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Industrious bread bakers

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Morning reading – Cottage Industry by William Cobbett. In which Cobbett, publisher of The Porcupine and The Political Register, explains the skills (and costs) necessary to run a household: brewing beer, baking bread, planting 3000 rods of cabbages and swedish turnips, keeping a cow, and so on. He really hates on “the villainous root” (potatoes) as well as on watered-down, non-nutritious beer and the Malt Tax which made it difficult for people to brew beer at home. Part of the hate on potatoes is because they’re inefficient and costly – you have to make a fire 3 times a day to boil them – while for the same cost (according to Cobbett) you could spend half a day and one fire baking a bushel of bread to last an entire week.

I like when Cobbett works up a good rant.

And what is there worthy of the name of plague, or trouble, in all this? Here is no dirt, no filth, no rubbish, no litter, no slop. And, pray, what can be pleasanter to behold? Talk, indeed, of your pantomimes and gaudy shows; your processions and installations and coronations! Give me, for a beautiful sight, a neat and smart woman, heating her oven and setting in her bread! And, if the bustle does make the sign of labor glisten on her brow, where is the man that would not kiss that off, rather than lick the plaster from the cheek of a duchess.

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phtan
12 days ago
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A review of a book, I gather
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Moroccan women

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Moroccan women working picking strawberries in Spain are forced to live in unsafe conditions, and suffer rape as well.

When they complain to the thugs, the thugs ignore them, and their employer/abusers kick them out, leaving them destitute. But the worst thing is the cruelty of their parents and husbands.

With all the money that the strawberries bring in, Spain can afford to deploy inspectors to make sure these workers have safe working conditions.

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phtan
281 days ago
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Instagram "influencers"

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The Instagram "influencers" are fundamentally parasites used for commercial manipulation of other people. No wonder they are so often scammed or scammers.

Instagram and WhatsApp are tentacles of Facebook. Best to stay away from them.

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phtan
319 days ago
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China censors postings on Twitter

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China censors postings on Twitter even though Twitter is not generally accessible in China.

Twitter sometimes gets led by China into censoring people, but not always. Slimy LinkedIn obeys China reliably.

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331 days ago
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Almost $500,000 in Ethereum Classic coin stolen by forking its blockchain

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Almost $500,000 in Ethereum Classic coin stolen by forking its blockchain

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Attackers have stolen almost $500,000 worth of the Ethereum Classic digital currency by carrying out a compute-intensive hack that rewrote its blockchain, officials with Coinbase, one of the leading crypto currency exchanges, said on Monday.

The heist was the result of carrying out what's known as a rollback attack, which allowed the attackers to reorganize the Ethereum Classic blockchain, Coinbase security engineer Mark Nesbitt said in a blog post. From there, the attackers were able to "double spend" about 88,500 ETC, meaning they were able to recover previously spent coins and transfer them to a new entity. As a result, the coins were effectively transferred from the rightful recipients to new entities chosen by the attackers.

"We observed repeated deep reorganizations of the Ethereum Classic blockchain, most of which contained double spends," Nesbitt wrote. "The total value of the double spends that we have observed thus far is 88,500 ETC (~$460,000)."

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phtan
378 days ago
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tante
378 days ago
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Ethereum is broken. This time with a 51% attack. Why people still invest money in this trash fire is beyond me.
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378 days ago
My exposure to crypto has left me entirely terrified for my life. I'm going to start putting all my cash in a hole in the yard.

Chromium's domination

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Chromium's domination of the world wide web puts the web in danger.

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phtan
382 days ago
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