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decimation: mircea this insider trading thing is relevant to your post I linked above. information doesn't want to be free, but who gets to decide if it is secret?
Vexual: those that have it
mircea_popescu: that problem is a lot worse than anyone wants to admit.
benkay: mircea_popescu: well keep la serenissima posted
mircea_popescu: there's simply no logical way to reconcile the naive want for "fairness" with the practicality of trade.
mircea_popescu: "insider trading" is what trading is. irrespective of what people who don't trade wish to think trading is.
mircea_popescu: much like you know, trying to prosecute "buggery" because people who don't have sex don't want to think of sex in terms of "all holes, dp and your girlfriend". as if.
decimation: yeah what is trading without "insider" knowledge? trades based on an account's report and a brochure?
hanbot: is there a logical way to reconcile the naive want for "fairness" with -anything-?
decimation: I can't imagine a way to be more ignorant about a business and its prospects
mircea_popescu: benkay so far fighting with the obscurity of free and open source software, which is this endless bundle fifty million lines long that nobody ever read, in spite of you know, how "open source" etc.
mircea_popescu: decimation now granted, what the indians are doing in the us finance (btw, have you noticed how few 3rd generation americans are involved in anything worth the mention ?) is nothing short of scandalous
mircea_popescu: however, the solution is emphatically NOT to try and prosecute them, because this just drives the specific behaviours enshrined in indian culture that cause the mess.
mircea_popescu: the solution is to open the whole thing, let the market drive it down to zero, then you won't care someone made fifty bucks or w/e.
decimation: and note that Mr. Bharara is also one of them...
mircea_popescu: yeah. it's that whole "italian mobster turned policeman to clean up ny" story all over again
mircea_popescu: (which was the same cca 1890, except then it was irish criminal etc)
decimation: in my undergrad it was assumed knowledge that the indians got together to "strategize" on exam-taking
decimation: in India, it would probably be expected for a Brahmin C-suite guy to tell a fellow Brahmin trader what is going on
benkay: mircea_popescu: that nobody ever read // it's p lulzy people still buy that
mircea_popescu: what, you mean ?
benkay: see: openssl
benkay: jaspersoft
benkay: puppet
benkay: mircea_popescu: die of "an infection" ? // i prefer the interpretation where the us is always on the verge of horrific viral outbreaks due to decades of antibacterial abuse
decimation: 'don't talk politics around the table (so we can just eat)' -> 'don't question the code(so we can just use it)'
mike_c: any audiophiles around here? my headphones of 15 years finally bit the dust.
decimation: benkay I think you mean bacterial outbreaks. They are already happening:
assbot: Superbug stalked NIH hospital last year, killing six - The Washington Post
Vexual: micey: buy speakers
mike_c: not so good for the office.
Vexual: fuck the offic
mike_c: or for sleeping babies.
decimation: my sennheiser HD280's studio monitors work very well
Vexual: er.. what decimation said
mike_c: although i agree with the office. my office neighbors annoy me often enough.
decimation: do you want to attenuate the surrounding noise?
mike_c: nah
mike_c: i mean, i don't need cancelling. i don't want to hear surrounding noise.
decimation: I find earbuds and the like extremely uncomfroatble, you aren't going to get better quality than bigass headphones
hanbot: mike_c imo etymotic earphones rule all.
decimation: hanbot did you get them custom fit
hanbot: decimation nope
mike_c: are those buds? i'm looking more for over-ear.
decimation: yeah those are earbuds that block sound
hanbot: buds, yeah.
decimation: better than any headphone will
decimation: I'm a sennheiser fanboi, but I'm sure there are other quality headphones out there. examine the spec sheet
cazalla: i love my m50s
mike_c: cazalla: ath m50?
cazalla: m50s
cazalla: m50 has coiled cable which i don't like, m50s does not
mike_c: that just personal preference? my dead ones had coiled and i kinda did like that.
cazalla: yeah, makes no difference to audio afaik
mircea_popescu: hanbot no, not as such. the traditional way is for the naive to train their submission, as practiced in say india.
mike_c: cool. thanks for the suggestions.
mircea_popescu: <decimation> 'don't talk politics around the table (so we can just eat)' -> 'don't question the code(so we can just use it)' << ;/
mircea_popescu: cause fuck you if you have uncommon needs, right ?
mircea_popescu: the whole fucking point of code is to make the world more like salem cca 1700 now ;/
mircea_popescu: mike_c mice don't actually attack babies. you're thinking rats.
mike_c: lol, what?
mircea_popescu: o nm, earphones lol. i misread.
mircea_popescu: Vexual got me i swear!
Vexual: it's mouses
mike_c: now rats to attack office neighbors.. that would be an idea.
mircea_popescu: specially-constructed oubliettes with a terminal in the lid and a hole for shit in the bottom. <<< ahaha ok.
mircea_popescu: mike_c armored battlerats! with a terminal upside the head!
dub: my dj1200 are not that comfortable for long but they are hard to kill
dub: long periods
mike_c: definitely need comfort for hours.
Vexual: are those insertable or over ear dub?
assbot: Technics: RP-DJ1200 Headphones - Black (Deadstock) —
mike_c: fucking amazon needs to take btc already. i bought some fiverr shit the other day with btc and it was so smooth. kind of changed my opinion on using btc for random purchases.
dub: good for lugging around
decimation: man the spec sheets for headphones suck
dub: the ear pad rubber is perishing on mine which is quite astounding considering how briefly every other set I've owned has survive
dub: d
mike_c: my sony mdr's ear pad rubber lasted about 5 years on average
mircea_popescu: apparently i'm getting a fucking fever.
mircea_popescu: mike_c they dun wanna end up with a bunch of terrorist bux
Vexual: kill it with half a bottle of red and go to sleep
decimation: or insider bux
mike_c: terrorist bux are as green as everybody elses.
mike_c: wait, is that a saying in other countries? your money probably isn't green.
dub: its usually a mix
Vexual: 100's are
dub: murican folding is fucking retarded in that aspect
dub: every note looks the same
decimation: well and worthless $1 are still bills
mike_c: i can't stand bills of different size. such a pain to roll.
dub: lol
dub: bitches don't know about mike_c's pimp roll
mike_c: it's phat
mircea_popescu: mike_c makes it quite impossible to get the wrong change.
mike_c: paying attention fixes that problem too
mircea_popescu: once you get the bitches you have no attention to spare.
mike_c: hehe. that's why i stick with one.
dub: 3rd world money tends to either be shit quality or stay in circulation long enough to wear any markings off
mircea_popescu: so basically the equal size bills are anti-slut.
mircea_popescu: DOWN WITH AMERICA
mike_c: no way. ben lawsky is going to make america the center of btc bizness
decimation: I would like to see the basis of his regulation
decimation: like, how is bitcoin different than plain speech?
decimation: if it isn't different, how is it legal for the government to regulate it, state or federal?
Vexual: afik aust was the first to deploy polymer banknotes
mike_c: idk.. ever since 9/11 the goverment just regulates whatever the fuck it wants.
decimation: if there's an exception for "game" currencies, how does one demonstrate that bitcoin is demonstrably different than a "game" currency?
decimation: lol more like ever since lincoln
mircea_popescu: decimation you don't need basis for regulation.
mircea_popescu: that's why regulation is taking over legislation as a normative process.
Vexual: fucking giuliani
mircea_popescu: decimation anyway, one doesn't "demonstrate". one claims, and prays nobody calls the bluff.
mircea_popescu: which is why the 100% conviction-through-plea-bargain system is so important.
mike_c: this doesn't work quite as well with companies. Lyft is testing this in NYC by blatantly ignoring all their regulations and fighting the state in court.
mike_c: results TBD
mircea_popescu: but anyway. the 2012 peg in the eye of the beast has been holding out splendidly well. they're trying to enact this difference between game currencies and bitcoin, and who knows, maybe it'll work. who;s to say that's the last peg trilema go.
mircea_popescu: got*
mircea_popescu: mike_c it exactly.
dub got some good news today
dub: won a 17 year olf legal battle
dub: old*
mike_c: nice. congrats.
dub: bad news is $200k legal bill
decimation: the layers upon layers of outlandish claims fossilize into a hardened mess - nothing can change the status quo - until the whole thing fractures and breaks in a massive earthquake
decimation: ie fragile, not robust or anti-fragile
mircea_popescu: dub divorce ?
Vexual: Go Around!
dub: no
Vexual: er that was for the fossilized mass, not dubs divorce
mircea_popescu: anyway, one of the comparatively more important btc valuations is, "cost incurred by the usg litigating per btc available to defendant".
mircea_popescu: definitely more important than derpstamp or w/e. and this is pretty hefty as we sit now.
mike_c: cazalla: m50x has detachable cable and you get coiled and straight. everybody wins.
decimation: mircea: the usg tends to maximally claim & minimally deliver
decimation: if bitcoin goes up another one or two orders of magnitude in dollar value, it will be that much worse for the usg to do anything
Vexual: mike_c get rabbit fur bads for extra boss
decimation: my sennheisers have detachable cables too, although the oem cable was crap - conductors broke after awhile
mike_c: they actually have velvet ones.
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decimation: according to their spec sheet, the ath m50's only go down to 15 hz, the sennehiser hd280's go down to 8 Hz
decimation: that's going to be more audible than whatever the top frequency in the ultrasonic band is
mike_c: hm. ath has lower impedance.
decimation: human hearing being a logrithmically spaced filter bank and all
decimation: impedance is a matter of what you are connecting with
mike_c: yeah. won't matter for computer.
mike_c: could matter for phone?
mike_c: probably not.
decimation: my guess is no
decimation: impedance actually varies with frequency, which no one gives a spec for
decimation: in a basic sense, impedance mismatch will just lower the effective power delivered to the headphones
decimation: so turn them up, etc
mike_c: right, phone can only deliver so much though. but probably enough for either.
assbot: iPhone 5 headphone volume too low | Apple Support Communities
decimation: "The issue as I understand it is that the output impedance of the iPhone 5 is around 3.7 ohms whereas the older phones and iPods are around 5.5 ohms. What is not clear is whether this has been changed by software or by hardware. There are reports that this is an issue in the EU region only. Yet some folk in the USA are also complaining."
decimation: so either headphone is going to have an impedance mismatch
decimation: because apple has neither the room on their board or the inclination to deliver studio quality audio
decimation: if you think about it, headphones that block surrounding audio will increase the effective signal/noise ratio delivered to your ears
mike_c: decisions..
