Welcome to the fourth edition of the Qntra Not Quite News Roundup Xtend (TM)(R). The below events are alleged to have happened, but they are innocent of newsworthiness.
- US Presidential candidate Donald Trump-Clinton visited Mexico and then delivered a speech where he doubled down on his campaign promise to protect lazy Anglophone US workers from labor market realities including their own lack of fitness and work ethic.
- The altcoin of the week attracting attention an a pump has been Monero. Experts have weighed in on Monero with the following wisdom:
jurov: oh, someone pumping xmr?
jurov: btw, aside from above problems, i tried it and it has much worse node problem than btc
jurov: it needs so much iops that it barely keeps up with network even with ssd
a111: Logged on 2016-09-03 01:44 mircea_popescu: but if you understand this ring signature thing past the buzzword level, feel free to introduce it rigurously and prove that claim.
a111: Logged on 2016-08-30 17:29 asciilifeform: davout: 'ring signatures' are not the promised 'invisibility cloak', but more of a smoke grenade.1
- The tiny alt-alt Krypton was 51% attacked again.2
- The FBI has alleged a 2011 hack of the kernel.org Linux Kernel repository was carried out by Donald Ryan Austin of Southern Florida.
- The harvest of this year's corn crop is beginning in southern portion of the US corn belt.
The "smoke grenade" term alludes to the fact that any "privacy bonus" offered by ring signatures degrades rapidly over time. Substantial butthurt potential looms for those who proceed as though ring signatures offer a permanent form of concealment. ↩
It says in the Big Book:
Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average. There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.