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asciilifeform: !up badon
badon: Thanks!
badon: asciilifeform: Should I paste?
badon: I have used several Typematrix keyboards during the last decade. I tried all the best and most expensive ergonomic keyboards, but the Typematrix was the cheapest "serious" keyboard I tested, and it was also the best. It was also the most easily portable one too. I wrote an article yesterday about them, and a few ways to get discounts and free stuff if you buy things in the right sequence:
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badon: opic=5760.0
badon: eek
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badon: there
badon: It's pretty durable, but I wouldn't trust it for 30+ years like the IBM model M. Of course, I take mine with me mobile, and that's extra-hard on keyboards. I think I'm averaging about 4 or 5 years before I break one of mine.
badon: I buy used ones for spare parts, and keep them going. They're that awesome.
asciilifeform: badon: your device reminds me of maltron's keyboard.
badon: asciilifeform: Yeah, I tried one of those too. I liked the Typematrix better.
assbot: Maltron Keyboard Review ... ( )
badon: I spent a ton of money on them, to test them all.
badon: Kinesis and Maltron were both really very good, but the Typematrix was a little better, and it was a LOT cheaper and more portable.
badon: Plus, the skins make the Typematrix the ultimate keyboard. My keyboard life has greatly increased now that no debris gets in them. Plus, I can switch layouts easily.
badon: In practice, I just stick with Dvorak though.
badon: I can type on either Dvorak or QWERTY, but Dvorak is faster with fewer errors.
kakobrekla: Switch: membrane technology with "double-scissors" mechanism
badon: Typematrix keyboards are able to do both. You switch skins to change the labeling.
badon: kakobrekla: It's pretty good. I think the scissors are teflon or something else extremely low friction.
badon: It feels a lot like teflon.
badon: It's stiffer though.
asciilifeform won't use membrane keyboard unless trapped (laptop in the field, etc)
badon: What's the alternative?
asciilifeform: badon: mechanical switches
badon: I've really enjoyed mine, and it's easy to change out the membrane if I wear one out or accidentally screw it up.
badon: Mechanical switches wear out too. I'm not sure they have any advantage over the membrane.
badon: The membrane is nearly as tactile, but much quieter.
badon: I assume it's lighter, cheaper, and less bulky, but I can't say for sure since I haven't got any mechanical keyboards.
badon: I've used them in the past, of course, but that was in the 1980's.
kakobrekla: we are still in the 80's
badon reels up an old Braddock movie
BingoBoingo: kakobrekla: Don't worry, soon we will be in the 70's
kakobrekla: groovy!
asciilifeform: i've yet to render a single 'model m' even partially inoperable.
asciilifeform: 'alps' and similar (leaf spring) switches are good for a decade or so of heavy use
asciilifeform: for these, it helps to have a sacrificial keyboard in your cellar, to desolder switches from when the inevitable comes
kakobrekla: well if you cant amortize a kboard over a decade... you are typing too slow.
asciilifeform: (leaf springs develop a 'stutter' as they age)
badon: asciilifeform: Typematrix is planning to produce new models. If you contact them, you will have an opportunity to influence their design decisions.
asciilifeform: kakobrekla: not a question of money, but of what is physically attainable
asciilifeform: i tend to buy 'northgates' in reasonable condition whenever and wherever they pop up
asciilifeform: (not so much 'model m' - i used them also, but they do not, for any practical purpose, wear out. so don't need many.)
asciilifeform: badon: presumably they have happy customers already.
badon: Typematrix is a small company with only 1 engineer (one of the owners), so it's easy to have your voice heard if you've got a good idea for them.
badon: asciilifeform: Yes, they do.
badon: Still, the idea of a keyboard with ridiculously fast mechanical switches appeals to me.
kakobrekla: asciilifeform what the estimated lifetime supply of northgates
kakobrekla: whats*
asciilifeform: kakobrekla: transplanted switches don't have to come from 'northgates' per se.
asciilifeform: can be any board with identical switches.
badon: asciilifeform: Ah, so the mechanical ones aren't indestructible.
asciilifeform: badon: leaf spring switches wear out considerably faster than buckling springs
badon: I think I have 4 or 5 Typematrix keyboards, give or take.
asciilifeform: (in the latter, the spring has been known to deform. can obtain replacement spring easily.)
badon: I'll have to get one wireless.
asciilifeform: leaf spring switches ('alps', 'cherry', others) are not normally considered repairable - on account of there being no ready supply (afaik) of replacement springs.
kakobrekla: hm, what brought you here originally badon ?
badon: kakobrekla: The discussion in #freenode about a DDoS bot here.
badon: I wasn't aware of the existence of this channel, and I was going to ask what it's about.
badon: I couldn't find a simple explanation in the channel topic, nor on the website.
kakobrekla: ah that, nobody knows at this point.
badon: I couldn't speak, so I couldn't ask until now, after asciilifeform voiced me so I could share what I was discussing with him privately about keyboards.
badon: I'd still like to know what this channel is about :)
kakobrekla: its ok, SS is pleased.
badon: SS?
kakobrekla: Schutzstaffel?
asciilifeform: ^ leaf spring switch cutaway (animated)
asciilifeform: (notice helical spring also present)
kakobrekla: mx switches werks liek dat
asciilifeform: 'cherry' aha
asciilifeform: i'm not especially fond of them
asciilifeform: 'alps' made, imho, the only passable ones
asciilifeform: ^ buckling spring, also animated.
kakobrekla: !s this chan about
assbot: 11 results for 'this chan about' :
kakobrekla: try that badon
asciilifeform: it was, at one point, i think, about bitcoin.
badon: looking
badon: oh, haha
asciilifeform: (still is, perhaps, when i'm logged out...)
kakobrekla: now its just something that looks like english
mats_cd03: Chaang-Noi:not talking about anyone anyone said in this chan, just spammers who pm me about random shit << oh the irony
mats_cd03: oh wait...brain parsed 'scammer' instead
kakobrekla: well, he is/was both
asciilifeform: any 'keyboard folks' still awake - there are yet other famous switches, that i have not used.
assbot: Topre switch - Deskthority wiki ... ( )
kakobrekla: !s topre
assbot: 3 results for 'topre' :
mats_cd03: o ya? did spam too?
asciilifeform: as i understand, these are quite rare outside of jp.
mats_cd03: how about that
kakobrekla: i was looking at topre board a year ago but opted out in the end
mats_cd03 goes back to wrangling dockerfiles
asciilifeform: a true '$maxint' keyboard would use hall effect sensors for the actuation, rather than rubber dome and carbon (topre, model m, mebranes) or contacting electrodes (leaf springs - alps, cherry)
ben_vulpes: mats_cd03: what are you doing with dockerfiles?
kakobrekla: i forgot why exactly, prolly no tenkeyless model
asciilifeform: these are found in 'explosion-proof' machinery - e.g., to be used in mines, gas pipelines
asciilifeform: a small magnet moves near a (hermetically sealed) hall effect junction
asciilifeform: (magnet can be suspended above a buckling spring, or rubber doohickey, or whatever - but this is purely for the user's pleasure and plays no electrical role)
asciilifeform: i bought a small crate, some years ago, to play with.
kakobrekla: a there it is
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asciilifeform: ugh castrato.
kakobrekla: i have a standalone numpad somewhere
kakobrekla: and yes i prefer it on the right of the mouse!
fluffypony: so hardcore
fluffypony: like an accountant
kakobrekla: but havent found the use for it in a long tiem
fluffypony: oh snap
kakobrekla: actually it was neat for playing dyna blaster
kakobrekla: for 2 players
ben_vulpes: +asciilifeform:kakobrekla: i take it turdatron functions to spec now? << what spec
ben_vulpes: +asciilifeform: << only displays one << jurov, paging jurov to the turdatron
ben_vulpes: +decimation:few actual important details have been released, like "where they are gonna buy bitcoin" and "how they gonna index btc price" << the later is actually public knowledge
ben_vulpes: latter*
ben_vulpes: +asciilifeform:every penny i spend is recorded. even at parking meters. << you've got this weird habit of just doing what they tell you. i don't get it, especially given your proclivities and tendencies. it's almost as though you' ironic mole!
ben_vulpes: cazalla: "Coinsetter is now promoting participation in the bitcoin market to professional market makers by offering maker-taker pricing and a new equity incentive program beginning today. The 'Market Making Equity Incentive Program' will set aside 10% of the company's equity for distribution to institutionally-capitalized designated market makers (DMMs) who provide at least $300k of liquidity to
ben_vulpes: Coinsetter's order book."
mats_cd03: ben_vulpes: i'm building a dev env for website
ben_vulpes: +asciilifeform:and the notion of moving fingers without any feedback springs is lunacy << hardly. feedback via optic nerve is entirely reasonable.
ben_vulpes: mats_cd03: WELCOME TO CLUB
mats_cd03: annoying piece of machinery, this
ben_vulpes: what part is most annoying?
ben_vulpes: asciilifeform: "refuse" << lolk
mats_cd03: it'll prob end up wrangling vagrant, redis, mongodb, memcached, and nginx
mats_cd03: i'm still trying to work out if i can do it all through shell script supervisors, but that probably won't happen
ben_vulpes: shell script supervisors hm?
ben_vulpes: docker will keep containers up on its own just fine.
ben_vulpes: mongo ha oh boy the machine in question's what - 3 years old?
thestringpuller: mats_cd03: i threw up a little
mats_cd03: i mean... management of spinning up/down, and what not
mats_cd03: i forgot to mention i have no idea what i'm doing with web things
ben_vulpes: mats_cd03: the sj deploy hairball is entirely bash with a squirt of python to marshal aws resources
ben_vulpes: build pattern is: "install docker. then, deploy apptuation."
thestringpuller: what are you guise setting up again?
ben_vulpes: well, build containers for all persistent services (redis, postgres, mongo in your case).
ben_vulpes: deploy pattern is "get code, load deps file into docker,rebuild image with that, if build fails bail, run image, smoke test new container, if new container fails bail, then shut down old container and shoop new container into its place"
ben_vulpes: obviously there are subtleties with static assets, but you get the gist.
ben_vulpes: pm if you have questions. more than happy to lend a hand.
ben_vulpes: thestringpuller: i have no idea.
asciilifeform: ben_vulpes: weird habit of just doing what they tell you << lol
mats_cd03: i appreciate it, will let you know if i run into anything especially gnarly
asciilifeform: ben_vulpes: feedback via optic nerve is entirely reasonable << muscles were not made to twitch impotently in mid-air.
asciilifeform: !s gorilla arm
assbot: 3 results for 'gorilla arm' :
ben_vulpes: who said 'in air'?
asciilifeform: go try it. 'type' on an imaginary keyboard, wearing motorcycling gloves.
asciilifeform: see how much fun.
ben_vulpes: hardware to test this does not exist.
asciilifeform: moto gloves + imagination.
ben_vulpes: and yet - subvocalization works.
ben_vulpes: who said gloves?!
thestringpuller: asciilifeform rides a motorcycle?!?!?!?
asciilifeform vaguely recalls thread originally about gloves
asciilifeform does not own motorcycle, but owns gloves
ben_vulpes: sounds like a bad engineering decision with small radar modules in the pipeline.
asciilifeform: small radar modules are 1990s off-the-shelf sop. buy, try.
ben_vulpes: point?
asciilifeform: point that everyone seems to insist on 'pissing on the electric fence himself'
asciilifeform: who am i to say they oughtn't.
ben_vulpes: that the "computer" i haul everywhere cannot make a realtime 3d model of its surroundings is hilarious.
thestringpuller: 'pissing on the electric fence himselfi think someone died from
thestringpuller: that recently
assbot: Logged on 04-06-2014 17:34:30; asciilifeform: 'some learn from book; others, from example; the rest must piss on the electric fence personally'
thestringpuller: well pissing on the electric fence is a one time thing
ben_vulpes: asciilifeform: what doesn't work? resolution? speed? the whole not being a phased array and so incapable of reconstructing 3d?
asciilifeform: most modern fences are 'humane' and have pulsed power
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asciilifeform: ben_vulpes: consider saying a little re: what kind of gadget you have in mind
asciilifeform: if not glove.
asciilifeform: (a while ago the 'keyboards' thread touched on the ancient idea of 'data gloves')
ben_vulpes: an example, if you will. not the ideal, but an example.
decimation: asciilifeform: my 'glove' idea was really a robot hand that would gently connect above your hand, to provide 'feedback' - but I agree that 'spring-like' action would be very difficult/expensive
thestringpuller: nvm it was a lampost
decimation: what about a video camera watching your gestures 'minority report' style?
ben_vulpes: consider the oculus rift. instead of inertial sensors, uses rangefinders/radars to perform orientation analysis and also map surroundings in real time.
asciilifeform: anyone who wants this, can buy now.
assbot: Celluon ... ( )
asciilifeform: (there were, iirc, other vendors)
asciilifeform: it's a misery. i'll do without banging hands on a tabletop or waving them in air, thanks.
decimation: 'minority report' interface would still have the gorilla arm problem, as it was demonstrated in the movie, but in theory one could devise an armrest of some kind
asciilifeform: it's not an issue of lack of rest
asciilifeform: but lack of amortizer.
asciilifeform: the spring is not just masturbatory, it's an amortizer.
ben_vulpes: bruise prevention.
decimation: ;;ud amortizer
gribble: Google found nothing.
ben_vulpes: ameliorator?
decimation: ;;dict amortizer
gribble: No definition for "amortizer" could be found in wn
asciilifeform: shock absorber.
decimation: ah yes, agreed
ben_vulpes: amortizer's an interesting word choice :D
asciilifeform: amortisseur.
decimation: your digits/arms are meant to operate against resistance
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decimation: actually if we want to go farther, an interface that examines very fine, high speed eye movements might be a high-speed method of precise data entry
asciilifeform: decimation: go ask an invalid who is stuck using eye movements as keyboard, how much fun it is.
asciilifeform: how great for the eyes.
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: hardphork!
