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The computer scientist who hunts for costly bugs in crypto code

The computer scientist who hunts for costly bugs in crypto code

Johnson might wish he’d hired Ronghui Gu. Gu is the cofounder of CertiK, the largest smart-contract auditor in the fizzy and unpredictable world of cryptocurrencies and Web3. An affable and talkative computer science professor at Columbia University, Gu leads a team of more than 250 that pores over crypto code to try to make sure […]

The 1,000 Chinese SpaceX engineers that only existed on LinkedIn

The 1,000 Chinese SpaceX engineers that only existed on LinkedIn

“They all graduated from Tsinghua and went on to the University of Southern California or similar well-known universities,” Li says. “Besides that, they all worked at a certain company in Shanghai. Obviously, I suspect these are fake, generated data.”  (SpaceX did not reply to a request from MIT Technology Review to confirm the number of […]

Big Tech is turning is back on the leap second

Big Tech is turning is back on the leap second

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 Big Tech wants to kill the leap second The extra time has triggered internet outages and disturbances, they claim. (CNET) 2 QAnon ideology is thriving in the primariesBut savvy Republicans are avoiding explicitly outing themselves as believers. (NYT $)+ Donald Trump refused […]

I tried to buy an Olive Garden NFT. All I got was heartburn.

I tried to buy an Olive Garden NFT. All I got was heartburn.

I wanted to plunk down my $20, but OpenSea didn’t accept credit cards. I would need to buy some of the cryptocurrency Ether to complete the transaction. Okay! I’m game. Ether in hand (or wallet, more precisely), I went back to OpenSea and tried to make a purchase. Except by the time I was ready, […]

Ethereum’s big switch to proof of stake, explained

Ethereum’s big switch to proof of stake, explained

In Bitcoin’s proof of work, that investment is hardware. Roughly every 10 minutes, Bitcoin miners compete to solve a puzzle. The winner appends the next block to the chain and claims new bitcoins in the form of the block reward. But finding the solution is like trying to win a lottery. You have to guess […]