Month: May 2014

The People’s Platform

“The People’s Platform” (TPP) is a frustrating read. An anti-techno-utopian critique of the economics and politics of culture on the Internet, it contains much interesting research and some useful ideas but is hamstrung by a year zero activism approach to

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ace is a command-line development environment for Ethereum contracts. It’s designed to simplify writing and testing contracts. The initial (alpha!) version supports Serpent contracts and local testing using pyethereum. You can get it here: For an Emacs mode for

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serpent-mode for Emacs

serpent-mode is a GNU Emacs major mode for editing and compiling Serpent code. Serpent is a Python-inspired language for writing smart contracts that compile to Ethereum Virtual Machine bytecode. It adds syntax highlighting and indentation for Serpent code, and allows files to be

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Ethereum Contract Free Software Licensing

Here’s a simple example of a contract that is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License: LICENSE = [“Copyright 2014 Rob Myers”, “Licensed GNU AGPL V3+”] SOURCE = [“https:\/\/\/robmyers\/”, “artworld-ethereum/”] // Make sure we have enough gas to run

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Cryptocurrency Culture “”The Cypherfunks” is a network of musicians working individually & together to make music under the same name. A cryptocurrency [FUNK] acts as “stock” in the band. Both the currency & band are completely decentralized. It is a grand

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Artworld Ethereum – Identity, Ownership and Authenticity

Ethereum is a distributed computing system for writing and executing smart contracts. Inspired by Bitcoin, it’s currently in development with a planned late 2014 release date. The term “smart contracts” was coined around 1993 by computer scientist Nick Szabo to

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Monkeycoin is the follow-up to Facecoin. It is a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency that uses trying to write the complete works of Shakespeare as its proof of work. You can find out more here.

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pome “(Poets Are|Poet Is)” pome “Poets? Must” pome “(Poems Are|Poem Is)” pome “Poetry Is” pome “Best Poetry” pome “Good Poetry” pome “Bad Poetry” pome “Worst Poetry” I have a piece of work in the latest issue of Truck, curated by

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