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Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

scubamage Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (397 comments)

It would be fantastic if breweries used the grain to start raising their own cattle then. The other option is to do what every other great society through history and into prehistory has done - open bakeries. It's still saccharomyces cerevisiae, and spent grains are amazing for baking.

3 days ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

scubamage Re:Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

You think normal currencies are stable? Google "forex." They're absolutely not stable.

about 1 month ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

scubamage Re:Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

Yup, just like all of those people had protections from being screwed over by banks in 2008. Real dollars are so much better, you've convinced me.

about 1 month ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

scubamage Re: Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

All currency, whether it's bank notes, hunks of gold, bitcoins, goats, glass beads, or anything else, is a commodity. The only thing that determines price of that commodity is demand and supply. If people think it has utility, it has value. If people stop thinking any of these items have value, then they become worthless. All of these are speculated on as well; that's what foreign exchange markets are, that's what commodities markets are. None of them have intrinsic value until we decide to put a price tag on them in order to exchange them for other things.

about 1 month ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

scubamage Re:Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

Right now I can name about 4 local vendors who accept bitcoin because they prefer it to the 3% transaction fee charged for credit cards. And they're pulling in still more vendors. They're not involved as speculators, they're involved as people who want to accept it because it makes their cost of doing business lower.

about 1 month ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

scubamage Re:Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

Pyramid schemes aren't ponzi schemes. They're different things, with a few similarities.

about 1 month ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

scubamage Re: Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

You really have no idea how bitcoin works, do you?

about 1 month ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

scubamage Re: Ponzi scheme (357 comments)

Exactly. What people are missing is that this is still relatively new technology. With the big boom in mining over the past few months, we can consider this to be the true shakeout period. The exchanges that have problems will fall, and the ones that don't will be the cream rising to the top. This isn't something new. The fact is, a lot of vendors like cryptocurrencies because they don't require processing charges outside the occasional transaction fee when the transaction exceeds a certain size.

about 1 month ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

scubamage Um... (448 comments)

So, why wouldn't he reach out to one of the 3 letter agencies involved with things like this (namely the FBI)? At the very least with their help he could have pulled in the 3 companies into a conference call, explained what was going on, and gotten this resolved pretty quickly. It's pretty easy to say "Here is the information that was used to open the account, block all recent changes." Or did the hacker somehow get control of his phone too? Am I missing something?

about 3 months ago
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Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

scubamage Re: the moral of the story (448 comments)

Because Danica Patrick in skimpy clothing sells.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

scubamage Re:Also see.. (129 comments)

I'm the GP, and I actually *like* OSX, but my reason is pretty simple; I hate dealing with desktop UNIX. Having to spend days to get 3d acceleration and the desktop configured "just so," only to have the next OS update torch all of my settings to a state where it may be impossible to recover... well... it's just not worth it to me. That's why I pay the apple tax; it's an exchange for not having to do all of that work, and it's worth it for me to never have to see glxgears ever again. I'm not a fanboy by any means; I'm a pragmatist. But I will say that OSX did finally bring about the fabled "year of the *nix desktop," it just wasn't linux, it was BSD. And it wasn't really heralded as such.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

scubamage Re: hmm (129 comments)

Did you know that Goebel approached edison and attempted to sell him the patent for the lightbulb, but Edison refused, allowing Goebel to fall into destitution and die penniless. He then went to his destitute widow and offered her a fraction of the original asking price, effectively screwing Goebel's estate out of any royalties of the invention that Edison is most well known for? That's my whole issue here; people who steal other people's work, or who lie and cheat to get their hands on it. Edison was an asshole, if you don't believe me, just look at how he treated Goebel.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

scubamage Re:Also see.. (129 comments)

Fact for you: I am writing this comment on a mac, running OSX. What pisses me off is that people are crazy Steve Jobs fanboys without realizing that he had little to no technical ability. He was a sales guy, and had an idea about how things should work and how they should look. That's it. He didn't build anything. The original apple was built by Woz, and Jobs helped to sell it. Don't believe me? You can download the schematics for it; they're entirely the work of Woz. The same with the Apple II. Jobs' sole contribution to the projects was color suggestions on the boxes. His career would have not started except for the work of other people, whom he later screwed over at any chance he could take. He was like Edison, find engineers, find ways to suck work out of them or get them to put patents under your umbrella, and then take all of the credit. They won't sell? Blackmail, cheat, harass until you can get the patents under your control. He was a disgusting human being. The fact that he admitted other people were involved in this video is surprising. For those of us who met him, he was a royal douche who is incredibly overrated. The world is in a far worse place for losing Dennis Ritchie than it is Steve Jobs.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

scubamage Re:Also see.. (129 comments)

