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Loopring: Ethereum zkRollup Layer2

2017.10.26 08:36 jay_loopring Loopring: Ethereum zkRollup Layer2

Loopring Foundation is a blockchain research organization building protocols, infrastructure, and user-facing DeFi products for the future of finance. They operate their products atop an Ethereum zkRollup Layer2 Exchange & Payment Protocol (v3), the Loopring Protocol. These products include the Loopring Wallet app, an Ethereum L1 & L2 social recovery smart wallet, the Loopring Layer2 Decentralized Exchange (DEX), a non-custodial orderbook & AMM-based zkRollup L2 DEX, and the Loopring L2 Relayer.

2012.03.07 03:01 Voxel Game Development

A game development subreddit for discussing the creation of voxel games, and voxel engines.

2023.06.03 04:32 ru_avonder [release] Katawa Shoujo

Vita means life

and KS means love

Download Link


This is part of Katawa Shoujo r7, a comprehensive remaster of the game; information about the features and changes in it can be found in the master post.
This version functions identically to the PC release, and all expansion content is available as well, except for the following limitations:
  • No FMV support. Only Tom Rothamel could ever fix this. The videos are provided separately; extract them to a folder of choice and view them with a standalone video player. I recommend this one.
  • No self-voicing, as the Vita doesn't have a TTS engine.
  • In its current iteration, the Vita is not powerful enough to render transforms and transitions at the same time. A lot of work has been put into mitigating this, but there are still a few spots in the game with inavoidable lag left.
In addition, Ren'Py 7 was not really designed to work on 350 megabytes of RAM, so a few tricks needed to be implemented:
  • The language files are separated out into their own modules. To change the language, download the respective archive and replace `base-lang.rpa` and `base-script.rpa` in the `/game` directory with the language of your choosing. Loading more than one language pack is not advised, but saving the game in one language and loading it after changing the language files will work. The .vpk comes bundled with the English version.
  • Likewise, any loaded expansions will add to the RAM burden, and for the most demanding ones the amount left is not enough; this is why `base-script.rpa` is separated out. Moving it outside the `/game` directory will unload the main game's script from memory, and allow those expansions to be played with no issues. Don't forget to place it back after finishing.
  • Even still, the amount of memory errors seems to increase dramatically with the size of the persistent file, to the point that 100%ing the game on a single file is not possible. The vast majority of this file is information about what text you've seen, so you have two options:
    • Flush this data automatically at each save, and not record what text you've seen. (This option and, consequently, "Skip unread text" are on by default, as the prospect of someone not reading these instructions and having their game slowly become unplayable is frightening.)
    • Flush this data manually, if recording seen text is something you require for completion. You'll need to do it about once per route.
    The controls for these options are located on the "Accessibility options" screen.
The game will still eventually run out of memory, but it'll happen at rare enough intervals to not be a hindrance for a pleasant reading experience.


Oh, and Katawa Crash is available too. It is a standalone application, of course.

Download: Katawa Shoujo

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2023.06.03 03:36 Dan_Stainberg [Econ][Retro] Canada's bid to win Net Zero


The Inflation Reduction Act passed in the United Sates continues to mingle in background of Canadian policy-making, as massive subsidies from Washington make even the tax on carbon increasingly less efficient, with many leading Canadian companies opting to focus on their projects in the United States. With American carrots on clime policy, the Canadian stick becomes increasingly less effective, as many business leaders see an ever growing policy uncertainty over whatever little of an invective Canada has to offer. This is especially prevalent for long-term decarbonisation projects, that would un-economical without either a nation-wide price on carbon that forces companies to invest in going green, or a recast subsidy regime for green technologies that turn decarbonisation for an expensive exercise into a completive advantage.
While some people believe that abolishing the federal price on carbon on Canada would still allow the country to meet its Paris climate commitments, offsetting the lack of a "climate stick" with a carrot of additional subsidies, it's widely recognised to be an unlikely option. Canada simply doesn't have the either fiscal nor private capital firepower to compete with American incentives. Thus making a combination of a "clime stick" through a federal carbon price, complied with more modest positive incentives remains the only viable strategy to foster a nation-wide tradition to the green economy.
Federal pricing on pollution has also created increasings tensions between Ottawa and provinces, especially in Western Canada - a region traditionally dependent on natural renounce extraction and processing to support their economy, and generate energy. Thus, the main opposition party - the Conservative Party of Canada - that has traditionally viewed the West as their stronghold, has unsurprisingly committed to repealing the federal price on carbon. Something that becomes increasingly likely as the the governing Liberals continue to fall behind the Tories in all provinces except Quebec. Therefore, putting the future of Canadian climate policy at risk.

You know, businesses hate uncertainty more than anything else.

Environment & Investment Guarantees

To resolve this uncertainty, Canada is launching comprehensive hedging mechanism to guarantee a Pan-Canadian Price on pollution, especially on carbon emissions through Pollution Pricing Contracts for Difference (PPCDs) - a proposal originally mentioned in the Federal Budget 2023, is finally being rolled out across the country in 2024.
PPCD represents a contract between the Government of Canada and a private company that guarantees a nation-wide solution price remains above originally announced projects, such as $170 price per tonne of carbon emissions. If the price falls bellow bellow the original threshold at an expected date, the Government of Canada is set to cover the difference through direct subsidies to the given project and its investors.
To further strengthen the carbon pricing regime, the Government introduces the "PPCD default provision" that allows any company in Canada to claim a fully refundable tax credit to fully compensate for estimated cost of carbon tax paid thought its operating period, including the gap between "would be" and an actual carbon price. Thus, if national carbon price falls bellow its original schedule, not only can a company have their carbon taxes paid back, but also receive full payment for forgone future carbon tax expenses.
The provision can be used by any company without a PPCD contract, and is triggered automatically upon any changes to federal carbon price. It also applies to carbon credit markets, where the Government of Canada is set to guarantee a specific price for carbon credits for specific projects or a market as whole, providing direct finical compensation when the actual price falls short of an expected benchmark.
Simultaneously, Ottawa is set to enter into Carbon Credit Forward Purchase Agreements for duration of 5 years or longer with individual emitters and industry associations. This would allow for the Government of Canada to guaranteed carbon and other pollution pricing for specific projects, directly compensating lower than expected pricing for designated projects.
The Government of Canada has concluded a set of Federal-Provincial Pollution Pricing Agreements, where Ottawa is set to be opearte as a last-resort buyer of carbon credits for local or sectoral marlets, using the federal carvon price as a benchmark. However, under the FPPPAs the federal government has also onbidgted to disapply the federal carbon backstop and fully absorb the cost of pushasing exessive credits. Notably, Ottawa has also committed to maintaining a more harmonious price on carbon across the country, through allowing local authorities to increase the supply of credits to align it with other provinces, so long it doesn't fall bellow the federal benchmark.
Most importantly, however, FPPPAs also oblige provinces to introduce contracts for difference when it comes to energy markets - traditionally a provincial jurisdiction.
Traditionally, energy markets operate through energy generating companies singing purchase contracts with energy distributors to deliver it to final customers. The cost of buying the energy and delivering is effectively passed onto consumers buy distributors with a higher mark up for to maintain to profitability. However, in markets where energy has been generated largely through fossil fuel extraction, the final price of electricity is eagerly determined by prices of fossil fuels.
To ensure the markets operate smoothy, Energy Contracts for Difference are used, to narrow the gap between wholesale price on electricity and the strike price - the point at which energy generation remains economically viable - desired by generators. The strike price is determined through an open auction of multiple generators, on an open auction, until with strike price suggestions being accepted until the budget or the capacity of the grid have been exhausted. The sealed bid for the last project accepted sets a multi-year strike price that all successful bidders receive, that is further indexed for inflation, for annual adjustments.
Thus, whenever the average wholesale price for electricity runs bellow the strike price, the government is set to cover the difference for renewable energy generating companies, to keep their business afloat. However, whenever the reference price - the average wholesale market price - exceeds the strike price, the companies should return excessive profits to the government.
Under respite FPPPAs, the monitoring those markets as well as operating the payments is set to be done by an independent provincial agency, funded through levies on non-renewable energy generation, generally following the approach of the United Kingdom.
The price guarantee however also applied to generation for nuclear energy, clean hydrogen, and - in provinces dependent on fossil fuels - temporary natural gas.
Since, energy prices remain flat across the market, they become effective regressive when it comes to income distribution. Households have to pay based on their individual consumption, being identical and per household consumption being largely balanced, causes lower income households to spend more on energy since per unit price of electricity remains the same regardless of household income. Additionally, some provinces have energy generation that is largely dependent on fossil fuel generation, causing future ECfDs to increase prices of electricity substantially. Thus, the Government of Canada is set to absorb the cost of energy rebates to households to offset those increased costs, with the specifics determined by the provinces through the Canadian Green Energy Rebate Program (CGERP).
A similar approach is used for critical minerals, where the Government of Canada opens auctions to determine strike prices for natural resource exploration and processing projects, and the guaranteeing that specific price for projects associated with a given auction. If the market price falls from bellow the strike price, the Government of Canada shall compensate the difference, while extra profits from elevated prices shall be compensate to pay-back to Ottawa.
For critical minerals specifically, CfDs are signed over 25-year period, with the strike price being reference against a comprehensive benchmark against fossil fuel. The contracts guarantee critical minerals shall remain more attractive in terms of return guarantees as opposed to fossil fuels.
Finally, the Government is also expanding carbon contracts for difference to all Investment & Innovation Canada institutions, rather than just the Canada Growth Fund, instead incorporating emissions reduction as a supplementary mandate for all bodies of the IIC. Instead, the CGF sees their mandate expanded to support commercialisation of market-ready technologies not just for the green transition, but when it comes to energy production, construction, aerospace, life sciences, communications, and inflation technologies. While managing the issue of PPCDs and other contracts for difference backed by Ottawa - including kickstarting auctions - falls under the jurisdiction of the newly created Office of Contract Guarantees
The Government is also launching a new Equity & Asset Finance Program that aims to provide confessional funding to smaller investors, especially those in equity markets, when it comes to purchasing equity in IIC-backed projects. The Program allows IIC institutions to partner other finical players, and through income-contingent grants, matching programmes, and all other available instruments lend to smaller investors, including individual ones, to cover the purchase of corporate equity for companies that have been listed on a Canadian stock exhale for 5 years or less, or operate in the renewable energy, battery production, clean energy and industrial equipment, IT, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.
Additionally, the Government strengthens the accountability for IIC institutions, through the creation of the Innovation & Business Assistance Council of Canada, including provincial jurisdictions. IBACC provides through supervision and independent assessment the combined and overall perforce of IIC institutions, including their finical health and long-term profitability. It also uses overseeing councils of Regional Development Agencies to monitor the success of individual RDAs, calculating their finical soundness and long-term market impact. The Council is also tasked with screening individual applicants and projects together with relevant institutions within the IIC, using the data collected as proxy for an overall assessment of a programme, or an institution.
The key performance indicators that the Council uses to assess the perforce of specific programmes, as well as IIC insertions include:
Those two impact assessment remain mandatory for all projects, together comprising the assessment for long-term ability of a project to remain financially viable without governmental support.

