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Sunken WWI U-Boats a Bonanza For Historians

linhares Re: A few more (161 comments)

you're talking about proximate causes

1 year,8 days
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Mega Accepts Bitcoin; Email, Chat, Voice, Video, Mobile Coming Soon

linhares Re:Am I the only one... (143 comments)

that might be the case if there weren't 140+ inflationary currencies in the world for all the suckers to hold onto

about a year and a half ago
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Race To Mine Bitcoins Drives Enthusiasts Into the Chip Making Business

linhares Re:Great (320 comments)

You may think you are not a sucker, but as we speak our Benefactor is printing new US$800,000 per each new bitcoin. This is just an observation, a fact, or a TIL. It's not a speculation about the future. Make of it what you will. Goodnight and godspeed. Just a bonus for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iTBODoBaCns

about a year and a half ago
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Race To Mine Bitcoins Drives Enthusiasts Into the Chip Making Business

linhares Re:Great (320 comments)

So what? Prices rising for suckers, prices dropping for me. Deflation is awesome.

about a year and a half ago
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Race To Mine Bitcoins Drives Enthusiasts Into the Chip Making Business

linhares Re:Sir! Oh Sir! Have you tried Goo-Gul? (320 comments)

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C5CHFA_enBR505BR505&ion=1&ie=UTF-8#hl=en&safe=off&tbo=d&rlz=1C5CHFA_enBR505BR505&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=there%20is%20no%20nobel%20prize%20for%20economics&oq=&gs_l=&pbx=1&fp=ca4c450a0550195d&bpcl=39650382&ion=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&biw=1920&bih=1062 Sorry dude, but a *bitcoin bank* has just been licenced in Europe, so I don't have the time nor the interest to keep educating zombies. http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/14e048/bitcoincentral_first_exchange_licensed_to_operate/

about a year and a half ago
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Race To Mine Bitcoins Drives Enthusiasts Into the Chip Making Business

linhares Re:Great (320 comments)

FUN FACT of the day: Bernanke is printing us$800,000 per each new bitcoin.

MEANWHILE, 1usd has dropped to 0.07bitcoin. Isn't life full of tough choices?

about a year and a half ago
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Race To Mine Bitcoins Drives Enthusiasts Into the Chip Making Business

linhares Re:Great (320 comments)

1. There is no economics nobel prize, you have been brainwashed by propaganda.

2. Hayek, for one, got that *bank* prize, and he advocates for that, so again, you're ridiculously wrong

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

linhares Re:Bitcoins built-in failure (600 comments)

let him keep on banging that meme he heard from enron advisor krugman

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

linhares Re:Bitcoins built-in failure (600 comments)

google "priced in gold", look at the graphics; then make a choice: i) keep spewing nonsense; or ii) get some gold.

about a year and a half ago
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WordPress To Accept Bitcoins

linhares Re:No thanks (205 comments)

That's what I've been saying about wikipedia for 5 centuries. We need authorities to write encyclopedias. We need authorities to write Operating Systems. We need authorities to write all software. We need authorities to produce our money. Without authorities, one would have too-big-to-fail systems, gold would be "vaporized", and a host of other problems would appear. We need authorities. We need authorities. We need authorities. We need authorities.

about a year and a half ago
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BitInstant Continues Bitcoin Paycard Plan

linhares Re:What is currency? (152 comments)

You're trying too hard once again, son.

about 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

linhares Re:Wrong (745 comments)

Obama's behavior is Bush's behavior. More authoritharianism, more keynesianism, more orwellianism. The wild west of the internet will be gone by the end of his next term. And the world will be a much worse place for his actions. He's charming, though, and it's impossible to hate him--more reason to be scepitcal of this ndaa dude.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

linhares Re:Wrong (745 comments)

It's not *intended* to be a democracy. It's intended to be a republic. Sad that you can't grasp the difference.

more than 2 years ago
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Ron Paul Effectively Ending Presidential Campaign

linhares Re:Wrong (745 comments)

Good luck to Debt-brother-from-planet-0 then. The economic collapse that's about to strike just might kill the democratic party. It's a shame, as it's the only party that actually believes in science.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Employees Are Receiving Ice Cream Sandwich Upgrade

linhares Re:Wait a second... (71 comments)

you can still try to hack into a ___@google.com account, but prepare your behind to be rapEF0A error

Error address 0A13FE7F: user has been deprecated

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Eyes Brain-Like Computing

linhares Re:Watson rules! (100 comments)

which means, in other words, that while they remain "logical", they can't comprehend us.

But computers might one day also be "illogical", in the sense, as Hofstadter put it, as "subcognition as computation": human thought as an emergent property of a highly interacting system. This cowboy in washington is one query in millions. Here's a paper by Robert M French that clearly show some crucial distinctions (for the really interested people in this debate, check out his paper's on the Turing Test also; they're amazing).

