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Why Dogecoin is going to $1... and beyond. Please keep the shibe people. I have a knack for calling the next big thing, and I feel that Dogecoin may just be it!

As I grew up, I always seemed to be on the cusp of everything new, so trust me that I am no stranger to this game...
But on to Dogecoin. There is not just one 'tipping point' in an innovation, there are several and they are catalysts to each other. Dogecoin has reached a tipping point in the crypto-currency scene and I only see it appreciating in value once our first real crash is over.
The possibilities for crypto-currency are numerous and with the government and big banks starting to recognize it for the first time (as evidenced by the success of bitcoin) we are on to a real revolution here.
Now here's the fun catch. Which was the first successful computer company? But who's the hottest today?
When we look at what makes a successful product, it's not just the technical merits that work. If it were, people wouldn't buy iPhones and iPads. Understand that we stand on the release of the first 'iPod' in the Crypto-currency world. That 'iPod' is Dogecoin.
There were mp3 players before the iPod came out. But they were complicated, and scary! Much techno-babble! But then that little device made mp3 players fun and friendly. It was simultaneously a status symbol and a thing that brought you joy just to own it.
Market psychology tells us people buy things for two reason: to show off to others and for the innate joy that comes from owning something. And if you can capture both?
Dogecoin stands on the brink of doing that. Cute and non-threatening but holding real value, and (this is the most critical aspect) allowing people to feel 'important'. Many posters have really hit the nail on the head: no one wants to own 0.02 Bitcoins... bleh. But even when Dogecoin hits 0.01 cents a coin, it will be fun to own 10,000 of them.
We must continue to distribute and grow our fledgling currency. Tell people about it in a lighthearted and joking way. I am letting all my friends know: "Hey, you guys have heard of bitcoins right? Well there's a new coin in town!"
Dogecoin is destined for bigger things; please don't lose your shibe!
I remember a couple of years ago when Bitcoin crashed from $10 a coin to $2, and everyone was laughing at the idiots who bought bitcoins... Doge will have the last laugh. It has all the market traits of a future successful product, very promise.
The total market cap of Dogecoin would be 100 billion Doge with every coin mined. So here's how much Doge would have to be worth for each major magnitude change:
But it will not get there if we do not spread the shibe selflessly! Currency only has value is people believe in it and it has utility. We need to get Doge into as many hands as possible and work to make connections so people can spend Doge for a variety of goods and services.
It is nobelest of currencies. Much love to all of you. May the shibe be ever in your favor, - americanpegasus DPWJddx2RX4nntLeafeM516kRrvQx7YRLx
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MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM tl;dr: #TheGame23 introduces #DangerousIdea23: ↪ #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑 is a blockchained Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning self-organized System based on a mutating h-index type algorithm. ↪ #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑, as an idea, has been validated —though in any way 'endorsed'— by Google's lead of, Google’s AI division, computer scientist Jeff Dean and by Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum.. ↪ #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑 will be used by a Team of Sages to assist them in ruling the World and to replace "democrazy" for a true 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲. [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: ] [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: ] [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: ] ...ticktockticktockticktock... 𝓘 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑 𝓲𝓭𝓮𝓪. 𝓗𝓸𝔀 𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓘 𝓱𝓮𝓵𝓹? ↪ Tweet this: "Bye bye 'democrazy'. Hello TechnoMeritocrazy. Read carefully: #TheGame23 #TechnoMeritocrazy #HIVEMIND23" ↪ Share this idea and this pastebin and spread the message with these hasghtags: #HIVEMIND23 and #TechnoMeritocrazy ↪ Create & share original Art, be that an image, a wallpaper, a YouTube video, an mp3... featuring #TheGame23 and the #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑 idea. ↪ Speak about it on boards and social networks. Send a kind email/tweet/DM to experts you know, introducing the idea. ↪ Start an Etherpad/GitHub/Board/whatever and begin to politely brainstorm and discuss design and code ideas with fellow hackers. ↪ Monitor and you will be updated with news as they happen. ↪ Join and you will be updated with news as they happen. ƸӜƷ SHALL WE PLAY A GAME? ƸӜƷ ↪ START HERE FIRST; Oct 14, 2014; 30.000 views: ↪ #TheGame23 META-Instructions by ↪ #TheGame23 Artistic Disclaimer: ^^ .-=-=-=-. ^^ ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ ^^ ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ ^^ ( `-=-=-=-(@)-=-=-` ) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-= #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑--`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-=-=-`) ^^ ^^ (`-=-=-=-=-`) `-=-=-=-=-` "Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible." Albert Einstein ↪ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴄᴋ ᴛʜᴇ ᴘʟᴀɴᴇᴛ ɪɴ 𝟷 ʟɪɴᴇ ᴏғ ᴄᴏᴅᴇ: ᴛʜᴇ ☢ 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲 ☸ `-.`'.-' `-. ∵ƸӜƷ∴ .-'. `-. -./\.- .-' -. /_|\ .- `-. `/____\' .-'. `-. -./.-""-.\.- ' `-. /< (()) >\ .-' - .`/__`-..-'__\' .- ,...`-./___|____|___\.-'.,. ,-' ,` . . 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[ See ] Socrates openly espoused certain ‘anti-democratic’ views, most prominent perhaps being the view that it is not majority opinion that yields correct policy but rather genuine knowledge and professional competence, which is possessed by only a few: Socrates set the basis for the future TechnoMeritocracy. Democracy has been broken very especially since the Military-Industrial Complex —as Eisenhower warned us in his famous speech in 1961— and a bunch of psychopaths and ignorants have taken our lives and the lives of our beloved ones as well as the lives of several billion people buried in life. See: - Jan, 17 - 1961 Eisenhower's "Military-Industrial Complex" Speech Origins and Significance This is our State-of-the-Art Pyramid as human species: ***> “The world’s 62 richest people now own as much wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of the global population.” Source: ***> “Almost 1 billion people are undernourished or lack vitamins and minerals.” Source: Is that really the absolute very best that we can do after more than 300.000 years of evolution as Homo Sapiens and 3 million years since the first Homo Habilis? Do you still think that ‘Democrazy’ is the absolute very best way to rule the world? If not, please keep on reading. ↪ ᴡᴇʟᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴛᴇᴄʜɴᴏᴍᴇʀɪᴛᴏᴄʀᴀᴢʏ These are the 2 central tenets of the ᴛᴇᴄʜɴᴏᴍᴇʀɪᴛᴏᴄʀᴀᴢʏ: ↪ 1. We are NOT all equal: the vote of a psychopath or an ignorant can’t be equal to that of a decent citizen. ↪ 2. Only the ‘scientifically proven’ best and most skillful, the most honest, generous and willing to serve people in the world should rule us. ↪ This is HOW to Hack the Planet in 1 line of ‘Code’: With a blockchained Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning self-organized System based on a ‘mutating’ h-index type algorithm. If you don’t agree with that, please stop reading now. Thank you for your time. If you do agree with that and feel curious to know more, please keep on reading. Thanks. 𝓘 𝓯𝓮𝓮𝓵 𝓬𝓾𝓻𝓲𝓸𝓾𝓼 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝔀𝓪𝓷𝓽 𝓽𝓸 𝓴𝓷𝓸𝔀 𝓶𝓸𝓻𝓮 In The Internet Galaxy (2001), Manuel Castells (the 2000–2014 research survey of the Social Sciences Citation Index ranks him as the world’s fifth most-cited social science scholar, and the foremost-cited communication scholar in the world) talks about the ‘network society’ culture being techno-meritocratic, for hackers and virtual communitarians, and entrepreneurial. You have to be crazy to question democrazy. Very, very crazy. For you are going to have to fight against 2.500 years of mental and political conditioning and not everybody is ready to dare to get rid of the beliefs and prejudices that the family, the school, the college, the laws, the culture… have unconsciously programmed us with. “It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom.” Albert Einstein And you are going to have to fight not only with yourself but against the others. For almost nobody is ready to be unplugged from this subtle Prison for our Minds. “The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.” Morpheus – The Matrix When you face others in denial regarding this idea you have to remember 2 things: Patience. Perserverance. ↪ #TheGame23 ‘𝓓𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻𝓸𝓾𝓼’ 𝓘𝓭𝓮𝓪 𝓝𝓾𝓶𝓫𝓮𝓻 23: Let’s build #𝐇𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐌𝐈𝐍𝐃𝟐𝟑, a 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝 𝐖𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲. The most apt, the most sage, intelligent, the best prepared, technically or artistically minded, in any of the branches of Human Knowledge —in the Trivium et Quadrivim spirit— and also the most kind, generous and willing to serve the others, as tagged to be the best ones by others like them, will jump straight to the top of a TechnoMeritocratic Pyramid to manage and administrate world material and human resources world wide. See: How? Hacking the Planet with 1 