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Comment: Re:Last century stuff (Score 1) 363

by thegarbz (#47447099) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

So you are the reason that a lot of stores have a minimum charge amount for credit / debit charges. The transaction fees charged to merchants are ridiculous and so are ATM fees. Until these fees are reduced, you will never see a truly cashless society. And that doesn't include those that have less trust of banks than they do of governments.

Why blame the man working within the system for charges applied by someone completely different? Either the merchant should be happy to absorb the transaction cost, the merchant should specify the minimum cost, or the bank shouldn't charge the fees. But it most definitely is NOT the fault of the person simply buying something.

Now let's flip the thing around. For the few cents per transaction that end up going to the banks for small purchases how much could be potentially saved by not tallying up the register, not storing float offsite or managing a safe, not having to train staff to manage cash securely, not having to bank your earnings at the end of the day (that's a good expensive one there), and above all when the cash register disagrees with the paperwork not spending an hour trying to figure out where the money went.

There is a cost of doing business in cash. You just don't see it and point to credit fees instead. I for one pay an accountant to do my taxes because he's faster and cheaper than the time I'd spend doing it, so why not pay a bank to manage the money (if we went cashless).

Comment: Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (Score 3, Insightful) 363

by thegarbz (#47447071) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Who said anything about a finance industry? It's almost like there needs to be a system of electronic money which can be transferd just by sending bits from one smartphone to another. These bits would be like coins. Ideally this system should be decentralised and not involve any financial institution.

These coinbits would seem to solve all of these problems. They just need a catchier name.

Comment: Re:Cashless can't happen, here is why ... (Score 1) 363

by thegarbz (#47447067) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

The importance of cash will continue to decline with transactions with merchants, but it will never remotely approach "cashless".

Bitcoin. No ok seriously Bitcoin itself may not be the answer, but the essence of any trade is that you trade something for something else. Cashless is definitely achievable if you have something with which to substitute said cash.

Right now we're living in a world where we have several options to pay for something without cash. I bought a friend's quadrocopter frame using Paypal since he didn't want cash. Australia had a system called Bartercard which is a barter trading exchange.

The only thing keeping us from going truly cash free is the cost of exchanging non-cash things of value, but even that cost is plummeting. Paypal charges only a couple of percent. You can get a EFTPOS system for your iPhone or iPad now and swipe other people's cards. Or failing all that you really could just send another participant some bitcoins.

Personally I helped a friend build a fence the other day and I got in exchange a case of beer. No cash required, and that case of beer was even less traceable than a piece of plastic (our paper money isn't paper money) with a serial number.

Comment: Re:An absurd "crisis"! LOL (Score 1) 60

by thegarbz (#47447035) Attached to: How To Fix The Shortage of K-5 Scholastic Chess Facilitators

Training for a marathon improves physical conditioning and fitness which is arguably useful in it's own right.

And yet we constantly hear of studies that show a high degree of constant mental activity is good for the physical condition of the brain and keeping it exercised reduces the risk of dementia.

In pretty much any physical or mental activity we do as people we gain some kind of benefit. Reading has a benefit, playing computer games has a benefit, solving Rubik's cubes has a benefit, and so does playing chess. I could think of worse things for teenagers to do than mentally stimulating their minds while competing with each other.

Comment: Re:And then throw it in a fire (Score 1) 72

What is the value of a used device? Compare that to the risk of the data on that device going to a malevolent third party.

That depends on the device. The fact that you liken them to a $10 harddisk is a problem for your argument. A Galaxy S4 fetches some $300 used on ebay. A Galaxy S4 with a broken screen is still fetching some $150+

That's the value of a used device. Now take $300 in your hand right now, hold a lighter under it and ask yourself, would you light it up right now to maybe protect the data on your phone from the slight chance that someone wants the phone for your secrets rather than as a replacement for the one they dropped in the toilet? I wouldn't. I don't routinely burn money for slight maybe chances.

That said I don't have naked selfies on my phone either, or loan applications, and if I did they're on my external SD card which would not be going with the phone.

I have a better idea, just send me the $300, less waste that way.

Comment: Re:Donate (Score 2) 99

by thegarbz (#47439825) Attached to: First Release of LibreSSL Portable Is Available

Nothing structural needed to be changed in this phase.

