Originally Posted by M3Bahn
Bitcoin is a virtual currency, designed to allow people to buy and sell without centralized control by banks or governments,
A virtual currency with nuances even more convoluted than real currency, how is this any better? The central control still exists in this case, it is controlled by programmers/code/hardware. TBH, I feel more comfortable with a government backed currency over a "hacker" backed one. Valued higher than the USD, Euro, are misleading. Technically, everything is currency (I'm being very general using the term currency, but then so is referring to bitcoin as a currency), in that it has value, and they can be used as a medium to complete transactions. My cellphone is valued higher than the USD, it takes more than 1USD to buy one. Too bad I can't pay for groceries with cellphones. THen again, I can't pay for groceries with bitcoins either. I don't see this catching on.