Follow Slashdot stories on Twitter


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:/.er bitcoin comments are the best! (Score 1) 250

by slashdot_commentator (#49601369) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

Easy conversion does not make it a reliable store of value.

It does when you live in Argentina, and experience gov't mandated fixed rate of Argentine Peso -> USD, arbitrary fee/tax for exchange, shortage of available USD currency at an Argentine bank, or even temporary ban on currency exchanges for "the little people". Compare that to the market determining USD/bitcoin or peso/bitcoin exchange rate..

Comment: Re:/.er bitcoin comments are the best! (Score 1) 250

by slashdot_commentator (#49589591) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

Now could the Argentine Peso also be a poor store of value, thats plausible

If you believe the Argentine Peso to be a more reliable store of value than bitcoin, then apparently you don't know what you're talking about.

The fact that bitcoin can be converted to USD or Euro, would make it a (slightly) more reliable store of value, because the Argentine Treasury department has no qualms about fixing exchange rates, penalizing conversions, or outright banning currency conversions.

Comment: Re:No mention of iPad in the summary? (Score 1) 160

by slashdot_commentator (#49561293) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

> I don't want some device I have to build in a kit every couple of months. I'm beyond the point where I want to endlessly fiddle with technology. It's a waste of my time, and not something I do for fun.

But you realize that Google is pretty incompetent as a consumer support vendor? They're putting out changes to their "stock" android OS at least twice a year. For lollipop, they upgraded the phones months ago; but didn't even bother to upgrade the N7 (2013, razor/razorg) until a week or two ago. And almost every time, someone gets boned by a software glitch caused by the new release. Google does not give a tinker's damn when the device goes sideways on consumers.

I'm still running kitkat, figuring that I'm not going to even update my tablet until (lollipop) v5.1.1 is released as an automatic update. I'm pretty much terrified, at this point, every time Google puts out an upgrade, because their QA really sucks. As far as I'm concerned, fiddling with it is a guaranteed event, like a slackware/gentoo release from a decade ago, every time Google puts out an upgrade.

The sad truth is that its highly likely I will go iPad mini when my N7 dies on me. And I hate Apple. It strangles developers. Its as soulless as Google. Their products will never be the vanguard of technology. But Apple gives a damn about ensuring a flawless user experience. If the tablet goes sideways, they'll replace it. Their upgrades will fix things without introducing new problems. The question is whether that's worth the excessive margin they'll be extracting from your wallet.

Comment: Re:Hello? The 21st Century Calling (Score 1) 229

I'm thinking the the US takes its commercial computer security so casually, the Chinese get a head start by hacking the repository with all the details involved with the fab plant. At this point, China has the engineers and materials scientists capable of reverse manufacturing critical equipment, and can buy previous generation tools from European companies.

Comment: Re:Hello? The 21st Century Calling (Score 1) 229

Lenovo still has to abide by US commerce regulations if it wants to sell its products in the US. (Which is currently its most lucrative way to stay in existence.) Frankly, I doubt Lenovo even has a license to buy Xeon chips. What I don't get is what is stopping a European export company from buying the computers in small numbers, and shipping it over to an Eastern European company that does no business in the US, and have them send the chips to China?

And why is this even an irritant to China. There is no time savings from a computation unique to a Xeon chip, that cannot be replicated by a supercomputer cluster with software higher precision emulation. Its just more work and higher energy consumption costs.

Comment: Re:just buy amd or clone them from the factory in (Score 1) 229

The soonest way China gets SOTA computing chips is to provide the chips from US factories. (And then the Chinese build the tools to nuke said factories.) Let them develop their own competing technology. That at least gives a 10-20 year window where the US is "safe" from higher tech nukes. Handing it over to them for a profit gives zero time window.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.