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Crypto ‘derives value based on make believe’, says India’s central bank

Crypto ‘derives value based on make believe’, says India’s central bank

India’s Reserve Bank has offered a scathing assessment of cryptocurrencies in its latest financial stability report – saying the risks they create demand attention before they undermine established institutions. “Cryptocurrencies are a clear danger,” the report baldly declares in its Foreword, penned by Reserve Bank governor Shaktikanta Das. “Anything that derives value based on make…

Chinese posed as Texans on social media to attack rare earths rivals

Chinese posed as Texans on social media to attack rare earths rivals

Placeholder while article actions load An English-language social media propaganda effort that previously criticized Hong Kong protesters and other foes of the Chinese government and has been linked to China has taken the rare step of going after private companies in a strategic industry, researchers said Tuesday. Accounts on Twitter and Facebook have been posing…

Unscii – a bitmapped Unicode font for blocky graphics

Unscii is a set of bitmapped Unicode fonts based on classic system fonts. Unscii attempts to support character cell art well while also being suitable for terminal and programming use. The two main variants are unscii-8 (8×8 pixels per glyph) and unscii-16 (8×16). There are also several alternative styles for unscii-8, as well as an…

Cooking up a conductive alternative to copper with aluminum

Cooking up a conductive alternative to copper with aluminum

Aluminum is just one-third the price and weight of copper, but it is only about 60% as conductive. Aluminum’s relatively low conductivity can be a limitation in some real-world applications. Credit: Shannon Colson | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory In the world of electricity, copper is king—for now. That could change with new research from Pacific…

The most successful malleable system in history (2020)

By Konrad Hinsen 2020-04-01 Malleable systems, as defined in the mission statement, were more fashionable in the past than they are now. There was a time, in the 1970s and 1980s, when malleability was a goal for influential systems designers. It was most prominently advertised by the Smalltalk design team, but it was strong as…

Provisional agreement reached on transparency of crypto asset transfers

Provisional agreement reached on transparency of crypto asset transfers

The EU is making it more difficult for criminals to use crypto currencies for money laundering The EU is making it more difficult for criminals to misuse crypto currencies for criminal purposes. Negotiators from the Council presidency and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the proposal updating the rules on information accompanying…

Google’s ‘deceptive’ account sign-up process targeted with GDPR complaints

Google’s ‘deceptive’ account sign-up process targeted with GDPR complaints

Consumer rights groups in Europe have filed a new series of privacy complaints against Google — accusing the advertising giant of deceptive design around the account creation process that they say steers users into agreeing to extensive and invasive processing of their data. The tech giant profiles account holders for ad targeting purposes — apparently…

Newer parking meter systems have the power to reduce congestion

Newer parking meter systems have the power to reduce congestion

A frustrating public parking experience may make drivers reconsider driving in the first place. Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images The promise of coffee and matzoh ball soup from Junior’s seen behind a parking meter — so close, yet so far. (Birgit Rathsmann) I was in Brooklyn, New York, and looking for something elusive: a legal…

Google’s latest image AI is better than the last one, which is only 4 weeks old

Google’s latest image AI is better than the last one, which is only 4 weeks old

Image: Parti / Google Google’s latest image AI Parti generates images from particularly comprehensive descriptions. This allows the results to be controlled even more precisely. Recently, Google introduced Imagen, an image AI that uses a similar architecture (diffusion) to Open AI’s DALL-E 2 to generate images, but applies a large AI language model for input…

Music album was limited to a single copy and is the most expensive album ever

Music album was limited to a single copy and is the most expensive album ever

Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is the seventh studio album by the American hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan. It was limited to a single copy sold in 2015, and is the most expensive work of music ever sold. The album was recorded in secret over six years. A single two-CD copy was pressed in…

Comparing Vat Solutions for Bootstrapped UK Businesses (2021)

Comparing Vat Solutions for Bootstrapped UK Businesses (2021)

Laws on when to apply VAT have always been a complex beast – in 2015 the EU made changes that meant that VAT was to be calculated based on a customer location, introducing a VATMOSS system for its collection. Since leaving the EU things have become even more complicated if you happen to be based…

My self-help guide to making sense of a confusing world

My self-help guide to making sense of a confusing world

It has become painfully evident over the last decade or so that social media has a somewhat corrosive effect on “truth” and “discussion”. There are a variety of reasons for this – many unidentified – but a few factors are: For every opinion, no matter how bizarre, it has become easy to find a community…

Israeli Scientists Grow Sperm on a Microchip

Israeli Scientists Grow Sperm on a Microchip

People who receive aggressive treatment for certain types of cancers may have fertility problems, and children and teenagers “are often of special concern,” according to the American Cancer Society. Treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy can damage sperm-forming cells and result in impaired spermatogenesis, the origin and development of sperm cells within the male reproductive…

LaMDA, Lemoine, and the Allures of Digital Re-Enchantment

LaMDA, Lemoine, and the Allures of Digital Re-Enchantment

Welcome to the Convivial Society, a newsletter about technology and culture. In this installment, I’m passing along a few thoughts about the Blake Lemoine/LaMDA affair. Among other considerations, I’m arguing that while LaMDA is not sentient, applications like it will push us further along toward a digitally re-enchanted world. Incidentally, to keep the essay to…

Django: Newbie Mistakes

Hi there, Hacker News. This page isn’t part of Django’s documentation; it’s part of the community wiki. This page is also 13 years old, and many of the things listed here applied only in incredibly ancient versions of Django. Django’s actual documentation can be found at docs.djangoproject.com. Please feel free to share the things that…

Why You Might Buy Your Next Car Online

Why You Might Buy Your Next Car Online

Tesla shifted to selling cars entirely online in 2019. Now, some established automakers, like Ford, are talking about taking a similar approach. Rachel Ryan, who lives near Los Angeles, bought a Tesla Model Y last year. Tesla’s success selling its vehicles online could force other automakers to follow suit.Credit…Alex Welsh for The New York TimesJune…

“Wikipedia’s independence” or “Wikimedia’s pile of dosh”?

This month, the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) has been fundraising in the Global South. It has also published finance updates in its quarterly reviews. This seems, therefore, a good time to review the Foundation’s fundraising messages against the background of its increasing wealth. A vast surplus The Wikimedia Foundation has been doing very well in recent…

The PocketReform is a made-in-Berlin Linux handheld

The PocketReform is a made-in-Berlin Linux handheld

Linux Handhelds Update 27/06/2022: The PocketReform has been officially announced! More information can be found at this page.In the last year, we have seen an unexpected revival of handheld computers (or PDAs) with hardware keyboard, all of which based on Linux: the PinePhone with its keyboard case, the GPD series of mini-laptops and several others…

Accessibility in Fedora Workstation

Accessibility in Fedora Workstation

The first concerted effort to support accessibility under Linux was undertaken by Sun Microsystems when they decided to use GNOME for Solaris. Sun put together a team focused on building the pieces to make GNOME 2 fully accessible and worked with hardware makers to make sure things like Braille devices worked well. I even heard…

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