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Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 122

by Shakrai (#49182977) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

ALL is a qualifier, and negates any limitations, including documentation of origin.

So your chief complaint really is the fact that the Government doesn't make it easy for you to cheat^Wlive outside the system?


I suppose you could try your luck at living off the land in Alaska. They're still doing homesteads up there and you'll find a ton of parcels that can be had for <$10,000. Property taxes are pretty low, albeit a non-zero amount. It's probably as far away from the man as you can get and still be on planet Earth.


New Zealand Spied On Nearly Two Dozen Pacific Countries 20

Posted by samzenpus
from the keep-your-eyes-on-your-own-paper dept.
An anonymous reader writes New documents from Edward Snowden indicate New Zealand undertook "full take" interception of communications from Pacific nations and forwarded the data to the NSA. The data, collected by New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau, was then fed into the NSA's XKeyscore search engine to allow analysts to trawl for intelligence. The New Zealand link helped flesh out the NSA's ambitions to intercept communications globally.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 122

by Shakrai (#49182805) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

Technically it should be possible, without any government interference. But it isn't.

So you're railing against laws and regulations (I'm guessing the $10,000 reporting requirement?) put in place to combat money laundering? Is that your best argument? You really expect sympathy from me because Uncle Sam wants you to account for large amounts of cash, when there's decades worth of history of violent criminal organizations using laundering techniques to hide ill gotten gains?

If you can actually ACCOUNT for where your pile of cash came from you're not going to have any difficulties paying in cash. If you just show up with a pile of money and can't document where it came from, well, that's a different story.

Here is another test, pay your taxes with coins (real coins) see if the government that issued the money will take the money it issued.

This is a stupid straw man. You know exactly what I meant. United States Dollars are valid for all debts, public and private. Is this your second best argument? That you can't pay your taxes with pennies? If you really insist on this stupid straw man:

Step #1: Travel to your local USPS.
Step #2: Purchase a postal money order using whatever combination of coins you happen to possess.
Step #3: Mail money order to IRS.
Step #4: Pat yourself on the back for sticking it to the man, because, I dunno, a bare chested blue painted Mel Gibson shouting "FREEDOM" at the top of his lungs?

Comment: Re: and you never will find the money (Score 1) 122

by Shakrai (#49182671) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

Good People doing nothing allows evil to prosper. Be it Somalia or Nazi Germany.

There were plenty of "Good People" (tm) in Nazi Germany. Many of them did a lot more than nothing; resistance ranged from non-violent underground protests (White Rose) to violent attempts at assassination. "Good People" (tm) are no guarantee against tyranny and this entire topic is irrelevant in a discussion about the proper bounds of Government.

Since time immortal Governments have claimed the right to coin and regulate the currency. This is not a new concept that started with the Federal Reserve Act. If you're going to upend a few thousand years of precedent why don't you explain to us why your desired cryptocurrency solution is better than the system you're railing against? Particularly since the Government (or anyone with enough guns really) can still compel you to participate in the system if push comes to shove.

Comment: Re: and you never will find the money (Score 1) 122

by Shakrai (#49182565) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

What I actually want is weak central government.

I also want representative democracy, and for the people to ratify bills directly.

These two desires are incompatible with each other. People tend to vote in favor of benefits from the public treasury. There's a few quotes (some real, some attributed) floating around the internet about this. There's also the very real world example of California to point to.


Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the for-sure-this-time dept.
jfruh (300774) writes "At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, handset manufacturers are making all the right noises about support for Windows 10, which will run on both ARM- and Intel-based phones and provide an experience very much like the desktop. But much of the same buzz surrounded Windows 8 and Windows 7 Phone. In fact, Microsoft has tried and repeatedly failed to take the mobile space by storm."

Comment: Re:One year later, I'm not closer to caring. (Score 1) 122

by Shakrai (#49182501) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

No I would not. But then again those Thai women in the bars who keep wanting to have a drink with me all seem on the up and up.

