372 posts • joined 26 Aug 2008
Thats Bitcoin business 101. Build a site with spaghetti code on an amazon cluster and call yourself an exchange then run it through your personal bank account. When you get shut down scream "ITS THE NWO BANKSTER LIZARD PEOPLE CONSPIRACY".
Then start again, apply for the appropriate licenses, get turned down because you thought an ISO standard is a type of CD image and scream "SEE I TRIED BUT THE LIZARD PEOPLE WON'T LET ME THIS PROVES 9/11 WAS AN INSIDE JOB"
Then do it anyway, make a bit and lose it all when someone smarter then you(and there is always someone smarter than you) probes your systems and makes off like a bandit. Then cry "WE WUZ HACKED NO MONEY FOR YOU, IT WAS TEH NSA, ANYWAYZ I GO NOW KTHXBYE"
I am saying this as someone who actively mines Bitcoin. Unfortunately most people can't see that the world is not black and white.
What Kind of Madness is this?
When i was in school we got bollocked for looking at anything that was not OFSTED approved. Suggesting something like this got you threatened with being booted out. Instead you were supposed to act as a second teacher and help everyone else out rather then being encouraged to challenge yourself academically.
Even then there were stories of wunderkinds taking GCSE's early and again when i asked in the subjects i could of done i was politely told to sod off and focus on the ones i was not so good at which being dyslexic is like telling someone with depression to just cheer up.
Re: So what you're saying here
nope, the vast majority of bitcoin miners plug their device in, run cgminer and leave alone. It is no different to installing a game and requires no crypto knowledge.
Only a few people are actually writing software or building hardware and these tend to be the people that are already doing it. i.e electronics engineers and security students.
Re: Valid Points
That's why you don't run them to maximum, you run them at around 75% fan speed and keep the temps below 90 (i use 80). I have not had any issue with graphics cards in 1.5 years of mining bitcoins then alt coins.
I did resell the cards and mentioned the period of their usage. Also the assumptions in this article are wrong, miners are always shifting cards on ebay and these often go to games machines or other miners. There won't be a glut in the market as scrypt based alt coins pop up and fizzle away continuously. If you know what you are doing you then use a multipool which mines the most profitable coin and then auto transfers to an exchange which auto sells for BTC which then auto deposits to your BTC wallet.
Doing it that way you never really reach a point where it costs more power then it does to continue mining which is usually the only thing that forces an upgrade. In my case it's kept me in high end gaming cards as between the resell value+coins mined and sold- electricity i am still making a clear profit each month and heating my office nicely. The machine sits mining and i can stop it when i want to game and restart afterwards. using a coinswitching pool means i don't have to care too much about what coin the flavor of the month is as my holdings are auto cashed out and make a tidy profit for doing nothing. The only issue is in the summer getting the heat out can be a pain (no aircon) but there are ways around that.
The cards all hit ebay at different times so there is never really a glut. There has been a shortage of some models of new cards that has been attributed to miners but other then that it does not affect the normal pc buying world in the slightest.
Re: Speaking of "Worth", 100,000 downloads bring in $250,000 for 3D-gun printer maker
Read your own linked article:
"Wilson, who leads the 3D-printed gun group Defense Distributed, signed a quarter-million dollar deal with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery imprint in December to write a non-fiction book chronicling his quest to create the first fully 3D-printable lethal weapon."
The money is for a book about building the gun, not the plans. The plan's were available free so there would be no point in selling them. This is like Linus Torvalds publishing an autobiography and people claiming he is selling Linux discs
Re: I think I see the problem...
No you got it mixed up:
First you make something people might want but don't want to pay money for.
Then you brag about how many "users" you have whilst burning money.
Then you get bought out by a big Silicon Valley VC/ company because you must be worth a billion dollars with that many users right?
Look at Instagram not a single penny in revenue but bought for a shed load of cash.
Re: Being conned much?
What are you bibbling on about?
