Friday, October 31, 2014

AMA Answers and a Poll

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pre-Election AMA

Maybe I'm a narcissist, but I like to think that some people value my opinions or at least find them entertaining.

I've never done an AMA ("Ask Me Anything") before, but right before an election I've pretty extensively handicapped seems like a good time for the first one. Here are the rules:

1) Ask me anything. It doesn't have to be about the upcoming election. It doesn't even have to be about politics.

2) Ask in the comments to this post. I haven't decided on a format for the answers -- I may answer in the comments, or in a stand-alone post, or in some other way. But the Disqus comment form right below this post is the asking venue.

3) Rough deadline: Midnight eastern time tonight. If I don't have any questions by then I'll assume none of you care what I think. Which is fine.

4) I'm kind of fuzzy on whether the AMA format requires me to answer every question. I guess I'll figure that out as I go depending on whether or not I want to answer every question.

Have at.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A little theological linkbait

Could Bitcoin (or some future cryptocurrency) become the basis for the biblical "Mark of the Beast?" Don't ask me why that occurred to me. It just did. And of course I'm not the first one to think of it by any stretch -- a Google search on the string bitcoin biometric tattoo "mark of the beast" returns 129,000 results.

Of course, it's quite likely that you either don't believe in the Bible or that you interpret in any of various ways which don't place a great deal of importance on that particular matter. But let's have a look at Ye Aulde Revelation anyway. From the King James Version ('cause that's how I roll scripture-wise), chapter 13, verses 16-17:

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

The technology is definitely there. Think about it:

You have a cryptocurrency account. The identifier for that account is tattooed (perhaps as a QR code?) or microchipped on your right hand or forehead.

To give you money, all anyone has to do is scan the code and transfer money from their account to yours.

For you to spend money, you wave the QR code over a scanner and then enter a passphrase or use biometric identification or whatever to authorize a transfer out of the account and into another. Badabing, badaboom.

No reason this couldn't be done right now. Of course, the third element Mark-of-the-Beast-wise is that it's compulsory. Which, as we know, could never happen, because countries don't have legal tender laws or anything like that, right?

And no, I'm not trying to slam Bitcoin specifically or cryptocurrencies in general. I love'em (tip jar in the right sidebar, ladies and gents). But I still think it's interesting how something written circa 2,000 years ago features a hook on which the concept hangs so prettily.

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