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The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

satuon The only thing I can use Bitcoin for (67 comments)

I bought some Bitcoins from a friend who's mining with cash - the only way to really do it anonymously. It was around $50 bucks. Unlike other people I decided that I'll only be spending them, and only for things I care about, not spending them for the sake of spending them.

So far the only things I've really managed is to send a few (small) donations, and buy Reddit gold. As far as I'm aware, the rest of the people who dabble in Bitcoin are exchanging them for money - which means they are speculating. If you're not speculating, it's really difficult to find ways to spend your Bitcoins.

I've decided I will buy more Bitcoins as soon as I've spent the ones I have. So far I've managed to spend $20 in the last 3-4 months, so I'll probably manage to spend all of them until the year is out.

So far the only thing I can use Bitcoin for was sending various donations, and even there they usually have a PayPal option.

2 days ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

satuon If I had been there (513 comments)

If I had been there:

[Hesitantly raises hand] "Um, Mr. Grand Ayatollah, do you have any opinions on electricity and running water, too?"

2 days ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

satuon Patent infringement (181 comments)

sitting cross-legged on the floor

He is violating Apple Patent #032185: A method or system for sitting directly on a surface such that one leg is crossing the other in a diagonal fashion.

And his knees better not be rounded when he's sitting like that.

about two weeks ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

satuon Re:[tag satire] (267 comments)

I remember some ransomware called Cryptolocker demanded payment in Bitcoins.

about two weeks ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

satuon Re:It's all funny money... (267 comments)

This is an old fallacy, that only food has "real value". Things have different values to different people, or even to the same people in different situations.

Examples: A bottle of water is worth more in the desert than near the river. Same bottle of water, different value. Why? Because different situation. A good steel knife is worth more than a gold bar if you are stranded on a lonely island for 10 years like Robinson Crusoe, but not if you are in the center of New York.

about two weeks ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

satuon Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

If I had to wait for 10 minutes to get my starbucks coffee paid for I'd probably decide to just pay cash.

If you are in physical proximity where you can just hand over cash, then use cash. Bitcoin is a way to send "cash" to someone who is NOT in the same room.

When you send cash, the guy who receives it doesn't ask you to write down your name and address, date of the transaction, and mail it to the government. Bitcoin tries to bring that to remote transactions.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

satuon Re:What's the problem... (92 comments)

if the Chinese gov't wants data, they have SO many means at their disposal to capture it regardless of whether it's stored on a domestic server, or external

I assume they're not transmitting it in plain-text?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

satuon Re:Pick your poison (337 comments)

I would prefer to have a 17'' laptop and a 7'' tablet than a 12'' detachable that's too big and heavy to hold in one hand, while still too small to use comfortably on a desk for work. Though I'd probably connect a 22'' external screen to the laptop, too.

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

satuon Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Has there been any research that has proven that there are no "unfair" differences, or is it just assumed? What is the current stance of the scientific community - is it "We don't know" or is it "We are certain there are no differences in intelligence and behavior caused by genetics"?

about three weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

satuon Re:Are You Kidding? (541 comments)

Being the same species doesn't mean there can't be substantial genetic differences - it just means that you will produce viable offspring.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

satuon Re:Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

If that's so, then why not switch to Firefox or Chrome? Wasn't the whole reason to use IE that some sites will not render properly/refuse to work otherwise?

about three weeks ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

satuon Re:FTP authentication (148 comments)

Anonymous login accepts any password, just put a random string. As for the LIST command, if FileZilla can read it, so can Google, they're not morons. You just handle all the possible variations of all the popular FTP servers. Yes, you actually have to write some code, but last I heard Google has programmers on staff.

about a month ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

satuon Re:FTP authentication (148 comments)

I meant those FTP servers that allow anonymous login, of course.

about a month ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

satuon Re:Cat blog (148 comments)

Yes, for news and such it doesn't make that much sense. Still, HTTPS would at least prevent your ISP from monitoring your browsing activity.

about a month ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

satuon Re:Great step! (148 comments)

