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Cecily Cecily

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The Bitcoin-Mining Arms Race Heats Up

Big, accessible explainer on how Bitcoin mining works. It used to be a hacker’s hobby. Now big investors are moving in, raising the price of entry and perhaps bringing closer the day when the Bitcoin system as a whole can be broken or gamed. “The fear is that an organization with piles of capital and not much idealism can buy enough computational might to corner the market and box out the individual miner” (3,200 words)

Eve Online Cultivates A Devoted Following

Massive multiplayer game Eve Online is “a controlled experiment in human nature and unfettered capitalism”. Players have three basic aims: “You mine asteroids for minerals, use the minerals to build spaceships, and deploy those spaceships in battles. Things get complex quickly … Eve is a dark strategy game underpinned by libertarian philosophy, which attracts government operatives and hedge fund managers as much as space geeks” (2,953 words)

Steve Ballmer Reboots

“You get the sense he could beat you up.” But he’s a smart cat too. Got the Cloud right. Skype, X-Box, Kinect doing nicely. Smartphone OS improving fast. The word on Windows 8 is good. Is the supertanker turning round?

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