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Comment Bigger than you think (Score 4, Interesting) 188

WhatsApp's claim to fame originally was its ability to run on virtually anything, including the J2ME phones popular in the US and Europe in the mid-2000s. Those phones at least were still prevalent in many African and middle-eastern countries just a couple of years ago.

Have these markets also developed such that they are basically Android or iOS now?

Comment No core developers (Score 1) 122

I'm sorry, if the names of the peoples involved aren't on the list of bitcoin/bitcoin contributors with at least 3 commits, then they're probably not anywhere near core developers of Bitcoin. That doesn't make them not Bitcoin developers, but in that same capacity, I'm just as a much of "Bitcoin developer". Hell, at least I've got a commit in Bitcoin Core.

This appears to be a press release from a company that got some of the btcd implementors to join it. btcd is an implementation of bitcoin in Golang.

Comment Geographic redundancy (Score 4, Insightful) 174

I have a NAS that I regularly upgrade with new hard drives when the old ones' warranties expire. I just recently went from 4x 1 TB + 4x 750 GB in two RAID5 arrays to 8x 2TB in RAID6. That NAS is backed up off-site to another, similar NAS at trusted, non-corporate location, but only the parts of it which are 100% irreplaceable: pictures, video, financial paperwork, schoolwork, etc. The drives in the second NAS are from different batch and are 4x 3TB in RAID5.

I've considered also paying for a service like Amazon Glacier to archive those really important things, but the price still seems too high for the amount I have to store and I have concerns about the security of it. Tarsnap is a crowd favorite, but you certainly pay for its paranoid level of security. I'm eager to see what comes of Maidsafe and Storj, which are distributed systems to which I could certainly lend a whole lot of spare space.

Comment A service to the community: release the text (Score 2, Interesting) 104

I think it would be a great service to the Tor community to release the text of what Boing Boing sent to the FBI as a shining example of how to handle such requests. It may need to be specifically tailored to the sender, but something to go off of might be of benefit to folks running a node who don't have the funds to see legal help outside of /r/legaladvice.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 4, Informative) 272

IIRC, there are exceptions in trademark law carved out for peoples' names. That is, someone whose last name is Google could not be prevented from using their name as the name of their company. There are likely some nuances to this, such as that the company couldn't bear the exact same legal name "Google, Inc." or choose the name with intent to cause confusion. Two names that existed in separate industries should be considered safe. This case of naming rights on a privately owned service further complicates the spirit of the law, insomuch as a private entity has control of most of the name and can rightfully choose who uses its service.

ICANN at least honors this sentiment for domains. See the case of Uzi Nissan is Nissan Motors v. Nissan Computer, who registered before Nissan Motors. Similarly in nature, Microsoft v. MikeRoweSoft existed, but was settled out of court.

Personally, I'd like to see Google and other services that offer naming of pages to follow similar guidelines: no one can be prevented from claiming their name.

Comment Imagine Careers/YourTalentAgents (Score 4, Interesting) 145

A little less than three years ago, a friend of mine started YourTalentAgents, a Pittsburgh-based talent agency representing professional IT workers of all sorts (sysadmins, software engineers, hardware folks, etc.). In mid 2014, he merged with another company, Student Intuition, to form Imagine Careers. The talent agency part of the company still exists and has been profitable pretty much since the start. IIRC they've placed something like 85% of the candidates they've worked with, and many of those candidates are referring others to the talent agency. It's flipping the model in favor of excellent technologists looking for a good company, instead of a gaggle of quota-driven headhunters competing to fill a seat with a warm body.

Disclosure: I'm a friend of the CTO of Imagine Careers, who founded YTA, and a currently uncompensated advisor to the company.

Comment Just started using it (Score 1) 129

It's sad, 'cause I just started using it after discovering it late last year. I got my system upgraded to be based off of jessie instead of wheezy and was truckin' along just fine.

I would have loved to see #! continue even as just a metapackage that installs what makes the distro different from vanilla Debian.

Comment A metric for price (Score 2) 290

The be-all-end-all of pricing is mining profitability. Bitcoin's difficulty to meant to adjust according to mining activity. If there isn't enough mining going on to produce the mining rewards that should be awarded daily, the difficulty will quarter every two weeks until the rewards are enough to incentivize miners to continue doing so. So, mining operations might have to stop or turn down the heat in order to stay profitable at the current difficulty, and await the approximately bi-weekly adjustment of difficulty before resuming. However, that next adjustment might not be sufficient to restore profitability, so the stoppage or reduction might have to continue through multiple difficulty adjustments.

If mining farm operators didn't plan for this possibility, then they didn't think through the inevitabilities of Bitcoin enough to maintain their business and they are destined to flood the market with their mining hardware, thereby redistributing the mining hardware and decentralizing mining, as it arguably should be.

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