It was a standard parabolic bubble. It's happened three times with bitcoins now, and they always have a 40 to 60 percent drop when they pop followed by a random walk as they deflate. The 3rd one just happened to occur just as the second finished its random walk, and China just had to be the last to say anything about bitcoin before it poped. These will just keep getting close, and closer until the fun begins. My bet is the next one in 3 months, then a month, followed by
... fun. Who would have thought that one of these with the modern era of communication, and education would still be possible. But I guess without a modern example with that perfect bitcoin transaction log to watch it all go down it was probably inevitable to happen at least one more time.
Really? The NSA is what it is because we didn't want the CIA with that power. All you're suggesting is infinite recursion on the creation of spy agencies.
You know, it's probably just as easy to post anonymously and put in some politicians email. Really, who posts anonymously and uses their real email address.
There are parts of the bible that are highly pornographic, and if the Police arrested anyone over handing it out there would be an immediate backlash from it. Written speech is what has the most protection. Music is censored for profanity, and not for content otherwise "Caress me Down" would be banned for a highly graphic description of sex. It's played fairly regularly on one music station in Conservative Idaho so sex isn't as big of a deal when dealing with Music. None of the art galleries have been burned for having full nudes, or depictions of Roman debauchery. Last I checked minors were allowed in, and there has been no issue with the Police. However, things like Hustler and Playboy would cause an issue. The intent and market for Porn is sexual gratification, and where we draw the line with that has more to do with the culturally accepted age of consent. If you think that the US position on Porn is strange just go take a Hustler down to the Red Light districts in Japan. Most US porn is illegal in countries like Japan that somehow are able to accept much more extreme porn culturally, but show too much of one thing or another and it's illegal for even adults.
They'll just be ignored by people citing the anti-HD arguments were wrong. There is no rationalizing with mania.
Someone failed to get the Alice-In-Wonderland-Opium-Wars-World-History reference. As much as you may want to believe that you can just do away with prohibition on "taboo" things and we'll all go to a Winter Cokefilled Land the truth is far worse. Some drugs have been literally been used to destroy countries, and before we just say open the gates of ecstasy lets think about the consequences of the past.
Said the Drug Lord Alice to the Chinese
I'm not even sure if my Motherboard will accept a Floppy drive, or do I have to go looking to see if anyone makes SATA floppy drives.
Just a recursive one.
Tolkien didn't die before he could complete it. Tolkien stopped because it wasn't the hobbit anymore. It wasn't a good direction for the original story. Tolkien ABANDONED it well before he died.
If we're arguing about places like Middle of Nowhere Northern Idaho not having broadband then yes it's too big. The terrain is too obtuse to put Phone Lines, or Cable Lines out to every little place. Every town or City, sure. Every farm, ranch, or cabin? Not happening.
Passing an Amendment is difficult enough, and you want to repeal the First Amendment. As bad as Lobbying sounds not having the law that allows Lobbying to occur would be much much worse.
Yes, lets repeat the energy deregulation that California did. That worked out great for everyone didn't it?
There there little buddy. Correlation doesn't equal causation. The iCult has little to do with what you're seeing. Quarter by Quarter sales and major events show's clearly what happened. For the US there isn't and really hasn't been an issue when you compare the DS to 3DS. Both for the americas has a launch starting at 1.3 million for their first quarters. Going to quarter 10 the DS was at 11.74M vs the 3DS at 10.6M. Very close and much of the difference can be attributed to different start times. The DS has an extra Christmas in there that the 3DS does not. When you look at world wide sales you're dealing with 32.5M 3DS sales vs 40M DS sales, and ALL of that is attributed to the DS having One extra Christmas in its column. The 3DS is walking the exact same sales pattern that the DS walked and if the iCult was sucking off the sales then it wouldn't be walking that exact same path. As a note Christmas is just as big if not bigger for Japan sales.
The suggestion that Nintendo should release on iOS and Android would be suicide. The sales figures for the 3DS have already proven the nuts that keep saying Nintendo should release Pokemon the iPhone are insane short term thinkers. Their hand held dominance has yet to be killed. I'll believe Nintendo should start looking at selling on the iCult(Trolling Apple) when Pokemon starts selling less than 1 Million at launch. Since X/Y hit 4 Million I don't think they have to worry about that. Their console market, on the other hand, has been weak since the N64 days. The Wii's success was mostly a fluke caused by MS and Sony raising prices too much, and a couple of gimmicks that were worth some attention by some: motion controls, and wii fit.