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May 2, 2014 Chip commented on In Culture News: Remembering Jerry Manning, Burning Online Forums to Start Over, and Art Through Google Glass.
That's the first application of Google Glass I've heard of that sounds worthwhile.
Dec 19, 2013 Chip commented on Bitcoin Is a Pro-Libertarian Currency.
@6 - Yes, you can launder Bitcoins, just like regular money. My point was that they aren't inherently anonymous; they're much closer to the opposite.
Dec 19, 2013 Chip commented on Bitcoin Is a Pro-Libertarian Currency.
This technical explaination is also very helpful to understanding how Bitcoin actually works.

"Pretty much untraceable", as Stross describes it, is unaccurate. Bitcoin transactions are 100% traceable, but they map to an address, not directly to an identity. Mapping that address to a person (when, say, Bitcoins are turned into real money) is only about as hard as mapping a bank account to a person - and easier in some regard, since Bitcoin transactions are by definition preserved forever. It's a myth that Bitcoin is untraceable; otherwise, his essay is pretty spot-on.
Nov 15, 2013 Chip commented on Flowers in the Attic Is Coming to Your TV.
The soft-rock sweet child of mine in the background really sells it.
Oct 11, 2013 Chip commented on The Future of Movies Could Involve Projecting the Movies on Three Walls.
This actually sounds promising - way better than stupid 3D.

Reminds me of the CastAR stuff being done locally.
Sep 27, 2013 Chip commented on "Google's robot told us, in so many words, that what we so naively took for literature was actually something closer to porn.".
It's really too bad that Google has such a stranglehold on online advertising. Having some competition (or options for publishers) would really make this a much smaller issue. Right now, Google doesn't handle its monopoly power on advertising terribly responsibly.
Jun 7, 2013 Chip commented on Google Insists It's Not Involved with PRISM.
It sounds an awful lot like PRISM is an internal codename for a relationship-based program within the NSA.

"PRISM Collection" on that chart could very well mean that the NSA has a data retrieval policy with the company in question, and not any special backdoor data collection mechanism. This seems especially likely given how cagey the company press releases have been.
Apr 24, 2013 Chip commented on What I'm Using Instead of Google Reader.
I'm saddest about losing the ninjas that pop out of Reader when you put in the Konami code.
Apr 4, 2013 Chip commented on What Do You Think of the Facebook Phone?.
I'm picturing this being nearly as successful as Orkut!
Apr 4, 2013 Chip commented on What Do You Think of Bitcoin?.
Bitcoin is really more of a thought experiment run amok than anything else. The creator took as a challenge designing something that had all the properties necessary to make a currency, but was purely digital.

I feel like it's closer in spirit to performance art or a science experiment than anything else.

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