There was no pre-mine with bitcoin. Any ALTcoin that try's that is quickly ignored and left for dead.
Your arguments about value are just insane, if you want a crude answer to where the value was look at Silkroad. Then add in Humble Bundle, Overstock.com and various small businesses that sold items for BTC.
Anyway i'm off to the secret lizard people meeting, remember sheeple don't use google to find out basic facts before posting!
Hashfast and Cointerra have been involved in all sorts of shenanigans(sock puppets, stealth changing ToS etc) recently and should be treated as vaporware. They were due to start delivering in December and charged people a premium for December versus January orders.
Black Arrow are delayed by about 3 months.
BFL were 7-9 months late on their first lot of ASICS and the Monarch has been delayed. It is unlikely given their track record this will be on time and they lie about release dates to the point "in two weeks" has become a catch phrase in the bitcoin world.
Bitmain is a lot less shady then made out in this article and plenty of ant miners have been shipped out. You can even get them on ebay from uk resellers if you want. they also produce a USB stick miner.
Shooting Welshmen with a longbow
It may still be on the books but it is illegal as it is superseded by the murder laws. That is how English law works, there is no great rule book and that is it, but instead a great big rule book and a shed load of case law. Most of these old laws that people claim still exist are like this (London cabs and bails of hay etc), sure they were never repealed but they have been superseded by newer laws that cover the area
English Law is all about the interpretation for example it is very hard to get someone convicted for stealing a car as to be classed as stealing you need to have stolen it with the aim of permanently depriving the rightful owner of their property. If you steal a car and joyride it, then dump it you have not permanently deprived them of it and therefore cannot be charged with theft. You can be charged with Taking Without Owners Consent (TWOC) which is why car thefts are charged as TWOC's and not theft.
Re: I have been looking into ...
Unless they have kick ass ATI graphics card it is a wasted effort . The difficulty is so high on Bitcoin only ASIC based machines are feasible. Other Altcoins mostly rely on Scrypt which needs GPU's to be useful.
Primecoin is an exception as it can be mined by CPU's only at the moment but it is near worthless and will likely be buried under all the other clone coins. Also you need a lot of CPU power to be remotely profitable which is why its a botnet owners wet dream.
Re: Do it for real . . .
What about license transfer? It was recommended to me to go to the US and learn somewhere with good weather then transfer across?
Re: Wot ?
Some people get paniced purely at the thought of nuclear power let alone power from warheads! that's like having dynamite in a coal plant we are all doomed! can't we just build more windmills and live in mudhuts and be happy
Home Taping is Killing Music
"Back in 1980, you spent your Sunday evenings with a radio cassette taping the hits from the chart show"
And that boys and girls is why there is no more music or a music industry, Whats that? they still make music and there is still profit to be made? damn lies! Home taping killed music and that's a F.A.C.T!
Re: Im going to be rich!
only if you stick a BT label on it!
A thought experiment
1.Buy a 1 l bottle of duty free or even a gift 6 pack of beers for you and your mates.
2. Wait a bit then get your bottles.
3. smash against seat, instant knife
Now i can take trolling of co-workers even further:
Someone whines about low battery life on an iFruit or sealed android, i can pop the back off mine and swap a battery with ease. Someone bitching about lack of storage on their hard wired flash, pop the back cover point to the micro sd and go "can't you just swap that bit out for a bigger one"
Are they fully registered as a money transmitter?
What usually happens is an exchange is set up, operates for a while then is forced to shut down.
The tin foil brigade scream about "teh evil banks" but it is usually that the companies operating the exchange has not set themselves up as a money transmitter which means following a lot more regulation. At least they are doing AML/KYC but again many in the cult will see this as interference.
The starter of that thread was also claiming the arrest was fake and that it is all a big scam orchestrated by the silk road admins. Chances are he also believes they used the money to pull of 9/11 using there time portal !
His ID was known as he ordered fake ID's that were stopped at the Canadian border in a "random" search. He was even interviewed by homeland security and continued running silkroad and giving interviews to Forbes after words.
