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(Slate)   Linguists say it's more than a BIT COINcidental that a law prof's writing is similar to that of a crypto-currency creator   (slate.com) divider line 46
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2014-04-16 01:17:20 PM
I invented biatch coin.  biatch gotta go shake her ass and make me some coin.
 
2014-04-16 03:46:30 PM
Why do we care who invented it, again? It's not like there's some big secret the inventor didn't reveal. Everything's documented and open-source.
 
2014-04-16 03:47:46 PM
we can track one of 7 billion humans down based on linguistics, but cannot locate a 777 aircraft over a month after it went off course for 7-8 hours.
 
2014-04-16 03:49:06 PM

Gordian Cipher: It's not like there's some big secret the inventor didn't reveal. Everything's documented and open-source.


You mean like his identity?

Isn't there a fairly large stash of original (pre)mined coins. Have those ever been used?
 
2014-04-16 03:49:47 PM

Hazard91AWD: we can track one of 7 billion humans down based on linguistics, but cannot locate a 777 aircraft over a month after it went off course for 7-8 hours.


It's almost like they're two entirely different things.

/Altogether.
 
2014-04-16 03:51:05 PM
At this point we're heading into "conspiracy theory" territory. You'd have better luck identifying Spartacus.
 
2014-04-16 03:51:27 PM

Hazard91AWD: we can track one of 7 billion humans down based on linguistics, but cannot locate a 777 aircraft over a month after it went off course for 7-8 hours.


encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2014-04-16 03:51:59 PM
An untraceable digit currency used mostly by the criminal underworld for drugs and money laundering....and whose supporters can't seem to understand why folks don't trust it...
 
2014-04-16 03:52:10 PM

TheSopwithTurtle: Hazard91AWD: we can track one of 7 billion humans down based on linguistics, but cannot locate a 777 aircraft over a month after it went off course for 7-8 hours.

It's almost like they're two entirely different things.

/Altogether.


My linguistic skills have revealed your identity:

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-16 03:52:40 PM
i0.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-04-16 03:52:40 PM
headline = genius.
 
2014-04-16 03:52:42 PM
Soooo it was a big farking scam to run away with shiatloads of money?
 
2014-04-16 03:53:34 PM
 
2014-04-16 03:53:35 PM
Great, some guy invented some thing that no one will remember
 
2014-04-16 03:53:35 PM

vodka: Gordian Cipher: It's not like there's some big secret the inventor didn't reveal. Everything's documented and open-source.

You mean like his identity?

Isn't there a fairly large stash of original (pre)mined coins. Have those ever been used?


Why would it matter if he's sitting on some stash of coins? Lots of people are sitting on stashes of coins without spending them.

If the guy wants to be anonymous, let him. The entire bitcoin economy will do just fine without ever knowing who he is.
 
2014-04-16 03:54:09 PM
And here's one last point: The study notes that the bitcoin paper was drafted using LaTeX, an open-source document preparation system. Szabo, they add with a hint of conclusiveness, uses LaTeX for all his publications, too.

Uh... I'd guess about about 90% of technical journal articles are written in LaTeX.
 
2014-04-16 03:55:03 PM
or, the guy who invented bit coin got his law GED by reading law books published by a law professor or the george washington university press
 
2014-04-16 03:55:07 PM

Hazard91AWD: we can track one of 7 billion humans down based on linguistics, but cannot locate a 777 aircraft over a month after it went off course for 7-8 hours.


Well most of those seven billion are not under a few miles of water, so...
They know where the plane is.They just haven't found the wreck.

/as for the founder of bitcoin, he probably wants his anonymity.
/Lots of folks looking for their money back, with no chance of getting it.
/but that won't stop the lights from dimming when all the lawyers fire up their laser printers simultaneously.
 
2014-04-16 03:57:28 PM
Ok Subby, how long have you been sitting on that one?
 
2014-04-16 04:06:22 PM
Look! Someone who uses LaTeX! He did it.

HAHA, how many people uses LaTex? About 1/2 Mil?
 
2014-04-16 04:07:19 PM
1. Make up your own currency
2. Convince the world to use currency
3. ???
4. Profit!

/seriously, who the hell gives a shiat?
 
2014-04-16 04:07:57 PM

Gimli_Gloin: HAHA, how many people uses LaTex? About 1/2 Mil?


Not including the BDSM community.
 
2014-04-16 04:09:03 PM

TheSopwithTurtle: Hazard91AWD: we can track one of 7 billion humans down based on linguistics, but cannot locate a 777 aircraft over a month after it went off course for 7-8 hours.

It's almost like they're two entirely different things.

/Altogether.


img.fark.net
 
2014-04-16 04:11:46 PM
It's like a giant game of hide and seek, but less fun.
 
2014-04-16 04:12:17 PM

FeedTheCollapse: [content.animalnewyork.com image 850x478]

yep


no. Just no
 
2014-04-16 04:14:33 PM

Gordian Cipher: Why do we care who invented it, again? It's not like there's some big secret the inventor didn't reveal. Everything's documented and open-source.


Because it makes an interesting news story? Because people are curious? Because finding out something that's supposed to be secret tantalizes everyone? In fact, I'm not even sure why you're asking the question.


Apart from that, they are basing this partly on his use of terms like:

"chain of...", "trusted third parties", "for our purposes",

Uh... aren't those common terms for discussing anything security or even research related? I'm pretty sure I've seen Schneier  use them... OMG Schneier invented bitcoin! Probably right after some of his other amazing feats.
 
2014-04-16 04:15:27 PM

anuran: no. Just no


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But say yes to doge coin!
 
