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Submission + - Best Way to Mine Bitcoins - Allow Errors!

An anonymous reader writes: A recent paper from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that bitcoin mining profits can be increased considerably if mining hardware is allowed to produce occasional errors. The research shows that a mining hardware that allows occasional errors ("approximate mining") can run much faster and takes less area than a conventional miner. Furthermore, the errors are are produced by the miner do no corrupt the blockchain since such errors are easily detected and discarded by the bitcoin network. Mining profits can increase by over 30%.

Submission + - UK scientists designing cement to safely store nuclear waste for 100,000 years (

An anonymous reader writes: A team of British scientists are working on designing a form of cement which could safely withstand the harmful effects of nuclear waste for thousands of years. The team at the UK's synchrotron science facility, Diamond Light Source, said the project will be vital as Britain looks to expand on its nuclear industry.

The team believe the new material is 50% better at reducing the impact of radiation than current storage solutions. The government is set to choose a location of where to store the estimated 300,000 cubic metres of radioactive waste which is estimated to have been accumulated by the UK by 2030.

Submission + - SPAM: Protect Yourself From Sim Swaps

softosis writes: n today’s mobile-centric world, exploiting mobile phones for web banking is normal practice for many folks, however do customers apprehend they might be in danger of a brand new sort of scam?

SIM swap fraud, wherever scammers cancel and reactivate new SIM cards of the victims to hack into bank accounts by creating a fake identity of genuine customer, is reportedly on the increase.

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Submission + - 42 Best Free Linux Audio Software (

An anonymous reader writes: This software collection transforms your PC into the ultimate music machine.

There is a huge range of open source free audio software available for Linux which is both mature and feature-laden. Linux has all the tools needed to be a serious contender in music production without a user having to venture into the commercial software world. Linux is a superior platform for professional audio production: rock solid, efficient, and you don't get fleeced for software licenses.

Submission + - A look at the Cooke Wheatstone Telegraph ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: In the 1830's a unique form of telegraph used magnetic needles to point at letters. It required more wires than a conventional telegraph but didn't require much special attention.

Submission + - Structured design trades and the Lunar Lander (

An anonymous reader writes: Hackaday talks about design trades and the balance between "aha!" moments and using operation research-style structured processes to make design decisions.What's really interesting is the comments though, where many are saying that modern engineers have become "process worshippers" that can't find the art in the act of design.

Comment parcel data that definitively unreliable (Score 4, Interesting) 117

parcel data that definitively defines property boundaries.

  BOGUS statement.

  As soon as I downloaded this I zoomed in on the area
I live in (somewhere in N. Galveston CO. , Texas)
and saw immediately the property lines were wrong.

Not by a small margin either. All property lines along
the road I live along were shifted by offset of around 20 to 30 feet.

  A further look at neighboring streets showed similar

  In the linked article to the story the blog clown stated
this wondrous GM Pro could cheaply solve property disputes (or words to that effect).

    Yah, right. Nope. Might cause trouble but not a tool to cheaply determine property boundaries.

Unreliable, therefor useless.

  Anyone else care to check theirs? I imagine it varies region to region how useful it is but bottom line if wrong in this area it is most likely wrong in other far flung areas.


Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat? 481

An anonymous reader writes: The New Yorker is running a piece on the ethical dilemma we face when considering octopus intelligence alongside our willingness to eat them. "Octopus intelligence is well documented: they have been known to open jars, guard their unhatched eggs for months or even years, and demonstrate personalities. Most famously, they can blast a cloud of ink to throw off predators, but even more impressive is the masterfully complex camouflage employed by several members of Cephalopoda (a class that also includes squid and cuttlefish)." While humans eat animals ranging widely in mental faculties, the octopus remains one of the smartest ones we do consume. And unlike pigs, for example, their population is not dependent on humanity to survive. As our scientific understanding of intelligence grows, these ethical debates will only come into sharper focus. Where do we draw the line?

Comment Re:Similar with sites like IMDB (Score 1) 579

Well, maybe I was not stating clearly. That is an example of the BEST ratio , typical (with some exceptions) Most media ratings on that site have
far higher ratios of male vs female participation.

      For grins I looked up on IMDB Spartacus, Blood and Sand vs ratings ratio on Games of Thrones.
  Tits and ass and dick ratio between those two are extreme, and
sure enough Games of Thrones has far more women voting.
  Huh, science is fun.

Comment Similar with sites like IMDB (Score 1) 579

This is the case with the Internet Movie Database
as well.
  If you look across various movie and TV show scores
one see's a typical 5 to 1 ratio biased to males.
  Overall 4 to 10 ratio or more depending on material. SOmething
like Game of Thrones is 4 to 1 male to female participation
in rating game which is about as even as it gets on IMDB.

  I've pondered the reason why for years.

    Not having a huge pool of females to probe for reasons as to why this is, I toss it to that they have more important things to do.
    Or maybe they are just being prissy.

    I belong to a large 'meta' gaming guild with 1000's of active older gamers mostly involved with MMO type games over the years, and there too, the vast majority of members are male.

Comment Re:So what did they take away now? (Score 1) 181

I was.
Not available for Firefox 19.0

  So what ancient versions of Firefox does this work on?

    If you are going to suggest a fix at least provide
  info on something that is updated at least once
in a blue moon.
  According to the plugin page this was updated back
on Sept 2, 2012.


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