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Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

martijnd Eve Online (346 comments)

All the ISK scams that went on in EVE Online are now here in "real" world Bitcoins. In fact, you can probably predict the next scandal from what dirty deeds were done before.

But it it just me wondering if those involved think the punishment in the real world will be the same (none) ? I can imagine people being a little bit more upset after losing millions in real cash as opposed to losing some in-game fantasy currency.

about a year ago

Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

martijnd Single Point of Failure (456 comments)

Mmm... and who is the No 2 manufacturer for Apple, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, HP, Sony and Microsoft ?

Capable of scaling up to 200% when the need arises.

Just in case -- a factory burns down or something; riots break out in a country, a government gets nasty, or the place gets hit by an earthquake?

more than 2 years ago

Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

martijnd Easy to prove or disprove (484 comments)

The minimalist verses skeuomorphism assertion has been made a few times already. Its quite easy to prove right or wrong.

Simply design a calender or contact app that follows your new "modern" design methodology.

If it beats the crap out of Apple's existing app because its so much better that people download it in droves to use it you have won, and you are rich(er).

more than 2 years ago

Watchdog "Not Ready" To Probe Cookie Complaints

martijnd ... just for 3rd party cookies (166 comments)

The law in the Netherlands is that you have to inform users that you are going to put a cookie on their computer.

EXCEPT if the cookie is required for the core functionality of your website. So your shopping cart can put its 1st party cookie, and you are not in hot water.

Most websites use Google Analytics. That is where you have to start putting up the "Smoking Cookies Kills" banners that will likely hurt your websites traffic significantly. The best thing is to avoid the banner altogether and stay still within the law.

Sot its time to drop Google Analytics; its cool, its nice and now a drag on business.

I have already found one alternative that looks half decent and doesn't require me to put up any cookies at all: PiWik (http://piwik.org/)

more than 2 years ago

The PHP Singularity

martijnd Re:if php is broken what is javascript? (622 comments)

if php is broken what is javascript?

A disaster.

Somewhere a divine being is smiling wickedly and realizes all is well -- Javascript is pretty much on its way to become the most frequently used programming language on the planet, ever.

It surely is the best available ; nearly every computer on the planet has a debugger for it available.

more than 2 years ago

Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

martijnd Re:U.S. law is the new international law (1005 comments)

Seems the DOJ has gotten tons of their internal e-mails... they make for fascinating reading in the indignment from around page 40.


about 3 years ago

Genetically Modifying Silk Worms For Super Silk

martijnd Re:I, for one, (129 comments)

"It's hard to see how a silkworm producing spider silk would have any advantage in nature," he said.

You sir, are on to something. This researcher is showing a clear lack of imagination.

about 3 years ago

Open Source Increasingly Replaced By Open APIs

martijnd #include " proprietary_lib.h" (224 comments)

"Open" API's are the new include files to proprietary libraries.

At least in the good old bad days the library (usually) didn't stop working after the you compiled & distributed your program.

These days.. no such guarantees.

about 3 years ago

Voyager 1 Exits Our Solar System

martijnd Re:This is what happens when Americans make things (341 comments)

New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006, directly into an Earth-and-solar-escape trajectory with an Earth-relative velocity of about 16.26 km/s (58,536 km/h; 36,373 mph) after its last engine shut down. Thus, the spacecraft left Earth at the greatest ever launch speed for a man-made object. It flew by Jupiter on February 28, 2007, the orbit of Saturn on June 8, 2008; and the orbit of Uranus on March 18, 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)


more than 3 years ago

Palantir, the War On Terror's Secret Weapon

martijnd Speeding ticket... (276 comments)

> The day Fikri drives to Orlando, he gets a speeding ticket,

Speeding ticket information is hard to get for the USA as a whole, but in 2011 the NYPD alone has issued:

As for individual Boroughs, Brooklyn saw the most traffic tickets issued (141,971), followed by Queens (128,098), Manhattan (115,428), Bronx (71,786), and Staten Island (27,388). (source

So the chances of an analyst checking this particular drivers information are.... close to zero probably. Another useless system.

more than 3 years ago

$50,000 To Solve the Most Complicated Puzzle Ever

martijnd Troops? (180 comments)

>> which are often confiscated by troops in war zones

Translation: confiscated by the IRS when visiting your office.

more than 3 years ago

Why So Many Crashes of Bee-Carrying Trucks?

martijnd Goldfingerism (255 comments)

Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action.

more than 3 years ago

How Adobe Flash Lost Its Way

martijnd Re:Native Apps? (354 comments)

There will be a very big opportunity for something that ties all these platforms together in the near future.

My iPhone has its own development platform
My wife's Android phone the same
My LG TV has its own App API
My Philips Blue ray player has its own App API
Samsung just announced its going to develop yet another OS for mobile phones...

The market is fragmenting so fast its with all these "App" platforms, that there will be a great incentive for the first to create the "write once" , "run everywhere" tool chain. This will of course take a few years, but so many different platforms cannot be sustained.

more than 3 years ago

UK's NHS Will Drop Delayed E-Records Project

martijnd Re:So I guess UK citizens get the money back, righ (86 comments)

First comment on the original article regarding getting their money back....

Oh, and here's a nice bit of dodginess:

"The costs of the venture should have been lessened by the contracts signed by the IT providers making them liable for huge sums of money if they withdrew from the project; however, when Accenture withdrew in September 2006, then Director-General for NPfIT Richard Granger charged them not £1bn, as the contract permitted, but just £63m. Granger's first job was with Andersen Consulting, which later became Accenture."

more than 3 years ago

Google Accused of "Cooking" Search Results and Charging MSFT Too Much

martijnd Poll: When is big too big.... (285 comments)

When would be about the right time to do an AT&T on Google and split is up into baby google's?

1 year, 5 year, 10 years, never?

more than 3 years ago

Laptops In the Classroom Don't Increase Grades

martijnd Re:No, really? (511 comments)

- Pay teachers more to get better quality

Two ways to read this:

Give the current teachers better pay


Sack the lousy ones and hire better ones for higher pay?

Which one is it?

more than 3 years ago



Korean Internet boycott leads to travel ban for 20

martijnd martijnd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

martijnd writes "South Korean Internet users are finding that leading a product boycott in cyberspace can lead to a real-world travel ban and prosecution. Following the mass protests against beef in recent weeks many netizens had called for a boycott of products promoted by Korea's main conservative papers. The boycott was so effective that both the newspapers and their advertisers felt the pinch, with some companies going under. Now prosecutors are trawling through website logs to match IP addresses with real world identities to find the boycott leaders and bulleting board admins. So far twenty South Koreans have been banned from leaving the country."
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