Vexual: just buy the 50s you wally
decimation: I suspect the average listening would be unable to differentiate most of these headphones in a blind test
decimation: s/listening/listener
Vexual: get the velvet, and if you get too stoned you can hide in the curtains
mike_c: yeah.. sennheiser doesn't have velvet.
decimation: if you are going to use them for 8 hours per day in the office, comfort is probably more important than audio quality
mike_c: it is, but that is difficult to know before trying for 8 hours
decimation: indeed, I guess the solution is buy one and sell it on craigslist if it sucks
Vexual: for $120 try a fresh set
mike_c: yes. or return it.
dub: the solution is dont work in an office
mike_c: i like working in an office. fewer distractions.
decimation: I find comfortable headphones with classical music encourage focus
mike_c: i find the same with electronic music. ftw.
dub: boombox with gangster rap tbh
mike_c: whatever works
Vexual: ghetto blaster is best
dub: heh, famous actor lives across road, pulling into my drive earlier I see another actor getting a box of beer out of his car and going inside
dub: they're now playing what looks like GTA5 on his huge ass tv
Vexual: lets go around with a bottle of glen fiddich
Vexual: pitch mp's idea, wich is way better than his last
cazalla: mike_c, didn't know they had an m50x, i still think i'd go the m50s due to no coil and i would likely lose the cable if i could detach it anyway
dub: fresh out of glenfiddich but I'm now sipping a glenrothes, good suggestion
cazalla: Vexual, i think aus was first, i still have some of the first abo polymer notes around somewhere
mike_c: cazalla: m50s is cheaper too, just b/c it isn't 'current year model'. sound is supposed to be the same.
cazalla: you can get the m50s for around $100 on special sometimes
Vexual: d'you keep your rabbit skins cazalla?
cazalla: no but i should
cazalla: mike_c, only thing i dislike about m50s is the soundstage is a little too small for fps gaming, i switch to my speakers when gaming but they aren't gaming headphones to begin with so isn't a big issue
mike_c: yeah, not a problem for me
mike_c: ok, i'm off to buy something and hit the sack. thanks for the help.
Vexual: beats by dre:buy
cazalla: Vexual, kill yourself
Vexual: i was joking about what mike hunt bought dick nob
cazalla: beats give you +10 swag, that's about it
cazalla: hey Vexual, you know the aussie victims of the MH17 crash, my old primary school teacher was on it
Vexual: yes i heard that
Vexual: was it some year 4 hex?
cazalla: well, he made me write lines
cazalla: had to do em again as taping 2 pencils together to write 2x was too obvious
cazalla: dunno if being asploded was warranted punishment for him though
Vexual: yeah its harsh
cazalla: not my cup of tea
Vexual: sams or the music?
cazalla: music
Vexual: im not a big fan of sams
Vexual: commericail airlines flew over iraq and afghanistan for the last 10 years, this might be a proper war
cazalla: multipass
benkay: <decimation> benkay I think you mean bacterial outbreaks. They are already happening: // yup. been drinking all day.
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Vexual: ben10: 2 beers?
benkay: uh
benkay: gosh lost count boss
Vexual: yep. 2
Vexual: dou so digital it hurts
benkay: Vexual: pm
Vexual: aight maybe 12
benkay: a few yeah
Vexual: it happens
Vexual: ;;ud having a lend
gribble: | An Australian term meaning to be lying to a person for one's own amusement. " He said she had an STI" "He's only having a lend of you". de ZStardust 13 février  ...
mircea_popescu: !s infinite number of arms
assbot: 1 results for 'infinite number of arms' :
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform
assbot: Big numbers, random numbers and who’s got your number ? pe Trilema - Un blog de Mircea Popescu.
Vexual: d'you pay .15 for 3 tits?
mircea_popescu: lol
Vexual: i dtill think a cell phne cam is an excellent source of entropy
Vexual: but, poison is the thing more than reverse anything
mircea_popescu: there's no free entropy lunch.
Vexual: excellent aritlce
mircea_popescu: glad you liked it.
Vexual: i might even understand it tomorrow; this water is giving me heartburn
Vexual: no i think i get it
mircea_popescu: !up ceger
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penguirker: New blog post:
jurov: yes, good article
jurov: next time i see someone reading from bones or coffee stain imma pester them whether they have tested past output for enough entropy
Vexual: entropy is irrelevantr oto these soothsaysers
Vexual: ask em something else
jurov: i daresay otherwise
jurov: they certainly seem to need some randomness source
Vexual: say away dear lamb
jurov: without it, their output could be too predictable
jurov: what would expose them to potential problem
jurov imagines soothsayer's ad "We use FIPS-compliant oracles"
fluffypony: mircea_popescu: you've seen Total Recall, no?
Vexual: dies the new one have 3 titites?
fluffypony: yes
fluffypony: personally I prefer the old one, but at least they kept that bit in for continuity :-P
Vexual: will watch
mircea_popescu: fluffypony the one film schwarzy made that was trying to not be hack and slash ?
mircea_popescu: jurov generally their whole claim is butressed on such past history.
fluffypony: mircea_popescu: yes, otherwise known as "that movie that came out when I was 8 or 9 years old that I wasn't allowed to watch because it had a chick with 3 tits in it"
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fluffypony: but that I watched a couple of years later anyway when one of my school friends got it on VHS
mircea_popescu: which is why the warning came to be on financial products, that "past performance is no indication of future success". the fortune teller makes two spurious claims, one that his arbitrariety is systematic, the other that he has a good historical record.
mircea_popescu: the latter is easier to disprove, but the former easily sticks with people, who then form the spurious belief that everything is systematic
mircea_popescu: hence conspiracy theorists, forum investors etc.
mircea_popescu: fluffypony i was allowed to watch it.
mircea_popescu: being a yurpean rocks i guess.
Vexual: yeah buy you wer like 14
Vexual: you woulda been mean then
fluffypony: my parents let me watch all measure of stuff, but Total Recall was bad because they didn't want an 8 year old believing that girls had 3 boobs
mircea_popescu: i was allowed to watch pasolini's fucking decameron
Vexual: most 8 year olds prolly have livelank now
mircea_popescu: anyway, the baby-in-belly was the more disturbing part i thought
Vexual: tru dat
Vexual: is he in the new one ?
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BingoBoingo: !up ceger
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Vexual: more cowbell
Vexual: fluffypony, your iris dna assay is in, you're 5% negroif
Vexual: you are also 20% gold
fluffypony: lol
mircea_popescu: random link of the day
assbot: Benford's Law -- from Wolfram MathWorld
mircea_popescu: in a randomly selected lit of numbers, 30% will start with 1.
mircea_popescu: it's close to 50% if you take atomic weights
mircea_popescu: !up ChesterMolester
ChesterMolester: lold
ChesterMolester: sup mircea
ChesterMolester: Come visit USA, we’ll go for pizza ;)
fluffypony: I think he's on the no fly list
ChesterMolester: lold
fluffypony: NICE TRY SEC SPY
Vexual: baloney!
mircea_popescu: ChesterMolester who're you again ?
ChesterMolester: Hasbro / JoshG
ChesterMolester: I came for the woman and stayed for the coin
mircea_popescu: lol mkay.
mircea_popescu: anyway, had enough us for a decade or two.
mircea_popescu: maybe i visit after the fall. play fallout in new reno irl or some4thing.
fluffypony: Josh Groban?
Vexual: too soon?
fluffypony: tres cool:
assbot: Real Life Holodeck with an Oculus Rift - Computerphile - YouTube
Vexual: are you getting one?
fluffypony: an Oculus Rift, or the entire research lab they have?
fluffypony: :-P
xmj: Hi world.
fluffypony: morning xmj
Vexual: a rift or 2
fluffypony: Vexual: yes definitely, hopefully when it's finally released they'll have the motion sickness stuff fixed etc.
fluffypony: the redirected walking stuff is amazing
xmj: when will oculus move its Rift to Google Glass dimensions (ie tiny) ?
fluffypony: Valve is working on a display that can fit in tiny dimensions - it beams the image straight on to your eyes
fluffypony: so it doesn't need big LCD screens
Vexual: does chinny get seasick?
xmj: interesting
xmj: is valve still scheduled to release a steambox that'll eventually make 2014/2015/whenever they release it/ the year of linux on the "desktop" ? :)
dub: WORD
Vexual: buy a few devkits and leave that dog fuck voin alone
Vexual: you'll make mor emoney
xmj: wwwwhat?
fluffypony: Vexual: no not at all, but I would imagine I'll use it with friends who may get motion sickness
dub: administer weed
dub: motion sickness instafix
Vexual: yeah weed
xmj: still not legal here :|
dub: quaint
Vexual: tell the judge its for virtual reality
xmj: motion sickness ===> medical purposes
Vexual: mel de mere
Vexual: take a unit into court and a fat bifter
Vexual: ;;ud bifter
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Vexual: benkay: never again?
Vexual: fluffy are you making aircool racks to datatabk specs?
