Bitcoin has a huge scaling problem—Lightning could be the solution

Enlarge Aurich Lawson / Getty reader comments 129 Share this story Three startups are getting ready to launch one of the most ambitious and important cryptocurrency experiments since the creation of bitcoin itself. Called Lightning, the project aims to build a fast, scalable, and cryptographically secure payment network layered on top of the existing bitcoin […]

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Ars Technica System Guide: December 2017

Enlarge Aurich / Getty reader comments 206 Share this story In classic Ars system guides, we assumed that everybody wants the same thing out of a computer—the only question is how much you spend. And in that case, the beloved “Budget Box / Hot Rod / God Box” classifications made a lot of sense. In […]

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Accidental history—remastering the campy teen horror game Congress famously hated

A scene like this doesn’t exactly scream “2017 video game.” And yet… reader comments 43 Share this story Night Trap might not seem like a game that would be especially cumbersome to port to modern consoles. Among the first in the oft-forgotten early-’90s trend of “FMV (full motion video) games,” the title was nothing more […]

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