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Comment Re:Use a liberal definition of planet (Score 2) 141

I actually really like this idea:
Define a Star as a body that has achieved a nuclear fusion reaction.
Define a Planet as a body that has enough mass to be spherical that orbits a star.
Define a Planetoid as a body that has enough mass to be spherical that does not orbit a star.
Define a Moon as a body that has enough mass to be spherical that orbits a planet.
Define an Asteroid as a body that does not have enough mass to be spherical that orbits a star.
Define a Natural Satellite (here's to you, potato shaped Phobos) as a body that does not have enough mass to be spherical that orbits a planet. Maybe call it a Moonoid?


Define Pluto and Charon as a binary planet; since they appear to orbit each other (and binary stars are already defined).
If this means Sedna and a few other bodies become planets -- fine. But at least the definitions are easy.

Comment Re:I guess /. still approves this crap (Score 1) 267

If every bank involved agrees the invalid signature is valid, what happens to the money?

Stealing a coin here or there from a wallet that hasn't been touched in a while would be more "practical", and for all we know, is being done now.

Anyone can audit the blockchain, not just miners.

It'd be possible to find every bitcoin not traded in the past 3 years, assert it "lost" then the attacker fraudulently claim them with the attack given, and it's possible he could liquidate after the theft without anyone noticing until he's cashed out.

It's not just miners checking the transactions.

Comment Re:I guess /. still approves this crap (Score 1) 267

I do understand Bitcoin, and what you are describing is impossible. Bitcoins cannot be transferred from one account to another unless you have the private keys to the account that currently holds them. It's like a signed check - it can't be transferred to another account without a valid signature.

Comment Re:Netbooks are gone? (Score 1) 240

"Surface Pro 4"

Until wifi dies. Or the Surface wont turn on. Or the touch screen wont work.

We issued Pro 4s to our sales staff. I'm not joking -- literally 10% were dead on arrival. About half of the rest experienced the above problems (mixed in with dead screens, dead USB ports and a few other things) within the first year. We're now 1 year out from issuing them and about 6 months out from no longer replacing a dead/broken one with a replacement Pro. There's maybe 10 left in my region (out of about 90).

I blame PART of that on sales staff. They can be brutal on hardware sometimes. I blame most of it on the hardware which can't hand real world use.

I still have an old ASUS netbook from waybackwhen(tm). I installed ubuntu on it and use it primarily as a remote terminal when I need to go in the field. I love the fact the thing can easily fit in my glove box. That sucker has taken some abuse and still is kicking.

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