Of course now they had fake ID's being imported they had the probable cause to do whatever tapping they like. He made lots of silly mistakes early on that allowed him to be tracked but what was especially stupid is that he ramped up his public image AFTER being questioned on a different charge.
Thing is with these things the keyboard was the computer. So you would have a serious branding issue if you used a standalone keyboard like we do today.
The key covering on a chiclet type keyboard sounds like a nifty workaround for cheapness though!
Meh its better than giving Steve Bong and co a load of money to piss away on cloning instagram.
The whole Silicon Roundabout really shows how stupid and narrow minded the politico's are about the world outside of London (AKA Here Be Dragons). Lets start a new Silicon Valley, now where to put the funding:
* The F1 belt and its associated tech businesses?
* Wokingham and others
* Somewhere not normally tapped for this sort of thing (Cornwall, Wales?)
Because if there is surely one place in the uk that will never get redeveloped unless there is some incentive it is London, not like the place is super expensive and short of space or anything ( which usually guarantee's some form of private redevelopment)
Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on
Re: The guy is one of the few Legends in IT
yeah screw that hippie. Look at that cloth wearing Gandhi guy, look how silly he looks non violent resistance must be stupid because he looks silly.
You are going to have a pretty limited life if you judge people purely by looks alone. Good luck with that.
Nuclear Anti Flash White
It looks like a V-Force designers wet dream, why not paint it up like one!
If you are not paying a fee for a service
...then you are the fee or alternatively TANSTAAFL
Don't like it, don't use it. Targeted ad's are there so that facebook et all can run their DC's etc. Doesn't make them right but you (currently) have a choice to avoid using these services, it's not mandatory to post your every action live using whatever wifi is available.
With apologies to Mr Fry
Right then lets get recruiting! Send in the new meat Darling.
Too Fat! Next
Too Spotty! Next
Good god he must be in his 40's! Next
Hmmm this one seem's ok, no wait he has a police caution for drunk and disorder, can't have that on our security clearence what what! Next
Look Darling i know we have to be 21st century but is this post open to women as well? whats that boy? Well we certainly won't have any of that in my unit bloody hippies with their long hair. Next
Ah Beufort-Smith i havn't seen you since we beat those poncy etonions, says here you once used a computer come in! Sit down i am sure we have a command position for you
Is an Ex-Hacker a script kiddie that got caught and had their 15 minutes of fame or is it someone who was smart enough to learn things and imaginative enough to either use a lab or not get caught?
It's not like saying "We want ex-soldiers" for security work, you can go ask the Army to prove their CV. This is like saying "We want ex-assassins"
Sorry Mr Smith we know you single handily broke AES using only a toaster, a zx80 and a toothpick but we have are going to hire $uckMy84$$51992 as he ran L.O.I.C against paypal and did 3 months community service.
Re: Watching with interest
The dumbing down happens not because of the platform but because of the market economics. It costs a shed load to get a game certified by Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo and you have to jump through many hoops every time you do an update.
In contrast anyone can write and distribute a PC game. This means that it is commercially viable to make "Hammond Organ Simulator 2013" on PC as you can make a profit on 1000 sales but for a console game to even break even against the costs of certification and dev kit you need an established market.
Comparing consoles to PC's in terms of intelligence is like comparing film to a book. Any wingnut with a pen and paper can write a book but you need more kit to make a film. Now the intelligence of the average user on the other hand is a completely different matter.
Re: Fixed it
Can we amend Godwin's law to say NSA as well as Nazi? Since Snowden (because before then the NSA did not exist obviously) not a single thread in anything IT related can happen without someone mentioning the NSA.
Re: The science behind Doctor Who?
Not to mention:
Spitfires IN SPAAACCCEEEE (complete with spinning prop's no less)
Titanic IN SPAAAAACCCEEEE
Victorian's IN SPAAAAAACCEEEE
Sharks IN SPAAAA.....wait, IN THE SKY
Gave up on it a long time ago, if its not stupid stuff like the above its "timey-wimey" nonsense. Dr Who has been turned into purely a kids show.