Vexual: r3box?
fluffypony: not to spec, just standard 19" size
fluffypony: but smaller than a standard rack since it doesn't need all the extra fluff on the sides and back
Vexual: if datatank get sucessuful they will be dumping hardware onto hobbyists on a regular basis
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Vexual: mmm cutlets
cazalla: gee le happy merchant meme gets /r/bitcoin up in arms
FabianB: !mpexstatus
FabianB: $mpexstatus
empyex: FabianB: Proxies: ".. running a final swathe of test-all-the-edge-cases .. mpex should be back this weekend. also fabian is pretty cool." MPEx-Status: Error reaching trade engine (change: $proxies <newlist>)
assbot: This bacteria eats nothing but electricity to survive
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thickasthieves: <+cazalla> i love my m50s /// mike_c those are the best in that price range imo
thickasthieves: mike_c for even more value for the price, and less heavy: these won't block outside noise as much though
assbot: JVC Victor Head-band Portable Headphones | HA-S500-Z Gunmetallic (Japanese Import): Electronics
thickasthieves: mike_c dont get the velvet m50 pads!
thickasthieves: the headphones really weren't designed for the velvet pads and the sound becomes obviously worse to any ear
thickasthieves: I use the JVCs for going on walks and such, and the ATs for making music and while flying
thickasthieves: I have more expensive ones and i dont really like them as much
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thickasthieves: coindesk is teaching TA now?
assbot: Trend Spotting: How to Identify Trends in Bitcoin Price Charts
assbot: BTC Guild has posted the following notice in reaction to NYDFS proposal : Bitcoin
thickasthieves: "Since there is no way anybody will mine on a pool with those requirements, it means that any pool in the US will be forced to shut down, or operate illegally and hope they're ignored."
thestringpuller: dude what the fuck is even going on? All bitcoin companies are gonna vacate the US
thestringpuller: ;;search bitlicense
gribble: There were no matching configuration variables.
assbot: The 9 Biggest Screwups in Bitcoin History
pankkake: !search bitlicense
assbot: 7 results for 'bitlicense' :
thestringpuller: ugh, I guess I'm moving to France.
pankkake: lol
assbot: The future of Bitcoin regulation pe Trilema - Un blog de Mircea Popescu.
nubbins`: hi
asciilifeform: re: headphones << can't decide which i like more. 'qc20i' or firing range earplugs.
asciilifeform: qc20i works slightly better, and ear gets less tired, but it did cost ~250x more.
asciilifeform uses headphones mainly to 'turn off hearing' to improve concentration.
nubbins` was about to ask
nubbins`: muffs would be the ideal solution
nubbins`: airport workers use -90dB ones
asciilifeform: muffs >> ick. pressure, sweat.
nubbins` nods
nubbins`: true
nubbins`: there's also these earplugs that some drummers use, they mold to fit your outer ear like an old-school hearing aid
asciilifeform owns these muffs, can't even picture trying to think in them
nubbins`: although they're more geared towards muting w/ a flat frequency curve than blocking out all sound
asciilifeform: nubbins`: had those as a student. also pressure.
nubbins`: ah
nubbins`: pascale uses the standard orange squeezey ~30dB ones
nubbins`: not great for your canals
nubbins`: you ever try white/pink noise?
asciilifeform: nubbins`: as a matter of fact, i'm surrounded by it (fans.) it's precisely what i'm trying to be rid of.
nubbins`: ah, heh.
nubbins`: standalone (speakers rather than earphones) noise cancellation system?
nubbins`: iirc some high-end car manufacturer did this with the sound system
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asciilifeform: nubbins`: this only works (for some modest value of 'work') in a car
asciilifeform: where the noise is something like a point source, plenty of soft fabric to cancel echos, etc.
nubbins`: i suppose individual room configurations would make it tough to pull off in a general sense
nubbins`: you could always build a soundproof room and put the fans outside it
asciilifeform: with infinite money, sure.
nubbins`: not prohibitively expensive. musicians do it all the time
nubbins`: i have a friend who can play drums in his bedroom with the door closed and you can barely make out the beat
nubbins`: starting point:
assbot: Soundproofing & Acoustic Treatment
asciilifeform: nubbins`: we also have climate here. without forced air cooling, machines will die (of humidity) even before the owner succumbs.
asciilifeform: so one would also need to come up with a silent air conditioner.
nubbins`: dem conflicting requirements
nubbins`: we have climate of a different sort here, to the point where i can't recall ever seeing an air conditioning unit in a private home. at the risk of asking a silly question, could one have the unit outside the room and vent the cool air in?
nubbins`: (isn't this roughly what an air exchanger does?)
asciilifeform: nubbins`: this is SOP here. air conditioner for whole house. compressor and its hot coil are outdoors, heat exchanger and gigantic fan inside.
asciilifeform: air is ducted to each room
nubbins`: right, yeah, sounds familiar
nubbins`: and it's the actual noise of the air being ducted in that you're trying to eliminate?
asciilifeform: (the very shoddiest dwellings still have window air conditioners)
nubbins`: $500k home here *might* have an air conditioner :D
asciilifeform: nubbins`: i would, in principle, care, if it were possible to eliminate all other fan noise
asciilifeform: nubbins`: i've thought about building something like the 'cockpits' flight simulator players are fond of. chair with display in a 'canopy.' but it would need its own cooling setup...
nubbins`: nod
nubbins`: liquid cooling system built into chair ;D
asciilifeform: the hot air one exhales still has to go somewhere.
asciilifeform: i don't really see all of this as adding up to a solvable engineering problem, but catch myself thinking about it now and then anyway.
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kakobrekla: * asciilifeform uses headphones mainly to 'turn off hearing' to improve concentration. < you wear those cause model m, admit it!
asciilifeform: kakobrekla: actually i never had any problems with one-off noise (e.g. keys). because when i'm thinking i scarcely touch the keys.
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kakobrekla: aha
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asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: '...died from an infection in 2010... << the rate at which these people die of preventable causes is ridiculous' << quite likely, that fellow really died of - sleep deprivation. compromised immune system. and yes, one wouldn't expect an actual 'master of the universe' to succumb to sleep deprivation. senior bureaucrats, on the other hand - sure.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: << 'random-looking number' is reminiscent of the 'miasma theory' of disease causation. in fact, much of what presently passes for 'seekoority' is quite like miasma epidemiology. crock of shit, resulting not only from inability, but from unwillingness to to even contemplate cause-effect.
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xmj: so, FACTA has an impact on my european union bank
xmj: even if i don't deal with US through it.
xmj: wtf?
nubbins`: !s greenhouse
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nubbins`: my sides
nubbins`: (clickbait headline but amusing nonetheless)
xmj: fluffypony: are you aware of anyone pushing Cloud as a Service?
fluffypony: Rackspace is, I think
xmj: oh, i mean the four-letter-marketing-combination
xmj: AWS/Rackspace/etc do the whole CaaS thing anyway
fluffypony: ah ok, no not offhand
xmj: I want to see how far you can push verbal boundaries into bulshytt territory. think Virtual Cloud, Virtual Enterprise Cloud Management, blabla
xmj chuckles
fluffypony: Virtual Cloud Enterprise Single-Sign On Management as a Service
fluffypony: VCESSOMaaS
xmj: I love that.
xmj: this will do for 300th tweet. thank you fluffypony
xmj: fluffypony:
fluffypony: lol
xmj: the profile page on twitter
xmj: is that your wife?
mircea_popescu: !up Basquiat_
mircea_popescu: pankkake << all i see is more of the same, "fucktards are butthurt, how dares anyone upset the statu quo"
assbot: LibreSSL is taking a beating, and that's good | Flameeyes's Weblog
asciilifeform: 'ubuntu: turns out is actually windows vista with a few custom themes.'
mircea_popescu: i have no idea who fucking asked amazon fanboi there to pass his judgement on de raadt, but i can state for teh records it wasn't me.
asciilifeform: anyone here knows de raadt in person?
asciilifeform: linked from above - the old, familiar << still sold out, no date for next shipment (1 year + now!)
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kakobrekla: how about never.
asciilifeform: kakobrekla: i suppose they keep the site up, for old time's sake
mircea_popescu: the better news here is that while i tried to sleep my cold off people actually got to the bottom of the whole gpg snag. hallelujah.
kakobrekla: any guesses why they stopped making them?
thestringpuller: ;;calc .25 * 400
gribble: 100
mircea_popescu: not enough dough in it ?
asciilifeform: kakobrekla: why they stopped making them << ft meade's shipments of diddled ARM micros held up. budget blown on coke.
assbot: Air Force research: How to use social media to control people like drones | Ars Technica
xmj: fluffypony: ping
fluffypony: oh sorry missed that
fluffypony: yes it is
xmj: I see.
xmj: fluffypony: awesome :)
fluffypony: :)
mircea_popescu: chetty gotta love how the sm people keep pumping out more articles about how essential sm is.
mircea_popescu: it'd read "cern laboratory using social media to collide large hadrons" if the movie of the week were about the cern
mircea_popescu: speaking of which, dear intelligent people stuck on reddit&co - this is you :
assbot: I wasn’t going to actually post this, but… pe Trilema - Un blog de Mircea Popescu.
mircea_popescu: you've bought into the entire sm swag just like other generations have bought in the shit offered for their consumption. guess what : the fact that you all get it only hides the fact that it's shit from you yourselves,
mircea_popescu: not from anyone else. and it doesn't even do such a good job of hiding it from you yourselves on a long enough timeline.
mircea_popescu: it's still shit, in the manner the local fair in lexington, kentucky, even if called "the flaming man", is still a very poor approximation of the actual burning man.
chetty: social media seems to do a really good job of killing social
mircea_popescu: and even if parents would much prefer their 17 yo rebelious teenager goes to the flaming man instead of the burning man, and even if they give the car with a full tank of gasoline and two small bottles of ginger ale for the former and punish the latter,
mircea_popescu: fucking lexington is still a joke, and you're going to be a joke for going there. not just in my eyes, which whatever, who cares, but in your own 60yo eyes. and that burns.
mircea_popescu: /done ranting.
mircea_popescu: social media, fucking chewing gum. what is it ? it's not social, nor is it media. it's not a food, not a liquid, basically a stationery bike for you jaw.
chetty: seems more like a cattle prod
chetty: feliz dia del amigo
mircea_popescu: o wow that exists ?
mircea_popescu: is it the day of the married man's secret homosexual friend ? like "jour de la chere amie" would be in france ?
benkay: ;;ud having a lend
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benkay: ;;later tell vexual no lend, but doubtful that it'd be serial.
gribble: The operation succeeded.
benkay: <mircea_popescu> maybe i visit after the fall. play fallout in new reno irl or some4thing. // empire collapse when
chetty: seems to be a sort of generic friends day, can't walk down street without hearing it today
mircea_popescu: these people can make a feast out of anything.
mircea_popescu: samba si! trabajo no!
benkay: my kind of country i tell you
mircea_popescu: lol
benkay: <fluffypony> an Oculus Rift, or the entire research lab they have? // i can't wait for the full-wraparound displays with lots and lots of pixels
benkay: no more monitors, headsets only
benkay: <thestringpuller> ugh, I guess I'm moving to France. // oh ffs really?
assbot: Chinese Exchange OKCoin Launches USD Deposits and Withdrawals
chetty: The company does not plan to register for money transmission licenses in the US immediately
mircea_popescu: i thot china made btc illegal.
