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Comment We're just bacteria (Score 1) 201

It's almost as if cities acted like petri dishes.. so weird..

When the costs associated with tearing down the old and putting up something new is comparable to just buying up new land and building on that.. then urban decay will stop.

Since that isn't something that business would do on it's own as it isn't as profitable, it's up to government to regulate it.

Comment Money != Legal tender (Score 1) 270

The legal tender law means that people in the country are FORCED and OBLIGED to accept it as a means of payment or contract value. There is no chance Bitcoin get there. We surely don't wanna people getting forced to accept Bitcoin payment. But still having it classify as a currency means you don't pay taxes when buy or sell it and can be used in a contract.

Comment Re:Bitcoin is not money (Score 2, Interesting) 270

Bitcoin is classify as money in: - Europe (Except France) http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/up... - Japan http://asia.nikkei.com/Politic... - Mexico https://sppld.sat.gob.mx/pld/i... - Afghanistan http://www.coindesk.com/how-bi... - Czech Republic http://www.rozhlas.cz/zpravy/e... - South Africa http://www.treasury.gov.za/com... I don' have links but I heard it's also consided a currency in - Russia, Switzerland and Nigera

Comment Re:cash is getting controlled (Score 1, Insightful) 270

Cash is getting hammered more and more, reducing the high value bills while still having inflation. If you carry too much, you get asked questions when spending and can your bills confiscate for no reason other than the amount you are carry (ready about civil forfeiture). I could see a use for digital currency. While you can argue that the creator have tons of bitcoin and is rich, the blockchain show early bitcoin never moved/used at all. In fact, the guy completely disappears from the map years ago... he could actually be dead and nobody knows... it's a possibility but definitely not certainty that he did that for money! Bitcoin transactions were not about privacy, they were about permissionless and censor resistant! Even if you live in an oppressive government, the bank cannot froze your account. Bitcoin adoption is slow, mainly because most governments ask for KYC policy and that's a bit awkward with any blockchain tech. If the web has been controlled by bureaucrats at start, we would have to register to surf, comments and make web sites. Just like the email and torrent protocol, the bitcoin protocol cannot be shut down, it's not going anyway... it's an experimental currency that, as you said, have a controlled and limited inflation. You can argue it's bad, there is hundreds of inflated currencies out there with inflation, let there be one to try if it's working without.

Comment Re:Vagina award (Score 5, Insightful) 180

It's not the fact that they did it "with a vagina"... It's that they did it in an environment where simply having a vagina sets up barriers to your success.

Example: Women gaining the right to vote wasn't considered an accomplishment *because* they have a vagina, but in spite of that fact.

Comment Re:Wrong, redistribution is stealing, (Score 1) 392

At what point does social responsibility set in. OK fine you've made your wicked smart decisions and essentially turned yourself into a king. Now what.. just keep making yourself MORE kingly?.. Eventually with power comes the responsibility of acknowledging that YOU aren't the one doing the physical labor. OK so you have robots now that are taking the place of the pesky poor people with that annoying need to eat.

You see where this is going right? Anyone with a "I got mine.. fuck the poor" attitude is setting themselves up to be at the receiving end of a bloody revolution. You can't just squeeze people to the point of desperation and tell them to go twist without consequences.

Comment Re:Unskilled labor mostly going away... (Score 2) 440

What happens when you have a significant segment of your population to which you are shrugging off with an "adapt or starve" attitude? The realities of the situation may be pretty stark and accurate, but it's the indifference of those who don't have to worry about it which will stir the pot of discord and sow the seeds of violence.

Comment Using "disputed" ADDS credibility... (Score 1) 208

You'll just end up ADDING credibility to false stories when you say it's "disputed". Disputed can be used for things like "dark matter" where there is some evidence one can point to, but nothing concrete can be derived from it.

Fake news is usually based on pure conjecture and hyperbole, in a very fuzzy math / connect the dots kind of thinking. People who believe fake news WANT to believe it and will use ANY wiggle room as validation.

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