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Comment: Re:This is hysterical! (Score 1) 695

by BlueMonk (#46337269) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World
It's not over yet. I had bought a total of about 20 bitcoins for a total of about $600. After the price went up, I sold 2 of them and got all my money back (in my own bank). Now I may have lost 13 of them on MtGox, but that still leaves me with enough in my cold storage wallet and on my mobile device to get 2 to 3 gaming desktops from at no out-of-pocket cost to me.

And who knows, if by some miracle MtGox doesn't simply lose everything they were holding for everyone, I might even still have enough to buy about 10... at no out-of-pocket cost to me. Doesn't sound like such a bad idea either way.

Comment: Re:This is hysterical! (Score 1) 695

by BlueMonk (#46334969) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World
I can't quite tell if you're being ironic but I found your point confusing. I think we're both saying that bitcoins are worth more than monopoly money. But when you say that Monopoly money is worth more than diamonds I'm lost. You didn't spend Monopoly money, you spent bitcoins. I can't even tell if you're agreeing with me or not.

Comment: Re:Bad analogies (Score 1) 695

by BlueMonk (#46334685) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World
I could ask if you'd call dollars worthless when a US big bank fails. But we all know big US banks are too big to fail :). Seriously, though, I didn't want to use a bank analogy because it was too obvious with too many parallels to be drawn. Usually that's a mark of a good analogy, but in this case I'm trying to avoid dragging in a multitude of parallel analogies. The point was to focus on a very simple and broad aspect of the suggestion: that one merchant represents the industry without specifically talking about currency or banking or exchanges. Regardless of whether you're talking about currency or any goods, why would one *generally* suggest that the value of a merchant's goods go to nothing universally when only a single merchant is failing? Just to point out how widely applicable (or ridiculous) the notion is, I chose something as different as possible.

Comment: Re:So (Score 4, Interesting) 373

by BlueMonk (#46267441) Attached to: Report: Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) Scans Your DNS History
The reason I *started* using Steam was because I bought a game in a store only to find when I got it home that it was pretty much a dummy disk that just made me install Steam and download the game in order to play it. The game was Civilization V. I don't get outraged by much, but come to think of it, that kind of is an outrage, but one just borderline enough that I was willing to accept it rather than not play the game. I don't/didn't know what else to do.

Comment: Re:I am an author of one of these games (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by BlueMonk (#45805399) Attached to: Hosts Massive Collection of MAME ROMs

I think you have to put this in context. Were you expecting to get any more money from the work you put into that product? I don't think it would be reasonable to expect that these games (or at least the vast majority of them) would ever make money again. (If you think otherwise, it sounds like you *have* legal recourse here because the games are not out of copyright.) If I were in your position, though (which I kind of have been a number of times now, except most of my games were non-commercial) I would just be glad that someone gave them new life for another generation. Otherwise it would have faded into obscurity, giving you even less than you have now.

Take a step back and see that they are not trying to insult the authors as you suggest, but benefit everyone and honor the authors by propagating the work that would otherwise have faded away. I suspect (just a guess) you might be surprised at how accommodating and respectful these folks would be toward original authors if you approach them as a friend. You see them as an enemy, but really I think they are just trying to save and re-popularize something worth saving and appreciating for a bit longer, and couldn't find a practical way to contact a zillion non-existent authors in the process.

Comment: Re:More vaporized than a phone call? (Score 1) 104

by BlueMonk (#45769121) Attached to: Why Snapchat and Its Ilk Face a Revenue Conundrum

Right, my comment was just concerning the summary's claim that Snapchat's popularity was due to NSA privacy concerns.

Although there are conflicting claims about whether the NSA listens to phone calls, as outlined on the Wikipedia page covering the NSA's Utah Data Center), I suspect the truth is that they maybe collect recordings of most of the activity taking place on the internet and phone networks (the haystack), but never have to search for a needle because they don't look through it unless they have a specific target (a specific phone number or email/IP address). If they don't actually listen to that content without a warrant, then their statement that they don't "listen in on phone calls" could be true even though they are collecting them all. They have the storage space for it there, so it's not out of the question, and what else could they use it for? And according to a Wired Magazine article from March, they are wired into the phone network. (Note the article is 5 pages long; the talk about wiring into telecom is on the top of page 3).

The article is older than all the recent concern over privacy from the NSA, and I suppose it's possible that all this has turned around since then as a result of the outcry. But who knows?

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen