year,6 days
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Aiming For a Commercially Available Submersible

hotdiggity Re:5 Passengers? (66 comments)

Don't worry about the Wars on <noun>.

Don't even worry about the Wars on <verb>.

Shit's gonna get real when they begin the Wars on <adverb>. And, worse, the Wars on <preposition>.

1 year,24 days
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Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers

hotdiggity Re:That one programmer who is the weak link.... (641 comments)

I fear the one programmer who write thousands and thousands of lines of spaghetti code that can be done in hundreds of lines if written correctly.

My nightmare would be the one programmer who writes one line of Perl code that could be done in hundreds of lines, if written correctly.

about a year ago
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

hotdiggity Re:Can of worms opened... (955 comments)

I'd say it's a no-brainer that Ron Paul supports him:

http://www.ronpaul.com/2013-06-10/ron-paul-edward-snowden-and-glenn-greenwald-have-done-a-great-service-to-the-american-people/

“We should be thankful for individuals like Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald who see injustice being carried out by their own government and speak out, despite the risk. They have done a great service to the American people by exposing the truth about what our government is doing in secret.”

about a year ago
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BitCoin Value Collapses, Possibly Due To DDoS

hotdiggity Re:Lemmings (605 comments)

The very definition of a Ponzi scheme. This will only end in tears.

-Matt

While I agree with much of your post, Bitcoin is not a Ponzi scheme, and certainly not it's 'very definition'. "Ponzi scheme" seems to be one of the most misused expressions in economics.

A Ponzi scheme is a specific type of fraud where a party pays people back their own capital rather than making legitimate returns. By definition, it is unsustainable. That's why it's a fraud.

Bitcoin, on the other hand, is just a commodity/currency in a bubble. Period. There are no mathematical reasons that it couldn't be perceived to be at its fair value of $166 forever, so long as people perceive that value to be correct.

Just because unscrupulous speculators make money off the naive, doesn't make it a Ponzi scheme. It just makes it yet another average financial marketplace, which have been drawing in suckers since 4000 B.C.

about a year and a half ago
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How a Programmer Gets By On $16K/Yr: He Moves to Malaysia

hotdiggity Re:Or you can stay in the U.S. (523 comments)

And if everyone does what you did the quiet, scenic inexpensive areas that you moved to will become McMansion-infested suburban holes with high prices and everything else you ran away from. You didn't solve a problem. You're just the leading edge of the problem in a new state and you're crowing about it like it's something great.

I think you underestimate the size of the 'fly-over' parts of the United States of America. And the number of dying small towns that could use an influx of new people.

ps. Tom Geller - fyi, Toronto has all the sushi you could ever want, and is a hell of a lot cheaper to get to!

about a year and a half ago
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For Sale: One Nobel Prize Medal (Slightly Used, By Francis Crick)

hotdiggity This medal belongs at the Eagle pub (179 comments)

The Eagle Pub in Cambridge belongs to Corpus Christi College, and it is the place where Crick and Watson announced the helical DNA structure.

Corpus has the money; it could afford it. It's historically relevant, and I could think of nothing better than to hold a raise a pint in their honour.

And then maybe chase it bitterly with a bottle of Jack Daniels, in tribute to young Miss Rosalind Franklin from whom they stole so much.

about a year and a half ago
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Islamists In Bangladesh Demand Murder of More Bloggers

hotdiggity Re:Before commenting, please remember... (389 comments)

The quicker we realize that it is anything BUT a religion of peace, and deal with it appropriately, the better.

Can you elaborate on this? How to deal with it? This isn't one of those vague political "yada yada yada" ideas, because dealing with a widely held religious belief usually involves war, discriminatory laws, or any other of a wide variety of excuses to stamp on personal rights and freedom of association.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Invests $1 Billion To Build New London HQ

hotdiggity Re:$1 billion will buy you some excellent tax lawy (132 comments)

Buy up some cheap real estate in a distressed area, and then build something big there. The cheap real estate suddenly becomes quite valuable. A nice business plan . . .

The King's Cross area is not remotely distressed. It's been undergoing a revitalization project for pretty much a decade right now. The restored St Pancras station there ranks among the nicest buildings in London (and that's saying something).

