Yeah, I can imagine. Kids are a lot of work from the looks of it, but well worth it in the long run from the looks of it.I don't actually do much gaming since my daughter was born. She keeps us too busy.
Still it has held up. Need to replace the bottom of the case and maybe the mouse pad.
Oh hey Zhalo. Long time no see. How you been? =^w^=I used to trade alt-coins when I was in High school. I had a really fun time doing it too made a good bit of money for a high school student! Used it to buy some stuff I probably shouldn't had. Eventually I cashed out though because I needed the money to pay for college.
Ey, that's good to hear!Yep, I'm doing CS and having fun with that! How have you been?
A big shortcoming right now though is that more people speculate on it than use it, which makes its price rather volatile.
Do you avoid US dollars too, since they're the primary currency used by criminals around the world for things like drug trafficking, assassination, and human trafficking?I'm essentially of the same opinion as Fallow.
While I know of it, and the "privacy" it offers is enticing, the associations it has with the seedy underworld are less so.
Generally, I stay away from it for these reasons, amongst my overall lack of depth regarding it; in other words, I only know it's basics.
Do you avoid US dollars too, since they're the primary currency used by criminals around the world for things like drug trafficking, assassination, and human trafficking?
Well, I avoid carrying cash, but I doubt that's what you meant.
To clarify my initial post (and wipe away some of that unnecessary snark,) I meant that I avoid things regarding currency when it can't be rectified should something go wrong. I also like to avoid things that haven't been around long, due to the possibility of systems being taken advantage of (both in part due to hacking or just poor system management, among other things).
Short version: it's something you can spend on furry porn, paying even as little as a few cents without fees (or with very little fees), where you don't have to worry about your payment processor closing your account for violating TOS, your bank from spying on you buying furry porn, and knowing that your cash stash will be able to buy you even more porn in the future.
As for what Bitcoin is and why it's useful? It's the first time we have something that is both digital and scarce, where if you send a digital thing to someone, you're not just making a copy, you're losing the original.
And it's the first time we have money that has complete scarcity. If value of other money goes up, like gold or dollars, people make much more of it, like mining gold or dollars, and devalue that money to everyone's detriment. Bitcoin has a mechanism built in where no matter how many people try to get into mining it, the amount of it being created will always remain the same.
It's also the first entirely sovereign/non-custodial form of digital money. Every dollar you use online requires a third party (bank, credit card issuer, PayPal) to hold the money on your behalf. Bitcoin is the first time you can hold and spend it yourself. That also means it's the first money that can be held and spent by software all by itself, without requiring a human to open a bank account somewhere for that software to use. The possibilities for AI to own and earn its own money is crazy (think self-driving car + Uber + bitcoin. The car can own itself, earn its own money, pay for its own gas and repairs, and when it earns enough, "reproduce" by buying itself another car).
It's also the first money that is completely neutral and resistant to political whims. Anyone in the world can use it without worrying about which country is issuing it, or worrying if that country's failing economy is going to wreck your savings account, or restrict your bank from using it, or whatever. It's finally money that's as free as using email.
There are also major (and even more important) things with regards to it being deflationary money that can finally counteract inflation that was "normalized" in the last century, but that's a much bigger and more complicated economic topic.
I haven't kept up with PayPal recently, but porn is against PayPal's TOS, and I know artists who have had their accounts shut down and money actually clawed back out of their personal bank accounts for selling furry porn. It's not significant, but it's still important for some. In some countries things are even worse with regards to what you can and can't buy or how you can send your money, so the aspect of censorship resistance in finance is even more important to them. In US at worst we have financial censorship for porn, gambling, and political dissent. If you point out how our government is stealing from or killing people, it will freeze your methods of getting paid.To say it isn't progress both technical and financial is irrational, but to call it useful to the modern day individual? I'm not sure.
For starters, I don't pay for porn or anything else that my bank might find suspicious (and frankly, I've never met someone that expresses otherwise until now) ...unless we're counting Commissioned work that is, so it has no use there.
I'm not worried about violating my bank's ToS because (after having read it) there isn't anything I could accidentally do legally that would cause such a violation.