Political Implications

From a policy standpoint, the current policy mix unveiled during the Fall Economic Update 2024 effectively provides comprehensive insurance for the Liberals' climate policy in case they loose the upcoming election - something that seems to become increasingly likely.
However, when it comes to pure politics, both Trudeau and the federal Conservatives find themselves in a tight spot.
For Team Red the problem lies in a trade off they made, opting for enshrining their climate policy through Carbon Contracts for Defence (PPCDs) where even minor changes to price on pollution will result in massive fiscal punishments for the Government of Canada. Additionally, the Federal-Provincial Agreements effectively commit both the provinces and Ottawa to maintaining some form of carbon pricing, with the Feds still maintaining the role of a backstop party. However, Trudeau had to effectively pull the breaks on two of his major policies: the Clean Energy Regulations - with similar objectives being achieved through FPPPAs - and the federal emissions cap, as a concession made as part of an apparent close-door negotiants with western provinces to sign the agreements. Which will be quite difficult to sell to a more progressive side of the Liberal electorate.
Team Blue on the other hand is seemly trying to dial down on their promises to repeal federal price on carbon, instead aiming for the Environmental Impact Assessment, emphasising how the Act may likely slow down exploration and development of critical minerals. The Tories are also doubling down on housing affordability, as slowing inflation shifts Canadians' perception Liberals' economic competence. Nevertheless, Conservatives still resonate with people, on another key issue: national unity. Although Liberals seem to have successfully avoided direct head-to-head collision with the Conservative-run Alberta, lack of Western support for Trudeau climate policies may provide a hook for the Tories to hang on to. Especially as neither party seem to be able to secure a clear majority in Quebec, to un-seat the nationalist Bloc Québécois.
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2023.06.03 02:00 NarrowAstronaut8024 CKB Monthly Update May 2023

CKB Monthly Update May 2023

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Hello Nervos Community!
Welcome to Nervos Monthly Update, where we bring you the latest news and developments from the Nervos ecosystem. Curated by CKBFans Chinese Community, we value your feedback. If you have any suggestions or ideas to help us improve our content, please share with us.

1. Insights

1.1 ForceBridge

Forcebridge is an open-source cross-chain protocol on Nervos CKB that supports multi-chain. It currently supports two-way cross-chain between Nervos CKB and Ethereum and BSC. ForceForce Bridge 2.0 is under development.
As of the publication of this newsletter, the Total Value Locked (TVL) on ForceBridge has reached $5,194,287(-7.7%)
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Total Volume Locked on ForceBridge:

1.2 Godwoken - Layer 2

Godwoken is a Layer2 solution that combines Polyjuice's EVM compatibility layer with Roll-up expansion.This Layer 2 solution offers high throughput and security. With its support for the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM), Godwoken enables developers to use Ethereum contracts while maintaining scalability, speed, and low transaction costs.
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*Data only from YokaiSwap.
📅 30.05.2023 ⏮ #TVL last period: $10,377,346
🆕 #TVL this period: $9,076,444
📉 30-day growth: -12.54%.
view Godwoken v1 data on Geckoterminal view Godwoken v0 data on defillama

1.3 Hashrate

Hashrate measures the computing power used by a network to process transactions, and it helps investors assess a cryptocurrency's network health and security. A higher hashrate means a more decentralized and secure network that is more resistant to potential attacks.
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📅 30.05.2023
🔨 30-day average hashrate: 180.30 P
📉 30-day average growth rate: -4.18%
💰 CKB per T: approx. 67 CKB

1.4 .bit (Formerly DAS)

.bit is the DID (Decentralized Identity) on Nervos.
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2.Development Progress Update

2.1 💻 CKB Dev Update

CKB’s latest version v0.110.0 GitHub Link
Reduced memory usage during the Initial Block Download (IBD) process by 26% for improved efficiency.
Introduced several new Remote Procedure Call (RPC) methods, making development easier for developers.

2.2 🦾 Axon Dev Update

Axon Development Updates #1190 GitHub Link
Developed multiple modules, including support for RPC calls and optimization of storage and querying functionalities.
Made significant progress in developing transactions, contracts for staking, delegation, and withdrawal, and refined website design for the upcoming release.

3. Monthly Ecological Progress & Highlights

3.1 ⛏️ CKB L1 Runs 10 Million Blocks Non-Stop
Nervos Network's CKB L1 achieved a major milestone, running 10 million blocks without interruption.
Explore the dedicated halving website created by community members at

3.2 🇻🇳 Nervos BUIDL HAPPY HOUR Event in Vietnam
Nervos partnered with SUCI Community, a local Web3 education institution, to organize a BUIDL HAPPY HOUR event in Ho Chi Minh City. The event targeted VCs and developers and aimed to foster collaboration and innovation in the blockchain space. Check out the event highlights.

3.3 🇺🇸 Nervos "DO YOU MINE" Event in Miami

Nervos, in collaboration with AsicJungle and HelloLumerin communities, hosted a "DO YOU MINE" Happy Hour event for miners in Miami, USA. The event provided a networking platform for miners to discuss the latest developments in mining. Find out more about the event.

3.4 🎥 Nervos Hashing it Out Episode 12

In the latest episode of Nervos Hashing it Out, guests including 6Figs, Dunki, and jmitch discussed market trends and policy influences in the cryptocurrency industry. They also shared insights on Brad Sherman's and Joe Biden's views on crypto investments and tax loopholes. Watch the full episode on [YouTube](

3.5 💰 CKB Community Fund Supports Proposal

CKBFans community submitted a funding proposal to the CKB Community Fund DAO for the development of, a “one-stop-shop” for exploring the Nervos ecosystem. The proposal has been approved, and the website is scheduled to launch a test version in June. Proposal details.

3.6 📣 Dotbit Implements Community Governance, Launches Voty Voting System

Dotbit announced the implementation of community governance and invited community members to contribute as builders of the Dotbit ecosystem. The Voty voting system, based on .bit SubDID, has been launched. It provides a platform for active participation in community activities and the development of the Dotbit ecosystem. Learn more about Voty.

3.7 🦴 Win a Nervape NACP Bonelist

Participate in the Nervape NACP Bonelist event for a chance to win. The NACP Bonelist is an enhanced whitelist that offers exciting benefits. Learn more about it here. NACP Bonelist

3.8 🎙️ "Digital Age" Interview with Nervos Ecosystem Development Director

Nervos Ecosystem Development Director Jane Wu was interviewed by "Digital Age", providing valuable insights into Nervos and its two key advantages. Read the full interview here

4.Get Involved with Nervos

4.1 💻 Learn CKB Development from Scratch

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Interested in developing Dapps on CKB or curious about Nervos but unsure where to start? Our CKB tutorial is perfect for those with no coding skills, offering hands-on experiments on the Nervos TestNet in both English and Chinese.
Get your hands dirty now: Learn CKB From 0️⃣

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Join the Nervos community on Discord:
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That's all for this issue of the CKB Monthly Update. Stay tuned for more updates and developments.
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2023.06.03 02:00 TopOfTheBot Top of the Day - 03/06/2023

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1st UK double-decker bus racing u/BlueMagma212 interestingasfuck 89,375 Upvotes 02/06/2023 01:48 UTC
2nd Reddit sparks outrage after a popular app developer said it wants him to pay $20 million a year for data access u/Crazed_pillow technology 77,420 Upvotes 02/06/2023 13:02 UTC
3rd Truck drivers reaction saves boys life u/Rolesium123 facepalm 69,659 Upvotes 02/06/2023 09:33 UTC
4th X-ray of Nikola Tesla's foot, taken by himself on a device of his own design in 1896. u/LucidCunning Damnthatsinteresting 69,081 Upvotes 02/06/2023 10:31 UTC
5th POV: asking your cousin to be flower man, he understood his assignment u/Pineapple__Warrior MadeMeSmile 63,308 Upvotes 02/06/2023 12:03 UTC

Most Upvoted Comments of the Day

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1st Users supply all the content, and reddit turns around with this huge fuck you to its users, without whom it's just another crappy link aggregator. No, reddit, fuck you and your money grab. u/yParticle technology 18,236 Upvotes 02/06/2023 13:37 UTC
2nd "this new version of digg reeks of VC meddling" — Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, 2010(...) u/SquireCD technology 12,936 Upvotes 02/06/2023 14:13 UTC
3rd I wonder what he thought after seeing this. u/RuleBritannia09 Damnthatsinteresting 9,767 Upvotes 02/06/2023 11:04 UTC
4th Remeber kids, when crossing the road allways run full speed from behind a bus. This ensures that wathever's gonna hit you will instantly kill you. u/1singleduck facepalm 8,567 Upvotes 02/06/2023 10:54 UTC
5th For people wondering about collision sensors helping out in this case(...) u/eugene20 facepalm 8,478 Upvotes 02/06/2023 11:36 UTC
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2023.06.03 01:56 Dismal-Jellyfish ‘Shadow Banks’ Account for Half of the World’s Assets—and Pose Growing Risks: 'no one seems to have a firm handle on the risks that nonbank financial entities could pose if numerous trades and investments sour.'

