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Comment Re:The simple Economics of it all: (Score 1) 185

What I find interesting is that if only about 7 transactions per second are possible, Bitcoin is by design invalid for the very purposes people are aggressively trying to adopt it. You can never pay with bitcoin on a convenience store and you can never use it to exchange trivial things, as even the slightest hint of acceptance for this kind of business would immediately saturate the network - small towns process much more transactions per second than this, let alone the whole world.

Also, if I read that right, doesn't that process imply that the blockchain increases in size by 6 MB every hour? Won't it mean that the size of the chain will be completely unwieldy in the future?

Comment Re:none cipher? (Score 1) 75

An old NAS I have at home is only capable of transferring about one Mb/s through ssh (with modern linux machines). That is slow enough that transferring anything semi-large may take a day or so. Not unbearable, but still a bit too slow.

I have to admit that I haven't really looked into using alternative ciphers beyond the default one, but considering that that NAS is completely inside a LAN, having a 'none' cipher for occassional large transfers wouldn't hurt.

Comment A bit disappointed (Score 1) 104

This seemed cooler than it actually is, as practically everything the program generates is completely nonsensical. As such, the end result does not seem special compared to everything else "AI's" have supposedly created in the past.
Hopefully the randomness hits home a couple of times and gives someone actually useful ideas.

Comment Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 1) 353

I've always felt that complaining how "X was cool in the past, but now they say that X is out/dangerous/harmful" is a bit of an argumentation error. The people who embraced the technology 15 years ago are not the same people who are complaining about it now. They were probably complaining about some other technological advancement then.

You can't hold the society in general accountable for the contradictory actions of its members.

Comment Re:propagation delay (Score 1) 720

I was thinking about it too. As long as the signal is strong enough to come through to the monitor, long cables should not induce any lag whatsoever. Propagation delay in the cables should be in the order of tens of nanoseconds, if I count this right. Also, because of digital transfer with modern monitors, even the image quality should not suffer.

Would the original poster care to elaborate on this.

Comment Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (Score 1) 203

Your example with the 1350 damage seems a valid reason to hate pen&paper RPGs, and actually is one of the main reasons I disliked 3.0 and 3.5 (and derivatives, like Pathfinder). 5e seems to have moved away from that (far away), which, in my opinion, is a really positive change.

Comment Re: Uber is quite retarded (Score 2) 341

I actually think that the reality is more zero-sum here. People already must use transport and do so every day, so bringing an option into the market does not magically produce more consumers for it.

The regulated and licensed drivers are not unaffected by the business Uber takes away from them, which may either force them to raise prizes, lower quality or go out of business. All of these options will lower the quality of service for the person you are replying to, so for him/her, it is a rational option to oppose this change.

Comment Re:Wow a fucking billion dollars aint shit today (Score 1) 142

Million live views for a game stream sounds incredibly inflated. I'd like to see a bit of proof.
I understand that LoL probably has around 50 million players, but it would still mean, that one in fifty players would have watched that stream. This is a lot, at least when I compare to other big tournaments (Starcraft, MtG, etc.) and the amounts of people they pull in to watch their streams.

Comment Re:next 50 to 100 years? (Score 1) 453

I honestly think your reasoning is fundamentally flawed, because you assume a very artificial set of motivations for any and all possible visitors. A simple counter-example would be to ask yourself, would you visit an alien civilization, no matter how primitive, if it was possible? If you are dishonest enough to claim that if we had chances to visit any number of other civilizations, we wouldn't visit all of them all the time, I don't really know what to do with you.

In my opinion, rationalizations like this are simply a way for hopeful people to populate an empty universe by inventing esoteric reasons for why we fail to see anybody, even if we should. A more likely explanation is, that sentient life is much more rare than we expect it to be, and that we are essentially alone.

Comment Re:No story here, move along (Score 1) 208

As far as I know, that art link does not contain anything that a furniture salesman could not pull off. The drawings don't seem to have any connection whatsoever to their scientific, nonsensical names, and the only thing he seems to do is to draw intersecting lines from and to the vertices of polygons.
This does not really seem like a savant ability.

Statistics means never having to say you're certain.