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- Ok, I have a confession to make. I am Satoshi Nakamoto.
A kickstarter for a radio play about the DNSSEC signing ceremony. I have no words.
- As much as the theory of ego depletion appeals to me and feels correct on a personal level, it doesn't appear to be actually true.
- Since this planet is pretty much hosed, it's past time to get some redundency for the species. Mars is the obvious target, hence SpaceX announcing they're going to swing by for kicks. They're getting pretty good at landing their boosters on barges (twice), so pulling the same trick on Mars should be easy, right? Sure. Too easy. So they're going to do it without a parachute, skycrane, or bouncy balls because that's the right way to do it. If that wasn't enough for you grognards, here's a thesis defense on SRP, a paper on extracting water from the Martian atmosphere once you get there and the original Red Dragon project (pdf, video) that the upcoming Mars mission is probably based on.
- Ok, so Musk is on it, Mars is a done deal. Let's focus on something a bit further out, like Alpha Centauri, shall we? The best part about flying between stars is using the sun as a big fucking lens to boost raio signals.
- If this idiot species can semi-seriously contemplate interstellar travel, surely anyone can do it. If potentially massively more advanced exist, where are they? It's not like we're not looking, if Type-III civilizations were in our light cone, we should be able to see them. All I'm saying is we're going to be really depressed when we get to the stars and find the ashes of countless dead civilizations (seriously interesting article).
- One last SpaceX tidbit. What happens when you replace an inefficient engine with dense fuel with an efficient engine with less dense fuel? Counterintuitively, you get more performance in the same mass and volume.
- I do not feel comfortable about indefinite detention for refusal to decrypt dreives, even if teh childruun are at risk. Expected wailing and gnashing of teeth at HN. Of course, the government doesn't really grok encryption so I probably shouldn't be surprised.
The phone switching network is insecure. Please, try to hide your shock.
- Surely 100% accurate identification from brainwaves will help.
- Clearly, there's a conspiracy to prevent awesome new physics discoveries. Fortunately, we've identified the culprits.
- This is kind of an interesting theory, let Uber be the last-mile of transit systems and subsidize it.
3D printing entire robots. Including fairly complex hydraulics(!).
- Part of me that I keep trying to drown in alcohol thinks I should learn C++. Fortunately, it's becoming more like Python every day.
- I mentioned a few times that cities are among the contestants for a post-Westphalian focal point. Now, here's the book I didn't know I needed addressing that very same thing.
- Rewrite all the things in rust! Including ... vim?
- This whole article is word salad to me, I just can't parse phrases like 'online gaming hedge fund'.
- SMTP Strict Transport Security. Seems like a good incremental step. There, that's all the throught I'm going to put towards email for the rest of the year.
- I adore D&D. I don't understand how Magic the Gathering is a thing. Maybe combining the two will help me.
- Ladies and gentlemen, C.J. Cregg.