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  1. Jun 2019
    1. Pigouvian tax rates
    2. infinitely copyable at no cost.

      Is this true of all IP? Is this what separates IP from 'real estate'?

    3. If speculators are going around and purchasing lots of works and paying smaller sums of money for them, that seems more like they’re subsidizing lots of middle class artists, and making it less of a winner-take-all economy.

      I'd invest in a creator REIT, but only for a subset of creators...

    4. This gets rid of useless orphaned works that have no value beyond being useful in a suit against Google when they digitize it.

      This seems prudent. There is a concept of 'living wage', as in a wage that is useful while the wage-earner is living.

    5. Intellectual Property is a pure creation of the state

      But if we don't hand out 'intellectual property' badges to people who create IP, how are we to reward their labor?

  2. May 2019
    1. it would be better and cheaper for everyoneinvolved to provide operations to directly access the transaction data

      Suggestion: allow script operations for accessing data in the transaction. (Currently not available!)

    2. UsingCAT

      CAT is concatenate. It's used earlier to append 0x01 to a data field.

    3. Because the signed data includes the script being executed, we can enforcethe input and output scripts are the same. It is an example of building a recursivesmart contract composed of Scripts, even though the Script language itself doesnot allow loops or recursion

      Enforcement of script by included a signed copy of it?

    4. funds held in the vault can only be withdrawn through a twotransaction proces

      A vault is an output that requires two transactions to spend?

    5. vault

      What is a vault?

    6. nstead of mining, a federation of signers produces oneblock per minute. Coins are not minted by new blocks; instead they enter thesidechain through a pegging process. The user sends testnet coins to a multi-signature scriptPubKey controlled by the federation. Once con rmed, the samevalue of coins are unlocked on the Elements Alpha sidechain. Elements Alpha'scoins can be redeemed on Bitcoin's testnet later by locking the coins on thesidechain. Once locked, the federation will release the same value of coins onBitcoin's testnet.

      Short description of how 'pegging' funds in and out works; same as how funds are moved in/out of the Liquid sidechain.

    7. Later we use this exception to implement recursivecovenants

      Key point to remember

  3. Apr 2019
    1. The thinker merely responded to what spoke to him

      Has a better understanding of the process of insight been written? I'd venture not!

    2. Supposing that technology is not merely means

      Supposing indeed. I feel much of the problem with Facebook lately has been its headstrong insistence that it is merely a means, and nothing more than that. It is technology, and we all know that technology is means, just means.

      Here, Heidegger upends that argument.

    3. through which what we call the `real' isrevealed as standing-reserve

      I just love this. "through which what we call the 'real'". I don't think Heidegger opines as much on what 'reality' is as quantum rhetoric does (and will), but it feels good and useful that he tips a nod to it, and humans' relationship with it.

    4. frames nature such that it exhibits itself as acalculable unity of forces, it therefore orders its experiments precisely for the purposeof asking whether and how nature reports itself when approached in this way

      To me, this is an incredibly insightful comment on the nature of science. 'asking whether and how nature reports itself when approached in this way.'

    5. attachment

      I'm not sure that I quite understand what 'attachment' refers to here.

    6. itself

      To what extent, I wonder, is this a form of 'greed'. It feels that there are several of the Deadly Seven embedded in the dangers that Heidegger enumerates in this piece, greed being the one that comes to mind for me when he speaks of the 'danger of destination-ing'.

    7. What, then, was art

      I love that Heidegger starts with a serious look at "what is technology" and ends with "what is art?" Has a more trollish essay ever been attempted? And yet he writes in earnest, he is earnestly seeking to an answer as to the essence and his path leads him to 'art'.

      It feels, now more than ever, that we are also, as a people, questioning what is art. Heidegger calls this out, as being the nature of getting too pulled into the using, the means of technology, such that we forget its essence, forget what it means to have art. And the saving virtue is that we would come to ask this question, and to seek it out, questioningly.

    8. .

      Failing that, get off my lawn.

    9. Otherwise known as niftynei.

    1. AbstractThe work described in this thesis is the result of a research programstarted in 1981 to find better ways of programming Telecom applica-tions. These applications are large programs which despite carefultesting will probably contain many errors when the program is put intoservice. We assume that such programs do contain errors, and investigatemethods for building reliable systems despite such errors

      I love that he went to get a phd after he'd already invented Erlang.