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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 
4 hours ago
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.
blockchain 
4 weeks ago
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.
blockchain 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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.
social 
10 weeks ago
Fold N Fly ✈
A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions.
10 weeks ago
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.
archeology 
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
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!
gaming 
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.
HappyBirthdaySpectrum 
april 2017
SSH Port
THE STORY OF GETTING SSH PORT 22
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
economics 
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. 
ai 
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.
startups 
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
space 
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
Why Flirting Matters | The Book of Life
Good flirting exploits – with no evil intent – an important truth about sex: that what is often most enjoyable about sex is not the physical process itself so much as the idea of acceptance that underpins the act, the notion that another person likes us enough to accept us in our most raw and vulnerable state and is, in our name, willing to lose control and surrender aspects of everyday dignity.
february 2017
The Untold Story of Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell's Visionary 1980s Tech Incubator | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
After bringing us Pong and Chuck E. Cheese's, the legendary entrepreneur built a startup factory that tackled 21st-century ideas with 1980s tech.
february 2017
Warren Buffett’s Best Investment | Bill Gates
Bill: If we could show you only one number that proves how life has changed for the poorest, it would be 122 million—the num
february 2017
How did Europe become the richest part of the world? | Aeon Essays
In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?
february 2017
What could happen if you refuse to unlock your phone at the US border? | Ars Technica
DHS says agents are in the right to ask for passwords, decryption help.
privacy 
february 2017
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Introducing Cloud Spanner: a global database service for mission-critical applications
a globally distributed relational database service that lets customers have their cake and eat it too: ACID transactions and SQL semantics, without giving up horizontal scaling and high availability.
february 2017
Man jailed 16 months, and counting, for refusing to decrypt hard drives | Ars Technica
He’s not charged with a crime. Judge demands he help prosecutors build their case.
february 2017
A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone - The Verge
Bikkannavar says he was detained by US Customs and Border Patrol and pressured to give the CBP agents his phone and access PIN. Since the phone was issued by NASA, it may have contained sensitive material that wasn’t supposed to be shared. Bikkannavar’s phone was returned to him after it was searched by CBP, but he doesn’t know exactly what information officials might have taken from the device.
privacy  trump 
february 2017
Legendary Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Work, Leisure, and Creativity
“If we make one criterion for defining the artist… the impulse to make something new… — a kind of divine discontent with all that has gone before, however good — then we can find such artists at every level of human culture, even when performing acts of great simplicity.”
february 2017
The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought - The Atlantic
In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.
february 2017
Introducing Keybase Chat
Today we're launching an end-to-end encrypted chat built into Keybase (downloadable here; source code here). It's easier to use than other crypto apps. It's scriptable too.
keybase  encryption  chat  social 
february 2017
U.S Government may soon demand visitors reveal their social media passwords
The next time you fly to New York or Disneyland, you may be asked to turn over the passwords to your social media accounts, depending on where you come from. The move comes as part of a tightening of security checks currently being contemplated by Homeland Security secretary John Kelly.
privacy  trump 
february 2017
CSS Grid Layout Terminology, Explained
CSS Grid Layout introduces a lot of new concepts; there are 17 new properties to learn, and many more new terms to understand. This can make getting started with CSS Grid Layout difficult, as new terms reference other terms and you can get into a spiral of confusion. So, here are the basic concepts and terminology of CSS Grid Layout, explained.
css 
february 2017
Met Museum Makes 375,000 Images Available for Free - NYTimes.com
All images of public-domain artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection — about 375,000 — are now free for anyone to use however they may please.
february 2017
Hacker takes over thousands of Printers; sends alerts to users
The hacker did it in a good faith and also informed HP about the vulnerability.
hack 
february 2017
Get a STEM Toy Every Month With Amazon's Subscription Box for Kids
Amazon recently launched the STEM Club Toy Subscription with monthly kits available for three age groups: 3-to-4 year olds, 5-to-7 year olds, and 8-to-13 year olds.

