Seriously: Cryptocurrencies are currently about to destroy some of the greatest things that came up about free software in the past few years: The ability to get up awesome automated setups with CI/CD and more, for basically no cost, for everyone.
Allowing any poor student in the world to develop wonderful, state-of-the-art projects without worrying too much about the bills.
And it's currently on the best way to be destroyed. By greedy bastards who decided to turn wasting resources in to money
@sheogorath apart from the environmental disaster, there is an ethical question over the fact that minimum 65% of mining is done in china. speculation on bitcoin is contributing to china's wealth.
@simon No. Sorry, but geopolitics bring no good into this discussion. It doesn't matter where crypto currencies are guessed or who gets the money from it.
It ruins the life of many and basically abuses the equivalent of a public good. It's like people constantly throwing rubbish into the environment. It doesn't matter who it does or where it happens. Don't do it!
@sheogorath Not sure I agree here - what's destroying CI/CD is *assholes*, not crypto.
And it's always been this way, as soon as some asshole figures out there's something to extract value from, consequences be damned, they'll jump on it. Same reason we don't have open SMTP relays anymore, blog trackbacks are dead and e-mail is a minefield of spam prevention.
Blame the assholes, not just their newest avenue.
@doenietzomoeilijk Well, we can't ban assholes from the financial market. But we can ban crypto currencies that are used by them.
So in that perspective I would say it's fine to blame crypto currencies.
Unless someone invents a crypto currency based on proof-of-not-being-an-asshole. That would be interesting.
> Well, we can't ban assholes from the financial market. But we can ban crypto currencies that are used by them.
And then they'll just shift to different ones, or different avenues.
While we're at it, let's ban cars and flashlights (used by burglars), scissors (people get stabbed with those) and ALL money (obvious!).
> Unless someone invents a crypto currency based on proof-of-not-being-an-asshole. That would be interesting.
Certainly would be. Let's brainstorm about that!
> While we're at it, let's ban cars and flashlights (used by burglars), scissors (people get stabbed with those) and ALL money (obvious!).
That's a different story, looking at the usefulness of these tools outside of the abuse case.
At this point in time, crypto currencies do more damage than good. The environmental impact is horrible, they are mainly used for speculation, if they would disappear tomorrow, no one would die. The majority of people wouldn't even notice.
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