Four short links: 25 May 2018

Bitcoin Badness, True Platform, Hardware Details, and Continuous Game of Life

By Nat Torkington
May 25, 2018
  1. U.S. Criminal Probe into Bitcoin Manipulation — also in the news: $1.2 billion of cryptocurrency stolen since 2017.
  2. Bill Gates on PlatformsA platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it exceeds the value of the company that creates it. Then it’s a platform. (via Stratechery)
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  4. Inside the 76477 Space Invaders Sound Chip — this is fascinating! The 76477 is primarily analog—most control signals are analog, the chip doesn’t have digital control registers, and most sounds are generated from analog circuits—but about a third of the chip’s area is digital logic.
  5. Smooth Life — Conway’s Game of Life on a continuous domain. See also Game of Life for Curved Surfaces and accompanying video. (via
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