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Comment: Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (Score 4, Interesting) 58

by TeknoHog (#47423061) Attached to: Judge Shoots Down "Bitcoin Isn't Money" Argument In Silk Road Trial

Bitcoin's primary purpose is to traffic/launder money and goods.

I was going to say something about people who are financial tools themselves...

However, I guess you're right. I want to be responsible for my money, and I want to be able to use it freely, without government snooping. If that makes me a money launderer, so be it. It's like those politically organized pirates that simply want to use a free Internet, rather than rape and pillage.

Bitcoin isn't even particularly anonymous. If you want to launder your coins, you need to trust a third party, which kind of ruins the point of a decentralized/free currency. There are much better cryptocurrencies out there for anonymous purposes.

Comment: Re:It's 2014 (Score 2) 348

by TeknoHog (#47369161) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap
A hard cap is a pretty dumb way to handle the problem -- it's like telling a driver they can speed through a limited distance, but then have to stop driving altogether, as opposed to driving within limits as much as they like. No Finnish ISP that I know has such caps, except in some PAYG mobile contracts. ISPs usually have small print stating they have the right to throttle the connection, but I've never heard it happen to anyone. I guess it has something to do with our view of Internet access as a human right -- you can still use email and other basic stuff, even if you download and share half of TPB.

Comment: Re:Does it work on movies? (Score 1) 32

by TeknoHog (#47328889) Attached to: CMU System Lets You Get To the Good Parts of Video, Fast
Yeah, because action is synonym for good. In case you feel like scoffing at the altitude of my eyebrows, consider the penis joke in the latest Silicon Valley episode -- all talk, a few diagrams, and hardly (pun intended) any action. (I almost used "epic" there, but even with this high point (pun intended) in recent TV topography, I doubt there will be Vikings writing sagas about it in the next 1000 years.)

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