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Comment: Re:Told you so (Score 4, Insightful) 106

by sanvila (#48695895) Attached to: Early Bitcoin Adopters Facing Extortion Threats

Euro, is very spendable, mostly stable.

Then you've never watched it's 25%+ fluctuations up and down over the last 10 years.

You can't measure the stability of a currency just by comparing it to your own currency. If we followed that line of reasoning, the only stable currency to you would be one which is pegged to the US Dollar. The price of one Euro fluctuates if you measure it in Dollars, yes, but that does not speak against the stability of the Euro more than it does against the stability of the Dollar.

Comment: Re:Stability is needed (Score 1) 267

by sanvila (#47691603) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?
Nobody can enforce the value of anything. At most, central banks have the power to avoid their own money to be overvalued, by using the printing press and selling their own money in the market. But this is just a one-way power that does not work in the opposite direction: If the market decides that your currency is not worth what is worth, you will run out of dollars (or whatever foreign money you have) trying to buy your own currency to "sustain" it before you can convince the market otherwise. As bitcoin does not have a central bank, and more importantly, bitcoin is not a fiat currency that you can make out of thin air, your idea of "buy and sell bitcoins" is fatally flawed.

+ - Contrary to what you've heard, Android is almost impenetrable to malware->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "Until now, Google hasn’t talked about malware on Android because it did not have the data or analytic platform to back its security claims. But that changed dramatically today when Google’s Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig reported data showing that less than an estimated 0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system’s multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users. Android, built on an open innovation model, has quietly resisted the locked down, total control model spawned by decades of Windows malware. Ludwig spoke today at the Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin because he has the data to dispute the claims of pervasive Android malware threats."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:The most important question (Score 3, Informative) 323

by sanvila (#39788811) Attached to: Google Drive Goes Live

I see dropbox still tries to mislead people into thinking their client is Free (and according to you, succeeds in it). Their website weasels around the subject but the truth is that only the small piece that integrates with the file manager is open source and the actual client is not.

Exactly. This is from the nautilus-dropbox Debian package available in non-free:

Installing this package will download the proprietary dropbox binary from dropbox.com.

That's far from being free software, unfortunately.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"