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Comment Bitcoin is like TCP/IP (Score 2) 47

When networking was first developed, TCP/IP emerged as the most-used standard. Once it started catching on, numerous proprietary protocols were developed where companies tried to take control - but TCP/IP ended up as the standard. It did not end up as the standard because it was the best; it ended up as the standard because it had the most existing infrastructure, investment, acceptance, and understanding. Since TCP/IP was developed, the TCP/IP technology has moved forward and been adapted as needed. I believe the same will happen with Bitcoin. Bitcoin is merely a protocol for currency. Every other alternative virtual currency - whether it offers a better feature set or not - is behind Bitcoin in terms of infrastructure, investment, acceptance, and understanding.

These banks are simply butthurt that their do not control Bitcoin so they believe they can build an alternative that they control so they can compete against it. There is zero value in the banks' protocol for anyone other than the banks. Whereas, Bitcoin will have value for anyone and everyone that invests in it or uses it. So, unless the banks open up their protocol to the public, like Bitcoin, and allow people to innovate and make money on their platform, Bitcoin has it beat.

IMO, it's fairly stupid to not have a tiny speculative investment in Bitcoin at this point. But then again, I feel stupid for not investing in Google when I had the chance and knew it was the standard for search.

Comment Unpair phones from services.. seriously (Score 4, Interesting) 215

The only way I know of to keep a competitive environment where cellular carriers cannot fuck with user experiences and device makers get a fair shake is to prevent cellular services companies from providing the phones. It's anecdotal (because I don't know of any app that will allow me to prove this), but I am certain TMobile drops data connections of my phone detects wifi signals nearby - even if Wifi is off. It basically forces me to use a wifi signal even though I'm perfectly happy using the cellular data signal that I pay for. It happens in good coverage areas. If devices were decoupled from cellular service providers, the device makers would have much more incentive to show the user that the device is not causing the issue. And, the services would have much more incentive to show which devices play well with their networks. Since cell phone services control the device, they can install the worlds worst battery-hogging software that just annoys the user - and prevent the user from removing it.
So, to sum it up:
- cellular service companies are evil, make too much money, and don't spend enough money upgrading their networks
- cellular device companies need to grow a backbone and prevent cellular services from screwing up the user experience
- cellular service companies should not be able to control every aspect of the cellular device
- cellular services AT&T and Verizon are especially evil

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 4, Informative) 345

This would probably fix 99.99% of all credit card fraud.. Will they do it? I doubt it. I swear there is somehow a business in allowing certain fraud. If there wasn't, the credit card companies wouldn't be so shitty in preventing it. Fucking Discover.. I travel a lot (usually within the states). I go to San Francisco and try to buy dinner for clients (after making a previous purchase successfully in San Fran).. DECLINED.. right in front of my clients. Make a phone call to Discover and they 'fix it' and I tell them I want my card to work. Then I go to pay the bar tab at LAX for a layover on my way back.. DECLINED.. right in front of everyone at the bar. It's so fucking annoying that I started carrying cash. Fuck these credit card companies.. I wish Bitcoin was accepted everywhere.

Comment Dear Corporate IT (Score 1) 233

First of all, fuck you. You have made way too much money by having access to the right decision makers to sell them on expensive ineffective bullshit. You have cushy jobs because you only need to actually work 2 hours a week since you have convinced management that the entire corporation cannot do anything with tablets or cellphones or bring your own device in the name of security. You have used the firewall to block everything productive or potentially disruptive to requiring your 'expertise' from the Internet access for common office workers. You have outsourced your networking experts to foreign countries. You have sold outsourcing as a way to eliminate all technical people from local offices. You have given lucrative IT contracts to friends in the business that have zero skills required. You hold the keys to the kingdom because you use loose technical mumbo jumbo to convince management that they need to wait on your slow solutions to problems easily solved by anyone in the know - anyone available outside your corporate IT kingdom. You force common office workers to spend more time working around your self-imposed technical hurdles to transfer a file than creating the actual files needed to transfer. You hold your entire company back. Second, we're coming for you and we're happy to help eliminate your worthless positions. Dear Management.. quit paying these losers already.

Comment Re:Keep up, or fall behind (Score 1) 457

Is there anything that Oracle does that people (tech people and developers) really like? I still don't understand their killer platform.. All I see is that they buy old proprietary software and support it for companies that are already locked into it. Of course they should end up in court.. It's where the last remnants of SCO ended up. If Oracle doesn't have some kind of new technology that is 'awesome' or even relevant, then court and more court..

