Ethereum and other altcoins

As you all probably know I am a fan of Bitcoin, but I am not that much of an alt-coin guy. What I mean by that is that I think that a main property of money is that it is universal means of exchange. It is good that you can store your wealth as savings […]

Report from 30C3: There’s no privacy

Chaos Communication Congress is the oldest hacker conference in the world and the largest of its kind in Europe. It takes place at the end of each year in Hamburg and brings current research in the field of security, networking and increasingly also politics and other topics related to “hacking” – the unconventional use of […]

Avoid news

If you have an intellectual minute, read Avoid news by Rolf Dobelli I highly agree. I have not watched TV for years now (we don’t have a subscription and I did not bother installing an antenna) and I’ve been practicing a healthy news diet for more than a year now. It really helps, especially with […]

OHM2013 – hackers are camping

The evocative video made by conference organizer tried to convince the audience that the hacker campgrounds are a Dutch tradition – as well as tulips, windmills, Gouda cheese and wooden shoes. Since 1989, every four years hackers gather in a traditional Dutch style campsite. Imagine a large music festival, substitute concerts with tech lectures and […]

Spying, liberty, NSA and USA vs. Europe

When I discussed the loss of American liberties with people here in Europe few years ago, my position was simple – we get the same draconian regulations without any opposition or fanfare here in Europe. Remember export controls of cryptography? We should have been fighting against this barrier because it was primarily against our interests […]

Raspberry Pi and Block Erupter on Fidora

My AsicMiner Block Erupter USB miners arrived a few days ago thanks to Andreas and people from Bitcoin Austria who processed the order and the chief Bitcoin economist Peter Šurda who drove them to Progressbar. I shipped some of them abroad to friends. Although I appreciate the work guys that created minepeon do, I decided […]