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Ask Slashdot: How Does One Freely Use Bitcoin In the Land of the Free? 267

New submitter devrtm writes: It appears that Bitcoin, a currency designed with anonymity in mind, can be effectively used almost anywhere in the world, except in a few countries where it is regulated, and in one country where you can only use it if you give up your privacy. That country is the United States. I have accumulated quite a few BTC from the currency's early days where block rewards were still at $50. There was a period of time where one could get a nearly anonymous debit card, or use BTC online with merchants. Nowadays, non-U.S. payment providers no longer issue debit cards to the U.S. residents and the U.S.-based merchants accepting BTC are nearly extinct. The only way to use BTC in the U.S. is to convert it to USD. Unfortunately, that conversion requires giving up your personal information to a U.S.-based BTC payment processor, and there are rumors that signing up for those services raises red flags with certain three letter acronym organizations. I have nothing to hide, but I do value my privacy. Can one freely and anonymously live off of their Bitcoin wallet in the U.S.? I am afraid the answer is no. Does anyone have an experience that proves me wrong? Please share.

Comment Re: Surprise! (Score 1) 457

If an employee of an auto mechanic shop runs a chop shop for stolen cars at night, is everything "nominal" as long as they leave a mysterious wad of cash on the frontdesk every morning?

The CIA isn't supposed to develop their own hacking tools. They're supposed to use the tools developed by the NSA instead, but that would require some oversight.

This is a power grab by the CIA. They want control over the very politicians that are supposed to lead them. Why else would Trump, who has something to say about everything else, be completely mum on the subject?

Comment Re: LOL (Score 1) 899

Here are some links as to why having too large of an ego is a bad thing:

https://www.google.com.tw/amp/...

http://madamenoire.com/420569/... (there is a picture of Adam Sandler in this one. Quite funny)

https://www.powerofpositivity....

You should probably think on this. The links show having a too large ego can lead to a lot of issues both with oneself and the people surrounding a person.

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