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Jim Blasko Explains 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 2 of 2)

ladoga Re:ok. i'll play. "my experience is... (39 comments)

That does not follow. A large company can accept Bitcoins and convert immediately to their local currency. That does not require faith in a long-term forecast.

Implementing an infrastructure to handle a new payment protocol isn't free. Would you bother to add support for something that isn't going to be around?

about a week ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

ladoga Re:Bitcoin (290 comments)

The Roman Empire lasted another 200 years after the currency was fully debased to 5% silver in 270 CE. That's pretty fucking good by historical standards, especially since the first 100 years of that were reasonably stable and prosperous.

Roman empire (Imperium Romanum) lasted well into middle ages. It ended with the fall of Constantinople to Ottoman Turks in 1453.

I know Catholics like to rewrite history, but Romans made no such difference. In fact the city of Rome wasn't even capital of the empire after 330 CE when emperor Constantinus named Constantinople as the new capital. Trade in the east meant that's where the money was and the court moved accordingly.

Western parts were administered from Ravenna (Mediolanum) between 330 and 426 as the Rome (the city) fell into relative insignificance before falling to Goths. Rome was reconquered by the Roman Empire during Gothic wars in 535-554 CE.

about two weeks ago
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Tracking a Bitcoin Thief, Part II: Illustrating the Issue of Trust In Altcoins

ladoga Re:Bitcoin was invented so that... (46 comments)

The very very low transaction costs of cryptocurrency is only true for a very small population of very technically sophisticated persons -- maintaining safe and secure encrypted data backups involves the kind of skillset that companies pay good money for, so doing this as a hobby is not exactly "free" in any practical sense. The rest of us will need to lean on exchanges, and factor in how to pay for insurance against another apparent (IMHO) inside job like MtGox.

No need for encypted data backups. Transactions are all in the blockchain, not on your computer and addresses (and private keys) can be generated offline. It's enough if you just print your private keys on paper and keep those safe. The only way to lose your bitcoins is to lose your private keys.

This also the reason why storing bitcoins on an exchange is a bad idea. If you don't have the private key those bitcoins are not really yours.

about 2 months ago
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Japanese Maglev Train Hits 500kph

ladoga Re:kph.. (419 comments)

kph is routinely used in many metric countries. it's not at all unusual to see it.

Then they do it wrong. Do they also not begin their sentences with capital letters?

I guess we agree that kilometre (or kilometer for the US) is an SI unit. So in the International System of Units:

k = kilo (prefix for one thousand)
m = metre (base unit of length)
h = hour (unit of time)

Thus the correct unit symbol for kilometre(s) per hour is either km/h or kmh^-1. It's really that simple.

about 2 months ago
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NASA Finds a Delaware-Sized Methane "Hot Spot" In the Southwest

ladoga Re:Relative sizes (213 comments)

Or 4 Mm^2. (4 square megametres)

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

ladoga WNDR3800 (427 comments)

I've had a Netgear WNDR3800 running a customized OpenWRT build by arokh https://forum.openwrt.org/view... for past couple of years and I've been very happy with it. My experience with routers is limited, but it's hands down the best router I ever had.

Custom firmwares can be installed from the stock web interface (same as normal firmware update). It has plenty of processing power and RAM and has been very reliable. Between firmware updates it has regularly clocked over a year of uptime without a hiccup.

about 6 months ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

ladoga Re:Hey California, I have a solution for you (752 comments)

They won't exit voluntarily. So you need to use force:
$ sudo killall -9 politicians

But whatever. You'll only end up witnessing the following:
"$USER is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported."

about a year ago
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Sailfish OS Gains Two-Way Android Compatibility

ladoga Re:Why, isn't that just peachy (130 comments)

meego is just as much linux based as android is. To me it amounts to changing the colour of the bikeshed a bit.

