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Comment: Re:Duration??? (Score 4, Interesting) 162

by DiSKiLLeR (#47710343) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

The Opportunity (MER-B) Rover landed on Mars January 25, 2004. More than 10 years later, it is still going strong even though it, too, was only expected to perform a 3 month (90 day) mission.

The success and longevity of the earlier Mars rover missions sort of sets expectations that future missions will last just as long....

We of course realise that is not possible. Plenty of missions end early, Spirit (MER-A) got its wheel stuck and got in trouble years ago but Opportunity keeps on running and sets unrealistically high expectations of Curiosity and future missions.

Comment: Re:ZFS filesystem with dedup (Score 1) 243

whalah is not a word.... seriously. wtf people. It's voilÃ.

As for ZFS, sure, I recommend ZFS. But I'm not sure how i feel about ZFS's dedupe. Besides, the multiple files are still there even if it no longer takes up extra space.

You'd want a script that finds dupes by hash but that will only detect images that are identical copies, not 'simliar' say an image has been cropped or retouched or resized. A program that can find image dupes even with changes like would be ideal. Anything like that exist?

Comment: Research (Score 1) 324

In this day and age there is no excuse to not have done your research before hand.

Any time you plan to move somewhere (whether renting or buying but especially if you're buying a home) find out what is available for internet at that address.

In NZ we're rolling out fibre to the premises over most of the country but there are lots of places that get screwed and will probably never get it, so RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH.

Property that can't get decent internet should be worth less because it will forever be less appealing.

Comment: Re: First major retailer to accept Bitcoin (Score 3, Informative) 182

by DiSKiLLeR (#45911469) Attached to: Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

Ross was an idiot who gave away his identity when he first started working on silkroad (forum posts asking for help) and many otherr mistakes, poor opsec, hiring hitmen (cops in disguise), and ordering fake ids (another trap) and much more. He didn't even use tor to connect to the silkroad server in iceland which led to that being located and imaged as well.

Ross was truly and idiot and its amazing how long it took LE to find and catch him at all as he was not trying to stay hidden at all.

That said, SilkRoad is still up and doing very well.

Comment: Re:Fantastic news (Score 4, Informative) 182

by DiSKiLLeR (#45911399) Attached to: Bitcoin Payments Go Live At Overstock — Two Quarters Early

They use coinbase which, like bitpay, will convert the btc into usd for the supplier. They will have their usd payment just as quickly as any other payment processor so there is no issue of the price dropping before an item is even prepared for shipping let alone before it is shipped.

Comment: Re:Bitcoin is vulernable to government manipulatio (Score 5, Insightful) 396

by DiSKiLLeR (#45902261) Attached to: A Rebuttal To Charles Stross About Bitcoin

So what? Why does the price of bitcoin even matter? Bitcoins strength lies in its ability to be used as a payment processing network - and at a fraction of the cost of traditional payment networks (visa, mastercard, paypal, SWIFT, etc).

Everyone is obsessed with the price of bitcoin (and therefore comparing it to a ponzi scheme because of its price) and treating it as a speculative investment scheme or get rich quick scheme. This is actually very detrimental to bitcoin.

But no. Bitcoins power lies in using it as a payment processing network not its price. It does need some more price stability, however, so this crazy speculation needs to stop.

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth