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341  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Any other Americans considering a claim against the FBI over SilkRoad? on: December 12, 2013, 04:02:27 PM
Actually, after thinking about it again, you may have a claim. I was just thinking about how I purchased some sunglasses, a fake rolex (as a gag gift) and a chainsaw off of the Silk Road, nothing illegal there.

Apart from the fake rolex.

Fakes aren't, unto themselves, illegal.  Selling them as the real thing is fraud, though.
342  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US health care mandate (Obamacare) on: December 12, 2013, 04:00:38 PM

Obama's nothing but a bitch made punk who is outclassed, outwitted, and outsmarted both internationally and domestically. This boy and his ilk tries to pander to minorities like me in US using color of his skin as some sort of a pass.


I find your choice of wording, strange.

Maybe I don't care so much about ethnic allegiances as much as I care about the country I am loyal to. If that is such a strange idea, you better rethink what it means to belong to and being a part of a group.

I was referring to a self-described minority calling the POTUS "this boy".  I find it odd that any American, and particularly one who believes himself to be a minority, to use a common (if minor) racial slight against a duely elected US president.  Or do you not agree that his relection was fair and proper?  I presume that your minority status wouldn't be of an African racial decent.
343  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Why OFF-CHAIN transactions are not the solution on: December 12, 2013, 03:55:24 PM
Without competition against off-chain by on-chain means eventually it devolves to the strongest cartels controlling the off-chain system.

And the problem with transaction fees is precisely why Bitcoin's design is flawed.

Luckily this all (and more) can be fixed in an altcoin.

It can be "fixed" in Bitcoin, if it actually proves to be a problem.

That assumes that the vested interests who control most of the coins and most of the mining agree with the fix. They may have a cartel reason to prefer the centralization in the current design.

Perhaps, but then they will also undermine the market leader status of Bitcoin itself; likely destroying their own savings and income in the process.  That's not likely IMHO.  If it can be fixed inside Bitcoin, it will be fixed.
344  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US health care mandate (Obamacare) on: December 12, 2013, 07:36:04 AM

Obama's nothing but a bitch made punk who is outclassed, outwitted, and outsmarted both internationally and domestically. This boy and his ilk tries to pander to minorities like me in US using color of his skin as some sort of a pass.


I find your choice of wording, strange.
345  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin "bumper sticker" mottos on: December 11, 2013, 11:03:49 PM
Bitcoin:How do you Like Me Now?
346  Other / Politics & Society / I just got a link to an infomercial called "Edison's Revenge" on: December 11, 2013, 10:18:22 PM
Somebody produced a professional bitcoin ad...

http://moneymorning.com/ext/bitcoin/videos/video-bitcoin.php

EDIT:  It's full of investment bullshit, but it's very well done.
347  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US health care mandate (Obamacare) on: December 11, 2013, 08:46:30 AM
...snip...

We all had access to health care before.  Again, health care access is something different than heath care insurance.  Only now, my own health care insurance plan nearly tripled in premium costs from 2013 to 2014 to cover myself, my wife and five children.  And no, I didn't have to go onto any exchange to get it, it's exactly the same as it was before, only more expensive.

So you are happy with your insurance based model.  The idea that other people get the same treatment for less doesn't bother you in the least.  

That means you are a typical American.  And as I said, as long as you guys are happy to pay more, well, more power to you.  

No, it doesn't bother me that some people get similar treatment for less.  Most markets vary with region or other factors.  People in Argentina get well made beef steak for about a fifth what I pay.  I get petrol for about 20% less than people in California pay.  So what?  What bothers me is that some people get special treatment as some kind of class of people to be favored by government largesse.  My premiums didn't go up because the real costs of my plan went up, or even because of the number of children in my care; my premiums went up so much because the regulatory overhead increased so dramaticly.  I don't benefit from Obamacare, and I don't know anyone who would.  My nephew and his family couldn't afford insurance before Obamacare, and they can't afford it now' and yet my nephew's newborn son was in Childrens' Hospital intensive care for weeks, and was recovering from his second surgery when he died at four months old.  Even the funeral service was paid for by others.  The medical bills & funeral costs were funded by several charities that exist for the benefit of young, struggling families like my nephew's.  Obamacare didn't make any difference to them whatsoever.  It didn't make any difference for my mother-in-law's triple bypass heart surgery either; likewise paid for by charities that exist to support people like my mother-in-law.  Government had nothing to do with it, insurance had nothing to do with it, and taxpayer funds had nothing to do with it.  Hell, her heart doctor did the surgery for free, and the primary charity was his own creation.  I would suspect that he gets quite the tax break for doing such things, and that the hospital does as well.  More power to them all.
348  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Why OFF-CHAIN transactions are not the solution on: December 11, 2013, 08:09:59 AM
Without competition against off-chain by on-chain means eventually it devolves to the strongest cartels controlling the off-chain system.