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mircea_popescu: all these people derping about "quantum-computing-strong hashes" and whatnot are starting to get on my motherfucking nerves. yo idiots! are you aware that every rng out there actually uses some sort of quantum noise ? WHAT THE FUCK ARE HASHES GOING TO DO WHEN I KNOW ALL THE SEEDS!
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: to be fair, the machine (as described originally by r. feynman) doesn't divine history a la asimov's 'chronoscope', but merely computes certain classes of function unusually cheaply.
mircea_popescu: and you know this how ?
mircea_popescu: the rules as they are preclude its existence. that may not mean it can't exist,
mircea_popescu: but it does mean that IF it were to exist, we can't say anything about what it can't do./
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chetty: quantum = magic (at least vocabulary wise)
asciilifeform: let's put it slightly differently. if it's also a chronoscope, this cannot be readily inferred from feynman's hypothetical.
mircea_popescu: but feynman's hypothetical is not wholly self-contained.
mircea_popescu: if it were, we could build it.
mircea_popescu: so, i can argue that yes, it is just as readily inferred as anything else.
asciilifeform: i sorta get the flavour here. perpetuum mobile, were it build, could perhaps also cure baldness.
mircea_popescu: why not ?
mircea_popescu: the day false evaluates to true, you're nine feet tall
mircea_popescu: should you wish to be.
mircea_popescu: simply because 5 is the new 9.
asciilifeform: (setq #f #t) << actually evaluated this in a 'lisp' i wrote as a schoolboy. mega-lol.
mircea_popescu: moreover, you trying to sell my king a device to harden the fortress against perpetuum mobile which relies on the 1st law of thermo will get me to advise him to hang you.
mircea_popescu: because srsly.
asciilifeform: later found that in the original fortran, one could assign... to a constant.
mircea_popescu: yup, the old story of 4.
BingoBoingo: BitPay doubles down on marketing to Joe Six Pack
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mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo where's that one ?
asciilifeform: it's a good job that f-students can't actually break mathematics.
mircea_popescu: srsly.
BingoBoingo: mircea_popescu: That one's some regional school. Probably sponsored because it is close not BitPay's Atlanta HQ.
mircea_popescu: this is the package maintainer's path to divinity : prevent all the f-students, masquerading as women-interest, "general public" interest etfuckingc from breaking math.
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo this is starting to look so much like classic doctom bubble burnage...
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BingoBoingo: mircea_popescu: For sure. With one of these discovering how much was spent will be a hard problem unless they just let the number slip.
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mircea_popescu: thanks to all the inflation, they're safe : they didn't have that much to spend anyway. i doubt anything under 1bn even registers anymore, especially after the great successes of govt contractors in the mideast.
BingoBoingo: Also not there aren't very many "Halliburton Stadiums" because the contractors that abide know lean years are possible
mircea_popescu: more like, because hb count'd give less of a shit.
mircea_popescu: it's a mpex sort of corp, not a hot topic sort of corp.
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BingoBoingo: Right, or an AT&T or another sophisticated herder of consumer cattle
BingoBoingo: Also guide to ripping on Jews as a good libertard
assbot: This Is Not Jewish (How to Criticize Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic)
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asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: << finally found the ancient cartoon with the schooltard who zaps all of history so he doesn't have to pass exam.
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Pierre_Rochard: I wouldn’t describe GT as a “regional school”:
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BingoBoingo: Pierre_Rochard: It seems that list strengthens the case of it as a regional school when it comes to Athletics.
Pierre_Rochard: Eh, they are in NCAA Division I.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform omfg, it's got BEK! pankkake you sly dog.
Pierre_Rochard: BingoBoingo: here’s what “regional” generally means:
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asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: bek ?
mircea_popescu: Pierre_Rochard so basically it's the georgia tech stadium ?
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform bek! 2:48
Pierre_Rochard: mircea_popescu: yup, seats 55k
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mircea_popescu: aha.
BingoBoingo: Rather small for a college football stadium
asciilifeform: 'век' == 'century'
Pierre_Rochard: BingoBoingo: agreed, my alma mater seated 100k.
Pierre_Rochard: seats*
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform shhh :p
BingoBoingo: Pierre_Rochard: Regionalness is an attribute that can feature differently on Aspects of a University. Consider a school in the opposite situation, Texas Tech. National University in athletics and very regional school academically.
mircea_popescu: <<< ahahah, "don't use what happens to be the largest, oldest and generally speaking most important european meme, because it may butthurt jooz"
assbot: This Is Not Jewish (How to Criticize Israel Without Being Anti-Semitic)
mircea_popescu: this is the most preposterous shit i ever read. hey, fifty million jewish people ? about a billion people happen to not give a shit. this is how it should be.
Pierre_Rochard: BingoBoingo: agreed
mircea_popescu: ima end up persecuting fucking jews as the initiators of this "vocal minority trying to opress majority" meme.
Pierre_Rochard: BingoBoingo: I guess we’re just using different definitions of “regional”, the one that’s “bachelor + master” is more commonly used
mircea_popescu: Pierre_Rochard i originally thought it's a highschool/municipal sort of stadium for some reason.
mircea_popescu: "Don’t call Jews you agree with “the good Jews.” Imposing your values on another group is not okay. Tokenizing is not okay. Appointing yourself the judge of what other groups can or should believe is not okay." << omfg. this is about as offensive as it gets.
Namworld: So I have this cat I just adopted. He's always following me around and tend to lay down at my feet. Won't let me sleep, walking on me and trying to get under the sheets. So I close the door to the bedroom. Then shortly later, I hear the cat and look. He's inside the room playing. I think wtf, must have slipt back in while I was closing the door. I go put him out, close the door, go back
Namworld: to bed. Noises in the room. I look, he's back in the room.
mircea_popescu: appointing yourself the judge of all fucking creation is the point of life.
BingoBoingo: Pierre_Rochard: There's a lot of small shit schools getting on the doctoral train trying to escape their regional labels, so it is best not to use bachelor+masters as a measure. That and there are Bachelors (sometimes + masters) schools that are better candidates for escaping regionalness than some shitholes like Ohio State.
mircea_popescu: Namworld got a hole in your roof ?
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Pierre_Rochard: BingoBoingo: I agree, “national research university” has gotten diluted.
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asciilifeform: ^ english subs
asciilifeform: for aficionados
Namworld: Basement appartment.
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mircea_popescu: "Don’t depict the Magen David (Star of David) as an equivalent to the Nazi swastika. The Magen David represents all Jews—not just Israelis, not just people who are violent against Palestinians, ALL JEWS. When you do this, you are painting all Jews as violent, genocidal racists. DON’T." << and for that matter, the swastika represented all germans, not just the ones involved in homicide.
mircea_popescu: so you know... stop misrepresenting the swastika as something bad just to serve your need to scapegoat imagery.
Namworld: So I wonder what kind of sorcery this is. Then I notice a service panel to pipes slightly opened. That fucker was opening the cabinet under the sink, crawled into the walls with the pipes and made it's way to the room.
mircea_popescu: Namworld ahahah i think that's a keeper :)
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Namworld: Well definitly. That cat would chew a door to get to me. Can hear it scratching doors to follow me. That plus always laying at my feet. It's more like a dog.
mircea_popescu: so treat it well and be happy.
mircea_popescu: maybe one day a woman does the same.
Namworld: All I need now is to find it a name, eh.
mircea_popescu: you could call it brock.
mircea_popescu: on the strength of the similarity in behaviour.
BingoBoingo: Lol sneaking into bedrooms
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BingoBoingo: !b 3
Namworld: Who?
BingoBoingo: The FOundation guy
asciilifeform: sounds like the ideal cat. deserves a respectable name.
BingoBoingo: OMG BUllet point #2
mircea_popescu: decentralized key generation ?
mircea_popescu: what's this, a way to reduce key entropy to breakable levels ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: probably some crackpot m-of-n scheme again
mircea_popescu: "have a 4096 rsa key made out of 8 parts! it may not be as strong as the proper key, but that's good : if you forget your passphrase you can break the key and retreive your stuff!"
asciilifeform: lol
mircea_popescu: "also only terrorists would do this unauthorisedly."
mircea_popescu: "and it's illegal to not let us do illegal shit when we want to anyway, so."
BingoBoingo: ;;calc 4096/8
gribble: 512
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: this isn't how it works.
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: if you know ~1 in 4 bits, you can trivially break.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform well, it COULD be designed as a concatenation somehow, thus actually retaining 500ish bits. maybe.
