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BitTorrent Inventor Announces Bitcoin Competitor Chia

November 9th, 2017

Via: TechCrunch: A bitcoin transaction wastes as much electricity as it takes to power an American home for a week, and legendary coder Bram Cohen wants to fix that. And considering he invented the ubiquitous peer-to-peer file transfer protocol BitTorrent, you should take him seriously. Cohen has just started a new company called Chia Network […]

Off Topic: Start and Stop E-Coin Miners Based on Solar System Power Output

November 6th, 2017

Watching our solar system export so much power to the grid started to drive me a little bit nuts. Since we don’t yet have a Tesla Powerwall to store all of that extra power, it’s essentially going to waste by being exported to the grid. I fired up a couple of instances of a pooled […]

Saudi Billionaire Prince Alwaleed, Former Ministers Detained in Corruption Probe

November 5th, 2017

What is this? Nipping a coup in the bud? Via: Reuters: One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent businessmen and a former finance minister are among dozens detained in a probe by a new anti-corruption body, a senior Saudi official said on Sunday. The official, who declined to be identified under briefing rules, said billionaire Prince […]

Cobalt, Ontario

October 31st, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Ironically, Cobalt, Ontario—population 1,100—was built on silver. Remnants of a boom that transformed the town more than a century ago are everywhere. A mine headframe still protrudes from the roof of the bookstore, which was previously a grocery. The butcher used to toss unwanted bones down an abandoned 350-foot shaft in the middle […]

DoD Plans Solar-Storm-Based National Blackout Drill During Antifa Protests In November

October 27th, 2017

Via: ZeroHedge: According to The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL), elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will simulate a “communications interoperability” training exercise across the United States on November 04-06. The announcement released on October 24 has not been widely distributed to the media, because the drill is simulating a total grid […]

FBI Uncovered Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Administration Approved Controversial Nuclear Deal with Moscow

October 17th, 2017

Update: Senate Judiciary Opens Probe Into Obama-Era Russian Nuclear Bribery Case — Via: The Hill: Before the Obama administration approved a controversial deal in 2010 giving Moscow control of a large swath of American uranium, the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering […]

LG to Open Europe’s Biggest Car Battery Factory; Output 100,000 EV Packs Per Year

October 12th, 2017

Via: Reuters: South Korea’s LG Chem will open Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery factory in Poland next year as the region’s auto industry gears up to mass produce electric cars. … LG Chem plans to spend 5.9 billion zlotys ($1.63 billion) on the factory near the southwestern city of Wroclaw, according to Polish state industry agency […]

Fukushima Operator Can Restart Reactors at World’s Biggest Nuclear Power Plant

October 5th, 2017

Via: Guardian: The operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been given initial approval to restart reactors at another atomic facility, marking the first step towards the firm’s return to nuclear power generation more than six years after the March 2011 triple meltdown. Japan’s nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved an application from […]

Solar Power Grew Faster Than Any Other Source of Fuel for the First Time in 2016

October 4th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Bloomberg: Solar power grew faster than any other source of fuel for the first time in 2016, the International Energy Agency said in a report suggesting the technology will dominate renewables in the years ahead. The institution established after the first major oil crisis […]

With Widespread Power Failures, Puerto Rico Is Cash Only

October 1st, 2017

Via: New York Times: Juan Jimenez squinted into the dark lobby of his bank early Friday, thinking about the paycheck sitting in his account, just behind the locked doors. If only he could get to it. With power failures and communications outages still widespread nine days after Hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico has become […]

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