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Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686

by Wonko the Sane (#49546733) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

You know, if I had all the FICA money that went to the Feds on my account over the years, either with interest applied or inflation-adjusted with a reasonable real interest rate added, my personal savings would be even healthier than they are. The reason people like me don't want to have Social Security and Medicare stripped is that we have been forced to pay for these all of our working lives, and we think we deserve at least something of what we paid for.

Sorry, but you were robbed. You didn't "pay in" to anything - you money was taken and given to your grandparents (as well as being spent by politicians to buy votes).

You can justly complain all you want about how unfair this is, and you can try to take up the issue with the people who actually robbed you, but you have no right whatsoever to inflict the same robbery on your descendants. They aren't the ones who robbed you, so they aren't responsible for it.

You also had your entire life to prepare for retirement, and at ample warning going all the way back to the 1980s about how the system was financially unsustainable, so if you didn't heed the warnings and aren't prepared now, that's also not your descendants' fault.

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 2) 686

by Wonko the Sane (#49536297) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

The generation who doesn't vote is busy building technology which renders the politicians' mandates increasingly-impossible to enforce.

By the time that generation is done, it won't matter what the politicians say anymore because math will trump force.

That's the possibility that should really terrify the Boomers and make them clamour for increased surveillance - the possibility that their grandchildren might have both the means and the desire to avoid paying the payroll taxes which keep the Boomers' monthly checks flowing.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 2) 686

by Wonko the Sane (#49536203) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

and from recently released documents he was 100% correct

It's shocking exactly how easy it is to verify this fact and how little difference that has made to the narrative.

Clearly the people who continue to verbally attack McCarthy aren't attacking him for being incorrect - they're attacking him for being right.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 385

by Wonko the Sane (#48859273) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

Don't assume that anyone involved with Bitcoin since the beginning had any illusions about how it would be received by the incumbents.

Bitcoin early adopters are more prepared for the conflict than the incumbents, because they knew a fight was coming before the incumbents knew Bitcoin existed.

+ - Tips for Securing Your Secure Shell

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: As you may have heard, NSA has had some success in cracking Secure Shell (SSH) connections. To respond to these risks, a guide written by Stribika tries to help you make your shell as robust as possible. The two main concepts are to make the crypto harder and make stealing keys impossible. So prepare a cup of coffee and read the tutorial carefully to see what could be improved in your configuration. Stribika gives also some extra security tips: don't install what you don't need as any code line can introduce a bug, use the kind of open source code that has actually been reviewed, keep your software up to date, and use exploit mitigation technologies.

Comment: Re:Put this same government in charge of healthcar (Score 1) 279

It's a great point: people who don't have an emotional investment in the Department of X can easily see that the people who make up the Department only care only for improving their own power and financial position, and are making X even worse both by getting in the way and also by consuming valuable resources that could be used to actually provide X instead.

The difficult part is realizing this is true for all X, even the ones which are your personal favorites.

Comment: Almost nothing in the OP is true (Score 5, Interesting) 144

by Wonko the Sane (#48627173) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Ripple is a debt accounting system.

You can send Dollars or gold over Ripple - you can transfer promissory nodes for those things.

The difference between a promissory note and the value the note represents is something that Ripple should be trying to clarify - instead they seek to obscure it.

Because they try to pretend that promissory notes are equal to underlying assets, they don't include any features that would act like leverage limits. There is no ability to deal with counterparty risk rationally in their system, since trust in a counterpary is binary.

In real world, liabilities of different entities are discounted by a value that reflects their credit risk. Ripple does not permit this operation. You either value liabilities at par or not at all.

As others have mentioned, their consensus system is neither distributed nor trustless. It's a centralized, badly-designed, debt accounting system trying to pretend it's a trustless cryptocurrency.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll