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+ - Cody Wilson to run for Bitcoin Foundation board, plans its destruction->

Submitted by F9rDT3ZE
F9rDT3ZE (2860845) writes "As a crypto-anarchist, Wilson advocates for a truly decentralized, and absolutely unregulated bitcoin economy, beyond the reach of what he perceives to be government intrusion. His problem isn't with the Foundation's membership structure or election process, but with the Foundation itself—that it even exists at all. "We're out for projects that obviate collusive principals," Wilson said. "My fear is that I might say something that helps the Foundation, when all I want is its dissolution.""
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Comment: confused (Score 1) 382

by F9rDT3ZE (#44455329) Attached to: Surveillance Story Turns Into a Warning About Employer Monitoring
confused by your joint mention of "workplace monitoring" and being "more careful about your privacy." In most corporations, privacy and monitoring settings are, as your headline suggests, determined by the employer, and employees currently have no legal rights that trump the employer's right to determine those settings, in part to enable monitoring which the company is legally entitled and in some cases required to do, and in many cases is required to allow its systems to be open in various ways to law enforcement examination. If by "more careful about your privacy" you mean "don't search for backpacks to buy at work," I'm honestly not sure how to turn that into an effective privacy principle, beyond "don't do anything at work."

Comment: what's the difference? and who does this benefit? (Score 4, Interesting) 274

by F9rDT3ZE (#43482709) Attached to: Google Forbids Advertising On Glass
what is the difference between "presenting ads to Google glass users" and "internet browsing"? Is Glass going to come with built-in ad-blockers for all web pages? Are they going to build special software to prohibit Glass-specific advertising on web pages that are not in any kind of partnership with Glass? This seems to me like a way of controlling the advertising revenue streams for Google more than anything else, since Google's pages are larded with ads and Glass will inherently drive traffic to those pages, both inside and outside of the Glass environment. I wonder if it even raises antitrust implications, as it tremendously biases the products toward Google's advertising & commerce platforms while pushing others out.

+ - Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "A few years ago, when Google was determining which city to launch its pilot Google Fiber program, cities all over the country went all-out trying to persuade the search giant to bring all that fantastical bandwidth to their neck of the woods. And with good reason: Google Fiber offers gigabit Internet speeds and even TV service, all at prices that meet or beat the competition. In fact, the lowest tier of Google Fiber service (5Mbps down, 1Mbps up) is free, once users pay a $300 construction fee. If ISPs were concerned before, they should really start sweating it now. Although Google Fiber looked like it would whip traditional ISPs in every regard, with Time Warner Cable cutting prices and boosting speeds for users in Kansas City in a desperate attempt to keep them, surely other ISPs were hoping the pilot program would flame out. Now that Austin is happening, it’s clear that it’s only a matter of time before Google rolls out its service in many more cities. Further, this jump from legacy Internet speeds to gigabit-class service is not just about people wanting to download movies faster; it’s a sea change in what the Internet is really capable of."
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Comment: Re:Loopy logic leaps (Score 2) 73

unfortunately for your accusations, O'Reilly IS a technolibertarian, overtly supports outsourcing of critical government functions, is mostly concerned with getting government "out of the way" to allow corporate "innovation," and the responsibility part of government is of little interest to him, as Morozov's piece suggests. Read: O'Reilly's "government as platform": http://ofps.oreilly.com/titles/9780596804350/defining_government_2_0_lessons_learned_.html Harvard Law Professor Jennifer Shkabatur's "Transparency With(out) Accountability: Open Government in the United States": http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2028656

+ - Bitcoin Bubble: Should Fans Be Celebrating?

Submitted by F9rDT3ZE
F9rDT3ZE (2860845) writes "Due to its unique features, the economics of Bitcoin are difficult to grasp even for those with advanced degrees in economics. Following generally-accepted economic thought, though, a number of commentators have started to point out that Bitcoin's rise in value relative to other currencies means that it is experiencing deflation (its value relative to what 1 BTC purchases is going down, just as if a Big Mac cost $2 instead of $3), and that most experts believe deflation is unwelcome for currencies because it incentivizes hoarding (often followed by massive inflation when hoarders sell off, sometimes in waves produced by crashing prices). Does the price bubble in BTC indicate not its strong future as a virtual currency (as promoters like Falkvinge suggest), but instead mark the end of its usefulness as the medium of exchange for which it was designed? And are you spending your bitcoins now, or holding them?"

