One of the Ben Laurie followers (AnotherComputerScientist) had this to say about the Bitcoin Forum http://www.links.org/?p=1171#comments
He’s [ComputerScientist] also absolutely on-point about the forum being a huge turnoff to people. I’m a grad student in CS (crypto’s not my area of expertise, but I try to read crypto conf proceedings to keep current), and I would be embarassed to associate myself with everyone on that forum except maybe 4 people. I’ve talked about it with a couple friends/coworkers in the dept here who I know well, but I would be embarassed to point “polite company” anywhere near the bitcoin forums.
Well then, I'm not sure if I'm one of the 4 people he's talking about, but I did reply to Ben's initial post here http://themonetaryfuture.blogspot.com/2011/05/ben-laurie-blathering-on-bitcoin.html
Then, in Ben Laurie's third bitcoin post since discovering it http://www.links.org/?p=1175
(Bitcoin is Slow Motion, 21 May 2011), I think he misses the point that on the route to deploy more resources in order to form a new 'transactional consensus' it would simply become more efficient to mine upon the existing block chains. Many of Ben's criticisms seem already to have been anticipated.