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Comment Re:Watermelons! (Score 3, Interesting) 93

You've got it exactly backwards. If people with private/corporate power didn't act like selfish dicks a lot of the time, maybe we wouldn't need as much government.
And maybe we wouldn't be wiping out species and ecosystems at 100 to 1000x background extinction rate, and maybe we wouldn't be warming the climate and acidifying the oceans.
If only. I'm an environmentalist because I know more about what's actually going on, from both a physical-scientific and sociological perspective, and it scares the shit out of me.
"Environmentalist" is also the wrong term, because it implies we are only concerned when it is going to affect us.
"Eco-system integrity advocate" would be a better term.

Comment Re:Not a consensus (Score 1) 93

"scientists have no credibility among members of Congress"
So, to sum up what you've said, members of congress, in general, are idiots, at least when it comes to topics such as, for example, actual knowledge.
So now we just have to find out why people keep electing idiots.

Comment Re:Programming (Score 3, Funny) 584

Let's say there wasn't yet a program to allow someone to create and edit and format documents containing words and pictures. (Arguably there still isn't a decent one in common use but that's another story.) Make such a program.

Or let's say there isn't an efficient and secure peer-to-peer data storage sharing framework, infrastructure, and application. Make me one of those, or, for extra credit, first design and implement a new programming language which will make it easier to build this encrypted, distributed storage layer app, the write the storage thing. Oh and please make it simple to use and extend, performant and highly scalable, multi-platform, and maintainable.

And I'd like it in red, by next Thursday?

Comment Re:Idiots (Score 1) 185

Faster verification of transactions is definitely needed with Bitcoin. Without that, its use as a "cash" / debit card equivalent for purchasing whatever (at a POS), is not feasible.

I haven't studied to know if the larger block size significantly addresses the speed of verification issue (as trade volume scales as it must if bitcoin is to be more than a toy), but something definitely needs to address that problem effectively.

Comment Re:Do damage to Bitcoin's reputation??? (Score 1) 185

Arguably, everyone who keeps savings in a particular currency is "investing" in that currency.
They may not be expecting large windfall gains, but they are at least trying to prevent heavy loss of value, which might occur if they were invested instead in the stock market. So they are investing in, as well as co-creating, the stability of the value of the currency.

People from some other countries with less stable economies are either "investing" in US dollars, or in US/Western assets (real estate) as a way, not of gaining profit, but of avoiding catastrophic losses. That's still investing.

Comment The language makes security harder (Score 1) 91

A language specifically designed to allow code to freely move around and execute on different nodes of a network of many devices is going to have extra challenges for security compared to other languages and platforms.

So those who came up with the language should be explicitly addressing the security aspects of this mobile code.

Comment Re:How easy is end to end encrypted instant messag (Score 1) 174

It should be pretty easy to design meta-apps that encrypt the traffic of the mainstream apps, if those app makers cave to dumbass laws like proposed.

I imagine script kiddies will be able to assemble and distribute new variants of encryption meta-apps on about a 10 per day new ones basis, using proven open-source code libraries as the core encryption tech.

Comment Re:Latest Macbook compromises too much (Score 1) 134

Oh give me an f**ing break. A comment about a similar laptop in the same weight class is pretty much on topic and discusses relevant design points that come up when computer makers make usability compromises to get the weight and size down to these levels.

Use your friggin' imagination before sniping stupidly.

Comment Latest Macbook compromises too much (Score 0, Offtopic) 134

Light is great, for travelling, as long as strong enough.

But the latest Macbook (around 2 pounds) has two key problems that would prevent me buying it.

1) The keyboard feel really sucks compared to the Macbook Air. Not enough travel. And just feels shaky and iffy.

2) Having only one port (a USB C doubling as the power connector and for any peripheral) is going one step too far.
Firstly, it doesn't have the amazing magsafe connector's safety, which is a showstopper for me.
Secondly, it is not a rare use case to want plug power AND at least one peripheral (e.g. extra screen, usb memory stick, tethered smartphone.)

So this one lost Apple's famous design edge and QA excellence. Are they slipping?

"Can you program?" "Well, I'm literate, if that's what you mean!"