I was pretty careful with my wallet walking through the SXSW crowd last night. My fault for going downtown to dinner, but I still didn't feel particularly safe about it.
This was in Hong Kong IIRC, at the Spaghetti House in the airport.
Just cross your fingers and wait a few more years?
WoW gold also has value, can be sold (someone is willing to pay for it), etc. However Blizzard could stop renewing subscriptions and then shut off the servers, and people with gold balances would have no legal recourse, even in the U.S. where assets are more loosely defined the way you think they should be. The same would be true, for example, for Magic: The Gathering online cards and currency, which could be easily shut off in bankruptcy without legal resource to card or currency holders.
In Japan, law related to assets is a little more strict, and digital currency not backed by a world government simply doesn't count under any circumstances, whether you agreed to its value via EULA or not.
Encrypting your phone does nothing because you decrypt it every time you power it on, and you always have your phone on, don't you?
But the first thing any thief will do is turn it off by pulling the battery, so it can't be located. When they next power it on, that encryption might help.
a.k.a. everywhere on this planet, at least
A USD is a representation of a monetary asset; as of right now a Bitcoin is regarded more as a fixed asset, such as a stock certificate. It's not cash and isn't treated the same way.
It lacks the last mile connection to anywhere outside of downtown, or reasonably-timed connections to take more than one bus anywhere. And I say that living a few hundred feet from the 3 route.
After living here for a decade, it started hitting me a few years back. Tends to knock me out for a full week in January each year.
We certainly avoided the steamy season, if that's the alternative. But I didn't pick the travel dates regardless.
It's still momentarily strange to see a sign that points out an extra pancake on your stack is a $20 surcharge. The part of my brain that processes conversions is apparently a bit slower than the part that reads signs.
We stayed at the GoodView Hotel in Tangxia. With a good corporate rate it was just $117 a night including buffet breakfast, and is a resort including indoor pools and spa, outdoor activities, weak drinks, and secured property you can walk around on safely. It's far enough away from industry that the air was usually decent at ground level, though there was still no sky. The first sun I saw in a week was in the hotel shuttle this morning just after we crossed the bridge into Hong Kong.
I was in Shenzhen yesterday, and a few other sites in Guangdong for the week before that. The continual gray haze gets to after a few days, beats you down, and holds you there. I have a residual cough. I took a chance to go on the company dime, but don't ever consider it a place for a holiday.
-- typing from LAX twenty-four hours into my transit home
Then they'll lose more customers to Facebook messaging instead of email, and they'll make less money.
Google sees the number of people using email dropping, and place at least some of the blame on unwanted (perhaps unsolicited, perhaps not) email cluttering their users' inboxes. People are replacing email with Facebook and Twitter though, both products that Google doesn't own and can't as easily mine for profit, so it's in Google's interest to help you only receive the mail you want to receive.
I'm not doubting or denying your point that you and I aren't Google's customers, but at the same time I think what's in Google's best interests (keeping our gmail inboxes spam-free so we'll continue to use gmail) and our interests (keeping our gmail inboxes spam-free so we'll continue to use our gmail) are the same.