Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain
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.
New Class of Stars Are Totally Metal, Says Astrophysicist
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.
IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
At the very least, the consequence of either should be the loss of trust and power.
The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks
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.
Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline
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,
NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote
The engineering is done. We're just voting on the colors.
Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion
It didn't feel like he was using any lube.
AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality
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.
Is Weev Still In Jail Because the Government Doesn't Understand What Hacking Is?
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.
Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock
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.
Ghostwriter Reveals the Secret Life of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
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.
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.
FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality
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.
Iconic Predator-Prey Study In Peril
Don't act like this is something new. Incomprehensible summaries have been part of slashdot since the beginning.
California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps
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.
US Forces Coursera To Ban Students From Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria
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.
Court Says Craigslist Sperm Donor Must Pay Child Support
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.
Romanian Bitcoin Entrepreneur Steps In To Pay OpenBSD Shortfall
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.
OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014
At least this time he didn't eat it
Chinese Bitcoin Exchange Accused of Faking Trade Data
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.
French Team Implants First Long-Term Artificial Heart
His small European heart grew three sizes that day.
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