P.S Empty Cassandra frame action figure!
They tried that, didn't work, look up Esperanto. The future will be dominated by the most common language used by business AKA English.
PinYin is the main simplification and its what the kids start with. It's not uncommon for mandarin speakers to not know all of the 3000 odd common characters. Also the tones are not quite as essential people think, its contextual as well.
Re: The least of its problems
25GBP was their problem.
Ethernet is super cheap, Wifi not so much. Also Ethernet is universal worldwide Wifi has different power levels/channels depending on region so it would have been a real pain having to produce more and get appropriate certification approval (they had approval issues with the current model)
Re: Insufficient USB power
There are loads of options available. Best for a desktop machine is to buy a powered USB 3 hub (they are backwards compatible). Those have 12 v input and often have better equipped power supply's. Anker (pricy) or Orica (Anker in generic clothing) have 10 port ones with 5 amp supplies. Unfortunately the Pi does not see these but el cheapo generic ones are available on ebay
Most hubs assume you will never take full power which is why there are 7 port ones with 1.5 amp PSU's as they assume devices plugged in will be lower powered (keyboard/mice) or self powered (external HDD). Also you can check your motherboard's USB panel connector specs, my old gigabyte board has an internal port that supplies extra power "for rapid device charging" and front panel ports are dirt cheap.
Finally something sensible
Lets see how long it takes the big publishing houses to bitch and whinge about it.
Whilst producing an ebook costs about the same as dead tree (head fo to charles stross's "common misconceptions about publishing" if you doubt that". If one already exists and you buy the paper copy then it is extremely cheap for publishers to do this.
Re: XP versus Windows 7 versus Vista
Xp was pretty stable when Vista was released. Vista needed much more ram and cpu horsepower then microsoft said. This lead to a load of low end pc's sold as vista ready when they were not. VIsta was buggy and a resource hog for a long time so most people skipped it and stuck at xp.
When 7 came out it took the good bits of vista and xp and ended up with a decent version of windows. MS seem to alternate:
Windows ME (kill with fire)
Windows xp (good)
Windows vista (crap)
Windows 7 (good)
Windows 8 (fuck you this is a PC not a tablet)
Suprised it took this long
The Microsoft response to MP3 players when the market was obviously Apple vs Small brands ? Lets take on Apple, unleash the Zune!
The Microsoft response to tablets which again is Apple versus the small brands? Lets delay until Apple are firmly entrenched and then create a premium device to get the premium users (most of who are now Apple acolytes on there 2nd or 3rd iPad)
The Microsoft response to phones which was Apple vs Android? Create a separate OS, bolt it on to the phones of a dying company (Nokia) and wonder why people are not buying it. No consideration to the $$'s people have tied up in Apple/Android apps and again tarket the premium market (in which Samsung and Apple are fighting trench warfare)
On the desktop where they have no real competitor (although Macs have gained some ground it is minuscule in the world wide desktop population). They create an OS fit for a Tablet, call anyone that does not like it a luddite and instructs everyone to get a touch screen. HIlarity ensues as the world does a Vista 2.0 and hangs on to 7 (or even xp)!
Re: I was just about to don my tinfoil hat when I saw your post
You guys do realize the NSA has been doing this for years right?
Every thread about anything has a mention of the NSA since PRISM was leaked. You realize the Army shoot people? and that what a politician says is not always true right?
If the NSA/CIA/Mutant Lizard people want a distributed computer system they will just buy one. When the EFF were fighting to say DES (The U.S government approved crypto cipher) was insecure it was the intelligence community saying it was fine.
The EFF then made custom ASICs for $250k and the DESchall did it with a distributed net of home machines. Do you think that was news to the spooks? They probably had whole DC's full of stuff to break DES, similar things were seen with the Clipper chip.