BingoBoingo: asciilifeform: Back in 2012
ben_vulpes: asciilifeform: i bow to your wisdom
asciilifeform: or rather, the soft, squishy substrate for a hardphorq
asciilifeform: ben_vulpes: don't bow, try it yourself. only need imagination. try 'air guitar' with keyboard, for perhaps ten minutes
asciilifeform: see how feels.
asciilifeform: so many of these ideas are testable with nothing more than your brain and a little elbow grease.
decimation: asciilifeform: actually, you have emphasized the 'language coprocessor' feature of the brain in the past - perhaps the best interface is a reliable speech-to-symbol synth
ben_vulpes: i'll pass on this particular electric fence.
asciilifeform: decimation: i'll go perelman before i talk to a computer.
asciilifeform: bad enough that i end up having to talk to people once in a while.
asciilifeform: let's put it this way - right now, my symbol (not character! symbol) error rate is near zero.
asciilifeform: with the best known (or conceivable - say, using human slaves) 'speech to text' - it's suddenly nonzero.
mats_cd03: you'll change your mind after a little carpal tunnel
decimation: the scene in star trek iv pops to mind
assbot: Star Trek 4 - The Voyage Home - Hello Computer - YouTube ... ( )
ben_vulpes: how much time do you spend typing, asciilifeform ?
ben_vulpes: -assets aside
mats_cd03: i developed it by 18. sigh.
asciilifeform: ben_vulpes: depends what one means by 'typing'
ben_vulpes: what are the different meanings available?
asciilifeform: sitting near a keyboard? 18-24 h/ day
asciilifeform: actually pressing keys? less.
ben_vulpes: not terrifically surprsing.
ben_vulpes goes afk for a bit
decimation: it's time for me to retire, good evening gentlemen
BingoBoingo: Don't worry, retire has plenty of time for you too.
asciilifeform: as i understand, 'carpal tunnel' and related disease result from 'poor life choices'
asciilifeform: (and/or accidents of fortune, possibly, biological quirks)
assbot: Logged on 22-09-2014 04:33:40; asciilifeform: switching caps lock and ctrl << 'Emacs actually comes with a builting Emacs Aptitude Test. Do you remap your keyboard or the Emacs keybindings before the chords and sequences it comes with by default have wreaked havoc with your hands? If you do not do anything to make Emacs more convenient for yourself, you may not have the prerequisite aptitude to use it productive.' (naggum, who else. http://www.
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cazalla: ben_vulpes, that's dated nov 13th, bit old by now, must've missed it at the time
punkman: jurov: where's notary? << undergoing repairs, about 1/3 done, hopefully ready by end of week
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mircea_popescu: ben_vulpes: mircea_popescu: training wheels on a function wave? <<< yeah, you know, help you find it exists.
mircea_popescu: ben_vulpes: "Currently, digital currencies lack the basic protections consumers have come to expect when transacting online " << because what the "consumer" has "come to expect" is the fucking alpha and omega of the perceptible universe.
mircea_popescu: this needs to be broken. it's not "o noes, bitcoin wants to replace mastercard with itself". nothing like that.
mircea_popescu: bitcoin wants to entirely destroy the things crap such as mastercard even stands on,
mircea_popescu: plow it and salt it.
mircea_popescu: like the idea that people may be "consumers" anymore than they may be martians,
mircea_popescu: or the idea that what "consumers" "have come to expect" is relevant in any discussion of anything nonfiction anymore than princess leila's opinion would be.
mircea_popescu: leia*. for some reason i keep conflating her with the dog.
mircea_popescu: stupid ass paradigm wherein business has come to mean "serving consumers" and obviously then the consumerness of individual people has to be "supported" by the state, and soon enough you've got an anthill being built want it or not.
assbot: Logged on 09-10-2013 03:46:03; mircea_popescu: i am amused at the noobs that still don't grasp why their average bitcoin lifespan is less than a year.
mircea_popescu: !up badon
badon: hi mircea_popescu
badon: Thanks
mircea_popescu: ello. yw.
mircea_popescu: who're you ?
badon: mircea_popescu: Me? I'm badon.
mircea_popescu: hehe ok.
BingoBoingo: He came here because he heard about DoS bot
badon: Right.
badon: I'm still here because I'm trying to figure out what this chan is about :)
BingoBoingo: Give it a few months
mircea_popescu: badon this chan is the public forum of a new power in the world, ie, the people who have been made immensely rich by bitcoin and are slowly but surely taking over the world.
punkman: badon, I've come across coincompendium a couple times, is that your thing?
BingoBoingo: badon: Should have been here for n00dz bot
badon: punkman: Yes, it is. Apparently it's rapidly becoming much more well-known.
badon: punkman: It was pretty obscure until a few months ago, so I'm still reacting with surprise when people ask me about it out of the blue.
mircea_popescu: "The Coin Compendium needs your financial support to remain in operation for the month of December 2014! Other ways you can help: Donate images."
mircea_popescu: what's it do ?
badon: mircea_popescu: I was investing in silver when Bitcoin was $0.25.
mircea_popescu: how did that go ?
badon: mircea_popescu: It's sort of a comprehensive market database. It contains lots of fine-grained data, and it's also able to give a more general overview.
mircea_popescu: link me to something that'll make it obvious to me ?
badon: mircea_popescu: I used my silver (and palladium, etc) profits to fund investments in rare modern Chinese coins, which I'm still doing.
badon: mircea_popescu: Hmm, OK, let me think for a bit about that. Maybe you could read the Fundly description?
badon: I hope that's good, but I really don't know since I haven't gotten any feedback about it yet.
badon: It's big and complex, as one of the largest wikis in the world.
mircea_popescu: well no, if you make an engine and i ask "show me the part that'll make me grok wtf this is" you don't wanna show a leaflet.
badon: haha, right.
mircea_popescu: i'll think you're a playwright or something.
badon: I plan on giving people access to it via a browser plugin, so it will automatically show interesting data about something whenever you're looking at it.
badon: For example, each coin known to the CC can be tracked on its journey through time and space.
mircea_popescu: sort-of like that five dollar bill novelty website or w/e it was where people kept writing on dollars ?
badon: haha, something like that.
badon: Well, actually, the CC can track a single bill by its serial number.
badon: In practice, the CC only tracks what people think is important enough to enter into the CC.
badon: So, ordinary $5 bills don't get tracked.
mircea_popescu: so the site will work well if a lot of people external to it put a lot of work into doing things in a certain way it prescribes for their benefit ?
badon: No, that was the original plan, but it failed because it's too complicated, and there's too much data that can easily become a problem if it's not correctly entered.
badon: So, the CC has a professional data entry team now.
badon: "External" people (as you say) can request an account of course. We watch what they do carefully, and I'm planning on creating a class of users that can only edit info, not add more pages. It's much easier to fix mistakes on otherwise correctly entered data.
badon: I should really keep a handy thing of usage examples.
badon: I'm getting asked this more often.
badon: It's really hard to predict how people will use the CC's data.
mircea_popescu: so basically you're doing a wikipedia alt-chain, got raped for the one-blockchain reason and are now trying to make it work in a private fantasy world.
badon: mircea_popescu: Haha, no.
badon: It's very different from Wikipedia.
mircea_popescu: dja know what i mean by the "one-blockchain" reason ?
badon: no
mircea_popescu: then how do you know if yes or no ?
badon: Because it's not an alternative to Wikipedia.
mircea_popescu: but it runs on mediawiki.
badon: Right, but it's heavily customized.
badon: Wikipedia is incapable of handling the computing demands.
mircea_popescu: if it is that's not directly obvious. like how ?
mircea_popescu: afaik it copies wikipedia even to the "need donation" point. i really can't discern any structural difference ?
badon: We run Semantic MediaWiki (SMW), which handles very sophisticated data relationships.
badon: For example, there are 3 main kinds of data: Types, Specimens, and Sightings.
badon: They are hierarchical, in that order.
badon: A coin you hold in your hand is a specimen. Other coins like it are of the same type. When you see one of them being sold on ebay, that's a sighting.
mircea_popescu: this is like a parallel universe look at that!
mircea_popescu: "The technical foundation of the Semantic Web is given by the standards RDF - Resource Description Framework (for data description), OWL - Web Ontology Language (for giving the RDF terms a formal meaning), and SPARQL - SPARQL Protocol and RDF Query Language (as a query language and protocol)."
badon: Yeah, we hide most of that complexity at the CC, which is saying a lot considering how complicated it is already.
badon: One moment, let me show you a real world example.
BingoBoingo: RDF sucks. MARC records are better.
mircea_popescu: stuff the w3c has been doing long after everyone stopped paying attention i guess.
BingoBoingo: MARC reads much more cleanly from tape reels
badon: mircea_popescu: Here's a real world research excursion I embarked on:
assbot: MCC LIST #183: 2014, collectors, pullback 9 reasons, food, coin-medal-whatever ... ( )
BingoBoingo: Set it and forget it. None of that line noise on the audio jack and nao all of your XML is borked bullshit.
mircea_popescu: livebusinesschat ?!
mircea_popescu: this isn't going to try and pop webcams is it ?
badon: That one is complicated, and shows off some of the power of the CC, but you might not understand it if you're not savvy about the particular market we're talking about.
assbot: MCC LIST #183: 2014, collectors, pullback 9 reasons, food, coin-medal-whatever ... ( )
badon: mircea_popescu: No, it's very tame business discussion group - basically my personal hobby/blog site.
mircea_popescu: punkman bring wet towels.
mircea_popescu: badon you run your personal website on smf ?
badon: The star of the show are the lists.
mircea_popescu: you might be the weirdest guy here.
badon: mircea_popescu: Yes, I love SMF.
mircea_popescu: ;;ident badon
gribble: Nick 'badon', with hostmask 'badon!~badon@pdpc/supporter/active/badon', is not identified.
badon: mircea_popescu: You haven't seen anything yet. We use SMF at the CC forum as a bug tracking system.
mircea_popescu: badon listen, get registered in the wot, i'll rate you just for nubbins` pleasure.
assbot: 4513 results for 'coin' :
badon: I think I'm register in WoT. What do I do next?
mircea_popescu: ^ there's a lot of coin discussion in the logs, including offers to sell stuff etc.
mircea_popescu: ;;rate badon 1 Coin guy.
gribble: Error: User doesn't exist in the Rating or GPG databases. User must be GPG-registered to receive ratings.
mircea_popescu: well, you think wrong. lemme dig the link.
badon: Web of Trust?
davout: hello
assbot: first_steps_in_bitcoin-assets [bitcoin assets wiki] ... ( )
mircea_popescu: hello davout
badon: Check this out, our SMF bug tracker:
assbot: CCT407 Data entry error reports and confirmations ... ( )
badon: IT's a great way to abuse a forum :)
mircea_popescu: im sure the script kiddies in our related webinar will be all over that.
punkman: badon: you should probably watch out for that ddos bot, now that your links are in the logs
badon: What do you mean?
badon: punkman: How so?
davout: badon: to abuse bitcointalk a brain is sufficient, no need to resort to hacking
badon: You mean our websites?
badon: haha
mircea_popescu: badon i mean there's all sorts of kids reading the logs (ie, the "Webinar" lol)
badon: davout: That's the thing, it's not hacked, it's stock.
badon: We use plain vanilla SMF as a bug tracker, because a bug tracker is basically a forum. Same thing for a blog at LBC.
mircea_popescu: davout wait, wasn't tardstalk run on a newly made software by some one-guy company that got paid half a trillion dollars for that ?
punkman: mircea_popescu: no they are still working on that
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badon: mircea_popescu: Anyway, did you see the simple research example? It's basically checking past sales prices, but the power of the CC allows you to count the number of specimen appearances on the market to determine rarity. Ordinary price guides would just show a bunch of sales, with no epiphany that all those sales are actually only the same 2 coin specimens over and over. The number of sales alone would mislead you into thinking the
badon: coins aren't as rare as they truly are.
davout: mircea_popescu: successfully leading an it project: hard
badon: davout: Yeah.
mircea_popescu: badon i see.
mircea_popescu: actually, what i see : you've got a passion for coins and are throwing software at it. nothing wrong with that.
badon: Right!
mircea_popescu: get in the wot an' talk to nubbins` you'll be like two peas in a pod.
badon: what is "the wot"?
mircea_popescu: ;;gettrust davout
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mircea_popescu: ^ that thing.
badon: nubbins :No such nick/channel
badon: whois result
mircea_popescu: you proly missed the `
mircea_popescu: he's special.
davout: it's like the IRC nick hairgel
punkman: heh
mircea_popescu: exactly!
BingoBoingo: !up badon
badon: right
davout: mircea_popescu: btw i'd be interested on feedback wrt
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badon: is surprisingly similar to the CC.
mircea_popescu: you also can't really be voiced here without a wot.
mircea_popescu: davout ask and thou shalt receive.
davout: you can't disable the auto-stfu
badon: [nubbins`] #bitcoin-otc +#bitcoin-assets
mircea_popescu: davout if you're around on the 15th i dun see any reason for it to take more than a few minutes.
badon: mircea_popescu, punkman: Have you heard of "the badon effect"?
BingoBoingo: badon: He's canadian and a printer. nubbins` is probably SLP atm
davout: mircea_popescu: that's if you're around too
mircea_popescu: davout yes, but can you find a day i wasn't around ?
mircea_popescu: badon nope.
badon: Check out this chart here, it shows my influence over the rare Chinese coin market:
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davout: if there's a day you weren't around i would be able to identify this particular day, yes :-)
badon: Today I was just notified that someone is sending me a few hundred dollars worth of free coins to me, solely because he likes them and he wants me to write about them more often.
badon: That has never happened before.
punkman: badon, maybe you should add a bitcoin category on CC
mircea_popescu: badon ok, so you're getting some traction. murky market as all hell, will prolly be a challenge to stay on top of everything.
badon: The funny thing is, it's a prominent fellow in China who can't even read English. They have noticed the badon effect all the way in China, despite the fact all my writings are only in English. That's like causing a tsunami in Japan by flushing the toilet in Detroit.
mircea_popescu: "I try to identify & buy into the hype in the beginning or as it is happening (the pro's would be about 2 steps ahead of me) but not after the initial rush because of the lower potential for price rise."
mircea_popescu: sounds exactly like a bitcoin gem.
badon: mircea_popescu: It is a challenge, truth be told, that's why the CC is so handy.
mircea_popescu: fucktarded us "consumers" ruining the world.
badon: mircea_popescu: That's also why the market is so reliably profitable.
mircea_popescu: won't be for too long.
badon: punkman: That's an interesting idea, but I haven't been able to envision a way to make that work. Do you have something in mind?
davout: mircea_popescu: a way to speed the rollover up would be to not wait for each other to be around to perform our respective steps in the process
mircea_popescu: badon you're familiar with the various "physical bitcoin" issues that often sell for whatever, 15k
punkman: badon, I mean bitcoin-themed physical coins
badon: mircea_popescu: Yes, those would be trackable.
badon: Yes, physical bitcoins can be tracked.
mircea_popescu: davout i can do that, sure. just, hadn't seen you in a while wanted to see if you still move or what.
mircea_popescu: " I don't mind over paying a little as the wise man baden always says, to get what I like but I have limits & they are based on potential of growth, 10% is better than bank interest but I would rather a potential 50% - 2000%!!!!! (savvy or greedy?!)"
badon: I could create a project for it at the CC, if someone wanted to oversee it. I'm not qualified to do it myself, and we don't have the funding to have the CC team do it without some major help.
mircea_popescu: !!!!! helps in business i find.
davout: wunderbar, let's do it like this
mircea_popescu: aite, aite.
badon: mircea_popescu: Coins from China with a mintage of 100 can be bought for under $200 if you're lucky. The same coin in a mature numismatic market could sell for millions of dollars.
