Summary of “Bitcoin is none of the things it was supposed to be”

Most of the current Bitcoin economy, worth around $276 billion at the time of writing, is antithetical to the premise of Bitcoin.
The first stop for anyone seriously interested in Bitcoin is the Bitcoin white paper: the canonical document written by Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, in 2008.
Bitcoin, at its core, was supposed to be a way to pay for goods and services online – in Nakamoto’s words, Bitcoin would replace existing systems for “Commerce on the internet.” In the early days of Bitcoin, evangelists tried to use it for everything, including salaries, pizza, and Bitcoin swag.
BitPay was part of the early crop of Bitcoin’s finance industry, and while it and similar startups increased the usefulness of Bitcoin, they represented the sort of middleman Bitcoin was supposed to disintermediate.
Bitcoin is the default currency on the dark web – but the speculators driving the current bubble are making it difficult to use Bitcoin for actual transactions.
You download the Bitcoin client and either have someone send you Bitcoin in exchange for a good or service, or use your computer’s processing power to maintain the network and get rewarded in Bitcoin.
In October 2009, New Liberty Standard published a Bitcoin exchange rate based on the cost of electricity for a computer to mine Bitcoin, which established that one U.S. dollar was worth 1,309.03 BTC. In February 2010, The Bitcoin Market, the first of many Bitcoin exchanges, popped up.
Goldman Sachs says it is “Exploring” a Bitcoin trading operation, and on Monday, two finance companies will launch Bitcoin futures contracts so that even more betting on the price can take place.

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Summary of “A brief history of Bitcoin hacks and frauds”

Over the years, the Bitcoin world has been plagued by hacks, scams, and abusive practices.
Here we present a short history of the Bitcoin world’s most significant scams and hacks.
As far as we know, the Bitcoin network itself is highly secure, though of course that’s little comfort if you entrust your bitcoins to a third party that gets hacked.
June 2011: Bitcoin user loses $500,000 in bitcoin to hackers.
The Bitcoin world’s biggest financial fiasco was the collapse of Mt. Gox-then the world’s leading Bitcoin exchange-in 2014.
A Russian man named Alexander Vinnik was the owner and operator of a competing Bitcoin exchange called BTC-e. The feds allege that he knowingly accepted stolen bitcoins from Mt. Gox and laundered them through his own bitcoin exchange.
In January 2015, the popular Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp reported that it had lost around 19,000 bitcoins, then worth about $5 million.
In August 2016, the Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex announced that hackers had stolen $77 million worth of bitcoins.

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Summary of “We’re Going to Need More Gabrielle Union”

Ms. Union nodded, and soon everyone in the room was low-humming to Tina Turner’s classic “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”.Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?
End-of-the-line people were especially raw, Ms. Union said, as if their traumatic event just happened.
“We’re Going to Need More Wine” contains Ms. Union’s own heart-wrenching, deeply personal stories: about her infertility struggles, her childhood during which she lived in the all-white Pleasanton, Calif., for the school year and spent summers with her grandmother and cousins in a predominantly black neighborhood in North Omaha.
On Oct. 17, the day the book was released, about two weeks after the Harvey Weinstein story broke, Ms. Union told Robin Roberts during a segment on “Good Morning America” that she has been repeating her sexual assault story “With the goal of never having to hear ‘me too’ again.”
Ms. Union said that in her tour, only certain airports displayed the book, and that she had heard from readers that they had asked for it in certain cities, only to find it was still in stacks on the floor or in carts in the back.
Kima Jones, the founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, a publicity company, and who mostly represents black authors – including the Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess and the PEN America prize winner Rion Amilcar Scott – was not surprised that Ms. Union, who is not her client, felt “We’re Going to Need More Wine” received inadequate support.
Ms. Jones wondered if the glamorous aspects of Ms. Union’s life might lead sellers to underestimate the gravitas of “We’re Going to Need More Wine.”.
“There’s actually no reason we shouldn’t be talking about Gabrielle Union’s book beside Roxane Gay’s work or Leslie Jamison or Maggie Nelson’s work or any of the other women who are talking as critics of popular culture.”

