I have a vague recollection they are now sharing some USA citizens' account information with USA.
That's because the numbers from Compete do not correspond to reality. Compete.com is tracking some preselected panel of people, which in no way could represent the entire site usage. And then they stretch and inflate that data, and call it the "site profile".
For the reference, here's another such Google+ profile, from Alexa, which shows no "dramatic growth" whatsoever:
While demos from that era looked nice, they had the problem of not having to worry about AI, an interface, asynchronous audio and video...
I present to you..
A 3D FPS in 96KB.
The MIT report cited in the "article" is from 1972. Enough said.
And in his Robots and Empire, the Earth is special because of the relative abundance of the radioactive elements like uranium in the Earth crust.
I absolutely agree. It feels like an elaborate thought experiment carried out for the sake of experiment, and artificially handicapped by many limitations to the boot. I'm surprised a more sane thing wasn't proposed at the time.
The object, called J1719-1438, circles a pulsing companion star (pulsar) about 4,000 light years from Earth in the constellation Serpens (The Snake), which lies about one-eighth of the way toward the center of the Milky Way."
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So what do we know for sure today, on the 20th anniversary of Linux? That we are on the right side of history. That products and technologies come and go but freedom endures. And because of that, we know that Linux will be the fabric of computing for decades to come."
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In fact once someone has one of your Bitcoin addresses, they'll be able to see and track all transactions involving that address, including "shuffling" into new addresses. One can even construct a whole graph of transactions starting from some known bitcoin address since the chains of transactions are absolutely transparent for everyone. I guess it's a dream come true for the intelligence and data mining agencies.
And yes, the only way to opt out of that transparency is to use the laundry and mixing services - the chain of transactions ends once you put your sum into the service and retrieve them back - since you (most probably) will get other people's coins. Just be careful not to put too much since you may get back your own coins. Also, such mixing service may not be free.
This article discusses transparency and anonymity issues well:
So the article says 1MW, the author's video shows 1MW, and the youtube page says "it fires an intense 1 MW blast of invisible infrared 1064nm light". And yet a single anonymous comment saying 1kW is more trustworthy.