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MtGox Sets Up Call Center For Worried Bitcoiners 240

An anonymous reader writes "Did you lose bitcoins in the MtGox debacle and are worried that you'll never get them back? Fear not, a call center has been set up in Japan to help allay your fears. From the article: 'Bitcoin investors left hanging by the sudden shuttering of the MtGox electronic market will soon have a way to learn more about the fate of their cryptocurrency holdings—a Japanese phone hotline. In an announcement on the company's website, MtGox said that a call center had been set up to handle inquiries about the company. The call center will go live on the morning of March 3, Japan time.'"

Comment Re:Via Wikipedia (Score 1) 254

No, that's not the real story, that's a line of condescending bullshit from someone who probably doesn't have kids or kids in daycare. Yes, I see the hidden attitude -- dual income parents, who want to have it all -- material possessions and kids -- and who, at the end of the day, are just too tired or self-absorbed from their ceaseless search for money and goods to take proper care of their children.

I got news for you. Ain't the case. Life is expensive. Very expensive. You really can't take care of a family in this shitty, overpriced, bought-and-sold by Goldman Sachs world of ours without dual incomes. This necessitates daycare, which I might add is extremely expensive, $1300 a month for us, and even when you pay as much as you can you still find yourself making sure they do things right (ie, milk at meals).

It's *so* tiring to hear people without kids get sanctimonious about how people with kids live their lives, as if it were a simple set of choices made by logic.

Comment Re:They Have A Point... (Score 1) 419

At the risk of overposting in this story, Video glasses generally have horrible "real" resolution, and rely upon an idealized face and idealized viewing positions / angles. In practice, their a blurry PITA to try to keep in the exact right position for even remotely viewable video, let alone 1080p levels. And, as an added bonus, they seem to make you more nauseous than normal 3D glasses.

Comment Re:I can fully understand the operators (Score 1) 329

If it's not something phone providers support and/or provide a warranty on, why do they sell locked-down, carrier-specific models of a specific phone?

Hate them all you want (and I do) but this is partially why companies (see: Verizon) get away with their ancient phones. They support what they sell, mostly.

When it comes to an 'unlocked' phone like the Nexus One, though, I completely understand the carrier telling people to PTFO. But if it's something the carrier sells...

Comment Microsoft is being irresponsible (Score 0) 135

Good article, I don't think it's too long, and as a tech that has been trying to deal with this SPAM I appreciate the research that has gone into it. This is the only SPAM which currently makes it through my filters which work on DNSBL's and Greylisting. I'm frustrated the MS has allowed this to go on for so long. Maybe the people who run Spamhaus, SORBS and other blacklists should take action by listing Hotmail's servers. If there was a security breach that isn't being remedied on anyone else's servers they would take action. Maybe that would get MS's attention.

Comment Re:Not (Score 1) 419

"Will your viewing experience really be that much elevated watching Lifestyles of Clueless Trust Account Celebutantes in 3D?"

Well, their primary assets are 3D, so in that case, yes, 3D might very well be an improvement.

Comment Re:Why wouldn't... (Score 1) 172

The only reason we have to rely on either third party clouds or port forwarding, VPNs, and all this other mess is because IPv4 wasn't adequate in size or security.

With IPv6, everyone will have globally routable IPs with IPSEC as a standard feature. We will see a wave of new devices and software to take advantage of this. Want to sync your phone with your laptop, and your laptop with your desktop? Easy. Even home users will be able to do it if the software exists, and it won't require a third party. You'd need to have your phone, desktop, and LAN in your local, "trusted" network at home, or manually copy enough info to set up the IPSEC, and then done. You take your laptop and phone on vacation, it gets its MIPv6 address, it then sets up a connection with your home IPv6 address. Your desktop doesn't need a VPN, it has strong certificates you transferred at home to do IPSEC. Your desktop doesn't need port forwarding, you set up your stateful firewall to allow IPSEC and existing connections in, but block all unsolicited, insecure connections. Your desktop doesn't even need DynDNS because the address space is large enough that you will almost certainly get a large, very large range of static IPs, and MIPv6 will even let your phone and laptop carry their IPs with them on supporting carriers. If that fails, you can set up DynDNS or something like that on your desktop, and never have to worry about it again.

The reason we need globally unique IP addresses is because:

1. NAT isn't security. 2. NAT is just as much propping up the network security industry as Congress is propping up .

Proper IPv6 will eliminate most of the need for VPNs, result in increased network resiliency and create new business opportunities. It's like going up a step on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Yeah, we had fun scrounging around on the first couple layers, but making globally routable IPs standard gets you one step closer to self-actualization ;)

And you're right, there is no reason a wireless screen has to talk to the outside world. That's why no one is recommending you remove stateful firewalls, no one is recommending you set your devices to promiscuously accept connections. Existing firewall technology, plus globally routable IPs, plus IPSEC equals win.

Thanks! Wonderfully lucid answer :). I'm filing this one away. And yes, it does make sense now.

Comment But age is only a number... (Score 1) 141

I thought that being a good sysadmin, or a good tennis player, or a good anything depended on the experience and natural talent the person has, not his or her age. There are kids out there that can probably develop much, much better than many with years and years of experience in the field; hell, most of the hackers back in the day were kids themselves!

I think that actually letting these folks do something of importance with their skills is more laudable, since most companies that hire undergrads or high school students can only afford to give them low-risk projects that may or may not contribute to their development of in-field experience.

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