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Comment: Re:The End-Game (Score 1) 398

by vxir (#43292167) Attached to: Re: Bitcoin, I most strongly agree with the following:
What is the actual cause of the effects you are calling a "deflationary spiral"?
Could it:
actually be the lack of divisibility of the currency?
be deflation within a society where most people's net worth is negative (have loans)?
exist only within a 1-currency system?

Historical "deflationary spirals" are conflated with lots of other issues...
And Bitcoin will likely not replace government issued inflationary currencies it may simply complement it for certain functions -- instant worldwide payments, purchase of virtual goods, and saving to name a few.
GNOME

+ - GNOME 3 and GNOME Shell Officially Launched->

Submitted by Blacklaw
Blacklaw (311963) writes "The GNOME Desktop team has sent its latest creation into the wild, officially launching GNOME 3.0 — the biggest redesign the project has enjoyed in around nine years. "We've taken a pretty different approach in the GNOME 3 design that focuses on the desired experience and lets the interface design follow from that," designer Jon McCann explained during the launch. "With any luck you will feel more focused, aware, effective, capable, respected, delighted, and at ease.""
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Linux

+ - 10,000-core Linux HPC cluster built in Amazon EC2->

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jbrodkin
jbrodkin writes "HPC vendor Cycle Computing recently built a 10,000-core cluster on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud service to help biotech firm Genentech run eight hours worth of calculations. Despite existing for less than a day, the Linux cluster might have been big enough to crack the Top 500 supercomputer list if its creators had run the Linpack test. With 10,000 cores composed of 1,250 instances with eight cores each, as well as 8.75TB of RAM and 2PB disk space, it may be the largest HPC cluster ever built on the Amazon cloud service."
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+ - National Robotics Week - USC Robotics Open House->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "USC Robotics Open HouseOpen house in the robotics research laboratories at the University of Southern California, in downtown Los Angeles. Visitors will be able to check out and interact vith the latest research robots from USC, meet students and professors from the USC research labs, and discuss robotics research and education. For all ages and anyone interested in robotics!

Event Location:
University of Southern California
RTH 4th floor + HNB room 10
3641 USC Watt Way (enter Gate #5 on Vermont Ave)
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520
Latitude: 34.020513
Longitude: -118.287891

This event is intended for:

All Ages

For more information on this event:
Visit http://ilab.usc.edu/events/roh2011/
Visit itti@usc.edu"

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+ - France Outlaws Hashed Passwords-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Storing passwords as hashes instead of plain text is now illegal in France, according to a draconian new data retention law. According to the BBC, "[t]he law obliges a range of e-commerce sites, video and music services and webmail providers to keep a host of data on customers. This includes users' full names, postal addresses, telephone numbers and passwords. The data must be handed over to the authorities if demanded." If the law survives a pending legal challenge by Google, Ebay and others, it may well keep some major services out of the country entirely."
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Programming

+ - Standard Libraries for Common Applications->

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CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot writes "Poul-Henning Kamp has a column in Queue where he asks about the paucity of reusable code: If the ISO-C crew decided to do it, their process for doing so would undoubtedly consume 5-10 years before a document came out at the other end... you can forget everything about a benevolent dictator laying down the wise word as law: Linus doesn't do userland."
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Comment: social networking became custom viral newsfeeds (Score 2, Insightful) 12

by vxir (#33130266) Attached to: Slashdot is Dying, New York Times Confims It
Social networking introduced everyone else to what slashdot is for nerds -- essentially custom news feeds. For example, how many nerds are going to click on something like the Lightuino, my Arduino-compatible LED driver board (if slashdotted), verses something like a new WebKinz thing-a-ma-jigger (if "I Liked it" on Facebook)? I'll bet that its not that the /. effect is getting smaller, its that everyone else has grown much bigger...

Comment: Its the last 30yrs of Sci/Fi Fantasy novels! (Score 1) 782

by vxir (#30642750) Attached to: <em>Avatar</em> Soars Into $1-Billion Territory

Lots of posters say unoriginal movies are lame but seriously given the budget what did you expect?! If you want originality go read a book. But what I think is amazing is how it packed in so many ideas from modern sci/fi and fantasy in a single movie with a coherent plotline.

Dragonriders of Pern (need I say more)
Phaze/Proton world of Piers Anthony -- In the inevitable sequel we'll find that "unobtanium" is what makes Pandora's biology cool...
Orson Scott Card (Speaker for the Dead, specifically containing conscious trees, and particularly all the issues around human/alien relations)
Piers Anthony's Cluster series "Thousandstar" and "Viscous Circle" (Pushing your consciousness into another living creature)
Issues around technology disparities between intelligent aliens (in Orson Scott Card and so many others)
Dune spice mining
The Gaia hypothesis (in too many novels to count).
The mechwarrior suits.

If only it had a computer network spontaneously generate consiousness it would have EVERYTHING! I guess they wanted to leave room for a sequel!

Comment: GPL + $ contribution extension = Open Company? (Score 1) 272

by vxir (#27324421) Attached to: Toward the Open Company

Traditional open source licenses like GPL create a hard-to-cross chasm between it and traditional economics; essentially you can trade code for code, but cannot trade code for anything else (with the traditional medium of that trade being $).

        Imagine if some highly successful OSS product "expanded" GPL to include a monetary contribution clause (i.e if you don't want copyleft then just pay X -- instead of contributing code the licensor has the option to contribute money). That money could trivially be used to hire programmers and therefore be converted back into code... or used to pay contributers.

        Of course this opens up a huge can of worms, like who gets paid how much (I think that it was very wise for OSS and GPL to steer clear of these issues during its incubation period). As many people have posted, a "trust network" can only be part of the equation... I think that a more quantitative algorithm could be created that captures contributions in code, docs, and community. But the big problem with any quantitative algorithm is that people could change their style to trick the algorithm into thinking they contributed more; for example, to fake out SLOC counts its pretty easy to deliberately write large amounts of code to do small jobs. Enter the trust network; perhaps it can be used to catch and regulate abusers.

        I've expanded on the idea in my blog here: http://effluviaofascatteredmind.blogspot.com/2009/03/thoughts-on-gpl-open-company-concept.html. I think I've already exceeded what most slashdot readers really want to read :-).

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