On the Matter of Brian Krebs.

The WWW of Brian Krebs, perhaps the second-most-worshiped1 patron saint to all English-speaking “computer security” charlatans — is sitting sadly offline today on account of a ~TB/sec DDOS flood.2
His titanic bandwidth, it turns out, was provided gratis by Akamai – spamatronicists par excellence and industrial-scale enablers of everything that makes the modern-day WWW a rancid [...]

Practical Blockchain Telegraphy.

Mircea Popescu writes:
‘Now making an irc channel is quite the pleasant experience : you create something out of nothing, get to name it and are now the boss of it. For a generation devoid of proper “empire building” avenues, this is about as cool as it gets. So you can do anything you wish, right [...]

Comrade Ogilvy Nakamoto.

From the ‘Dear Idiots, ‘1984′ is Not a How-To Guide’ department:

He might turn the speech into the usual denunciation of traitors and thought-criminals, but that was a little too obvious, while to invent a victory at the front, or some triumph of over-production in the Ninth Three-Year Plan, might complicate the records too much. What [...]

Modern Chumpatronic Engineering.

A reader recently asked me to comment on the demise of MtGox and its implications for Bitcoin enthusiasts.
I refused to do so, on account of the MtGox scam having been thoroughly beaten to death elsewhere – long before the recent and final convulsive fit people erroneously describe as ‘its demise.’ – The unwashed masses, eager [...]

Mechanics of FLUXBABBITT.

The public discovery of FLUXBABBITT, a modestly-clever American spy gadget – that may or may not have been “fired in anger” yet – has provoked the usual flood of media garbage (“JTAG is a Chinese back door! Threat or menace?”) What follows is some basic investigation regarding the plausible workings of this device, based only [...]

Wanted: FLUXBABBITT.

By now, I imagine everyone with the slightest inkling of an interest in electronics has seen this scandalous tidbit:

To anyone who has received this generous gift from his Government, I offer:
4 Bitcoin for either of the above, in working condition. 1 Bitcoin for a dead or untestable unit.
Serious inquiries only! Please attach two high-res photographs [...]

Household Tips: Reviving a Dead Laser Cutter.

Not long ago, I happened to come across a very cheap and heavily used CO2 Laser Cutting Machine, made by Full Spectrum Inc. About 1K USD, including curbside delivery from across the continent.  I also bought the traditional water chiller, air compressor, exhaust manifolds, etc:

The junk seller promised an intact tube, and indeed there was:
Naturally, [...]

Posted in: Cold Air, Distractions, Hardware, NonLoper by Stanislav 6 Comments

Of Decaying Urbits.

After the sale of my Urbit ‘dukedom’, several readers have written to me, asking ‘why.’ The following was my reply to one such letter, from a fellow who suggested implementing a proper hardware foundation for Nock (Urbit’s computational base.)
Dear [Reader],
Here was my own Nock.
But notice that I made no attempt to implement a Nock [...]

Dukedom for Sale.

Urbit “dukedom” [1] no. 24, “DYS”, belonging to yours truly, is hereby for sale!
Sold! Please enjoy your purchase, Mr. Gogulski!
Price: 4.5 BTC, payable to 15pWcAqagHf2EeFjapjWt4EhYWgL5fne7s. Sale ends on Dec. 31.
Anyone seriously interested should contact Curtis Yarvin, the author of Urbit, to broker the sale.
Alternatively: I’ve written a PGP-signed declaration of the sale. [2] You can simply send [...]

You are Bad at Entropy.

Presenting a very old game, entitled: Man vs. Machine. Or, why Man is not a Particularly Good Source of Entropy.