Archive for December, 2017

No Reason to Switch to mBTC

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

If we use mbtc colloquially instead of btc then at the current fiatola exchange rate 1mbtc is $17.00, give or take. The argument from the peanut gallery is that this will help people realize that they, too, can afford btc since lo! it is divisible by up to 100,000,000 satoshis. (Well, not really, because of the space required to store the hash of the txn index, but I digress...)

People who have not taken it upon themselves to learn about how divisible btc is have no business buying btc. And btc is for buying houses, not for buying coffee, so no thank you to switching up the nomenclature.

AlphaZero Dubiousness

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

Call me the konspiracy theorist, but I am very dubious about the publications of Google regarding AlphaGo and AlphaZero. AlphaGo famously beat Lee Sedol in a large heavily publicized show-match. However, as someone who does know Go past the basic rules, I cannot make judgements about the gameplay played at that level. And I wouldn't put it past Google to create a grand sham to dupe its search engine cattle.

Stockfish is impressive because you can download the code, and be amazed yourself on a rudimentary laptop. AlphaN seems to be behind a closed curtain, and we are required to trust an untrustworthy company about the authenticity of their accomplishments.