And the problem with transaction fees is precisely why Bitcoin's design is flawed.

Luckily this all (and more) can be fixed in an altcoin.

It can be "fixed" in Bitcoin, if it actually proves to be a problem.
349  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US health care mandate (Obamacare) on: December 11, 2013, 08:08:23 AM
I don't know, since the US has done this pretty much consistly for 100 years, but we don't have a 'right' to healthcare.
If you pay taxes, why wouldn't you have a right to healthcare?

Taxes are supposed to be for infrastructure and defense, not individual needs.  Do you have a right to food?  Would food insurance, subsidized by your taxes, be a good idea?

Surely a decent health system is infrastructure?  

Verily, however heath care is distinct from health insurance.  The health care system in the United States is, undeniablely, first rate.  The great debate is not about quality of care, or even access to said care, but who gets to pay for that care.  I don't contest that the way this was/is done in (generally) in the United States prior to Obamacare was unjust, unfair and generally 'un-American'; but that doesn't mean that greater socialism (in a society that prizes individual responsibility and merit) is a path to improvement.  Quite the contrary, I would argue that most of that afore mentioned un-American distribution of heath care funding was largely due to the decades of government intrusion into the health care market since WWII.  If you think that single-payer style heath insurance, as can be found in many other former colonies of the British Empire, is somehow more eifficient, more "fair" or more advanced; you are free to believe such things, and free to move there if it matters that much to you.  But the facts don't support your position.

Obamacare is an extension of the existing insurance based system


That's just nonsense.

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and since Americans seem to be happy to overpay, its your right to do so.


Value is always subjective.  What is 'overpay' is also relative.

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 Comparative surveys show that the single payer systems are more efficient

That's comparing apples to oranges, and you know it.  It matters a great deal what the perspecives of the researchers are towards what 'efficient' means in the context of health care.

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than what you have but that doesn't mean single payer is the best possible basis for a system.  Perhaps at some point when the waste of money bothers enough American voters, you might make something better.
I would love too, but the politicos keep wanting to get more into my personal business.

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 Meanwhile, at least all of you have access to health care now.

We all had access to health care before.  Again, health care access is something different than heath care insurance.  Only now, my own health care insurance plan nearly tripled in premium costs from 2013 to 2014 to cover myself, my wife and five children.  And no, I didn't have to go onto any exchange to get it, it's exactly the same as it was before, only more expensive.
350  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: 1 guy owns a 30th of all the bitcoins in existence!? on: December 10, 2013, 11:35:01 PM
This thread gets more interesting by the minute.  I wonder if Satoshi is scared to come out to the public, or if he/they ever will.  Maybe if bitcoins get super mainstream, he'll come out as a hero of some sort and open his own country with the money he has o_0

Why would Satoshi have to reveal him/her/themselves in order to do this?
351  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: 1 guy owns a 30th of all the bitcoins in existence!? on: December 10, 2013, 11:33:46 PM
I don't think it's a great thing that there are some people with all these coins, just too much power, but nothing we can do about it, just hope they use them for good.

A large accumulation of bitcoins implies only spending power, and nothing more.  They have no more authority to effect another person's transactions or costs than you do.
352  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I am pretty confident we are the new wealthy elite, gentlemen. on: December 10, 2013, 11:31:51 PM
So, I just watched this years Nobel price ceremony on TV, and it struck me that if Bitcoin becomes the revolution some of us think. And if the person(s) behind the name Satoshi Nakamoto can be identified, He/she/they will most likely be awarded the Nobel prize in economics.

Edit: Witch would be rather ironic since that prize was added in 1968 by the Swedish national bank.

Which would be the reason that this is never going to happen.
353  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? on: December 10, 2013, 11:30:20 PM
But I think if Satoshi is DPR then Ulbricht is a patsy, and the whole thing doesn't make a lot of sense.

