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Microsoft Co-Founder Built the World’s Largest Plane to Launch Rockets Into Space

May 31st, 2017

Via: The Verge: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has spent the last six years working on a giant aircraft capable of launching rockets to space. Today, his company Stratolaunch Systems literally rolled that plane out of its hangar in the Mojave Desert for the first time ever. It’s called the Stratolaunch aircraft, and it’s massive. The […]

Bloomberg: Electric Vehicles Cheaper than Gas Vehicles by 2025

May 31st, 2017

I agree with this assessment much more than the one that said no gas cars by 2025. Via: Bloomberg: Now research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance indicates that falling battery costs will mean electric vehicles will also be cheaper to buy in the U.S. and Europe as soon as 2025. Batteries currently account for about […]

Biggest Threat to Utilities Is Not Solar + Storage, It’s Their Own Greed

May 31st, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — I had written a long, obscenity laden rant about the retail energy cartel in New Zealand as the commentary on this story. Upon reading over what I’d written, and cleaning the spit off my screen, I realized that A) I’d written it all before and […]

Billionaire Robert Bigelow ‘Absolutely Convinced’ Aliens Are Currently Living on Earth

May 30th, 2017

It would be nice if he shared some details as to why he believes this. It would be nicer if he showed proof of it. Via: Independent: One of Nasa’s partners has said that he is “absolutely convinced” aliens exist – and that they are living on Earth right now. Robert Bigelow, an entrepreneur who […]

Russian Explorers Find ‘Swamp’ of Soviet Money

May 29th, 2017

I’m not sure at what age I’ll begin formal Homeschooling – Cryptogon Edition with my children, but this will be a great one for when I teach them about the fiat currency scam. Via: BBC: A group of explorers in Russia have found around a billion roubles in old Soviet money at an abandoned mine, […]

Harnessing the Energy Generated When Freshwater Meets Saltwater

May 29th, 2017

I’d never heard of this before. Via: Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast. “The goal of this technology is to generate electricity from where the rivers meet the ocean,” said Christopher Gorski, assistant professor in environmental […]

80% of Millennials Say They Want to Buy a Home—But Most Have Less Than $1,000 Saved

May 29th, 2017

Via: CNBC: Millennials aren’t buying homes in the same numbers as previous and older generations, but it’s not because they don’t want to. The vast majority of millennials do indeed aim to buy someday, or would even like to now if they could. Unfortunately, the numbers don’t look good. New data from Apartment List shows […]

Google Now Tracks Your Credit Card Purchases and Connects Them to Its Online Profile of You

May 29th, 2017

Via: MIT Technology Review: Google’s new ability to match people’s offline credit card purchases to their online lives is a stunning display of surveillance capitalism in action. The capability, which Google unveiled this week, allows the company to connect the dots between the ads that it shows its users and what they end up actually […]


May 28th, 2017

Several people alerted me to a problem on Cryptogon earlier today. Indeed, there was a database problem that resulted in no posts displaying. I’ve got it working again.

British Airways Cancels Flights as Major IT Failure Causes Worldwide Delays

May 27th, 2017

Via: Guardian: British Airways has cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick before 6pm on Saturday due to a major IT failure that is causing very severe disruption to its global operations. The airline said that its terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick had become “extremely congested” due to the computer problems. It had therefore decided […]

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