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Comment: This is like "Kudos" from "the Algebraist" (Score 1) 100

by Rabidcat (#47488975) Attached to: New Digital Currency Bases Value On Reputation

This concept of reputation based currency reminds me of the monetary system employed by the fictional race the Dwellers, in the Iain M Banks novel "The Algebraist". A given individual's reputation within that society determines the value of Kudos they have, which they can then barter/trade like money.

Comment: Titan - by Stephen Baxter (Score 1) 1365

by Rabidcat (#40912379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Depressing Sci-fi You've Ever Read?

It's a pretty far reaching story and makes you think how trivial actions can have far flung consequences. Between the rise of the religious right in leading the US, the intrigue with the USAF vs NASA, and the degradation of the ability of the crewmembers to work with each other, the story takes some depressing turns. It's quite telling though, and I would highly recommend it. Some consider the last bit of the book controversial, and not fitting with the rest of the story. I found it to be different but it worked. You be the judge.

Comment: No Bad movie references yet? (Score 1) 146

by Rabidcat (#40576337) Attached to: AOL: Outdoor Server Huts Are the Future

Come on guys, this is Slashdot, no one has yet made the comparison of this idea to one of the worst movies of all time, that being Manos: The Hands of Fate given the name of the CTO at AOL that is announcing this "breakthrough" in computing?

And here's an idea to help with the cooling on this outside enclosure - don't paint it BLACK!

Comment: Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 682

by Rabidcat (#37037466) Attached to: Technology Blamed For Helping UK Rioters

Perhaps the use of writing and the ability to read (both could be argued as being classified as technologies) are being misused by these rioters as well. We should limit the ability for individuals to have access to these dangerous technologies so that we may protect the masses. Hmm. Dark ages anyone?

Thing about the gun nuts is - to an extent they are right in that the technology isn't solely at fault - it takes a person to kill another person. With that said, guns are explicitly made to kill, and so limiting availability of certain types of guns is OK in my book because of this.

Likewise regarding your statements about a time delay and police monitoring - I ask this - should we allow governments to filter what we see? Yeah sure to a certain extent this happens now in various ways but what happens if an oppressive regime has total control over communication? What then?

Hackers are just a migratory lifeform with a tropism for computers.