Sunday, March 02, 2014
You know this is important when it gets its own wikipedia page. Let's hope it stops at that.
What is going on here? Has my favorite boondoggle agency found new boons to doggle?
TSA Harasses Traveler After 'Seeing Bitcoin' In His Bag
The TSA attempted to "screen" airline passenger Davi Barker for the virtual currency Bitcoin.
Barker is co-founder of BitcoinNotBombs, a Bitcoin advocacy group that gets donation-based organizations and social entrepreneurs set up to handle the currency. He's written a very detailed telling of what happened right here. After going through security (he opted out of the body scanner but was successfully cleared through the checkpoint), two people stopped him, and it got uncomfortable quickly.
I was about to ask for my attorney, who happens to be my wife, when [the person wearing] the orange shirt said, “What about Bitcoin?” I was flabbergasted. This was above and beyond any scrutiny I had ever received from the TSA, and a little frightening that they were looking for Bitcoin. I said I didn’t understand the question. He continued, “We saw Bitcoin in your bag and need to check.”
… If this sounds weird to you, it's because it is. Bitcoin is digital and doesn't exist in the physical world — to "see Bitcoin" in a bag would be like seeing email in a bag.
For my wino friends.
I'm not sure how to use this, yet.
Starting to Demo the Wolfram Language
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 1, 2014
A knowledge based language: “We’re getting closer to the first official release of the Wolfram Language—so I am starting to demo it more publicly. Here’s a short video demo I just made. It’s amazing to me how much of this is based on things I hadn’t even thought of just a few months ago. Knowledge-based programming is going to be much bigger than I imagined…”