Why co-occurrence information alone is not sufficient to answer subcognitive questions

more than 2 years ago

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Bitcoinica hacked; 18k+ btc stolen; "expect mass leak" forever in the blockchain

linhares linhares writes  |  more than 2 years ago

linhares (1241614) writes "The bitcoin-website-hacked-fiasco-of-the-month award goes to bitcoinica.com. Over 18.000 bitcoins have been stolen, and whoever did it knew bitcoin, as they actually wrote on the blockchain, for all posterity, the phrase "expect mass leak"."
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Nature publisher launches PLoS ONE competitor

linhares linhares writes  |  more than 3 years ago

linhares (1241614) writes "Nature's Publishing Group is launching a new journal, "Scientific Reports", announced earlier this month. The press release makes it clear that it is molded after PLoS ONE:

Scientific Reports will publish original research papers of interest to specialists within a given field in the natural sciences. It will not set a threshold of perceived importance for the papers that it publishes; rather, Scientific Reports will publish all papers that are judged to be technically valid and original. To enable the community to evaluate the importance of papers post-peer review, the Scientific Reports website will include most-downloaded, most-emailed, and most-blogged lists. All research papers will benefit from rapid peer review and publication, and will be deposited in PubMed Central.

Perhaps readers may find it ironic that PLoS ONE, first dismissed by Nature as an "online database" "relying on bulk, cheap publishing of lower quality papers to subsidize its handful of high-quality flagship journals" seems to be setting the standards for "a new era in publishing"."
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Trolling patent trolls

linhares linhares writes  |  more than 5 years ago

linhares writes "After IBM's patent of the 40-minute meeting, I think it's time to troll the patent trolls, by letting them look at the mirror. Nothing against patents per se, but patent abusers should have a chance to see themselves in the mirror and find out whether they like what they see. That mirror is wikipedia. IBM's entry has it that "IBM holds more patents than any other U.S. based technology company". I think it's only fair to point out how they do it: by stamping out garbage such as the "paper or plastic" patent (please check this link, it's worth it), the "but I only had soup" patent, the offshoring patent, the "who is going to pee next" patent, or the "Terry is a boy, Jeena is a girl" patent. I started my little crusade after Microsoft's 2008 breakthrough concerning page-up and page-down keys."
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One click desktop metamorphosis magic?

linhares linhares writes  |  more than 5 years ago

linhares writes "Ghandi once said that "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." We have been dreaming for years for the year of Linux on the Desktop, and even as Vista flopped, it is yet to materialize. Perhaps one way towards Linux on the desktop is to make it configurable by anyone, not only by geeks. That is precisely the idea behind the relatively new (and in need of eyeballs) epidermis project: to create a single-click desktop metamorphosis magic. A single click would "change the wallpaper, alongside GTK, metacity, icons, splash, usplash, cursor, grub and GDM themes in one GUI program for the GNOME desktop". Users (including newbies) could then share desktops in one step, accelerating the advancement of Linux desktop awesomeness to biblical proportions. The project recently released v.0.1beta, and, as Ghandi would say, it is pure win."
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Slash should have a finance/economics section

linhares linhares writes  |  more than 5 years ago

linhares writes "If you're just arriving from Mars, let me tell you: Lehman Brothers does not exist anymore, the financial system is in complete mayhem, and the other day, the Dow Jones skydived to a 7% loss after congress rejected an unprecedented bailout. If you think this is not going to affect science and technology, you're wrong. In the S&P index, 499 stocks were down, one was up. (Which one? Get this: CAMPBELL'S SOUP!) I for one would like to propose that Slashdot creates a new Finance/Economics section so we can deal with this situation and rescue the world economy, all down here from Mama's basement. So here it is: shouldn't slashdotters have a chance to submit and discuss finance and economics stories?"
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Douglas Hofstadter's views on chess AI, now GPL'd

linhares linhares writes  |  about 6 years ago

linhares writes "How do chess players make decisions? How do they avoid the combinatorial explosion? How do we go from rooks and knights to abstract thought? What is abstract thought like? These are some of the questions involving the Capyblanca project. The name, of course, is a blend between José Raoul Capablanca, and Hofstadter's original Copycat Project. Well, after almost 5 years, we have a proof-of-concept in the form of a running program, and we are GPL'ing the code, so interested readers might take it to new directions which we cannot foresee. It is certainly different from anything else out there."
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Is wine ready for prime time?

linhares linhares writes  |  more than 6 years ago

linhares writes "Wine is now on v.1.0rc2. From what is available at their application database page, most effort is conducted in games; but wouldn't it be more appealing, from the perspective of ordinary computer users (and hardware providers), if it were concentrating on the most used windows applications (besides office and Adobe)? The 1.0 release will eventually trigger massive attention to Linux, with the obvious, perhaps naive, mentions that it now "runs windows". I wonder whether /. users think it is ready for prime time, and whether that kind of attention might eventually backlash?"
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