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Man Behind Week-Long Bitcoin Attacks Reveals Himself 71

An anonymous reader writes: A Russian man that calls himself "Alister Maclin" has been disrupting the Bitcoin network for over a week, creating duplicate transactions, and annoying users. According to Bitcoin experts, the attack was not dangerous and is the equivalent of "spam" on the Bitcoin blockchain servers, known in the industry as a "malleability attack," creating duplicate transactions, but not affecting Bitcoin funds. Maclin recently gave an interview to Vice.

Comment Re:Forget about the neighbourhood e-cat (Score 2) 186

And I'm still waiting for one of the LENR/CANR dudes to blow themselves up mini-nuke-style.

Any invention capable of producing enough useful energy in small enough a package can be, and will (accidentally or not), eventually turn into a bomb. It's the boom-threshold of power engineering.


Treefinder Revokes Software License For Users In Immigrant-Friendly Nations 577

dotancohen writes: The author of bioinformatics software Treefinder is revoking the license to his software for researchers working in eight European countries because he says those countries allow too many immigrants to cross their borders, effective 1 October. The author states, "Immigration to my country harms me, it harms my family, it harms my people. Whoever invites or welcomes immigrants to Europe and Germany is my enemy."

Comment Re:Easy (Score 1) 381

Hear hear.

Anarchy, in the libertarian extremist sense which I am actually advocating for realzies, isn't "absence of functioning government". What I mean by anarchy is better defined as "institutionnalized repression of coercion". That is quite a different beast, and Somalia doesn't qualify quite. However one thing Somalia does qualify for, is that it is (was) less of an offender than many of its neighboring countries, and that aspect translated into "surprising" progress (rising literacy and college attendance, huge drop in contagious diseases, formation of xeer-driven local courts, etc.) in the 00s, as observed by the World Bank analysts who went there at the time.

Comment Re:Now we need... (Score 1) 206

considering how many people with even modertely useful degrees are under or unemployed; you're not getting those sunk costs back. And that is going to get worse as the population climbs.

Unemployment has nothing to do with population numbers. Many (most ?) countries in this world enjoy low unemployment figures with growing demographics.

No, diversity is not skewed in any direction. A vast number of different factors help or hamper in the reproductive success of any given individual, and as the population increases, even that growth generates new factors, and those new factors also tend to create layers of new factors of their own, etc. For example species that evolve mating rituals also end up evolving strategies that circumvent those rituals, and counter-strategies for detecting these 'sneakers', etc. And changing conditions eventually disturb any dynamic equilibrium they might get at. It never ends at any given point.

Comment Re:Now we need... (Score 2, Insightful) 206

I think if 4 billion humans dropped dead next week, we'd all be better off long-term.

And you're dead wrong, even if all the cadavers mysteriously and magically turned into basic mineral components and were sprinkled all over the planet (instead of rotting wherever they dropped dead, contaminating air and water with diseases durably over the following weeks).

An 8 billion human population is overall better for mankind and also arguably for the planet, than just 1 billion.

Long-term, a forcibly reduced population would mean a lot less human capital (which is our true ultimate cap for progress potential), and a lot less competition for the same environmental resources, incentivizing a higher waste of these resources. Also, we'd be losing a lot of diversity, setting us back evolutionarily, and we'd just end up with more numerous but less adaptively fit individuals. This effect is well known and observed in all kinds of living organism populations, from bacteria to complex, social animals.

Oh and, if you'd honestly believe killing people is ultimately doing people a service, you'd have started killing already. Or are you just a cowardly homicidal hypocrite ?

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