Re: No budget, however...
Such a reason never withheld SpaceX for 'just try and do it' lol. But I guess putting a newer telescope in place would be better..
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I never switched. Firefox + addons all the way. Can't say I recognize the "practically unusable" thing. It has been marginally slower for a little while, but that's always the same arms race - it'll be number 1 next for a while, etc. Ad infinitum. Just give it a try. Recent Chromium based browsers even returned to the original way downloads are shown, so it's a warm, fuzzy feeling of recognition on Firefox...
I'm a bit older. Google used to be a couple of good people.. seems wielding power definitely corrupts.
On the ad topic and back to first principles: if I need to buy something, I'll investigate and choose.
Any ad delivered is considered a bad claim on my time of life. That's the most precious resource I have. They should pay me instead when they deliver me ads.
Don't look at commercial TV anymore either, wasting at least 30% of my time. I'll download what I like. Most commercial TV is very low quality signal anyways, don't miss much.
Thanks, an informed reply.
Sorry for the ranty post, I got a bit discouraged about the knowledge level here in the past on the subject. As a long time IT guy (I'm a real boomer), I always liked the tongue-in-cheek ways of The Reg, while colleague posters (mostly... lol) showed they too knew their business. Bitcoin is one subject that never passed the grades here, it's too complex to brush off with some self-education, it really takes effort to get a bit of overview.
Crypto refers to "the other 20..40 thousand" coins that for 99+% are just setups to make money. You cannot stop people to try and make money of course. As with the early Internet, companies each tried to copy and start their own version of it. In the end, the invention that gets the network effect will survive. In the case of internet money, that's looking to become bitcoin. For me, it's about saving up for my pension in a type of money that does not inflate. For an Argentinian, it's about being able to pay - their own Peso devaluates too quickly and their grocery stall accepts bitcoin gladly. In Africa, small villages can setup a small energy grid no one is willing to pay for using the nearby waterfall and include a bitcoin miner that then pays for it using the cheap energy - effectively setting up green energy hotspots and introducing local economies.
There are so many places worldwide now, where people need a money system where they cannot have bank accounts, but stilll use a telephone (SMS is sufficient already). That's the bottom up way bitcoin introduces itself. No leaders, no central authority, just people using it for their own purposes. As any normal money should function.
And it's totally open: the "crypto" part that everyone refers too is just a normal way to ensure transactions are all correct and dependable. Just like your own bank transfers are (and this post for that matter): fully crypted to ensure correct and untampered delivery.
Nice story, but in the mean time, bitcoin hash rate continues to rise. Above 400 exahash, far above the 90 exahash dip in 2021, when China abolished mining.. (they're back with about 20% of that 400+ total now).
Bitmain lost marketshare, that's all
Oh yes, go ahead. Downvote a factual post. The Reg and most of my fellow [m/v] readers still do not really understand bitcoin is not crypto and while all the scams are failing, something is actually growing too - bottom-up, as designed.
Nicely put. I'm more of an optimist. Looking through all the shit we people get ourselves into, in the long run we're progressing as a race. We may shit ourselves and fall back into stone age times, but I'd rather focus on the positives.
Time and time again, we've historically come out of the next bigger pile of shit better than before. Feels a bit like growing up. I like the positive spin better.
But you're right, "forgotten stuff" also tends to get revived. For the better most of the time I hope (lots of bad examples too of course, but I'd rather ignore these) and focus on things that make me feel well and work on something good. It gives me energy...
You can't keep the future from happening. Humanity thinks of new things and starts using stuff that works. Stuff that fails gets forgotten.
Deal with it.
(PS I'm a boomer, officially. Seen lots of things coming and going with all kind of comments on it. In the end it's always about positives outweighing negatives for something to catch on. My experience trained AI says this one is here to stay... Time will tell)
I once needed my Psion IR to Nokia GSM connection during the holidays in the woods in Sweden to work with a terminal link, then VPN, on a UNIX system of a client to manage some Samba connection in their office in the Netherlands. Cost a pretty sum working over that low baud rate telephone connection, but it did the job. The happy customer payed gladly... :)
Won't help discussing this here - The Reg and most of it's readers are full anti. Bitcoin uses the grassroots approach, like the Internet in the early nineties. I'm still a "normal" poor regular citizen even after being with bitcoin for about 11 years now (did not believe it would really catch up to its promise...) and 1 thing I learned: you cannot start explaining, it has to be asked to let others see.
All true, I was a bit generic. There are lots more interference issues, but the design of the facilities over great distances and hundreds resp. 10s of thousands of independent sensors mean that most will be integrated back to (close to) zero, leaving the real signal available for science.
The same technological advancements that enable rolling out large setups in space, work here on earth to deal with that. I don't say it's not an added problem to deal with, but science dealing with new problems is just what delivers us more progress. It's not a zero sum deal. Science is great...
> So, once again, some selfish, self-opinionated, rich guy thinks only of himself
> and doesn't do his homework to understand the impact his business(es) will have
> on specific communities, in this case the scientific "world".
True, but you will probably at one time be a happy, maybe unknowing, user of the selfishly created Starlink...
It always cuts more ways
I certainly does not help to have the close heavens full of emitters, but the EM spectrum can be easily filtered to get rid of most of the littered bands. Would be nice to not have these gaps in the spectrum, but the full spectrum is luckily orders of magnitude wider than our human based sh*t beaming down
I can pretty much confirm this. Spell out a specific task and it delivers a nice sample to get acquainted.
Just started to dig into Rust programming and even while that is just another language for me (started with 6502 assembly back in the days...), even with extensive C experience, it's a bit of a brain-mode switcheroo to get dialed in. The sample code from the chat helped a lot. Though I'd never trust it to do the actual work for me, I see it as a good learning tool added to the box.
Just a small follow up: as early bitcoiners have already claimed most, it's not them that are "investing". It's the smart money right now, scrambling to get a position in what's left on the table and still to be mined the upcoming 100 years.
Don't even know why I'm explaining; whispering when the world is burning won't help much. Maybe someone without banking access but with a smartphone picks it up and help themselves to a commercial foothold...
> They're not 'in the plus' until they come to sell.
Correct. And that's just it. They don't even want to. It's a mindset that you have not reached and maybe never arrive at, considering the amount of misinformation that's going around.Understandable also, with all these crypto gamblers failing using their favorite cloned currency of the day.
In the mean time, banks, large companies and big established investors and even governments are trying to get more and more bitcoin on their balance, silently as they don't want to push up the price. You can follow the money literally on the blockchain and tie it to their official reports.
Developing countries have never been able to tag along financially and most of their currencies get debased quickly. It's not their governments that step into bitcoin, but their population does. It's a groundswell you will not find in the western financial press or hear about from trendy youtubers.
I don't mind the downvotes either. It's ignorance playing out. Let's see where we are in 10 years' time.
Bitcoiners are not investors; they don't mind the volatility. Just sayin'
Price is only relevant if you sell back into your homeland's currency. Or use it to pay for goods or services.
But as bitcoiners are not investors, they don't like getting rid of their "better" money and just sit on their stashes.
As 90% is in circulation and about half of that hasn't moved for years: most wallets are in the plus in relation to the current price. Why should they care?
Bitcoin is not a way to get rich quick. You need the casino cryptos for that (and accept your losses that come with that circus)
"Not sure why you're downvoted"
I do... lol. The Reg is self-confessed anti crypto platform. I like their stance against all things somewhat incorrect in the tech sphere, but I guess they need to educate themselves a bit regarding bitcoin. Everyone needs their good time to find out that bitcoin is not "crypto", but something entirely different. Let's give them a few years to find out. Just like most everyone else I guess...
Utter waste of energy: Las Vegas comes to mind. Computer gaming. Flying for holidays. It's just what one defines as useless. Most here would rather win in Vegas than put their good money into crypto I guess.. - just pick your poison, I don't mind either way. It's just the hostility that surprises me.
"Well, I console myself with the fact that rising energy prices have put a stake through that massively ecologically irresponsible idea too."
Fact check - the actual mining hash rate is at an all time high and climbing... seems that bitcoin mining is actually using alternative and even free energy sources ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The code will take care of dismissing (part of) the ETH of the staked value. The "owner" will just be unable to unstake the previous total value, as if it does not exist anymore.
As if someone at your bank found a way to edit your account to make it show you a few digits less then before, without moving that to another account. It's "burned", stolen without a third party taking it you might say.
As if the miners want to just throw away all their expensive GPUs....
So what happens:
1) they sell the stuff and many happy gamers or hobby miners now take that load for fun times
2) they start working on other coins - yes, it pays less, but they need to foot the bills
3) when 2), after a good while, they sell the hardware: see 1) or bin them to e-waste (another nice environment issue)
You need to observe the entire system, zooming in on 1 particular part does not tell the story.
I'm no apple fanboy at all - more a hater...
But as a techie, I can only admit they have made big strides to performance on ARM. And using that experience, it would be not much of a problem to scale down to CPU only designs and start expanding in the ARM performance market.
I'd really hate to see that, but it could very well be coming...
No one seems to remember it was a bad thing MS taking over Github anymore. Think again then... lol
It will harm incidental accounts first, then progress into full restrictive use over time.
It's just nice to know there are a lot of alternatives to host open source projects: these will just starting to move over from now on...
How about just pressing 1 button instead without thinking... take's just miiliseconds and you keep the attention where it needs to be
Really, voice controls in a car are only taking away road attendance - in all cases as far as I can see (does it work this time...?). Worst decision ever...