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Comment: Re:get to work (Score 2) 307

by Troed (#49127403) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

If it's so easy to use that people will actually _use_ strong encryption (end2end - who cares if there are central servers passing on the encrypted data) then yes - why not?

I fully agree with Moxie - and I'm hoping to get a lot of people to move from Skype to Wire. It might only be end2end encrypted for voice calls - not the text/group chats - but it's a lot _better_ than the alternatives, with a UI that has a chance of getting wide adoption.

More of the world's communication will be secured. That's progress.

Comment: Re:get to work (Score 2) 307

by Troed (#49125957) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

Yes, I've used Redphone. No strange setup process needed for the calls to be secure. That's what we're discussing, right?

The first time you start up RedPhone, the app prompts you to register your phone number by tapping a button. And then you're done; that's it. RedPhone doesn't ask for passwords, logins, or even for users to create an account. The app is designed with privacy in mind, so it requires as little from you as it can.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/...

Comment: Re:Resource wars (Score 5, Informative) 279

by Troed (#49117989) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

Despite their name, rare earth elements (with the exception of the radioactive promethium) are relatively plentiful in Earth's crust, with cerium being the 25th most abundant element at 68 parts per million (similar to copper). However, because of their geochemical properties, rare earth elements are typically dispersed and not often found concentrated as rare earth minerals in economically exploitable ore deposits.[3] It was the very scarcity of these minerals (previously called "earths") that led to the term "rare earth".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...

Comment: Re:Highlander III did it already... (Score 3, Funny) 421

by Troed (#49112989) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?

Nothing that mankind has control over is more likely to cause mass death than continuing to contribute to climate change

The most likely stable state the climate is going to end up in, compared to the interglacial we're in right now, is back into full glaciation.

There's no stable "hotter" state known (no matter the historical CO2 levels, which have been much much higher than we're projecting to ever reach) to science. The only question during an interglacial is whether the poles will be free of ice or not - and looking at the latest interglacial, the Eemian, we shouldn't be surprised if the arctic circle becomes ice free (still without any catastrophic effects whatsoever).

What do we need to do to get back into full glaciation?

Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Although - changing the albedo as proposed in the article might well bring us there sooner rather than later.

Caveat: This post reflects the current state of science accurately. Watch out for replies that don't.

Comment: Re: BitCoin's isn't a mature cryptocurrancy (Score 1) 148

by Troed (#49027289) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

The functionality is available in the Bitcoin protocol. Your complaint is apparently about BitPay. It's like blaming RFC 5246 for an incomplete TLS implementation by Microsoft.

I have had no issues using Bitcoin for payments and didn't know there had been any (all the scams I've seen are about people storing their private keys with someone else).

Comment: Re:BitCoin's isn't a mature cryptocurrancy (Score 1) 148

by Troed (#49025235) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

That's your choice. I was just pointing out that contrary to your claim the Bitcoin protocol fully supports M-N transactions (which credit cards do not) and by using that functionality some really cool escrow solutions can be developed and deployed - without me having to trust a single merchant.

Comment: Re:10% of all bitcoins (Score 1) 148

by Troed (#49024005) Attached to: Alleged Bitcoin Scam Leaves Millions Missing

Of course they would have, and did. There's enough liquidity going through Bitcoin exchanges every day for millions of dollars to go in/out of BTC.

A few years ago a co-worker and I had dinner, and since he was curious about Bitcoin I offered to pay my part of the dinner to him in BTC. That amounted to 10 BTC at the then-exchange rate of $4/BTC.

He sold them at $1000 each.

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