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Comment Re:I guess /. still approves this crap (Score 2, Insightful) 270


Bitcoin as a financial system is made impractical in the long term by the fact that it is limited in the total number that can be issued. After the last one is issued, the intent is for the value of them to simply go up. It was proposed as an in-built method to combat inflation, however what it really is is a way for the inventor to pad his own pockets by owning a significant fraction of the total number of bitcoins that can ever be produced. In a best-case scenario, this means he now owns a fraction of the world wealth (assuming the dystopian future where everyone uses bitcoins).

The fact that it is really a huge piece of social engineering is what disinclines most governments from being too terribly thrilled about its adoption. Ironically, this may be what the inventor was counting on to promote it's adoption, reasoning that the more that governments resisted it, the more that certain groups would promote it as a form of protest/defiance.

So, if you want to adopt bitcoins, by all means, be part of a piece of social engineering malware. Bitcoin transactions are not what you want for privacy anyway. If you want to maintain private money transactions, cash is always an option.

Comment What is a Robot? (Score 1) 54

The OP has been modded down to oblivion, though it may have been satirical. But if it is a legitimate comment, then it begs a legitimate question: what is a robot? There aren't any self-aware computers, and likely won't be in our lifetimes. So what is a robot? Automation? Because a WW II ball bearing factory line would qualify. Is it a discreet device that creates a product in an automatic manner? Because if that is the case then everyone's home printer is a robot.

The point is, "robot' is a catch word, and is being used as a catch word purposefully. This word is being used because it elicits themes of android uprisings, when really what it is being used to describe is automation that has been around in some way or another for the better part of a century. Saying the "robot" economy is larger than Switzerland is just irresponsible reporting. There is absolutely no way to quantify it because there it no way to define it. It's simply good old fashioned automation.

People need to calm down and realize the sky isn't falling. Robots are not stealing jobs. The economy is becoming more efficient, and we are streamlining processes no one really wants to do by hand anyway. Do you want to rivet a quarter panel to a car frame for eight hours a day? I certainly don't. And if self driving cars take away taxi drivers, I won't cry either. Because once we start getting people's hands off the wheels, then maybe we can divorce them from the idea that every individual has to have their own hands-on motor vehicle, and then we can start building the public transportation system science fiction writers dream about.

Comment No surprise (Score 2) 632

Not only is this not a surprise, it's not news. It has been this way for a very long time. Generation X'ers were bemoaning how the boomers had it so easy. Millennials bemoan how we had it so easy. It's easy to look at a 40-something year old who is now stably employed, has acquired a car, equity on a home, and then ignore the struggle it was to get here. A university degree is only an advantage when it can distinguish you from the crowd. It is, and has been, the de facto baseline since before I got out of high school. If you want to distinguish yourself, you have to establish yourself above the baseline. Postgraduate education is today what an undergrad was 50 years ago. Volunteer work, starting your own open source project or contributing to one, some time in the military - these are all ways to give yourself both real and paper "experience". If you have your sights set on a particular place to work, target that place with your efforts. Find out what charities they support and volunteer at those places. You have to take the long approach. And you have to have confidence enough in your own abilities to believe you will get to your employment goal if you put in those efforts. That is the only thing that will get you through the uncertainty.

Do these things and you will rise above the crowd quickly. Try and take shortcuts, and you will look like just one more millennial with a degree and no attention span.

And above all, stop complaining that it's tough. The path of least resistance rarely takes you where you want to be, and it never, ever goes up hill.

Comment Slash rot (Score 5, Insightful) 475

Concur. File corruption due to "age" will not occur without hard read errors. Also, "ill-coloured photos" likely would not be ill-coloured in the case of actual data corruption, but would have whole blocks of hash in them. The user claims to have multiple terabyte sized hard drives - hard drives in this size category userd for archival storage are simply not old enough to be suffering data corruption due to age. The only hard drives suffering so are MFM hard drives that likely the poster wouldn't have a clue how to even interface into a current computer. Hard drives used for archival data storage will likely not age degrade before the interface standard they are based on becomes obsolete. Thus, a perfectly reasonable archival data storage strategy is to simply copy data from one hard drive to a newer (likely much larger and faster) drive when the next generation interface becomes standard, and before the previous generation is totally obsolete. For example, one can still get PATA + SATA USB adapters, SATA + M.2 adapters, etc.

If the user who submitted this question is actually experiencing a problem at all, suggest that PEBCAK. Better explanation is the poster is not actually experiencing current problems at all, but is simply trying to sound important with inflated claims of reams of data and that Slashdot has been had.

Further, no person with Slashdot posting authority should have been ignorant of any of the issues in this question that make its legitimacy questionable at best, and certainly not Slashdot worthy in any circumstance.

