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December 11, 2010, 08:46:19 PM
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Creating a Bitcoin client that fully implements the network protocol is extremely difficult. Bitcoin-Qt is the only known safe implementation of a full node. Some other projects attempt to compete, but it is not recommended to use such software for anything serious. (Lightweight clients like Electrum and MultiBit are OK.)
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December 11, 2010, 09:09:31 PM
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I think this must be the highest Alexa ranking site yet to cite bitcoin.

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December 11, 2010, 09:11:05 PM
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It was published right before the forum went down for a few hours haha.

Was it ?   It's certainly correlated, then.  The amount of new visitors blew up the bitcoin website.

Thanks for pointing it out.
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December 11, 2010, 10:44:55 PM
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This article is surprisingly balanced and accurate for a mainstream publication.

PC World is a big deal. I am psycheless. Time to restore the Wikipedia article.

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December 11, 2010, 11:39:16 PM
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It would have been nice to get this attention in any other context.  WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet's nest, and the swarm is headed towards us.
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December 11, 2010, 11:42:00 PM
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It would have been nice to get this attention in any other context.  WikiLeaks has kicked the hornet's nest, and the swarm is headed towards us.


I tried to stop people from thinking that idea, but apparently words got to journalist faster than I can inform twittering users.

All that is left is to organize and mobilize some kind of defense.

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December 12, 2010, 12:27:10 AM
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MY LETTER TO THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE:   ( <keir@keirthomas.com>  author of   goo.gl/n0UQt )

I appreciate PC World finally doing an article about the most revolutionary and amazing new technology of the 21st Century so far --- Bitcoin.

However, this really is lazy journalism.

The article implies that Bitcoin was invented as a RESULT of Wikileaks troubles...  as sort of an altrernate SOLUTION to Wikileaks donation funding troubles.

That is NOT TRUE.

The truth is:  Most "Bitcoin.org Forum" members want no association with Wikileaks whatsoever.

The Creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi, has even made a public plea to Wikileaks NOT to accept donations via Bitcoin.

The truth is quite the opposite from the impression that this story leaves.

Most in the Bitcoin Community do NOT want Bitcoin to be associated with Wikileaks in any way.


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December 12, 2010, 01:08:56 AM
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Why are we scared of association with wikileaks? I hate wikileaks and its founder, but the currency is designed to persist in the face of institutional attempts to get rid of it. And wikileaks is in the news. So I hope they DO use it. They are a perfect candidate of an organization that should use bitcoin. If your business is legal, you're using paypal and accepting credit cards. We need to throw away this dream of bitcoin taking over paypal for the white market. I hope we get a good share of the white market, but the main usage of bitcoins will be in gray and black markets.

And whether the reader agrees with that prediction or not, there is no such thing as bad publicity in any case. This is definitely a good thing for bitcoin.

Let the public get mad about bitcoin.

Regarding the article, I do not think it misrepresents the goals of bitcoin. Its goal really is to be decentralized and unable to be taken down. It does not imply that wikileaks was the catalyst for its creation, but that it fits the bill.
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December 12, 2010, 01:35:00 AM
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I tried to stop people from thinking that idea...

Wow, can't believe it didn't work. Did you have some sort of mind zapping gun or something?

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December 12, 2010, 01:36:51 AM
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MY LETTER TO THE AUTHOR OF THE ARTICLE:   ( <keir@keirthomas.com>  author of   goo.gl/n0UQt )

I appreciate PC World finally doing an article about the most revolutionary and amazing new technology of the 21st Century so far --- Bitcoin.

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The Creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi, has even made a public plea to Wikileaks NOT to accept donations via Bitcoin.

The truth is quite the opposite from the impression that this story leaves.

Most in the Bitcoin Community do NOT want Bitcoin to be associated with Wikileaks in any way.


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Nice job, Bruce.
Are you some kind of journalist or something btw ?

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December 12, 2010, 01:37:28 AM
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Wow, can't believe it didn't work. Did you have some sort of mind zapping gun or something?

Well, my effort to do so partly work. I got it enough so that people tell other people that wikileak accepting bitcoin is a bad idea at this stage in development.

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December 12, 2010, 01:46:53 AM
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Wow, can't believe it didn't work. Did you have some sort of mind zapping gun or something?

Well, my effort to do so partly work. I got it enough so that people tell other people that wikileak accepting bitcoin is a bad idea at this stage in development.

I was just trying to hassle you for your wording. I don't doubt you changed some behavior.

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December 12, 2010, 02:46:27 AM
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The article implies that Bitcoin was invented as a RESULT of Wikileaks troubles...  as sort of an altrernate SOLUTION to Wikileaks donation funding troubles.

I didn't get this impression from the article at all!

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December 12, 2010, 03:42:38 AM
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The article implies that Bitcoin was invented as a RESULT of Wikileaks troubles...  as sort of an altrernate SOLUTION to Wikileaks donation funding troubles.

I didn't get this impression from the article at all!

The title is the only thing giving me that impression. "Could the Wikileaks Scandal Lead to New Virtual Currency?" implies Bitcoin was precipitated by the scandal, which is obviously not true even from the article since bitcoin has been around for more than a week or whatever.

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December 12, 2010, 03:57:58 AM
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It's all in the title of the article.

Many people only read the title of the article.

The article clearly linked Wikileaks to Bitcoin.

 And how are they linked?

 In reality, they are not linked in any way.

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December 12, 2010, 04:12:48 AM
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Sorry for double-posting...   but in other Wikileaks news...

From my own http://twitter.com/brucewagner

USA to Prosecute Journalist for Free Speech on Spy Charges: Death to Reporters in USA? http://bit.ly/hFv0WO

Wikileaks Backlash: Cyber War http://bit.ly/if2g9v
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December 12, 2010, 04:13:41 AM
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It's all in the title of the article.

Many people only read the title of the article.

The article clearly linked Wikileaks to Bitcoin.

I think the title was fine.  It any case, it wasn't "lazy journalism".

The journalist asked if the "wikileaks scandal could lead to a new currency".  This is a legitimate question, for the seizure of wikileaks's accounts revealed the NEED of a decentralised currency.  To put it simply, this affair is not linked to the creation of bitcoin, but to its upcoming notoriety.
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December 12, 2010, 08:25:29 AM
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It's all in the title of the article.

Many people only read the title of the article.

The article clearly linked Wikileaks to Bitcoin.

I think the title was fine.  It any case, it wasn't "lazy journalism".

The journalist asked if the "wikileaks scandal could lead to a new currency".  This is a legitimate question, for the seizure of wikileaks's accounts revealed the NEED of a decentralised currency.  To put it simply, this affair is not linked to the creation of bitcoin, but to its upcoming notoriety.


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December 12, 2010, 02:07:24 PM
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And Bitcoin hits slashdot again (through this article):

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/12/12/0647203/WikiLeaks-Money-and-Ron-Paul
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December 13, 2010, 02:34:19 AM
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Yes, and this time "Bitcoin" is sitting next to "Ron Paul" and "Wikileaks" in the article header.
So it is probably going to get hot soon.

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