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Comment: The scammer's dream. (Score 3, Insightful) 134

by Animats (#47551715) Attached to: US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

Over half the Bitcoin exchanges have gone bust. Entire Bitcoin "stock exchanges" disappeared with the money. Bitcoin "investments" promising substantial returns each month were, of course, Ponzi schemes.

Bitcoin is a scam magnet. Irrevocable, remote, anonymous money transfers are the scammer's dream. (Yes, there are people talking about cryptographic escrow schemes so you can buy something with Bitcoins and have some recourse if it doesn't show up. So far, that hasn't reached usability.)

That's why Bitcoin needs regulation. If you're going to hold other people's money, you have to be regulated. Deal with it.

Comment: Re:Keep It Ready (Score 1) 206

Keep everything ready, so you can switch back when the cloud services fail and/or your management team changes.

Indeed. The cloud fad is already starting to pop as executives find out "Holy fuck, you mean when something goes wrong there's no amount of screaming I can do to make them prioritize our service?" and other things that weren't in the brochure. "You mean we're on a shared infrastructure so when one of the other tenants gets DDOSed we're down too? "

Or (my favorite) "You mean to actually have high availability we have to spend almost double the quoted price to run identical machines in another geographic-zone"?

Comment: Re:Unknown (Score 1) 14

by gmhowell (#47548779) Attached to: Shot in the back, in self-defense

The guy was eighty years old, the young people attacked and robbed him in his own house and had done so before. If he shot her before they left, it was certainly justified. If it was indeed in the alley he should certainly face murder charges. As the article says, that hasn't been determined. Personally, I'm going to withhold judgement.

It involved a gun. DR is going to assume the worst.

Comment: Re:Slightly heartened... (Score 1) 14

by gmhowell (#47548745) Attached to: Shot in the back, in self-defense

Charging her accomplice with felony murder is pretty clear cut (depending on how the statute is written). Death occurs during the commission of a felony.

The old man... It is going to take a little time. His advanced years would tend towards going to violent defense sooner rather than later. It does seem like a questionable shoot.

So, any thoughts about the doctor who capped his patient last week?

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 1, Insightful) 140

Why does anyone install an app on Android that didn't come from F-Droid?

Aside from the fact that I don't like any of the games F-Droid has to offer.

It's because...

Wait for it, wait for it...

...I don't really care. Believe it or not, but not everyone is as privacy conscious as you are.

Comment: Re:What alternative could be built? (Score 4, Informative) 140

Oh, and block apps from writing to most of the external SD card, but they can do whatever they want to the internal one. Guess Google doesn't like privacy or SD cards.

That's just incorrect. For the internal memory, an app can't overwrite another app's private data, it can't even read it without special interfaces (assuming a non-rooted device). An external SD card on the other hand is deemed insecure by definition since it can easily be pulled out and placed into another device. So an external SD card was chosen as an easy way to store, share, and manage media files between different applications.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming

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