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US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin 101

jfruh (300774) writes "When the U.S. government shut down the Silk Road marketplace, they seized its assets, including roughly $18 million in bitcoin, and despite the government's ambivalence about the cryptocurrency, they plan to auction the bitcoin off to the highest bidder, as they do with most criminal assets. Ironically, considering many bitcoin users' intense desire for privacy, the U.S. Marshall service accidentally revealed the complete list of potential bidders by sending a message to everyone on the list and putting their addresses in the CC field instead of the BCC field."

Comment Re:Well actually he's pretty solidly anti-gun too. (Score 2) 234

> Could we please stop with the endless pro-drug commentary?

It's not "pro-drug". It's "anti-prohibition".

This is by far the best expression of the issue I have ever seen. The current laws totally mimic prohibition laws from the early 1900's. Seems more like history just keeps on repeating itself.

Comment Re:No freedom of speech in Europe (Score 2) 246

Thanks for producing a better summary of the article than what was posted on /. Everyone is freaking out over some slippery slope, when in reality it looks more like the courts handled this in a totally reasonable manner. Even the fine was a reasonable one. I think the bigger issue here is that the site didn't have anyone actively moderating the page.

Comment Re:Carving "Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh" (Score 1) 169

Parent post deserves mod points so badly. I wish I had some. Also, I wouldn't want something like this in a car anyway. At that point it's just about reverse engineering the way that type of data is logged. Knowing the companies we have today, there would be some type of global database getting 'hacked' on a daily basis for information.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps? 2

SGT CAPSLOCK writes: It certainly seems like more and more Internet Service Providers are taking up arms to combat their customers when it comes to data usage policies. The latest member of the alliance is Mediacom here in my own part of Missouri, who has taken suit in applying a proverbial cork to their end of a tube in order to cap the bandwidth that their customers are able to use. My question: what do you do about it when every service provider in your area applies caps and other usage limitations? Do you shamefully abide, or do you fight it? And how?

Submission + - Beijing Says That 400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin (

dryriver writes: China's Education Ministry says that about 400 million people — or 30% of the population — cannot speak the country's national language. Of the 70% of the population who can speak Mandarin, many do not do it well enough, a ministry spokeswoman told Xinhua news agency on Thursday. The admission from officials came as the government launched another push for linguistic unity in China. China is home to thousands of dialects and several minority languages. These include Cantonese and Hokkien, which enjoy strong regional support. Mandarin — formally called Putonghua in China, meaning "common tongue" — is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world. The Education Ministry spokeswoman said the push would be focusing on the countryside and areas with ethnic minorities. For decades, the ruling Communist Party has promoted Mandarin in an attempt to unite the most populous nation in the world. But government efforts have been hampered by the sheer size of the country and a lack of investment in education, particularly the rural areas, says the BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing.

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