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Comment: This might very well become AMD's tombstone (Score 1) 71 71

AMD, with their decreasing market share, should use open, or at least widespread, standards such as OpenGL or DirectX.
Remember AMD's alternative to NVidia's CUDA? I think it was called Fire- something or something-stream... that really went well.
If AMD opens up a new front here, and Mantle has any success at all, NVidia will retaliate by creating their own API, and guess how many people will use Mantle then.

Comment: Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (Score 1) 408 408

mtgox has a trade volume of about 17k BTC per day [http://bitcoincharts.com/markets/mtgoxUSD.html], so you can assume that those 30k BTCs are about as much as is traded in one day. I don't have an economics degree, and I am proud of not having one, but I assume that, would an entity put this many BTCs on the market at a single time, the market value would collapse by about 70%, and take a week to recover.

Comment: Re:Can it be invalidated? (Score 1) 177 177

If every single miner refuses to process transactions from/to that address, the bitcoins would indeed be frozen in place.
If, however, only one miner decided to process the transaction, it would be confirmed as soon as that miner solves a block. As the number of miners who refuse to confirm the transaction appraoches 100%, the confirmation time would thus approach to inifinity.
However, miners who refuse to process the transaction wouldn't get the transaction fee that the FBI decided to pay, so in the end greed will win.

Comment: Re:Fighting Fascism with Fascism (Score 1) 392 392

That's not true. In school, all Germans learn how the nazis were horribly evil and killed all the jews and how we have to give free submarines to Israel to make up for it.

Also, George Orwell wrote in 1944:

It would seem that, as used, the word ‘Fascism’ is almost entirely meaningless. In conversation, of course, it is used even more wildly than in print. I have heard it applied to farmers, shopkeepers, Social Credit, corporal punishment, fox hunting, bullfighting, the 1922 Committee, the 1941 Committee, Kipling, Gandhi, Chiang Kai-Shek, homosexuality, Priestley's broadcasts, Youth Hostels, astrology, women, dogs and I do not know what else.

Comment: Re:Fighting Fascism with Fascism (Score 1) 392 392

Define 'fascist'. I've heard all sorts of people use 'fascist' to negatively describe all sorts of things. While surely the german govt are the same kind of right-wing assholes that can be found all over the world ("we need to censor the internet because of terrorism and child porn!"), we have a whole load of laws against 'nazi' stuff. Outing yourself as a 'nazi' will mean that you immediately lose all reputation and carreer opportunities. you will be sent to jail for using swastikas, playing the horst-wessel lied, denying the holocaust or anything that might make foreigners think that germans are nazis. can you believe that world war II computer games are mostly sold with swastikas replaced by plus signs in germany? On the other hand, right-wing ideologies are well tolerated IF you don't use any 'old-style' nazi symbols as the aforementioned, while there are extended programs against all kinds of left-wing groups. tl;dr news at 11: Politicians are a bunch of liars, and there's _nothing_ you can do about it.

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