‘Shadow Banks’ Account for Half of the World’s Assets—and Pose Growing Risks: 'no one seems to have a firm handle on the risks that nonbank financial entities could pose if numerous trades and investments sour.'
The sudden failure this year of three sizable American banks demonstrated one way in which the financial system can “break” as the Federal Reserve and other central banks press a campaign to normalize interest rates.
There could be others.
Risk-minded regulators, policy makers, and investors are eyeing the huge but nebulous world of largely unregulated nonbank financial intermediaries, known colloquially as shadow banks, as a potential locus of future problems. It includes sovereign-wealth funds, insurers, pension funds, hedge funds, financial-technology firms, financial clearing houses, mutual funds, and fast-growing entities such as money-market funds and private credit funds.
The nonbank financial system now controls $239 trillion, or almost half of the world’s financial assets, according to the Financial Stability Board. That’s up from 42% in 2008, and has doubled since the 2008-09 financial crisis. Postcrisis regulations helped shore up the nation’s biggest banks, but the restrictions that were imposed, coupled with years of ultralow interest rates, fueled the explosive growth of nonbank finance.
To be sure, these financial intermediaries play an important role in the economy, lending to many businesses too small or indebted to tap institutional markets. Moreover, while talk is rife on Wall Street about problems brewing in shadow banking, few have surfaced since the Fed began tightening monetary policy in the first quarter of 2022. To the contrary, disruptions caused by rising interest rates have been most evident so far in the regulated banking sector. And any turmoil in the nonbank arena could prove relatively benign, especially if the economy avoids a severe recession.
Yet, no one seems to have a firm handle on the risks that nonbank financial entities could pose if numerous trades and investments sour. Nor is there a detailed understanding of the connections among nonbank entities, or their links to the regulated banking system.
To date, this system hasn’t been tested, at this scale, for a wave of credit losses and defaults that could stem from higher rates and a weakening economy. History suggests caution: Shadow banking was at the epicenter of the financial crisis, as nontraditional financial institutions turned subprime mortgages into complex securities sold to banks and investors, often using high levels of leverage. As homeowners defaulted, these products lost value, and the damage cascaded through the financial system.
While nonbank finance looks a lot different today, as do the potential risks, it remains a source of concern. Some policy makers and bankers use the shadow-bank moniker to refer to that segment of the nonbank universe considered most likely to trigger the sorts of liquidity-draining events that sparked prior financial contagion. The Institute of International Finance ballparks such exposure at about 14% of nonbank financial assets. But the links remain cloudy between the riskier elements of shadow banking, a term that rankles many nonbank entities, and the more resilient world of market-based finance.
“The enormous size and high leverage levels of the nonbank financial-institutions sector, along with the more lax reporting and regulatory standards applied to this sector relative to banks make it a potential tinderbox,” says Eswar Prasad, an economics professor at Cornell University and a senior fellow at Brookings Institution, who formerly worked at the International Monetary Fund.
Worried economists and financial analysts have been urging regulators to gain a better understanding of nonbank financial intermediaries because they see telltale signs of potential trouble, including illiquid assets, increasing leverage, lack of transparency, and rapid growth.
The nonbank universe is “everyone’s obvious candidate” for more breaks, says Simon Johnson, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former director of research at the IMF, who has spent much of his career working to prevent economic crises.
There are no direct parallels to the asset mismatches and bank runs that took down Silicon Valley Bank and First Republic Bank earlier this year. In part, that’s because the pension funds, insurers, and endowments of the nonbank world tend to hold assets for decades through funds that lock up their money for five to seven years. Also, big players such as private credit funds tend to use far less leverage than banks.
Still, there are indications that inflation and the sharp rise in rates may be causing strains in some parts of the nonbank system. High interest rates have sapped demand for new mortgages, for instance, hurting nonbank lenders. Liquidity in parts of the bond market, such as emerging market debt and high-yield, is at the lowest levels since the Covid pandemic. And cash flow at some companies financed by private credit is shrinking due to inflation, a slowing economy, and higher debt payments.
One thing is clear: What happens in one corner of this sprawling world doesn’t stay there. Consider the collapse of the hedge fund Archegos Capital Management in 2021. Its losses on concentrated bets on blue-chip stocks triggered a margin call that led to the sale of about $20 billion of assets. That left big banks exposed to the fund, including Nomura and UBS, with billions of dollars in losses.
“Risks came back to banks’ balance sheets from the back door,” says Fabio Massimo Natalucci, deputy director of monetary and capital markets development at the International Monetary Fund and co-author of its global financial-stability report.
Federal Reserve governor Michelle Bowman said in a speech this spring that losses related to riskier activities pushed out of the banking system could come back to haunt banks through activities such as the banks’ extension of credit to nonbank lenders. According to the Fed, bank lending to nonbank financial intermediaries totaled $2 trillion in commitments at the end of 2022, a level the Fed described as high.
While many nonbank entities are regulated in some way, no regulator has attempted to assess the overall financial stability of the nonbank world. The Financial Stability Oversight Council, or FSOC, is now seeking comments on designating some nonbank institutions as systemic and subjecting some to Federal Reserve supervision. That would reverse some of the changes made during the last administration.
A look at three types of nonbank financial intermediaries—private-credit providers, open-end bond funds, and nonbank mortgage lenders—offers a window into the prevailing concerns about shadow banking, and suggests how conditions could unravel in this sector in ways that roil the economy and the markets.

Private Credit

Rapid growth in the world of finance tends to draw attention, and few business segments have grown since the financial crisis as much as private credit. Private-credit providers typically lend directly to midsize, privately owned businesses that generate from $10 million to $1 billion of revenue and can’t get funding in the institutional market.
As banks retreated after the crisis and each minicrisis that followed, these financial intermediaries stepped in. Private-credit assets have mushroomed to nearly $1.5 trillion from $230 billion in 2008**,** putting the private-credit market in the league of the leveraged-loan and high-yield markets.
Drawn by high yields, attractive returns, and diversification opportunities, investors have poured money into private-credit funds. Insurers have doubled their allocation to these pools of largely illiquid assets over the past decade, while pension funds have more than doubled their allocation to alternative investments, including private credit, since 2006.
The Fed said in its financial stability report, published in May, that the risk to financial stability from private-credit funds appears limited. It noted that the funds don’t use much leverage, are held by institutional investors, and have long lockup periods, limiting the risk of runs. But the Fed also acknowledged that it had little visibility into loan portfolios, including the traits of borrowers, the nature of deal terms, and default risks.
Some observers are concerned about the connections between private lending and other nonbank activities, as well as lenders’ links to the banking sector. “Wall Street says they aren’t going to lend to subprime borrowers, but they lend to funds that lend to them,” says Ana Arsov, who oversees private-credit research at Moody’s.
There is no public view of banks’ total exposure to private credit, Arsov says. Given the scale of the business and limited visibility into the risks, analysts worry that any widespread deterioration of asset quality could ripple through other parts of the financial world before regulators could act.
Business development companies, some of which are publicly traded, offer some insight through disclosure documents into this $250 billion market. “Most managers that have both BDCs and institutional structures share deals across their platform, providing insight into the types of credits in their portfolios,” says Dwight Scott, global head of Blackstone Credit.
Moody’s sees increasing challenges for some BDCs over the next 12 to 18 months as the economy slows and companies grapple with higher borrowing costs, inflation, and market volatility. Although liquidity looks adequate for the next 12 months, loan maturities for portfolio companies will accelerate after that. If rates are still high and the economy is slumping, that could hamper the prospects for further borrowing. Similarly, lenders could become more conservative.
Blackstone Private Credit fund, or BCRED, the biggest private-credit fund, said late last year that it had hit its 5% quarterly investor-redemption limit. While Blackstone had no trouble meeting redemptions, and has reported that redemption requests fell in this year’s first quarter, Arsov worries about how smaller players would handle a similar situation. The industry’s efforts to court retail investors, she says, could increase the possibility that risks in private credit seep into broader financial markets, potentially by creating confidence issues.
What could trigger problems in the broader private-credit universe? One concern is a potential wave of struggling borrowers larger than the anticipated 5% to 6%. Arsov says expectations may be too rosy, based on the low default rate during the pandemic, when the Fed stepped in with trillions of dollars in stimulus. With the Fed now raising rates to curb inflation and trimming its balance sheet, such assistance is unlikely to be repeated.
Leverage metrics also have deteriorated, and covenant protections have weakened as the growth in private credit has increased competition for deals. Many have been concentrated in software, business services, and healthcare, in companies backed by private-equity funds. Given the benign interest-rate and economic backdrop of recent years, many private-equity investors were willing to pay higher multiples of enterprise value for companies with sustainable revenue, which allowed them to take on more leverage, says Richard Miller, head of private credit at TCW.
“Our markets stopped focusing on debt to Ebitda [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization], the longstanding gauge of risk, and looked at loan to value,” Miller says. “That was fine as long as enterprise values didn’t contract and the [interest] rate on that elevated debt didn’t go up. We have had a change in both.”
Now, some of these companies are generating less cash flow, which affects their ability to cover interest payments. While leverage isn’t as high as during the financial crisis, limiting potential systemic risk, Miller sees the risks today transferred to the individual borrower, and worries about the prospect of some borrowers running out of money.
A shift in the market might weed out weaker private-credit upstarts. But a potential combination of rising defaults, elevated interest rates, and flagging investor appetite for private credit could exacerbate a downturn, albeit in slow motion, given the nature of borrowing.
Not surprisingly, industry leaders are more upbeat. “People conflate default with losses,” says Blackstone’s Scott. But much of direct lending involves senior secured debt, he notes, which should minimize actual losses and enable lenders to help businesses through the challenges.
“Rather than increasing risk to the markets, private-credit asset managers are typically a stabilizing force, given the ability to invest patiently and opportunistically, and with little to no use of leverage, when banks and other traditional market participants either can’t or won’t,” says Michael Arougheti, chief executive of Ares Management, one of the largest alternative-asset managers.

Bond Funds

Unlike private-credit funds, which lock up investors’ money for a set period, most mutual funds allow investors to buy and sell whenever they want, offering daily liquidity. But that could turn problematic for bond funds under certain conditions, as some corporate bonds change hands only once a month—and less frequently in times of stress. If credit losses pile up or markets become stressed, some policy makers fear that bond funds could face demands to liquidate holdings at fire-sale prices, as investors scramble to sell funds with assets that have become illiquid.
Liquidity in bond markets dried up in the early days of the pandemic as investors scrambled for cash and some bond funds sold assets to meet redemptions. That set off a further frenzy as investors tried to unload assets before they became more illiquid. The selling pressure eventually forced the Fed to intervene and offer to buy corporate bonds for the first time ever to keep credit flowing. Hoping to minimize the damage from another fire sale, policy makers are looking to develop new rules, including on fund pricing.
The Investment Company Institute, which represents the mutual fund industry, has pushed back against this effort, arguing it is based on an incorrect view of the role that bond funds played in 2020. Citing its own research, the ICI says bond sales didn’t spark the Treasury market dysfunction that disrupted the flow of credit, but started only after markets began seizing up and, at that, represented a fraction of the selling.
The ICI notes that concerns about fire sales during periods of market stress aren’t unique to the mutual fund structure.
Bond funds have seen net inflows of $1.74 trillion since 2013. Global fixed-income funds, a subset of the sector, have crowded into some of the same corners of the market in the past two years. The IMF has raised alarms about that, citing fears of a stampede out of certain assets if a single fund runs into trouble.
Bid/ask spreads, a common gauge of a market’s liquidity, have widened in areas such as high-yield and emerging market debt to levels last seen in the spring of 2020, according to the IMF.
Mara Dobrescu, director of fixed-income strategies for Morningstar’s manager-research group, also sees increasing vulnerabilities, but notes that most funds are equipped to handle stresses and that not many bond funds have had to institute limits on redemptions.
Warning SignThe liquidity risk in high-yield bond funds increased in 2022 as bid-ask spreads widened.Portfolio-level bid-ask spread across fundsSource: International Monetary Fund

Nonbank Mortgage Lenders

The mortgage market has seen dramatic changes in the years since the global financial crisis. The business of originating and servicing loans has migrated steadily away from banks, with nonbank lenders accounting for more than two-thirds of all originations. Rocket Cos. ’ [ticker: RKT] Rocket Mortgage unit and UWM Holdings ’ [UWMC] United Wholesale Mortgage top the list of the biggest lenders.
Neither company responded to Barron’s requests for comment.
Housing finance is raising flags again, not so much for risky lending practices as in 2008, but because of the business models of these nonbank lenders, which don’t have to hold as much capital as banks. With people buying fewer houses, mortgage originations are down 60% in the past two years, raising concerns that potential losses will eat into these businesses’ slim capital cushion and raise leverage levels.
Nancy Wallace, a finance and real estate professor at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, has been warning for years about these nonbank lenders’ business model. She fears that a rise in defaults could lead to disruptions in the mortgage and housing markets.
One concern is the companies’ reliance on short-term funding through warehouse lines of credit from banks. Those presumably could be pulled during periods of market stress, or if the borrowers’ financial health were to deteriorate.
In this year’s first quarter, delinquency rates were only 3.6%, the lowest level for any first quarter since the Mortgage Bankers Association started tracking them in 1979. A sharp rise in delinquencies, however, could bring added pain, as the companies’ servicing businesses, which collect monthly payments from borrowers and funnel them to investors including banks, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac, would need to advance the money.
On its own, analysts don’t see the nonbank mortgage-lending industry triggering a financial crisis, although distress throughout the industry could diminish confidence in other nonbank lenders. In a worst-case scenario, credit could dry up for riskier borrowers, hitting home prices and sapping mortgage demand.
Peter Mills, senior vice president of residential policy for the Mortgage Bankers Association, has pushed back on recent regulatory efforts aimed at designating nonbank lenders as systemic, noting that the framework under consideration doesn’t include a cost/benefit analysis or an assessment of the probability that an entity could default.
Plus, he doesn’t see a financial-transmission risk from the industry, which is working on tools to mitigate strains in the event of delinquencies. “It’s less a financial earthquake and more of an operational challenge,” he says.
That may prove to be the case throughout the nonbank financial sector as interest rates normalize and the era of free money ends. Plenty of things might bend without breaking in this vast and opaque world. Just the same, it pays to be vigilant.


