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Crypto-correction…

Crypto Correction: Bitcoin and Ether Dive as Market Sheds $13 Billion http://bit.ly/2sUpRgU via @CoinDesk

BTCJam is closing

I am devastated!

BTCjam Blog

BTCJam began with one mission: To provide people around the world with access to fair credit.

In the past four years we have serviced more than 20,600 loans in 122 countries, totaling more than 64,000 Bitcoin loaned. We have helped thousands of people around the world and are proud that we changed lives for the better.

We firmly believe that programmatic money and cryptocurrencies are here to stay and that there is still room for innovation in this space. That said, we have made the difficult decision to close BTCJam. The regulatory challenges around Bitcoin and the difficulties we faced in introducing Bitcoin technology to poor communities around the world are simply beyond our capacity.

No new loans can be made from today onward, and if you have any Bitcoin stored with us, you have until July 1, 2018 to withdraw it.

All borrowers with active loans can keep repaying…

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New Video Shows the Simple Recipe for Poor Nations to Become Rich Nations – in Spite of Bad Advice from International Bureaucracies

This comes under the category of “duh!” The evidence is overwhelming, according to this post.

International Liberty

The recipe for growth and prosperity isn’t very complicated.

Adam Smith provided a very simple formula back in the 1700s.

For folks who prefer a more quantitative approach, the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World uses dozens of variables to rank nations based on key indices such as rule of law, size of government, regulatory burden, trade openness, and stable money.

One of the heartening lessons from this research is that countries don’t need perfect policy. So long as there is simply “breathing room” for the private sector, growth is possible. Just look at China, for instance, where hundreds of millions of people have been lifted from destitution thanks to a modest bit of economic liberalization.

Indeed, it’s remarkable how good policy (if sustained over several decades) can generate very positive results.

That’s a main message in this new video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity.

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Voluntaryism in Simple Terms

It is impossible to argue against any of his points.

The Simple Voluntaryist

All Human Relationships Should Be Mutually Consensual 

Voluntaryism is simply the belief that all human relationships should be mutually consensual, or “voluntary”.

Voluntaryists reject the initiation of aggression in all its forms; violence, threats of violence, theft, coercion, fraud, bullying, rape, murder, etc.

Self-defense using physical force is not an initiation of aggression, but rather a reaction to it; therefore, it is morally acceptable to use force to defend your life, the lives of others, and justly acquired property.

Voluntaryists follow the Non-Aggression Principle, which is a moral principle that “prohibits the initiation of force by one person against another.”

This belief is hardly a controversial one. It is little more than basic, kindergarten ethics. Few of us believe that forcing someone to do something against their will is morally acceptable, unless they are initiating aggression against someone else.

When you force someone to have sex with you, it’s called rape

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linux.m2osw.com: “Boot into the command line console in Ubuntu 16.04”

My business partner, Alexis, posted a good blog for us old Linux fogies. I also used to start X from a console window. Ubuntu kind of cured me of that habit (I use lightdmexclusively). Anyway, here are his trials and tribulations trying to get Ubuntu 16.04 to behave. I’ve mirrored his text here so it’s mobile friendly:

As I just upgraded my 14.04 installation to 16.04, it booted right up to lightdm.

I had it properly setup to boot in a console before, but somehow it changed the behavior on me.

This is because the computer is now using systemd to boot.

Continue reading “linux.m2osw.com: “Boot into the command line console in Ubuntu 16.04””

The best way to back up all your photos and videos on Android

http://phandroid.com/2016/08/06/how-to-back-up-photos-video-android-phone/

More than $60m worth of bitcoin was stolen from one of the world’s largest digital currency exchanges yesterday, and nearly 24 hours later, the event is still shrouded in mystery.

What is clear, though, is that the impact is far-reaching.

The Bitfinex theft represents the largest loss of bitcoins by an exchange since Japan’s infamous Mt Gox lost 744,408 BTC in early 2014 (worth $350m), a breach that would ultimately cause it to cease operations.

via The Bitfinex Bitcoin Hack: What We Know (And Don’t Know) – CoinDesk

What if – just what if – the system is flawed this way. What would we expect to see? And what would the response be of the academics on the inside, when criticized from the “cranks” on the outside?

A Seed Of Doubt by Steve Patterson

Anarchism is Deeply, Intimately Personal

“Anarchism denotes a spirit and strength of character that other philosophies fail to discern, that other people fail to grasp or care about. Anarchism screams acceptance of humanity, and it declares all individuals as totally sovereign, only governable by the will and moral compass of their own passions.”

Psychologic Anarchist

Being an anarchist is not just a catchy and trendy, temporary way of life; nor is it a passing fancy or a cool philosophy to use for the sake of winning arguments.

Anarchism is deeply, intimately personal.

I chose anarchism because I do not believe I should have to obey someone for the sake of obeying. I chose it because I know “government authority” is a useless and dangerous concept, which only gets innocent people caged, harmed or killed. I chose anarchism because I enjoy independence, because I loathe the idea of being ruled, and because I acknowledge that freedom from institutional and social violence leads to happiness and love. I chose it because I believe people are innately free, that they have the power and decency to live their own life and solve their own problems, without a perpetual father figure looming over and judging their decisions.

Anarchism, under…

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