BingoBoingo: asciilifeform: It's hard to predict derpitecture
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: there are published recipes for this. see 'multi-party computation' literature.
mircea_popescu: yeah just dun know how far i'd trust it.
asciilifeform: but there is virtually never any good reason to attempt it.
asciilifeform: for one thing, in most cases a plaintext exists, and who can know where and in how many copies.
assbot: Insane Coding: Memory management in C and auto allocating sprintf() - asprintf()
BingoBoingo: !up Duffer1
decimation: I was thinking about the "poisoned soup" model of determining the "randomness" of some numbers
decimation: it seems to me that if you had an infinitely large pot, you could tell whether the numbers were random or not
decimation: any source of finite entropy would eventually exhaust
asciilifeform: decimation: if you had an infinitely large pot, you could tip it over and drown the enemy.
decimation: heh yeah my point is of academic interest only
thickasthieves: "The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit."
decimation: although, the first practical test of any source of random numbers is to get a large quantity of them and see if there are any repeats
asciilifeform: decimation: the real lesson (which always seemed rather obvious to me, but what the hell) is that the numbers are uninteresting except in so far as they shed light on the mechanics of the source
decimation: indeed, and some of source must shine through with a mechanical generator
decimation: re: headphone "muffs": I used these sometimes in the office: (330-1198)
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decimation: but after about 3 hours it feels like you have your head in a vise
benkay: <Oglafbot> // WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS
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BingoBoingo: benkay: Twas I. It is a manual bot.
benkay: hahaha excellent
Oglafbot: Hello benkay
benkay: i don't watch nicks/joins/parts
benkay: i've not customized this irc client to both show those things but not display notifications for them
BingoBoingo: benkay: For a thing that updates weekly it seems the optimum haw to handle feed generation
decimation: what proxy bot do you guys use generally?
benkay: curse of emacs - it can behave any way you want it to, provided you put the time in to make it so.
benkay: decimation: emacs running on a vps, mosh for flaky mobile connections
decimation: interesting, you use ERC to host proxy?
mircea_popescu: so it turns out that ssh specifies ports with -p, but scp specifies ports with -P and -p is something else entirely.
mircea_popescu: that's half an hour i'm never getting back.
mircea_popescu: !up sheldonthomas
sheldonthomas: just swinging by wondering why is down
sheldonthomas: or is it just some tacit geoip blocking
mircea_popescu: sheldonthomas you can start here
assbot: MPEx status update pe Trilema - Un blog de Mircea Popescu.
fluffypony: the owner was arrested and deported to Argentina
sheldonthomas: sheesh you can’t be serious
fluffypony: I believe they're about to start waterboarding him
fluffypony: the Argentinians are rough
mircea_popescu: fluffypony teaboarding actually.
fluffypony: werd
mircea_popescu: im so fucking full of camomille i could burst.
decimation: yeah I've been hit by that ssh/scp thing many times, enraging
mircea_popescu: decimation just... why the fuck you know ? WHY!11
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decimation: turn the screwdriver clockwise screw turns, turn it counterclockwise and it explodes
mircea_popescu: <decimation> any source of finite entropy would eventually exhaust << this breaks physics.
mircea_popescu: one of the core (if unknown) principles underscoring all creation is that the qty of entropy in a system remains the same if it's cut in half.
mircea_popescu: it may not be as accessible now, but it's there.
mircea_popescu: this is fundamentally why reductive (and most not-so-reductive) physicalism does not work.
mircea_popescu: and about as close as one can get to physically proving divinity.
decimation: indeed, it makes determinism persuasive
mircea_popescu: no, the contrary. in the quest to make determinism infeasible, it requires some sort of entropy reservoir outside-the-world.
mircea_popescu: basically god is just this very large dice assemblage in non-space, feeding all the quarks dicerolls.
sheldonthomas: six drives are bricked huh
mircea_popescu: sheldonthomas anyway, that was then. meanwhile a lot of progress'been made (notices of which scattered all over the log), and we're coming out of da woods.
mircea_popescu: !s mpex
assbot: 24646 results for 'mpex' :
sheldonthomas: what’s to be expected when you finish the migration? everything back in place, accounts and the like?
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mircea_popescu: sheldonthomas yes.
mircea_popescu: new mpex key, but otherwise nothing much.
decimation: I guess I was picturing "determinism" as "God sets the outcome of the quark-dicerolls in the way He sees fit"
sheldonthomas: disappointing, albeit understandable
mircea_popescu: <thickasthieves> "The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit." << hey asciilifeform look at that! what was gulag, 50mn ?
mircea_popescu: sheldonthomas what's disappointing you mean ?
mircea_popescu: decimation a ok, then yes, pure determinism.
sheldonthomas: this downtime
mircea_popescu: obviously if one applied the same standards to quarks as it does to bitcoins, one could never trust the fucking quark. obviously quark-nsa is behind it.
mircea_popescu: sheldonthomas ah. yes.
mircea_popescu: i have this impression your name's familiar, any idea whence ?
sheldonthomas: not really. i occasionally linger on assets. maybe we met back at the bruce wager bitcoin conference. i sat in the 2nd row
sheldonthomas: *wagner
fluffypony: third seat from the left?
fluffypony: with the bushy hair and the moustache?
decimation: re: scp/ssh user interface << Herr Moldbug's rant on this topic is apropos: "The error is that control interfaces must not be intelligent. Briefly, intelligent user interfaces should be limited to applications in which the user does not expect to control the behavior of the product. If the product is used as a tool, its interface should be as
assbot: Unqualified Reservations: Wolfram Alpha and hubristic user interfaces
decimation: unintelligent as possible. Stupid is predictable; predictable is learnable; learnable is usable."
decimation: I would note that Mr. Wolfram & co. are slowly migrating Mathmatica to be "pay us to use Wolfram Alpha in the cloud"
mircea_popescu: sheldonthomas got a wot acct ?
sheldonthomas: i’ve lost my fucking wot identity more times than i like to admit
mthreat: it's ok, your other identity will admit it for you
mircea_popescu: not so smart.
mircea_popescu: lmao
sheldonthomas: i know man. i had reviews from trades in 2011 with people like justmoon and then i lost that harddrive and thus that wot identity
sheldonthomas: mthreat so true
nubbins`: protip: offsite backups
fluffypony: or the Usagi Backup System
thestringpuller: yes usagi still has investors
thestringpuller: funny how that works
nubbins`: some guy who bought a print off me yesterday now wants to use it for his band's next album cover
benkay: ;;gettrust xanthyos
gribble: Currently authenticated from hostmask xanthyos! Trust relationship from user benkay to user xanthyos: Level 1: 0, Level 2: 0 via 0 connections. Graph: | WoT data: | Rated since: Tue May 13 21:36:26 2014
assbot: Domain Registry Of America Suspended By ICANN
xanthyos: benkay: i'm a friend of danielpbarron 's
benkay: so i read
mircea_popescu: !up xanthyos
nubbins`: !up sheldonthomas
mircea_popescu: jesus what passes for process in the us these days.
mircea_popescu: Q : "ie. mining your competitors’ data to send unsolicited and misleading marketing messages isn’t allowed, so if you didn’t breach this clause how exactly did you send those notices?"
mircea_popescu: A : "none of your fucking business. door's that way."
thickasthieves: <@assbot> Domain Registry Of America Suspended By ICANN --- fuk ya!
thickasthieves: all the data they needed was public
thickasthieves: clients always asking me what the deal is when they get DRA letters
thestringpuller: nubbins`: so are you gonna sell him the album cover rights?
thestringpuller: lol
mircea_popescu: "I actually have been thrilled to see that finally there is movement to replace the straight access to /dev/random and /dev/urandom: Ted's patch to implement a getrandom() system call that can be made compatible with OpenBSD's own getentropy() in user space. And even more I'm happy to see that at least one of the OpenBSD/LibreSSL developers pitching in to help shape the interface.
mircea_popescu: Dropping out the egd support made me puzzled for a moment, but then I realized that there is no point in using egd to feed the randomness to the process, you just need to feed entropy to the kernel, and let the process get it normally. I have had, unfortunately, quite a bit of experience with entropy-generating daemons, and I wonder if this might be the right time to suggest getting a new multi-source daemon out." << a
mircea_popescu: sciilifeform do you read this thing like i do, ie, a nsa-sponsored attempt to survive the "everyone has cardano rng on board" apocalypse by making good entropy sources still circumventable ?
thickasthieves: maybe DRA can move on to Namecoin
mircea_popescu: o look, irc breaks names huh. asciilifeform ^
nubbins`: thestringpuller: blonde-dyed mullet kid with a skateboard making 40 tapes for his band
nubbins`: absolutely :D
thickasthieves: lol, so my wife has been buying these cat litter coupons on ebay for mos, free box, any size
thickasthieves: she just learned it's a fraud
BingoBoingo: do you read this thing like i do, ie, a nsa-sponsored attempt to survive the "everyone has cardano rng on board" apocalypse by making good entropy sources still circumventable ? << I read either that or some kernel afficianado who would buy a unix pacemaker
thickasthieves: we mustve gone through like 50 boxes
nubbins`: ha
thickasthieves: she;s all embarassed
fluffypony: it's a scam as in you get no boxes?
mircea_popescu: thickasthieves i don't follow, so did the coupons yield boxes or not ?
thickasthieves: yes
thickasthieves: grcoery clerks just dont klnow its a fraud yet
BingoBoingo: OMG USG Side channel attack on TaT via Ebay-Wife interaction
mircea_popescu: uh
mircea_popescu: so wait, basically your wife used some paper altcoin to defraud grocery chains ?
fluffypony: can I buy shares in this scam?
BingoBoingo: That's what I'm reading
mircea_popescu: decimation here's more. sha1 is implemented as "sha1sum". sha256 however is implemented as "sha256". then sha512 is... "sha512sum"
mircea_popescu: fuckwits.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: nsa 'expellas furca, tamen usque recurret.'
asciilifeform: who expects people to jump into the biodiesel fermenter on their own will.
BingoBoingo: Some dude wants to turn Linux into System/z
BingoBoingo: Or sell System/z systems
benkay: can one do merged-mining on a premined coin?
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: lol at trying to rationally monitor or quota resources on x86 box.
BingoBoingo: asciilifeform: I haven't read the comments yet, but I wonder how many read it as a proposal for linux developments as opposed to IBM advertorial
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: nsa-sponsored attempt to survive << they won't really worry until wintel stops being a thing.
mircea_popescu: !s parachute
assbot: 50 results for 'parachute' :
asciilifeform: lol
mircea_popescu: :D
mircea_popescu: dude this entire bitcoin-assets system with its tools is turning me into a fucking singularity, im like brain on steroids.
mircea_popescu: fucking love it.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu didn't have 'grep' before ?
mircea_popescu: convenience is half the tool.
