Dead Man Switch – Hacker Noon
In the crypto context the idea is to use a reverse multi-signature transaction which transfers all your funds to your beneficiary’s account, but only if it is not approved until a certain block height. The idea is that as long as you are alive, you will always remember to approve this transaction before the deadline to prevent it from executing. Next, you need to submit a new recovery transaction with a later deadline, and so on. This way when you die, after the approval block height is reached, your funds will be automatically transferred to your beneficiaries.
howto  blockchain  cryptocurrency 
3 days ago
Litecoin Foundation Acquires 9.9% of Bank in Payments Partnership - CoinDesk
Litecoin Foundation, the non-profit that supports the popular cryptocurrency, has acquired a near 10 percent stake in a German bank.

The deal comes as the result of an agreement with TokenPay, a crypto-to-fiat payments firm, according to an announcement on Tuesday.
cryptocurrency  litecoin 
6 days ago
Torrent Site Pirate Bay Spells Out Monero Mining Software Use - CoinDesk
Torrent website The Pirate Bay is doubling down on its plan to use visitors' processing power to mine crypto.
monero  tpb  cryptocurrency 
7 days ago
The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix - IEEE Spectrum
And with that little programming exercise, a second door cracked ajar. It was to swing wide open during the summer of 1969 when Thompson’s wife, Bonnie, spent a month visiting his parents to show off their newborn son. Thompson took advantage of his temporary bachelor existence to write a good chunk of what would become the Unix operating system for the discarded PDP‑7. The name Unix stems from a joke one of Thompson’s colleagues made: Because the new operating system supported only one user (Thompson), he saw it as an emasculated version of Multics and dubbed it “Un-multiplexed Information and Computing Service,” or Unics. The name later morphed into Unix.
unix  history 
4 weeks ago
NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Finds Carbon 'Building Blocks of Life'
Two landmark discoveries reveal organic carbon on the red planet, shaping the future hunt for life on Mars.
mars  space 
5 weeks ago
How Tolkien created Middle-earth | Books | The Guardian
A rare exhibition of the Hobbit author’s life and art reveals an imaginary realm that continues to inspire new generations
5 weeks ago
Early History of Core War
When A K Dewdney introduced Core War in 1984 the name had already been used for similar games for a number of years. These early versions of Core War were played in the assembly language of the host computer similar to Darwin. Unfortunately very little has been published about early Core War.
history  computing  retrocomputing 
8 weeks ago
The Balanced Ternary Machines of Soviet Russia
At the same time in Russia, a group of mathematicians and engineers under the guidance of Nikolay Brusentsov and his colleague Sergei Sobolev were devising different ways in which computers could operate
retrocomputing  soviet  tenary 
8 weeks ago
The Trump administration just forced smartphone maker ZTE to shut down | Ars Technica
ZTE's business became untenable after a US government order banned American companies from exporting technology to the Chinese smartphone maker. ZTE is heavily dependent on US-made components, especially Qualcomm chips and Google's Android software stack.

Last year, ZTE admitted to an elaborate multi-year scheme to sell US-made technology to Iran and North Korea in violation of US sanctions laws. ZTE paid $890 million in penalties and said it was in the process of disciplining dozens of senior company officials who had orchestrated a scheme to violate US sanctions laws.
technology  politics 
9 weeks ago
Telecoms Giants BT, Telefonica and Telstra Join Blockchain Settlement Trial - CoinDesk
First revealed in March, the proof-of-concept (PoC) was developed with assistance from blockchain startup Clear and uses blockchain technology to automate the traditionally labor-intensive and costly inter-carrier settlement of wholesale international services, a press release states.

