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Bitcoin-Based Drug Market Silk Road Thriving With $2 Million In Monthly Sales 498

Posted by Soulskill
from the virtually-profitable dept.
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Every day or so of the last six months, Carnegie Mellon computer security professor Nicolas Christin has crawled and scraped Silk Road, the Tor- and Bitcoin-based underground online market for illegal drug sales. Now Christin has released a paper (PDF) on his findings, which show that the site's business is booming: its number of sellers, who offer everything from cocaine to ecstasy, has jumped from around 300 in February to more than 550. Its total sales now add up to around $1.9 million a month. And its operators generate more than $6,000 a day in commissions for themselves, compared with around $2,500 in February. Most surprising, perhaps, is that buyers rate the sellers on the site as relatively trustworthy, despite the fact that no real identities are used. Close to 98% of ratings on the site are positive."

Comment: Re:As opposed to "Bush lied" or "stole the (Score 4, Insightful) 1656

by Liselle (#26538963) Attached to: Barack Obama Sworn In As 44th President of the US
Or that firing US Attorneys is something that only Bush did and it is unprecedented.

Nice try, Karl Rove. The way that Bush did it is unprecedented, because only certain Attorneys were fired. Clinton, for example, fired ALL 90-something of them. There's a fine line between sweeping out everyone, and sweeping out just the ones that aren't "loyal Bushies". That phrase in quotes alone ought to make you throw up in your mouth a little bit, if you have any respect for what these people are supposed to do.

Comment: Re:Good choice (Score 1) 1813

by Liselle (#24801785) Attached to: McCain Picks Gov. Palin As Running Mate

Glad you're excited. Bad news for the Republicans, that they can count among their number such a person that thinks a VP pick is going to seal an election that's two months in the future (forever, in politics). I'm curious what your excuse/justification will be in November, should your favored candidate lose. My money is on you forgetting that you even made this rant.


Slashdot's Disagree Mail 264 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the keep-your-cool dept.
In this week's Disagree Mail, I try to show the range of messages I get. It's not all angry or insane, sometimes it's sent to us for no apparent reason. We start off a little mad, slip into a whole bunch of crazy and finish with someone who has a complaint about racism at his favorite restaurant. Read below to get started.

Pidgin Controversy Triggers Fork 1104

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-gotta-bit-kidding-me dept.
paleshadows writes "Pidgin, the premier multi-protocol instant messaging client, has been forked. This is the result of a heated, emotional, and very interesting debate over a controversial new feature: As of version 2.4, the ability to manually resize the text input area has been removed; instead, it automatically resizes depending on how much is typed. It turns out that this feature, along with the uncompromising unwillingness of the developers to provide an option to turn it off, annoys the bejesus of very many users. One comment made by a Professor that teaches "Collaboration in an Open Source World" argued that 'It's easy to see why open source developers could develop dogmas. [...] The most dangerous dogma is the one exhibited here: the God feature. "One technological solution can meet every possible user-desired variation of a feature." [...] You [the developers] are ignoring the fan base with a dedication to your convictions that is alarmingly evident to even the most unobservant of followers, and as such, you are demonstrating that you no longer deserve to be in the position of servicing the needs of your user base.'" Does anyone besides me find this utterly ridiculous?

WWII Colossus Codecracker Outdone by a German 182

Posted by Zonk
from the oh-irony-you-are-so-sweet dept.
superglaze writes "The Colossus codecracker contest was a short-lived ordeal. Not only has it been outdone in a cipher-breaking challenge, but — irony of ironies — it was beaten by a German! From the story: 'The winner was Joachim Schüth, from Bonn, who completed the task using software he wrote himself. "[Schüth] cracked the most difficult code yesterday," said the museum's spokesperson on Friday. "We're absolutely delighted. He used specially written software for the challenge. Colossus is still chugging away, as we got the signals late. Yesterday the atmospheric conditions were such that we couldn't get good signals.'"

Windows CE 6 Arrives Complete with Kernel Source 169

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has launched the sixth edition of their embedded OS Windows CE and this time has included the full source. From the article: 'Developers can now access shared source code for the Windows CE kernel -- as well as certain device drivers and application-level components -- directly from within the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 distribution package. To do this, they click on a function in the IDE that installs the shared source, and indicate their acceptance of the associated shared source license.'"
User Journal

Journal: First Journal Entry 5

Journal by Liselle
I've avoided my journal up until now (I don't have much to say, and the Internet doesn't need another weblog), but I have something that's too hilarious to keep to myself. In keeping with the Slashdot tradition of grousing about moderation, I give you a comment I posted earlier today:

Exhibit A

"I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest." -- Alexandre Dumas (fils)