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"npm audit: Broken by Design" by Dan Abramov

I'm so glad someone finally said this. The current situation is a huge mess.

FWIW I think Mastodon has some of the same addictive aspects as Twitter, but personally I consider it a nicotine patch for my social media addiction. It's a smaller community, I feel less anxious to keep up with the discourse, and there are more tools to manage its impact on your brain. (E.g. I don't use push notifications, and I mute many notification types.)

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I turned 25 today. If subjective time continues accelerating, my 20s are almost gone.

Amazon has learned they can put ads on their boxes.

Please someone make an app that helps you avoid gas stations that have those pumps that play obnoxious ads.

I'm not a mad scientist. I'm just a disappointed scientist.

blockchain, economic musings 

That said, I have no idea what I'm talking about. Maybe I'm missing something obvious and blockchains will do just fine. But from where I'm standing, I just don't see how blockchains that offer coin assets can be successful or competitive in the long term.

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blockchain, economic musings 

Some countries have scheduled inflation on their currencies to discourage hoarders and keep money moving (I think the USD has planned inflation of ~2% per year?) but I haven't heard blockchains talking about this. Which surprises me considering just how much money is already saturating/sabotaging the market.

Treating coins like assets seemingly undermines the usefulness of any service-based crypto.

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blockchain, economic musings 

Ignoring pump and dump, corpos aren't behind it, it's your average joe on coinbase chasing a shiny logo he doesn't even understand, tweeting it up like some dystopian pyramid scheme.

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blockchain, economic musings 

In practice, we've seen people treat those gift cards (coins) like investment assets and hoard them which constrains supply and artificially inflates prices. The service might cost pennies, but if buyers are paying dollars per coin (or hundreds/thousands in some cases), who do workers sell to? Obviously those who pay more.

Buyers have to pay exorbitantly more for a relatively cheap service because "investors" sabotaged the buying power.

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blockchain, economic musings 

CW because blockchains have polarizing opinions here.

Imagine a blockchain that manages domain names. I register a domain and pay actors to respond to DNS queries. In this way, the blockchain provides real value.

In order to pay for services, most blockchains implement a "gift card" system (coin). I do work, it "mines" a coin, I sell coins to other buyers who repeat the cycle.

Theoretically this creates a decentralized marketplace incentivizing competitive rates.


broke: all of these genuine forms of connection are marketing, actually

bespoke: marketing is the commodification of genuine connection

#BOFH excuse #80:

That's a great computer you have there; have you considered how it would work as a BSD machine?

Dell PowerEdge servers are so cool! I got a refurb to play with. IPMI is magical and it's pretty good hardware for the price.

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