Actually, historically speaking, he did not have any part in the original apples. That was all Woz. Steve Jobs was just notoriously good at selling; he was in no way, shape, or form an engineer.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

scubamage Re:Jobs take credit for other people's work? (129 comments)

Interesting, usually people are too busy fellating him to remember that his sole contribution to the actual original apple was "Hey, the PSU should be beige." The rest of the work was Woz and the others.

about 3 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

scubamage Re:hmm (129 comments)

I chalk him up to being in the same ilk as Edison. He couldn't do much of anything himself, so he did everything he could to maniuplate, steal, and threaten other peoples' work out of them so he could hold the patents. He's a scumbag and the world is better off without him, even if he did help make things better as a side effect of his self-centeredness. I just think there's a special place in hell for people who are willing to rip off their best friend (a la when he screwed over Wozniak during the whole chip-reduction thing).

about 3 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

scubamage Also see.. (129 comments)

...Steve Jobs take credit for other people's work in this video, just like always.

about 3 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

scubamage Re:Amazing how times change. (444 comments)

Honestly not sure; this was back when a 2GB drive was "big," and we never had an issue getting the few WD's replaced that failed.

about 3 months ago
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Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

scubamage Re:Amazing how times change. (444 comments)

It's also a study in the law of large numbers. If 10 million people all say seagate's drives suck, there is a very good possibility that seagate's drives do in fact suck.

about 3 months ago

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Dogecoin Cryptocurrency raises $40,000 to provide fresh water Africa

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about a month ago

scubamage (727538) writes "TANA, Kenya — March 16, 2014 — Remote villages in Eastern Kenya may not be the first place you think about when it comes to the hot button topic of crypto-currencies but this past week investors and early adopters of Dogecoin used their "magical internet money" to help save lives in an area that suffers from seasonal drought and a lack of clean drinking water.

Over the past week the Dogecoin Foundation, a non-profit organization started by the founders of Dogecoin began accepting and collecting donations for their Doge4Water campaign to coincide with World Water Day on March 22nd. The foundation hoped to raise 40 million Dogecoins (est. $50,000 USD at current exchange rates) to be able to sponsor the Charity:Water initiative of constructing two hand-dug wells to provide access to clean water for the surrounding communities in the Tana River area of Eastern Kenya.

On Friday a generous benefactor who goes by the name of Hood (@savethemhood) helped achieve that goal by making a record tip of 14,000,000 Dogecoins via Twitter. With a tweet berating the wealthy for not doing enough, Hood summed up how he felt with this post, "It is astonishing that we have fellow humans on this planet without water. We have the wealth, but not the will. The greedy do nothing...." Users and foundation members alike were overwhelmed with an outpouring of gratitude on the /r/Dogecoin subreddit.

Since its beginning in early December the Dogecoin community has used their popularity and growing monetary value to help out several causes and charities. Donations from Dogecoin helped the Jamaican bobsled team to travel and compete in this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as well as fostering a community based not so much on gaining wealth but on giving it away. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of Dogecoins are given away through tips each day on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms.

While cryptocurrency has been a high profile topic this past week as to whether it should be regulated, especially due to several well publicized thefts and losses, or as to who the inventor may or may not be, the one coin which seems to take itself a little less seriously than the others firmly made its case that alternative currency can change the world, and for the better.

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Uber car attacked in Paris during Taxi Strike

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 3 months ago

scubamage (727538) writes "A major protest by taxi drivers at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris saw an improvised barricade force drivers single-file through a gauntlet of taxis, where Uber cars and other independent taxi vehicles were attacked. They had their windows busted, tires slashed, paint flung at them while taxi drivers attempted open doors and drag out passengers and drivers. Reports say that police were present, but did nothing to stop the attacks.
At least the downfall of traditional post to email has never seen people being beaten in the streets?"

