154 posts • joined 12 Jun 2008
Re: Hello French polishers?
The currency may not technically be a Ponzi scheme but the technologically baked-in anonymity means that it's easy to operate a BitCoin market in a very Ponzi-reminiscent fashion.
As I have suggested in comments elsewhere, the real problem here appears to be lack of proper regulation fo companies that are holding coins on belahf of others. There are a whole bunch of such regulations in most countries for fiat currency, but as yet such rules for Bitcoins are few and far between.
The one thing that many BTC users/speculators seem to have missed is that an unregulated free market is in practise impossible. The regulation may come either via either bureaucrats or Yuri with the tattooed knuckles applying a baseball bat to the kneecaps, but it has to come from somewhere.
Look for the little blue arrow in the bottom left hand corner. You'll need to remove your mouse from the video window to avoid the control bar covering the action.
Very true. You could say, for example, that all of those computers at Pixar spend a couple of years 'mining' their next movie - a set of 0's and 1s that many people value highly enough to exchange money for.
Re: Honour amongst thieves
Exactly. A Mexican Standoff is a form of trust after all.
Leave them attached to the bottles and you might be onto something.
I would have trouble identifying 90 unique elements of the Twitter interface and service let alone 900.
Re: US education sales
"Now what's needed is a Pi desktop for Chrome, so that a Chromebook/Pi/Arduino environment can be created."
Chrome has a VNC viewer already in the store and VNC server is in the Raspian repository. Works well after a little fiddling but shouldn't be beyond any suitably motivated schoolkid.
Re: What the...
The ZX80 keyboard was still better than changing the capacitance of the switches by licking them with your bare tongue, but only just.
Re: I'm mining Litecoins as we speak...
Personally I think half of the current alt-coins will fall by the wayside
Half? Read up on the Network Effect. Think 99%.
I think that the thing most likely to kill BTC is its own success. Should it ever get to a position where World+Dog is buying their beer and gum using it then the blockchain may well be so silted up that the verification lag per transaction will become unacceptable for larger sums.
Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes..."
'human minds cannot be replicated by computers'
'human minds have some features where quantum phenomena may be able to occur'
on the same level as searles chinese room example - good for provoking argument in class, but does not hold up once you think a bit.
Penrose hasn't spent the years since 'New Mind' sitting on his hands. He and Stuart Hameroff have a well worked out theory of quantum conciousness (Orch-OR) that's just recently been getting some interesting scientific attention.
Re: Heaven help you ...
My wife comes from Scunthorpe. She was in the Scunthorpe and District Schools Orchestra which gave every member a T-Shirt with the name written in a circle around the logo on the front. They all quickly learnt never to wear it under a V-neck jumper.
As you say, great bit of kit. It's ideally suited to younger kids in a multi-use family room.
Many of the games are designed for playing together (as opposed to against each other) and the ability to hand off the kid's games to the gamepad mid-play so the rest of us can use use the TV as a TV (without banishing said kid to his bedroom or shelling out an additional £200 for a Vita) is worth the purchase price alone.
It works best in a social context. Unfortunately it seems that you need to aim at the solitary gamer to sell consoles in any significant numbers.
"Customers who paid in Bitcoin were promised on the Bitcointalk forum that if Hashfast had to issue refunds, it would do so in Bitcoin. However, as the contract said refunds would be in dollars, it is now only offering that currency. Since $2,000 worth of Bitcoins in October would be worth $10,000 now, this has unsurprisingly ignited the ire of those who pre-ordered".
...and therein lies the problem for anybody using BTC for any purposes other than speculation.
They may be a textbook example of how to start up and grow a company but they're no good at picking names.
The pub 5 minutes' walk away from me accepts Bitcoin. Its usage is still low, but hardly to the extreme you claim.
It'll be interesting to see what happens to the blockchain if world+dog start paying for their pint in BitCoins. As has been pointed out earlier it's already tens of GB. It'll be acceptable it there's, say, a 4 hour wait for authentication before the landlord gets his £3 (as long as the BTC price isn't too volatile over that period) but each trivial transaction silting up the system means that it gets less useful for the big stuff. There's a good chance that the day it starts getting useful for everyday commerce is that day that it starts to strangle itself.
The 'value' in BTC lies entirely in the speed and processing power of the network, speed and power which will have to increase along the upward curve of BitCoin usage for it to succeed.
In that case translating the payload into Russian and spamming Kremlin addresses might be more effective than running a sinkhole?
The optical tracking/wooden spoon trick would be its most useful feature in our house.
Re: simple solution
Watch it twice, once with each eye.
Re: Unfortunate but the satellite is still safe and ready for re-launch
Exactly. Success, in launching circles, is defined as "we didn't blow up". All the mechanisms and procedures designed to prevent the destruction of the vehicle worked perfectly.
On the pad without having blown up is a success. In the correct orbit without blowing up is a great success.
A possible solution...
... would be to re-develop the surrounding area on a Cerne Abbas Giant streetplan.
So that'll be why they used a contemporary photo on the front of the Radio Times then?
Yep, Linux on a £300 eBay ThinkPad corporate refurb. Comes apart with one screwdriver, Lenovo handily give you a free Haynes-style manual with it and the bits are easily available and relatively cheap. I had to change the screen on my last one after a teenager left a couple of thumb bruises in the original. It took me about half an hour including tea-making time.
These days I shall be spending the close-to-a-grand saved on heating and food. The only downside is that people in coffee bars assume that I'm an accountant.
Never mind Tesla, is there any interest from Durex?
