[FoRK] Bitcoin: "tied cryptologically to all the criminal activities that contributed to its shared value"

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Tue Apr 16 10:00:34 PDT 2013


http://bitcoinintro.com/bitcoin-overview/use-cases/


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On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer <greg at bolcer.org>wrote:

> Of course there are.
>
>
> On 4/16/2013 9:29 AM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
>
>> Are there significant non-criminal use cases for bitcoin?
>>
>> Aren't transaction costs much lower?
>>
>>
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