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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse 263

Posted by timothy
from the but-y'know-what-the-heck dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles wrote in a sworn declaration in the company's U.S. bankruptcy filing he suspected hundreds of thousands of bitcoins were missing on Feb. 7, more than two weeks before it finally halted trading. That means Mt. Gox allowed its customers to continue trading, knowing that its bitcoin stash was wiped out and collecting as much as US$900,000 in trading fees. Since Mt. Gox said it was also missing $27.3 million in cash from customer deposits, it raises the possibility that customers — despite seeing a cash balance displayed in their account — might have actually been buying bitcoins that did not exist, with cash that was already long gone."

Comment: Re:Pay good money to get there, but be bad at it? (Score 1) 253

by drsquare (#46381599) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60

Levelling is so removed from raiding that they're basically two different games. You can level a warrior and a priest to level 90 without ever once having had to grab aggro or heal another player.

If anything, levelling might teach you things that don't work in a dungeon. A tank might run away from a boss when low on health because that's what he does when fighting mobs in a zone, he's not expecting a heal.

Comment: Re:Can't imagine many will see the point (Score 1) 253

by drsquare (#46381399) Attached to: Blizzard To Sell Level 90 <em>WoW</em> Characters For $60

If you've played WoW for any time, you'll know that the game only really "begins" once you hit the level cap.

So what you're saying is that the vast majority of WoW players have never actually played the game? They've only played the extended tutorial?

People think that raiding is the centre-point of the game because hardcore raiders make the most noise on Internet forums. The fact is, they had to introduce the random raid finder because Blizzard were putting all this effort into making all these raids and most players weren't seeing them because they weren't interested in raiding.

Comment: Re:worth it to me, with the free shipping and vide (Score 1) 298

by drsquare (#46149349) Attached to: Price of Amazon Prime May Jump To $119 a Year

Since when do companies care whether their workers are happy or not? And what company has a mailroom nowadays? My company doesn't even have a reception, it was closed down to save money. If you had something delivered to the security lodge it would just get stolen, and you wouldn't be there to sign for it anyway.

In this jobs market employers don't have to do anything to attract workers.

Comment: Re:Hey Google and Apple! (Score 1) 653

by drsquare (#45758817) Attached to: Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

That's the thing though, they don't spend their money. They live at Google, eat at Google, do their laundry at Google, do their shopping online at Google, go to the gym at Google, go for coffee at Google. These people are of no economic value to anywhere, all they do is force up property costs so people who actually spend money in the town can no longer afford to live there.

Comment: Re:You miss the point. (Score 1) 653

by drsquare (#45758493) Attached to: Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

Yeah, if the US were a third-world country, there'd be homeless people living in tent cities, and record numbers of people going to food banks because they can't afford to eat. Millions of people would have little to no access to healthcare. There'd be millions of disenfranchised minorities locked up under political laws whilst kids of the ruling clan can drink drive and run down a load of innocent people and get away with it because they're rich and well-connected. The rich would have to live in gated commuties with armed watchmen stalking and shooting any poor people who wandered past, such is the level of paranoia.

I don't know if you've ever been to the third world, but they have TVs and phones. They're more likely to have mobile phones than computers. It's not a luxury in this day and age, you're just one of those people trying to shame poor people for daring to complain about their lot. It's the right-wing custom to shut-down debate when anyone says anything they don't like. You can't complain about poverty and inequality because you don't live in a cave with only a candle and a raw carrot for dinner.

If the likes of Google have their way, SF will turn into Detroit, as the only people living there will be commuting 100 miles away. What do you think happens to all the restaurants, cafes, shops, entertainment venues in SF when the only people who can afford to live there spend their entire waking lives at a tech 'campus' where they eat all their meals, do their laundry, shop online, go to the gym etc?

Comment: Re:Foundation question - There is a cure for her (Score 1) 260

by scenestar (#45581085) Attached to: A Review of the "Mental Illness" Definition Might Prevent Crime

There is a cure for your daughters condition. Have a Doc prescribe her around 40 MG of Dexedrine a day, combined with a high dose of an SNRI (Wellbutrin or Effexor XR).

Considering you have ADD and the fact that it IS without a single doubt hereditary, there's a pretty strong chance that her "condition" has been diagnosed as a personality trait rather than what it really is (a neurological deficit).

ADD in girls is usually of the inattentive type and most therapists will overlook it and label her currently poor coping skills as a personality disorder.

I cannot stress you enough that therapy alone will only bring her more frustration and in return only exasperate her condition.

Therapy alone is worthless.

You will never ever "Cure" someone who suffers from ADD without treating the underlying neurological condition.

(That and might want to get your nephew off of the goddamn lithium, geodon or whatever ilk they're pushing him.)

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.