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Comment: Signal (Score 5, Interesting) 251

I seem to remember an old jailbreak app for iPhones, called Signal I think, that triangulated positions of the cell towers you were connected to and plotted them on a map. I wonder if something like this could be used in an app, to warn people when a stingray was capturing their signal. If your app "remembers" the positions of towers, and it suddenly sees a new one, or it sees one that is not stationary, seems to me that'd be a good sign that something wasn't right. Is this possible, or am I misremembering?

Even better would be if the app connected with others to create a crowd-sourced database of where and when they are used.

Bitcoin

Expedia To Accept Bitcoin 87

Posted by timothy
from the only-stability-is-volatility dept.
An anonymous reader writes With the debacle of Mt. GoX, Bitcoin's future was looking a little murky. But in a significant mainline acceptance, Expedia has said they will begin accepting Bitcoins as a form of payment. At first, they will accept it for hotel bookings only, will accept it only in USA, and also will not be holding Bitcoins for any length of time — converting it to dollars as soon as they can. But, quoting Emily Spaven, managing editor of Bitcoin news site CoinDesk, as told to the BBC, the move was "brilliant news" and it "brings digital currency further into the consciousness of the mainstream." So you can't quite fly to Galt's Gulch to your newly Bitcoiin-purchased real estate without switching currencies.

Comment: I don't understand (Score 1) 227

This whole thing doesn't make sense to me. If Comcast is intentionally degrading (or failing to upgrade, causing degradation) NetFlix stream, why doesn't NetFlix just let them? Put a message over the buffering stating that the buffering is caused by Comcast and asking the customer to contact them in order to fix it. Maybe put a short pre-roll PSA video, explaining the situation to all Comcast NetFlix users. I'm (luckily) not a Comcast subscriber, but if I was, and I couldn't do whatever I wanted with the net connection I bought from them, I'd be screaming bloody murder, and I'd sure want to know who was to blame.

Comment: What's wrong with iTunes Match? (Score 1) 118

by SleepyHappyDoc (#46253349) Attached to: Music Industry Is Keeping Streaming Services Unprofitable

I've been very happy with the service so far. I can access my music from a variety of devices, whenever I want, and I only pay a little more than $2 a month. I even had a hard drive failure last summer, and I was able to redownload every single track without any loss. Obviously, the service will never be any good to people who hate Apple, but for non-fanboys who like the right tool for the job, it's fine. If this is the model the industry is moving towards, is that so bad?

Comment: Cartels (Score 1) 83

by SleepyHappyDoc (#46235499) Attached to: Utopia, Silk Road's Latest Replacement, Only Lasted Nine Days

I don't understand why the big cartels aren't in on this. Direct sales via post would solve a lot of their problems...seizures probably wouldn't be more than they have now (with mules smuggling condoms of drugs in their guts and such), some middle men would be eliminated (increasing their share of the street value), and they could make an App Store-style cut off of the sales they aren't doing directly. They could even host it in some country they have control of, like Colombia or Mexico, reducing the chance of it all being interrupted or seized. They should be all over this.

Comment: Re:I'm waiting for $199 (Score 1) 186

by SleepyHappyDoc (#44619951) Attached to: Dell Dumps Keyboardless Windows RT Tablets

I'm more familiar with Windows as an environment...having similar Windows underpinnings, but with standard free software tools, would be easier for me to maintain and keep running. Besides, pure Linux tablets are expensive niche devices...how much was that tablet with KDE Plasma Active (the one with last years hardware specs), like $500?

Comment: Any relation to Seeder (Score 1) 183

by SleepyHappyDoc (#44575817) Attached to: Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

Someone released an app on XDA, called Seeder, that purports to create entropy to seed the random number generator. Does this have anything to do with that app, or the bug that prompted the developer to write it? I remember when people were discussing the original app (which some people say only has a placebo effect), and they were saying it had security implications...does it make this problem worse or better?

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