Oh, so Android now ships with GNU/busybox userland and X (or Wayland in case of Sailfish) out of the box?

about a year ago
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Snowden: NSA Spying On EU Diplomats and Administrators

ladoga Re:Of course they are... (417 comments)

his is why the US catches Russian sleeper agents occasionally... or busts Chinese spies. This happens all the time. And the general convention on the matter is that if we don't punish their spying we won't punish their spying.

Being in company of China and Russia with your track record isn't something I'd consider to be proud about.

about a year and a half ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

ladoga Re:mother of all languages (323 comments)

Sami (the first inhabitants of Fennoscadia after the ice age) word for mother is eadni, which shares it's origin with Finnish Ãiti. Finns might have actually loaned it from the indigenous population when settling here thousands of years ago. So that recent. ;)

about a year and a half ago
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English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language

ladoga Re:mother of all languages (323 comments)

In Finnish mother is "Ãiti". There also exists another word for mother "emo", but it's not used anymore in reference to human mother (except few local dialects), only when referring to mothers of other animal species. Though I think Estonian ("ema") and some other Finno-Ugric languages still have it in its original meaning.

BTW. Wouldn't it be time for slashdot to support accented letters already? Ã is a with two dots over it, pronounced like letter a in english word ash.

about a year and a half ago
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The Balkanization of Chatting

ladoga Re:Didn't Trillian do this? (242 comments)

I can confirm that chatting with Google Talk accounts works using 3rd party XMPP servers. XMPP is actually the only IM protocol (if screen+irssi on remote server isn't counted) that I use with my phone (N9 also) and it works through the phone's integrated messaging client (telepathy). Video and voice calls using XMPP are bit flaky, but for simple messaging it's great.

about a year and a half ago
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Jolla Ports Wayland To Android GPU Drivers

ladoga Re:Eh? (90 comments)

I don't know For what it's worth, here's the package description for xserver-xorg-fbdev:

Description: X.Org X server -- fbdev display driver This package provides the driver for TI's OMAP 3 SoCs with a POWERVR SGX graphics core.

...and drivers being loaded:

~ $ zcat /var/log/Xorg.0.log.0.gz | grep driver
[ 11.461] (==) Matched fbdev as autoconfigured driver 0
[ 11.461] (==) Assigned the driver to the xf86ConfigLayout
[ 11.462] (II) Loading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers/fbdev_drv.so
[ 11.474] (II) FBDEV: driver for framebuffer: fbdev
[ 11.505] (II) FBDEV(0): [DRI2] DRI driver: pvr2d

about 2 years ago
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Jolla Ports Wayland To Android GPU Drivers

ladoga Re:Eh? (90 comments)

Well, I don't know what N9 you guys are talking about, but my Nokia N9 (RM696) definitely uses X11 as default.

~ $ Xorg -version

X.Org X Server 1.9.5
Release Date: 2011-03-17
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 arm
Current Operating System: Linux rm696 2.6.32.54-dfl61-20121301 #1 PREEMPT Mon Apr 2 14:14:32 EEST 2012 armv7l

and

~ $ pstree
init-+-Xorg
|-Xsession---sleep
<snip>

about 2 years ago
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Jolla Ports Wayland To Android GPU Drivers

ladoga Re:Eh? (90 comments)

From my Nokia N9:

~ $ ps -A | grep Xorg
  553 root     244:41 /usr/bin/Xorg -logfile /tmp/Xorg.0.log -core -background none -logverbose 1 -verbose -1 -nocursor -noreset -novtswitch -s 0 -sigstop
17005 user       0:00 grep Xorg

~ $ dpkg -l | grep xserver-xorg
ii  xserver-xorg-core                                              2:1.9.5-meego2121+0m8                                          Xorg X server - core server
ii  xserver-xorg-input-evdev                                       1:2.6.0-1-meego1042+0m6                                        X.Org X server -- evdev input driver
ii  xserver-xorg-input-mtev                                        0.1.14+0m6                                                     Multitouch XI2 input driver
ii  xserver-xorg-video-fbdev                                       1:0.4.0-264+0m8                                                X.Org X server -- fbdev display driver

about 2 years ago
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous

ladoga Re:I approve. (212 comments)

That's not the impression I get from all that's been happening up there in NK lately. They aren't behaving by anyone's definition of "rational".

