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Comment: Re:Why is bitcoin popular again? (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by prelelat (#49283185) Attached to: Evolution Market's Admins Are Gone, Along With $12M In Bitcoin

I think a lot of these problems are that it was an illegal market with people probably using a properly secured TOR connection so that they couldn't be traced. They got bored of what they were doing and said "HOLY SHIT, there's 12 million here, untraceable" so instead of the normal walk away, they took the money and walked away. You are going to run into this in any illegal venture, with untraceable currency, where the operator is unknown. Anyone shocked by this needs to give their head a shake. Don't drop a crap ton of money, to someone you don't know, who has no real incentive to help you out. You don't even need a regulatory body, just someone you can hold accountable. You are never going to get someone to hold accountable in a market like that because, well they will be held legally accountable as well.

Hilarious indeed.

Comment: Re:Hoax (Score 1) 80

by prelelat (#49276029) Attached to: Watch an Original NES Run Netflix

I agree it is useless, I wouldn't even say it's almost completely useless. I do see the appeal in doing it though, doing crazy hacks like that can be fun. So I would say it was for entertainment value. It is interesting to see that the Nintendo could handle any kind of video like that.

But yes very useless.

Comment: Re:Hoax (Score 1) 80

by prelelat (#49241761) Attached to: Watch an Original NES Run Netflix

I would say it was more of a proof of concept. The developers go into detail on how they were going to get the pi to stream, convert and write new frames to the cart.

It seems like it's quite possible with enough time you could do it, but why would you. They proved a concept and there's not much point in continuing really.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 178

by prelelat (#49189003) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

You are right, you have to weigh the pro's and con's of it. My point was more on par with that there is a need beyond illegal activities when it comes to online transactions and bitcoin. Most use case scenarios people would still be using credit card or something with similar features. Credit Card companies are awesome at charge backs and fraud cases.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 178

by prelelat (#49183251) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

I would say that illegal activity is a large part of it, but I do think it serves an important purpose. If everyday buying of bitcoins wasn't more expensive than using my credit card on a website(try buying bitcoins online it's expensive) I would be all over it. Private transaction without the worry of someone stealing my credit information. Someone online can only fleece me out of what I put in without linking to an account with a credit card of bank account attached. There are other options in this area though. Also while I'm not into illegal activities I don't necessarily want people tracking my every movement online.

Say if I had wanted to donate money to wikileaks back when credit cards were rejected. I'm not doing anything illegal by support that site but my credit card wouldn't be accepted. Paypal will hose you on anything if you aren't careful just look at what happened to Notch when minecraft started pulling in mad cash.

I don't want to be limited just because someone THINKS I'm doing something illegal.

Comment: Re:The problem is ... (Score 1) 671

by prelelat (#49174585) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

The real problem is, is that his whistle blowing makes him a traitor. It shouldn't, what he did was a service to the people and country. Those that wish to prosecute him and hang him are only doing so because the cat got out of the bag. The government should never have been doing a vast majority of what they were doing. His whistleblowing was justified and if he's a traitor to the U.S. it's a travesty.

Comment: Re:As long as it is not an official power rangers (Score 2) 255

by prelelat (#49173575) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use

If I recall a lot of those star trek fan fiction and even the season 5 had the go ahead from Gene's estate to continue them. Though I do believe Paramount still holds a lot of the copyright and trademark they seem to have given the approval as long as they don't make a profit. That's their call though, it's my understanding that Paramount could put its' foot down and end it at any time and they would have to just walk away.

So why do they allow it? Because it's good for the fan base. It helps breed a culture of die hard fans and feeds their need for content. If they wanted to do a reboot of the series with darker tones it could be damaging to their brand as well. Though I think the creator said specifically they didn't want to.

This is a high quality short that I could see the originator being pissed about because it's not what they want power rangers to be. Unless they can figure out how to stand on the parody but I think that's a flimsy defense.


Comment: Re:Not Censorship (Score 1) 285

by prelelat (#49119435) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

I know what censorship means, I can self censor I can censor someone else I can do all those things and have it not be illegal.
This is censoring pornographic material on googles web platform. It's just not illegal, evil or anything. It's a policy change.
It's minor news and those affected have had warning to move along.

Comment: Re:Read the EULA... the lawsuit has no merit. (Score 3, Insightful) 114

by prelelat (#49114983) Attached to: Lenovo Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

It's not so cut and dry though. This has gone through the courts multiple times and EULA have been enforced and not enforced multiple times. It seems to depend on more of which court you take it to. Now the issue here isn't only things that would be covered by the EULA. If it were this would be mildly interesting, the meat of it is the fact that they also are talking about leaving computers/users open for attack and damaging the equipment and hurting people(not physically obviously). It's really interesting, and I wonder if a company can be held liable for poorly written software like that. If they can be held liable who's responsible? Lenovo for probably taking some money to put this on their computer or komodia for having shitty security and poor design.

If this goes for the people filing I wonder if it will have a positive affect and make manufacturers think before they do something like this in the future.

Does anyone recall what happened with the Sony Rootkit deal?

Comment: Re:Bogus Troll (Score 1) 128

by prelelat (#49090957) Attached to: Apple Patent Could Have "Broad Ramifications" For VR Headsets

Theoretically this patent covers the ability to insert and remove the display from the headset, as well as detection of the display so that it can switch into HMD mode. I'm not saying it's new tech or that they deserve the patent but it is unique from the VR and older HMD headsets that I'm familiar with that have it built in. I'm not sure if this would cover other ways of inserting the display and if there are loopholes to get around it but that's what it is.

Comment: Re:Questionable (Score 1) 277

by prelelat (#49029483) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart made that show, but it's established. The formula has been set and it's a good one. John Oliver showed that a good man behind that chair can carry it on. Jon does do some of the leg work on the show and I hear he still does but he is by no means needed to carry it on anymore. Which probably makes it easier for him to step back from it, enjoy his new freedom and seek new ventures, or even hang out with his family.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 579

It's a bit different though isn't? Updating versions on your phone is more like upgrading to the newest service pack instead of buying a new OS. The OS is available for anyone to grab free of charge, updated patched and new features even. Free of charge.

That's not the same as letting support of XP die and quite frankly I had no problem with it in the first place. That OS is decades old now and the people bitching about security holes were most likely using it for custom software that was probably just as buggy as the OS at that point. I know first hand it can be hard to get custom software companies to update their software but it's not Microsofts fault either.

If the people who take Android and put it on phones are unwilling to release updates for it, that's the vendors fault. They take Android and fork it to suite them, then don't bother updating it when a new version comes out. That's how open source software works when you think about it. The main distro is out there free for the taking. Vendors take it and fork it how they see fit, it no longer is the main channels responsibility.

If we have a problem with this, we are really talking about having a problem with opensource software. Then we can discuss the other issue which is when do we can support on outdated versions?

Comment: Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 2) 640

by prelelat (#48803303) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

If I were to roll out windows 8 people would freak out. Windows 10 seems like a much better leap as far as the UI is concerned. I can see us rolling that out a year after it's initial release and we have our policies setup and tested. That means probably 2 more years of Windows 7 on our upgrade cycle.

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