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hope everyone realizes that mining bitcoins is NOT necessary to get started with or use bitcoins.

It's exactly like mining gold. Obviously many on the DP believe in owning gold and even being able to trade it as currency, but how many mine it? Exactly, not many. It's easier to get it by other means like buying it and leave mining to the enthusiasts and pros.

You can learn how to get bitcoins here:

http://bitcoinquickstart.com/how-can-i-get-bitcoins