line of ‘Code’: With a blockchained Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning self-organized System based on a ‘mutating’ h-index type algorithm. See: 𝐈𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞 This is ONLY a draft for the implementation of the idea: the idea has to be implemented by a Community of Hackers and Experts and not by a single individual. Now… Imagine a Pyramid of Excellence and Nobility with 10? (just to say a number) Supersages, Conscious Scientifics and Artists, all powerful, each one of these an expert in one branch of Human Knowledge, in the Liberal Arts education, in the Trivium et Quadrivium style, whom were tagged and chosen to be the Supersages by the human community, according to an h-index type algorithm. The h-index is an author-level metric that attempts to measure both the productivity and citation impact of the publications of a scientist or scholar. This could be used to implement a kind of “PageRank” for people, where the people most knowledgeable about a subject would ascend steps in the Pyramid and whose tags/votes would carry more weight in the algorithm to be computed by an Artificial Intelligence system than those on the base of the Pyramid. Imagine that those Supersages could be rotating each certain time (in order to avoid corruption or abuses of power), as determined by the Council of Computer Scientists in charge for the development of the algorithm. Imagine that the algorithm was used so that those 10 Supersages or Experts could designate other sub-experts, whom would designate other sub-experts one step below in the Pyramid to assist them, whom could designate further sub-experts down the Pyramid and so on and so forth… in order to work with concrete and urgent issues such as the search for the cure of cancer or any Global Catastrophic Risks such as the imminent threat of Climate Change. Maybe the fact that trusting 10 Supersages on top of the Pyramid to manage the planet thanks to an Artificial Intelligence permanently mutating in its algorithm might sound a bit distopic, right? Well, that’s an easy one: let’s try and see what happens: that’s the hacker attitude, right? See: How to test the validity of this ‘𝐃𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐬’ 𝐈𝐝𝐞𝐚 #23? First an anonymous #TheGame23 agent wondered who might be the best person in the world to understand this idea. S/he needed only the absolute very best: in the same spirit that we would do if we had the System already built. This is Jeff Dean: Jeff Dean, computer scientist and software engineer. He is currently the lead of, Google’s AI division. If you want to know more about Jeff Dean’s work at Google, this is his home page: If you are not deeply impressed enough yet, you can read "The Jeff Dean Facts". [ ] Due to his impressive background and expertise, and as lead of Google’s Artificial Intelligence division, Jeff seemed to be exceptionally well positioned to understand the idea. 𝟏𝟎 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟 ‘𝐂𝐨𝐝𝐞’ 𝐭𝐨 𝐇𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐞𝐭 Several years ago, on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 11:43 AM an anonymous #TheGame23 player sent these 10 lines of ‘Code’ to Jeff Dean: Hi Mr. Dean, Have you considered building a “PageRank” for people? Imagine the following scenario: a meteorite is detected and it is predicted that it will hit the Earth in 24 months. Suddenly, a worldwide challenge arises: to arrange a team in the shortest amount of time with the best engineers in the whole world coordinating world resources in order to work together towards deviating/desintegrating such threat to human survival. Idea: a kind of a “h-index” would solve this in the shortest amount of time. A Reputation Engine that would rank items (where items = human beings or products) according to a certain parameter, be it “trust”, “skillfulness at mathematics”, “knowledge about meteorites”, “leadership”, “honesty”…, etc. In our view, this could hugely improve the world for the better, not only to deviate meteorites but to manage anything from running a company to running nationwide governments. Question: do you see this as impossible to code? If you want more info, please let me know. Regards, [#TheGame23 player] Jeff Dean kindly replied to that message on Nov 10, 2015, 5:14 AM: Hi [#TheGame23 player], I’ve thought about similar things a few times. I do think there are lots of benefits in getting people with similar interests that don’t otherwise know each other or interact to do so. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a lot of time to work on this. I think that one would really want it to not be a single PageRank value per person, but rather a context-sensitive value, depending on what kinds of expertise was of interest. Someone that knows a lot about the structure of concrete should be very high in the context of answering materials sciences kinds of questions, but probably low in the context of answering psychology questions. A good place to start might be to use large corpora of published scientific articles as the way of computing this information. Unfortunately, I’m busy enough with other things that these ideas remain mostly just occasional thoughts rather than an active project. –Jeff Excellent. Jeff Dean not only understood #TheGame23 player's idea but he actually shared some ideas about how to improve it. Unfortunately —and understandbly— he is quite busy to develop it. Thank you Jeff. Then that #TheGame23 player thought that it was needed to contact the absolute very best person in the world to understand blockchain and cryptocurrencies. That person was that genius called Vitalik Buterin, obviously. Co-founder of Ethereum, THE blockchain platform. Vitalik Buterin: Vitalik Buterin (Russian: Виталий Дмитриевич Бутерин; born January 31, 1994) is a Russian–Canadian programmer and writer primarily known as a co-founder of Ethereum and as a co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine. On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:45 AM that #TheGame23 player sent to Vitalik the same email that s/he sent to Jeff Dean. He got back on Tue, May 3, 2016, 12:48 AM with the following reply: Hmm, sounds like what you’re describing essentially is what we call a “decentralized reputation system”. So yes, quite doable on ethereum, and there may be groups trying to do it already. Great. Vitalik also understood the idea and even assured #TheGame23 player that it could be done on Ethereum. Thank you Vitalik. [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: ] [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: ] [ PROOF of Jeff Dean and Vitalik Buterin's replies to #TheGame23 agent: ] #TheGame23 player got the two confirmations that s/he needed: now the System was ready to run on its own. Something like this would definitely change the world for the better. From the technological to the economics, to the political, the ethical and even the philosophical: now we know that it IS doable. 𝓘 𝓵𝓲𝓴𝓮 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼 #HIVEMIND23 𝓲𝓭𝓮𝓪. 𝓗𝓸𝔀 𝓬𝓪𝓷 𝓘 𝓱𝓮𝓵𝓹? ↪ Share this idea and this pastebin and spread the message with these hasghtags: #HIVEMIND23 and #TechnoMeritocrazy ↪ Create some original Art, be that an image, a wallpaper, a YouTube video, an mp3... featuring #TheGame23 and the #HIVEMIND23 idea. ↪ Speak about it in boards and social networks. Send a kind email/tweet/DM to experts you know, introducing the idea. ↪ Start an Etherpad/GitHub/Board/whatever and begin to politely brainstorm and discuss design and code ideas with fellow hackers. ↪ Monitor and you will be updated with news as they happen. ↪ Join and you will be updated with news as they happen. FAQ: Q: Is #HIVEMIND23 the perfect system of government? A: No. None is. But we firmly believe that, as Socrates sharply suggested —and even died for it—, this is the least bad. Q: Is this a technocrazy? A: No, this is a 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲. Q: Is this a meritocrazy? A: No, this is a 𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐨𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐲. Q: Is this a Black Mirror episode like Nosedive? A: No. Q: Is this going to work like the Social Credit System in China? A: No. Not. At. All. Actually this is the polar opposite to that. Q: Why you don’t have the Answers to all the Questions? A: Because we are only humans. Instead, we want all of us to politely dialogue, brainstorm and answer as many questions that we all pose about Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of this ‘Dangerous’ Idea together. License: Public Domain The anonymous #TheGame23 player who originally sent those several hundred mysterious emails from 2014 to 2016 has released this idea into the Public Domain in order to guarantee that we (the writers of this pastebin/webpage/etc.) don’t pursue any material benefit with it at all. Once it’s been released, the idea doesn’t belong to us anymore: it’s absolutely free for you to act upon it. Or not. 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬 We as the global Human kind that we are, face global challenges of an imminent urgency, such as as Climate Change and a million other problems. With millions of children dying of hunger each year, this cannot bet the best of all possible worlds as Leibniz suggested. We must have done something terribly wrong. …are we really thinking that thanks to “““Democrazy””” in all its splendor, we prefer, as it’s been already “““proved””” to be the best type of systems of government, after more than 300.000 years of Evolution, to have in the apex of the Pyramid in order to set the destiny of the world to… …this?: Thank You. Imagine. "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. 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Why Nyancoin will hit $1/NYAN (and much more). We're going to space, and you're invited!

