Gauss: Amazing Math Hero

Carl Friedrich Gauss is absolutely one of my favorite mathematicians of all time, contributing to a wide variety of fields. For my money he’s in the top 3, but by any objective measure he should be considered among the brightest lights in the history of Mathematics.

Guass made important contributions to geometry, number theory and much more – even astronomy! Read on for some of the highlights of the amazing body of work he produced. In fact, he made progress in many areas and never even published the results! He said that proofs should not be published when first discovered, rather one should keep searching for the “best” proof.
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CryptoFighters – engaging new Ethereum-based battling game

Ever wish you could fight some of those CryptoKitties against each other? The creators say this is a common request and they’re considering it. Meanwhile, you might want to check out CryptoFighters to see just how fun a well designed fighting game can be.

Get a fighter from the marketplace – you’ll need to have some ETH and have the metamask browser extension to easily play this game. This enables the website to know what fighters you have without a login. Click here to get started with metamask extension.

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Top 10 criteria for choosing a VPN provider

In my previous post, “How to choose a VPN provider“, I gave a high level overview of how to choose a VPN provider. Here’s just a quick Top 10 list of things to look for. Be aware that your mileage may vary. Decide what is important to you!

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How to choose a VPN provider

Choosing a VPN provider can be complicated. VPN services are themselves complex networks, doing sophisticated routing, standing up to frequent attacks on multiple fronts, and operating on thin margins. They are very different, and which one is right for you depends on your situation. I’ll try to break it down a little to help make choosing easier.

A proper VPN service provides security and privacy to users by establishing an encrypted comunications channel between your device(s) and a node on the VPN’s network. Once established, this encrypted channel prevents onlookers from discerning much of anything about your traffic, other than the fact that you’re using the VPN service.

Never use a free VPN service

Don’t even consider using a free VPN service. Running a VPN service is an expensive undertaking. The hardware costs are high, technical expertise is needed in-house in multiple knowledge domains, regulatory compliance issues can be expensive, and defending against attacks usually means paying 3rd parties to help. If the service is free – where does the money to pay for this come from?
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CryptoBots – battling blockchain bots!

Cryptobots is a blockchain-based app inspired by CryptoKitties, with clever new repackaging and graphics that seem to have been inspired by Homestar Runner.

The battle of Ethereum ERC-721 based token creatures continues with the beginnings of a cambrian explosion in crypto-whatevers. Today’s topic is the blockchain app called Cryptobots, where you can buy bots, manufacture your own bots, and battle your bots against others.

Buy a bot from the Cryptobots marketplace to get started, then battle it against others and get a free cryptobot if you win. You probably won’t, so try to manufacture a new bot instead, or just sell the damn thing and try again. Let’s take a closer look at doing all of these.

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Paper Wallet Myths Debunked!

Paper wallets are the safest way to store cryptocurrency.

That’s a generalization, and of course the “safest” way to store tokens varies depending both upon your circumstances and what you consider safe. But generally peaking, depite numerous debates that will undoubtedly continue, the fact remains this is the most secure method for storing cryptocurrencies. That’s because you minimize the electronic attack surface, reducing the defense to the physical realm.

There are dangers and pitfalls with paper wallets to be fair, but they are entirely avoidable. That’s what this post is all about – debunking the popular notion that paper wallets are a good choice in theory, but not in practice! Let’s see how it goes, and please – to the makers of hardware wallets, I use your products and love them, it’s not personal.
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Bitcorn: Digital crops for patient farmers

Bitcorn is a game based on the Counterparty platform, where Bitcorn farmers hold CROPS that get harvested seasonally. Yes it’s a game, involves cryptocurrency, requires patience, and best of all is totally useless. Trust me, just read a little more before dismissing it out of hand – you may like it.

Bitcorn farmland

TL;DR – Hodl CROPS tokens and get Bitcorns airdrops four harvests a year. Like I said, this is for patient farmers. The game runs at least until 2022, when some final prizes will be awarded to farms and coops. Read on to make sense out of all this bitcorn farming and how to get started with your very own Bitcorn farm.
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LTC Hodlers: How to claim your free Litecoin Cash

Litecoin Cash is a fork of Litecoin, that began a few days back at Litecoin block 1371111. They will revert to SHA256 for their PoW algorithm in order to make their blockchain more appealing to the miners using those ASICs.

To existing Litecoin hodlers they’re offering 10 of the new token Litecoin Cash (LCC) for each Litecoin (LTC) held at that time – whether you agree with this change of consensus mechanism or not.

If you have a Litecoin when block 1371111 is published, you can claim 10 free LCC tokens, currently worth who knows. Imagine two chains sharing the same history in which you have 1 Litecoin at that address, but in the new blockchain it’s become 10 LCC instead. All you need to do is send the new tokens to yourself.
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NEM survives first disaster – 6% of tokens stolen

NEMThis project made headlines recently when a busy hub of trading was compromised and about 6% of the currency was stolen. Some fair weather investors along with many of the speculators got scared off.

Yet NEM seems to be weathering the worst of it and continues to hold the line. Perhaps those with a longer view may have seen their buying opportunity. I think this is the correct interpretation, tell ya why if you read on.
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Why did Litecoin double in value this week?

LitecoinLitecoin has shot up in value this week, up 50% due to a series of factors that are all bullish for Charlie Lee’s blockchain. The primary reason in my mind was the announcement of Litepay, a new payment processor to be launched Feb 26. Litepay is modeled after Bitpay, but obviously using Litecoin instead of Bitcoin.

Litepay plans to offer a variety of services including taking LTC payment in fiat. There is also a VISA-powered debit card planned, rumored to be offering 1% fees, so this actually seems a bit more ambitious. But this certainly wasn’t the only factor putting upward pressure on the LTC price – there was a barrage of announcements all of which were positive.
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