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I am probably working on Hubski.

Send me a PM or post with the tag #bugski if you think something is broken.

I filter #thebeatles.

I do not agree with everything that I post. I hope you don't either.

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mk  ·  16 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

    Maybe after both of our companies sell we'll get back together and build something really weird.

Absolutely. We have yet to properly subject the world to our genius.

Sincerity sans naivete = the coolest thing ever.

mk  ·  17 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

Congratulations, buddy. This warms my heart. I don't expect that this will be the end of you working on your own ideas, and I am sure that you are going to bring them more value than they anticipate. If they don't find you to be an incorrigible ass, that is. You have a clarity of vision, base of knowledge, encyclopedic memory, and humility that makes you a very strong scientist; it was always a joy to postulate and hypothesize and bullshit with you. They probably aren't going to pay you enough. Your notes are shit though. Turn over a new leaf (I tried and failed).

Godspeed. Let me know how it goes. Let's have a Zoom beer.

mk  ·  18 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

Just don't put it in the stock market. :)

I think you give these groups far too much credit as combatants. Al-Qaeda fought a difficult war against the Soviet Union and Afghanistan before Bin Laden turned them against the West, and they were backed and armed by foreign governments (the US playing a prominent role). Those supremistst and militias are somewhat disenfranchised domestic working class folk. They have mortgages, truck payments, and enjoy deer season.

Also, Biden doesn't scare them as much as Trump wishes he would. That's why Biden scared Trump so much.

mk  ·  18 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

I don't think that will be the case. I do think there could be real turmoil, but I actually think that the US has moved passed peak insanity, and is swinging back towards the middle. I think that Trump and the GOP are out of step with a country that has moved on.

Trump is loud, but he isn't very capable, and he is in opposition to a massive system that is not well-aligned with his interests, or sympathetic to them. Currently, Trump is POTUS and he might be POTUS for 4 more years, and there is a massive amount of deference given to that. However, once Trump has lost the election, he loses his right to much of that deference. Biden is not only capable, but is respected and as President-Elect, can draw on very deep resources to ensure a transition whether Trump is physically there or not (and I expect that he won't show). The crown is taken from Trump. He can't give it away.

I actually think we'll have four years that are less-divisive, and that other issues will come to the fore. I expect the GOP will spend the next four years trying to figure out who they are as their political prospects continue to recede.

mk  ·  19 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

A ridiculous amount.

It's true that MI and WI going to Biden make it very tough for Trump. However, MI won't have final results for days, and could slant towards Trump on election night. Not sure about Wisconsin's counting.

mk  ·  19 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 28, 2020

I think a lot of it rides on how clear the margin is on Nov 3. Florida should have final results on Nov 3. If Biden carries Florida, then it will be clear that Trump has lost. In fact, Biden could very well have more than 270 that night. Of course, Trump will cry foul and say that there was massive fraud, but he doesn't have a lot of options at that point, and everyone except most of his base knows he is full of shit. The talk will just be centered around his concession. If Biden pulls off something crazy and wins Texas, then Trump is being compared to Jimmy Carter and he is toast.

If Trump wins Florida, then I suspect chaos. He will then do everything in his power to call the election at the current counts and stop further counting. It won't be easy for him to do, however, the media probably won't maintain discipline and will follow Trump into a crazy place.

Of course, Nov 3 is still a very long way away.

Biden should be in Texas. Young people are voting in droves in Texas.

Edit: Apparently Bloomberg started spending money in Texas yesterday.

mk  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: An Intuition for Lisp Syntax

Yes, but I didn't start with a blank slate. Hubski started as a fork of Hacker News, which is written in Paul Graham's Arc, which is a Lisp.

I doubt we share much code anymore with HN. Also, a bit of Hubski is now in Racket, which is also a Lisp, on which Arc is dependent.

Actually, the only other languages that I have real familiarity with are Javascript and Fortran. I'm going to start learning Swift next month.

Lisp feels intuitive and natural to me. I don't comment my code, and even with all the parantheses and time away, it remains very readable to me. The idea that code can be data feels right. I suspect that the difference between people that like Lisp and people that don't has something to do with how they think. In physics, I found that people seem to have a natural aptitude for either differential equations or linear algebra, but more rarely both. I suspect that something similar is the case with Lisp.

mk  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Something something shoeshine boy

Abe and Betty each buy $100 worth of TSLA at $1000. Some time later, Charlie buys $100 worth of TSLA at $2000. Abe and Betty invested $200 but feel $400 in TSLA wealth. Because of Charlie's trade, Abe and Betty feel more confident in their consumer spending.

