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Comment Re:One reason we need distributed and decentralize (Score 1) 264

but that is not a good reason not to aim for anonymity

You missundertsand me. It's not good to advertise something for anonymity because it leads to a false sense of security which is a bigger issue than anonymity. When people assume they're not anonymouse, they are more cautious and use better obfuscation.

Even if you were to compromise an individual system it won't reveal other people's transactions.

But compromising the vast majority would. If you can watch the vast majority of end points (because you got a worm similar to msblaster's potency out, you've now got massive control over everything which is what I was pointing out).

When you can transfer thousands of dollars to someone without having to ask permission that's revolutionary.

I can do that already.

I can pay my employees without having to deal with the banks whom are tightly controlled by the government.

To be honest, I never really had to 'deal' with the banks, they just 'worked' and I never had to worry too much about the particulars of managing incoming and outgoing because I just set the limits with the bank and 2nd factor authentication, checks etc. that I wanted. I have most of my HR handed off to an external HR company, including managing people's pay and taxes because I have other things to worry about during business.

Comment Re:There is something to that... (Score 1) 494

I supported her for several months on a weekly basis because of her virus woes and constant update and install issues.

I would argue that you didn't seem to know what you were doing either. It takes very little effort to lock down a system sufficiently without hindering the user in Windows. A few security options and GPOs is trivial compared to doing the same in OS X.

I knew she wouldnt get more worms and viruses

All the scummy confusing malware ads for cleaning your mac and crap that is still super common today when you visit websites and you really want to make that claim?

Sorry, I don't believe you. I've seen way too many Mac users with problems you describe to know it.

Comment Re:One reason we need distributed and decentralize (Score 1) 264

My company takes BitCoins and users whom had BitCoins wouldn't have been impacted by this outage.

My company uses GBP and wouldn't have been impacted by this outage either.

Now we aren't completely decentralized nor distributed, but it's one example of where we are.

Same as my company.

Now we've seen numerous times with attacks on piracy sites that adding an onion to your site also makes you more resistant to attack/downtime.

Indeed, but so it spinning up resilient servers across multiple cloud infrastructures and using CDNs used to protect against a variety of attacks.

We need BitCoin, BitTorrent, and similar, not less.

I think we need more diverisfied infrastructure in the cloud, not BitCoin, BitTorrent, and similar. These technologies are significantly wasteful in processing, bandwidth and most importantly, time.

but it has its value and is one step closer to where we want to be. and zero coin should solve some of the anonymity and privacy issues with BitCoin unlike psudo-anonymous solutions we've seen before.

But I don't want unapproved majority people managing the network and dictating how payments work and being capable of deanonymizing - we're better off assuming we're not anonymous on any system, it's a false sense of security. The people that build this decenteralized system and those that buy into it completely ignore the prospect of systems out that that can deliver mass internet worms as we've seen in previous years.

Comment Is our society ever going to stop being so prude? (Score 1) 98

It's so absurd that anything sexual is considered "harmful" somehow. It defies all logic, yet here we are, still overreacting about such things.

I wonder if we'll ever reach a point where it doesn't matter, naked bodies are no longer shameful and we can discuss these things without blushing.

It's frustrating that it's taking this long to purge outdated "values" from our culture.

Comment Re:Irony at its finest! (Score 1) 218

When Apple sues Samsung over the "rounded corners" look and feel thing

That's a design patent.

Now that they are abusing the system to suppress what is an obvious fair use parody

Yes, they are abusing copyright law rather than patent law.

that's all fine and dandy?

Patents and copyright are different things.

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