Other than the simple examples (polio, smallpox, etc.
Isn't that enough of an example?
The idea is sound. Whether it works for specific situations depends on the specific case just like everything else.
Anyway, "two weeks of hell" is hardly how I'd describe the chicken pox
Same for me since I didn't need to go to hospital with it, but there were some kids I knew who did.
When the anti-vaxxers come out of the woodwork it's best to bring out the big guns like polio. My parents have a lot of stories about kids in their school class with polio.
It's easy to fix and a lot of people used to die that way so why not? I got through it without a vaccine but now kids don't have to.
spun this incredible story of an alternate reality
Ironic since my entire point is that you are pretending things are what they are not. Beer, Bitcoin, Bearskins, Baked Beans can all be Bartered but that does not make them "currency" unless your vocabularly is too small to contain the word Barter.
"But I like to pretend I do not know many words" is a unusual and degrading argument but I suppose there are depths that you need to sink to if you want to push your stuff onto the kiddies.
The NBN was an effort to pick up from that since Telstra wasn't going to do it and competition was being kept from doing it (it's illegal at a Federal level for me to run a cable 250m down the street to another branch of the business even if the local government is happy with me digging up the street).
We should all like this Bitcoin *concept*
That's the thing - to be a confidence trick baited for geek it needs the window dressing to make it attractive for geeks. It's as if somebody read crytonomicon - saw the digital currency described there and then removed all the portions that made sense leaving only a shiny layer of tinfoil.
The whole "mining" thing is a distraction and a mechanism to force a pyramid structure. Those people buying mining rigs or farming compromised hosts now are missing the point that they are too late to the scam which initially did not require serious hardware or botnets. I suppose at least it's getting some of the botnets out of the hands of spammers so that's something good about bitcoin.
Telstra didn't need to be bought off. The option existed for the NBN to install its own ducts and pits. This however would have been ridiculously expensive
Because Telstra were threatening legal action.