BingoBoingo: Is !!!!! the new =====
mircea_popescu: what's a "mintage of 100" mean ?
badon: mircea_popescu: 100 coins produced.
mircea_popescu: seems to me that "mature numismatic market" contains some presupositions that won't hold after you flood it with random coins.
badon: mircea_popescu: Mintages of 500'000 are considered unusually small.
badon: mircea_popescu: You are correct in your impression, to a degree.
mircea_popescu: anyway, do you have or can you get chinese coins from 100 ad sort of thing ? that'd be more on point for millions of dollars.
badon: That's why the comparison isn't 1-to-1
badon: yes, you can get coins like that.
mircea_popescu: << wow check out how cheap the denarius is even
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mircea_popescu: i had no idea.
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badon: Actually, the differences between Western mature numismatic markets and China's immature numismatic market, may not be a negative factor for the profit potentials in Chinese coins. For example, important American art might sell for a few tens of millions of dollars. Fairly unknown Chinese art can sell for hundreds of millions of dollars.
badon: mircea_popescu: That's an excellent example of why age and rarity alone are not good determinations of value, nor investment potential.
mircea_popescu: maybe you're seeing too much into the natural excesses of first generation chinese new money.
badon: China goes big, much more so than the West.
badon: mircea_popescu: No, I'm talking about in general, historically, not only now.
badon: For example, if you look at a wikipedia list of the largest empires, I think the Romans don't even rank in the top 10.
mircea_popescu: what's your definition of "largest" ?
badon: mircea_popescu: The lists are sortable by land area and population.
mircea_popescu: yeah but i mean... who cares.
badon: If I remember correctly, the comparison still held for both.
mircea_popescu: im sure some sort of something or the other was big in south and north america. so what of it.
badon: The point is that comparing China to the West can cause severe under-estimation of profit potentials in the Chinese coins.
mircea_popescu: you're too meta.
mircea_popescu: profit may be overestimated or underestimated.
mircea_popescu: profit potential however can not be either.
mircea_popescu: it's a potential, unless it actualizes you never know how well you did estimating it.
badon: mircea_popescu: I call my shots publicly. Check my track record at LBC. No financial analyst in any market ever in the history of ever has been as accurate as I am.
mircea_popescu: that's a common claim.
badon: In other words, please investigate what I'm saying. It's valuable info.
mircea_popescu: how long have you been at it ?
badon: Since 2004.
badon: Publicly, that is.
badon: I've been doing it far longer privately.
mircea_popescu: not bad.
badon: I don't publish everything I'm doing, but what I have published is very impressive if I do say so myself.
mircea_popescu: so link me to something from 2005 ?
badon: For example, when I was investing in silver, I called the direction and timing of market changes with 100% accuracy. I made a convenient chart of my predictions somewhere, let me see if I can find it.
badon: looking
mircea_popescu: it's the banner on
badon: I don't know.
mircea_popescu: o, not your forum ?
badon: You could ask them. That's a popular site. They used to talk about my articles a lot there. Not sure if they do now, though.
badon: No, is not mine.
badon: Well, I'm not going to publicly acknowledge it as mine, if it were :)
BingoBoingo: !up xinxiwang
mircea_popescu: !up xinxiwang
xinxiwang: haha, thanks to you two.
BingoBoingo: I'm gassy. I probably shouldn't have had an entire broccoli
badon: mircea_popescu: The silver chart is eluding me. You can see a review of my predictions for 2014, dating back to 2012, here:
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mircea_popescu: badon 2014 to 2012 is substantially a weaker claim than "since 2004".
badon: mircea_popescu: That's when the discussion group was founded. I'm not sure how far back my articles go. At least to 2009, for articles that are still online on the SMF forum site.
mircea_popescu: you familiar with how split list scamming works ?
badon: You'll have to look, I honestly don't remember how far back it goes. I have hundreds of articles, and I think there's a chronological list somewhere...
badon: mircea_popescu: No, what is that?
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badon: Oh, it's selection bias.
mircea_popescu: not exactly.
badon: I don't have that, because I don't delete any of my published posts, including the ones I would prefer to go away.
mircea_popescu: well, how would i know ?
mircea_popescu: for all it can be directly established, you wiped your 2004-2012 history ?
badon: mircea_popescu: I have a lot of enemies at the forum. They have tried to find fault, so ask them if I delete my own posts.
badon: They will tell you no.
mircea_popescu: but they're not in my wot
mircea_popescu: so they might as well not exist far as im concerned.
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badon: I made ridiculous money on palladium.
mircea_popescu: dja know tort uh, i mean, r pietilla ?
badon: Myself and a guy in Canada were the only people in the world to publish a prediction about palladium. He got lucky. I kept doing it over, and over, and over, for 10 years and counting.
BingoBoingo: !up badon
BingoBoingo: badon: What are your thoughts on the plutonium market?
badon: BingoBoingo: certain varieties of it are currently the most commercially valuable substance in existence.
badon: Despite what Guiness says...
badon: Plutonium is directly tied to the uranium market, so rising value of plutonium is reflected as rising value in uranium.
BingoBoingo: I'm just wondering if there's any risk someone might start up production on a scale that hypothetically/allegedly would tank its value
badon: You can often discern secret nuclear activities by watching uranium valuations.
badon: BingoBoingo: Doubtful.
badon: It's extremely difficult to produce plutonium unnoticed, and you have to have a military to tell other militaries not to try to stop you from producing it.
badon: Well, difficult to produce salable quantities, that is.
badon: salable/priceable.
BingoBoingo: What about once you have it? Hypothetically... At that point concerns about headcount to protect it go out the windows... Kind of the flipside of gold.
badon: What do you mean, BingoBoingo?
badon: Plutonium can and does get seized when it ends up in private handns.
badon: hands
BingoBoingo: Well, a giant collection of plutonium kind of protects itself.
badon: No, not really.
badon: That protection needs to be rigorously organized.
BingoBoingo: Or you make the pile bigger
badon: Simply having plutonium just makes you an easy target for a drone missile.
mircea_popescu: who shoots missiles at radioactive material lol
BingoBoingo: Sure, but also deters other people from walking up and taking the pile.
badon: Plutonium's existence can be easily detected from mere air sampling in the general region. You can't hide the fact that someone near you has it.
badon: mircea_popescu: It's happened before.
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo in what parallel universe do the thorns on the cactus prevent tequilla production ?
mircea_popescu: badon where when ?
badon: The USA has missilized downed satellites with nuclear material on them when they land in places like Iran.
badon: Most of it is secret information, but I seem to recall an event in the 1990's, but I don't remember where. There might have been one more recently too.
BingoBoingo: mircea_popescu: point
badon: I think there was a movie scene that showed something like that happening too, which was interesting.
badon: Usually they can't be retrieved like the movie showed, because it's too dangerous.
badon: I can't remember what movie.
badon: It's in my head somewhere, but the problem with having lots of info is it can take a while to find it.
badon: mircea_popescu: Can you tell me about this "wot" thing that does voicing in here?
mircea_popescu: it's a web of trust. what do you want to know ?
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badon: mircea_popescu: Just how to register with it.
mircea_popescu: gave you the link above.
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mircea_popescu: scrollup.
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badon: reading...
BingoBoingo: !up karma
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cazalla: so, diff drop or what?
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mircea_popescu: ;;nethash
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mircea_popescu: looks like it cazalla
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mircea_popescu: asciilifeform: it wasn't the vendor. <<< maybe it was the vendor's useless bf.
mircea_popescu: mike_c: assbot plz send donation to b-a donation address. << lol troll!
mircea_popescu: decimation: why should I trust some derp who 'volunteers' for arch over the upstream creator? <<< so very much this, o lordy.
mircea_popescu: it's how the entire "do-ocracy" nonsense got its cognitive start. the rebellion of the cleaning ladies, basically.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform: decimation: and aha, these aren't piss-ant led lights either. ccfl tubes - which means they can't be cranked down all the much (and stay lit) <<< this is the deal breaker for me. i actually run the monitors at about 50% gamma.
mircea_popescu: mike_c: for "my" safety. except i'm not liable for fraud. so actually they are being a pain in my ass for their safety. fucking home depot. << haha EXACTLY.
mircea_popescu: "for your safety, please suck my cock" is what all those things reduce to.
mircea_popescu: decimation: like, you know, so you can share in the bounty of their information? << good point this.
mircea_popescu: cutting out like 2/3 of the value of all that collection (the actual guy wanting receipt copies etc) because well... they gotta be weird teenagers about it and do it voyeuristically. not the same thing if you know about it. except of course you know. but wait, suspension of dsibelief!
mircea_popescu: decimation:cazalla: I use 'generic' rewards card << but... why ?
mircea_popescu: ahahahaha nobel prize eh ?
mircea_popescu: lettucee see
mircea_popescu: meh, not worth million whatever.
mircea_popescu: i'd pay fiddy bucks for one, and that's generous.
mircea_popescu: exactly what tits make.
jurov: mircea_popescu: how is the foundation supposed to be zero asset corp. when it maintains treasury?
jurov: realized while putting together the statement
mircea_popescu: jurov why is it supposed to be anything i nparticular ?
jurov: i was under impresion it was, dunno why
davout: "these are not the problems you are looking for"
jurov: will do it as AN0
jurov: lol
mircea_popescu: "It is a fundamental misunderstanding of how science works for him to think that his expertise at one level of analysis—a molecular level—predicts anything at a higher level of analysis. The structure of DNA does not predict the workings of a cell, which does not predict the shape of a body, which does not predict the characteristics of a culture."
mircea_popescu: check out anon slate expert getting militant!
mircea_popescu: prolly obama predicts the workings of a cell.
adlai steals "That's like causing a tsunami in Japan by flushing the toilet in Detroit.", thx badon!
adlai: !up badon
badon: adlai: Haha, yeah, I thought that was snappy!
mircea_popescu: << check out SA laying down the law of the land. "Positioning James Watson as a very special scientist who deserves special treatment above and beyond the recognition of the Nobel committee feeds the problematic narrative of scientific knowledge as an achieveme
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mircea_popescu: nt of great men (and yes, in this narrative, it is usually great men who are recognized). This narrative ignores the fundamentally social nature of scientific knowledge-building and the fact that objectivity is the result of teamwork."
mircea_popescu: TEAM OBAMA 4 SCIENCE!!11erleventy
mircea_popescu: "knowledge-building team" is it now. a hunter^H^H^H^H^H^H-gatherer perspective on science! there's no hunters, just a buncha women sitting around by a bush doing knowledge-building.
mircea_popescu: "Indeed, part of the danger of the hero narrative is that scientists themselves may start to believe it. They can come to see themselves as individuals possessing more powers of objectivity than other humans (thus fundamentally misunderstanding where objectivity comes from)"
mircea_popescu: i find this quite scandalous. the "everything of value comes from socialism" narrative is pernicious enoughm
mircea_popescu: but that's utter nonsense. objectivity is exactly heroic.
mircea_popescu: anyway, basically this entire thing is a "you don't get to have any ~intellectual~ capital either, it all belongs to the state, to be used as slate anon editor directs it to be used".
mircea_popescu: nationalize all the things!
mircea_popescu: "In order that the unfortunate views not overshadow the big scientific contribution, some of these folks would rather we stop talking about Watson’s having made the claims he has made about racial difference (although Watson shows no apparent regret for holding these views, only for having voiced them to reporters)." << and the mechanics of "regret", ie, we won't stop being stupid, the victim has to abjure!
mircea_popescu: quite instructive piece on the mechanics of us socialism, all the various bits in full view.
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mircea_popescu: His views are also reflected in a book published next week, in which he writes: "There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so."
mircea_popescu: anyone willing to argue against that has my full attention.
adlai: source?
adlai: ah the sciam article
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mircea_popescu: such a ridiculous point the soviets have chosen to center their purges around.
mircea_popescu: i mean seriously, the intelligence ~of groups~ ? wtf does that even mean.
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mircea_popescu: given that clams are somewhat intelligent, is a large enough collection of clams more intelligent than victoria nuland ?
mircea_popescu: there's no fucking usable definition of intelligence, we've yet to build a computer model of intelligence, yet these people talk of some sort of statistical intelligence as if it were a thing.
mircea_popescu: i dunno how they manage to be this stupid.
adlai: it seems completely obvious that evolution of geographically separated populations progresses separately... a more interesting question is what proportion of population A fall behind the median of population B
mircea_popescu: the median of an undefined attribute you don't even have a measure of,
mircea_popescu: let alone a SCALAR measure ?
nubbins`: baidon
adlai: eg "the average man is faster than the average woman, the fastest woman is faster than most men, but the fastest man is MUCH faster than the fastest woman"
nubbins`: er badon
mircea_popescu: what the fuck is the median of a set of tensors ?
nubbins`: so many pages!
badon: hi nubbins`
nubbins`: so you're a coin guy hey
adlai holds up his copy of tensor analysis, pointing at the uncracked spine. this actually exists and has actually not been cracked yet.
badon: My fault.
mircea_popescu: adlai no but see, even in your running and geneder example, you diverge. to my eyes, womanhood has to do with a nice layer of fat on he ass, as exemplified by kim say.
mircea_popescu: this is obviously counterproductive to running
adlai: lol
mircea_popescu: perhaps even why i like it in the first place.
badon: Yep, that's me. They used to call me the silver guy, or the palladium guy, or the art guy, or whatever it was I was making money in back then.
mircea_popescu: NOW, the faster she runs, the less of a woman she is. objectively. how do you get out of that shit.
adlai: the question holds for any measurable, or at least "totally ordered", attribute
adlai really must go though
mircea_popescu: totally ordered INDEPENDENT attribute.
adlai: o/
nubbins`: i guess we can just call you "the guy", then
nubbins`: anyway, i can only assume my name was brought up because i have a passing interest in numismatics
nubbins`: i've got some neat physical bitcoins, some strange bullion pieces, etc
mircea_popescu: i thought it was a defining interest.
nubbins`: depends on if you talk to my accountant or not
badon: nubbins`: "The guy with the stuff for the thing"
nubbins`: my kinda guy
badon: nubbins`: punkman seems to have an interest in numismatics too.
mircea_popescu: nah, he's just greek.
badon: The funny thing is that he had heard of the Coin Compendium before he met me, which is taking a while for me to get used to.
nubbins`: so what, it's like a trade/price wiki?
nubbins`: sort of like discogs, but for coins?
badon: Like mircea_popescu said, "you're getting some traction"
badon: nubbins`: It's a sophisticated storehouse of structured data.
nubbins`: so.... like discogs, but for coins 8)
badon: I don't know what that is.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform: but that 'removes moral dimension!' << eerily similar to fundamentalist xtians objections to hymenoplasty.
mircea_popescu: kinda shows that stupidity is unpatriotic by its nature. only has one country.
badon: As far as I know, there has never been anything like the CC before.
nubbins`: badon: "i wonder if this bob dylan album i bought at a flea market is a first pressing?"
