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Comment Re:Invent their own currency? (Score 1) 292

Why bother with digital currencies like Bitcoin when you have the Fed at your beck and call?

Easy Fed is a consortium of all the banks and a quasi government agency like Fanni Mae. So any extra cash printed is still owned by the treasury department even if you have a voice on a consortium of other banks.

BUT ... if you mine it yourself you own all of it :-) And now you have the other banks by the balls if your standard wins. You decide, control, and set whatever the hell interest rates on the whole damn world!

Actually that is pretty damn scary and as evil as the FED is at least one can't step on the toes of everyone as they have a say even if we don't

Comment Re: PAR2 (Score 1) 321

they said that about paper every time it's been invented, but the problem with paper is it's inability to handle too little humidity (dry rot) too much humidity (mildew etc) and it's tempting nesting site for insects that routinely eat tree leaves. oh and it's bitrate per energy put into it is atrocious especially if you throw in modern hermetically sealed deoxygenated and humidity controlled environs. but it is easy to copy, any schooled child can copy letters from one piece of paper to another. but computers are even more awesome for data sharing and copying. even if laws against it exist. but i digress. having an optical backup is fine, there are times where optical is necessary, but it doesn't prevent accidental damage of discs or make sorting them easier. bitrot detection is an underserved market. raid has it, bluray doesn't and some filesystems actively have deduplication to reduce the number of copies left undeleted are few. anyways, the best way to check for bitrot is by scanning the md5sum on them with a script that runs automatically on the server that sends out the files to the offsite and if bitrot is detected it simply requests the data from the off site storage. before it is lost.

Comment Re:Creates surge in IE (Score 1) 208

You give the perfect example of what's wrong. You are implying that you care more about the inconvenience of having to develop a site that can work on an older browser than about the the customer

It's not like we're talking about something ancient like IE6 full of major security holes, IE8 is still only 5 years old and still supported. In fact the main reasons I see http://theie8countdown.com/ for upgrading is not due to security but because it "hampers the development of the web". Again that reinforces my point; Firefox is on its deathmarch because it wants the brave new web world whether or not its users want that world. And it wants that brave new web world because its advertiser friends have lots of money.

It is perfectly appropriate to put up a warning that IE8 users may not see all features, that at least gives them a chance to consider upgrading or to avoid your site in the future. I certainly wish I had the luxury of ignoring customers using old releases, I could get a lot of free time if I didn't have to backport bug fixes like a responsible programer.

I am advocating that pushing change too hard and ignoring users makes them die hard afraid of change which puts the cost to you.

I just saw a video yesterday that asked users what a browser was? Answer was Yahoo or Google. these were not nursing home seniors but average Joes! Asking them to change is beyond their ability to gasp.

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