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Comment Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 709

I love gold zealots. Gold is up 150% vs the dollar in the last 5 years. Are you suggesting that is because gold has become 150% more valuable in industrial processes in the past 5 years? Or is it more likely that Gold is up 150% because of speculation due to unstable currencies and other commodities? Gold has some value in industrial processes yes, and is relatively rare, but so are other commodities that aren't up 150%.

Comment Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 709

Very true - not the best example. However, a more recent example is the Brazilian Real has lost 20% of its value against the USD in the last 30 days. Currencies fluctuate, and since Bitcoin isn't a heavily used currency it happens to fluctuate a lot. Even a "stable" currency like the US dollar has massive swings. It doesn't mean Bitcoin isn't "worth a shit". I'm not a Bitcoin supporter, but I think it is interesting from a tech perspective.

Comment Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 709

That makes no sense. Bitcoin is just a currency, like any other, except that it can't be inflated. No currency "takes into account real world variables". The value of any currency is variable. Bitcoin is much more variable but that is because it isn't heavily used, just like every other non-widely used currency in the world.

Comment Re:Bitcoin (Score 1) 709

Like the German Mark? At one point during WWII one USD equaled 4,000,000,000,000 Marks. Yet the Mark was still used 50 years later and was considered one of the most stable currencies in the world before it was replaced by the Euro.

Comment Re:Homeland Security's gonna love this... (Score 1) 153

Who makes all the equipment that you use for your hobby? Who made the computer you are using right now? Also, are governments not fouling the earth as well? What planet are you living on? Fully half of the Superfund sites in my state are Federal government created sites, mostly Military. And we as the taxpayers didn't get any benefit from it, unless you consider deadly weapons a useful product.

Comment Re:Social Responsiblity (Score 2) 185

They aren't being tried for doing their jobs, they are being tried for allegedly NOT doing their job. The point is that they intentionally disseminated misleading information and not following the correct procedures, not that they didn't predict earthquakes. At least that is what the prosecutor claims. I have no idea if he is correct or not.

Comment Re:Let the patent war begin (Score 1) 186

But Android apps and iOS apps are not linux apps. So the argument that no one would use a new OS because no-one would write software for it has been debunked. It is entirely possible to introduce a new OS and have tons of people use it. For example: Android and iOS. Chasing after Windows is pointless. Microsoft already does Windows better than anyone else.

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