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badon: looking
nubbins`: each item in search results is a different release, identified by catalogue number, flaws, changes in liner notes, etc etc
nubbins`: click a given release and you'll see notes, as well as a list of any member selling it
nubbins`: past sale prices, etc
badon: No, that's nothing at all like the CC. The CC is far more sophisticated.
badon: The CC can do everything that can do, of course.
nubbins`: can i buy and sell coins on the CC?
mircea_popescu: what are you, in love with a fucking site ?
badon: nubbins`: Indirectly, yes.
nubbins`: directly would be cool too 8)
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badon: Hmm, maybe even directly.
badon: The CC does things that I don't even know it's doing.
badon: People come up with new stuff I hadn't thought of.
nubbins`: you should bump heads with melbustus on the forums, he runs
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform: not interested in such experiments. << try have the girl go naked for a day, srsly.
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badon: For example, every sighting for a coin specimen has a venue URL data bit attached to it. So, if you're posting your coins on your blog and you arrange to have them entered into the CC, then yes, someone could use the CC to buy your coins.
nubbins`: in the sense that someone could use the google to buy my coins
nubbins`: but yes, i understand what you're saying
badon: nubbins`: Right, but it's much more focused.
nubbins`: right
nubbins`: as far as casascius coins go, the marketplace is already pretty focused
badon: The CC isn't really a search engine. I guess you could call it something like a correlation engine.
badon: It takes lots of data, and lets you connect the dots.
nubbins`: i've got some coins with very low mintages
badon: nubbins`: Did you see the examples that I pasted here earlier?
nubbins`: (sub-1000, sub-50)
badon: nubbins`: What's your lowest mintage coin?
badon: Nice.
nubbins`: badon they might've been lost in the convo
nubbins`: my lowest mintage is a 2013 0.5btc series-2 silver casascius
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nubbins`: !up badon
nubbins`: ;;ident badon
gribble: Nick 'badon', with hostmask 'badon!~badon@pdpc/supporter/active/badon', is not identified.
badon: nubbins`: I'll repaste them, one sec. I started keeping a list of examples based on mircea_popescu questions.
nubbins`: get set up with gribble, why don't ya
mircea_popescu: gernika: What aggravates me more and more recently is the claim that mac products are well designed, when in fact they will destroy your hands. << mactardism is a very visual field. it doesn't account much for function.
nubbins`: they will destroy your hands how
nubbins`: my hyperbole parsing unit is offline
mircea_popescu: i dunno, i never used one. his claim.
badon: nubbins`: Oooh, you're a physical bitcoin collector. People here suggested that the CC should track those, but the CC would need someone to lead a project to do that.
nubbins`: i sort of just ended up with a bunch of apple devices
nubbins`: it kinda just happened
nubbins`: badon i don't have much time to lead projects, but like i said, spotcoins is pretty much the definitive resource
nubbins`: there's also a guy "elianite" on the forums who updates a casascius coin PDF with some rare specimens
nubbins`: it's a bit disorganized, but lots of info
badon: nubbins`: Only your expertise is needed. The CC project as a whole is led by me, and we have a professional data entry team to do the grunt work.
nubbins`: oh, right on.
badon: I know next to nothing about physical Bitcoins, and honestly, I don't have the time to become an expert in them.
nubbins`: i'm the closest you'll find to an expert around here
badon: The CC already has over 5000 types.
badon: nubbins`: The CC will make you seem like a genius :)
nubbins`: my friend, day-to-day living makes me seem that way
mircea_popescu: bwahahaha alpha nubbins` ? who knew!
badon: nubbins`: If you want, I can create the project for you in the forum, and we can do some experimenting to get it rolling.
nubbins`: mircea_popescu i have more than once kicked a violent drunk out of a bar by suggesting that he leave 8)
nubbins`: badon i can't promise anything (very busy month) but if it's there, i'm more likely to poke at it
badon: nubbins`: By the way, the CC (and me in general) tends to make coins more valuable when comprehensive information is made available about them. That gives you an edge.
mircea_popescu: jujitubbins.
badon: It's actually a fundamental market principle that information increases the value of the commerce.
nubbins`: the gentle way
nubbins`: wait, that's judo
badon: So, if you want to make your bitcoin collection more valuable, let's start recording data.
mircea_popescu: that's such a good hook for the online crowd.
nubbins`: badon, i've already made some progress on that front
mircea_popescu: not bad.
badon: nubbins`: Start with a CC forum account, can you do that?
nubbins`: i single-handedly raised the market price for one specimen from 1.5btc to 15btc
badon: nubbins`: Ah, so you've had a taste of the nectar of numismatics :)
nubbins`: current sale price is 20btc 8)
badon: I think physical bitcoins ought to be collectible like any other coin. They're historically important, despite not being "official" in any way.
nubbins`: i'm on the fence
nubbins`: casascius coins, sure. first of their sort.
badon: nubbins`: CC data has led to recognition by NGC and PCGS.
nubbins`: these days, everyone and their dog is making "physical cryptos" and they're all the goddamn same.
nubbins`: silver round w/ a holo.
nubbins`: those kialara bars are the only mildly interesting development since 2011
badon: CC can record them all - or at least all of them that are worth the bother of recording.
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mircea_popescu: nubbins` that's at least in my disinterested and ignorant view, the bane of "numismatics" applied to things made after ww2.
badon: The CC is intended to serve as a historical record. Much of what we know about many coins would be completely lost eventually without the CC.
mircea_popescu: it's not unlike calling "literature" the huge pile of us produced pulp.
badon: looking
nubbins`: mircea_popescu look at the royal canadian mint for a perfect example. dozens of new designs per year, almost all of them would be "tales from the crypt volume 34" if they were books
mircea_popescu: i wouldn't pay above the metal for any of them either.
assbot: Pure Gold Ultra-High Relief Coin - The Fierce Canadian Lynx - Mintage: 500 (2014) ... ( )
mircea_popescu: i don't pay for krugerands, and those at least are historically relevant.
nubbins`: case in point
nubbins`: look at that fucking cat.
nubbins`: if a wildlife officer came across something that looked like that, he'd shoot it in the head
mircea_popescu: jesus they need a faster server.
nubbins`: look at the font.
nubbins`: "fuck it, just stretch it vertically"
nubbins`: they produce *maybe* 5 coins worth buying each year
mircea_popescu: exactly lol
mircea_popescu: looks to me like something a kid made in paint.
badon: nubbins`: That's one reason why I like the Chinese coins so much. They're still producing rare coins each year, and Chinese collectors are mostly unaware of them. Canada is not populous enough to make a coin with a mintage of 25'000 extraordinarily valuable, but China is populous enough to make a coin with a mintage of 100 extraordinarily valuable. Make sense?
nubbins`: sure does
mircea_popescu: i still don't see why some coins nobody gives a shit about would be intrinsically valuable.
nubbins`: now in the mint's defense, they really push the envelope feature-wise
mircea_popescu: whether there's 100 or 500 of them.
nubbins`: colored coins, enamel, glass, holograms, etc
badon: The high metal value coins are to be avoided. Perfect example:
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mircea_popescu: badon as long as you never pay more for a coin than the metal value you're safe enough.
badon: mircea_popescu: It's difficult to predict which coins will be valuable, but I'm literally writing the book on the subject.
mircea_popescu: how about this prediction : none.
Naphex: is there such a thing as intrisic value?
mircea_popescu: nothwithstanding anecdotal success getting retarded kids to give you their lunch,
badon: mircea_popescu: Not true.
assbot: $50 for $50 Fine Silver Coin - Snowy Owl (2014) ... ( )
mircea_popescu: modern coins are worth whatever any modern item is worth.
mircea_popescu: Naphex kinda my point.
nubbins`: it's like the sculptors have never worked in relief before.
badon: The coin in the link had a metal value of over $14k. It sold for $9k.
mircea_popescu: badon not my problem, that.
nubbins`: altho the whole "$50 for $50" thing is neat.
badon: nubbins`: The collectors are fleeing the West. Everybody wants Chinese. Even the Anglosphere has reduced itself to imitating Chinese lunar coins.
nubbins`: there's 20 for 20, 50 for 50, 100 for 100
nubbins`: exchange your worthless paper for slightly-less-worthless metal!
badon: mircea_popescu: Beware big gold, you can lose a lot of money on it.
badon: nubbins`: It's all fiat.
nubbins`: badon i do know that chinese silver pandas are the cream
nubbins`: badon, yup
badon: nubbins`: Yeah, but they aren't all there is. The lunars are the original flagship series of the China mint. The pandas were minted for foreigners.
nubbins`: but i'd rather my $50 coin have a half-ounce of silver than not
Naphex: probably the only thing that has intrisic value is time :))
badon: nubbins`: You're too sophisticated for that kind of thinking.
mircea_popescu: badon im not into metals anyway, but i'd definitely buy metal rather than you know, fashion, hype, whatever. "the sizzle"
nubbins`: badon, maybe so. i've got a handful of x-for-x coins, mostly just the nice ones
badon: mircea_popescu: You're also too sophisticated for that kind of thinking (you're in bitcoin chans, afterall...)
mircea_popescu: Naphex yes, time does have intrinsic value, but backwards.
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Naphex: space might have some intrisic value as well
nubbins`: check the weight.
Naphex: but you have to hold it
Naphex: so that kinda ruins it
nubbins`: what, you don't have to hold time?
mircea_popescu: ;;google a place for my stuff
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mircea_popescu: nubbins` did you kick out violent times out of clocks by suggesting they space out, too ?
nubbins`: "don't crowd me, 4:19!"
nubbins`: "give me a minute!"
nubbins`: the whole spacetime thing finally clicked with me like, two weeks ago, hey?
nubbins`: stumbled across a perfect analogy
mircea_popescu: "As we have learned from the experiences emanating from the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange collapse, the existence of a "block chain" does nothing to allow law enforcement, other government authorities or the public to identify the real identity of the parties to a digital currency transaction."
mircea_popescu: bwahaha. that's right, bitchez.
mircea_popescu: "A requirement that all transactions go through regulated and transparent administrators subject to supervision by Australia authorities (rather than just the current block chain process);"
mircea_popescu: bwahahha
Naphex: :))
assbot: 1 oz. Fine Silver Coloured Coin - Beaver at Work - Mintage: 7,500 (2015) ... ( )
nubbins`: CMYK print on a coin
mircea_popescu: nubbins` imo all this "tech" stuff is a waste of time. i might buy a computer today because i want to use it.
mircea_popescu: i won't buy something high tech today that has no use, because guess what ? time flows against it.
nubbins`: time waits for no man, no machine
badon: My personal favorite recently-minted Chinese coins are these:
badon: Mintage of 99
mircea_popescu kicks assbot
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Naphex: soo.. does bitcoin - in the current form have intrinsic value? cute question
nubbins`: anyway. suppose you're walking at 5km/h, due north. all of your displacement is in the y direction. now suppose you head northwest; you're walking the same speed, but you're going slower in the y direction because some of your displacement is occurring in the x direction.
nubbins`: now imagine the y axis is time, and the x axis is space.
nubbins`: sitting where you are, all your displacement is on the y (time) axis
nubbins`: once you start moving through space, some of your displacement is now occurring on the x (space) axis
nubbins`: and even though your displacement through spacetime has not changed
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nubbins`: you're now moving slower through time because of your movement throught space
mircea_popescu: Naphex intrinsic to what ?
mircea_popescu: nubbins` what is this, relativity 101 ?
badon: nubbins`: That's time dilation.
nubbins`: indeed.
nubbins`: nothing mind-blowing here
nubbins`: just thought it was a nice analogy :P
Naphex: mircea_popescu: well you can't use fiat
mircea_popescu: i can't ?
Naphex: what i'm trying to ask
Naphex: does the current form of the Bitcoin Blockchain have intrinsic value (without referencing its market value)
mircea_popescu: i can't believe half the fucking log is keyboards. you people are nuts you know that ?
badon: Naphex: no.
mircea_popescu: Naphex yes, but intrinsic to what. see, when i say "kim kardashian has intrinsic value" i mean specifically, the hole(s) in her ass.
Naphex: what about all that work and time wasted on building it up?
Naphex: and deriving it
mircea_popescu: when you say "intrinsic" what do you mean ?
badon: Man, the Canadian coins are not very impressive compared to the Chinese coins.
badon: They used to make some nice stuff.
Naphex: mircea_popescu: fundamental value
badon: I collected them for a while.
nubbins`: hole(s)
nubbins`: !up badon
mircea_popescu: do you mean "value that would be present in any unverse which allows for bitcoin" ? or do you mean "value which would be present in this X thing whether it be bitcoin or not"
nubbins`: badon like i said, maybe a couple coins a year.
nubbins`: their tree canopy ones are okay
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assbot: 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - Canadian Maple Canopy (Spring) - Mintage: 7,500 (2014) ... ( )
assbot: 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - Maple Canopy: Autumn Allure - Mintage: 7,500 (2014) ... ( )
nubbins`: tbh the cmyk-printed coins don't look great up-close
nubbins`: they have some coins that are actually painted w/ enamel that are nicer
badon: nubbins`: They copied the Chinese enamel.
badon: nubbins`: China mastered enamel in ancient times - and I mean truly MASTERED it. I saw some enamel work that I mistook for being modern, but it was ancient.
assbot: 1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - Polar Bear - Mintage: 8,500 (2014) ... ( )
badon: The first really nice enamel coins in modern China were in 2008, if I remember correctly.
assbot: Silver Crystal Zodiac Collection (2013) ... ( )
badon: The started out by "colorizing" with really crapping printing techniques. People thought they were ugly, and didn't buy them. Today, the ugly ones are more valuable than the pretty ones because they're rarer.
nubbins`: specifically, looking for a Gemini
nubbins`: yeah the canadian mint did a series of Great Lakes coins where the lake bed was carved out of the coin, and filled with translucent blue enamel
nubbins`: neat idea, not particularly nice coins
assbot: 1 oz. Fine Silver Coins - The Great Lakes 5-Coin Subscription - Mintage: 10,000 (2014) ... ( )
badon: nubbins`: Collectors need something interesting. Mass-production commercialization isn't very interesting.
badon: Hopefully there will be some cool errors or something.
nubbins`: this is why i collect casascius coins ;D
nubbins`: and other bitcoin ephemera
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assbot: MCC LIST #182 - The pagoda lesson, goldfish, tactics, slowdown end, CC funding ... ( )
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badon: IN that case, it's on a box, not a coin, but it's ridiculously intricate. Something like that in the West would cost a thousand bucks just for the box.
badon: They probably sold it for 50 cents in the 1980's, haha.
