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The Turin Test

Monday, 21 July 2014 by Mike Gogulski
technology | Comments Off on The Turin Test

Sister Agnes, a Catholic nun reincarnated in a prosthetic body, is arguing with Lobsang, an AI who claims to also be a Tibetan motorcycle repairman: "Look," Agnes said, "you're going about it all wrong. You're not a human. You can't be ...

Bitcoin exchange rate drops 50%! MtGox fail! And more…

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 by Mike Gogulski
economics, technology | 3 Comments »

Bitcoin down 50% today! THE SKY IS FALLING!!! But what's really going on? [caption id="attachment_4277" align="alignright" width="300"] MtGox screwup causes Bitcoin market crash[/caption] The problem, I believe, is that MtGox's websockets API stopped working a few hours ago. This took any and ...
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Bitcoin does not have a “market capitalization”

Thursday, 28 March 2013 by Mike Gogulski
economics, technology | Comments Off on Bitcoin does not have a “market capitalization”

Great news today via Bitcoin Magazine: Bitcoin Market Capitalization Hits $1 Billion: The New Era of Institutional Investors Of course, I'm happy with this news, but the terminology being employed in so many places is simply incorrect. Market capitalization is defined as the ...

Fixing the “100% CPU and no useful output” imklog+rsyslog kernel logging problem on Ubuntu guests under Xen PV

Saturday, 5 January 2013 by Mike Gogulski
technology | 3 Comments »

I've been helping the organizers of the unSYSTEM conference with some IT support and development work. Things are getting hot, so it was time to get off shared hosting and onto a VPS. The VPS provider handed me a Xen VM ...

Blowing up my notebook with Xubuntu, full-disk encryption, mdadm and LVM

Tuesday, 23 October 2012 by Mike Gogulski
technology | 5 Comments »

Have you ever been typing and clicking merrily along on a computer when, suddenly, it shuts off, makes a small hissing noise and emits a little puff of smoke? That happened twice to my 2.5-year-old Asus N71JQ notebook. The notebook was ...

I want my flying car and a use for this stupid electric clothes dryer

Monday, 25 June 2012 by Mike Gogulski
environment, technology | 1 Comment »

An engineering problem and a re-engineering problem, both environmental and economic. Engineering problem: A: Identify the most energy-efficient automobile in existence today. Assume an urban/suburban sprawl environment, typical commuter/consumer usage patterns and a vehicle capable of carrying at least two passengers plus ...

Bitcoin history: US dollar parity on 9 February 2011

Wednesday, 9 February 2011 by Mike Gogulski
economics, technology | 4 Comments »

Today is a day of awesome. Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer, pseudonymous cryptocurrency, has reached market parity with the US dollar for the first time. Exchange rate graph from the largest Bitcoin exchanger, Mt Gox (click to enlarge): [caption id="attachment_4045" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Parity party! ...

Technological civilization is awesome

Thursday, 13 January 2011 by Mike Gogulski
technology | 3 Comments »

From TED: It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil ... it's frankly amazing he got as ...

Safe Skies

Sunday, 14 November 2010 by Mike Gogulski
art, mind control, technology | 10 Comments »

“Mommy, how high does the airplane go?” “Oh, on a flight like this maybe up to thirty-three thousand feet,” I tell Casey. Casey rolls her My Little Pony suitcase along behind her. “How high is that?” “Well, that’s about six miles.” “How much is ...

Dear Operation Payback: Quit DDOSing websites

Wednesday, 3 November 2010 by Mike Gogulski
activism, heroism, technology, war | Comments Off on Dear Operation Payback: Quit DDOSing websites

Dear Operation Payback, Anonymous and righteous 4chan /b/tards: [caption id="attachment_3916" align="alignright" width="263" caption="Operation: Payb"][/caption] You have attracted plenty of attention with your DDOS attacks against the MPAA, IFPI, ACS:Law, Davenport Lyons, the US Copyright Office, and so on. Downing those sites is ...
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