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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

somenickname Re:Hate to be the one to point this out... (267 comments)

You aren't the only one that thinks that: http://www.coindesk.com/need-a.... A lot of the altcoins are definitely scams but, there is actually some legitimate work going on that is pretty interesting. Whether or not cryptocurrency ends up becoming mainstream or not is still unclear but, from a computer science standpoint, I think it's all pretty interesting. Maybe it's a fad that will go down in flames or maybe it will stabilize into something that benefits society. Either way, I've never understood all the /. hate for cryptocurrencies. It's a very nerdy and interesting modern development that no one has been forced to become involved with.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

somenickname Re:Labview (876 comments)

I've actually worked on several projects where we ended up creating a new visual programming language to solve the problem. We did it because it was almost impossible to express the problems in a traditional programming language. Visual programming is awkward when the problem doesn't lend itself to visual programming. If you wanted to argue that most problems don't lend themselves to visual programming, you'd get no argument here. But, if the problem calls for it, definitely don't be afraid to design a UI to describe it just because, traditionally, you've seen it not work.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

somenickname Re:Resurrecting Technocrat.net (2219 comments)

Maybe it didn't work in the past because there wasn't a vacuum to fill. People who have read Slashdot for 10+ years have come to rely on having a site like this. With the imminent death of the site, you aren't trying to convert a community, you'd be giving them a place to go.

about 6 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

somenickname Re:Slashdot BETA Sucks. (2219 comments)

What is there to view without the active contributors? You can get days old news practically anywhere.

about 6 months ago
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AltSlashdot is coming

somenickname Alternate name (2 comments)

I registered bangslashdot.com/net/org (!/.) If you are serious about getting the project off the ground, let me know and the domain is yours.

about 6 months ago
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Designer Seeds Thought To Be Latest Target By Chinese

somenickname Re:Boycott (164 comments)

Just registered bangslashdot.com/net/org (!/.) in case Slashdot needs to be forked to a new site. Will happily sell the domain to a more capable web-type for the exact price I paid (with the stipulation that I get a low UID).

about 6 months ago
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Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use?

somenickname Re:Thanks (3 comments)

Me too. I'm hoping I get some mod points in the next few days so I can mod up every single post that complains about the new UI.

about 6 months ago
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Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use?

somenickname Thanks (3 comments)

Glad to see this became real. Hope it makes it to the front page.

about 6 months ago
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North Korea's Home-Grown Operating System Mimics OS X

somenickname Re:Fuck BEta (252 comments)

I'm still waiting for an "Ask Slashdot: Once Slashdot beta has been foisted on me, what site should I use instead". I'm only partially joking. I actually want to know the answer.

about 6 months ago
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With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

somenickname Re:Depends on the threat model, doesn't it? (279 comments)

I loathe to say this but, HTTPS Everywhere is security theater. It makes your browser have a green icon where it otherwise might not but, that green icon is just an illusion of security. Considering recent revelations about the NSA, I would assume all SSL certificates are compromised. Like, literally, all of them. If the trust chain has been compromised by one party (the NSA), I would assume it compromised by all parties.

about 6 months ago
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With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

somenickname Re:Dear MyCleanPC, (279 comments)

Well, nowhere in the glowing reviews did I see that it would also bring back my dog so, country music still has its place.

about 6 months ago
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With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

somenickname Dear MyCleanPC, (279 comments)

I will admit that I was skeptical that a piece of software could cure my cancer, bring back my wife and prevent me from beating my daughter but, based on dozens of posts on Slashdot, I'm willing to give it a try.

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps

somenickname Re:And thus begins the end (229 comments)

Some of the big companies that are going to be essentially extorted money can actually prevent this from happening. If Google/Facebook/etc tell AT&T, "That's fine, we'll pay your extortion money. However, since we add so much value to your service, we've decided to no longer provide our services on your network unless you pay us slightly more than we are paying you". If major services started disappear off the AT&T network, I imagine they'd rethink this blatant violation of net-neutrality. I doubt the big internet companies would ever do something like this but, a guy can dream.

about 7 months ago
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Polar Vortex Sends Life-Threatening Freeze To US

somenickname Re:It's not cold if you have gear (684 comments)

I'd take it a step further and say the real story is that people are idiots. On a scale between Dangerously Oblivious and Zombie Apocalypse Prepper, most people heavily lean towards the former. Whether that's dressing for the conditions, driving for the conditions, keeping some basic emergency supplies in your car, having enough food in the house, having an emergency alternative heat source, etc. I'm not saying everyone needs a Unimog and a hardened bunker with a years worth of MREs in their backyard but, a little common sense and a little preparation can make most extreme winter weather nearly a non-event.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

somenickname Re:Not too bothered (319 comments)

The NSA *is* a criminal gang. And, it's a criminal gang that can put you in jail for breaking laws that you don't even realize you are breaking.

about 9 months ago
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Mark Shuttleworth Apologizes for Trademark Action Against Fix Ubuntu

somenickname Re:too little, too late (196 comments)

Or, that the very least, you should at least tell the tale of the time that a Møøse bit your sister.

about 9 months ago
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Google Is Testing a Program That Tracks Your Purchases In the Real World

somenickname Re:Dear Slashdot... (160 comments)

Well said and makes me think of this quote from Fear and Loathing:

"We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look west, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark - that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back."

about 9 months ago
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Bizarre Six-Tailed Asteroid Dumbfounds Scientists

somenickname Re:Well, there's a simple explanation, really. (134 comments)

You joke but, earlier today there was a story about Starship Troopers on Slashdot. I know that if I still lived in Buenos Aires, I'd give serious thought to getting out of town for a while...

about 9 months ago
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Stung By Scandal, South Korea Weighs Up Cost of Curbing Nuclear Power

somenickname Re:Nuclear safety is different (200 comments)

The fossil fuel power plants themselves are less of a danger but, the methods used to extract the fuel can and do render huge swaths of land uninhabitable. There are parts of the U.S. where previously habitable (and populated) land has become uninhabitable (or nearly so) due to the groundwater and air pollution effects of hydraulic fracturing.

about 10 months ago
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The Boss Is Remotely Monitoring Blue-Collar Workers

somenickname Re:Protip (228 comments)

When I was younger and didn't have a personal machine, when I got home from work I'd boot my employer laptop with an Ubuntu Live CD and all was well. They certainly weren't savvy enough to have put some sort of monitoring below the OS level and so my por^H^H^H browsing habits were safe and the machine was in no danger of being compromised at the OS level.

about 10 months ago

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Once Slashdot beta has been foisted upon me, what site should I use instead?

somenickname somenickname writes  |  about 6 months ago

somenickname (1270442) writes "As a long time Slashdot reader, I'm wondering what website to transition to once the beta goes live. The new beta interface seems very well suited to tablets/phones but, it ignores the fact that the user base is, as one would expect, nerds sitting in front of very large LCD monitors and wasting their employers time. It's entirely possible that the browser ID information gathered by the site has indicated that they get far more hits on mobile devices where the new interface is reasonable but, I feel that no one has analyzed the browser ID (and screen resolution) against comments modded +5. I think you will find that most +5 comments are coming from devices (real fucking computers) that the new interface does not support well. Without an interface that invites the kind of users that post +5 comments, Slashdot is just a ho-hum news aggregation site that allows comments. So, my question is, once the beta is the default, where should Slashdot users go to?"

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