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Comment: Re:I'm Not Convinced (Score 1) 292

by xate (#45657245) Attached to: JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

It's not at all clear from the story that JP Morgan's patent copies Bitcoin. The patent says nothing about the transactions being stored to a Distributed P2P Network. Paying bills anonymously with zero transaction fees and competing with Western Union are hardly the areas in which Bitcoin distinguishes itself from other EFT systems.

And BitCoin is not anonymous. I don't think this is directed at BitCoin or more than slightly related. I think that the BitCoin-mania has distorted someones perception.

Comment: Re:Explain "Private" (Score 2) 537

by xate (#45549001) Attached to: Why Bitcoin Is Doomed To Fail, In One Economist's Eyes

Just as gold and silver standards which was always "privitized" and was never a "tool" that was "centrally owned" by one figure.

I'm pretty sure that there is an argument that gold and silver, as far as macroeconomics is concerned, has been "public" and centrally controlled for a long time.

Comment: You guys are forgetful (Score 1) 158

by xate (#41005163) Attached to: Inside a Ransomware Money Machine
http://it.slashdot.org/story/12/06/20/0424242/why-nigerian-scammers-say-theyre-from-nigeria

"According to research by Cormac Herley at Microsoft, scammers are looking for the most gullible people, and their crazy emails can help weed out people who are savvy enough to know better. "

Everyone above this line was either troll or trolled except "tsu doh nimh" which I'm pretty sure is this vietnamese gentleman's real name.
Twitter

Visualization of Egyptian Revolution On Twitter 53

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the revolution-will-not-be-televised dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A visualization of the network of retweets with the hashtag #jan25 at February 11 2011, at the time of the announcement of Mubarak's resignation, is available. The data was collected using Gephi connected to the Twitter Streaming API, converting the users and retweets to nodes and edges in a dynamic network. Though the data represents only approximately 10% of the retweets, it's interesting to see the large flow of interconnected retweets in just one hour." I've attached the video if you want to watch it.
Privacy

Web-Users Fall For Fake Anti-Virus Scams 272

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-use-magnum-xl-av dept.
jhernik writes "Fearing their computers may be prone to viruses, many web-users download fake anti-virus software, only to find later that their bank details have been hacked. According to the latest research by GetSafeOnline.org, the UK's national internet security initiative, a rising nunber of organised criminal gangs are tricking security-conscious intenet-users into purchasing anti-virus software to access their bank details. Posing as legitimate IT helpdesks, these fraudsters target internet users concerned about protecting their computers. By offering free virus checks, they normally tell consumers that their machines are infected and offer fake security software protection – usually costing around £30 – which is actually malicious software in disguise." The fact that there is such a thriving market for fake AV scams really says something about the present state of the legitimate AV market.
Piracy

Comic Sales Soar After Artist Engages 4chan Pirates 305

Posted by kdawson
from the more-flies-with-honey dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Steve Lieber, the artist behind the graphic novel Underground, discovered that someone on 4chan had scanned and posted the entire comic. Rather than complaining, he joined the conversation, chatting with the 4channers about the comic... and the next day he saw his sales jump to unheard-of levels, much higher than he'd seen even when the comic book was reviewed on popular sites like Boing Boing."
Canada

'Wi-Fi Illness' Spreads To Ontario Public Schools 663

Posted by timothy
from the puberty-has-similar-symptoms dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Readers of Slashdot might be familiar with Lakehead University's ban on WiFi routers a few years ago in Thunder Bay, Ontario because of 'health concerns,' a policy apparently still in effect. Now it seems a group of concerned parents in a number of communities in Ontario have petitioned the local school boards over similar concerns at public schools, where their kids are apparently experiencing 'headaches to dizziness and nausea and even racing heart rates' — symptoms that appear only when they are in school on weekdays, not on weekends at home. 'The symptoms, which also include memory loss, trouble concentrating, skin rashes, hyperactivity, night sweats and insomnia, have been reported in 14 Ontario schools in Barrie, Bradford, Collingwood, Orillia and Wasaga Beach since the board decided to go wireless ...' Besides Wi-Fi signals, could there possibly be any other logical explanation for kids having more symptoms of illness on school days than at home on weekends or in the summer?"

I'm all for computer dating, but I wouldn't want one to marry my sister.

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