The only anonymity the users have is the notion, these bitcoin wallets exist only in the bitcoin universe and it can not be linked to real life entities. This is a big assumption to make. Whenever bitcoin universe intersects real universe there is potential for the anonymity to be broken. A vendor delivering goods maintaining records like "bitcoin wallet xxx placed order for yyy delivered to address zzz" will link the wallets to real identities and clues.
I thought "These blocks go well into the past, so people who have conducted illicit transactions in the past also have their wallets linked to the transactions. These can not be erased or modified. Multiple copies of the blocks exist. So the law enforcement can catch them years from now". More informed slashdotters explained that those "expired" blocks have been purged from most miners. Only their final checksums were carried forward. So past transactions to buy drugs or something can not be decrypted.
But NSA and other agencies have been sucking up internet traffic like a giant vacuum. They know more about the value of the blocks being validated (Mining is a misleading term. Mining is repeatedly validating the block till the checksum meets a criterion). Those blocks exist in the vault.
So yes, every time a drug dealer or a hired assassin gets nabbed and his/her bitcoin wallet gets decoded, all the wallets that dealt with him will be recovered. The web will grow. There is potential for a very large number of people to be caught by the law years after their "illegal" activity happened. If it is a time bound offense they might be lucky. But there is no statuette of limitation for murder and other higher felonies. Bitcoin blocks might turn out to be a huge law enforcement tool after all.
But most likely to catch illegal downloads than drug dealing, given the tenacity and connections of MPAA and RIAA.
the code running the sight was a mess,
is particularly irritating.
Then with the advent of lithography to replace the woodcuts, the price of including diagrams in books started falling. So one would think the botonists everywhere shouted hallelujah and thanked the providence. No. There was serious opposition to these line drawings of simple plant forms to describe the species. They railed that the pictures were a distraction. Pictures are ambiguous(!), Images do not have the clarity of description afforded by the precisely defined technical terms. Pictures are for kids. Not for serious scientists. It took quite a bit of time for images to become common in botony books.
Now a days other than providing a rich source of words to stump the adults and torture small children preparing to be the spelling bee and to weed out the slackers in botony 101, there does not seem to be much use for these terms. (Well, I am not a botonist, and I am sure an army of them are going to rise up and roast me here.)
Power point was a novelty, and suddenly every one can produce slides and make presentations. Most people suck at content creation, and no amount of transition animation and font choices is going to make them better. Good communicators will excel in using power points. Bad ones will suck even with the chalkboard.
I agree most power point presentations are a waste of time. Most of them have very little content. Most of them suck big time. Where I disagree is, blaming the tool for the sins of the tool wielder.
How long can this go on? Every one from the rich 0.1% of Americans, MNCs, two bit countries, supposed allies are all taking pot shots at America in every which way they can. It is time for the Atlas to shrug. The Atlas is not some super duper individual super achiever. It is the middle class of America that is the only one paying their taxes, and supplying canon fodder.
They also had enough money to have a long war of attrition against the video game makers in xbox. They were able to drive Sun out with their money. Then their luck/charm/talent ran out.
I think Ballmer inherited a very large unwieldy and nearly ungovernable organization. All the real genii had either cashed out, burnt out or were pushed out. Near monopoly status meant every one is producing huge torrents of revenue and it was difficult to cull out the wheat from the chaff. Those who remained and got promoted were the third or fourth echelon of talent who excelled in office politics and political intrigue. Much of the credit the media heaped on him in the early were undeserved and so is most of the scorn heaped on him.
Here's another statement taken from the company's website: "QuintessenceLabs is the first in the world to exploit a new generation of quantum cryptographic technology which enables unbreakable, secure storage and communication of sensitive information through the generation of an ultra-secure cryptographic key." Unbreakable? That's a strong boast. Is it true? And even if it's only partly true, your upper management may call on you to explain (and possibly implement) laser-based quantum security, so you need to know what it is and how it works -- and whether it's something your company (or your client companies) need.