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Comment Re:Bitcoin (Score 2) 263

Lol 5-13% inflation? Um, try the vast majority of the last 20 years inflation as been somewhere between 1-4%. Source ( http://inflationdata.com/Infla... ) 1-4% is a healthy range for an economy, if it is below or above bad things will happen (Deflation on the low side, runaway inflation on the other end). Deflation causes people to sit on their money, not invest in new tech, not invest in the future and not expand their businesses (who wants to expand when the money used to do so would be worth more then the investment made?).

A zero percent inflation rate is unattainable (population growth, a million other factors) so keeping it around and low in the 1-4 range is good for everybody.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Submission + - CCP Upgrades Graphics, Downgrades QA

Tiller writes: "CCP has released their biggest expansion to date for Eve Online, the space-based massively multiplayer online game. This new release, titled Trinity, overhauls every 3D model in the game, taking advantage of the latest features in today's graphics cards. The new content truly raises the visual bar for MMOGs and the Trinity trailer videos prove it. Interviews with the developers also reveal many of the new features, game-play changes and the estimated 50-man years that went into the effort. There is only one small problem — The upgrade you apply to enable the premium graphics also deletes your c:\boot.ini file. It is believed that the intention was to delete boot.ini in the root CCP install folder, not the root of the hard drive. Needless to say, CCP is now preventing users from downloading the upgrade and recommending users not reboot their systems until a fix is provided."

Submission + - Crowd-motion software may prevent Mecca stampede

wattsup writes: "You may recall the stampede that killed hundreds during a mass pilgrimage to Mecca in 2006. Catastrophic stampedes have periodically afflicted the event. The most recent one killed 345 people and injured 289.

Physicists at Dresden University of Technology in Germany studied video recordings of the 2006 stampede, and wrote visual-recognition software to track and measure the motion of individuals in the crowd. Borrowing from the physics of fluids, the scientists have now analyzed the stampede and have recommendations that could make this year's pilgrimage go smoothly."

Submission + - How To Go To MIT For Free

theodp writes: "Can't scrape up the bucks for junior college tuition? Don't worry, there's always MIT. By the end of 2007, the contents of all 1,800 courses taught at MIT will be available online to anyone in the world, anywhere in the world thanks to OpenCourseWare (OCW). Learners won't have to register for the classes, and everyone is accepted. The cost? It's all free of charge."

Journal Journal: No good deed goes unpunished...

A few nights ago I was reading my email when I got some phish; an email broken English stating that I MUST use their software. (Not included in the email but linked to instead) to access my Monster.com account. Notwithstanding Monster's WAY too lazy security policy on email addresses (I get a few "shipping coordinator" offers a week); something about this piqued my curiosity.

Submission + - Presents left behind by previous tenants

Joebert writes: "Thoose of you renting/leasing/ect out dedicated servers, what do you do inbetween tenants ?
Or, how do you go about screening tenants before letting them on your servers ?

How can people be sure that the online store they want to setup on your dedicated server doesn't have a "rootkit" left behind by a previous tenant that scrapes credit card numbers & email addresses from the transactions of any new tenants ?

With this "virtualization" stuff all over the place, wouldn't it be fairly easy for somthing like a "rootkit" to slip through the cracks ?"

Submission + - Microsoft argues software not patentable

MCRocker writes: "Linux-Watch reports that in a Supreme Court appeal, 'Microsoft vs. AT&T', Microsoft and a surprise supporter, the Software Freedom Law Center, are effectively arguing against software patents.
SFLC is asking the Supreme Court to decide against U.S. patents applying to software that is copied and distributed overseas.
For nitty-gritty details, check out The Groklaw story."

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