As I grew up, I always seemed to be on the cusp of everything new, so trust me that I am no stranger to this game... I originally wrote this regarding Dogecoin, but my interests have shifted as of late. I am still a big fan, but my real passion as of late is its little cat sibling, Nyancoin. So I have rewritten this in regards to our new favorite crypto.
Understand, there is not just one 'tipping point' in an innovation, there are several and they are catalysts to each other. Nyancoin has reached it's first tipping point in the crypto-currency scene and I only see it appreciating in value once the price first stabilizes, now that we are on our first major exchange.
The possibilities for crypto-currency are numerous and with the government and big banks starting to recognize it for the first time (as evidenced by the success of bitcoin) we are on to a real revolution here.
Now here's the fun catch. Which was the first successful computer company? But who's the hottest today?
When we look at what makes a successful product, it's not just the technical merits that work. If it were, people wouldn't buy iPhones and iPads. Understand that we stand on the release of the first 'iPod' in the Crypto-currency world. That 'iPod' are the meme currencies which we are laughing at and playing with today.
Bitcoin is Pong. Dogecoin is Super Mario Brothers.

Nyancoin is Legend of Zelda.

Bitcoin is the first dice. Dogecoin is blackjack.

Nyancoin is a full fledged video-slot machine!

Do you see the role we fill!?
There were mp3 players before the iPod came out. But they were complicated, and scary! The techno-babble was impenetrable! But then that little device made mp3 players fun and friendly. It was simultaneously a status symbol and a thing that brought you joy just to own it.
Market psychology tells us people buy things for two reason: to show off to others and for the innate joy that comes from owning something. And if you can capture both?
Nyancoin stands on the brink of doing that. Cute and non-threatening but holding real value, and (this is the most critical aspect) allowing people to feel 'important'. Many posters have really hit the nail on the head: no one wants to own 0.02 Bitcoins... bleh. But Nyancoin's value is between 1 and 2 cents a coin (as of writing), and it's fun to own hundreds and even thousands of them.
We must continue to distribute and grow our fledgling currency. Tell people about it in a lighthearted and joking way. I am letting all my friends know: "Hey, you guys have heard of bitcoins right? What about Dogecoins? Well I'm into something even weirder! An animated cat coin!"
Our meme-currencies are destined for bigger things; please don't lose your faith! Nyancoin has a large marketspace to fill, and it's purrfectly positioned to do it.
I remember a couple of years ago when Bitcoin crashed from $10 a coin to $2, and everyone was laughing at the idiots who bought bitcoins... I remember when Dogecoin was at 30 satoshis and I was buying as much as I could (while people laughed at me for wasting my money). Nyancoin will have the last laugh (from the depths of space). It has all the market traits of a future successful product, I guarantee it. Even now my Wall Street friends are making fun of me and laughing it up. Here's a recent comment:

We are in the heart of earnings season. Every day, there are a thousand different ways to put your capital to work and make a small fortune in the stock market.

Instead, you are investing in joke internet coins based on "an animated cartoon cat with the body of a Pop-Tart, flying through space, and leaving a rainbow trail behind it." Let that sink in a little bit.

Let's show these people. Let's show them what we can do. Let's have the last laugh, from the depths of space itself. I thrive in the face of doubt and adversity; I have been doubted all my life, and I have never failed to make those same people eat mud.
The total market cap of Nyancoin is 337 million NYAN with every coin mined. So here's how much NYAN would have to be worth for each major magnitude change in US Dollars. Now bear in mind we are discussing total-cap, which is not the number that most websites report; most only report the current market cap which only takes into account the number of coins currently mined - I like to also consider what will happen when all coins are mined, which will happen around 2017:
But it will not get there if we do not spread Nyancoin selflessly! Currency only has value if people believe in it and it has utility. We need to get Nyan into as many hands as possible and work to make connections so people can spend it for a variety of goods and services. I want people spending Nyan for video games, toys, in-game items/currencies, beauty products, make-up, programming services, cat shelters, and more!
Of all the cryptos, this is the one that truly will sail through the stars. Much love to all of you,
We're going to space, and you're invited.
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Original project on hold, what now? (long)

First Post: (You are here.)
Part Two: Filesystems and Data Protection
Part Three: Networking and Security (Pending)
So, I've got my Pi (Model B, 512 RAM) sitting in my homemade LEGO case with detachable 5 watt fan. Power supply is a solid 2.1 amp outlet-to-USB adapter. My SD is a Sandisk micro SDHC in an adapter; 16 gigabytes. The NOOBS installer works fine. All of the ported distros work fine. I bought both codecs. I have a 32 GB USB stick, a WIFI adapter, and everything is working perfectly. Everything runs off the one 5 volt, 2 amp adapter in the wall. No powered hubs, no stack of boxes next to it, nothing. It's a clean and compact setup.
So what's the problem? Well...
The project that I had in mind when I bought the thing was a simple one. I wanted (and want) to use the Pi to make a modest podcast downloader and NAS/samba server. I've gotten both working. All is well. So, what's the problem if the project is already done? Storage space. I checked my main computer's drive, and discovered that I have well over 100 GB of nothing but podcasts. Music is another 40 or so. Television shows and movies are about 50 GB. Artwork is about 70 GB. Other documents and images aren't that much. Remember my 32 GB flash drive? Don't even ask me how big my entire Humble Bundle collection would be, or Steam games and backups. Yeah... that's not going to work.
So my options are to either get an external drive that (A) won't suck all the power and kill my Pi, (B) is reliable to both stay on 24/7 and keep my data safe for years, and (C) doesn't cost a billion dollars; -OR- I can find another project for my Raspberry Pi.
I've looked into USB SSDs, but they're very pricy, don't have much storage space, and all full size external drives seem to require more power than the Pi would put out. They make 128 gigabyte flash drives, but those tend to be very expensive and are generally reviewed as failing often. If anyone has experience running an external USB SSD on their Pi without a powered hub, let me know. I'll get a hub if I need one, but I really do not want to.
So below is an improvised list of the ideas I've had, and why I haven't done them. I'm hoping that if, at the very least I don't get any good suggestions from you fine folks, that you will get a few good ideas from me. If anyone wants me to re-write this list into an organized and more complete format, then just ask. Maybe we could make a giant list of project ideas.
Anyway, I tossed around some projects in my head: (edited for readability)
  • So I thought about an emulation station. But, no. I already have an ollllld PSP (phat 1001) that I can lay in bed with and play all my old games on.
