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256b on the blockchain

category: general [glöplog]
I have a small fetish for distributed storage and recently came to think about that some of the smaller demoscene productions could fit inside a Namecoin id/-field (max 520 bytes).

In this example I have inserted Circus by Depth into the Namecoin blockchain in a id/ named after the pouët prodnumber (57280). We can now retrieve the prod with this super-simple python script (assuming that the Namecoin software is running on our computer):

Code: #!/usr/bin/python3 # proof-of-concept retrieval of 256b prods from the Namecoin blockchain. import base64 import json import os output = os.popen('namecoin-cli name_show "id/57280"').read() jstring = json.loads(output)['value'] filename = json.loads(jstring)['name'] mybase64 = json.loads(jstring)['base64'] mybase64 = str.encode(mybase64) mybin = base64.decodebytes(mybase64) myfile = open(filename, 'wb') myfile.write(mybin) myfile.close()

This should give us a file in the current directory called circus, 256 bytes in size, that you can run in an Amiga emulator or transfer to vintage plastic & silicone.

Thank you for your time, over and out.

P.S. Works on my machine ;-)
added on the 2018-06-18 16:56:02 by El Topo El Topo
Finally ! Someone found a use for the blockchain !
added on the 2018-06-18 17:03:54 by maeln maeln
next step : bitcoin miner hidden in 256b prod
added on the 2018-06-18 17:09:35 by Tigrou Tigrou
when can we start mining 256byte intros?
added on the 2018-06-18 17:55:03 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Hey, stop it! Kids in Africa could have eaten those prods!
added on the 2018-06-19 05:24:33 by dex46... dex46...
next step : bitcoin miner hidden in 256b prod

Code:namecoin-cli name_show "id/miner"

...or link: https://namecha.in/name/id/miner

Look for "value". Granted, not a prod, but only took 35 bytes. ;)
added on the 2018-06-19 06:13:10 by modrobert modrobert
Am I the only one worried that the script alone is 446 bytes?
well, how big is the browser you use to download 256b intros?
added on the 2018-06-19 08:59:47 by v3nom v3nom
PulkoMandy wrote:
Am I the only one worried that the script alone is 446 bytes?

I'm not a size coder, I'm just a fan :)
added on the 2018-06-19 09:03:30 by El Topo El Topo
hmmm... how big is the BIOS you use to run your 256b intros ?
added on the 2018-06-19 09:50:19 by Tigrou Tigrou
256b of what?
added on the 2018-06-19 11:45:03 by g0blinish g0blinish
256b of what?

Any 256b of course. For the example, click the prod link.
added on the 2018-06-19 12:45:35 by El Topo El Topo
secret hint: almost all 256b use more than 256b vidmem!
added on the 2018-06-20 23:13:17 by T$ T$
Cleaned up the scripts for usage by common men and women.

I also inserted https://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=65455
added on the 2018-07-08 11:52:54 by El Topo El Topo
Finally ! Someone found a use for the blockchain !
Indeed! Best usecase ever!
added on the 2018-07-09 16:06:39 by numtek numtek
when can we start mining 256byte intros?

added on the 2018-07-09 16:50:23 by lynn lynn


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