Comment What does Oracle do well? (Score 1) 184

I am curious here.. What does Oracle do well? Like.. where is the Oracle software better than all the alternatives? All of my experiences with Oracle seem to be that they have old legacy software with a user base too scared to move to something modern. Oracle's business model: 1. identify software with entrenched user base 2. buy said software 3. continue to 'support' software with new versions that consist of mostly a new splash screen on startup 4. raise prices

Comment Re:Snooping Programs a help (Score 4, Insightful) 389

The problem with your assessment is that you are actually taking the FBI for their word. They are saying they need this and the only problems are possibly too much data. Of course they are saying they need this.. but the real purpose isn't for terrorism or even crime-fighting. The purpose of bulk record storage on American citizens is to have a dossier on anyone that may end up being a threat to the existing internal power structure of the US. That is why they are willing to spend so much money on a program that has so far proven to have very little use. I do not believe there has been any point in history where so many resources were spent with such few results.

Comment Re:What are those pixels for? (Score 1) 263

This whole 'human eye cannot discern' is bullshit. You can walk into any electronics store and immediately notice which TVs are displaying 4k content from the front door. Some of this may be due to the 4k media being 'pixel perfect' while the HD we are used to is typically highly-compressed shitty 720p delivered by Verizon and Comcast. I still have no problem immediately telling the difference between 4k and a 1080p Bluray, though. Just because the eye may not be able to perceive the 'single pixels', it does not mean that the displays have zero noticeable difference between 1080p and 2160p. Besides.. it doesn't even matter if the human eye can discern it or not. If people perceive it to be better, they will pay more for it and Apple will make money.

Comment Cannot regulate bitcoin in the traditional sense (Score 4, Informative) 31

Bitcoin is a protocol more than it is a currency. Everything about the bitcoin protocol is made to keep a record of value that cannot be faked or stolen (when implemented properly). It is a complicated technology and governments will take a while to grasp it - just as it took years for governments and people to grasp just what 'the Internet' was. A government can make all the regulations or limitations it wants about Bitcoin - but it cannot have any influence over the Bitcoin protocol unless it participates. Participation makes Bitcoin stronger. There are no specifications in the protocol that give government any more control over Bitcoin protocol than anyone else that participates. If one country makes it harder (or illegal) for its population to use Bitcoin, that country and their population will have fewer Bitcoins.

Unless the Bitcoin protocol is broken, Bitcoin will always have value. Bitcoin is a finite resource. The value will be determined by the marketplace.

There are other alternative virtual currencies just like there are other alternative network protocols. However, as with almost any technology, the first widely-accepted implementation becomes the standard. TCP/IP is far from the best network protocol - but it is good enough. Bitcoin is far from the best virtual currency - but it is the most widely accepted.

I think it's fairly stupid at this point not to have a small amount of Bitcoin just in case it really starts to be accepted.

Comment Re:What's missing from this story? (Score 4, Interesting) 569

I think this is the bigger problem. This.. and pretty much ignoring common sense across the board when it comes to any excuse to allowing the government to become more heavy-handed (and frankly, fascist). The media will report this like 'people doing the swatting' are the problem. But, bomb threats and other similar attempts at mayhem have been around since way before the Internet and the police used to respond to them in a sensible manner. I am not saying the police should ignore a 'swat' call - but I am saying they should have some common sense before they suit up 20 officers for warlike conditions and inject them with a 'spasmodic roid rage only-for-the-movies attitude.' I don't care what a random guy on the phone says - it does not mean the other party should forfeit all of their Constitutional rights and have their front door knocked down. In all of this, I would say the biggest problem is not knocking by the police. However, this all fits if you realize the purpose of police militarization and the ridiculously disproportionately expensive warrior on terror is to move us (the US) in a fascist direction since fascism benefits the people currently pay our lawmakers (ie.. the 1%).

Comment False premise... (Score 5, Interesting) 367

"Colleges are largely powerless to deal with the havoc Yik Yak is wreaking." This assumes that Yik Yak is wreaking havoc. So far, the article itself does not even give any real example to 'havoc' being wreaked by Yik Yak. This whole article can be summed up by "A new disruptive way of anonymous communication is catching on amongst college students. Naturally, a bunch of Orwellian-type people are worried about their lack of control over it." Further, if any actual violence happens because it was first announced on Yik Yak, it would be no different than if actual violence happened because it was announced via email, Facebook, or someone yelling and screaming it at a crowd.

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