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  1. Comment on DarkSide ransomware gang quits after servers, Bitcoin stash seized in ~tech

  2. Comment on Today is the first-ever itch.io Creator Day - Developers, musicians, and artists receive 100% of sales after taxes and payment processor fees in ~games

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    I definitely don't need any more games either, but I'm at least going to pick up MasterPlan. I'm not sure if I'll ever actually use it for anything significant, but I really like the concept of it.

    I definitely don't need any more games either, but I'm at least going to pick up MasterPlan. I'm not sure if I'll ever actually use it for anything significant, but I really like the concept of it.

    2 votes
  3. Comment on Elon Musk announces that Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin for vehicle purchases citing the energy demand required to maintain the cryptocurrency in ~tech

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    Yeah, this was a chart from a recent post by Scott Galloway - for Q1 2021, Tesla reported a $438M profit, but if you don't include selling emissions credits or their Bitcoin sale, they lost $181M....

    Yeah, this was a chart from a recent post by Scott Galloway - for Q1 2021, Tesla reported a $438M profit, but if you don't include selling emissions credits or their Bitcoin sale, they lost $181M.

    Link to the full source post: https://www.profgalloway.com/the-martian/

    11 votes
  4. Comment on Elon Musk announces that Tesla will no longer accept Bitcoin for vehicle purchases citing the energy demand required to maintain the cryptocurrency in ~tech

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    Matt Levine joked that he should do almost exactly that, back in February when they announced they bought the bitcoin:

    Matt Levine joked that he should do almost exactly that, back in February when they announced they bought the bitcoin:

    A funny thing for Elon Musk to do would be:

    1. Tesla Inc. buys some Bitcoin.
    2. Tesla announces that Bitcoin is good now and that it bought some.
    3. The price of Bitcoin goes up, because institutional adoption of Bitcoin is good for its price, but also because, by the Elon Markets Hypothesis, anything that Musk buys goes up.
    4. Tesla sells some Bitcoin, making a profit.
    5. Musk tweets that the price of Bitcoin is too high.
    6. Bitcoin prices go down due to the Elon Markets Hypothesis.
    7. Go to Step 1.

    You can’t do this forever; eventually people will notice that you are just cycling this around for your own profit. But you can do it for a while, particularly if you do a bunch of other distracting stuff—space rockets, flamethrowers, satin shorts—in between. 

    Anyway I am not saying that this is what Musk is actually doing. In particular I have no reason to think that Step 4 happened: Tesla announced that it bought Bitcoin last month but hasn’t said anything about selling it, and Musk seems to be a long-term believer. But Steps 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 have happened, and I have no doubt that all of this will happen at least one or two more times (Step 7), so, you know. The trade is available to him, and it is funny, and he loves to do funny things, and what more do you need?

    12 votes
  5. Comment on What's the coronavirus like where you are? in ~health.coronavirus

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    Pretty much the worst it's ever been here in Alberta, Canada. We're just starting to come down from our worst peak, surpassing the previous one in December. About the only positive this time is...

    Pretty much the worst it's ever been here in Alberta, Canada. We're just starting to come down from our worst peak, surpassing the previous one in December. About the only positive this time is that the cases in older people were much lower because they've mostly been vaccinated. Lots more charts of different aspects here, if anyone's interested.

    My wife and I are scheduled for our first vaccine dose on Thursday, but at this point it's sounding like we probably won't get our second one until about 4 months later.

    13 votes
  6. Comment on Michelin star fried rice in ~food

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    Thanks for posting this! I wouldn't have seen it otherwise, and it was really neat for me to watch together with my wife. The video is at the Shang Palace location in Paris, but my wife and I ate...

    Thanks for posting this! I wouldn't have seen it otherwise, and it was really neat for me to watch together with my wife.

    The video is at the Shang Palace location in Paris, but my wife and I ate at the one in Hong Kong around 10 years ago (which also has a Michelin star). Her aunt took us there, and even though we had multiple dishes, the only one either of us truly remember is the fried rice. Like Alex says in the video, it was on a completely different level from "typical" fried rice, to the point that you can barely compare them. It was the last dish that came, and we both ended up way too full from trying to eat a bunch of it even though we were already full. It was unbelievably good, and we still mention it all the time.

    That's the only Michelin star restaurant we've ever eaten at, so it's a bit funny that when high-end dining or starred restaurants come up, the only experience I can talk about is the fried rice that I had at dim sum. That's definitely not the kind of thing most people expect. But it was just that good, so it was great to see Alex's excitement about it, the video did a great job of conveying the quality.

    I'm looking forward to seeing his next videos now, I think he's definitely going to have a hard time living up to this example of fried rice.

    5 votes
  7. Comment on Humble Bundle creator brings antitrust lawsuit against Valve over Steam in ~games

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    David Rosen of Wolfire made a blog post yesterday to explain more about their motivation for the case: Regarding the Valve class action

    David Rosen of Wolfire made a blog post yesterday to explain more about their motivation for the case: Regarding the Valve class action

    6 votes
  8. Comment on The Instagram ads Facebook won't show you in ~tech

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    There's been some strange additional claims and developments happening with this story. From Ryan Broderick's newsletter yesterday:

    There's been some strange additional claims and developments happening with this story. From Ryan Broderick's newsletter yesterday:

    Their ad account was disabled when they tried to run the ads, Signal said.

    Well, Andy Stone, Facebook’s policy communications director, tweeted that Signal never actually tried to run the ads. Facebook then put out a full statement saying that if Signal had tried to run the ads, a few of them would have been rejected because that “assert that you have a specific medical condition or sexual orientation.” Though, advertisers can use that to target you?

    But wait! There’s more. Signal then fired back, saying, no, the screenshots were real and their account was disabled. Then, finally, Joe Osborne, who does corporate communications at Facebook, tweeted that the ads were not what was rejected, but that Signal’s account was “briefly disabled” for an unrelated payments issue.

    Anyways, at no point in all of this back and forth did anyone from Facebook say that any of the targeting options Signal focused their ads on were untrue or not real.

    11 votes
  9. Comment on Twitter has acquired Scroll, a subscription for news sites, and intends to integrate it into their own upcoming subscription service in ~tech

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    I haven't seen anything specific. The company only had 13 employees, and it sounds like they'll all be working for Twitter now. They had $10M in funding, and the last $7M of that was about two and...

    I haven't seen anything specific. The company only had 13 employees, and it sounds like they'll all be working for Twitter now. They had $10M in funding, and the last $7M of that was about two and a half years ago. So I don't imagine it was a very large deal overall.

    4 votes