I have yet to see a single action by the Feds showing they are treating BitCoins as Choice Two. They are treating BitCoins as choice #1. Which means, like any currency, he has to abide by the laws regarding the trading of currency. This is a very straightforward applicaton of money-laundering laws.
I'll repeat: No currency that routinely fluctuates by several % a day (and occasionally by over 10%) with a 50-basis-point bid-ask spread, is a serious currency. (Not even the stupidest retail currency investor would accept a 0.5% bid-ask spread when trading currency. It's only cheap when you compare it to the currency booth at the airport.)
Yes, relative to other national currencies, the JPY is volatile. Relative to BtCs? The JPY is solid as the proverbial rock.
The costs to hedge BtC exchange rates would be so high (is such a product even available?) that no sane business would ever attempt it. Yes, I supposed you could integrate a real-time feed into the current BtC rate into your pricing engine, add a few %, and let the consumer deal with it, but why bother?
BtC's currently fluctuate like commodities, not currencies.
Far too many people point to the rapid rise in value of BitCoins as a feature, not a bug. They are confusing investment returns with usefulness as a medium of exchange.
Any actual currency that unpredictably changed in value in relation to something you'd actually want to buy (like USD/EUR/etc.) by several % a day All. The. Time. would be considered an economic catastrophe for any economy that relied on said currency. For starters it makes a functioning credit market 100% impossible. You'd have to be out of your mind to borrow or lend money in the things... A lender could end up holding a worthless note, and a borrower could end up with a situation that would make a loan shark look practically free.
This settlement meant that the company had to do NOTHING other than to go forth and sin no more. They did not have to pay a single solitary dime, consent to long-term monitoring, or do anything really, beyond promising they would not continue to do something they unambiguously should never have been doing in the first place.
Yeah, that'll teach 'em!
Is the cord really a big problem when charging an electric car? I mean, I've never felt the need to have a gas pump that would squirt fuel right into the filler neck without using a hose...
I would have thought the biggest stumbling block to widespread charging infrastructure would be the truly ridiculous power feed that would be needed to charge a significant number of cars along long-haul routes.
Off-hand, four programmers for a manufacturing company with 150 employees seems a bit high. Is your current application environment really so inadequate or dynamic that you need four people to keep up with the changes?
But yes, a dedicated Help Desk Tech for day-to-day "box won't boot" problems is cheap and effective.
Wake me up when this has a chance of actually being a viable product. I doubt they can create the thing for a reasonable (non-heavily-subsidized) cost. Given that we are STILL waiting for laptop fuel cells which have been perpetually "around the corner" since literally the Dawn of Slashdot, I'm not holding my breath.
And once you have the car, you need the Hydrogen. There are currently zero economic ways of creating the stuff. You can either crack it off of Hydrocarbons (and if you are going to do that, why not just burn the damn things in a conventional car?) Or you can electrolyze it. Which is tremendously energy-inefficient. And then you have to compress it for storage/transport/delivery, wasting even more energy.
Hydrogen cars make sense if we have bountiful free electricity. Until that happens, electric cars make more sense, and neither will seriously challenge the dominance of the ICE.
This isn't a work of art or something... it's designed, from the ground up, to be a currency. Trying to argue to the IRS that a mined BitCoin isn't a cash-equivalent is not going to end well.
In college (15 years ago), my scientific calculator was a Sharp EL-509 (now succeeded with the EL531; $10 from Amazon) Unlike most scientific calculators, the '509 did order of operations automatically so you didn't have to convert your input into "calculator order" ahead of time. Really, it gave me the most-needed features of a graphing calculator, but in a form-factor that professors always let me use.
For my EE classes, the real benefit was not having to convert between vector and polar coordinates prior to problem input. I could input my problem in whatever coordinate form I had it in without having to go through tedious trig operations, which greatly sped up solving problems during exams (or homework, for that matter). With exams heavy on those conversions, I always finished the tests first.
In other news, the Police also do not need a warrant to attend your public meeting. They don't need a warrant to read the book you published on the rack of the local bookstore. They don't need a warrant to browse around your open store in the local strip mall.
And they don't need a warrant to download data you offered up to any member of the public and browse through it to find incriminating evidence.
If you have an office job "communication" consists of walking down the hallway to ask (or answer) a question instead of sending an e-mail. It means bumping into someone in the hallway and sharing a thorny problem you are working on (or even gloating on how you just came up with a clever solution.) If you have meetings, make sure you actively participate instead of fiddling with your laptop or phone. You spend time shooting (relevant) shit with your co-workers (and spend some time making small talk; that's important too.)
If you work remotely, it means much the same. Call people on the phone instead of doing everything via e-mail. Send out "FYI" notes if you find something the rest of your team should know. Cultivate a reputation as somebody who asks for advice when needed and is helpful in offering advice/education when requested. If you have regular meetings make sure you regularly get yourself on the agenda discussing something you are working on (either to ask for advice on how to solve a problem, or offering information on how you fixed it.) You can also sign yourself up to inform your teammates about things going on outside your team, like other projects, a new architecture coming down the wire, some new tool that's made your job easier, whatever.
If you don't interact with your team, you've rendered yourself into an utterly replaceable cog, that most certainly can (and probably will) be replaced in the future with somebody else who will offer to do the job cheaper.
You haven't tried the healthcare.gove website, have you?
I just did a search a few days ago and did not need to register to perform a search in order to get premium estimates.
BitCoins are not incompatible with a normal regulatory and law enforcement apparatus that might prevent some of this. That said, due to their extreme utility for money laundering, tax avoidance, etc. I'm pretty sure they'd rather the things disappear and therefore may direct law-enforcement resources elsewhere in the case of a BitCoin theft.
You utterly misunderstand what this website does. You punch in your zip code and age, it spits back plans and rack-rate premiums. That's it. That's the part of healthcare.gov that actually works, and has since they rolled out the feature a few days after launch.
The part of the government website that is having all the problems is the part where you actually sign up for the plans. That's what is requiring a large amount of integration, and has been doing horribly. Because of how the law was written (specifically the parts on subsidy eligibility) it's a little more complicated than processing a shopping cart on Amazon. (Business rules validation/integration is the most difficult part of most business applications.)
Translation: "In a few weeks we created a pretty front end to the part of the website that is really easy to write."
I'm not saying the healthcare.gov rollout was done well, or that the main contractor didn't botch the job. I'm just saying that this website doesn't provide any evidence of it.
There are two parts to the healthcare.gov website. The one where you can simply search for plans available in your zip code, and the one where you actually sign up. The one where you search for plans in your zipcode works just fine, and that's what they've duplicated here.
The far more complex part of the website (the one that requires talking to, and integrating data from, a very large pile of different databases) is the part not working well.
Translation: They created a pretty front-end to a database-driven site somebody else made. Hardly the labors of Hercules.