Step one of the LibreSSL project is and always has been clean up the code to make it readable by mortals. An illegible clusterfuck does not attract volunteer developers to help audit. Heartbleed arose because OpenSSL was a perfect contradiction to the idea that "Because it's open source anyone can look at the code and therefore bugs get fixed quickly." Structural changes are still to come.

Also posting an about page from OpenSSL doesn't really mean all that much. Lets see some action thanks. Here we are 3 months after the Heartbleed fiasco and the LibreSSL team have forked and started a major cleanup, whereas the OpenSSL team have written an about page living up to their reputation as a bunch of consultants chasing government contracts.

Comment: Re:RTFA: real engineering is going on (Score 1) 55

by thegarbz (#47439791) Attached to: A Peek Inside D-Wave's Quantum Computing Hardware

Because on Slashdot we believe armchair engineers who think they know everything over those people who actually have a clue. Oh expect when it's peer reviewed. Oh and even then the peer review system is broken and the scientist is clearly fraudulent.

Slashdot is a self sustaining social media platform. Just like real media where alarmist and controversial stories sell papers, alarmist posts seem to attract mod points.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 490

Only for your narrow view of audiophile. A true audiophile wouldn't consider any of Klipsch stuff off audiophile quality. There are 2 zeroes missing from the price tag.

Also no better is a matter of both subjective and objective opinion. Speakers are the one thing very easy to tell apart in a blind test. If you're going to build a proper sound system, spend thousands on speakers and hundreds on everything else.

Comment: Re:why new balls (Score 1) 144

Because you're not paying attention?

The Argentinians missed what looked like a great goal in the making yesterday except that it curved away from the goal.

Also the 2006 ball had physicists warning that the ball will behave more like a baseball and that it'll make quite nice curves while spinning, and act chaotically when not.

Comment: Re:And another question (Score 1) 144

dont see much real improvement in the physics of the ball itself.

That's not what the players think. Many of them come out and bitch and moan about the changes in soccer ball design because it feels and plays different. Many teams complained that the Germans had an unfair advantage in 2006 because they got to play with the new ball before everyone else and thus had more training using it. Physicists have chimed in on it too saying the 2006 ball is likely to mostly affect keeping as the smoother surface with less seams makes the balls trajectory unstable if spinning in flight.

To me? It's just a round ball, and I'd happily play with anything round that's lighter and softer than a coconut.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't use a soundblaster... (Score 3, Insightful) 490

But for general gaming or home theater use? Nope. Send the audio out over the HDMI out, or SPDIF for DVI/VGA rigs, and let the amp sort it out.

This right here is a key point. Many people now don't rely on their PC to actually do any audio, just send the data somewhere else. Many hifi rigs are hooked up into digital inputs, many TVs and computer displays will support HDMI audio and do the conversion in the device. In some cases like mine people even opt for external streaming devices like a Roku to get music though that doesn't work for generic sound.

Comment: Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 182

by thegarbz (#47423433) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

I find it incredibly annoying when someone THINKS they have researched some topic and knows what they are doing.

You may be perfectly right and capable and interested only in the detail that you're asking, but unfortunately you'd be in the minority. probing questions will confirm everyone is on the same page and while it may be annoying to you, it will be a godsend for many others.

Engineers in general are terrible at solving generic problems, which is ironic because we're thought of as the great problem solvers. Our issue is that it's in our blood to solve problems and quite often we'll have solved the problem without even understanding what that problem is. It reminds me of the great Dilbert comic where Wally interrupts his boss by saying "We'll build a database" and when it was pointed out that he doesn't know the problem yet he retorts "We always build a database."

Comment: Who? (Score 5, Insightful) 93

by thegarbz (#47405771) Attached to: Rob Pardo Says Farewell To Blizzard

Come on editors! First a typo in the company name and then rattling off some guys name and saying he's an employee of some misspelt company who's been somehow involved in some games?

I clicked on the article to find out why I should give a damn. Then I was going to write about why is this news. Would it have killed you to use the words "Chief Creative Officer", or "Lead Designer of World Of Warcraft", or pointed out that he was listed in Time's 100 most influential people?

Nope apparently he's just some dude who's been working at some company too long. Much like the editors here, although it seems the word "working" in Slashdot's case would be a heck of a stretch.

If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else. -- Gerald Weinberg, "The Secrets of Consulting"