Comment Some people use the proper tool for the job (Score 2) 139

No. I use RSS feeds into live bookmarks straight to my browser's bookmark toolbar. I have done this for years, it's a wonderful technology you can use with virtually all news sites, and you can then easily pick and choose the articles you want from updated drop down folders on your toolbar.

For Mozilla or (better yet) PaleMoon browsers you just click on the link above, then on the resultant page click Subscribe Now into Live Bookmarks. I suspect Chrome is similar. This will buy you automatically updated headlines from multiple respected news outlets with different viewpoints in dropdown menus. Why anyone would use Facebook for news is beyond me. If you ask me, anyone who does go to Facebook for news deserves what they get. Facebook is a sewer of trolls initiating social malware for the kick it gives them to see their garbage repeated. Go to news sources for news. Go to facebook to try and make yourself feel better about how well liked you are.

Comment Straight from God (Score 1) 163

It's decisions like this that make me believe in God with an absolutely pure, inviolable faith. Divine intervention is the only explanation for this decision - it had to come straight from God, since no one on earth could have thought of it.

Actually, I haven't been able to fathom the decisions coming out of Mozilla for some time now. The current version number almost says it all. How can you get excited about a new Firefox release with any feature, when it's just another rapid release. It could have true hard AI and no one would notice any more. It would get lost in the staggeringly mediocre array of non-features nobody wants, forced UI changes, broken addons, ripped out plugins, and developers that decide they know more about what people want than the users do.

Firefox adopted Google's rapid release cycle on a project that it was neither technically nor culturally suited for. One has to actually admire their dogged persistence to holding this course in the face of what is an almost a completely unified chorus of "WHAT THE FUCK PEOPLE?!?!?".

I recommend Palemoon. A fork of an earlier Firefox LTR, it has refused to add features unless they make sense, it is compatible with most addons, and has a growing body of its own native addon developers that are quite loyal to the project for the simple reason that the project remains loyal to them. That's not to say that it's a static browser. Just one that took the best of what Firefox was and decided to continue in the direction of sensible goals and not alienating its user base.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1560

I don't think the OP thought that everyone who disagrees with him is a nazi. I suspect he simply realizes you just handed your presidency over to the biggest internet troll in history.

Trump is the president that 48% of Americans deserve. Unfortunately, 100% of Americans will (already are) feeling the effects. Racial and gender prejudices inflamed, fear mongering, and a total disregard for consequences.

Dear Mexico;

        Let's not wait for Trump. Let's you and I build the walls ourselves. I'm pretty sure once we get started the rest of the world will chip in and help too. Maybe, just maybe, if we can build it in time we can contain this lunacy before it gets out.



Comment With very few exceptions... (Score 2) 169

...a 6502 is not a brain.

The issue is, the 6502 is several orders of magnitude less complex than a brain. It could be likened to a massively parallel computer that is running thousands of programs all at once. So it is completely reasonable, on the scale of the brain, to suggest that damage to an area in a dozen people that affects their hearing to draw the conclusion that that part of the brain is responsible for hearing. Damaging a couple transistors in a 6502, a single processor, is akin to damaging a few neurons in each of a million different areas of the brain at once. The researchers correctly determined that a particular damage which caused Donkey Kong not to boot did not mean the part of the CPU which is responsible for Donkey Kong was damaged. That does not, however, say anything about the methods used to study the brain. It is, unfortunately, yet another reason why researchers need to stop making silly comparisons between computers and brains, and also need to stop "playing for the crowd", which really was what this seems to have been.

Comment More than just low storage (Score 4, Interesting) 128

Encoding voice more efficiently has implications far exceeding the amount of storage space required to save it. There's a reason why the article is comparing the new codec to single sideband. When transmitting digital data over radio, it pretty much invariably (nowadays) means some sort of spread spectrum transmission. The fewer bits required per second means the less spectrum you are having to spread your signal over, this the more concentrated your signal is. A radio transmitter has a fixed power output, so if you are smearing that power over less band, then you have a stronger signal.

It is a testament to the amateur radio pioneers of the past that an analog radio transmission mode invented over a hundred years ago is, just now, being possibly rivaled in its efficiency.

Comment Re:wow now everyone is... (Score 2) 205

Apple isn't courageous. Apple is stupid. Problem is, Apple customers (hipsters) are just slightly stupider, and Apple knows this. They know their customer base will continue to buy what Apple feeds them long after it has become manure. HTC will soon learn there are actual choices among Android devices and leaving vital bits off their phone is not a way to endear itself to the masses.

Comment Re:Won't produce revenue for Google's customers (Score 2) 62

More likely than that is that it's now a defense/NSA (depending on whether the surveillance is foreign or domestic) project for surveillance drones with unlimited on-station time. Really, that's what they were anyway. The announcement of them as internet-for-the-poor was just a public advertising campaign to get the word out to those in procurement.

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