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Comment Here's the thing though... (Score 1) 232

It's not really that hard for a bad guy to buy a cop costume. Humans can't tell them difference between the police and some random jackass. Also, if a guy is standing in the middle of the road signaling you to stop, you're gonna stop just to not run him over.

I think self-driving cars should be treated as taxis. Just like you can't expect your taxi driver to disobey a cop, nor can you expect your SDC to.

Comment Re:The simple Economics of it all: (Score 1) 185

Where's your math? This whole 5-point score rant is basically a big long ad-hominem argument, with not even a single link to back up your claims (who disagrees with Gavin?...).

If you want more transactions per minute, you're going to need a higher limit; a higher limit puts more stress on the nodes and the network. That's where the argument lies.

Adoption rises and technology progresses, so, from continuity, there is some point in time where the higher stress is not as much an issue, and we will need the room for more transactions. Gavin et al say that point is not far, and we should take action now to avoid problems later. I think hearing the arguments so far, I agree with them.

Comment Re:Why is the limit a problem? IS it a problem? (Score 1) 185

It's obvious that if you want to be able to have more transactions/minute, the block size limit will have to go up. Everyone knew it had to happen sometime.

Check out this thread:


Back then, 2013, large block sizes (granted, occuring once in a few weeks - not much considering there's one block every 10 minutes or so) reached 900k and even 990k. We're two years later, adoption goes up, and two core maintainers think it's about time we raise that limit.

Why not? Why wait for the problems - in the form of high processing fees and higher waiting time for transaction approval? Now's as good as it's ever gonna be.

Comment We're actually better off (Score 1) 95

We used to have applications run locally. They used to have a lot more freedom - any and all apps could know exactly who you are and what your computer's UUID was, not only how your battery's doing. Today most of what you use - the obvious examples being your mail and to a lesser extent office suite - is at least sandboxed inside your browser.

This is not to say there hasn't been a rise in tracking, but the story just got me thinking that maybe it's a good thing it's being done in a browser.
(And you should be whitelisting the use of cookies and javascript - and blocking unnecessary trackers).

Comment What it is (Score 3, Informative) 18


The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a visualization environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together imagery from the world’s best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe. WWT blends terabytes of images, information, and stories from multiple sources into a seamless, immersive, rich media experience. Explorers of all ages will feel empowered to explore and understand the cosmos using WWT’s simple and powerful user interface.

Source: their website.

Comment Kind of half-assed... (Score 3, Interesting) 180

Apart from the pretty colors, it's pretty badly designed. There's only the one video explaining why it's bad, no text, no in-depth analysis, no outside opinions, no nothing. There isn't even (that I could find) a link to the text of the TPP. This might be a seriously important cause, but the website's not making a very good case against it.

Anyone know and want to elaborate on what this TPP is?

Comment Here's how you do it (Score 1) 258

You have to make sure every link in the chain is secure.
That means:
1) Secured military-grade with strong anti-tamper machines, built on open-source OS software and hardware, that'll sign votes with a one-time-only HSM with strong anti-tamper (i.e., acid to burn off everything inside it if someone attempts to open it). Every HSM's public key will be competely open to the public, and the public will verify that the number of booth is what it's supposed to be.
2) Real life humans verifying the identity of the person voting (citizenship status, age, etc.), and verifying that they're alone in the booth.
3) Technology that uses biometrics (combination of voice, fingerprint, retina, DNA, whatever) to make a GUID for every person - this will also assure they haven't voted twice.
4) Open counting of the votes, booth by booth. Again, this will be completely open so the public can verify that all booths are accounted for and the vote counting is correct.

Comment No-IP should open up their nameservers (Score 1) 495

No-IP has nameservers that they block for outside domains.

I think that, at least until this nonsense is over, they should open up access to everyone for resolving no-ip domains. That way at least the nerds could access their machines - using

nslookup <your-domain> <no-ip's dns>

(this works both on Linux and on Windows!)

Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature. -- Rich Kulawiec