+ - Bitcoin: The Future of Global Currency?->

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An anonymous reader writes "As hard currencies the world over rise and fall with abandon reckless as the governments that print them and the banks that tender them, people are turning in ever larger numbers to decentralized electronic currency like bitcoin. "So is bitcoin going to save the global economy, or is it today’s answer to seventeenth-century tulip mania?" The New Yorker weighs in ..."
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Comment: Re:Couldn't a HUD actually help you drive safer? (Score 1) 375

by F9rDT3ZE (#43270975) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek To Ban Google Glass On the Road
this is a particular kind of fallacious pro-technology argument that deserves some attention: "it has a good use, so it should be allowed." this is a fallacy because the good use doesn't discount or prevent the bad use. they are, generally, entirely separate issues. Further, in this case, there are specific technologies available and in development to do the driving-specific tasks you name.There has already been controversy about computer technologies in automobiles not directly related to driving. I believe the state of law and industry practice right now is that HUD interfaces that give driving information, like dashboard tools directly related to driving, are acceptable, but that there is great concern over displays (even ones for controlling the stereo, heat of the car, etc.) that aren't directly related to the road in front of the driver. This is why GPS systems get locked out, even though they are directly related to driving--even the little bits of interaction drivers do with them can be distracting. People wildly overestimate their ability to focus on such tools, even when they are related to the drive. (I include myself.) the issue with Google Glass has nothing to do with this: it is the availability of tools *not* related to driving. slashdot readers know that there is no way to put a "lock" on Glass that creative users won't get around. if and when someone develops a HMD that is solely devoted to driving, I suspect that would have to be legislated separately, although it's hard to see why that would be more useful and/or not integrated into the manufacturer's HUD. Of course, Google's Driverless Cars will soon make much of this moot anyway. Sort of.
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+ - Will Legitimacy Spoil Bitcoin?->

Submitted by F9rDT3ZE
F9rDT3ZE (2860845) writes "Salon writer Andrew Leonard examines the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's (FinCEN) first “guidance” regarding “de-centralized virtual currencies," noting that Bitcoin's supporters call it a "currency of resistance," while others suggest that "the more popular Bitcoin gets, whether as a symbol of resistance or a perceived safe haven in financially troubled times, the more government attention it will inevitably draw, and the more inexorably it will be sucked into existing regulatory structures.""
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Google News Sci Tech: Lawmaker seeks to ban Google Glass use while driving - SlashGear->

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Lawmaker seeks to ban Google Glass use while driving
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A lawmaker in West Virginia is seeking to ban the use of Google Glass, and other Google Glass-esque products, while driving. Gary G. Howell, a republican in the West Virginia Legislature, believes that Google Glass poses the same dangers, if not worse, ...
West Virginia Lawmaker Seeks To Ban Drivers From Wearing Head Mounted ... TechCrunch
West Virginia bill would ban drivers from using Google GlassWashington Times
Don't Glass and drive -- lawmakers seek to ban Google Glass on the roadCNET
Forbes-Geekosystem-Gizmodo
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Comment: Re:They don't get it (Score 1) 439

by F9rDT3ZE (#43257377) Attached to: Bitcoin To Be Regulated Under US Money Laundering Laws
i can't have been the only one to notice that MtGox, Dwolla, & many others involved in the BTC exchange circuit now require extensive amounts of pre-authorization identification (including scans of official photo IDs!) for exchanges any more. I am intrigued by BTC (and even more intrigued that the 6 BTC I bought for $4ea are now worth $70ea) but like many claims for "outlaw" technologies "taking over" from existing regimes of institutional power, I have trouble seeing how any potential "takeover" will immunize itself from just the sort of regulation that we see here. For a currency to be useful it has to have effective means of exchange into the existing forms of capital; but once it does, the existing forms of regulating capital will also come into play--or be blocked if regulation proves impossible. Like others have said here, even if BTC is in certain ways unregulable, exchanges between BTC and other currencies, and the use of BTC by regulated businesses in exchange for goods or services, absolutely can. I think there is evidence now that BTCs are being hoarded (& now probably sold off for nice profits!) & used (mostly) for illegal activities, & that the more "real" they become, the more untenable they will become for the latter & the more the former will be taken over by the professionals, & the more like any other currency they will become. but that's a guess, not a prediction--it's interesting to watch and I don't think the future of BTC is at all obvious.

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