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Comment: Re:Misleading google+ figures (Score 1) 274

by kmike (#40696753) Attached to: Facebook Loses Users, Satisfaction Higher at Google+

That's because the numbers from Compete do not correspond to reality. is tracking some preselected panel of people, which in no way could represent the entire site usage. And then they stretch and inflate that data, and call it the "site profile".

For the reference, here's another such Google+ profile, from Alexa, which shows no "dramatic growth" whatsoever:


+ - Bizarre "Diamond Planet" Discovered-> 1

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astroengine writes "It was once the core of a star, but now has the mass of a planet. It is composed of dense carbon with a crystal-like structure. Yes, it's a bona fide planet made from diamond.

The object, called J1719-1438, circles a pulsing companion star (pulsar) about 4,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Serpens (The Snake), which lies about one-eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way."

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+ - What We Know For Sure on Linux's 20th Anniversary->

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jennifercloer (1746880) writes "Jim Zemlin writes: Linux continues to prevail and today is the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing. This is because of one fundamental principle: Freedom. Richard Stallman helped us understand long ago what freedom means as it relates to software: the freedom to use the software for any purpose, to change the software to suit your needs, to share the software with friends and neighbors, to share the changes you make to the software. These ideas today are the fundamental building blocks for making the world’s best software and enabling innovation across industries and around the globe.

So what do we know for sure today, on the 20th anniversary of Linux? That we are on the right side of history. That products and technologies come and go but freedom endures. And because of that, we know that Linux will be the fabric of computing for decades to come."

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Comment: Re:I have a question (Score 1) 403

by kmike (#36758994) Attached to: Bitcoin Mining Tests On 16 NVIDIA and AMD GPUs

In fact once someone has one of your Bitcoin addresses, they'll be able to see and track all transactions involving that address, including "shuffling" into new addresses. One can even construct a whole graph of transactions starting from some known bitcoin address since the chains of transactions are absolutely transparent for everyone. I guess it's a dream come true for the intelligence and data mining agencies.

And yes, the only way to opt out of that transparency is to use the laundry and mixing services - the chain of transactions ends once you put your sum into the service and retrieve them back - since you (most probably) will get other people's coins. Just be careful not to put too much since you may get back your own coins. Also, such mixing service may not be free.

This article discusses transparency and anonymity issues well:

You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics