109 posts • joined 22 Sep 2010
Re: Sounds about right
I'll publically admit to knowing very little about MS Windows, so my response when asked about slow-running Windows computers is usually something along the lines of "I can wipe the disk and install Linux if you like."
Stolen or just irretrevable?
"Now someone else has all the bitcoins,"
Personally, I doubt that.
I think it far more likey that through some sort of system (including human) failure, Mt.GOX lost the private keys to their cold storage. That means all those missing bitcoins are still "owned" by the MT.GOX cold-storage public keys, but without the corresponding private keys there is no way to transfer them.
This may have happened a log time ago, and Mt.GOX could have been operating on a very small fractional reserve while they continued to accept both new customers and new deposits (and at the same time dicked around trying to recover their cold-storage keys). It could be that recent malleability attacks drained just enough of their fractional reserve from hot storage to push them over the edge of the cliff on which they'd been teetering for some time.
The true value of a good lawsuit will be in forcing Mt.GOX to explain what happened (admit it, this is all pretty fascinating!).
Nobody but the lawyers will end up with any money.
Re: Legal standing?
Courts don't "have standing".
Plaintiffs are the ones who must have standing.
Courts have jurisdiction (or not).
Re: dum di-di dum dum
"How can anyone loose 750,000 of anything for 'years' and not notice?! Especially when it is effectively £500 notes. Talk about shoddy accounting."
This is a web site set up to allow nerds to trade "Magic The
Gathering" cards with each other.
Then somebody with presumably no background in banking, accounting, or finance decides to change it into an international bank. [Hey, how hard can it be to run a bank based on an untested currency model implemented in untested software?]
Add hundreds of millions in drug money; mix well; wait a few years.
Make some mopey?
"That brief period where it looked like voucher bazaar Groupon might actually make some mopey could be over already."
Is "mopey" a typo, or is it Brit slang/humor that went right over my head?
Re: @ Mad Mike
Florida and Texas for starters.
All you have to convince the jury is that you were afraid. You probably also have to show that your fear was "reasonable" or some such thing, but "reasonable" in places like Texas and Florida doesn't really mean the same thing it does to civilized people. If you get a true jury of your peers (AKA like-minded nut-jobs), then you're clear.
IOW, stay away from Florida and Texas.
I've got nothing against Pooh Sticks, but I don't know what sort of weirdness you're talking about....
Sapphire Glass isn't...
A glass, that is.
At least not from a materials science point of view.
It's crystaline rather than amorphous.
Not everyone was happy...
"In the early 2000's ( 3 4 ) we had walkie talkie / phones it would use the same network but in direct client to client . Worked great and everyone was happy."
Except everybody else within earshot of the users of "push-to-shout" walkie-talkie cellphones -- the awful speakers and codecs always meant the volume of both the phone and the user were cranked up to 11.
Thank god those things vanished.
Re: To use or not to use computers, that is the question
"Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics."
Cars were never simple and reliable. And they're a damned site more reliable than they used to be. Mechanically, they are in some ways simpler than they used to be. Remember having to clean and rebuild a 4-barrel carb with automatic mechanical choke every couple years -- otherwise the damned thing wouldn't start on cold mornings?
Modern comptuer-controlled cars are far, far, more reliable than they were back in the "good old days".
I don't understand the reference to our sun...
"These show that the star has very little iron – at a maximum of 10-7.1 the concentration in our Sun, it's the most iron-poor star ever characterised."
Does that mean that the "old" star has a concentration less than1e-7.1 _times_ the concentration in our sun?
Re: Cowboys & Indians
Grass doesn't always get trampled.
Some of it gets eaten, and some of it gets shat upon.
Crackpot (and one without standing)
I read the petition, and based on the language and writing, I'd have to say the author is a genuine, bona-fide, died-in-the-wool crackpot. [Though rather a low-level one apparently: he was denied a Wikipedia page as either a "real" scientist or as a crackpot because he wasn't genuinely famous.]
General crackpottedness aside, I fail to understand why he thinks he has standing. About 95% of the section of the petition that's supposed to explain the petitioner's standing is a list of his publications and supposed qualifications as an expert in astrobiology (or something like that). However, "standing" doesn't have anything to do with his qualifications as an expert. "Standing" is about showing that you've been more-or-less directly harmed and that the remedy you're seeking will compensate you for that harm and stop you from being harmed further.
When it comes to the actual question of his standing, the petitioner falls back on the old "I'm a taxpayer and <somebody> is spending my tax money in a way that I don't like." That's referred to as "taxpayer standing", and the US Supreme Court says it's not a valid argument unless the plaintiff is claiming that the taxes are being levied and spent in a manner that exceeds the authority granted to <somebody> to do so under the constitution.
Even though it was definitively tossed out by the Supreme Court in 1923, crackpots never tire of the "taxpayer standing" gambit...
Re: what the hell did the author mean
Whether it was funny or not is subjective, but it's pretty clear it was _meant_ to be humor -- and the author's intent is what was asked about, not whether it was actually funny.
