MimbleWimble: History, Technology, and the Mining Industry - The Block
Great write-up on MW, Grin and Beam.
Great write-up on MW, Grin and Beam.
Over the last several months I have written a series of articles — which I have called the Bitcoin Fundamentals series. My goal is to go down the rabbit hole as far as I could, to see what Bitcoin is really made of.
I've read all of these posts (linked within) but would like to revisit once I finish my own trip down the extensive rabbit hole.
Survival came down to cultivating a sense of belonging, purpose, and stewardship.
About to start her book (listening to it), I'll save this for reading later.
"Standard Notes is a safe place for your notes, thoughts, and life's work."
I'm not using it, but linking it in case I get interested. I would still like to roll my own encrypted backend with Pinboard as the front end for now. Obvs Pinboard isn't encrypted, but getting one side working first would be the idea.
FT looking at external private equity in Spain (I had to search the title in GOOG and click from there to get past the wall). This looks very similar to same old thing happening elsewhere, and the article quotes all the wrong metrics to evaluate success: jobs, recovery etc.
Website that calculates the cost to mine BTC/ETH/LTC.
A high level yet somewhat complete look at the systems around 'crypto' from an investment thesis point of view. This following thought is one to dwell on, for me:
Another way to think about this tech is as the long tail of finance: just like Amazon became the long tail of Internet retail and eventually cornered most the market, crypto will start as the long tail of finance.
The Blackbird is used as a stand-in for many cars advertised in US car commercials as it is capable of maneuverability many of the cars that replace it visually (via CGI) do not have.… https://t.co/obkc0Kqcqb
More noise, less signal!
Not a comment about the article, which I haven't read yet, but style, layout and UI envy.
The phishing starts normally, with a fake Gmail page asking the target for their password.
Examples for different IDEs in the thread.
Thoughts on momentum and its manifestations around us. In the final part, the author mentions, "work your butt off to get some momentum behind you"... I'm ruminating the thesis that you don't need to work your butt off, you just need to do the basics and be consistent. That effort rolls up into something bigger that without a doubt could be considered "working your butt off" but I'm considering that it really is just discipline + the basics.
FS podcast with Gawande that I mentioned earlier, this idea I quite liked, that of "necessary fallibility":
We will never have complete knowledge of all of the conditions and states of the world.
money is a unit of prior work associated with mismatch in needs found in barter systems.
While perhaps oversimplified, this is a decent short phrase to describe an aspect of money.
Great talk on public health and medicine, arrived to from a Farnam Street podcast by Atul Gawande. Also cool to see the bits of behind the scenes BBC action.
Tagged this under review so that it will pop-up in my notes email reminder. Having heard the book, I would like to do parts of this course over the year, so hopefully when my reminder comes in I catch this while scanning and get at it :).
I have this lined up for listening to and tagged to review here later.
In case I need to find some interesting titles... I *would* like to read some David Foster Wallace, but for now nothing else that I scanned on the page jumps out at me.
Article from the Economist on brain-computer interfaces.
Some interesting information about childhood leukaemia, pre-birth mutations and immune system priming.
Regular reminder: The telecom network is a giant tracking system and the number of people who can gain access to subscriber data is practically unlimited.
Thread to a video about lightening nodes, becoming a good routing node.
Something else to keep an eye on wrt BTC price action.
Bookmarking this to come back to a few times through the year to see how it plays out. I'm hoping to save a few people's predictions and see how each plays out.
A great overview of a critique of Protonmail's marketing their E2EE in the webapp. The breakdown of the arguments is excellent, and the author points out how the text in ProtonMail's own biz paper where they acknowledge their servers may be compromised. This might be useful for citing at a later date.
The title says it all!
This Zerohedge article has the Chinese click farm video I was looking for the other day.
Following these three Twitter threads:
I power this notes section with an outside service to handle the data, pulling in the feed from that service to build this page.
In the future I would like to store and update the feed in my own place, so to speak; I'm not sure where, or how, yet. The easy answer is a mysql DB on this server, but I'd like to find a harder problem to tackle since I took the easy way WRT the input interface.
Anyways, before all of that I would like to add an interesting feature: having the notes section email me a weekly update of the last week's posts, *and* have it hi-light posts that I have tagged for 'review'. Reviewing my notes is something I don't do consistently, and automating this could help.
(I often tag some notes for reviewing because I want to check back to see if the author was correct, or I want to actually do some research on the note.)
