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Comment: Re:I started wondering... (Score 1) 134

by themusicgod1 (#47877533) Attached to: Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet
There are no advantages whatsover to bitcoin
It's global. You can spend it anywhere in the world, assuming you can find two people who need to send/receive it. It's also not prone to being stopped by governments. If you're in Argentina and want to invest in a business in Russia, you can do that. No one can stop you. Of course, it's up to you to invest wisely - - but there are situations where it makes sense. You no longer need to use credit cards to buy things online -- no more worrying about identity fraud.

Comment: Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (Score 2) 426

What would it matter? So long as you can't know what's going on in IE's engine, ghostery is pointless as people who pay off Microsoft can still spy on you, your browser sessions can be unencrypted whenever Microsoft chooses, etc. You might as well not use Noscript, either, what's the point of forbidding people from running software on an already compromised-to-the-hilt machine required to run IE (ie Windows)?

Comment: Re:Smart (Score 1) 85

by themusicgod1 (#47619127) Attached to: Ecuador To Forge Ahead With State-Backed Digital Currency

. It is a very fine balancing act to maintain currency values but it can be and has been done for a long time.

On the contrary, since the Federal Reserve got started, the markets have been less not more stable, and both the US and global financial system has seen more, not less panics, of greater, not less severity.

Comment: My life changed for the worse (Score 1) 132

by themusicgod1 (#47389309) Attached to: Google Reader: One Year Later
1) I took all the feeds (>4000) out of google reader, and bookmarked them
2) Since then I've been slowly merging my bookmarks into a sqlite database, which I then pull from daily.
It's possible that feedly or some other online service might be able to help me...but after Reader shut down I've become pretty paranoid about using online services for those sorts of things; I'd rather have something that runs local(and my computer for the past year has not been capable of running pretty much anything else...ram has been at a premium). Also it's coloured my perception of Google itself: that was really the turning point between "using google services if they add value to my life/make life easier" and "PRISM-breaking my life, including a departure from any contact point with google I can live without without *too* much discomfort"
It took me 8 months to get everything to the point where it could be reached again and I've been trying to find a life balance that works ever since. I've really struggled -- google made it easy to get just the right amount of information about the world, every day. Generally if I read *all* of my RSS feeds for a day, I was bored or something else was wrong. Now there's really no boundary between "too much" and what I read daily. Consequently...sure I read ~95 feeds/day...but that's way too much time for what value it adds to my life.
So tl; dr I'm paranoid, ignorant and constantly busy now that I do a fraction of what I used to do with reader, only by hand.

Comment: Re:Newegg may have caused the rise (Score 1) 88

Newegg takes your bitcoins, and gives you goods. That is "accepts bitcoins". Bitpay is their means of doing so. The hair-spliting over whether or not they "accept" bitcoin completely misses the point. So they use a payment processor? Many websites use paypal or credit cards for the same reason, yet you wouldn't say they don't "accept USD" because of this.

+ - 2600 Distributor Withholds Money, Magazine Future in Limbo-> 1

Submitted by themusicgod1
themusicgod1 (241799) writes "According to 2600, their distributor (Previously known as "Source Interlink", now recently renamed to "TEN: The Enthusiast Network") has decided to consolidate its resources and is keeping the money retailers paid for the last two issues of the quarterly magazine. 2600, in the meanwhile, is still busy trying to organize the upcoming HOPE X conference. However, according to the link: In the worst case scenario, being ripped off at this level would make it almost impossible for us to continue publishing. We would have to make a lot of painful choices and cut back on things for no reason other than some outside company's mismanagement. Our readers have supported both our print and digital publications and we've been doing quite well overall."
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Comment: Re:The Problem Isn't "Free Speech vs Privacy" (Score 1) 278

by themusicgod1 (#47046615) Attached to: The US Vs. Europe: Freedom of Expression Vs. Privacy
CocaCola has maintained a cocacola-labeled military force and has attacked villages with it. They can get away with it because they justify it by talking about the threat of unions.
There are mercenary armies (such as Xe) that are willing and able to do the bidding of whoever pays them, and there's plenty of money both flowing to them and available to continue to pay them.
Resource companies like Barrick Gold are just as dirty as the East India company ever was, but it's brown people far away from cameras and internet connections who get targeted by them so we don't tend to care or notice.

Comment: Re:This kind of thing is why FDIC exists (Score 1) 695

by themusicgod1 (#46342221) Attached to: Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World
Everything you say is true, however with Bitcoin we have *provable deposits* -- you can actually verify that your bitcoin is stored, or is not stored in the bank. MtGox, of course, did not support this, and due to their first mover advantage they were able to stay in business regardless. This is likely not something that will be repeated very often -- sooner or later people will figure out the security requirements to store their bitcoin. Of course, that's a moving target -- motivated attackers will then force us onto higher ground, but still.

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