Also, many are unhappy about this: http://www.change.org/petitions/autodesk-save-softimage#share
(Although... A petition?)
Let's say you're a thief who discovered a way to steal as many bitcoins as you wanted in a very short amount of time, how much would you steal to maximize your profit? If you steal only one you're not making much money. If you steal too much, you'll crash the market.
(Inspiration: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=499580 )
I think the point is not "How much" but "Over what time horizon" to both your and Joel's quandaries.
If I get bitcoin for free, decreased value doesn't matter much -- it is still free money. Why do I care if the value drops to 1/10th of the current exchange rate if I can get as much as I want? The trick is to manage the collapse of the market so that you can start to predict the falloff tiers. Once the value starts going down, most people won't care. After it goes down to a certain amount, you are going to drive certain groups out of the market; repeat.
The "panic selling" complete collapse isn't about how much it falls, but how much it falls how quickly. And given that bitcoin has a non trivial utility (not as a currency, but) as a transient currency proxy for short term exchanges (read: drug deals) the aggregate demand is unlikely to hit zero even if the currency itself collapses.
We’re expanding the data sphere to sci-fi levels and there’s no stopping it. Too many of the benefits we covet derive from it. So our central choice now is whether this surveillance is a secret, one-way panopticon — or a mutual, transparent kind of “coveillance” that involves watching the watchers. The first option is hell, the second redeemable.
Researchers today face pressure to publish ‘good results’ and are rewarded for doing so – this is what turns f from a theoretical concern into a real one.
> In the course of collecting and analyzing data, researchers have many decisions to make: Should more data be collected? Should some observations be excluded? Which conditions should be combined and which ones compared? Which control variables should be considered? Should specific measures be combined or transformed or both?
> This exploratory behavior is not the by-product of malicious intent, but rather the result of two factors: (a) ambiguity in how best to make these decisions and (b) the researcher’s desire to find a statistically significant result.
You have less than two weeks to tell the government not to screw up our online entertainment. The CRTC is running a (long and somewhat boring) survey. Let's make sure the answers are not dominated by cable companies. #letstalktv
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