M-Saunders, please ignore the hate and thanks for your enlightened views on publishing. I was disappointed when you guys "forked" LinuxFormat but I have enjoyed what I have consumed of the new magazine and podcast. I hope your business model is sustainable and look forward to catching up with the issues I've missed.
I doubt there will be any "legitimate" uses of this particular technology.
However, it may be a model on which we can base future online retail. The existing model is utterly broken: I really don't want databases all over the world holding my username, password, credit card details and billing address waiting for the next SQL or SSL vulnerability to vomit the information into the hands of criminals. Nor do I want to trust, use or respect services like paypal.
View this as an iteration towards a more secure and decentralised system for legitimate commerce which keeps credit card and escrow companies out of the equation. Surely that is a good thing?
The line which tends to ruin my software is:
You are aware that the correct spelling is "fetus"? "Foetus" would be derived from the Latin for "stench" - which tends to be a post-partum phenomenon!
"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce