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Comment: Just like Linux ... (Score 1) 49

Bitcoin has been forked many times over. There are probably as many Bitcoin derivatives as there as GNU/Linux distributions. So it's not exactly the Banks (Microsoft) vs. Bitcoin (Ubuntu?).

Carrying the analogy further, there's another cryptocurrency family that's like the BSD of the virtual currency world, CryptoNote (https://cryptonote.org/coins/). One interesting CryptoNote feature is teh use of multiple public addresses generated from the owner's wallet key, in contrast to Bitcoin, where each wallet consists of a single unique public address.

Comment: Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (Score 1) 78

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47771723) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Not even 1B mobile users. Indian has a relatively younger population than US and other first world countries. I'd expect that, because of poverty, most mom and pops there (who themselves own/share a cellphone) would be unwilling to spend extra to equip their children until they reach the where they can earn enough to at least work for their airtime. So no vanity sexting there, just the necessary communication.

Comment: Re:original games? (Score 2) 112

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47752553) Attached to: Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

mod parent up.

I haven't seen an original game since the PS1. Most/all of the popular most downloaded games can be shoehorned into a few dozen categories. The only "originality" I see comes from the refreshed graphics, a few plot tweaks and whatnot. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. But to insist that your (the developer's) game is all so brand spanking original that Thou Shalt Not Copy My (your hapless animal species here) Game is hypocritical to say the least.

Comment: Simple solution ... (Score 2) 191

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47744413) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

for the electronics part. Just back up your essential data in solid state storage. You'll be dead or severely injured before your SSD, SD card, etc, is damaged, at which point you stop worrying about your electronics.

As for the other, more important stuff, I have an emergency grab bag in my room just for such incidents. All the essentials, including the flashlight and first aid kid, are packed. The food is in the fridge, which is on the way out.

Comment: Re:Chokehold (Score 2) 102

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47744339) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht Faces New Drug Charges

Your friendly neighborhood drug dealer is at least more honest in not claiming that snorting will make you look young and sexy like a hunk or supermodel. I really can't understand why big tobacco isn't banned while most countries will send you to death or to jail for a very very long time if you're caught with even a few grams of the stuff.

Comment: Re:Is energy inefficiency a measure of progess? (Score 1) 80

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47741715) Attached to: Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

"your Dyson Sphere"

I'd consider that inefficient. I mean there are far simpler ways of becoming a spacefaring species without hijacking an entire star. If an advanced civilization develops a method for "mind uploading" and downloading to an appropriate android or organic body, they'd only need to build a network of small space stations before they can "email" themselves from hub to hub at the speed of light, something that can well be powered by a small fusion reactor or some other energy source virtually undetectable from a light year away.

Comment: Is energy inefficiency a measure of progess? (Score 2) 80

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47740799) Attached to: Spot ET's Waste Heat For Chance To Find Alien Life

What if the advanced civilization turned out to be masters of power efficiency? An analogy from the world of computing: the first electronic computers required the power of a house simply to boot up. The smartphone in your pocket is thousands of times more powerful while using no more power than a small light bulb. Does this mean all we'll find are vacuum tube using spacefarers who use nuclear bombs for rocket fuel?

Comment: Bitcoin can also suffer from inflation (Score 1) 267

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47691663) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

Are you talking about Bitcoin's deflationary tendencies? Bitcoin deflation assumes one thing, that people will continue to want Bitcoin, a "commodity" designed to be limited in supply. In other words, for the value of Bitcoin to rise people must remain INTERESTED in Bitcoin. If interest in Bitcoin falls, then the value of Bitcoin also falls, which just a roundabout way of saying "inflation".

I suspect the lack of positive or negative news about Bitcoin is contributing to the current downward trend of its value relative to the dollar.

Comment: Re:Actually... (Score 1) 123

2880? Wow, that's not even news. There are more things to worry about than what happens half a millenium after the Singularity or the Collapse of Civilization as We Know It. Presumably we'd be so advanced by that time that we'd know how to deflect any large rock that wanders into our cosmic backyard. Or we'd degenerated to such post-Apocalyptic backwardness all we can do is look up to the sky and watch the fireworks before we all die. (I mean we in a collective humankind way. I personally don't expect to be around by that time.)

Comment: Restrict patents to fields that really need them (Score 1) 240

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47654875) Attached to: Patents That Kill

If the goal of patents is to encourage innovation, then the patent system is no longer necessary except for targeted fields where technological progress is slow. For example I'd welcome patents for a better rocket engine, a space elevator or a room temperature superconducting microchip. But for most information technologies, patents should be abolished altogether.

Think of it this way, patent protection makes sense in a world where there are only a hundred or so inventors, but not where there are tens of millions of inventors or makers, who are basically "inventors" without Edison's pretension of building something from scratch. Where there are millions of inventors, patents can only get in the way of further innovation.

Comment: Look ma, no hands? (Score 2) 125

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47604157) Attached to: Robotic Suit Gives Shipyard Workers Super Strength

Take a good look at the photo that accompanies the linked article:

http://www.newscientist.com/da...

There's clearly no support for the hands. The thumbs of the worker modeling the exoskeleton are clearly visible above the presumably heavy metal object that's actually being lifted by a a crane-like contraption that loops over his shoulders. The worker is only using his hands to stabilize the object.

Power suit this isn't. So no Ironman here yet.

Comment: Re:They still do a reader for the professional mar (Score 1) 172

by aNonnyMouseCowered (#47603719) Attached to: Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Sad indeed. Sony should have learned something from their console business. It isn't so much the console as the games, it isn't so much the ereader as the ebooks. Now it seems their smartphone business is also going dodo.

However I'm curious about this part of your post: "The remaining alternatives to the Kindle (Kobo and various janky Chinese and Russian devices) routinely fall short". Does Russia really manufacture anything besides spyware, rockets, and killing machines?

For reference, here's what Obama said about Russia's manufacturing capability: "http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/03/us-ukraine-crisis-obama-idUSKBN0G30Q920140803"

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