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Comment: Breach of Contract (Score 3, Interesting) 120

They had a contract with the buyer and did not fulfill their half. Of course the buyer's recourse in this should probably be limited to the price of the machine, not any "missed opportunities".

Buyers should ask themselves why anyone would sell a money printing machine. If it was profitable they're going to use it for themselves, or use it until the bitcoin difficulty gets just to the point where it's marginal and sell it.

Comment: Re:I'm sure the NSA wants their fingers on it. (Score 1) 137

by Darth Muffin (#47272929) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
First, I don't watch TV, except for Cosmos and it's over. The gov has no interest in you or I using our cell phone. There is no constitutional right to a cell phone, so no basis for a case. They would want to prevent further cell-activated devices from going off. They want to shut everything down so that only they have control of the situation. That's how SWAT teams, etc. work.

Comment: I'm sure the NSA wants their fingers on it. (Score 1) 137

by Darth Muffin (#47272573) Attached to: Google and Microsoft Plan Kill Switches On Smartphones
You can bet the NSA and other government agencies are drooling over the prospect of getting access to this.

If there's a Boston-type bombing, they would want to shut down cell phones in the area. That might even be a legitimate use, but next they'll want to use it preemptively around the President, then at the Superbowl.... and suddenly we've got tyranny.

Comment: You can bet NSA has the keys (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by Darth Muffin (#46774971) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality
The NSA is why this is a bad idea. Once this is in, I'll bet you'll start seeing this used by the govt. First at Boston Bombing type events, then later at demonstrations like Occupy Wallstreet, and then wherever the president happens to be touring at the moment.

What would the govt of some place like Egypt have given for a phone kill switch?

Comment: Re:It's crap (Score 3, Insightful) 1633

by Darth Muffin (#46767973) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
+1 to this! It makes us subjects, not citizens, since we would then have rights only when the government says so. That's not a right. This is the bill of rights, not the bill of benefits. "When serving in a militia" is pretty much all the time since all able-bodied men and women make up the militia.

Comment: A few reasons why it won't work: (Score 2) 273

by Darth Muffin (#46661561) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus
1. People frequently travel in groups. If your camp of 4 cars wants to travel together and leaves at the same time, who's plate do you go off of?
2. If you're in the 5am block and the rest of your camp is in the 4pm block, how are you going to break camp?
3. How are you going to enforce this? Needs people to do so.
4. What do you do with people who don't want to participate in the license plate lottery? Again, requires more people and a place to put them.
5. Still will have the problem of people who think they're special with exceptions as to why they need out now, why they missed their window, or why they should be allowed in a different time slot. This takes people and slows things down.

Comment: Ethical is irrelevant. (Score 5, Insightful) 402

Whether sending a willing astronaut, who understands and chose to do this of his own free will, on a dangerous or even one-way mission is ethical is not a question for anyone except the astronaut. It's like trying to decide if gay marriage is "ethical". Unless you're one of the ones involved, nonya business trying to define ethics.

Comment: How is cryptocurrency unique? (Score 1) 240

by Darth Muffin (#46358925) Attached to: WV Senator Calls For Ban On All Unregulated Cryptocurrencies
I don't get how buying and selling Bitcoins is any different than doing the same with Beanie Babies, Baseball Cards or mp3 files (that you have the right to sell). What is the legal definition of "Cryptocurrency"? New ones are popping up all the time. Where were the legislators crying for regulation when the bottom fell out of the Beanie Baby market?

Comment: A few suggestions. (Score 2) 263

by Darth Muffin (#41384933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Should a Geek's Charitable Donations Go?
Geeks Without Borders is one I like ( which sounds like it may be a good match for your wants. I know many of the people involved in it and it's legit. However, usually we (the organizations I'm in) go for local children's literacy programs instead. If you can't find one then buy and donate a pile of geeky books to the city or school library. We have also supported a local group that goes out and fixes up/repairs schools.

Comment: No Solicitors (Score 1) 480

by Darth Muffin (#39409479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?
There are plenty of more important points already given in this discussion (the most important being that family members need to know not to bug you unless there are flames or blood involved), but one I haven't seen was a good "No Solicitors" sign, especially if you're working at home alone. Seriously, you have to be that grumpy "get off my lawn" guy. Those little b@stards have some sort of ESP and can tell when you're home... BTW, there's no law that says you "have" to answer the door.... even if you're right there in the window to see.

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