What I find odd is the currency based on sterling silver is falling in relation to a soft backed currency based on 'confidence'. Seems like someone is gaming the system. But I am not an economist so what do I know..
You seem to have taken in the two distinct phrases 'sterling silver' and 'pound sterling' and developed a new myth from it. The original currency was once based on silver coins, but that was not necessarily the currency itself. The currency was formally put on the gold standard during the Napoleonic wars, and came off it in the 20th century.
and many others, even if maybe they miss out what seems to be this scheme's USP, adding solar power to it.
The EFF's chief technologist revealed that he doesn't run an anti-virus program, partly because he's using Linux, and partly because he feels anti-virus software creates a false sense of security. ("I don't like to get complacent and rely on it in any way...")
He's quite right. We lull ourselves into a false sense of security all the time. I try to avoid it, complacency is a killer.
I drive at night without any lights on, because then if I'm in an accident it will probably be my fault. This keeps me wide awake and aware of all possible hazards.
During the day this doesn't work of course. Hence I have to drive in bare feet, so if there is an accident I'm not going to get very far trying to run away.
You could justify it in the same way that in many / most companies, senior management claims that higher pay and bonuses for directors motivates them to make more profit. Could you depend on a general who does not get at least, say, twenty times as much as the ordinary airman?
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced -- even a proverb is no proverb to you till your life has illustrated it. -- John Keats