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Submission + - The IRS Just Declared War on Bitcoin Privacy (

SonicSpike writes: The Internal Revenue Service has filed a “John Doe” summons seeking to require U.S. Bitcoin exchange Coinbase to turn over records about every transaction of every user from 2013 to 2015.

That demand is shocking in sweep, and it includes: “complete user profile, history of changes to user profile from account inception, complete user preferences, complete user security settings and history (including confirmed devices and account activity), complete user payment methods, and any other information related to the funding sources for the account/wallet/vault, regardless of date.” And every single transaction.

The demand is not limited to owners of large amounts of Bitcoin or to those who have transacted in large amounts. Everything about everyone.

Equally shocking is the weak foundation for making this demand. In a declaration submitted to the court, an IRS agent recounts having learned of tax evasion on the part of one Bitcoin user and two companies. On this basis, he and the IRS claim “a reasonable basis for believing” that all U.S. Coinbase users “may fail or may have failed to comply” with the internal revenue laws.

The IRS’s effort to strip away the privacy of all Coinbase users is more broad than the government’s effort in recent cases dealing with cell site location information. In the CSLI cases, the government has sought data about particular suspects, using a standard below the probable cause standard required by the Fourth Amendment (“specific and articulable facts showing that there are reasonable grounds to believe”).

Comment Re:better off without it (Score 1) 339

Tesla is a fad like iPod's were a fad. Soon it will be normal.

This is not in any way an endorsement of Tesla. Frankly, this stunt says to me that Musk is a whiny little bitch. Criticism is necessary for product improvement, no matter how stupid it is. If you smack the ban-hammer on any slight then that's just a sign of weakness and vulnerability... and it's unlikely you will get useful feedback in the future.

Comment Re:Lack of development? (Score 0) 388

Same here but Thunderbird is very far out of date as far as development goes. For example, if I reboot my imap server Thunderbird totally loses sync and in fact will not do any updates until I close/reload it. Seriously, the network stack in Thunderbird is totally fucked up.

I continue to use Thunderbird because it is one of the few email clients that support S/MIME... a standard that has been in place for decades yet most email clients can't handle.

Comment Re:What a fucking childish logo! (Score 1) 131

I very often am one of the first to bash logos but the Perl logo is not that bad. Maybe not the greatest ever but acceptable. In fact it's way better than the Linux penguin and I say this as a Linux fan since the pre-0.9 days.

I use Perl (5) when I need high speed text/regex/string-hashing processing. It's still the the best to whip up something quick especially when processing text. For anything else I use Lua, C/C++, or if I have to, Python (blech).

Comment Re:R00tz Asylum @ defcon FTW (Score 1) 90

Yeah right. Contact us in 10 years and tell us how your grandkids are doing. If not that, then how much prison time she has left.

(for anyone less experienced: the difference between a prepubescent drone and a post-pubescent walking-hormone is quite stark)... biology is an impossible, unpredictable, power. The fact that you think you know better tells of her future.

Sorry but there is probably no way to for you to understand this until you experience it. Good luck, padawan.

Comment Re:Awful lot of money for some big flaws... (Score 1) 37

Yes, the laminator melts the toner and makes it stick to the board. For a while I would just iron it on but that can be very tricky to do (hand pressure, etc).

I use a LaserJet 1200 which prints very nice thick toner traces.

My laminator is just a cheap one from walmart that I modified to run at a higher temperature. Even at the higher temperature I have to run the board through it 5 or 6 times (at different angles) to make sure all the toner gets stuck to the board. Pre-heating the board would probably make it require less passes but it works well enough without that. Higher-end laminators work better but of course cost a lot.

For printing I use glossy magazine paper (just pages torn out of old magazines) because it's very thin and falls apart/dissolves easily in soapy water leaving just the toner on the board. Some printers will jam when printing on this stuff but the LJ1200 works no problem.

Comment Re:Awful lot of money for some big flaws... (Score 4, Informative) 37

I use a laser printer, print on glossy magazine paper, put the paper toner-side-down on the PCB, run it through a high temp laminator, peal off the paper in soapy water, then etch. Takes almost no time and I can get very near professional results. I can do extremely tight small traces no problem.

I have never tried a double-sided board but I bet I could do it by simply printing the circuit such that the paper could be folded over the PCB then the laminator would stick both sides. Probably be difficult to do but not impossible.

Comment Re:Do you know how far bullets fly? (Score 1) 620

My yard has 6 other yards along the borders. Am I not allowed to fly my "drone"* in my own yard? Because it's certainly visible below the tree line by lots of people in the area. Legally I'm allowed up to 100 feet (due to proximity to airports) in my own yard. If I'm just out sport flying in the back yard and someone shot my "drone" down I would be fucking pissed. Not only for damage but danger to myself and family.

If I where hovering at say 50 feet over my yard it would be easy to mistake it as a drone with a camera "spying" or something that someone might want to take a shot at because they can't tell who is flying it or exactly over what land. Despite me being 100% legal and not even capable of spying on anything.

(*) It's just a regular acrobatic/sport multirotor, doesn't even have a camera on it

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