I have written extensively on all the ways that bitcoin does not have the value that people think it does, but I recently discovered a perspective where I think a bitcoin could have actual, fundamental value…Continue reading
Imagine a drug that makes you horribly nauseous and miserable for the first 59 minutes after you take it, but then makes you feel hedonistic bliss for a final 1 minute. The other effect of this drug is that during the those first 59 minutes, it blocks the transcription of long-term memories so that by the next day you only remember the final 1 minute.
- Assuming you did not know the full effect profile of this drug until after taking it the first time, would you expect yourself to take it a second time?
- Assuming you would decide not to take it a second time during the 12 hours while you still remember how horrible the first 59 minutes were, how would you prevent your future self who only remembers the bliss phase from taking the drug again?
- If you were King in the world where this drug existed, what policy measures (if any) would you enact to improve the welfare of your subjects’ interactions with this drug?
- If you were trapped on a deserted island with an inexhaustible supply of the drug and no way to prevent your future self from taking it each new day, would your subjective life be one of ecstasy or misery?
(alt title: “Marketizing the Kalshi Market”)
Kalshi is only allowed to trade prediction contracts, but these could be like NAND gates of market microstructure. It might be possible to replicate most of the financial effects of many existing (and many new and useful!) transactions by buying a basket of predictions.Continue reading
Display live scrolling sports scores, crypto prices, or hot tweets on the side of your favorite newspaper building. All you need are some cheap pixel strips, an Uno, and a 5 volt power supply (I used a USB charger with the connector cut off).
Demo video and easy instructions below!Continue reading
Have you ever been sitting at your Linux shell prompt and just wanted to store a simple value at a simple address, but every force in the universe was lined up to prevent you from doing so?
devememkm, a tiny Loadable Kernel Module that will let you poke any value into any address you want instantly, reliability, and without ceremony.
Sonos just announced that they are fucking their most loyal customers and forcing them to buy the newest models by bricking their existing equipment. According to Twitter.
Here is the real story about what Sonos-gate means for the future of technology and the human race…
Today, my aunt Sue did a google search for “ebay” and got this…
See the ad for ebay at the top of the results? Not particularly interesting, right?…
Biking to LGA is not only possible, it is sometimes the fastest (and always the most predicable) way to get there. Here’s how to do it…Read more
You can train yourself to not feel pain. Anyone can learn to do it in about 15 minutes. There are youtube videos. Continue reading