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Comment: Re:Catastrophism (Score 1) 71

by Neon Spiral Injector (#46759783) Attached to: Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

Velokovsky (and Ackerman) wrote about the birth of Venus, and Mars waging war on the Earth as an actual hypothesis as to how the solar system got to how we view it today. Hogan, as was often his style, took that idea and wove a fictional story around it.

I wish I had recommendations of other lesser known authors of a similar style, but I've never encountered any. For the most part I probably read the same books that most techies do, Asimov, Gibson, Stephenson. It was just a fluke that my mother bought me the fourth book in Hogan's Giants series for Christmas one year, and despite not having read the previous three books I was hooked.

Comment: Re:Catastrophism (Score 1) 71

by Neon Spiral Injector (#46752543) Attached to: Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

You think Velikovsky got carried away? John Ackerman picked up where he left off.

But I came to leave the same comment. Well, the Velikovshy part, I didn't expect to find anyone who had read Jim's stuff. I miss him, I used to e-mail back and forth a occasionally. I do own copies of all of his books, most in hardback, and the first editions of the last dozen or so. I never had to heart to tell him that his last few were not very good.

Anyway, here's to the new baby moon in Saturn's cradle.

Comment: I Use it Internationally (Score 4, Interesting) 280

by Neon Spiral Injector (#46322331) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

I'm a 5-digit /. user, i.e. an old guy, but I do use WhatsApp. Only with international friends, though. Even then I tend to use Facebook messenger, but there were a few people who wanted nothing to do with Facebook, and they were actually the ones who pushed me to WhatsApp. I wonder what will happen with them now.

Bitcoin

Value of Bitcoin "Crashes" 709

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the smells-like-real-currency dept.
souravzzz writes with an update on the state of Bitcoin. Quoting the Ars Technica article: "Bitcoin, the world's first peer-to-peer digital currency, fell below $3 on Monday. That represents a 90 percent fall since the currency hit its peak in early June." That's still three times its value in April 2011.

Comment: Re:Security? (Score 4, Informative) 171

by Neon Spiral Injector (#34051678) Attached to: Wireless HDMI At 1080p, Lag-Free WHDI Tested

Amimon's FAQ answers this question.

Is WHDI secured? Could someone eavesdrop on my wireless high definition video?

WHDI uses strong encryption (AES 256 bit-based) to protect the high definition wireless link. This ensures that all video or audio content transmitted wirelessly over WHDI links is safe from intentional or accidental eavesdropping.

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