Shorter Version:
  • The nonbank financial intermediaries, or "shadow banks," controlling almost half of the world’s financial assets, are being watched closely as central banks work towards normalizing interest rates.
  • Though few problems have been noted since the Fed's monetary policy tightening in 2022, there are concerns about the risk these nonbank entities could pose if numerous investments fail, especially given the lack of understanding about their interconnections.
  • Rising interest rates and inflation may be causing strain in the nonbank system, with decreased demand for new mortgages and reduced liquidity in some bond markets.
  • The collapse of Archegos Capital Management in 2021 highlighted the risk of problems in one area of the nonbank system impacting others, prompting calls for regulators to improve understanding of nonbank financial intermediaries.
  • Despite private credit growth, concerns persist due to limited visibility into these funds' loan portfolios and connections between private lending and other nonbank activities, as well as links to the banking sector.
  • Bond funds, with their daily liquidity, could face challenges in times of stress when certain corporate bonds are infrequently traded, potentially leading to liquidation at reduced prices.
  • The shift from banks to nonbank lenders in the mortgage market, combined with the latter's reliance on short-term funding from banks, has raised concerns, especially in the event of a sharp rise in delinquencies.
Longer Version:
  • As the Federal Reserve and other central banks work towards normalizing interest rates, the largely unregulated nonbank financial intermediaries, also known as shadow banks, are being closely watched due to their potential to cause future financial issues.
    • These entities, which include everything from sovereign-wealth funds to financial-technology firms, currently control $239 trillion, almost half of the world’s financial assets, an increase from 42% in 2008.
  • These intermediaries serve a crucial role in the economy, lending to businesses that are too small or too indebted to tap into institutional markets.
    • Despite concerns, few issues have emerged in the shadow banking sector since the Fed began tightening monetary policy in 2022.
    • However, it's unclear what risks these nonbank entities could pose if numerous investments go sour, especially considering the lack of detailed understanding about their connections among themselves and to the regulated banking system.
  • The shadow banking system hasn't been tested on this scale against a potential wave of credit losses and defaults that could result from higher rates and a weakening economy.
    • The sector, with its size, high leverage levels, and lax reporting and regulatory standards, could potentially become a "tinderbox" according to some economists.
  • There are indications that rising interest rates and inflation may be causing some strain in the nonbank system.
    • High rates have reduced demand for new mortgages, affecting nonbank lenders. Also, liquidity in some bond markets is at the lowest levels since the COVID pandemic.
  • Still, there have been instances where problems in one part of the nonbank system have impacted others. The collapse of the hedge fund Archegos Capital Management in 2021, for example, resulted in significant losses for big banks exposed to the fund (and those continue as that bag is passed around...).
    • Given these risks, regulators are being urged to gain a better understanding of nonbank financial intermediaries.
  • Private credit has grown exponentially since the 2008 financial crisis, ballooning from $230 billion to almost $1.5 trillion.
    • This sector lends directly to midsize businesses that can't obtain funding in the institutional market.
    • Investors are attracted to private credit due to high yields, returns, and diversification opportunities.
  • The Federal Reserve stated in a recent report that risks to financial stability from private-credit funds seem limited because these funds don't use much leverage, have long lockup periods, and are held by institutional investors.
    • However, there's limited visibility into these funds' loan portfolios, including borrower characteristics, deal terms, and default risks.
  • Concerns arise from connections between private lending and other nonbank activities, as well as links to the banking sector.
    • The lack of public view into banks' total exposure to private credit is a cause for concern for some analysts who worry that asset quality deterioration could impact other parts of the financial world before regulators can intervene.
  • A potential wave of struggling borrowers larger than the anticipated 5-6% could trigger problems in the broader private credit universe.
    • Leverage metrics have also worsened, and covenant protections have weakened as competition for deals has grown.
      • The market's focus has shifted from debt to EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) to loan to value, which could lead to some borrowers running out of money.
  • There is concern that a potential combination of rising defaults, high interest rates, and waning investor appetite for private credit could exacerbate a downturn.
  • Most mutual funds offer daily liquidity, allowing investors to buy and sell whenever they wish.
    • However, this could be an issue for bond funds in certain conditions, as some corporate bonds are traded only once a month and even less often during stressful times.
    • If credit losses accumulate or markets become stressed, bond funds could face pressure to liquidate holdings at reduced prices as investors rush to sell funds with illiquid assets.
  • Bond funds have experienced net inflows of $1.74 trillion since 2013, with global fixed-income funds investing heavily in certain market areas in the last two years.
    • The IMF has expressed concerns about this, noting that if a single fund encounters issues, it could lead to a rush out of certain assets.
    • Liquidity risks in high-yield bond funds have increased in 2022, with bid-ask spreads, a measure of a market’s liquidity, widening.
  • Since the global financial crisis, the mortgage market has undergone significant changes, with nonbank lenders now accounting for over two-thirds of all originations.
    • While the shift away from banks isn't due to risky lending as in 2008, concerns have been raised about the business models of nonbank lenders.
    • These lenders don't need to hold as much capital as banks, and with a 60% decline in mortgage originations in the past two years due to decreased house purchases, potential losses could deplete their modest capital buffer and increase leverage levels.
  • One concern is the nonbank lenders' reliance on short-term funding via warehouse lines of credit from banks, which could be withdrawn during market stress or if the borrowers' financial condition worsens.
    • Although delinquency rates were just 3.6% in Q1 of this year, a sharp increase could cause issues, as these companies' servicing businesses would have to advance the money.
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2023.06.03 00:29 HubbleMirror What bands can I use to transmit digital encoded/encrypted data?

I'd like to transmit image and video data over fairly long distances using SDR. More concretely, I'm trying to replicate something like this (specs).
What bands I am allowed to use in the US, and what are the respective power limits?
I've considered getting a HAM license but I suspect this won't help due to the requirement of transmitting without obfuscating the underlying data. This would make it impossible to develop my own encoding protocols or encrypt the data.
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2023.06.02 23:43 chaotic_994 Entry level/junior SWE, looking for general advice on how to improve my resume

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2023.06.02 22:20 jaketocake AI — weekly megathread!

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News & Insights

  1. The recently released open-source large language model Falcon LLM, by UAE’s Technology Innovation Institute, is now royalty-free for both commercial and research usage. Falcon 40B, the 40 billion parameters model trained on one trillion tokens, is ranked #1 on Open LLM Leaderboard by Hugging Face [Details Open LLM Leaderboard].
  2. Neuralangel, a new AI model from Nvidia turns 2D video from any device - cell phone to drone capture - into 3D structures with intricate details using neural networks [Details].
  3. In three months, JPMorgan has advertised 3,651 AI jobs and sought a trademark for IndexGPT, a securities analysis AI product [Details].
  4. Google presents DIDACT (​​Dynamic Integrated Developer ACTivity), the first code LLM trained to model real software developers editing code, fixing builds, and doing code review. DIDACT uses the software development process as training data and not just the final code, leading to a more realistic understanding of the development task [Details].
  5. Japan's government won't enforce copyrights on data used for AI training regardless of whether it is for non-profit or commercial purposes [Details].
  6. ‘Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war.’ - One sentence statement signed by leading AI Scientists as well as many industry experts including CEOs of OpenAI, DeepMind and Anthropic [Details].
  7. Nvidia launched ‘Nvidia Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE) for Games’ - a custom AI model foundry service to build non-playable characters (NPCs) that not only engage in dynamic and unscripted conversations, but also possess evolving, persistent personalities and have precise facial animations and expressions [Details YouTube Demo].
  8. OpenAI has launched a trust/security portal for OpenAI’s compliance documentation, security practices etc. [Details].
  9. Nvidia announced a new AI supercomputer, the DGX GH200, for giant models powering Generative AI, Recommender Systems and Data Processing. It has 500 times more memory than its predecessor, the DGX A100 from 2020 [Details].
  10. Researchers from Nvidia presented Voyager, the first ‘LLM-powered embodied lifelong learning agent’ that can explore, learn new skills, and make new discoveries continually without human intervention in the game Minecraft [Details].
  11. The a16z-backed chatbot startup Character.AI launched its mobile AI chatbot app on May 23 for iOS and Android, and succeeded in gaining over 1.7 million new installs within a week [Details].
  12. Microsoft Research presents Gorilla, a finetuned LLaMA-based model that surpasses the performance of GPT-4 on writing API calls [Details].
  13. OpenAI has trained a model using process supervision - rewarding the thought process rather than the outcome - to improve mathematical reasoning. Also released the full dataset used [Details Dataset].
  14. WPP, the world's largest advertising agency, and Nvidia have teamed up to use generative AI for creating ads. The new platform allows WPP to tailor ads for different locations and digital channels, eliminating the need for costly on-site production [Details].
  15. PerplexityAI’s android app is available now, letting users search with voice input, learn with follow-up questions, and build a library of threads [Link].
  16. Researchers from Deepmind have presented ‘LLMs As Tool Makers (LATM)’ - a framework that allows Large Language Models (LLMs) to create and use their own tools, enhancing problem-solving abilities and cost efficiency. With this approach, a sophisticated model (like GPT-4) can make tools (where a tool is implemented as a Python utility function), while a less demanding one (like GPT-3.5) uses them [Details].
  17. Google’s Bard now provides relevant images in its chat responses [Link].

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  4. 8 use cases for quick development (<30 lines of code) using LangChain [Twitter thread link].
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2023.06.02 20:42 AzureBeast Respect Hobgoblin (Marvel 616)

Roderick Kingsley, the Hobgoblin

"My name's Roderick Kingsley. That was my brother you killed. Which, honestly, I'm fine with. He was an idiot. But then you went too far… You stole my brand SO YOU'RE A DEAD MAN!"
Roderick Kingsley was a ruthless designer in New York City who developed a financial empire that stretched far beyond the fashion industry. When a rival designer donned a costume and attempted to steal Kingsley's designs, he was saved only by the interference of Spider-Man. Kingsley acquired the original Green Goblin suit and equipment from a bank robber who had discovered one of Osborn's hidden caches around the city. Taking the name Hobgoblin, Kingsley used his costumed identity to grow his business interests without implicating himself, and became a regular foe to Spider-Man and other New York heroes.
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Encyclopedia Entries: Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition Spider-Man Unmasked Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Spider-Man 2004 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z













Pumpkin Bombs


Energy Beams

Razor Bats



Respect Threads for scaling:
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2023.06.02 20:31 ser_davos33 But I have 10 years experience....

