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Submission + - Bitcoin tops $1000 on attacks on cash as the year rolls over (

An anonymous reader writes: Wall Street Journal 30th Dec 2016 "For the year, that puts bitcoin’s performance far above the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s gain of 13% and even the year’s hottest commodities and currencies, which include natural gas, up 59%; crude oil, up 45%; and the Russian ruble, up 17% against the dollar.

Donald Trump’s election and the Federal Reserve’s rate increase amid higher U.S. inflation expectations have pushed some investors to consider bitcoin, especially in China, which has seen a slide in the value of the yuan versus the dollar.

India’s banning of large rupee notes has also driven demand and fueled concerns about traditional currency, analysts say."

On 1st Jan 2017 bitcoin cleared $1000/coin and currently a few percent over

Global political attacks on cash (India, Pakistan, Venezuela, Euro and gold (India gold ownership limits and Euro currency (Italian bank bailout worries, US (geopolitical uncertainty from Trump, interest rate hikes, brexit (UK in or out of Europe are all bullish for Bitcoin into 2017. Further bail-ins (Cyprus) and sovereign debt haircuts (Greece) maybe on the cards as well as continuing hyper inflation in emerging markets.

Submission + - Lenovo modifying Windows OS files from BIOS .. (

An anonymous reader writes: Before booting windows 7 or 8, the bios checks if C:\Windows\system32\autochk.exe is the Lenovo one or the original Microsoft one. If it is not the lenovo one, it moves it to C:\Windows\system32\0409\zz_sec\autobin.exe, and then writes it's own autochk.exe
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - Space Quest fans create retro adventure game to support new SpaceVenture ( 9

Decaffeinated Jedi writes: "A team of fans has released a short retro point-and-click adventure game titled "Pledge Quest I: The SpaceVenture Adventure" to rally support for the new Kickstarter from Space Quest creators, the Two Guys from Andromeda. The game features its protagonist, Bea (named for Roger Wilco's love interest in the Space Quest series), completing a series of puzzles that culminate in her logging on to her computer and making a pledge in support of the upcoming sci-fi/comedy SpaceVenture game from the Two Guys. The "Pledge Quest" game was conceptualized and developed by fans in just a few short days, in hope that it would rally support for the Two Guys' SpaceVenture (which reaches its deadline on June 12)."

Submission + - Space Quest Creators Kickstarting New Sci-Fi Adventure (

Decaffeinated Jedi writes: "The Two Guys from Andromeda, creators of Sierra's Space Quest series, have reunited after twenty years, and they're collaborating on a new SpaceVenture. Like the recent Leisure Suit Larry revival, the Two Guys are relying on crowdfunding through Kickstarter to get their new sci-fi adventure game off the ground. They've already released one prototype in HTML5, and they plan to release more as the project meets future funding milestones."

Comment Re:XP? Forget XP! (Score 1) 370

"Windows 7 is going on 10 registry edits + resource hacking + disabling so many services... I'm still not done."

I am curious what changes you've made (especially the registry settings). I've installed Classic Shell and ShellFolderFix, but there are still a lot of things about Win7 that bug me.


Submission + - I saw the BSG Finale and thought it was:

An anonymous reader writes: Poll idea: I saw the season finale of Battlestar Galactica and thought it was: (1) Fracking awesome! (2) Fracking awful! (3) You've got to be fracking kidding me! (4) A good reminder to be nice to my Roomba (5) Hard to see over Cowboyneal's shoulders

Comment 15 year old keyboard (Score 1) 523

I still use my 15 year old AT-style "Keypro" brand keyboard. It's not as loud as an IBM Model M, but feels just as nice. Better.

(I try really hard not to think about how gross it must be under the keys...)

Every other keyboard I've used feels plastic and cheap.

The same goes for my awesome 7 year old Viewsonic PF790 monitor, and my 10 year old Microsoft IntelliMouse. I'll be really sad when one of these finally die.

As I've gotten older, I've learned: if you like something a lot, buy a second one! Some day, they won't make them anymore.

My Keypro will probably last another 15 years, but I have a feeling my next computer won't have a PS/2 port. I don't know how well it will work chained with AT->PS2->USB adapters.


Submission + - EVE Online Has been hacked

jkcity writes: "on the 19/10/2007the EVE Online servers were taken down for 10 hours after it was discovered, that someone had hacked into the CCP network and managed to gain direct entry to the eve online databses and used the access to add stuff to his account in eve online. There were many rumours during the outages as they took down all websites and only form of communication was from IRC chat channels which no one knew if was actually real or not."

Submission + - Intel Demos Core 2 Extreme QX9650, Benchmarks (

MojoKid writes: "Intel demonstrated a dual socket gaming rig at IDF this week, based on their Skulltrail platform with the X38 chipset. The interesting thing about this machine wasn't just that it had 45nm quad-core CPUs in its sockets and PCI Express 2.0 capable slots but also that it was running a pair of NVIDIA graphics cards in SLI. That's right, SLI on an Intel chipset. No word whether or not X38 would officially be supported with SLI just yet. In fact, NVIDIA representatives noted Intel was buying NVIDIA nForce 100 SLI Southbridges just for this one motherboard model."

BitTorrent Closes Source Code 390

An anonymous reader writes ""There are two issues people need to come to grips with," BitTorrent CEO Ashwin Narvin told "Developers who produce open source products will often have their product repackaged and redistributed by businesses with malicious intent. They repackage the software with spyware or charge for the product. We often receive phone calls from people who complain they have paid for the BitTorrent client." As for the protocol itself, that too is closed, but is available by obtaining an SDK license."

Submission + - Pop a pill: forget bad memories

wile_e_wonka writes:
An amnesia drug that blocks or deletes bad memories is under development by researchers at Harvard and McGill University (in Montreal). The technique seems to allow psychiatrists to disrupt the biochemical pathways that allow a memory to be recalled.

In a new study, published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, the drug propranolol is used along with therapy to "dampen" memories of trauma victims. They treated 19 accident or rape victims for ten days, during which the patients were asked to describe their memories of the traumatic event that had happened 10 years earlier. Some patients were given the drug, while others were given a placebo.

A week later, they found that patients given the drug showed fewer signs of stress when recalling their trauma.

I feel like I have seen this somewhere.
United States

Submission + - New Laws Require U.S. Flags to be Made in the USA

prakslash writes: AP is reporting that new laws are being passed in various State Legislatures that will require every American flag sold in the USA be domestically produced. The law's sponsor, Democratic Rep. Tom Rukavina, said that the 'The biggest honor that you can give the flag is that it be made by American workers in the United States of America'. On the other hand, according to Peter Morici, a business professor at the University of Maryland, under World Trade Organization standards, the U.S. government can't treat foreign products less favorably than those produced within its boundaries.

Submission + - AT&T's worms

Keith Stevens writes: "From

and Security, Privacy, and Cybercrime

The last point is:

US ISPA is strongly opposed to the transmission of "spam."
Spam degrades networks, generates customer complaints, and
imposes significant costs on ISPs and their customers.

And the point I want to make is:

Spam is sent from worm or virus infected computers known
as bots or zombies. I have solid evidence that proves AT&T,
a member of US ISPA, is not in the least interested in
blocking or cleaning worm infected computers running on
their customers computers. Michael Standard, Vice Chair
of US ISPA, is Senior Counsel for AT&T in San Antonio, Texas. (it figures)"

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