  • I thought about a wireless speaker for my computer, or a random Internet radio box. Neither of those are very useful to me though. I have this thing called a MP3 player with FM radio, plus a slow Internet connection.
  • Then I thought I could make a media center with OpenELEC, but since I don't have any networked media storage, and can watch everything I want from my computer, that's not very useful either.
  • Next on the list could be an IRC server, but I've no one to chat with on my network, and random strangers getting past my router and firewall is less than comfortable to me.
  • How about a Minecraft server! Offload some of the work to my Pi and enjoy a slightly better framerate on my main machine! Plus it's always on, so it's like the world is real in a sense. But the FPS boost wouldn't be that great, the chunks would load slower, and I don't play much Minecraft anymore anyway.
  • An automatic backup server? Again, no large storage for the Pi.
  • A general downloader? So no room for my music, no podcasts, no games (all legal). What exactly would I be downloading? Say I'm on my main computer, go to, see a book I want to read, copy the URL, SSH into my Pi and 'wget' it. Then I use samba to connect my main machine to my Pi so I can re-download the book that I downloaded? Even if it was all automatic, what's the point when I ultimately want the copy on my main machine, have no reason to share the books across my home network, and don't need tons of disk space to store it?
  • A dedicated firewall box? That's an interesting idea, but I'm afraid I don't know much about how that would work, am in another room as the modem, and I already have a DD-WRT router taking care of things.
  • A dedicated social media thingy? I don't use any social media. I suppose reddit might count, but no chat programs, no G+ or facebook, no Twitter or StumbleUpon.
  • A feed aggregator? Most of my RSS feeds are web comics that would be better suited to viewing on my main machine. Besides, it really doesn't take that long to update them.
  • An educational platform? Learn python perhaps? My geek cred would go through the roof, certainly, but if I may quote... "Ain't nobody got time for that!". Anyway, my computer would serve equally well, I'd think.
  • Home automation? I live in a small apartment and have no knowledge of wiring, much less of complex electronics and custom coding. This should be a fun, cheap, and a small project for me, not a DIY renovation 'just because'.
  • Build a robot? See above.
  • Groovy homemade alarm clock? Now that's a great 'Plan C' for me. Simple, fun, and unless the power goes out, reliable. One power outage and my Pi's clock gets reset; not a great alarm clock. I suppose I could set a script to sync the time via NTP, but that assumes the modem and wireless router are both working and connected to the Internet after the power cuts back on.
  • Security cam? Cool, but I don't need anything like that.
  • Boodler box? This could be really nice to fall asleep to. I hear that the Boodler software makes very good artificial ambient sounds. But that seems like a waste of a perfectly good Pi, to only use it for an hour each day, if that. I know it could do other things during the daytime, but what? Finding something useful for it is the whole point here.
  • A text-to-speech book reader? My Kindle does that quite nicely, and is easier to carry around.
  • Some sort of tricky pseudo-URL setup that redirects traffic for to a server on the Pi? Another interesting idea, but I have no use for that sort of thing. Who am I going to practical joke on my network? Me? Now, I suppose there's an application for extreme security. You set the outgoing URLs and IP addresses that you will allow on your network, and everything else gets sent to a black hole. It would make it hard for malware on any device on your network to call home, or even for a hacker to get feedback from your machines. But it would be a pain in the ass for normal household Internet usage.
  • Similarly, a Tor router or personal email server? No need.
  • Anything mobile or battery powered? No mobile applications needed or wanted; no batteries required.
  • A SMS forwarder? My phone doesn't get decent Internet connections, or have an email application, or a sane data plan, so getting emails or chat logs via SMS would be cool. But again, I do no chatting, and emails over SMS would be painful come bill day.
  • A personal web server? Don't want one.
  • An OwnCloud equivalent of Firefox's sync? Basically I would copy my Firefox profile to the Pi, set it in a samba share, and have all of my machines softlink to it. A very cool idea, but kind of flawed. There wouldn't be any protection from multiple computers writing to the profile at the same time. Also, I only have one computer. Well, I have a laptop, but that's a separated thing.
  • Maybe an index? It wouldn't actually hold any files, but it could keep an automatic inventory of what music, movies, and games I have. Neat, but not very useful.
  • A key? I configure my main machine to check the local network for any computer named "raspi" or something, and make it automatically shut down if there isn't one? I'm not that tin-foily yet. It also assumes that wifi works on all devices involved. If a storm fries the router, then my main machine is locked down until I get a new router and set it up...without a computer.
  • A purely essentials backup? Nothing but my important documents, browser profiles, and the like? What, is my Pi reduced to a glorified USB stick now? Use it once every two months and have it gather dust the rest of the time?
  • A local network VOIP? Our phones have built-in intercom functions.
  • A Internet-connected VOIP system? Now that would be interesting. I have no one techie enough to be able to call me on it though.
  • Bitcoin miner? Surely you jest.
  • A Tripwire log storage thing? An intrusion detection module for the entire network? I'm not knowledgeable enough to set that up properly. Nor would I know what to do if I caught a malicious hacker. If I was and did, I still don't really have a need for it.
  • An entropy generator? Use things like a USB microphone, network traffic, the GPU traffic, etc., to make random numbers that are extremely hard to predict. Cool, but I don't need that sort of thing.
  • Voice automation. There's nothing I want to automate vocally. Plus, even commercial voice automation systems aren't that good. I certainly don't want to use Google's service for my always on, personal, home usage.
  • A virtual pet? No monitor and keyboard, just some sort of critter 'lives' on my Pi, and I talk to it with a USB microphone and stuff? That sounds like a fun idea, but it would probably get stale really quickly. Besides, I know of no software that would do that. I could see a market in the future where small devices run pet AIs that people can interact with. Maybe I could make that happen and be a gazillionare. Maybe you could make that happen and just send me a nice check for giving you the idea. Seriously though. That sounds like a cool concept, but I know even less of programing, electronics, and AI theory, than I of quantum horse breeding.
  • Wardriv... Um, Warsitting? Log things like wifi spots, encryption schemes used, signal strength and clarity, etc.. I could even sniff signals to figure out people's encryption keys. Why would I want to do any of that though?
  • Give CPU cycles to some project like protein folding research? The Pi wouldn't be very valuable for that, I don't think. Also, my slow Internet connection.
  • Learn electrical engineering and play with the GPIO? Make something with LEDs? That's something I would enjoy doing, but I don't have the money or time to mess with that right now. Call this "Plan H".
  • Have a sensitive information (bank, email, online shopping) machine that I don't need to worry about? Another very good idea. Boring, but good. I'd rather find something fun to work on first though.
  • A guest computer? That wouldn't be very fun for me. I'd set it up once, then store it away until someone comes over to play on the Internet? That's boring.
  • A seeding torrent box for Linux ISOs? Good, geeky, and kind of fun. The problem is that I have 30 KB (max) upload, and AT&T as my ISP.
  • Anything? A porn machine? While tempting, and probably a good idea for separating work and play... I'm fine, thanks. Besides: "Hey, neat little box. Is that a computer? What does it do?" Yeah...
So, as you can see, I'm having trouble coming up with a fun project to do. I'm not just getting a Pi without any idea and begging for an instruction book. I had a goal and even got it set up. I just kind of forgot to check how much storage I needed.
So, if anyone has any ideas of things to do with a single Raspberry Pi, please share. I'm at a loss. I'm just been goofing around and trying out different operating systems on it. I'd hate for this thing to go to waste.


Well, I finally just bit the bullet and got an external HDD for my Pi. I figured that I needed to get one anyway, since I'm running out of room on my main machine. So I might as well put my hundreds of gigs of audio on the Pi's drive once it arrives. Then I'll be able to go with my original idea of a podcast/music/video/torrent downloader. (Again, all legal stuff.)