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University of Florida Cuts Computer Science, Ups Athletic Budget

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 2 years ago

scubamage writes "In an incredulous move, the University of Florida has cut its Computer Science and Engineering Department in an effort to save 1.7 million dollars a year. Yet at the same time, it has increased funding to its athletics department by more than 2 million dollars a year. The move has spurred criticism across the industry and academia, and caused the launch of a "Save the CS Department" website, and incited student protests. Ironically, all of this seems to be happening as Florida Governor Rick Scott is evangelizing a push towards STEM education (while cutting education budgets by more than 30%)."
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Ask Slashdot: A cheap, DIY home security and surveillance system?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 2 years ago

scubamage writes "Approximately 6 weeks ago, my home was broken into while my fiance and I were at work. Our neighborhood is essentially empty during the day because it's an upper middle class neighborhood. Two laptops were stolen, an iPad, a power brick, a safe (complete with several years worth of taxes, my birth certificate, and old copies of my driver's license), a digital SLR, several pieces of heirloom jewelry, a guitar, and a custom built saxophone. In total, we lost around $20-30,000 dollars that day. We are now dealing with an attorney because the homeowner's insurance is fighting us on a number of items and we're not backing down. It has been a nightmare. Now as we were hoping things were starting to calm down, we've noticed that someone has been visiting our house during the day. There has been garbage left sitting on our back porch table, so its unlikely to have blown there. We've also seen footprints in our garden that are not there in the morning. We want to know who is on our property while we're not, and maybe if we're really lucky reporting it to the police could recover some of our property. My fiance has asked me to assemble a home security system that is motion activated, and both notifies us of an entry, as well as records video or rapid HD stillframes when sensing motion. The goal is to do this cheaply and more effectively than going with a private security company like ADT (who, consequently, our police department told us to ignore due to the incredibly high rate of false alarms). Also, we already have gotten the dog and the gun, so we have those bases covered now. What suggestions do you have on setting up home security systems, and what have you done to build one in the past? Help me slashdot posters, I need your brain juices!"
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Online Study for Masters/PhD in IT?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "After my housemate recently announced his intention to return to academics and pursue a master's degree, I have started pondering doing the same. I kind of hate knowing that I've put years into a degree (BA in Clinical Psychology) which currently does me no good. However, I can use it as a stepping stone towards a Master's Degree in my chosen field. I'm lucky to say that I enjoy IT, and I'd like the pay scale and management/job opportunities that a Master's degree would bring. However, given my work/oncall schedule, going to brick and mortar school is going to be highly difficult (irregular schedule, being on call a week at a time, etc). Online classes seem to be the right choice, but I know from speaking with numerous people in HR departments that online universities tend to be looked down upon in comparison to their traditional brethren. The best recommendation I've gotten was to pursue a traditional institution which offers online distance learning classes. I've looked at Drexel University's MSIS degree, but it seems to be more about software product development/analysis, and less about actual information systems and technology based on the curriculum they have listed. The curriculum I'd prefer to be studying is something similar to PSU Great Valley's MSIS Program(yes, I know the second one is brick and mortar). I know there have to be other options out there. Can you, the folks of slashdot, help shine some light on them? It would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!"
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A Free/OSS Hardware Deployment Solution?

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "

I work for a small technology firm and am responsible for server/workstation builds, among other things. We deal with a number of different systems, but are mainly a HP shop. I am trying to find a solution for our deployments so that we can roll out system images to X number of servers/workstations, while also keeping an archive of the image for fast restoration if a customer/field technician has an issue.

So far every product we have found which addresses our issues has some major problems. Ghost by Symantec doesn't support RAIDs or Server OS's, so that option is down the tubes. Further, Sysprep is necessary to make a usable image. We also investigated Acronis Snap Deploy 3 which seemed perfect, however it wasn't until we had already purchased a few licenses that we discovered how prohibitive their licensing is (we had been told by their presales support that one license would be good for one concurrent imaging task; turns out that the licenses bind to the MAC Address of the chassis that you deploy to, so our one license was exhausted after the first successful test deployment, yay wasted money!). To keep using the software we would need to keep purchasing licenses which is not only an administrative nightmare, but it will quickly become prohibitively expensive — especially since the cost of server licenses is triple the workstation license price.

