Microsoft decide to increase the prices for Xbox Live Gold... but "regret" and reverse their decision just hours later:
"We messed up today and you were right to let us know. Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not to change Xbox Live Gold pricing."
Someone must have noticed the huge reddit backlash 🤣
The fediverse is a public forum.
Your posts are only as secure as the admins of every instance that your home server federates with, in terms of private and followers-only messages.
If you're going to talk about sensitive information, keep it to Signal or other secure 1-on-1 channels.
Assume that everything you post to the fediverse, is being scooped up by multiple gov agencies around the world.
The Milan scrape was only notable because they made their findings public.
If a university scraping feeds did it, it's safe to assume other, bigger organizations have been doing it for much longer.
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Apparently some more clarification is needed here. I don't even mean to bash on Bitcoin. As I've said in this thread and many times before: it's an amazing and successful technology. By all means, go ahead and use it for whatever you like! It's great.
But please, just don't pretend and keep pushing it as the revolution that will be replacing our entire finance system. It just won't.
Still believe that Bitcoin is the future of financial transactions?
I'm sorry, but no, that's laughable.
Bitcoin and the blockchain are amazing technologies, but they don't scale for what we are currently using them for.
Yes, there are enough clueless people in the market so that you can still make a quick buck (with a bit of luck anyway), but it's just one big bubble waiting to burst - by design.
Does that mean all crypto currencies suck? No, we're working on better alternatives.
The global energy consumption in 2017 was 22.3 terawatt hours.
If we moved all financial transactions over to Bitcoin, we'd require over 1000 terawatt hours... each day(!) for Bitcoin transactions alone(!).
That doesn't even factor in that Bitcoin's energy consumption will be exponential to the amount of transactions.
Just to put this into perspective:
The average value of a Bitcoin transaction is currently $119 and requires energy worth roughly $100 (the world average price is $0.14 per kWh).
"The average energy consumption for one single Bitcoin transaction in 2020 was 741 kilowatt-hours."
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I will keep my Twitter and Mastodon DM inboxes open and I will be happy to discuss with all of you as usual, but if you have sensitive info to share don't use them
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