"Proof of work in bitcoin is not really any proof of work either because it's just a guessing game" -- it seems you don't understand proof of work. If you don't do the work to guess, you don't get the right answer very many times.
Here, sorry I was a lazy bum before. http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/1puk1a/arxiv_paper_majority_is_not_enough_bitcoin_mining/
You can't establish value in a distributed fashion any better than with proof of work (that we know of right now). For a stupid alternative, look at ppcoin, which plans to eventually rely on "proof of stake" but currently relies primarily on proof of work.
This attack would be very, very difficult to achieve. Doesn't seem very worrying and I'm sure it'll be fixed well before it becomes an issue. There are already some pretty good discussions on
/r/Bitcoin/ covering why it's not as big a deal as the sensational headline here makes it out to be.
I can't speak to KDE, but it's been fine in i3wm and Gnome for me.
I find it more convenient to have separate monitors, saves trouble partitioning a single large monitor all the time (unless you use a tiling wm).
And here you can see it in action. I use i3wm. Works great. http://blog.brocktice.com/2013/05/29/new-treadmill-treadmill-desk-setup/
Just get a Radeon Eyefinity model, with 4-6 mini-DisplayPorts on it. Works great. Been running like this in Debian with 4 monitors for years now using fglrx drivers.
hawkeyeMI writes "When Google launched the Chromebook Pixel, it was not long before people started trying to boot normal Linux distributions on it. With Linus Torvalds taking an interest, patches were quickly merged into the Linux git repository, and I continue building the latest version and collecting fixes from elsewhere. I've written up the steps required to get an almost-fully-functional pixel running Debian Wheezy. As of today, I've incorporated fixes that eliminate the audio popping and volume control problems. The only real remaining problem I have is that I can't yet control the keyboard backlight, although I've compiled and loaded a module that is supposed to control it. I'd love it if a Slashdotter more adept than me at kernel hacking could sort that one out."
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Yes yes yes, CrashPlan solves this with or without their service (which is a bargain, BTW, especially the unlimited family plan). Been using it both to back up (and a few times to restore) for > 1 year now, and I'm so happy with them.
There's no reason to be a dick. Have you ever considered that maybe some people have different needs and usage scenarios than you?
I followed a similar curve, but I saw OS X going to hell in a handbasket after the iPhone was launched and became a huge money maker. Suddenly I couldn't trust OS X updates not to break things anymore, etc etc. I think I went back 100% around 2008. For me, it was a relief to to back to Linux. I know I can trust my Linux system not to change unless I want it to. I know that my Linux apps will 'just work', and I won't have to screw with MacPorts or Fink or whatever the cool kids are using these days. To the OP: If you know what you want in Linux, I'd say just try the mainline distros (Debian, Fedora, even Ubuntu), see if they meet your needs. If not, maybe Windows. Like other commenters I don't even really hate Windows 7. It's just not well-suited for what I need. I have no experience with Windows 8.
+1 for the ReadyNAS. Thing just works. I have a ReadyNAS duo. I can set up all that stuff myself (NFS, CIFS, etc), but the ReadyNAS just does it. Most of the time I forget it's there. Plus, it can serve via DLNA.
Unfortunately, you can look to the NRA's recent speech on Sandy Hook to see what the GP is getting at. Not sure what they were thinking there, but it seems like they'd be happy to throw the 1st and maybe 4th and 5th out the window. Disappointing to me as an NRA member.