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mircea_popescu: i imagine the time to stock up on chinese memorabilia was right before the great leap forward.
mircea_popescu: kinda late to the party today
nubbins`: that's some nice enamel
nubbins`: i saw some sick enamelling when i was in korea too
nubbins`: a lot of it on pottery
badon: nubbins`: Oh yeah, the pottery enamel is famous.
nubbins`: there was this one town i visited, it's all anyone did
badon: Korea was part of China in ancient times, due to proximity, so it makes sense they would have some impressive enameling technology.
nubbins`: went there for a big pottery festival
nubbins`: spent so much goddamn money
nubbins`: like 2 months wages
assbot: icheon ceramics - Google Search ... ( )
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: hardphork! << i never applied that, no sympthoms. so no, not a fork at all.
badon: haha
badon: I love that stuff.
nubbins`: "you guys forked up big-time"
nubbins`: badon korean newspapers still use chinese characters for headlines etc
nubbins`: there's a couple hundred common ones that most koreans know
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badon: nubbins`: The silver version I sold for $1200. A few months later the specimen was back on the market, and it sold for $4'000!
badon: I thought it was a museum gift shop thing.
badon: I was wrong. The "museum" is actually the Emperor's palace, also known as "the forbidden city".
mircea_popescu: "Organised crime groups continue to make use of darknets to harbour trading in illicit commodities, including child exploitation material, illicit drugs and firearms, stolen credit card and identity data, and hacking techniques." << check it out, hacking techniques the illicit item ?
badon: A lot of people got that wrong too.
nubbins`: kowloon!
badon: It has a mintage of 200 for the silver version, and only around 10 specimens are known to have survived so far. More will probably show up as time goes by, but $4000 price tag did not bring any new ones to the market, which is strong evidence most of them are either melted or permanently in someone's collection.
nubbins`: occasionally you'll find people afraid to offer a rare coin for sale
badon: nubbins`: Wow, those Icheon ceramics are amazing. Check this one out:
nubbins`: for fear it won't fetch going rates
badon: It's cameo.
badon: nubbins`: Right, especially in auctions.
nubbins`: yup. the town's full of that stuff.
nubbins`: you should see the mantles in my mother's house
nubbins`: weighted down with shit like that
badon: nubbins`: In 500 years - heck, in 80 years, most of that stuff will be broken. The surviving specimens will be the proverbial "Ming vaaaaz".
badon: I compared what Europe was producing in the 11th century with what China was producing, and it's pathetic. You have to wonder if Europeans collectively decided to be retarded for a thousand years.
badon: They don't call it a dark age for nothing.
badon: Check out the Byzantine enamel, versus the Chinese enamel photos -->
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mircea_popescu: "europeans" didn't exist in 1000.
badon: All the cool enameled art in that article is from the East. All the Crayola kiddie enamel is from Europe, haha.
nubbins`: i saw some cool byzantine shit in germany
nubbins`: !up badon
nubbins`: ;;help eregister
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nubbins`: ;;more
gribble: expire in 10 minutes.
badon: ;;help register
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nubbins`: eventually someone's not going to notice you were -v'd :P
badon: Yeah.
mircea_popescu: << america always had ritalin.
nubbins`: shut your kid up now! only $3.50ea!
badon: ;;help register
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badon: Ah, there we go. I had gribble on ignore.
badon: That's why I wasn't getting anything.
badon: ;;help eregister
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mircea_popescu: you can do this in pm with it too.
badon: Yes, I'm doing that now.
mircea_popescu: this is actually not bad.
mircea_popescu: " The public schools are intended to create complacent "good citizens"—not independent thinkers—because political leaders do not like boat-rockers who question things too closely. They prefer citizens who pay their taxes on time and leave them alone to chart the course of the nation. The growth in government power since the advent of public schools is hard to ignore."
mircea_popescu: the two do kind-of match.
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mircea_popescu: adlai: uhoh, site affinity for is 51.2x! << i see 151.7x 83.3x 81.3x 52.7x 51.7x
mircea_popescu: don't tell me it's giving different numbers to diff people.
adlai: something something river twice?
mircea_popescu: damn that's a fast river then.
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mircea_popescu: o look it has a "more" page. nm me.
mircea_popescu: 86
mircea_popescu: 106 kinda interesting this, i wonder how entirely baseless it actually is.
jurov: ;;bc,tslb
gribble: Error: "bc,tslb" is not a valid command.
jurov: ;;tslb
gribble: Time since last block: 7 minutes and 10 seconds
mircea_popescu: !up Xuthus
adlai: note that reddit binding affinity has risen 0.4x during this riverflow. assuming linear growth at the current rate, qntra will devolve into reddit on or around noon on march 18th 2015. RemindMe! sell S.QNTR
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asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: this is the deal breaker for me. i actually run the monitors at about 50% gamma. << i did get it down to 30% or so. would've liked even less - while retaining contrast. simply to avoid... baking.
asciilifeform: there's no fucking usable definition of intelligence << there are, however, accurate and usable definitions of... stupidity.
asciilifeform: sorta how culinary science is plagued by disputes of taste but toxicology is a field.
asciilifeform: de gustibus non est disputandum but poison is poison.
asciilifeform: mactardism is a very visual field. it doesn't account much for function << complicated. apple corp. is still running on fumes from a gigantic tank of back-when-everything-else-was-a-joke in a number of palpable ways. see also
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mircea_popescu: i can see that
mircea_popescu: problem is any set of stupidity definitions are incomplete
mircea_popescu: and "culinary science" is the sort of nonsense you'd expect ou tof english speakers. otherwise l'arte culinaire isdoing fine
asciilifeform: incomplete - sure. it's more a set of engineering formulae than a total philosophy.
asciilifeform: engineer may not know or give a fuck how magnetism is made of spins, but will use magnet all the same to good effect
mircea_popescu: nonmagnet
adlai: ... and why is there no usable definition for intelligence?
adlai: "ability of a brain/computer to model, predict, etc external processes"
adlai: it's far from perfect, but it's a start
mircea_popescu: it's not.
asciilifeform: this is a subject that i have a little personal connection with. at one point, i spent almost two years of spare time working on what turned out to be 'fried ice'
asciilifeform: that is, a mechanized intelligence test that the victim 'can't train for'
asciilifeform: 'can't train' as in, you could, idea being, take it every morning, and get a useful result re: your mental state on that day
asciilifeform: like strength test
asciilifeform: for this to work, the problems on the test were to have been mechanically-generated but sufficiently varied that you will never see the same 'kind' particularly often
asciilifeform: this was a fool's errand, but in the process, i ended up lifting the lid on an entire 'secret' field of psychometry
asciilifeform: turned out, it was still alive, just carefully non-public
mircea_popescu: lmao this is the most idiotic thing i ever heard
asciilifeform: they won't cross-publish to 'big, mainstream' journals. have own ghetto.
mircea_popescu: wait, an unlearnable test of intelligence ?
asciilifeform: naturally the very concept of sitting down and solving a picture puzzle is learnable. this was clear to me. but i wanted a kind of 'carnot engine limit' of unlearnability.
mircea_popescu: i can see the newspaper titles
mircea_popescu: "ten youths from downtown accidentally construct the godmachine
asciilifeform: wanted to see where the hard limit is.
mircea_popescu: anything useful ? other than socially i mezn
asciilifeform: was in the process of revealing what was useful.
asciilifeform: found that intelligence test design ('psychometry') was still a going concern
asciilifeform: with elaborate gentlemen's agreements among the participants to keep the field out of the line of fire
asciilifeform: avoid getting 'watsoned'
asciilifeform: incidentally, watson's 'public goatfuck' statement is not the least bit controversial among the actual psychometrics folks.
adlai: (how do "they" define intelligence?)
mircea_popescu: i don't see it's controversial at all.
adlai: or rather, what attributes do they usually measure?
asciilifeform: they don't define it, normally. but they deduced a statistical item, called 'G', which is the overall correlation between the various tests in use
asciilifeform: as well as other factors (reaction time, even)
mircea_popescu briefly participated in some "transdisciplinary" efforts many moons ago
asciilifeform: see eysenck's works for intro to subject.
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mircea_popescu: but honestly while there are intelligent people trying, i think it's a snipe hunt.
mircea_popescu: there's no such thing as "intelligence".
asciilifeform: no such thing as magnetism.
mircea_popescu: not anymore than there's "beauty"
mircea_popescu: perhaps, but magnetism is at least measurable.
adlai: there may not be any such thing as "beauty", but "sexual selection" exists
mircea_popescu: or i should say
asciilifeform: this is sorta like saying 'there is no such thing as strength of materials'
asciilifeform: tell that to an architect
adlai: ie, at any one point in time, for a given population, you can measure "beauty"
mircea_popescu: perhaps, but the label of magnetism is at least applied on some sort of interaction that yields a force.
mircea_popescu: adlai that sexual selection exists is very poor grounding to claim beauty.
mircea_popescu: and in particular attempts to define intelligence in terms of statistical fitting and survivability yield monsters
mircea_popescu: (ie, stuff nobody would intuitively accept as intelligence)
asciilifeform: the serious folks carefully avoid chasing definitions.
adlai: that's because they're using intuition instead of intelligence
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform right, because a field without a definition can exist.
mircea_popescu: anyway. i think it's pseudoscience, the whole lot of it.
adlai: lol right there in Eysenck's bio... "Definition of Intelligence"
asciilifeform: about as much as physiology is a pseudoscience
asciilifeform: yes, meat - varies.
mircea_popescu: belongs as a subset obscure philosophy, right there with aesthetics.
asciilifeform: but there are underlying principles.
mircea_popescu: yes. there are. you know what they are ?
asciilifeform: and the immediate engineering applications of being able to distinguish folks into rough equivalence classes of stupidity by purely mechanical means - are there.
mircea_popescu: whatever you want them to be.
mircea_popescu: a pseudoscience isn't that endeavour lcking principles,
adlai: chasing "intelligence" might be pseudoscience but you can get relevant results by studying well-defined attributes (eg reaction time)
mircea_popescu: it's that endeavour where anything can be a principle.
mircea_popescu: adlai ah, this isn't an argument against such stuff. sure, reaction time is even a good proxy for things you may care about,
assbot: Logged on 13-10-2014 03:24:29; asciilifeform: Adlai: if i recall, hypothesis involves impedance matching - same reason folks with damaged myelin sheaths lose theirs.
asciilifeform: there's your principle.
mircea_popescu: wait, wut ?
asciilifeform: that's my personal hypothesis, incidentally. handily predictive of the reaction time correlation.
mircea_popescu: this is a principle of what ? intelligence ?
asciilifeform: central nervous system impedance matching.
mircea_popescu: so the best way to be intelligent is doing speedballs ?
asciilifeform: probably measurable via purely physical means if we knew what to look for (ask a network engineer how he measures echos on lines)
asciilifeform: how do you impedence-match neurons with a pill ?
mircea_popescu: well they all fire lol
asciilifeform: that's simply 'upping the clock'
asciilifeform: the madness - echos, 'crosstalk'
mircea_popescu: it's beautifully simple,
mircea_popescu: but i don't see anything in it past that.
asciilifeform: sorta 'inverse alzheimer's'
asciilifeform: an axon is a... transmission line.
asciilifeform: quite like coaxial cable.
mircea_popescu: that part's uncontroversial.
adlai: slight tangent (from reading about impedance) - why on earth are complex numbers introduced as a+bi when (magnitude,phase) is an infinitely more INTELLIGENT way of understanding them?
mircea_popescu: problem is i can build a machine with zero crosstalk and i won't have built an ai.
mircea_popescu: adlai because they're not introduced by intelligent people./
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: recall my brick lisp machine?
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asciilifeform: essentially: ingredients necessary but not sufficient.
adlai: aha, bricklisp proves that !stupid ≠ intelligent
mircea_popescu: so then it's not a definition.
asciilifeform: we are roughly in the position of the ancients who tried to explain why certain objects are flammable while others - not
mircea_popescu: as i said, all sorts of heuristics can be useful. i tend to not pursue relations with the intellectually slow, which i often judge in seconds on simple cues such as eye movement.
adlai: bricklisp simply doesn't detract from the intelligence of whoever is using it, like "rubber duck debugging"
mircea_popescu: nevertheless, i don't call this a science.
mircea_popescu: i call it being an asshole.
asciilifeform: anyway - who wants to turn it into a science, i just threw in a freebie - physically testable hypothesis.
adlai: eye movement?
asciilifeform: adlai: see thread from ten minutes or so ago.
adlai is wondering how mircea_popescu judges intelligence based on eye movement... it seems very dependant upon the setting
mircea_popescu: same way carnies pick out their marks, it's nothing novel.
adlai: maybe a bit more than ten minutes
asciilifeform: we don't have a 'science of intelligence' any more than medicine has a 'science of health'
asciilifeform: we do have some sense of disease. and of - stupidity.
mircea_popescu: moreover, trying to pursue a "science of health" is the hallmark of pseudoscientific cockery.
asciilifeform: but one can see how a medic may be tempted
asciilifeform: to come up with an 'average carcass' where no known dysfunction is present
adlai: < this seems intuitive to me, but I guess that backs up my intuition
assbot: Logged on 13-10-2014 03:29:22; mircea_popescu: asciilifeform nah, just watch people respond to stimuli.
assbot: Logged on 07-09-2014 17:02:37; mircea_popescu: something like that. so one night while in here, i see movement in the corner of my eye
assbot: Logged on 13-10-2014 03:30:52; asciilifeform: how come we never hear anyone arguing that there is no such thing as 'strength'
assbot: Logged on 13-10-2014 03:31:14; asciilifeform: and that a circus weight-lifter isn't the least bit strong, because perhaps my arse muscle is stronger yet than his biceps
asciilifeform: thank you assbot, saving my leaf springs the wear!
nubbins`: !up badon
TomServo: Hey nubbins`, didja see my PM?
nubbins`: ah yes, ty, i may have it covered
nubbins`: should know for sure in the next couple days
TomServo: Cool.
[]bot: Bet placed: 1 BTC for No on "X.EUR contract monthly renewal canceled in 2014" Odds: 29(Y):71(N) by coin, 71(Y):29(N) by weight. Total bet: 1.51 BTC. Current weight: 11,329.