The Four Horsemen of the Investing Apocalypse, and I want to review this after I finish the Coursera Game Theory course I am doing.
We might find ourselves using this service in the near future.
All PKI systems solve for the same problem: knowing what key material was associated with an ID at a given time and deriving its current state. It's a relativistic physics problem of how you deterministically align a series of events across different observers in space-time... Current PKI systems are centralized b/c there was previously no way to create a global, deterministic lineage of events in a decentralized way, which is why blockchains are so useful in the context of identity - they solve the question of "When?" across relativistic space-time
People think that PoW and PoS are consensus protocols, and that they are the only two consensus protocols out there... This is false. Let me explain.
I'm not sure I totally follow him, so I'm posting this for reviewing at a later date.
Greater Vancouver home sales for 2018 fell to an eighteen year low. Lowest annual sales count since the year 2000.
Roughly 18 years ago I sold my apartment in Vancouver.
Sharing the group assets and managing incentivization is what's new since the advent of the "p2p era"
I need to think about this line, in particular how could that be done differently now versus then? Could cryptocurrencies *really* play a role here?
WRT the previous link, this provides some info to get started.
José Valim has Twitched the Advent of Code solutions with Elixir, something I plan to watch here before the holidays end. A few very bright folks have told me to start looking at Elixir...
Researchers have demonstrated that an amoeba—a single-celled organism consisting mostly of gelatinous protoplasm—has unique computing abilities that may one day offer a competitive alternative to the methods used by conventional computers.
This, like the fungus that worked on the Tokyo subway system I linked earlier, are fascinating examples of leveraging nature's long iterated capabilities for solving problems that we are trying to do with computers.
I like this font.
I suppose I will need to review this at some point so linking it up for when the time comes!
* First principles
* Personal biases and misinformation
* Purposeful misinformation or misdirection, manipulation
The whole Deepfake uptake and social media misdirection has me thinking about what will happen with information in the future. Using mainstream media to manipulate people has been around for ages, using social media to herd the crowd is happening, and with deepfakes individuals can manipulate the messages from other individuals.
What information can we believe to be 'true'? Anyways, wanted to scribble this down here as something in my head can't stop thinking about it.
I'm looking forward to digging into this history a bit more.
One small amoeba found a solution to the traveling salesman problem faster than our best algorithms. What does it know that we don't?
Fascinating; need to read this paper when it come out. Tagged in Review.
We have said that recent years of low interest rates + cheap capital is like a tractor beam—pulling 20-year far-out FUTURE ideas forward to the PRESENT into 20-month frenzied projects.... Similarly be it in TECH or CHINA or GDP abundant cash has taken DEMAND from future years...
How to survive as the bill arrives for this in years to come?
The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country, with more than 1,300 inhabitants per square mile. It’s bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture. Yet it’s the globe’s number two exporter of food as measured by value, second only to the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on Earth have the Dutch done it?
Life is mostly about following the basics.
This was a line from Naval Ravakant in this podcast, and it is something I have seen in many places. Oftentimes just doing the basic work is enough to get great results*.
Take the gym as an example; just working a simple plan like a 5x5 with the compound lifts, and cycling in some downtime to keep yourself fresh is a great way to stay strong and healthy in this regard. But people overcomplicate it like crazy.
I have to admit, in some areas I find it distressing how hard it can be to find the basics amongst all the noise.
* If great is used in a relative sense, that's a bit of a disappointing statement.
(The actual quote is
Life is mostly about applying the basics and only doing the advanced stuff in the things that you truly love and where you understand the basics inside out.)
Very lucid thoughts on systems, narratives, society and decentralization from Sarah. I need to review this and write down some more thoughts on it.
Blockchain is a database. A cryptographically linked list. For the uninitiated, imagine spreadsheets tied together by a password.
An efficient manner to explain in simple terms what a blockchain is. Nice.
The idea presented about open networks is very similar to what I have been thinking about open protocols.
Bitcoin’s protocol has no top-down supply audit built into validation.
This is something I want to look into or think about. The programmer in me would have wanted to put something like this into the system rather than leave the checks where they are.
Denying mediocrity is a deliberate and conscious way of life.
Not to make a correction is to establish a new minimum standard.
Two quotes I picked up tangentially from the CrossFit world. I don't think of this as setting the bar high, instead, simply setting the bar.
