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Comment: Re:now you lose even more money on bc (Score 1) 68

by bickerdyke (#47438127) Attached to: Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain

intrinsic value vs. depending on a system to tell value from useless paper is a terrible deal.

There is no such thing as "intrinsic value".

There is. But it is usually limited to things as potatoes. There is no intrinsic value in gold as many people are misguided to believe.

Comment: Re:What is the use of school to Facebook? (Score 1) 253

by bickerdyke (#47413661) Attached to: US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

There are schools much cheaper than the Ivy Leagues with an equivalent education and that's where I'd expect smart kids to go.

At Ivy League, you're not paying for the education. You're paying for networking. And for making an impression at HR types who don't care about education, but reputation.

After all, one of those degrees is the best university degree that money can buy.

As for quitting school to get an above average salary, that's just stupid. That salary is not for life, [...]

But job experience is. And from a certain point on, you will get hired for that. Though you're learning a lot of basic stuff for your formal degree that WILL be actually helpfull and a degree is a ticket into your first few jobs. And it's something that can't be taken from you, so usually it's worth considereing getting one. But it's definitly not the only way to go.

Comment: Re: Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 685

by bickerdyke (#47399915) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

We were talking about REPLACING part of the battery with something else. Not rewireing.

The power-up test covers replacing the complete battery with some other substance (plus a little electronics), which would not show up easily on an X-Ray.

Replacing part of the battery would show up, as would replacing all the inner circuitery.

Rewiring would not show up, and would even let you add some additional electronic device, but not adding no explosives.

On a higher level, I agree with your conclusion that this whole stuff is theatre. Even Simon Beckett grade theatre, if we consider that this boils down to "Sir, would you please press the big red power button on that device of yours that we're suspecting might be a bomb?"

Comment: Re:Less bureaucracy? (Score 1) 160

by bickerdyke (#47399777) Attached to: The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

For that the reading recommendation would be "Snow Crash".bureaucracy has not been gotten rid of, but reduced to some insignificant role while the rest of the world is gouverned not by gouvernments or bureacracy, but "business processes" and coorprations and their three-ring-binders with company procedures.

Comment: Re: Actually makes good sense (Score 1) 685

by bickerdyke (#47399463) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Things are pretty much shining through:

And a luggage X-ray works with a range of intensities, so while not real 3D or CAT scan, the operator can see through or ignore most materials. So at some point, a discontinuity would show up. And carrying a 10kg bar of lead in your hand luggage may trigger a manual search espescially because the X-Ray can't see through it.

Comment: Re: Actually makes good sense (Score 4, Interesting) 685

by bickerdyke (#47398531) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

a discontinuity would be obvious on the x-ray, if a part of the battery would have been replaced with other material then the rest of the battery.

I once had to unpack my hand luggage because I mixed two different brands of batteries in a spare battery container. When the different brand label matched the different x-ray signatures, it was no further problem.

Comment: Re:My two cents... (Score 1) 210

Google shouldn't have to make intelligent decisions as to what needs to be removed. It should all be automatic. Either everything is removed, or nothing is removed. Only by court orders otherwise.

Those people, who want to be forgotten, should go after those hosting the material, not the search engine pointing.

That's what has been tried first. But as a newspaper archive, the source is protected from removal. Then that guy decided to to so big time trolling and shoot the messenger (sue Google) instead.

Don't we have an expectation to know where things are when searching? The search engine should be neutral is discovering the information.

One of the biggest misconceptions ever. Altavista was neutral, going only by comparing the search keywords to the keywords on the websites. It got spammed and SEOed into oblivion. Google finally sent them into oblivion by showing search results that DID NOT try to be neutral, but tried to guess what the user was actually looking for. And they keep their position by filtering and reordering the results by so many factors, that it would be hard pressed calling it "neutral"

Like page loading speed. Is it "neutral" that slow sites take a penalty? Rank is definitly not connected to the actual content of the page here.

Comment: Re:Slashdot loses again (Score 1) 158

by bickerdyke (#47366665) Attached to: Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

That's the great idea about that russion system. 3 years of all-year-round DST/summer time, then all back to Standard/Winter-Time, and in a few years, they'll be going for a few years of summer time again. Like Westeros.

Summary ommits that during soviet times, russian time was also DST all year round, so this is not a new idea from 2011. That was just the latest iteration.

If you do something right once, someone will ask you to do it again.