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Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 156

First off, the whole $10,000 thing is just an arbitrary number, that is easily bypassed. It solves nothing, prevents nothing. It just makes it harder to do legitimate business under the watchful eye of government. Suggesting that it prevents unlawful acts is unproven at best, and woefully naive at worst.

The assumption being, that if I had $10K in cash, I must be a criminal is also insulting.

The number $10,000 used to be a huge sum of money, like the average yearly wage for middle class worker. It isn't any longer, and yet that number remains. Imagine if it hasn't changed in the next 100 years, where it is a daily wage equivalent and see if you still agree that only criminals have that kind of money.

Suffice it to say, your basic premise is wrong, short sighted and just plain ignorant of reality.

Comment: Re:They still don't get it (Score 1) 311

I have a feeling they're not talking literally, ie they're not presenting a UI for desktops that's touch based, or a UI for phones that's WIMP based. I'd assume it's more "If you have a feature available in one place, unless it's totally irrelevent, it'll appear in the other."

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 156

If you just show up with a pile of money and can't document where it came from, well, that's a different story.

It came from private debts. Just like the note claims ... "all debts, public and private"

ALL is a qualifier, and negates any limitations, including documentation of origin.

Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 5, Insightful) 243

by Thud457 (#49182653) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
Don't forget that was one of the real arguments for the revolution.
Trade with Earth was bleeding them of water and would eventually lead to the colony's collapse.

They could probably have been self-sufficient if they hadn't been forced to send grain to Earth. But being a bunch of transportees and convicts, they didn't get a say in the matter.

Good luck explaining the finer points of a closed-cycle ecology, economics and politics in a 2-hour movie.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 156

The notion that cash is available for " "all debts, public and private."" without government oversight is naive at best.

Here is a test, go buy a brand new car with CASH money and that you want the MSO (google it if you want to know what it is). Technically it should be possible, without any government interference. But it isn't.

Here is another test, pay your taxes with coins (real coins) see if the government that issued the money will take the money it issued. Again, good luck.

Comment: Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 1, Insightful) 218

by Archangel Michael (#49182431) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

I am not threatened by false accusations. The most racist people I know are the ones crying "racism" everywhere.

By racist, I mean those that are crying for score adjustments on SATs for black students who score less than white/Asian people (on average). Basically they are saying that black students are LESS CAPABLE of getting good scores, and thus are inferior to white/Asian students.

This is appalling racism. It is insulting.

Or when Jesse Jackson says that "thugs" is racist term, when describing Michael Brown pushing a store owner around. Michael Brown was a thug, it has nothing to do with race ... UNLESS you're saying that pushing people around is a race based characteristic. Again, what Jesse Jackson said, while appearing to be legitimate was basically establishing that blacks are incapable of acting civilized and thus using terms like "thuggish behavior" to describe thuggish behavior is racially insensitive.

Real racism says that blacks can't help themselves, and need government to help them. It is pretty fucking sickening to me.

Comment: Re: and you never will find the money (Score 1) 156

Selective memories of how Governments really screw up.

North Korea
Germany (Nazi kind)

These governments killed hundreds of millions of people. You're just lucky you don't live in a place with oppressive government and thus confirmation biased towards government.

The problem isn't what you think it is. Good People doing nothing allows evil to prosper. Be it Somalia or Nazi Germany.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 156

The drop in value makes it more worthwhile to shed them now, rather than waiting for values to pop back up to where they were once. The ONLY thing that will add value to bitcoin isn't as an investment tool (hence the speculation bubble), but rather when they become common in daily transactions.

But that is the steep incline that we face, especially in light of all the scandals in the bitcoin trading world.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 4, Insightful) 156

Actually, I am a Libertarian and you won't find me making those whines. The only people I hear actually whining are those that didn't do their due diligence and put all their eggs in one insecure basket. The ones whining are those that are now calling for government interference where none is really needed, and people like yourself who don't understand libertarian principles and yet feel entitled to mock them.

Trust me, you look like a fool to libertarians like me.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 3, Insightful) 156

In a free society, one where government has no rights to invade privacy and personal lives of the people, using money is not a crime. The fact that the coins are nearly untraceable is the desired effect, similar to actual cash money. Yes, the side effect is one where people buy illegal contraband (oxymoronic in a free society) using nearly untraceable currency. But the same could be said for CASH, which has nearly all the same risks in a free society.

However, if you want to give up your rights to avoid some messy possibilities, you're going to find that you're not really avoiding anything, and having given up your rights ... are worse off.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.