Now joining the trial are major telcos from the ITW Global Leaders' Forum, including BT, HGC Global Communications, Telefonica and Telstra.
9 weeks ago
43-year-old Australian trapdoor spider was world's oldest known spider - The Washington Post
This is the story of the oldest known spider in the world and the people who knew her. The details are compiled largely from research conducted by Barbara Main and Leanda Mason, who knew her best over nearly half a century.
spiders  wildlife 
10 weeks ago
Turkey marks one year without Wikipedia
When the Turkish government suddenly banned Wikipedia in late April last year, it came as little surprise to many people in the country. Access to platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and WhatsApp have been periodically restricted in Turkey numerous times since 2014, particularly after tumultuous events like mass demonstrations, suicide bomb attacks, or the failed coup attempt in July 2016. What’s strange is that the ban stayed. As of this Sunday, Wikipedia has been blocked in the country for a full year.
11 weeks ago
Hackers find devious way to break into hotel rooms
What’s most astonishing about this discovery is the trivial nature in which it can be exploited. First, you just need to obtain one keycard from the property you’re targeting.

It doesn’t even need to be the room you’re interested in breaking into. “Literally any key will suffice, be it a room key or a key to a storage closet or garage,” said F-Secure in a statement.

Worse, the key doesn’t even have to be currently active. “Even an expired key from a stay five years ago will work,” the company said.
11 weeks ago
Announcing the MyCrypto Desktop Alpha Release – MyCrypto – Medium
**ALPHA VERSION, Only for testing!!!***
With the new MyCrypto Desktop application you can be confident that the code running your wallet interface today is the same code running it tomorrow. It reduces the risk of phishing attacks as you will not be visiting a URL each and every time you wish to access and send your funds.
cryptocurrency  mycrypto 
11 weeks ago
killcord - a censorship resistant deadman's switch
Killcord is a tool used to build resilient deadman's switches for releasing encrypted payloads. In its default configuration, killcord leverages ethereum and ipfs for censorship resistance. The killcord project owner hides a secret key from the world by checking in to the killcord smart contract on ethereum. If the owner stops checking in after a period of time, the killcord is triggered and the secret key that decrypts an encrypted payload is published.
11 weeks ago
Meet Minio, an S3 server you can self-host
Minio is a project that has come up on my radar several times and caught my attention - it's an S3-compatible object-storage server that you can run on your own kit and has first-class Docker and Raspberry Pi support.
s3  howto 
11 weeks ago
Gin and tonic ice lollies - Good Housekeeping
G&T in ice lolly form - what more could you want?
12 weeks ago
Blloc | Back to the root
Blloc is a plain and minimalistic smartphone
combining a power saving operating system with efficient hardware and an easy to use
messaging platform, it’s built to be the perfect communication and productivity
tool that you can rely on every day.
12 weeks ago
April 22, 1993: Mosaic Browser Lights Up Web With Color, Creativity | WIRED
1993: NCSA Mosaic 1.0, the first web browser to achieve popularity among the general public, is released. With it, the web as we know it begins to flourish.
web  browser  history 
12 weeks ago
How to push Bitcoin transactions via SMS · Pavol Rusnak
Blockstream announced today their Satellite project. I was thinking about exactly that for quite long time, ever since this DVB-T broadcast experiment in 2014. There are lot of sceptics, but I am very excited about this development.

