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Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 174

by ShaunC (#49184057) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

I can parse that complaint, and I agree with it. I bought my car for $foo and we worked it out to a monthly payment. I always made that payment via check until I received the title. I'm one of the holdout types who still likes to write checks and put them in an envelope with a stamp, there's some personal empowerment there where I remain the final arbiter over the distribution of my money.

But once a contract was in place, and I was driving the car, I could have shown up with cash, or mailed them such which is an enormous risk. GMAC/Ally would have been obligated to accept that payment. In cash bills. Nothing says that GMAC/Ally is required to accept Bitcoins or Dogecoins or any other made-up "money." But my hundreds, twenties, tens, fives, and even down to $1 bills, my government may do a lot of things wrong but they will guarantee that those pieces of paper will be accepted for any debt.

Is it the government's business what I'm doing with 100 $100 bills? Fuck no. I should make it very clear that I don't approve of reporting requirements. And the idea of civil forfeiture is entirely ridiculous.

I'm not arguing against BTC. I don't own any, don't want any, the whole concept seems messed up. If you have BTC and can cash them out for money, do that! Just don't come around after your BTC "investment" disappears and say you've been screwed.

Comment: Re:Yes, and? (Score 1) 174

by ShaunC (#49182975) Attached to: One Year Later, We're No Closer To Finding MtGox's Missing Millions

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.

McLaren Special Operations? ;) Kidding of course, but any business is well within their rights not to sell you something for cash. Note the word "debt" printed on US currency. If you walk into a dealership and offer to buy a car with stacks of $100 bills, you have no debt to them, so they're under no legal obligation to accept your offer. I'm not so thrilled that large cash transactions must be reported to the government, but that strays off topic.

Have you tried to purchase a car using BTC? If there are dealers somewhere accepting it, that's pretty cool. There are also dealers somewhere who will take cash. So I don't see the difference except for the fact that the BTC price will probably go up and down during the course of a given day, where the cash price will probably remain stable for a week or more at a time.

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.

The coins I have don't say anything about being good for all debts, public, private, or otherwise. Do you have US coins that do carry such a guarantee?

Comment: Re: Authority (Score 1) 233

by ShaunC (#49156687) Attached to: As Big As Net Neutrality? FCC Kills State-Imposed Internet Monopolies

But the OLD rules for Title II common carriers stipulated that your communications can't be legally "intercepted" without a warrant. So deep packet inspection by ISPs is probably out the window.

I assume the government has already served any ISP worth mentioning with a secret FISA warrant that says "give us everything."

Comment: Re:Content owner? (Score 1) 32

by ShaunC (#49151805) Attached to: Simple IT Security Tactics for Small Businesses (Video)

Taboola is an advertising and user-tracking company whose CEO says the company looks for "unorthodox solutions to monetize and engage consumers."

"Prior to founding Taboola, [CEO] Adam [Singolda] developed his analytical skills while serving as an officer in an elite mathematical unit of the Israeli National Security Agency. Adam is an honored alum of the [IDF's] elite Mamram computer science training program, graduated first in his class at the Officers Academy of the IDF." Right from the source.

In other words, block that shit at the edge of your network.

Comment: Well, that depends (Score 2) 213

by ShaunC (#49092115) Attached to: Sony Offers a "Premium Sound" SD Card For a Premium Price

I see they have gold colored print, that has to boost the sound quality by about 10 bucks. But is Monster selling titanium-plated connectors for them yet? Have any advertisers signed up to preload audio advertisements on the cards? This doesn't seem ready for prime time. Sony, give me a call just as soon as you're ready to start charging me a monthly fee!

Comment: Re:Oh for fucks sake, people. (Score 1) 153

by ShaunC (#49091021) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Don't Encrypt the Voice Data They Collect

The microphone on the TV stays off until you command it to listen.

Five years ago, I probably would have believed this. Hell, two years ago I might have bought it. But after the revelations of June 2013, I don't trust claims like "the microphone stays off until you command it to listen" any more than I believe "no, the NSA does not collect data about millions of Americans" or "we at Lenovo thought consumers would enjoy ads injected into their SSL sessions."

Trusted by default is done, thanks to overzealous advertisers and overzealous governments. That goose is cooked, go find a fork. Everything is suspect, now. Engineer accordingly.

Comment: Re:one word: Barbecoa (Score 1) 125

by ShaunC (#49088633) Attached to: Jamie Oliver's Website Serving Malware

You'd think the young would suffer from age discrimination just as much as the 40 and up crowd.

When it comes to employment in the US, the young are expected to work for peanuts in exchange for gaining experience. They also tend to be mostly part-time, owing to other responsibilities like schoolwork, and therefore aren't eligible for those pesky socialist expenses like vacation time or health insurance. The 40 and up crowd faces discrimination because they already have the experience to demand fair compensation (and benefits) for their time.

Employers love young workers. If more companies could figure out how to run their entire operation on the backs of teenagers working 20 hours a week, they'd gladly do so.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell