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Comment: Dumb Cop (Score 1) 1440

by ZeroNullVoid (#44934843) Attached to: Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

To Quote:
"If it's beyond 10, they're not making a phone call," Myers said.

I don't know about your phone, but mine does not auto dial when you hit the 10th digit? What about international?

To Quote:
"All applications are web-based to some extent, including navigation," Myers said.

I have plenty of offline gps applications, I use them when traveling in countries or towns that I don't have service.

Comment: make a crackme (Score 2, Insightful) 245

If they really think it is so good, then they should put their money where their mouth is.
Make it into a crackme, issue a large award for solving it.
Post it online. I give it a few weeks max, if that.
And who is to say it can't still be manipulated once running?
Think of the performance cost.

Either way, I have no faith in an article with little details.

Comment: It is not VLC they are attacking directly (Score 4, Insightful) 364

by ZeroNullVoid (#44297019) Attached to: HBO Asks Google To Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player
What is not mentioned is that the site in question has links to other listings with the release names which may correlate to what their spider was searching, "Game of Thrones."  This is very bad practice of the DMCA notice senders as linking to something which links to something which does not even have infringing content itself but a "direction or guidebook" to the potential content.

So the VLC listing had another area that had other listings or popular links and because it had the name they listed it.

There needs to be fines for false DMCA notices like this.  They do not own the release name itself.

Comment: Re:How does this stuff get on Slashdot? (Score 4, Informative) 294

by ZeroNullVoid (#44295925) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Light-Footprint Antivirus For Windows XP?

I think he is getting confused and meant to type Centrino which was, at sometime a marketing/branding term for an Intel Reference Design consisting of Chipset, CPU and Wifi. Either way, they wrote it wrong, but lurkers from the past would have recognized it. It was posted on a lot of laptop stickers in the same way Pentium 4, Core X, etc are.

As for /. letting this through... things have changed, have you been gone for the past 3 years?

Comment: Re:Numbers way wrong (Score 1) 179

by ZeroNullVoid (#44056957) Attached to: Five predictions for (Bit)coin

I typically get 5.3-5.6GH/s per device, I have 2x5gh/s units. (Avg around 11GH/s for the pair)
Average Temp is 19-24c
My killawatt shows just under 50 watts of usage for the pair.
In the eclipsemc mining pool, average about 0.32btc/day
Estimated cost of electricity is $5/month for the pair.
Devices will pay themselves off in about 1.5 weeks unless trends change.

Comment: A few bitcoin uses (Score 1) 179

by ZeroNullVoid (#44054803) Attached to: Five predictions for (Bit)coin

Some use cases for bitcoins for the techies and privacy conscious people are

1) VPN payments (AirVPN, there are many others)
2) Server payments (PRQ, there are many others)
3) Game Server Privileges (Various) - Many gamers have rigs and may be young, they can mine a few fractions of bitcoins in a pool and donate for admin or VIP status without needing money or to be old enough for paypal/debit cards etc.
4) Debrid Services - Multi-host download services
5) Exchanging for goods or money, places like bitcoin-otc act as web of trust communities to trade for whatever you want. Most tx seem to be for currency, but I have done things like xbox live codes, etc.
6) Merchants, you can use bitcoins to purchase giftcards that can be used at online and brick and mortar locations.
7) Barter IRL - Many people who follow currency news has heard of bitcoins and are curious about it, but reluctant to invest in them directly or acquire mining hardware. I have successfully bartered for many services using bitcoins as payment. This also helps promote the idea of cryptocurrency to the general public.

Combine using Tor to register and transmit bitcoins and login to such services, you can keep the trail fairly clear.

Wallets such as electrum make it fairly quick and easy for people to get into bitcoins and provide a failover generation method to backup/rebuild your bitcoin wallet and not lose your bitcoins in case of losing your wallet.

Comment: Re:Numbers way wrong (Score 4, Informative) 179

by ZeroNullVoid (#44054637) Attached to: Five predictions for (Bit)coin

Thanks for taking the time to reply,

While there is a huge backorder, BFL is shipping products.

They are catching up on backorder fairly quickly.
(About 9 months off now)
The current trend every week and a half, they catch up on a month. The current delay is in actual power brick availability and they are contacting people asking if they want to wait or get it shipped without a power supply and the owner can provide their own.
BFL Judy posts every few days on shipment updates.

As for the actual chips, they are rated at 4GH/s and have a delivery term of 100 days. However, the actual chips shipped will be of mixed grade, meaning they will have at least 12 working engines in them and up to 16 working engines. I would say about .25 GH/s per engine, so we are looking at 3-4GH/s no matter the chip grade. With stale shares in mining pools and the speed of these chips, my previous guestimate of 2.5GH/s each would probably be the expected output of a D grade chip.

Excessive login or logout messages are a sure sign of senility.