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Comment End game scenario "no miners"? (Score 1) 191

Imagine there are no miners. This is the practical endgame result when the chance of solving a block drops so low there is no point for ordinary users to be a miner.

Why would I run a Bitcoin client then? What are my incentives?

The health of the bit coin network or maybe society? There will always be some that do this. But most people value short gain profit over anything else.. Ref 'tragedy of the commons' or for that matter 'environment problem X'.

Perhaps I will run it because I use Bitcoin myself? I would certainly use it in the moments I need access to Bitcoins.
But in the 'idle' periods? I have no incentive, this would just be another bandwidth user and potential entrance into my system.

Give me incentive. Give me a chance of 'earning' something running my client and I would probably run it. But in my scenario, remember that there is no practical chance of getting a payment for a new block, so I would be interested in earning the transaction fee instead.

But once you have incentive for doing something, you run into the Sybil problem the Microsoft researchers try to defeat with their hybrid model. Assume zombie networks with lots of machines running for this purpose, and they might be able to at least push their odds in their favor.

The Microsoft analysis seems to be a sound analysis, given some assumptions. I believe that we, as technical people, should do less posturing and more scientific method. If you disagree, see if you can disprove that their assumptions were correct or try to prove a different model. I happen to agree.

Comment Re:When they fix something they should tell people (Score 1) 149

It sounds like you mix up 'not treating you' with 'treating you any way they please'.

By that I mean that what you see as 'poor treatment' could as well be seen as 'no capacity to respond'.

I was going to write something here on how 'real' game companies treat forums and tasks spawned from forums, but really. There is no point.
If a "quit your whining"-post was enough to prevent you from rejoining FoldIt, then I don't believe it was really ever an option. Maybe you were in it because of the social hooks and the achievements, not because it was fun? That would certainly explain why bad customer support killed it for you.

Anyway, you don't find it worth your time. And that's fair enough, it's your time.

Comment Re:I have another, related question: (Score 1) 374

You can find some master/slave power strips that only gives power to the slave outputs if the master output is drawing more than a certain amount of power.
Put your computer on the master output and the monitor/printer/whatever on the slave outputs.
When you then suspend or turn off the computer, the peripherals power down.

Comment Re:The e-mail from Mt.Gox. (Score 1) 642

Google had flagged supicious activity on my e-mail account as well, but I had used a unique password generated with "Keypass Password Safe", my new best friend. (Seriously, with ~100 passwords, this is a good way to keep them unique).

This may be the first time I know my paranoia has been useful, but I'm feeling pretty good about paranoia today.


Wiimote Turns TV into Touchless MS Surface 104

RemyBR writes "User interface project allows you to control objects on a display using gestures, working like Microsoft's Surface but without touching the screen at all. Inspired by Johnny Chung Lee's work, the system requires you to wear Minority Report-style gloves equipped with infrared emitters on your fingertips. A Wiimote on top of the display keeps track of these IR LEDs, while the software can read the motion down to two-finger pinching gestures for image zooming."

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 2, Informative) 594

I can't see how you read the article, connect that with the changes in the Hopi Indians, mention causes as changes in diet and exercise... And *still* come down on "Active kids will be less fat."

For one, the findings mentioned in the article claim that the kids have about the same overall activity during a day. The group that did sports didn't do much when they came home, whilst the group that did not do sports was a lot more active when they came home. Resulting in about the same overall amount of activity. If you missed this, you didn't read the FA.

Given this claim, and assuming the scientists know more about it than me, it seems reasonable that the remaining factor is the main factor. Which means DIET. Personally, I'm blaming the sugar industry. At least here in Europe, yogurt contains as much sugar as Coca Cola, about 10%. You will be hard pressed to find food without added sugar. And sugar wasn't really introduced like this into our food until 'recently', historically speaking.

The interesting thing is how studies find that in most cases, people prefer the taste of the food without added sugar. Problem is that those ingredients are more expensive than sugar.. Perhaps some of you with better bookmarks can dig those studies up again.

So, with this finding that *kids* have about the same activity level and *still* get obese, I claim bullshit on the whole "active kids will be less fat" theory.

Now, go spend some energy on opposing the sugar industry. And good luck with that.

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