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Comment Re:BitCoin: A Pyramid Scam System (Score 1) 252

Oh please. Bitcoin is like any other technology in the broad sense: early investors can make a huge profit, and casual users only need to pay a minimal fee in order to use the tech. Is it unfair that you didn't buy Apple or Microsoft shares in their early days?

It's also a constant source of amazement how people on Slashdot, a "tech" site, forget about the actual tech aspect of Bitcoin. Perhaps you should look up what it actually does in the real world, before bringing up the tulip analogy.

Comment "Sources?" (Score 1) 75

Did this sentence..

Eighty-four percent of Americans with online access through three sources -- home broadband, smartphone and tablet computer -- say they like having so much information available.

..strike anyone else as a weirdly alien concept of what the word "source" means? It's so incomprehensible, that I can't even say for sure that it's wrong!

Comment Re:Beginning of the end (Score 1) 119

Actually, I had exactly the same thought, and that's coming from a background in biochemistry.

It's not "global warming" that I find frightening; it's the schemes people come up with to "cool the planet" (one or two degrees and hello ice age) or "get rid of CO2" (which is to say, plant food -- this is a recipe for famine by reducing crop yields by at least as much, probably about half-again more since starving plants need more water, and cooling reduces rainfall).

So while you got modded funny... it was actually damned insightful.

Comment Re:Not people: It's a computer problem (Score 1) 394

So the day they make your particular fetish or recreational substance / entertainment / political stance / religion / etc. a crime...

You're an optimist, and overstating the safety and benevolence of this program. Quit sugar-coating it, you apologist! ;-)

Peoples' fetish, substance, etc is already illegal, somewhere. And since no government (including UK) has shown itself to have the ability to store things securely (it's almost as though they employ people), it is reasonable to assume the data is (or eventually will be) globally available.

UK citizens aren't just making a decision to totally and completely trust trust their own government forever. They are also deciding that they already fully trust the Russian government, the Chinese government, the Saudi government, criminals, etc and that they will always be able to trust those parties.

UK is declaring that this is one big happy world without any adversarial relationships, and that "security" is a totally obsolete concept.

Comment Re: "H1-B skilled worker visas" (Score 1) 184

.. top universities like IIT ...

You might not like this, but IIT is only considered a top tier university in India. It has little to no reputation in North America / Europe. Most respected world university rankings rank it in the middle of the pack, along the lines of Iowa State and Oregon State.

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