BingoBoingo: %d
atcbot: [ATC Diff] Current Diff: 687182.56 Est. Next Diff: 632330.36 in 1859 blocks (#42336) Est. % Change: -7.98
BingoBoingo: !up moiety
moiety: you beat me :] thanks
moiety: brought you something BB
assbot: Can a Thumbcat - Play Checkers? - YouTube
BingoBoingo: aw
moiety: :D i thought it was so funny
mircea_popescu: !up Fairlay
Fairlay: just wanted to apologize for user posting links to Fairlay on Bitbet
mircea_popescu: i don't imagine anyone really cares.
Fairlay: googled for Fairlay and found it in this history here
mircea_popescu: !s fairlay
assbot: 4 results for 'fairlay' :
Fairlay: ok - than sorry again and goodbye
mircea_popescu: Fairlay you know, it may be a good idea to get in the wot.
Fairlay: I guess we are addressing more the new user that have never heard of WOT - since the old seems to be happy with bitbet
mircea_popescu: no but i mean for you personally.
mircea_popescu: as it is right now, you could be absolutely anyone.
the_real_fairlay: see ?
BingoBoingo: I don't rally think the Fairly comments on Bitbet really hurt BitBet at all
assbot: BitBet - BTC network difficulty to top 1B before 2014 :: 619.37 B (89%) on Yes, 74.04 B (11%) on No | closed 7 months 1 day ago
FabianB: artifexd: where is []bot btw.?
mircea_popescu: FabianB he said he's travelling and the bot croaked, can't touch till he's back
mircea_popescu:,19273/ << the end of fucking days, when the parody sites are more truthful than the "serious" networks.
assbot: Open-Minded Man Grimly Realizes How Much Life He's Wasted Listening To Bullshit | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
mircea_popescu: ;;later tell mike_c ding me.
gribble: The operation succeeded.
decimation: yeah I've been burned by "md5sum" suddenly is "md5" on osx
FabianB: mircea_popescu: ah ic, bitcoin taking summer vacation :)
mircea_popescu: lol
benkay: thickasthieves: is atc a merge-mine thing?
dub: ;;isitdown
gribble: is down
dub: week since the last update
mthreat: mircea_popescu: there's a bitcoin meetup wednesday, at a local bar that accepts btc for drinks:
assbot: Charla de introduccin a Bitcoin - Meetup Bitcoin Argentina (Buenos Aires)- Meetup
benkay: say hi to diego for me mthreat
mthreat: ok (if I go)
mthreat: i've been meaning to check out that bar
benkay: dunno if he'll remember me, but it'd be cool.
benkay: ;;bcstats
gribble: Current Blocks: 311728 | Current Difficulty: 1.733631697850783E10 | Next Difficulty At Block: 312479 | Next Difficulty In: 751 blocks | Next Difficulty In About: 4 days, 16 hours, 39 minutes, and 0 seconds | Next Difficulty Estimate: 19146535925.6 | Estimated Percent Change: 10.44177
benkay: is there a hashpower command?
dub: there was
dub: ;;nethash
gribble: 148187686.346
thickasthieves: <+benkay> thickasthieves: is atc a merge-mine thing? /// no, but i think it could be, and if it is, i might be willing to put some funds towards the dev, but no one wants my money so far
dub: whats atc nethash?
mircea_popescu: benkay who;'s diego ?
mircea_popescu: mthreat possibly, depending on how smoth mpex starts-up
dub: you want to be at least bigger than whatever Luke-Jr can steal before enabling mm
dub: %diff
atcbot: [ATC Diff] Current Diff: 687182.56 Est. Next Diff: 644621.51 in 1847 blocks (#42336) Est. % Change: -6.19
mircea_popescu: mm ?
mircea_popescu: oh.
mircea_popescu: isn't atc merge mined by default ?
dub: no
benkay: thanks dub
assbot: Extreme system recovery (Al Viro)
benkay: mircea_popescu:
assbot: Xinergia
benkay: <dub> you want to be at least bigger than whatever Luke-Jr can steal before enabling mm // pardon?
thickasthieves: he means you dont wanna give bigger miners an easy excuse to fork ATC
thickasthieves: (i think)
dub: he (and atm any number of miners) will kill your chain if you turn on merged
dub: rule of thumb, be bigger than eligius
thickasthieves: Eligius Pool Hashrate: 7,879.44 Th/s
benkay: "kill your chain" what do you mean by this?
dub: with iocoin (maybe ix too) he just mined the longest chain and didnt include any transactions
benkay: what
benkay: why
dub: because his goal is/was to stamp out altcoins
thickasthieves: for jesus
dub: ^
mircea_popescu: i don't get how this is supposed to work. so he mines and doesn't include txn
mircea_popescu: other miners do include them
mircea_popescu: where's the problem ?
dub: he has 99% of the network, no other miners get to play
benkay: if you're 95% of a given network...
mircea_popescu: dub 99% of what network ?
mircea_popescu: sha mm ?
dub: he has 8th
mircea_popescu: soooo
mircea_popescu: !s atcbot
assbot: 429 results for 'atcbot' :
mircea_popescu: %p
atcbot: [CoinMiner Hashrate]: 0.00 TH/s [PityThePool Hashrate]: 5152.05 GH/s
mircea_popescu: that's 5th no ?
mircea_popescu: if atc mms the hash will prolly go to 1ph anyway.
dub: you'd need to get 'good' pools on board
mircea_popescu: dub but there's ALREADY 5 th on board, and these are atc dedicated, they're not merge mining.
mircea_popescu: so if you add 8th from elegius that's what, 60% for luke, provided nobody else joins.
mircea_popescu: seems improbably.
dub: you sure? at a glance the diff doesnt look right
mircea_popescu: 03-07-2014 01:50:42 <atcbot> [CoinMiner Hashrate]: 0.02 TH/s [PityThePool Hashrate]: 14243.64 GH/s << this is the peak this month.
dub: is that a chain hopping pool though or atc dedi?
mircea_popescu: well unless mod6 fucked up the math.
mircea_popescu: dub how does this make a diff ?
dub: it might not be on atc right now
mircea_popescu: so ?
mircea_popescu: if it's mm'd it'll certainly be on.
mircea_popescu: anyway, news at eight : luke still irrelevant. big whoop.
mircea_popescu: this situation actually allows a window be thrown into bitcoin, to understand how it works. jesus atc is useful, props tat.
mircea_popescu: so : atc is not driven by "user adoption". it's driven by the fact that i'm buying it. in this context, if "evil" entity decides to just mine all the blocks, nobody gives a shit. so txn aren't included ? whatever.
dub: you dont want to look through that window either
mircea_popescu: that entity can either sell the coins it mines, in which case they end up with me, which is what i want anyway
mircea_popescu: or keep them, in which case it's actually making the coin more valuable.
mircea_popescu: this is the situation o nthe field : one has NO FUCKING CHOICE. this is how bitcoin works, and why it wins out.
mircea_popescu: bitcoin has been enacted by the fiat of a few important people, a few years ago, exactly in the same manner. they weren't THAT important as a % of the world, but that doesn't matter : bitcoin can't be un-enacted by the fiat of much larger entities. it has a cost of x to make and 1mn x aren't enough to undo it.
mircea_popescu: compared to this, user derpage and luser derpage on -dev is about as relevant as fairies in the spring rain.
dub: the scary thing about lukes altbashing was that, at the time tycho and eutheria were cheerleading for him
dub: so right there, a 90% mining cabal
mircea_popescu: what do kids know.
dub: for it was the point where I was closest to losing trust in the system
dub: bitcoin was in the hands of 3 people
mircea_popescu: takes one guy five minutes to give a woman a child.
mircea_popescu: modern science has not yet found a way to shove it back into the womb.
dub: probably still not far off
mircea_popescu: this is the situation here.
mircea_popescu: whatever you may think of the matter, bitcoin was never in the hands of THOSE 3 people.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: thermodynamics concerns the inevitable, rather the immediate. e.g., the japanese prolonged holdout against gunpowder.
dub: well, if you are presuming some kind of economic principle would come to your rescue, im sorry
dub: you are talking about zealots and morons
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform time has compressed since then. their ability to hold out had a lot to do with the difficulty of seafaring then, and lack of satellites.
mircea_popescu: dub so you think idiocy is extempt from gravity ?
asciilifeform: i imagine everyone who ever cracked a book is familiar with island ecosystems and their doomed flightless birds...
dub: bitcoins single defense from evil miner conspiracy is incentive
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform you mean... the (actual) penguin ?
mircea_popescu: it wasn't on an island.
asciilifeform: such as it. doesn't have to be on an island, strictly speaking.
mircea_popescu: dub more's to it. as i explained to asciilifeform a while ago, it actually makes it impossible to be evil in raport to it.
mircea_popescu: and it has this major make/destroy inequality baked in, to cherry on top.
asciilifeform: << me pontificating on related subject, some years ago
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mircea_popescu: asciilifeform i appreciate consensus scoring under fiat.
dub: penguin is not really flightless per se
mircea_popescu: dub the old one.
asciilifeform: dub: the bird in question is 'true penguin'
asciilifeform: dub: extinct today.
mircea_popescu: anyway, the argument against merge mining atc has more to do with the value of having an actual sha competitor for bitcoin, which may well be very instructive
mircea_popescu: all the various altcoins of any description are scrypt.
asciilifeform: were there no alts prior to 'litecoin' ?
dub: well yeah, because teh sha ones have been eliminated (see above)
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform litecoin is scrypt, and yea iirc was 1st
dub: I dont think it was
mircea_popescu: dub no, just because people are a) poor and b) cluieless, in that order
pankkake: no it was not first, far from it
pankkake: don't listen to litecoiners history rewriting
mircea_popescu: pankkake we're not going to go into solidcoin and all that ?
pankkake: namecoin was there before, and litecoin isn't the first scyrpt before
mircea_popescu: o right you are, namecoin yeah
pankkake: either*
xanthyos: danielpbarron: who is better: dub or dubs?
pankkake: fairbrix tenebrix whatever
pankkake: either way: lies
mircea_popescu: o yeah, darkcoin had a "tenebrix" early run. anyway, aborted all.