It could create an incentive to switch to a different ISP that supports it (where possible), which could in turn create an incentive for ISPs themselves to switch to IPv6.

about a month ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

satuon Great step! (148 comments)

That's a really great step from Google, I had never thought that it can be done in such a neat way. What's next? Can they also do it for IPv6?

about a month ago
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Ancient Skulls Show Civilization Rose As Testosterone Fell

satuon Re:Social Engineering? (387 comments)

People didn't live alone before agriculture. Even hunter-gatherers lived in tribes.

about a month ago
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The CIA Does Las Vegas

satuon Who are you addressing? (124 comments)

As one observer put it, "high-profile members of the intelligence community like Cofer Black, Shawn Henry, Keith Alexander, and Dan Greer are positioned front and center in keynote slots, as if they were glamorous Hollywood celebrities. While those who value their civil liberties might opine that they should more aptly be treated like pariahs

Do you imagine that you are addressing the organizers of those events? Who knows, some of them might even read Slashdot, but I doubt the general opinion of Slashdotters determines who gets to be given slots like a "glamorous Hollywood celebrity" and who doesn't. Ultimately, those things are decided by the people who organize those events, and it's their call.

about a month ago
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CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

satuon Re:Unfortunately, Congress will make itself exempt (266 comments)

Well, dear Americans, who elected this Congress? If you don't like them, elect yourselves another Congress.

about a month ago

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Bitcoin's Mt. Gox Shuts Down, Loses $409,200,000 Dollars

satuon satuon writes  |  about 6 months ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Mt. Gox’s shutdown is circulating like wildfire. Its repercussions are being felt throughout the world. Mt. Gox was the most public and well-known brand that represented Bitcoin’s exchange market. The company’s shutdown is rumored to be caused by a “hack” or “security breach” that resulted in a loss up to 744,000 BTC or $409,200,000 Dollars. (Based on the approximate value just hours ago from Coindesk.com) This is truly an unfortunate event that has caused the international community to shake its trust in Bitcoin as evidenced by the massive price drop. This is par the course, when a pillar in the community falls in such a funeral pyre. The best parallel would be the Bear Stearns’ failure during the 2008 global financial crisis. Hopefully, Bitcoin won’t follow in the financial system’s footsteps post-Bear Stearns."
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Cryptolocker Thieves Likely Making 'Millions' As Bitcoin Breaks $1,000

satuon satuon writes  |  about 9 months ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Forbes writes about CryptoLocker, a new ransomware which encrypts your files using unbreakable 2048-bit RSA encryption, and demands payment in Bitcoins.

From the story:

IT administrator David* had never heard of Cryptolocker, and was nonplussed when he got into the office that morning and saw a strange pop-up with a timer that was counting down.

It told him that thousands of his company’s files had been encrypted, and that he had to pay a $300 ransom to get the decryption key to save them or else they’d remain locked forever.

He had no backups, but he also gave no thought to paying up.

David and his company were one of the early victims of Cryptolocker, a type of malware also known as ransomware that has spread via e-mail across thousands of computers in the U.K. and forced people to literally put a value on their data.

Ransomware has been around for years, but Cryptolocker is unusually widespread and uses a higher, commercial-grade form of RSA encryption. Today Cryptolocker is making its way into the United States and collecting much higher ransoms in Bitcoin, the virtual currency which broke through $1,000 for the first time on Wednesday. In many cases it’s now asking for 2 Bitcoin as ransom, or more than $2,000."

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Ubuntu Forums was hacked

satuon satuon writes  |  about a year ago

satuon (1822492) writes "The popular Ubuntu Forums site is now displaying a message saying that attackers have gained control over the website. What is currently known:

Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database.
The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP.
Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach."

