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+ - MtGox Collapse should come as no suprise->

Submitted by MrBingoBoingo
MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "The recent closure of the famous Bitcoin exchange MtGox has grabbed a lot of media attention lately, but people involved heavily in bitcoin have been raising alarms about business practices at MtGox for quite some time now. With the MtGox failure being Bitcoin's biggest since the collapse of the ponzi run by Trendon Shavers, also known as Pirateat40, it might be time to revisit the idea of counterparty risk in the world of irreversible cryptocurrency."
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+ - Astronomers catch meteorite striking moon on video->

Submitted by spineas
spineas (3440075) writes "A 4.5-foot-wide meteorite struck the moon in September 2013, and astronomers were lucky enough to catch the impact flash on video, now confirmed as the brightest ever witnessed from Earth.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the meteorite likely weighed nearly 900 pounds, and exploded on impact with the moon with the force of 15 tons of TNT."

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Comment: institutional (Score 2) 201

by dinog (#46021805) Attached to: Best skywatching equipment at my disposal:
I live near a public observatory, which has a wide variety of educational programs. While you may not get to choose the subject, you do have the opportunity to look through their scope, which is better than anything my friends have. Prices are very reasonable, and Thursdays are a "suggested donation" night if even that is a problem.


While you're at it, you can meet the co-host of Star Gazers.(No relation)


Comment: Re:Tips... (Score 1) 519

by dinog (#33672304) Attached to: As smart-phones go, my phone is ...
In America, the general public is far more generous than the employers. Thus the employers are happy to pay low wages, the employees prefer the higher and often less taxed tips, and the public is fortunately generous enough to reward excellent service.

Providing good service in such a case can restore your faith in humanity. As a bonus, it also ensures a significant amount of the total revenue goes to the employees regardless of how the employer feels.


Comment: Re:Bribery (Score 1) 773

by dinog (#30125238) Attached to: Mark Cuban's Plan To Kill Google
I on the other hand want to be excluded from Microsoft's index until they pay me $1,000,000. No, I'm no where near top 1000, but they just set their rate, and I'll take it. Until then I'll stick with Google for both sides (user and web site.) Oh, and since your site accepted the money, if I do manage to find your site, I expect a discount on whatever you do.

Generally speaking bribery only improves your relationship with the bribed, and significantly reduces your image to everyone else who knows about it. And since it is a bribe, the bribed party will often expect more in the future, particularly if they find you paid someone else more.



Prosecutors Seek Journalism Students’ Grades After They Help Free Innocent 4

Posted by samzenpus
from the no-good-deed-goes-uninvestigated dept.
There's only one thing Cook County prosecutors hate more than crime, and that's being proven wrong. This leads us to journalism professor David Protess and his class. Already having helped prove the innocence of 11 men behind bars, his investigative journalist students have spent 3 years investigating the case of a man convicted of killing a security guard. The students believe they have evidence that shows the wrong man is in prison. In response, the Prosecutors Office has issued subpoenas to professor David Protess seeking his students’ grades, his syllabus and their private e-mails. They claim since the team was made up of students, they may have been under pressure to prove the case to get a good grade. “Why are we talking about our grades when we should be talking about whether there’s an innocent man in prison?” said Evan Benn, a former Protess student mentioned in the state’s subpoena.
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+ - AMD and NVIDIA Both Update GPU Spread->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "Both AMD and NVIDIA are releasing new graphics cards today in the sub-$250 price range. The Radeon HD 4890 1GB card (previously known as the RV790) is really a highly overclocked HD 4870 design that runs about 15% faster while the GeForce GTX 275 896MB is just half of a GeForce GTX 295 at a lower price. A review over at PC Perspective has all the details; even though NVIDIA's option seems to be a hack and last minute attempt to thwart the successful launch of the AMD product, both cards offer new high performance options to consumers at very reasonable prices."
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W3C Gets Excessive DTD Traffic 334

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the stop-the-intertubes-i-wanna-get-off dept.
eldavojohn writes "It's a common string you see at the start of an HTML document, a URI declaring the type of document, but that is often processed causing undue traffic to W3C's site. There's a somewhat humorous post today from that seems to be a cry for sanity and asking developers and people to stop building systems that automatically query this information. From their post, 'In particular, software does not usually need to fetch these resources, and certainly does not need to fetch the same one over and over! Yet we receive a surprisingly large number of requests for such resources: up to 130 million requests per day, with periods of sustained bandwidth usage of 350Mbps, for resources that haven't changed in years. The vast majority of these requests are from systems that are processing various types of markup (HTML, XML, XSLT, SVG) and in the process doing something like validating against a DTD or schema. Handling all these requests costs us considerably: servers, bandwidth and human time spent analyzing traffic patterns and devising methods to limit or block excessive new request patterns. We would much rather use these assets elsewhere, for example improving the software and services needed by W3C and the Web Community.' Stop the insanity!"

Chinese Professor Sues Google, Yahoo Over Search Exclusion 147

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the temper-tantrum dept.
Techdirt points out that while there have been many lawsuits over someone's Google-rank, a Chinese professor is suing Google and Yahoo for removing all mention of him in China. "Google and Yahoo, of course, have agreed to play by local rules in China, upsetting many. Legally, it would seem like this suit has little chance of success — but I doubt that he cares about the legal result. What this actually does is to call attention to his plight — and on that front, it's clearly a successful strategy."

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