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+ - Bitcoin Conference (London, 15-16 September)->

Submitted by genjix
genjix (959457) writes "Bitcoin Conference, London Sept 15-16. Ticket price is €70 (Bitcoin accepted). We have a prestigious venue in central London with max capacity for 700 people.

We want something for all parts of the community by having very in depth talks from experts about Bitcoin in: development, economics, law, finance, social, ethics.

Confirmed speakers include Richard Stallman, Max Keiser, Birgitta Jónsdóttir and others. For the full list of this year’s speakers please visit the speakers list.

If you are interested in speaking, feel free to contact genjix@bitcoin2012.com as the call for papers is open."

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Comment: Re:Hackers get free housing (Score 3, Interesting) 71

by genjix (#40563973) Attached to: Dreaming of Digital Glory At Hacker Hostels

We have done this for years here in Europe. Typically they are called hacklabs. Often they may be squatted houses converted into social centres, or a funded space (like a hackerspace) with people living on site.

Here's a photo of one from 2004:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/genjix/2169785087/in/photostream

A large factory with ~20 hackers living and working on projects. People would come and go as they please, and we held several hackathons there like the 2007 Crystal Space hackfest:

http://crystalspace3d.org/main/La_Fibra_hackfest_report

This has been going on for decades throughout major cities in Europe such as London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Spain, Italy, Austria and Prague.

Comment: Bitcoin (Score 0, Offtopic) 250

by genjix (#40450811) Attached to: State Media Rushing Into Coverage Void Left By Dying Newspapers

This is the reason I develop Bitcoin. We desperately need a funding method to help keep the internet alive, but all the current "solutions" are easily corruptible (see PayPal/Visa/MasterCard and Wikileaks) *and* have a ton of friction involved - think of all the hoops needed for a sub-$1 payment - most just don't bother and go fuckit.

Once we inject the slightest flow of frictionless money into creative works on the internet, it will fuel a boom in media and free culture (including free software). Donation driven distributed patronage now becomes the norm and allows the consumers to connect with the producers on a more personal level, even becoming producers themselves.

In the online poker world, there is the possibility to send funds between sites. Because of this there is a rich community of people sending funds among each other, betting on StarCraft games, selling poker skins, posts with rewards for the best answer and so on. It's like when there's a tiny bit of money, there is a minature boom of activity and producitivity in that area. To borrow an analogy: in the highest poker play money games, nobody cares how they play and just click random buttons. But in the lowest *real money* games for 1c/2c, shit becomes serious. People start folding hands and thinking strategy. The leap in skill level is enormous, and only grows exponentially as you go up in poker stakes. Despite being a tiny injection of funds, people start playing to win, not playing out of boredom (mindlessly clicking anything or going allin every hand). Suddenly there is money on the table and the stakes have been raised.

I see the same thing happening with digital culture as Bitcoin becomes a real possibility in the future.

Comment: Re:Why is this news? (Score 4, Interesting) 301

by genjix (#40428777) Attached to: Microsoft Blocks FSF Donation Website As a 'Gambling Site'

There's speculation that their accepting of Bitcoin inadvertantly categorised them as a gambling website. Bitcoin is popular for gambling sites now because of the lack of restrictions for such sites to exist compared with normal gambling sites which can take days to deposit and many hoops to jump through. It does not seem malicious or incompetent that this mistake happened.

Comment: Final Fantasy 7 (Score 4, Interesting) 350

by genjix (#39322629) Attached to: Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

Seriously when are they going to remake this game? As a long term fan of old school RPGs like Chrono Trigger, Breath of Fire 3, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Suikoden, ... Final Fantasy 7 was an epochal and defining moment in the whole history of video games!

It has been consistently voted as the best game of all time. The characters were stunning each deserving of games in their own right, and experienced large character arcs. The story was amazing and well ahead of any film or book I have ever seen/read. The story of FF7 can be understood on multiple levels and there are dozens of themes that are introduced throughout the game, left hanging while more are introduced and then wrapped up later.

The end of disk 1 was the saddest moment I have ever felt playing a video game. Quite how the story built up that relationship and that the unexpected twist was gut wrenching.

FF7 is a skillful masterpiece. The new generation needs this classic in an updated format. It's a shame that games are not timeless like books. They really do age fast.

Comment: Re:"Not a major overhaul"? (Score 4, Informative) 305

by genjix (#39153439) Attached to: Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

> What C++ compiler are you using?

g++ 4.6 - standard in Ubuntu

Two of the features I'm waiting on are class level non-static initialisers and templated typedefs. I've heard Microsof's C++ compiler has better C++11 support but I've never tried it.