For those interested, I ordered a Western Digital 1 TB NAS drive and a drive enclosure with a built-in fan.
I already have one of those enclosures, and it works great. The fan helps keep the drive cool, and it comes with its own power adapter. Hopefully, that paired with a NAS drive designed for 24/7 operation should offer some reliable performance and a long drive life.
If anyone's interested, the enclosure I already have houses my Linux drive for my main computer. Linux being my main OS means that this drive is on for hours and hours at a time, and being written to and read from constantly. Besides a slight speed reduction due to my having USB 2 ports, I haven't had any problems running my main OS off an external HDD. That's why I ordered another one for my Pi. I just hope that the HDD I bought will work as well as the case does.
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Why bitcoin will never have to worry about being quashed by big banks or sidelined by a competing crypto currency.

It's been a long running debate: Is bitcoin the defacto crypto currency? What's to stop someone else launching supermegabitcoin and stealing its crown? Why, if it's so great can't a bank come along and use it's marketing might to do the same thing?
In this post I'm going to attempt to answer these questions once and for all so that we can all leave here without a shred of doubt that bitcoin will almost certainly be the King of Cryptos for time immemorial.
I say almost certainly, because I am working on the assumptions that nothing disastrous happens to the protocol itself and that humans don't blow themselves up before it gets a chance to take off.
First, let's rewind. Back in 2011 Gavin Andresen was asked by the CIA to visit their headquarters and give a presentation on bitcoin. Present at the meeting alongside the CIA were: PayPal, Facebook Payments, M-Pesa, Heartland Payment Systems, and the Federal Reserve.
It is perhaps no coincidence that just prior to the meeting Wikileaks had just started accepting bitcoin which garnered much mainstream media attention. The decision to support Wikileaks came after a long-running discussion on bitcointalk that had involved Satoshi himself (who was vehemently against supporting Julian at such an early stage in the development of bitcoin). Satoshi was outvoted and seemingly his worst fears confirmed when shortly after the CIA got in touch. Satoshi left shortly after Gavin announced he would be attending the CIA meet.
So here's what we can ascertain from this: bitcoin is giving oxygen to an organisation that has had all other payment methods frozen by the government and has been labelled a threat to national security. In tandem with this, it is also being used to fuel the world's largest online drug marketplace (Silk Road)... At this stage you would have expected two things to happen:
  1. The CIA moves fast to make any bitcoin related transaction illegal, blocking at the banking level (as they did with online gambling).
  2. The FED, Paypal or any number of the other reps present at the meeting lift the bitcoin code and implement some proprietary version of the tech that can be controlled and regulated. They launch, trumpeting it as the world's most advanced, legal, government backed crypto currency and AmeriGovoCoinPal becomes the new reserve currency backed by all the major banks, who can offer the usual payment protection etc.
Except. That didn't happen. Nothing happened. Bitcoin was left to quietly permeate it's way through the collective consciousness of the Geek hive until it began to grow at an almost exponential rate. Just taking a look at the Github repository and watching the codebase contributors expand from back when it was just Mike Hearn and Satoshi himself to what it is today is truly mind blowing.
So, how (and why) was this allowed to happen when there were so many big players at the CIA meet (including the FED itself?).
The answer is the same as you would give to the question "Why is Linux the most powerful operating system in the world?"
Because bitcoin, like linux, is open source. There is a reason the International Space Station switched to Linux, just as there is a reason so many geeks wet their collective pants when they realised what bitcoin was capable of; Put quite simply, bitcoin cannot be stopped and will always prove to be the most powerful crypto in the world because of it's open nature.
The only thing that threatens this are external events such as the Foundation making too many concessions to heavy handed regulators. But even then, the bitcoin community always has the nuclear option: forking a new version of the protocol and moving away from any perceived compromises.
"Open solutions enable the ecosystem to discover the optimal value of the solution, whereas less open systems are at the mercy of their creator having guessed at the optimal solution in the first place." - Dick Costello (co-founder of FeedBurn)
But wait. We've not even got started yet. Let's rewind right back to April 2009 when the bitcoin protocol had just 2 developers: Satoshi and Google security engineer Mike Hearn. Bitcoin was but a mere twinkle in Gavin's eye back then.
But Mike was on it. In fact, he was so taken with Satoshi's vision that he chose to dedicate his Google 20% time to the project and what he quickly realised was that bitcoin wasn't just a lovely platform for cheap monetary exchange, but...a...whole...lot...more.
Here's what Satoshi had to say about the architecture of bitcoin that Mike quickly picked up on.
"The design supports a tremendous variety of possible transaction types that I designed years ago. Escrow transactions, bonded security contracts, third party arbitration, multi-party signature etc...If bitcoin catches on in a big way these are things we will want to explore in the future, but they all had to be designed at the beginning to make sure they would be possible later."
As Mike explains here, the bitcoin protocol is FULL of features that currently lie dormant. These features are so ground-breaking, so mind-bogglingly game changing it is, for once, not a cliche to say that bitcoin represents a huge paradigm shift that will permeate every level of society and business. Every business model that relies on middle-men; from banking to real estate, from car loans to health insurance and contract law is going to go out of business unless they rapidly adapt to the forthcoming changes. In exactly the same way MP3s and P2P have driven a nail in the coffins of record industry middle-men so too will bitcoin finish any model of business that can be more elegantly dealt with by the crowd and a rock-solid mathematical algorithm.
And it doesn't even stop there, that's just short-term stuff. The next decade is going to see sooo many innovations built around blockchain and micropayment technology that the current world we are living in is going to look like something from the flintstones.
"Oh Fred, do you remember when we used to have to WALK up to parking meters and actually pay physical coins for the privilege of parking our cars?"
"Yes" Laughs Fred, "And do your remember when they used to actually pay men dressed in silly faux policemen outfits to walk up and down all day in a job they hated, just so they could check we had paid at the meter?"
"Don't forget Fred, Barney had that terrible job of having to empty all those worthless coins out of the meters and that he died on his way home - completely needlessly because some punk thought those old nickels and dimes were worth something."
"To think, only 10 years later there would be automated flying ambulances that owned themselves and his life would have been saved. Poor Barney. Google Car: Home Please"
Back In 2013...
It is not histrionic to assert that we will - in a very short space of time - look back on the current system in the same way we shiver with disbelief that there was an era not that long ago when bank clerks used to tally all our life savings in hand written ledgers.
It is of course very difficult to think ahead and predict future changes, and yet maverick technologists like Ray Kurzweil have made a fine living out of doing just that. Of course there are those that have not faired quite as well (Krugman. We are disappoint).
So why bitcoin and nothing else?
Just as nothing could stop the rise of Linux due to it's legion of nerdtastic programmers who work on it day in day out for the pure love of what they do, there is nothing that can even come close to emulating that goodwill (no matter how much money is spent on drones hired by banks or other agencies).
The global legion of talented programmers, designers, enrepreneurs, business gurus, financial experts and lobbyists (yes, lobbyists) who have already made a collective decision to dedicate their time and energy to building bitcoin into what is and what it is yet to become is an unstoppable force.
So take the red pill and buckle your seatbelt Dorothy, because that is the power of love, and it cannot be bought, sold or compromised.
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The goal is to make sure every elected official knows that his/her constituents all over the country demand internet freedom. This embarrasing shit is for "internet freedom"? ಠ_ಠ Taken in context: it was a Fark meetup and that classic SNL Sean Connery quote used regularly as a punchline on Fark posts was suggested by the audience as a greeting for a funder of the bustour who we know personally -- it's not a highlight of the bustour, but it is what it is: a dumb prank offered as a perk for funding.
Do petitions like this make any difference? Absolutely. We describe the process a bit here. In short though, when people come out in numbers (even online) and add their voices to a message by signing a petition (and sharing it on social media, talking about it in their community, etc), it can become really hard to ignore.
