My professional opinion as a #blockchain researcher: I don’t see the point (yet) https://jmkorhonen.net/2018/01/12/my-professional-opinion-as-a-blockchain-researcher-i-dont-see-the-point/
Russian National Arrested For Cyber Crime In #bangkok, Allegedly Had $8.2 Mln in BTC #cointelegraph https://cointelegraph.com/news/russian-national-arrested-for-cyber-crime-in-bangkok-allegedly-had-82-mln-in-btc
via our friend, @willrad
PERIODIC REMINDER THAT THE RED HAT LOGO IS ACTUALLY A T-REX PUNCHING A TRICERATOPS
A fast-evolving new #botnet could take gadgets in your home to the dark side #mit https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610056/a-fast-evolving-new-botnet-could-take-gadgets-in-your-home-to-the-dark-side/ #devices
While I'm inventing conspiracy theory origins for recent technologies, here's another one:
Bitcoin was invented by an unknown person pseudonamed "Satoshi Nakamoto". Before people used their spare computing time to mine bitcoins, one of the big things they did with spare compute was to run the SETI@Home client, helping to search for extraterrestrials. Who might have a vested interest in redirecting resources away from the search for extraterrestrials? Is "Satoshi Nakamoto" really a /person/?
Burger King | Whopper Neutrality https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=170&v=ltzy5vRmN8Q #NetNeutrality
Ethereum scammers disguised as Vitalik #buterin are out to steal your coins #tnw https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/01/22/ethereum-vitalik-buterin-scam/
So Decent is pretty fucking amazing!
Check it out on: http://gwenbell.com
(An in-browser social network based on Scuttlebot and Minbase with seamless on-boarding. Seriously easier to get started with than a centralised social network like Facebook. Very, very impressed!)
PS. I’m @aral on there.
#cryptocurrencies Are Doomed to Fail, But There’s Money to be Made #cointelegraph https://cointelegraph.com/news/cryptocurrencies-are-doomed-to-fail-but-theres-money-to-be-made #bitcoin
'Matt Mayberry, who works at a California startup called Dopamine Labs, says it's common knowledge in the industry that Instagram exploits this craving by strategically withholding "likes" from certain users. If the photo-sharing app decides you need to use the service more often, it'll show only a fraction of the likes you've received on a given post at first, hoping you'll be disappointed with your haul and check back again in a minute or two.'
This is terribly wrong.
I don't understand people who think that self-improving artificial intelligence will solve all of humanity's problems. We've already got self-improving natural intelligence and all it does is shitpost and be depressed
Using simple code, kids can teach the $99 #tello drone their own tricks #digitaltrends https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/tello-kids-drone-learns-tricks-with-code-ces2018/
Man, Ars' headline doesn't sugar-coat things:
“Meltdown” and “Spectre”: Every modern processor has unfixable security flaws https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/01/meltdown-and-spectre-every-modern-processor-has-unfixable-security-flaws/
And for completeness here's Google's blog post: https://security.googleblog.com/2018/01/todays-cpu-vulnerability-what-you-need.html (h/t @netshade and others)
curious what happens next