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More Bitcoin Exchanges Forced Out of Sync After Massive DDoS Attack

njdj Re:Government(s) intervention? (135 comments)

Government doesn't really care about BTC

The United States government really does care about BTC and has a strong interest in killing it, because BTC enables international money transfers outside the banking network. The United States government enjoys de facto control over the interbank network, which it uses to bully countries which it doesn't like (for example, you can't transfer money to a bank in Iran). It is therefore entirely plausible that the current DDOS attack on BTC is mounted by agencies of the US government. It has the motive, it has the means. In the absence of evidence about the identity of the attacker, the US government is the #1 suspect.

about 10 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

njdj Re:Linus Torvalds is his own worst enemy (786 comments)

No one has ever proven or even credibly suggested that Windows or OSX is easier to use than Linux

I'll prove it to you right here, right now.

1: Procedure to use Windows
Go into computer store, buy computer, take it home, turn it on. Wait for it to boot.You are now using Windows.

2: Procedure to use Linux
Go into computer store, buy computer, take it home, turn it on. Find out where to download a Linux distro from. Download enough to do network install. Burn it on a CD. Boot from the CD. Select installation options ...

Need I continue?

And yes, I do realise that isn't what you meant, but the proof it still valid, and explains why Windows has approximately 100 times as many users as GNU/Linux on the desktop, and will have for the foreseeable future.

about 2 years ago
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CIA Software Developer Goes Open Source, Instead

njdj "Open Source" tells us almost nothing (115 comments)

Neither the post, nor the article linked, tell us much. "Open Source" just says that some people can read the source code. It doesn't tell us:

  1. Who can read the source (licensees only?)
  2. What you're allowed to do with the source

"Open source" doesn't mean "public domain". Somebody still owns the copyright, and can make permission to copy the source conditional on acceptance of a license. Then the terms of that license are all-important.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Vista, IE7 Banned By U.S. DOT

njdj Standard procedure: wait for SP2 (410 comments)

I've never heard of any really big organization installing any new Microsoft OS before Service Pack 2 comes out.

SP1 usually fixes most of the really bad bugs, then SP2 fixes the bugs introduced by SP1. That's how it's been for about the last 12 years.

more than 7 years ago

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US acknowledges CIA agents?

njdj njdj writes  |  about 3 years ago

njdj (458173) writes ""counterintelligence officers in Iran also succeeded in uncovering the identities of at least a handful of alleged CIA informants, the [U.S.] officials said."

No country ever confirms that its spies have been arrested. So what's going on here?"

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