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Comment: another bs summary on slashdot (Score 4, Insightful) 132

by bloodhawk (#47423261) Attached to: Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Seriously is it that hard to keep the utter bullshit out of the summary. The ruling made no such suggestion that bitcoin was money or close enough. She ruled you can convert bitcoin to money, the same way you can convert a bag of cow shit. In other words she ruled that bartering goods doesn't get around money laundering rules as the goods have value.

Comment: seriously bad test (Score 1) 280

by bloodhawk (#47421907) Attached to: The Lovelace Test Is Better Than the Turing Test At Detecting AI

"The machine's designers must not be able to explain how their original code led to this new program". I know plenty of programmers that can't explain how the hell their code managed to produce certain results, and trust me it has nothing to do with the servers mysteriously developing AI.

Comment: Re:And in other news (Score 1) 139

by bloodhawk (#47405075) Attached to: Uber Is Now Cheaper Than a New York City Taxi

The difference is the actual time spent driving. someone driving to make money is spending 6-8 hours or more on the road and as such their risk of being in a serious accident increases accordingly and thereby the risk they pose to the insurance company. Professional drivers or those that provide public transport are normally charged extra to accommodate for the extra risk and costs associated with that risk.

Comment: Re:Thanks for pointing out the "briefly" part. (Score 1) 461

by bloodhawk (#47321347) Attached to: Half of Germany's Power Supplied By Solar, Briefly

There are almost half the number of daylight hours midwinter compared to midsummer. (around 16 versus 8), there goes half your potential generation time, then you have the angle of incidence which reduces the effectiveness of solar cells and the filtering of the atmosphere. peak usage periods (e.g. 6pm) are outside of daylight hours in winter and during daylight hours in summer. It all adds up.

Comment: Re:What's the solution? (Score 1) 205

who do you think is going to spend 100 billion on securing it? and that will only be for the current release, what about the 100 billion needed next year or the year after. Software is evolving and changing so rapidly that the investment isn't a once off and at those costs a single failed product becomes enough to bankrupt a company.

Comment: Re:What's the solution? (Score 1) 205

All that would result in is software that no one will buy or want. You want to pay $5000 for your new smartphone because it was held up to the same engineering standards? The reality is in a consumer world people get what they pay for and the vast majority are not willing to pay what it would cost to have the software they use engineered to those standards. If you had a choice between a Samsung Galaxy s5 for $500 and a Brand X with same features but at $5000 because it has software that was designed to those engineering standards I guarantee the only outcome would be Brand X going out of business.

Comment: nothing (Score 1) 427

by bloodhawk (#47320139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?

this is a solution searching for a problem that doesn't exist. I still wear a nice watch, mainly as a backup for when my phone has a flat battery or is in an awkward to reach place. my current watch does everything I need it to do, it tells the time, is water proof so I never need to be concerned where I am with it and doesn't need recharging more than once a year, maybe one day a smart watch will also be able to do all those things, but what's the point!

Comment: Re:It's free! (Score 1) 99

of course they have an ulterior motive, and pretty much all of them are farely up front about that, would have taken you all of about 5 seconds to find it for any of the providers. They want you to use their service and like it enough or be tied to it enough to upgrade to the premium offerings.

Comment: Re:MEGA (Score 1) 99

and what exactly is stopping you using client side encryption and storing in onedrive or amazon or googles service? personally I would not trust ANY of them with data that I considered sensitive enough to need encryption and I certainly would not be using encryption software provided by any of the cloud providers themselves. I see no advantage to anything offered by MEGA and hence I don't understand why anyone would use that service.

Comment: Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 345

by bloodhawk (#47279919) Attached to: Harley-Davidson Unveils Their First Electric Motorcycle

Dangerous to your trim, maybe. Dangerous to your life? Not so much.

It is not speed, but difference in speed, which is dangerous to your life. I fear the one coming up behind me at a difference of 50+ MPH MUCH more than the one next to me doing a couple MPH different. Yeah, the guy next to me may take out my mirror or scuff my door, but the guy behind me may kill me.

NOT On a motorbike, the person next to you is as dangerous if not more so than oncoming traffic. when your travelling at speed on a motorbike a tap from the person next to you that doesn't see you can be just as fatal as a head on. Usually I am far more concerned about whether the person next to me has seen me, oncoming traffic is far easier to predict and handle on a motorbike, the driver that merges without indicating is nightmare that you need to be constantly aware of if you want to stay alive.

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