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Google started editing people's e-mails in GSuite, replacing links with a link through google.com:
This means that Google will track a click on a link *in e-mail* even if you're using an external client.
I am *guessing* this is under the pretext of phishing protection, but it actually *creates* additional phishing risk for text-only clients, since now all links are google.com links.
How to install the beta repo: https://github.com/flathub/flathub#using-the-flathub-repository
If you wanted to see my RacketCon talk on #Spritely Goblins but missed it, I'll put it up someplace more permanent but at the moment you can watch it at https://dustycloud.org/tmp/racketcon-goblins-take2.webm
Another successful hardfork for #Monero ! Major props to all the contributors for a drama free release. Here's to faster signing and smaller transactions
Cryptography vs. Big Brother: How Math Became a Weapon Against Tyranny https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4qonsvSgAg
#QubesOS is running its first ever user survey, took me around 10 minutes:
Cypherpunk was intended to work with encryption outlawed. Now with new persecution of encryption it's time to return to the #cypherpunk roots.
Imagine a #crypto #currency build for the sole propose of making universal basic income a reality. A self regulating system that works over a federated network of trusted servers, maintained by a non-profit foundation, capable of respawning money with specific limits at a dynamic rate for each user considering factors like debt and spending. It will prevent the accumulation of wealth by restarting itself at certain conditions, or automatically pardoning debt when it stops being sustainable. #ubi
A better way to solve this is creating cryptocurrencies with scalable supply and low potential of growth. And good distribution schemes are yet to be created. And at least for now blockchain platforms allowing to operate with multiple assets are preferable. An utility (or security) token with limited supply is not as bad as currency with limited supply. We have enough of history with such assets on traditional markets. And universal tech working with any asset. [7/7]
Privacy is such a feature. Privacy coins are quite rare yet and Bitcoin doesn't have it. And privacy is a good ground for appealing to fear. And look at the #Monero community. Now with that article we can see how #Zcash try to compete for the role of the only privacy coin, fungible cash, digital cash. Labeling Bitcoin and other transparent coins as "surveilance coins" is a clear indicator. [6/7]
Other people try to avoid this artificial scarcity by creating new cryptocurrencies. Unfortunately many of them copy the limited supply model. To continue of supporting the delusion the early adopters embrace coin-maximalism. This is why we have Bitcoin maximalism now. Adopters of "Altcoins" should reject this sort of maximalism. And if a new coin has some strong extra feature the maximalism can be created around this feature. [5/7]
They think that if the coin will mass-adopted they will gain significant profit. They try to replace "if" with "when" and dogmatize every feature which helps to support that delusion. They try to make a dogma about limited supply as an inalienable property of any #cryptocurrency. But this is wrong. Cryptocurrency can have any possible monetary model. [4/7]
The problem with these coins is that their tech is tightly associated with the coin and the coin monetary properties. If you want that tech you need to accept the coin too and think about the coin as about money. Even if the monetary properties are pretty bad and only give benefit for early adopters. And for existing adopters it is very pleasant delusion that it is how things should be. [3/7]
Under "classical cryptocurrencies" I mean cryptocurrencies which is relatively similar to bitcoin. They are more often mineable, their supply is limited and deflationary, their blockchain tech is inalienable associated with coin itself and there is the only one main coin on a chain. These are such coins as Litecoin, Monero, Zcash, Dash and other few. [2/7]
Some people on the forum and on Twitter clearly against this, but why Zooko even reshares this. I hope that the growing community will be clever enough not to move into this direction. But I'm rather pessimistic about it. Zooko has significant influence on #Zcash development. I wonder if it will be possible for Zcash to grow beyond bitcoin dogmas about PoW and limited supply. But the same situation repeats again and again in classical cryptocurrencies. [1/7]
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