2014-04-16 04:17:48 PM
What a cunning linguist you are subby.
 
2014-04-16 04:22:33 PM

dittybopper: I invented biatch coin.  biatch gotta go shake her ass and make me some coin.


Bullshiat, it was me. I am giant among midgets.
 
2014-04-16 04:25:45 PM

Gordian Cipher: Why do we care who invented it, again? It's not like there's some big secret the inventor didn't reveal. Everything's documented and open-source.


OpenSSL (Heartbleed) was open source and it turns out that not everyone knew everything about it.  Not that I think it matters who the creator of bitcoin was.
 
2014-04-16 04:26:16 PM

dukeblue219: Ok Subby, how long have you been sitting on that one?


1-ps.googleusercontent.com
 
2014-04-16 04:29:03 PM

That Guy Jeff: his other amazing feats


I love this.
 
2014-04-16 04:38:37 PM
TFA: "of the eleven"

This is why we laugh at you, journalists.
You uncritically accept the silliest damn things. Your bullshiat detectors are either permanently broken, or consciously switched off in the search for tabloid-level hit counts.

Anyone want to bet that there isn't a single person in that impressively-broad group of *eleven people* who wasn't a plausible-sounding candidate to being with? And a crypto-technologist extremely interested/studied in finance and liberty? You don't say? That's only going to describe... let me think... *all of them*.
 
2014-04-16 04:40:53 PM
I'm sure Reddit has it right this time.
 
2014-04-16 04:47:32 PM
The results showed that of the eleven Szabo is by far the closest match, with a large number of distinctive linguistic traits appearing in both the Bitcoin paper and Szabo's blogs and other writings. This includes the use of: the phrases "chain of...", "trusted third parties", "for our purposes", "need for...", "still", "of course", "as long as", "such as" and "only" numerous times, contractions, commas before 'and' and 'but', hyphenation, '-ly' adverbs, the pronouns 'we' and 'our' in papers by a single author; fragmented sentences following colons and reflexive (-self) pronouns.

So it's got to be him because he writes properly?  Seriously, those are the most generalized "gotcha" criteria I can imagine.

/Oxford commas connote quality
/Only idiots eschew 'em
 
2014-04-16 04:49:35 PM

Skyrmion: And here's one last point: The study notes that the bitcoin paper was drafted using LaTeX, an open-source document preparation system. Szabo, they add with a hint of conclusiveness, uses LaTeX for all his publications, too.

Uh... I'd guess about about 90% of technical journal articles are written in LaTeX.


Part of the reason its coverage in the technical writing community is so thorough is because every undergraduate student is given a LaTex primer
 
2014-04-16 04:54:13 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Skyrmion: And here's one last point: The study notes that the bitcoin paper was drafted using LaTeX, an open-source document preparation system. Szabo, they add with a hint of conclusiveness, uses LaTeX for all his publications, too.

Uh... I'd guess about about 90% of technical journal articles are written in LaTeX.

Part of the reason its coverage in the technical writing community is so thorough is because every undergraduate student is given a LaTex primer


Tacky.
 
2014-04-16 05:16:54 PM

Far Cough: The results showed that of the eleven Szabo is by far the closest match, with a large number of distinctive linguistic traits appearing in both the Bitcoin paper and Szabo's blogs and other writings. This includes the use of: the phrases "chain of...", "trusted third parties", "for our purposes", "need for...", "still", "of course", "as long as", "such as" and "only" numerous times, contractions, commas before 'and' and 'but', hyphenation, '-ly' adverbs, the pronouns 'we' and 'our' in papers by a single author; fragmented sentences following colons and reflexive (-self) pronouns.

So it's got to be him because he writes properly?  Seriously, those are the most generalized "gotcha" criteria I can imagine.

/Oxford commas connote quality
/Only idiots eschew 'em


I think what's unique is his combination of them, as well as (probably) how he uses them. Many people use several of these words/phrases, but probably not many use all of them.
 
2014-04-16 05:34:43 PM

ObscureNameHere: An untraceable digit currency used mostly by the criminal underworld for drugs and money laundering....and whose supporters can't seem to understand why folks don't trust it...


I feel the exact same way about cash.
 
2014-04-16 05:35:40 PM

Gordian Cipher: Why would it matter if he's sitting on some stash of coins? Lots of people are sitting on stashes of coins without spending them.


Because if he spends them it might allow him to be found.


If the guy wants to be anonymous, let him. The entire bitcoin economy will do just fine without ever knowing who he is.

You will never stop people from trying to find out who they are, it's human nature.
 
2014-04-16 05:39:32 PM

walkerhound: [i0.kym-cdn.com image 335x288]


Wow. That perfectly synchronized with BOC's "Astronomy". And yes, it was a little surreal.
 
2014-04-16 06:01:01 PM
I'm convinced it was created by a plant(s) so the feds can easily track illicit activities.
 
2014-04-16 07:13:18 PM

TheSopwithTurtle: It's almost like they're two entirely different things.

/Altogether.


It's almost like they're two entirely different things.
 
2014-04-17 01:01:42 AM

Gordian Cipher: Why do we care who invented it, again? It's not like there's some big secret the inventor didn't reveal. Everything's documented and open-source.



^^^^^ THIS to infinity
 
2014-04-17 04:01:41 AM

ObscureNameHere: An untraceable digit currency used mostly by the criminal underworld for drugs and money laundering....and whose supporters can't seem to understand why folks don't trust it...


0.5/10
 
2014-04-17 05:20:21 AM

TheSopwithTurtle: It's almost like they're two entirely different things.

 
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