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Comment: Eve Online (Score 2) 346 346

by martijnd (#45401675) Attached to: Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Vanishes, Taking £2.5m of Coins With It

All the ISK scams that went on in EVE Online are now here in "real" world Bitcoins. In fact, you can probably predict the next scandal from what dirty deeds were done before.

But it it just me wondering if those involved think the punishment in the real world will be the same (none) ? I can imagine people being a little bit more upset after losing millions in real cash as opposed to losing some in-game fantasy currency.

Comment: Single Point of Failure (Score 1) 456 456

by martijnd (#41434331) Attached to: Riot Breaks Out At Foxconn

Mmm... and who is the No 2 manufacturer for Apple, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, HP, Sony and Microsoft ?

Capable of scaling up to 200% when the need arises.

Just in case -- a factory burns down or something; riots break out in a country, a government gets nasty, or the place gets hit by an earthquake?

Comment: Easy to prove or disprove (Score 1, Troll) 484 484

by martijnd (#41385423) Attached to: Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

The minimalist verses skeuomorphism assertion has been made a few times already. Its quite easy to prove right or wrong.

Simply design a calender or contact app that follows your new "modern" design methodology.

If it beats the crap out of Apple's existing app because its so much better that people download it in droves to use it you have won, and you are rich(er).

Comment: ... just for 3rd party cookies (Score 2) 166 166

by martijnd (#40981635) Attached to: Watchdog "Not Ready" To Probe Cookie Complaints

The law in the Netherlands is that you have to inform users that you are going to put a cookie on their computer.

EXCEPT if the cookie is required for the core functionality of your website. So your shopping cart can put its 1st party cookie, and you are not in hot water.

Most websites use Google Analytics. That is where you have to start putting up the "Smoking Cookies Kills" banners that will likely hurt your websites traffic significantly. The best thing is to avoid the banner altogether and stay still within the law.

Sot its time to drop Google Analytics; its cool, its nice and now a drag on business.

I have already found one alternative that looks half decent and doesn't require me to put up any cookies at all: PiWik (

Comment: Re:if php is broken what is javascript? (Score 1) 622 622

by martijnd (#40498393) Attached to: The PHP Singularity

if php is broken what is javascript?

A disaster.

Somewhere a divine being is smiling wickedly and realizes all is well -- Javascript is pretty much on its way to become the most frequently used programming language on the planet, ever.

It surely is the best available ; nearly every computer on the planet has a debugger for it available.

Comment: Re:This is what happens when Americans make things (Score 2) 341 341

by martijnd (#38300590) Attached to: Voyager 1 Exits Our Solar System

New Horizons was launched on January 19, 2006, directly into an Earth-and-solar-escape trajectory with an Earth-relative velocity of about 16.26 km/s (58,536 km/h; 36,373 mph) after its last engine shut down. Thus, the spacecraft left Earth at the greatest ever launch speed for a man-made object. It flew by Jupiter on February 28, 2007, the orbit of Saturn on June 8, 2008; and the orbit of Uranus on March 18, 2011. (Source: Wikipedia)


Comment: Speeding ticket... (Score 2) 276 276

by martijnd (#38176958) Attached to: Palantir, the War On Terror's Secret Weapon

> The day Fikri drives to Orlando, he gets a speeding ticket,

Speeding ticket information is hard to get for the USA as a whole, but in 2011 the NYPD alone has issued:

As for individual Boroughs, Brooklyn saw the most traffic tickets issued (141,971), followed by Queens (128,098), Manhattan (115,428), Bronx (71,786), and Staten Island (27,388). (source

So the chances of an analyst checking this particular drivers information are.... close to zero probably. Another useless system.

"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers