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  • Commented on Generation Z
    a corporate-feudal system is growing in its place (the key difference is that serfs are fungible- your lords don't need to tie you to the land when they can tie you to the system). Yes, and it leads to a...
  • Commented on "Write me something fresh and new, but make it just like the last one"
    The big problem with all those "modern fantasy" books is that they tend to all focus on the same fantasy-type issues: hero/heroine/heroes need to deal with the modern world, keep everything secret, while being caught up from behind by all...
  • Commented on Publishing - We're All On the Same Side
    One good indicator of the self-publish (or, in that case, store-published) reach is the Amazon system of recommendations. It's relatively dumb: for each item you purchased (or indicated you purchased), it adds weight to all the items already purchased people...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Actually, since Bitcoins are not individually discrete, they're uncounted. The Bitcoin Bank's software limit on number representation does not directly limit the number of bitcoins that can circulate; it limits the current balance that can reside in any bitcoin wallet....
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    The coin limit is created because WE THE MINERS want that limit. Good. Now, what is the decision mechanism that will lead to this? Trying to switch the block validation algorithm so that, say, a fixed reward occurs forever requires...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Although I might be wrong, was the USA on gold in 1929? It was. US left the gold system in 1971....
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Yea that's a great thing about BtC, deflation is better than inflation. Tell that to the spanish. Or the irish. Or most of the eurozone periphery countries who are currently undergoing a massive internal deflation, with the attendant results of...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    If you get thousands or millions of machines to do something inefficiently, it starts to get much more efficient. Actually, it's plain economical theory. At current hash/s difficulty, the average mom-n-pop desktop computer infected with malware should yield about a...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    Do they use credit cards? Usually more like money orders. One of the thing you need to understand when trying to use "untraceables bitcoins" is that every amount is fully traced. Someone paying with bitcoin a shady site full of...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    There is enough bitcoin for everyone to use. 2.1 quadrillion units after you divide a bitcoin to the eighth decimal place. You are mistaking the total amount for the individual value. The total amount of bitcoins is fixed. However, if...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    The average return on a hacked desktop running a bitcoin mining malware is in the cents/month. I'm not even convinced it is more valuable as a bitcoin miner or a spambot - I suspect the spam activity would be more...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    I think that's a dangerous statement to make in view of its extreme volatility. It's not in view of the volatility, but in view of its acceptability. Bitcoin can be considered as a currency, traded among banking accounts for financial...
  • Commented on Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire
    very easy to hide Well, strictly speaking, it is impossible to hide, since all transactions and thus all accounts are fully public. Anyone can check the amount in your wallet. The only difficulty is figuring out which among the 2^4096...
  • Commented on Trust Me (I'm a kettle)
    We ought to get into the appliance-countermeasures market now, Forget about those big companies, the emergent market for DPI is the homeowner! (assuming you can trust your government-approved DPI appliance)...
  • Commented on What have we learned?
    That "most" people will put up with almost any "security" theatre in order to be allowed onto commercial airliners? Actually, no. Bruce Schneier recently referenced an article that attributes about 500 extra deaths per year in the US due to...
  • Commented on Checking In
    Tallinn is nice. Was there last year in late summer, with good and warm weather as well. The whole upper-lower city is a delight. Almost as nice as, say, Edinburgh :)...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Iron Sunrise
    the ending of "Neptune's Brood" which, arguably, changes everything Now you're intriguing. (one month to go...)...
  • Commented on The language of alienation
    Ok, I'll try again, from probably slightly beyond 2023: "Due to mid-polls strat surprise, expecting a wave of last-minute vote flip". (contextual cues: internet-based e-voting with certain expert-suggested features, plus abandon of the rules of no-commenting/no-campaigning during the election proper,...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    I never really understood how the numbers worked for the all-you-can-eat models myself. An interesting variation I've seen on this is a local Korean buffet. It's all you can eat, but you get a 1€ surcharge per part of the...
  • Commented on Things publishers can't do (yet)
    There are several boxes of well-known TV show spin-off books in my library that give me a good idea what those sub-sectors might be... Another sub-sector is Perry Rhodan. 52 years now, and it consists of a rolling stable of...
  • Commented on Wow
    Never let kookery get in the way of a good plot element!...
  • Commented on The Anthropic Stupidity Hypothesis
    And you can use classic evolutionary arguments to support this. Our brain is a huge drain of resources for our body (comparative to its mass). Therefore, evolution will tend to favor things that reduce this consumption, i.e. reducing it. So...
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