Re: Finally an electric car I may want...
"Until the cost of electric cars rivals the price of diesel they will not be as viable an alternative."
You have to remember that the i3 is designed specifically to fleece Shoreditch hipsters. The technology'll go into the Mini version for the masses.
Re: Third Price Rise in 12 Months
"you clearly don't have a large family sucking your broadband dry like a crack pipe."
Mine sit on the sofa next to each other watching the same show on iPlayer three minutes out of sync.
Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer
Currently exploring the circulation of the South Atlantic.
As G+ is blocked as part of my workplace's Social Media policy I can no longer log in to Feedly at work. Time to go round the RSS reader audition loop again.
'Granddaddy of the World Wide Web' might have been more accurate.
Re: Motorcycle Helmets
No need for helmets/burkhas/tights over the head. All you probably need to do is wear a t-shirt with something like this printed nice and life-sized on the front. Tesco's data will then show a high number of short grey-bearded pensioners visiting the pumps and put the pile ointment/viagra ads on heavy rotation.
Re: Mixed bag
Being able to read any iBooks at all on a Mac is at least progress. You can always upload all of your DRM-free stuff to a Kindle account of course...
Since it was a slow afternoon I've downloaded the bean counter's PDF and had a read. They base their definition of a 'tech job' on just five Standard Industry Classifications (SICs), namely
■ Software publishing (SIC 582).
■ Computer programming, consultancy and related activities (SIC 620).
■ Data processing, hosting and related activities; web portals (SIC 631).
■ Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products (SIC 26).
■ Manufacture of electrical equipment (SIC 27).
I'm fairly sure that this would exclude a lot of the consultancy and R & D outfits in, say, the Cambridge area for a start.
Electronics and computing are just so 20th century anyway - what about biotech?
Left-hand side of the globe is dimly illuminated by reflection from the rings, presumably.
Re: Go on, then.
Even the fact that they're still using terms like 'first screen' and 'second screen' show that they've missed the point. TV (and other content) now just bounces between whatever display device is handy and convenient at the time.
Chromecast and Apple TV have a few faults as a devices but the fundamental concept of TV now being just another stream on the network is a sound one.
Status symbol or not at £548-£709 with a 64-bit processor they're definitely at the 'Porsche' end of the market. The fact that half of the people that you see on the street are carrying one means that something must be distorting the market. It's like half the car park at Tescos's being full of 911s.
"I think it's rather like the Porsche Cayman vs. the 911. No one wants to be looked at as slightly too poor to buy the 'proper' product."
The real story is that Apple has managed to convince a huge number of people to buy the equivalent of a Porsche when all the majority of them need is a Fiat 500 to pop down to the shops in. You really have to admire their ability to turn a luxury product into a commodity.
True. If the answer to the question "Where are your files?" is "They're all in that white box over there", it's not really cloud storage.
Re: Pringle, surely?
A better comparison might be the round teabag, which also had absolutely no practical benefit but was the pivot around which a marketing campaign could be built. It's the sort of stunt which happens when markets reach saturation.
Order of magnitude problem
"We all made do with lesser machines, among them Sinclair’s genuinely low-cost ZX81, which is perhaps a more appropriate role-model for the Pi: cheap enough for a “what the heck, why not” purchase that might not get used after all."
The ZX81 launched in 1981 at £49 in kit form, which in 2013 money is about £160. To hit the Pi's current £33 it would have had to have sold for less than a tenner in 1981.
An assembled 1981 ZX81 would set you back £70 (or £230 today).
"From the get-go, we have only made communications with each other through TOR so we all remain completely anonymous, even to each other."
Or, put another way
"I can't really tell whether any one or more of the people I'm talking to is an undercover FBI agent."
Re: English Independence
As Wales isn't mentioned in the Act of Union we'll be left with 'The United Kingdom of Northern Ireland' then.
Re: Lot of interesting comments there
" ...only history will tell us whether it was off a cliff or into the promised land."
So instead of "Should Scotland be an independent country?" the question should be "Do you feel lucky?"
At the moment despite hours of debate and acres of text and advertising nobody really knows anything and, should there be a yes vote, probably won't until about 2020 at the earliest.
Obligatory pilot joke
"died peacefully in his sleep "... behind the joystick of his aircraft while crashing into a hangar.
RIP Ken, you showed how engineering should be done.
Crucial bit from the linked article
"... since Linux is open source, vulnerabilities are patched relatively quickly by the community of users. Backing this up is the fact that there aren’t significant exploit packs targeting the platform. In fact, in a conversation with the malware’s sales agent, he himself suggested using email and social engineering as the infection vector."
So conventional sanitary practise should apply.
It's 'the Gray Lady' that side of the pond isn't it?
Re: If it specifically need Chrome, I'll propably be stuffed
I should ask for your money back.
As I recall 24fps was settled on by Warner Bros/Vitafone as an economic compromise between running the film strip fast enough to get acceptable optical sound response but not so fast as to increase their print and distribution costs too dramatically (higher fps means more celluloid transported round the country and thicker stock to minimise breakages).
They set it at literally the slowest fps that they could get away with and, like the apocryphal Roman chariot that set rail gauges, it stuck.
Re: Ugh, more nonsense
Cambridge to Stratford is only 35 minutes on the Liverpool Street line, and there'll be a Cambridge Science Park station in 2015. Google will be at Kings Cross at the end of the other Cambridge line and may begin to form a sort of 'tech triangle'.
Might encourage Greater Anglia to upgrade their derelict rolling stock as well.
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