For your convenience, here's the encrypted parts:Shem wrote:Not really; highlighting would still be a problem. Easier just to pull the trigger and make it a spoilers thread.Jennifer wrote:Make that a "pale blue" font; I use the standard forum color settings, wherein the background of posts is light blue.
MAJOR SPOILER ALERT
Kolohe wrote:I'll agree that was annoying - I thought for a while that I missed something. They showed the address, but not the significance of the address, iirc.
It vexes me as to where it is. I'm sure they would recognize E Corps HQ right away without a secondary search. Even more so for the Wellick's place. Could it be Madam Executioner? It didn't seem that her pied a terre was all the up on the Upper East side, not with where she was jogging.
Jennifer wrote:My initial guess was that it was Scott Knowles (husband of the woman Tyrell murdered), especially since the "previously" scenes at the beginning of that episode showed Joanna at an ECorp party mentioning to the Knowleses that Tyrell always gives her little gifts -- basically, I figured Knowles was using the phone calls, and occasional pretty-but-useless gifts, to sadistically fuck with Joanna. But the happy way she reacted upon seeing the address appears to blow THAT theory out of the water.
Jennifer wrote:But it's not "Bitcoin" -- which is mentioned by name in the series -- but ECoin. Which, from the perspective of anyone who gives any sort of a damn about privacy (far below official "libertarian" levels) is horrifying: remember Philip Price telling that government guy "Yeah, you can regulate the hell out of it! Backdoors, front doors, side doors, you can see every single monetary transaction anyone ever makes" -- yecch.Kolohe wrote: If there's a downfall in this series, it's going to be mother fucking Bitcoin as a major plot point. Esmail may knows computers, but he doesn't really understand 'money', much less the US government's relation with it at the dawn of the 21st century.
Also, given the frequent mentions of or allusions to the ongoing shortage of actual hard-currency cash, it's obvious that whatever the hell else the government is doing, they're not even trying to make "hard copies" of "electronic" money; no thought of "Hmm, given the obvious problems with electronic money and banking and everything else which the 5/9 hack has exposed, maybe it would be worth re-considering the notions of 'cash' and 'paper checks' and the like -- they're not as obsolete as pre-5/9 futurists would have you believe."
That said: I think that I myself more-or-less understand the concept of "money" as a store of value (especially as opposed to pre-money barter-n-trade economies); I understand the concept of "fiat money" which has no "inherent" value, the way precious metals do, but gets value via being backed by the rich-n-powerful US government. I'd even understand the value of ECoin, if it were indeed to be traded one-for-one with the US dollar -- that would be another form of government-backed fiat money, only with a private corporation serving as a middleman .... but I do not understand where the value of Bitcoin comes from.