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Comment: Solvable? (Score -1) 374

What does 'solvable' mean? Woodstock mean temperature 1968? These hippies don't even know what they're selling. Give subsidies to the politically connected? I'd rather burn by beloved hydrocarbon fuels. In the last 6 years I have made a fortune investing in companies that are out of favor. Big oil, big pharma, genetically modified agribusiness. It look like my run of luck will continue.
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Investor Tim Draper Announces He Won Silk Road Bitcoin Auction 115

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the plans-to-build-moon-fortress dept.
After some speculation yesterday about the winner of the auction for the first block of bitcoins seized from the Silk Road, the winner went ahead and made his identity public. Tim Draper has won the U.S. Marshals bitcoin auction and is partnering with Vaurum to provide bitcoin liquidity in emerging markets. ... Tim offered this in a statement: “Bitcoin frees people from trying to operate in a modern market economy with weak currencies. With the help of Vaurum and this newly purchased bitcoin, we expect to be able to create new services that can provide liquidity and confidence to markets that have been hamstrung by weak currencies. Of course, no one is totally secure in holding their own country’s currency. We want to enable people to hold and trade bitcoin to secure themselves against weakening currencies.”

Comment: A civil service with less inhibition (Score -1) 97

Yeah, that's what we need. A weaponized leftist activist bureaucracy to act with even less inhibition for tyranny than they do now. And stop calling it civil service. These creeps are out to make a buck just like everyone else. Indeed, these past 6 years, the creeps have done quite well for themselves.

Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 1) 560

While it’s true that they will open a physical safe themselves if you refuse, you can indeed be held in contempt if you have the ability to open a safe and refuse to do so when presented with a valid warrant. The “physical safe” analogy is one of the things that’s (unfortunately) applied as an existing-law analogy to crypto.

That's actually only true if they already know for certain it's your safe and you have access to it. Otherwise, admitting that you know how to open the safe (by opening it or providing the combination) is admitting that the contents of it are in fact yours. That's self-incrimination and you can't be forced to do it, though of course with a valid warrant they can still try to break into the safe. They just can't make you admit it's yours, and that's what you're doing if you open it.

In this case, however, the idiot went and bragged to the police that yeah, that stuff is all mine! To extend the safe analogy, that's like saying to the police "Yeah, I know the combination, but I'm not giving it to you!" Now you wouldn't be telling them anything they don't know, so opening the safe is no longer self-incriminating. If he'd kept his mouth shut (first rule of being questioned by the police, keep your fucking mouth shut, they mean it when they say anything you say will be used against you), this case would likely have been decided differently.

It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster. - Voltaire

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