And it does cover exactly the stuff that you'll need to make something like this
I assumed it was made up by the Bitcoin guys to get them some more publicity and to make it look like people actually took them seriously.
Considering this is the third or so story about Bitcoin, I'm guessing someone has hired a marketing firm/intern to get these stories out there. That's the only real explanation for how these stories are getting planted around the web.
I'd just be impressed if they managed to find a marketing company that were willing to be paid in Bitcoins...
Should we ignore anything Brian May has to say on the subject of Astrophysics because he's "just a musician"
He's Brian Cox, OBE.
Or he's Brian May-of Queen, with a PHD in astrophysics from Imperial College... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_May
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