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Always remember that a normal VC exit time is only 7-10 years. Then it's either IPO, or selling the company and its users. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-03/microsoft-is-said-to-have-agreed-to-acquire-codin...

 

The average American worker takes less vacation time than a medieval peasant: http://www.businessinsider.com/american-worker-less-vacation-medieval-peasant-2016-11?IR=T

 

In plain English: it means we can do away with blockchains for many use cases previously thought impossible to solve in a fully permissionless and decentralized way without them.

 

Maidsafe researchers claim to have solved asynchronous, decentralized, Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus. Significant implications if the math checks out: https://blog.maidsafe.net/2018/06/01/parsec-a-paradigm-shift-for-asynchronous-and-permissionless-con...

 

Polls on fedi: what's the status?

 

Shitcoin cringe of the day: in order to even launch the EOS blockchain, the holders of at least 15% of tokens have to vote who will be the oligarchy nodes, which will control the network. Currently, they're expected to do this via a CLI program. 2 days left for educating the masses of "investors" in the largest ICO to date about it: https://www.coindesk.com/eos-coming-anyone-can-figure-vote/

 

Free Software win of the day: signing PDFs using a scanned signature, extracted in GIMP, and placed in PDF using Xournal. Once you have the signature file ready, you can sign anything within seconds.

 

Is it really the case that on macOS there's simply no other option to increase font sizes than lowering the resolution of the display?!

 

GDPR fail of the day: Head to the EU's very own https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-protection-eu_en and try to open "Overview of national data protection authorities". Result: "You are not authorized to access this document" (delivered in style, by a proprietary web framework as an HTTP 200, of course). πŸ–

 

China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train trips: http://www.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-blocked-people-taking-flights-train-trips-...

 

So when some of you said "it's great that GDPR forces people to ask me about another opt-in for storing data or sending newsletters", under GDPR itself, emailing that question is illegal *especially* in the case that you haven't given consent yet. Β―\_(ツ)_/Β―

 
 

And here's where it gets interesting. Look at the other recent articles from the same author, and tell me if you notice a pattern: https://www.wired.co.uk/profile/amit-katwala

 

This whole PGP vs. Signal narrative, and the way it's being shilled, is starting to smell a bit fishy. Here's a Wired journalist's choice of the best argument for using proprietary, centralized, phone-tied messengers: β€œWhen something goes wrong with WhatsApp, WhatsApp fixes it.” Solid case, Sherlock. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/efail-pgp-vulnerability-outlook-thunderbird-smime

 

Was discussing the simulation hypothesis with a good friend over the last two nights, and I must say, the more you think about it, the more interesting it gets. That rabbit hole is deep af.

 

PGP isn't safe they said. Use Signal they said. https://ivan.barreraoro.com.ar/signal-desktop-html-tag-injection-variant-2/

 

"LoRaWAN is a wireless communication standard. You could put it in the same category of Bluetooth, GSM, 3G, LTE,… but it’s still different. It has the range of your mobile phone with the flexibility of Bluetooth or WiFi and the battery life of your watch for the cost of a beer." http://jensd.be/755/network/lorawan-simply-explained (/ht @bkero)

 

Can't make this up: Google wants to secure journalists' Internet traffic, and the client is based on Electron: https://github.com/Jigsaw-Code/?q=outline

 

It seems to me like almost everyone claiming that GPG email is totally unsafe crap is not actually using it much. Or even at all for day-to-day communications.

 

Apparently there's a rather critical security flaw in how automatic decryption of PGP and S/MIME emails works, and EFF just recommended nobody send or read PGP email anymore until it's fixed: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/attention-pgp-users-new-vulnerabilities-require-you-take-actio...

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