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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 63

There are many bitcoin atms that accept bitcoin and spit out cash. https://coinatmradar.com/ 827 of them so far.

That is not true. There are 827 ATMs listed on the site, but many of them only sell bitcoins. Far fewer of them will buy bitcoins and give you cash. The reason is that when the ATM owner buys coins from you he assumes the risk that the transaction will not be confirmed and he will be out the money. When the ATM owner takes your money and gives you bitcoins you are the only one taking a risk. I glanced at their list of ATMs near me and looks like 1 in 4 or less will buy your bitcoins.

The other thing about selling your coins at an "ATM" is that it isn't going to be a 1 minute process. When you sell coins, the ATM owner is assuming some risk that you will not double spend them and/or that they are legitimately yours. This means that you will have to wait for confirmation of the transfer. The confirmation of the transfer is the inclusion of your transaction in a confirmed block on the blockchain. Blocks are confirmed at approximately 10 minute intervals, so you are likely to have to wait at least 10 minutes and that is only for a single confirmation block. For any significant amounts of money, the recommended length of confirmed blocks for a transaction is 6. This means that it may take up to an hour before you actually get the cash! Don't plan on doing this on the way to the airport.

Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 1) 425

On, and all your police would be be effectively disarmed too. Unless of course you think police (who commit more crimes off-duty than conceal carriers) are more responsible than "civilians".

You know that LEO will get themselves exempt from having to use these weapons, right? Which is funny really because if you want to convince me that the technology is effective, require LEOs to use it and keep using it for 10 years or so. Go ahead, I'll be waiting.

Comment Re:updates? (Score 1) 310

I usually hunt down the latest map packs ISO each year and any firmware updates and load them in.

This is the part that is probably illegal in many countries. It is an option but it's pretty easy for a dealership to check and automatically flag if you bring your car in for service.

Comment Re:Fem Nav (Score 1) 310

Before I started navigating on the phone, my nav interface was my wife screaming at me.

I believe they are referred to as the nagigator. If it'll make you feel more comfortable I can put you in touch with a company that will record your wife's voice so that all of your audio cues will be in your wife's voice.

Comment Re:Built In Doesn't Warn You About Police (Score 1) 310

This. The built-in navigation on many cars locks the whole dang thing into read-only mode whenever the car is moving. My phone doesn't have this nonsense limitation. Yet another reason I will never by a built-in navigation system ever again. (That $300 map update thing is another.)

Interestingly Waze does detect that you are in motion and will lock you out of some things, but at least there's an override to indicate that you are a passenger. Your car knows whether there is a passenger or not from sensors in the seat and could easily offer the option if a passenger was detected. I have not seen one that does this.

Comment Re:Who needs books? (Score 1) 87

These days, there are so many amazing online resources, it is rare that I would get use from a printed book. I am a little sad and nostalgic, but I honestly don't see their business model lasting all that much longer. Even if all of their books were readily and cheaply available online, I probably still wouldn't read them. It's simply the wrong way to present the type of information that I need.

The issue I have with printed media, especially tech related, is that by the time it hits the street it's already outdated or deprecated.

Comment Re:Do the Energy Math and Space is a Distraction (Score 1) 254

WTF? You have case history to cite of the long term survival of 'species' depending on migrating to more than one planet?

Clearly that is what has happened to many, if not all of the other species that share this universe with us or we would have heard from them by now. We need to learn from their mistakes rather than repeat them.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 1) 332

While I'll grant you that the data can be explained by competing theories, in this case only half the officers had cameras on. That certainly suggests that it's not limited to officer behavior.

Assuming that officers worked in pairs and given that the cameras were randomly assigned, any given team will not have a camera only 25% of the time.

Comment Re:Have the actual IoT devices been identified? (Score 1) 69

It would be really handy to know what devices are actually at risk, so that people can tell if they need to take action. It sounds like whatever these devices are, they have somehow been exposed to the Internet (didn't we all disable UPNP years ago).

I haven't seen the source code yet, but here is an interesting article that discusses at least some of the participants.

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