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Comment: JAVA EE is not dead. (Score 0) 371

by JcMorin (#47630655) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time
You means Java try to follow C# only adding same features couple years after? C# is open source ( both the framework and the compiler and ECMA and ISO standard. Java have none of that. Many companies can develop competing runtime environment (mono) with help of Microsoft while in Java you get sue.

Comment: Until dell can pay it's bills with Bitcoin.... (Score 1) 152

by JcMorin (#47484919) Attached to: Dell Starts Accepting Bitcoin
Of course they are converting it, but if they have a supplier in China that will accept Bitcoin too and they want prefer using Bitcoin to save days and thousands of $ in processing fees. Have you ever done an international wire transfer? It's long and painful while Bitcoin is free and instant. Nobody expected the market to change at once, just like the email didn't remove all fax machines at once, but 1 at the time.

Comment: inflation is not related to economy growth (Score 1) 115

by JcMorin (#47371539) Attached to: Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction
Inflation is the increase of the money supply, this lead to price increase. Bitcoin is great because it is a controlled inflation currency. We all know how many bitcoin are created every 10 minutes and that for the next 100 years. You have no clue how may trillions USD will be printed in the next 10 years.

Comment: No exchange at all (Score 3, Insightful) 88

by JcMorin (#47359065) Attached to: Winners of First Seized Silk Road Bitcoin Auction Remain Anonymous
Since it's a big volume, picking one particular exchange would disturb the price of Bitcoin temporarily. That's why they decided to auction them instead. They could have sold it to the market, but to be wise the would should to sell like 10 BTC per hours unless they willing to go into [bigger] Chinese exchanges... The beauty of bitcoin is that you don't need clearing house, exchange or bank. You can trade them directly.

Comment: Re:Why would they accepts fantasy money? (Score 1) 94

by JcMorin (#47135163) Attached to: As Crypto Mining Grows, Data Centers Begin Accepting Bitcoin
Monopoly money can be print a zillion time, making it a bad choice. Bitcoin is limited and controlled... that's why it can be used as a currency. Before saying anything stupid, read how the blockchain, proof or works and distributed decentralized consensus works in Bitcoin and you will understand why it's a great invention.

Comment: Bad idea, backed by something is bitcoin death... (Score 1) 404

by JcMorin (#46898265) Attached to: Rand Paul Suggests Backing Bitcoin With Stocks
The second your backed by something, there is an authority. Gold? Who own/store the gold, what if the gold get stolen or seize? Backed by stocks? Who own the stocks, on what market? What about stock owning regulation? No! The idea is to having something you can trade without the paperwork, anywhere to anywhere for anything, from a phone instantly & borderless. If you like a backed currency, try your own and let the Bitcoin experient goes... time will tell!

Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds 231

Posted by Soulskill
from the finding-the-limit-as-age-approaches-zero dept.
Doofus writes "The Atlantic has an interesting story about opening up what we routinely consider 'advanced' areas of mathematics to younger learners. The goals here are to use complex but easy tasks as introductions to more advanced topics in math, rather than the standard, sequential process of counting, arithmetic, sets, geometry, then eventually algebra and finally calculus. Quoting: 'Examples of activities that fall into the "simple but hard" quadrant: Building a trench with a spoon (a military punishment that involves many small, repetitive tasks, akin to doing 100 two-digit addition problems on a typical worksheet, as Droujkova points out), or memorizing multiplication tables as individual facts rather than patterns. Far better, she says, to start by creating rich and social mathematical experiences that are complex (allowing them to be taken in many different directions) yet easy (making them conducive to immediate play). Activities that fall into this quadrant: building a house with LEGO blocks, doing origami or snowflake cut-outs, or using a pretend "function box" that transforms objects (and can also be used in combination with a second machine to compose functions, or backwards to invert a function, and so on).' I plan to get my children learning the 'advanced' topics as soon as possible. How about you?"

Comment: Re:its a problem that exists BY DESIGN (Score 1) 465

by JcMorin (#46367705) Attached to: MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Of course it's by design, if you pass a $100 bill to someone and he run, you lost it and can't have it back. It's the same thing with Bitcoin. Bitcoin is design to put the power in the hand of the people rather than in the bank like the traditional system. If you trust a company to hold your bitcoin you have the risk of losing them. You nailed it, you disagree with the design, but only time will tell if Bitcoin is good or not.

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