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Comment Re:forget bitcoins for a moment (Score 1) 90

let's say, instead of bitcoins, the federal agents were trying to buy a 10 ounce bar of gold, which, they told the defendant, they were going to use to make illegal transactions. 10 ounces of gold are not money either. would the transaction be called money laundering or would it be legal?

Probably not, in that its an exchange of assets not money. The point with the ruling is the laundering laws refer to money not *stuff* and the judge is saying that bitcoin qualifies as *stuff*

Comment Re:Even if it is money, I get it.... (Score 1) 90

Your right, in the sense that the general rule of "The constitution is the rules for the government to follow, not the people" (And the language also appears explicit).

However for the government to *recognize* the bitcoins as money, it enters a huge grey area where its not US money (because constitution), but whos money IS it?

Comment Re:Harm (Score 1) 93

Kind of funny, our company is on the cutting edge actually, but in fluorescents, not LEDs, which are terrible for producing what we would consider high output of UVB or UVA. There is a huge difference between 320nm and 399nm, yet both are "UVA". 320nm has a lot more energy, and as you up in frequency (down in nm), it forms a Bell curve and gets exponentially more damaging. It also goes down in penetration, which is why you can get a quick flash burn from UVC (100nm-280nm) that doesn't penetrate more than a few layers of skin, but it is very damaging to those layers. And of course, the real kicker is how much you are getting.

And the reason it has that warning on it is simple: anything with any measurable amount of UVA must have that warning by law. The FDA regulates this (CFR 1040.20 for sunlamps, for example). I'm used to seeing them regularly for inspections. For some reason, general lighting fluorescents are excepted from this warning, even though they do produce a measurable amount of UVA.

Comment Re:Harm (Score 3, Informative) 93

385nm is invisible to almost all humans, being on the long-ish wavelength of UV, and I wouldn't really say it was very damaging. Everyone likes to jump on the bandwagon like they actually know something about UV when in fact they don't. I've worked with it over 25 years, still do. Out of the millions of products sold, I've never had an injury reported. People do get hurt with UV, but that is exceedingly rare and usually because they didn't follow directions or did something really stupid.

Inside fiber, it is pretty harmless. Most plastics block it (excepting OP4 acrylic), the vast majority of paints absorb it and won't reflect it. It has a smaller wavelength, thus more waves per centimeter, ie: more data. I'm not saying their plan is good or bad, but blanket calling UV dangerous and not workable is ignorant.

Comment Re:This would be really bad for actual birds (Score 1) 95

See also: Using vaccination programs to collect terrorist DNA.

A doctor friend of mine considers this one of the worst, and most unpunishable, war crimes of the afghanistan war. In entire regions of afghanistan and taliban controlled parts of pakistan even being suspected of being a foreign doctor is enough to get you assasinated now. As a result polio and numerous other things are running rampant in parts of the world again, and may well end up killing more people than the military conflict and world terrorism combined, unless the world health organization can figure out some way to to convince the locals they are not american secret agents.

It was an evil piece of espionage that betrayed everything medicine stands for.

Comment Re:On Par (Score 1) 99

So will it be on par with PC graphic? If not, let me know when consoles catch up.

Well no, obviously not. With the current generation 1080s and the like theres no comparison. But the consoles are not for the PC Master Race. They are for folks who want to hook up an affordable game box to their TV set and blap bad guys with friends over beer and pizza.

And anyway, tuning games to be able to perform well on the consoles buys us a whole lot of free optimizations that make the PC versions scream along at high speeds and res

Comment Re:Latency must be bad... (Score 1) 81

and the annou ncements are to lure us away from Tor, which authorities have found too difficult to break?

THANKS OBAMA.

Seriously, why the tin foil hat? The research is being done by university researchers and uses a pretty easy to understand improvement on Tors onion routing capable of generating a mathematical proof that the message hasnt been tampered with. This is important as the current vunerabilities in Tor rely on a malicious party being able to manipulate the onion routes to de-anonymise the transmitter or reciever.

You state that Tor is "too difficult to break" and yet we know this isnt true (And of course if you read the article, which you clearly didnt, you'd know that too) and after Operation Onymous, the european cops pretty much said as much. And if the euro spooks know how to do it, then you can bet the american spooks know how to as well. But hey, if we're gonna talk conspiracy theories here, I might as well remind you Tor was actually developed by DARPA (And if you dont believe me wikipedia it).

Comment Re:Court motions are not news (Score 1) 122

While I agree in principle. What Oracle has is the *rights* to Java, including the legal interests inhereted when it brought Sun.

Which isnt to say that Oracles behavior is anything less than reprehensible, but they do have a legal right to have their case heard, even if , as we all hope, the judge fines their claims nonsensical.

Comment Re:No More reboots (Score 2) 354

Remember ST:Enterprise? A new TV series doesn't mean the franchise is still alive.

Enterprise, despite its mistakes, actually had some pretty decent television.

Sure the temporal war stuff was terrible, and the first season was a bit hammy, but the Xindi arc was up there with the Dominion war in terms of good longer-arc trek.

I honestly suggest going and giving it another watch. Enterprise failed because after a 2 decades people where just trekked out.

Comment Re:MPG savings (Score 1) 290

Back of the envelope estimation here... the mirrors are probably 1% of the drag cross section of the car and the drag is maybe ~50% of the total energy loss in the car. So my guess would be around 0.5% reduction in fuel consumption. Over its life, your car might burn about 20,000 liters of gas, so you'd save about 100 liters, or about $100 (depending on exact prices). Of course, I'm likely to be off by more than a factor of two (but probably less than a factor of 10).

Comment Re:Alleviate bandwidth concerns (Score 1) 94

Netflix has proven that the main reason people pirate isn't about money, it is about convenience. We want media our way. I haven't pirated anything in forever since getting Netflix. Pirating is easy, but then I have it on one machine, and I don't want to copy everything to every non-networked machine. Netflix is simply easier to use for most people, the variety is quite good, and the price is reasonable. This downloading might be an extra $$ feature, but if it costs 2 bucks more a month (same cost to them, really), people will use it, particularly those on the road who tire of mediocre internet access in the average hotel.

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