AWS threatens to suspend Signal Messenger for resisting state censors, advancing the case for Dapps
In a perverse logical twist, AWS implies Signal's use of "domain fronting" in the avoidance of censhorship is somehow a subversive act, telling the company, "You do not have permission from Amazon" to engage in such a practice.
"However, in the time-honored tradition of sharing unpopular news late on a Friday afternoon, a few days ago Amazon also announced what they are calling Enhanced Domain Protections for Amazon CloudFront Requests. It is a set of changes designed to prevent domain fronting from working entirely, across all of CloudFront."
Google and Amazon have taken a hard line on Signal’s evasive action, and now blocking of the strongly encrypted messaging app by many countries will be effective. https://t.co/S3gr7bF4Iy— Joseph Menn (@josephmenn) May 1, 2018
"He said the company’s main asset was a 3,333-hectare vineyard in Fuan, Fujian province, and he was offering investors a piece of a product called 'Fu-chain', or 'the chain to get good fortune'."
"China’s cryptocurrency exchanges wasted no time in retooling their business models for a world in which Chinese regulators would ignore them provided they did not directly engage with domestic financial markets. Exchanges like Huobi and OKEx are now largely operating overseas, without a Chinese local currency deposit and withdraw function."
"The Hopepage shows you the hash rate — the speed at which you’re mining cryptocurrency — in the upper right corner. For me, it said six hashes per second when I gave the site 20 percent of my 2015 MacBook Air’s computing power, a tiny but admirable effort. Once you’re donating, the page also tells you you’re giving toward Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar that have faced extreme danger and violence for being Muslim."
"'There is something going on here that is generational. Just as the baby boomer generation lost faith in the leaders that came before them and tried to seek a cultural change in those days through sex, drugs and rock and roll, I think there is a generation that also has lost faith in us that led them through the financial crisis and they see technology as a way of disintermediating institutions for which they don’t have a great deal of respect.'"
"Brin did not feel either of these factors was the biggest contributor to the computing 'boom,' however. That factor, he wrote, is machine learning, a data-intensive technique used to develop artificial intelligence systems that can drive cars, recognize faces or translate texts without human input."
"In other words, the investment phase draws enough people in that a critical mass of people is reached to spark the utility phase, or come for the tool, stay for the network."
I've spending more time in the Bitcoin Cash community with neutral eyes.— Brad Mills ⚡️ (@bradmillscan) May 1, 2018
What I see is a motivated and group of smart developers and incredibly wealthy early Bitcoin investors building really cool stuff.
Then there's the propaganda and personality cult that taint it all. https://t.co/2MR4zY9V0y
The more you learn about how small networks of people can succeed in systematically distorting public perceptions of issues and also protecting themselves from pushback, the more you begin to doubt what you see and read in the papers is real.— '((Adam (Elkus))) (@Aelkus) April 30, 2018
Airdrops are being embraced by startups seeking to raise the profile of blockchain projects as the universe of more than 1,600 bigger coins and thousands of smaller ones faces increasing regulatory scrutiny https://t.co/rjymUPcSAO pic.twitter.com/wJkSjO2Bqd— Bloomberg Crypto (@crypto) May 1, 2018
From the 1790s to the 1930s, the U.S. defined the dollar as 1/20th an ounce of gold.— Gold Telegraph (@GoldTelegraph_) May 1, 2018
From 1934 to 1971, that definition was 1/35th an ounce.
In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon declared that the United States would no longer pay official respect to gold.
Technical & Updates
"A hard fork by definition requires backwards-incompatible software. New software essentially means that anything goes, including premines, dev taxes, founder rewards, etc. The implications of this are not fully understood yet as most hard forks don’t yet alter the ledger or the rules for adding transactions very much."
For a slightly different perspective on forks, read Truthcoin's article More Terminology -- forks and splits.
"These new IP addresses don’t just allow us to serve your site over HTTPS, but also places your site behind a content delivery network (CDN), allowing us to serve your site from data centers around the world at fast speeds, and offering additional protection against DDoS attacks. While the previous IP addresses will remain available for a transition period, we recommend you migrate to the new IP addresses to gain these benefits."
Does anyone have any great examples of ridiculous, amusing (past) cryptography vulnerabilities in cryptocurrency? (I know about IOTA and Zerocoin. :)— Matthew Green (@matthew_d_green) May 1, 2018
I *strongly* reject the claim that L2 is inherently required for scale of any cryptocurrency system.— Philip Daian (@phildaian) May 1, 2018
I don't think that claim will age well at all looking back in 20 years. (that being said, L2 is still useful for some apps)