BingoBoingo: In between namecoin and the Scrypt pre-mined anscestors of LTC there were a lot of other forgettable alts, many mergemined.
BingoBoingo: If I remember right CoiledCoin was the one Luke killed
mircea_popescu: actually this may be a good thing to do for a blogger : make the altcoin history chart.
mircea_popescu: major reference article, that.
asciilifeform: i distinctly recall seeing just such a chart about a year ago
mircea_popescu: link ?
asciilifeform: complete with fancy graphics, clickable zoom, etc
assbot: Map of coins: the history of cryptocurrencies from bitcoin to dogecoin and more
asciilifeform: ^ no idea if current
mircea_popescu: doesn't load here.
mircea_popescu: "For instance, hundreds of thousands of bacteria can form daisy-chained "wires" an inch or so long, and tap seawater oxygen for energy. Such filaments can hold soil together and conduct electricity about as well as standard copper wire." << wow.
mircea_popescu: le wetware!
assbot: Map of coins: the history of cryptocurrencies from bitcoin to dogecoin and more
mircea_popescu: < btw.
assbot: Wetware Ontologies
decimation: if only you could harness bacteria to grow onto circuit-board test points...
mircea_popescu: decimation the better application seems self-building, self repairing connectivity.
mircea_popescu: who said we want or actually need mesh networks implemented over radio ?
mircea_popescu: how about the entire fucking ocean floor is a mesh network of bacteria guys
mircea_popescu: and yeah, you can destroy them.
mircea_popescu: go right ahead.
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo omfg holy shit.
mircea_popescu: for all of 2011-2013 i've been strictly ignoring alts, and look at all the time it's saved me!
BingoBoingo: Site isa javascript turd
asciilifeform: 'I want to build machines to do stuff that someone "like us" wouldn't want to do, for any of the several reasons (the job is hard/boring/stinky/whatever). And once I've built them, I want people to be able to use them. Please note this last point. People and other "nature's computers", like animals and fungi, aren't supposed to be "used". In fact, all those systems spend a huge amount of resources to avoid being
asciilifeform: used. Machines aren't supposed to be like that. Machines are supposed to do what you want. Which means that both the designer and the user need to control them.' (one mr. kreinin, with whom i have a number of disagreements, some public, but good point about meatware. --
assbot: "High-level CPU": follow-up
asciilifeform: motorcycle is considerably less efficient, thermodynamically, than horse - but more popular for, imho, good reason...
mircea_popescu: i dunno asciilifeform, i hear a lot of "please use me hard master" from some of the higher order "nature's computers".
asciilifeform: lol
asciilifeform: nobody cancelled pets
mircea_popescu: anyway. someone "like us" as the author fills that symbol does not belong above ground anyway.
mircea_popescu: fucking hippies.
asciilifeform: afaik he was flaming the hippies
mircea_popescu: gay spat.
mircea_popescu: can anyone explain to me why would latency be ever so slightly more going one way through a wire than coming the oher way ? same identical endpoints.
asciilifeform: the point about 'liveware generally doesn't wanna be used' can only be appreciated by folks who tried to breed industrially useful bacteria (e.g. e. coli secreting a saleable substance) - and the problems in that business
asciilifeform: short version - bacterium isn't a sled dog. he won't work if he doesn't 'want' to. (expressed in actual flesh as the formulation: the ones without the 'work' trait - e.g. secreting dope - tend to outperform their 'useful' peers in reproduction)
mircea_popescu: "the point about women not wanting to be used can only be appreciated by rapists". DOING IT WRONG
dub: re: latency, its probably how you are measuring it
asciilifeform: the problem, in case anyone doesn't know, is presently dealt with through luck and brute force.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform consider how eminently used e coli are in the intestines of every mammal.
dub: but you'll get all kinds of inconsistency between network stacks, hardware, drivers etc
mircea_popescu: dub same shit tho.
mircea_popescu: same parts, same software.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: sure. symbionts. now engineer some...
dub: how sure are you?
mircea_popescu: i am sure.
dub: checked every chip?
mircea_popescu: same exact model netcards. same firmware on the netcards.
BigBitz: same cables?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: describe briefly the geometry of the wire.
BigBitz: could just be the ASIC on the Switchports.
mircea_popescu: a U with a very long bottom ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: most obvious explanation is clocks.
BigBitz: or it would be your machine badly timing the latency.
asciilifeform: ^
mircea_popescu: why one or not the other.
BigBitz: clocks have a tendancy to be 'shit'
mircea_popescu: wait. fuck.
BigBitz: silicon/ASICs have a tendncy to be better than 'shit;
mircea_popescu: no two clocks work the same huh.
asciilifeform: typical quartz oscillators are rated to 2%
mircea_popescu: it's equalizing over time. hey asciilifeform ! i just got some entropy!
asciilifeform: they have some - limited - thermal compensation.
BigBitz: yup heat can fuck shit up.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: this is actually a traditional means of generating 'hardware entropy' on a pc. i rediscovered it as a kid, thought i 'had something nice'
mircea_popescu: right.
mircea_popescu: well, i built a rng oscillator. go me.
asciilifeform: a traditional pc comes with at least 2 measurable oscillators (cpu crystal and 18hz real time clock)
asciilifeform waits for announcement of mpex plant purchasing rhubidium frequency standard
dub: rhubarbium?
mircea_popescu: ahaha
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mircea_popescu: !b 5
asciilifeform: unlike cesium clocks, these are inexpensive - radio stations in the civilized works are required to use them.
asciilifeform: *world
asciilifeform: to prevent frequency walking
asciilifeform: ;;google rubidium clock
gribble: Rubidium standard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: <>; Atomic clock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: <>; Accubeat - Technology - Rubidium Atomic Clock Technology: <>
BigBitz: ah Atomic Clocks.
BigBitz: such accuracy.
BigBitz: many times.
BigBitz: much sync.
BigBitz: WOW
mircea_popescu: btw, did they ever make that rubidium superclock thing ?
assbot: Turning a rubidium standard into a proper tool
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: no idea about 'super', but these are ubiquitous in the radio industry.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform there was some design to make them stable-er than cesium and get rid of the cs standard entirely.
thickasthieves: <+mircea_popescu> so if you add 8th from elegius ///8PH
mircea_popescu: when did that happen.
mircea_popescu: what, elegius is solving blocks now ?!
BingoBoingo: It happens because the idiots buying miners are the same idiots who ever bought miners
asciilifeform: << loltron. e.g., kalashnikov banned for import in usa.
mircea_popescu: In addition, the following individuals have been added to OFAC's SDN List: BESEDA, Sergey
mircea_popescu: lmao. so let me get this straight, if putin v2.0 decides to visit the us, they'll know ?
mircea_popescu: hao.
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mircea_popescu: BORODAI, Aleksandr (a.k.a. BORODAI, Alexander); DOB 25 Jul 1972; nationality Russia (individual) [UKRAINE]. <<< aww, no prime minister of donetsk republic ? tsk tsk
mircea_popescu: lmao
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BingoBoingo: !b 2
mircea_popescu: << click on this, get added to some list or teh other.
BingoBoingo: This Dontesk Republic is basically just like a standard Hollywood sequel to Transndstria i.e. moar explosions
mircea_popescu: mhm
asciilifeform: rubidium clock << about 200 usd on 'ebay' and the like. who wants, can buy.
dub: mircea_popescu: back to your wire, validate your instrumentation first.
asciilifeform: << mega-lol re: who it is pitched to!
assbot: Supper Low Jitter Clock 11 2896MHz Rubidium Frequency | eBay
BingoBoingo: << Today, lethality weapons include weapons which lethality rate does not exceed 25 per cent.
assbot: Nonlethal weapons : en
benkay: <mircea_popescu> how about the entire fucking ocean floor is a mesh network of bacteria guys // okay
asciilifeform: 'put the rubidium oscillator's sine output into the cd player... it will enhance the sound quality greatly.'
asciilifeform: and here i thought the magic green marker was state of the art.
BingoBoingo: asciilifeform:
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: the inescapable question, is, as before, what one must smoke.
BingoBoingo: I kind of wonder what the ruse it, seems like an overly strong emphasis on CD player much as the headshops emphasize their glass pipes are for tobacco
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: there is an entire 'culture' of audio voodoo.
BingoBoingo: I didn't know it was /this/ bad. I almost would rather believe this is for people building plasma rifles on the down low.
asciilifeform: back to clocks: it is grave mistake to regard a pc clock as a scientific instrument. you can get pretty good thermal stability out of a quartz resonator, using an 'oven' (more or less just like kitchen oven, in miniature - maintain controlled temperature.) but this is never found in a consumer appliance.
assbot: The Cheapest Crystal Oven
BingoBoingo: !up nubbins`
asciilifeform: if you need serious (accurate and precise) timing, must use an instrument built for that purpose.
asciilifeform: 'gps' and similar navigation systems, for example, live and die on atomic clock (and correct for SR!)
dub: these problems almost always compounded by failure closer to the chair
nubbins`: hi
nubbins`: SR/TD correction in GPS sats blew my mind
benkay: hey nubbins` what's with these threaded beers you can't twist the tops off of in bc?
nubbins`: england is closer to bc, but i uh
asciilifeform: nubbins`: try example 'closer to home,' even. last generation of CRT displays had to include sr correction (short tube, less glass, but higher gun voltage - fast electrons.)
dub: had an identical problem brought to me after months of hand wringing by systems teams, 30 minutes later they had data to smack vendor with who later admitted to hidden NIC revisions and supplied new driver
nubbins`: threads mean you can twist 'em off, doesn't it?
nubbins`: *is closer than bc
BingoBoingo: I've long imagined a wrist portable watch with RTG (RTG also heats crystal) I'm resigned to knowing such a device probably wouldn't have the power to offer man readable time without an unacceptable risk of wrist cancer
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform i recall reading about that, why teh russians couldn't make good crts. quantum effects.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: actually i first learned of this when studying the demise of american tv makers.
asciilifeform: japan taught sr to engineers. america - no.
mircea_popescu: pretty much.
mircea_popescu: dub i don't use vendor supplied firmware.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu bakes own NICs ?
asciilifeform impressed
mircea_popescu: it limits a lot of things ;/
asciilifeform digs handmade nic out of cigar box, blows off dust
mircea_popescu: anyway, now it's slower in the other direction.
dub: you're missing the point, make your dudes prove the test suite
asciilifeform: oscillator drift.
asciilifeform: unless the magnitude of the skew is more than 10 msec or so
dub: 99% of people who sell themselves as experts at this are probably trying to use 'ping'
mircea_popescu: dub these are draftees lol.
asciilifeform: incidentally, quartz oscillators generally don't come in the GHz range. there's a fairly modest (<100MHz) crystal and a PLL multiplier. which compounds any error...
