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Comment: Re:profit (Score 4, Interesting) 475

by Captain Kirk (#45728487) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Value Halves After Chinese Ban

I got 2300 Bitcoin in 2011. I sold 500 at $119.99 earlier this year and bought a nice car. I sold 900 at $997 and am in the process of buying 3 rental apartments for case. I still have over 1000 Bitcoin.

Once you get Trusted on mt.gox you can withdraw $500k per month. Its not enough to do arbitrage but its not small change either.

I am not alone - lots of people have made huge profits on Bitcoin and we expect to make more. Its designed to work even if its made illegal to own Bitcoin. The price has always fluctuate violently because the markets are so small and liquidity is so poor. But its the most interesting social experiment on the Internet and I love being part of it.

Comment: We beat them because the EU has no DMCA (Score 5, Informative) 285

by Captain Kirk (#45147401) Attached to: Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against <em>WoW</em> Bot Company

Blizzard sued my company in Germany and we are still trading. The reason is that Americans can't avoid the broad restrictions of the DMCA while Europeans are able to work within existing copyright and trademark law. The DMCA is simply a way of closing creative American companies so the business is done from overseas.


GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."
User Journal

Journal: Ripped off by Apple and the IP industry

Journal by Captain Kirk

I am a sucker for Apple. I've got an iPhone, an iPad and a MacBook Air with the most memory and biggest storage that can be bought. The sheer elegance of the MacBook Air makes me happy whenever I use it. All my stuff is backed up to iCloud. iTunes is how access to online movies, tv series and music should work. Or so I thought....


+ - Cuddly Pillow Helps You Snore Less-> 1

Submitted by Random2
Random2 (1412773) writes "Last week, Wasaeda University unveiled a new type of pillow at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. Unlike conventional pillows, the cuddly bear is designed to gently stroke the face of a sleeping person as they snore, encouraging them to roll on their side; where they are less likely to snore.
Primarily intended to roommates and spouses who want to enjoy a night without sleep, the bear hasn't quite made it to market yet.

Is another invasion of cuteness from Japan imminent, or would the device suffer too much abuse from thrashing sleepers?"

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The Military

+ - Russia's MiG Aircraft Company Develops 3D Flight S->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Russian aircraft company MiG is best known for its fighter planes which have been used by the USSR, China, North Korea and North Vietnam since the beginning of WWII. These days, the former Government-owned RAC MiG is a publicly traded entity and competes on the open market with its technologies, having more than 1600 of its MiG-29 fighters in operation in 25 countries. Now MiG is claiming a major first in military aviation with the launch of a 3D flight simulator at the Dubai Air Show, providing volumetric visualization of beyond-the-cockpit space for trainee top guns. The simulator comes complete with the MiG-29’s cockpit and actual control systems."
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+ - Tor enabled Browser for the iPad on the AppStore ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "While there has been a port of Tor for jailbroken iOS devices for a long time, there was no way to use it if you did not want to loose your warranty. Now it looks like Apple has approved a Webbrowser for the iPad called "Covert Browser" which includes a Tor client. If you look at the first screenshot on the authors page it looks like you can even select the Exitnode at wish. According to App Shopper it already hit place 64 in the iPad/Utilites category."
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+ - Trion has spyware in Rift->

Submitted by Captain Kirk
Captain Kirk (148843) writes "Trion has a vigorous anti-cheat policy which we all applaud. But its a shock that they are scanning all processes, including email and IM. Blizzard used do this and stopped due to privacy concerns. Here's hoping Trion does the same and restricts itself to scanning its own game processes, not everything it can see on the client computer!"
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Comment: Bad. (Score 1) 102

by Captain Kirk (#36862842) Attached to: New Blood Test Can Detect Alzheimers

Alzheimers can be 20 years in your body before it causes problems. There is no effective treatment. Forcing people to take this test early would simply mean that otherwise healthy people have 20 years of their lives ruined waiting for Alzheimers before the disease itself starts to affect them.

Really its like you didn't read the article :p

Comment: UO wasn't that much fun really (Score 4, Insightful) 480

by Captain Kirk (#31227288) Attached to: Why Are There No Popular <em>Ultima Online</em>-Like MMOs?

A lot of of the people who rave about pre-Tramell UO are people who fit the "Multi-player appeal to the Killer" label Bartle uses.

Sadly they needed 1000s of "Multi-player appeal to the Socializer" players to feed on. Beign griefed is not fun for such a person so UO failed to grow. No other game that allows griefign will be fun so you won't see them get developed or launched.

WoW allows griefing on PVP realms - you have to opt in. Most of those realms are empty for the same reason.

Comment: Confuses cause and effect (Score 1, Informative) 661

by Captain Kirk (#28670055) Attached to: Swine Flu Kills Obese People Disproportionately

Swine flu is a serious thread to people who are already chronically ill. If you are seriously ill, you are likely bed ridden and pumped with cortizone, steroids and other drugs. And as a result, of course you have a poor body mass index. Its a miracle you are even alive. Swine flu comes along and is the final straw, your body can't take another illness.


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