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Kaspersky Lab Identifies Advanced Cyber-Espionage Campaign

satuon satuon writes  |  about a year and a half ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Today Kaspersky Lab published a new research report which identified an elusive cyber-espionage campaign targeting diplomatic, governmental and scientific research organizations in several countries for at least five years. The primary focus of this campaign targets countries in Eastern Europe, former USSR Republics, and countries in Central Asia, although victims can be found everywhere, including Western Europe and North America. The main objective of the attackers was to gather sensitive documents from the compromised organizations, which included geopolitical intelligence, credentials to access classified computer systems, and data from personal mobile devices and network equipment."
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Bilayer graphene's "Higgs boson" insulating proper

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "January 25, 2012 — A research team led by University of California, Riverside identified the "Higgs boson" property of bilayer graphene (BLG): when the number of electrons on the BLG sheet is close to 0, the material becomes insulating. "BLG becomes insulating because its electrons spontaneously organize themselves when their number is small," said Chun Ning (Jeanie) Lau, an associate professor of physics and astronomy who led the research. "This is called 'spontaneous symmetry breaking'(TM) in physics, and is a very important concept since it is the same principle that 'endows'(TM) mass for particles in high energy physics."

The team measured the mass of a new type of massive quantum particle found only inside BLG crystals, explained Allan MacDonald, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in the Department of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin and a coauthor on the research. The physics at work here is "closely analogous" to the physics that makes a proton's mass inside an atomic nucleus much larger than the mass of the quarks from which it is formed, said MacDonald, noting that in this research, the particle is made of electrons, not quarks."

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Duqu attackers: master coders, Linux rookies â

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 2 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "The Duqu malware that targeted industrial manufacturers around the world may have been spawned by a well-funded team of competent coders, but their command of Linux led to some highly amateur mistakes."
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STUDY: Internet Explorer Users Are Dumber (MSFT, G

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "A research firm posted an IQ test on its Web site and then compiled the results from more than 100,000 users.

It found that there was no substantial difference between users of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera.

But Internet Explorer users had IQs below average."

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Skype Goes Down (Again), Users Inexplicably Blamin

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Skype appears to be down, or at least for a whole lot of users throughout Europe who are tweeting in a ton of languages about their inability to connect. Many blame Microsoft, and even founder Bill Gates for the downtime, which is sort of strange because the multi-billion dollar acquisition of Skype hasn’t even closed yet."
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Apple causes religious reaction in brains of fans,

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "In a recently screened BBC documentary called 'Secrets of the Superbrands', UK neuroscientists found that the brains of Apple fans are stimulated by images of Apple products in the same areas as those triggered by religious imagery in a person of faith.

According to the scientists, this suggests that the big tech brands have harnessed, or exploit, the brain areas that have evolved to process religion."

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The iPad 2 and the tablet PC bubble  Mobile

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Runaway sales of the initial iPad led to a multitude of competitors joining the fray. Now runaway sales of the iPad 2 has led to tech analysts world over believing that we’re less than 12 months away from a tablet PC bubble that is going to severely hurt several technology companies.

All Things D reports that J.P. Morgan estimates 81 million tablets will be manufactured in 2011. The problem is only 48 million of those will actually be shipped to retailers

This is due to the difference between the adoption rate of Apple’s tablet and those of its competitors being so vast. Many will be caught with their pants down and tablet supplies they cannot sell stuck in warehouses. This will be a class A tablet PC bubble."

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Slashdot is being spammed?!

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Why would anyone spam slashdot?! What's the point? I have no idea, but something like 80%-90% of the submissions are spam. I don't know if this happens just now or all the time, I don't go in http://slashdot.org/recent that much. I'm just posting this cause I got frustrated. If you're frustrated as well mod this up, I want there to be a discussion of this!"
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No, Libya's Internet Shutdown Won't Kill Bit.ly

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Libya's blocking of the internet won't affect Bit.ly and other .ly domains, says Bit.ly CEO John Borthwick on Quora.
Bit.ly and countless other startups have chosen the cute top-level domain .ly for their startups. The only problem is that .ly is Libya's top-level domain. Libya happens to be ruled by a crazy dictator, and right now is experiencing protests that are making it shut down the internet."

