Daily Tech News 2 May 2021

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  • The Opera browser now supports decentralised domain name lookups. (Tech Radar)

    Okay, the story is slightly more complicated than that, but ultimately it doesn't make much more sense.

    A company called Unstoppable Domains sells domains under the .blockchain name space - called a top-level domain or TLD. They didn't buy the rights to .blockchain or register it with the appropriate authorities, they just did it. And the secret there is that anyone can do this. In fact, anyone has always been able to do this.

    The tricky part is getting other people to agree that you own .blockchain, but with the current bubble there's stupid amounts of money splashing around and money works great for convincing people to go along with stupid ideas.

    The stupid idea in this case is to use the blockchain to distributed domain name lookups, rather than DNS, which has been around since 1983. (Before 1983 the internet was so small that there was just a file with a list of all the servers.)

    The rationale here is that the blockchain - they use Ethereum, but any blockchain - is inherently distributed; the reason this is stupid is that so is DNS.

    Ethereum has so advantages in that it is transactional and auditable, so you can see exactly what changes have been made, when, and by whom. And everything is controlled by contracts so in theory no-one can steal your domain. In practice of course that can still happen, and will. If nothing else works they'll just break your kneecaps.

    Anyway, the real problem with all this is that it runs on Ethereum, and Ethereum is at a record high of $2900. (CNBC)

    Every change you make to your DNS settings with this system is an Ethereum transaction, and Ethereum transactions are paid in Ethereum coins, at a price that depends on the value of Ethereum itself and the gas price, which varies depending on how busy the network is, rather like this:

    That spike has passed, but earlier today if you had wanted to apply a single, simple DNS update via Ethereum, it would have cost your upwards of $300. And that's assuming that it really stopped at a gas price of 400 rather than breaking the tracking software and keeping right on going.

    This isn't registering a domain, it's just remembering to point www.my.domain at your web server as well as my.domain. $300 just for that.

    I'm paying less than that, per year, for two high-end virtual machines each capable of hosting hundreds of websites. In Australia, where hosting is a lot more expensive than the US or Europe.

    DNS updates, meanwhile, are free.


Not a classic from the 80s or 90s today, but a fun little show from 2015. Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon, or Danmachi from the abbreviation of the Japanese title, is a fantasy series where the hero, in fact, does not at any point pick up girls in a dungeon.

One of the highlights though is this ending theme, by Kanon Wakeshima, a classically-trained cellist who decided to expand her horizons a little.


Tech News

  • TSMC, which manufactures AMD's Epyc CPUs, is using AMD's Epyc CPUs to manufacture AMD's Epyc CPUs. (Tom's Hardware)

    Not a huge story on the surface, except that TSMC is running billions of dollars worth of incredibly advanced manufacturing equipment that can't be interrupted, ever, even for a moment, without risking weeks of production, and they rely on AMD systems to control it all.


  • Turkey has pretty much banned cryptocurrencies. (Tom's Hardware)

    They say this is because the currencies are being used for criminal activities and funding terrorism, which, this being Turkey, is almost certainly true, but the key problem is that they aren't being used for the right criminal activities and funding approved terrorism.


  • Huawei may be releasing a 3:2 32" desktop monitor with a resolution of 4500x3000. (Tom's Hardware)

    I'm not sure why, though. Microsoft's Surface Studio - is that even still available? Okay, yes - has a 28" display with that resolution, but it's designed to lie almost flat so the whole thing can be used as a huge drawing surface by artists and animators. That makes sense; it's a niche market but a real one.

    I'm not sure who wants a standalone monitor like that. I currently have two 4K monitors each displaying two apps side-by-side. What I'd really like is a single huge screen measuring something like 50" with a resolution of 10240x2880, so I can have five apps at once with the the main one centered in my vision and no nasty gaps in between. The best I can currently get is 5120x1440, exactly half of what I want.


  • Got a slight ding in your shiny new iPad Pro? Didn't pay up-front for AppleCare+? That will be $699. (WCCFTech)

    Prefer to take it to an independent repair shop?

    You can't.

    Because fuck you, that's why.


  • Shared libraries considered harmful. (Kernel.org)

    Shared libraries were essential on early multi-user systems because they drastically reduced memory requirements when memory cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars per megabyte. Now you get get as much second-hand server RAM as you want for $1 per gigabyte, so the complexities that shared code brings with it are coming to the fore.

