Currently valued at $900 each, the value of Bitcoins may drop after the auctioning off of Silk Road's 29,655 Bitcoins. Founder Ross Ulbricht may yet get to keep his own stash of 144,336 Bitcoins if he can prove they didn't come from Silk Road antics.
Shouldn't we be thinking further ahead, developing new protocols, processes and technologies that don't stick a hasty patch over the latest problem, but push us towards a world where whole categories of problems are no longer a risk?
The US president didn't call for the end of the massive data collection. Rather, he's shuffling the data to an as-yet unspecified third party, and adding more layers between the data and intelligence analysts. Civil liberties advocates were unimpressed.