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Daily Archives: October 25, 2022

The Crypto Story

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Where it came from, what it all means, and why it still matters. “There was a moment not so long ago when I thought, “What if I’ve had this crypto thing all wrong?” I’m a doubting normie who, if I’m being honest, hasn’t always understood this alternate universe that’s been percolating and expanding for more than a decade now. If you’re a disciple, this new dimension is the future. If you’re a skeptic, this upside-down world is just a modern Ponzi scheme that’s going to end badly—and the recent “crypto winter” is evidence of its long-overdue ending. But crypto has dug itself into finance, into technology, and into our heads. And if crypto isn’t going away, we’d better attempt to understand it. Which is why we asked the finest finance writer around, Matt Levine of Bloomberg Opinion, to write a cover-to-cover issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, something a single author has done only one other time in the magazine’s 93-year history (“What Is Code?,” by Paul Ford). What follows is his brilliant explanation of what this maddening, often absurd, and always fascinating technology means, and where it might go. —Joel Weber, Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek”

The article is divided into four subject areas: Ledgers, Bitcoin, Blockchains; What Does It Mean?; The Crypto Financial System; Trust, Money, Community

A large portion of the Americans who will pay for news are rich

Nieman Lab: About a quarter of Americans have ever paid for news directly. “Those who have are more likely to make over $150,000 a year. A new survey from Gallup and the Knight Foundation asked a nationally representative sample of 5,593 American adults a bunch of questions about paying for news. There’s some interesting stuff… Continue Reading

Keep your family’s internet private with Total Cookie Protection on Firefox

Mozilla Distilled: “By the time a kid turns 13, more than 72 million pieces of personal data have been collected about them on the internet, according to a 2018 report. These can include name, date of birth, address, family members, where they hang out, the people they interact with, what they do in the classroom,… Continue Reading

Building An Open-Source Intelligence Buyer’s Club

War on the Rocks: “The Ukraine conflict has blown open the door on how open-source information — broadly defined as publicly and commercially available data — can be a game-changer in war and peace. The broad array of unclassified tools now allows anyone to pore over satellite imagery, monitor tank convoys, listen to troops chatting… Continue Reading

Americans Value U.S. Role as Scientific Leader, but 38% Say Country Is Losing Ground Globally

Report – Widening partisan divide over scientists’ place in policy debates – “Large majorities of Americans value government investments in the scientific enterprise and consider it important for the United States to be a world leader in scientific achievement. However, on the heels of a global coronavirus outbreak that put scientific research and understanding in… Continue Reading

There Are Eight Forms of Intelligence, Not Just One: Which Apply to You?

Open Culture: “Intelligence is a fraught subject of discussion, and only becoming more so. Among the frameworks developed safely to approach it, one has gained special prominence: the theory championed by developmental psychologist Howard Gardner, author of the book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. And how many such intelligences are there? In… Continue Reading

A new definition of crypto comes from the IRS

Coin Telegraph: “…No matter how much attention the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or Commodity Futures Trading Commission gets in the crypto industry, for individual traders and investors, it often comes down to the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) position — and how much tax one owes. Last week, the IRS last week released… Continue Reading

Long COVID Appears to Have Led to a Surge of the Disabled in the Workplace

New York Fed, Liberty Street Economics: “Although most of those infected with COVID-19 have recovered relatively quickly, a substantial share has not, and remains symptomatic months or even years later, in what is commonly referred to as long COVID. Data on the incidence of long COVID is scarce, but recent Census Bureau data suggest that… Continue Reading

How to Find and Join Groups or Communities on LinkedIn

Make Use Of: “While there are plenty of social platforms out there, LinkedIn is known as a network where professionals are looking for connections. It’s more than just a place where people seek jobs and reach out to industry professionals; it’s a place that cultivates a sense of community. If you’re not utilizing groups and… Continue Reading