    This is Linus Torvalds himself, and whatever you may think of him he does generally understand how Linux works.


  • Rocky Linux 8.3 RC1 is here. (Phoronix)

    A bit of history here: Once upon a time - 1995 to be precise - there was a popular Linux distribution called Red Hat. After some years that was split into two separate versions - Red Hat Enterprise Linux, or RHEL, which was stable and carefully tested and required a paid subscription, and Fedora, which was essentially the preview version of RHEL.

    Then the CentOS project came along, which took the source code for RHEL - which has to be published because it's all open source - stripped out any Red Hat proprietary content and trademarks, and gave it away.

    This being a pretty poor revenue model, the CentOS organisation ran short of funds, and Red Hat sponsored them because it was a good way of bringing in customers: Get them on CentOS, let them run into trouble, and sell them RHEL licenses and support agreements.

    Then IBM bought Red Hat, looked at this, decided that customers were not getting properly, I think the term is, serviced, and basically murdered the CentOS project.

    Rocky Linux, launched by one of the original CentOS creators and named after another (late) founder of that project, is funded in part by Amazon and Microsoft because, basically, lol fuck you IBM.

    Which is good for us, because we get a solid version of Linux for free.

    Except that I moved on to Ubuntu years ago, because CentOS 7 kind of sucked and CentOS 8 took seven forevers to finally arrive.

    Ubuntu certainly isn't perfect, but it ships like clockwork. Every two years there's a long-term support release, and then you wait three months for the critical bugs to be shaken out by other people so you can deploy it.

    (Actually 20.04 was pretty solid from day one. Depending on where you are reading this, you are likely connecting to a server running on Ubuntu 20.04.)


  • Chrome is getting a new feature that will let web apps read your computer's filesystem. (Bleeping Computer)

    There is no way this will immediately go horribly wrong.


  • Python has the same bug when dealing with retarded IP addresses as Perl and Node.js. (Bleeping Computer)

    8.8.8.8 is the IP address of Google's DNS service. 010.8.8.8 should be the same IP address, because you're supposed to interpret numbers with a leading 0 as octal ( base 8 ) rather than just decimal numbers entered by a sloppy typist or a programmer with OCD who insists that every three-digit field actually contain three digits.

    Up through Python version 3.8.0a3, what it actually did instead was tell you to fuck off. While technically incorrect, this was at least safe.

    With Python version 3.8.0a4 through to the current version 3.9.4 and preview releases of 3.10, it accepted your horrible IP address and passed it through to the underlying library...

    Which turned out to be broken, such that 010.8.8.8 was interpreted as 10.8.8.8, and whoever actually owned that IP address could steal all your data. Well, your DNS lookups anyway.


  • You can download Windows 10 21H1 update right now. (Thurrott.com)

    But why?


  • The developers of AI Dungeon developed a filter to look for child pornography. (Vice)

    Neglecting the fact that fantasy role-playing games are a 24-hour all you can eat murder buffet, the creators of the game went hunting for... Okay, look, these people are idiots. They read everyone's content in case someone engaged in inappropriate fiction.


  • A California appeals court has ruled that Amazon is liable for the products it sells to exactly the same degree any other company engaged in the same business activities would be. (MSN)

    Amazon is awash with blatant fraud and they have never done anything about it. About time someone called them on the carpet.



Right Light Rise Music Videos of the Day



This is Kanon herself singing the full theme, with a bunch of guys who may or may not be the band; I can't tell for sure. I hope this plays for everyone; the music is licensed by Warner so there aren't a lot of good copies around.



And here are Kanon and the band performing it live in concert. Now the entire crowd can join in the flag sequence. Right Light Rise starts at 31:42 if the player doesn't take you straight to it.


Anime Notes

Yesterday's comments (readers at my blog: the other comments) wandered into the relative merits of classic isekai - another world - fantasy shows Vision of Escaflowne and Fushigi Yuugi, which aired at roughly the same time.

Two words of advice here:
  • With Escaflowne, watch the TV series. If you're curious you can then also watch the movie, but don't watch it first. It tries to compress a 26-episode TV series down to 98 minutes, and it simply doesn't work.

  • With Fushigi Yuugi, watch the TV series, and then for the love of all that is holy, stop. There are three OVA sequels, but they are the anime equivalent of necrotising fasciitis.


