Certified Blockchain Professional - Module 02: Crypto Assets

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Logo for the Certified Blockchain Professional.

As previously discussed, I'm doing the Certified Blockchain Professional course. It is self-directed learning, so I'm going through it at my own pace. In order to consolidate my learning, and help organise my thoughts, I'm blogging about my reflections on each module. These are mostly notes to myself - but I hope if you find…

An algorithm to write an assignment

by @edent | , | 2 comments | 2,100 words | Read ~187 times.

A typewriter. The words "Write something" are typed onto the fresh white paper.

Some of you may be familiar with the Feynman Algorithm. It is a general technique to solve any problem. The steps are as follows: Write down the problem. Think real hard. Write down the solution. Easy! As part of my MSc, I have to write a series of assignments. These are essays with a strict…

In praise of slowness

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A digital watch.

Sometimes - only sometimes - slowness is a feature, not a bug. A few weeks ago, I was reading about a purported use for "smart contracts". If your plane is cancelled, a smart-contract could automatically pay out your travel insurance, the millisecond the cancellation was reported. Nifty, right‽ Slowness for crap reasons There are plenty…

Transferable Bank Accounts

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A tiny lego Storm Trooper eats a chocolate coin.

Here's a (possibly) daft idea. What if you could pay for goods using a transferable bank account? Say you want to pay a friend some money. But you're not physically close enough to hand over cash. You create a new bank account with a unique username and password. As quickly and easily as getting a…

Certified Blockchain Professional - Module 1

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Logo for the Certified Blockchain Professional.

As previously discussed, I'm doing the Certified Blockchain Professional course. It is self-directed learning, so I'm going through it at my own pace. In order to consolidate my learning, and help organise my thoughts, I'm blogging about my reflections on each module. These are mostly notes to myself - but I hope if you find…

Certified Blockchain Professional - Part 1

by @edent | , , | 3 comments | 350 words | Read ~200 times.

Logo for the Certified Blockchain Professional.

Why do I do this to myself? Why? As part of my ongoing MSc, I have to take 3 professional training courses. I've completed my cybersecurity course, and I have a Machine Learning course booked for January. So what to do next? There's a lot of discussion in government1 circles about Blockchain. As with any…

Quick and dirty way to rip an eBook from Android

by @edent | , , | 3 comments | 450 words | Read ~5,571 times.

Unix is user-friendly — it's just choosy about who its friends are.

I recently purchased a book for my MSC which was only available via a crappy Android app. There was no obvious way to decrypt it to read on a more sensible device, so I resorted to the ancient art of screenscraping. This is a quick-and-dirty way to grab images of the pages and convert them…

Book Review - Future law : emerging technology, regulation and ethics

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Book cover featuring a cyborg holding the scales of justice.

How will law, regulation and ethics govern a future of fast-changing technologies? Focuses on the practical difficulties of applying law, policy and ethical structures to emergent technologies both now and in the future. Covers crucial current issues such as big data ethics, ubiquitous surveillance and the Internet of Things, and disruptive technologies such as autonomous…

ProctorU is dystopian spyware

by @edent | , , , | 22 comments | 350 words | Read ~10,098 times.

To take this exam online you will need to borrow a friend or family member's laptop.

As part of my MSc, I have to take an online exam. Obviously, this means I am highly likely to cheat by looking up things on Wikipedia or by having a bit of paper with notes on it. EVIL! So, the exam body requires me to install ProctorU. It's a service which lets someone watch…

MSc Assignment 3 - Business and Technology

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A graph showing how technology matures over time.

I'm doing an apprenticeship MSc in Digital Technology. In the spirit of openness, I'm blogging my research and my assignments. This is my paper from the Business and Technology module. You can read my Digital Leadership paper and my Data Analytics Paper. I really didn't enjoy this module. Although well taught, it was a business…