1. Three years ago in Brazil you could buy Bitcoins in local online markets using your local account. Several large markets also accepted international wire transfers. Or you could also go to localbitcoins.com IIRC, and buy in cash from people geographically near you.
2. There were services accepting Bitcoins that sold gift cards for Amazon and other big stores. Don't know if there are such services still. Of course they charged fees.
In any case, Bitcoin serves three main purposes, as I see:
I. dealing in shady business (silk road, etc)
II. trading and speculating
III. keeping a handful of libertarians geeks thinking they're really "sticking it to the man"
I and II are obviously the reasons Bitcoin still exists. III is not enough to keep it rolling.
I would be happy enough to see the Mt.Gox judicial nightmare over by Earth Day and get back at least some of my money and BC back. Yeah, let me keep on dreaming...
Damn you, Mark Karpeles! Damn you a thousand times.
Learning facts don't make anyone knowledgeable of science. I think what really means is that your regular software writer (and CS bachelor, IMHO) has no contact whatsoever with the scientific method and with how science actually works. That is, they are unaware of how to develop an hypothesis, test it against experiment, place the phenomenon under a broader context, etc.
A really simple test to see if someone has at least a minimum understand of how science works is asking them about what a theory is. I've seem plenty of college educated people think that, say, Theory of Relativity and Theory of Evolution are mere guesses that haven't still been properly verified and one have not only the right, but the moral obligation to chose whether to believe them or not based on their on personal logic. Actually, most people say things like "this and that haven't actually been proved by science", thinking that there are actually "proofs" of anything in science.
I disagree with how they picture Nye's position as a prominent science educator, but his opinion is right on the dime.
As they have no life to begin with, at least they won't lose much if things go wrong.
because we couldn't possibly have good service from an ISP.
Don't most ISPs sell good service at a premium? I think that was the entire point with having poor service in the first place. The only other reason I could imagine would be to drive customers to the competitors, and that doesn't seem to make sense from a business point of view.
I have no imagination, so I have no idea what we might get in the future if we actually had the infrastructure to support it.
I can come up with a couple of additional usages for some
A modern OS is a multi user system, imagine if each user could get their own IP address. You could allow users to use privileged port numbers on their own IP address, and all port numbers on their IP address would be protected from usage by other users. You could do this by responding to neighbor discovery for as many IPs in your link prefix as you have users on the node. But a more secure and more efficient approach would be to route a prefix to each node.
Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955