Re: "a meth lab comprising a small torch, batteries and other items",
> That 3 pack of LED torches I bought from B&Q the other day [...]
You guys do know that in the US "torch" means something different than it does in the UK?
Re: Diamonds have no intrinsic value. After all, what use are they?
> Are they not used on diamond tipped blades and stuff, used in a variety of industrys?
Industrial and "gem" diamonds aren't the same thing (well, they are chemically, but for all practical purposes they're two different commodities). For example, industrial diamonds are often synthetic (IIRC, 80-90 of diamond used
for abrasives is synthetic).
Re: I like it!
> I quite like the device. I wish it was a TV as well.
I've got TVs (two of them), and neither has an antenna or "cable" connected. They're just used as monitors for various set-top boxes and DVD players. I'd much rather have a built-in browser and netflix player than built-in OTA/Cable receiver.
Re: Thank you Facebook
> Suppose a setting to turn that irritation off is too much to ask for?
Yes it is.
You are _not_ Zuck's customer. The people paying for the ad's are the cusotmer. You are the product being sold. Nobody give's a sh*t about the product's opinion.
If you want to stop wasting time, give up Facebook.
Re: I genuinely do not understand...
> Same sort who think kicking down your fences on a Friday night is funny?
It's more like somebody told you to to kick down your own fences and you went ahead and did it even though
1) you should have known better than to build a fence that will fall over when given a kick.
2) you should have been bright enough to avoid being talked into doing something so stupid.
> Yes, but that was Fox news which is basically Sesame Street minus the facts and with worse maths.
And minus the writing, wit, humor, entertainment and production value. For all that Fox News substitues ranting deluded old white guys. Fox News: it's sort of entertaining until you realize they're _serious_. Then it's just frightening.
Investigate the victim?
"indicted for interfering with the investigation of a teenager who was raped in Steubenville last year,"
Hopefully it was the crime that was investigated, not the victim. But, in a small town in Ohio, one would have to give the author's the benefit of the doubt.
Re: Can't be co-incidence (can it ?)
The VMS wombat help article was actually pretty extensive, and if you had smart enough terminal (e.g. VT240) even included a half-way decent picture of a wombat. I don't know if all of that was available from the command-line or if the more extensive wombat info and graphics was only available from withing some specific subsystem...
Re: IPV4 best for the general public
> I am behind a NAT router, my ISP gives me a dynamic
> IP address, and I wish to stay like this thanks very much.
Why can't you can do exactly the same thing with IPv6?
I second the endorsement of openwrt -- on whatever hardware you can find that will run it. For the past handful of years, I've been running it on Netgear and Buffalo WAP/routers. Before that I ran it on Linksys hardware for several years.
What's GoAhead got to do with it?
> Source code for the GoAhead web server used in Tenda products has been made available on GitHub.
I'm not claiming that statement isn't true (a lot of embedded products use GoAhead web server code). What I don't see is what it has to do with the rest of the story. Was the backdoor inserted in the GoAhead code? Was that back door present in the source code on GitHub?
It's not that it's "new"...
It's that is so incredibly sad somebody is asking for VC money to help enable people that have such a serious addiction that it interferes with their ability to feed themselves. Perhaps they should get psychological help instead of buying some sort of gloop that prevents them from having to log out of WoW for a few minutes per day in order to eat.
Eating (or even _preparing_) real food just isn't that difficult or time consuming...
Re: From my neck of the woods
> "It's Comcast"
> Oh, fuck me.
If you're one of their customers, you don't have to ask.
Is it "Christ" or "Crist"?
It would be appropriate if the guy that brought us the "Jesus Phone" grew up on Christ Drive...
Re: How many?
Jen was socially inept?
but it doesn't know when it will roll out the feature
From what I've seen, they haven't yet "rolled out" reliable 2D video conferencing.
Re: Explanation for the explosion
Google fuel-air-explosive (FAE) or thermobaric weapon.
Also known as a poor man's tactical nuclear weapon:
> They are, weight-for-weight, significantly more energetic than conventional
> condensed explosives. Their reliance on atmospheric oxygen makes them
> unsuitable for use underwater, at high altitude, and in adverse weather.
> Thermobaric explosives, however, cause considerably more destruction
> when used inside confined environments such as tunnels, caves, and
I worked on fire-control SW for an FAE weapons system years ago. It was basically a large morter shell what was little other than a can of propane/butane with a parachute that you 1) pop open, 2) let mix with air [this is the important part] and 3) ignite. Does all sorts of nasty things to people, buildings, and vehicles but doesn't kill the grass (or so I was told, I never witnessed a live-firing).
Re: And so, to the stars...
If that's not the title of a book, it sure ought to be.
Yea, it's a shame you can't kill a few poor people these days without having
to talk to the police about it afterwards. Next thing you know, they're going to outlaw chattel slavery as well.
