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Comment: Re:Why is bitcoin popular again? (Score 1) 254

by almitydave (#49286435) Attached to: Evolution Market's Admins Are Gone, Along With $12M In Bitcoin

This is not entirely true, in the United States banks under the FDIC coverage only insure you to a max of $250.000 regardless of how much money you have in your bank account, while C
oinbase for example gives you insurance for the full amount of your bitcoins

Which is why everyone who wants to keep more than that in the bank divides it into multiple accounts, since each account is insured to $250k, not each person.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 55

by almitydave (#49189487) Attached to: Ubisoft Has New Video Game Designed To Treat Lazy Eye

Yes. It will also require installation of Starforce, Uplay malware and require a constant internet connection. Oh and it won't be at all usable until the fifth post-release patch. Ubisoft will also whine that every user is a dirty pirate haxor who is stealing money from them.

I used to have lazy eye, but after having to deal with Ubisoft DRM it now twitches uncontrollably.

Comment: Re:Uh ...wat? (Score 1) 467

If someone came onto your lawn and started yelling about how they were going to rape your daughter, they're not going to get a little slap on the wrist. They'd get arrested, thrown in jail, and possibly be put on a sex offender list.


The fact that you can type anything you like into that inanimate magic light box sitting in front of you that uncritically accepts whatever you say makes it easier than ever for people to be dicks on a massive scale. You've highlighted the lesson every kid needs to be taught before they touch an internet-connected device:

If you threaten to rape someone on the internet, you threaten to rape them in real life.
Because if you say it on the internet, you're saying it in real life.
Because the internet is real life.

It's not this semi-non-existent alternative reality that "doesn't count."

Comment: Re:Not very effective. (Score 1) 134

by almitydave (#49120809) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

They are tracking (or rather, were previously) cell phones without fingerprints. The point of this initiative is to verify that the identify registered to the cell phone actually belongs to the person using the cell phone. IE, terrorists have been using cell phones registered to other people (or fake identities), and fingerprinting all cell phone users hopefully will make that more difficult or at least provide an avenue for investigation.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.