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 Post subject: [MON 14 NOV 16] THE BLOCKCHAIN GAMBIT (1)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:25 pm 

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The Economist certainly has a flair for good headlines.

Aside from the political fringe, blockchains is a silicon valley startup darling of course. I know a couple techie friends who hear about it so much that calling it 'the blockchain' instead of just 'a blockchain' is like fingernails on a chalkboard to them. It's the combination of grammatical incorrectness with nigh-cultlike attachment that sets them off.

The fact that they're in fashion among the startup crowd is another thing that gives it outsized influence. When a buzzword can attract venture capital, that buzzword gets very powerful indeed.

One has to wonder: was the a period in the late 1300's when double-entry bookkeeping was the solution to every problem?


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 Post subject: Re: [MON 14 NOV 16] THE BLOCKCHAIN GAMBIT (1)
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:45 pm 
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THE ECONOMIST tends toward the British-witty, which is why I like it so much. Hmm, I suppose I'll have to consider use of articles relative to "blockchain" -- then again, when we refer to the "wheel" in general concept, we say "the wheel" ("don't re-invent the wheel"), and will say things like "take the wheel". I find people who nitpick over such semantics hard to take seriously.

Yes, more on the (a?) blockchain fad in the last (of three) installments.

As per current politics, I'm beginning to find a certain amount of very strange humor in them.


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 Post subject: Re: [MON 14 NOV 16] THE BLOCKCHAIN GAMBIT (1)
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I think it's the correlation with blockchain evangelism that sets them off. They're not reacting to the grammar, they're reacting to it as shorthand for the Gospel of Blockchain.

Here's an interesting practical application of a blockchain: Wal-mart tracking its pigmeat. http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/11/ ... rack-food/


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