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Kamamuri

  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    I think PHK is right in that AI-tweaked algorithms to snuff out the elderly/dark/different will take too long to get to billions (maybe it's just a failure of imagination on my part). On the other hand, reading between the lines...
  • Commented on Test Case
    In my imagination this accident gets treated with the same passion as the Columbia shuttle disaster. The government appoints Jeff Dean or maybe Knuth to go to town with the code and determine exactly what it was that went wrong....
  • Commented on Test Case
    The hypothetical case looks pretty clear-cut to me. The "driver" chose to downgrade to the silver collision avoidance plan, if it's possible to prove that the gold plan would have done better then it's clearly his fault. He gambled with...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Timely news (rumour?) from today: Details on NSA tracking state-level hackers are in the Shadow Brokers release Buried lede (at least for me): all of this started in 2007 when the Chinese stole the plans for the F35...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I read the master chef doc, thanks for the link. I'm not sure how that applies to our current situation, so pardon for the questions, perhaps I'm being too direct. Is the idea that central casting picked Nunberg, the Mooch,...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I see four tiers: poor, middle class, 1%, zottas. Fifth? @Heteromeles, maybe San Diego is still nice and clean, but I don't find it that hard to see. I mean, what is Trump's business model, who has been living in...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I'm not sure why you think it's that far-fetched, this seems to happen all the time in Vancouver Canada, and has been in the news a lot recently: Laundering drug money into real estate via private lending I'm not sure...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Here's an interesting story to show to any of your friends that suggest buying GPUs for mining is a good idea [0]. Tldr: people figured out the Monero code was "deoptimized", probably on purpose, optimized a miner to the point...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I think reverse cold war psyops is a bit naive in this case. I don't think the message was aimed at Trump, after all the one constant for him has been acknowledging ownage (not a single critic, constant adulation to...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Thanks for the comment, that was very illustrative (and Matt Levine is always great). It feels to me that at some point economics abstracted a bunch of stuff (no need to have a guy running around gold carts in the...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Regarding your [6] and the whole trade war thing, it reminded me of a story from just a few weeks ago There was a very detailed anonymous post on Seeking Alpha [0] in 2015 presenting "the laergest[sic] and most complex...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    You're right about the relative value, at your estimate Bitcoin is currently only worth around 150 Kardashian tweets [0][1] [0] https://twitter.com/KylieJenner/status/966429897118728192 [1] https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-02-23/can-kardashians-trade-on-tweets...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Took a look at the bitcoin paper [-1], it's almost sad how quaint it is. Given how much of it was dedicated to showing that the network would be resilient to anything less than a majority attack, it should have...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    I'm a big fan of the oracular powers of William Gibson, in particular his latest The Peripheral has China as a sort of Willy Wonka factory pre-Charlie, one day they just shut the door and people outside can barely glimpse...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Nine Billion is like 33 digits. Pffft....
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    The hardware side also merits a good story (or is the real story). I'm not sure I agree that the Chinese were late to the scene, at most fashionably late. They control a good chunk the hardware side, bitmain allegedly...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    This just happened again yesterday, when google promised/claimed to have banned all sales of guns and relevant mechanisms from its plataform, but now people cannot buy burgundy wine (or Guns and Roses) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/27/wine-lovers-cannot-buy-burgundy-tipple-google-internet-giant/ For the record, I don't think it's...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Myself, my GPU farm is busy trying to get a new Iain M. Banks story out. Speaking of which... Satoshi Nakamoto is a Culture Mind, they heard Charlie's plea and decided to drop by, but before they welcome us into...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    A post-apocalyptic world overrun by the bitcoin cargo-cult. The whole of society, or whatever is left of it, is dedicated to sifting through the remnants of 21st century civilization, inspecting all electronic trash at the nanoscale. There are legends of...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    1. Satoshi Nakamoto is Jorge Luis Borges. The whole bitcoin thing is simply a distributed way of writing the Babel library. a) variant: somebody got tired of waiting for the Winds of Winter 2. Satoshi Nakamoto is the jesuits. Ignacio...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    But what about the jesuits?!...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    Regarding the Elizabeth cliffhanger in Empire Games, I'm still a bit confused about it (having read the previous thread). Charlie previously stated that the US did not know who Elizabeth was, but it seems strange then that Paulie would ask...
  • Commented on Why I barely read SF these days
    My condolences on Hugh's passing, he always seemed to me to be hard at work living in the future; bittersweet thoughts on Starman starting his long trip. Regarding world-building, I feel a strong disconnect from most SF given the current...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    In fact, doing a bit of math (might not be super wise at this time of the day), using an estimated 12e9 Mhashes/s as the current network hashrate, combined with the highest ASIC estimate I could find (10,000 MHashes/s/Watt for...
  • Commented on Unforeseen Consequences and that 1929 vibe
    Regarding the electricity usage estimates for the Bitcoin network, I can't find what hardware is assumed to be running it. This is roughly the efficiency that I've seen by hardware generation, in Megahashes/Joule: CPUs: 0.1 GPUs (AMD): 2 FPGAs: 20...
  • Commented on Silence is ending (soon)
    I'm very very excited about the Concorde flight. That gun has been sitting in the mantelpiece for a long long time (first novel?)...
  • Commented on Bread and Circuses (circumlunar version)
    Re: "All the casual talk of single devices that use energy at a rate comparable to the entire capacity of the UK's electricity grid fair gives me the willies, and the idea of firing them off often enough to make...
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