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Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

leonbev Re:Then (473 comments)

Yeah, I'm not sure what you would call the US Government nowadays. Probably more of an Oligarchy of wealthy business owners and campaign contributors telling our "Democratically Elected" Legislative bodies what bills to vote on.

about a week ago
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Jim Blasko Explains BitCoin Spinoff 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 1 of 2)

leonbev Re:Useful changes (55 comments)

A low inflation rate kind of kills the motivation to "mine" the coin and help the transaction network run, doesn't it? One of the reasons why Bitcoin (and the clones like Litecoin and Dogecoin) popular is that the early adopters could get a bunch of it while it was cheap and then watch it quickly go up in value.

I might be willing to devote about of $100 of power/time/compute cycles for a cryptocurrency that might be worth $500 a few years from now. If I knew that the currency was going to be worth $110 (best case scenario!) a few years from now, I'm not going to waste my time.

about a week ago
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Republican Bill Aims To Thwart the FCC's Leaning Towards Title II

leonbev Re:"Free Market" religion (182 comments)

You say that like every Mom and Pop shop in the world has the resources to set up and support their own multi-million/billion dollar metropolitan fiber network.

Yes, competition will be easier with Title II, but it's not going to happen quickly. Plus, you're still going to have some rural areas where there simply isn't a large enough customer base to support multiple profitable ISP's.

about two weeks ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

leonbev Re:Nothing has been lost! (290 comments)

The problem is that Bitcoin doesn't really work as a currency when the price is wildly swinging by over 25% in a single day.

Could you imagine being a store that only sold their goods with Bitcoin? They would have to reprice their entire inventory every hour to insure that they are making a profit on what they're selling!

Instead, most businesses that take Bitcoin have to use a service like Bitpay peg the Bitcoin transaction price to something more stable like US dollars. Even then, the Bitcoin exchange services are taking a big risk that the Bitcoin to USD price isn't going to suddenly fall. I'll bet that those services will soon need to increase their fees or offer more favorable exchange rates for themselves to stay in business.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

leonbev Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (417 comments)

I'm not sure how "the market" is going to work in this case. The major players in this market have already bought enough votes to pass local laws preventing competition in the regions where they operate.

At a minimum, these laws that have basically created government sponsored broadband monopolies need to be overturned to allow competition from smaller providers to occur.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

leonbev Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

Yeah, my wife got burned on that one as well.

In defense of Google, that phone is almost 3 1/2 years old now. Most manufacturers usually stop posting Android updates about 18 months after the phone is released.

That doesn't make the practice right, though. If Apple can get iOS 8.1 working on three year old iPhone 4s, Google should offer the same level of support on their flagship phones.

about two weeks ago
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Google Throws Microsoft Under Bus, Then Won't Patch Android Flaw

leonbev Re:Makes sense. (629 comments)

Which is great if you have a Google Nexus phone. If not, who knows when (or even IF) you're going to get those Android updates. After the handset manufacturer and service provider are done screwing up the Android release Google released by adding buggy bloatware, it might be six months until you can actually get it on YOUR phone.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

leonbev Re:Sounds stupid ... (480 comments)

Yeah, the reliability of the Bitcoin exchanges has a bit to be desired at the moment. Sure, it's not really the protocol's fault, but the half assed implementations that sites like MtGox used for their security have left a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of Bitcoin users.

about two weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

leonbev Re:I think the thing being missed here (300 comments)

You would think that there are enough 1% ers out there who would be willing to pony up the $$$ for a supersonic private jet if one was available.

Hell... I bet that an egomaniac like Larry Ellison would even pay extra for a custom built supersonic plane that's even faster than the standard model if another tech billionaire got a hold of one first :)

about three weeks ago
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My laptop lasts on battery for ...

leonbev Re:Macbook & Dell (97 comments)

Even with a Macbook, it varies on what you're doing on battery. If you're playing something like Civilization V on battery, you can drain the sucker in 90 minutes.

about a month ago
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Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

leonbev Re:OK Google? (35 comments)

It's a voice search tool that seems to work a hell of a lot better than Siri.

