[fc-discuss] Financial Cryptography Update: Birch on Blogs, decimal points matter with houses, too, and Bill Gates predicted...

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 Financial Cryptography Update: Birch on Blogs, decimal points matter with houses, too, and Bill Gates predicted...  

                           February 16, 2006




News snippets for today:  Dave Birch steps into the blogging world with
Digital Money:


Welcome!  Dave is one of the grandfathers of FC, having led Consult
Hyperion, spiritually at least, through a thousand and one conferences,
work outs, contracts and so forth, all in their narrow field of
technomoney and other things valuable.

Several people sent me references to this house that was erroneously
valued at $400million.


Now, such a blunder is just a typing mistake .. until the value gets
fed into the budget, and the money gets spent before it is collected:

Most local officials did not learn about the mistake until Tuesday,
when 18 government taxing units were asked to return a total of $3.1
million of tax money. The city of Valparaiso and the Valparaiso
Community School Corp. were asked to return $2.7 million. As a result,
the school system has a $200,000 budget shortfall, and the city loses

Many people will look for many excuses in many strange corners ... but
the answer is clear - don't spend money that doesn't exist.  Corollary
- use a real hard money system, not one based on promises.  It won't
happen again, I promise.

Dave points at bit-tech that checks the predictions of Bill Gates. 
Here's one:


What do you carry on your person now? Probably at least keys,
identification, money, and a watch. Quite possibly you also carry
credit cards, a checkbook, travellerís checks, an address book, an
appointment book, a notepad, reading material, a camera, a pocket tape
recorder, a cellular phone, a pager, concert tickets, a map, a compass,
a calculator, an electronic entry card, photographs, and perhaps a loud
whistle to summon help.

Youíll be able to keep all these and more in another information
appliance we call the Wallet PC. It will be about the same size as a
wallet, which means youíll be able to carry it in your pocket or purse.
It will display messages and schedules and also let you read or send
electronics mail and faxes, monitor weather and stock reports, and play
both simple and sophisticated games. At a meeting you might take notes,
check your appointments, browse information if youíre bored, or choose
from amongst thousands of easy-to-call-up photos of your kids.

Rather than holding paper currency, the new wallet will store
unforgeable digital money... 

Whether it happened like that or not, we'll leave others to judge.  Or
you can see what Dave wrote:


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