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Network Neutrality and Bitcoin
Allowing the internet to provide different services for different applications is a more efficient use of existing resources and will result in higher quality of experience for end users.  Unfortunately telephone/video/internet service to the home is often ...
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Advanced Snowboard Turns: Carving, Cross-under, and Quad-point turns with a digression into the flats
I have briefly searched the web for snowboard turns and no-one really addresses the subject well so here is my take.  I am going to briefly review basic sliding, carving and cross-under turns to create a common basis but then move into concepts that I have ...
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Minimal Specification A minimally specified program is the idea of describing exactly what is needed to accomplish an algorithm and nothing else.  For example, extraneous statements are often added to software and include inefficiencies (conceptual mistakes...
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My Network Neutrality Comment
I have been a telecommunications engineer for the past 20 years, building equipment for data, cable and wireless networks. Network Neutrality is an absolutely critical component of the modern internet and the great innovation that we have seen in the last 2...
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The global trade and reserve currency problem, Bitcoin, and why you should care
I am no economist but this is pretty clear to all who read about world events: the fact that the US dollar is currently used as a global medium of exchange brings both tangible and intangible benefits and responsibilities to the United States.  You can find...
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Schiff, with his PR campaign quote and others is speaking a language that does not even make sense.  The fundamental problem is you can't talk about cars using a horse-and-carriage conceptual framework. 

His insistence on "cashing back" to dollars ignores the exchange rates and capital controls when sending money between countries.  Also with gift cards you can buy at Whole foods, Target, and 1000s of other stores, and actually buy the cards a few % UNDER face value because there are no credit card fees to the merchant.
His complaints about volatility hampering transfer ignore Bitcoin's age and its upwards trend. 

WRT backing, gold is not backed either (it is its own backing).  It rose about 10x in 10 years.  In 10 more it could fall that far (just like bitcoin could fall).  Schiff is "afraid" for all the poor investors?  Its not stopping him from peddling his favorite commodity during its peak and even now when its price in dollars is plummeting.

A gold backed digital currency made sense when Bitcoin was worth nothing.  It would have bootstrapped the currency.  But given that it has a price, physical backing becomes counterparty liability.  In fact, Gold has very little utility supporting its price, what it has is a lot of history.  Bitcoin's worldwide transfer network has huge utility supporting the price, but Bitcoin has very little history.

If someday Bitcoin's value is diluted by 100 other popular virtual currencies, digital currencies will clearly have been a roaring success.  A rising tide floats all boats.

This is not investment advice, I am not your investment advisor.
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