130 stories
·
2 followers

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Scalars

2 Shares


Click here to go see the bonus panel!

Hovertext:
Time is just distance through death-space.

New comic!
Today's News:
Read the whole story
kbrint
2 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete

Mozart the prodigy

1 Share

A famous story tells how a very young man once came to Mozart and asked how to build a nuclear device. “Building a nuclear device is very difficult,” said Mozart. “Perhaps you should start with something easier, like a fertilizer bomb.”

“But you built your first nuclear device when you were six years old!” protested the very young man.

“Yes, but I didn't have to ask how.”

Read the whole story
kbrint
2 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete

Warren Buffett Predicts 'Bad Ending' for Cryptocurrencies

1 Comment and 2 Shares
"97% of all bitcoins are held by 4% of addresses," reports Credit Suisse (in an article cited by Slashdot reader CaptainDork). And elsewhere this week, Warren Buffett told CNBC that speculation in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies "will have a bad ending," adding that looking out five years he'd gladly bet against all of the cryptocurrencies. Meanwhile, CNBC senior analyst Ron Insana has his own skepticism: I am predisposed to view them as just speculative tokens in a cryptocurrency bubble that has inflated more quickly than any other in financial market history. Admittedly I'm green with envy for failing to foresee the explosive rally in the price of bitcoin when it was first brought to my attention several years ago. Having said that, there are many things I find quite ironic about how bitcoin and other "cryptos" are described. First, they are largely denominated, or discussed, in U.S. dollar terms... If the dollar is archaic, as the crypto-enthusiasts believe, why not speak only in crypto-terms...? It's much easier to buy and sell dollars, stocks or commodities than it is to trade bitcoin and its brethren. The conversion of one crypto to another is relatively easy on these embryonic exchanges. But getting your digital wealth converted into cold hard cash is more problematic... And while the growth has been impressive, it remains very difficult to walk into any establishment and exchange a digital token for goods or services. The article notes that the U.S. dollar still accounts for 65% of all global economic transactions, due to its status as the world's reserve currency, and concludes that "The adoption of cryptocurrencies as a global source of funds has a long way to go before staking a claim to the world's economy."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Read the whole story
kbrint
4 days ago
reply
Tulips for sale, get them while they last.
Share this story
Delete

Researchers Find That One Person Likely Drove Bitcoin From $150 to $1,000

2 Shares
An anonymous reader shares a report: Researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman have written a fascinating paper on Bitcoin price manipulation. Entitled "Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem" and appearing in the recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics the paper describes to what degree the Bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by bad actors. To many it's been obvious that the Bitcoin markets are, at the very least, being manipulated by one or two big players. "This paper identifies and analyzes the impact of suspicious trading activity on the Mt. Gox Bitcoin currency exchange, in which approximately 600,000 bitcoins (BTC) valued at $188 million were fraudulently acquired," the researchers wrote. "During both periods, the USD-BTC exchange rate rose by an average of four percent on days when suspicious trades took place, compared to a slight decline on days without suspicious activity. Based on rigorous analysis with extensive robustness checks, the paper demonstrates that the suspicious trading activity likely caused the unprecedented spike in the USD-BTC exchange rate in late 2013, when the rate jumped from around $150 to more than $1,000 in two months." The team found that many instances of price manipulation happened simply because the market was very thin for various cryptocurrencies including early Bitcoin.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Read the whole story
kbrint
5 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete

Naming Dartboard

1 Comment

Read the whole story
kbrint
7 days ago
reply
Truth.
Share this story
Delete

Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)

1 Comment

I suspect the most notable aspect of this burrito is the use of jackfruit. My guess is it might be an ingredient you're either completely onboard with, or not at all. Either way, mark my word, shredded jackfruit is a fascinating ingredient. People trying to reduce or eliminate meat from their diet tend to love it for its texture, which uncannily mimics pulled pork or shredded chicken. Out of the can, it has a flavor that is quite mild and neutral, making it a lot of fun to play with on the culinary front - blank slate and all. And because of that, my approach is usually to blast it with an assault of spices and flavor. Here you see it sautéed with lots of garlic and taco/chili seasoning to create a dynamic burrito filling that just about anyone can get behind. When shopping for jackfruit, I buy it canned, in water (easy to find it at places like Trader Joe's) - just drain, and rinse before using.

Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)

Give this a try, and if you're into it, I'm happy to feature more jackfruit recipes in the future!

Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)

Continue reading Shredded Jackfruit Burritos (Vegan)...
Read the whole story
kbrint
7 days ago
reply
Never thought of it as a meat substitute. Fascinating.
Share this story
Delete
Next Page of Stories