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Comment: Re:Oh look! (Score 3, Insightful) 233 233

by data2 (#45461303) Attached to: US Government Embraces Bitcoin in Hearing on Virtual Currency

It really depends on the amount of invested (or converted) money. The ups and downs are a symptom of the poor market depth of bitcoin. My real problem with it is that I don't see the market depth becoming deeper any time soon with the deflationary properties of bitcoin.

+ - Interesting TSA bomb-defusing techniques-> 1 1

Submitted by Beacon11
Beacon11 writes: Considering traveling with any amount of jury-rigged electronics? Your success may vary depending on whether or not the TSA personnel looking at your property watch shows like 24, and whether or not your wires are red. Based on the experience of a few engineers who traveled with a stereo vision rig exposing power and synchronization wiring harnesses, the TSA may decide to start clipping wires.
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Comment: Others have already taken over (Score 2) 261 261

by data2 (#45347739) Attached to: The Silk Road Is Back

Other have already taken over. It might not yet be as trusted as Silk Road was, but there are alternate platforms that were just waiting for the big one to go away and took over without a problem. Too much money to be gained in a fairly secure market. Just don't be from the US but from Russia or somewhere where they don't bother going after someone mostly facilitating sales in the US and Europe.

Comment: Re:Book of Unwritten Tales (Score 1) 285 285

by data2 (#43394157) Attached to: Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?

Wanted to test the game, and while they seem to realize the importance both of demos and ports, they don't do both. Too bad for them, but after playing The Cave and being somewhat disappointed by the shallow puzzles, of which only a handful was hard due to absolutely random combinations, I am not going to shell out another 20 bucks for this.

Comment: Re:Count Me Confused (Score 1) 203 203

by data2 (#43393201) Attached to: Increased Carbon Emissions Creating Giant Crabs

I don't know the slightest thing about Chesapeake bay, but numbers may be tricky.

There was a study done on the Baltic sea, which concluded that private fishers caught more than half of the total fish extracted that year, something not previously being taken into account in the projections for quotas.

Comment: Re:Mining (Score 1) 398 398

by data2 (#43314753) Attached to: Re: Bitcoin, I most strongly agree with the following:

While the Petaflop number is interesting, a suitably skilled and powerful opponent could just create ASICs as can currently be seen. A single company can overtake the whole network with a fairly small investment of a few hundred K, but as Bitcoin has now entered the ASIC-age, it will most likely be more resilient against these attacks as well.

Comment: Single player for On-The-Road (Score 2) 259 259

by data2 (#43127005) Attached to: EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems

I often travel a few hours by train or other measures, where I have lots of free time on my hands. I would have loved buying simcity 5, and very nearly did, but then heard about the always on requirement. Which frankly, just doesn't make sense for this kind of game.
Also losing my save-state when the internet connection at home goes down: Who designs crap like that?

Comment: Re:Too little, too late (Score 1) 259 259

by data2 (#43126973) Attached to: EA Offering Free Game to Users After SimCity Launch Problems

Has been this way with battlefield 2 as well. Each "update", which seemed incremental, i.e. names such as update_103_to_104.tar.bz2, was a complete replacement and even overwrote your configs if you didn't save them someplace else. Servers were a pita to run as well, but I guess they solved that with their stupid rental model now.

Comment: Re:Firearms (Score 1) 340 340

by data2 (#41332743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech For a Sailing Ship?

Depending on how many you are, you will be outgunned in most cases. Besides the US there aren't many places where you are allowed to have guns, especially as a foreign national. Also, you will be searched in certain nations, depending on which nations flag you have and where you are coming from.
So I don't think that guns are a particularly good idea. Many have done it without and most places where piracy is rampant are well known and should be avoided.

The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination -- but the combination is locked up in the safe. -- Peter DeVries