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August 10, 2010, 12:56:20 AM
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I agree with nearly everything you said, but I disagree, fundamentally, with the bolded.  Gold mining is not a waste of energy.  It is the opposite of waste, it is the measure of value people place in the 'utility of having gold as a medium of exchange' or a store of wealth, jewelry around their body parts or connectors on their home theater system.  If there was no demand for gold, the price would be zero.  Hence it is not a 'waste,' by definition.

Not necessarily, digging out a little bit more gold just makes the existing gold a bit less valuable since the supply is increased. That is because its value is mainly derived from its scarcity. Its utility IS its scarcity. However, it is not a waste for the miner if the cost of mining can stay below the price of gold.

And it's scarcity is a product of its demand. Therefore, owing to the law of supply and demand which derives solely from human desires of turning "what is" into "what I want," any gold pulled out of the ground is a product of human desire, and, by definition is NOT WASTE.  If the price and quantity demanded by the market are below the extraction cost for the miner then that demand will remain unmet.  Again, this is the opposite of waste.

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August 10, 2010, 12:27:30 PM
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I think the discussion have eventually lost the ethic aspects of motivating the botnet creators to
invest even more resources in their business in case when BTCs generated will deliver the value,
 comparable to the current uses of botnets.
What if Bitcoin operation will outperform the other activities?
How can you imagine, that botnet building process is done in a way, that benefit the community?

Participation in the network as an honest node helps everyone.
Yes, but only when it is not against the computer owner's will, he pays the electricity bill.
If it is, then he loses REAL money for an extra power consumption caused by 100% CPU load.
So, Bitcoin motivates behavior of stealing computing power from innocent computer owners.

Well, you may now try to compare the social harm to the benefits, but do you really feel you have the moral right to do so?
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August 10, 2010, 08:48:54 PM
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I think the discussion have eventually lost the ethic aspects of motivating the botnet creators to
invest even more resources in their business in case when BTCs generated will deliver the value,
 comparable to the current uses of botnets.
What if Bitcoin operation will outperform the other activities?
How can you imagine, that botnet building process is done in a way, that benefit the community?

Participation in the network as an honest node helps everyone.
Yes, but only when it is not against the computer owner's will, he pays the electricity bill.
If it is, then he loses REAL money for an extra power consumption caused by 100% CPU load.
So, Bitcoin motivates behavior of stealing computing power from innocent computer owners.

Well, you may now try to compare the social harm to the benefits, but do you really feel you have the moral right to do so?
I definitely consider it the lesser of two evils. Either they steal electricity while brute forcing corporate passwords in order to extort payments to cover up the security breaches or they steal electricity while providing a valuable service to the bitcoin community. It of course would be better for the botnets to not exist than to have them generating bitcoins, but that is neither here nor there.

As for bitcoin encouraging people to start botnets, I don't think that will happen. Although botnet operators can benefit from generating bitcoins, they're still subject to the limited size of the bitcoin economy and competition from other botnet operators and from the bitcoin community. There is a fairly limited number of total dollars being offered at any time for bitcoins at the current exchange rate. This puts a bottleneck restriction on the speed at which they can profit from their bitcoins. This limited supply of dollars coupled with the extremely low operating costs for the botnet operators themselves is a ripe condition for competing botnet operators to have to constantly undercut one another in order to get their hands on the dollars available. There is also a bottleneck for creating bitcoins since botnet competition, including competition from a growing bitcoin user base with the collective power of a botnet, cuts directly into their ability to generate bitcoins.

All this demonstrates that botnet participation in the bitcoin network reduces criminal activity without significantly increasing the amount of electricity that is stolen and that bitcoin provides considerably less incentive for people to become botnet operators than the preexisting vulnerability of big businesses and home computers.

Edit: In response to your last question, not only do all people unequivocally have the moral right to make moral judgments based on their perspective of social harm and benefits but we also have an important moral obligation to do so.

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August 10, 2010, 09:13:57 PM
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I think the discussion have eventually lost the ethic aspects of motivating the botnet creators to
invest even more resources in their business in case when BTCs generated will deliver the value,
 comparable to the current uses of botnets.
What if Bitcoin operation will outperform the other activities?
How can you imagine, that botnet building process is done in a way, that benefit the community?

Participation in the network as an honest node helps everyone.
Yes, but only when it is not against the computer owner's will, he pays the electricity bill.
If it is, then he loses REAL money for an extra power consumption caused by 100% CPU load.
So, Bitcoin motivates behavior of stealing computing power from innocent computer owners.

Well, you may now try to compare the social harm to the benefits, but do you really feel you have the moral right to do so?

Do you routinely worry about tempting people to steal things? Should you feel badly when your company invents an awesome new product because people now have more incentive to steal money to buy it?

This is ridiculous.

Why is 'real' in all caps? You think money is only real if it has magic faces printed on it? If this victim was losing airline miles you would care less?

How often have you worried about botnets in the past? Have you done anything about it?

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August 10, 2010, 09:26:14 PM
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So, Bitcoin motivates behavior of stealing computing power from innocent computer owners.
Sure, in exactly the same way the existence of credit cards motivates behavior of stealing credit card numbers from innocent credit card users.

Or the existence of bank accounts motivates hackers to try to break into your system to find out your bank account number.

Or the existence of cars motivates some people to steal gasoline from innocent service station owners.

I believe the benefits of Bitcoin will outweigh the harm, and I further believe that I am capable of making that moral judgment.  I might be wrong, and I might regret I ever got involved, but if I only ever did things that I was 100% certain were going to work out for the best I would never accomplish anything new and interesting.

How often do you get the chance to work on a potentially world-changing project?
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August 11, 2010, 10:20:44 AM
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If that would be your harm against your benefits, then you are in possession to do whatever you may think is desirable with that situation.

But you try to impose your decisions of good and bad on people's minds.
May I disagree with you about my benefits? Oh, why not? Sorry, sir. Forgive stupid me, lord.

I think, you just taking that situation too externally. Just imagine, someone, with his own notion of public benefits,
just decides to use your equipment for, say, bruteforcing some access point to the nuclear power station control system.
Just imagine, that such exists and he is sure, that >nuclear< is >evil<, and as you do, he is sure that it is a common sense.
Many, many of your beliefs may seem strange to some societies,
while you think your opinion is the only right possible, other people have their own minds and there is no main true, no consensus.
Diversity is the success of society.

Why is 'real' in all caps? You think money is only real if it has magic faces printed on it? If this victim was losing airline miles you would care less?
Real, because he had to work hard to earn that money, not just picked it up in a lottery or stole that from other's pocket.
He has spent part of his life for that, which he would spend doing something better, if he could.
Real, because that is a life of a real human, that is stolen, not just abstract "computational resources".

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Often. Ofcourse.
Why do you ask?
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August 11, 2010, 10:26:32 AM
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Real, because he had to work hard to earn that money, not just picked it up in a lottery or stole that from other's pocket.
He has spent part of his life for that, which he would spend doing something better, if he could.
Real, because that is a life of a real human, that is stolen, not just abstract "computational resources".

 

Wait, so you don't care if the botnet steals cycles from a computer that was won in a sweepstakes because that isn't real?

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August 12, 2010, 05:26:04 AM
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If that would be your harm against your benefits, then you are in possession to do whatever you may think is desirable with that situation.

But you try to impose your decisions of good and bad on people's minds.
May I disagree with you about my benefits? Oh, why not? Sorry, sir. Forgive stupid me, lord.

I think, you just taking that situation too externally. Just imagine, someone, with his own notion of public benefits,
just decides to use your equipment for, say, bruteforcing some access point to the nuclear power station control system.
Just imagine, that such exists and he is sure, that >nuclear< is >evil<, and as you do, he is sure that it is a common sense.
Many, many of your beliefs may seem strange to some societies,
while you think your opinion is the only right possible, other people have their own minds and there is no main true, no consensus.
Diversity is the success of society.
tldr: Jesus loves you... but I think you're a twat. Wink

To whom are you referring? And to which part of their post? I may be blind, but I don't see where anyone says that you must to come to the same moral conclusion as them. You are the one that condemned us for disagreeing with your moral absolutism when you suggested that we don't have a moral right to make moral judgments based on benefits and harm to society. You say that diversity is the key, and I agree, but you're words sure paint you as a bigot.

I and all people, including yourself and psychopaths, are and should be in possession to do whatever we think is desirable according to our own conscience in any and all situations. That doesn't mean that we give anyone a free pass to harm anyone else. The whole purpose of the rule of law is not to enslave, but to protect and preserve according to the common consent of the people in democracies and the ruling authority in non-democracies. Yes, you may disagree with me about my beliefs. That's the whole point. I am not your lord and I am not your conscience but neither are you mine. If a person feels that nuclear power stations are evil, he has the personal right to try to hack into its computer system, but society as a whole has every right to forbid such action and lock him away if they catch him doing it. In any case, wouldn't you agree that it would be less harmful to society for him to brute force bitcoin generation than to brute force a nuclear power station's computer system? You don't have any moral obligation to answer yes, but if you don't answer yes, society has every right to be of the opinion that the best place for hypocritical self-contradicting crazies like you is in prison or a mental institution.

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August 12, 2010, 05:37:18 AM
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If that would be your harm against your benefits, then you are in possession to do whatever you may think is desirable with that situation.

But you try to impose your decisions of good and bad on people's minds.
May I disagree with you about my benefits? Oh, why not? Sorry, sir. Forgive stupid me, lord.

I think, you just taking that situation too externally. Just imagine, someone, with his own notion of public benefits,
just decides to use your equipment for, say, bruteforcing some access point to the nuclear power station control system.
Just imagine, that such exists and he is sure, that >nuclear< is >evil<, and as you do, he is sure that it is a common sense.
Many, many of your beliefs may seem strange to some societies,
while you think your opinion is the only right possible, other people have their own minds and there is no main true, no consensus.
Diversity is the success of society.

Why is 'real' in all caps? You think money is only real if it has magic faces printed on it? If this victim was losing airline miles you would care less?
Real, because he had to work hard to earn that money, not just picked it up in a lottery or stole that from other's pocket.
He has spent part of his life for that, which he would spend doing something better, if he could.
Real, because that is a life of a real human, that is stolen, not just abstract "computational resources".

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Often. Ofcourse.
Why do you ask?

The rules of law is a crucial factor in the creation of a wealthy society. Anything that does not fit shall be terminated with extreme prejudices. If that mean taking out the power of the government so be it. If that mean no tolerance for the idea of democracy, so be it. If "diversity" itself should be terminated, so be it.

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August 12, 2010, 11:14:58 AM
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Well, I'm still not convinced in allowing anonymous third parties to use my computers behind my back,
even for cancer research computations, or whatever else.

And I will be against any position, that tolerates that behavior.
There is no such good, that will be good enough to allow socially unacceptable behavior.
Because that "good" is in one's mind, but it harms the others, not that one. Simply.
Make your any good, but at your personal expenses. Is that clear?
The other is socially destructive.
Democracy, laws, freedoms - completely unrelated to this subject.
It is just about social structure self-organisation (destruction).
You may, however, disagree, that social destruction is any evil at all.
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