So if Google would be a bit late to the party if this was their plan. But it's a great location. Central, on seven subway lines, and a 45 minute direct train to Cambridge.

Good strategic spot, I'd say.

about a year and a half ago
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New Threadlike Carbon Nanotube Fiber Unveiled

hotdiggity Re:Journalists are scienticians (171 comments)

And which strength are we talking about? Tensile? Sheer?

The latter, I think. Sheer Fucking Strength!

Although, come to think of it, it might be shear strength as well.

about a year and a half ago
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Online Gambling Site Bets On Bitcoin To Avoid U.S. Laws

hotdiggity Re:Another idiot buying into the bitcoin scam. (347 comments)

Is the US going away tomorrow? No. Are they going away next year? No. Are they going away in 5-10 years? No.

Is the US going to print 80 billion dollars more next month? Yes.

Is the US going to print 80 billion dollars more the month after that? Yes.

Is the US going to print 80 billion dollars more the month after that? Yes.

Is the US going to print 80 billion dollars more the month after that? Yes.

It's not the 'going away' part that's the concern.

about a year and a half ago
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Australia Is On So Much Fire, You Can See It From Orbit

hotdiggity Re:Deep purple has been invented! (289 comments)

Re:Deep purple has been invented!

That particular colour cannot be used to indicate bushfires. I believe it's been reserved for smoke on the water only.

about a year and a half ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Ban Minting of Trillion-Dollar Coin

hotdiggity Re:Can't America get its acts together ? (1059 comments)

Anyway: We're in an emergency. Balancing the budget through spending cuts, as righteous as some of those cuts may sound, is likely to decrease economic activity and make things worse. It's important for us to realize that deficit spending should be a last resort, and the goal should be to stop it ASAP. But it's not time yet.

Okay, this post gets to the heart of it. Keynesianism says that it's okay to deficit spend when you're in recession, so I'm good with that. In 2008, the ass was falling out of everything, so yes, your surprisingly specific analogy applied.

But we are out of recession. Have been for years now.

What exactly are you waiting for, for us to obey the laws of mathematics again?

The glory days of 2003-2008? Well, we know in hindsight that that was nothing but an unsustainable real estate bubble.

The dotcom boom of 95-2000? Unless we invent a new Internet that's even awesomer, on the same life-changing scale, we are unlikely to reap the same productivity transformation again.

We have become used to a 4-5% GDP growth figure that is unsustainable. Anything less than it seems to justify maxing out the credit card at low rates until we can get back to the high life again. This past high growth rate has been underpinned by a demographic tail wind (baby boomers), a 50 year trend of women entering the work force, and the steady pace of increased automation and globalization. And with the possible exception of automation, the rest of these trends have levelled off or reversed.

If the new natural normal is 2%, and that's where we are, then this insane deficit and money printing is not investing in our future; it's pushing on a rope. It's making banks rich, resaddling students with debt, and temporarily raising expectations for everyone for a lifestyle that is not sustainable. Some pain now, rather than a lot more pain later.

Right now, the US debt-to-GDP ratio is just north of 100%. I'm not for a balanced budget. But five years of a skyrocketing debt-to-GDP ratio has got to stop. Five years of an 'unacceptable growth rate' is not a storm to be weathered. It's a climate change.

Because one of these days, interest rates will have to go up to their long-term average of 5%. Count on it. When those interest rates are inflation-driven back to their long term average, you sure as hell don't want your government debt much higher than it is now.

about a year and a half ago
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Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

hotdiggity Re:100 more will die today (1719 comments)

And banning guns tomorrow, totally...would not affect gun crime in the US for decades

Maybe. But not banning guns will affect gun crime never.

Imagine if the 'Patrick Purdy' incident referenced in the GP caused a gun ban to be enacted on everything but single-shot long guns. That was two decades ago.

Got to start sometime. Plus, if you do a total ban on certain weapons, you have the moral authority to hike up punishment on gun crimes with those weapons, right away. There is no excuse for a crime-of-passion, as you are already knowingly breaking the law by possessing a banned weapon.

about a year ago

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