Tulips! Tulips! My kingdom for tulips!
Nope, that's not quite right..
Tulip or not tulip? That is the question.
Among the top of the three branches, the supreme court is probably the least fucked up at the moment.
Citizens United shows that they're still a contender.
Once upon a time, scientific print magazines were the only way to "get the word out." That died over a decade back.
Yup, I heard there was a guy at CERN who invented a nicer way of sharing work with other physicists...
I am intrigued. I mean is this the start of the T-1000???
More like the T-Hog.
I share your sentiment but it's unfortunate this is the way the world has progressed.
People get hold of land when it's cheap, then a city is built around it. These landowners may have helped a bit to develop the city over generations, but ultimately it's the many other people who choose to come to the city and settled down that make the city a good place to live, and the land valuable. Early land owners reap the benefits of the increased economic activity on the land they own, then they become rich and powerful.
Yup, I like to tell people that Bitcoin is like any succesful business. You may have been one of the lucky first shareholders, but even if you're not, you can still use it for plenty of nice things, including profit. Also, while being an early adopter involves a lot of luck, there's also the obvious investment of time, effort and money into something that you believed in.
This isn't quite straightforward though, you may have been an early miner without contributing any code, but the act of mining itself is the fundamental way of maintaining the Bitcoin network. Also, many people got interested in the technical aspects through mining, and thus ended up contributing code. Of course, others saw business opportunities in using BTC for commerce, which is probably the most important step.
I personally hope Bitcoin would fail but the many better versions of it would succeed, so that there is a better likelihood that things would turn out "fair".
The myriads of altcoins are a mixed blessing. So far, very few have actual technical innovations over the original Bitcoin. Nevertheless, it is nice to see competition in many forms; if you only use these coins for transfer, instead of long-term storage, it doesn't really matter which one you use. Then there is the obvious biodiversity argument: for example, if SHA256 turns out to have a weakness, we have alternatives like Litecoin and Blakecoin with different hash functions.
De minimis non curat lex. Laws were invented to prevent harm, not categories of behaviour.
Hence the war on hippies smoking herbs?
I wouldn't call them exactly reliable. After all the times I've had to wiggle a headphone connector to get a decent sound in both channels, I wouldn't want to use them for anything digital.
The basic idea seems robust, though. I guess one issue is that all moving parts are in the socket, and they gradually loose (pun intended) contact. Modern plug/socket designs have a religious insistence to have no moving parts in the socket, presumably so because the cable is easier to replace.