Tucker Carlson Scandal Should be a Warning That True Conservatives Need to Take Back the GOP

The Tucker Carlson scandal has reignited the debate over who gets to define conservative ideology, as yet another Fox News host has been exposed making unconscionable comments on the air. “Arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.” “ a crappy place filled with a bunch of, you know, semiliterate primitive monkeys — that’s why it wasn’t worth invading.” “I just wanted to give the spanking she so desperately needs.” “How is black, for one thing? He has one white parent,

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“Remember Lads, Subscribe to PewDiePie”: We Need to Talk About How Domestic Terrorists are Created Online

When I was a wide-eyed 19 year-old sophomore at the University of Hull in 2009, I had a close friend and housemate whom we shall call ‘Harry.’ Despite the wide cultural gap between this privileged Nigerian international student and the ‘third culture’ child of middle-class Chinese-Norwegian parents who spoke in an American accent, we bonded over our mutual love for girls, videogames, Chinese cuisine, internet culture and anime. Especially anime. The trouble with Harry was that while my interest in internet culture was more of the “get into arguments with strangers on Facebook comment sections” type, he had an obsession

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Fact Check: Do US Travelers Need a Visa to Visit Europe?

In the onslaught of fake news allegedly stemming from U.S. media sources, readers can now add another mark to their expanding chalkboard. Late last week, it was reported that Americans would be required to apply for visas beginning in 2021 if they wanted to visit Europe. U.S. citizens could apply through what’s known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). The completion of an online form and an $ 8 fee gives interested parties a travel permit that once initiated, lasts up to three years until renewal. False: US Citizens Do Not Need to Acquire a Visa to Travel

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Bitcoin ATM Double-Spenders: Police Need Help Identifying Four Criminals

CBC reports that four Canadian men are wanted in connection with conducting double-spend attacks against Bitcoin ATMs in four cities. A total of 112 transactions are alleged to have taken place in September last year, with half of them taking place in Calgary. The other attacks took place in Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Sherwood Park, Ottawa and Hamilton. The men’s identities are unknown, and Calgary police are asking for help identifying them. Double-Spending on a Bitcoin ATM: A Lucrative Criminal Enterprise Apparently, the Bitcoin ATMs accepted zero-confirmation transactions, and the men exploited this fact to double-spend Bitcoin in exchange for cash.

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Unpopular opinion: No need for satoshi symbol. Stick with Bitcoin, BTC, and ₿.

What’s being debated is really a deflation-driven re-denomination, but there is lots of precedence for inflation-driven re-denominations:

  • New Franc (France),
  • New Peso (Mexico),
  • New Shekel (Israel),
  • New Lira (Turkey),
  • New Taiwan Dollar,
  • Brazil’s many interesting new-denominations,
  • probably many more I’m unfamiliar with.

In a world where satoshis / sats are a useful pricing denomination, it would be clear from context whether denomination is “sats” (new) or “Bitcoin” (old) since there’s eight orders of magnitude difference.

During times of transition (now) there is confusion, but trying to introduce a new named “currency” (since it has a symbol) will only increase that confusion.

Also, I think it’s unclear whether the future “new Bitcoin” denomination should be sats vs bits/μBTC vs mBTC, and if either of the latter are the case, the sats denomination is all the more confusing.

Another analogy would be stock splits. When a company does a e.g. 7:1 stock split, it doesn’t get a new symbol.

My bias is that Bitcoin should be simple for new users and general public, and a new symbol for “sats” feels like a re-branding that dilutes mindshare and increases confusion.

That’s why I think successful re-denominations and stock-splits are useful analogies. As are the perils of re-branding consumer products, with the opposite implication.

Think the best counter-argument (to this unpopular opinion) is that the general public has lots of experience with fractional denominations, with the Latin-derived “cent” being the most common. But even here I think there is trouble because:

  1. While the general public is aware cents, in many countries there are fractional denominations which are only used by specialists and don’t have a symbol. For example in the US the lowest denomination established by law is the “mill” which is one-tenth of a cent and one-thousandth of a USD. Aren’t sats (especially now) more like these specialist denominations?

  2. In most countries, the general public does not use a symbol for “cent”, which is sometimes ¢, and instead just abbreviates the word (“25c.”) or uses a decimal in written contexts (“0.25”).

For everyone passionate about adoption and use of sats, I think it makes more sense to just use “s.” (as an analogue to cents) when working with sats (adding BTC / ₿ if unclear whether you’re talking about Bitcoin), and as Bitcoin use transitions to a new base denomination (whether it is mBTC, bits, or sats), that can become “new Bitcoin” (consensus-driven re-denomination).

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Streaming Wars: Does Apple Need to Dethrone Netflix to Succeed at Much-Hyped Video Service?

Rumors that an Apple streaming service was in the works have been running rampant for months. While Apple has not confirmed anything, several news outlets reported Wednesday that “sources familiar with the matter” told them about Apple’s efforts being close to coming to fruition. The exact date varies, but it appears the rollout wil happen  some time in the spring. Many had expected the announcement to be made during Apple’s Next Big Thing Event, which is scheduled for March 25, according to MacRumors. Apple to Invite Hollywood Stars to TV Service Launch on March 25 https://t.co/QW95w9EabM by @julipuli pic.twitter.com/iTR0x8esis —

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Shut up, Nocoiner: Why We Don’t Need to ‘Burn Bitcoin with Fire’

Over nine months ago, the Berkeley International Computer Science Institute streamed Nicholas Weaver’s talk entitled “Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies: Burn it With Fire.” This week, he summarized the argument at the Enigma security conference. Ars Technica decided to cover the Bitcoin-bashing talk. Nicholas Weaver: Most People Have Had Their Hot Wallets Stolen A nocoiner of the highest order, there is nothing about blockchain or cryptocurrencies that Nicholas Weaver likes. According to reporting in Ars Technica, most everyone who has ever held crypto “will almost inevitably say their wallet has been stolen.” The reader should note that there is no evidence to

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