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1984: green passes

There’s nothing inherently bad about green passes: they are a useful tool for limiting viral spread during an outbreak.

But mandating green passes is ethically acceptable only when the alternative is a stay-at-home order. This means that green passes may become obligatory only during a surge that threatens to overwhelm hospitals, and only for entering certain crowded areas. Of course, private businesses should be able to set any additional rules they like.

Anybody who wants to “save people from themselves” is endorsing enslavement. Restrictions should always be the minimum necessary to protect hospitals from overwhelm.

The European Green Pass was created by the EU government. Embracing it is dangerous, as is relying on the government for anything. A government that can give you everything you want is a government that can take away everything you have. Should green passes be required to access all public places, nasty leaders will be able to isolate dissidents and protesters, limit access to courts, constantly track whereabouts, force people to take a jab every month, and perhaps even automate the process of repression by adding social credit scores.

It’s always harder to regain freedom than to have it taken away.

 1 comment   7 d   1984   CCP virus   ethics   EU   freedom   Italy

1984 in the European Union

If we’re not yet living in 1984, then we’re closer than ever.

The European Union wants to “temporarily” mandate spying on personal conversations in order to “protect” children. By doing this, it is effectively banning end-to-end messaging encryption, allowing potential thieves and murderers to read our conversations. If the EU doesn’t backtrack on this, I expect principled communication companies like Posteo to move to freër lands and give this law the finger.

But the EU is not done yet. Under the pretext of beating financial crime it wants to ban pseudonymous cryptocurrency wallets. Since the EU already has a database of gun owners, muggers will be able to find out which unarmed individual to hold hostage for money. The EU must backtrack on this if it wants its economy to grow and its citizens to live a peaceful life.

Stopping the introduction of these regulations isn’t enough—they are a sign of a wider problem. The EU is too powerful and needs to be reformed.

 No comments   9 d   1984   bitcoin   EU   Europe   freedom   money   privacy

Seize the moment

Make your dreams come true now, before something unimaginable stops you from doing so later.

 1 comment   27 d   life

Baskets for unwanted items

Stores should have baskets at every corner so nobody ever wastes time searching where to leave unwanted items.

Bitcoin-powered NFTs

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Non-fungible tokens—NFTs—are proofs of ownership for scarce digital units built upon a blockchain, which is a distributed list of records.

The bitcoin blockchain is renowned for its strong settlement assurances: a transaction cannot be undone after being confirmed by miners. Since bitcoin has more miners than any other project in the world, it is harder to falsify and take down records at scale. The bitcoin blockchain’s resilience and record authenticity makes it the best choice for long-lasting NFTs.

Use cases for NFTs

NFTs can be used for artistic experiments, such as “original” copies of drawings and soundtracks. The collage “Everydays: the first 5000 days” was bought for $69 million by a collector in March of 2021. However, there is no long-term value to this use case: the hype we’re seeing now is tulip-free tulip mania.

It is better to use NFTs to create one-of-a-kind in-game assets, like collectables and feature-unlocking tokens. This is an area worth exploring because video games are among the best social experiences possible online.

The dominant use case for NFTs is likely to be decentralised domain names. Monopolistic organisations such as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers—ICANN—can raise prices, cut links between domain names and servers, as well as limit the availability of domain name extensions (such as .icannsucks, for example). To prevent potential censorship, we need to build decentralised domain name systems powered by NFTs.

Stacks helps to build decentralised systems upon the bitcoin blockchain with Clarity, a simple, secure, and reliable programming language tailored specifically for creating smart contracts: it has a function dedicated to creating NFTs! Also, it is an interpreted language, meaning that it is always human-readable and auditable.

Build NFTs on top of the bitcoin blockchain with Stacks and Clarity

3 mo   #ad   bitcoin   NFTs   Stacks
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