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Submission + - From Bitcoin to Ethereum, the blockchain is changing (

An anonymous reader writes: What does the shift from proof-of-work blockchain systems like Bitcoin to proof-of-stake systems like Ethereum foretell? This article suggests that the old "non-contractual" function of contracts, of managing uncertainty and maintaining good business relationships, might be missed with the emerging tools. The worry is that systems like Ethereum may become nothing more than a game of monopoly.

Comment Re:BEHOLD! (Score 1) 313

The vast majority of sites don't offer a paid version. Anything I read that lets me subscribe gets a subscription (Ars Technica, several webcomics that have options for recurring donations, Consumer Reports, a very significant donation to Penny Arcade's ad free Kickstarter). I have no sympathy for people who can't be bothered to offer an ad-free experience, but hopefully more people using Adblock and less people clicking on ads will force content providers to start monetizing things in a way that isn't user-hostile.

Comment Re:$50 for 8 gig is a terrible deal (Score 1) 262

The microSD was just a phone-industry thing, it has no place in a full sized tablet. The full sized SD makes it easy to use the tablet to view photos and videos directly from camera cards, upload 'em, etc. which is another big and useful thing.

I'm not sure I see the point of full sized SD cards anymore. My phone, tablet and camera all use microSD. I only have the full-sized SD card adapters to connect to my laptop. Considering micro-SD cards come in 64 GB sizes now, I'm not sure what the advantage of normal SD is.

Comment Re:Why not do both? (Score 1) 342

Use the tools to auto-generate the code, and thus save time, but then clean-up the final result to your own personal tastes.

Cleaning up the output from a WYSIWYG takes longer than just writing the page correctly the first time. In fact, making a messy page in a WYSIWYG frequently takes longer even before you take cleanup time into account.

Comment Re:$50 for 8 gig is a terrible deal (Score 1) 262

The Nexus 7 is the first tablet that comes with a combination of features that I've wanted:

* Good screen
* 7" (notice how everyone claimed no one wanted this right up to the point where rumors started saying Apple was making one?)
* Current version of Android
* Fast enough processor/GPU (ask anyone who's compared a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet to the Nexus 7 and you'll see what I mean)

Personally, I think Google could have made it more expensive and it still would have sold.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 639

Any packaging that requires the use of tools to open is not good, user-oriented packaging. You can make packaging tamper-evident without requiring the customer to locate sharp objects.

Except that even if there was no tape on the Nexus 7's box, the cardboard box it shipped in is still sealed with packing tape, so you need a sharp object (like your keys) either way. And no, I don't think we should stop sealing cardboard boxes before shipping them.

Comment Re:Citation needed (Score 1) 198

Or is there some hope among the US people that a potential non-Obama future president would be able to solve the economical problems of the US in one swift stroke using his magical superabilities?

Yes, our elections revolve around two people taking turns talking about position X, where they are really pro-X while the other guy is anti-X (or generally "soft on X"). When the election finishes, they basically do the same thing and fail because all they've been thinking about what they think is cool, instead of realistic ways to do it (realistic solutions are a synonym for "soft on X"). Then there's a simple rule: If you voted for him, he did absolutely nothing wrong and in fact Jesus himself said his actions were perfect, and if you didn't vote for him, he's intentionally destroying everything because he's literally Satan.

Comment Re:Too bad for others (Score 4, Informative) 218

For anyone who's actually interested, the Memshrink Blog is a fascinating account of how a team of developers have been reducing Firefox's memory usage. Interestingly, Firefox's memory usage has never been particularly bad (it just seems to be because web pages are so much more complicated), but addons have had horrible memory problems for a long time (and unfortunately, that's pretty hard to detect).

Comment Re:too little to late........ (Score 2) 91

I was a proud supporter of FireFox on the desktop, promoted it all the time....untill it got so bloated that pc's hard a hard time running it, so i switched to Chrome.

Firefox and Chrome have pretty much identical performance on the desktop. Recent updates have made Firefox's memory usage much better, and despite loud opinions, it was never actually bad. My guess is that most of the people complaining about Firefox's performance are the idiots who refuse to update after Firefox 3 ("Web browsing takes more memory now, it must be Firefox's fault, not the fact that the web is more complicated now!").

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