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Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 551

by jayveekay (#46566789) Attached to: Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

During the War of 1812, more than 50 years before the country of Canada was created, British forces raided Washington DC.

Britain at the time was the naval superpower and had just helped defeat Napoleon so had some free troops to play with which made this attack possible. To say that "Canada" burnt down the White House is silly.

Comment: I call BS on Farley (Score 1) 89

by jayveekay (#46457483) Attached to: Volkswagen Chairman: Cars Must Not Become 'Data Monsters'

"'We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you're doing."

What a grandiose statement. Aside from the fact that their data is limited to the car, so they can't possibly know who is mugging someone in a dark alley (which is a law-breaking act), they can't possibly even know who is doing what illegal act within the car. For example:
1. How do they know who is driving the car?
2. How do they know what the state of a traffic signal is at the point in time the car enters an intersection?
3. How do they know that the car failed to yield to a pedestrian at a crosswalk or an intersection?

Oh, Farley is the VP of *marketing*? I understand now. An engineer wouldn't say anything so dumb.

Comment: X-Prize (Score 1) 132

by jayveekay (#46415773) Attached to: Oregon Withholding $25.6M From Oracle Over Health Website Woes

All the states developing their own websites, and the feds, should have pooled their money and offered an X-Prize worth $100 million to whatever individual or group could first create an open-source health insurance purchasing web service meeting the requirements. That would have saved money and produced a better result.

Comment: Re:Can't imagine many will see the point (Score 1) 253

by jayveekay (#46345615) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60

If you've played WoW for any time, you'll know that the game only really "begins" once you hit the level cap.

The most interesting aspect of MMORPG gaming is interacting with other players and attempting to influence the direction of the game by conversing with the game designers. That can occur at any level.

Genuine pay-to-win would be the sale of any kind of advantage, be it gear, increased access to instances (such as a waiver on weekly lock-outs) or any kind of character power-boost or income-boost once at the level cap.

In WoW, the power of a character increases with the time spent playing the game. The power comes primarily through leveling to the cap and once at the cap it's from getting better gear. If you're able to start at the cap, then all the time that would have been spent leveling can be spent getting better gear, for a net increase in character power given the same time investment as a character that starts at level 1. However, for a serious raider, the time spent leveling to the cap is miniscule compared to the time spent playing at the cap, so the level skip does not make a difference in the long run, so I'm in agreement that there isn't a substantial pay-to-win aspect to this.


Riecoin: A Cryptocurrency With a Scientific Proof of Work 156

Posted by timothy
from the slashcoin-is-only-weeks-away dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Enter decentralized, open source mining with the first scientific proof of work. Riecoin is a decentralized (p2p), open source digital currency. Proof of work is about finding Hardy-Littlewood k-tuples. Ultimately miners are verifying the Riemann hypothesis. Unlike for Primecoin the probability of accepting a false positive goes to zero as the network grows. Primecoin uses Fermat Test which runs the risk of accepting so called Carmichael numbers. Riecoin uses a stronger test to ensure correctness."

Comment: Re:Ah... you don't know what you are talking about (Score 1) 467

The extra cost for a rental copy is not for the disc (or tape) itself, but rather for the right to rent out the movie to consecutive users. Should the original disc/tape be lost or damaged, then the replacement for the disc/tape would be the cost of the physical media. The privilege of renting out the disc/tape transfers from the lost/damaged disc to the new disc. The number of licenses to rent discs that the rental company has is unchanged.

In a rational world, anyway.

Comment: Economically Inefficient (Score 5, Insightful) 467

Arresting someone for theft under $10 ("Monster-In-Law" on DVD retails for about $5) seems to be a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars. A more efficient punishment would be to seize wages/tax refunds/etc. in the amount of the theft + some additional punitive amount.

Comment: Enquring minds want to know... (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by jayveekay (#46000653) Attached to: Analyst Calls Russian Teen Author of Target Malware

How did they get the malware deployed onto thousands of POS terminals without anyone noticing?
After the malware collected the data, how did the POS terminals report the stolen data back to the controller?
Are these POS terminals just directly connected to the internet?

Comment: Obligatory Watchmen quote (Score 4, Insightful) 222

by jayveekay (#45967663) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Remains at Five Minutes to Midnight

Janet Black: Doctor Manhattan as you know the Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face analogizing humankind's proximity to extinction, midnight representing the threat of nuclear war. As of now it stands at four minutes to midnight. Would you agree that we are that close to annihilation?

Jon Osterman: My father was a watch maker. He abandoned it when Einstein discovered time is relative. I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as photograph of oxygen to a drowning man.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 259

Have to call BS on this. Anyone in WA can choose to observe the vote counting process. Fraud by one party could only occur with exceptional incompetence by other parties and independents.

"Anyone has the right to observe any part of the election process. Major political parties also have a responsibility to provide observers to monitor the election process. A political party is designated as a major party if one of its nominees received more than 5 percent of the total votes cast for President, United States Senator, or a statewide office in a General Election in an even numbered year. Observers may watch all parts of the election including opening absentee ballots, counting ballots, and securing ballots. Prior to an election, County Auditors or Elections Departments contact the political parties to inform them of how many observers will be needed."

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen