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March 25, 2012, 10:06:54 PM
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Greeks are inventing a new currency. They should try Bitcoin.

http://www.freakonomics.com/2012/03/22/greeces-new-currency/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/16/greece-on-breadline-cashless-currency
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March 27, 2012, 08:42:32 AM
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That's exactly I anticipated, if lot's of people have the ability to work but kicked out of the current system due to less access to loan and technology, they will get their own economy running by using another currency

Good chance for BTC, but how to advertise BTC in Greece? Do they have a forum in their native language?

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March 29, 2012, 01:51:27 PM
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That's exactly I anticipated, if lot's of people have the ability to work but kicked out of the current system due to less access to loan and technology, they will get their own economy running by using another currency

Good chance for BTC, but how to advertise BTC in Greece? Do they have a forum in their native language?
we didn't need to....
It seems that we are capable of understanding other languages too.... or none of the greek users had/has the time to moderate it  Smiley

@ffe do not believe everything that you read. Because a newspaper like guardian published it , it does not mean that its true.

now.. on the topic.
As much as i enjoy the bitcoin project , you can understand that its still immature(there are no applications, ease of use) for use in everyday transactions.  A 50-60-70... yr old cannot use / understand this "bitcoin thingie",  they do not own a computer  and so on.
Although it would be an interesting project, in real world terms its too soon for something like this.
If you manage to say educate your grandparents to make/accept payments buy showing a qrcode in their smartphone , we could start discussing about it. until then, stop spreading fud
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March 30, 2012, 09:47:55 AM
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now.. on the topic.
As much as i enjoy the bitcoin project , you can understand that its still immature(there are no applications, ease of use) for use in everyday transactions.  A 50-60-70... yr old cannot use / understand this "bitcoin thingie",  they do not own a computer  and so on.
Although it would be an interesting project, in real world terms its too soon for something like this.
If you manage to say educate your grandparents to make/accept payments buy showing a qrcode in their smartphone , we could start discussing about it. until then, stop spreading fud

Well that depends, I've worked with 70 year olds who are very much clued in and I've worked with 50 year olds that can barely send a text. That 70 year old was an economist before he retired, on the other hand the 50 year old is a carpenter. You can see how that works, since the carpenter never had to touch a computer in his life. However same does not go for his 20 year old son who is in the same trade but grew up with computers and consoles. On the other hand the economist was using computers at one form or another since the 70ies.

So it's not about age as much as it's... well, should I say "class"? Don't know, maybe "background"?
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March 30, 2012, 12:55:31 PM
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So for different reasons we all agree that a bitcoin currency would not work.  Its just realistic .
You cannot have a country only with citizens with economic degrees...
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March 30, 2012, 03:11:10 PM
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now.. on the topic.
As much as i enjoy the bitcoin project , you can understand that its still immature(there are no applications, ease of use) for use in everyday transactions.  A 50-60-70... yr old cannot use / understand this "bitcoin thingie",  they do not own a computer  and so on.
Although it would be an interesting project, in real world terms its too soon for something like this.
If you manage to say educate your grandparents to make/accept payments buy showing a qrcode in their smartphone , we could start discussing about it. until then, stop spreading fud

Well that depends, I've worked with 70 year olds who are very much clued in and I've worked with 50 year olds that can barely send a text. That 70 year old was an economist before he retired, on the other hand the 50 year old is a carpenter. You can see how that works, since the carpenter never had to touch a computer in his life. However same does not go for his 20 year old son who is in the same trade but grew up with computers and consoles. On the other hand the economist was using computers at one form or another since the 70ies.

So it's not about age as much as it's... well, should I say "class"? Don't know, maybe "background"?

In general you're right these things aren't necessarily linear with age.  On the other hand we are talking about some kind of social change, and as with science, technology, enlightenment in general, there is much social inertia to hold back change.  Traditionally the only way to combat this inertia is to wait for the people who can't handle it to die off.  That's the way scientific revolutions proceed, and I don't immediately see a compelling reason that coins should be any different.  Coins won't be mainstream until most of the folks who were weened on fiat have moved on. 

 

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April 01, 2012, 03:44:25 PM
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3phase recently did a Greek translation of MultiBit - it was released last week.

Screenshot:
http://multibit.org/postImages/greek.png

(I machine translated some of the labels and wallet names so apologies for any errors.)


We reckon having bitcoin software in your native tongue makes it a bit easier.

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April 02, 2012, 12:34:12 PM
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I've been to Greece last year, and most of their hotels are equipped with windows XP. Nowadays only IT experts are still using XP due to its stability and performance, so they should have no problem using BTC at all

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April 02, 2012, 10:22:05 PM
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I've been to Greece last year, and most of their hotels are equipped with windows XP. Nowadays only IT experts are still using XP due to its stability and performance, so they should have no problem using BTC at all

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