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Comment: Your stereotype is out of date (Score 3, Insightful) 62

Stop stereotyping -- there are reasons to use Bitcoin other than just to be anti-establishment. It's an inexpensive and instantaneous way to transfer value internationally, for example.

Besides, Bitcoin isn't untraceable. The blockchain means it's rather the opposite, and thus is much less suitable for crime or tax avoidance than its detractors say.

Comment: Re:Sounds reasonable, but look who's in prison (Score 4, Insightful) 220

by SteveFoerster (#46583807) Attached to: UK Bans Sending Books To Prisoners

If we allow retribution to be a part of the sentence we have a problem since the victims will have vastly different ideas of what an appropriate sentence is. The punishment will then no longer be able to fit the crime, some victims will ask for execution while others will be able to forgive and forget.

You seem to be assuming that people are only imprisoned for actions that have a victim. Unfortunately, all too often the only victim is the one who's being incarcerated, e.g., for drug possession, etc.

Comment: Noncompletion doesn't mean failure (Score 4, Insightful) 147

by SteveFoerster (#46464141) Attached to: How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers

The point of MOOCs is that since they're free, those who enroll in them can pick and choose from what's there that interests them. Plenty of people enroll in a MOOC because they want a refresher on something, or to learn about just one aspect of what's covered, or just to see what it looks like. It's not failure when those people don't go through everything in the course.

Comment: Re:A simple dock with the basic apps (Score 2) 287

by SteveFoerster (#46429559) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

When my Mom's old Dell running XP got too slow five or so years ago, I wiped it and installed Ubuntu, and she adapted quickly. She's still on Ubuntu now, but still has an old enough version that she has Gnome 2. I'm thinking for her 80th birthday in a few months I'll get her a new machine running Mint.

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