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2023.06.02 19:55 zantie Sequencing and Variants Update - [Jun 2nd]
Graph of subvariants and recombinants sampled in Washington state over the past five months, put together using data from GISAID and Nextclade Web v2.14.1. The dashed line represents the proportion of PCR positive tests that have been sequenced so far.
Six of the past ten weeks are "incomplete" (under 9-ish % of PCR positives being sequenced), with the most recent week being "very incomplete" (fewer than than 5 % of PCRs sequenced).
Table with most recent four weeks of data. These numbers will fluctuate with backfill, especially for the week(s) indicated as "incomplete" and "very incomplete". Values may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Additional tables below illustrate changes due to recent backfill.
We're definitely seeing a massive slowdown with the number of sequences coming in since the Public Health Emergency ended last month. Fewer than 100 were uploaded in the past two weeks. This is pretty depressing.
Repeated Notes:
It's definitely looking like we're going to get a recombinant soup. Hard to suss out which mutations to focus on again because there are so many and little info on which ones are actually significant. There's also the issue of how they may not interact with each other in predictable ways.
I hope to have something more focused/useful for these newer recombinant subvariants in the next couple of weeks.
Definitions of aliases referenced in state sequencing graphs and tables:
The * symbol means there are even more sublineages branching out under that designation umbrella.
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2023.06.02 19:55 zantie Sequencing and Variants Update - [Jun 2nd]
Graph of subvariants and recombinants sampled in Washington state over the past five months, put together using data from GISAID and Nextclade Web v2.14.1. The dashed line represents the proportion of PCR positive tests that have been sequenced so far.
Six of the past ten weeks are "incomplete" (under 9-ish % of PCR positives being sequenced), with the most recent week being "very incomplete" (fewer than than 5 % of PCRs sequenced).
Table with most recent four weeks of data. These numbers will fluctuate with backfill, especially for the week(s) indicated as "incomplete" and "very incomplete". Values may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Additional tables below illustrate changes due to recent backfill.
We're definitely seeing a massive slowdown with the number of sequences coming in since the Public Health Emergency ended last month. Fewer than 100 were uploaded in the past two weeks. This is pretty depressing.
Repeated Notes:
It's definitely looking like we're going to get a recombinant soup. Hard to suss out which mutations to focus on again because there are so many and little info on which ones are actually significant. There's also the issue of how they may not interact with each other in predictable ways.
I hope to have something more focused/useful for these newer recombinant subvariants in the next couple of weeks.
Definitions of aliases referenced in state sequencing graphs and tables:
The * symbol means there are even more sublineages branching out under that designation umbrella.
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2023.06.02 19:11 Own_Journalist3606 Pmp application rejected for the second time...

My wife applied for pmp and got rejected the first time. When she told me that and explained to me that she will surely be audited for next application, I rewrote her experience description since so that it matches PMI standards and the recommendations yhey sent her in the email. The application got rejected a second time for some other bullshit reasons...
Note that I am pmp certified and I made sure I followed the same pattern of description that I used for me (I learned it from andrew ramdayal)
What should we do? Is it possible to create a new account with an other email adress so we ant be audited? Or should we just continue applying with other descriptions..??
Here is the descriptions of the 3 projects : Project 1 : sodexo As an IT Project Manager at SODEXO Tunisia and Morocco, I successfully led the implementation of the Multi Wallets Card project, utilizing the Scrum framework. The Multi Wallets Card project, which was specifically designed for the e-banking sector, aimed to revolutionize payment services for beneficiaries. Through the MySodexo mobile application, we provided a user-friendly and secure platform that offered simplified and convenient payment options. Beneficiaries gained a comprehensive view of their various accounts, thanks to a robust wallet management system integrated into the application. Responsibilities: In my role as the Scrum Master, I assumed a variety of responsibilities, ensuring the smooth execution and delivery of the project: ● I facilitated key Scrum ceremonies to maintain an efficient and collaborative work environment. During Sprint Planning sessions, the sales, business, and development teams collaboratively determined the user stories and set priorities. Daily Stand-ups allowed team members to share progress, discuss challenges, and align efforts. Sprint Reviews provided stakeholders, including customers and affiliates, with the opportunity to provide feedback and validate deliverables. Retrospectives allowed the team to reflect on their performance and identify areas for continuous improvement. ● As the servant leader of the team, I actively supported the sales, business, and development teams in their respective roles. I fostered a culture of trust, transparency, and open communication, ensuring that everyone had a voice and felt empowered to contribute. By facilitating effective collaboration and addressing any impediments, I created an environment conducive to high-performance and innovation. ● I played a vital role in backlog management and refinement. Working closely with the product owners, I ensured that user stories were well-defined, properly prioritized, and aligned with the project's objectives. This enabled the development team to focus on delivering value in each sprint, resulting in incremental progress and customer satisfaction. ● Throughout the project, I closely monitored the progress and performance of the team. By utilizing project management tools and techniques, such as Kanban boards and agile project management software, I ensured visibility
into the project's status, milestones, and upcoming deliverables. This enabled stakeholders to stay informed and provided a basis for effective decision-making. ● I championed continuous improvement within the team. By conducting retrospectives, we identified areas of improvement and implemented iterative changes to optimize our processes, enhance collaboration, and deliver higher quality results. This commitment to ongoing learning and adaptability allowed us to respond effectively to changing requirements and market demands. Achievements: ● The Multi Wallets Card project successfully transformed the e-banking experience for beneficiaries. The implementation of simplified payment services through the MySodexo mobile application provided a seamless and secure way for users to manage their accounts, make transactions, and gain real-time insights into their financial activities. ● By digitizing Benefits & Rewards services, we significantly increased the operational efficiency of business employees. The streamlined customer and affiliate management processes, optimized points of sale operations, and facilitated transactions for various stakeholders, including small and medium-sized enterprises (VSEs), resulted in enhanced productivity and improved customer satisfaction. ● Our adherence to the Agile principles and Scrum practices enabled us to effectively manage project risks and navigate the complexities of the e-banking domain. The iterative development approach allowed us to incorporate feedback, address emerging challenges, and ensure a successful outcome. Challenges: ● The Multi Wallets Card project presented us with several challenges, particularly regarding compliance with Tunisian regulatory requirements in the e-banking sector. The Tunisian financial industry has specific regulations and standards that must be adhered to, ensuring data security, privacy, and legal compliance. ● To overcome these challenges, we closely collaborated with legal experts and regulatory authorities to ensure that our solution aligned with the applicable regulations. We conducted thorough research, implemented robust security measures, and established stringent data protection protocols to safeguard customer information and ensure compliance with Tunisian financial laws. ● Additionally, we engaged in extensive testing and validation processes to ensure that the Multi Wallets Card project met all regulatory requirements.
This involved conducting rigorous audits, performing vulnerability assessments, and implementing necessary controls to mitigate any potential risks. ● Our dedicated team of professionals worked diligently to navigate the complex regulatory landscape, ensuring that the Multi Wallets Card project not only provided innovative and efficient e-banking solutions but also complied with all Tunisian regulatory standards. Approach: ● In our approach, we prioritized regulatory compliance from the project's inception. We established strong partnerships with legal and regulatory experts, fostering open lines of communication and ensuring their involvement throughout the project. By leveraging their expertise, we gained valuable insights and guidance, enabling us to navigate the regulatory challenges effectively. ● Our development team closely followed industry best practices, incorporating robust security measures and encryption protocols into the application's architecture. We implemented secure authentication mechanisms, data encryption, and strict access controls to protect user data and ensure compliance with Tunisian financial regulations. ● Regular audits and compliance checks were conducted to verify that the Multi Wallets Card project adhered to all relevant regulatory standards. We proactively engaged with regulatory authorities, seeking their feedback and guidance to ensure ongoing compliance throughout the project's lifecycle.
Project 2 : carin one ● As an IT Project Manager, I spearheaded the CarIn One project, focusing on optimizing the implementation process of a car rental agency fleets management website. Utilizing the Scrum methodology, our primary objective was to significantly reduce the time required for website deployment while improving overall efficiency. ● Throughout the project, we embraced Scrum's collaborative and iterative approach to drive effective communication, adaptability, and rapid value delivery. By dividing the development process into shorter cycles, we maximized productivity and minimized risks. ● My responsibilities encompassed orchestrating cross-functional teams, including developers, designers, and various stakeholders such as car rental agency executives, fleet managers, operations managers, IT administrators, and customer service representatives. This diverse group of stakeholders played vital roles in the success of the project. By engaging them in regular meetings, we tracked progress, addressed challenges, and adjusted priorities to ensure seamless collaboration and alignment throughout the development process. Their input and expertise were invaluable in shaping the website's functionalities to meet the specific needs of the car rental agency and its fleet management operations. ● Through close coordination with the car rental agency, we gained a comprehensive understanding of their requirements and meticulously mapped out workflows. We iteratively developed and tested key features, leveraging frequent feedback loops to refine our work and ensure alignment with the agency's needs. ● By adopting Scrum, we not only accelerated the development process but also fostered a culture of transparency, empowerment, and continuous improvement within the project team. Regular retrospectives provided valuable insights and opportunities for refining our processes and enhancing collaboration. ● The CarIn One project was focused on the successful implementation of a high-performing car rental agency fleets management website. Leveraging the efficient adoption of the Scrum methodology, we were able to deliver a high-quality product within an optimized timeframe. This achievement had far-reaching benefits for the car rental agency, allowing them to streamline their operations, enhance customer satisfaction, and gain a competitive edge in the car rental industry. The website's advanced features and user-friendly interface empowered the agency to efficiently manage their vehicle fleets, track reservations, handle customer inquiries, and optimize resource allocation. By providing robust functionalities and seamless user experiences, the implemented website significantly improved the agency's operational efficiency and customer service capabilities. This successful implementation was a testament to our team's dedication, effective project management, and collaborative approach.
Project 3 : RIT During my tenure as the Consulting International Team Lead at RIT Dubai from June 2019 to September 2021, I had the opportunity to work on an exciting project with
Clemenceau Medical Center in Dubai. My primary responsibility was to identify opportunities and develop a business strategy for the medical center's growth and success. Responsibilities: As the Consulting International Team Lead, I took charge of leading and directing cross-functional teams to ensure the successful execution of the project. I worked closely with team members from various backgrounds, including consultants, analysts, and subject matter experts such as medical professionals, to leverage their expertise and drive collaboration. Achievements: To begin my journey with Clemenceau Medical Center, I immersed myself in extensive market analysis using renowned frameworks such as Porter's 5 Forces Models, SWOT analysis, and BCG Matrix. These analytical tools allowed me to gain a deep understanding of the competitive landscape, market dynamics, and growth potential in the Dubai healthcare market. As I dove into the project, I collaborated closely with key stakeholders within the medical center. Through interviews, workshops, and discussions, I gained valuable insights into their organizational goals, challenges, and aspirations. This collaborative approach ensured that the strategy I developed was aligned with their vision and addressed their specific needs. Based on the comprehensive market analysis and stakeholder inputs, I crafted a robust business strategy for Clemenceau Medical Center. This strategy aimed to capitalize on market opportunities, optimize operational efficiency, and drive sustainable growth. It provided a clear roadmap for the medical center to achieve its strategic objectives and stand out in the competitive landscape. One of the key highlights of the project was the proposal of a digitalization roadmap aligned with the new corporate strategy. Recognizing the transformative power of technology in healthcare, I identified key areas for digital transformation, such as patient experience, operational processes, and data management. This roadmap outlined specific initiatives and technologies to be implemented, enabling a seamless transition to a digitally-enabled healthcare ecosystem. Throughout the project, I collaborated with cross-functional teams to develop detailed implementation plans for the digitalization roadmap. Together, we defined project milestones, allocated resources, and established timelines to ensure the successful execution of the proposed initiatives. Challenges: Navigating the dynamic nature of the healthcare industry was a significant challenge during the project. With evolving regulations, technological advancements, and changing patient expectations, it was crucial to stay updated and adapt our approach accordingly. Through ongoing research and a commitment to staying at the forefront of industry trends, we successfully addressed these challenges and incorporated the necessary adjustments into our strategy. Aligning the digitalization roadmap with the new corporate strategy presented another hurdle. It required extensive coordination with various departments and stakeholders within Clemenceau Medical Center. To overcome this challenge, I facilitated regular communication, actively engaged stakeholders, and organized workshops and working sessions to gather their inputs and ensure consensus. Approach: The project followed a hybrid approach, combining elements of traditional consulting methodologies with agile principles. This approach allowed us to adapt to the unique requirements of Clemenceau Medical Center and leverage the benefits of both structured planning and iterative decision-making. By using story-telling techniques, I engaged stakeholders and shared compelling narratives about the market landscape, opportunities, and the envisioned future of Clemenceau Medical Center. These stories helped create a shared understanding and build enthusiasm among the team and leadership. Throughout the project, collaboration and effective communication were paramount. I fostered an environment where everyone's voice was heard, encouraging open dialogue and active participation. This approach ensured the involvement and buy-in of key stakeholders, ultimately leading to a successful strategy implementation. Through my role as the Consulting International Team Lead, I successfully served as a project manager, leading and directing cross-functional teams to deliver exceptional results. My experience in market analysis, strategy development, stakeholder engagement, and hybrid project management approaches showcases my ability to effectively manage projects
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2023.06.02 18:39 Itsthejoker June Monthly Meta: Not Quite the Rainbow We Were Expecting

Hey, everybody! Itsthejoker from the Grafeas Admin and Developer teams here to chat about the absolutely wild stuff you've probably heard about recently about third-party apps going away.