Each kit costs $19.99 per month before tax. The monthly program delivers Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math toys geared towards those age groups.
kids  education  amazon  stem 
february 2017
The future of computing
What if the iPad isn’t the future of computing?
february 2017
A Russian Slot Machine Hack Is Costing Casinos Big Time | WIRED
IN EARLY JUNE 2014, accountants at the Lumiere Place Casino in St. Louis noticed that several of their slot machines had—just for a couple of days—gone haywire. The government-approved software that powers such machines gives the house a fixed mathematical edge, so that casinos can be certain of how much they’ll earn over the long haul—say, 7.129 cents for every dollar played. But on June 2 and 3, a number of Lumiere’s machines had spit out far more money than they’d consumed, despite not awarding any major jackpots, an aberration known in industry parlance as a negative hold. Since code isn’t prone to sudden fits of madness, the only plausible explanation was that someone was cheating.
february 2017
Pornhub wants to be the hottest destination for sex ed
On Wednesday, the massive adult entertainment destination took the somewhat surprising step of launching the “Pornhub Sexual Health Center.” They're hoping the free sub-site will become a go-to resource for some of their 70 million daily users on all manner of topics, including STIs, sexual safety and how to manage relationships.
february 2017
Julian Assange Claims Google Is Not What We Think It Is
Taken with a grain of salt: "Yes, we all know Google. But WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange holds a different, darker, shrewder view of it."
february 2017
97 companies file opposition to Trump’s immigration order | TechCrunch
Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and other tech companies filed an amicus brief tonight voicing opposition to President Trump’s executive order on immigration on the grounds that it is discriminatory and has a negative impact on business.
february 2017
Boston Dynamics made a kickass robot on wheels that jumps higher than you
Robots are getting more human-like by the minute, but soon they might also be a lot more athletic.

Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson shared footage from a recent Boston Dynamics presentation, where founder Marc Raibert unveiled an impressive new robot that replaces standard feet with a pair of Segway-like wheels.
february 2017
‘I Have Multiple Loves’ - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Carrie Jenkins makes the philosophical case for polyamory
february 2017
Uber C.E.O. to Leave Trump Advisory Council After Criticism - The New York Times
Mr. Kalanick’s exit from the advisory council underscores the tricky calculus facing many Silicon Valley corporate chieftains who try to work with the new administration. On one hand, many tech executives have openly tried to engage with the president, a path that is typically good for business. Yet Mr. Trump’s immigration order has been so unpopular with so many tech workers — many of whom are immigrants themselves and who advocate globalization — that they are now exerting pressure on their chief executives to push back forcefully against the administration.
february 2017
Jewish people give Muslims key to their synagogue after town's mosque burns down | The Independent
The Victoria Islamic Centre burned down on Saturday and had previously been burgled—the cause is being investigated by federal officials.

But the town's Muslim population will not be without a place to worship while their building is reconstructed, thanks to their Jewish neighbours.
february 2017
Google Computer Science Education
Computer science (CS) education is a pathway to innovation, to creativity and to exciting career opportunities. We believe that all students deserve these opportunities. That is why Google is committed to developing programs, resources, tools and community partnerships which make CS engaging and accessible for all students.
february 2017
Million requests per second with Python – Medium
Japronto is a brand new micro-framework tailored for your micro-services needs. It’s main goals include being fast, scalable and lightweight. It lets you do synchronous and asynchronous programming with asyncio and it’s shamelessly fast. Even faster than NodeJS and Go.
february 2017
President Trump Is Winning – Medium
[...] And all of that might be true, but to the people who sent the bull to the china shop, he is decisive, acting quickly on his most important promises. His latest Muslim ban and airport detentions are only the beginning. When nothing positive gets done and he inevitably runs out of communities to demonize, when he proves to in fact be incompetent at governing, he will turn to his crowd and say “see, I acted, but politicians got in the way.” And be cheered. [...]
february 2017
Hundreds of Thousands of Netgear Routers Vulnerable to Password Bypass | Threatpost | The first stop for security news
Hundreds of thousands–potentially more than one million–Netgear routers are susceptible to a pair of vulnerabilities that can lead to password disclosure.
february 2017
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down | Motherboard
Psychologist Michal Kosinski developed a method to analyze people in minute detail based on their Facebook activity. Did a similar tool help propel Donald Trump to victory? Two reporters from Zurich-based Das Magazin (where an earlier version of this story appeared in December in German) went data-gathering.
january 2017
White House discussing asking foreign visitors for social media info and cell phone contacts - CNNPolitics.com
Amid the chaos and confusion of President Donald Trump's new executive order on immigration and refugees, sources tell CNN that White House policy director Stephen Miller spoke with officials of the State Department, Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Homeland Security and others to tell them that the President is deeply committed to the executive order and the public is firmly behind it -- urging them not to get distracted by what he described as hysterical voices on TV.
january 2017
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Trump Muslim ban: 'Apple would not exist without immigration ... This is not a policy we support.'
The move comes as other tech leaders finally start speaking out against the new president’s policies.
january 2017
Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked in rooms - The Local
One of Europe's top hotels has admitted they had to pay thousands in Bitcoin ransom to cybercriminals who managed to hack their electronic key system, locking hundreds of guests in or out of their rooms until the money was paid.
january 2017
Google Recalls Staff to U.S. After Trump Immigration Order - Bloomberg
Memo from CEO Pichai says more than 100 employees impacted
Pichai says President’s move caused painful ’personal costs’
january 2017
Mikhail Gorbachev: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump Arms Race | Time.com
But no problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority.
january 2017
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