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April 25, 2011, 01:14:54 AM
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So who is interested in a global Bitcoin Conference (BitCon)? I noticed a few local meetups, but I think sooner or later, a global meetup will occur. When should it be? Where should it be?

I think it should be in middle America or the West coast so Plato doesn't have to drive all the way back to NYC to attend.


The folks at the Bitcoin Show are organizing it! Check it out at http://bitcoinme.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=9.

Wish I could go.

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April 25, 2011, 01:21:37 AM
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I would advocate for a country that does not harvest fingerprints and eye-scans from law-abiding foreign travellers for databases, upon border entry.

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April 25, 2011, 01:27:09 AM
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I would advocate for a country that does not harvest fingerprints and eye-scans from law-abiding foreign travellers for databases, upon border entry.
Shocked Is that the U.S.A?

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April 25, 2011, 01:45:19 AM
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So who is interested in a global Bitcoin Conference (BitCon)? I noticed a few local meetups, but I think sooner or later, a global meetup will occur. When should it be? Where should it be?

I think it should be in middle America or the West coast so Plato doesn't have to drive all the way back to NYC to attend.

SF Bay Area anyone? Shocked

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April 25, 2011, 02:07:15 AM
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Grin For people traveling to USA I imagine the converstion at customs:

What is the puprose of your visit Sir?
Oh, nothing - just gonna promote new digital currency that cannot be shut down and is gonna destroy banking system and governments around the world
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April 25, 2011, 02:16:59 AM
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Grin For people traveling to USA I imagine the converstion at customs:

What is the puprose of your visit Sir?
Oh, nothing - just gonna promote new digital currency that cannot be shut down and is gonna destroy banking system and governments around the world

Pleasure then.

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April 25, 2011, 02:19:30 AM
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I would advocate for a country that does not harvest fingerprints and eye-scans from law-abiding foreign travellers for databases, upon border entry.

Do they scan everyone or just pick some at random?


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April 25, 2011, 02:19:42 AM
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Grin For people traveling to USA I imagine the converstion at customs:

What is the puprose of your visit Sir?
Oh, nothing - just gonna promote new digital currency that cannot be shut down and is gonna destroy banking system and governments around the world

Pleasure then.

I'd say more like:
Sir, this way please - these gentlemen are gonna escort you to guantanamo bay  Grin
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April 25, 2011, 02:21:35 AM
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Grin For people traveling to USA I imagine the converstion at customs:

What is the puprose of your visit Sir?
Oh, nothing - just gonna promote new digital currency that cannot be shut down and is gonna destroy banking system and governments around the world

That's me Tongue

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April 25, 2011, 02:33:44 AM
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Apparently there was a recent hijacking attempt in a Paris-Rome flight, so heightened security measures would be likely for international travel in the near future.

Maybe it will have to start as a mini-con inside of or close to another con such as Defcon or Blackhat or the like.

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April 25, 2011, 02:46:10 AM
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April 25, 2011, 02:46:15 AM
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I would advocate for a country that does not harvest fingerprints and eye-scans from law-abiding foreign travellers for databases, upon border entry.

Do they scan everyone or just pick some at random?



Everybody and have done for quite some time ... more than 5 years now I think.

Edit: actually longer, since 2002, it was part of the whole Patriot Act police state expansion boom. http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_1336.html

Iris scans and ten fingerprints from anybody entering as a requirement to get a visa for entry.

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April 25, 2011, 03:20:13 AM
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I would advocate for a country that does not harvest fingerprints and eye-scans from law-abiding foreign travellers for databases, upon border entry.

Do they scan everyone or just pick some at random?



Everybody and have done for quite some time ... more than 5 years now I think.

Edit: actually longer, since 2002, it was part of the whole Patriot Act police state expansion boom. http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/info/info_1336.html

Iris scans and ten fingerprints from anybody entering as a requirement to get a visa for entry.

I remember as a kid dreaming of going to the USA - the land of free. How things change..
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April 25, 2011, 03:29:04 AM
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I remember as a kid dreaming of going to the USA - the land of free. How things change..

Yeah me too. I wonder if I've completely missed my opportunity.

I probably should go soon, before things get even worse... They'll want a drop of blood soon.

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April 25, 2011, 03:58:00 AM
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What's probably of more importance to everyone on this forum is the fact that the TSA is authorized to scan your laptop's hard drive upon entry to the country, and if I'm not mistaken, even go as far as to make a complete backup of the entire HDD.  My memory is somewhat vague, but I wouldn't be surprised if this new authority came as part of one of the numerous "Think of the children!" acts that have been so prevalent lately.

I'd argue that this alone is just as personally invasive as taking fingerprints, drops of blood, firstborn child, etc.

Side note: I'm fairly certain that these stories were covered on SlashDot within the past few years.  If needed I can attempt to go find them to back up my claim.
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April 25, 2011, 04:02:48 AM
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You forgot:   "Why?"

I think this forum is sufficient enough.  We don't need to waste money and energy for physical meetings.
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April 25, 2011, 04:04:59 AM
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What's probably of more importance to everyone on this forum is the fact that the TSA is authorized to scan your laptop's hard drive upon entry to the country, and if I'm not mistaken, even go as far as to make a complete backup of the entire HDD.  My memory is somewhat vague, but I wouldn't be surprised if this new authority came as part of one of the numerous "Think of the children!" acts that have been so prevalent lately.

I'd argue that this alone is just as personally invasive as taking fingerprints, drops of blood, firstborn child, etc.

But that one is trivial to get around with good encryption practices.

Having them copy my laptop hard drive wouldn't be personally invasive at all to me.

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April 25, 2011, 04:39:15 AM
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I can get tasered by the cops here just as easily as by US ones. This stuff expands everywhere eventually because all beauracrats want to expand their powah. They see some getting away with stuff and think "I wonder if that will work here".



I second the Iceland location.
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April 25, 2011, 05:00:43 AM
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You forgot:   "Why?"

I think this forum is sufficient enough.  We don't need to waste money and energy for physical meetings.

True enough. Maybe a Teamspeak meeting or something.

We should probably wait until phone clients are more common really. It would be impractical to have a convention where everyone has to whip out a laptop to transact. I'm sure the bitcoin ATM machine would be there too.

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April 25, 2011, 05:03:27 AM
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You forgot:   "Why?"

I think this forum is sufficient enough.  We don't need to waste money and energy for physical meetings.

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