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February 20, 2015, 07:05:34 AM
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Did you guys see the Lenovo blow up today, this is on the order of Sony's rootkit fiasco.

yes, it's truly sickening.

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February 20, 2015, 07:30:08 AM
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Did you guys see the Lenovo blow up today, this is on the order of Sony's rootkit fiasco.

yes, it's truly sickening.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11424248/GCHQs-mass-Internet-surveillance-ruled-unlawful.html

most of this was criminal behaviour at the time it happened, which explains the panic to rush through a lot of the more draconian and intrusive surveillance laws after the fact. Now if only we could find someone with enough moral fortitude to start prosecuting criminal behaviour of the spy agencies?

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February 20, 2015, 08:25:04 AM
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Smart People weighing in: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-19/guest-post-bitcoin-effete-act-rebellion

Unfortunately still missing the essence. It will take more time.

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February 20, 2015, 08:36:20 AM
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Smart People weighing in: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-19/guest-post-bitcoin-effete-act-rebellion

Unfortunately still missing the essence. It will take more time.

unbelievable how slow zerohedgers have been to grok bitcoin ... at least it wasn't buried in a cacophony of monkey-rattling cages, eventually they'll get it.

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February 20, 2015, 08:45:50 AM
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Smart People weighing in: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-19/guest-post-bitcoin-effete-act-rebellion

Unfortunately still missing the essence. It will take more time.

unbelievable how slow zerohedgers have been to grok bitcoin ... at least it wasn't buried in a cacophony of monkey-rattling cages, eventually they'll get it.

When/if the bull market returns, Zerohegers will be claiming to be early advocates even after dissing Bitcoin kind of like Stefan Molyneaux did. Gold bugs have a problem with Bitcoin being intangible because they have limited capacity for abstract thought. They also get some monetary theory wrong. They think money derives its unit of account and medium of exchange properties from it's store of value property. They get it backwards. Think about why we value dollars (absent the legal tender mandate) and this becomes obvious.

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February 20, 2015, 09:03:33 AM
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Smart People weighing in: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-02-19/guest-post-bitcoin-effete-act-rebellion

Unfortunately still missing the essence. It will take more time.

unbelievable how slow zerohedgers have been to grok bitcoin ... at least it wasn't buried in a cacophony of monkey-rattling cages, eventually they'll get it.

When/if the bull market returns, Zerohegers will be claiming to be early advocates even after dissing Bitcoin kind of like Stefan Molyneaux did. Gold bugs have a problem with Bitcoin being intangible because they have limited capacity for abstract thought. They also get some monetary theory wrong. They think money derives its unit of account and medium of exchange properties from it's store of value property. They get it backwards. Think about why we value dollars (absent the legal tender mandate) and this becomes obvious.

"It is too risky for regular people. Too complicated to learn to use and secure properly." - this argument gets thrown around a lot and all I can think of when I hear it is:

"Something which forces people to turn on their brains, learn a new skill and take responsibility for some part of their lives? How is that a bad thing?"

Do we sit here and bemoan our opinion that "regular" people are too stupid? Or do we applaud the fact, that technology is forcing people to acquire new skills and evolve, as it has always done?

"Using Bitcoin will make you smarter" - there's a new meme for you

It's all bullshit. But bullshit makes the flowers grow and that's beautiful.
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February 20, 2015, 09:08:25 AM
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Still, it is not an invalid point. How will a large institution safeguard an enormous pile of Bitcoin value If all depends on a private key. Pointing this out as a negative will start the thinking about a positive: a solution.

It needs some more infrastructure, that's all.

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February 20, 2015, 09:14:33 AM
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Still, it is not an invalid point. How will a large institution safeguard an enormous pile of Bitcoin value If all depends on a private key. Pointing this out as a negative will start the thinking about a positive: a solution.

It needs some more infrastructure, that's all.

To me, this is a wonderful example of new technology forcing intelligence into beneficial action. I agree, the point is valid - I just disagree with the conclusions the author of the zero hedge piece derived from it.

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February 20, 2015, 09:20:52 AM
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Still, it is not an invalid point. How will a large institution safeguard an enormous pile of Bitcoin value If all depends on a private key. Pointing this out as a negative will start the thinking about a positive: a solution.

It needs some more infrastructure, that's all.

I think you can secure it well dividing the bitcoins in a few addresses and using cold storage, bank safe, multi sig signature.
Nothing is 100% safe; big banks were just robbed 300 millions last week.


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February 20, 2015, 12:47:08 PM
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"It is too risky for regular people. Too complicated to learn to use and secure properly." - this argument gets thrown around a lot and all I can think of when I hear it is:

"Something which forces people to turn on their brains, learn a new skill and take responsibility for some part of their lives? How is that a bad thing?"

Do we sit here and bemoan our opinion that "regular" people are too stupid? Or do we applaud the fact, that technology is forcing people to acquire new skills and evolve, as it has always done?

"Using Bitcoin will make you smarter" - there's a new meme for you

Agree with you, but there are also people in this world who are maybe not computer-illiterate, but very close to it. Be it because of their age, social status, whatever else  comes to mind. They are used to use fiat money and have absolutely no interest in changing that, because for them such a change means an unnecessary effort they have to do that makes their everyday life more complex than it is today. And I think that is quite considerable group of people that shouldn't be underestimated.