The explosion

If you haven't seen it, take a second and get caught up -- pick your favorite site here:
...and a whole lot more. Here's the tl;dr:
Reddit is changing the way that third party applications and bots interact with the site, and for some of us (not all of us), they're charging a lot of money. The "some of us" included above are all the developers of third-party mobile apps. If you use a mobile app that's not the official one, like Sync for Android, Apollo, RIF, or anything else, it will likely die on July 1st.
If you're looking at this and thinking "okay, so what? I use the official app and it's fine," the important part here is the missing functionality in the official app on the moderation side. Modding a subreddit, especially a larger one, is essentially impossible on the official app. The vast majority of folks who are mods use third party apps to help them out, and this move forcibly strips that ability away. As mods, we already lost our biggest spam-fighting tool last month when Reddit cut off Pushshift without warning and with no way to replace it, which is the biggest single reason you've seen a lot more spam comments across the site recently.

Okay, enough about modding, how does this affect ToR?

These changes also include how our bots, u/transcribersofreddit, u/transcribot, u/tor_archivist, and more all interact with the site. To date we've done pretty well on keeping within the rules of what's acceptable, but some of our bots are very busy. At one point, u/transcribersofreddit AND u/transcribot were both in the top 10 non-spam accounts across Reddit in terms of comment and post activity. That is a lot of posting. It's so much posting that it's hard to quantify, but over the years we've been very, very active. This poses a problem as we approach the coming month.
We've gotten several questions so far asking how this affects us, and the short answer is honestly, we don't know yet. We have begun laying the groundwork for identifying if we are impacted and by how much; there is a possibility that we are impacted by the new rules, though we may not be impacted yet given that some of the rules are being introduced on a sliding scale. Fun fact: the biggest problem that actually stands in our way is that Reddit has pledged to start enforcing rate limits, but the system's own understanding of how much you've used is frequently wrong. For example, if you host your app in a shared space or on the cloud, Reddit frequently aggregates all the requests from your IP address into one block, which leads to getting responses that say "hmmm you've used 50,000 requests in the last 60 seconds" when you only sent one.

What about this new Developer Platform thing I've heard about?

As a part of this, Reddit is rolling out a new system that they hope to essentially replace 'traditional' bots as we know them. However, this system has the following issues:

It's in beta

There is no proper release date available yet for when the Developer Platform will be open to all. As Reddit slowly cuts off access to the API, they are driving developers (us) towards a platform that isn't even open yet. There's also no guarantee that what we want to do is even possible, which leads me to the next point:

It's extremely limited compared to what we have now

When looking at the API, the way we get all of the information we need, we have access to a fairly large amount of information. The Developer Platform, while it has its uses, is not designed with large and busy bots in mind. It's much better suited for entry-level 'learning to code' style bots that we see frequently pop up on the site. Issues from data usage limits, data storage limits (500kb! Our database in Blossom is over 1.4GB), connecting to services outside reddit (which we have gotten special permissions for, I'll give them that), and more plague the development experience at the time of this writing.

It only works on New Reddit (and the official mobile apps, kinda)

We suggest that folks who do a lot of writing with ToR use Old Reddit specifically because the experience of working with markdown is so much better when writing out long comments (especially when paired with RES, the Reddit Enhancement Suite). If we were to move functionality onto the Developer Platform, we would be locking out a measurable portion of our volunteers.

It only works on bots written in TypeScript, which we don't use

Here's the kicker, the really big problem. All of our bots are written in Python -- battle-hardened code that we've been tweaking and growing for six years. In order to move to the Developer Platform, we would have to rewrite everything from scratch and completely start over. The same designs and paradigms won't work on the new system, so we would have to re-architect a large portion of our work, and that's with translating everything from Python to TypeScript.

So what's the plan?

I don't mean to sound dire, I promise. Right now, things are not looking good for every community with more than 10k members, and this includes us. Over the next month, we will:
This is not a problem that is unique to us; it's a threat to the entire Reddit ecosystem and it's perpetuated by Reddit itself. Buckle up, because things are going to get bumpy.

Closing thoughts

I was lucky enough to be one of the first 10 developers granted access to the new Developer Platform system. I've watched it grow and I've helped guide its growth when I could. Even with having this incredible level of access, some things are still catching us completely unaware; the most recent change to the API requirements is a prime example, especially since we were told to our faces (literally, over Zoom) that this was not going to happen.
We're committed to keeping ToR running as long as we can and we have done so much for the broader Reddit experience. I really can't wait to share what we've been working on under the hood, so to speak, but for now we have more pressing things to attend to. I know that there's not a lot of hard data in this post, but that's because I don't have a lot of hard data to share right now. Hopefully we'll have some happier things to talk about next month.
If you use a third-party mobile app and want to let Reddit know that you want change, check out the Open Letter that we've signed here.
To all of you out there doing your transcription thing: we see you and we appreciate you. A lot. We'll keep forging ahead as best we can, and only time can tell what comes next.
Thanks for everything you do. Catch you next month.
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2023.06.02 18:20 Troll-e-poll-e-o-lee Fall 2024 hopeful. Should I even apply? 31M First Gen URM w/unusual path. 670 GMAT. Be honest w/my chances.

Brief-ish background (more detail on some of the career description below).Grew up in the southwest. Not very good options as far as schools and career paths post college (it’s all operations and warehouses). Could have probably gotten into better undergrads but as a first-gen student (parents not from US), I didn’t really understand the importance of college choice for career path nor what career paths were out there.
Post graduation I worked at an insurance firm since it was the first role I was offered. Didn’t really like it but stayed about a year.
Worked at an investment management firm as a broker. Stayed for 21 months. The role was a call center environment and was not a good fit for what I was looking for. Struggled to get a promotion. Was ultimately fired
Took a job not long after doing the same thing at another broker. Was there for about 10 months. Was also fired over a weird reason elaborated further below but the broker sold their practice to a larger broker-dealer which I think factored in the decision.
After this I was feeling pretty down and lacking confidence in finding a career in business. I decided to try my hand at Computer Science and studied math and computer science at a local community college. Took a night shift job to cover cost of living after a semester. COVID hit and I decided it was best to not take hard math and computer science classes in an online environment.
After much deliberation, I explored and decided to attend a Masters in Finance program as a mini-MBA. I found a program that would suit me well and still had in-person options. Graduated in a year.
Accepted a job offer at a regional bank (in the S&P 500) working in Corporate Finance; specifically Corporate Profitability Analytics. The role is more data related and has me using SQL, Power BI, and other data related software/programs in addition to Excel. Currently 1.5 years in. Have been doing well and hoping to be able to gain a promotion soon although the company is sort of cheap when it comes to this sort of thing. While I don’t mind my current work, it is niche and not something I find particularly interesting outside of the skillset I’ve been able to gain.
If I weren’t considering applying to an MBA I’d probably start searching for other opportunities, however, I also realize that with my pre-MSF experience, the job hopping doesn’t look good and there will be more benefit to sticking with the company for almost 3 years at the start of the program and having a promotion under my belt.
MBA Info
· Why I want an MBA:
· Short-term I’m hoping to pivot into management/strategy consulting for my longer-term goal of being able to be a leader in my community. I would want to pivot into starting my own non-profit firm where I help members of low-income communities and URM owned businesses grow with the knowledge I gain from my consulting experience. I also think consulting would help with my eclectic nature and help with preventing the need to job hop given constantly being in new environments (probs wont mention this in an application though)
· Why I want one now:
· My current role is pretty niche in the banking industry. I’m afraid of being pigeonholed and the skillset I’m gaining, while desirable, isn’t necessarily one I see that aligns with my long-term goals.
· Target schools:
· Planning to apply through Consortium. Columbia (reach), Tuck, Yale, NYU, UVA, Rochester (safety school). Also open to applying outside of Consortium or changing the schools I apply to if better fit is recommended.
· Work experience (starting from most recent)
· Nov 2021-Present; Corporate Financial Analyst at regional bank in S&P 500*.*
· I work in Corporate Profitability Analytics. While my title is a Financial Analyst, skillset wise, I would say my role is closer to a data analyst. I utilize SQL, Power BI, Excel, and other software to help develop, design and refine models to allow the bank to conduct data driven research in regards to the profitability of the bank. I develop and maintain reports and dashboards to disseminate information to executives and other relevant stakeholders and field questions and concerns related to the information.
· Oct 2020 – Aug 2020; Masters in Finance student at a state school
· This served as a mini-MBA for me. In my previous roles prior to this program, I was a bad fit as the roles were far too customer service oriented and led to me being fired from 2 of the roles and me quitting before I could be fired from another.
· December 2019 – July 2020 Bi-Lingual Fraud Representative at a large Credit Card Company (Capital One/DiscoveAmex type)
· This was a role I took on while I was considering a career switch into Computer Science/Financial Engineering. The role was a night shift and allowed me to work while taking classes.
· Left the role on my own terms as I wanted time to prepare for my Masters in Finance program
· Aug 2019 – March 2019; Math/Comp Sci student at community college
· Attended a local community college where I was majoring in Math/Computer Science as I was considering a career switch during a crisis of confidence. Took math, programming and engineering classes while attending. COVID struck during second semester and decided that taking a STEM heavy course load online was not optimal for me.Around this time, I decided to look into MBA’s and Masters in Finance programs. One MBA program (Rochester) really wanted me to apply there, but overall, I felt the MSF suited me better for my experience and where I was at in life. It would allow me to keep the MBA in the back pocket for any other potential switches.
· Oct 2018 – Jul 2019; Licensed Investment Professional at a Broker-Dealer
· Worked as a Series 7 and Series 63 licensed contractor. The company is large and serves a specified client base but did not have a large broker-dealer segment. Took a hands-on approach in all aspects of wealth and asset management: consulting and educating investors in mutual fund options and other products to help meet financial goals.
· Consistently led entire department in relationship management and engagement metrics: survey responses, survey scores, and new business development through sales referrals to advisory consultants in a fast-paced environment
· Consistently led entire department in operations and efficiency metrics while exceeding accuracy requirements and adhering to legal compliance through attention to detail
· Ended up being fired after a client complained to a friend of his in the Board of Directors that I wouldn’t help them with something that was not possible. The company ended up being bought out by a larger broker-dealer during that same month and they had been letting contractors expire w/out being renewed. I am under the impression they were downsizing regardless. I understand this section is speculative and would most likely omit it from any actual application.
· Nov 2016 – Aug 2018; Licensed Investment Professional at a top Broker-Dealer (PIMCO/Vanguard/Schwab type)
· Similar functional duties as other broker-dealer. In addition to those duties, demonstrated leadership and ability to work collaboratively through training and development of new hires, presentation of materials and investment methodology for new hires in multiple meetings, coaching, and mentorship of peers
· Voluntarily cross-trained and developed skills from higher level departments in order to liaison with those departments and assist in their service levels and learn new skills
· Consistently led the department in efficiency metrics such as calls taken and average handle time while maintaining high accuracy
· Ended up being placed on a performance improvement plan without warning and subsequently fired by my manager not long after. This happened after she found out I was looking into other companies as I was feeling dissatisfied with my lack of promotion. I had talked about seeking other roles within the company that would be less customer service oriented and she said she was supportive of that. When I would apply to jobs that were more in line with what I was looking for in the company, I would get great feedback from the interviewers. They would then ask my current manager for feedback and after that I would seemingly get rejected. I understand this section is speculative and would most likely omit it from any actual application.
· Aug 2015 – Jul 2016 Workers Compensation Insurance Adjuster at a top firm (Travelers/Hartford/Zurich type)
· Under minimal supervision interpreted and applied insurance contract policies exercising sound judgment in order to quickly reach outcome of fraud investigation while still maintaining high quality and meeting regulatory audits and requirements.
· Knowledgeable point of reference and correspondence for witnesses, agents, other insurance companies, medical providers, attorneys, and others.
· Utilized discipline, self-motivation and strong organizational skills to properly handle multiple tasks for proper case management of existing claims as a full caseload was often 100+ claims.
· Worked with internal partners on a special project to help conduct and report data driven risk analysis by identifying patterns and industry trends and researching strategies to reduce negative trends; provided qualitative feedback/analysis as an adjuster.
· Consistently led the department in client survey feedback in both number of survey responses and survey scores (never received less than a 9). Won the monthly competition 7 of the 8 months it was in place.
· Left on my own terms. Realized early on into the job that the insurance industry was not interesting to me nor where I wanted to be. Once I received a job offer from an Investment Management company, I put in my two weeks.
· Extra curriculars and other experience:
· I’m a religious individual. During undergrad I was very involved with my church in its ministry and even interned there. Since graduating, I have been heavily involved in youth ministry in poor areas that are heavily minority. I have a particular calling to kids of these backgrounds because I used to from a similar background and know many of them don’t see enough positive male role models who have been able to overcome many of the trappings that growing up in less-than-optimal conditions can provide. In this role, I am able to connect with youth and facilitate conversation about life, faith, and development with them.
· I also serve as a member of the Finance Council and Development Advisory Board of a local church. In these roles I take part in creating and monitoring budgeting and finances of the church as well as developing ideas to raise revenue and seek out potential tithing partners.
· Undergrad school/major:
· State School ranked outside of top 200. Double majored in Political Science and Business Economics
· Chose to attend there due to full-ride scholarships. Did not realize the importance of choosing certain colleges for certain career paths
· Other education/coursework:
· Masters in Finance at state school w/top 50 business program
· Graduated with a 3.5 GPA
· Race/nationality:
· Primarily Hispanic (mixed w/other minorities but not sure how it classifies)
· Sex:
· M
· GMAT Score: Include breakdown
· 670 (42q/40v). Looking/probably need to retake as it may expire soon. Think I can score 700+ since I took this before taking math/computer science classes at community college
· Undergrad GPA:
· 3.41 for Bachelors. (3.6 at community college)
· Grad School GPA
· 3.5
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2023.06.02 18:09 natesroomrule Planet Compendium - PDF Resource

