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"Imagine if the government went after corruption as hard as it goes after guys who run filesharing sites. Priorities." - Edward Snowden

@laura @aral Thank you for articulating what I was feeling in my gut about Facebook, Google, Instagram, surveillance capitalism, etc Specifically I'd like to thank Aral for this: & Laura for this: Because of you folks I joined Mastodon. I found an instance ( I'm so stoked to be a part of. All the best. 👍

Friend sent me a picture containing only this text:

quick while the government is shut down let’s all switch to metric

I wholeheartedly approve.


This projet defeat ReCaptcha with 91% accuracy 🤩. How? You might ask. They ask for the audio challenge, dl the mp3, forward it to Google Speech2Text API and submit the answer back... and it works 🤦🏻‍♂️

Do you believe that Free Software should be the default option for publicly financed software? Let’s convince your political representatives! Sign our open letter:


Today is Jabber's 20th anniversary!

On this day in 1999 Jeremie Miller announced an "Open Real Time Messaging System" on Slashdot.



Here’s Blockstream’s 2018! We gave talks around the 🌎, released research, launched , w/, beta,, & Phase 2. Read more: 🌊⚡️

Went to a birthday party for software tonight, complete with cake and beers bought via lightning payments. Lots of good conversation! Feeling inspired.

Happy Birthday Bitcoin!

There is no better way to celebrate the 10 years of this beautiful protocol, than working to understand down to smallest detail by building it up again. The clarity of the guidance by at the does not stop to amaze me.

Can the client be used with ordinary ActivityPub accounts (like Mastodon)?
@pixelfed @PixelFed

It is rare to find an ad which I was happy to see. Nice one Happy Anniversary Bitcoiners! #Bitcoin

RT Fwiw the number of Lightning nodes will be increasingly harder to measure as our app will have unadvertised nodes/channels by default.

It's exactly 10 years after Satoshi Nakamoto launched by encoding the headline of The Times of January 3rd 2009 into its genesis block! On its 10th anniversary, Bitcoin is mentioned again on the front-page of The Times!

RT I've been saying it for years. Don't look at ATH's, look at yearly lows. That will tell you the growth in hodlers.

2012 - $4
2013 - $65
2014 - $200
2015 - $185
2016 - $365
2017 - $780
2018 - $3200

That tells you the growth in the people who won't sell at any price.

This very comprehensive set of lecture notes seems, at first quick look, to be *excellent*.

Forgive the nerd humour, but I make this judgement based on a random sampling by reading the intro here about zero knowledge proofs ... so I proved to myself that it's good by random sampling and verifying the goodness of the random sample :)

@aral is still a thing? Are you from Ghent?

I am kind of disappointed how many people are happy to dance on #Bitcoin's grave with comments against decentralization.

Eben if Bitcoin in particular isn't your thing, I find it strange that with the amount of documented abuse of centralized power, regular people are cheering on the same powers that caused so much pain in 08, the powers that censor social media etc.

I get the blockchain has been over-hyped, I get there are ICO scams, I still support the idea of decentralization of power.

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