It might not be be Yoko Kanno but it's better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick. Except for the Miaka! Takahome! parts. Those, I'd take the stick.


Disclaimer:That fun little show just got renewed for a fourth season, so be warned if you do start watching it.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 02:23 AM




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1 Up late tonight but always read your thread in the morning. Thanks for signing on,

Posted by: Charles at May 02, 2021 01:40 AM (1ENjc)

2 hiya

Posted by: JT at May 02, 2021 02:23 AM (arJlL)

3 CNN today - we're confused! And those purple lights they shine on the ballots and checking to see if the voter exists is weird and CREEEEEEPY!!! They already counted the ballots 2 times!

Posted by: Jimco Industries at May 02, 2021 02:28 AM (buTO7)

4 My Nisei friends had me listen to J-Pop in the '90s. Once in a while I've tried to figure out which Pri-Pri etc. songs they were enamored with, but I don't get far in my search before bailing at the cringe.

Many suns ago, The Dude linked some K-Pop. Bubble Pop. Can't forget it. Hyuna looked great in cutoffs and a white tank.

Posted by: that's all I've got at May 02, 2021 02:33 AM (SgOfM)

5 Humbled my mere question inspired a op-ed on your part Pixy. As I tend to savor my anime series, it will be awhile until I finish both Escaflowne and Fushigi Yuughi and hopefully the conclusions of the regular run is enough to satisfy my curiosity.

And hearing, the creative and cute Kanon has definitely peaked my fancy and DanMachi will be on the docket tonight and all I can it says... my hunger for good anime never ceases to be filled thanks to your great menu, Pixy.

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 02, 2021 02:41 AM (YvEh8)

6 Ano Pixy-Misa?

Thought you were going to post a link to one of my and Uni-chan's favorite scenes?

Japanese version - https://youtu.be/mi5GFuvCIp4

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 02:52 AM (xvEYc)

7 In that concert video certainly looks like Kanon-sama was having fun. But what better way to market the featured acts and shows but to give the fans more?

Concerts with seiyuu are not a rare thing either. Here is the Knight Sabres from Bubblegum Crisis performing "Asu e Touchdown" live - https://youtu.be/3s31FNwrdO4

More recent vintage, from Macross Frontier the opening performed live by May'n and Megumi Nakajima - https://youtu.be/-hYcx04PKUs

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 03:16 AM (xvEYc)

8 While my posts are percolating in your mind Pixy, I saw you're planning a re-visit to 80s anime for some personal recommendation- Kimagure Orange Road soundtrack and Bubblegum Crisis soundtrack have some real choice beats.

Oh, and I'm definitely digging DanMachi for its intriguing premise, fun action, great sound and Hestia...but mostly Hestia, though ;-)

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 02, 2021 03:25 AM (YvEh8)

9 Hey, Anna! Eerie we both bring up the classic OVA Bubblegum Crisis in our commenting...like some anime ESP or something. Here hoping we see some Hurricane action tomorrow, as in "Konya wa Hurricane" by incomparable Kinuko Oomori ... and unforgettable Knight Sabers (Pris being the best, of course, but I have soft spot for Nene,too)

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 02, 2021 03:33 AM (YvEh8)

10 And Anna, I do recommend watching the "A Wind Named Amnesia" for the worthwhile plot, decent adventure and good visuals.

Really enjoyed the initial act with the protagonist and his little teacher so hopefully thats enough for you to prep yourself for the long, and for the most post, enjoyable quests the main duo has to solve along their journey.

Although, I do forewarn the ending is a little disappointing for its open-ending nature and its constant re-use of its mechanical antagonist.

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 02, 2021 03:40 AM (YvEh8)

11 Yay, more BGC love Sylia was my favorite, though, Boomer or not.

BGC 2040, on the other hand....not good, IMHO

Posted by: acethepug at May 02, 2021 03:48 AM (qPKAe)

12 Getting through Dirty Pair and Girls und Panzer before starting another

Posted by: Skip at May 02, 2021 03:53 AM (Cxk7w)

13 Bubblegum Crisis 2040 managed to make Bubblegum Crush endurable. That's how bad it is. Sylia is not Ifurita for one thing, Sylia is an elegant lady with a very specific agenda. And the Buma angle is simply bad writing to give the story a 'twist.' Ranks right up there with is Deckard a Replicant or not.

