JP Morgan launched their cryptocurrency called JPM coin, and from what I’ve read it’s a very dangerous development which will allow them, and other banks who follow in their footsteps, to create an even bigger banking scam. Here’s from the BBC: US investment bank JP Morgan has created a crypto-currency to help settle payments between clients in its wholesale payments business. Read more ⟶
You know what feels awesome? Rewriting a SQL query that took over 4 minutes to run to now run in 0.3 seconds. This on the basic free version of Microsoft SQL Server on a simple desktop computer. You don’t always have to upgrade to more CPU and RAM to improve performance. It’s amazing what you can do when you have deeper knowledge of how things work under the hood and take advantage of that. In other news I’m currently keeping myself busy with programming WebGL vertex and fragment (pixel) shaders for a web project I’m working on. This is one area of software development where you certainly have to be at least a little good at math. In between I’m working on QuantumGate, making small improvements and working out the next major components that I’m planning to build. I noticed more people taking a look at it on GitHub, so that’s a good development.
An article on the New York Times discusses the business of censorship in China, showing just how far the Chinese government is willing to go to brainwash their people. I can imagine that in a few years from now, young people growing up in China will be living in an alternate reality fully controlled by their masters in government. Read more ⟶
I’ve activated the new theme for my blog. I’m still working on it and tweaking it a little so you might notice things looking weird and/or not (fully) working from time to time. I also need to double check older content, deactivate old and unused plugins and remove stuff that’s not needed anymore. If there are any problems that persist after today let me know in a comment.
Do not trust Patreon, PayPal, Stripe and Slack. Do not become dependent on their services and stay away from them if possible. A few days ago Patreon banned another creator from their platform in what can only rationally be described as censorship. Read more ⟶
Jack Poulson, a senior Google scientist, recently resigned because of the work Google is doing on censorship. Here’s from The Intercept: Jack Poulson worked for Google’s research and machine intelligence department, where he was focused on improving the accuracy of the company’s search systems. Read more ⟶
Cloudflare recently announced their own IPFS gateway: Today we’re excited to introduce Cloudflare’s IPFS Gateway, an easy way to access content from the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS) that doesn’t require installing and running any special software on your computer. We hope that our gateway, hosted at cloudflare-ipfs.com, will serve as the platform for many new highly-reliable and security-enhanced web applications. Read more ⟶
Linus Torvalds, inventor and lead developer of the Linux operating system, recently stepped down “temporarily” from his role in the Linux project due to controversy surrounding his management style. The New Yorker published an article (archived) about it right after Torvalds’ announcement. Read more ⟶
I’ve published the latest version of the QuantumGate source code to the GitHub repository. From now on that repository is going to receive frequent updates as I continue to work on QuantumGate. You can download the source code and follow the build instructions in the README file if you’re interested in trying it out. Read more ⟶
When I first got the idea to develop QuantumGate back in 2006 I designed a logo for it that I could use in communications and in the software that I began working on at the time. The idea I had was that I wanted to show a couple of connected peers in the logomark, and the image that came to mind was what you can see on the right. There was no process behind it and no reasons for the proportions used. Read more ⟶