Beware that MingW has a bug so std::thread is disabled. I've heard mingw-w64 works better. You might want to also try boost::thread (same library essentially, except std::thread has move semantics).

Comment: Re:"Not a major overhaul"? (Score 5, Interesting) 305

by genjix (#39152533) Attached to: Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

I've been using the C++11 for 6 months now in my own project (libbitcoin) and the new features and syntax really make your code sharper, clearer and better. C++ is no longer that unsafe language if you know how to code in it properly - you never really have to do any manual memory management if you use shared pointers.

constexpr allowed me to create compile time constants that are the function of a bunch of complicated expressions. Sure, I could just put the result in the code, but by using constexpr (a far more expressive metaprogramming utility than templates) I can document where those constants came from by using code. Neat huh!

Using variadic templates, I was able to write decorators that can be applied to any function. I simply wrap my functions with this class and then its operator() will be called before calling the passed in function object (which I can define using lambdas or std::bind now :)

auto means I no longer have to type std::vector>::iterator in every for loop. Likewise for (const transaction& tx: block.transactions) is much more terse and clearer.

The new features to the standard library are brilliant. Threading has never been easier: std::thread t(foo, x, y); will call foo(x, y) in a new thread. When I decide to finish the threads and then join them I call: t.join(); ... Simple.

As libbitcoin is highly asynchronous, I don't like to use exceptions (which thread does it originate in? where does it get caught? .etc). C++11 now provides the header which defines std::error_code(). An error_code object can be tested as a boolean (to see whether the error is set or not) or compared against an enum value (which you define). They also have an error message (which if you defined the enum value it is set to, you can also set the message), and also you can group different error code values into broader categories! Really useful for asynchronous programming.

std::atomic for a thread-safe counter (useful when you have multiple thread paths executing and want to see when they all finished - increment your counter by one after each path completes) and std::atomic for a thread-safe flag. ... That's off the top of my head. There are dozens of many small things like this. C++ was always my 'native' language, but now it's truly my home.

Comment: Re:10 years ago... (Score 3, Interesting) 134

by genjix (#39099941) Attached to: Study Says E-prescription Systems Would Save At Least 50k Lives a Year

3 years ago I damaged my elbow. I went to see the hospital, and the nurse being too busy to hear my full story hurried me along telling me it was sprained. I knew what a sprained elbow felt like and this wasn't it, but I shrugged my shoulders and assumed it would get better. It's been aching on and off over the last few years.

A physician on the bitcoin forums was offering medical advice for a bitcoin. I typed up my full story and sent it to him. He wrote me back a long response that quite literally scared the crap out of me into seeing a doctor. I took his write-up to my General Practioner and she right away knew what was wrong and referred me to all the relevant specialists.

That guy on the bitcoin forums literally saved me from crippling injury in a few years time. Had I not spoke to him, it may have been too late before I got it checked out. I always kept putting it off since I'm so busy and it didn't seem like a big deal.

Thank you bitcoin forum guy.

Comment: Re:wow (Score 5, Interesting) 649

by genjix (#38754950) Attached to: Anonymous Takes Down DOJ, RIAA, MPA and Universal Music

Do not stand for this flagrant abuse of our farcical democracy!

Megaupload has been forcibly closed by the FBI. In a sickening undermining of the people’s will, they are making an example out of an historic, legitimate, useful and well-known website. This is a prophetic glimmer of the coming war against pure free speech- the internet.

This happened once before. Here in the UK, the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) is a censoring system for the internet. In 1996, the Metropolitan Police started requesting the banning of illegal content by ISPs in the UK. With veiled sly threats they asked that ISPs engage in ‘self-enforcement’ rather than forcing them to enforce the law on them.

Most of the ISPs complied except Demon internet. Demon was a British ISP that contributed to the Open Source community, ran several IRC servers and were pioneers of their time. They objected on the grounds of it being “unacceptable censorship”. A few days later, a tabloid expose appeared in the Observer newspaper alleging that the director of Demon was supplying paedophiles with photographs of children being sexually abused.

Then the police let it be known that during that summer, they were planning a crack-down on an unspecified ISP as a test-case (translation: making an example of them). Between the threats and pressure, the IWF was formed- a supposedly voluntary organisation but in fact a fake-charity and a quango. The IWF is a disgraceful secretive group with an awful corrupt history and no public oversight.

Now we see the same tactic has been used against Megaupload. They are using the threat of violence to coerce companies, how the British police did to create their own laws. The SOPA legislation did not go their way, so they have resulted to immoral tactics of repression.

