I first heard about bitcoins on the BBC news website last year. Do you know what the headline was?
"Bitcoin 'will recover' from crash - The virtual currency Bitcoin will "bounce back" after a hack attack caused its value to collapse, according to one of its senior developers."
Doesn't exactly inspire confidence does it?
I think I'd rather stick to my 400:1 leverage broker trading normal currencies who don't charge for deposits/withdrawals.