Well, that just means each Bitcoin is worth 3.1 Jesuses, proving it's a better currency because scarcity is the only thing that matters when picking a currency, duh!
Well, in the same way as "You know also stirred up racial tensions to an extreme in order to achieve political power?" might be a legitimate use of a Hitler analogy, there are occasions a "Think of the children" comment is also legitimate. As in most parents here are a tad concerned about the idea that little Jessica's MacBook could be used by perverts to take pictures of her.
We need a variant of Godwin's law about people who react to any analogy involving a specific thing as being an abuse of that analogy..
In an enterprise it's massively easier to do it without being caught, as long as you're in Tech Services, which is one of the groups most likely to want to make use of this hack...
As in "HR here, We suspect John Doe is snorting cocaine at his desk when nobody's looking, is there any way you could secretly record what he's doing?"
That's because the comic book was never really worth $500 in the first place.
The reason some comics are so valuable is BECAUSE they're scarce.
In the last 40 years, they've been ANYTHING but scarce.
So, no matter how much some schmuck sets the value for it, unless just about every other of the tens or hundreds of thousands of copies are known to be destroyed, it probably isn't even worth the cover price.
"I have zillions of dollars worth of comic books! Wizard says I do!"
"I have zillions of dollars worth of Bitcoin! The exchange says I do!"
*Together* Let's cash out!
"WTF? Nobody wants to buy my comics at massively inflated prices!"
"WTF? Nobody wants to buy my Bitcoin at massively inflated prices!"
Cue the Python!
SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! SCAM! SCAM!
FireEye tracked the infections to Android devices in Korea and noted that the attackers are logging into command-and-controls in from Korea and mainland China, among other locations, to periodically read the stolen SMS messages. FireEye's research team discovered a total of 64 mobile botnet campaigns in the MisoSMS malware family and a command-and-control that comprises more than 450 unique malicious e-mail accounts."
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Hi. Former guitar shredder here.
I have news for you. The idea that the instrumental performers with "the most talent" will no longer get paid big bucks in the future isn't something you have to wait for.
It has been going on for at least my entire life.
After I had been playing guitar for about 2 years in high school, I could play nearly any guitar part of any popular song (I came of age in the 90s, the grunge time frame. So, admittedly, a low bar.)
Most of it just wasn't very complicated. If what mattered was being able to play things note for note, capturing all of the "feeling" and what not, for most popular music that just isn't a tall order.
I'm not being a braggart; I was nothing special. My point is that youtube is filled with kids who are _astounding_ guitarists.. and who will never make any money off of their guitar work. Technical proficiency isn't what gets you paid.
I still love all of my Shrapnel Records artists that I dutifully bought albums from growing up. I am thrilled beyond belief that monumental talents like Tony MacAlpine are still able to record and perform after decades of being unknown outside of the guitar-nerd community. And I am escstatic that new younger talents are emerging and doing cool stuff (Seree Lee -- youtube him).
But Katy Pery or whoever the next anonymous pretty face is will make more money off of one single than someone like a Tony Mac or Vic Wooten or Seree Lee or (take your pick) will make in their multi-decade careers. And that's not new, and digital music isn't going to fundamentally change that.
Results in the thermostat clicking off while other rooms are still cold.
I totally get what you're saying. And I had also thought of wiring a mechanical backup in parallel. But that sort of changes the value prop of the Nest device away from a "install it in 10 minutes and then play" to something somewhat more involved.
The effective reliability of a non-redundant system is limited to the reliability of its least reliable component.
In many years of home ownership with all different types of heating systems and thermostats, grid-tied electrical service has been by far lowest-reliability ingredient in the system.
However, those outages tend to be a few hours per year in the places I've lived, and the system comes back from failure without intervention.
Installing a Nest would have changed that paradigm completely. The failure mode is that the nest freezes and you have no indication at all that anything is wrong. And it never comes back until other symptoms are bad enough that you think to wonder why its so damn cold -- if you are home at all. There is some kind of human reset procedure that must be performed.
