Bitcoin advocates have spent the past few years trying to sell cryptocurrency to the skeptical mainstream, who tend to be scared that bitcoin is an untrustworthy mirage fit only for drug dealers and criminals. But now that there laws are in the works to help bitcoin become a part of the legit world of financial tech, activists are saying that those laws undo everything bitcoin stands to offer in the first place.
New York State’s attempt to help bitcoin go legit has been the proposal of a “BitLicense,” a license from the Department of Financial Services (DFS) for cryptocurrency businesses that would allow bitcoin startups to operate legally. The license would force companies to comply with a list of legislative demands, including keeping currency receipts, having compliance officers and telling the DFS every time a potential emergency arises. Read More
James Deen does not identify as a feminist. He’s said it before, and he said it again when the two of us had lunch recently on the Lower East Side.
We’d been talking about Mr. Deen’s fan base — specifically, his legion of devoted female followers. I’d asked if he took credit for introducing so many women to porn, and for letting them know that it’s okay to enjoy watching people have sex on camera.
“No,” he said instinctively. “I, uh, I mean, I don’t know. I don’t take credit for it. If you gave me credit for it, I would take it, but I don’t, like, I don’t run around and be like, ‘Guess what I did, guys?!’ But, uh, I mean, that would be pretty cool.”
“Would you say you’re a feminist?” I asked point-blank.
“No.” Read More
When the Singularity occurs, it’s not just humans that will be replaced by robot overlords. No, dogs now are at risk as well, all thanks to taxpayer dollars.
The U.S. federal government has been 3D-printing mechanically engineered dog noses that replicate the sniffing patterns of bomb-sniffing dogs, Nextgov reports. The noses are modeled off of female labrador retrievers, a historically favored breed of police dog. Read More
Last year, a couple of young guys in the pickup community created a deliberately offensive article for Medium.com about the female writers at XOjane. Not because they wanted to offend people for some personal benefit (it was published under pseudonyms) but to trace and observe the process.
As you can imagine, it caused a stir.
You could call it trolling. Or you could call it a social experiment. Read More
Minecraft, the sandbox game that’s been compared to playing digital legos, has been used to build a series of obsessively constructed virtual wonders, including replicas of the Legend of Zelda games, the Star Wars movies, and even a full-scale reproduction of Game of Thrones’ Westeros. But none of those building projects holds a candle Read More
If you’re planning on getting the new iPad soon, don’t get rid of that laptop just yet! Apparently, old computers can be used to fend off bears that are trying to eat you.
A Siberian man survived a potentially fatal attack when he disoriented a charging bear by throwing an old computer at it. Read More
This week has been a rough one for Airbnb: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a disparaging report of the company and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office filed a lawsuit against landlords operating illegal hotels through Airbnb. Read More
In the public meeting, a number of industry professionals, including drivers, Uber and Lyft executives and technology industry advocates, took the floor to express their often very heated opinions. Read More
The iPhone 6’s questionable bendiness — perhaps better known as #Bendgate — might have just become a lot more serious.
A man, Phillip Lechter, claims his iPhone 6 bent and caught fire in his pocket following a minor pedicab accident in Tucson, Ariz., on the weekend of Oct. 11. The flaming gadget, Mr. Lechter attests on his blog, burned through his jeans, and left first- and second-degree burns on his leg. Read More