It's also just wrong. From 3G onwards phones authenticate the cell towers. Even with a full stack running you wouldn't be easily able to force a phone to associate to your tower, at least not without jamming all the other towers in your vicinity.
For example, scaling the network up to 2000 transactions per second would result in a Bitcoin node downloading about 1 MB per second. No big deal, until you realize that means each node will need about 2.6 TB of bandwidth each month, and that's just to handle the needs of 10% of the population of the United States, assuming 5 transactions per person per day.
As pointed out by another poster, 2.6 TB of transfer quota per month is trivial even by today's standards: anyone can afford that. And should Bitcoin ever scale to those levels it won't be relying on today's resources, it'll be relying on tomorrow's. So your own example falls apart almost immediately.
Also, rather than just guessing what the US population "needs" why not take a look at existing networks? 2000tps is about a fifth of VISA traffic for the whole world. Of course not every transaction goes via VISA, but it should indicate to you that maybe your numbers are once again a bit sketchy.
You can read an article I wrote a long time ago here: http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Scalability. It goes over the various ways the system scales up. Performance is unintuitive, there's no substitute for just working it out on the back of an envelope. Bear in mind we live in a world where single websites can generate a large fraction of total internet traffic and not go bankrupt.
Finally, OLPC Boston is completely gone. No staff, no consultants, not even a physical office. Nicholas Negroponte long ago moved onto the global literacy X-Prize project."
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His main idea was that the OS has no business deleting any data generated by the application, that data is mine and uninstalling should only remove the program itself and let me take care of the rest.
and a problem always comes up if you are with them long enough.
This is good to know. I removed all mine because I kept looking over at them.
I don't know how it works for people but slashboxes are a big part of what has let me use slashdot as my hub. I can look over and see all the latest from ars, boing boing, etc - without having to go there except for the stuff that I find interesting. They are a big part of the reason that I come here multiple times a day rather than just when I want to post a JE. The front page is also mildly interesting but I can keep tabs on that easily from Facebook.
Conservatives like to often bring up that we are a republican [sic], not a democracy. Part of the reason is they never met a poly sci class they could pass, but the other reason i'm sure is they somehow want to equate the name of their party, "republican," as somehow innately better because it's named after what our founders called our form of government.
Because of the way the world of politics and government has evolved, there are multiple types of democracy now. One of those types is a "representative democracy," which is what we have. It is the same thing as a "constitutional republic."
So what you're saying is that we DO have a republic. Thanks for clearing that up.
It's pathetic that you would even dare to compare Thatcher to Stalin.
It's no wonder why you people now live under an oppressive surveillance state.
Once you take in all of the external costs of coal, it is much more expensive.
That's what statists say. But they don't offer any solutions for the people who will freeze to death next winter.