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Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain

killkillkill Re:now you lose even more money on bc (73 comments)

In fact, much of it is. There are many many laws on the books that already cover digital currencies. Just ask the people who have been arrested for transacting too much without a licence. Financial regulations and consumer protection laws still apply.

The ecosystem is also self-regulated in many ways. I don't mean in the whole sense of that loaded phrase, but simple things like the rules to create and maintain the money supply and rate of that creation or the fact that you can transact without the need for a bank that needs the oversight. Bitcoin, done right, doesn't have someone else in a position to abuse trust of leaving you money in their hands.

I'm sure there are things that need tweaked, but the "Wild West" notion attributed to Bitcoin has more to do with a lack of understanding of how it works by users than a lack of rules to govern it's use.

about two weeks ago

New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist

killkillkill Re:Ouch... (119 comments)

Are you kidding? This isn't even in the lower quartile of bad summaries here. If it were among the worst of the summaries, you wouldn't even know TFA had something to do with stars.

about three weeks ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

killkillkill Re: Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

At the very least, the consequence of either should be the loss of trust and power.

about a month ago

The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

killkillkill Re:A (hidden) communication channel is not an atta (121 comments)

The amount of serious discussions of how to mitigate this "attack" above this comment saddens me. If you have rouge software on your computer, severing one of the least efficient communication channels I've heard of is not going to be helpful.

about a month and a half ago

Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

killkillkill Re:100% distrust (159 comments)

This is a bad idea because it removes organic matter from the soil and making it less fertile, more easily compacted and more prone to errotion. Fields in that condition require more fertilizer

Then we just add petroleum based fertilizers to the soil. Problem solved,

about 3 months ago

NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

killkillkill Re:Because (127 comments)

The engineering is done. We're just voting on the colors.

about 4 months ago

Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

killkillkill Re:Dat's some horseshit (535 comments)

It didn't feel like he was using any lube.

about 4 months ago

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

killkillkill Re:It's not arrogant, it's correct. (466 comments)

Ultimately the customer is going to end up paying more. Most likely the raised prices will hit everyone, not just those of us who use Netflix. So, it's good to know that those who can barely afford service with basic plans will be subsidizing my leisure time activities. I sure don't want to pay for it all.

about 4 months ago

Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?

killkillkill Re:Goatse Security??? (246 comments)

Maybe they are, but I'll never find out. There's no way I'm clicking that link to learn more about them... Then again, it still might be easier on the eyes than Beta.

about 4 months ago

Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

killkillkill Re:Tim, you don't own the company (348 comments)

Of course they voted it down, their energy policy is good marketing for their target audience. The bottom line is still the reason for the policy.

about 5 months ago

Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

killkillkill Re:So? (359 comments)

I've seen and heard his interviews. Sure, it falls quite short of personally knowing him and there is certainly a mask of some sort to portray how he wants the public to perceive him rather than a reflection of his real personality. However, that is the vibe I always got from him. There is a limit to how many people we can know personally. To be able to function within those limits we have instincts. Empirical evidence should be sought when possible and opinions based on instincts should be held loosely. The events surrounding this man are quite important to our world and it's worth thinking about and having an opinion. His motives and personality do play a role in how much trust one should put in the man and insights like this are about the best we have without scheduling a meeting with him.

Re: SoylentNews Quite a few of the stories I've seen there so far seem to have a heavy "conspiracy theory" spin to them. I could see this posted there, only it would have a line about O'Hagan being an NSA shill. That being said, Slashdot has been in decline for a while and I will be heading over to SoylentNews to read, comment, and support that website after I am done here.

about 5 months ago

FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

killkillkill Re:Could we be so lucky? (235 comments)

And then prices go up across the board and the struggling single mom with internet access so her kids can do homework gets to subsidize the entertainment of the middle class. Brilliant.

about 5 months ago

Iconic Predator-Prey Study In Peril

killkillkill Re:Proofreading is in peril (84 comments)

Don't act like this is something new. Incomprehensible summaries have been part of slashdot since the beginning.

about 5 months ago

California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

killkillkill Re:California (374 comments)

If that is what they are promising and the statistics don't match there are plenty of laws about fair marketing and fraud that would open them up to well more than a $50,000 fine.

about 6 months ago

US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

killkillkill Re:education (306 comments)

Historically, all campaign finance reform does is make barriers to anyone who has a voice they wish to get out. Barriers that only the "1%" and their team of lawyers can navigate through. Guess I'm playing my cards as a nut job libertarian here, but this is one area more laws and regulation just make the problem they are trying to solve worse.

about 6 months ago

Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support

killkillkill Re: Dont do anyone any favors (644 comments)

Parental responsibilities come hand-in-hand with parental rights. Sometimes giving up the rights has a greater benefit for the child than the loss of the responsibility. For instance, leaving a child with two loving parents in an unbroken home rather than the child dealing with the stress of shared custody can be more valuable than some cash.

about 6 months ago

Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall

killkillkill Re:Perhaps... (209 comments)

No one is going to pay $20k of REAL money for bitcoins

Right, but many people will pay $20k of the "money" issued by the Federal Reserve.

about 6 months ago

OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

killkillkill Re:Must be... (277 comments)

At least this time he didn't eat it

about 6 months ago

Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Accused of Faking Trade Data

killkillkill Re:So this should kill itself, right free market? (75 comments)

Not that I endorse Mt. Gox (quite the opposite, really), but can we stop trowing "Magic the Gathering Online Exchange" into the conversation. The code for the trading platform designed for cards and the original owner/developer are long gone. The name is the only thing left. There are plenty of things to criticize the exchange over without this ad hominem.

about 7 months ago


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