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NIST's answer to the question "do you need a blockchain?"

tl;dr: usually no, use a database instead

m.imgur.com/a/RlUj9Ed

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Well, this is interesting...

Yesterday my laptop began refusing to charge, and also began exhibiting a variety of other symptoms that (mostly) seem to be related to USB I/O. It's a pure USB-C device, so this makes me think that the problems isolated there.

Backing up now, and then I'm going to try resetting the hardware, and if that doesn't work then a wipe-and-reinstall as a Hail Mary. And then... I get to see if I can get warranty work done on it for a reasonable price. 🀬

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"Anonymous 4chan Poster" gets credited as first author on a math proof, giving us further evidence that reality had a stroke and never fully recovered.

quantamagazine.org/sci-fi-writ

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I added some heirloom apples, cookies, and D&D spells to the dataset of pies to see if the neural net would make some more medieval-sounding pies. It worked a little too well.

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A Big Archive of Occult Recordings: Historic Audio Lets You Hear Trances, Paranormal Music, Glossolalia & Other Strange Sounds (1905-2007) openculture.com/?p=1048715 t.co/pZmuPTxtvK

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"The IT Crowd" is surprisingly dated in some pretty cringe-worthy ways.

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Every generation thinks that their challenges are greater and present more of a mortal and existential crisis than anything that came before.

I used to think that we were all just self important narcissists but maybe the conservatives asking us not to play god have a point.

Human agency has increased exponentially while maturity has increased linearly at best.

We have never been more vulnerable to our own unintended side effects.

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Experimenting with time-based portraits of 2D automata lifeforms.

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I'm taking a break from being on @HackerRadioShow@twitter.com to focus on my last semester at school and applying for jobs, though I'll still be helping out with production behind the scenes. If you have any leads for entry-level positions in infosec please let me know!

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But they were all of them, deceived. For another ring was made.

#lotr

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I think some folks can't distinguish between chaotic good and lawful neutral

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Fit bits are just Tamagotchis for adults but turns out you're the blob you're trying to keep alive.

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I imagine that some day, effectively everything will be created by autonomous machines. Humans will be the intended consumers of the machines' wares. In the machines' quest to know how well they did, they will enslave all of humanity as forced labor focus groups, who endlessly participate in A/B tests until they die of exhaustion.

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@ekaitz_zarraga @Shamar

The most harmful thing I see about a blockchain is it's energy consumption and need for expensive technology where some lower tech solution would be less harmful and better suited.

We need to reduce the amount of data centers in this world. Adding halls of hash cash playing machines does not help that.
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