Nah, it's just regular cryptography. The definition of DRM requires that the owner of the data and the attacker be the same entity.
They always have friends. And an armada of satellite wannabe bullies.
On the contrary, my point is that everyone the bully thinks is in the former group is actually in the latter. Once the bully weakens, his former "friends" will inevitably betray him.
Bitcoin doesn't get harder to generate so much as the pool of coins is shared between more parties...
As for the carbon footprint, new mining hardware is intentionally more efficient than the previous generation, and if the rewards from mining become smaller than the cost of electricity people will stop doing it.
Similarly as the dedicated hardware gets more advanced, mining on GPUs and especially CPUs becomes completely useless, so even with thousands of nodes you will never make any worthwhile amount. The returns from using malware to mine bitcoins must be pretty tiny today, even with huge numbers of infected systems.
And illegal goods/services have been provided for money long before bitcoin even existed, bitcoin just provides a new way to pay for them because of its perceived anonymity... In reality its probably still easier to trace than cash, and the existing methods for combatting such sales will still work too.
I wonder how things turn out in the long run when you knowingly and willingly apply bad data, or incorrect theories, to govern decision making? Can it be good?
Facts aren't advocacy. - If you punish ordinary opposing views in debate you aren't committed to free speech.
The persecution complex that prompted you to put that line in your
Blame government for treating Bitcoin as a commodity instead of as a currency, subject to the same laws as cash. Oh, wait, it basically is subject to the same laws as cash, except it's a whole lot easier to carry and the government can't create more of it out of thin air (which is a good thing, if you want your money to have the same or better purchasing power tomorrow as it did today).
Don't you realize that the latter argument invalidates the former?
Since Bitcoin is deflationary, it makes more sense to stockpile (or hoard) it than to spend it. That is also what makes it more like a commodity than a currency.
Bullies have no friends.
Well, that just means each Bitcoin is worth 3.1 Jesuses, proving it's a better currency because scarcity is the only thing that matters when picking a currency, duh!
That's nothing! I did that trick, too, and while I installed Lotus Notes, a deep, otherworldly voice started chanting in Latin!
I'll keep that in mind, but it'll have to wait until the prices come down or the next model year comes out. I'm cynical enough of the whole thing now that I'm not going to pay hundreds of dollars for a digital sketchbook again, and have less than no interest in any other use for a Windows tablet.
Well, in the same way as "You know also stirred up racial tensions to an extreme in order to achieve political power?" might be a legitimate use of a Hitler analogy, there are occasions a "Think of the children" comment is also legitimate. As in most parents here are a tad concerned about the idea that little Jessica's MacBook could be used by perverts to take pictures of her.
We need a variant of Godwin's law about people who react to any analogy involving a specific thing as being an abuse of that analogy..
In an enterprise it's massively easier to do it without being caught, as long as you're in Tech Services, which is one of the groups most likely to want to make use of this hack...
As in "HR here, We suspect John Doe is snorting cocaine at his desk when nobody's looking, is there any way you could secretly record what he's doing?"
Or offer higher quality, better tested products... Offering a long warranty isn't going to cost anywhere near as much if the failure rate is extremely low.
The Australian law is very similar to European laws...
Snowden has offered to help Brazil investigate US intelligence. Is that the patriotism you were referring to?
He offered to help "wherever lawful and appropriate" -- Do you have have a problem with lawful and appropriate actions? Are you advocating that Snowden do something to violate the law?