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+ - Bitcoin - Pirate's Gold or New Global Currency?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Bitcoin has attracted the public and US Government's attention through its association with sites like the Silk Road and groups like Wikileaks prompting 2 US senators to call for it to be made illegal. It has also suffered from 3 public hacks with about $1 — 2 million at risk. However, in comparison to some currencies — like the Zimbabwe dollar that became worthless in 2009 and the losses suffered by millions of people, companies and countries through the GFC, Bitcoin doesn't look that bad. There is a clear need for a non-mediated currency, but is Bitcoin the answer?"
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Science

+ - Joining blood vessels without sutures->

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Med-trump (2195662) writes "Stanford microsurgeons used a poloxamer gel and bioadhesive rather than a needle and thread to join together blood vessels. The technique published in the recent issue of Nature Medicine may replace the 100 year old method of reconnecting severed blood vessels with sutures. According to the authors of the study, "ultimately, this has the potential to improve patient care by decreasing amputations, strokes and heart attacks while reducing health-care costs.""
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Mars

+ - Nuclear power plants on the Moon and Mars->

Submitted by Zandamesh
Zandamesh (1689334) writes "On earth, nuclear reactors are under attack because of concerns over damage caused by natural disasters. In space, however, nuclear technology may get a new lease on life.

Plans for the first nuclear power plant for the production of electricity for manned or unmanned bases on the Moon, Mars and other planets were unveiled today at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS)."

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Cloud

+ - CloudStack completely opensourced->

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ke4qqq writes "CloudStack dropped the open core model and has gone completely open source. http://cloudstack.org/blog/cloudstack-the-best-kept-secret-in-cloud-computing.html The latest merge of formerly-proprietary features include VMware and OracleVM support as well as support for dynamically managing hardware network and storage devices. CloudStack is the same software used by Edmunds.com, Zynga, Godaddy, and 60 other of the largest clouds."
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Google

+ - Google Search Results Much Cleaner Than in 2010->

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Orome1
Orome1 writes "It used to be that among the first ten pages of search results for popular terms, up to 90 percent of the offered links would take the users to a malicious page serving malware. Now, the same sample contains only up to three malicious links, and the great majority of these links take users to pages offering fake AV. There are many reasons behind this fortunate decline. It seems that not only have the hosting companies begun reacting more quickly when it comes to the takedown of malicious domains, but that webmasters have also begun cleaning up their sites more speedily as well."
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Security

+ - Nokia Shuts Down Developer Forum, Fears Hacker ->

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GeekTech.in writes "Nokia has temporarily shut down its developer community website as it fears hacker accessing database table containing forum members email addresses and other information. Nokia’s Developer site was recently defaced by Indian Hacker “pr0tect0r AKA mrNRG”.

Fortunately for Nokia, the accessed records did not contain passwords, credit card details or other sensitive information. All developer forum members have been alerted by Nokia regarding this fact.

The hacker used SQL injection attack that gave him access to deface the site."

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Comment: Re:Whatever they need (Score 1) 229

by wakim1618 (#36876182) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Geeky Volunteer Work?

Let me second this sentiment. As a smart person - you should go outside your comfort zone, work with the locals and try to come up with innovative and sustainable solution to whatever problem they have (access to water, sharing access to the internet, getting their goods to the market). You will gain a meaningful experience (and possibly skills) out of it and so will they. I have been working on projects throughout Africa for the past 3 years and can assure you that they need smart people to complement the local knowledge.

Comment: reading documents on ipad (Score 1) 252

by wakim1618 (#35355468) Attached to: Compared to a year or two ago, I find I'm printing ...

I have to review (and comment on) on average 500 pages of legal, engineering, due diligence documents, feasibility studies etc each week. I used to print these out double sided, 2 per side to bring to read during meetings, during flights and while on the road. But the ipad now changed all that. With apps like Goodreader and other MS office editor apps, my printing is down from about 150 sheets per week to less than 5.

In fact, the ipad allows me to keep my pdf annotations; I can search through them, and send them to other devices.

