“Practical Math” Preview: Collect Sensitive Survey Responses Privately

A tale of a trailing dot

Escaping Groundhog Day

The Generals’ Scuttlebutt: Byzantine-Resilient Gossip Protocols [pdf]

Issue #220

5/16/2022

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Yawzas
Hope you all had a lovely weekend. I spent the majority of mine sending out emails and messing around in Clojure. "Does the investment on the time spent learning outweigh what I could've built using more familiar stacks?" is an internal struggle I always have when learning new stacks. It's REALLY frustrating wasting a couple of hours on something that would be trivial to implement using more familiar tools. Maybe it's such a prominent feeling this time because working in a LISP requires such a fundamental shift in thought. I guess that's a good thing in the long run though?
The only thing that makes up for it are the occasional moments of clarity, when it feels like you're once again coding at the speed of thought. That's when one can truly appreciate the power of a LISP. Hopefully the current struggle pays off later. Anyway, here's the issue.

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“Practical Math” Preview: Collect Sensitive Survey Responses Privately

Published: 14 May 2022
Tags: math


Jeremy Kun discusses the math behind using statistics to protect the anonymity of survey responders, without making the data random.


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A tale of a trailing dot

Published: 12 May 2022
Tags: networking


Daniel Stenberg explains how trailing dots on host names in URLs are ridiculously annoying.


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Escaping Groundhog Day

Published: 15 May 2022
Tags: philosophy


Bob Rudis goes on a technical deep-dive of how to take care of your most important tool and piece of equipment, yourself.


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The Generals’ Scuttlebutt: Byzantine-Resilient Gossip Protocols [pdf]

Published: 4 May 2022
Tags: blockchain, networking


Sandro Coretti, Alexander Russell, Aggelos Kiayias, and Cristopher Moore present a Byzantine-resilient network layer for blockchain protocols, quantify the problem of network-layer attacks in the context of blockchain security models, and develop a design that thwarts resource restricted adversaries, all in the context of the proof-of-stake setting.


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