Follow @DecryptoBL on Twitter.
Follow @bwhli on Instagram.

Tokyo Skytree looks like a spaceship 📷

November 12, 2018

I took this one a few months ago somewhere in Asakusa.

Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2
Lens: Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R

« View on Instagram »


MUFG and Banco Bradesco will use RippleNet for Japan-Brazil corridor →

November 12, 2018

MUFG Bank:

MUFG Bank, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Banco MUFG Brasil S.A., today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Banco Bradesco S.A. to collaborate on a new cross-border payment service. Through this MOU, MUFG Bank has decided to start the collaborative development for cross-border payments between Japan and Brazil, utilizing Ripple’s cutting-edge technology. The new payment system — developed by Ripple, a San Francisco-based software vendor — will assist the banks as they work toward commercializing a high-speed, transparent and traceable cross-border payments solution between Japan and Brazil. In 2017, MUFG Bank said it would join Ripple’s interbank group of leading transaction bankers responsible for building, maintaining, and enhancing rules which ensure operational consistency and legal clarity to support the Ripple global payments network.

Ripple has been dominating the Japanese market. A while ago, the San Francisco-based company set up SBI Ripple Asia, a joint venture with SBI Group. SBI Ripple Asia has since formed the Japan Bank Consortium, a group of over 60 Japanese banks that piloted RC-Cloud, a RippleNet-powered payment system. Now, MUFG has revealed it will use RippleNet to power a new payment service targeted at money transfers between Japan and Brazil.

Continue Reading →

« Permalink »


Justin Tabb demonstrates a Skype call from behind the “Great Firewall of China” →

November 12, 2018

Justin Tabb:

Our very first video we showed in this series is basically that China. In China, we were able to give you Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google, open Google, all in China using SubstratumNode with a minimal number of four nodes. In Russia, we were able to show you that Telegram works. And then in Iran, we were able to show you that basically all the things that are blocked there pretty much the same as China works – so Facebook, Google, YouTube…

Man, I hope this thing doesn’t completely backfire on Substratum in 6-8 months. These video updates from Substratum CEO Justin Tabb are purposely misleading and are presented in a way that suggests it’s currently not possible to access these websites and services in China.

Continue Reading →

« Permalink »


Morning reflections in Tokyo 📷

November 8, 2018

Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2
Lens: Fujinon XF 23mm f/2 WR

« View on Instagram »


How to Create a Fixed Sponsor Ad on a WordPress Site

November 7, 2018

I hate Adsense, but I believe display ads are a necessity for modern web publishers who wish to monetize their work. Projects like Brave and Coil are working on unobtrusive monetization solutions, but they won’t be ready for mainstream adoption anytime soon. For now, I’ve chosen to stick with a small old fashioned HTML/CSS fixed display ad inspired by Daring Fireball, The Loop, and of course Carbon Ads. I didn’t see any tutorials on how to implement this kind of sponsor ad in WordPress without a plugin, so I decided to share my process in this post.

Continue Reading →



Questions?

Have a question, or just want to chat about life?
Find me on Twitter, or send me an email.