Comment: Re:Could be dangerous ... (Score 3, Informative) 198

by wakim1618 (#35241608) Attached to: Encrypting Phone Storage and Transmission? (2011 Version)

I currently live in and have been working in one of those 'hot' countries for several years. First, your concerns about privacy seem misplaced to people who live around here. Tracking is for the general plebes who live there and have nowhere else to go. As a foreigner, your behaviors doesn't matter as much so long as you are not part of the problem. If you are a problem, forget about your supposed rights and privacy that you believe that you are entitled to.

First, the government/state/security/police can just break into your house whenever it wants, and your only recourse is that you are important enough that your embassy or company will raise a big enough fuss. Otherwise, you are out of luck. Unless, you want to carry around your laptop with you all the time, you can assume that they can get physical access to your computers when they really want. Same for your phone.

The government/state/security/police will question your building security, maid, nanny and almost certainly obtain their cooperation in tracking your movements and rumaging through your personal belongings. They also have access to all your financial transactions within the country, and all cross-border movements.

Is it your financial privacy that matters to you? Or is it that you do not want your phones or computers seized? In the latter case, just keep a low profile and don't cause trouble.

Comment: indirect taxes are important (Score 3, Insightful) 377

by wakim1618 (#34349348) Attached to: Every Day's a Tax Holiday At Amazon

Each state in which Amazon is located also benefits from the jobs, both direct (employed by Amazon) and indirect (e.g. transport services and power generation) which Amazon pays for. These workers in turn pay income taxes and sales taxes (when they purchase goods and services) which pay for the roads and infrastructure. Corporate and sales taxes directly paid by the company are usually not the primary means by which a company contributes to a government's tax revenues. It may well be argued that if Amazon is expected to contribute towards its consumption of infrastructure, then it should be some of its taxes back in many states.

Comment: "identity" havens (Score 1) 591

by wakim1618 (#33160322) Attached to: Google CEO Schmidt Predicts End of Online Anonymity
will exist just as banking and tax havens abound now. There is a great demand (meaning high willingness and ability to pay by a small set of individuals) for online anonymity. Else connecting to your offshore bank account will be pretty meaningless if they know you just connected with your 'internet passport'.

Comment: pc games from the 1990s (Score 2, Interesting) 192

by wakim1618 (#33000424) Attached to: Digital Distribution Numbers Speak To Health of PC Game Industry

Old games can still be played on today's pc's (starcraft comes to mind). If you bought an older game for the previous generations of gaming consoles, it will not probably play on the latest generation of consoles.

I still buy pc games that I don't have time to play today in the expectation that I will be able to play them in the future when I have more time. That said, I am buying almost exclusively stand-alone games that don't need to connect to a server with thousands of other players.

Comment: WTO - it will be challenged and be thrown out (Score 1) 296

by wakim1618 (#31759112) Attached to: Mass. Gambling Bill Would Criminalize Online Poker

as it is a restriction (or extreme discrimination against imports) of trade which is not allowed under the current version of the WTO to which the US is a signatory. Hence the 'harmed' nations with affect internet poker sites will be entitled to discriminate against US trade.

The US can always choose to ignore the ruling since it is a powerful nation. But that will only encourage smaller nations to set up internet poker sites and obtain compensatory damages - preferably calculated by the RIAA lawyers. Then the fun begins where the compensatory damages can be in the form of ignoring US intellectual property 'rights' in the host country.

Comment: if you are going to ask experts... (Score 1) 979

by wakim1618 (#31093430) Attached to: When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence?
This should be a slashdot poll. When will we have an AI that can debug VB better than humans: (1) Wha, VB can never be truly debugged! (2) Soon. April 1, 2010. (3) Within 5 years when I am old enough to move out of my parents' basement and go to college. (4) 2112 and two minutes later, the AI will become smart enough to know better and outsource the job to low productivity humans.

Comment: Re:This man is not studying in London (Score 1) 538

by wakim1618 (#30760944) Attached to: Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes
Coventry is only 86 miles from London. Living in London, I have come to realize that the English are a little touchy about the glorious little towns of their country and have that distorted European sense of distance. For instance, look at a map of Africa (or centered on Africa), Europe is a little patch of land to the north that looks a little larger than the Congo and Mauritania combined. Also this distorted sense of distance seems to explain why the French and English kept trying to build cross continent railways in Africa that ended in utter failure.

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