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Comment: Public keys can be thrown away (Score 1) 858

by Tsaot (#36140184) Attached to: BitCoin, the Most Dangerous Project Ever?
People are saying it's untraceable because you can generate new public keys whenever you want. In this way, you can use a different key for each person/vendor you interact with, or you can use a new key for each transaction if so desired. Whether going to these extremes makes it completely untraceable or not, I cannot say, but it does make it a heck of a lot harder if you do go to such extremes.

Comment: Re:Critical analysis (Score 1) 120

by Tsaot (#33989124) Attached to: Programmable Magnets

One demo device they showed me (No disclosure of details because I am under NDA) would slide to attract just as if it were a standard magnet and then it would break away just upon being pushed past the lock point. Think of this one. Ponder it for a while. You mean I could have a motor pole that attracted in just like normal and then actually got repelled away as soon as it passed without any added energy? (no coils or electricity????) Thought you might like to think a long time on this one. This is much more of a discovery set than you might think. No CMR isn't publically proposing to use it for this. Just study on this for a while.

So they created a magnetic spring that will pull as well as push. I can see how that would be an improvement over metal springs that will break over time, but I can see a whole slew of other problems arising from the need to properly shield the darn things to keep particulates from sticking and creating friction.

Comment: Twitter not good enough for you? (Score 3, Informative) 560

by Tsaot (#32668862) Attached to: 5.5 Earthquake Hits Canada; Felt in US Midwest, New England
Or, to save time, you could just try querying the Twitter API for any tweets with the #earthquake tag, check the location of said tweets, and plug those into Google maps. Or, for an even faster (but more constrained) result, you could just check the USGS Did You Feel It? map.

Comment: Too bad they kind of cheated on the fetch speeds (Score 1, Informative) 140

by Tsaot (#32127838) Attached to: Visually Demonstrating Chrome's Rendering Speed All the pages loaded from a local source (as seen in the image linked), so this is a render demo only. I will admit that the render speeds are lightning fast and I've come to prefer Chrome over FF for my casual browsing. However, If I'm doing research of any kind, I know I'm going to have some 50+ tabs and until Chrome has a tree style tab plugin, FF has the job.

Comment: So Apple doesn't trust the end user (Score 1) 539

by Tsaot (#28980649) Attached to: Apple Working On Tech To Detect Purchasers' "Abuse"
I personally find this interesting as it essentially states that Apple doesn't trust the end user. Now read my logic before you mod me troll.

A company rarely researches something without a reason, so Apple has obviously seen enough loss from warranty replacement to try to find some way to shift the blame from themselves to the consumer for a product's failure. They have also apparently justified this by seeing a large percentage of these replacements being approved by inaccurate failure descriptions from users. If this is true, the new sensors would be a (somewhat) legitimate countermeasure.

Or Apple could just be looking for a way to shift the blame to the users by just stating, "You broke it, we have sensors that prove it," regardless of what really happened.

Either way, it amounts to declaring war on the end users on the warranty front.

Comment: Thank you Linus (Score 2, Interesting) 634

by Tsaot (#28821765) Attached to: Linus Calls Microsoft Hatred "a Disease"
I just have to put a big Thank You out to Linus. This uproar over MS putting out this code is ridiculous. MS sells programs to make money. True in the past they have not been the friendliest of companies, but point me to a major OS vendor that has. The fact that MS even wrote this code so that virtualized Linux machines will work better under its HyperV is fantastic! Not only are they recognizing Linux as a useful OS, but they are participating in the community appropriately. They wrote code for the OS that used GPL'd code, so they released their code. As Linus points out, this is how the GPL is supposed to work! You need something added? Write it and release what you wrote. What else do you expect from MS? "Oh, I see Gnometris is using 10 year old sprites, I'm going to be nice and upgrade it to vector based graphics"?

MS deserves hate for some things, but when they play by the rules is hardly one of them.

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