One of the recurring questions I saw was this one: What about the other direction (from user to Bitcoin node)?
bitcoin  hack  sms 
12 weeks ago
The many deceptions of Mark Zuckerberg | Creative Good
With 2 billion users and counting, Facebook is unavoidable, and it's growing more influential by the day. It's vital that we understand what Zuck is actually up to, especially since he didn't reveal it in his testimony. A number of media sources have helpfully corrected his inaccurate claims. Thus I present you with... Untruths, deceptions, and misdirections that Zuck fed to Congress.
facebook  privacy 
april 2018
Hearth | Decentralized website publishing
Publish personal websites
with the power of IPFS.
ipfs  website  hosting 
march 2018
Guardians of the Balkans
Scattered across all of the present-day republics of the former-Yugoslavia are futuristic monuments now consigned to the past. These monuments memorialize human losses, mark the locations of key battles, and commemorate the revolutionary struggle for liberation, during WWII.
february 2018
ABC: A C compiler for printable x86
Hi! For SIGBOVIK 2017, I created a strange paper. This one may be a bit impenetrable for non computer scientists. If you have the time, I think reading the paper is the best way to experience it. But I also created the following video that explains the ideas involved, for interested non-experts or patient experts. It's long, at about 25 minutes, but you can always just skip to the end
hack  x86  computing  compiler 
february 2018
Here there be whistlers
On a small Greek island, practitioners of an ancient whistling language are holding onto their culture as it slowly dies out.
culture  heritage 
february 2018
Future technological directions in bitcoin: An unreliable guide
blockchain  bitcoin 
january 2018
CryptoZombies - Learn to code games on Ethereum. Powered by Loom Network
CryptoZombies is an interactive code school that teaches you to write smart contracts in Solidity through building your own crypto-collectables game.
dapps  howto  blockchain 
january 2018
Scientists Discover Clean Water Ice Just Below Mars' Surface | WIRED
Locked away beneath the surface of Mars are vast quantities of water ice. But the properties of that ice—how pure it is, how deep it goes, what shape it takes—remain a mystery to planetary geologists. Those things matter to mission planners, too: Future visitors to Mars, be they short-term sojourners or long-term settlers, will need to understand the planet's subsurface ice reserves if they want to mine it for drinking, growing crops, or converting into hydrogen for fuel.
january 2018
(32) Move a running process to screen | LinkedIn
A quick guide on how to move a running linux process to the screen terminal multiplexer.
howto  cli  shell 
december 2017
The Blockchain Economy: A beginner’s guide to institutional cryptoeconomics
Most explanations for the importance of the blockchain start with Bitcoin and the history of money. But money is just the first use case of the blockchain. And it is unlikely to be the most important.
december 2017
No batteries, wires or plugs: UW team makes plastic devices that communicate via Wi-Fi | The Seattle Times
A University of Washington computer science lab has created 3D-printed plastic objects that can communicate wirelessly, without electronics or batteries — and it’s making their plans available for free.
makers  iot  3dprinting 
december 2017
CryptoKitties Becomes Largest Ethereum-Based Decentralized Application
CryptoKitties, the massively popular Ethereum-based digital kitten breeding app and collectibles marketplace, has surpassed major decentralized cryptocurrency exchange EtherDelta to become the largest decentralized application (dapp) on the Ethereum protocol by gas consumption.
december 2017
Reddit - btc - My analysis of the $1 million+ USD MyBTGWallet.com scam
Search the Internet (or reddit) for mybtgwallet today, and you'll find several results about people losing all of their Bitcoin after inputting their mnemonic phrase into MyBTGWallet.com, a website claiming to be an online web wallet for Bitcoin Gold where users could check their BTG balance and, ostensibly, one day use the website to transact with their Bitcoin Gold.
hack  blockchain 
november 2017
Gates Foundation Launches Blockchain-based Mobile Payments Solution
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has launched the Mojaloop open-source payments software to provide an interoperability layer between financial institutions, payment providers, and other companies offering payment services to the poor and unbanked people around the world.
october 2017
Introduction to zkSNARKs with Examples – ConsenSys Media
In this post we aim to give an overview of zk-SNARKs from a practical viewpoint. We will treat the actual math as a black box but will try to develop some intuitions around how we can use them, and will give a simple application of the recent work on integrating zk-SNARKs in Ethereum.
october 2017
Two stars crash into each other, wobbling the universe and flinging out huge amounts of gold | The Independent
The discovery opens a 'new chapter in astrophysics', say experts, and has been described as one of the most exciting ever
space  NASA 
october 2017
Instant Dave
Instant Dave is a Mac desktop app that receives notifications when I post something to my blog, linkblog, a picture, or a code update.
september 2017
Fold N Fly ✈
A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions.
september 2017
Nexmo - APIs for SMS, Voice and Phone Verifications
How to push Bitcoin transactions via SMS · Pavol Rusnak
bitcoin  hack  blockchain 
august 2017
Blockstream - Announcing Blockstream Satellite
Blockstream Satellite is the world’s first service that broadcasts real-time Bitcoin transactions and blocks from a group of satellites in space. With the service, everyone will have free access to the Bitcoin network, in any corner of the world, including the estimated four billion people not currently connected to the Internet, due to lack of availability or affordability.
bitcoin  blockchain  space 
august 2017
Alfie John - Cryptocurrency Exchange without a trusted third party
Alice has Altcoin, but wants Bitcoin.
Bob has Bitcoin, but wants Altcoin.
How can they exchange cryptocurrencies without a trusted third party?
altcoins  cryptocoin 
august 2017
Monks unearth 1,500-year-old manuscript by 'father of medicine' Hippocrates in ancient Egypt
The discovery was made during restoration works at Saint Catherine Monastery.
july 2017
Who needs film when you can store a movie in bacteria DNA? - LA Times
This week, a team of scientists report that they have successfully embedded a short film into the DNA of living bacteria cells.
future  storage 
july 2017
An Open Letter to Bitcoin Miners – Keeping Stock
"I’m concerned. I believe we urgently need to find a scaling solution, and I believe the best solution is to increase the blocksize."
bitcoin  cryptocurrency 
june 2017
An Introduction to IPFS – ConsenSys – Medium
IPFS is a distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files.
p2p  filesystem  internet 
june 2017
The Birth Of A Blockchain: From Ripples To Making 'Crypto' Waves
Waves, by contrast, aims to meet the market where the need is right now: in the very simplest of blockchain functions, namely the ability to create your own tokens quickly and easily.