So, we are back at square one. We need software which can be used for deploying system images, is capable of recognizing and handling RAIDs, is compatible with both workstation and server OS's, and is relatively simple to use (we would like to use it in the field for our technicians off site, which means I have to be able to guide them through its usage). It would be a real boon if we could use the same image to deploy on to dissimilar hardware similar to acronis' Universal Deploy utility. It would be even better if we didn't need to resort to sysprep, though I'll live if we need to. So, I throw myself humbly at your feet /. — please help!

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Monsanto backed bill could outlaw organic farming

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 4 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D-CT) has introduced legislation which could potentially destroy both small and organic farming as we know it. The bill, HR 875, forces pesticides, herbicides, and any new chemicals developed to be used by all farmers in the name of "food safety and sanitation." It would also seek to outlaw seed banking, enforce mandatory GPS tracking of all livestock, and to create a new governing body to oversee food safety without any oversight. This includes warrantless searches of all food production facilities. Further, it would require such intense record keeping that it could quite literally strangle many small farmers out of business. It is also interesting to note that Ms. Delauro is married to Stanley Greenberg — a political strategist whose clients include none other than Monsanto: the world's largest producer of herbicides, pesticides, and genetically modified food products."
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US Power Grid and other Infrastructure Breached

scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 5 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "According to this article in the Wall Street Journal, both Chinese and Russian agents have infiltrated US infrastructure systems in an attempt to map out their contents. So far intelligence officials believe the acts are solely for reconnaissance, but they have found that tools were left in place which could have been used to cause damage and disrupt the power grid. Officials warn that similar probes and attacks could be possible against sewage, and other utilities. Further, intelligence officials have noted that reported attacks are growing in number — more than tripling from 20,000 in 2006 to almost 70,000 in 2008. What I personally want to know is why these systems need to be publicly accessible at all? Do we need people at a nuclear power plant reading fark and slashdot all day? Why risk exposing such critical systems? Surely these companies can afford leased lines to keep a private network, well, private and well away from the public internet."
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Tree-shrew is heavyweight boozer

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 5 years ago

scubamage writes "According to BBC News, "A tiny tree-shrew that lives on alcoholic nectar could — pound for pound — drink the average human under the table, scientists have discovered." The shrew lives on fermented necter of an indigenous palm tree. Videos are included in the story. I want to party with this rodent!"
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Google opens Philanthropy Branch

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "This morning Google announced the opening of a new Philanthropic branch of their company, Google.org. Google has pledged 1% of all revenue to be devoted to their philanthropic interests which include five major focus areas: Predict and Prevent, Inform and Empower to Improve Public Services, Fuel the Growth of Small and Medium Enterprises, Develop a Renewable Energy Source Cheaper than Coal, and Accelerate the Adoption of Plug-In Vehicles. The effort is to make good on early company plans to use the corporate powerhouse's technology to improve the world around them. More information can be found here."
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PA House Considering ban on online ordinations

scubamage scubamage writes  |  more than 6 years ago

scubamage (727538) writes "Many of you may be familiar with the Universal Life Church, a liberal online church who offers ordinations for any who seek them free of charge over the internet. While being completely allowed under the freedom of religion clause in the first amendment, the church recently suffered a blow when Judge Marcia Cook of York County annulled a marriage because it was solemnized by a ULC minister on the basis he had no physical church or congregation. Now, before the PA House of Representatives is Bill 1099, which seeks to invalidate all online ordinations in the state of Pennsylvania. Similar attempts have been made in other states but were later ruled unconstitutional. Should this bill pass it could have chilling constitutional consequences on how religion is practiced in the US by giving other states a boilerplate to work from in passing similar legislation."
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scubamage scubamage writes  |  about 7 years ago

scubamage writes "On the 14th of April, Stanford University scientists announced the completion of the experimental phase of Gravity Probe B, a test of Einstein's theory of relativity and gravity. To quote, "One way to think about space-time is as a large fishing net. Left unperturbed and stretched out flat, it is straight and regular. But the minute one puts a weight into the net, everything bends to support that weight. A weight that was spinning would wreak even more havoc with the net, twisting it as it spun. The mass-energy of the planet earth represents a "weight" in our net of space-time, and the daily revolutions of the earth, according to Einstein's theory, represent a twisting of local space-time. GP-B will search for this twisting effect, which has never before been measured." The tests so far have shown that Einstein was correct at least in the fact that there is a distortion. The actual drag created on time space is still being calculated. The stanford article can be found here. The official press release in PDF format can be found here."

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