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Comment Re:So were you also one who bitched about Wall Str (Score 2) 259

This is a false equivalency. The US government is allowed to regulate it's own money - that is - the sovereign currency that it issues. Bitcoins aren't defined or issued by the US government, so it has as much right to regulate Bitcoins as it has to regulate the Euro.

I believe your argument is flawed here, the US Government does regulate banks trading in the Euro if they reside in the United States. The fact they they are conducting business in the US gives them the right to do so.

Comment Re:Good news for Linux (Score 3, Insightful) 272

You can thank Microsoft for that. Why would someone buy from a third party when you can buy games from the store built into the operating system? Valve is running scared because they see their biggest revenue stream drying up.

Why? Because the last thing like this (windows live games) was a complete pos.

Comment Hehehe (Score 1) 632

I'm graduating this year and so far I've taken ap comp sci (more or less Java with a touch on algorithms) and a computer and network technology course taught by a guy with a unix beard. I'm very lucky to go to the school I do, it's a public non-charter school but it's in a fairly affluent area and we're one of the top schools in my state.

Comment Iama (Score 1) 729

I'm a high school senior and personally I think that summers are a very important thing. I don't have a phd or anything that would make people listen to my opinion, but I think the problem with our education system is that we need to learn more when we're younger.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to securely share passwords? 1

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: "My tech-savvy father died suddenly and unexpectedly. He did everything online: bill-pay, banking, ebay sales (and other auction sites), paypal, investing, etc. When he died, he still had online auctions up for sale, items I had no idea how to fulfill when sold. He still had unprocessed auction refunds, people claiming they returned items and are waiting for a refund.

Fortunately, he left open and logged in when he died. So I was able to configure his account to forward to mine for any future emails he received.

He even had his health insurance automatically debited from his checking account (who needs heath insurance when you're dead?)

I had no way to log into these systems to cancel pending transactions. I called every institution; some were willing to help while others required me to fax/mail death certificates and proof of executorship (which I didn't have yet). Meanwhile, auctions were selling for items I had no idea how to fulfill; debits from his checking account were occurring even though they were irrelevant; etc. You get the idea.

How can I share my login credentials with my siblings so they don't have to go through this when I'm gone? I change my passwords every month and never use the same password on more than one site. I don't want my siblings to be able to impersonate me unless I'm dead, so publishing a monthly list to them won't help and would be insecure."

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