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I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but it's clear that you don't understand the currency well enough to comment on it with any accuracy. The most egregious example is the one that others have pointed out to you -- you have been informed that Bitcoin has no central authority, yet you have made up some sort of "bot" that exists nowhere but in your imagination. Why would you substitute accurate information from people familiar with a technology with something you simply made up? Other examples are more subtle. For example, you have the misunderstanding that Bitcoins are paid for solving problems that are not related to Bitcoin itself. In fact, Bitcoins are paid to miners in exchange for performing the computations that secure the Bitcoin network. Also, the network has been severely hacked at least once in the past. You know what happened? Even without any central authority, everyone with an interest in keeping Bitcoins working reliably worked together to solved the problem. Bitcoins have a lot of weaknesses, but none of them are even remotely related to the non-issues you mention. You really do have to learn about something before you can analyze it.
Toggle Commented Sep 14, 2011 on Bitcoin at Terra Nova
Had she cheered, "Two, four, six, eight, ten, come on, Rakheem, put it in" as ordered and the rape case went to trial, the video of her cheering for her accused rapist would have been the defense's centerpiece. If a student accused a teacher of rape, would you leave that student in that teacher's class? Whether the accusation is true or false, it's obvious those two shouldn't be interacting with each other at all to the extent it's possible to avoid it. A rational administrator would make his first priority minimizing contact. Directing her to cheer was absolutely inexcusably insane on so many levels.
It looks like the fifth amendment issue here would have been a slam dunk. There has to be some redress if the AG tries to make a judgment essentially worthless. Sadly, that argument wasn't raised in this case. It's a fairly obvious argument, so I bet events in the procedural history conspired to make it not obvious that this argument needed to be raised until it was too late to do so.
Actually, it is a subtler word than irrelevant. Two issues are orthogonal if they appear to be related to each other superficially, but movement along one issue does not change your position on the other. Kind of like how going North and going East are similar operations, but no amount of going East will get you any further North. Programmers sometimes use it when two problems appear similar but are actually (for an unobvious reason) unrelated in the sense that fixing one will not help fix the other. Examples found online: "Web caching is an orthogonal issue to web design." That is, they're related. But good design won't make up for bad caching and bad caching won't make up for good design. You can do one right without getting the other right. "Separation of church and state is an orthogonal issue to the fore mentioned non-profit status of most churches and/or religious groups/cults/organizations." That is, while these are related issues, your response is about church and state while my argument was about the consequences of their non-profit status. Your argument doesn't address my issue.
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