So, this is personal

This blog is becoming a “personal” blog. If you want to see some code, move to

https://coding.napolux.com

Yes, a new adventure.

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This is the kind of automation I like…

Heckel’s bot farm is not a complex operation. He uses the Raspberry Pi to run a script that checks his and his clients’ accounts every few seconds. When the script sees a new post, it logs into each of the 2,900 accounts it controls and uses them to like it. The script can automate up to three likes per second. It pulls the bots’ usernames and passwords from a spreadsheet Heckel bought access to on Telegram’s Black Market group for approximately $1,600 last year. For Heckel, the bot and Fuelgram come together masterfully. In April alone, he’s used them to make $12,000.

People are turning their accounts into bots on Instagram.

What I did this year: 2017 edition

So, I did a lot of things this year, here’s a complete list of stuff done I’ve update during the last 12 months!

5 BOOKS WORTH READ (or re-read)

SIDEPROJECTS LAUNCHED: 4

PLACES I’VE BEEN FOR MORE THAN A NIGHT:

  • Home. A lot 😛
  • Varazze, SV, Italy
  • Alassio, SV, Italy
  • San Francisco (and Silicon Valley), California, USA
  • Napoli, NA, Italy
  • Modena, Maranello, Predappio, MO/BO, Italy
  • Monopoli, BA, Italy
  • Bologna, BO, Italy
  • Wien (Vienna for friends), Austria

Diagnosing the Italian disease

Italy stands out among developed countries for its large public debt and chronically low productivity growth.

The country’s productivity growth disease cannot be addressed without understanding why aggregate labour productivity abruptly stopped growing around 1995.

This column argues that the most likely cause is Italian firms’ non-meritocratic managerial practices, which meant they failed to capitalise on the ICT revolution.

Diagnosing the Italian disease

About Bitcoin

Blockchain technologies are here to stay. Wikipedia does a superb work on describing what a blockchain is.

A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography.

Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data.

By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. A blockchain can serve as “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.”

Continue reading “About Bitcoin”

The luxury of having secrets

It’s 2017. You barely have any secret anymore. But what’s a secret? Let’s see a definition of the term “secret”:

Something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others.

According to the Oxford Dictionary.

If you think of it, you can’t really find a secret which is not known in some way by Google, Facebook or other big corporations.

Let’s make an example. Continue reading “The luxury of having secrets”

Silicon Valley: the place to be

Ok, I’m approaching my last days in Silicon Valley. So far, this trip (my first trip ever in California) was a blast.

I’ve spent a couple of days in San Francisco, and then moved to San Jose, the hometown of eBay, the company I work for.

I had the chance to work in the eBay South Campus, which is probably the best working space I’ve ever been in my life.

Apart from amenities, cafeteria, open spaces, etc… You can breath innovation, diversity, technology in every aspect of the daily life. Something hard to find in my homecountry.

Look at some pictures!