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Bitcoin From Scratch – Part 1

03 July 2020 Understanding the fundamental building blocks(😉) of Bitcoin can be daunting for some developers. I find it difficult to meaningfully understand a system without knowing how everything fits together. A good way to go through this process is to lay down, however rudimentary, a set of processes by which the system operates. Hence…

De-escalating social media conflict

Social media has a conflict problem.Spending even a few minutes on public social media can expose us to dozens of people we know little about, talking about things we know little about. In such a public place, any individual’s reputation, perspectives, and history are difficult to ascertain, and therefore their words must be taken at…

QuickBasic64: Basic for the Modern Era

Get QB64 v1.4 QB64 is a modern extended BASIC programming language that retains QBasic/QuickBASIC 4.5 compatibility and compiles native binaries for Windows, Linux, and macOS. → Read more Repository hosted on SUPPORT THE PROJECT ABOUT From the 80s to eternity How BASIC made its way into the 21st century The BASIC language has been the…

Scaling Linux Services: Before accepting connections

When writing services that accept TCP connections, we tend to think of our work as starting from the point where our service accepts a new client connection and finishing when we complete the request and close the socket. For services at scale, operations can happen at such a high rate that some of the default…

After many false starts, hydrogen power might now bear fruit

CONVENTIONAL WISDOM holds that battery-powered cars are the future of motoring. But Hyundai, a big South Korean vehicle-maker, is not so sure. Over the past few months it has been running a worldwide public-relations campaign extolling the virtues of an alternative source of electrical power—fuel cells. Instead of storing and then releasing electricity gathered from…

Algolia introduces pay-as-you-go pricing for search

At Algolia, our mission is to enable every developer and company—small and large—to create delightful search and discovery experiences. With this mission in mind, we are making a significant update to our pricing with the goal to have Algolia be more accessible and allow everyone to deliver a great search experience. Our pricing is now…

The Walkman, Forty Years On

Even prior to extended quarantines, lockdowns, and self-isolation, it was hard to imagine life without the electronic escapes of noise-cancelling earbuds, smartphones, and tablets. Today, it seems impossible. Of course, there was most certainly a before and after, a point around which the cultural gravity of our plugged-in-yet-tuned-out modern lives shifted. Its name is Walkman,…

A 28-year-old with no degree becomes a must read on the economy

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How Police Secretly Took over a Global Phone Network for Organized Crime

Something wasn’t right. Starting earlier this year, police kept arresting associates of Mark, a UK-based alleged drug dealer. Mark took the security of his operation seriously, with the gang using code names to discuss business on custom, encrypted phones made by a company called Encrochat. For legal reasons, Motherboard is referring to Mark using a…

The Fourth of July

[I’ve re-posted this many times, because it’s fundamental to what it means to me to be an American.] In the hot summer of 1992, I was working for Judge Ronald S.W. Lew, a federal judge in Los Angeles. One July morning he abruptly walked into my office and said without preamble “Get your coat.” Somewhat…

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