Southhampton is not in "the city"
The restaurant was in Southhamption, which is a town about 60 miles east of New York City. It may be posh, but it's not a disctrict in the city. It's not even close to the city.
It's probably safe to assume his lawyers get about 50% of what's awarded.
Re: Oscar, what are you doing?
I loved that book as a kid. My teacher (Mrs. Saxon, IIRC) read it to the class 40+ years ago (I was 11). About 1/4 of the way through, I checked a copy out of the library and finished it in a couple days. I even re-read it a couple times since then.
"much" of the energy turned into heat?
"And you also need to be able to cool the room after your machines have turned much of the generated energy into heat."
"Much" of the energy is turned into heat? What happens to the rest of it? Hint: for all practical purposes, _all_ of the energy is turned into heat. There is a utterly negligible amount that leaves the room via network cables, but for the purposes of specing an HVAC system, all energy is turned into heat.
Bravo if the skeuomorphism is goes away!
It will be a great improvement if the skeuomorphism is indeed gone in iOS 7. That alone would be reason to upgrade. I gagged when I saw that introduced.
Why do people get upset at Apple for this?
Do you give the government more tax money than the law says you owe?
Why would anybody expect Apple to do so?
If you invested in Apple, do you want them to give more of your money to the government that the government says they have to?
If you don't like the tax rules, you should bitch at congress, parliament, the IRS, or whoever makes the rules...
This particular American has never been under any illusion that he's much of a drinker. A few years back, I got to travel to England and attend my employer's UK office Christmas party. It was quite a do compared to the snooze-fests we have in the US. To quote Roy from IT:
"You people drink like you don't want to live!"
Back in the early 80's I did hardware and software design for AMPS
cellular mobile and base station stuff, and remember ilstening to a lot of that data (it was particularly useful to listen to the unmuted data bursts on the voice channels). It did sound a lot like cicadas. :)
IIRC, it was manchester encoded with a 5KHz clock....
I worked on the firmware for a competitor (almost a clone) of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000 shown on that page...
Re: Glass is a solid - simple experiment
There are obsidian (a naturally formed glass) arrow-heads 5K-10K years old that are still sharp enough to slice off a finger-tip if you're not careful handling them.
Razor-sharp bits of 10,000 year old "liquid"...
What's with the "nuclear" and "radiocative" crap?
WTF? There's nothing nuclear or radiactive involved in cesium "atomic" clocks.
I hesistate to take cheap shots at authors, but that stuff was blatently made up from whole cloth. Perhaps we should take up a collection so the author can take a class on how to use Google and Wikepedia.
"Failsafe" doesn't mean what you think it means.
The word "failsafe" doesn't mean what the author of the headline thinks it means.
"Failsafe" refers to a design that causes no damage/harm when it fails.
A lump of clay is a failsafe rocket ignitor. When it fails, it does so in a manner that doesn't cause harm. Unfortunately, it fails 100% of the time -- but something doesn't have to be reliable to be failsafe.
Re: I find it interesting...
Firstly, in the US, "ponce" doesn't mean anything in particular. Secondly, the US Navy probably doesn't really worry about about a handful of sniggering Brits. [Did I use the word "sniggering" correcly?]
Actually, I'm not sure if it's the Navy that picks names for ships or if Congress has it's finger in that pie. I wouldn't be surprised if letting a key US Senator pick a ship's name was a nice bit of pork to be doled out come appropriations time. The Navy would probably name a ship the USS Mangrove-Throatwarbler if it meant they'd get enough extra money to build another ship. [Yes, I know that's not how it's spelled.] But that doesn't really explain "Ponce" since the congressional delgation from Puerto Rico don't actually get to vote. Maybe it was in reparation for that one Puerto Rican island that the USN likes to pound the shit out of for practice.
That is all.
Re: Are they serious?
> "They named a ship for a *pimp*?!"
> No I think it's named after some famous military Merkin.
The USS Ponce is named after the city in Puerto Rico (I've been there, it's very nice -- they have a very impressive art museum). The city was named after the the Spaniard who "discovered" Florida: Ponce de Leone.
"Playing catch-up" is pretty generous...
Saying that MS is playing catch-up with Android, iPad mini seems like a pretty generous metaphore. I'd have said something like "MS still steaming full speed in circles as Android and iOS sail away over the horizon."
> An accelerometer recognises which way is up, and can follow
> changes in movement.
Well, technically, it can sense "up" _or_ it can follow changes in motion. It can't do both at the same time...
Read novels for advertisements?
> I'm proud to have done so, and I'm proud to have done so for advertisements.
Maybe it's because I'm a USian, maybe it's because I'm just dim, maybe you think those two statements are redundant -- but what does it mean to read novels "for advertisements"?
In exchange for reading the novels he got to place free ads somewhere?
Re: Your science is rubbish
> Actually, the slug is the Imperial unit of mass, and the pound is a unit of force.
I worked on fire-control SW for the USN a couple-three decades back, and in the ballistic calculations the units for air density were slugs per cubic meter. Well, _I_ found that amusing.
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