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform it's fractions of a ms.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: handily inside thermal drift range then.
BingoBoingo: Prolly ought to start ordering Rhubidium clocks for next downtime
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo what, and pass the chance to scramble madly for a week ?
asciilifeform: likewise - perhaps there is no need to point this out, but the linux/bsd kernel is also not a scientific instrument.
BingoBoingo: mircea_popescu: Nah, you still scramble madly for a week as you chase cesium precision
asciilifeform: also must recall that machine contains other components with quartz oscillators - and some of these components sit on the bus and can toss interrupts.
BingoBoingo: After that you chase caesous precision because the fans can't slice cheese or something
asciilifeform digs for ancient paper regarding maliciously estimating a remote machine's temperature using userspace-observable clock drifts
asciilifeform: ^ if anyone has, please post here.
BingoBoingo: So now there's a paper that helps to explain MPEx and threaten Rassah's usb wallet
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: 'now' << 1990s
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform ?
BingoBoingo: I was born, therefore it is recent
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: not the one i was thinking of, bus similar concept.
asciilifeform: *but
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mircea_popescu: !up n21187
n21187: thank u
BingoBoingo: %t
atcbot: [X-BT] Bid: 222 Ask: 240 Last Price: 222 24h-Vol: 12k High: 222 Low: 222 VWAP: 221
mircea_popescu: sure. who're you ?
n21187: nobody really
mircea_popescu: ic.
BingoBoingo: The comments here make a nice lens for paranoid about psyops
assbot: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17 - Slashdot
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: American Government Edits Wikipedia On Nobody Ever - USGDot
BingoBoingo: Oh it does. I'm just trying to play a game with myself of which comments are psyops from what side, which are parody, and which are just feeding the trols
mircea_popescu: ok so the great news is, mpex is fully operational.
mircea_popescu: i will be bringing it online midday today.
penguirker: New blog post:
decimation: re: crap quartz clocks: I wondered how they did this in cell phones, because the absolute frequency is required to be within a certain range
decimation: turns out they use minaturized tcxo:
assbot: Press Release 8/18/08
decimation: you can buy on digikey for ~$20 as i recall, but I"m sure apple paid much less
BingoBoingo: Overly simple charts
assbot: The Middle East Friendship Chart
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo yeah, definitely, al-quaeda is hostile to everyone. herp.
mircea_popescu: and egypt is friendly to the us. what the fuck is this lmao.
BingoBoingo: If ever there were a chart which should have just been filled with "It's complicated"
mircea_popescu: iran friends with nobody but iraq ?! ahahh
mircea_popescu: check it out, how many friends the us has. iraq... the saudis...
mircea_popescu: nuts that thing.
BingoBoingo: Also Where the fuck are the Kurds? They are more a thing than refering to Iraq in the singular now.
decimation: I'm also annoyed that wristwatch accuracy is so poor
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo or afghanistan
mircea_popescu: this is so very like reading soviet hagiography
BingoBoingo: lol
decimation: it is interesting that the "high-end" watch world has gone away from "my watch is really accurate" to "look at the neat spinny gears"
BingoBoingo: decimation: Well, it had to. Shiny sell more than function does. Hence every outdoorsy flashlight is now tactical.
decimation: yeah, the last quartz watch sold on accuracy that I can find was in 1974:
decimation: it turns out you can open up many quartz watches and adjust the trim pot to correct for aging error:
assbot: How to adjust the accuracy of a G-Shock
decimation: !up Diablo-D3
Diablo-D3: that forum isnt loading
Diablo-D3: is this for an analog one?
decimation: no it's a casio g-shock
decimation: unstylish digital watch
Diablo-D3: yeah see
Diablo-D3: I have a g-shock
Diablo-D3: its 20 years old
Diablo-D3: Ive never had to adjust it
decimation: mine is about 5 years old and it loses about 10 seconds per month if it doesn't correct from WWVB
decimation: apparently the firmware in the watch: 1.) doesn't use WWVB to correct its long-term frequency error 2.) produces a one-second offset when synced to WWVB
BingoBoingo: I think a rhubidium "grandfather clock" at home is a better solution to the problem of "watch has shitty crystals" than WWVB's chicom signal.
decimation: heh chicom signal?
Diablo-D3: mine loses about half a minute every year
Diablo-D3: mine predates the time radio shit
Diablo-D3: I also turned dst off on it because of bush
BingoBoingo: Well sure it was originally US made, but when things break... And in a high power broadcase facillity shit breaks
decimation: the conventional solution is to use gps for the same purpose, but that has the same problem
BingoBoingo: Actual solution is to roll your own time standard
BingoBoingo: It isn't like the blockchain demands timestamp precision
decimation: well, how are you going to initially set your granfather clock? do you accept the communist's time reference frame?
Diablo-D3: I wouldnt mind one of the new gshocks that are solar and self setting
decimation: yeah that is what mine is, it has worse onboard clock...
Diablo-D3: it doesnt need to have a great onboard clock
decimation: also it does not sync well on the east coast of the us
Diablo-D3: heh, really?
Diablo-D3: meh
Diablo-D3: maybe by the time my watch dies
Diablo-D3: I wont bother replacing it
BingoBoingo: decimation: I imagine when it starts I'll just take the unix time from the nearest friendly timeserver
decimation: I think the citizen watches are the only digital quartz watches made today with some level of accuracy
BingoBoingo: Eh citzen or seiko generally work fine. Swatch is prolly fine too.
BingoBoingo: Most days I get by fine with a malaysian automatic winding movement when I care/remember to wear it.
dub: my phone can tell the time
decimation: phones are set by mobile towers generally
decimation: yeah a grand seiko quartz should be less than 1 second per month based on their internal spec
decimation: !up Diablo-D3
Diablo-D3: really, this whole +m stuff should stop
Diablo-D3: yeah, see, what dub said is true
Diablo-D3: my phone, also, tells time
bitstein: !up Basquiat_
Basquiat_: bitstein: the latest in bitcoin startup scams
assbot: Clarity Currency Management | Home
bitstein: I like how they flat out make stuff up in their "educational guide"
bitstein: "Companies such as Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, EBay and Amazon have already begun implementing bitcoin transactions in their business models, in addition to Wallstreet, political candidates, and the music community."
assbot: Clarity Currency Mgmt - Who We Are - YouTube
bitstein: On a symbolic level, I like how the banner image has varying degrees of clarity.
bitstein: Basquiat_: The music.
BingoBoingo: Chiraq update:,0,5431495.story
assbot: In violent weekend, at least 40 people shot in Chicago -
bitstein: They ought to try banning guns.
Basquiat_: bitstein: hard at work trading that crypto
mircea_popescu: !up Zoop_
mircea_popescu: the music community lol
decimation: it's probably racsis to take notice of who is murdering in chicago
copumpkin: still no sign of mpex?
BingoBoingo: copumpkin: Supposedly going up Midday
assbot: [HAVELOCK] [PETA] 200 @ 0.003 = 0.6 BTC [-] {2}
mircea_popescu: copumpkin
assbot: #bitcoin-assets log
copumpkin: yay
copumpkin: inb4 massive selloff of S.MPOE :P
copumpkin: I'd join in, except I'm lazy so I'll probably just hold it and see what happens
mircea_popescu: yay cheap shares.
copumpkin: :)
copumpkin: I think I have enough shares for now
copumpkin: one day I'll have as many as you do though!
copumpkin: >_>
mircea_popescu: well sure, i still intend to retire eventually.
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asciilifeform laughs, reading log, seeing people thinking that microwave clock is for knowing the time.
asciilifeform often wonders about thermal behaviour of the semiconductor widgetry connected to such clocks, and whether anyone even gives a fuck
asciilifeform: incidentally, we know that gate delay is thermally ticklish. how? easy - asynchronous circuits will speed up or slow down depending on temperature.
dub: there is a clock on my microwave sothere
BingoBoingo: Time's not a real thing anyway
BingoBoingo: Time's just the scraps left over after space is cleaved from the manifold by the faculty of sensation to cognition
BingoBoingo: by intuition
BingoBoingo: Or maybe I flipped something around in there
dub: I like how you can gauge just how stupid your average HR/HS peon is by the time they expect it to take for the test
dub: estimated time for this module 30 minutes, takes 35 seconds
dub: HS learning team have a combined IQ of 17
asciilifeform: dub: let me guess. mandatory u.s. army 'anti-terrorist training' ?
dub: there was a bomb threat slide, which was particularly stupid in that I failed it
dub: apparently you should take your laptop with you in this instance because not having it destroyed by bomb squad is less important than not being blowed up
dub: er, more important
dub: gah
dub: the best ones are where there is not enough information to answer
dub: this question 'what should you take to a $site', options ID, changte request, then lists three different access card types
dub: the answer is all of above

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