And no one is doing that now, without bitcoin.
True, some people already have a smartphone, but not everyone does. Someone paying $7/mo for service on a cell phone used only for urgent calls might have to pay five times as much ($35/mo) for service on a phone that supports Bitcoin payment.
This is like trying to include the cost of an electric generating plant in the price of a toaster.
I see it as more like people who currently have normal home electric service (120 V AC) and would have to upgrade to 3-phase with a hefty surcharge per month in order to install a specific appliance.
User snaps a photo of it with their smartphone. Bitcoin app on phone decodes it, and sends payment to the address specified.
That just shifts costs from the merchant to the buyer, who now has to pay the telco a recurring fee for a cellular data connection.
And the precedent is that distracted driving laws are not valid and can be ignored.
I don't see how that's true, for three reasons. First, the featured article states that the vehicle was stopped while the phone was in use. Second, a DA's decision not to prosecute isn't exactly a "precedent" in the common law sense. Third, even if the officer had been found not guilty in a court of law, another judge could apply the narrower precedent that police are above the distracted driving law but not necessarily above other laws.
You better plan to support IE 8 until 2019
I really wish developers wouldn't use YUI or jQuery for things the web browser is more than capable of doing itself.
The whole reason for things like jQuery is that under old IE, the web browser wasn't capable of doing a lot of these things itself. If you go to the You Might Not Need jQuery site and set the compatibility slider to IE 8, for example, a couple solutions end up as "just use jQuery". Not needing massive workarounds for deficiencies in the latest version of the included web browser on a still-supported PC operating system is a relatively new concept. Five months ago, a Windows operating system that couldn't be upgraded past IE 8 was still in extended support.
Finally, browser vendors are now committed to making continuous improvements to their web browsers while aligning more closely with standards.
And due to it's nature, it is actually harder for the merchant to be defrauded than with regular credit cards... Not sure where the downside here is, especially if they are not holding them.
I can think of one downside: People might be less willing to pay with Bitcoin if they don't get the protections that they'd get from their bank's credit or debit card. Besides, how would one go about spending without Internet access, such as while inside a brick-and-mortar store with no guest Wi-Fi?
WPA/WEP (a.k.a. half-arsed encryption that we never really thought through): turned off on every router I've ever used, since day one of installation.
Was this true even during the days of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, when the Nintendo DS couldn't use anything but WEP? Or did you just skip the DS?
Remote administration (a.k.a. let random strangers on the Internet sit and brute-force your passwords with no way to tell it's happening): turned off on every router I've ever used, since day one of installation.
So when you're setting up a home network for a relative who lives far away and is not technically inclined, and you have to troubleshoot it, do you make plans to get on an airplane whenever something goes wrong?
Seriously. There's zero impact on always VPN'ing over your wireless connection to a machine that has a fixed line to your actual Internet connection.
Except on machines that do not support OpenVPN, such as a video game console.
If I want [remote administration] functionality, I'll have some sort of port knocking, a DMZ machine, and SSH with 2FA or via RSA keys to an inside machine to access the router.
That's a lot of electric power to waste on leaving two computers on 24/7 just so that you can troubleshoot problems with a router belonging to a not-so-technically-inclined relative who lives far from you.
UPnP - I am not going to manually configure every internet facing service every time I want to use a piece of software.
In the era of IPv4 address exhaustion and IPv6 foot-dragging, more and more users end up behind carrier-grade NAT. To serve these users, more and more applications are being written to bounce traffic off a server so that the client can get away with making only outbound connections.
you can afford netflix and you're using my connection across the street? wtf?
Being able to afford Netflix ($120 per year) doesn't always imply being able to afford the inflated prices that cable providers charge for high-speed Internet access without a subscription to multichannel pay TV at the same address (often $700 or more per year).