Any time a business wants to launch a loyalty token or voucher, crowdfund a project, send money abroad frictionlessly - and a hundred and one other applications - blockchain tokens enable them to do that outside of the existing financial and administrative systems.
cryptocurrency  waves  blockchain 
june 2017
The Golden Age | CryptoYoda1338
What a massive inflow of capital into small but promising projects. There is not much innovation anymore in Bitcoin and people figure that. The real shiny ones are Altcoins who are capable of changing the face of money economy and IT. And in all honestly, out there are more profitable picks than you can possibly take. Research is key here, distinguish the dirt from quality, accumulate quality coins.
cryptocurrency  altcoins  blockchain 
june 2017
Cross Blockchain Trades? Lightning Gives New Life to Atomic Swaps - CoinDesk
But Lightning Network, an off-chain scaling solution originally intended for bitcoin, is setting the stage for a decentralized option – one that does not require a third party – called atomic swaps.

Also known as atomic cross-chain swaps, the technology essentially allows two people holding tokens on two different blockchains to trade directly – and instantly – without the risk of one party running off with the other's money before the trade is complete.
cryptocurrency  litecoin  blockchain 
may 2017
Retro Game Treasure is a monthly subscription service. Every month you’ll get a selection of games for the retro consoles you select with ONLY the types of games you like! A treasure chest contains 3-5 Retro Games inside for you to keep!
april 2017
The ZX Spectrum celebrates its 35th Anniversary – #HappyBirthdaySpectrum | Flickering Myth
Today marks the 35th Birthday of one of the United Kingdom’s greatest pieces of technology, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. On this day the 23rd April back in 1982 this 8-bit machine with its rubber-keys and a massive 16K or 48K of RAM appeared and no matter what the haters tell you, over the past three decades it has never truly gone away.
april 2017
SSH Port
ssh  computing  history 
april 2017
Old economics is based on false ‘laws of physics’ – new economics can save us | Kate Raworth | Global Development Professionals Network | The Guardian
It is time to ditch the belief that economies obey rigid mechanical rules, which has widened inequality and polluted our planet. Economics is evolving
april 2017
Self-taught artificial intelligence beats doctors at predicting heart attacks | Science | AAAS
Doctors have lots of tools for predicting a patient’s health. But—as even they will tell you—they’re no match for the complexity of the human body. Heart attacks in particular are hard to anticipate. Now, scientists have shown that computers capable of teaching themselves can perform even better than standard medical guidelines, significantly increasing prediction rates. If implemented, the new method could save thousands or even millions of lives a year. 
april 2017
Remotely Get Root On Most Smart TVs With Radio Signals | Hackaday
[Rafael Scheel] a security consultant has found that hacking smart TVs takes nothing much more than an inexpensive DVB-T transmitter, The transmitter has to be in range of the target TV and some malicious signals. The hack works by exploiting hybrid broadcast broadband TV signals and widely known about bugs in web browsers commonly run on smart TVs, which seem run in the background almost all the time.
hack  iot 
april 2017
She thought she knew a better way to make porn. So she did.
A really interesting talk from an adult filmmaker about how porn affects us and how it needs to change.
march 2017
Don't accelerate your startup
See once you take the initial check, you’re also inevitably taking on the expectations of exponential growth. You’re literally selling your life, heart, and soul to an off-chance crack at a moonshot trajectory. That’s perfectly fine if the only vision of success you can imagine is becoming the next Silicon Valley tycoon.
march 2017
Mozilla Releases Firefox 52, the First Browser to Support WebAssembly
