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Comment Re:So what's up with those bitcoins? (Score 3, Informative) 95 95

A single bit coin can be broken down into parts almost infinity (so you could pay someone 0.00003 bitcoin). It's limited now to something like 8 decimal places, but there's room in the spec to allow even more granularity than that. So while technically every bitcoin in the world could be lost, it's very unlikely.

Comment Re:So what's up with those bitcoins? (Score 2) 95 95

And then? If a wallet is lost, the bitcoin is lost forever? No way to re-mine it or anything? Because this would be bad for the future of bitcoin. 7% disappeared with the demise of MtGox. A large number got lost to some UK garbage belt. More will be lost to whatever causes. Over time there may be no bitcoin left!

Supply and demand, then the value of all other coins go up. Traditional currencies have inflation because they are printing money faster than old bills get destroyed. This causes the value of traditional currencies to go down over time. It's argued that some inflation is good as it encourages investment or spending (as opposed to keeping it under your mattress). Having a currency with deflation has never been really tested. At the least, some specter cannot decrease it's value by just creating more at will (no, mining bt is different).

http://www.economist.com/blogs...

Comment The Carriers (Score 2) 344 344

My biggest issue is that I'm stuck on some ancient version of Android. OS updates are the responsibility of the carriers, yet they carry no liability when they don't offer the updates in a timely manner (or at all). I'm sure old iPhone hardware has a limit, but they are certainly guaranteed to get updates for a much larger time frame than a majority of android devices.

I can root my phone, and I have rooted some phones, but the same issue exists there as well. As soon as the phone hardware is sufficiently old you can no longer find well supported updates for the OS. These updates are also often offered by random, unknown individuals, which is obviously a big risk. The problem is even more difficult when phone manufacturers are actually successful at preventing rooting.

I'm fine with old hardware eventually not being able to run the latest OS, but I have no indication of when that will be. When I buy a new phone, I don't know if I will get updates for 5 years, or even less.

Why do I have to upgrade my entire OS just to get security updates? Why can't I have patches?

Imagine if BestBuy were tasked with making available Windows updates for that Dell you just bought from BestBuy. No, I'd much rather get my updates directly from Microsoft. I want the same thing for my phone, updates directly from the OS maintainer. If I have to buy an Apple product to get that, then they are the winners in my book.

(I own several Android devices and no Apple devices. I'm thinking of buying Apple in the future.)

Comment Putty domain (Score 3, Insightful) 216 216

I never did like that you had to download putty from a "random" domain. The putty.org website takes you to some greenend.org.uk domain. If you google for putty, it takes you directly to the greenend.org.uk domain. The official binary really should be hosted on the putty.org domain, or at the least have the actual download link on the official domain, using that greenend.org.uk domain as a CDN for the binary.

Comment Regulation (Score 3, Informative) 367 367

Even if you wanted to, how could you possibly regulate this? Once items get to the point of being able to be easily manufactured in your own house, in mass, relatively cheaply, it's nearly impossible to regulate this away.

Think of prohibition. People can/could easily make their own alcohol in their own house by just leaving grapes in a barrel. It was next to impossible to regulate and required substantial man power to prevent the little they did. Grape juice in the era actually said on the label "Do not leave in a jug for 20 days as it might turn into wine." CNC mills are not illegal, just as grape juice wasn't illegal during prohibition. You're likely to start seeing CNC mills with warnings like "do not use to make firearms."

If you try to regulate schematics, people can just download plans from some P2P service. Now you guns that are made from lower grade materials AND questionable designs.

Yesterday it was alcohol prohibition. Today it is drug prohibition. Tomorrow it will be homemade gun parts. You can try to regulate away these things, but once you can easily make them in your own home, it's a losing battle. Attempting to regulate these impossible to regulate things leads to no-knock raids, death, and more criminals. Nobody is safer and I'd argue we're all less safe. Even if they are illegal tomorrow, 20 years and 1 million no-knock raids later, they will be legal again. Prohibition never lasts.

If more guns on the street is creating a problem, then you need to start thinking about different solutions. Making it illegal to possess a firearm isn't going to fix anything.

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