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1  Other / Off-topic / Netflix in HTML5 using W3C approved Encrypted Media Extensions for DRM on: April 16, 2013, 05:09:56 AM
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/netflix-coming-to-html5-just-as-soon-as-the-drm-ducks-are-in-a-row/

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The third feature is, however, for many people unwelcome. Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) provide an API that allows using encrypted media streams with HTML5's <video> and <audio> tags. EME defines how HTML5 browsers will detect that encrypted streams are being used, and then look up an appropriate Content Decryption Module (CDM) that will verify that the license is being properly respected, and then decrypt the data.

What do bitcoiners think?  It's DRM, but the fact that the EME is an open API is reassuring (they do say most or all CDMs are likely to be proprietary, unmodifiable code).  It would be great for bitcoiners to sell selective protective access to video/audio and other media content to be easily viewed through a browser in exchange for bitcoin...

2  Economy / Goods / I'm looking to rent a room in Manhattan for a month of so this summer for btc on: April 15, 2013, 06:14:58 AM
A small room somewhere safe, preferably near the village where the jazz clubs are.
3  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-14 "The Joy of Tech" (Comic) "Champ at the Bitcoin" on: April 14, 2013, 09:54:28 PM
http://tapastic.com/episode/3686



I don't know if this belongs in "Press Hits", but I don't know where else to put it.
4  Other / Off-topic / private drones on: April 14, 2013, 09:37:48 PM
Here's what Eric Schmidt says: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/google-head-worried-about-privacy-risk-posed-by-civilian-drones/

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"How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it? I'm not going to pass judgment on whether armies should exist, but I would prefer to not spread and democratize the ability to fight war to every single human being. It's got to be regulated... It's one thing for governments, who have some legitimacy in what they're doing, but have other people doing it... it's not going to happen."

But what do my fellow bitcoiners think on the matter?
5  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-12 Washington Post "What Bitcoin teaches us about Internet’s energy use" on: April 13, 2013, 06:26:03 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/12/what-bitcoin-teaches-us-about-the-internets-energy-use/

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Over at Bloomberg, Mark Gimein calls Bitcoin — yes, Bitcoin — an “environmental disaster.” Why? Because all that processing power used to mine for new Bitcoins requires a staggering amount of energy:
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Mining is a process in which powerful computers create Bitcoins by solving processor-intensive equations. …
Blockchain.info, a site that tracks data on Bitcoin mining, estimates that in just the last 24 hours, miners used about $147,000 of electricity just to run their hardware, assuming an average price of 15 cents per kilowatt hour … That’s enough to power roughly 31,000 U.S. homes, or about half a Large Hadron Collider.
It’s a stunning stat, but does this really count as a “disaster”? That’s less clear. After all, we need to consider the counterfactural: Is it possible that these computers would be used for other activities and calculations anyway, if they weren’t mining Bitcoins?

Later makes the point that it is really wireless and 4G networks that consume the bulk of energy costs, not datacenters or bitcoin, citing: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/cell-networks-are-energy-hogs/274961/
6  Economy / Digital goods / Selling .flac of live shows of my free jazz trio on: April 08, 2013, 01:30:20 PM
Here is my band website: http://livingtrio.com
Here is our latest studio album: http://artists.behiprecords.com/LivingSpace/NarrativesVol1/
Here are links to flac recordings of ~30-40 minute live shows that you can download for between ~.002 to ~.003 BTC:

http://efjz.in/?d=20130212_smiths_livingspacetrio_withoteil.flac
http://efjz.in/?d=20130304_theearl_livingspacetrio.flac
http://efjz.in/?d=20130330_elliottst_livingspacetrio.flac
http://efjz.in/?d=20130404_flatshoals_livingspacetrio.flac

I used blockchain.info shared wallet as an intermediary to protect your anonymity, but it takes between 1 to 10 minutes to download.  Try this test link if you want to make sure the code works: http://efjz.in/?d=test.mp3
7  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-06 Marketwatch "Paying your bar tab with Bitcoins?" on: April 06, 2013, 10:44:15 PM
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-can-you-buy-with-bitcoins-2013-04-06

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With the bank bailout in Cyprus rattling European stock markets, there’s been renewed interest in the country-less virtual currency Bitcoin, which soared in value in recent weeks. But lost in all the talk of a Bitcoin bubble is whether the digital denomination is useful for more than just a novelty investment. Where can you actually buy with it?
8  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-05 Bloomberg Btc Really "Existential Threat to the Modern Liberal State" on: April 06, 2013, 08:53:59 AM
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-05/bitcoin-really-is-an-existential-threat-to-the-modern-liberal-state.html

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So far, Bitcoin is not a big deal. Its total value in circulation was $1.4 billion as of this week. That's equivalent to the currency stock of a small nation -- somewhere between Iceland and Uruguay -- and just one-thousandth of the total value of U.S. dollars in circulation. The volume of transactions in Bitcoin is growing only slowly, relative to the massive increase in demand for the currency: This discrepancy is strong evidence that Bitcoin’s rise is a speculative bubble.