From ACTA which is decided behind closed European chambers, the DEA which was pushed through undemocratically at alarming speed before elections, evil La Hadopi and now SOPA/PIPA in the US, there is nowhere to run. The nepotists are determined to push through these legislation. At all costs. This is not about piracy- it never was and will not do a thing. It is about control.

We have built a tool. For all their false talk of democracy we have for the first time in history reached this epochal moment. Self determination. If they truly believed in democracy, we could have a direct-democracy tomorrow. The tools exist. Instead we see this flagrant deception. It has become acceptable for politicians to cater to the greatest common denominator. We let them off the hook on the truth like Cameron pretending to be pro-NHS or Obama pretending to be Christian because it is for voters. Since when did it become acceptable to lie! Now today we see this limp-wristed hand wringing by the US president about how he will veto SOPA. Oh shut up.

Was it Gordan Brown who said that voting levels were dangerously low in the below-30s because youngsters today are apolitical. He wanted mandatory attendance for voters. No, we are not apolitical, we are sick of your lies and deceit. This generation is probably more political than any generation in history. In the 80s, only 5% of people in the US were members of organisations. In the 90s, 70% of Americans belonged to some kind of organisation. People are mobilising and prescient of issues.

Libel law is atrociously bad in the UK. Payouts are 10 times greater than in main-land Europe and you get a situation where billionaires use law firms like Carter-Ruck to keep news publishers (which are poor) in court and bleed them dry. Time magazine did an undercover piece of reporting and was sued for libel. They won the case but it ended up costing them $1 million. That’s effectively a fine of $1 million for undercover journalism.

Of course when the law is broken, what do we do? Make more laws! That is why California has brought in anti-SLAPP legislation.

Patent law is so stupid and I won’t even go there.

Copyright is fascist. I find it revolting that we are creating this artificial scarcity where there is none. Everyone could have the Alexandrian library in their back-pocket. It is not the responsibility of these new models to bail out the old ones. The wealth of world knowledge harnessed by parasites.

The biggest copyright lobbyists have their own origins in the bootleg and parody industries. Fox moved west to escape litigious action by Edison’s copyrights. Disney’s original Mickey Mouse cartoons were rip-offs of The Jazz Singer and Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. In fact nearly ever Disney film is a rip-off from popular culture: Mulan, Cinderella, Jungle Book, Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Yet the constant copyright extensions right before it expires for Mickey Mouse has become a twisted joke- termed the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extensions.

Copyright’s own origin is in the 1700s when the English protectorate wanted to protect London publishers from Scottish ones who were printing public domain work. It was a monopolistic law. How then has society somehow brainwashed itself into believing they are anything but? We have the copyright owners for “I have a dream” issuing DMCA takedowns against websites. This is an important historical document- how can copyright be encouraging artists to create when they are DEAD.

This does not have much to do with bitcoin, but I am mad. This free-speech infringement feels so odious and Machiavellian that you cannot stand it, and the only way to stop the machine is to throw yourself under the tracks. The vox populi means nothing under the false pretense of ‘protecting artists’.

If downloading child pornography supports child pornographers how can downloading music destroy the music industry?

Comment: Re:U.S. law is the new international law (Score 5, Insightful) 1005

by genjix (#38754922) Attached to: Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

Do not stand for this flagrant abuse of our farcical democracy!

Megaupload has been forcibly closed by the FBI. In a sickening undermining of the people’s will, they are making an example out of an historic, legitimate, useful and well-known website. This is a prophetic glimmer of the coming war against pure free speech- the internet.

This happened once before. Here in the UK, the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) is a censoring system for the internet. In 1996, the Metropolitan Police started requesting the banning of illegal content by ISPs in the UK. With veiled sly threats they asked that ISPs engage in ‘self-enforcement’ rather than forcing them to enforce the law on them.

Most of the ISPs complied except Demon internet. Demon was a British ISP that contributed to the Open Source community, ran several IRC servers and were pioneers of their time. They objected on the grounds of it being “unacceptable censorship”. A few days later, a tabloid expose appeared in the Observer newspaper alleging that the director of Demon was supplying paedophiles with photographs of children being sexually abused.

Then the police let it be known that during that summer, they were planning a crack-down on an unspecified ISP as a test-case (translation: making an example of them). Between the threats and pressure, the IWF was formed- a supposedly voluntary organisation but in fact a fake-charity and a quango. The IWF is a disgraceful secretive group with an awful corrupt history and no public oversight.

