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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

ocean_soul Re:What happens if (281 comments)

I'm pretty sure state-actors with an interest, for whatever reason, in bitcoin will have there own hardware and wont need to rely on infected machines. Countries like the USA, China, Israel, UK,... all have there systems.

about 2 months ago
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Bitcoin Security Endangered By Powerful Mining Pool

ocean_soul Re:What happens if (281 comments)

Maybe I should take up my research into quantum computers and quantum cryptography again :-). When I was still working in that field, I didn't think it might give me some money/power someday.I wonder how difficult the bitcoin cryptography is for a quantum algorithm...

about 2 months ago
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Civilians Try to Lure an Abandoned NASA Spacecraft Back to Earth

ocean_soul Hack (53 comments)

Someone read to much xkcd, I see.

about 2 months ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

ocean_soul You better take that ban seriously (376 comments)

The Alamo Drafthouse does not fuck around when it comes to theatre etiquette and rules.

about 3 months ago
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iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

ocean_soul Re:Apple Actually Cares About Privacy (323 comments)

They don't really care about your privacy, they care about knowing more about you than their competitors do.

about 3 months ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

ocean_soul I don't know what the fuss is... (208 comments)

Also, you can totally take LEGO figurine apart and reassemble them with a female head on a doctor body...

about 3 months ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

ocean_soul Somewhat confused (105 comments)

I haven't read the Science article yet, but from the BBC report it seems that the differences between the isotope ratios in moon rocks and earth are still a lot smaller than expected. This would suggest the Theia hypotheses to not be true, contrary to what the title says. I'm going to track down the original paper, because this BBC article has me somewhat confused.

about 3 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

ocean_soul Comment on the final paragraph (382 comments)

I agree mostly with this article, but I have one comment on something said in the final paragraph: "But they're borne from a similar mindset: one in which financial returns are the priority, independent of whether they're associated with something innovative or useful in the real world." The main point of businesses is, and always has been and always will be, to make money. They're producing something people want or need only because that is the way to get money. Otherwise, it would be a governmental subsidy or a charity, rather than a company. I think, instead, the actual dichotomy is between short term and long term gains. The examples the author gives of CEOs that have been successful by resisting the pressure from the financial markets are of companies that did make money, lots of it. There is an interesting article by investor J. Kennon that summarizes it as impatience robbing speculators of much higher gains they could have earned by investing in the long run. So, I think it is more a problem of speculators trying to get rich quickly; investors trying to become rich, in itself, is not so problematic.

about 3 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

ocean_soul Re:Mmhmm (382 comments)

Recently, I have started wondering: would it be advantageous for the stability of our economy and financial markets if there was a minimum holding time for shares, options, etc.? For example one day? That would make high frequency trading, which I agree is not really productive to the general economy, disappear. I don't think a rule like that would hinder real investors, because as you say, they hold for a longer time anyway. But it would stop speculators trying to squeeze some money by day trading without contributing anything to the economy.

about 3 months ago
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Star Within a Star: Thorne-Zytkow Object Discovered

ocean_soul Re:Fucking ads (89 comments)

Did they try putting an ad within an ad on this article about a star within a star?

If they did, they would earn an exception filter in AdBlock from me.

about 3 months ago
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Invisibility Tech Demo Tomorrow In NYC

ocean_soul I'm sceptical (86 comments)

I am very skeptical to any such announcements. I would like it better if every one would keep the exited reporting for after the demo. Especially /., which considers itself to be well educated on scientific and technological matters.
As a physicist (PhD) working on radio science in relation to astrophysics I have seen a lot of people proposing a lot of awesome inventions, that never worked...

about 2 years ago
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26 Nuclear Power Plants In Hurricane Sandy's Path

ocean_soul I don't understand (392 comments)

Why is this `the frankenstorm of the century? What does that even mean? And why is it relevant that there are power plant's in its path? And how would a storm cause a meltdown (not to mention that US nuclear power plants are designed to safely melt down)? And most importantly: why is crap like this getting posted on /.?

about 2 years ago
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Salesforce CEO Benioff: Future Software Will Look Like Facebook

ocean_soul uhm, no. (156 comments)

I think all real software developers and users just got a goo laugh. This is probably the same person who thinks there is such a thing as a 'post-PC-era' coming.

about 2 years ago
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xkcd's 13-Gigapixel Webcomic

ocean_soul In unrelated news, (193 comments)

there was a huge, worldwide drop in productivity today. Especially at universities, research labs, software development companies etc.

about 2 years ago
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Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

ocean_soul Soon,... very soon... (446 comments)

the whole patent system is going to come crashing down. The way these companies are going, it will not take much longer before people start realizing the current system is no longer viable. Maybe a decade or so, but not much more.

about 2 years ago
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CERN's Higgs Boson Discovery Passes Peer Review Publication Hurdle

ocean_soul Not important news, surprisingly. (73 comments)

In contrast to what many people think, passing peer review is not all that important. Among scientists, there is no such thing as 'ratified science'. This is only something that needs to be done to get a paper published in an scientific journal. That would be important if the publishers were trying to make other scientist aware of their findings or if they need publications in peer reviewed journals in order to secure money. Neither of those is really the case here.

about 2 years ago
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Promiscuity Alters DNA and Boosts Immunity In Mice

ocean_soul Nope (91 comments)

"...alters DNA...", no. No, it does not. This is a completely wrong headline.

about 2 years ago
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Radioactive Decay Apparently Influenced By the Sun

ocean_soul Re:Not enough (267 comments)

If this is true, and there is actual causation and not only correlation (both these things are not clear to me at the moment), my first hypotheses would probably have to do with the quantum Zeno effect, rather than gravity. Although an explanation using gravity variations is also a valid hypotheses. But I agree that speculative hypes like this do not belong on /.

