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Comment The blockchain alone is worthless (Score 1) 190

It's all about giving a large (and thereby trustworthy) number of users the incentive to participate in a blockchain. It's about the economical system a blockchain exists in. Just having a blockchain guarantees nothing. Having a blockchain with a difficulty as high as Bitcoin's makes all the difference.

I don't believe in the hype around blockchain "technology". Those who advocate "private" blockchains have, in my opinion, misunderstood the whole concept.

Comment It's good news! (Score 1) 223

Bitcoin creates so many innovative business opportunities. Knowing that your government is acknowledging it as a legal currency means there is a little bit less risk for running such a business. Which means that there is going to be more innovation.


Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment Bugs fixed in GPL code (Score 1) 270

The bugs fixed in the Oracle JRE are most probably also present (and have also been fixed) in the OpenJDK version, which is GPL-licensed. I don't know what all the Oracle bashing is all about. That's almost like blaming Red Hat every time a bug is found in a Linux device driver.

Java is a popular platform, and it is also a big platform. There will always be bugs, just like in every large piece of software. It has become a critical piece of infrastructure for many businesses. Being popular makes it a preferred target for attackers.

It is very cheap to put the blame on Oracle just at the time they're releasing bug fixes. But we shouldn't forget that they are not the only ones making profit from Java. And instead of crying for alternatives (which are probably less stable and have more undiscovered security holes), we shouldn't forget that most of Java is Open Source and that the Open Source community can actually work on fixing the problems.

Comment There are other ways to make money besides mining (Score 1) 600

Mining wasn't meant to be the biggest business in the world of Bitcoin. It will never be the type of "work" that can feed the masses, just like in the real world, only a few people are miners. But that doesn't make the idea of donating your computing/networking/whatever resources to some crowdsourcing mechanism in exchange for micro-payment invalid. Here is a couple of services that your computer could provide to others in an automated, peer-to-peer fashion for a couple of 'toshis:

  • Provide internet proxying/tunneling/anonymity.
  • Perform scientific calculations, simulations, SETI@home-like challenges.
  • Compile source code.
  • Render images for graphics artists.
  • Brute-force crack crypto keys.
  • Perform DDOS attacks.
  • Send spam.

I guess there might be some real economic potential for the last couple of items on the list.
Has anyone attempted to write some kind of service-for-bitcoin software?

Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."

Is JavaScript Ready For Creating Quality Games? 165

kumpetan writes "After seeing so many games built with JavaScript, and considering the applications it powers and the use of Ajax, it seems like web developers are now in the game development pot. It is getting easier and more popular with libraries like jQuery, MooTools, Prototype, etc. There are even libraries like Game JS, GameQuery or JavaScript GameLib, specifically for this purpose. So, will we start to see more ambitious game projects arise using these tools?"

Man Steals Fridge Full of Urine Samples 4

A 26-year-old man stole a small refrigerator from a probation office used to store urine samples, including his own. Police say he went to the office Sunday, shot out a window to get inside and removed the locked refrigerator. The man had tested positive for drugs and police theorize that he was attempting to get rid of the evidence as opposed to simply being very, very thirsty.

Study Suggests Women Prefer Internet Over Sex 16

jbatista writes "Intel has issued a disturbing news release from a survey. The survey found that sensibly half of the interviewed women claim their preference of Internet over sex. According to the survey, nearly half of women (46 percent) and 30 percent of men would rather go without sex for 2 weeks than give up Internet access for the same amount of time. For women aged 18-34 it was 49 percent and for women aged 35-44 it was 52 percent. For men aged 18-34, it was 39 percent." You don't need the touch of another person when you can get super poked on Facebook.

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