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Comment Article translation (Score 4, Informative) 256

According to

"Chinese hackers" = “the Chinese government or military cyber warriors” according to unnamed officials

"sensitive U.S. army database" is a database where users are emailed their username and password in cleartext

"Non-government users can query the database but cannot download data from it" (???)

Comment Security fees (Score 2) 595

I don't think many critics actually understand the dual purpose of mining. It's not only to govern the supply of new money, but also to protect the block chain. Many attacks require that the attacker control more computational power than 50% of the network, which is a lot of hardware.

Eventually mining slows down and transaction fees become the dominant reward for mining new blocks. So transaction fees will essentially be the "security cost" for protecting the network against a centralized attack. It's anyone's guess where they'll eventually stabilize.

Comment With all due respect... (Score 4, Informative) 152

"Economists also tell us that 75 percent of a company’s value is attributable to its intellectual property (IP) — and that IP-intensive industries contribute $5 trillion per year to the U.S. economy. These industries account for about 35 percent of gross domestic product and 40 million jobs, including 28 percent of the jobs in the United States."

The report linked in the article discusses copyright, trademark, and patent-intensive industries. Patent-intensive industries are the *lowest* employer of the three, around 4 million as opposed to the 40 million jobs cited. It's misleading to lump all three industries together.

The same report lists another interesting metric, which is percentage of self-employed workers for each industry. Patent-intensive industries have the lowest number of self-employed workers, at 2.2% (vs 16% for copyright-intensive industries). This indicates to me that patent-intensive industries do not support capital-poor startups very well.

Of course I would expect counsel for the top patent recipient in the U.S. for two decades running to have differing opinions from my own.


Comment Re:Let's test it (Score 1) 529

Xtifr, my somewhat-cheeky comment was just pointing out that speech can be censored as a side-effect of these takedowns. And we have seen that whenever government gets a new capability that makes certain things more convenient, they tend to push it as far as they can (e.g. pen register requests). I think the torrent tracker was included here as a trial balloon to see just how bright that line is.

Comment Re:Wait, really? (Score 1) 1053

I'm sure excessive booze and partying takes its toll (if only to leave less time for exercise) but I believe the cancer stats about NOLA. My dad who was in the ANG down there talks about how many of his friends were lost way too early to cancer. I'm sure there's as much money spent keeping it "anecdotal" as there is money spent covering up the illegal waste dumping.

Comment Port shmort (Score 1) 330

Cry me a river .. Back in the day we had to port arcade games with real sprites and dedicated sound chips to computers with 1 bit per pixel graphics and 1 bit sound (seriously). Oh, and controllers? You'd get the "key down" but not the "key up". Now get off my lawn :)

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