But some time later...

Charlie sells his shares of TSLA, but can only find a buyer at $750. Abe and Betty now feel $150 in TSLA wealth. Because of Charlie's trade, Abe and Betty feel less confident in their consumer spending.

I would posit that a lot of Americans are miscalculating their wealth.

mk  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: “Everything is problematic”

IMO our culture is currently obsessed with being correct. Political, broadcast, and social media encourage us to form opinions and to form tribes around them. It is more than enough to be good to those around you, and to seek to understand their problems. The world expands beyond our understanding, and our model for it is always incomplete. It is naive to believe that we can devise simple formulae (much less consistent) to fix it. Can we ever fix the problems of people we do not know?

I read this as an honest lesson in humility.

mk  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 405th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

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mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: We are no longer in the midst of an experiment.

That's an interesting idea.

What if the non-follower visibility delay was initially set to say, 6 hours, but could be toggled by the user between 0 and 12? Spammers would not know that they had a delay, and users could adjust theirs as they saw fit?

TBH I would probably set mine to 3 hours.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA: We are no longer in the midst of an experiment.

I'm glad to hear that the experiment wasn't entirely negative for everyone. I also felt that there was some difference in the tenor of the initial replies, however I could just be imagining it.

I did consider that those people that follow you are the ones most likely to engage in a positive way.

mk  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing

That's not technically true. There are zero-knowledge proofs that can be used to deidentify assets and transactions.

As an example, JPMorgan has developed one type: https://www.coindesk.com/jpmorgan-adds-new-privacy-features-to-its-ethereum-based-quorum-blockchain

That's one of the wonders of Ethereum. Because it is turing-complete, it unleashes a huge amount of creativity.

Bitcoin has transaction mixers, but they are far from optimal. I am not long-term bullish on bitcoin.

BTW, these zero-knowledge proofs have now been leveraged for both privacy and increased bandwidth on the main chain: https://www.theblockcrypto.com/post/80495/aztec-ethereum-layer-2-unveil

mk  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 21, 2020

It’s 11:45AM and they don’t pay me enough for this.

mk  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 21, 2020

That is an interesting situation.

I believe I am responsible for a 'corrigendum' to this article: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31542391

Figure 5 looked suspect.

I haven't looked into the corrigendum enough to decide if I buy it.

mk  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 21, 2020

Tin-Can was approved for iOS!


I will make a post about it as soon as Android is updated.

Think Twitter, but without the internet.

mk  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Blockchain, the amazing solution for almost nothing

This is wrong:

    At its core, blockchain is a glorified spreadsheet (think: Excel with one table). In other words, a new way to store data. In traditional databases there’s usually one person who’s in charge, who decides who can access and input data, who can edit and remove it. That’s different in a blockchain. Nobody’s in charge, and you can’t change or delete anything, only view and input data.

Blockchain is not a new way to store data. Data has been stored in a distributed manner before. (Napster was a successful distributed data application) Blockchain is a method of securing state. In the case of Bitcoin, this enables a ledger that anyone can use, but no one can corrupt. This creates digital scarcity (a completely new phenomenon), but bitcoin also comes with a protocol for transactions. This is exactly what you need to make a basic digital currency, and thus, bitcoin was created. Bitcoin has serious drawbacks regarding speed and energy consumption, but it succeeds as a digital store of value. I used bitcoin last week to pay developers in another country.

Now, what Bitcoin does not do, but what Ethereum does, is use blockchain-secured state to create a global permissionless application. Computers are state machines. Ethereum is a turing-complete state machine that is accessible to anyone. Code runs on Ethereum much like transactions are made on Bitcoin. The result is that you can execute code that the entire world can interact with, and everyone shares the same results. You can create digital currencies using Ethereum, but because of its turing-complete nature, you can also do much more.

For example, because of blockchain, a girl in Poland can now buy shares in a house in the US, earn a portion of the rent, and sell the shares at a later date: https://realt.co/

Digital trading card games can be created with limited numbers of cards, and people can trade, buy, and sell these cards directly, or on unaffiliated marketplaces: https://godsunchained.com/ https://opensea.io/

Derivatives can be created around any of these assets, and markets for these derivatives are global: https://synthetix.exchange

As a result, there is an explosion of applications, and transactions are increasing https://etherscan.io/chart/tx

This author does not understand the technology, and is attacking the hype and failed early use-cases. The early web had similar hype and use case failures. However, the technology was transformative.