Nonetheless, Bitcoin raises some interesting questions. One is whether it might undermine the modern state -- which, for many of its libertarian-anarchist advocates, is the whole idea.

Technology enabled governments to grow more powerful and more centralized in the 19th and 20th centuries, as Tyler Cowen, an economist at George Mason University, has argued. The intriguing possibility is that technologies of the 21st century -- such as Bitcoin -- might push the other way.

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9  Other / Politics & Society / Open Source programmer dude who tried to release JSTOR journal articles arrested on: July 23, 2011, 08:06:17 PM
from http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz_arrested_and_charged_for_downloading_JSTOR_articles

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Aaron Swartz, a fellow at Harvard University's Center for Ethics and an open source programmer involved with creating the RSS 1.0 specification and more generally in the open culture movement, has been arrested and charged with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer after he entered a computer lab at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts and downloaded two-thirds of the material on JSTOR, an academic journal repository.

According to the indictment, Swartz is accused of sneaking a laptop into MIT, hooking it up as a guest on the MIT network, and then running a script to download files from JSTOR. After being caught, Swartz returned the hard drive containing the downloaded documents to JSTOR who intend not to pursue civil litigation against him, but he has been indicted by the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. He has been bailed on a $100,000 unsecured bond after pleading not guilty to all charges.

Swartz had previously downloaded around 20% of the U.S. Government's PACER database of court decisions, prompting the FBI to investigate his actions. In 2006, Swartz ran for the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees and also wrote an influential essay on "Who Writes Wikipedia?".

Following Swartz's indictment, Greg Maxwell, a contributor to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, has published a torrent on The Pirate Bay containing 33Gb of papers from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society that were published before 1923 and are thus public domain in the United States, but previously only available at a cost from JSTOR.
10  Other / Politics & Society / "WE ARE STILL HERE!" inspirational anti-government speech by Stefan Molyneux on: July 23, 2011, 08:04:51 AM
at Porc Fest 2011, uploaded to YouTube a few hours ago:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG5uL4tkvhA

Quote from: StefanMolyneux
Before the end of slavery, people said (and we've all heard these arguments before, right?) - people said:

"You know, there's never been a society without slavery, so... You point to me a society without slavery - you can't do it! You point to me a society where there's equality for women, you can do it! You point to me a society where there is no government, and you can't do it!"

That's all we hear!
Well because we can see it, it will be here! It will be here!
Because the vision is everything!

So, I'm going to just end up by saying that - yeah, this battle's been going on for a long time. And it is a battle of good versus evil, there's no doubt about it. And - I'm going to close with a line from one of my favorite speeches in a movie - Morpheus:

"It has been a long time coming, but we are going to win. Because WE ARE STILL HERE!!!!"
11  Other / Politics & Society / Ostracism vs. Imprisonment: how best to handle people like Casey Anthony on: July 17, 2011, 04:57:35 PM
Casey Anthony free, but in another kind of prison

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Will Casey Anthony's notoriety over the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee bring some measure of wealth and security, or will it, instead, condemn her to a different kind of prison?

Although released from jail, Ms. Anthony is embarking on an uncertain future, facing substantial obstacles to reclaim a normal life.

I prefer ostracism.  Imprisonment is a negative sum game for everyone involved: the criminal, the prison, and the taxpayers.
12  Other / Politics & Society / Obama's "Justice" Department wants to force you to decrypt your DjWVBeXx4ZHsvGME on: July 14, 2011, 10:52:42 PM
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20078312-281/doj-we-can-force-you-to-decrypt-that-laptop

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The Obama administration has asked a federal judge to order the defendant, Ramona Fricosu, to decrypt an encrypted laptop that police found in her bedroom during a raid of her home.

What happened to the The Fifth Amendment of TCOTUS which says that "no person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself."
13  Other / Politics & Society / Jully Nullification on: July 01, 2011, 07:50:24 PM
Just say no.  If you are a juror and the defendant is being charged with a law that you believe is unjust, then you can nullify it by voting not guilty regardless of whether the prosecution has proven its case.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2011/06/jury-nullification

Sorry, I would normally use facebook to post articles that I like, but I have been off facebook for 6+ months, and all most of my internet friends now exist on forum.bitcoin.org anyway.  But this is totally legit post for "Politics & Society".

So what are my fellow bitcoiners' thoughts on Jury Nullification?
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / When will PayPal start accepting bitcoin? on: July 01, 2011, 06:25:00 PM
Sure, paypal is the big kid on the block right now, but who's to say they won't start accepting bitcoin as one of many international currencies?