Seriously, find a buddy with an iPhone or newer iPad and try it yourself. Do a search on Siri, and then install the Google app and try the same searches. I consistently get better results with Google.

Siri ends up doing a web search on anything but the most basic of questions, so you might as well just cut out the middle man and ask Google directly.

about a month ago
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

leonbev Re:Network Level (97 comments)

It doesn't help that most POS systems that I've recently used at fast food restaurants still run unpatched copies of Windows XP and often have other unpatched systems sitting on the same network switch with them.

That's a PCI compliance violation, by the way, but they never bother to fix it until they fail an audit. The store owners are just too busy slinging fries to learn about IT security or even give a damn about their systems unless they are completely down.

So, yeah, pay cash for your fast food unless you're at some big corporate run store.

about a month ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

leonbev Re:Lawsuit will solve it for sure. (699 comments)

It certainly didn't end music piracy, but it helped to send it back underground a bit. Limewire was a hell of a lot easier than pulling multipart file archives from a Usenet server, so non technical people could figure out how to use it.

One of the reasons that Adblock is great is that it doesn't require knowledge of things like hosts files to blacklist the hostnames of ad providers. An end user can configure this on their own without any help from a "computer guy".

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

leonbev Bad development, maybe? (516 comments)

Maybe the power grid software in that area was designed by the same person who designed "Close, and never show this again" functionality for the Slashdot Deals notification.

Nah... at least the power grid works at least some of the time. I still get that damn Slashdot Deals message every time I visit the site.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

leonbev Re:Quite the poker player (285 comments)

The joke is on China, really. Obama has no chance in getting any CO2 emission legislation passed with a Republican Congress in charge, while China just went on record saying that they're at least going to attempt to reduce their emissions in the future. That's something that they were never willing to say before.

That China statement will come back to haunt them in future climate change negotiations, while Obama can just blame those "evil obstructionist Republicans" for not meeting his end of the bargain.

about 3 months ago
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Groupon Backs Down On Gnome

leonbev Re:These people just didn't know (114 comments)

Do you think that giving the POS terminal the GNOME name was just a piece of viral marketing tactic to begin with?

Think about it.... nobody on Slashdot (or many of the other technology web sites covering this story) would be talking about Groupon's new product if the Gnome team didn't make such a stink about their brand name. Many of the people reading those sites are potential buyers of this product.

Maybe they should call it the "iPOS" next, so all of the Apple news sites will get their chance to talk about the product as well :)

about 3 months ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

leonbev Re:Answer: No. (232 comments)

I'd imagine that the person who did a "-1 Disagree" on this post has never lost data due to a web service suddenly being shut down or signifigantly changed.

I'll bet that a bunch of the former Megaupload customers out there have learned this lesson the hard way. Google is likely to give you more advanced warning than that, but it's still something to be concerned about.

about 3 months ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

leonbev Re: Impartial (232 comments)

Yeah, the guy gets paid to write about Microsoft products for a living. Not exactly a guy to go to for an unbiased opinion.

about 3 months ago
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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

leonbev What a wonderful article (296 comments)

Something tells me that UNIX compatibility had little to do with Mac OS X's growth in popularity. Most end users simply don't really care about the command line. Instead, I'd consider these to be the primary reasons why people started buying a lot more Mac's around 2007:

1) Windows Vista came out around this time, and many people didn't like it. Mac OS X looked like a good alternative in terms of both ease of use and better stability.
2) People were getting sick of seeing their Windows XP systems getting infected with malware, so they switched to the Mac where drive by malware downloads are less of a problem.
3) A lot of people wanted their computer to "just work" like their iPod did. Mac OS X just seemed easier to use to them.

about 3 months ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

leonbev Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

This OS update is free for 10.8 and 10.9 users, no?

about 3 months ago

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