The point of hiring contractors is that they're supposed to bring instant expertise to a project. If they don't actually do that, why bother with the extra expense of the middle man?
I don't use LDAP
Doubt it, GnuTLS is not really used for anything important.
If you want a conspiracy, you can ask why OpenSSL still has insane defaults like allowing SSLv2.
Gtk links to it for some reason, so any distro XFCE of Gnome based would likely have trouble removing it.
That's total nonsense. The only monopoly a government has on money is the requirement to pay taxes in a particular currency. Bitcoin doesn't make a dent in that.
There is absolutely nothing stopping you from converting your money to any manner of scrip (aka stocks), commodity-tracking scrip, or a commodity itself and still have it be liquid enough to be usable as a currency. Many of these instruments have great long-term records of inflation protection to boot.
Bitcoiners seem to believe that there is some magic 'currency' instrument which is immune to inflation and all manner of government manipulation which maintains or increases its value magically over time with no effort. No such beast exists anywhere in the world. There is not a single instrument anywhere which can make that guarantee. Certainly not bitcoins. Not gold. Nothing.
People who believe that crap deserve to lose every cent they own.
I found an awesome one that is accepted all over the world with a nifty piece of plastic that you just swipe in a little machine. Takes 5 seconds and you don't even have to sign for small transactions. Ultra convenient and I can only lose $50 in the event of fraud. All my transactions are listed conveniently on a monthly statement. And, best of all, they loan me the money for 30 whole days and it costs me absolutely nothing as long as I pay my balance off each month.
It's called a credit card.
Think about what you are asking. You might be willing to take on huge risks, but I assure no insurance company is going to follow you down the rabbit hole unless they are idiots (and here I would put 'AIG' in the category of 'idiots', heh). You might be able to 'buy' insurance from another bitcoiner, but it isn't real insurance if the other bitcoiner doesn't have a dime to his name to be able to back the policies he's writing. Don't expect to be paid.
This is an excellent example of fantasy going head to head against the real world and winding up in a crumpled heap.
58% Russian speakers in 2001, and 12% Crimerian Tartars. In 1991 there was 0% Crimerian Tartars. It is likely more have returned since 2001, and more Ukranians have moved there as well.
Even with 60% Russian-speaking Crimerians, it still only takes 20% of them to consider themselves Russian-speaking Ukranians, or prefer a less corrupt government, and a fair election would never lead to joining the Russian federation. Of course a lot of the conflict in Ukraine has been about election fraud by the pro-russian parties, and the Crimean parliament makes the former Ukranian president look like an uncorruptable choirboy, so the fair elections depends a lot on foreign pressure and observers.
Still 1.8 million people would make a fair new small European country, and would give something that Putin could sell as victory and the West couldn't really complain about. An already autonomous state electing to be more autonomous?.. Everybody can live with that, so it would be the diplomatic outcome.
Shorting requires that you borrow the stock/commodity/currency/whatever from someone else who owns it, and then sell it on the open market. The borrowing usually entails interest. That is, someone might be willing to lend you the bitcoin so you can then sell them (the short), but that person is also going to charge you, say, 5% of the bitcoins lent payable in bitcoin or some other stock or currency each year as long as they are borrowed. At some point you have to buy the bitcoin back to pay back the person you borrowed them from.
Another problem is that borrowing any significant quantity of anything, such as bitcoin or a stock or whatever, requires a trusted and/or regulated middle-man who can guarantee that the lender gets paid back and consequences if you are unable to pay-back the middleman. Otherwise only a fool would lend you the bitcoin with only your 'promise' that you'll pay him back. This is how shorting in the real stock market works.
Lots of ways to blow yourself up. Usually the lender can call back his or her stock/bitcoin/whatever with less than a week's notice, which might force you to buy-back the bitcoin you sold at a loss if you can't find someone else to borrow the bitcoin from. The lender and/or middleman (aka your broker in the case of stock) also needs to protect themselves, and so there will be wording that requires you to maintain a balance sufficient to buy back the bitcoin you owe them. So if the price of bitcoin were to double and you don't have sufficient funds to cover the value, they can force you buy back the bitcoin right then and there to pay back the loan. Just two examples.
So I'm sure there would be someone willing to lend you the bitcoins, but if they do they are going to be asking for your first born child and your house if you can't pay them back, and probably charge you 20%+ in interest in the mean time.
Thank god it is in gnuTLS that is not used by any applications serious about security. Just checked, only printer drivers seems affected in my Debian installation.
It is not just tit for tat. Iraq also drained US resources and willingness to act. It is the two latter issues that has caused the US to lose power. Hypocracy has no effect in real politik. Without the economic resources and public support necessary to actually deploy US troops, the US military has effectively been reduced to a paper tiger by 13 years of republican policies.
I don't annexation is necessarily guaranteed. If enough pressure it put, the question will be put to vote, and with only a small majoriy of Russian speakers in Crimea, it is stastically implausible they would ever have a full majority to join the Russian federation. It would only take 10% of the russian speakers to consider themselves russian-speaking ukrainians or simply prefer a less corrupt government (the recent protests were also support by many russian speaking ukrainians).