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Bitcoins and Pirate Treasure

February26

consider this most recent update around the on-going and dramatic Bitcoin saga found on that scalawag punching rag the inestimable Huffington Post:

This Could Be The End Of The Line For Bitcoin

I like the concept behind Bitcoins.

but then, I also like pirate movies.

fortunately I know what dark waters not to navigate.

with Bitcoin, it’s all quite fanciful and ripe with drama and uncertainty. we never know who the real good guys are, and there is the promise of certain peril at every juncture. the ups-and-downs are like the swells of a turbulent ocean, and the ships that dare those seas are not always up for the task. some daring folks will win; however, most will lose. so, you might as well otherwise play craps in Las Vegas, or Russian Roulette if you like the feel of playing on the edge (be it a razor, plank, or facing the wrath of God).

black sails logothat said, go watch the new, and quite well done, pirate show Black Sails brought o you by STARZ cable television. do it now! it’s quite good, really. and, if any of those hearty-and-ferocious crews suffered by any of the recent Bitcoins shenanigans the perpetrators would face a fate much worse than walking the plank.

peace be to my Brothers and sisters.

brian patrick cork

the scales of justice don't, often enough, balance out against evil

April30

As my scandalized practical loyal,  readers know, I’ve recently approved yet another experiment involving an exercise in self-gratification cellular handsets and related technology for our business empire. You can read more about that here: selfless acts of Commerce. Do it!

With the above accomplished, be advised that my immediate impression of the Nexus One is that, like all other challengers to Apple, it ably proves the nimble genius of Steve Jobs, his ferocious development teams, and all things Apple-oriented.

The Nexus One certainly has great promise. Although I will tip my ball cap to the “Car Home” application with it’s nifty suite of features that include: Navigation, View Map and Voice Search. Google has also included a very powerful Maps application that is both free and superior to anything Garvin or NAVIGON has produced.

However, the iPhone has the market share and established credibility. We, that collective we, mind you, trust Apple, in that we understand the technology works because it’s best-of-class.

So, I am reasonably certain that we don’t yet trust Google, ironically, because of it’s open-source and open-community mind-set. The open-source crowd is a squirrelly and high-browed bunch. And, Google neophites are self-focused, self-entitled birkenstock wearing Apple wanna-be’s. That has to make for an uncertain formula. In other words, Apple products do precisely what you expect them to do; while Google products (this includes the “cloud”- driven Google Apps) require having to, as Nicholas Johnson says: “work with it”, to get what you need.

…what ever…

Meanwhile… As we approach my point and a thing on my mind, and in my heart, some of you might be aware of the fact that an Apple iPhone team developer recently lost a prototype of the 3rd generation handset at a bar. It was apparently found by some mercenary rascal that sold it to an editor at Gizmodo. That made for an interesting story, while giving people (not us; we’ve already had seen the prototype) a glimpse of things to come. You can read the details, here: How Apple Lost the iPhone.

A point here is that I’ve been an Apple evangelist since 1985. I’ve been a share holder for almost as long. I’ve done business with those guys longer than most of their most senior employees have walked the halls. But, the emerging story driven by the finding of that iPhone is requiring that I begin to open my heart and mind – elsewhere.

To wit, a recent headline:

SEATTLE (AP) – Authorities seized computers, digital cameras, a cell phone and other items from a technology blog editor who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype.

“A computer-crime task force (called: Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team) made up of multiple law enforcement agencies searched Gizmodo editor and blogger Jason Chen’s house and car in Fremont, Calif., on Friday, according to a statement and search warrant documents provided by Gizmodo.

[we’re advised that the task force is underwritten, in part, by Apple]

The warrant, issued by a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County, said the computers and other devices may have been used to commit a felony. Steve Wagstaffe, spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s office, confirmed the warrant’s authenticity.

Members of the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team took several computers, hard drives, digital cameras, cell phones and other gadgets, plus Chen’s American Express bill and copies of his checks.