Now we see the same tactic has been used against Megaupload. They are using the threat of violence to coerce companies, how the British police did to create their own laws. The SOPA legislation did not go their way, so they have resulted to immoral tactics of repression.

From ACTA which is decided behind closed European chambers, the DEA which was pushed through undemocratically at alarming speed before elections, evil La Hadopi and now SOPA/PIPA in the US, there is nowhere to run. The nepotists are determined to push through these legislation. At all costs. This is not about piracy- it never was and will not do a thing. It is about control.

We have built a tool. For all their false talk of democracy we have for the first time in history reached this epochal moment. Self determination. If they truly believed in democracy, we could have a direct-democracy tomorrow. The tools exist. Instead we see this flagrant deception. It has become acceptable for politicians to cater to the greatest common denominator. We let them off the hook on the truth like Cameron pretending to be pro-NHS or Obama pretending to be Christian because it is for voters. Since when did it become acceptable to lie! Now today we see this limp-wristed hand wringing by the US president about how he will veto SOPA. Oh shut up.

Was it Gordan Brown who said that voting levels were dangerously low in the below-30s because youngsters today are apolitical. He wanted mandatory attendance for voters. No, we are not apolitical, we are sick of your lies and deceit. This generation is probably more political than any generation in history. In the 80s, only 5% of people in the US were members of organisations. In the 90s, 70% of Americans belonged to some kind of organisation. People are mobilising and prescient of issues.

Libel law is atrociously bad in the UK. Payouts are 10 times greater than in main-land Europe and you get a situation where billionaires use law firms like Carter-Ruck to keep news publishers (which are poor) in court and bleed them dry. Time magazine did an undercover piece of reporting and was sued for libel. They won the case but it ended up costing them $1 million. That’s effectively a fine of $1 million for undercover journalism.

Of course when the law is broken, what do we do? Make more laws! That is why California has brought in anti-SLAPP legislation.

Patent law is so stupid and I won’t even go there.

Copyright is fascist. I find it revolting that we are creating this artificial scarcity where there is none. Everyone could have the Alexandrian library in their back-pocket. It is not the responsibility of these new models to bail out the old ones. The wealth of world knowledge harnessed by parasites.

The biggest copyright lobbyists have their own origins in the bootleg and parody industries. Fox moved west to escape litigious action by Edison’s copyrights. Disney’s original Mickey Mouse cartoons were rip-offs of The Jazz Singer and Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. In fact nearly ever Disney film is a rip-off from popular culture: Mulan, Cinderella, Jungle Book, Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Yet the constant copyright extensions right before it expires for Mickey Mouse has become a twisted joke- termed the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extensions.

Copyright’s own origin is in the 1700s when the English protectorate wanted to protect London publishers from Scottish ones who were printing public domain work. It was a monopolistic law. How then has society somehow brainwashed itself into believing they are anything but? We have the copyright owners for “I have a dream” issuing DMCA takedowns against websites. This is an important historical document- how can copyright be encouraging artists to create when they are DEAD.

This does not have much to do with bitcoin, but I am mad. This free-speech infringement feels so odious and Machiavellian that you cannot stand it, and the only way to stop the machine is to throw yourself under the tracks. The vox populi means nothing under the false pretense of ‘protecting artists’.

If downloading child pornography supports child pornographers how can downloading music destroy the music industry?

Amir

Comment: Re:U.S. law is the new international law (Score 1) 1005

by genjix (#38754606) Attached to: Megaupload.com Shut Down, Founder Charged With Piracy

Do not stand for this flagrant abuse of our farcical democracy!

Megaupload has been forcibly closed by the FBI. In a sickening undermining of the people’s will, they are making an example out of an historic, legitimate, useful and well-known website. This is a prophetic glimmer of the coming war against pure free speech- the internet.

This happened once before. Here in the UK, the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) is a censoring system for the internet. In 1996, the Metropolitan Police started requesting the banning of illegal content by ISPs in the UK. With veiled sly threats they asked that ISPs engage in ‘self-enforcement’ rather than forcing them to enforce the law on them.

Most of the ISPs complied except Demon internet. Demon was a British ISP that contributed to the Open Source community, ran several IRC servers and were pioneers of their time. They objected on the grounds of it being “unacceptable censorship”. A few days later, a tabloid expose appeared in the Observer newspaper alleging that the director of Demon was supplying paedophiles with photographs of children being sexually abused.

Then the police let it be known that during that summer, they were planning a crack-down on an unspecified ISP as a test-case (translation: making an example of them). Between the threats and pressure, the IWF was formed- a supposedly voluntary organisation but in fact a fake-charity and a quango. The IWF is a disgraceful secretive group with an awful corrupt history and no public oversight.

