Two financial regulatory bodies have issued new Bitcoin-related warnings and sanctions this week.
The first came from FINRA, the financial industry’s self-regulatory organization. It published an investor’s note on Tuesday saying that “selling and using bitcoins carry numerous risks.” The second warning came Monday from a Texas state financial regulator. That document is an emergency cease-and-desist order against Balanced Energy, an energy firm taking investment in bitcoins.
FINRA’s warning declared:
Digital currency such as Bitcoin is not legal tender. No law requires companies or individuals to accept bitcoins as a form of payment. Instead, Bitcoin use is limited to businesses and individuals that are willing to accept bitcoins. If no one accepts bitcoins, bitcoins will become worthless.
Platforms that buy and sell bitcoins can be hacked, and some have failed. In addition, like the platforms themselves, digital wallets can be hacked. As a result, consumers can—and have—lost money.
There is another side to how we process light for sight. When TV came out it was a really low resolution compared to the next most common thing-motion pictures. But we loved it anyway. 4k TV may compare well to motion pictures and a master print to run. Maybe. But we are seeing hints that resolutions above what even IMAX or 70mm film can provide will still look better. The future will bring far higher resolution until it is so high our eyes can’t see the difference. Hollywood shoots in 8k and the projectors are coming.
What is the resolution of the human eye? You might think it’s a straight forward question with a straight forward answer. We have a certain number of photon collecting cells in our retina much like an image sensor right? So we should be able to pull a ‘megapixel’ count of sorts out of there.
Well, actually, it’s not nearly that simple. And in the video above, video blogger Michael Stevens (aka. Vsauce) explains why, before ultimately answering the question anyway.
The reason this question doesn’t have a straight forward answer is that our eyes don’t see the same way a video camera does. We don’t see in fully formed snapshots with even resolution throughout. In fact, each ‘frame’ or glance our eyes pick up is rather crappy; an image that “would hardly even acceptable on a broken TV screen,” as Stevens puts it.
It’s quite a change to hear Dianne Feinstein, the powerful chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, express outrage over warrantless and potentially illegal government spying.
In an impassioned Senate floor speech yesterday, the California Democrat accused the CIA of criminal activity for allegedly searching computers used by Senate staffers. The CIA set up the computers at a secure location in northern Virginia so Senate Intelligence Committee staff could access classified documents pertaining to the CIA’s detainee program. When some of them found an incriminating document the CIA hadn’t intended to release, the CIA started poking around.
“The CIA’s search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance,” Feinstein said during her speech. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), head of the Judiciary Committee, immediately followed up with, “I cannot think of any speech by any member by either party as important as the one the senator from California just gave.”
He called it “likely criminal conduct” on the intelligence agency’s part. And, like Feinstein, he suggested it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine.
Next month, on April 8th, Windows XP users will experience their very last Patch Tuesday. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide updates of any kind. If you’ve been meaning to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, it’s time to stop procrastinating and take action.
As long as you have Windows Update currently enabled, the end of support for Windows XP shouldn’t come as a surprise. Last week Microsoft pushed out an out-of-band update titled “A notification about the end of Windows XP support.” Once this update has installed, you’ll get periodic popup reminders that support is ending. Don’t check the box to turn off this reminder; leave it in place until you’ve taken action.
Here you can see those poor Christians being persecuted again. ////
A federal judge has upheld a Missouri law requiring protesters to stay at least a football-field length away from funeral sites, beginning an hour before they start until an hour after the services end.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. caps a nearly eight-year legal fight over Missouri’s funeral protest restrictions that were prompted after members of a Kansas church opposed to homosexuality protested at the funeral of a Missouri solider who had been killed in Iraq.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said the law is now in effect.
whopping 72 percent of Americans view Russia as an adversary rather than an ally, while more than six in 10 have a negative opinion toward Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Meanwhile, Americans are split on President Barack Obama’s reaction to the Russian occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula - 43 percent approve and 40 percent disapprove of his handling of the crisis. Seventeen percent of Americans are unsure.
See the full NBC News/WSJ poll
The number of Americans perceiving Russia as a foe is the highest it’s been since the poll began tracking this issue in 1995. That year, following the conclusion of the Cold War, 56 percent of Americans said Russia was an ally, and 35 percent said it was an adversary.
Almost two-thirds of Americans said they have a somewhat or very negative opinion of Putin.
In this survey, just 19 percent of respondents said they view Russia as a friend.
Republicans are touting this as a huge victory but in reality they barely kept a seat securely held by the GOP for 40 years. The margin was less than 2 percent in a district where they are used to winning by 15 percent margins. This is not the moratorium against Obamacare that they will crudely finger paint it as.
While the beltway will also try to paint it as some sort of an indicator in order to sell papers, nobody can be sure that the Democrats won’t take this seat the next time it’s up in a regular election.
Republican David Jolly won an expensive battle to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs.
Voters were hit with >10 million dollars worth of adsJolly, 41, defeated Democrat challenger Alex Sink, 65, a former state chief financial officer, by 3,500 votes or a 1.87 percent margin - 48.43 percent to 46.56 percent, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website.
Mr. Obama’s authority to act comes from his ability as president to revise the rules that carry out the Fair Labor Standards Act, which Congress originally passed in 1938. Mr. Bush and previous presidents used similar tactics at times to work around opponents in Congress.
The proposed new regulations would increase the number of people who qualify for overtime and continue Mr. Obama’s fight against what he says is a crisis of economic inequality in the country. Changes to the regulations will be subject to public comment before final approval by the Labor Department, and it is possible that strong opposition could cause Mr. Obama to scale back his proposal.
Cecilia Muñoz, the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the effort was part of Mr. Obama’s pledge to help workers thrive. “We need to fix the system so folks working hard are getting compensated fairly,” she said on Tuesday evening. “That’s why we are jump-starting this effort.”
“My sons, when I left, was babies,” Louisiana’s longest-serving death row inmate told reporters after his release late Tuesday. “Now they’re grown men with babies.”
Standing outside in a denim shirt and dark-rimmed glasses, 64-year-old Glenn Ford said he feels resentment when remembering the nearly 30 years he served on Louisiana’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit.
But now, he’s a free man.
The showdown with Congress over the CIA’s internal review and a still-unreleased 6,300-page Senate report on the agency’s use of interrogation practices like waterboarding threatens to pull the intelligence community back into an uncomfortable, polarizing debate that President Barack Obama has been extremely reluctant to revisit.
(Also on POLITICO: Feinstein’s CIA charge scrambles Senate)
In recent weeks, senators have stepped up demands that the CIA hand over records related to the review — ordered by then CIA Director Leon Panetta in March 2009 — which lawmakers believe supports their conclusion that the interrogation program was mismanaged, involved wrongdoing and was unproductive.
Several former CIA officials said they believe the heavily-redacted e-mails, which are marked as “unclassified/AIUO,” meaning for “administrative, internal use only” and released to POLITICO under the Freedom of Information Act, refer to that review.