Kim Jong-un trying to unite people behind him by building up imaginary foreign threat? Not exactly a novel idea or completely without rationale. He's a new leader, people are unsure of his power and some might want to take his place or get rid of him.

For all practical purpose, they are 100% unpredictable. You have no way of telling what they're going to do next.

Probably next he will just make more threaths. Threats don't kill, but they can coinvince some potential competitors in the political elite of NK that Kim Jong-un is not weak. Whatever the case the NK's dictator loves his power and using nukes would be the fastest way to throw it all away. He won't do that. It might sound stupid to people who like to dehumanize their opponents, but he's not crazy (as in irrational). It's ofcourse debatable if lust for power that goes beyond the needs of the people is sane, but then many if not all of our leaders are crazy.

about 2 years ago
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked By Anonymous

ladoga Re:I approve. (212 comments)

That's not the impression I get from all that's been happening up there in NK lately. They aren't behaving by anyone's definition of "rational".

Kim Jong-un trying to unite people behind him by building up imaginary foreign threat? Not exactly a novel idea or completely without rationale. He's a new leader, people are unsure of his power and some might want to take his place or get rid of him.

For all practical purpose, they are 100% unpredictable. You have no way of telling what they're going to do next.

Probably next he will just make more threaths. Threats don't kill, but they can coinvince some potential competitors in the political elite of NK that Kim Jong-un is not weak. Whatever the case the NK's dictator loves his power and using nukes would be the fastest way to throw it all away. He won't do that. As stupid as it sounds he's not crazy. It's debatable if lust for power that goes beyond the needs of your people is sane, but then many if not all(?) of our leaders would be crazy.

about 2 years ago
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Nokia N9: the World's Most Underrated Smartphone?

ladoga Re:It really is a pity it was killed (176 comments)

I agree with most of above except your claim about lack of app development. While it's true for commercial apps, - not much incentive to develop there and never was due to Elop's decision to kill the platform before N9 was even released - influx of ported and new open source apps seems quite strong.

I'm just playing with a new Stellarium port http://thelarge.org/stellarium-n9/ (which is awesome) and few days ago I installed a new version of Rawcam http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?t=85512 . Many apps that I use frequently - Meecast, Meegopas, Mapsi and CuteTube to name some - have been updated regularly.

The thing I really like about N9 is that I can use same CLI tools that I use on my desktop. If some CLI tool is missing it's not hard to fire up scratchbox, wget the sources and compile it for Harmattan. Not to mention ability to ssh into it and use like any other linux device on my network.

Real multitasking with background sockets is nice too. I can fire up terminal on N9, ssh to my server, attach to screen session of irssi and have it there for basically forever and switch to the terminal app whenever I feel like reading discussions. WP8 would just close the connection when I switch ssh client to the background. I don't know how Android handles multitasking, probably better.

about 2 years ago
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Israeli Bill Would Allow Secret Blacklists For Websites

ladoga Re:hitler would be proud (132 comments)

Except that if you want to get into politics in Israel you have to recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state.

In other words, people who belong to certain religious group are more equal than others.

more than 2 years ago

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Exporting Net Censorship

ladoga ladoga writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ladoga (931420) writes "In an Al Jazeera opinion piece named West censoring East a writer, blogger and activist Jillian York talks about the role of Western corporations in assisting Middle Eastern and North African regimes' in their efforts of net censorship:

Throughout most of the Middle East and North Africa, online censorship is the norm. The level of censorship varies; in Morocco, only a handful of sites relating to the Western Sahara, Google Earth, and Livejournal are deemed offencive enough to ban, while other countries like Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria filter the internet pervasively, banning political sites as well as social content. Though the filtering itself is conducted by the governments of each country, it is made possible by technology imported mainly from the United States and Canada.

Some readers might wish to go through the full report at OpenNet Initiative website."
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