Last week Gizmodo had one of the Web’s hottest scoops when it posted photos of an Apple device that appeared to be a next-generation iPhone. It had been found in a bar in Redwood City, which is in San Mateo County, and [allegedly] sold for $5,000 by an unknown person to Gizmodo, a gadget blog owned by Gawker Media Inc.

After Chen posted photos and details about the phone, Apple acknowledged the device belonged to the company, and Gizmodo returned it.

Gawker Media said California’s shield law, which protects journalists from having to turn over anonymous sources or unpublished material to law enforcement during a search, should apply to Chen’s property.

Wagstaffe said the district attorney’s office is examining that issue.

[this means you have a media hungry DA, once again, deciding if he can interpret the law his way. the scales of justice don’t, often enough, balance out against evil]

Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment.”

[meanwhile, you have Jobs and his lawyers shredding documents that tie them to the task-force]

Journalists tell stories. And the best of them do so within the parameters of truth and light.

This is a potential example of where Apple is a bully and using the judicial system as a blunt-edged weapon. And, I feel certain that fair-minded Americans (those that care about social history, anyway) will likely take umbrage against Apple. This means they now feel like Microsoft, and just became “the man”, and enemy.

Thomas Jefferson, likely, would not approve. And, my own heart tells me I can’t either.

My thinking the last two days has been: why can’t Jobs throw out the word and confirm that he, indeed, has a bad-ass upgrade on the way – and, all the other sissy competitors should buy his stock to subsidize their pathetic efforts to emulate his success.

But no… He had to get all frothy; and, now he’s not just that stubborn genius; he’s an ass-hole.

So, for the moment, our experiment with the Nexus One, and other technologies will continue.

More later – oh hell yes.

Meanwhile, and, on the other hand karma, again, proves to be a bitch…

Pirates rewrite script for Apple’s China iPad launch

Just three weeks after the global launch, bootleg versions of Apple Inc’s hot-selling iPad’s have begun showing up on the shelves of online and real-world shops in piracy-prone China.

Go China!

Apple recently delayed the iPad’s international launch after huge demand in the United States caught them off guard.

[actually, that’s bull-shit. Apple reduces inventory to keep demand honed like a razor. it’s true and I can prove it]

But Chinese consumers looking for knock-offs of the company’s latest must-have product need look no further than this teeming electronics mall in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese boomtown near the border with Hong Kong.

Maybe this justifies Apple’s judicial sledge-hammer. Maybe not. Probably not. But, what do you think?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

take a Bow (but not too low) DOW

September18

Not many are talking about the simple fact that the Dow Jones Industrial Average is steadily trending up. As I am preparing this post, and as the news would have it, the Dow stands at 9806, about 500 off it’s highest point /1.

Why isn’t the media picking up on this? Are you asking that question readers?

Allow me to wade in. Try and stop me if you might. Just try it!

My guess is we are back to the insiders game. A valid, warm and comfortable position, to be sure. In many ways this is good for the country because we value ourselves relative to the Dow. If the Dow is up, much else that matters will follow.

It will be interesting to learn, providing we ever do, which of your neighbors were buying stocks only three months ago, when this trend actually began. It’s very likely, the analysts and media will pick this up at roughly 10,000. Then you will see some slight correcting for natural adjustments (or more likely ill-conceived reactions by those vapid day-traders), and then a prolonged push upward – once, mind you, the insiders have established themselves.

I know some of those analysts are thinking: “dammit Cork, quit tipping the scales”.

However, that’s me. It’s what a Prudent Gentleman does.

Why would anyone join the Navy when they can be a pirate?

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

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1/ According to The Privateer, the all time high on the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) as of April 7th, 2008 was 14,164 on October 9, 2007. However, this is incorrect. if you look at the high for October 11th, 2007 you will see a market high of 14198.10. Our information is just better.

Cool Pirates

November24

If, in the event, I, were to choose and embrace such a profession as piracy, would be Errol Flynn! /1

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Peace be to my Brothers and Sister.

Brian Patrick Cork

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"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

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