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at worst it sounds too complex for consumers to get their heads around
You could have said the same thing about personal computers. Most users who use Ripple may not even know they are using it, just like computers (most people who use computers do not realize that that thing in their hand that allows them to look at youtube is a computer)
It seems to be begging the question to demand acceptance of the prerequisites of the requirement to agree not to disagree. These prerequisites form a model of what it means to be rational. I'm not sure if they are the best possible model, or even if they work. This includes the hypothesis that a system is only
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.
. 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.
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.
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