In layman’s terms, WebAssembly is a binary format for web pages. Its main advantage is that it allows developers to pack web page resources in a smaller payload. WebAssembly reduces page load times but also brings a near-native performance by delivering “ahead of time” compiled code.
march 2017
NASA Shares Video From Huygens Probe as It Landed on Saturn's Moon, Titan | Inverse
Titan, the largest of Saturn’s many moons, is one of the most fascinating bodies in the solar system, and scientists think there could be some sort of strange life living in the moon’s liquid methane lakes. Now, NASA has shared an absolutely amazing video of this alien world, taken from a probe as it landed on Titan’s surface.
NASA  space 
march 2017
How Uber Used Secret Greyball Tool to Deceive Authorities Worldwide - NYTimes.com
One method involved drawing a digital perimeter, or “geofence,” around the authorities’ offices on a digital map of the city that Uber monitored. The company watched which people were frequently opening and closing the app — a process known internally as eyeballing — near such locations as evidence that the users might be associated with city agencies.

Other techniques included looking at a user’s credit card information and determining whether the card was tied directly to an institution like a police credit union.

Enforcement officials involved in large-scale sting operations to catch Uber drivers also sometimes bought dozens of cellphones to create different accounts. To circumvent that tactic, Uber employees went to that city’s local electronics stores to look up device numbers of the cheapest mobile phones on sale, which were often the ones bought by city officials, whose budgets were not sizable.

In all, there were at least a dozen or so signifiers in the VTOS program that Uber employees could use to assess whether users were new riders or very likely city officials.
march 2017
If plastic replaces cash, much that is good will be lost | Aeon Essays
Not all cards are created equal, even if you can get one – and not everyone can.
march 2017
Mover Kit
Get kids moving, building and coding with this toy that reacts to movement with light and can be coded in infinite ways!
february 2017
SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX
We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration. We expect to conduct health and fitness tests, as well as begin initial training later this year. Other flight teams have also expressed strong interest and we expect more to follow. Additional information will be released about the flight teams, contingent upon their approval and confirmation of the hea
february 2017
Amazon Chime - online meetings and video conferencing
Amazon Chime is a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust.
february 2017
Watershed SHA1 collision just broke the WebKit repository, others may follow | Ars Technica
"Please exercise care" with colliding PDFs, researchers advise software developers.
february 2017
Google Online Security Blog: Another option for file sharing
With the new project Upspin, we aim to improve the situation by providing a global name space to name all your files. Given an Upspin name, a file can be shared securely, copied efficiently without "download" and "upload", and accessed by anyone with permission from anywhere with a network connection.
february 2017
Deep in Brazil’s Amazon, Exploring the Ruins of Ford’s Fantasyland - NYTimes.com
Given the scale of decay and decrepitude in this town — founded in 1928 by the industrialist Henry Ford in the far reaches of the Amazon River Basin — I didn’t expect to come across the stately, largely well-preserved homes on Palm Avenue. But there they were, thanks to the squatters.
february 2017
Google ordered to share Gmail messages from non-US users with FBI
A Philadelphia judge has ruled that Google must comply with FBI search warrants for Gmail messages stored outside the US, if the requests are issued as part of a domestic fraud investigation.
privacy  google 
february 2017
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