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Comment: Hiding in plain sight. (Score 3, Insightful) 390

by splutty (#46418659) Attached to: Bitcoin Inventor Satoshi Nakamoto Outed By Newsweek

Kudos to him for not ever trying to get into the limelight about this.

Not sure what repercussions this will have for him and his family as persons, but it's kind of nice to see this sort of stuff can still happen :)

Guess he got taught well by the diverse companies insisting on secrecy!

Comment: Re:Move along... (Flamebait? Cynical) (Score 1) 114

by splutty (#45391319) Attached to: Typhoon Haiyan Continues To Scourge Southeast Asia

I'm sorry, but this storm is not affecting The Gulf of Mexico, Florida, or the Jersey Shore. America is not interested. Move along.

Someone marked this comment flamebait, so they missed the obvious cynicism in this comment. Or if this was actually meant for real, then it goes to show the exact sad thing, that for a lot of people this is actually true.

As someone else in this thread already said, the coverage on this particular Typhoon in the US Media is severely lacking for the most part, which really is sad.

Comment: Re:No, Caps Lock was the big mistake (Score 1) 665

by splutty (#44960493) Attached to: Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

How is caps lock a mistake?

If you go back in time somewhat, it was actually needed to fill in certain TN3270/X3270/IBM3270 terminal templates.

A lot of things would need capslock, but would still let you use lowercase for other things such as comments (remember Cobol? Nah, I don't think you do :)

So no. No mistake at all. (Even nowadays, if you're entering activation codes and such, they're often in all caps *and* caps sensitive, which is retarded :)

But I get your point CAPSLOCK SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN INVENTED... :D

Comment: Re:Possible explaination (Score 1) 740

by splutty (#44957989) Attached to: Somebody Stole 7 Milliseconds From the Federal Reserve

The main problem here is actually quite simple.

In the investigation, these trades would also show up, since 'canceled' trades don't actually get removed from the system, just set to 'canceled' state.

So if this were true, both trades should show up, and one should've been canceled *after* the 7ms, with the change it will actually be picked up by another system in the meantime, etc.

But we'll see what the investigation comes up with :)

I'm betting on a time machine! (Or possibly just insider trading, but that's not half as much fun)

Comment: Re:58 Second Burn? (Score 1) 160

by splutty (#44582923) Attached to: Easily-Captured Asteroids Identified

They want to move it to L2, it's not going to be anywhere near the earth to bother with.

If the thruster runs too long, it'll overshoot L2, and go into an orbit rather far out of the moon's orbit.

Chance it crashes on the moon is rather higher than it crashing on earth, and even then it'll not be an overly significant event (see someone else's calculations in this reply thread as well)

L2 is perfect for this stuff, since it's actually outside the earth's sun orbit and farther away than the moon.

Now L3,4,5 which are located on the earth trajectory might be something you might not want to do :) (If I remember the locations correctly..)

Comment: Re:A cynic's view (Score 1) 637

by splutty (#44582253) Attached to: Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

*sigh* Rounding errors...

We have the same problem with different hardware architectures (think x86 vs SPARC vs S390).

You have to set a certain acceptable deviance from spec for this sort of thing, and mark it as 'okay' if you're less than that percentage off the expected value.

As an example: My calculation on a Linux box over a spread of about 125000 payments gives me about 0.00001 cents negative difference, whereas the same thing in Exhell comes to 0.

This is expected and completely insignificant behavious.

Comment: Baen Ebooks. (Score 1) 443

by splutty (#44552479) Attached to: Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

For eBooks (if you like fantasy/SF) I've found Webscription (Baen books) to be a very very good service.

http://www.baenebooks.com/

Start there. They have a fairly large library, with quite a few books for free download. No DRM, fairly inexpensive (think $4-$7 per book) and downloadable in just about any format you'd want.

Once you've created an account, those books will stay available on your account page for download on whatever device you want it on.

I've put this same thing in several threads over the last few years, but I think they're still worth mentioning :)

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS

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