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Dropping the dime on Bitcoin: No free lunch for Nakamoto. Unless the AP's buying

I tried for a while to understand Bitcoins. Once I did, I had no ability how to explain it to others .. And quite frankly, there are things about Bitcoins and the big business of trading the virtual coin I'll never understand..

But the house of virtual cards appears to be falling down on the man who is called the father of Bitcoins..

Satoshi Nakamoto lost his privacy when NEWSWEEK reported that he lived in California. The NEWSWEEK profile was a cover story. There's a sense of irony to me since Newsweek is now virtual too...but this new NEWSWEEK is also featuring a return to a print edition--the first in 15 months

I digress...

Nakamoto was outed on his location and how much money is is making off of Bitcoins.. Over the past several weeks, though, there has been more negative attention being paid to the Bitcoin a suicide of a CEO.

And now with Nakamoto's newfound fame, he led reporters on a wild freeway car chase to the local headquarters of the Associated Press in Southern California.. 

This is how REUTERS is reporting the situation:

Newsweek included a photograph and described a short interview, in which Nakamoto said he was no longer associated with Bitcoin and that it had been turned over to other people. The magazine concluded that the man was the same Nakamoto who founded Bitcoin.
Dozens of reporters, including a sprinkling of Japanese media, encircled and camped outside the man's two-story house on Thursday morning, accosting the mailman and repeatedly ringing the doorbell, to no avail. Police cruisers drove by several times but did not stop. 
Several times, someone pulled back the drapes on an upstairs window. 
In the afternoon, the silver-haired, bespectacled Nakamoto stepped outside, dressed in a gray sport coat and green striped shirt, with a pen tucked in his shirt pocket. He was mobbed by reporters and told them he was looking for someone who understood Japanese to buy him a free lunch.

And now Nakamoto is denying his involvement with Bitcoin, saying Newsweek's reporting that he's the founder is false..

One odd moment occurred when Nakamoto asked for someone who spoke Japanese because he wanted someone to buy him a free lunch. True story.. Reuters reported that odd aspect as well.

In the afternoon, Nakamoto stepped outside and told reporters he had nothing to do with bitcoin but was looking for someone who understood Japanese, to buy him a free lunch. 
An AP reporter said yes, and the two made their way to a nearby sushi restaurant with media in tow, before leaving and heading downtown.

Not a bad deal.. AP gets an exclusive and Nakamoto gets some grub.

As the Bitcoin fever fades...



Mulder and Scully still have the sunspot case

The internet firestorm over the sudden closure of the Sunspot Solar Observatory went worldwide within the last 10 days..

As of yesterday, there was finally an official statement of some form as to why. But the statement is not going to end the rampant speculation -- these types of events get their fodder from "official statements" that fail to answer directly reasons why events occurred.The group that manages the Facebook page for the New Mexico facility say they are cooperating with on an ongoing criminal investigation..The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy said "we became concerned that a suspect in the investigational potentially posed a threat to the safety of local staff and residents. For this reason, AURA temporarily vacated the facility and ceased science activities at this location."AURA said it was their decision to vacate...
The sheriff in town offers a different opinion, of course.. initially when the facility closed Benny House told …

It appears that Sunspot solar observatory and nearby post office was shut down because a janitor had child porn images

This is what KTSM is reporting: New Mexico observatory closed for security reasons to reopen A federal search warrant reveals that Sunspot Solar Observatory was shut down as FBI agents conducted computer forensic searches for child pornography.The source of child pornography was traced to an IP address used at the observatory and a source within the building observed a computer with "not good" images on it, the warrant states.An investigation by the FBI revealed that a janitor is the main suspect in the search, however he has not been charged with a crime even though his name in on the warrant.The warrant states the suspect would use the observatory Wifi and a personal laptop to download the child pornography. X X X X So that is now officially the official story. We are told. Of course people online are questing the veracity of the stated series of events and how a janitor, who it took days to track down for having images of child porn, is the reason that an entire observatory…

Intrigue in China: Where is Fan Bingbing

From CNN:

Fan Bingbing, one of China's highest-paid and most bankable stars, has appeared in both Chinese and Western films, including the multimillion-dollar X-Men franchise. Across the country, her face once adorned thousands of advertisements, her star power used to sell a galaxy of luxury brands, from Cartier to Louis Vuitton. She was a regular sight at major award shows and fashion ceremonies. In 2015, Time Magazine named her China's "most famous actress."  But the film star hasn't been seen in public since early June, when, according to a post on her verified social-media account, she went to visit a children's hospital in Tibet. In an article by state media Securities Daily on September 6, which was later deleted, the publication said Fan had been brought "under control and about to receive legal judgment." No official statement has been made as to Fan's whereabouts, or any potential criminal charges against the actress.  However, in a country …