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Michael J.J. Tiffany
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Just completed my first trade on the Coinffeine decentralised Bitcoin exchange! It's very slick. A great example of a decentralised, p2p Bitcoin app. 

And best of all it's built with bitcoinj, JavaFX and Scala, tech I've been pushing for a while now. You wouldn't know it to look at it though.

Coinffeine ( decentralises the Bitcoin side of trading, whilst giving you a traditional (but open source and fully client side) order book style interface. The fiat is transferred using OKPay and the whole thing happens in chunks, so lowering the trust required. It's not as fully decentralised as BitSquare is, but it avoids the need to manually set up wire transfers and the like.
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+Glamour Magazine  35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry by +Donna Fenn featuring +Limor Fried from +Adafruit Industries photo by JOÃO CANZIANI

Limor Fried, 35, founder of the electronics and tutorial company, Adafruit

Ever want to make your own mini robot? Fried's company, Adafruit, makes that possible, selling open-source hardware kits to let tech gurus or everyday hobbyists DIY their own products. It all started when Fried made her own MP3 player and put the how-to on her website. "People kept emailing me, saying, 'I saw your project, and I want to build that too. Can you send me a kit?'" she says. "So I thought, Maybe I should start a company." Fried, the first female engineer ever to appear on the cover of Wired, did just that, and last year Adafruit earned more than $22 million in revenue. 

Her words to live by: "I get to choose my own destiny. And you can look however you want because you're the boss."

This is an amazing group of women!

Ruzwana Bashir, CEO of
Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO, littleBits Electronics
Laura Borel, product manager, Jawbone
Leah Busque, founder and CEO, TaskRabbit
Shaherose Charania, cofounder and CEO, Women 2.0
Limor Fried, founder of the electronics and tutorial company, Adafruit
Rebecca Garcia, developer evangelist, Squarespace, and co-founder, CoderDojo NYC
Laura I. Gómez, cofounder, Vyv
Sara Haider, lead Android engineer, Secret
Rachel Haot, chief digital officer and deputy secretary for technology, New York State
Ching-Yu Hu, cofounder, Skybox Imaging
Vanessa Hurst, founder and CEO, CodeMontage
Samantha John, and Jocelyn Leavitt, cofounders, Hopscotch
Nikki Kaufman, founder, Normal
Erica Kochi, cofounder and co-lead, UNICEFInnovation Unit
Vanessa Larco, senior product manager, Box
Dana Ledyard, managing director, Girls Who Code
Jess Lee, cofounder and CEO, Polyvore
Hilary Mason, founder and CEO, Fast Forward Labs
Erie Meyer, U.S. Digital Service, The White House
Kathryn Minshew, cofounder and CEO, The Muse
Isabelle Olsson, lead designer, Google
Michelle Phan, cofounder,
Lynn Root, back-end engineer, Spotify
Clara Shih, founder and CEO, Hearsay Social
Parisa Tabriz, security princess, Google
Erin Teague, director of product management, Yahoo
Kristen Titus, founding director, Tech Talent Pipeline at the City of New York
Deena Varshavskaya, founder and CEO, Wanelo
Amber Venz Box, president and co-founder,RewardStyle and
Poornima Vijayashanker, founder, Femgineer
Hanna Wallach, researcher, Microsoft Research, and assistant professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Cassidy Williams, software engineer, Venmo
Arielle Zuckerberg, senior product manager, Humin
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Do you know Java? Do you want to work on small, evening sized tasks on a fun Bitcoin project?

To get Lighthouse to beta there are a variety of misc tasks that are required, many of them very straightforward and requiring no special protocol knowledge.

Good for a bit of hacking after the kids have gone to bed!  Get into Bitcoin the easy way.

Click the link below to see some of the most important.
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to my many (which is to say, and further abuse language roots, poly) friends...
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“Hal is a rare genius who never had to trade his emotional intelligence to get his intellectual gifts,” Zimmermann wrote. “He is a fine human being, an inspiration for his attitude toward life. I wish I could be like him.”
Hal Finney, who I've known for twenty-five years or so, was declared clinically dead this morning and is now undergoing cryopreservation at Alcor. Since cryonics is viewed dubiously by many, arrangements are commonly kept private, and the facilities involved do not disclose anything about who's signed up and who's been suspended. I mention it here because Hal was open about his Alcor membership and welcomed its discussion.