If the Nest had any kind of failsafe mechanism in it, it would address my concern. The fact that it doesn't, combined with the numerous reports of them freezing during updates, and that Nest refuses to let you manage updates yourself, suggests that they simply don't have their heads on straight regarding the mission-critical nature of thermostats.
Honeywell is someone I trust to make an arbitrarily complicated thermostat. They have been doing control engineering for decades.
Why do you need it as warm as 60F when you're out of the house? Unless you're drying clothes, the only reason for heating while you're out is to avoid frost damage.
Even when I'm at home, I don't want my house to be a constant temperature. I want the living room to be a nice temperature between 6pm and 11pm and frost-protected the rest of the time, when nobody's there. I want the bedroom to be cold most of the time, warming up a bit ready for bedtime, cooling down again while I'm asleep, getting toasty warm for getting up time, then cold while I'm away.
And I want different schedules at weekends.
I live in the UK, where most houses central heating works on the KISS principle: there is one mechanical thermostat in the hallway. That thermostat switches on/off your boiler and pump, which sends hot water around a loop through every radiator in the house.
It sucks a little less if you manage to "balance" your radiators by adjusting their valves just-so, so that the first radiator in the loop doesn't get all the heat. Otherwise you get situations where your spare bedroom is like a sauna, your living room barely gets any heat, and the hallway where the thermostat is never warms up. Or perhaps the radiator in the hallway gets all the heat first, so the thermometer trips off before any other room warms up. Getting this right is voodoo.
It sucks a little less if you have Thermostatic Radiator Valves on each radiator. These control flow into each radiator individually, so you can set the temperature you want for each room. But one radiator must have no TRV, otherwise it's possible to damage the boiler when it tries to pump against a closed system. So you get situations where the TRV-less radiator is blasting out unwanted heat; or where the main thermostat clicks off, so the boiler isn't on, while rooms are cold. So it still sucks.
All I want is a system where every radiator has a TRV, and the boiler knows to run unless every TRV says it's warm enough. Should be simple. Can't seem to get them. The closest I've found is a range of WiFi TRVs that rely on your boiler detecting that returning water is no cooler than outbound water, and your system having a safety circuit to avoid excess pressure when all the valves are closed. I don't think that's standard.
But if I were to be greedy, I'd also want to be able to set schedules for individual rooms. And hey, why not have stuff like, "when my phone notices I'm leaving the office, turn on the home heating"?
I spent a few evenings recently learning about the Nest products. But the more I looked, the more I found stories of devices that failed to boot after software updates, or had other flakiness issues.
I live in a part of the world where a thermostat failure would be a problem. The ambient temps were -20F last week. If the thermostat updated while we were out of the house and failed to boot properly, the entire house would freeze in short order. The pipes would burst and I'd be out many tens of thousands of dollars trying to repair the place.
I can't risk that.
The Nest clearly seems to be targeted at silicon valley types who want a gadget and are used to the gadget early-adopter flakiness. If your thermostat flakes out in SVC its no big deal. Very different context than rural North Dakota.
It would be a simple matter to integrate a _backup_ mechanical failsafe that activated the heating circuits if the temperature fell below say, 50F.
The Nest apparently does not have this feature.
I've had programmable thermostats in the past, but programming them (not to mention setting the clocks to track DST changes) has always been enough of a hassle that I've always reverted to "one temperature, all the time". So the Nest is interesting in terms of the problem it tries to solve. The data collection, and correlating furnace activity with outside temperature -- is all interesting. As I was researching the Nest, I realized that they were attempting to create a new product category -- home hvac efficiency enthusiast.
I might be willing to pay $250 to solve a problem I don't actually have. But not if it greatly increases the likelihood of causing a $30,000 problem because it was designed by people who apparently have no experience with controls.
A Yank resistant plug might do well in Europe and Asia, but I think most manufacturers wouldn't want to alienate the American market.