TomServo: ;;bc,stats
gribble: Current Blocks: 332593 | Current Difficulty: 4.03000303278914E10 | Next Difficulty At Block: 332639 | Next Difficulty In: 46 blocks | Next Difficulty In About: 7 hours, 49 minutes, and 47 seconds | Next Difficulty Estimate: 40034321698.2 | Estimated Percent Change: -0.65933
kakobrekla: >Global Advisors, a firm based in Jersey that manages the first regulated bitcoin fund, has been served notice by its bank, HSBC.
assbot: [MPEX] [S.MPOE] 91700 @ 0.0003592 = 32.9386 BTC [+] {3}
jurov: what's with the submissions to qntra containing lengthy documents verbatim?
jurov: they do count into s.qntr shares?
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adlai: !s mpex socket
assbot: 18 results for 'mpex socket' :
adlai: aha, shouldn't be mentioned in the FAQ?
assbot: Logged on 27-07-2014 19:56:00; mircea_popescu: kuzetsa ah i think you gotta pay kako for access to that ?
artifexd: Are there any plans for new profit centers in MPIF?
adlai: also seems a little dead. tsk tsk, need to clean up the dead links!
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adlai: artifexd: are you planning to offer any?
artifexd: If I had any to offer, yes. Alas, no.
artifexd: I'm just trying to make a decision to sell what I have, buy more, or wait some more.
artifexd: And there hasn't been much talk of MPIF lately. I'm in an information vacuum, so to speak.
adlai: the impression I get from lurking around here is that there aren't concrete plans for another profit center, but if one arose, it would be welcomed
mike_c: jurov, you still market making mpif? it seems the bids are below bounds (which I thought was +- 5%).
jurov: ohmy
jurov: and nobody's selling?
mike_c: well, selling would be bad right now.
mike_c: you'd be selling a bitcoin for 0.9 btc.
adlai: kakobrekla: thx
jurov: okay it's in queue right after vulpes' patches
adlai: would've been nicer with &symbol= and push notifications and a unicorn pony but i'll settle for this :)
jurov: !mpif
assbot: F.MPIF Tracker estimated NAV per share: 0.00021745 B (Total: 475.53 B). Delta: 0.52 B. Last trade for F.MPIF on MPEX was at 0.000195 BTC [-]
kakobrekla: yeah a 0mq would be nice
adlai: kakobrekla: what's type:11 ?
jurov: oh and i just came around davout's proposal, gonna make some noise around it
nubbins`: jurov iirc (and i could be wrong), qntra pays the way dickens' publisher paid
adlai: nubbins`: yes, but it could ignore text within blockquote tags
nubbins`: should, even.
nubbins`: otherwise your article quality's going down the shitter
adlai: thx²
jurov: davout: see comment on yer blog
xanthyos: coinbase makes it too easy! i thought they'd at least slow me down with a 2 factor phone auth
xanthyos: 0.25925176 BTC will arrive in your My Wallet account on Monday Dec 8, 2014.
davout: jurov: oy
davout: what exactly are you disagreeing with?
jurov: that X.EUR is to disappear and reappear at any indeterminate time
davout: who said anything about indeterminate ?
jurov: and there's nothing in STATJSON output to indicate it
jurov: you don't like the 15th 12:00 GMT, you want to change it, no?
jurov: if it changes to other fixed time, i'm okay with it
davout: it's not that i dislike it, it's just that i point out that it creates a hard deadline for everyone
jurov: and why's that a problem? french ppl u no have hard deadlines?
davout: which creates a trading gap unless everyone is perfectly synchronized
jurov: and what exactly was your proposal?
xanthyos: life's more exciting with a coinbase progress bar in one of my browser tabs
xanthyos: !up bagels7
davout: xanthyos getting it !up, that's good news
davout: jurov: either de-automate the first step
xanthyos: davout: i'm not supposed to talk about that anymore. started to annoy ppl
davout: or do continuous trading
jurov: you see - i'm reeling about the first one
jurov: continuos trading without balaces mysteriously on/off would the best solution in my view
davout: what you're reeling about is coinbr's inability to cleanly detect the gap, whether that's for mpex or coinbr to solve is another question
jurov: i wrote clearly how i intend to solve it. x.eur would just not trade in interval when such behavior is expected.
davout: yes, continuous trading seems so much simpler, not sure if there's a blocker i'm missing tho
davout: kinda non optimal
jurov: well.. it's up to mircea. i doubt he ever does anything about this stateless, eventually-consistent wankfest of his.
jurov: coinbr has state machine to compensate for it complicated enough already
davout: well, time will tell
davout: yea i hear you
davout: bbl
jurov: okay, now i have this off my mind
nubbins`: you're just using it wrong ;p
asciilifeform: e-book prices << price of w4r3z still == 0. nyooz at 11!11!
nubbins`: nyooz @ ~~
jurov: <adlai> slight tangent (from reading about impedance) - why on earth are complex numbers introduced as a+bi << easy addition and multiplication?
jurov: haha another reason for x.eur to move to continuous trading, just to screw with this
assbot: BitBet - X.EUR contract monthly renewal canceled in 2014 :: 0.44 B (29%) on Yes, 1.07 B (71%) on No | closing in 3 weeks 3 days | weight: 11`277 (100`000 to 1) ... ( )
xanthyos: you can think of all numbers as having +bi but if b = 0 it doesn't matter
jurov: yes, and?
jurov: 1.5*e(i*pi) + e(1.5*i*pi) = ?
jurov: hafta convert them to a+bi anyway
jurov: <nubbins`> you're just using it wrong ;p << lol what?
xanthyos: waht's up with the ddos bot?
xanthyos: is that why my pms sometimes look invisible or delayed
kakobrekla: your bnc is getting ddosed prolly
jurov: pms should have same latency as all irc, no?
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nubbins`: i kid
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xanthyos: it's a shell so i have no idea if it's being ddosed
kakobrekla: adlai you want sql dump to bootstrap?
jurov: xanthyos if ssh doen't have noticeable lag it should not be ddos
kakobrekla: or you know, just get a free cloak
nubbins`: maybe i was being ddosed yesterday when my netflix stream quality was slightly reduced
xanthyos: if i connected from my home ip i'd cloak. i don't notice a lag at all from the ssh session
kakobrekla: dear ddoser, please add more bots as it is not clear if you are still ddosing or not
xanthyos: but the pm with gribble took a while to come back
xanthyos: maybe gribble's being ddosed
xanthyos: better to know it's a ddos to get angry about than to have uncertainty and be unable to diagnose the problem
kakobrekla: get a cloak and you will know its not
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xanthyos: at a time i thought all nickserv-idented nicks were cloaked
xanthyos: but maybe that was a different network
xanthyos: cloaked or not, probably gets hit all the time, but it's free and reliable enough
asciilifeform: durov << devoted cocksucker of u.s. state dept., disgraceful shill.
kakobrekla: lol what he do?
asciilifeform: kakobrekla: read the linked piece, see if you can decide for yourself
jurov: he dared to tweet “67 years ago Stalin defended from Hitler his right to suppress Soviet people.”
jurov: us state dept aparently pays handsomely for such tweets
jurov: looks like it can be opened from without the paywall
assbot: [MPEX] [S.MPOE] 98350 @ 0.00036048 = 35.4532 BTC [+] {3}
ben_vulpes: dang did you guys really crap out over 1000 lines while i was sleeping?
jurov: << ben_vulpes there, another bug fixed
jurov: !mpif
assbot: F.MPIF Tracker estimated NAV per share: 0.00021745 B (Total: 475.53 B). Delta: 0.52 B. Last trade for F.MPIF on MPEX was at 0.000195 BTC [-]
jurov: ;;calc 0.00021745*1.01
gribble: 0.0002196245
jurov: mike_c it's actually 1% and i'm outside that
mike_c: but what about the low side?
mike_c: or am i confused and you don't offer liquidity for sellers?
BingoBoingo: mircea_popescu: i'd pay fiddy bucks for one, and that's generous. << Nobel prize is gold so you can sell it at one of those cash for gold store fronts in the ghetto
mike_c: oh, nevermind. those are minimums. you can't be closer than that, but have no responsibility to be particularly close?
BingoBoingo: ;;ident
gribble: Nick 'BingoBoingo', with hostmask 'BingoBoingo!~BingoBoin@unaffiliated/bingoboingo', is identified as user 'BingoBoingo', with GPG key id 309BB8D7F3251143, key fingerprint ADD7A9A28F85E5EF1F51904F309BB8D7F3251143, and bitcoin address None
jurov: mike_c: no responsibility.. but looking on it, i prolly should actually buy some to prop it up
jurov: on another look... wtf?
jurov: nm i was looking on another mpsic
jurov: ;;calc 0.00021745/1.01
gribble: 0.000215297029703
mike_c: my estimate seems a bit high at the moment. i gotta do some digging into why. I would use the october statement as a closer NAV right now.
mike_c: ;;calc 0.00021638/1.01
gribble: 0.000214237623762
[]bot: Bet placed: 3.37 BTC for Yes on "Bitcoin difficulty to fall before Mar 2015" Odds: 87(Y):13(N) by coin, 81(Y):19(N) by weight. Total bet: 16.46240824 BTC. Current weight: 60,552.
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo i'd just donate it to germany
mircea_popescu: <jurov> they do count into s.qntr shares? << nah
BingoBoingo: Well, they aren't getting "theirs" anyway so might as well for the charity of it.
mircea_popescu: <artifexd> Are there any plans for new profit centers in MPIF? << yes. got an idea ?
mircea_popescu: <adlai> also seems a little dead. tsk tsk, need to clean up the dead links! <<< yeah i guess so.
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mircea_popescu: adlai> nubbins`: yes, but it could ignore text within blockquote tags << it does actually.
mircea_popescu: jurov oh right, totally forgot about that angle.
mircea_popescu: <xanthyos> [...] your My Wallet account [...] << logic.
mircea_popescu: <jurov> you don't like the 15th 12:00 GMT, you want to change it, no? << nah he just wants a shorter break. than ONE WEEK. which he gets.
mircea_popescu: won't be shorter than a few hours conceivably.
jurov: we misunderstood each other at first
mircea_popescu: <davout> yes, continuous trading seems so much simpler, not sure if there's a blocker i'm missing tho << it's nonsense, what exactly is a future that has no future date ?
jurov waits till mircea arrives at the wankfest
mircea_popescu: mike_c> this is too funny. scamfunding sites now offer insurance! << so did usagi.
mircea_popescu: generally, idiots revel in offering an idiotarian version of mainstream concepts. like, the usg right ? ALSO OFFERS INSURANCE.
mircea_popescu: <kakobrekla> dear ddoser, please add more bots as it is not clear if you are still ddosing or not <<< yeah this srsly. i was half considering replacing the voice model with a ddos model, but srsly, you gotta provide better servcice for free if you wanna be part of infrastructure here!
mircea_popescu: <jurov> looks like it can be opened from without the paywall << see ? CLEARLY propaganda piece.
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mircea_popescu: <ben_vulpes> dang did you guys really crap out over 1000 lines while i was sleeping? << we didn't crap them bish. now eat up!
[]bot: Bet placed: 11 BTC for Yes on "Bitcoin difficulty to fall in 2014" Odds: 75(Y):25(N) by coin, 42(Y):58(N) by weight. Total bet: 22.43892981 BTC. Current weight: 7,089.
ben_vulpes: huh rly?
mircea_popescu: <mike_c> oh, nevermind. those are minimums. you can't be closer than that, but have no responsibility to be particularly close? << well not stated as obligations, but generally it's his job to get close.
ben_vulpes: at this low weight?
ben_vulpes: ;;diff
gribble: 4.03000303278914E10
ben_vulpes: ;;estimate
gribble: Next difficulty estimate | 40070721940.0 based on data since last change | 40835307545.6 based on data for last three days
mircea_popescu: ;;bc,stats
gribble: Current Blocks: 332625 | Current Difficulty: 4.03000303278914E10 | Next Difficulty At Block: 332639 | Next Difficulty In: 14 blocks | Next Difficulty In About: 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 2 seconds | Next Difficulty Estimate: 40070721940.0 | Estimated Percent Change: -0.569
mats_cd03: ;;ticker
gribble: Bitstamp BTCUSD ticker | Best bid: 380.57, Best ask: 380.7, Bid-ask spread: 0.13000, Last trade: 380.68, 24 hour volume: 6448.20538594, 24 hour low: 375.23, 24 hour high: 382.86, 24 hour vwap: 379.491514355
ben_vulpes: wow diff to drop
ben_vulpes: no shit.
mircea_popescu: yeah srsly.
mircea_popescu: is it the first time since like 2012 ?
ben_vulpes: which would be first time in the asic history?
ben_vulpes: asic period*
ben_vulpes: ;;google first bitcoin asic
gribble: Mining - Bitcoin: <>; CoinTerra Opens Pre-Orders for First 16nm Bitcoin ASIC - CoinDesk: <>; CoinTerra™ announces the world's first 16nm ASIC based Bitcoin ...: <>
mircea_popescu: pretty much yes.
mircea_popescu: the results of that market becoming "usgized", which is to say, they stopped selling to the general public.
mircea_popescu: competition -> dead.
ben_vulpes: why would the general public buy asics?
mircea_popescu: it's funny how the free market naturally evolves towards a corner to wedge itself in.
mircea_popescu: i have nfi.
ben_vulpes: stability zones on the manifold...
assbot: BitBet - Bitcoin difficulty to fall in 2014 :: 16.87 B (75%) on Yes, 5.56 B (25%) on No | closing in 2 weeks 3 hours | weight: 7`086 (100`000 to 1) ... ( )
ben_vulpes: +nubbins`:i've got some neat physical bitcoins, some strange bullion pieces, etc << don't forget newspapers lol
mircea_popescu: #3387: Anonymous 11-07-14 at 17:54
mircea_popescu: What kind of retard created this bet? Closing in 5 months?? why??? a bunch of people are just going to bet on Yes whenever they see difficulty is going to be down during the year, what's the point of this bet??
mircea_popescu: bitbet, as per usual.
mircea_popescu: "oh, people know teh market"
mike_c: don't tap on the fish tank.
ben_vulpes skips the numismatics
mircea_popescu: see ? 1k lines not so painful.
mircea_popescu: !up leen_
[]bot: Bet placed: 2.49 BTC for Yes on "Bitcoin difficulty to fall in 2014" Odds: 91(Y):9(N) by coin, 59(Y):41(N) by weight. Total bet: 59.42962981 BTC. Current weight: 7,083.
[]bot: Bet placed: 4.4999 BTC for Yes on "Bitcoin difficulty to fall in 2014" Odds: 91(Y):9(N) by coin, 59(Y):41(N) by weight. Total bet: 59.42962981 BTC. Current weight: 7,083.
[]bot: Bet placed: 20 BTC for Yes on "Bitcoin difficulty to fall in 2014" Odds: 91(Y):9(N) by coin, 59(Y):41(N) by weight. Total bet: 59.42962981 BTC. Current weight: 7,083.
