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Comment: It happened before.. (Score 3, Interesting) 228

by xtal (#46444141) Attached to: Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

This happened a few years ago and is why I have nothing to do with Bitcoin - I lost quite a few coins, then decided it was too risky to be involved with until the exchange problem was figured out.

I am not sure why this is not more widely known, but there you go. I am not sure there is a solution to this problem.. without the involvement of traditional government.

Comment: This is the second, not first MtGox incident (Score 2) 240

by xtal (#46387059) Attached to: MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners

I had.. a few Bitcoins a very long time ago.

I stopped being interested the first time the exchange went screwy and f--ked over people. I think it was a database hack of some type or DDOS.

It's unregulated, and the problem is you need a exchange to turn Bitcoins into Cash, and Cash into Bitcoins. That means somewhere you have to trust someone.

Call me when a nation state is backing a cryptocurrency. That will change everything. Until then it is a crap shoot.

Comment: Re: Take medicine away from the wizards (Score 1) 255

This isn't about products. It's about access to your health data when you can trivially generate good quality long term trends.

A number of people don't think you should be able to access your own blood chemistry reports, DNA, MRI, charts, and other medical data.

Those are inputs into expert systems sometimes that very may reveal trends that could save your life. They are also inputs that can be analyzed offshore at very low cost - in different regulatory environments.

This isn't about snake tonic. This is about data - your data - and who will own it.

I welcome Apple coming to that party.

Comment: Take medicine away from the wizards (Score 0) 255

Apple could be in a position to leverage advances in sensing technology to make medicine cheaper and much more accessible.

They're also big enough to beat down the FDA and Wizard lobby (aka Doctors).

THz imaging is another wildcard in the non intrusive sensing market that nobody is talking about. Making this technology small and cheap is something a lot of very smart people are working on.

All this data fed into the cloud in real time and analyzed for problems? What's not to like?

Comment: Re:Alright already (Score 2) 401

by xtal (#46266271) Attached to: US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

That's the comedic joke. There are no real options.

The only one I can see really having any effect is a mass deployment of existing nuclear technologies, focusing the entire resources of the western world on solving the fusion problem, and a massive research project to develop super-capacitor or other high density electrical energy storage technology.

People can shout about other alternatives, wind, solar, whatever, but none of the people shouting have training in thermodynamics. I've crunched the numbers for myself. They tell me one thing: We're fucked, and nothing has the energy density to replace oil.

Sadly, none of the things that will make a difference are going to happen, and all the politicians spout is hot air, and lustily dream about taxing carbon - because see my original point, there are no real options.

The leadership isn't there because we don't have an energy crisis yet. The climate will change and populations will adjust.

In the mean time, I am investing heavily in fossil fuels. Teach your kids math and physics. Lack of both in the schools has us in this mess.

Comment: Waste.. (Score 2) 130

by xtal (#46211787) Attached to: Boom Or Bust: The Lowdown On Code Academies

The rise of the code academies is people trying to profit. Nothing more. Same thing happened 15 years ago.

There's so much information out there for free now - tutorials, books, references, open source, computers (damn near free), operating systems - the types of personalities that will excel have the tools available.

The money would be vastly better spent in providing access to maker spaces, and programming spaces with fat connections and coffee so people can network and work on ideas. Find a way to mix in some entrepreneurial types and you've got something.

Buy iPads? Why not buy them all a copy of the art of computer programming instead. Even if you don't understand it, it sets a stage. I remember getting my hands on a copy when I was very young, but I didn't understand it very well. Not understanding it bothered me the same way not understanding how the radios I took apart worked. 20 years later I know how both things.

Comment: Re:Resurrecting (Score 1) 2219

by xtal (#46209347) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

Been here a long time. Only come back for the discussions.

If they go ahead with the Beta, they'll have killed the site.

I agree; not so much providing an alternative as providing a place to go. There will be a vacuum created by the marketing droids and designers destroying this community.

Seriously, how much infrastructure could you possibly need to run a site like this in 2014, anyway?

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -- Charles Duell, Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899