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Comment: I see a problem here... (Score 1) 380

by carlhaagen (#47326853) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel
"For a fraction of the cost". There is no money to be made by selling the world something it needs for just pennies. Ammonia is available everywhere for pennies, and I suspect sodium amide is available for pennies as well. This doesn't equal good business when you can still sell gasoline for some orders of magnitude more, and as such you can be damned sure no one will ever allow this to be a legit fuel for cars.

Comment: Re:Acceptable battery life (Score 1) 427

by carlhaagen (#47323089) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
There's nothing hard about it at all. I just don't like being at the mercy of a power socket every single day. A device that requires recharging once or more per day isn't a mobile device, it's IMMOBILE. You can't leave civilization (read: trekking, outdoors etc.) with a device like that and you can't rely on it in situations where you leave home for a day without having to carry a charger with you as well.

Comment: Weird questions... (Score 2) 208

by carlhaagen (#47274903) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Bequeath Sensitive Information?
You state that you have a long career in IT, and at the same time you ask how to electronically hand over information generated within IT. Among those things, you even claim that you have passwords, meaning that they have been stored insecurly. This has "IT Janitor" written all over it, or possibly a concocted story.

Comment: I've also had this happen with HFS+ (Score 4, Informative) 396

by carlhaagen (#47235971) Attached to: One Developer's Experience With Real Life Bitrot Under HFS+
An old partition of some 20000 files, most of them 10 years or older, in where I found 7 or 8 files - coincidentally jpg images as well - that were corrupted. It struck me as nothing other than filesystem corruption as the drive was and still is working just fine.

Comment: Re:If Feds sized BCs, spend from backup? (Score 2) 232

by carlhaagen (#47230241) Attached to: US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road
The coins aren't contained in the wallet as such, but rather they reside in the blockchain. The wallet holds the private keys that allow you to move coins away from their public address counterpart. Once that is done, it doesn't matter how many backups of that wallet there is, because the coins are already somewhere else - already locked to another private key in the blockchain. Also, his coins have already been "secured" (moved to another address), so there is nothing anyone can do.

Also also, DRP is in custody, without access to the internet, and thusly was never able to do anything.

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