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Comment: Re:Sound Cards are good enough? (Score 2) 502

A quick glance over at Newegg would throw into question your statement that "most intel/amd sound chips don't support high range, 5.1 or 7.1 surround". Supporting 5.1 & 7.1 surround are de rigeur on even the low end motherboards that are available. As far as "high range", if you don't define it, I guess we don't know if they support it.

Comment: Re:Where the fault lies? (Score 1) 231

by Mike Buddha (#47420939) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

IOS full device encryption is only activated when a passcode is added to the device. Android's works the exact same way. If you don't have a passcode on your iPhone, your device is NOT encrypted, and resetting your device will have the exact same vulnerability to these kinds of data restoration tools.

Comment: Re:google doens't need to stir up dissent (Score 5, Interesting) 74

by Mike Buddha (#47385691) Attached to: Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

There are plenty of laws in existence to deal with libelous or legally damaging stories on the internet. Why does this law need to exist outside of those existing methods? Well, that would be to force Google to do the job of the courts in the EU, of course.

Personally, I wouldn't have a problem if all these instances were adjudicated by a court first, and Google was handed a list of "when a user searches for this, this specific link should be omitted" rather than the cop out "Google has to look at each request and decide what fits" BS.

Comment: Re:WUWT (Score 1) 441

Yeah, no kidding. Clearly these knobs have a more accurate study they're quoting, right? They couldn't just be saying, "Yeah, sure, it's never that windy around me" and trying to pass that off as skeptical insight?

Oh wait, that's exactly what they're doing. Clearly these idiots have never been to the Columbia river gorge where this real study was done and the wind blows nearly constantly. What a bunch of morons.

Comment: Re:Best Lawsuit Ever. (Score 1) 120

Exactly. If it were a mathematically proven safe bet, the companies making the mining equipment should be sued by their shareholders for not taking those machines and putting them into production themselves. They'd be doing the owners a great disservice by not taking the guaranteed profits.

Comment: Re:Best Lawsuit Ever. (Score 1) 120

I understand quite well that with bitcoin you're competing to complete a proof of work for a block before anyone else, and there is no guarantee, there is no prize for second place, you have no way to accurately gauge who you're competing against, and the prize itself has a volatile value. Clearly our definitions of "speculation" differ wildly.

So yes, just like a coin toss is governed by forces that can be modeled mathematically but are so ridiculously complicated that there's no practical way to do it in the ascribed time period, so is bitcoin mining.

If it were a sure bet that could be counted on to produce, then the mining machine producers would be idiots to sell the equipment they produce in lieu of firing them up and mining themselves

Comment: Re:Best Lawsuit Ever. (Score 1) 120

It's speculation because it is possible to spend outrageous amounts of money on equipment and there is no guarantee that you'll see any return. There is no payout for "best effort". It's not like a job where you turn on the machine and you get paid for the number of hours that the machine runs. It's a race in which you have no way of accurately knowing who you're racing against.

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