Well "Konya wa Hurricane" certainly is a rocking song just as long as we are not treated to the live action of Oomori Kinuko belting it out. Talk about bad fashion choices there Priss

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 04:00 AM (xvEYc)

14 Skip, you got the right approach with anime as I often overload my plate with too much anime goodies. Of course, Pixy spoils us all with so many appetizing options so we all must try to discipline our anime appetites. Although, I glad to hear you're keeping up with Kei and Yuri, their adventures will keep getting better and more wild as the series goes on. I don't think I need to sell you anymore on Panzer, that show speaks for itself.

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 02, 2021 04:00 AM (YvEh8)

15 3 CNN today - we're confused! And those purple lights they shine on the ballots and checking to see if the voter exists is weird and CREEEEEEPY!!! They already counted the ballots 2 times!
Posted by: Jimco Industries at May 02, 2021 02:28 AM (buTO7)

I like how they were concerned about access..were they butthurt when windows were being covered and people tossed out during the steal?

Posted by: A dude in MI at May 02, 2021 04:02 AM (/6GbT)

16 Skip yes the Lovely Angels are worth it. There is a caveat, Dirty Pair Flash where like Bubblegum Crisis 2040 they redid the character designs for a simpler style more in line with the likes of Tenchi Muyo or El Hazard. If simple designs and spikey hair are oft-putting after being spoiled by Kei and Yuri's original designs, avoid Flash.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 04:03 AM (xvEYc)

17 Thanks for talking about A Wind Named Amnesia, I think I was confusing it with Windaria.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 04:05 AM (xvEYc)

18 Yep, there is only one Bubblegum Crisis and thats the original OVA, and perhaps the last episode of Crush which wraps up the series somewhat.

Oh, Anna, we might be anime buddies, but don't go messing with Priss fashion choices..well maybe you have a point... but can agree to leave any criticism of Priss' hairdo out of the debate? Its strange uniqueness is precious piece of evidence that cyberpunk awesome leaves us all speechless ;-)

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 02, 2021 04:06 AM (YvEh8)

19 At least we'll have safer prisons...

Posted by: Gavin Newsom at May 02, 2021 04:06 AM (2nFxy)

20

IIRC, the original "name server" was a nice secretary at the Stanford Research Institute. She maintained the master hosts.txt file for ARPAnet.

There was no name server lookup. Each host had to maintain its own hosts.txt copy. The secretary at Stanford held the master copy.

To "register" you host name, you contacted her and she would update the hosts.txt file with your (what we now call) IP4 address.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion of a Poperin Pear at May 02, 2021 04:07 AM (Mzdiz)

21
Al Gore hired that secretary of course.

Posted by: publius, Rascally Rapscallion of a Poperin Pear at May 02, 2021 04:13 AM (Mzdiz)

22 Well in that video Oomori Kinuko was fully displaying the grunge look. But then the whole setup was industrial looking.

For fun, here is the studio recording session for the song "Spies Undisguised" from the parody anime short 10 Little Gall Force.

https://youtu.be/7F-xAK6yXbg

Have Michie Tomizawa - Linna Yamazaki, Maria Kawamura - Naga the Serpent, Naoko Matsui - Katsumi Liqueur, Hiromi Tsuru - Bulma, and a few others like Eriko Hara and Naoko Watanabe.

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 04:18 AM (xvEYc)

23 Did AlGore release his seventh chakra on the secretary?

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 04:22 AM (xvEYc)

24 Did AlGore release his seventh chakra on the secretary?
Posted by: Anna Puma

He's a banana.

Posted by: JT at May 02, 2021 04:30 AM (arJlL)

25 >>>necrotising fasciitis

yum

!!!

Posted by: m at May 02, 2021 04:37 AM (Zsfob)

26
g'mornin', 'rons

Posted by: AltonJackson at May 02, 2021 04:38 AM (DUIap)

27 If you need an anime song for the alarm clock, there is this little gem. Turn the volume down to avoid scaring the pets.

https://youtu.be/vQbnTulbpZY

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 04:47 AM (xvEYc)

28 AUSTIn voters overwhelmingly agree to reinstate the ban on public camping Also known as stop pooping and living on my streets. Of course Commie mayor Adler is now all for any solutions that will funnel money his way while ignoring the fact that he has allowed the city to turn into a sewer

Posted by: LASue at May 02, 2021 04:49 AM (Ed8Zd)

29 Morning, 'rons and 'ettes.

Posted by: olddog in mo at May 02, 2021 04:54 AM (ju2Fy)

30 KRAK IS UP

Posted by: Skip guy who says NOOD at May 02, 2021 05:01 AM (Cxk7w)

31 Big thanks for BeckoningChasm for recommending the Noir soundtrack from Yuki Kajiura it is truly a magnificent tour de force of audio sensations that will lead me to looking into this intriguing mystery drama.

Posted by: Lazzari Scooter at May 02, 2021 05:03 AM (YvEh8)

32 Can't help but see ASCII embedded in "fasciitis."

Posted by: m at May 02, 2021 05:14 AM (Zsfob)

33 6 Ano Pixy-Misa?

Thought you were going to post a link to one of my and Uni-chan's favorite scenes?


Will do, I'm just trying to find a full version of the opening credits with the voiceover of the chief and the mayor arguing about the wear and tear on the city streets.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 02, 2021 05:16 AM (MqQvv)

34 I have looked for just the Police Chief and Mayor but so far not found it.

"If I could Mayor I would arm my officers with atomic bombs."

Posted by: Anna Puma at May 02, 2021 06:06 AM (xvEYc)

35 The Internet Explorer days will soon be back now that Google wants to access all the files on your computer.

I use an obsolete version of Chrome mostly to get my warez from MEGA. The first thing I did after installing Chrome on Windows was to disable the services and scheduled tasks it installed. No, biitch, I'm not updating you.


Posted by: nobody at May 02, 2021 07:13 AM (Ei8vn)

36 I'm surprised it took 25 years for a judge to rule Amazon is liable for the products it sells. 25 years of screwing customers and vendors. Unbelievable.

It goes to show globalists have owned politicians everywhere for a while now.

Posted by: nobody at May 02, 2021 07:23 AM (Ei8vn)

37 DanMachi seemed to lose its way a bit in Season 3.

Hopefully, they don't get sidetracked in the next season, if there is one.

Maybe this is one of those "oops! we outran the manga" sort of dealios that plague anime.

Posted by: naturalfake at May 02, 2021 07:48 AM (dWwl8)

38 That's crazy news about Turkey! Kind of expected when we saw China ban BTC exchanges.

I'll prolly check out Vision of Escaflowne. If you're a bebop fan, it's got to be good, right?!

Posted by: Draki at May 02, 2021 07:57 AM (s85a/)

39 34 I have looked for just the Police Chief and Mayor but so far not found it.

"If I could Mayor I would arm my officers with atomic bombs."


I haven't found just that clip, but I've found the entire first episode, which starts with that and then moves on to the classic Casio keyboard opening theme. So that's tomorrow sorted out!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 02, 2021 08:02 AM (MqQvv)

40 38 That's crazy news about Turkey! Kind of expected when we saw China ban BTC exchanges.

I'll prolly check out Vision of Escaflowne. If you're a bebop fan, it's got to be good, right?!


I mean, it's completely different, visually, thematically, and musically, but it's certainly well crafted. Give it an episode and see if it grabs you. I very rarely recommend anything that takes more than one episode to kick in.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 02, 2021 08:04 AM (MqQvv)

41 I very rarely recommend anything that takes more than one episode to kick in.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 02, 2021 08:04 AM (MqQvv)

I'm similar. Example: I'll recommend Bosch or The Expanse, but I say, if after the first episode you don't like it, it's just going to be more of that.

Changing the subject to Ubuntu..... I'm assuming that servers are using that because it's free. Correct? At one of my old labs, we setup the majority of the computers with that to save costs. We kept our laptops with Windows for undergrad students.

Posted by: Draki at May 02, 2021 08:13 AM (s85a/)

42 41 Changing the subject to Ubuntu..... I'm assuming that servers are using that because it's free. Correct?

Mostly because it supports ZFS out of the box. If I had to pay for ZFS, I would. It solves so many problems.

Need to take database backups but the backup utility is slow? ZFS!

Got millions of duplicate files and don't have the time to sort them out? ZFS!

Log files taking tons of space but it's a pain to rotate them and compress the old ones? ZFS!

Need to back up an entire file system, every day, to an off-site server, keeping a daily archive of all the changes, and only ship the deltas and not the whole damn thing even when blocks change in the middle of binary files? ZFS!

Posted by: Pixy Misa at May 02, 2021 09:08 AM (MqQvv)

43 I do like these posts Pixy, please keep them coming.

Posted by: Kestrel at May 02, 2021 09:32 AM (v3n6K)

44 I can see *why* people are experimenting with DNS alternatives, given what Google, etc, have been attempting to do with their DNS fuckery the last couple of years.

For the majority of Western average Joe internet users, if Google decides something doesn't resolve to an address - then the site doesn't exist. DNS isn't a thing on their radar and they just use whatever their devices are set to use.

Posted by: somedood at May 02, 2021 09:59 AM (CtltA)

45 Where ever I am, I may be connecting to a server running Ubuntu, but I'm probably connecting from a laptop running Debian Unstable.

It used to be that you needed "Unstable" (also known as "Sid" after the evil kid in "Toy Story") to get any advanced features like the ability to use the 3D acceleration of your video card. However, I just installed the current stable (whatever it is---I don't really keep track because I have computers to do that for me) on this other laptop I have and it seemed to work okay.

There are advantages to running Stable, mostly having to do with security patches and the fact that things won't just disappear or get all bollixed up on you, so we'll see how it goes.

Posted by: Cybersmythe at May 02, 2021 10:12 AM (17UTy)

46 Ooohh, I could see how backup speeds would be very important. Especially with how much data is on webservers nowadays. I've been lucky that most of my experiments don't require more than 1TB of data.

Posted by: Draki at May 02, 2021 11:06 AM (s85a/)

47 Thank you for the daily Tech News. I don't read it until late in the day, so this comment will probably never be seen, but I learn a lot even if I don't understand half of what I'm reading. I have also bookmarked Ambient Irony just for the extra comments. Thanks Pixy!

Posted by: jayhawkone at May 02, 2021 12:53 PM (ZmEMX)

48 With Escaflowne, watch the TV series. If you're curious you can then also watch the movie, but don't watch it first. It tries to compress a 26-episode TV series down to 98 minutes, and it simply doesn't work.

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I doubt anyone will read this, but I feel a need to add my bit anyway. While the Escaflowne movie tries to stick to some of the same themes as the TV series, calling it a compressed version of the TV series is misleading, imo. The two share little in common beyond names and a general theme (though they both approach it from very different angles). The female lead is the most changed, and has almost nothing in common with the TV rendition aside from her name. Not only is her personality completely changed, but they even went so far as to completely change her appearance (and not just in a "we got new artists and animators for the movie" sort of fashion).

Someone watching the movie for the first time should not expect to get a "highlights reel" of the TV series. The two are entirely different from one another, to the point where if the writers had given the movie a completely different name, you wouldn't have known it was inspired by the TV series.

Posted by: junior at May 02, 2021 06:26 PM (PTw5h)

49 I love reading your posts!! I understand just enough of it to realize 80% of it is beyond me. Keep it coming.

I have an 10 yo laptop running Linux Mint 13 crunching for BOINC. Assuming that puts me on another watch list but at this point flooding the watch lists might be the best strategy. They cannot investigate everyone.

Posted by: aawlberninf350 at May 03, 2021 01:24 AM (JcnFx)

50 For smart contracts Ethereum or coins based on it are pretty much the standing option at least for now. Ethereum's future has some roadmap plans that plan to switch from Proof of Work to Proof of Stake, which should reduce the electrical cost of mining (network) nodes relieving the need to charge higher transaction fees to recoup cost and make a profit.

On the horizon is Cardano, which already has proof of stake, but does not yet have smart contracts which are expected to be live later this year.

I doubt it's going to be winner take all between these two, and frankly the space will benefit from competition between the two, and as exciting as decentralized DNS is, the real tidal wave impact is going to be decentralized identity. Between these two elements, there will be no gatekeepers on the internet, and the real world will be pulled along kicking and screaming. Websites will no longer defer to facebook etc for identity verification, and payments will no longer need credit cards to be entered into a website. This single identity will tie in your bank, DMV, insurance etc, and no single entity will be able to non person you.

Posted by: thecoat at May 03, 2021 08:33 AM (3Cqzo)

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