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Comment The Missing Post (Score 5, Informative) 133

He posted a blog post yesterday and it's currently cached but essentially he promises to move BTC from early blocks to do the final verification. This was up yesterday before his stupid wah wah redirect went up. I'm reposting it here in case it's ever removed from google cache (I hate scammers):

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Proof
May 3, 2016

Yesterday, Andreas Antonopoulos posted a fantastic piece on Reddit.

Andreas said something critically important and it bears repeating: “I think the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto does not matter”.

He’s absolutely right.

It doesn’t – and shouldn’t – matter to the Bitcoin community.

I cannot deny that my interest in bringing the origins of Bitcoin into the light is ultimately and undeniably a selfish one – the only person to whom this should matter is me. In the wake of the articles last December in which I was ‘outed’, I still believed that I could remain silent. I still believed that I could retreat into anonymity, sever contact, go quiet, and that the storm would eventually pass and life would return to normal. I was right and wrong. The story did eventually retreat, but not before it ‘turned’ and the allegations of fraud and hoax (not to mention personal threats and slurs against me and my family) clung to me.

I now know that I can never go back.

So, I must go through to go forward.

Mr. Antonopoulos’ post also notes that if Satoshi wants to prove identity, “they don’t need an “authority” to do so. They can do it in a public, open manner.” This is absolutely true, but not necessarily complete. I can prove access to the early keys and I can and will do so by moving bitcoin, but this should be a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for such an extraordinary claim.

And this is why I wanted to speak with Gavin weeks ago. Gavin was in a unique position as we dealt with each other directly while we nurtured Bitcoin to life in 2010. I knew that Gavin would remember the content of those messages and discussions, and would recall our arguments and early interactions. I wanted to speak with Gavin first, not to appeal to his authority, but because I wanted him to know. I owed him that. It was important to me that we could re-establish our relationship. Simply signing messages or moving bitcoin would never be enough for Gavin.

And it should not be enough for anyone else.

So, over the coming days, I will be posting a series of pieces that will lay the foundations for this extraordinary claim, which will include posting independently-verifiable documents and evidence addressing some of the false allegations that have been levelled, and transferring bitcoin from an early block.

For some there is no burden of proof high enough, no evidence that cannot be dismissed as fabrication or manipulation. This is the nature of belief and swimming against this current would be futile.

You should be sceptical. You should question. I would.

I will present what I believe to be “extraordinary proof” and ask only that it be independently validated.

Ultimately, I can do no more than that.

Comment Re:Much better idea (Score 1) 49

The one in question asked for an Admin password. If you give a Linux system the root password (or even do a sudo) then I'm sure you can install a cryptolocker just as easily.

The interesting point on cryptolockers is you don't even need root to be effective. Encrypting the files the user owns (the real targets) doesn't require any special permissions. The only benefit you get from root level is a better chance of destroying backups.

Comment If Only There Was a Website to Answer That! (Score 4, Insightful) 106

This raises one question: Is China's Great Firewall that easy to circumvent, or are members of the government treated differently than normal citizens?

If only we had a website the covered this sort of stuff ... oh right, we do! New VPN IP addresses probably take a while for them to identify the traffic on and block. But there are plenty of services like HMA that constantly roll out new ip addresses. So as long as you're a mouse willing to play whackamole with your cat overlords ... Annoying, yes, but that's the definition of the internet in China.

In response to the second part, that is always true regardless of the answer to the first part. Not only are members of the government are treated differently but also their families. The "party" class enjoys many many perks. Unmonitored VPN connections would be laughable compared to their insider trading, disregard for the law and instant attack dogs they routinely utilize.

While you're accepting suggestions, why isn't my aforementioned article linked in the "You may like to read:" section of this page? Those stories seem to have nothing to do with China's firewall yet a simple google search shows a whole slew of those stories on Slashdot. I think you could get timothy's family to help you track that stuff if you would return his body to them. They only want closure, it doesn't matter if it has to be a closed casket funeral!

