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The Gig Economy (2018) (zerohplovecraft.wordpress.com)
146 points by ZhuanXia 29 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 20 comments

I do not do drugs because of physical and mental health reasons beyond what I am prescribed. But I have heard that the darknet markets are quite advanced in their distribution - to the point that dealing a large amount of drugs is essentially risk-free. Such pharmacists will, say, put a gram of cocaine in a soda can and place it in the woods and save the geo coordinates. Then when they sell the drugs, they give the user the geo coordinates to pick up. Furthermore they can put a piece of paper containing a code in the soda can which will allow verification of retrieval.

The internet, anonymity protocols, and cryptocurrency have made the world an interesting place...

Risk free, until you buy drugs from "undercover" police who arrest you the second you pick up that soda can in the woods!

But for the dealer, it can be quite close to Risk free if they are careful enough.

I'm always reminded of Zoz's awesome talk "Don't Fuck It Up!"[0]. There's a ton of sketchy shit you can unfortunately (or fortunately depending on who you are) do online but not getting caught is still a non-trivial task. Successfully hiding is dependent upon the people who you're trying to hide from and your sophistication in hiding.

[0] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1q4Ir2J8P8

This is a work of fiction that is tremendous because it may not be a work of fiction.

It reminds me of Daemon[1] book by Daniel Suarez, which inspired the creation of smart contracts in Ethereum.

[1] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6665847-daemon

This is one of my favorite books. Do you know anything else like it?

Sadly, no. I quite recommend The Peripheral[1] by William Gibson, and Jean le Flambeur[2] trilogy if you want a modern cyberpunk with the action of a sheer scale. In the second story, the gaming community also contributes a significant part to the plot.

[1] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20821159-the-peripheral

[2] https://www.goodreads.com/series/57134-jean-le-flambeur

It’s wild that this was posted 3 times last year and is only receiving front-page attention now. Fourth time’s a charm eh?

This happens more often than you'd think.

If you think an item is worth posting, you can resubmit it, or ping the mods that something is high quality. They're pretty receptive. (hn@ycombinator.com)

Take a look at the "new" queue when you can. There's a lot of good content, and a ton of dreck. HN's hive mind is pretty good, most of the time.

I find it helpful to poke through particularly good users' submissions to see what they've offered up that hasn't been voted up.

That's why people can repost

How do I get access to the other pieces on this blog? This is great.

Thanks, but several of the posts are password protected. I was wondering what the deal was with that. Googling didn't turn up a Patreon or some other way to get access. I guess they just aren't for the public?

you can follow 0HP on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/0x49fa98

Brilliant. Worthy of a Hugo. And at the same time, I feel like I've been infected by it.

This is the best thing I’ve ever found on Hacker News.

I actually enjoyed the prose, but his/her understanding of what a blockchain is grossly inaccurate if you actually understand the tech. Its really just buzzword laden non-sense, if I'm honest, which I'm willing to overlook for entertainment reasons.

But that aside, its pretty witty. 'Hikkikomorphically cacooned' is a phrase I long to be able to use in a sentence now.


This is one of the most frightening things I’ve ever read.

Reminds me of the writings of Jorge Luis Borges.

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