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February 20, 2015, 12:54:17 PM
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"It is too risky for regular people. Too complicated to learn to use and secure properly." - this argument gets thrown around a lot and all I can think of when I hear it is:

"Something which forces people to turn on their brains, learn a new skill and take responsibility for some part of their lives? How is that a bad thing?"

Do we sit here and bemoan our opinion that "regular" people are too stupid? Or do we applaud the fact, that technology is forcing people to acquire new skills and evolve, as it has always done?

"Using Bitcoin will make you smarter" - there's a new meme for you

Agree with you, but there are also people in this world who are maybe not computer-illiterate, but very close to it. Be it because of their age, social status, whatever else  comes to mind.

Absolutely, there they are and there are many of them. The question in my mind is how did they get like that and do we want to keep them that way? But I think this is getting too far off-topic now.

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February 20, 2015, 01:15:33 PM
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"Something which forces people to turn on their brains, learn a new skill and take responsibility for some part of their lives? How is that a bad thing?"


"Using your brain" means finding simpler, quicker, "smarter" way to do things.
Learning the most complicated, convoluted & hilariously error-prone way of reaching the same ends is just plain stupid.*

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February 20, 2015, 02:22:38 PM
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People do not necessarily have to change (I am still not using Linux, but my Internet content is served for 80% or more by Linux servers). The average person only needs a solution that works.

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February 20, 2015, 02:35:04 PM
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People do not necessarily have to change (I am still not using Linux, but my Internet content is served for 80% or more by Linux servers). The average person only needs a solution that works.

Execution, baby.

A lot of people are, whether they know it or not.

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Research company Canalys estimated in the second quarter of 2009 that Android had a 2.8% share of worldwide smartphone shipments.[209] By the fourth quarter of 2010 this had grown to 33% of the market, becoming the top-selling smartphone platform,[210] overtaking Symbian.[211] By the third quarter of 2011 Gartner estimated that more than half (52.5%) of the smartphone sales belonged to Android.[212] By the third quarter of 2012 Android had a 75% share of the global smartphone market according to the research firm IDC.[213]

In July 2011, Google said that 550,000 new Android devices were being activated every day,[214] up from 400,000 per day in May,[215] and more than 100 million devices had been activated[216] with 4.4% growth per week.[214] In September 2012, 500 million devices had been activated with 1.3 million activations per day.[217][218] In May 2013, at Google I/O, Sundar Pichai announced that 900 million Android devices had been activated.[219]
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February 20, 2015, 03:24:31 PM
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People do not necessarily have to change (I am still not using Linux, but my Internet content is served for 80% or more by Linux servers). The average person only needs a solution that works.

Execution, baby.
Now, tell that your grandmother/grandfather.

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February 20, 2015, 04:11:21 PM
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February 20, 2015, 04:50:52 PM
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Still, it is not an invalid point. How will a large institution safeguard an enormous pile of Bitcoin value If all depends on a private key. Pointing this out as a negative will start the thinking about a positive: a solution.

It needs some more infrastructure, that's all.

I think you can secure it well dividing the bitcoins in a few addresses and using cold storage, bank safe, multi sig signature.
Nothing is 100% safe; big banks were just robbed 300 millions last week.

Unlike Gox they write it off and carry on with there fractional reserves.

The point discussed is valid, it reminded me of Dos in the 80's I used computer programs and learned the system OS so I could optimize my operating efficiency, while computers are a lot faster they are only marginally more efficient for the tasks I use.

The problem being they have been dumbed down so I don't need to know how to optimize the core OS. In reality my computer is so smart at being dumb I just have to adapt.

I hope Bitcoin's fate isn't the same as the command prompt in computing.

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February 20, 2015, 05:04:44 PM
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A quite good summary, but I loled at "would cause a disruptive ripple effect in society".
My brain is like "Ripple, nooooo!" Grin
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February 20, 2015, 05:25:03 PM
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Did you guys see the Lenovo blow up today, this is on the order of Sony's rootkit fiasco.

Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections
http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/02/lenovo-pcs-ship-with-man-in-the-middle-adware-that-breaks-https-connections/

At least with Lenovo I can choose not to deal with them. However when it comes to money I have to deal with FED dollars and banks like HSBC. Oh wait, no I don't  Wink
It will be interesting to see if the US tech industry survives, or if this is the beginning of the end.

There's some pretty strong poison in that well, and surely we've only seen the tip of the iceberg so far.
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February 20, 2015, 06:28:44 PM
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Did you guys see the Lenovo blow up today, this is on the order of Sony's rootkit fiasco.

Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections
http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/02/lenovo-pcs-ship-with-man-in-the-middle-adware-that-breaks-https-connections/

At least with Lenovo I can choose not to deal with them. However when it comes to money I have to deal with FED dollars and banks like HSBC. Oh wait, no I don't  Wink
It will be interesting to see if the US tech industry survives, or if this is the beginning of the end.

There's some pretty strong poison in that well, and surely we've only seen the tip of the iceberg so far.

Lenovo is a Chinese company, Sony a Japanese company..... (Yes Lenovo's PC came from IBM, but that was years ago and the transfer was complete a while ago.)

If anything this is reinforcing "buy american" in people's minds.
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