Why mining cryptocurrency is unprofitable — an anecdote
Long story short:
- had a particular machine mining XMR for less than a year
- the CPU fans have worn out their bearings after spinning non-stop during that time
- fans are now making loud high-pitched noises, filling my living quarters with unbearable noise, while simultaneous threatening a fried CPU
The cost of replacing the fans? About twice as much as the eq… Read more
Reaching critical mass: does being the first to implement a big data solution guarantee a monopoly?
We hear it all the time: break up Facebook, Google, Twitter, et al. because they have an information “monopoly”. Add the manipulation of their algorithms to serve the ideological agenda of their management, shadowbanning and censoring search results for example, the more reason to break them up for abusing their “monopoly”.
I… Read more
Jonathan Haidt: Facebook is a social catastrophe
This blog has written on numerous occasions the psychological exploitation and damage Facebook inflicts on its users.
Jonathan Haidt, a psychologist at NYU, reveals findings from studies that demonstrate the negative impact of Facebook, social media and smartphones on the minds of the Internet generation:
In addition to Facebook’s cult… Read more
Why “these updates help protect you in an online world” scares me, and it’s not the online world
When Windows 10 stealthily pushes an update on to my machine, I get anxious.
The unexpected restart closes all my active incognito (thus irrecoverable) browser tabs, my open documents and unsaved work, leaving it up to my own memory to restore everything prior to the reboot.
But the worse thing is that I have no immediate idea what got installed on my machine w… Read more
The math behind running it twice and maximizing PokerStars’ Card Match EV
Expected value of “Running it Twice”
First, let’s settle that running it twice (or any number of times) has the same expectation as running it once.
It is intuitive to deduce that the probability of the second run winning is equal to the first run. Simply recognize that the second run out doesn’t actually depend on the first (pret… Read more
Easy step-by-step guide to mine Monero on Windows 10 for beginners
Estimate of total time required for average computer user: 10 minutes.
If you are looking to get into cryptocurrency without risking a dime, you can use your existing work and home computers to mine cryptos while you are away from the computer.
Despite my criticisms of cryptocurrency, there’s no reason not to partake in the bubble if it comes at no cost… Read more
A short, objective analysis: “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it”
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You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work becaus
3 ways of increasing your chances of winning in Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max
If you didn’t know already, the lottery is one of the worst ways to gamble. Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max generally return less than 55 cents per dollar you put in over the long run.
Check out the EV calculator to compute an estimated expectation for any given jackpot.
If you must play, then there are ways to maximize your expected value. These tips revolve … Read more
The truth about SEO and ASO — Part 2: is SEO a BS industry?
Let’s analyze Quora’s most upvoted answer on the question: “To what extent is SEO a bullshit industry?”
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NON-Bullshit practice of “SEO” is about;
- adding value to the web
- creating unique and engaging content
- improving traffic and conversions (not just rankings)
- understanding web-site technology (html/css, pro
The truth about SEO and ASO
Prior to the rise of social media, the popular way to get your product noticed online was through SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
Despite all the self-proclaimed experts saying SEO is not “gaming the system”, optimizing is by definition reverse engineering and exploiting through pattern recognition. It is a cycle of subtle changes, meas… Read more