Many predatory seekers of other people's money will from time to time post forum threads seeking "investment" in whatever sort of snake oil they happen to have imagined they could peddle. In this case such a party came on to Bitcointalk and purported to have inside information that future cell phones would have dedicated hardware for computing SHA-256 hashes1 and they wanted people to buy into the returns a distributed computing app that used this hardware would provide.
Thankfully people asking questions and doing a we bit of trolling got this aspiring scammer to take their ball and go home. The full thread is worth reading and serves as an example of how a scammer can be made to rethink the scam they are presenting by merely asserting all of the ways their "inside information" and magical thinking make no god damned sense in this or any other possible world.
Here's a few updates on the state of BingoBlog in no particular order:
- "Smart Quotes" that unicode pain in the ass should have been effectively banished from appearing in future posts and have been corrected in many past posts. This is a great victory for plaintext. Continue reading
After a weekend full of ice, internet outages, and watching a longshot bet from incredibly likely to not likely at all. Greeting me on my return to the Internet though was a gen of a site called The Coinion, which aspires to be The Onion but for Bitcoin. Unlike the Onion this new venture has yet to degrade into a site where people go to consume unfunny stuff that they agree with. Hopefully The Coinion will remain Funny for quite a while.
Here's some sample headlines of theirs:
There's more pieces on there as well. Go forth and enjoy.
It is starting to almost become a trend but "lead officer had professional training in the identification of [insert drug name here]" is starting to turn up in the reports of people the NYPD has arrested for the possession of candy the professionally trained officers mistook for most recently ecstasy but earlier methamphetamine. If I were in New York I'd frankly be scared to buy powdered sugar from the grocer. One of the most disturbing parts of the incident involving Jolly Ranchers being mistaken for meth is this quote in the criminal complaint:
Taylor also claimed that he administered a field test to determine if the candy was narcotics and got a "positive" result, the complaint states.
Now I have to wonder whether the scariest failing here is in the "professional training" which may just be a New York problem avoided by avoiding New York, or whether a chemical test conducted in the field actually registered positive for methamphetamine when given a Jolly Rancher and more of these faulty tests are out in the world.
Knowing that praise for a TV show on a major 'Murican network about to be canceled often comes nearly too late and that FOX has a history of cancelling expensive SciFi shows way to early I'd like to present some thoughts about this new show Almost Human. The first is that I'd like it to continue to the point where I can binge watch episodes as a mere four episodes does not make a satisfying binge watching session of anything, not even breaking bad. The rest of the thoughts in no particular order: Continue reading
Since I've started this blog in late September this blog's sole source of revenue has been from the donation address listed on the page. As may be seen on Blockchain.info the address has received 0.17817864 BTC of which 0.05317864 consists of donations and 0.125 BTC received from that being the most convenient address I could access at the time and it was just handy receiving Bitcoin there.
Seeking to professional up this place and try my hand with blogging as a business I've signed this site up for Quantcast so that everyone and the Internet literate grandmother may see usage stats for BingoBlog.1 I've also placed a small 200×200 pixel advertising box in the sidebar. I've gone with BitAds.net over Coinurl for the reason that so many things advertised on Coinurl seem scammy and BitAds at least purports to allow me to review and approve advertisers before they start showing up on this site. We'll see how long it lasts before I get annoyed with it.
In the future I would be open to considering private advertising placements. Terms conditions and such would be negotiable. I'd prefer not to enter such an arrangement for at least the next several months as I'd rather not end up selling a year long contract that sticks the advertiser with mystery meat traffic and exposure.
Anyone interested in entering bids on the 200×200 pixel square though my proceed to this site's page on BitAds.
I only today stumbled into this lulzy piece of commentary from Bloomberg View titled Building Better Bitcoins. Let us take a look at some of the more WTF things put forward in the piece. Continue reading
This week's betting picks consist of:
- Michigan ML to beat The Ohio State University
- Florida ML over Florida State
- Alabama -12 points over Auburn in the Iron Bowl
- Missouri -7.5 points over Texas A&M
It's rivalry week, so there are plenty of good games to watch. Find something you like and throw some money on the table.
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Just want to publish this information where it may be seen before it is needed.