Responsible disclosure in the era of cryptocurrencies

Crazy story about trying to responsibly disclose a bug in Bitcoin Cash that might have erased billions in value.

The traditional technology world has had years to get security and disclosure figured out (and still does it badly all the time). The cryptocurrency world is being forced to mature in an incredibly short amount of time. I’m frankly surprised more catastrophes like this haven’t happened yet.

August 12, 2018

Read a neat paper recently called Dissolving the Fermi Paradox that points out we’ve been doing the math wrong. The basic idea is that given the uncertainty to the parameters in Drake-like equations (e.g. number of habitable planets) we should actually be calculating distributions rather than averages. When you do this it turns out to not be terribly unlikely we are alone.

One of those things that seems obvious in hindsight but surprising that no one wrote this down before.

August 11, 2018

I’m beginning to suspect Elon Musk is deliberately trolling us.

Adding games to his car? An obviously bad idea guaranteed to get a rise out of people.

Unironically praising BioShock, a game that (ostensibly) critiques men like Musk? Setting up an easy and obvious dunk is a classic troll move.

August 5, 2018

Hugo is a surprisingly good static-site generator. Just switched my site over to it from a mostly hand-rolled solution (previously Jekyll) and it handles all the customization I threw at it.

August 5, 2018

This is the obligatory “Hello, World” for my new attempt at microblogging on my own domain.

July 29, 2018