Cryptocurrency Miners Are Using Old Tires to Power Their Rigs

Christopher Malmo, writing for Motherboard: An entrepreneurial cryptocurrency mining company has just announced an unusual deal: it has partnered with a tire-based waste-to-energy company in the United States to power its mining computers. Standard American Mining and PRTI, a tire “thermal demanufacturing” company based in North Carolina, are powering graphics cards-based mining equipment to earn a range of alternative cryptocurrencies like Ethereum. Basically, they take used tires and heat them…

December 7, 2017
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No One Makes a Living on Crowdfunding Website Patreon

Brent Knepper, writing for The Outline (condensed): Patreon is basically a payments processor designed like a social network. Every creator sets up a profile where they fill out a prompt about what they’re making: “Oliver Babish is creating cooking videos,” or “Hannah Alexander is creating Art and Costume Designs inspired by pop culture and Art Nouveau.” Patreon encourages creators to provide a description of themselves and their work and strongly…

December 7, 2017
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IDG Contributor Network: 5 things J. S. Bach can teach you about information security

J.S. Bach’s sublime “Fugue in C-sharp-minor,” from Book One of Das Wohltemperierte Klavier (BWV 849) was published in 1722. It has five voices and three subjects, so it is a triple fugue. Let’s take a look at what Bach and his excellent work can teach us about building a rock-solid information security program. 1. Keep it simple The slow and stately four-note subject is simple but pregnant with possibility. Through…

December 7, 2017
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Interview with Baidu CEO Robin Li and others on how the company plans to dominate AI, especially in Asia, helped along by China’s desire to be AI world leader (Jessi Hempel/Wired)

December 7, 2017

Jessi Hempel / Wired: Interview with Baidu CEO Robin Li and others on how the company plans to dominate AI, especially in Asia, helped along by China’s desire to be AI world leader  —  Presumably, Robin Li wanted attention last summer when he decided to launch Baidu’s bid for the future of self-driving cars … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Inside Oracle’s Cloak-and-dagger Political War With Google

schwit1 shares a Recode report: The story that appeared in Quartz this November seemed shocking enough on its own: Google had quietly tracked the location of its Android users, even those who had turned off such monitoring on their smartphones. But missing from the news site’s report was another eyebrow-raising detail: Some of its evidence, while accurate, appears to have been furnished by one of Google’s fiercest foes: Oracle. For…

December 7, 2017
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