And so this is how the world ends.
Not with a bang, but with a new website address.
Point your browsers to http://eric.webb.world/ now! All new posts will appear there! This site will be left as is for the foreseeable future, but it will be taken down at some point.
Google buys Kaggle.
Mark Cuban takes a stab at healthcare reform.
Each bitcoin transaction represented at least 26 kWh of electricity.
Between my optimistic lower-bound estimate, and the BECI, we’re still left with a staggering amount of electricity embodied in each bitcoin transaction—anywhere from 26 to 100+ kWh, or enough to power 0.9 to 3.6 US households for a day. To repeat, this is thousands of times more energy-intensive than an estimate for a credit card transaction.
In perusing Amazon recently, I came across a third-party seller offering a product I was interested in for $0.01 with free shipping. Not one to pass up a deal, I ordered the product. Later, I thought to check if this seller wanted to give me any other stuff at a ridiculous price.
I bought the following 12 items for $0.12. Now, I didn’t really want all of these things, but for 1 cent each? The price in parentheses is the current price of the item on Amazon. Unfortunately, the seller is no longer offering items for 1 cent.
Champion Barbell E-Z Curl Bar, Chrome (47 x 1-inch) ($26.15)
Weider Power Tower ($134)
Stamina 15-0125 InStride Folding Cycle ($30.76)
Bowflex PR1000 Home Gym ($379.52)
Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro ($34.40)
Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise 5 Bands ($10.95)
Balance High Accuracy Bathroom Scale ($26.95)
Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Pair) ($239.99)
Weight Lifting Gloves with Premium Leather Palm and Adjustable Wrist Support ($17.99)
Home-it 10 x 6 x 7.7– Inches Clear Acrylic 3 Drawer Jewerly Chest ($17.87)
2 CAP Barbell Vinyl Coated Cement Kettlebells (10 pound) ($19.99 each)
What are the chances that they’re really going to ship me $948.56 of stuff for 12 cents? We’ll see. Amazon says the order has shipped but that the seller did not provide tracking information…