(Edit: I just added "after 5 years" and "never" as additional poll choices.)
15  Other / Meta / I think I am addicted to Bitcoin Forum on: June 08, 2011, 11:27:40 PM
Any advice/help?  How does one know if he is addicted?  I constantly feel the urge to respond to posts, or make fun of trolls and noobies, or get into neverending debates on politics and economics.  What should I do?
16  Other / Obsolete (selling) / Tickets for Karl Denson's Tiny Universe & Atlanta Funk Society @ Masquerade, ATL on: May 20, 2011, 07:47:12 PM
Attention bitcoiner music lovers in the Atlanta area, I'm selling tickets at a discount for:

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with opening act Atlanta Funk Society (with yours truely on bari)
Wednesday June 1st 7:30 PM at The Masquerade basement
http://www.masqueradeatlanta.com (695 North Ave, Atlanta, GA)

Note that if you want to buy tickets in advance through the offical ticket master site, they are normally $17+$4=$21, but since I'm playing Bari Sax in the opening act, The Atlanta Funk Society, I have a bunch of tickets that I can sell at the discount of $15.  Just PM me, and we can perform the transaction at current bitcoin-to-USD exhange rate (e.g. mtgox).  Then I will either mail the ticket to you, meet you in person, or give you the tickets outside the masquerade just before the concert time. 

It will be a funky night!  And for those of you that don't know what I sound like, check out youtube.com/ericfontainejazz or podcast.ericfontainejazz.com.  But the real show you don't want to miss is Karl Denson (just youtube him).



Karl Denson has led a storied career as a multi-faceted recording and performing artist who first came to prominence as a member of Lenny Kravitz’ band debuting on his first release, Let Love Rule. Denson took this formula to the next level by putting more emphasis on vocals and adding some funk, R&B and hip hop elements. It turned out to be a winning combination, which set KDTU on the top of the heap in the touring world from 1999 through 2005, selling over 250,000 records to date. "My style is based in dance" shares Denson. Denson’s latest release, Brother’s Keeper, continues his artistic evolution fusing sounds from Rock to Funk to Afrobeat.
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Vote to get bitcoin on Fox's Freedom Watch! on: May 05, 2011, 02:39:37 AM
More realistically, how about the libertarian show "Freedom Watch" by Judge Andrew Napolitano.  Looks like someone has just started a new show topic, so please vote for bitcoin for free here:

http://freedomwatch.uservoice.com/forums/16625-freedom-watch-show-ideas/suggestions/1778101-bitcoin

Only 3 votes so far...needs more!  A lot of great people in the pro-freedom movement have been on that show.  I used to watch it regularly.

Update: within 3 days of posting bitcoin as a topic, it has already gotten 955 votes and is currently ranked 19th!  Yes!  Come on, we surely can beat the topic ranked 18th ("9/12 candidates")! Smiley

Update: we are now at 961 votes and ranked 18th!  Thank you to that bitcoiner who viewed voted in the past 5 minutes...you put bitcoin just ahead of "9/12 candidates"!  Cheesy

Update: Now at 1,036 votes and ranked 17th!

Update: Now at 1,357 votes and ranked 15th!

Update: Now at 3,304 votes and ranked 7th!

Update: Now at 4,284 votes and ranked 5th!

Please no voting bots.  Humans only.  I don't want bitcoin to be disqualified for violation of voting rules...

Tell your friends on other social networks.  This thing is going viral, and we need to get in the top 3 rank (currently with 7,500 votes).
18  Other / Off-topic / US kills Osama bin Laden at cost of > $400 billion on: May 02, 2011, 03:42:05 AM
http://costofwar.com/

Wouldn't it have been cheaper with a decentralized assasination market?
19  Other / Off-topic / Obama calls for Mubarak to refrain from initiating violence against his people. on: January 30, 2011, 09:01:38 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4tWwY02dj8

time 0:56 - "Obama calls for Mubarak to refrain from initiating violence against his people." -AP News Narrator

time 1:00 - "The people of Egypt have rights that are universal."-Obama

 

This is precious.  The NAP and Universality principles together in one small 5 second AP news clip.
20  Other / Off-topic / if( Freedom_of_Speech == true ) then Freedom_of_Money = true; on: January 20, 2011, 10:32:23 AM
I just realized this today: Thanks to bitcoin, Freedom of Speech implies Freedom of Money.  First off, I'm assuming that freedom of speech includes the ability for anyone to send any packet to anyone else on the internet (and also implied is that you own an internet-connected computing device).  If you have this ability unrestricted, then you can mine and trade bitcoin.  So you have Freedom of Money, or the ability to exchange entities of value without interference from 3rd parties.
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