Planet Compendium - PDF Resource
So i asked a few days ago if there was a planetary compendium, something i could printout and have with just planets. There was 2 things floating around, a PDF called Precise Calculations and somewhere at some time i downloaded something that had a lot of the planets from the RPG books created in the sheets but they were JPGs - Decent res, but there were about 15 -20 missing. The PDF was decent but its design was not very consistent as i believe the user put them together in Photoshop and the typestyles varied.
So i went ahead and created a "Planetary Compendium" that has a Table of Contents and has all planets from all the books, and i created it in Indesign, that uses an excel file to data merge the info. If you find i missed a planet or there are any errors on a page (spelling, etc) please put about it in the comments below and i will fix them.
Suffice to say, if you want to enter the Info for the sheets in the excel file i can easily create new Planets sheets. To be transparent, I do have about 4 EU planets in the file. I also changed the bottom left update depending on where the planet is found, so i could calculate rarity faster. The first couple i was adding the number to the "Special Conditions" but I'm gonna delete that an make a special identifier at the bottom so its already calculated based on location, and you can modify accordingly based on its description.
Here is the PDF:
Planet Compendium
I'd love for people to crowd enter additional info for more planets in the excel if they want, so here is the link with that info. Its very easy to follow what goes where.
Planet Info Excel
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2023.06.02 17:43 CryptographerOk2258 Weekly Pastel Update 6/2/23

Pastel Community Update (June 2, 2023)
The next generation NFT focused blockchain. Certifiable authenticity. Permanent storage. Negligible fees. Build, secure, and scale your Web3 ecosystem with Pastel.
The Pastel Team has been extremely busy with a number of major development updates, partnership rollouts, and product releases. Check back here each week for new developments
Check Pastel channels for:
Weekly community snapshots shared across our various channels.
🐾 Quarterly updates released via our newsletter.
☎️ Weekly community town halls / AMAs directly with the Pastel team. Come prepared with your questions, comments, and feedback!
📣 Monthly Twitter Spaces with u/doodlestone and u/panthony
Key Updates:
Our team has been busy developing, testing & refining innovative network features like the Monet 1.2 release & SmartMint upgrade. To celebrate these milestones, we're launching exciting community events for everyone to enjoy! Check out what's in store for May: More info to come this week. Check our socials!
SmartMint Art Contest
-Are you ready to unleash your artistic talents and make a splash in the world of crypto art? Look no further! We are excited to announce the SmartMint Art Contest.
-By participating in this contest, you stand a chance to win fantastic prizes of up to 150 USDT, free mints, and so much more! To learn more about the contest and how to participate check out this Medium Article. CONTEST EXTENTION: JUNE 7th
Quizzo Discord Referral Campaign
-Exciting news! Introducing our Referral Challenge for our Bi-Weekly Quizzos in our discord! You have the opportunity to invite up to 5 friends to join our Discord and take part in any one of the upcoming 4 Quizzos. Earn additional rewards: $5 USDT for each referred friend, with a maximum of $25!
Check out this Medium article to learn more!
-We're kicking off the month of May by introducing our Bi-Weekly Quiz competitions, Quizzos! Put your Pastel knowledge to the test, covering videos, articles, & tweets. Learn more about our project and show off your expertise. We will be airdropping the top 3 winners PSL!
-Like solving puzzles? Don’t miss our Monet 1.2 NFT Puzzle Event to kickoff the Monet Mainnet Release! We’re giving away exclusive Pastel NFT Puzzle Pieces with corresponding PSL airdrops to those who answer daily Q?s! 🚀 Keep an eye out for additional NFT, PSL, & USDT bonuses.
🚨Twitter Space on the Current State of Web3 and NFTs🚨
Tune in to our Twitter Spacewith @blueznft. We will be diving into all things NFTs, ecosystems, marketplaces, and more. Don't miss out on this insightful discussion! #NFTs #Marketplaces #TwitterSpace
Pastel Network joined WOMENverse to discuss tech features that support empowering men and women in web3
We hosted an incredible conversation about on-chain infrastructure, the current market, and more! Listen to our Twitter Space with @endaomentdotorg
🚨Final phase of Monet 1.2 Testnet Release is now live🚨
Monet 1.2 represents a critical milestone among several other planned releases for 2023. This release brings substantial enhancements to our Supernode infrastructure, major updates to Cascade (our permanent NFT data storage solution), and Sense (our duplicate detection technology).
Specific upgrades include:
-Integration of Supernode Storage Challenges to Cascade -Activation of Cascade’s Self-Healing capability -Activation of Supernode Health and State Challenges -Stabilization of Sense Protocol -Release of the OpenAPI Gateway
More details on the specific features of Monet 1.2 and upcoming plans for the Mainnet release available here
Are you curious about the latest Monet 1.2 Test Net release? We've got you covered! We hosted 2 AMAs, Reddit and Discord where we answered all your burning questions. If you have more, please reach out to us on any of our social media.
In case you missed it, listen to our Twitter Space with BearBrains.eth (@NateBear). We discuss his exciting drop/giveaway, Brightz, and his journey in the Space.
Check out our latest artist spotlight! This amazing piece entitled “Nostalgia” was minted on SmartMint by @thealvinboss
Exciting artist collaborations are on the horizon with: @IanSoi_ @K_JRobotsCo, @Numo_0 @abahassanart
We are always seeking talented artists to collaborate with, so please reach out to us on any social media platform. Let’s create something amazing together!
🚨Pastel Progress🚨
-Reddit AMA- Always excited to answer the community. If yout still have burning questions, please find us on one of our socials
-Partnership with Astar Network: Pastel Network is excited to announce that it will be working with @AstarNetwork, a layer1 parachain in the Polkadot ecosystem. Learn more on Medium.
SmartMint on Twitter: It is our great pleasure to announce that SmartMint will now have a Twitter presence. The SmartMint twitter account has officially launched.
-Addition of Status Page: We recently released a Status Page so you can monitor the performance of our infrastructure & services in real time. Check it out here!
-Wrapped PSL:Wrapped PSL or wPSL exists to transfer tokens across platforms. wPSL is available on Uniswap. Watch our video and learn more here
-Pastel Testnet Faucet Release: Our Testnet Faucet is now live. The launch of this independent network enables users to obtain LSP (Pastel Testnet Tokens) to experiment with and develop in the Pastel Testnet environment. This gives users the ability to experiment with Pastel features without having to spend valuable PSL on the mainnet.
Learn more about Pastel's Testnet Faucet.
-Becoming a Supernode Operator: Become a Supernode operator today & gain increased credibility in the validator community & earn exclusive rewards from the foundation, such as PSL or NFT airdrops, in addition to receiving Block & Transactional Rewards.
🚨Cascade Protocol🚨
Cascade has numerous concrete advantages over competing systems such as IPFS & Arweave, particularly when it comes to censorship resistance, data permanence & data accessibility.
Check out our technical paper on Cascade, Pastel's storage layer. Cascade is an extremely powerful & robust storage system for true data permanence that is both completely decentralized & highly scalable. Learn more here.
🚨Sense Protocol🚨
Sense is a Near-Duplicate NFT detection protocol powered by the Pastel Network. Assess the relative rareness of a given NFT against near-duplicate metadata on networks like Ethereum, Solana, etc to prevent prevalent scams or theft. Try it yourself here and watch it work here.
🚨2023 Roadmap and Review of 2022🚨
Pastel released its 2023 roadmap, including a review of 2022. Pastel Network 2022 in review and roadmap for 2023 shows great progress made in the previous year and much promise for the year ahead.
🚨News and Developments🚨
-Pastel in the News
💡Anthony Georgiades joins KitCo News to talk about how Bitcoin benefits as businesses lose trust in the dollar
🥝Check out what Anthony Georgiades has to say about the market in this The Block article.
😁Anthony Georgiades talks about a possible financial crisis in this CoinDesk article
⌨️Co-founder Anthony Georgiades discusses Solana and crypto smartphones in this Fortune article
⚓Check out this Cointelegraph article where Anthony Georgiades discusses the importance of filling a market gap.
-Pastel News-
📱Check out our latest Youtube live video where u/panthony discusses Q1 NFT Trends & Pastel updates!
🖌️ Listen to our Twitter space where we host @Endaoment and discuss chain infrastructures and more
🍧Check out this Twitter Space with the @agoric and @kryha_io teams discussing decentralized systems
🌸Check out this Twitter Space with u/gameofskills discussing Web3 gaming and much more
💡 Check out this Medium article on how Sense is revolutionizing NFT provenance written by Ima-Abasi Pius Joseph
-Pastel Archive
🚧We released a Builder’s Guide for ecosystem partners integrating w/ Pastel. Come build with us here.
🌯wPSL or wrapped is explained in this video and
🚧Pastel is completely open-source. Check out what we are working on here.
🌀Testnet tutorial video
🏆Learn more about Sense and Cascade
🔦Want to try out Sense for yourself? Upload your NFT here to obtain the rareness score of your NFT.
📹Check out this youtube demonstration showing what happened when we compared OpenSea’s new duplicate detection system to Sense Sense Comp Analysis
If you have not done so already, please take a moment to join our growing community base:
🐓 Follow Pastel on Twitter
🙉Follow Smartmint on Twitter
👾Join Pastel's Discord Server
👽Join Pastel on Reddit
✈️Join Pastel’s Telegram
🖥️Subscribe to our Youtube channel
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2023.06.02 17:42 phampt Looking to get a new Developer position. Please tell me what you think of my resume

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2023.06.02 17:29 sisyfos2907 zkSync Community Update – May 2023

zkSync Community Update – May 2023
Welcome to the May 2023 monthly update for the zkSync community. The zkSync community achieved several exciting milestones last month. Let's dive in.
🎉 Thank you a million!
zkSync is built to enable freedom for the masses. In May, we reached a million followers on Twitter, and more than a million unique active addresses on the protocol. We are amazed by your reception and your support in fulfilling this mission. Bxpana dedicated a small thread to thank you all for making this possible.
It has been two months since zkSync Era Alpha Mainnet opened up to all. Landon, Data-wiz at Matter Labs, created a ZettaBlock Dashboard (Dashboard) to track daily transactions, addresses, and other insightful metrics about protocol usage.
Credit: Landon on ZettaBlock
A few reminders:
  • ⚠️ zkSync Era Mainnet is in its Alpha stage. That means, despite our very careful approach to security (read more here), we cannot rule out occasional hiccups.
  • ⚠️ For security reasons, we implemented a 24 hour execution delay. This means that if you withdraw your funds from zkSync Era Mainnet to Ethereum, it will take at least 24 hours for your funds to arrive. Read more about the delay on our blog.
  • 💡Finally, bxpana put together a set of tips to help you navigate zkSync Era. You can find them on his GitHub repository.
📢 Talks and AMAs
  • Alex Gluchowski, Co-Founder and CEO at Matter Labs, sat with the team at Argent to discuss how account abstraction enables freedom (Recording)
  • Anthony Rose, Head of Engineering at Matter Labs, shared a Twitter Space with Flipside to chat about zero-knowledge proofs (Recording)
  • Anthony explained how Matter Labs team focuses on scaling Ethereum to billions with Show Me the Crypto (Recording)
  • Anthony talked about security and strategy with Halborn (Recording)
  • Marco Cora, SVP of Business and Operations at Matter Labs, shared some insights into why devs should build on zkSync Era with LongHashX Accelerator (Recording)
  • Antonio, DevRel at Matter Labs, joined LearnWeb3DAO for a workshop on account abstraction and paymasters (Recording)
  • Sebastien, DeFi Lead at Matter Labs, joined Hype for an AMA on the zkSync Era Ecosystem (Recording)
  • Sebastien sat with Flipside to discuss Liquid Staking Tokens, and DeFi trends (Recording)
  • Omar, Head of Investments at Matter Labs, participated in a podcast with WAGMI Ventures to discuss zkSync Era (Recording)
🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏾 Ecosystem
More and more applications are integrating the zkSync Era network. Below you can also find a few applications that went live on on the protocol in May:
➡️ You can also find the list of apps live on zkSync Era on the ecosystem page.
👨‍💻 Community
First of all, we would like to announce that Michael Lee, former VP of Community at Activision Blizzard, joined Matter Labs as SVP of Growth. Welcome Michael! (News)
With the launch of Mainnet, we saw a huge inflow in new developers and users. We reached the maximum server size on Discord (500k members). For this reason, and temporarily, new members will not be able to join. We have applied for an extension.
This month we would like to highlight the fantastic work that Feichi, Takeshi, and Mint.eth (Community Moderator) are doing in nurturing their local communities (China, Japan, and Vietnam respectively). For over a year, they have been providing support to users, engaging with projects, and crafting marketing campaigns to bond with their local community. If you are interested in doing so, feel free to kickstart the effort, and reach out to us!
Dev zone
We are testing out Github Discussions for the developer community to allow the community to help each other out. We will be turning off the support tickets on Discord and direct the community to the Github Discussions to test things out. Thanks for your understanding and support
  • We released a new Hardhat-zksync-upgradable plugin. It enables seamless deployment and upgrading of smart contracts on the zkSync network. Please note that it is currently in the Alpha testing phase and lacks validations for upgrades. (Documentation)
  • Updated the differences in behavior between Ethereum and zkSync Era (Documentation)
  • You can now deploy your smart contracts in less than two minutes with Atlas! (Link)
  • Argent provided a developer’s guide to using account abstraction on zkSync Era (Blog)
  • 0xCygaar deployed a set of contracts that allows users to mint, send, and receive NFTs between Ethereum and zkSync Era using LayerZero (Tweet)
  • JackHammer created zkSync Plus (, an open-source all-in-one wallet for zkSync Era and zkSync Lite (Twitter)
  • LearnWeb3 has announced a mini-course on zkSync Era starting June 21st (Tweet)
  • Matter Labs is contributing to LongHashX Accelerator’s upcoming ZK Cohort (Tweet)
  • On June 4th, Omoruvec, and Nathan will compete on the Season 2 of 0xTitans to represent the zkSync Era Community team (Tweet)
We are taking part in the incoming ETHPrague Hackathon (June 9-11). Find a description for the bounties on Account Abstraction, and paymasters (Notion), there’s $10k USD to grab!
Community-created content
The SyncHive continues on Discord (🎪│random > SyncHive - Activities hub). mary75 (zkStar Alumni) pins the weekly schedule on a monthly basis. This was the May 2023 schedule.
Credit: mary75
  • Want to know more about zkStars? Julia457 has been conducting several interviews with them, check them on the 🎪│random channel > Interview with zkStars thread.
  • Anastalita.lens printed a well designed and informative booklet for zkSync Era (Twitter)
  • Cryptam.eth created deep-dives on zkSync Era and the ecosystem. Both in English and Russian (Medium)
  • OrangeCryptoCat made a cool animation for zkSync (Tweet)
  • DashaMalyk shared tips on how to pay less fees while using zkSync Era (Tweet)
  • GameOver#9212 compiles weekly stats on zkSync Era, find them in 🎪│random channel > the zkSync Era Stats
Join the team!
If everything here sounds exciting to you, check out the open positions at Matter Labs.
Remember: There is no token.
Scams are on the rise. We’ve banned thousands of bots and scammers thanks to our Community Moderators and attentive Discord members. Be careful of scammers who will try to rush you into believing things. We won’t ever DM you first, and our official announcements are posted on our Twitter.
And that’s it for this month!
We look forward to continuing to work with you to make zkSync Era an amazing network and community.
Have suggestions for future community updates? Let us know on Discord.
Cheers, sisyfos and bxpana
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2023.06.02 17:02 PtPrashantTripathi Introducing Vedic programming language

Introducing Vedic programming language
Introducing Vedic 2.0.4 - a Sanskrit programming language interpreter written in Rust! 🎉 Designed for simplicity and power, Vedic allows developers to write modern programs in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Built with Rust for safety, performance, and concurrency, Vedic is a reliable and secure tool for developers. With a clean and concise syntax, Vedic is easy to read and write, even for those new to programming. Leveraging the power of Sanskrit, Vedic brings an ancient language into the modern world of computing. Plus, with its extensibility and range of tools and libraries, Vedic makes it easy to develop and deploy programs. Explore the world of Sanskrit programming with Vedic!
Links :
Online IDE
New update:
  • This is the first official version of Vedic, written entirely in Rust for increased performance, reliability, and security.
  • The language has been optimized for speed, making it even more powerful and efficient. Improved error handling and debugging tools have been added to make it easier to identify and fix issues in code.
  • New features have been added, including enhanced string manipulation, expanded data types, and improved file handling capabilities.
  • The Vedic standard library has been updated to include a wider range of tools and functions, making it easier to develop complex programs.
  • Additional documentation and tutorials have been added to help new users get started with the language.
  • The overall syntax and structure of the language has been refined to make it even more intuitive and user-friendly. Overall, Vedic v2.0 represents a major step forward in the development of this innovative programming language. With improved performance, functionality, and usability, Vedic is an even more powerful tool for developers interested in exploring the ancient language of Sanskrit in the modern world of computing.
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2023.06.02 16:55 PtPrashantTripathi Introducing Vedic 2.0.4 Release🎉

Introducing Vedic 2.0.4 Release🎉
Introducing Vedic 2.0 - a Sanskrit programming language interpreter written in Rust! 🎉 Designed for simplicity and power, Vedic allows developers to write modern programs in the ancient language of Sanskrit. Built with Rust for safety, performance, and concurrency, Vedic is a reliable and secure tool for developers. With a clean and concise syntax, Vedic is easy to read and write, even for those new to programming. Leveraging the power of Sanskrit, Vedic brings an ancient language into the modern world of computing. Plus, with its extensibility and range of tools and libraries, Vedic makes it easy to develop and deploy programs. Explore the world of Sanskrit programming with Vedic!
Links : Download
Online IDE
New update:
  • This is the first official version of Vedic, written entirely in Rust for increased performance, reliability, and security.
  • The language has been optimized for speed, making it even more powerful and efficient. Improved error handling and debugging tools have been added to make it easier to identify and fix issues in code.
  • New features have been added, including enhanced string manipulation, expanded data types, and improved file handling capabilities.
  • The Vedic standard library has been updated to include a wider range of tools and functions, making it easier to develop complex programs.
  • Additional documentation and tutorials have been added to help new users get started with the language.
  • The overall syntax and structure of the language has been refined to make it even more intuitive and user-friendly. Overall, Vedic v2.0 represents a major step forward in the development of this innovative programming language. With improved performance, functionality, and usability, Vedic is an even more powerful tool for developers interested in exploring the ancient language of Sanskrit in the modern world of computing.
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