[]bot: Bet placed: 10.0008 BTC for Yes on "Bitcoin difficulty to fall in 2014" Odds: 91(Y):9(N) by coin, 59(Y):41(N) by weight. Total bet: 59.42962981 BTC. Current weight: 7,083.
kakobrekla: what the f
mike_c: hehe
leen_: need to speak to mircea_popescu
mike_c: only a few blocks left til it resolves
mircea_popescu: kik feeding frenzy
leen_: hi
leen_: there is a problem with a bet
leen_: ill send a link
assbot: BitBet - Bitcoin to drop under $250 before 2015 :: 1.73 B (15%) on Yes, 9.79 B (85%) on No | closing in 3 weeks 2 hours | weight: 92`554 (100`000 to 10`000) ... ( )
leen_: i needed to contact you here someone said to me in mail
mircea_popescu: go ahead.
leen_: u see that bet?
leen_: first 2 bets are refunded
leen_: no problem at first sight
leen_: BUT
mircea_popescu: they are ?
mircea_popescu: what are you talking about ?
mircea_popescu: listen, make complete sentences, i can't follow what you're saying.
leen_: Bitcoin to drop under $250 before 2015 The price of one Bitcoin in USD will drop below $250 before January 2015 as per Bitstamp . If the difference between a given "Yes" bet time and the bet's closing time is less than one week, such bets will be refunded minus fee. First two "Yes" bets are excluded from this rule.
leen_: so i made a bet placing a winning BTC bet on: Yes pays: 4.39046755 BTC No pays: 1.14220213 BTC after fees, at current weight and assuming no one else bets
leen_: which is not true in this case
mircea_popescu: how not ?
leen_: if the first 2 bets get efunded
leen_: then on a no bet i dont get their earnings
mircea_popescu: you're misreading it'd seem. what the bet says is that the first two yes bets never get refunded
mircea_popescu: and ulterior bets might.
leen_: but the calculator uses them to calculate the profit of the no bet
leen_: what does it mean?
mike_c: the point leen_, is to avoid late bettors who try to bet when the outcome is nearly certain
mircea_popescu: like it's happening right now on the difficulty bet.
BingoBoingo: The odds move anyway, the calculator is just to be used as a rough guideline.
mircea_popescu: and it's a moot point in any case, the 30th was 4 days ago.
mircea_popescu: price isn't going under 250 anytime soon, so.
mike_c: (and which is an integral part of bitbet)
leen_: so they dont get refunded?
mircea_popescu: doesn't seem too likely atm.
leen_: and if nobody else bets i get the money stated in the calculator?
leen_: i know that will not happen but just as an example
mircea_popescu: i guess so.
leen_: i guess so or you know it for sure?
mircea_popescu: well i don't know the future for sure, as it happens. just kinda close.
leen_: and if i win the bet
mircea_popescu: but what the bet says is that if bitcoin goes under 250 tomorrow, all yes bets but the first two wil be refunded.
leen_: if i place a bet on no now and pric doesnt go under 250 i win the amount stated at th calculator if noobne else bets?
mircea_popescu: kinda impossible for that clause to affect you at all if price doesn't go under 250.
mircea_popescu: and if it does, no lost anyway, it's just a matter of how the yes pot is split up.
mircea_popescu: that was weird.
artifexd: mircea_popescu: Nope. No ideas. Just asking.
[]bot: Bet placed: 4.99979999 BTC for Yes on "Bitcoin difficulty to fall before Mar 2015" Odds: 90(Y):10(N) by coin, 85(Y):15(N) by weight. Total bet: 21.46220824 BTC. Current weight: 60,523.
mircea_popescu: yeah, turns out running a safe investment fund in btc is harder than in usd. who'd have thunk it!
artifexd: At least it hasn't lost 90% of its value
mircea_popescu: anyway, i suppose in all fairness the byzantino-rabinical approach to the written text as deployed for the needs of bitbet is a special kind of hell for all esl speakers.
mircea_popescu: artifexd there is that.
mircea_popescu: what is it under i don't even recall, like a % ?
artifexd: I believe it is right around where it started. No up. No down. Or at least not much.
mircea_popescu: something tells me this is going to be the biggest problem of bitcoin finance. to earn a living as a rentier you'll have to own a shitton of 'em.
nubbins`: ben_vulpes yes, newspapers too 8)
assbot: "Mazuma" 8 inch Physical Bitcoin ... ( )
nubbins`: ^ more artisans finding btc
mircea_popescu: there;s going to be a flood of these. the marginal cost to make small metal discs is about zero
mircea_popescu: the pretense to value through "unique" and "design" and trhe usual bullcrap is supposedly endless.
mircea_popescu: exactly the sort of shit castrato usians go for.
mircea_popescu: everyone thinks they're steve jobs nao.
nubbins`: this one's actually just a piece of wood
mircea_popescu: wooden coins.
nubbins`: not even coins
nubbins`: it just says "bitcoin" on it
nubbins`: no qr, no code, no key
mircea_popescu: jesus fuck i want a account. the stupidity bitcoin brings out from i dunno where...
nubbins`: anyway, the physical crypto space is at a standstill
nubbins`: those kialara guys are the first ones to do anything different since casascius
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nubbins`: everyone else is all "lel silver rounds w/ holo super cool"
adlai: "Hebrew slang for money" wut
nubbins`: nobody gives a fuck about coins with holos
mircea_popescu: wait, the original wankers don't like wanking anymore ?
mircea_popescu: nubbins` dude but if you turn them they change!111
mircea_popescu: "get a snowglobe"
nubbins`: i want a hellraiser-style puzzlebox physical btc
mircea_popescu: so make it.
adlai: "For an extra .25BTC ..." < what's the point of getting the damn thing if you don't get the extras
mircea_popescu: i want prison-made physical btc. toothpaste.
nubbins`: just might
adlai: it's just a bloody expensive paperweight without them
BingoBoingo: <mircea_popescu> i want prison-made physical btc. toothpaste. << Oh, if I go in I'll have an arts and crafts project.
mircea_popescu: actually, even better : TEETH!
mircea_popescu: documented prison fight, carved bitcoin teeth.
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mircea_popescu: given the motto's from there, guess my next article.
mircea_popescu: which ima publish in a few hours.
nubbins`: speaking of teeth, we got a pig skull the other day
mircea_popescu: ;;rated adlai
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mike_c: those kialara coins are cool.
mike_c: they look pretty sweet and i like that they are "designed" to only have 0.1 btc in them.
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mircea_popescu: how can ou design a coin with an address limit ?
mike_c: hence air quotes. it says 0.1 on it.
mike_c: they come unfunded
mike_c: these are all novelty items, so i think cas coins with 10 btc or whatever are dumb.
nubbins`: cas coins come funded
mats_cd03: also used to be one hundredth the value it is now, mate
mike_c: sure, no doubt.
mike_c: dumb now, not then.
nubbins`: anyway kialara bars would be WAY cooler if they ditched the text altogether
nubbins`: the name and the amount
mircea_popescu: mike_c you gotta ppreciate, when the cas coins were a thing, 50 btc was like 100 bux
mircea_popescu: it made perfect sense to have a coin with something more than nothing's worth of bitcoin in it.
mats_cd03: anyone want to play a quick chess game (blitz)?
nubbins`: the last series he sold were 0.1btc
mike_c: yes yes, i am saying it no longer makes sense to have a 10 btc that is actually funded
mike_c: *10 btc coin
mircea_popescu: it had its political importance at the time, these aren;'t really remembered today, but at some point i had to go into fucking something awful forums and argue with the idiots as to why bitcoin actualy is valuable.
nubbins`: it makes no sense to put a denomination on it, period
mircea_popescu: because at the time idiots honestly thought the "internet funbux" angle can be pushed.
mike_c: doesn't make a good xmas gift without a denomination
nubbins`: well ya know. it doesn't make a good xmas gift with one either.
mircea_popescu: well, prolly not anymore, you're right.
jurov: wait till some crazy canadian starts making them from mice poop and her genital hair
mircea_popescu: i imagine it makes little sense to have anymore at all, tbh.
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nubbins`: jurov "his" hair. i'm a man.
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nubbins`: mircea_popescu cold storage for the discerning consumer, nothing more.
mircea_popescu: nubbins` wait wut ?!
nubbins`: i kid
mircea_popescu: it's the most inconvenient storage conceivable.
mircea_popescu: sorta like keeping your cheese in a truck wheel.
mircea_popescu: why not the fridge ?
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mike_c: nubbins`: can you vouch at all for kialara? i'm going to get one.
mircea_popescu: jurov i used to know this chick that wore a bracelet she made out of her pubic hair.
nubbins`: mike_c they look cool, no idea beyond that
nubbins`: jurov this is a problem, people get all hissy when someone gets a grant for something they personally don't like
mircea_popescu: total ocd case, she'd actually pluck her hairs by hand, braid them in threes then braid the results and on it went.
nubbins`: maybe their issue is with the grant system
nubbins`: there was a big sadness when a band called "holy fuck" got a grant
nubbins`: old windbags who'd never bothered to even listen to the band, decrying the vulgar waste of taxpayer money
nubbins`: but the thing is, they don't give a fuck that there's grant money being given away; they care that it's being given to a band called holy fuck
nubbins`: but, y'know.
nubbins`: it's not their say.
jurov: i intended tat just for laugh, but okay.
nubbins`: i know! just taking a tangent
adlai: mircea_popescu: omg thank you tho mutth!
jurov: i myself was recipient of taxpayer money for nonsense, too. so what.
nubbins`: i fear the grant system discourages artists from putting their careers on economically viable paths
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nubbins`: i've read that like three times and i'm out of credits
mircea_popescu: there is no economically viable path for "artists" outside of mooching off the sovereign.
nubbins`: we even had our own chat about it, i drew you a thing.
mircea_popescu: I WONT SELL OUT!
nubbins`: you and your capital A "Art" ;D
nubbins`: oh btw, nice eulora biology
jurov: they can be beggars, too
mircea_popescu: guy's talented like all fuck isn't he.
mircea_popescu: jurov except then they're not real artists. just buskers.
BingoBoingo: jurov: what's with the submissions to qntra containing lengthy documents verbatim? << lengthy documents go into blockquotes, don't get counted
mircea_popescu: andy warwhore is teh true artist.
nubbins`: he's not a real blogger, he's just a busker
mircea_popescu: yeah, this i true in the reverse. bloggers that write for someone else aren't much more than buskers.
nubbins`: anyone working for someone else is a busker if you wanna split that hair the rest of the way
mircea_popescu: all the oms and whatnot of the world.
jurov: i guess mircea meant pople working for general public as opposed to their master
mircea_popescu: a hooker not working for someone else is just a bum.
mircea_popescu: there's liberal professions and servile professions.
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mircea_popescu: artist is a servile profession. the long and the short of it.
mircea_popescu: it's also the one to most famously rebel against its status, but so what of that.
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jurov: nubbins` if you're ever gonna make some b-a book, these reich images are very fitting
jurov: the book "Listen, Little Man!" is good, too, except for wtf conclusions
assbot: [MPEX] [S.MPOE] 34744 @ 0.00036661 = 12.7375 BTC [+]
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jurov: grr it linked other image as i meant
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nubbins`: some of these are weird
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nubbins`: anyway, if anyone's interested, there's maybe ten books left in the first edition of our latest, so get 'em while they're hot
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BingoBoingo: Best Bitcoin Dildo so far
mats_cd03 facepalms
punkman: awesome
kakobrekla: > It was commissioned by a person on this forum but then they back out half way through completion. Original price was $600usd.
kakobrekla: buyer : "now that you finally made the thing, you can go fuck yourself. bye"
kakobrekla: and then buy it for 150$.
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punkman: he totally had to use his wood-turning skills and make it ribbed
kakobrekla: would be more interesting you could screw it
punkman: that's not how dildos work kakobrekla
mats_cd03: man, 600usd for a wooden dildo
mats_cd03: thats inflation for you.
mircea_popescu: "If you have ever been F#CKED using BTCitcoin for something this would be a great way to memorialize that as well."
mircea_popescu: dude don't tell me the forum muppetry actually fucks itself to memorialize being fucked.
BingoBoingo: Of course they do. It's how they have to learn through pennance.
mats_cd03: so meta.
mircea_popescu: buttmeta
kakobrekla: but if you been screwed by bitcoin no cigar
mats_cd03: now, to look for another distro now that debian's been converted to systemd....
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nubbins`: try dubian
nubbins`: all the system sounds are done by this guy:
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mats_cd03: ;;ud dubian
gribble: | Dubian. A young straight biological male, particularly in his teenage years or early ... The Dubian is indeed a bio-guy, therefore, if you're not into bio-peen, ...
assbot: [MPEX] [S.MPOE] 38369 @ 0.00036838 = 14.1344 BTC [+]
mats_cd03: > that bears a striking resemblance to an androgynous lesbian. A heterosexual dude who, at first glance, is often mistaken for a boyish lesbian. He is usually of smaller build, wears ambiguous attire, (ie: skinny jeans, Chuck Taylors) and cuts his hair into a faux hawk or other such lesbian-trademarked coiffure.
mircea_popescu: ajajaj dubian
mats_cd03: my vocabulary grows
mircea_popescu: this one
mircea_popescu: 's great.
mats_cd03: i get the distinct impression there's no good distro left besides gentoo
mats_cd03: maybe its time to move to openbsd
mircea_popescu: prolly gentoo's the last man standing
mats_cd03 returns to beating vagrant into submission
asciilifeform: gentoo's the last man standing << not standing. hobbling on leg stump like the knight in 'monty python'.
mircea_popescu: i dunno who cares about recent distros anyway.
mircea_popescu: or why would they.
mircea_popescu: but i suppose putting more steam behind openbsd can't hurt.
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BingoBoingo: ;;bc,stats
gribble: Current Blocks: 332636 | Current Difficulty: 4.03000303278914E10 | Next Difficulty At Block: 332639 | Next Difficulty In: 3 blocks | Next Difficulty In About: 19 minutes and 35 seconds | Next Difficulty Estimate: None | Estimated Percent Change: None
mike_c: ;;tslb
gribble: Error: Problem retrieving latest block data.
mike_c: this is exciting
asciilifeform: who cares about recent distros << recent distros - maybe no one. recent kernels - quite a few folks doomed to grunt on recent hardware. who don't have the muscles, time, or energy to vivisect the patches.
