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Comment: Re:Aha (Score 1) 212

by leighklotz (#49004317) Attached to: The Search For Neutrons That Leak Into Our World From Other Universes

The hangers are the adult stage, and if you open your closet very quickly sometimes you can catch them mating.

I told this joke in Japan once and got a polite explanation that (1) socks don't go missing because Japanese people usually hang up their laundry to dry (2) they don't keep other people's pens because they are other people's property and besides they have their own pens (3) hangers don't accumulate because they return them to the cleaners.

Comment: Most IP cameras (Score 1) 263

Any IP camera that provides a URL to return the current still frame as a JPEG can be easily used for this. Write a script to grab the screenshot periodically and stick it in the directory where the web server can find it, or the script can proceed to FTP it to its rightful destination.

Comment: Both Apple and Microsof started as "Makers" (Score 4, Insightful) 458

by localroger (#48946233) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft
Both companies started in the world of garage built computers. They entered a field dominated by well funded business partners like IBM and DEC and showed that "toys" affordable to ordinary mortals could be fun and useful. Now Apple and Microsoft are today's IBM and DEC, and twenty years from now there will probably be new players in their place.

Comment: World's highest dick-waving contest (Score 3, Funny) 248

by localroger (#48920637) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator
Highest skyscraper is a hell of an expensive way to show your ability to get an erection. How much of the Burj Dubai is even occupied? Or for that matter even the *cough* whatever they're calling it now in NYC which gets a third of its patriotic 1776 feet from a totally nonfuctional dick-waving spire.

Comment: The drugs are probable cause of a crime (Score 1) 316

by localroger (#48835793) Attached to: Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture
Nobody is disputing that forfeiture should be an option when there is actual evidence of a crime. The problem is when all they find is the $20,000 and without any other evidence -- no secret compartments, no X, and no gun -- they decide the cash is "drug money," take it, and it's up to you to prove otherwise, which is very difficult and you have a very short time and poorly documented process to make the appeal.

Comment: Re:Additional background (Score 1) 293

by JoelKatz (#48664613) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

It's not jamming. They're not transmitting at the same time as someone else or using more power than other people. They're sending data when the channel is idle and at the normal power level, but it has the consequence of breaking connections because those connections are so insecure that anyone can break them. This has no effect on secure networks.

Comment: Re:have they thought about the liability? (Score 1) 293

by JoelKatz (#48664601) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

It's the reverse. They block outside hotspots because they are thinking about liability. Imagine if someone creates a hotspot with the same SSID as the hotel's, MITM's the login process, and steals credentials.

There's no shared secret between you and the hotel and no way to know the hotel's public key. Thus the only way the hotel can protect you from connecting to an attacker is to detect and block the attacker's signals.

Comment: Re:Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin? (Score 1) 144

by themusicgod1 (#48630251) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

at worst it sounds too complex for consumers to get their heads around

You could have said the same thing about personal computers. Most users who use Ripple may not even know they are using it, just like computers (most people who use computers do not realize that that thing in their hand that allows them to look at youtube is a computer)

Comment: Re:So How do I make a withdrawl... (Score 1) 144

by themusicgod1 (#48630225) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?
You do not have to use Gateways to use Ripple. If someone "credits" you 100$ then you should talk to that someone on how to retrieve it. Sometimes they may be connected to gateways, sometimes they are connected to the bitcoin bridge or some other bridge and you can use an exterior system. Sometimes not.

Comment: Lies, damn lies, and (Score 3, Insightful) 144

by JoelKatz (#48628193) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Jed McCaleb left. The original development team (myself, Arthur Britto, Stefan Thomas, Vahe Hovhannisyan, etc) is still here, and Chris Larsen, the first CEO, is still CEO. Ripple Labs currently has more than 80 full time employees working to develop and promote the protocol.

Ripple does not require a centrally administered list of trusted transaction processing servers. That's just like arguing that Bitcoin requires a centrally administered list of valid transaction formats. Substantial agreement does not require central administration.

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