RTFA: Did you know the Supreme Court writes this stuff down?

One of my biggest pet peeves: Idiots who refuse to listen to the oral arguments or read the written decisions of the Supreme Court, but are somehow legal experts and pundits. Yes, I’m probably talking about you… many of you reading this status message have...

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Is Bitcoin Anonymous?

A common misconception is that Bitcoin is an anonymous currency. What it offers is a kind of ‘pseudo-anonymity’ (or ‘pseudonymity’), which means that if the someone were inclined to trace Bitcoin transactions or investigate Bitcoin addresses,...

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Can I donate Bitcoin to politicians?

As someone who has a keen interest in cryptocurrency and has a history in political campaigning, I am one of those peculiar animals who knows Federal campaign finance laws and enjoys learning new things about them. [Disclaimer: I am not a campaign finance lawyer....

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: How big of a terrorist threat is Bitcoin?

I’m traveling out West this week, in Las Vegas for EMCworld (catch the coverage I’m producing with the team on our live channel through Wednesday!), so for folks on the East coast, I’m sleeping in a bit later than them. You can imagine why I was a...

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Does Bitcoin Need Banks?

Whether or not there’s a place for banking as we know it in the world of cryptocurency is a hotly debated question among Bitcoin enthusiasts and stakeholders. “Unbank yourself,” and “Time for plan ฿,” are many of the slogans thrown about...

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Is Bitcoin ready to replace Western Union?

If you’ve ever used money transfer services to send cash to a friend or loved one overseas, you’ll know that you have to pay expensive fees for the privilege of doing so. The amount of which depends on how much you’re actually sending, but in almost...

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: Why Did the BTC community donate to Dorian Nakamoto?

Most Bitcoin enthusiasts are pretty familiar with Satoshi Nakamoto, as it’s by far and away the most deeply ingrained name in the history of the cryptocurrency. Satoshi Nakamoto published Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System in 2008, which describes...

Ask Dr. Bitcoin: What are side-chains?

As politicians continue to weigh in on what Bitcoin could mean to them and the economy in general, two enthusiasts are working on a project that could make mass adoption of the cryptocurrency more feasible, giving new momentum to the idea of Bitcoin 2.0. Speaking at...

The ACA Is Not Tenable

And insurance executives already are warning about double- or triple-digit hikes for next year. “I do think it’s likely premium-rate shocks are coming,” said Chet Burrell, CEO of Care First BlueCross BlueShield. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, one of the first to raise the...

Foreigners’ Acts of Love and Other Scary Things

Even though I’m loathe to vote for another Bush for office (there are many other fully qualified candidates out there with less statist tendencies, and no one is looking for Bush v. Clinton II: The Reckoning), this full on attack on the “acts of...

Has the US Government become an outdated relic?

How many people (experts, if you will) do you think you’d have to gather into a room to understand the totality of federally enforceable American law? Let’s make this simpler… How many people (again, trained experts in the law, so we can somewhat...

Bad Production is Painful

Good: Everyone is doing live streaming now at their events. Bad: In far too many cases, they’re doing it poorly. If you need help with live streaming, give us a call at SiliconANGLE. We’ve been doing this for five years. We’ve figured out a few...

Jacob Li Hopkins’ Newcomer’s Guide to Dr. Who.

This is less of a guide to Dr. Who for Newcomers, and more of a guide to Dr. Who *by* a newcomer. Every time my son Jacob and I go to the comic store, he wants a Dr. Who toy. Jacob, who is six, has never watched an episode in his life. So we were there at the store...

Luddites

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. – Eric Hoffer If you’re a business today that’s actively saying no to Bitcoin, you’re just like:...

You know what we do with retards in Texas, right?

Instapundit. I know there’s a blog by that name in the Pajamas Media network, but it’s the most accurate descriptor for the modern age of political punditry. Scan your news feed. Scan your cable channels. What are all these folks’ qualifications for...

PayPal is impressed with Braintree. I’m not.

First of all: congratulations to Accel Partners, NEA and the other investors that did well with Braintree’s exit to PayPal. Secondly: I haven’t talked to John or the other editors at SiliconANGLE to see what their thoughts are on Braintree, so I might be...