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Russian Orthodox Church in Harbin and it's ice sculpture cousin. And Psy, to give a sense of when this was 🙂

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In light of:
1. Putin's recently stated desire to restore the former Russian Empire; and
2. China's endorsement of his actions: "The position of the Chinese government is that we believe that sanctions have never been a fundamental and effective way to solve problems" (rather hilarious in context of Chinese sanctions against e.g. Lithuania and Australia for not sufficiently sucking up to Xi)

This video should be relevant again, when Putin tries to take back Manchuria:
youtube.com/watch?v=TBGsRmRjuH

Bund.de is the official German government portal for doing government-related paperwork online.

They have now created their own Mastodon instance at social.bund.de which contains some official accounts. You can find them on the instance's directory page:

➡️ social.bund.de/explore (in German)

This is a really promising sign! The Fediverse can allow citizens to interact with public officials without having to give away personal data.

#BundDe #Germany #Deutschland #Deutsch #Government

And then he retweets this asinine thread, in which an AWS engineer claims that "Computationally cheap cryptographic currencies with privacy are actually a solved problem."

He then points to Chaumian E-cash (which did not solve the double-spend problem for fucks sake) and digs even deeper by referring to zero knowledge systems, without pointing out that every current efficient design is either a trusted setup or too experimental cryptography for money.
twitter.com/colmmacc/status/14

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Exhibit 3:

First Taleb writes a paper demonstrating that Bitcoin is extremely volatile and that this volatility has not gone down over the years.

Then he calls a little bear market "Imploding" (without demonstrating that this somehow exceeds the volatility we've seen before).

Perhaps he's referring more to the fact that Bitcoin is not very uncorrelated to other assets, as some hoped for. But past results don't guarantee future performance. And again: Bitcoin hasn't been killed yet.

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Exhibit 2 in the context of some(!) trucker funds being in custodial wallets and/or hard to liquidate.

What he's not noticing: the other funds, the option to just HODL through it (assuming the situation in Canada isn't permanent, the fact that a supply of Bitcoin that can't be sold on a KYC exchange will eventually meet demand.

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Let's see if Taleb lives long enough to do the same. So far is his head is still way past the third sphincter.

(what he fails to notice here: the price action did not kill Bitcoin)

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Stocking up on Russian Earl Grey while it's still legal...

My usual creditcard already failed this morning for this payment, though I suspect that's just because electronic fiat systems are crap (no the shop doesn't take Bitcoin, last time I mentioned it they were not excited about the idea either).

See also: not everyone advocating for paid paternity leave wants to kill all men.

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Apparently someone on the internet went ape-shit and decided Bored Apes are a Nazi conspiracy. George Kraml explains some of the absurd claims that were made. It's a fun read.

The end of the article is sadly a bit of over generalising no-coinery, but ok. I'm personally not into millennialism, because I don't think Bitcoin will destroy all of government and end redistribution. Not everyone involved in "crypto" has the same world view as the loudest most radical voices.
davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/2

@waxwing it's pretty windy here in The Netherlands too, though I don't live on the coast. It was indeed announced in the news for days in advance. But for those who missed it, there was an emergency notification sent to all phones (that support it) recommending to stay inside.

This driver got insanely lucky: m.youtube.com/watch?v=DdOr8GOj

TIL: threaded conversations on Mastodon web are not rendered in any way that makes sense.

@jeffcliff @waxwing I read something similar in Dutch news this morning, that basically anyone participating in or donating to these protests can get their (Canadian) bank account frozen

That would mean protesters can't can't pay their lawyers, which itself is a clear human rights violation. But maybe there's some caveat there.

If that actually happens at any meaningful scale it's a sad but effective ad for Bitcoin.

But we'll have to see: nuance generally doesn't get communicated as quickly.

I'm sure their lawyers love fucking over small country regulators.

So it's time to remind Apple how their entire US tax evasion scheme relies on The Netherlands. That system is already the subject of upcoming reforms: it gives the country a bad reputation as a tax haven, only tax consultants make money from it since it doesn't generate any jobs in the country.

Now they gave politicians even more reason to kick Apple out of fiscal paradise. Looking forward 🙂

- Sent from iPhone

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Apple being a maximum dick: after being ordered to allow non-Apple payments for dating sites, they added "a requirement that developers who want to use non-Apple payment methods must submit a new app to the App Store to do so, and then convince their customers to switch"

And "Apple says it still intends to charge a 27% commission on any in-app payments it does not process, only slightly below the 30% it charges on those it does process."

euronews.com/next/2022/02/14/n

You don't need to use link shorteners on Mastodon. All links count as 23 characters no matter how long they really are.

Also, links on Mastodon stay in the form you wrote them. This is much better for privacy than Twitter.

Twitter quietly changes all posted links to go via Twitter's domain t.co so they can track people. This doesn't happen on Mastodon or the Fediverse.

You can see this hidden conversion in Twitter by hovering your mouse over a link there, the link appears to show a normal address but Firefox and other browsers will indicate the true t.co address in the bottom left corner of the screen. If you try this same check on Mastodon or the Fediverse, you will see your links stay just as you wrote them.

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #Fediverse #Privacy #Twitter #LinkShorteners

It's interesting how long the sweep operation took. The transactions are spread over several hours. They must have been very confident that the suspects weren't paying close attention to these coins and/or didn't have access to the private keys themselves.

And it took another week to arrest them, which also makes one wonder if they knew what was about to happen and considered making a run for the border.

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Although they didn't use a high fee rate, the initial transactions swept a lot of low value outputs, so they ended up paying a few hundred dollar fees.

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