We at OpenMedia, at least, have seen a bunch of wins, and it's all because of our community coming together, contributing ideas, and rallying around the issues we all care about.
Yes. But beyond that, everyone should have their elected officials on speed dial. Ben Huh turned me on to an app that's useful here in the States called Contact Congress.
I demoed it in front of a couple hundred University of Nebraska students on the Internet2012 tour to show just how easy it is.
Remember: your elected officials work for you. You're their boss, calling them up to give them performance reviews and inform them about things they should be looking out for (and why it's important).
Earlier this year, the radio show This American Life had a great program all about "lobbying." Link to It had one really telling moment in there, in which a politician (I forget who) noted that, yes, lobbyists have power, but in the face of a huge group of voters, the voters always win over the lobbyists. The problem is that, on most issues, the only people who speak up are the lobbyists. But when the public really does speak up loudly and clearly it can absolutely make a difference. Not always. And not in every case, but I think we've seen enough examples of mass public participation changing the course of legislation and trade agreements.
I've cried to have openmedia replace the CRTC. One day... one day :)
Thank you for doing this AMA; and thank you for all your activism! Internet Hero status for all you guys! I mod /evolutionReddit; a sub for redditors interested in fighting for online freedom and the free flow of information. I feel a problem for many redditors is that it can feel quite overwhelming. It seems there's always a new surveillance law being pushed; or copyright maximalism being tricked in, whether by six strikes or TPP. It's hard to focus and really know where to put our energy. It feels quite different from when we could just focus on SOPA and just hammer strategies against a single bill. So... What do you think is the single most important issue/threat to online freedom at the moment and why? How can the average Redditor get more involved on a regular basis. Sometimes it feels like we are limited to threaded rage. Do you think we can see another J18 like mass protest online? How do we keep online freedom issues mainstream and not just in the geek lobby? Can movements like the CryptoParty mainstream cypherpunk geek speak? When are you guys going to start accepting Bitcoin donations? Obama, Romney, Stein or Johnson? 1) Apathy. I recommend that you add your SenatoRep's phone number to your phone and treat them like customer service. If you see/hear about a bill you dislike, call them up and tell them. 2) See #1. + Talk to your friends about it. Blog about it. Tweet about it. 3) It will have to wait. If we do it too often, it loses power. 4) Support organizations that protect Internet Freedoms and other political issues. 5) N/A 6) As long as you vote, it matters, it counts.
I would like to know what limits you think are proper (if any) for internet freedom - I think that the internet should be free to use and to create your content with, but I wonder if there should be limitations to this. Is the internet a right? How far does it extend? However, the same limits that apply to free expression rights might also apply to free expression on the Internet. For instance laws place limits on the freedom of expression. You cannot use this freedom to incite violence or to defame someone. We can argue about the exact contours of these limits. But we generally agree that limits can exist. The same limits might also extend to free expression on the Internet.
I think free expression is a right and the Internet is a medium that facilitates that right.
What do you consider the #1 threat to our Internet freedoms as they stand today? If we don't pay attention to the way laws are made, and if we ignore the lawmakers, they will listen to those who show up on their doorstep.
We have to pay attention and talk to those whom we elected.
Otherwise, the money and the lobbying will always win out.
It really depends on where you are in the world and it's certainly changes based on who you ask. It's hard to know which initiative is the most dangerous. I think it's the TPP for those in the affected countries. Some are concerned about proposals to use the a UN agency called the Internet Telecommunications Union to imposed new Internet restrictions. I expect for the next while we'll need to stay vigilant to fight off new attempts to restrict internet freedom by those who wish to protect their outdated business or governance models.
It's a bit outside the context of the TPP, but one of the issues I find personally concerning is the militarization of the internet. We've seen state sponsored viruses already in Stuxnet, and I think it bodes poorly for the future. For the moment, these efforts are quite focused, but it's easy to imagine a future where this sort of activity affects everyone.
There was intense reaction in the 80s to putting weapons in space, but so far the idea that we shouldn't be putting weapons on the internet has remained a relatively marignal issue. It gets even more scary when the interests of business and government are combined. Separating this behaviour from the usual criminal activity on the internet can be difficult, but it would seem to me important that we think carefully about how we proceed.
I think part of the reason why this discussion is so important is that threats come from so many different directions. If there was a #1 threat, then we could all focus our attention on that and deal with it. And then we'd miss all the other threats. There are both threats and opportunities coming from all different directions, and people need to direct their attention to the areas that interest them the most in terms of pushing forward the opportunities, while pushing back on the threats.
What is your stance on piracy? Do you think piracy is a legitimate action in free internet? The more important point is that "piracy" (which is a pejorative term) is understandable as long as rights holders focus on fighting the future, rather than embracing it. I like to think of this as the "Game of Thrones effect".
The moral elements of this issue require a deeper debate about the role of intellectual property in society and, while both important and interesting, will always be much more about cover for laws and policies that restrict freedom for all and offer an excuse for entrenched interests to avoid giving people the service they want in the way they want it for a fair price.
I think it's important to recognize that "piracy" almost always is a symptom of the real problem, rather than the problem itself -- but too often people focus on fighting the symptom, rather than solving the underlying problem. We have enough historical research to see this over and over and over again. Adrian John's book "Piracy" and Matt Mason's book "The Pirate's Dilemma" both drive home this point with tremendous clarity on a historical basis -- each and every time we see a rise in "piracy" it tends to be because the technology enables something new that the public wants, and the powers that be haven't figured out how to make use of the technology, so they fail to deliver what people want in a reasonable way. More recently, the massive (and incredibly thorough) "Media Piracy in Emerging Economies" report put together by Joe Karaganis has shown how this applies to plenty of today's piracy as well.
So, in the end, it's not about whether or not piracy is a "legitimate action." It's simply a fact of nature. It's happening -- and historically no amount of "increased enforcement" has ever been shown to be long term effective in fighting it, though it often has been shown to have tremendous negative side effects. What has worked, is figuring out how to make use of the technology in positive ways to provide what people want. In other words: treat the problem, not the symptom, and amazing things happen.
Of course, in the interim, all you hear is how the piracy itself is evil. But that's an old story. We heard it when the printing press came out. When the player piano came along. When radio was invented. When TV showed up. When cable TV entered the market. When the photocopier was invented. When the VCR was introduced. When the DVR became popular. When the first MP3 players hit the market. And, of course, when online streaming became popular. And yet, historically, we see the same thing every time. The "piracy" was really a result of people seeing this new enabling technology and thinking "wow, that lets me do something new and wonderful, so I'm going to do that." And those that it disrupt cry "piracy!"
But in the long run, as people learn and adapt, we see each of those new technologies (with the possible exception of the player piano...) opening up tremendous and amazing new markets, often leading to significantly more growth than what existed in the old market. So it's not about whether or not it's a "legitimate action." It's a signal from the market that they want something more, and historically, it's been shown that it's quite productive to figure out how to serve what the market is asking for.
My favorite example of this, by the way, remains the VCR, which famously was described by the MPAA's Jack Valenti as "the Boston strangler" to the movie industry. 5 years after he said that at a Congressional hearing, the home video market was worth more than the box office market for the movie studios. So there's that.
We just keep getting farther and farther away from what copyright laws were originally for... Do you think that we will someday make copyright laws less extreme or are governments too influenced by corporations for that to happen? With the successful fight against SOPA and ACTA the tide does appear to have turned on restrictive copyright measures -- at least with public opinion. The fact that media conglomerate lobbyists are trying to use trade agreements to get these provisions through suggests they are getting desperate. I suspect their attempts to layer on new Internet restrictions will continue for at least the next several years, but we are at place now where we can and should start pushing the other way. One exciting initiative where Internet users are starting to develop our own priorities for digital policy is the Internet Freedom Declaration.
