One of the greatest leaders our world has ever known. May he rest in peace.
No. *I* am your father.
Me: And Likecoin is your sister.
Because it is just a security theater.
"Nobody uses cold hard cash anymore, except people who have a reason to hide where their money goes. E.g. drug dealers and pirates."
Uhm, this is actually VERY close to the truth. Cash transactions are very rare nowadays, at least in Canada. The main occasions where cash is used is:
1- Tim Hortons
2- Garage sales / Craigslist
3- At your local bar to order drinks.
Most people now pay restaurants with credit cards, store purchases with credit cards, money transfers between friends with interac email, and rent by check. It's actually ILLEGAL for a landlord to accept rent payment in cash because it can be used as a form of money laundering. If you don't like paying processing fees, vote for a government that will legislate them.
Never been to Brazil, have you?
It's harder to find stores with legit software than stores with pirated software.
That pirated stuff is being sold with real brazilian money.
Because, like I said, anonymous transactions do not benefit ANYONE, except those who wish to hide their transactions. Why would they want to hide their transaction? To hide the activities for which such transactions have taken place.
Example: Selling drugs. Buying drugs. Buying guns. Selling guns. Selling pirated software. Buying pirated software. And of course, reaping investments without paying income tax, aka TAX EVASION. As well as building up ponzi schemes, of course.
Except people who have a reason to hide where their money goes. E.g. drug dealers and pirates.
Won't be long before many governments will require bitcoin ownership to be declared and be a source of suspicion of fraudulent activity.
Dude. There's no more "year of the [anything] desktop" anymore. The desktop dominance is over. The Internet is no longer accessed in absolute majority by desktop computers. Most Internet devices are now phones, tablets, and other various devices. If anything, 2014 will be the year of the Android.
Time, Dr. Freeman? Is it really that time again? It seems as if your trademark just arrived.
Oh and for the record, my TV does not play 3D and I will NEVER ever give a damn.
I was the one who was against buying a HDTV for a long time. I never found their price particularly attractive and I find access to TV channels very expensive.
Everything I watch is mostly online or from the Internet somehow: TV episodes on websites, YouTube, movies being downloaded, etc. But I just can't hook up my PC to the TV for logistics reasons: It's heavy, annoying, (I need my PC to stay in my office) and too many cables and a huge PC or laptop in the living room would bother me.
But I just moved in a new apartment, and I got a "smart" TV, and it does pretty much everything I wish a TV would do for me:
I can go on YouTube
I can go on websites and stream TV shows
I can download apps and stream content directly
I can connect a USB stick and play video files directly
Hell, I can even set playlists on YouTube through my smartphone, and it plays them directly on the TV, and I can control my TV anywhere with Wifi. It's great for parties.
And yes, I can even Skype with it.
It does pretty much everything that a basic PC would do if I'd connect it to the TV with a HDMI, but without actually needing to connect a PC to it. It's very simple and my grandma could figure it out. As much as I hate to say it, for once, TVs are getting it right.
In Capitalist America, the NSA joins YOU.
All the contract administrators who have been laid-off because a computer can do their job automatically now.