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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

codebonobo Re:Horribly sexist ! (639 comments)

Just for women ? That's really sexist !

The notion that "portraying men as muscled killing machines" is a kind of sexism has not yet arrived in the mainstream. Which tells you interesting things about our society.

Still: women are more likely to be displayed in roles perceived as *de*grading, whereas men are portrayed with attributes perceived as positive (strength, power, etc). So the problem of sexism against females should get priority imho.

Portraying men as sex addicted, killing machine simpletons is degrading to the male gender. Many feminists would disagree with you and suggest that female sexuality if empowering.

about a week ago
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New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay

codebonobo NFC Bitcoin Checkout is more secure (122 comments)

http://blog.bitpay.com/2014/11/04/bitcoin-checkout-one-tap-mobile-bitcoin-payments.html

Yes, I understand the downsides of fewer merchant acceptance but there are plenty of upsides as well for everyone.

Orders can be priced in 150+ currencies, and past payment information is only a few taps away.

We’re now rolling out the app to every mobile market worldwide, in the 40 languages spoken by 99.99% of the world’s population.

about two weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

codebonobo Re:Money trail (219 comments)

Using stealth addresses, coinjoin or coinshuffle make bitcoin just as hard to track as physical cash, if not, harder. Purchasing items with Virgin coins that you can get with cloud mining make it impossible to track. Bitcoin is as anonymous or tranparent as you choose to make it.

about three weeks ago
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Silk Road 2.0 Seized By FBI, Alleged Founder Arrested In San Francisco

codebonobo Decentralized Marketplaces (219 comments)

The future is being developed and we are already testing a marketplace that cannot be shutdown.

Decentralized marketplace for instantly trading uses blockchain technology, DHT, and mutisigniture arbitration.

https://openbazaar.org/

Beta 3 is about to be released. Join Us and support the future with a decentralized Ebay - https://github.com/OpenBazaar/...

http://tip4commit.com/projects/728

about three weeks ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

The lawyers don't even need to know. The funds came in as anonymous donations for the legal fund which was than given to the lawyer.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

Except those fund can automatically be transferred to a legal team to assist you fight the charges, or a friend, partner who can hire a legal team. With asset forfeiture your funds are stolen so defending yourself against the state is much more difficult. Additionally, you can insure you don't encourage them to arrest you by making yourself an easy target for asset forfeiture.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

Umm, the federal government has already seized someone's bitcoins, they could do the same to yours if they so chose.

Notice how they only seized the unsecured portion of Ross Ulbricht's supposed vendors bitcoin's sitting on the servers escrow account and not the majority sitting in cold storage which they cannot sell or get access to.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

Now to find a way to live with only 20,999,839.77 bitcoins for everyone in the US, robbing the rest of the world from their use of bitcoins...

Huh? You do realize that there is good evidence that most bitcoin private keys exist outside of the US, right? Additionally, you are missing the point as there is no need to enrich early investors and innovators of Bitcoin, as using an alt or forking the code is trivial. They may choose to use it because it is advantageous to do so however.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re: Still trust big government? (424 comments)

Depends. If you're happy that nothing bad will ever happen to you then carry on believing in Libertaria. Me I'll rely on the fact that I will get treatment when I'm sick and won't starve if I am no longer able to work through no fault of my own.

Believe it or not most anarchists are perfectly content you choosing to live under a modern state. Were you aware that we don't have those same choice unless we move to Antarctica or the moon? For some strange reason states don't look too favorably at competing in the marketplace of ideas and tend to get very violent against peaceful people not submitting to them.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

You are hilarious, the IRS has all it needs to find and get your bitcoins. They have you, see XKCD five dollar wrench comic.

Sure, I'll give up the location of my private keys when being waterboarded and my password to unlock the coins. You do understand that a simple dead mans switch into a multisig account or an nTimelock will make it easy for me to prove to the people torturing me that I know longer have access to the funds and that they cannot be taken or seized right?

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

It will indeed be interesting. But make no mistake about it, when they can pass a law that lets them take money from businesses without any illegal activity, they can pass a set of laws that allows them to seize bitcoins. Worst case they can just make all bitcoin transfers illegal except through some kind of framework where they get the information/control they need. All they need to do is pass the law against the will of the people (seems easy enough) or even just let some bad guys exploit the holes that are there now, and then publicize these and tell everyone to "think of the children", and they have public support for a set of laws.

From this perspective, the suggestion that "we should all just switch to Bitcoin to solve this problem with the law" is laughable. It is trying to solve a political problem through technical means. You let the same people be in control and expect that this new system will not also be seized upon when the masses can use it. Of course it will.

Your statements indicate you are unfamiliar with how resistant bitcoin is to any form of regulation. Any form of security doesn't need to make it impossible but impractical to control and regulate at scale. With this in mind investigations on the blockchain can and will persist but will remain unfeasible at scale efficiently.

Bitcoin can be transferred over any port, including 80 and combined with Tor make it unstoppable even with the most sophisticated Deep packet inspection. Shutting down the whole internet, while practically impossible, won't solve the problem anyways as very inexpensive hardware wallets are being released shortly that can work without the internet - https://mycelium.com/bitcoinca... . Will a backdoor be placed within an update of the code to subvert bitcoin? Good luck getting that past the team of developers which over half are paranoid anarchist/libertarians. Lets assume Bitcoin Core does get subverted, do you realize there are multiple implementations that interact with the blockchain that have separate teams of developers and written in other languages? Perhaps governments get fed up and decide to spend billions to perform a 51% attack? This will effectively allow one to create 1-3 fake transactions on the network before being blocked and than a few lines of code will prevent this attack.

