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Comment: Re:Why play games? (Score 1) 232

by damm0 (#43614943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Would You Accept 'Bitcoin-Ware' Apps?

I try very hard to memorize my numbers, but since my running average in between credit card theft activity appears to be about 1 year, that's a lot of effort for nothing.

Seriously; I do not give out my credit card number to sketchy sites and try to avoid scams, yet it gets stolen anyway. For example, I am a Linode customer and they announced that they were hacked the day after I gave them my new credit card that had been updated as a result of a motel booking scam in which my credit card was stolen. Replacing my credit card twice in less than one month? Ugh.

Comment: Re:Wasteful (Score 1) 140

by damm0 (#43434487) Attached to: Open Source Radeon Gallium3D OpenCL Stack Adds Bitcoin Mining

Processing new blocks will still be profitable because of the built-in "transaction fee" mechanism. Miners in the year 2100 may simply refuse to include transactions that don't have a fee of 0.000001 BTC, for example. At which point, there will be so many of them, that itself could be profitable. The profit is then not the fact that you minted 1 BTC, but the fact that you collected all the fees in the transaction block.

Comment: Re:Contradictory ... (Score 1) 878

by damm0 (#42054659) Attached to: Do Recreational Drugs Help Programmers?

I find the experience similar to yours, but I perceive there to be a great deal more "boring" code. When you get right down to it, really only about 5% of code is interesting in any meaningful way. There's a risk that poor workmanship will sneak in, but then again if your tests aren't good enough it really doesn't matter if you're drunk, stoned, stupid, tired, or cocksure, the product will suck.

The problem to watch out for is to think an idea is good when stoned, then tricking yourself into thinking it is still good when sober.

Comment: Re:C'mon Kids (Score 1) 138

by damm0 (#41891013) Attached to: Some Smart Meters Broadcast Readings in the Clear

> The hassle of managing encryption far outweighs the risk posed by unencrypted transmission.

Now that is absolutely not the case. PKI scales, and these days with a SIM card in most phones it is almost free as long as you set it up right. That part is hard, but it's a basically constant cost which gets less expensive over time.

+ - Very Bright Comet on November 2013!->

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An anonymous reader writes "Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) will get to within 0.012AU of the Sun (extremely close) at the end of November 2013 and then to ~0.4AU from Earth at the beginning of January 2014! According to its orbit, this comet will be a naked-eye object in the period November 2013 — Janaury 2014. And it could reach a negative magnitude at the end of November 2013."
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