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Comment: Re:Can someone clarify the state of BitCoin? (Score 1) 134

by michelcolman (#47869673) Attached to: Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

O, yes, it's easy enough. You buy some $5 item on eBay using PayPal in BTC. Then you download the most recent copy of the blockchain, go through the transactions to figure out exactly which of your bitcoins was used and how much those particular bitcoins were worth when you acquired them (either by buying them with USD, or being paid in BTC by somebody else). Then you calculate the capital gains tax to add to your tax report. Simply do this for every transaction you make. Easy, it's just a simple habit to get used to, I don't see what the big fuss is about.

Comment: Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (Score 1) 133

by MillionthMonkey (#47786101) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

When I was hourly at a place where they weren't allowed to send us home early, they would find all manner of useless busywork for us to do if they caught us done without more work to do.

What were they making you do? Was it extra programming projects, crossword puzzles, or mopping the floor? Just curious

Comment: Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (Score 1) 144

by michelcolman (#47735381) Attached to: It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

That's like saying "I'm not going to lock my door because thieves know how to pick locks anyway". Very bad argument if you ask me.

Jeez, the system they used actually supported WPA2, all they had to do was tick a box and choose a password. Sure, maybe that will be cracked one day, too. But it will certainly take more expertise than just listening to data that's transmitted in the clear.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the Information Age! (Score 1) 144

by michelcolman (#47730147) Attached to: It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

And how exactly would a simple password result in a higher price?

They are using standard IP software (as evidenced by the fact that the "attackers" could join without the slightest effort), and I'm sure that software has the option of requiring a password to join the network. All they had to do is tick the box, pick a password, and hardcode the password into the traffic lights software. I know, not the best solution, but surely better than using no password at all.

So don't tell me cost was the reason. Basic negligence (and possibly bad intentions, hoping for a new juicy contract for an "improved" system once someone exploits it) are the real reasons.

Comment: THE SPAMMER - EPISODE ONE (Score 1) 44

by MillionthMonkey (#47722763) Attached to: Couchsurfing Hacked, Sends Airbnb Prank Spam

The police kicked down the door, breaking the glass and maneuvering through the room with guns drawn. The living room was empty. They searched the kitchen. Nothing. One of them kicked in the bedroom door and swung his assault rifle in a wide angle as he crashed through.

Immediately he saw that the floor was covered with spam. A computer's hard drive had exploded under pressure and was oozing a liquid discharge of strange attachments and cryptic URLs across the desk and onto the floor. " Couchsurfing sucks... here's a better couch!" they yelled, one after another. Then the fumes struck him.

Overwhelmed, he stumbled backward, spraying vomit across the living room as he fell. He lay on the spammy floor unconscious, convulsing, muttering the same thing over and over. "Delete... delete... delete... delete..." The other officers quickly ran out of the front door, dragging him along by the legs as they struggled to cover their eyes which were lachrymating upon exposure to the spam. One of the units outside called for backup and unwound a yellow tape labeled "POLICE LINE - DO NOT EMAIL" around the residence. A forensics van pulled up, and several officers strapped rubber gloves onto their hands and Pentagon-surplus armored spam filters on their faces. They reentered the building, treading lightly, taking flash photographs, and laboriously stuffing individual spam emails into each of 10,000,000 Ziploc bags.

About twenty minutes later, Detective Protagoniste and the Commissioner arrived at the scene in their unmarked car.

"Well, what do you make of this mess, Detective?" asked the Commissioner, as they approached the building. Protagoniste picked up one of the bags, and held it up to the light, and replied, "Commissioner, as of now, the spam's been caught... but not the Spammer!"

Comment: Re:But we ain't gonna have a Big Cruch, right ? (Score 1) 35

by MillionthMonkey (#47670215) Attached to: Historians Rediscover Einstein's Forgotten Model of the Universe
Heat death is scheduled to happen a googol years from now. If the Big Rip hypothesis is true then the universe's life is already a half over. Then dark energy expansion will successively disintegrate galaxies, then solar systems, planets, humans, atoms, and protons in a cataclysmic disaster.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.