I was a TA in college for intro CS classes, and I can tell you that not many kids understand this stuff right off the bat. Very few understood it by the end of the first semester. Most were just blindly typing and eventually, the monkeys typed Shakespeare. So, this woman not special. Nor is she special because she is a woman. In fact, I see nothing about her in this article that makes her any different from the thousands of others in the field.
Since Bitcoins have no intrinsic value, and no government is willing to go to war over their value, then they are worth about as much as Beanie Babies. At one time, Beanie Babies fetched a premium, but now people are just stuck with a room full of toys they spent thousands on.
So every time I hear someone talk about Bitcoins, I immediately think to that episode of South Park where Cartman thinks that pubes have value. "So, how much is that in pubes?"
My place uses a lot of research equipment that runs on specialty hardware/software, which is not compatible with anything other than what it's running now (which in some cases is NT), but also doesn't work with VMs because the hardware interface doesn't recognize it. One of the scientists just purchased a 6 figure machine that came with XP on it. The manufacturer claims it's not compatible with anything else. How awesome is that?
If bitcoins became more widespread, and the market more liquid, it is quite possible the volatility would be reduced.
If, if, if....there are a lot of ifs there.
All he's saying is that it's a shitty form of currency right now. And that's the truth.
Have him enjoy his last moments of freedom from responsibility and have fun with his friends.
Besides, if I had a dime for every kid in Intro to CS that thought he knew how to program but couldn't grasp the idea of simple design patterns...I wouldn't have had to be a TA.