What do you think the internet will look like 10 years from now? If we all stay active and engaged, fight back against threats like the TPP's Internet trap, and keep looking forward, it'll be whatever users choose to make it.
Isn't "internet freedom" one giant oxymoron? In fact "Internet freedom" is more redundant than oxymoronic. A "closed Internet" is not consistant with the Internet being simply a series or protocols that people and companies choose to adhere to. This inherent openness is what scares nation-states, law enforcement, IP interests, telcos and other entrenched interests. Their fear manifests itself in an ongoing desire to control the freedom inherent in the Internet. This is similar to every other communication technology from the printing press forward, but much more so.
Is there any hope for the CRTC as a body governing telecommunications in Canada or are they too heavily influenced by the large telecom companies? We're definitely moving forward. Canadians have been getting increasingly involved in Internet/telecom issues and increasingly vocal, and the CRTC seems to be listening. Their rhetoric has now put the public interest at the forefront of their agenda, and they've done a few things recently that indicate that they mean it.
For example, the CRTC has asked citizens for input in developing national rules to protect cell phone users (so we're asking to hear tales of cell phone service frustration at Link to And most recently, they firmly blocked big telecom company Bell's attempt to control an even greater share of the media market.
We've made steady progress, which has now led up to the CRTC showing an understanding that we are all stakeholders in the digital future.
U.S. Courts have recently ruled that it is constitutional for the government to force an individual to decrypt an encrypted hard drive. How do compelled decryption cases such as United States v. Fricosu affect the future of the Internet and privacy? Awesome question, ZooCow.
Compelled decryption is still a hot topic with only a few court cases setting precedent. You mentioned US v. Fricosu, where a district court in Colorado ruled that Fricosu could be forced to decrypt information on a seized computer. A separate 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case in Atlanta, however, ruled that the 5th Amendment protected a suspect from being forced to decrypt the contents of several computers.
For a lot more juicy detail, EFF staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury has an excellent blog post about these two cases and the nuance of privacy/decryption. Despite the disappointing Fricosu ruling, the larger point is that we are continuing to fight for your constitutional rights in these compelled decryption cases. Luckily the case is specific enough not to have a huge ripple effect.
As some one who was born in an age when our freedoms have been continually taken away from us I am not very optimistic that we can ever really change anything. What kind of hope and encouragement can you give to show that we can make a difference? In many ways, it is a constant struggle -- and as someone who reports on these kinds of issues, I see people bring this up all the time. In fact, many people assume that I am similarly pessimistic, because every day I talk about attempts (and sometimes success stories) in which freedoms are taken away. However, I also, very consciously try to point to the many, many success stories. And they are everywhere you look. But, on the whole, I think what we are seeing is a gradual push in a good direction. It's less obvious on an every day basis, because when new uses of technology expand our abilities to do good, it doesn't get as much attention (often because people don't even realize how powerful it is). The attacks on technology and freedom do get much more attention, because they're often very clearly stated. On the whole, then, I'd argue that we do see plenty of progress when viewed at a big picture angle, it's just that it's tougher to see unless you take a step back. The constant attacks against Internet freedom are really reactions to how the new uses of technology have enabled (often quietly) such disruptions. I always like to think of it as watching the rate of change and the relative direction of change. I am incredibly optimistic and thrilled about all of the amazing new uses of technology, and what it has enabled -- and I am simultaneously frustrated about the efforts to curtail those possibilities, because I think it slows down the rate at which wonderful things can happen. But the net result, I believe, is still forward momentum -- and there are plenty of clear success stories to prove that (SOPA & ACTA being big ones).
Because of the preservation orders mandated by C-30, it's often argued it is in fact not warrantless surveillance. Why have the ISP voluntary disclosure provisions not gotten more exposure to counter this? Great point. yes the main issue with c-30 was that it would mandate disclosure of private info without a warrant. But you're right that it happens voluntarily all time already. I think we have a real opportunity to turn C-30 into an opportunity to add new requirements to prevent this from happening. That's what we're pushing for with our lawyers now. I'll bring back to the coalition the idea of getting more exposure to this issue. We were focused on stopping this from getting worse with C-30, but you're right that it's now time to move past that and stop the voluntary disclosure.
A few people I know have remarked that the STT petition is somewhat vague and while it is of course based on the leaked IP chapter, why haven't figures such as the $10,000 fine been included? We tried to be as specific as we could with the STT petition, but you're right that we can certainly improve on it. Good idea on the $10,000 fine -- I'll run that by our lawyers to make sure it's safe to say then we'll start putting that forward. Maybe a blog on "how much the TPP could cost you". If you have any other ideas please let me know.
How is it that the Eastern countries have such affordable internet and cell phone rates but here in the West (ie Canada), we can't get anything decent for under $50/month? What are the big telecom companies doing to keep our bills so damn high and why aren't more people outraged? We recently launched an MVNO in the US (Link to and would LOVE to do the same in Canada. In the US, Sprint is a hungry #3 and a great network partner. In Canada the oligopoly is too cozy.
It is terrible that Canada has the most expensive mobile rates in the world (with the US a close second).
Which presidential candidate(of the two major parties) do you believe will be the biggest advocate of Internet freedom if he is elected/re-elected? Neither candidate has come out clearly on one side or the other.
And frankly, we don't think this should be a partisan issue.
We saw with sopa/pipa that both parties were willing to bargain away the rights of the public in exchange for industry support. But when we spoke up, they did listen.
It's important that we keep talking and telling the legislators that we care about our rights.
Here is a link to more details on our collective political stance: Link to
How can someone get involved in internet advocacy? What are the biggest issues threatening internet freedom today? One of the simpler and more direct methods that appears to be effective is to get some time with your federal representative (assuming you live in a place with such things). If you can make it clear to them their constituents care about internet freedom, they listen. This is perhaps even more relevant if you run a business that may be affected by things like the TPP or SOPA. If you can show them how it will effect your business, and consequently prosperity and jobs in your area, they'll for sure listen.
Get your elected officials on speed dial.
Join our Internet Defense League.
Sign our Declaration of Internet Freedom - if you agree with it!
Tell others when you've done these things, even just a facebook status update makes a difference.
I agree with @LisaC_APC and @Gbunton. Getting in touch with your elected representatives is very powerful, and contributing in any way you can to the efforts of the Internet freedom groups in this AMA is essential.
>It really depends on where you are in the world and it's certainly changes based on who you ask. It's hard to know which initiative is the most dangerous. I think it's the TPP for those in the affected countries. Some are concerned about proposals to use the a UN agency called the Internet Telecommunications Union to imposed new Internet restrictions. I expect for the next while we'll need to stay vigilant to fight off new attempts to restrict internet freedom by those who wish to protect their outdated business or governance models.
What's your opinion on the global and national Pirate Party movements? A good thing? They've been known to fight for the Internet, and we sure do like that, but it would be ideal if Internet freedom issues had a prominent spot on every political party's agenda.
You guys need to lead an effort to create a sort of unity group with everyone, Internet Defense League, OpenMedia / StopTheTrap, LaQuadrature, Public Knowledge, on and on, etc and so on, and pool your resources, and do giant ad campaigns on the endless stuff we are faced with... TPP CISPA, cispa executive order, cyber DIB, CISPA v2, ACTA, CETA, ACTA inside CETA, the UN calling the internet "terror," the UN ITU, it's too much it needs MAJOR combined forces beyond which exists... thanks for considering this comment.. I am pretty sure all this is already well on your mind. But maybe a reddit would be in order between the various groups, Public Knowledge, OpenMedia, LaQuadrature, and add to that, you know, like about 20 or 25 other groups that are pretty easy to find... invite them into a reddit meeting like this and ask them if they want to be part of a unified thing for the purpose of getting out a message, advertising, advocating for internet freedom. Some of these efforts already exist but the public is not seeing it enough... something bigger is needed... what do you think? Agreed - in particular regarding the UN ITU situation. We at OpenMedia and others are working on something along these lines. We'll try to get the word out on reddit but stay tuned at Link to
Can you give an overview of the different federal party positions on open and affordable internet and digital policy? And, if you're able, your take on their positions or lack thereof. We actually did something like that during the Canadian election last year through our Digital Future Survey. Our recommendations are also on that page.
