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Comment: Re:Is it just me... (Score 2) 193

by websoongi (#37886488) Attached to: Helping the FBI Track You
Years ago I attended a few hacker meetings, like 2600. I always gave my real name; Though, it would have been safer if I gave someone else's real name. They always gave their handle. You know what those kids did right after getting your handle? They googled you on their wireless! And, if you had a unique handle, it was really easy to pull up information that was definitely yours. But what are you going to find when I tell you my name is George? Specifics aside, the author of the article is talking about security through obscurity. It's just that his method is to go so far left that you come back around on the right. --- On an unrelated note, but I feel I have to vent, don't click the Options button below a post you've just entered and then click save in the dialog box that pops up. I lost my post the first time 'round. I know, many of you probably know this, but I'm relatively new here and this tidbit may save someone else the misfortune. *Grrr!*

Comment: Re:Valuable lesson in currency... (Score 2) 709

by websoongi (#37762088) Attached to: Value of Bitcoin "Crashes"
Hear, hear. If anyone doubts the real value of gold compared with paper money, consider this: One thousand years from now you find a vault filled with ancient American, paper money. The value of that paper is worthless. It may have worth as an historical artifact. But now consider this: One month later a colleague discovers two vaults filled with ancient American money. The value of your money has now gone down. Having more paper money in this world decreases its value because the paper itself is not wealth. Compare this with gold: (and you can imagine it now, because it works at any time) You find a vault filled with gold. You're rich. Your colleague finds a vault with gold. He's rich. You're both rich because finding more gold just means that there's more (actual) wealth in the world. You're rich if you find such a vault now. You're rich if you find it one thousand years from now. That's because gold has intrinsic worth. It shouldn't, I believe, because I personally don't care about gold. But that doesn't change the fact that others always will. Even if gold didn't have uses other than money, people have, and always will, covet it. If you had a trunk full, you'd line your walls with it. If you had more, you'd have a solid gold swimming pool out back. There's never enough gold.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge