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Chinese Producer Embeds Bitcoin Mining Chips In Household Appliances
...Midea plans to embed specialized mining chips inside its appliance products like air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and TV for the purpose of digital currency mining. Once the chips are programmed, the products will then connect to a cloud-based service and contribute their hashing power to mine cryptocurrencies.
investing  nice-thinking 
7 weeks ago by mozzarella
Maybe Americans don’t need fast home Internet service, FCC suggests | Ars Technica
lol top comment, but also the premise of The Sovereign Individual by Davidson & Rees-Mogg
Maybe Americans don't need a government, population says.
via:HN  nice-thinking 
10 weeks ago by mozzarella
A Googler's Anti-Diversity Screed Reveals Tech's Rotten Core - The Atlantic
Products have been transformed into services given away “free” as an excuse to extract data from users. That data is woven into an invisible lattice of coercion and control—not to mention as a source of enormous profit when sold to advertisers or other interested parties. Apps and websites are designed for maximum compulsion, because more attention means more content, and more content means more data and thereby more value.
-- finding yet another description of the infor...
via:popular  nice-thinking  datasci-v5 
10 weeks ago by mozzarella
There Have Always Existed People Who’ve Simply Wanted to Be Alone | Hacker News
HN comments
So much external triggers for behaviour. Realizing that I'm not actually me with other people and I'm disappearing into a network of others. Me with others is mainly just a bunch of triggers that fire based on condidtioning.
nice-thinking  via:HN 
11 weeks ago by mozzarella
Overcoming Bias : Intellectuals as Artists
someone today said an article i sent them had a 'right-wing' tone and i vaguely understood what that meant. reminded me of the time someone was railing at me about 'neoliberalism' and again i only had a vague idea of what that meant. i guess i need concrete examples of these terms, spelled out for me repeatedly. but then i wonder why those terms were even brought up, as they had little to do with what we were originally talking about.
11 weeks ago by mozzarella
How to Photograph a Solar Eclipse
don't forget to remove the polarizing filter during the totality phase of the eclipse
fossil-fuel-firearms  nice-thinking 
11 weeks ago by mozzarella
Boobies on the Blockchain [a practical experiment]
Storing arbitrary data forever on the public Ethereum blockchain is both possible and cheap. Like boobies. Think about the social implications of immutability.

jpegs as currency is analogy i've played in my head for years; jpegs on the blockchain have entertained for a few months
nice-thinking  ethereum 
11 weeks ago by mozzarella
music label on the blockchain / ethereum network
ethereum  blockchain  nice-thinking 
11 weeks ago by mozzarella
Is Solar-Powered Cryptocurrency Mining the Next Big Thing? | Investopedia
In the search to make cryptocurrency mining profitable, some operations are looking to solar power.
ethereum  nice-thinking 
12 weeks ago by mozzarella
"in eruption since 2011", predictions and analysis
nice-datasources  nice-thinking  via:jeremy-singer-vine 
july 2017 by mozzarella
Why China’s dog-meat market has expanded
The majority Han population, she argues, see it as a medicinal food, which is believed to warm the body in winter or cool it in summer—hence the timing of the Yulin festival at the mid-year solstice, literally the dog days of summer.
july 2017 by mozzarella

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