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xeniar (2910615) writes "Alternative currencies have become a popular topic in the Bitcoin space. We have Litecoin and Primecoin introducing alternative mining algorithms with novel properties, PPCoin replacing mining entirely with a non-costly alternative, Ripple creating a cryptocurrency network that can store credit relationships and user-defined currencies, and over seventy more up and running with new ones being created every week. One particularly interesting project that has received a large amount of attention over recent months, however, is Mastercoin. The key difference in Mastercoin is this: rather than trying to bootstrap an entirely new blockchain, as every other cryptocurrency does, Mastercoin seeks to create an entirely new network of currencies, commodities and securities on top of Bitcoin itself."
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Comment: Re:Good life (Score 1) 328

by skaag (#45308409) Attached to: Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

You have clearly not been to Moscow...
I live in New York. The clubs in Moscow put the New York clubbing scene to shame.
And the Armitage museum in St. Petersburg rivals the Louvre in France.
And the ratio of beautiful/ugly women in Moscow is incomparable to ANY other country.

You need to actually be there to witness it, or you will never believe it.

Comment: Good life (Score 5, Interesting) 328

by skaag (#45290091) Attached to: Edward Snowden's New Job: Tech Support

After having lived in Russia for some 6 month cumulatively, I have this to say: Edward Snowden is going to love it.

A few reasons:

- Incredibly beautiful women
- Incredibly cool clubs and bars
- Awesome Moscow Ballet / Classical Music / Cultural Events / Arts / Museums
- McDonalds has a whole wheat bun, need I say more?

Comment: Because Corps are Distusting! (Score 2) 289

by skaag (#45221019) Attached to: The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

Only large corps really spend money on security... But let's face it, why would a young and promising guy with a bright future ahead of him, work for a disgusting corporation that's full of bureaucracy, politics, and incompetent managers? What's in it for him other than the money which he can probably get elsewhere?

Small companies are not just more fun; your opinions are heard, things move much faster, there's less bureaucracy, and there's usually minimal to no politics. I would gladly shave a chunk of my salary, and work for this type of company, than waste my life in a cubicle in some corporation where I am a very small and insignificant peon.

Comment: Not just a pay thing (Score 1) 214

by skaag (#45111533) Attached to: Nobel Winners Illustrate Israel's "Brain Drain"

It's not just a matter of salaries. Israel is a difficult place. It's essentially a banana republic, with archaic government bodies that still behave as if the country is soviet russia. Natural resources are distributed to "oligarch" style tycoons who basically take the money and spend it abroad on real estate, yachts, and pay little to no taxes in Israel. There's a large number of people who are poor, all the while, the middle class is being milked dry by corporations who jack up prices. Food is cheaper in Manhattan than in Tel-Aviv, as ridiculous as it sounds. And it does not help that the country is surrounded by hostile countries seeking the destruction of Israel and the death of all Jews, despite what they had to endure in the holocaust. So yah, there is that. An Israeli leaving to the US suddenly realizes how relatively relaxed life is. For a typical Israeli, life in the US is like a constant holiday.

Comment: Re:X2Engine or OpenObjects (Score 1) 163

by skaag (#44959741) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source CRM/ERP System For a Small Business?

I am always confused about the OpenERP vs. OpenObjects naming. I once went to their channel on Freenode and was told from now on it's called OpenObjects. So I don't know what to make of it.

Too bad about the desktop client going away. It felt much more responsive to users, and they absolutely loved that last time I tried the app a few years ago. But a very well written web based system can feel very fast too.

My only concern with it is as someone in this thread noted, that once you go into the guts of it to make customizations, that it's a nightmare.

Comment: X2Engine or OpenObjects (Score 1) 163

by skaag (#44954827) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source CRM/ERP System For a Small Business?

SugarCRM is very mature, and has a built-in "Developer Studio" where you can create new modules, add new fields, and so on. The only downside is when you need to do complicated stuff, then you need to hire a PHP developer to write custom actions for you. Another missing feature in the Community Edition is a proper Workflow Engine.

X2Engine comes with a workflow engine which is an awesome feature when you need status that function based on a certain logical business process.

And of course for me the ultimate system is OpenObjects (formerly known as OpenERP), it's a fantastic and quite complete system, but requires Python knowledge. But it has fantastic client software (desktop) for most popular operating systems, which makes some users feel more comfortable with it (it does also have a web interface, which is also very, very good, and all clients implement the same user experience pretty much so you feel at home with all of them).

Comment: Small hosting firms FTW (Score 1) 403

by skaag (#44597315) Attached to: Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide

Because at the end of the day, values and respect do not come from corporate entities. They come from people, they are between people. That's how it's always been, and that's how it always shall be.

In other words: If he hosted it with me, I would respect his wishes, because I'm a person, not a corporation. His web site would still be up, and his web site would not make Slashdot news.

The only thing cheaper than hardware is talk.