In what way is it a Ponzi scheme? The end game of a Ponzi scheme is new investors get nothing. BC still has value.
Because we're not at the end of the scheme yet? Come back in a decade and let me know how much value it has.
Where do you live? Who do you pay rent to? Where do you buy your food? If you don't drive where do you buy your train/bus tickets? (all the transport and stations here have cameras), how do you research your masterplan with no phone or internet? You think the people at the library or internet cafe not going to think it strange when some androgynous weirdo comes in each day with different coloured hair doing google searches for home made bombs? How about the girl at the hair dye selling shop? It's a lot harder than you think to get "off the grid".
Nobody cares whether its original they care if it works.
But only if it doesn't hose your system in the process. MSE might not be the most water tight security app out there, but is hits a pretty nice sweet spot for 'good enough" security as well as "low enough" impact on performance. It's also free which makes it pretty hard to beat for a client based malware solution.
Its a short term problem at worst. Soon no one will bother to mine bitcoins. There will be easier ways to acquire them
Or more likely, people will ignore them. I know this is Slashdot and we must have a Bitcoin story in here every day, but outside of here no-one I know talks about or even knows anything about Bitcoin. I know a little bit about it, and even I'm not going anywhere near it, what is going to change that makes regular Joe give up his known and easily understandable concept of cash for some magic complicated fairy dust that you need a math education to figure out if it's a scam or not?
Banning guns or imposing strict controls only sounds reasonable to people who don't value their gun rights in the first place.
You don't have to ban guns, just enact reasonable measure to ensure only appropriate guns are available for appropriate means. And you're right, it does sounds reasonable to people who value things like health, education and safety over some redneck fascination with a weapon.
Sounds impressive doesn't it. But if you tried you could easily smash a coconut with your bare hands.
I can only assume you never tried to crack a coconut with your bare hands, I'd go so far as to say it is impossible. It's even quite difficult repeatedly smashing it on concrete, you generally need something sharp to crack the case and bare hands simply aren't up to the task. I doubt TFA claims too, coconuts can provide a challenge even for a machete, I highly doubt a rolled up magazine and cheap pointy trinkets would have any effect.