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Bitcoin's block reward has dropped to 12.5

The Bitcoin network was designed to produce, or 'mine', a steady stream of new coins around every ten minutes – from its beginnings in January 2009 to some time in the year 2140. Mining operations around the world help secure the network and keep it functioning, and for this task they are rewarded with the new bitcoins.

But there's a twist. At every 210,000th block (which takes just under 4 years each time) the number of bitcoins in that reward halves. Originally 50 BTC every ten minutes, it became 25 BTC on 28 November 2012. The next halving, from 25 BTC to 12.5 BTC, just occurred with block 420,000.
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Thoughts on Agile programming - team size
I've been thinking about this for a very long time. What would be an ideal agile team size -- what would be a core team size to be more precise. I've been told in the past that it's 5, but I think it's 4 and here is how I think the team should be organized ...

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Live patching on PPC64LE
Michael Ellerman has a great blog with all the technical details. There was a lot of work, brain storming and discussions involved. Check out  http://mpe.github.io/posts/2016/05/23/kernel-live-patching-for-ppc64le/

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The Top500 -- a biannual ranking of the world’s 500 fastest supercomputers -- was published on Monday, and China's supercomputers have topped the list for the seventh consecutive time. http://ow.ly/Xcmr301uCU5
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Some programming basics
As our programming knowledge grows, we sometimes forget that computers are not human. Although the incremental and consistent growth of AI techniques, mining may make us believe otherwise :) This is not a blog about AI or ML, but about some basics From my u...

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