Aardvark DailyNew Zealand's longest-running online daily news and commentary publication, now in its 24th year. The opinion pieces presented here are not purported to be fact but reasonable effort is made to ensure accuracy.
Content copyright © 1995 - 2018 to Bruce Simpson (aka Aardvark), the logo was kindly created for Aardvark Daily by the folks at aardvark.co.uk
Please visit the sponsor!
You know a technology has "made it" when it is adopted by criminals and the porn industry.
Congratulations Bitcoin and crypto-currencies in general, you have made it!
I refer to this story in which it is reported that the Bitcoin blockchain has been found to contain links to files containing child abuse images.
Apparently, researchers in Germany discovered links to over 1,600 images and files within the blockchain and of those, 274 referenced illegal child sexual abuse images or websites. There was also an entire image "showing a minor" stored within the blockchain itself.
Of course idiot-experts have now come out of the woodwork suggesting that anyone who holds Bitcoin is now guilty of having kiddy-porn and that this revelation will deal a killer blow to Bitcoin and the blockchain concept in general.
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
Sorry, the headlines haven't been updated today
Have your say in the Aardvark Forums.