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Comment Re: This is what happens when you have (Score 1) 193

I installed one of those in my last apartment. It cost $20, was digital, had a backlight for when I might want to manually override the program at night, and served as a handy wall clock too. No internet connection so no security hole. No privacy issues. Lowered my bill relative to its mercury-filled non-programmable predecessor. Paid for itself in like two months.

Nest was never a solution. The IoT generally is not, much in the way that the F35 is not a viable means of waging a large-scale war.

Maybe it wasn't a solution for you, but it is a solution for a lot of people. I too have had various programmable thermostats for years, and yes they were a great improvement over manual thermostats. You know what though? I don't have the same home/away schedule all the time. It fluctuates significantly. Sometimes I go into the office, sometimes I work from home all day. Sometimes I'm home in the evening or on the weekend and sometimes I'm not. So a thermostat which can automatically detect when I'm not home and lower the AC if I forget to do it on the way out the door solves one of my problems. And I've found other features of the Nest to be useful and it and has made a noticeable difference in my electricity usage.

So the Nest was a solution, just perhaps not for you.

Comment Re:You bitcoin groupies aren't even trying anymore (Score 1) 190

Heard a lot of similar arguments about the internet in the early days.

Not to say bitcoin will definitely be successful at all, let alone as successful as the internet, but a lot of people see a lot of potential in bitcoin and blockchain technologies so I'm keen on watching how it all pans out. /feeding the troll

Comment Re:answer: no (Score 1) 190

No, there is not a parent server "tracking" things. It's a whole peer-to-peer network that tracks things and only the blocks that the network as a whole agrees on become part of the chain. One would have to compromise a large percentage of the nodes on the network to directly "mess with" the data.

This is why the people who really want bitcoin to be successful want as many miners and full nodes as possible.

Comment Re: Did they learn anything?? (Score 3, Insightful) 278

So you're willing to waste a few generations of children to wait for the free hand to take its effect?

Tell me that you don't identify as a Libertarian, please?

It doesn't take generations. My child was going to a charter school. When she started in 1st grade, it was wonderful. The school was fantastic. By 3rd grade, the school had changed and it was no longer a good fit for her. We took her out of that school and put her in another school. We had the immediate choice and ability to move her to another school.

With regular public schools, you have no choice. You go to the school that the government tells you to go to based on your address. If that school is terrible and/or can't properly serve your child [whether it be because the child is gifted or because the child has learning disabilities], you have no recourse. Most people don't have the ability to move into whatever school district/zone they want to.

That's not to say that the charter school concept doesn't have issues, but I think it would make more sense to work to mitigate those issues rather than just saying that charter schools are no good and getting rid of them completely.

Comment Re: Sounds like an ad (Score 5, Insightful) 316

It helps if you actually read the comment [Crazy idea on Slashdot I know]. They weren't using Excel for ticketing. They were using Excel to create a dashboard displaying information and metrics about tickets in their actual ticketing system, which while it may not be the optimal way to do that, doesn't strike me as that unreasonable.

Comment Re:Just use Cherry switches. Duh. (Score 1) 304

Sounds like these people are in a time warp. They obviously are not high-performance hardware users or they would be familiar with keyboards that use Cherry switches.

Who says we aren't? I am. But I've never used a keyboard that feels and types as well as a Model M. For me at least, I'm able to type significantly faster on one than I am on any other keyboard I've ever tried. I've got 2 of them, they cost me about $8 each, including one of these Airline Reservation Versions.

As a Unix/Linux admin, typing is my bread and butter, so I'm going to continue using the best tool for the job. For me, that's a Model M keyboard. I don't care how much it pissess off the Windows admins in my office, with their cheap-ass Dell keyboards.

Which reminds me, one of the things I don't see anyone mentioning about those cheap keyboards these days is that there is NO plastic around the keys by which to grab the keyboard to pick it up. Any time I am stuck using one and I have to pick up the keyboard, I end up mashing a bunch of keys and screwing up whatever is on the screen because there's only a tiny area above the INS/Home/Pgup keys to grab it by. Crappy typing notwithstanding, even just that issue drives me up the wall!

Comment Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 132

Home Depot has been replacing terminals with dip terms for EMV. But the issuers are waiting for some more traction. Most US merchants don't want to pay for the terminals, since the risk doesn't shift sufficiently for them to pay the money.

And as mentioned above, any card-not-present transactions are unaffected by EMV. Most of these rings sell cards to be used not-present. It;s fairly common to place the order on the website for local pickup, grab the loot and fence it. EMV doesn't stop that.

It *could* if the store at least used the Chip + Pin to validate the person picking up the loot.

Granted, I still don't see how it helps stop people buying stuff on Amazon but that one example you provided should be fairly simple to avoid.

Comment Re:Holy god the beta (Score 2) 180

Perhaps they are aiming for a new demographic, who might feel embarrassed by every one else having low user ID's, and who aren't smart enough to understand yyyy-mm-dd date formats?

That's the only thing that makes sense to me. The beta is horrible and as a *LONG* time reader and commenter here, I won't continue visiting if they go live with that horrid beta interface.

Comment Re:The Problem (Score 1) 332

The difference is that when you "lose" gold it still exists. If your hard drive crashes and you don't have your bitcoin wallet backed up your bitcoins cease to exist.

Actually no, they still exist, you just can't access them without the private key.
In theory, given enough computational power [unlikely] one could manage to find/re-generate the same private key and would thus have access to those bitcoins.
Of course, if anyone ever had that much computation power available to them it would probably make the rest of bitcoin unviable.

So from a practical standpoint the bitcoin are lost, but they still technically exist.

Pedantic I know. Perhaps one could compare it more to that gold being 'lost' by being converted into some other compound [ie. auric chloride]. The gold is unusable as a currency in that form and thus is 'lost' from that standpoint. But, given the technical know how and resources, you could presumably recover the gold from the compound but it would be difficult and expensive.

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