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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

sanvila Re:Stability is needed (267 comments)

Nobody can enforce the value of anything. At most, central banks have the power to avoid their own money to be overvalued, by using the printing press and selling their own money in the market. But this is just a one-way power that does not work in the opposite direction: If the market decides that your currency is not worth what is worth, you will run out of dollars (or whatever foreign money you have) trying to buy your own currency to "sustain" it before you can convince the market otherwise. As bitcoin does not have a central bank, and more importantly, bitcoin is not a fiat currency that you can make out of thin air, your idea of "buy and sell bitcoins" is fatally flawed.

about 4 months ago

Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer

sanvila Developer "suspended"? (641 comments)

This is not "your commit privileges are revoked".

They are using git, so this is "I'm not pulling changes from you" instead.

about 9 months ago

Fake PGP Keys For Crypto Developers Found

sanvila Re:The chain of trust is broken. (110 comments)

No "chain" here. This is not SSL, this is GPG, and the term used here is "web of trust". To consider the web of trust broken you would need to find that one of those fake GPG keys is signed by someone you trust.

about 9 months ago

Google Drive Goes Live

sanvila Re:The most important question (323 comments)

I see dropbox still tries to mislead people into thinking their client is Free (and according to you, succeeds in it). Their website weasels around the subject but the truth is that only the small piece that integrates with the file manager is open source and the actual client is not.

Exactly. This is from the nautilus-dropbox Debian package available in non-free:

Installing this package will download the proprietary dropbox binary from dropbox.com.

That's far from being free software, unfortunately.

more than 2 years ago

RMS on SCO, Distributions, DRM

sanvila Re:Debian not recommended (711 comments)

Unfortunately, RMS seems to be a little bit confused about this. The current ISO CD image for the distribution he recommends contains some non-free packages (for java and nvidia support), while Debian (official) CDs do not contain any non-free software at all.

Being a Debian maintainer myself, I'm of course absolutely delighted to see a lot of people here in Extremadura to use a Debian-derived distribution, but I have mixed feelings about the fact that it's advertised as a free-software-only distribution when it's not completely true.

more than 11 years ago


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