As this article from Forbes makes clear, Hal's contributions to the underpinnings of modern e-commerce, privacy, and security were hefty. In a just world, you'll see obituaries and tributes throughout the general and technical press. We'll see.
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<< Thank you again for inviting me to testify at the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing entitled “Taking Down Botnets: Public and Private Efforts to Disrupt and Dismantle Cybercriminal Networks” on July 15, 2014, and also for your letter of July 23 requesting additional written testimony. My answers (also representing the M3AAWG position) to your written questions are as follows: >>
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I'm delighted you would do this for an old friend, Sean.
An old friend stayed with us for a couple days. She is currently really into past life regression and psychic phenomenon and was in Rhinebeck, New York at past life regression training seminar. She knows that I am extremely skeptical of such things, but she wanted to convince me, so I made a deal with her that in exchange for her reading Carl Sagan's "The Demon Haunted World", I would read "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian L. Weiss, M.D., a former psychiatrist turned author, speaker, and trainer on the topic of reincarnation who was also the one who was getting paid to run the retreat she had attended.  (Pictured here with Oprah!)

The book that my friend found so convincing describes Weiss' first encounter with a female patient who demonstrated psychic powers and related stories from her past lives and sage wisdom from ascended spirits under hypnosis - this was the landmark case that convinced him such things were real and started him on this new career path.

I didn't expect to find this book particularly interesting. My expectation was that it would be a lot of anecdotal evidence with nothing tell-tale or verifiable, one way or another. But on page 44, I actually found a real gem that is worth sharing. This is where Weiss first starts to believe it might all be real:

On one occasion, when her parents came to visit her, her father expressed tremendous doubt about what was happening. To prove to him that it was true, she took him to the race track. There, right before his eyes, she proceeded to pick the winner of every race. He was stunned. Once she knew that she had proved her point, she took all the money that she had won and gave it to the first poor streetperson she had met on her way to the track. She intuitively felt that the new spiritual powers she had gained should not be used for financial reward...

I was both shocked and fascinated by her psychic abilities, especially the episode at the race track. This was tangible proof. She had the winning ticket to every race. This was no coincidence. Something very odd was happening over these past several weeks, and I struggled to keep my perspective. I could not deny her psychic abilities. And if these abilities were real and could produce tangible proof, could her recitation of past-life events also be true?

Imagine my surprise at seeing the old grifter Horse Tout Con appear in writing as the initial convincing proof of paranormal phenomenon that changed a man's professional career! He must have really believed in it at the time he wrote the book, or he would never have related this fairly well known con as being his first convincing proof. Do you think he ever figured it out? Has no one told him?

How it works is really simple. You tell the mark that you have inside information on fixed races, or that you are just really good at picking horses, or that you are psychic... But you are not rich because if you are seen playing the horses the wise guys will have you beaten or killed, or that you can't use your psychic gifts directly for gain, or whatever. But you offer to sell your picks for a single days racing for a one time fee of LARGE SUM that would  be much less than the expected return of the pick six. For proof that you can deliver, you can show winning bets on every one of yesterdays races! (This is often combined with some version of the Pigeon Drop if the mark does not want to give up control of the money before seeing the pay off.)

So how do you obtain the winning tickets that represent the "proof"? Simple. You just bet every horse in every race every day before you want to work the con.

This isn't even a seriously losing proposition. In fact, if a few longshots come in, you can actually make money betting the whole field. Pull up the race results at any track and do the math yourself and you will see how cheap it really is.  Yesterday at Saratoga:

2 dollar bets
Race 1 - 9 horse costs $18 - win paid $26.40 =  + $8.40
Race 2 - 7 horses cost $14 - win paid $15 = + $1.00
Race 3 - 6 horses costs $12 - win paid $5.90 = - $6.10
Race 4 - 9 horses costs $18 - win paid $13.20 = - $4.80
Race 5 - 7 horses cost $14 - win paid  $6.40 = - $7.60
Race 6 - 11 horses costs $22 - win paid $23.60 = + $1.60
Race 7 - 10 horses costs $20 - win paid $4.70 = - 15.30
Race 8 - 4 horses costs $8 - win paid $12.20 = + 4.20

Cost of making the necessary sixty-three $2 horse bets is $126 and result = - $18.60

This is (not coincidentally) almost exactly the 15% vig that the track takes on each bet. So for less than $20 you too can convince a medical doctor to give up on science and become a newage guru!

#pastliferegression #pastliferegressiontherapy   #pastlives   #hypnotherapy   #skepticism #conartist  
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I will be giving a talk this evening at MIT on (In)Security in Home Embedded Devices.
It  will be similar to the Berkman talk I gave earlier this week, though I expect a bit less on the policy and more on the practical side.
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Refreshing release notes from Trello
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Chasing a turkey in Battery Park
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