Are you a prince confronted with the wheat and chessboard problem?
40 posts • joined 13 Nov 2009
Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it
Oh hello. Haven't heard much from you lately: Linux veteran Slackware rides again with a beta of version 15
Re: No.... really??
The central banks only create the actual cash. All the other money on the books is created by the commercial banks. The central bank interest rate just sets the incentive for them to grant credit aka create money.
Cryptocoiners may not have noticed, but we are beyond simple token money, be it cowrie shells or bitcoins.
Re: Perhaps I'm the only one left
> They still work and require surprisingly little
> in the way of personal info to use
Modern automated sorting machines must scan the recipient's address to do their job. While they are at it, the may as well scan the sender. Ah. And store the records. Now, they wouldn't do that, would they?
Well, here a German Post competitor was caught with the fingers in the sweet data cookie jar: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/wirtschaft/postfirma-pin-mail-hortet-millionen-briefdaten/7795758.html
Will never happen again, of course.
It says "findings shed light on how water-repelling substances behave under high pressures, such as those found at the ocean floor" but then the pressure is 20 times that of the Mariana trench.
Which ocean floor are they talking about? Or did I miss the part where boffins are already exploring extra-solar ocean floors?
I second FogBugz http://www.fogcreek.com/fogbugz/
It has a perfect email integration. And clever full text analysis, e.g. the spam filter engine for incoming mails also automatically files non-spam to the proper work queues. It much favours full-text search and reporting over explicit fields to keep the number of dedicated fields as lean as possible. Most other trackers offer a byzantinian maze of fields and drop downs which are a pain to fill in and a complete waste of screen space. Ever received a trouble ticket email from a big ISP? Where you have to scroll endlessly to get beyond the form boilerplate and read about the real issue?
This actually also is its biggest disadvantage: management loves to code its local idea of proper procedure into ever more custom fields. Which FogBugz wouldn't let you easily...
Re: 25 and 50GB free - erm, who?
Just for the record:
* Dropbox' underlying storage is Amazon S3
* Ubuntu One's storage is ... Amazon S3
So if you want to be sure that No Such Agency has a direct tap into your files [not], you need to look into an encrypted service:
* Wuala - 5GB free, encrypted storage in Switzerland et al, Java sync client works on all major platforms - albeit not as smooth as Dropbox :(
Re: No, it's not banned
> At which point I remembered that it's banned in Germany.
Which is not true: it is legal to have. It's just that the owner of the copyright is the state of Bavaria. And they suppress it by simply not publishing it. In 2016 the copyright will expire. The Bavarian government any republication then will face trials for nazi propaganda, cf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Kampf#Republication_in_Germany_after_2015
Re: Really? [weather != climate]
> And we just don't know. Given that collectively we can't seem to
> predict the weather accurately 7 days in advance anywhere,
> can we really model climate change successfully?
> Do you honestly believe that we can?
The old worn out weather == climate argument.
If you are so convinced about its merits,
then there is a good money saver tip for you:
book you beach vacation for January/February in Sweden.
You should get really good rates.
After all, who can predict the weather 7 months from now?
Might as well be 30 degrees and you win!
At least Samsung allows you to escape...
... by installing alternatives like Cyanomodgen. Having such a Plan B is a strong point of Android. Unless you are stuck with vendors like Motorola, which allow only signed boot images. So you can have devices less than 2 years old and are stuck with Android 2.1 on no way out. *That* is bad.
You can't dodge Malthus forever
Or as Kenneth Boulding put it: "Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist."
Even if you assume we out-innovate any obstacle to growth, fundamental physical laws will get us rather soon: http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2011/07/can-economic-growth-last/
This is good - for Google, not for us
The German security hacker http://blog.fefe.de/?ts=b402b9c9 gives a good analysis: the basic features don't buy you much. The advanced feature "Server push" will reduce perceived latency significantly, especially for first time visits. The price is shoving everything every time down to the client - thus easily duplicating network load due to all the objects which currently are cached on the client side.
The good thing for Google is, that ad-blockers will not give you any performance gain any more. And selling ads is Google's core business.