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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

teambpsi A lot of circumstance and some suspicious experts (303 comments)

My read so far based on the video blogpost I saw on http://beta.watchmybit.com last night is that there is a lot of circumstantial evidence and not a lot of hard facts.

Also, the agent who worked Chicago border control seems to know an aweful lot about IT and TOR that makes me wonder why he's working packaged duty.

Starting to smell like a lot of planted evidence...

about two weeks ago

Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

teambpsi Unless it has support for Bitcoin... (156 comments)

This is the same tech refresh upgrade every big bank is in flight doing.

about a month ago

Window Washing a Skyscraper Is Beyond a Robot's Reach

teambpsi Of course you can have self cleaning windows! (203 comments)

Using simple magnets the windows could self clean in the same way someone can clean the inside of a fishtank

about 2 months ago

Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

teambpsi Crypto's Behave More Like Securities Than Currency (301 comments)

Bitcoin for all its technical sophistication is more of a threat to "stock exchanges" or "equity allocation" than it ever will be to "currencies"

It is not suitable to a "drive-thru" transactions due to the number of "confirms" required to have veracity in the exchange.

However, it is VERY WELL SUITED to the exchange of equity -- and is, given the current settlement times, much more of a threat to public ledgers like TORRENS (property exchange logs) -- or stock/ownership exchanges.

about 10 months ago

Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin

teambpsi Re:That main issue is actually the solution. (301 comments)

The transactions are BY DESIGN to subsume the block reward and will handily make mining worth the price of admission.

about 10 months ago

Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

teambpsi Where's the love for GPG/PGP Email ? (986 comments)

So what's the sentiment around using GPG/PGP for email ?

about a year and a half ago

DoJ Investigates eBook Price Fixing

teambpsi Hope they fix the lending system too! (165 comments)

While touted as replacements for traditional dead tree varieties, ebook book owners should have the same rights to lend and transfer on a 1:1 basis as they see fit.

Perhaps look at how the BitCoin "public transaction" model works to manage the lending (DRM) ??

more than 3 years ago

Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

teambpsi I learned the value of money by paying as I went.. (1797 comments)

I don't want to be "that old guy" -- but I didn't qualify for student loans in the 80's & early 90's because my parents were in that bracket where they were supposed to be able to contribute, but just couldn't.

I had up to three part-time jobs while doing my undergrad, and I definitely wanted the education -- I found that as "consumer" I demanded more from my instructors for my hard earned cash.

In the end it made me who I am, and I subsequently went on to get both an MS in Software Engineering and an MBA recently -- both paid for with cash that I earned and saved.

Sure it took a little longer to finish the degree's and barring Alzheimer's, the lessons learned all around will be mine for life!

more than 3 years ago

HP Begins Laying Off WebOS Developers, Potentially Firing CEO

teambpsi Fire that NTAC asap and keep the WebOS team (178 comments)

Apotheker has to be one of the worst appointments I've seen in 20 years.

At least Chain-saw Al Dunlap was hired for the express purpose of being a major league a-hole.

Apotheker showed a shocking poverty of understanding of the empire he was entrusted to run that it makes me seriously question the competency of the people that vetted him?

more than 3 years ago

Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

teambpsi Pricing games and post cancel charges oh my! (349 comments)

I tried changing my bank account info and when I called to ask them to reverse a pending charge on the wrong/old account I was told that I would have to close/cancel my service with them, and then restart service at a new higher rate!

So I cancelled. Completely.

Now I have to play the "contest the charge on the credit card game" even though I cancelled on the 9th the charge still showed up on the 11th.

You'd think they would be doing anything to just maintain their current customers, but evidently not.

Say hello to RedBox !

more than 3 years ago

Former Wikileaks Spokesman Destroyed Documents

teambpsi And WHY should we trust HIM? (469 comments)

Clearly he can't be trusted -- with the exception of course of furthering his own interests...

more than 3 years ago

IBM's Patent To "Transfer Expert Knowledge" With Games

teambpsi McKinsey and the US Navy are masters of KM/KT (97 comments)

The consulting company McKinsey has knowledge management and transfer down to a T -- pairing and making available ANY older expert anywhere in the world available to any younger (really any) consultant.

The US Navy also excels in their job short-term job rotation -- how does a entire carrier operate (as a system) with so many new people in roles they've never held before.....think about it....

more than 5 years ago

In UK, Two Convicted of Refusing To Decrypt Data

teambpsi The logic is obvious...but the conclusion is.... (554 comments)

Uhm....if you are clever enough to use encryption -- I would also think that you would already have an encrypted code-word or phrase that you would use to notice your pals that you've been compromised ???

You're not going to run out and say "hey I'm being forced to give up my keys"

You'll instead tweet out something like "I prefer Mr. Pibb over Dr. Pepper". Because OBVIOUSLY something has gone horribly wrong......

more than 5 years ago

First Internet-Connected Pacemaker Goes Live

teambpsi There IS something the author is missing (158 comments)

This is nothing new. Boston Scientific (formerly Guidant) Latitude system has been working wirelessly in exactly this manner for nearly five years.

And "researchers" have been trying to hack the protocol -- mainly by reverse engineering the wanded communication.

Gradma is in more danger of a "pillow-attack" for the inheritance than someone trying to tweak her pacing.

more than 5 years ago



HP to exit smartphone and tablet business

teambpsi teambpsi writes  |  more than 3 years ago

teambpsi writes "HP announced today that they are getting out of the smartphone and tablet business. Guess there's not point in waiting for the release of the Pre3. However, I'm guessing there will be a fire-sale on what amounts to a future hobbyists favorite platform..."
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20 YR OLD Captures Abusive Police Officer on Tape

teambpsi teambpsi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teambpsi writes ""Brett Darrow, 20, had installed a hidden camera inside his car, much like the way some police officers do, and caught the entire incident on tape. Darrow then posted the video on the internet on places like YouTube.com."

Combine this with a GPS and a in-car monitoring system and we could kick off a "Bigger-Sister" project to counter Big Brother :)"

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Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years...

teambpsi teambpsi writes  |  more than 7 years ago

teambpsi writes "Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer.

Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of "wet artificial life."

"When these things are created, they're going to be so weak, it'll be a huge achievement if you can keep them alive for an hour in the lab," Mark Badau said. "But them getting out and taking over, never in our imagination could this happen."

Never in our imagination? Clearly this guy doesn't get enough sci-fi in his diet :)"

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