Remember BBSes and Fidonet?
Believe me, it was a HUGE deal when one of the local BBSes got an ISDN frame-relay to the Internet. We could do IRC instead of just teleconferencing. Ironically they were hastening their own demise through giving us access to global content.
Just don't mis-aim or focus up too high...
Why do they think this is a matter for governments to decide?
Uh, because shareholder-owned corporations have proven unable to come to terms with something this simple and sane, and thus require it imposed on them since they won't self-regulate?
This is just a guess, mind you...
At this point every other phone I've worked with that's newly produced has either had mini-USB or micro-USB connections.
So, if Johnny's parents don't want to get him vaccinated, as long as he's unvaccinated he receives treatment at the back of the line for ailments related to his lack of vaccination, and if priority cases come along they bypass him. Given the nature of diagnosing illness, that could mean that an unvaccinated child or person "getting sick" doesn't get to see a doctor for illness because the illness could be related to the lack of vaccine.
That's assuming that the single-payer system doesn't simply to deny the claim, leaving the doctor to send the full bill for service to the patient or to the patient's legal guardian.
Think of it along the lines of a warranty on an expensive machine being void if the owner fails to follow the maintenance schedule.
And for those that want to argue religious freedom, please bear in mind that even Christian Science, as against intrusive medical care as they are, still has room for its adherents to follow vaccination laws where applicable.
I totally get that there are benefits to a truly untraceable, anonymous currency. But to those who oppose regulation for the simple fact that it's the government getting involved, I would advise taking a look at what happened to the banking industry back in the 1920s and early 1930s before making claims that it's all bad.
Yep. Rules and regulations are usually a byproduct of previous experience. Wildcat banks often issued their own scrip, supposedly based on currency on-deposit, but often that currency was either other wildcat banks' scrip, or was so incredibly over-leveraged that they had really almost nothing on deposit to support their outstanding currency.
These banks could either go under due to bank runs or could just close up shop overnight, leaving the local employees stuck holding the bag while the owners ran off with what real money actually was on deposit. If other banks had this bank's scrip, that scrip was now valueless and that other bank was likely to have its own problems.