I'm pretty well convienced that Ulbricht was a patsy anyway, and wasn't ever the true DPR anyway.  I've seen no evidence to convince me that Ulbricht was more than a hired administrator.
354  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US health care mandate (Obamacare) on: December 10, 2013, 11:26:46 PM
I don't know, since the US has done this pretty much consistly for 100 years, but we don't have a 'right' to healthcare.
If you pay taxes, why wouldn't you have a right to healthcare?

Taxes are supposed to be for infrastructure and defense, not individual needs.  Do you have a right to food?  Would food insurance, subsidized by your taxes, be a good idea?

Surely a decent health system is infrastructure? 

Verily, however heath care is distinct from health insurance.  The health care system in the United States is, undeniablely, first rate.  The great debate is not about quality of care, or even access to said care, but who gets to pay for that care.  I don't contest that the way this was/is done in (generally) in the United States prior to Obamacare was unjust, unfair and generally 'un-American'; but that doesn't mean that greater socialism (in a society that prizes individual responsibility and merit) is a path to improvement.  Quite the contrary, I would argue that most of that afore mentioned un-American distribution of heath care funding was largely due to the decades of government intrusion into the health care market since WWII.  If you think that single-payer style heath insurance, as can be found in many other former colonies of the British Empire, is somehow more eifficient, more "fair" or more advanced; you are free to believe such things, and free to move there if it matters that much to you.  But the facts don't support your position.
355  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Why OFF-CHAIN transactions are not the solution on: December 10, 2013, 11:13:15 PM
The point is that users have a choice; to either manage the security and costs themselves, or contract out to another party.  Currently, consumers using fiat currencies don't have this choice.  Not really, anyway; as all real banks are part of the particular central banking system that they must adhere to.  If it's your central bank that is untrustworthy, it's a real competition among banks that is desired.  Bitcoin can offer that, but it does not garrantee it.
356  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto? on: December 10, 2013, 04:58:07 AM
what about this scenario? the admins from p2pfoundation where satoshi talks in 2008 1st time about bitcoin. they can check his profile and get the logs-history and get possibles ip.. i am sure for that time satoshi not was thinking in dissapear and he use his REAL ip. so those things can give a IDEA from wich country he connect. city.. etc.... i think that he is only 1 guy not a group. and HE just kill satoshi identity and have another. or severals user on this forum.. and he is already multi millonarie

Nope.  Satoshi was planning on hiding from the get go.  We know this now, for no one is that good at not being found on the Internet without prior planning.
357  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Buying bitcoin is a pain. on: December 10, 2013, 02:12:44 AM
Head over to localbitcoins.
I promise you that you will surely not be disappointed.

That's not a promise that you can make.  The experience with localbitcoins vendors is likely to vary significantly between regions and vendors.
358  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US health care mandate (Obamacare) on: December 10, 2013, 02:10:04 AM
I don't know, since the US has done this pretty much consistly for 100 years, but we don't have a 'right' to healthcare.
If you pay taxes, why wouldn't you have a right to healthcare?

Taxes are supposed to be for infrastructure and defense, not individual needs.  Do you have a right to food?  Would food insurance, subsidized by your taxes, be a good idea?
359  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Is anybody working on pruning on the main client? on: December 09, 2013, 09:32:25 PM
What is on the agenda here, forcing most of the nodes to switch into SPV mode - this is an indirect attack on the decentralization, which is an extremely important property of this currency and a major factor in its market value.

You can pretend having a good intentions, but your objective is clearly hostile.

Bitcoin was never intended to run on every user's machine.  Absolute decentralization isn't a requirement, and it's long been expected that Bitcoin will scale as much as it needs to scale, and will naturally centralize as much as it needs to do accomplish that scaling.  That said, SPV mode & pruning are both among the early plans to reduce the need for this as much as is reasonable.  There is no doubt that the whole blockchain will persist somewhere, and that this is more likely to be done by an institution for many reasons. 
360  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US health care mandate (Obamacare) on: December 09, 2013, 09:23:23 PM
lol what sort of fucked up country doesn't provide healthcare for the poor and sick?

I don't know, since the US has done this pretty much consistly for 100 years, but we don't have a 'right' to healthcare.
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