In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: “We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust.” He was referring to blockchain, the system behind bitcoin cryptocurrency. The circumvention of trust is a great promise, but it’s just not true. Yes, bitcoin eliminates certain trusted intermediaries that are inherent in other payment systems like credit cards. But you still have to trust bitcoin—and everything about it. Much has been written about blockchains and how they displace, reshape, or eliminate trust. But when you analyze both blockchain and trust, you quickly realize that there is much more hype than value. Blockchain solutions are often much worse than what they replace. First, a caveat. By blockchain, I mean something very specific: the data structures and protocols that make up a public blockchain. These have three essential elements. The first is a distributed (as in … [Read more...] about There’s No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology
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Update 1: 2017/11/30 7:39pm PST The review was updated and the recommendation changed due to a misunderstanding about the case's capabilities. I initially inferred that the case was simply water-resistant, but in actuality, it's waterproof. Update 2: 2017/11/30 7:39pm PST ZAGG has informed me that the reason I had problems with screen sensitivity on my InvisibleShield Glass Curve example could be the variances in glass curvature of Pixel 2 XL Update 3: 2018/01/30 4:14pm PST Reviews of the following products were added on January 30th, 2018: Cases KerfCase Incipio DualPro Incipio UA Protect Verge Peel Super Thin Pixel Case Update 4: 2018/01/30 4:14pm PST Incipio sent me the TheMintGardener versions of this case, which are the exact same as the Oh Joy! ones, but with different designs. Here are some pictures. Article Contents1 Bellroy Leather Case1.1 The Good1.2 The Not So Good2 Carved Mount Bierstadt Inlay2.1 The Good2.2 The Not So Good3 … [Read more...] about Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL case & screen protector reviews: Protection for every scenario [Updated continuously]
Identity theft, or identity fraud, once meant crooks were churning out fake credit cards. But as that became easier to detect, a more insidious crime has evolved: the creation of completely new identities.Known as “synthetic identity theft,” it involves fraudsters using a combination of fake information, such as a fictitious name, and real data, like a child’s Social Security number, to create fraudulent accounts.It is a growing problem, says Eva Casey-Velasquez, president and CEO of the nonprofit Identity Theft Resource Center.But the scope of the problem is difficult to determine because the crime can go undetected for years, she says. However, the rate of children’s identity theft was more than 50 times that of adults, according to a 2011 report by Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab, which studied the identities of over 40,000 children. And that report was published before a change in the way Social Security numbers are issued … [Read more...] about How thieves are creating false identities using your child’s Social Security number
When you see a product labeled as "refurbished," you may assume it's used or in poor condition. It doesn't take much shopping around to find refurbs with prices ranging from great to unreal — any smart shopper would assume there's a catch. Consider just a few price tags: iPad Pro (10.5"): $649 new, $549 refurbished from Apple (15% off) Samsung Galaxy S7: $570 new, $400 refurbished from Samsung (30% off) Dell Latitude 5480: $989 new, $520 refurbished from Dell (47% off) Refurbished deals can look like they're too good to be true, but that's not always the case. At the same time, buying refurbs does require caution. Here's what you need to know about refurbs to get a deal instead of a dud. 'Refurbished' Can Mean Different Things Shopping for refurbished products can be tough because different retailers may mean different things when they call a product "refurbished." While the term always refers to an item that's been inspected and repaired, the amount of work done can vary … [Read more...] about Smarter shopping: What does refurbished mean?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Neil Swidey April 03, 2018 Get the best of the magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday. Sign up here. IN 1993, I WENT ON my first tropical vacation. OK, it was Bermuda, so it was subtropical, but that did nothing to dampen my excitement. During the flight, my anticipation grew as I looked over the brochure from the travel agent showing the inn where my girlfriend and I would be staying as part of our prepaid package. The coral-colored, white-roofed Palm Reef Hotel featured balconied waterfront rooms and provided British-style afternoon tea service.When we checked in, I tried to mask my disappointment at how much the Palm Reef appeared to have aged since its glam photo shoot for that brochure. So what if the lobby furniture was shabby and some of the walls were crumbling? I reminded myself that we would be spending most of … [Read more...] about The right way to complain when a business does you wrong