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Comment: Re:So, who is the thief? (Score 3, Insightful) 279

by andrewd18 (#36870104) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Not Anonymous
From the comments in TFA, as written by one of the authors:

We don't set out to to de-anonymise the thief - we are researchers, not law enforcement, and we are just using that as an example to show its possible to trace the flow of Bitcoins around the network.

It is possible to use Bitcoin in a way that is almost certainly anonymous, in the same way it is possible to get almost certain anonymity on the Internet, by using encryption, onion routing, and never associating your identity with your actions.

Our point is that you don't get this anonymity automatically, and that most casual users of Bitcoin may not be anonymous, even though many of them may believe they are.

The system looks more anonymous than it is.

This, of course, is something we've already discussed ad nauseum here. :)

Comment: Re:Send them to public school (Score 1) 364

by andrewd18 (#36307076) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Homeschool Curriculum For CS??
As someone who was homeschooled for 8 years, I can confidently say that it did not hamper my people skills in any way. There are plenty of opportunities for homeschooled kids to socialize. Most locales have homeschool meet-ups and coordinated events. Mine had over 50 kids; plenty of opportunity to learn about bullies, idiots, and especially know-it-alls. :)

Comment: Re:I would have been happy with that (Score 2) 223

by andrewd18 (#36179332) Attached to: Internet Could Mean End of "Snow Days"

Get prescribed amount of work done, then do whatever you want for the rest of the day.

I was homeschooled from fourth grade through twelfth. This is pretty much what I did, except I did it in week chunks. My mother would plan out the school year in advance then hand me my workload for a given week. I would then crank through as much as I could, often getting my work done on Wednesday, leaving Thursday and Friday for leisure time.

That schedule allowed me to start up my own computer repair business when I was 16. It was great - I could schedule clients during normal business hours when I might have been in school wasting time for the slower kids to catch up.

Comment: Re:Foul playback (Score 1) 198

by andrewd18 (#35744030) Attached to: Pandora App Sends Private Data To Advertisers
If you're willing to assume that all companies are going to keep your data safe, you're awfully naive. Whether or not they should is one thing... whether or not they will is another.

Besides, it's not like you couldn't have seen this coming. When you install the app to your Android phone, you get the following screen:

This application has access to the following:
* Network communication (create Bluetooth connections, full Internet access, view network state, view Wi-Fi state)
* Your personal information (add or modify calendar events and send email to guests, read contact data)
* Phone calls (read phone state and identity)
* System tools (Bluetooth administration, change network connectivity, change Wi-Fi state, modify global system settings, prevent phone from sleeping, automatically start at boot)

If that doesn't scream "We are going to take data about you and sell it", I don't know what does.

Somebody's terminal is dropping bits. I found a pile of them over in the corner.