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Comment: Re:Oh For Crying Out Loud (Score 1) 155

by hackwrench (#49373823) Attached to: Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption
Yeah, exactly. I don't see why the surveillance community doesn't get that if you ban encryption then anyone, not just them can see your unencrypted things and won't keep encryption out of the hands of the bad guys. Maybe they think if encryption is only used by the bad guys it will be detectable and they can arrest the bad guys simply for using encryption.

+ - 2 former federal agents charged with stealing Bitcoin during Silk Road probe->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "The federal government became owners of one of the biggest troves of Bitcoin, thanks to seizing millions of dollars in the digital currency from criminals associated with the online black market Silk Road.

Two federal agents who led the probe allegedly decided they wanted some of the money for themselves, according to a new federal court documents.

The two now-former agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Secret Service are charged with wire fraud, money laundering and other offenses for allegedly stealing Bitcoin during the federal investigation of Silk Road, an underground illicit black market federal prosecutors shut down last year.

The charges in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court paints a picture of corrupt federal agents trying to enrich themselves as they tried to bring down one of the Internet's top cybercriminals.

The charges against the agents could end up causing complications for the government's case against Ross Ulbricht, also known as "Dread Pirate Roberts", the Silk Road founder. Ulbricht was found guilty last year of aiding drug trafficking with his site. He is awaiting sentencing. As a result of the case against Ulbricht and others, the federal government seized bitcoin that it said at the time was valued at over $33 million."

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Comment: Advantage is in immediacy (Score 1) 53

by SuperKendall (#49372469) Attached to: Apple Extends Its Trade-In Program

I traded in a previous gen iPhone, I got enough to pay for AppleCare for two new phones. That happened on the spot, I don't see how that is any kind of "disadvantage".

You can get more selling a device yourself for sure. But that's a lot of hassle, ant not everyone has eBay accounts.

You can also get a little more selling to other companies that will give you cash for older phones. But not much more, and it takes a little longer than simply getting credit for Apple when your goal is to buy something new from Apple anyway...

+ - Seed from ancient extinct plant planted and brought back to life

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Israeli scientists have successfully gotten a 2000-year-old seed of an extinct date plant to grow and now reproduce.

Methuselah sprouted back in 2005, when agriculture expert Solowey germinated his antique seed. It had been pulled from the remains of Masada, an ancient fortification perched on a rock plateau in southern Israel, and at the time, no one could be sure that the plant would thrive. But he has, and his recent reproductive feat helps prove just how well he’s doing.

For a while, the Judean date palm was the sole representative of his kind: Methuselah’s variety was reportedly wiped out around 500 A.D. But Solowey has continued to grow date palms from ancient seeds discovered in the region, and she tells National Geographic that she is “trying to figure out how to plant an ancient date grove.” Doing so would allow researchers to better understand exactly what earlier peoples of the region were eating and how it tasted.


Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 183

Scalpers can just order them online; I think it's much more about customer satisfaction (which you mentioned) plus the fact that they just will not have much stock in store to start with. If everyone has to order one it will feel more fair, and no-one will be pressured to buy some model they don't quite like just because it's there (which goes back to customer satisfaction).

Comment: Wow, so "exclusive" anyone can do it! (Score 1) 183

I think you may not understand what "exclusive" means. I sometimes have to reserve a Motel 6 ahead of time because they are busy, are they "exclusive" also?

The process is there because there are so many watch combos they can't realistically stock them all. Also, it's a REALLY GOOD IDEA to try something in person first before you wear it around all the time (not just in terms of looks but how it feels on your skin).

Isn't it smarter to make sure a customer gets a watch they want rather than taking a lot of returns because what they ordered was too big/small/wrong color?

I think it's laughable Apple is being ridiculed for asking people to try one out first to make sure they want one, rather than Apple pushing people to buy them sight unseen. Isn't this the exact opposite of the pure marketing drive people are always accusing Apple of?

+ - Systemd Devs Fork Linux Kernel-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Now it appears as though the systemd developers have found a solution to kernel compatibility problems and a way to extend their philosophy of placing all key operating system components in one repository. According to Ivan Gotyaovich, one of the developers working on systemd, the project intends to maintain its own fork of the Linux kernel. "There are problems, problems in collaboration, problems with compatibility across versions. Forking the kernel gives us control over these issues, gives us control over almost all key parts of the stack.""
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Comment: Not capable of feedback loop (Score 1) 192

Greenhouse gases and temperature appear to be capable of a feedback loop

No, they really don't. At least not in Earth's atmosphere.

CO2 emissions have gone up and up over the last two decades with almost no increase in heat over that period of time.

Apparently CO2 does not actually lead to a feedback loop. Which only makes sense when you realize the whole Earth is a system designed to process CO2 in vast quantities.

Comment: That is very wrong (Score 1) 192

Safe except for the byproducts, which are most definitely not safe

Why not? The byproducts are very small in volume, and quite well protected/contained.

It's better than coal which spreads low does of radiation, not to mention other pollution, all over the place. Both in burning and in transport.

It's better than solar or wind, byproducts of manufacture of those systems end up in the environment.

Nuclear has the safest byproducts. because you will never come in contact with them.

Comment: Re:Welcome, Permanently Afraid Euroweenie (Score 1) 179

by SuperKendall (#49367743) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

Go ahead if you want, my mind wouldn't be changed by hundreds of innocent people being burned alive. That is on the wielder, not the tool... taking one tool away does not mean some other tool cannot be used for whatever grim task the wilder imagines.

Your desire to ban anything dangerous leads to a world where people are incapable of handling any danger. I don't need to bookmark it because your philosophy is already killing hundreds (thousands?) of naive people per day, and growing. The disaster you so grimly anticipate is here, and you are causing it. Whats sad is your complete lack of feeling responsible for the creation of incompetent adults.

"Pull the trigger and you're garbage." -- Lady Blue