Privacy coin founder gets defensive about criminal use
Touted for fungibility, truly private cryptocurrencies also enable criminals to cover their tracks--an inconvenient truth that some researchers haven't reconciled.
Technical & Updates
"These trends illustrate that Bitcoin is no longer just about cryptocrime, and that cryptocrime is no longer just about illicit exchange on darknet markets, but that cryptocrime is increasingly focused on the theft of Bitcoin as a highly valued financial asset."
Listen, I'm totally not trying to be a jerk to you guys, but could you please explain if the reason you said “The growing use of…Zcash…on darknet markets” because you had read https://t.co/XAxF1QNGpS?— zooko (@zooko) March 27, 2018
"To that end, we employ a complementary set of interlocking engineering practices including three different kinds of peer review: scientific, community and professional."
"All of which means Monero may continue to leak small amounts of information that could be used to point to likely spenders—even if not providing a smoking gun."
"When you install this extension it will delete your Facebook cookies and log you out of Facebook. The next time you visit Facebook it will open in a new blue-colored browser tab (aka 'container tab'). In that tab you can login to Facebook and use it like you normally would."
"Rather than mining being based on raw computational power like traditional proof-of-work algorithms, proof-of-capacity is based on the available space of your hard drive."
"Now, while observing activity in the brain during learning, Yu and his colleagues have seen evidence of a similar lack of plasticity at the neural level. That discovery and the team’s related research may help to explain why some things are harder to learn than others."
News & Commentary
"The message is clear: Zuckerberg thinks we’re idiots. How are we to believe Facebook didn’t know — and derived benefits — from the widespread abuse of user data by its developers. We just became aware of the Cambridge Analytica cockroach…how many more are under the sink?"
"Affiliates once had to guess what kind of person might fall for their unsophisticated cons, targeting ads by age, geography, or interests. Now Facebook does that work for them. The social network tracks who clicks on the ad and who buys the pills, then starts targeting others whom its algorithm thinks are likely to buy."
"Previous versions of the software do not list the issues related to crypto-mining, though it is notable that the fix was applied to software optimized for gaming, and not the blockchain-specific type released last year."
"The Cold War was intense, categorical, and highly dangerous: strategic nuclear weapons systems were intended to destroy the superpower opponent, even at a cost of devastating half the world."