Why are there no women in your group. Or, if there are, why are there none taking part in this AMA? Many of us are here. Carolina and Maira from EFF, Jodie and Rashimi from PK, Burcu from PC, Lindsey from Open Media. and so on :-)
Is there a subreddit for internet freedom? Maybe one that users should be joined to by default? One user made an epic list of free culture related subreddits: Link to
I personally lurk around /cyberlaws.
I think the subreddit for internet freedom may be... reddit.
But /technology tends to pick up on a lot of the issues.
Not that I know - but that's a fantastic idea!
Garlictown is Ben Huh, CEO of the Cheezburger Network. BTW, my (Ben Huh) current Reddit account is Link to
Enoss is Elliot Noss from Tucows. Enoss = Elliot Noss, Tucows.
Gbunton is Graeme Bunton, also from Tucows. Gbunton = Graeme Bunton, also with Tucows.
CarolinaEFF is the EFF's Carolina Rossini. AdiEFF is the EFF's Adi Kamdar. MairaEFF is the EFF's Maira Sutton. CarolinaEFF is Carolina Rossini from the Electronic Frontier Foundation mairaEFF is Maira Sutton from the Electronic Frontier Foundation adiEFF is Adi Kamdar from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Jodieg is Jodie Griffin, Public Knowledge. Bcrashmi is Rashmi Rangnath, Public Knowledge Jodieg is Jodie Griffin from Public Knowledge, and earlier bcrashmi was Rashmi Rangnath, also from Public Knowledge.
Does Open Media support any political parties? I admit that sometimes when I receive your emails, I get the feeling that you do. This makes me less likely to support the cause. A good question. No we do not. We're a post-partisan organization. There's a little write up on our approach here: Link to
We celebrate any party or politician that advances Internet freedom and will scold any that act to impose new Internet restrictions. Being non-partisan is essential to our success. Thanks for letting me know that you get the feeling that we do -- I'll try to make it more clear that we are not on the side of any particular political party in future communications. Thanks you.
Why is there no prominent media coverage of the TPP? Or is that a naive question? MediaMatters published an interesting study on media coverage of SOPA/PIPA that may be useful.
That is not a naive question at all. Trade agreements are hard explain and call attention to since many of the issues are highly technica. There is a lot of specialized media coverage, such as InsideTrade and others. However, since we are getting close to the elections, this slowly is changing. During the last TPP round in Virginia, the Financial Times, Washington Post, The Hill, and others have covered the TPP. Obama has mentioned it in many press meetings too, as a core part of his foreign policy in Asia.
It's our job as digital rights advocates to explain these policies in a way that will convince people that these agreements would have a real impact on their lives. We believe that the better job we do in highlighting the core concerns in the TPP, the better the media coverage will be. The point with is to get more and more attention. We need people to never stop demanding that entrenched powers stop messing with the Internet. We need more heroes in this fight! We all need to be part of this Internet Immune System!
You guys are wonderful, thank you for everything you do, and especially for this AMA! If blasphemy were to become illegal internationally, how would it be enforced over the internet/COULD it be enforced over the internet? That’s a great question, and very apropos this discussion (religious defamation laws are ineffective in the digital environment for the same reason that overbroad copyright remedies are as well). In the recent controversy over the “Innocence of Muslims” video, you basically saw the problem with enforcing religious defamation laws. Although some hosting sites overseas were forced to take down the video, it will usually end up being a game of whack-a-mole. In the United States, the argument against religious defamation laws has always been that by protecting even hateful speech, the government cannot justify censoring any speech.
As a bonus question, what can we do to secure our internet freedom? Yes, in fact EFF has an international team that is solely dedicated to fighting for digital rights globally. Our team is separated into three issue areas: free speech, privacy/international rights, and intellectual property. We all do what we can to cover emerging Internet freedom issues around the world, influence proper policymakers, and most importantly, support and work with digital rights organizations and movements on the ground.
Could any of the U.S. elections (President, Senate, House) have an effect on Internet freedom? Which, and why? The President, Senate, and House all have a role in crafting and implementing policies that impact internet freedom, so the elections for each will be important.
In preparation for the upcoming elections, the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties have both issued party platforms that outline their respective visions for the future on many issues. Several of these issues will impact how the internet functions and how the public can use it, including internet freedom, the open internet, spectrum policies, and intellectual property.
Public Knowledge has given on rundown comparing the party platforms here: Link to
On the TPP specifically, the Democratic party announced that they were "on track" to finalizing the TPP, and promoted the fact that the President signed free trade agreements with Panama and Colombia that included more restrictive intellectual property provisions.
For their part, the Republican party stated that they would complete the TPP negotiations and would focus on a worldwide multilateral agreement for open markets.
Good stuff Steve - I understand that it is easier said than done - and finding a fine line to appeal to the masses will be a challenge. As for the specifics, as it is not an easy task - would have to think about it. Sounds good - thanks for the helpful input regardless. I'm bringing it back for the team to considering for upcoming communications.
So is the TPP similar to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA or is it different? What I mean is, what are the similaritites between those 3 and the TPP? TPP is a much larger agreement, covering a variety of topics well beyond just IP -- so it's very different on that front. But, part of the problem is the massive amount of secrecy behind TPP, so we can't even tell you how it's similar or different to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA. The leaked drafts so far (few and far between, in part because the USTR is really trying hard to avoid leaks) suggest that the entertainment and pharma industries are basically asking for a huge wishlist of everything they could possibly want. The ongoing negotiations will push back on some of the most extreme proposals, but there isn't anyone involved in the negotiations who has the internet freedom perspective, or looking at what's actually best for the public. It's tough to say exactly where and how TPP will end up being different or similar to ACTA/SOPA/PIPA, but it seems clear that the goal of all of them were quite similar -- and no effort has been made to explain why these enforcement increases are needed (or if they'll work).
What do you think of networks of Internet freedom that are also extremely controversial such as Anonymous and even LulzSecurity? I tend to think of the "extreme" examples like Anonymous and LulzSec as being clear signals of chokepoints on the internet. Whether by intention or not, they highlight where things are broken. Personally, I think that some of their actions are self-defeating because they create backlash, while other actions are effective forms of protest. You get a bit of the good and the bad mixed in -- as is quite frequently the case. But what is most interesting about them is that they really tend to highlight where the new world breaks with old institutions. As a study of where the clashes are happening, they're the leading indicators. They're showing where the future many people envision clashes with the past and the institutions that grew up around it, and for that reason, they're important to understand. That it sometimes comes with what may appear to be childish or destructive activity is somewhat par for the course when old meets new. That's not to condone the activity, but to recognize what it means.
Do you believe that people on the internet should be able to steal anything they want because they can, it's free, and "it isn't taking the original"? I don't think they should but do you guys believe they should? I think what you're really trying to ask, is whether or not we think that copyright infringement itself is acceptable, because (unlike with theft), the original copy is still present. I can't speak for everyone else here, but I can't recall anyone ever claiming that it is "okay," but rather that (1) it is different than theft and talking about it the terminology of "theft" and "stealing" makes it difficult to have a rational discussion over the topic and (2) that whether or not it is acceptable, it is here and not going away -- and, therefore, it is a more productive discussion to talk about why that is and what to do about it.
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Ripple & the Deflationary Business Model - Let's Talk Bitcoin Episode 7

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