Cryptocurrency mining firm posts massive $58M loss

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies might have had a good week so far, but it’s not quite enough to make up for this Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency mining firm‘s 2018 losses. In its 2018 financial report, released yesterday, cryptocurrency mining firm Riot Blockchain posted a $58 million loss. According to the report, the firm generated $7.7 million in mining revenue, earning 1,081 Bitcoin (including conversions from Bitcoin Cash) and 3,023 Litecoin. This was done at its facility in Oklahoma City, where it’s been operating 8,000-plus miners since last June. Despite the huge losses, Riot was able to maintain a positive gross margin of…
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Managing Z-Index In A Component-Based Web Application

Managing Z-Index In A Component-Based Web ApplicationManaging Z-Index In A Component-Based Web Application

Pavel Pomerantsev

2019-04-03T14:00:08+02:002019-04-03T21:36:01+00:00If you’ve done any complex web UI development, you must have at least once furiously tried driving an element’s z-index up to thousands, only to see that it’s not helping position it on top of some other element, whose z-index is lower or even not defined at all.

Why does that happen? And more importantly, how to avoid such issues?

In this article, I’ll recap what z-index actually is and how you can stop guessing whether it might work in any specific case and start treating it just like any other convenient tool.

The Hierarchy Of Stacking Contexts

If you imagine the webpage as having three dimensions, then z-index is a property that defines the z coordinate of an element (also called its “stacking order”): the larger the value, the closer the element is to the observer. You can also think of it as a proper..

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The most offbeat and awesome inventions we found at Lille’s Maker Faire

TNW took a trip to the Maker Faire in Lille to find the weirdest and wackiest devices around – and we discovered just that. We’re releasing a new video every couple of days and this is where you can find them all. If you’re unfamiliar with the Maker Faire, it’s a worldwide event where people come to share their inventions. These can be anything from furniture made out of old oil drums, all the way through to DIY drone racing. Basically, it’s a hotbed of creativity. Best of all, we were lucky enough at TNW to go and visit one of…
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Video: Yep, this long-overdue device lets you play music on exotic fruit

This video is part of our series on Lille’s Maker Faire. To stay up-to-date on releases (and to find out more), check out our master post here. Sometimes an idea is so simple and pure, you’re shocked that no one has done it before. This is not one of those ideas. So, welcome one and all, to the world of musical pineapples. This concept comes from Playtronica, a company that aims to educate people through the use of – as they put it – audio experiences. And, well, it’s cool. But back to the musical pineapples. They work with a…
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Fotor makes photo fixes a one-click affair, and it’s only $20

Right now, you can jump on a deal for the Fotor Design and Image Editor Online Pro subscription that best fits you: $19.99 for one year of access; or $59 for a lifetime pass from TNW Deals. It’s a savings of up to 88 percent.

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CHEAP: Even people without brains would understand 70% off a Samsung Chromebook is a great deal

Welcome to CHEAP, our brand-new series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! If you’re looking for a lightweight device to watch some videos and browse the web, we’ve got a perfect match for you. Samsung’s 11.6-inch Chromebook’s selling at just $73 (down from its original price of $249) – that’s a massive discount. The device is perfect for kids to watch YouTube videos and do homework. It’s pretty portable at just 1.1kg in weight, and 1.7 cm thick. So it’s easy for you to carry it in a small backpack. Specifications: Screen: 11.6-inch HDLEDdisplay Processor: Exynos…
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Face-to-face interactions shouldn’t be replaced by digital communication

What with Facetime, Skype, Whatsapp and Snapchat, for many people, face-to-face conversation is used less and less often. These apps allow us to converse with each other quickly and easily – overcoming distances, time zones and countries. We can even talk to virtual assistants such as Alexa, Cortana or Siri – commanding them to play our favorite songs, films, or tell us the weather forecast. Often these ways of communicating reduce the need to speak to another human being. This has led to some of the conversational snippets of our daily lives now taking place mainly via technological devices. So…
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Tech companies still care more about AI and IoT than blockchain

Blockchain might be the hot buzzword of the moment, but according to new research, it’s being bested by the Internet-of-Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). A recent survey conducted by identity management cloud software provider, Okta, found that digital firms are investing in AI and Internet-of-Things over blockchain, Cointelegraph reports. The survey questioned 1,050 IT, security, and engineering decision makers at $1 billion firms. They were asked if their company invests in either AI, augmented reality, blockchain, or Internet-of-Things as part of their “digital transformation strategy.” Decision makers were surveyed between January and February this year. Ninety percent said they…
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Cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX should declare bankruptcy, EY says

Defunct cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX’s should enter bankruptcy proceedings in a bid to minimize costs and facilitate the recovery of assets for creditors, according to a report by Ernst & Young (EY), its court appointed monitor. Additionally, the report says that Gerald Cotten, the exchange‘s late founder, appeared to mix personal and business affairs, and that he could have used the company‘s funds to acquire assets outside the business. In the report, EY also said the possibility of Quadriga coming out of restructuring appeared remote, adding that the investigation to recover assets could be handled more efficiently in bankruptcy. As part of the bankruptcy…
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It’s about time we got Afro emoji — these women are making it happen

Various communities have finally been represented in emoji form, from interracial couples to the trans community and those living with disabilities. But while there seems to be an emoji to represent everyone and everything, a significant group has been completely left out — people with Afros. Writer an emoji activist Rhianna Jones is on a mission to change that. She’s collected over 37,000 signatures with her campaign ‘Let’s Make the Afro Emoji Happen #AfroHairMatters’ for 2020. Hey Twitter! If you think #AfroHairMatters, let’s make the Afro Hair Emoji happen! I’m submitting an official design proposal to Apple + Unicode this…
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