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Summary of “Golden State Warriors’ Go-to Guy Doesn’t Play a Minute”

Housen spent the second half in the locker room, where he supervised the caterers who were assembling dinner.
Housen took a seat and sent his daily group text, complete with bus and airplane emojis, that detailed the team’s schedule for the next day.
After a pair of buses delivered the players and staff to their downtown hotel, Housen headed to the arena, where he spent the next three hours unloading equipment in the visiting locker room.
Housen wanted to be back at the hotel so he could check in with the chef before any of the players arrived for breakfast.
Housen, who does not consider himself a sommelier, leans on Stephen Curry and Shaun Livingston for wine expertise.
Housen knows his players’ habits and daily rhythms.
“He’s the only guy I’ve ever had who uses a blow dryer,” Housen said.
So Housen tucks one into Pachulia’s locker before every game – and keeps a spare on hand in case the first one breaks.

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Summary of “Robots Will Transform Fast Food”

Visitors to Henn-na, a restaurant outside Nagasaki, Japan, are greeted by a peculiar sight: their food being prepared by a row of humanoid robots that bear a passing resemblance to the Terminator.
H.I.S., the company that runs the restaurant, as well as a nearby hotel where robots check guests into their rooms and help with their luggage, turned to automation partly out of necessity.
“Using robots makes a lot of sense in a country like Japan, where it’s hard to find employees,” CEO Hideo Sawada told me.
Chui’s latest research estimates that 54 percent of the tasks workers perform in American restaurants and hotels could be automated using currently available technologies-making it the fourth-most-automatable sector in the U.S. The robots are already here.
The companies bringing robots into the service sector are betting that we’ll be happy to trade our relationship with the chipper barista or knowledgeable front-desk clerk for greater efficiency.
Business owners insist that robots will take over work that is dirty, dangerous, or just dull, enabling humans to focus on other tasks.
Once the robots are sweating in the kitchen, human employees will be free to interact with customers in more-targeted ways, bringing them extra napkins and asking them how they’re enjoying their burgers.
A college education helps insulate workers from automation, enabling them to develop the kind of expertise, judgment, and problem-solving abilities that robots can’t match.

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Summary of “The Best TV Shows of 2017”

To read about what this year’s television shows meant to 2017, see Alison Herman’s accompanying year-end essay.
BoJack Horseman BoJack is often reduced to its de facto logline of “Depressed talking-horse show,” but I find that Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s animated dramedy is simply about what it’s like to be a person.
As always, BoJack found a way to articulate abstract and elemental anxieties-What if you know a relationship is good for you but still can’t make it work? What if you’ve staked your sense of self on independence, but need help anyway?-by rendering them in candy-colored 2-D. BoJack is a thoughtful show on every level, from tightly crafted episodes to the slow-but-steady progression of its characters’ spiritual journey.
Riverdale Sometimes, one must apply the KonMari principle to list-making: Does this show bring me joy? Minute for minute, no show on television brought me more joy this year than the CW’s knowingly absurd Archie adaptation, a power-clash of a show that brings together ’50s aesthetics, ’80s teen drama, and a thoroughly contemporary sense of irony and camp.
The plot can be messy, the character development inconsistent, the disregard for typical teen show bread and butter blatant.
The Keepers A confession: Excellent though it might have been, I wouldn’t have predicted Netflix’s true crime series landing in my top shows of the year when it arrived on the streaming service this May. But as sexual violence and its insidious systemic roots in some of our most prominent institutions began to dominate the news this fall, my thoughts kept returning to the television show that conveyed the problem more powerfully and empathetically than any other work in 2017.
In the process, the show achieved a near-miraculous balance.
Ambiguous endings can feel like an infuriating cop-out, but The Leftovers-in which grieving mother Nora Durst may or may not have discovered where the 2 percent of humanity who vanished into thin air actually went-felt perfectly in line with the show’s exploration of belief’s psychological power.

