Crypto Utopia?

I think the Bitcoin mania has jumped the shark.  In today’s New York Times an article covered the latest effort of some cryptocurrency enthusiasts and billionaires to establish a blockchain utopia in Puerto Rico, called “Puertopia” (at least for now since it means ‘eternal boy playground’).  The article covers some interesting aspects of Puerto Rico’s

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KodakCoin

The avalanche of bitcoin schemes continues.  Interestingly Kodak is minting its own cryptocurrency “Kodakcoin” as part of a larger initiative to use blockchain as digital rights platform.  The digital rights management usage for blockchain is a concept that seems quite useful, but the part to use Kodakcoin to pay royalties to photographers using the system

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Expanded Blockchain Uses

A lot of information about blockchain focuses on it as the underlying technology for cryptocurrency, but there are some other really useful implementations that go beyond currency. Bloomberg Businessweek ran an article describing the Ripple business model.  While Ripple has created its own cryptocurrency XRP, the company is actually much more successful with its payment

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Bitcoin and Energy Consumption

In the last few months I feel like that there is no shortage of news and interest in cryptocurrencies.  Despite this news avalanche on virtual currencies, a very unique take on Bitcoin appeared in the New York Times highlighting the extreme amount of energy that it takes to mine a single bitcoin.  Several analysts in

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Blockchain and Government

A lot of my friends lately have been showing a keen interest in virtual currencies and my defacto response is that it is following a typical bubble pattern. I do think that the speculation on and proliferation of bitcoin and its variants is a dangerous short-term trend, but I also believe that there is a

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Anti Virus Software

Today an article in the New York Times outlines how a company like Kaspersky Labs can leverage its antivirus software to potentially siphon files off your computer and feed them to an intelligence agency. Granted this does not indicate that all antivirus software or even Kaspersky is performing this action, but it is definitely disconcerting

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Learning Python

I recently undertook learning Python to solve a challenge to parse an RSS feed from Microsoft for their Office 365 URLS and IPs. I had attempted learning Python in the past just by reading the online tutorials and was not very successful. Furthermore, I had always been skeptical of learning via YouTube, but I noticed that

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