In which case Bitcoin fails massively as a store of value. For instance, if you try to sell something in bitcoin, the value of the bitcoin you got paid with may have changed by 30% by the time the transaction is confirmed, it is so massively volatile. Bitcoin - at this stage - is suitable only as an instrument of speculation.
The image of Fournier's Gangrene on the Spanish Wikipedia is far, far worse, trust me.
There weren't exactly large groups running around to intermingle.
Precisely. At this time the entire humanoid population of Europe was under a hundred thousand. Less than a football (any shape or rules) stadium full, spread over an entire continent.
At which sort of population density, almost everyone you meet has at least one great grandparent in common with you (a modern definition of "incest") ; most people you meet on a daily basis have a grandparent in common with you.
So, for both Neander-boys and Neander-girls, you get what you can get. If they hadn't, then they'd have become extinct within a couple of tens of years, instead of a couple of myriads (10^5) of years. Seen in that light, it wasn't an unsuccessful strategy.
Earlier this month, China's central bank warned that Bitcoin was "not legally protected," had no "real meaning", and barred financial institutions from using the currency. That ban was extended to 3rd-party providers on Tuesday (though with a deadline of Jan 31st / Chinese New Year), and last night 3rd-party provider YeePay complied with the ban. In consequence the Chinese Bitcoin exchange BTC China announced that they could not accept deposits in yuan ; overnight, the exchange's value for Bitcoin has fallen to half it's earlier values.
All the theorising about the value of Bitcoin in opening up a new economy is moot if users can't either put money into the currency, or exchange the currency for one that they can use in the Real World."
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When I next get to see my competition shooter friend
...you sound like you are howling at the moon.
This is the Internet. That is what they do here.
That being said, your civics lesson left out the large role lobbying and campaign contributions play in the decisions and actions of both Congress and the Executive. While the President can safely ignore the ranting of Internet dogs, he and the other players can't just blow off the leaders of some of the largest, most profitable corporations in the world. Mr. Obama may not be seeking re-election, but anyone looking for $$ from that crowd would do well to notice that they don't give a damn about the ACA and are up in arms about the NSA.
Might as well go for a high score, go out with a bang (literally I might add)
Making a suicide belt isn't exactly easy, even if you can get the explosives.
A nail bomb is pretty easy to assemble with ingredients that are readily available in most industrialised nations, but doing so requires (at the very least) a few hours of work.
- - Nails - easily obtained.
- - Bags to hold the nails and the explosive - just buy nails in bags already.
- - Explosives. Ah, now there's a bit of a problem. Where are you going to get the explosives from again? From the corner explosives shop? They don't exist.
How about stealing some from the local quarry? Well, that's an idea - just a second while I consult my local geologist (myself, actually) for the location of the nearest quarry that uses explosives. Still thinking. Oh, there's one in Sutherland - 6 hours drive away. But they store their explosives in the local police station (dangerous stuff ; not allowed to leave it laying around unattended). Oh, there's one in Ayrshire (5 hours drive)... but they use draglines, not explosives. And
OK ; let's make some explosives then
Sorry - I forgot - you've had the same restrictions in America since that gun nut, Tim Something, blew up a government building in
McLaren cars cost over a million dollars. I don't think the owner of this kind of car is going to be overly worried about the replacement price.
A high pressure nozzle would make a hell of a racket. Imagine driving along with the equivalent of three or four Dyson Airblades going at full speed in front of the windscreen. You'd soon be wishing you had ordinary, almost silent winscreen wipers.
Are powder or primers prohibited in the UK?
What legitimate use do they have? None.
You've missed the point. In Britain it is very hard to get hold of any ammunition. You have to present your gun license ; you're severely limited in the amount that you can buy in one go, and the sales are recorded to your license and reported to the police - every shell or cartridge, and the police do keep track of your usage. Possession of ammunition without a gun is an offence in and of itself - which routinely sees people who stash ammunition for criminals doing jail time. You need to have a gun license to legally posses ammunition, even if you don't own a gun itself (e.g. you're part of a target shooting club, which owns and stores some guns at the range ; a friend was in this situation and is my source).
As for reloading equipment : I've never heard of anyone even attempting such, and I suspect that the possession and importation of such equipment would really get the attention of the police. "Attention" in the sense of 20 policemen smashing through your doors and windows at 3 in the morning.
Criminals in the UK often have to find a machine shop with sufficiently skilled staff to manufacture cartridge casings from sheet brass. And I'd bet that suppliers of such brass sheet are under orders to keep a detailed record of their buyers.
Then they have to get loading equipment manufactured, and propellant supplies. There's no legitimate market for such. None, zip, zilch, nada. So maybe you'd have to make your own cordite. And then you discover what happens if you try to order fuming nitric acid from a chemical supply company to make your own cordite.
It is difficult. Deliberately. People who understand how to do these things have put regulations and laws in place in order to make it difficult.
We need a war on guns. Make drugs legal and guns illegal. Shut down the manufacturers and the death merchants. It won't take every gun off the street but it will eliminate most of them within a few years.
Stopping ammunition sales would turn most guns rapidly into expensive cludgels.
But that won't happen either. Because Americans are committed to being able commit mass murder on demand.
What the fuck it's doing in a context where the overwhelming majority of the audience are going to be comfortable with the SI multiplier prefixes (and their 2^[10*n] computing relatives), I don't know.
My first thought : 507 MM / 6.8 MM = 74.5 lines of code per pupil. That is, depending on which language they're using, only a couple of "hello world" programmes and a couple of "receive data, calculate average and print results" programs. A start, but hardly a gret leap forward in computing.