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21 Sep 2012

Unclear on the concept, sanctions edition Internet
United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is an advocacy group that, among other things, tries to isolate Iran by pressuring businesses and organizations to stop doing business with Iran. This week they turned their attention to ICANN and RIPE to try to cut off Internet access to Iranian organizations. Regardless of one's opinion about the wisdom of isolating Iran (and opinions are far from uniform), this effort was a bad idea in an impressive number of both technical and political ways.

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04 Sep 2012

Bitcoin grows up Money

Bitcoin is still the Net's favorite virtual currency, particularly for people who believe that the gold standard was a good idea. I see that Bitcoin has recently achieved sufficient critical mass to support a classic Ponzi scheme, a guy who promised absurd rates of interest, 7% per week to his "investors", then disappeared with 500,000 of other people's Bitcoins. At the current price of about $10/bitcoin, that's nominally $5 million, but Bitcoin markets are so thin that in practice it's worth a lot less unless he trickles them out over many months.

Given the general level of financial sophistication of Bitcoin users, the real question is why it hasn't happened sooner.


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