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+ - Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin pioneer passes away

Submitted by brokenin2
brokenin2 (103006) writes "Hal Finney, the number two programmer for PGP and the first person to receive a Bitcoin transaction has passed away. From the article on Coindesk: "Shortly after collaborating with Nakamoto on early bitcoin code in 2009, Finney announced he was suffering from ALS. Increasing paralysis, which eventually became near-total, forced him to retire from work in early 2011.""

Comment: Re:Shaped like speaker cable (Score 5, Informative) 191

by ChipMonk (#47659193) Attached to: Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production
It has to do with exactly *how* the connections are made as the plug is inserted. Ground/common so static can dissipate, then data/signal, then power last. Each line connects only to its corresponding line in the other piece. A 3.5mm plug doesn't provide that kind of "signal safety"; at some point, it's possible the power on one side would touch the ground on the other, and put a charge into the device before it was fully plugged-in.

Comment: how dark can it be on the ISS? (Score 0) 106

by ChipMonk (#47633707) Attached to: Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived
If it isn't really dark, with all the indicator lights extinguished, how well can one expect to sleep? Even a single blue power light on a PC is enough to interfere with REM. And, if the windows aren't totally blacked, having a sunrise-sunset every 45 minutes can't help, either.

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