Why would they need to risk being found out by hijacking machines that they do not control (would you want Bunnie Huang to find your NSA back door). They can either get them built themselves (ASICS would be far more useful then standard CPU's) or create a botnet on the millions of US Gov owned P.Cs.
Re: Lies, damned lies and recruitment agencies.
Bristol = South West and skews the figures.
Cornwall job wise is screwed as the connectivity is crap (might change with the EU projects), The road system is ok at best for commutes and the trains are an absolute joke (i think they are limited to 30mph or something similar). Even as someone who works from home most of the time it would be impossible to work for any large company as the travel would be ridiculous (you would probably have to drive to Bristol/Swindon and get the train to London)
Its a shame because it is an area that could use the investment into non tourist dependent economy but between the stuff above and the cost of living (buying a place) it ain't going to happen. Cornwall and some of the northern regions could benefit from the governments tech city bollocks but as usual the money goes to London.
The Olympics is a prime example, we have x billions to regenerate an area lets see:
Birmingham (slap bank in the middle of england with major transport links)
Manchester (further up but still good links etc)
Bristol (transport links, "artsy"place, think Austin TX)
Nah stuff that do it in London because no one wants to buy land there to build on or anything.
Re: Dragooned by Greenery
Probably has something to do with being on the front line of a potential nuclear war for 50 years. Also West Berlin served as an incubator for many different ideologies & world views.
I love the Green's. NUKES BAD during cold war era, fair enough if thats your view. Now with rising energy costs, more people to feed (and keep at a higher standard of living) and less resources to do it with nuclear power is now a greener alternative in most of the west.
However 40 odd years of "NUKES BAD" means the Greens will not listen no matter what argument (less co2,price etc) is put forward. Simply put if it ain't renewable they won't back it. Even if renewable means panels, shipped from China, that only produce energy 50% of the time and struggle to pay back the energy cost to make them. Oh and that Chinese energy used to make them? Comes from coal with no scrubbers and not just normal coal i imagine the Chinese still use the crap coal the DDR used to use which is even worse.
Germany could go for Greenpeaces ex-founders solution of wood burning (with replanting behind) but the Greens will protest that despite it being carbon negative (burn 1, plant 2) as you cannot cut tree's down EVER!
I wonder how that Green MP got from Brighton to the fracking site? must of been a long ass bike ride!
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America's Top Secret Military Base
For anyone interested in the U2/A12/SR-71/Nuclear program the book in the title is a good read. The author interviewed many ex pilots and ground crew. From Area-51 as a load of tents to the base it grew into as well as the tests in the other Area's
Then completely shoots herself in the foot with the last chapter that goes on about mysterious no named engineers who told her there were "things in tanks" etc (to the point that a lot of the people she had interview before said if they had known that was going to be in there they would have not done the interviews)
and then there is what is possible in a ballistic trajectory.
The Canberra's were almost as high as the U2's, which is why the U.S bought the license and why they were only retired recently (cheaper to drone/sat image)
Re: English Electric Lightning ????
A lightning buzzed a U2 (Empire of the Clouds-Patterson).
Re: A pipeline?
Isn't the signaling system kind of simple though? what i mean is that it does not have sidings/branch lines etc all it needs to do is take them off at one end and put them on at the other, or did i miss something?
Quite funny how they mention the larger distance version is not as suitable as shorter distance version due to supersonic aircraft being more viable for the long haul. So that would be which supersonic passenger aircraft? Even when one is built it would not be allowed to go supersonic over U.S land (which was a major contributor to Concorde's lack of take up), so why even mention it?
Mind you he might have a supersonic ex mil jet somewhere and they did fire Bond down a pipeline before and he owns space launchers. Maybe Musk is just seeing how far money,brains and wanting to be james bond will get him!
Nice idea, would be really cool (especially the car carrier version) but like the segway lots of hype but nothing changes.
