If you are a casual technogeek, save yourself about $4000 and just go on AliExpress and buy whatever knicknacks you are interested in straight from Shenzhen. What, did you think they haven't figured out ecommerce? If you do have the chance to visit (i.e. for work), or are really after niche goods/services (in particular, to start your own import business) then certainly its a great place to go. But if you are just looking to get out of the US, don't go to Shenzhen just to browse around Huaqiangbei. There are plenty of other, far far more exhilarating/enlightening/relaxing places to visit in the world.
Except that I do understand how it works, and definitely do not like the idea of having that kind of product around. But yeah, I must be buying into fear and hype because there's no other reason for people to not like the idea of having a fairly concealed recording device that may or may not be recording.
Unless you are willing to attack anyone who is wearing a mildly loose overcoat, or a slightly thick pair of glasses, or is carrying a bag any bigger than a cellphone, then yep you are buying into the hype because all of those things can/will record you and you will never know it. So, don't be a sucker who buys into fear and hype, get out there and go apeshit on the next person you see wearing a device that "might" be recording! I will write to you in prison. I promise.
The mathematics of bitcoin are sound enough. The issue I have with it is the possibility of hacks.
We all know that most computer systems are insecure. In the past, cracking a computer could only yield things like names, addresses, passwords (hashed and salted, one hopes), confidential files... in short, information. But with Bitcoin, crackers now enjoy the tantalizing possibility of stealing money! That makes Bitcoin exchanges (and, if bitcoin becomes popular, all ordinary PCs with bitcoin wallets) highly attractive hacking targets. So how can we be sure that an exchange won't be hacked? How can we be sure that our PCs won't be hacked? This issue--my inability to know that my coins are secure--has made me reluctant to buy them in the past.
Not sure if... Tolling, or posting from 3 years ago.
The prospect of stealing money is at the heart of most small time cracks, after all a complete identity, or even a banking password or two is as good as cash. Bitcoin already enjoys steady attacks on exchanges, as well as malware designed both to steal existing wallets and to steal CPU cycles in hopes of turning them in to BTC. Keeping a bitcoin wallet secure has never been any different than keeping a real wallet secure, though. If you made a copy of all the stuff in your wallet and put it on your PC (short of cash) then a thief can steal everything of value in your wallet. If you keep a copy of your bitcoin wallet on your PC the same is possible, and just like a real wallet you can easily move your bitcoins to a portable media, erase any trace from your PC, and keep the entire thing in your pocket.
Bull. I live near Saskatoon Saskatchewan, a small city by north american standards. When my wife and I bought our home, we were forced to choose between the ghetto (where crime is DOUBLE anywhere else in town) or to move out of the city. With our first child on the way it was a no-brainer.
To move to a downtown area that isn't crime-ridden would cost TWICE what we're currently paying.
It is undoubtedly worse in larger centers.
You are saying bull and then agreeing with me? Safe inner city areas exist and are higher priced, plain as that. Im not judging your particular situation but you are choosing the commute/work in the suburbs option and theres nothing wrong with that but it is not the only option that involves living/working in a safe area.
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We have no zoning in houston but deed restrictions and politics prevent random rampant reuse of land. You typically see areas shift very slowly to new purposes over a couple decades. Developers TRY to force this (Our "Galleria Area" being an example) but often fail the first couple times before the idea "takes" (The galleria was basically empty and tiny for a looooong time-- today you can't even find parking and it's full to the gills--- so full a lot of people won't go there any more. lol)
Thanks for the elaborate description but I would have clicked an imgur link too...
More like putting money on your safe. A safe that can instantly teleport it anywhere you want.
A safe with a teleporter on top of it sounds like a HUGE security risk. Maybe you should put your money IN the safe and put the teleporter in the next room. And dont put teleporters in every room, you will be tempted to use them when its not necessary and your head might end up on backwards.
Now the only thing that can destroy the value of your coins is... oh, everyone else who's still dumb enough to value convenience over personal responsibility. Que sera.
If this doesnt end in total collapse, what it will mean is that the thieves will horde the 740,000 BTC leaving the pool of fungible coins for actual trading small, which will mean its value will be higher. So unless the thieves manage to spend all their loot (that would take forever given how long it takes for cocaine packets to ship) then really the prudent users are better off.
Ummm... people move to the outskirts of a city so their kids don't have to fear getting mugged or shot in crossfire between inner city gangs. You cannot raise children in almost all US cities safely, so virtually any fit parent has to do the suburban thing so the strays the kid sees are puppies and kittens, not
You are confusing the downtown (city core) with the blighted near-suburbs. Few cities have truly crime-ridden core areas, but many have suburbs that are so. They also have a core and near-suburbs that are much safer (and naturally higher cost) which is where the truly affluent (or perhaps single/childless) live, while the rest endure the commute in favor of the extra space they can afford in the far suburbs.
How are they taking advantage of the city without paying for it? All these employees who live in the city will continue to pay taxes, parking fees, patronize city businesses, etc.
That depends on the tax structure, most munis defer to the city of employment when it comes to taxes; I dont know about SF specifically but chances are they are getting at best a fraction of the income tax they would normally if the employee both lived and worked there.
But then property prices skyrocket around large employers and many employees are still forced to commute to work simply to find property they can afford.
Its the ratrace; most employees could choose to live really close to work but it would mean an expensive move (if you own, moving costs tens of thousands of dollars) and higher (but affordable) monthly costs. Most gladly exchange an extra 30-45min on the daily commute for an extra 1000 sq feet in their house or perhaps enough money to take an annual vacation; that's just the way Americans like it.
Maybe cities just don't have the right mix of amenities, price, space, parking, and other factors to make them better places to put certain businesses.
Certain businesses? Which sort? The kind that benefit from building all those amenities from scratch? I call bullshit unless you are operating an airport, naval base, or some other ridiculously large and specialized enterprise. Google, Apple, etc simply balked at the rent/taxes they would have to pay to locate somewhere with a good workforce, and instead camps outside the city limits and cherry picks employees with private buses to take advantage of the city without having to pay for it. If the suburbs were such an appealing location, why aren't the employees there too?
The book was really great, sounds good, lets check it out:
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Wait what the fuck book is that?
(yes the actual link destination is OK, but seriously editors you had _one_ _job_.)
I'd like to hear more about this.
Yeah, I remember getting twice as smart when I upgraded from a 14.4k to a 28.8k modem. Don't you?
Please explain that to MY UPS delivery guy. He leaves it on the front porch regardless of the delivery instructions.
Delivery instructions are not delivery requirements: if they require an adult signature (the most strict delivery option) there is no way it's getting dropped on your doorstep. If that happens, report it to UPS and you will have a new driver within the week.
There's exactly two ways that UPS delivers packages to my door:
1) They leave it on the front door step, like a thief in the night.
2) They leave it on my front door step and play Ding-Dong-Ditch, or whatever PC name we pretend it's called today.
There are a lot of UPS service tiers, and most revolve around the insurance purchased. If the seller (i.e. most cheap ebay and online-only retailers) doesnt pay for a service tier that warrants that kind of handling, yeah it will get tossed on your doorstep with nary a second thought. Take that up with the seller though.