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Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 182

What I think he's really talking about, when you read between the lines, is cross-marketing.

What he's talking about, when you read between the lines, is a dystopian surveillance state.

Even if it's all opt-in, the mere infrastructure to so intimately intertwine the online with the offline is inherently dangerous.

Not just because there is a risk of official abuse, but also because it'd be a big shiny target for hackers.

Even the companies who should be taking the most precautions still end up making thoughtless choices like tying in-air entertainment networks into avionics systems or in-car entertainment systems directly connected to the CANBUS.

It's not that this can't be done securely, it's just that it's nearly impossible that it would be.

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
ExtraordinaryClaims

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:Facebook kills clickbait with one simple tweak. (Score 1) 50

Clickbait headlines are so formulaic... it almost seems like the first step in the clickbait war would be to nuke anything with one of those formulaic headlines.

I'm not sure that clickbait is inherently bad, so perhaps evolutionary pressure to create a better headline would not be bad either.

Comment Re:Missing the joke option, oh wait... (Score 2) 166

m.slashdot.org
It looks like your browser doesn't support JavaScript or it is disabled. Please use the desktop site instead.

It looks like the mobile website is already more responsive than I want or need.

Please continue allowing /. to work without javascript.
The world is moving fast enough as it is, I don't need /. page elements to be moving around too.

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!

Comment Re:SJW crapola (Score 1) 188

Agreed.
    I have to go further than that and agree with her absolutely. Math and Science must pass a sufficient threshold to get things done. Knowing PI to the 125th digit is more mathy, but will probably not particularly help solving any problem. Knowing Partial Differential Equations probably would help in many instances, but when was the last time they came to use for you in programming? Many of us learn more and more about math and science because we love it; we love knowledge.

    Engineers have to solve problems first and foremost. It's critical that an engineer have the skills to realize what the problems actually are. Perceiving the problems takes more than math and science.

    Computer programmers are not paid to write computer programs; computer programmers are paid to solve problems. Many confuse the medium with the purpose. It just happens to be that computer programs are good at solving problems.

Comment Re:Markdown please (Score 1) 546

1. Faster/easier to type than verbose and pedantic HTML. (no more typing
  after and between lines!)

Uh.... To the left of the Preview button is a drop down menu.

If you dig around in your user preferences, you can set Plain Old Text as the default.
It automatically recognizes line breaks and will put html tags around any raw link you post (see below).

Speaking of preferences
I think I'm going to hang onto the [Fuck Beta] sig until the "classic" SlashCode is unfucked.
With javascript disabled, all these links show the exact same Slashboxes pref page

https://slashdot.org/prefs/
https://slashdot.org/prefs/d1
https://slashdot.org/prefs/d2_...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/thr...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/tim...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/use...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/pas...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/mes...
https://slashdot.org/prefs/123...

And if our overlords are taking requests, please unfutz whatever it was that the previous slave masters did to the links.
Whoever thought that links posted under Plain Old Text should be truncated... they were out of their minds
It only serves to dirty up the conversation. I chose POT so I wouldn't have to type out any markup in my posts.

/Heck, consider defaulting everyone to Plain Old Text
//It's like half of /. forgot it exists as an option

Comment Re:Nomination Blocked! (Score 1) 188

Of course, Obama has every right to make a recess appointment if those chuckleheads can't get their act together. Looks like the next recess long enough may be in April ( http://www.senate.gov/legislat... ). If they don't hold any hearings, they might not get a say at all as to the next Justice.

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