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Comment: Re:Nobody cares about bitcoin (Score 2) 403

by Dalambertian (#36757982) Attached to: Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs
Glad you're here to speak for the rest of us, anonymous coward. As a physicist and longtime slashdotter, I've always been willing to learn about new tech. I may be young, but this is the most impressive thing I've seen FOSS do in my lifetime. Anyone who thinks bitcoin is unfair/a ponzi scheme, or whatever, then by all means release your source code - show us the "correct" way to build a new currency and I'm sure people will use it.

Comment: Re:Yet another advertisement (Score 1) 768

by Dalambertian (#36442152) Attached to: Ask Amir Taaki About Bitcoin
That depends on how much he's invested in it. Most of the people who get into bitcoin are hobbyists. They spend a lot of time reading up on the technology, and once they grasp its potential they get a little excited. The truth is people will submit stories about things they're into. Bitcoin is no exception. Personally, I've invested about $120 in bitcoins. If I cashed out now, I'd have about $200 worth. Does that make my arguments are invalid?

Comment: NASA has an app for that (Score 1) 110

by Dalambertian (#35723872) Attached to: Solar Storm Nearly Wipes Out NASA's Messenger
Goddard's Community Coordinated Modeling Center just released a space weather app that lets you track solar activity in real-time. It also has data and simulation predictions for the solar surface, the solar wind, and Earth's magnetosphere/ionosphere. Really slick interface too :) http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nasa-space-weather/id422621403?mt=8

Comment: Re:OpenLeaks sucks (Score 1) 278

by Dalambertian (#35182474) Attached to: OpenLeaks Founder 'Crippled' WikiLeaks
By the way, the whole point of OpenLeaks is that you choose who gets your submission. So, if it's a local news story about your school board, you can send it to your local paper, and if they don't run the story within your time frame then you can choose for it to go public. This avoids the problem of only catching the biggest leaks. Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsIhiUHoNLA5

Comment: Re:Well (Score 4, Informative) 299

by Dalambertian (#34828958) Attached to: Some WikiLeaks Contributions To Public Discourse

The only brave person surrounding Wikileaks appears to Assnage...

To find other brave wikileaks activists, just look at the names on the subpeona: Jacob Appelbaum @ioerror -Tor spokesman who subbed in for Julian Assange at the HOPE conference, and a lot has been written about him elsewhere, including Rolling Stone. He's on the way back from Iceland to Seattle today, so hopefully he won't be detained again. There's a crowd of wikileaks supporters waiting for him. Rop Gonggrijp @rop_g - Hacker/activist who helped produce and release the Collateral Murder video. He no longer works for wikileaks since he's spending most of his time cracking voting machines in India/Brazil. Birgitta Jónsdóttir @birgittaj - The Icelandic Parliament Member with an impressive history of activism.

All of these people have done more for the spread of democracy and freedom of speech than most of us ever will. No wonder they are under investigation by the DOJ.

Comment: Re:What troubles me most (Score 1) 810

by Dalambertian (#34465172) Attached to: Digging Into the WikiLeaks Cables
Maybe I can interest you in this very illuminating talk by Seth Schoen and Jacob Appelbaum. Jacob is the Tor spokesman and the only American working for wikileaks. Seth is on the HTTPS Everywhere project. http://thenexthope.org/talks-list/

The Tor project has seen an increased focus on Internet censorship as many more users adopted Tor to get around blocking. In the past year, Tor was a popular means of bypassing censorship in Iran, China, and around the world. Firewall operators have been noticing. Tor has also had to contend with new organized efforts to block access to the network, and has rolled out the “bridges” blocking-resistance system in earnest. Alongside the perpetual need to get more Tor nodes, it’s become important to get users to run bridges – and to experiment with ways of communicating bridge addresses to users affected by censorship. The current censorship landscape will be explored, along with the bridge mechanism and efforts to recruit more bridges. There will also be an update on how Tor developers are responding to the growing pains and dealing with scaling challenges associated with Tor’s popularity. You’ll also hear about the challenge of counting the number of users on an anonymity network, and how client software can force the use of encryption to protect users from some attacks after their traffic leaves the Tor network.

Comment: Re:Go, Julian, go! (Score 3, Interesting) 1018

by Dalambertian (#34395398) Attached to: WikiLeaks Will Unveil Major Bank Scandal
Had the present leaks occurred when we were still considering war with Iraq, do you think we'd be in the mess we are today? As I recall, the media published only what the government wanted us to hear, that the rest of the world supported us. Because the public bought it, the congressmen bought it, and the debate was over before it began. Would you rather us wait until the next war starts?

Comment: Re:Next Next Step (Score 1) 890

by Dalambertian (#34335368) Attached to: Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems
You're saying that the reason that you're not doing the job that I'm paying you to do is that you don't have a job to do? Is that what you're saying? What are you trying to convince me of, exactly? That you're as useless as an asshole right here? Well guess what, Buddy. I think, you just fucking convinced me! -Larry Gomez

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.

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