(disclaimer: PhD in physics, working in space-science)

about 2 years ago
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Intellectual Ventures Tied To 1,300 Shell Companies

ocean_soul Re:What happened to the days of hitmen? (140 comments)

The trolls very rarely get away with this stuff in a courtroom. Most of the time they settle out of court, because the defendant does not have the resources (in case of a small company) or it's just cheaper for them (in case of larger companies defending). Patent trolls are, most of the time, very scared of actually having to go to court. If this happens they will probably lose. And if they lose a dangerous, at least for them, precedent would be set.

about 2 years ago
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Meat the Food of the Future

ocean_soul Another crystal ball post (705 comments)

Seriously? When did /. begin copying idiotic and arbitrary predictions from mass media mediums?

about 2 years ago

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Samoa and Tokelau will be skipping 30/12/2011

ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ocean_soul writes "Starting January 1, 2012 Samoa and Tokelau will be in time zone +13 instead of -11. This means there will be no December 30, 2011 in these countries. The decision to switch time zone was based on the changing international business relations of Samoa. Samoa had adopted the -11 time zone to make business with the US easier. However, currently Samoa's most important trading partners are Australia and New-Zealand. By switching time zone the work-weeks and week-ends on Samoa and Tokelau will be synchronised with those in Australia and New-Zealand."
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Firefly poster banned

ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ocean_soul writes "Probably because nothing more threatening was happening and they need to prove their usefulness the school police at University of Wisconsin-Stout decided a Firefly poster with the quote You don't know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: If I ever kill you, you'll be awake. You'll be facing me. And you'll be armed. was a threat to the safety on campus. Wasn't that a quote about not killing people?"
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Ubisoft DRM problems remain unsolved

ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ocean_soul writes "More than three weeks after the release of The Settlers 7, with the controversial "always on-line" DRM, a lot of people still can't connect to Ubisoft's DRM servers. The forum threads where people can post if they are unable to connect keeps growing daily. The reason for the lack of fixes or responses from support seems to be that the people responsible were on vacation during the Easter holiday, despite the promis of 24/7 monitoring of the servers. The moral of this story seems to be that it is a bad idea to buy a game just before a major holiday. Something to keep in mind for Christmas shopping..."
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Crackpot scandal in mathematics

ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ocean_soul writes "It is well known among scientists that the impact factor of a scientific journal is not always a good indicator of the quality of the papers in the journal. An extreme example of this was recently uncovered in mathematics, thanks mainly to Zoran Skoda (and also to John Baez, known from the This Week's Finds blog). The scandal is about one El Naschie, editor in chief of the "scientific" journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, published by Elsevier. This is one of the highest impact factor journals in mathematics but the quality of the papers in it is extremely poor. The journal has also published 322 papers with El Naschie as (co-)author, five of which in the latest issue. Like many crackpots El Nashie has a kind of cult around him, with another journal devoted to the praising of his greatness. There was also a discussion about the Wikipedia entry for El Naschie which was supposedly written by one of his followers. When it was deleted by Wikipedia they even threatened with legal actions (which never materialized)."
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Free Online Scientific Repository Hits Milestone

ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ocean_soul writes "Last week the free and open access repository for scientific (mainly physics but also math, computer sciences...) papers arXiv got past 500000 different papers, not counting older versions of the same article. Especially for physicists it is the number one resource for the latest scientific results. Most researchers publish their papers on arXiv before they are published in a "normal" journal. A famous example is Perelman, who published his award winning paper exclusively on arXiv. Read the press release."
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ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ocean_soul writes "Some time ago xkcd webcomic had a map of the internet. Now they have a map of web 2.0 (or, like they call it, the online communities). The surface of each region represents the number of memeberships. The different "countries" aren't just randomly placed on the map, there is a nice compass-rose-shaped island explaining the ordering of communities."
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ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ocean_soul writes "An octopus in the National Aquarium of New Zeeeland has learned to open bottles with to tentacles. From the article: "It's a trick she honed with the help of her keepers, who noticed she was friendly and would latch on to them when they put their hands in the tank. She can now open the bottle in 2 1/2 minutes when there's a tempting crab inside." One would not expect this level of inteligence from an octopus."
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ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ocean_soul writes "MIT reports an important breakthrough on the way to mass-production of optical chips. From the article:
"In work that could lead to completely new devices, systems and applications in computing and telecommunications, MIT researchers are bringing the long-sought goal of "optics on a chip" one step closer to market.[...]The MIT invention will enable such integrated devices to be mass-manufactured for the first time."
One of the main problems with optical chips was the polarization of the light:
"Light waves moving through optical fibers can be arbitrarily vertically or horizontally polarized, and microphotonic circuits don't work well with that kind of random input. This has meant that devices used in photonic subsystems and optical communication networks, for instance, couldn't connect to the outside world without often having to be assembled piecemeal and painstakingly by hand."
This problem should now be solved."
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ocean_soul ocean_soul writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ocean_soul writes "PCWorld has a news item that may worry the online gaming community. It says the IRS is investigating the possibility to charge taxes for virtual money used in online games like WoW and Second Life. From the article: "Sometime in the next few months, the Joint Economic Committee of Congress will publish the results of an ongoing investigation into the economies of World of Warcraft, Second Life, and other massively multiplayer online game spaces (MMOs). The report's number-one bullet point will address a question that the inhabitants of these spaces may soon wish had been left unasked: Do the tax laws of the real world apply to virtual-world transactions?""

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