I'm not sure where I came across this book, but I listened to the audiobook this year and have purchased the paper-back to review every once in a while. This is a great dive into parts of math and physics, each chapter a standalone essay. Lots of crossover with other math books I've read, but little details that I didn't know fill in gaps and make the stories all the more interesting. I can see myself keeping this one around to read bits here and there.
Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an "intelligence explosion", and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.
A look back ad the advertising revenue model that dominates the internet.
The example of Pinboard is interesting (at the moment in 2018, I use Pinboard to power my notes website here) and I can't help but wonder: if these services were protocol based, services like search and social, then users could pay for really good UI tools, but also not pay and just use free ad-supported ones too. What could have been.
trying to understand a sentence by looking at each letter individually
I need to think about this.
A really well written piece, and I particularly loved this and the following paragraph:
Venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya once recalled his work with Facebook this way: “We trumpeted [our platform] like it was some hot-shit big deal. And I remember when we raised money from Bill Gates…And Gates said something along the lines of, ‘That’s a crock of shit. This isn’t a ‘platform.’ A platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it exceeds the value of the company that creates it. Then it’s a platform.’” The brilliant Microsoft founder knew that his own Windows operating system was a true platform because, as Microsoft openly bragged, the company itself captured only a minority of the value created through the Windows ecosystem. Facebook, YouTube and Google are in a completely different category—because the vast majority of the wealth they generate is controlled by the social-media oligopolies themselves. They aren’t platforms so much as rent-seeking agents that oversee a set of critical economic protocols.
Over the course of the Technology Theft Campaign, which began in or about 2006, Zhu, Zhang, and their coconspirators in the APT10 Group successfully obtained unauthorized access to the computers of more than 45 technology companies and U.S. Government agencies based in at least 12 states, including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The APT10 Group stole hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive data and information from the victims’ computer systems, including from at least the following victims: seven companies involved in aviation, space and/or satellite technology; three companies involved in communications technology; three companies involved in manufacturing advanced electronic systems and/or laboratory analytical instruments; a company involved in maritime technology; a company involved in oil and gas drilling, production, and processing; and the NASA Goddard Space Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory...
Imagine we were stateless beings; we have no memory of a previous instant. No awareness of our previous states.
We would have no concept of songs, sentences, family. For some reason the idea of music really gets me here. Would songs exist if we couldn't recall the previous note or sequence of notes?
A fascinating dive through the history of everything. I listened to the well narrated audiobook at 1.5x and can see myself hitting up the associated Big History Project website and also listening to this book again.
The big takeaway for me in this book, besides a reminder of the scale of time, was how we are at a point where we have a never before available level of information and understanding available to us. I found it very motivating to learn how to learn, ala spaced learning, using the many tools we have at our disposal: podcasts, books, audiobooks..
I've had this on the shelf for years, and finally getting back into some math this year I felt compelled to read it to jog my memory a bit. It can be read quickly on a nice relaxing weekend and for folks who love math but didn't study it too widely or deeply, it is a fun hop back in.
A review with references and some app/software suggestions wrt Spaced learning.
I have been playing with this concept lately, or a similar idea, by listening to audiobooks that I am reading, but also finding podcast discussions on the topic with or without the author. This seems to help reinforce the ideas and allows me to have more of those little aha moments one has when reading.
Humans are imprecise, biased, state recording beings. We record our state of the world and of ourselves and try and communicate our state and interpretations to others.
Facts are often muddied by imprecision. Interpretations are biased, and suffer from a lack of or poor information.
The illusion of time results from "recording" state and the sequence in which it occurred.
Go to source for privacy tools and best practices.
PDF on mimetic theory, startups/founders and Peter Theil. I need to revisit this after letting some recent investigation on mimetic theory sink in.
Even what might seem like a thing—a stone, say—is really an event taking place at a rate we can’t register.
Quite a good if not hard to hear discussion on Girard and some of his concepts.
Search here for two podcasts with René Girard. Both very good discussions.
5 part series covering the ideas of René Girard. Of all that I listened to this was probably the best place to start, though I did listen to most several times.
"Instead of viewing scarcity in terms of a dearth of some physical substance, @NickSzabo4 imagined scarcity as the property of being expensive to produce and for this cost to be hard to fake - or said another way, easy to verify."
"Since many of my twitter fights devolve into people saying "but it's actually not centralized tho", let's talk about wtf decentralization actually means."