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Comment Re:Smelling more fishy every day. (Score 1) 227

if the bank made a copy of a one of their coins to service an apparent withdrawal, but that copy was never 'spent' then the original is still good.

Hmm? What's an "apparent" withdrawal? The bank's transfer to a depositor is the same as the bank "spending" the bitcoins. The transfer is a transaction that will be confirmed by bitcoin's peer-to-peer protocol. After the transaction the "original" is not "still good" and cannot be spent or transferred, i.e., will not be confirmed by the network.

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Thief Posts His Photo To Facebook Victim's Account 222

An anonymous reader writes "Washington Post reporter Marc Fisher discovered his house had been burgled; money, a winter coat, an iPod and his son's laptop were stolen. Imagine his surprise when Facebook friends of his 15-year-old son reported that a photo of the apparent thief, wearing Fisher's coat and holding a wad of notes, had been uploaded to his son's Facebook account. How addicted do you have to be to a social network to post a status update and upload your photo *while* you're burgling someone's house?"

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