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A smile on facebook cost a woman her benefits

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "According to the Associated Press, Blanchard, a 29-year-old IBM employee from Bromont, Quebec, was suffering from depression and took time away from work, relying on sick-leave benefits from her insurer, Manulife Financial.

The monthly payments were suddenly halted. When she called Manulife to ask why, she says she was told that it had espied photos on her Facebook page that showed her cheerful. Ergo, the argument allegedly went, she was able to work. Which led to the second ergo: no more payments."

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AOL's "Dirty Little Secret": 60% of AOL's Profits

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Ken Auletta's big New Yorker piece on AOL (subscription only) this week revealed an interesting detail about the company's inner workings. According to Auletta, 80% of AOL's profits come from subscribers, and 75% of those subscribers are paying for something they don't actually need.

Auletta lays out how this works:
The company still gets eighty percent of its profits from subscribers, many of whom are older people who have cable or DSL service but don't realize that they need not pay an additional twenty-five dollars a month to get online and check their e-mail. "The dirty little secret," a former AOL executive says, "is that seventy-five percent of the people who subscribe to AOL's dial-up service don't need it.""

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Is Google too weak in the software patent wars to

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Analysis of Google's patent portfolio suggests it's not strong measured against rivals such as Microsoft, Oracle and Apple. That's not good news as it comes to inevitable court battles.

About a week ago, IFI CLAIMS Patent Services published its new ranking of the 50 companies awarded the most US patents in 2010. Microsoft is still the number three patentee with 3,094 new patents, Apple is a rising star with 563 new patents (+94%, a greater gain over the previous year than anyone else on the list), but Google isn't even on that list.

There is indeed a connection between the rampant enforcement of patents against Android and Google's weak patent portfolio. Only a few of the litigants are non-practicing entities while most of the plaintiffs, especially the ones asserting large numbers of relatively strong patents, sell products of their own. Those who actually have products on the market would have to think (at least) twice before attacking Android if they might need access to some of Google's patents."

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Man Cons Woman Into Paying For eBay Auction She Wo

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "A guy over on Reddit had tickets to a big sporting event but at the last minute couldn't go, so he sold them on eBay for $600. The event was in less than 24 hours and when he contacted the winning bidder after they didn't pay for a while, the woman told him that her husband had said that it was too much money and wouldn't let her go. Never mind that winning an eBay bid is a binding contract and now the guy has little chance of selling the tickets. So he concocted a fiendish scheme to trick her into paying.

What he did is email her from a different email address and say hey, I saw you won those tickets, I'd really like to go, can I buy them from you for $1,000? She agreed, and lo and behold, she contacts him as the original seller and says "oops, changed my mind, I want to pay for those after all." He brings her the tickets, collects the money, and then goes home and has his sockpuppet bidder back out of the deal with her."

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Controversial PatriotApp lets citizens alert feds

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "Launched in September, the PatriotApp allows people to report criminal or suspicious activity to several federal agencies, including the FBI, EPA, CDC and GAO (Government Accountability Office), the office responsible for investigating public funds. It also includes RSS feeds for the FBI's Most Wanted list and the Department of Homeland Security's threat level, and allows people to report workplace harassment and discrimination."
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Who is Liu Xiaobo?

satuon satuon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

satuon (1822492) writes "If you were on the wrong side of the Great Firewall of China, and were asking yourself this question, fear not, for the Chinese media is quick to shed light onto his person. The article might lack in objectivity, but it compensates on entertainment. Some highlights from it:



... Liu said that China needed to be a colony for 300 years to have a "real change". He then said that knowledge levels have nothing to do with academic degrees and most Chinese university students and graduate students were "garbage"...

...Liu showed great respect and praise for the Western political, economic and cultural systems. "I don't care you call me a traitor or a patriot. If you say I am a traitor, then I am. I am the ungrateful child digging out the graves of his ancestors, and I am proud of being such a child," he said...

..."I'm not like you. I don't lack money. Foreigners pay me every year even when I'm in prison," said Liu to his fellow prisoners..."

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