Now we see the same tactic has been used against Megaupload. They are using the threat of violence to coerce companies, how the British police did to create their own laws. The SOPA legislation did not go their way, so they have resulted to immoral tactics of repression.

From ACTA which is decided behind closed European chambers, the DEA which was pushed through undemocratically at alarming speed before elections, evil La Hadopi and now SOPA/PIPA in the US, there is nowhere to run. The nepotists are determined to push through these legislation. At all costs. This is not about piracy- it never was and will not do a thing. It is about control.

We have built a tool. For all their false talk of democracy we have for the first time in history reached this epochal moment. Self determination. If they truly believed in democracy, we could have a direct-democracy tomorrow. The tools exist. Instead we see this flagrant deception. It has become acceptable for politicians to cater to the greatest common denominator. We let them off the hook on the truth like Cameron pretending to be pro-NHS or Obama pretending to be Christian because it is for voters. Since when did it become acceptable to lie! Now today we see this limp-wristed hand wringing by the US president about how he will veto SOPA. Oh shut up.

Was it Gordan Brown who said that voting levels were dangerously low in the below-30s because youngsters today are apolitical. He wanted mandatory attendance for voters. No, we are not apolitical, we are sick of your lies and deceit. This generation is probably more political than any generation in history. In the 80s, only 5% of people in the US were members of organisations. In the 90s, 70% of Americans belonged to some kind of organisation. People are mobilising and prescient of issues.

Libel law is atrociously bad in the UK. Payouts are 10 times greater than in main-land Europe and you get a situation where billionaires use law firms like Carter-Ruck to keep news publishers (which are poor) in court and bleed them dry. Time magazine did an undercover piece of reporting and was sued for libel. They won the case but it ended up costing them $1 million. That’s effectively a fine of $1 million for undercover journalism.

Of course when the law is broken, what do we do? Make more laws! That is why California has brought in anti-SLAPP legislation.

Patent law is so stupid and I won’t even go there.

Copyright is fascist. I find it revolting that we are creating this artificial scarcity where there is none. Everyone could have the Alexandrian library in their back-pocket. It is not the responsibility of these new models to bail out the old ones. The wealth of world knowledge harnessed by parasites.

The biggest copyright lobbyists have their own origins in the bootleg and parody industries. Fox moved west to escape litigious action by Edison’s copyrights. Disney’s original Mickey Mouse cartoons were rip-offs of The Jazz Singer and Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. In fact nearly ever Disney film is a rip-off from popular culture: Mulan, Cinderella, Jungle Book, Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Yet the constant copyright extensions right before it expires for Mickey Mouse has become a twisted joke- termed the Mickey Mouse Copyright Extensions.

Copyright’s own origin is in the 1700s when the English protectorate wanted to protect London publishers from Scottish ones who were printing public domain work. It was a monopolistic law. How then has society somehow brainwashed itself into believing they are anything but? We have the copyright owners for “I have a dream” issuing DMCA takedowns against websites. This is an important historical document- how can copyright be encouraging artists to create when they are DEAD.

This does not have much to do with bitcoin, but I am mad. This free-speech infringement feels so odious and Machiavellian that you cannot stand it, and the only way to stop the machine is to throw yourself under the tracks. The vox populi means nothing under the false pretense of ‘protecting artists’.

If downloading child pornography supports child pornographers how can downloading music destroy the music industry?

Bitcoin

+ - Primetime episode of TV drama 'The Good Wife' abou->

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genjix
genjix writes "The Good Wife is a primetime TV series legal drama. Every week they take on new legal cases and solve them in some way. This time they took on a case protecting a lawyer defending the creator of Bitcoin dubbed Mr. Bitcoin against the petty and bitter US treasury.

From the imitation WeUseCoins video spending half a minute explaining Bitcoin, to court case explanations on Bitcoin's utility for online commerce, the entire show was very positive towards Bitcoin. During one scene, a man eludes how he paid for his hotel, food and a 'special' movie using Bitcoins, and we hear how people purchase them online.

The show touches on Bitcoin's idealistic roots and references Occupy Wallstreet numerous times. The Bitcoin lawyer is even shown to be fighting in favour of Occupy Wallstreet protestors pro-bono (free of charge).

Currently "bit coin" is in the top 10 trends on Google. Amir Taaki has written a review, saying the episode "made bitcoin [look] sexy, cool and mysterious."

Quote from the movie: "Bitcoin, it's the future"."

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