- Big jump in donations! We're now at 55% to the first goal and past 19k.. how fast can we beat 20k? http://mediagoblin.org/pages/campaign.html
- To what extent does Satoshi Nakamoto deserve his privacy? To what extent is his identity newsworthy?
If the name "Satoshi Nakamoto" is a pseudonym for a person or group of persons who have a non-obvious agenda that would impact the Bitcoin economy, clearly that is something that people deserve to know. If Bitcoin was a creation of the Chinese government or the Church of Scientology, that's probably valuable information.
And if it's determined that inventing Bitcoin was a crime, somehow, or that the accounts that seem to be controlled by Satoshi Nakamoto are implicated in a crime, well, then, that's probably worthy of uncovering, too.
But what if Satoshi Nakamoto is just the pseudonym of a single man or woman who wants to be left alone? It's an interesting journalistic exercise to uncover his or her true identity, but is it worthy of a news story? And is it ethical to reveal it?
I think not. I think people should get to say, "I don't want to be paid attention to," and they get to be left alone unless there's some pressing need to identify them.
Even if "Satoshi Nakamoto" is a group of people who wish to remain pseudonymous, I think leaving them alone is probably a good idea.
What good is served by harassing people in their homes? Who really cares?Show all 6 repliesLaws are not likely to apply here. We want the press to be free to pursue this sort of investigation when something like Enron happens, so we can't outlaw this behavior. At the same time, we want members of the press to know that it is not justified in this situation. It makes Newsweek and its reporters appear small-minded and vengeful.
jrobb likes this.People who invested in Bitcoin just for the greed of money deserve to be stung. That being said what happened at Mt Gox should never have happened. People had faith in that company because of the name they had built up, yet nobody was speaking out about the impending doom. Somebody had to know what was going on.Where was this kind of investigation when major banks secretly borrowed trillions of dollars from the Federal Reserve and counted it as "capital" so they could avoid being shut down? Show me a photo of the CEO of Bank of America in his / her yard trying to escape from reporters.
Well, then, neither should they have done this to Mr Nakamoto.
- :( Maybe you just need an assistant? ;)
I have one. Emacs org-mode. There's nothing a human assistant could really do that org-mode can't. Everything I need to delegate requires someone with a higher level of knowledge about Free Software non-profit org operations than anyone who wanted a title like "assistant" would have.
The only thing an assistant could probably do for me is book my travel, but I'm traveling less in the next year anyway.
I completely indulged my most base and selfish urges this weekend and engaged in my true passion: writing Free Software, instead of doing all the Conservancy work that I should have been doing.
This all started because I simply wanted to have the aptitude command that caused the dpkg changes to appear in the etckeeper autocommit when running aptitude. Joey Hess confirms there's no way to get this info other than walking the process tree back up from the dpkg hooks calls, so the next best thing was closing the bug above so that I could at least past in the aptitude command myself into the commit log.
The patch only worked for Git because it's the only one of the VCS's that seemed to have a --edit/-e option, which forces editing of the commit message even if you've specified the commit message another way on the command line.
That led me to also write this patch for Mercurial that adds the --edit/-e option and submit a bug for Bazaar to add the same.
This all took me most of the weekend, which is insanely embarrassing. My hacking skills are, of course, quite weak these days. :-/
- Google's new instant messaging platform abandons open standards and hurts user privacy: https://eff.org/r.b9SmShow all 5 replies
- Announcing a new addition to our list of free GNU/Linux distributions: Parabola! http://ur1.ca/48gbc !FSF !GNU
- I have made the top of today's identi.ca popular notices list with just three people favouriting my dent. That is pathetic.Show all 6 replies