The CCNP builds on what you did at CCNA and really gets you prepped up for networks (except multicast/mpls). The jump to CCIE is huge though and really requires in depth knowledge of the protocols and loads of lab time. However if you get it then it makes it much easier to find work
Here we go again
It is not that phones have/can cause crashes, it is that they have not been categorically proved not to. Same thing with cell phones at petrol stations.
To prove otherwise you would need to test a large number of phones against a large number of airframes across a large number of countries.
Much easier to tell people to turn them off
Re: Of course
You are joking right? even if they have to pay tax it still works out cheaper due to labor cost differences between nations.
In the UK you have to provide an employee a wage(and there is a minimum), an NI contribution and a pension contribution.
For your employee's in outer mongolia you have to provide squat. so you pay an extra 30% on their 1GBP/hour salary, big whoop at 1.30GBP an hour they are still cheaper than EU based worker by a country mile
Raising taxes or clamping down on loopholes would have the opposite effect of what you claim as companies would just move to tax convenient locations like Luxembourg....
Re: If the US government did this...
Not sure what it is like where you are but the state pension here does not promise "your money back" it promises X amount per week from age Y until death. The amount can go up and down as the state see's fit.
A private pension takes your money, plays the stock/bond/whatever market to grow you investment. When you cash out you take the amount of money (what you paid in+ employer paid in + what pension company maid/lost with your money) and buy an annuity which pays X amount for Y years.
Neither of these promise to pay you back what you put in. They are both getting top heavy as people live longer. There is also the issue in the UK that people think the state should provide everything rather than state pension/NHS being the safety net "i paid for it so i want it" and not putting money into private pensions/health care IF they can afford it.
Good Luck With That
So many legal and safety issues with this:
1) Bullets come down and can be fatal. This might not be the most populous area but still something most people do not consider
2) Bubba and Ray Ray will open fire on any GA aircraft leading to 1
3) Destruction of federal property
4) Interfering with Police/Military operations
Enjoy your prison time drone hunters
Re: Related information
Usually training bombs are filled with cement to make them the same weight as the live variety. The link you posted was from 1999 so probably a similar situation happened during one of the many Balkans conflicts.
The Harrier sucks in hot weather enviroments as it just does not have the power to land loaded. This is relevant when you consider future F-35's will have the exact same problem and will end up having to drop expensive weaponry if not used. I assume they are ok landing with a pair of sidewinders else stand carrier CAP is going to be really costly!
Re: Cool and all ...
Night won't affect it as it is not as dependent on visuals as a human would be. Looking at this thread i think most commentards do not seem to get that this is not meant to belittle naval pilots skill (its fscking hard to do even in simulators let alone when your neck is on the line) but more that the robotics/coders/aviation engineers have increased their skills.
Sure it might not be able to save itself if battle damaged beyond a certain point but who cares? Navy pilots that land severely damaged kit in barely flying condition are doing it to save themselves (the plane is often a write off at that point anyway). Ejection seats save your life but they often break legs and can cause your back to compress and end a military pilots career.
Re: There are many LED matrices
"SOMETHING is going on."
Not really. Think of it on the flip side, if you buy peanut butter m&m's in the states they are under a dollarish right? so ~60-70 pence. They are not sold in the UK if you look on amazon they are from £1.60 ($2.41) to £4.34 ($6.56). A USPS envelope rate for a single pack is $2.to the UK (assuming 2 ounce/56g package weight). Going the other way though a single envelope is £2.48 ($3.75). That is comparing two comparable western countries and you have a large price difference and i would wager that some of it is down to RM's labor cost per envelope being higher then USPS' who in turn will have a higher cost then China Post (things like jet fuel etc will be roughly the same all over)
So you have two options you can get someone to buy them in America (for much cheaper )and ship to the UK and come out around the same price as buying in the UK(for small amounts, larger amounts will attract a customs charge) or you can buy them in the UK from a distributor who has already done all of the above + paid import tax and pay slightly more.
There is no great Chinese conspiracy here it is a simple case of economics. It is also important to remember that p&p is postage AND packaging which not only includes the box but the labor involved.
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