Bitcoin's erratic value and irrational cheer squad of speculators are proof this digital currency is unlikely to ever be workable for everyday transactions.
The Full Tilt
Stilgherrian delivers an undiluted dose of criticism and analysis of the ways digital technology is changing our world and the spin that goes with it. Mostly in words -- sometimes in audio or video formats -- always cynical. Incorporating the Patch Monday podcast.
Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.
But could the push back against the NSA's comprehensive surveillance with new privacy-enhancing technology be jeopardised by community reluctance for large-scale collaboration?
With the new Wolfram Language and Mathematica now bundled free with every Raspberry Pi, the Internet of Things just got massively, massively smarter.
Eugene Kaspersky has called for talks to limit the production of cyberweapons, but could the result be an intrusive inspection regime affecting every business?
Australia doesn't need the ultimate in hyper-fast broadband to innovate; merely ubiquitous access to solid speeds at a fair price, and the willingness to just get on and do it.
Korean hacker SeungJin Lee can turn a smart TV into a surveillance and disinformation machine, thanks to the vendor's slack security coding. When will we learn?
The chief information officer's role will become less about developing and maintaining highly customised bespoke applications and more about creating a seamless experience across generic cloud apps.
The tide of public opinion is turning, but the digital spooks are still surviving the shower of criticism. How long can they last?
From the takedown of Silk Road to the endless propaganda pushing the 'inevitable' cashless society, governments and financial institutions are manoeuvring to monitor your money. Whoever wins, you lose.
If so many of the 2.7 billion people already online still have trouble with basic computer concepts, how will the next 2.5 billion fare?