I am self censoring myself from giving you some trivial examples of how great harm can be done without undue risk to oneself, not because I am afraid terrorists will read slashdot and carry out these diabolical deeds. But because NSA might be reading it.
Wait. You are not talking about those elephants, are you?
In the Bitcoin universe, if I say I have 2.0345 bit coins, I am actually saying, "I mined 0.2 bit coins, then I got 0.223 bits from this ID, I gave 1.033 to
There is absolutely no anonymity within bit coin universe. Every transaction is tied to the public key of the user id and it can be tracked.
We may not be able to tie those identities with the real world identities. We may not be able to stop those hackers from spending their loot. I am not sure there is infrastructure to mark some public keys as "persona non grata" and remove their privileges or maintains lists of thieves.
But when the Government bears so much of the cost of providing irrigation, the farmers can not claim their profits are all made in free market. All in all, it might benefit America for the government to socialize the cost of irrigation and privatize the profits. I have nothing against that in principle. But there should be a recognition that Government creates value. Govt is like a venture capitalist that invests in broad infrastructure, broadly in the next generation. And whoever exploits the infrastructure well, whoever succeeds due to govt investments in the internet, universities and public schools, pay a part of the profits as dividend to the government. Taxation is not theft, it is dividend. When we allow rabble rousers to roundly condemn the government, use hyperbole like "all taxation is theft", "government steals", "government always hurts and never helps" etc with impunity, we are not being fair.
When a bitcoin user is already in possession of the coin the user can spend it freely. That transaction gets mingled with lots of other transactions in the block. I don't think it is feasible to "punish" one transaction in the block without hampering the others. Further it requires Bitcoin system to maintain a list of "thieves". How feasible that would be, I don't know.
One of them told me yesterday, "I think I should send T-mobile a donation. AT&T has cut my price in half because of T-mobile". He was paying 300$ for five lines. AT&T reduced it to 160$ for unlimited talk and text and 10GB of high speed data, combined data quota, and hot spot ability, free international roaming at 128 kbps, free international texts.
It is to be expected, there are no new killer must-have features on the new phones, and so the customers don't feel the need to run on the upgrade treadmill. So they days of giving a "free" phone at some 200% margin in installments to the customers are gone. US cell phone market is trending towards sanity now.
The least the producers of the Big Bang Theory could have done is to pay some decent fees to the museum and written an episode to place inside the museum. Those cheapskates just had one scene outside in the bus stop and a stuffed toy from the museum.