The bigger question is how do regulators think it will be feasible to control and enforce bitcoin effectively being that they haven't done to well at stopping wikileaks and torrenting yet and Bitcoin in many ways is more resilient and these 2 decentralized precursors

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

Sure, you can freeload in your own country & take advantage of the infrastructure that other people pay for. Do you think your approach can scale?

You are making two flawed assumptions. The poster never gave an indication as to whether or not he pays taxes, he merely insinuated that he doesn't care about or participate in politics. Secondly, if we assume he is avoiding paying taxes, you cannot automatically posit that he doesn't contribute to the country or infrastructure with the funds saved. Many anarchists are conscientious objectors who will purposely invest money not paid towards funding the military industrial complex or subverting our privacy for non-profit causes instead.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:and they use cash businesses as examples (424 comments)

Actually, if they put their cash in a box, local police can seize it, as that much currency is only hoarded for criminal purposes.

They cannot seize a multi-sig Bitcoin wallet either through hacking or by physical invasion. The assets can even be designed to automatically move with a dead mans switch after a certain length of time or moved to a nTimelock where the funds cannot be spent for a certain length of time.

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

if you are not paying taxes the IRS can treat you like they treated Al capone.

It certainly will be interesting to see how the IRS and authorities deal with bitcoin in the future. How do they find funds they don't know exist or belong to an individual? How do they access capital gains on assets that are spent, lost or transferred to a wallet not associated with your identity? How do they seize funds that can be made immune to asset forfeiture?

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

codebonobo Re:Time for a revolution (424 comments)

While bitcoin remains volatile it is smart to hedge against this volatility holding another form of currency. This way the consumer can actually benefit from the volatility of bitcoin by only spending Bitcoins when the are valued higher than the purchased price or when they were received, otherwise spend your Fiat. In order to do this one must have one to two weeks of spending cash saved; but shouldn't everyone encourage this behavior anyways instead of living paycheck to paycheck?

Some companies and individuals offer 3-5% discounts to pass the merchant processing/chargeback savings onto the client. Otherwise you can always indirectly buy everything at 3% cheaper using services like gyft http://www.gyft.com/bitcoin/. Using the techniques above you can raise this 3% savings up to 5-20% discounts by simply accounting what prices you purchased or received your bitcoins in.

about a month ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

codebonobo Re:Cognitive dissonance (130 comments)

Yes, most cipher/cypher-punks fall into some spectrum of anarchism and more specifically are typically Crypto-anarchists. Here is a list of prominent ones https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... if you wanted to individually research their politics.

Anyone, any organization, or politics is free to use and benefit from crypto-currencies, in this sense Bitcoin is politically nuetral . Both the designers politics and the intrinsic design structure remains anarchistic in nature, however. There is no majority consensus algorithm within Bitcoin where the majority can impose rules over a minority of the community. Even if one person disagrees they have a choice to hardfork the chain and carry on normally with the ease of simple non-action in resistance to any change they disagree with.

about a month and a half ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

codebonobo Re:Cognitive dissonance (130 comments)

To understand the context of my statement, you need to understand the origins of crypto-currencies and the cipher-punks who created this technology. Investors and other users came into the Bitcoin ecosystem later. I do admit my statement is a bit of an exaggeration because there are, per capita, higher percentages of anarchists involved in bitcoin than the general population but these numbers have dropped from ~90% down to around ~30 %. This a a rough estimate I measure from speaking with thousands of bitcoin users over the years, indeed anecdotal, but with a decent sample size.

about a month and a half ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

codebonobo Re:Electroic transactions (130 comments)

Your statements were equally valid for either the internet or credit cards when they first became available. I agree with you bitcoin isn't ready for the mainstream consumer; this will change quicker than most people realize. Already, I prefer paying with Bitcoin and can execute transactions quicker and less expensive than with my credit card.

Once Hardware wallets are refined, prepare for a future where everyone carries one on their keychain.

about a month and a half ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

codebonobo Re:Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency (130 comments)

Yes, some anarchists and libertarians did use Mt-gox and were fooled by Mark. - Roger Ver is a prominent example - https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Despite this, just do a search for warning posts from many members on sites like bitcointalk to see how many people were warning others about Mt-Gox well into advance. The amount of warnings posts and time stretched on for a couple of years because Mt Gox had a history of horrible customer service and being hacked.

Bitcoin has a very diverse group of users with many different political backgrounds. Many anarchists tend to be the paranoid type, thus were much more likely not to jump through all the KYC steps Mt-Gox required or trusted anyone with their private keys.

I understand its popular to label most Bitcoin users as libertarian/anarchists, but nothing could be further from the truth. At most you have a third of users leaning that direction at the moment and rapidly decreasing.

about 1 month ago
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Bill Gates: Bitcoin Is 'Better Than Currency'

codebonobo Re: Less savvy? (130 comments)

Bitcoin and OpenBazaar anonymity is not an extreme position, all of what you fear can already be done with cash. It is merely about keeping the status quo that has existed for the last ~4k years with physical currency. The lack of privacy is something relatively new. The extreme position is to go along with totalitarian ideals that centralized entities should control and know exactly how all money is spent.

about 1 month ago

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