Google is now publishing entire countries' citizen movement data, thereby actively helping governments with their dystopian attacks on our most basic freedoms.
Anonymizing your location data doesn't magically turn this into not abusing your location data for something that you didn't agree to. Not sure why you would continuously send your location to Google in the first place, but you should be aware of the fact that they will definitely use it for whatever they want.
If anyone is interested in trying it out, there is a static binary build of JoinmarketQt available now at https://joinmarket.me/static/joinmarket-qt-static with a corresponding *.asc gpg signature (on my key) at the same location.
Tested on a few debian and ubuntu flavours, if you feel like it and you have a BitcoinCore instance network-accessible, then test feedback would be nice. It should be fully functional wrt existing JoinmarketQt.
I guess I will add this to the releases from now on.
"If you’re concerned about privacy and want one of the most well-protected browsers available — and don’t mind that it may prevent you from using certain websites — then you should try the Tor Browser." https://www.theverge.com/2020/2/21/21138403/tor-privacy-tools-private-network-browser-settings-security
Joinmarket v0.6.2 released:
.. a bit overdue, so it has quite a few functional changes, see release notes and feel free to share. Python2 is deprecated from this version.
Bitcoin Core 0.19.1 was released!
Release notes: https://bitcoincore.org/en/releases/0.19.1/
Bitcoin Optech newsletter #87 is here:
- describes BIP340 schnorr keys/sigs update
- seeks feedback on node startup feature negotiation
- examines preventing hardware wallet key leak using bad nonces
- links to secure taproot hash properties analysis
RT @email@example.com The positive contributions @jon has been making to Bitcoin Core the past year make it really easy for us [at Square Crypto] to support his future contributions! Keep up the great work.
Bitcoin and stock price talk
I've had a bitcoin price widget on my phone for several years. Yesterday I installed a stock tracker to so I could watch the indexes to see if this turns into recession. However the stock widget appeared to be broken---the price wasn't updating---and I spent several minutes trying to fix it before rediscovering that legacy markets don't trade 24/7 like bitcoin does. Somebody should let the NYSE know that it's 2020 now.
Important PSA for people living in the US: The FCC has been forced to reopen public comment on the Net Neutrality decision following a court case by Mozilla. The influx of bots (suspiciously using the names of telecom subscribers) that were anti-Net Neutrality has caused this. The FCC is trying to bury this, and very few are reporting on it.
To (re)file your thoughts on the FCC's decision, go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. Proceeding 17-108 is Net Neutrality. This ends in March.
The thread on dual funding workflow for LN is interesting, h/t @harding
I am seeing similar to discussions as we had before about P2EP/Payjoin - how to create backout facility in case of maliciousness, how to avoid probing. PoDLE is one idea, but there are others as per discussion. h/t @ZmnSCPxj also.
Bitcoin Optech newsletter #80 is here:
- requests help testing the next version of LND
- summarizes a discussion about soft fork activation mechanisms
- describes a few notable changes to popular Bitcoin infrastructure software
Seems even more relevant now, PSBTs would make this a lot simpler to implement.
New blog post from ajtowns on priorities in btc development:
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