Headlines of 2017

by on August 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm in Food and Drink, Uncategorized, Web/Tech | Permalink

Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash in Russia

That is from the BBC, sprightly throughout, via Stuart Harty.

1 Hazel Meade August 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

The ultimate democratization (and thus aesthetic debasement) of cryptocurrencies.
Cryptobourgeoisis everywhere lament.

But ultimately, is this really any different from a rewards program?

2 Moo cow August 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Good comment, in light of yesterday’s reading assignment. I was gonna say jump the shark.

3 Hazel Meade August 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm

Cryptocurrencies have reached premium mediocre. (Similar to peak mediocre, but better.)

4 dux.ie August 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

Introducing “Premium Pivot”. https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/08/29/195237/in-our-cynical-age-no-one-fails-anymore—-everybody-pivots

“””especially the case in Silicon Valley, where pivoting has become the new failure, a concept to describe a haphazard, practically madcap form of iterative development. … And like any act of public relations, pivoting is also a performance. A key part of the act is acknowledging that you are doing it while trying to recast the effort as something larger, more sophisticated, highly planned. The pivot, though it arises from desperation, is nevertheless supposed to appear methodical. … There’s a promise of technocratic efficiency with pivoting, that all you require is a good business plan, and perhaps another injection of venture capital, and you can transform yourself overnight.”””

5 A clockwork orange August 29, 2017 at 4:18 pm

I don’t know that doesn’t count as a double to me.

6 2nd str August 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Best covert CIA operation since pussyriot.

7 A B August 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm

Unlike Bitcoin, it’s actually backed by something real.

8 NatashaRostova August 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

Bitcoin is backed by the labor people are willing to exchange for a bitcoin :^)

9 Jonathon Franzen August 30, 2017 at 12:28 am

Please refer to recursive redundancy. Good sentences certainly exist, but a tradition of passivity and conformism restricts their use. It is a professional deformation. https://fsgworkinprogress.com/2012/04/jonathan-franzen-comma-then/

If you have an equal sign for one word, then you’d better not end the equation with the same word.

Backing labor exchange, the proverbial English noun problem.

10 Axa August 29, 2017 at 6:14 pm

Use “coin” as prefix or suffix to use to gain consumer attention.

This is 2017 and today may be peak “coin”.

11 dearme August 29, 2017 at 6:29 pm

To teach grammar or not to teach grammar that is the question. Whether tis nobler to induce a system or to prove its mettle. That is one question.

He faced a panther on the beach. His countenance hidden, he cowered alongside a stake fence. Under a tawny sky.

12 dearme August 29, 2017 at 6:34 pm

He found Helga sipping from bowl. She flashed her buckteeth. If not a razor, he’d at least muster a shave. She didn’t have a razor, but she poured him some soup.

–you look hungry
–it has been a while
–since when?
–since I’ve eaten I suppose

13 rayward August 29, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Headlines 08/29/17: “What a crowd. What a turnout.”

14 A clockwork orange August 29, 2017 at 7:54 pm

the steward causeway

15 Bill August 29, 2017 at 9:08 pm

A loyalty card by another name to sound cool.

I’ll trade you 200 Whpper coins for 5 Starbucks card punches and 100 Delta Skymiles.

16 Meets August 29, 2017 at 11:16 pm


When the CBOE offers futures in Bitcoin in Q4, I’m going to short it with 20% of my net worth.

And I’m really going to short it, not tweet about it like all the people pretending Trump is a disaster.

17 Meets August 29, 2017 at 11:24 pm

I’d rather go to Russia and buy a burger and get free WhopperCoin instead of buying Bitcoin for $4000.

18 msgkings August 30, 2017 at 12:40 am

$4700 now. Your short is gonna be sweet if it works.

19 Ray Lopez August 29, 2017 at 11:30 pm

As an investment vehicle to gain wealth via currency appreciation, sounds like a real whopper that will tax the resources of any Economist’s Big Mac index. And where is Rich Burger in this thread?

20 Ricardo August 30, 2017 at 1:04 am

The article doesn’t say what, exactly, the blockchain does to improve functionality. It does seem that WhopperCoins can be freely exchanged, bought or sold but then Burger King could simply introduce a loyalty program with no restrictions on selling or transferring points to other customers.

The blockchain is the latest fad to have caught on with MBAs and marketing people who don’t quite understand what it is and what its strengths and weaknesses are.

21 Ray Lopez August 30, 2017 at 3:06 am

The complete transaction follows in the blockchain, no need for a separate centralized database to keep current is the main attraction of it I think.

22 Mike August 30, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Will Burger King be exclusively mining and issuing these coins with purchases? Or will miners be able to “print” their own coins that are redeemable for burgers through mining?

If Burger King is the sole issuer, wont they have to manage all the computing power to mine the coins? This sounds costly. However, if they are the only issuer of these coins, and stand ready to redeem them for burgers, this may be more similar to actual money than bitcoin.

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