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So if you’re just getting into bitcoin, you’re probably worried about making sure it’s safe and secure, and if you’ve been holding onto some bitcoin for years you may want to upgrade your storage setup.
What you own is a unique key that unlocks a specific bitcoin location, and that’s what you need to be protecting at all times by storing it in a wallet.
The easier way to store your bitcoin and other cryptocurrency is in a digital wallet online, or locally on your smartphone or computer.
That’s why the best option is a hardware wallet that stores your bitcoin offline.
Another issue with hardware wallets is that they can make the process of actually spending your bitcoin a lot more difficult.
The best solution is to keep a small amount of bitcoin in a digital wallet like Mycelium Wallet, that’s designed to work well with offline storage devices.
Finally, if you want to keep your bitcoin offline but don’t want to deal with a hardware wallet, you might want to consider a paper wallet instead. This is really just a piece of paper with your public and private keys printed on it, which can be used to access your bitcoin.
If you don’t plan on touching your bitcoin for a while then a paper wallet is a good option.

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Summary of “Inside Elsagate, the conspiracy-fueled war on creepy YouTube videos”

Digging deeper, the mod said he had seen videos with innocent thumbnails that clicked through to “Videos of children giving handjobs to old men” and other depravity.
For months now, YouTube has been dealing with the fallout from inappropriate children’s videos.
The problems went mainstream thanks to dueling reports from The New York Times and artist James Bridle, with Bridle describing the videos as “a kind of infrastructural violence.” Just as that furor was dying down, new reporting showed a pattern of sexual comments being left on YouTube videos of children.
YouTube has scrambled to delist videos and institute new restrictions, but the result has raised difficult questions about how safe children are on YouTube.
“It’s almost a sense of validation.” The Elsagate subreddit wasn’t the first community to raise the alarm around inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube – outlets like Tubefilter have been reporting on versions of the problem since February.
According to r/elsagate, the many bizarre kids videos found on YouTube – videos that depict characters being buried alive, kidnapped, or stuck with needles – traumatize children at a massive scale.
In one post, a parent says her autistic four-year-old is still affected by Elsagate videos more than two months after she cut off access to YouTube.
Is it some kind of code? One member made the connection to the use of color associations in cult abuse: were Elsagate videos triggering some kind of pre-programmed response in children? Often there would be gibberish comments at the bottom of the videos, either bots trying to game the algorithm or, if you believe 4chan, some kind of coded message.

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Summary of “What’s It Like to Watch a Chargers Game at the StubHub Center?”

If the Chargers cannot fill a 27,000-seat stadium to the brim, how the hell will they fill the 70,000-seater they have coming in 2020? The Chargers fans who were there were louder than you’d think, and this is not meant to besmirch them.
Despite having a large fan base in San Diego that, at the very least, was aware the team played in the city, the Chargers left to chase L.A. revenues.
The Los Angeles Times counted 24 fans at a training camp practice when the Chargers visited Carson in 2003.
“But I had no idea the Chargers had that many fans here.” Essentially, the Chargers knew what they were getting themselves into and did it anyway.
When something bad happens to the Chargers and the visitors cheer, the Chargers fans boo in retaliation.
When kicker Travis Coons knocked a field goal off the upright to miss in the first half, Browns fans rejoiced and Chargers fans booed, but it soundly simply like Chargers fans were booing Coons mercilessly.
On Sunday, Browns fans proved to be more entertaining and organic than the Chargers fans.
So maybe the only way the Chargers can make this work is to be counterintuitive: never leave the StubHub Center.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The Professional Friends of YouTube”

One of the most popular of YouTube’s professional friends is nineteen-year-old Tana Mongeau.
“It’s harder to compete for a good job,” Harris writes, “The bad jobs you can hope to fall back on are worse than they used to be, and both good and bad jobs are less secure.” Platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and Vine have offered convenient escape routes from the typical work-life balance.
The goals of YouTube personalities are amorphous; Mongeau and her ilk express no interest in joining reality vehicles or opening boutiques.
Because of its video medium, YouTube is a platform ripe for reaction-and therefore engagement-to the point that there are entire subgenres devoted to reacting: to funny clips, movie trailers, and popular vloggers.
What goes unnoticed is the specialization, the platform expertise that bolsters the YouTube pantheon.
To become a successful YouTuber, you must become well-versed in its content and stay up-to-date on the latest viral videos or makeup trends or controversies-depending on your preferred YouTube subgenre.
YouTube therefore becomes almost the only media you consume; it creates a small galaxy with room enough for a few planets and distant stars.
Late capitalism has created a cavalcade of young people searching for a way out, and YouTube provides a temporary shelter, one in perpetual danger of collapsing on itself.

The orginal article.