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Comment: More biopollution is not good news (Score 0, Troll) 112

by xiando (#46659469) Attached to: Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees
Their "solution" is to genetically alter trees. It seems nobody here read the article close enough to catch that. A problem with this solution is that plants tend to spread their genes in unpredictable ways. Those "round-up"-ready genes the inventors of Agent Oragne (Monsanto) put into their seeds has already spread into the wild. If your farm is next to a farm using Monsanto sees then it's very likely that your natural seeds will be invested with these genes. The same is true here. Those "super" new trees will eventually end up spreading their fancy modified genes into natural trees. THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING.

Comment: Too late, optical media has been dead a decade (Score 0) 250

by xiando (#46449161) Attached to: Sony & Panasonic Next-Gen Optical Discs Moving Forward
> 2014
> Optical disc
lol, really? get with the times

yeah I got suckered into collecting CDs back in the day. I learned my lesson when I bought a "CD" and put it in my cd-player and it broke it (well, just locked the tray and I had to open it to remove the disk) and I noticed it wasn't a Compact Disc(tm) but something the same size with "copy protection". I skipped the DVD thing entirely. Buying a blueray player or disc never crossed my mind, that came along long after I got used to getting my media from the internets. I don't think it matters if they present some fancy new disc with 300GB or 300TB, I won't be buying no optical media again and no fancy talk about size or whatever will change that. It's too late.

+ - Nine Lessons Other Desktops Can Learn From KDE

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Comment: Re:This is actually good news (Score 0) 465

by xiando (#46367537) Attached to: MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

How do we know btc-e or bitstamp aren't already skimming coins?

I honestly thought it would be the fiat mismanagement at MtGox that would bring them down, BTC insolvency. Most of you seem to ignore the fact that they only had about half of the customer fiat currency "in customer accounts" in their bank when they closed up. If I request a fiat withdraw from Bitstamp then it's in my account the next day. As for btc-e, I don't use it and I strongly recommend that you don't use it either. If Bitstamp suddenly stops processing withdraws of any kind (BTC or fiat) in a timely fashion I'll be out of there before you can say "bank robbery". This is currently not the case.

Comment: This is actually good news (Score 5, Insightful) 465

by xiando (#46366999) Attached to: MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection
Failed exchanges are supposed to die. This is how a free market is supposed to work. I have been warning against using MtGox since April 2013 and you can all go check my Bitcointalk posts to see that this is true. If you request a withdraw from an exchange and it suddenly takes two weeks instead of a few days before you get your money then it is time to get out. If the delay increases to four weeks then six then months then it's clearly time to not only get out but also warn others about this exchange. A whole lot of extremely stupid people ignored all the red flags and alarmbells and they lost money when this exchange went bankrupt. This is very good. A small percentage of the people who lost money at MtGox will learn from this and be more careful and picky as to where they place their money in the future. If you do not have control of the private keys of a Bitcoin then you don't have the Bitcoin, you have an IOU with someone who may or may not hold Bitcoin for you. The demise of MtGox will sadly make many of the idiots who lost money there cry for more government, more regulation and more fascism. Fascism is not a good solution, more personal responsibility is the solution. As I said, there were dozens of red flags yet people kept using this clowncar exchange. "but but but I can arbitrage because the price is 25% higher there" said a lot of people who ended up loosing their money. Well duh, why do you think that 25% premium was there in the first place, stupid? In short: Fools and their money are usually separated. If you can't bother to do five minutes of basic research of the place where you plan to place thousands or millions of dollars then you get what you deserve. This is, in my opinion, a good thing.

Comment: Re:Illicit purchase intention aspect isn't one? (Score 1) 149

by xiando (#46199723) Attached to: Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers For Money Laundering
> act as a money transmitter, and the exchange is between $300 and $20k within a 12 month period

That's fascism for you, using cash was basically outlawed while you stupid americans were busy watching TV. $300 isn't even one Bitcoin. This effectively makes everyone who buys or sells bitcoins criminals - unless they get a "license" to do something which should be perfectly legal to do without a license in the first place.

Comment: Desktops have changed more than me (Score 1) 503

by xiando (#46131225) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?
I liked the simple yet configurable Gnome interface, then they took it away from me with Gnome 2.. but I got used to it somehow. Then they took that away from me with Gnome 3 and I've been using XFCE4 since. My "simple light working dekstop" preference hasn't changed much over the years, but the GNU/Linux desktops has. KDE today isn't like KDE 2 (which was usable), it's HUGE (but atleast I can configure it to be a simple desktop if I want). GNOME3? wtf. My preferences didn't change, GNOME did.

Comment: No Market Impact Expected, but Short it anyway (Score 1) 181

by xiando (#46121493) Attached to: Former Dev Gives Gloomy Outlook On Linux Support For the Opera Browser
There's plenty of good browsers for GNU/Linux and GNU/Linux itself has a market share of perhaps 1%. I'm guessing Opera's got maby 1% of that and 1% of 1% isn't much. I think ditching GNU/Linux support does make sense from a business perspective if they only drop support for that. Focusing on Opera mini for Android and things like that probably makes a lot more sense. Regardless: I truly believe Opera is highly overvalued right now http://www.netfonds.no/quotes/... and it's much likely a good short at this price level. This is not investment advice, I'm just a guy who've had a 20%+ _monthly_ return on his portfolio the last 6 months (I only had 17% one month 7 months ago which ruined my streak) so use your own common sense. Just sayin that the it's got one very attractive downside at this price point.

Comment: Am I the only one who wants a *CPU*? (Score 2) 123

by xiando (#45961477) Attached to: AMD's Kaveri APU Debuts With GCN-based Radeon Graphics
Still using a Phenom II 3x *CPU* and it's fast enough for my GNU/Linux system so I see little reason to upgrade it - but if I decide to do so then I would very much like to buy a CPU, not a APU. Would it be so hard for AMD and Intel to offer actual CPUs again? Am I the only one who would like to buy one at some point? APUs are nice if you want a cheap system with alright graphics.. but why do they force us to buy one even if all we want/need is a CPU?

Comment: Did you think this through? (Score 2) 112

by xiando (#45924231) Attached to: It's Official: Registrars Cannot Hold Domains Hostage Without a Court Order
We have a bunch of free blog services. You can sign up and get a free blog and use it for the criminal activity until we notice or someone points it out to us. Do you really think it is fair take a domain with thousands of subdomains under it because it was " involved in actual criminal activity" at some point? You must really love fascism and the current governments in the "free world".

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