Book Review: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, by Bill Gates

Written in 2020, the first thing sticking out was that there is no mention of the European Green Deal. I am not sure why. Another thing is that Gates is calling readers to run for office in an election. I am not aware of any political office Gates is running for himself. Maybe he thinksContinue reading “Book Review: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, by Bill Gates”

Book Review: The Cryptopians, by Laura Shin

This book was released on 22.2.2022, which is a date with a lot of numbers 2 in it. That is a good fit to its topic, the 2nd best blockchain by market cap, the Ethereum project. I liked reading this book and recommend it to anyone interested in the space. I have a very lowContinue reading “Book Review: The Cryptopians, by Laura Shin”

Ban Cars Before Bitcoin

Some people want to ban Bitcoin mining because it uses much energy, increasing the safety of the system to levels no other blockchain has. As far as global warming is the motivation for that, the impact would be limited compared to banning gasoline cars. That is because much more people use cars than use Bitcoin.Continue reading “Ban Cars Before Bitcoin”

Fort Knox is Everywhere

I had an opportunity to discuss my ideas on solving global warming yesterday. I got a cool reception. One of the questions to my presentation was left without answer, for lack of time. So I write a couple of lines here instead. I was talking about the recent discussion on requiring permission to use electricityContinue reading “Fort Knox is Everywhere”

You Have My Permission to Solve Global Warming

But not that of the EU Commission. At least not yet. I am talking about the solution of giving fossil fuel producers the power of scaling down production in a coordinated way. For example, if oil production was already scheduled as bitcoin production is (cutting production by half every four years), obviously emissions would goContinue reading “You Have My Permission to Solve Global Warming”

Bitcoin to the Rescue

El Salvador will issue a Bitcoin Bond with the ticker symbol EBB1. Half of the money (500 million dollars) will be used to buy and hold bitcoins, the other half for infrastructure investments, with geothermal energy from a volcano and bitcoin mining the main focus. Investors in the bond will get the option of permanentContinue reading “Bitcoin to the Rescue”

Book Review: Privacy and Identity Issues in Financial Transactions, by Carolin Kaiser

I am reading this excellent 2018 dissertation on a well deserved recommendation by Simon Lelieveldt. It is an extensive discussion of money laundering and data protection human rights standards. The main thesis of the book is that anti money laundering law is not compatible with basic human rights standards. I approve. For the very least,Continue reading “Book Review: Privacy and Identity Issues in Financial Transactions, by Carolin Kaiser”