From skimming the same article about him I see no reason that his opinion on bitcoins should carry any more weight than mine, or anyone elses. An we all know how much my opinion on bitcoins mean, jack and shit. Which is what Charles Stross opinion means on the subject.
All I know about your opinion on bitcoins is what you've posted about it in this comment (that you think it's worthless).
Charles Stross, on the other hand, has posted more than merely his opinion: he's also posted a cogent rationale for that opinion - one that contains details (with specific citations) that many a technically qualified geek may not have yet considered.
Taken in the context of his demonstrable interest in and fondness for the idea of decentralized societies and you have a critique that's worth considering - particularly by his reasonably large fan base (many of whom are slashdot readers, as evidenced by many of the above comments).
No, very clearly no.
Tape MUST be sufficiently stable. Reading the reliability specs off the box in front of me and running a few calculations shows that
You didn't use sarcasm tags and sometimes the subtler jokes are a tad hard to discern in text.
You are joking, aren't you? Because if not, have I got a great deal for you - I just need your bank account to transfer the money my uncle, a Nigerian prince, is trying to export. PM me!
The socialists in Canada pay almost $4500 per capita for healthcare, or more than 11% of GDP. Because of the waste inherent in socialist systems, we should not be surprised that healthcare costs in Canada are 7th highest on the planet, yet for all this outrageous expense, they are only tied for 4th in life expectancy and something like 24th in infant mortality
I'm sorry - how is 7th highest cost for 4th highest life expetancy not a deal?
If life expectancy was less than 7th, I might see your point. Beyond that, the US already spends 17.2% of it's GDP on healthcare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_the_United_States) and has an infant mortality rate around 34th in the world , so moving to an infant mortality rate of 24th in the world for a cost of 11% of GDP is a huge improvement for your southern neighbors.
This is good news, guys. By now MS is an expert in receiving and dealing with DoS.
Yeah, they're very experienced at hiring Akamai to deal with DoS attacks
There's a reason so many shops have moved to disk based backups. Tape simply isn't reliable. Tape is cheap; but definitely NOT reliable.