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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Bitcoin contains links to child pornography

quote [ The Bitcoin world is coming to grips with a shocking revelation that could potentially threaten the very existence of the world's foremost cryptocurrency. ]

TL;DR: users can insert small amounts of arbitrary data into the blockchain. Someone (probably many people) have inserted web addresses of child pornography sites and other highly illegal things. These are now permanently part of the Bitcoin blockchain and therefore present on the computers of every person who processes Bitcoin transactions. This is obviously a bit of a legal problem in most countries.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+9 Funny]
[by 5th Earth@12:40pmGMT] [21 comments]

Monday, 5 February 2018

"Ignition!" To be reprinted

quote [ It's rare that a book about as high-minded and serious a topic as rocket science manages to be both highly informative and laugh-out-loud funny. ]

This is one of the best books about science ever written, made all the more legendary by being out of print for decades. (Though PDFs are easy to find) Now to be available in a flammable format, as is appropriate.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2 Informative]
[by 5th Earth@1:27pmGMT] [2 comments]

Friday, 29 December 2017

Sweden's giant goat survives Christmas

quote [ Last year's goat fell victim to an arsonist on 27 November, less than 24 hours after it had been erected. ]

Merry Christmas!
[SFW] [art] [+3 Funny]
[by 5th Earth@2:26amGMT] [3 comments]

Monday, 25 December 2017

Overwatch’s director sitting in front of a crackling holiday fire

quote [ Jeff Kaplan, the director of Overwatch also known for tongue-in-cheek videos where he answers players’ questions, has been sitting contentedly in front of a roaring holiday fire on Twitch for about the past three hours. ]

Merry Christmas?
[SFW] [games] [+2]
[by 5th Earth@6:28amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Playboy founder Hefner dies aged 91

quote [ Playboy founder Hugh Hefner has died aged 91, the publication has announced. ]

Presumably to be buried in his bathrobe.
[SFW] [pr0n] [+10 Informative]
[by 5th Earth@3:59amGMT] [24 comments]

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Mystery of sonic weapon attacks at US embassy in Cuba deepens

quote [ “None of this has a reasonable explanation,” said Fulton Armstrong, a former CIA official who served in Havana long before America re-opened an embassy there. “It’s just mystery after mystery after mystery.” ]

A cold-war style mystery. I'd dismiss it as a conspiracy theory except the Gaurdian is pretty reputable.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by 5th Earth@4:32amGMT] [4 comments]

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Original 1977 Star Wars 35mm print has been restored and released online

quote [ Han most definitely shoots first. ]

Illegal as fuck. But you know you want it.
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+10 Good]
[by 5th Earth@5:16pmGMT] [13 comments]

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

CRISPR Gene-Editing Can Cause Hundreds of Unexpected Mutations

quote [ It's been hailed as one of the most potentially transformative inventions in modern medicine, bringing the prospect of designer babies closer than any other technology to date, but CRISPR-Cas9 could be riskier than we thought. ]

Well, crap.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Informative]
[by 5th Earth@5:38pmGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 6 February 2017

Does Donald Trump Know How to Read?

quote [ Donald Trump's baffled looks when presented with text, verbal dictation of tweets, constant television viewing, and encounters with his "Art of the Deal" ghostwriter Tony Schwartz, all put into question the President's reading ability ]

But seriously, I think he's dyslexic. it would explain a lot.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Funsightful]
[by 5th Earth@9:37pmGMT] [7 comments]

Friday, 11 November 2016

A small way to show solidarity after Donald Trump’s presidential win, inspired by Brexit

quote [ It starts with a safety pin. ]

I'll be doing this, as soon as I can find a safety pin.
[SFW] [politics] [+4 Good]
[by 5th Earth@1:41pmGMT] [36 comments]

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