Submission + - Valve found to violate Australian Consumer Law (brisbanetimes.com.au) 1

throx writes: The Federal Court in Australia has found Valve has violated Australian Consumer Law by advertising that no refunds are available on digital goods. Valve claimed to not operate in Australia, which the Federal Court found against. Valve could face fines of up to USD750k per breach.

Comment Re:Barack "Executive Order" Obama... (Score 1) 367

Sorry, but this is simply not true. Perhaps you should actually read the conventions before making this stuff up?

Nations unilaterally sign on to the conventions. The conventions deal with both lawful combatants and non-lawful combatants (though neither term is used in the conventions). "Terrorists" are in the same category as foreign spies and non-military murderers.

Comment Re:UV light =/= self cleaning (Score 1) 135

Sure, it's a good idea to kill of germs with UV light - but that ain't self cleaning. Someone sprinkles all over the seat, and leaves shaving hair in the sink, and you're going to need a lot more than a black light bulb.

It really all depends on how much UV you use, doesn't it? (evil grin)

Submission + - Microsoft brings SQL Server to Linux (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: The new Microsoft has place an increased importance on the cloud, and with other companies following suit, reliance on server solutions has increased. Today the company announces that it is bringing SQL Server to Linux.

Both cloud and on-premises versions will be available, and the news has been welcomed by the likes of Red Hat and Canonical. Although the Linux port of SQL Server is not due to make an appearance until the middle of next year, a private preview version is being available to testers from today.

Comment Re:Android? (Score 0) 405

What I haven't heard yet is where Android lands on the security spectrum.

Updates for all non-Nexus devices and even some Nexus devices are signed by the manufacturer, not by Google.

I'm pretty sure devices that allows for user-driven unlocked bootloaders (and therefore access for things like Cyanogenmod) doesn't require signing by the manufacturer - otherwise there would be no method to put Cyanogenmod on there. For example, my Galaxy Note 3 just put a big warning up when I went to update the firmware, but allowed me to do it.

Comment Can't wait for the next "free data" day then... (Score 3, Interesting) 68

So the other Sunday when they had "Free Data", customers managed to download around 2000TB of data over the mobile network. Cranking the speed up some more should enable an even more impressive effort in internet binge downloading!

Refer: https://exchange.telstra.com.au/2016/02/15/big-day-of-free-data/

Comment Re:So Let Me Get This Straight (Score 1) 249

Where Zimbra can't beat Exchange on is complete perfect integration with Outlook. It does however beat Exchange and Outlook on their offered functionality.

That's actually the key to the differentiation of Exchange. Integration with Outlook means integration with Office and the incredible morass of Office Automation that large businesses tend to build over time. Just as there was never a drop-in replacement for Notes, despite the detractors (usually Exchange fanboys) listing similar bullet-point by bullet-point comparisons and declaring victory, it's the ability for the groupware platforms like Notes and now Exchange to pull together a wide array of communication and messaging activities through desktop application integration that really gives them the leg up and lock in when it comes to the Enterprise.

Zimbra is, for sure, an outstanding messaging and communication solution that when you break down the bullets on the standalone Outlook/Exchange combo fares extremely well. Ain't always that simple. :)

Comment Re:Why the hell would anyone use Go? (Score 2) 185

Why the hell would anyone use Go?

(Serious question, since our editors didn't tell us why Go was created, what Go's intended purpose was and whether or not anyone is actually using Go.)

As a software developer here that likes to fiddle with all languages, the second paragraph from Wikipedia seems to answer your question nicely: "It is a statically typed language with syntax loosely derived from that of C, adding garbage collection, type safety, some structural typing capabilities,[2] additional built-in types such as variable-length arrays and key-value maps, and a large standard library."

So from the first few words someone might know C and desire garbage collection to be handled for them? Golang might be a better selection for them than Java.

Personally for me, the built-in primitives for concurrency make it a great language for tinkering in realms of software design that were once onerous to me. But that's only one of a few of the language's goals.

Maybe a better set of questions would be for an elevator pitch on why someone should use golang? Or perhaps if they have dropped some goals of golang for others as development went forward?

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