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Comment: Re:First post (Score 1) 266

by Cigarra (#47623235) Attached to: Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

There is ZERO evidence that a trial would not be fair. Like it or not, our criminal legal system works just fine and generally produces the right results. If anything, our system favors the accused and we let a lot more people walk who did it than punish those who didn't. Snowden would be fairly tried.

There cannot be "evidence" of something that hasn't happened yet.

There are hints though, and opinions from knowledgeable people, that he wouldn't have a fair trial, for he'd be tried using a law intended to deal with spies, not whistlebowers.

Comment: Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (Score 1) 560

by Cigarra (#47325703) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data
Its not "evidence" until after the law case begins. That is, if you destroy something that MIGHT incriminate you should the government ever finds out, and said destruction takes place BEFORE they find out, it's not punishable. Source: teh interwebs.

Comment: Re:2.9% + $0.3 (Score 1) 76

by Cigarra (#47197457) Attached to: Amazon Launches Subscription-Based Billing And Payments Service

Until someone starts offering a flat fee for payment processing somewhere close to cost of the transaction, which is microscopic

So you'd want a company to float you the money during the transaction for up to thousands of dollars, cover all the real costs of the transactions, and handle any fraud prevention and losses all by charging a few pennies? That sounds like a sweet investment deal to be had!

You mean like Dwolla?

Comment: Re:The point of an exchange (Score 1) 48

by Cigarra (#46505645) Attached to: OKCoin Raises $10 Million To Become China's Largest Bitcoin Exchange

It would be interesting, if somehow the exchange functionality were built into the protocol and entirely P2P. Getting rid of these centralized exchanges seems like it would really stabilize the currency. I don't know how remotely feasible that would be, it is far too early in the morning without coffee.

Effectively, what you describe is the protocol(which is p2p as well), except that the protocol does not address the issue of matching prospective buyers and prospective sellers (a protocol that does this, without a central market-operator, would be neat; but bodging one into a protocol for transferring virtual coins without double-spending would probably be unwieldy, though clients that implement both would be logical).

Uhm... isn't Ripple supposed to be that decentralized exchange?

Comment: Re:Just start the war already! (Score 1) 498

by Cigarra (#46447835) Attached to: Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

...Poland had a huge military, which is why Germany had to take them out before tackling France.

This statement doesn't make any sense, and unfortunately nullifies your entire argument. Invading Poland was the plan all along (to reach the USSR eventually). Why would Hitler start by invading France if the lebensraum was on the East?

Comment: Re:Creepy (Score 1) 1034

by Cigarra (#46023255) Attached to: AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

He was using a video recording device (i.e. wearing it with the camera pointed at the screen) in a cinema.

What does this have to do with the FBI!? Are you idiots seriously saying the FBI should get involved with this trivial garbage? This is why copyright law needs to be scrapped.

If they don't like it, kick him out.

Actually yeah, since copyright laws are federal matter, it's the FBI who should be involved. Yes, it IS absurd, but it is the law. If you don't like it, fight to change it.

Comment: Re:Creationists love Social Darwinisim (Score 1) 770

by Cigarra (#45987465) Attached to: Creationism In Texas Public Schools

[sarcasm]Why should the poor have more now when they have the "Kingdom of God". If you ask me they are getting the best of the deal, so we should take more from them. [/sarcasm]

That would be the Catholic doctrine (poor in life, rich in heaven for eternity). Your typical (protestant) creationist actually believes the Grace of God manifests in this life too, so rich people are chosen already, and the poor are screwed pretty much now and forever.

Comment: Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (Score 1) 408

by Cigarra (#45984721) Attached to: US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD
Who's to say they HAVE to get 28 million out of it? Just like any forfeited assets, they can make a judicial auction and sell the BTC to the highest bidder, with a base price of, say, 100$/BTC, and let it go from there.

And they don't even need to use any exchange at all: the highest bidder can write a big fat check to the FBI, and they send the coin to whatever address he says.

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