I truly cannot understand Bitcoin mania.

If our money ever sits on a blockchain, surely that blockchain will be something designed BY GOVERNMENTS and will have far more accountability than Bitcoin. And then whither Bitcoin? Poof!

Well, poof except for illegal purchases, which is why governments won't use it.


A simple game for kids that teaches math, strategy, and history

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Most of us have a jar of coins hanging around the house. That, a cup, and a rug or a towel are all you need for this game.

Put the coins into the cup. Randomly select one coin from the cup. Note the date of that coin and keep it out as a reminder. Call this coin “The Keeper.”

Preferably the cup is not transparent so that players cannot see the coins. Choose one player to go first. That player attempts to dump exactly six coins from the cup.

If they dump less, they can keep trying. If more than…


But many people do

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I wrote this because I was wondering if humans could have developed a religion they wouldn’t squabble about, that would satisfy their fear of death, but would not annoy the non-believers very much.

Maybe something like this.

Hey, Dad? Johnny at school said that Gramps has gone to Heaven.”

Frank closed the cover of his laptop and looked over at his young son.

“Well, that’s what most people believe, yes.”

“He said I can talk to Gramps. That he’ll give me advice, help me and stuff.”

Frank paused. “Well,” he said slowly, “a lot of people think that’s true, and…


Will we ever have a united world government?

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Most people see that as impossible. It will never happen, they say.

Never?

Consider the native peoples of North America. Different languages, sometimes at war with each other; could they ever have imagined the United States of America? Probably not. Nor could many European countries imagine the European Union. As fragile as it is after Brexit, it was and is a step toward common government.

We are drawing closer

In some ways, we are all much closer than we ever have been. One thing that no one had until very recently is the Internet. That brings us together, because many people now have friends…


Not quite that simple. If a low skill worker has a good UBI, they are much more free to refuse a low paid job. High skill workers won’t be affected at all.

If it’s a crappy UBI, then nothing really changes on the employee front.


Deepfakes are a genuine concern now

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Apple TV’s “For All Mankind” is a show worth watching, but what has particularly caught my eye is the deepfakes of newscasters, presidents, and entertainers. This is especially true in the second season as the technology to match lip movement to newly recorded speech has dramatically improved. This link goes into more depth:

TV is fun, real life starts to get worrisome

Watching that second season really opened my eyes as to how convincing deepfakes can be. But as much as this technology can contribute to a fictional movie, it will also be used for nefarious purposes. …


Cybersecurity is a growing problem, yet a lot of it could be mitigated right now.

Brute force attacks: have a world wide router protocol that shares information from a host that sees itself in danger of overload. The routers can cooperate to lower traffic to that host and possibly identify offending sources.

Bad links: have the client (email, browser, messaging app) look at the text being clicked to see if it matches the link. Have it test the link to see if it redirects elsewhere. Warn the user if there seems to be a mismatch. Further checks could include common…


It could have been at one time in our history

US Mint (coin), National Numismatic Collection (photograph by Jaclyn Nash), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

One day I found my wife sorting through some old jewelry. I noticed a small pile of gold earrings and necklaces and asked what she was planning to do with them. “Oh, throw them out, I guess. I don’t wear them, and some are broken.”

I looked at the pile and did a rough estimate that it was about a half-ounce of jewelry. I knew most of it was 18 carat, so maybe 3/8ths of an ounce of actual gold. At the time, the spot price of gold was getting close to $2,000 an ounce.

No, we did not throw…

Anthony Lawrence

Retired Unix Consultant. Kicking back and enjoying writing now. Not seeking work, not selling anything. No longer responsible for my old aplawrence site.

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