Category Archives: Tech

How I Paid My Bitcoin Taxes

Kashmir Hill:

My record-keeping made my accountant’s job much easier, but there were multiple entries as we calculated my gains and losses on each day of spending. Like the day I spent .59 BTC or $56 on mini-cupcakes: Bitcoin was worth $96 that day; I’d bought it at $125, so I took a $17 capital loss. As I bombarded him with numbers (Bitcoin’s value when I bought it, the date I spent it, how much I spent, and the underlying value at the time), he muttered, “The government’s going to kill Bitcoin by taxing it to death.”

Mattel’s 3-Year Quest To Make A Better Toy Gun | Co.Design | business + design

Seems like every year there’s a new story about the incredible innovation going on in the toy world (usually about Nerf). Well, here’s the latest incarnation (and it’s not about Nerf, technically!).

Monument Valley (new iOS game)

Shawn Blanc (sorry Shawn, just copied your whole blog post here):

Wow. Just wow. Monument Valley is a brand new iOS art-driven puzzler game, and it’s truly spectacular. It’s worth the $4 just to see and experience the artwork.

Federico Viticci has written an excellent review of the game. If you enjoyed The Room and The Room 2, which are a couple of my favorite iOS games, then you’ll certainly enjoy Monument Valley as well.

I look forward to spending a few hours messing with this game over the weekend. Looks fantastic.

General Counsel Brad Smith on Microsoft’s privacy policy

Effective immediately, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property from Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer’s private content ourselves. Instead, we will refer the matter to law enforcement if further action is required.

Great to see Microsoft listening to its customers and doing the right thing.

Silicon Valley Disrupts Discrimination: Now It’s for Middle-Aged White Guys, Too

Ann Friedman for The Cut:

It’s been a full decade since Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook and launched a thousand breathless trend stories about the code-fluent, post-adolescent masses flocking to Silicon Valley to change the world in Adidas slip-on sandals. But this youthful uniformity, once considered a feature, has become a bug. Tech, the the New YorkTimes confirmed this week, has a “youth problem.” Writes former Facebook staffer Kate Losse, “Silicon Valley fetishizes a particular type of engineer — young, male, awkward, unattached.” Or, as theNew Republic put it, the tech industry’s “brutal ageism” means that if you don’t fit the archetype — say, you’re over 35 and only wear hoodies when you’re exercising and have a few kids and a mortgage — you have to work twice as hard to get ahead. They’re stressed out and ostracized by the “culture,” worried about their wardrobe choices, wondering if they should freshen up with some subtle plastic surgery, and struggling all the while to downplay their family lives.

While I empathize, I found myself stifling a yawn as I read the Botoxed bros’ tales of woe. I’ve heard all of these stories before. It’s just that the storytellers are usually women.