I thought so too, but it turns out they were just gold diggers after the millions of United States Dollars my long lost Uncle smuggled out of Nigeria. :(

+ - Did Hillary Commit a Felony?-> 1

Submitted by bhlowe
bhlowe (1803290) writes "Hilliary used a private email server hosted at her house to conduct business as Secretary of State under a pseudonym. This appears to be in violation of US law that may exclude her from holding office. A mock twitter account has been set up using the pseudonym of the "administrator" of her server, Eric Hoteham. In 2000, Hillary Clinton says she gave up using email because of the number of investigations she's been under."
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Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 122

by Shakrai (#49182459) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

I think the people who look at fools are those investing in an "asset" that has less tangible value than just about anything, including the fiat currencies that many of them condemn. Bitcoin will never be a currency as such, because it will never be accepted for "all debts, public and private." It's an asset, with nothing backing it up, and you'd arguably be better off buying something tangible (real estate, firearms, precious metals, works of art, jewels, and so on) if you're unwilling to store wealth in a fiat currency. There are also intangible assets (blue chip stocks) that are arguably a better bet for storing wealth than bitcoin, unless of course your primary motivation is hiding wealth from the authorities, but even in that instance there are things you can do that are a safer bet than bitcoin.


Demand For Linux Skills Rising This Year 58

Posted by samzenpus
from the popular-kids dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes This year is shaping up as a really good one for Linux, at least on the jobs front. According to a new report (PDF) from The Linux Foundation and Dice, nearly all surveyed hiring managers want to recruit Linux professionals within the next six months, with 44 percent of them indicating they're more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification over one who does not. Forty-two percent of hiring managers say that experience in OpenStack and CloudStack will have a major impact on their hiring decisions, while 23 percent report security is a sought-after area of expertise and 19 percent are looking for Linux-skilled people with Software-Defined Networking skills. Ninety-seven percent of hiring managers report they will bring on Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months.

+ - Ask Slashdot - Private-cloud file hosting software for linux, like Google Drive?

Submitted by TarpaKungs
TarpaKungs (466496) writes "I'm Asking Slashdot because I *know* this is a growing problem, but I have failed to find a suitable soution. Here's hoping the collective intelligence of Slashdot will prevail :)

OK — you have lots of android devices and maybe a several Chromebooks: Google Drive is great — it works well, it has user selectable offline caching ("Keep on device") — and most importantly, it handles updates from multiple clients gracefully. The main problem with this is reliability (will the service stay there), security, privacy and cost.

"Cost" because I have several terabytes of data (mostly photos, but a lot of other important files and documents) on an existing linux infrastructure which is well maintained, raid-ed and backed up. A small fraction of this it would be nice to replicate to all my client devices. The rest would be nice just to have on demand, subject to a network connection.

"Privacy and security" because I have lots of data that I don't want to lose control of.

I have been searching for a long time and have yet to find any self hosted software that has the technical abilities of Google Drive or Dropbox. Adding to that, the ability to maintain a secondary sync'd full copy of specific shares on linux (eg on my laptop) would be cool — but not crucial. However a general access linux client is a must.

I'm not looking for the all singing all dancing features of Google Drive such as live spreadsheets in my browser or any of the ancillary features like email and calendars. Simply good honest robust file serving with client offline mode (aka local cached copy, user selectable file by file or folder by folder) and no issues with multiple clients updating files.

I've tried Tonido and Owncloud and neither play nice with POSIX user permissions — they seem to want to own the files and manage access at a server level. Owncloud free seems also to be limited to a single share and enterprise pricing on both products is very high (3 to 4 figures) with no hobbyist/home licensing tier.

Simpler scenarios like SFTP and SMB of course do play nice with the local user permissions, but are not so bright on the client side — ie no offline mode. I did look down the WebDAV route but again, I have failed to find any client apps that are smart about offline mode. I suspect Google and Dropbox add some additional stuff to their protocols to push notifications of changes to other connected clients and also to manage the concept of "who has the latest copy".

So I guess what I am looking for is either a whole server/client suite that works or at least an SFTP/SMB/WebDAV client that is a bit smarter. Here's hoping the collective intelligence of Slashdot will prevail :)"

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?