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mircea_popescu: ahhhahaha
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform who exactly is doomed to grunt on recent hardware
mircea_popescu: << Estimated Next Difficulty:40,010,998,361 (-0.72%) Adjust time:After 3 Blocks, About 29.5 minutes
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mircea_popescu: no dice.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: who exactly is doomed to grunt on recent hardware << just about anyone using issued portables. anyone with rented servers. most folks.
mircea_popescu: uh. if you have servers you'd have to be insane to use rented hardware oyu manage yourself. either colo your own metal or else have the fucking dc handle it if you don't give a shit.
mircea_popescu: and who the fuck takes any electronics from their job is so stupid shouldn't get to live anyway.
mircea_popescu: i can't even be bothered to count all the ways that's stupid. wtf.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: stupid << answer then. i requisitioned portable comp, could have asked for anything. should have asked for 486? with 640x480 lcd ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: remember, this is a box i have to actually live with.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: on account of my profession, i need max disk, cpu, ram, attainable. in portable box. still say 486?
jurov: mircea has slaves to carry boxen around
asciilifeform: jurov: he also doesn't strictly have to leave home. or do work.
asciilifeform: jurov: i even know what mircea will say now - that poor choice of profession, should instead drill for oil in the north atlantic, or fight in syria.
midnightmagic: asciilifeform: novena maybe?
asciilifeform: midnightmagic: lol!
midnightmagic: oh you said "max". nvm
asciilifeform: midnightmagic: handmade piece of shit, and made of what? quite recent pieces.
midnightmagic: it has an fpga onboard, (almost) no firmware except perhaps for the sdd. it's free-ish
asciilifeform: on account of my profession, i occasionally do things like booting up winblows in an emulator. on what would mircea do this? 486?
asciilifeform: on fpga emulating a 486?
midnightmagic backs slowly away and maybe should've read back further than one 24-line screenful
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform whatever sarge runs on ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: need max cpu, max ram, or will hate life.
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mircea_popescu: maybe i'm missing something here, but, why do you think you can't run "max" whatever they are on older debians ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: cannot, much as i'd love to, use 486, or bk-0011, or handmade pdp-11 in fpga.
mircea_popescu: the cpu instruction set changed or something ? it's the same thing.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: was explaining why doomed to recent hardware!
mircea_popescu: no but look, linux only went braindamaged this decade.
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mircea_popescu: it's not like simply ignoring pottering forces one to any sort of anything. so you run 2005 linux on 2010 hardware. you probably don't want the modern crapolade for any serious purpose anyway,
mircea_popescu: finding a fucking nat router that's not backdoored by design is a fucking hassle as it is.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: as i tried to explain, recent hardware means, inevitably, either recent kernel, or laborious pick-and-choose driver vivisection.
mircea_popescu: <asciilifeform> on account of my profession, i occasionally do things like booting up winblows in an emulator. << actually last i did that it was on... ubuntu!
mircea_popescu: fitting neh ?
asciilifeform: in fact you cannot run 2005 linux on 2014 hw. not if you want, e.g., video output. or networking.
mircea_popescu: im not sure why you want to run 2014 hw at all. but whatever, maybe i don't do enough hi res porn conversion on a laptop to care ?
mircea_popescu: something's amiss with this picture tho. i find it hard to believe that you need a lot of computing that is a) physically in your lap and b) exactly fits within the seeming arbitrary constriction of "what 2014 laptops allow"
mircea_popescu: but does not fit in the "what 2010 laptops allowed"
asciilifeform: did try to explain. winblows in emulator, for instance. i'm a 'reverse-engineer.'
mircea_popescu: and you gotta run the winblows in an emulator on a physical laptop ?
mircea_popescu: you can't just boot up say a vm for it on a remote server ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: aha. laptop.
mircea_popescu: well this sounds like a fucking curse on the level of, "must have sex in my car trunk, no matter what"
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: in car trunk, and it has to have room for six fire extinguishers.
mircea_popescu: i just never ran into this sort of edge myself. i guess count it as a blessing an' move on.
mircea_popescu: (kinda weird how the "stuck with windowsy linux" discussion denegerated into a "because i need to run windows".
mircea_popescu: poettering should be good news for you then - soon enough you won't need an emulator at all.)
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: l0l!
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: not only winblows, though. but it's the 'heaviest' victim.
mircea_popescu: somehow i imagine what the us agency of redhat is trying to solve is exactly your problem,
mircea_popescu: just for more retarded people.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: the single biggest hog in my butcher shop.
mircea_popescu: anyway, entertain me here. so what happens if you use 2010 hardware with older linux instals is that what, your shit moves slower ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: you haven't even heard the rest of the fun. at my other job, also stuck with maximally modern hw. because how many floating point ops per second determines, more or less directly, how we're paid.
mircea_popescu: so there's no 1k chickens where you live ?
mircea_popescu: here's a thought : two $10 old cpus are faster than a $50 modern cpu.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: can only afford a few dozen chickens before 'bracket' rises (cost of next tier of floor space, cooling, begin to dwarf the machines)
mircea_popescu: wait, wut ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: mircea_popescu: two 0 old cpus are faster than a 0 modern << not for molecular dynamics sim. need fast shared memory.
mircea_popescu: there is a lot terribly wrong with the picture you paint. i've yet to see this wonder where support costs more than the hardware.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: visit more threadbare pauper's shops made of shoelace and bamboo
mircea_popescu: but you see how from a business perspective this makes no sense ? the hardware's the biggest cost. in any and all dcs ever since the world begun.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: no dc. we're talking about a handful of boxes in a cheapo office. if any more, must have dc cage, then nothing left to eat.
nubbins`: i once spent a summer running fluid dynamics sims on a 24-node beowulf cluster
nubbins`: what a shit show
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform and actually renting stuff like amzon offers is not cheaper than what you're currently doing ?!
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: from a 'business perspective' very few of the things folks do to survive make sense. ice cream truck will not make the owner rich. nor the knife sharpener in buenos aires.
mircea_popescu: but both of these make sense from a business perspective.
mircea_popescu: now suppose the major cost of the icecream truck wasn't icecream, but... windshield wiper.
mircea_popescu: i'd be just as puzzled.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: last i checked, rented gpu was not worth the cost. but say i did. then i get: the very same modern hardware... just - rented.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform as i said afore, " you'd have to be insane to use rented hardware oyu manage yourself. either colo your own metal or else have the fucking dc handle it if you don't give a shit"
mircea_popescu: trying to peg you into one or the other here.
mircea_popescu: not going so well.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: if i were to rent hardware, would have to do most of the management work personally on account of massive existing toolchain crud.
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nubbins`: only an abstract, but hey
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform so basically you're running your own metal which you don't want to colo because you figure it's actually cheaper in your own house sort of thing ?
asciilifeform: leaving for a moment aside my own piles of junk metal - folks embroiled in scientific computing are inevitably doomed to use modern hardware. they cannot, economically, freeze in time and live in 2008 (or whenever) for eternity.
nubbins`: dem recent advances, dem increasing hardware requirements, etc
mircea_popescu: i somehow doubt they actually use poettering stuff either, but what do i know
asciilifeform: same goes for any other similarly perverse application where 'horsepower' is money.
mircea_popescu: iirc there's a naggum on this topic.
nubbins`: try modelling HIV spread on a 486
mircea_popescu: nubbins` what's to keep you ?
nubbins`: my expected lifespan
mircea_popescu: dude srsly. where the fuck is that link.
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mircea_popescu: there we go.
mircea_popescu: so... if what you do is a good idea, this sort of problem can't possibly exists.
mircea_popescu: if the problem exists it's a prime indicator you're wasting your life.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: except the world broke since naggum wrote this. not even the oil prospectors write custom os now.
mircea_popescu: this, as a purely deductive matter.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform depends which. the oil prospectors that make money do.
mircea_popescu: the BPs of this world do not.
BingoBoingo: << Seems some did go for poettering
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asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: i'm more or less wasting life just by having the misfortune to be parked on planet 3 in 2014. this is quite clear.
nubbins`: planet 2's too sultry
undata: asciilifeform: oh I don't know, the others don't look particularly hospitable
mircea_popescu: anyway, the issue should be addressed irrespective of how obnoxious X kiddo is.
mircea_popescu: in fact, it has nothing to do with no kiddo.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: i was trying to disagree, logically, with 'we can simply preserve in amber hardware from golden age and use that for everything'
mircea_popescu: i don't see you got too far.
mircea_popescu: every step of the way of technology is sound and can be rested upon.
mircea_popescu: that's the only important thing about technology.
mircea_popescu: you don't HAVE TO update anything, and if it sucks you don't update.
mircea_popescu: full stop.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: if it sucks you don't update << and lose the contract to the fellow who isn't trying to fold protein on 486.
mircea_popescu: seems 1905 steel girder bridges still work just fine, and yes you can do anything you want done on 486s. heck, it's always been cheaper to buy last year's tech and buy a lot of it and network it than it is to buy the monolithic "custom made" tool.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform if it sucks, he'll do worse than you.
mircea_popescu: this is the definition of "it sucks".
mircea_popescu: if he doesn't do worse than you, that's a prime signal that you're insane.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: it's always been cheaper to buy last year's tech and buy a lot of it and network it << to some extent, the problem i spoke of is a 'two strong oxen' problem. need shared memory.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform i am at this very moment running a 64 GB amd-a8 quad.
mircea_popescu: that's a what, 2008 processor ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: if it sucks, he'll do worse than you << find naggum's piece on how 'market can only tackle one dimension of multidimensional analysis.' yes, other fellow will fold the protein faster, while running poetteringisms.
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mircea_popescu: i dun see it.
mircea_popescu: i mean it's a fine theory an' all, but i don't see it.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: 2008 processor << can get ~2x the clock now. i fully grasp that for your application - there is no reason whatsoever to do this.
mircea_popescu: but can you grasp that 2 x1 = 1 x2 ?
mircea_popescu: so you get twice the clock, and i get two of them. sure, there are SOME problems that are provably unsplittable.
mircea_popescu: there's about five of them.,
BingoBoingo: If I sound grumpy, it is only because I have come across too many idiots of the "it can't be done" persuasion lately, the kind of managers who have an aquarium in their office because fifteen brains think better than one.
BingoBoingo: ^ Naggum
mircea_popescu: fuck, for that matter, this thing is universal. so the us only makes "high performance" bullshit antibiotics of doom these days ?
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mircea_popescu: wake me up sometime when i care. i've been using sulfmetoxazole forever, and i intend to continue.
mircea_popescu: half a cent a pill, indian factories dedicated to its preservation in amber.
mircea_popescu: this idea that "we'll gavin all over the blockchain technology and everyone will follow" is out of a holywood movie. not how reality works.
mircea_popescu: people didn't use to upgrade worth a shit not even a decade ago, when all the incentives were alligned for them to.
mircea_popescu: but that ended a few years back, and "upgrade" is headed right into the "please install our browser toolbar extension" and "act now!" bin.
BingoBoingo: <mircea_popescu> people didn't use to upgrade worth a shit not even a decade ago, when all the incentives were alligned for them to. << What happened was Microsoft's "Let's mimic the Auto Industries idea of the Model Year" won even if MS could not execute on it
mircea_popescu: they came up with "smart phones" ? fuck them, i never upgraded, i still use actual phones. samsung is jumping over backwards to supply the market. they cost nothing. etc.
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo pretty much yeah. and then Dull Gates dragged the entire "industry" of nitwits along with him.
mats_cd03: but a smart phone makes me smart. :(
mircea_popescu: "prevailing business practices" derpage.
mircea_popescu: mats_cd03 im too smart, see ? level cap already.
mats_cd03: lucky.
BingoBoingo: ;;bc,stats
gribble: Current Blocks: 332643 | Current Difficulty: 4.000747027127126E10 | Next Difficulty At Block: 334655 | Next Difficulty In: 2012 blocks | Next Difficulty In About: 1 week, 6 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes, and 17 seconds | Next Difficulty Estimate: 56315518647.2 | Estimated Percent Change: 40.76251
mircea_popescu: aand it dropped ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: people didn't use to upgrade worth a shit << number crunching - existed. even if you're not involved with it, realize that it was original purpose of computer. it matters.
mircea_popescu: i have no argument with that.
mircea_popescu: but i recall that even before the first cray, kiler micros did better than the mainframe.
mircea_popescu: this hasn't somehow magicked away just because whoever likes to sell to the gubmint
mircea_popescu: and nobody seriously reviews fraud that involves public funds.
BingoBoingo: Was last difficulty 40,300,030,328 if so then dropped
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: kiler micros did better than the mainframe <<< noooo.... not for shared-memory problems! not then, not now. please, understand the basic issue.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: what did happen was - the 'strong oxen' died. simply died. and this made micros look good, because alive looks better than dead.
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform no, i know what you're saying, but i think it's much rarer than you make it look, a problem that doesn't take well to chickens.
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mircea_popescu: not that i'm against oxen or anything. but seriously, trying to sell me on braindamaged chickens with three beaks as a sort of unavoidable oxen ?
mircea_popescu: come on, anything turkeys can do chickens can do.
mircea_popescu: if your problem can be approached with 2014 "state of the art" killer micro, it can also be approached with killer micro that was state of the art in 2009. that's the whole argument.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: just explaining that, e.g., 2x ram bandwidth - closer to 'oxen' than otherwise.
mircea_popescu: somehow having this magical problem that fits just right in this otherwise narrow space seems very improbable.
mircea_popescu: but, sure, every broom shoots once. if a broom shot you once, you have my deepest simpathies.
mircea_popescu: "closer" is not of this film.
cazalla: jurov: what's with the submissions to qntra containing lengthy documents verbatim? <<< anything contained in a <blockquote> as those length documents are, do not count towards word count
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: it isn't a broom to me, but the 'rifle' i carry every day.
mircea_popescu: what, and 31 bit registers are closer to functional than 28 bit registers ?
mircea_popescu: just cut it to 16 bit and use two.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: multiplier.
mircea_popescu: but 31 bit doesn't work anyway. it's either 32 or 16. that's it. you don't get "closer"
mircea_popescu: some things are discrete, an' being an ox is one of them things by definition.
cazalla: adlai: nubbins`: yes, but it could ignore text within blockquote tags <<< this is correct, it does ignore them and this is actually one of the first things discussed when qntra was launched
mircea_popescu: which is why "two oxen" is actually misleading. either it's one ox, or else it's an infinity of chickens. no twos here.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: anyway, bad analogy. i'm speaking of actual problems where higher clock on system bus equals more cash.
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mircea_popescu: asciilifeform if it does, i can't see why you wouldn't have your own, terrahertz bus.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: and memory access is the bottleneck.
mircea_popescu: kept you know, under liquid methane or some shit
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: if it does, i can't see why you wouldn't have your own, terrahertz bus << because ice cream truck does not bring in the income to convert it to galactic ice cream empire.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: but ice cream monger wants to live too.
mircea_popescu: so yeah, you're stuck in a paraeconomic crevice over there.
mircea_popescu: whereas the point i was making was kinda you know, in general.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: but forget about ice cream men. ask your intelligence men if, say, LukOil produces own terahertz silicon. is there any question what the answer is?
mircea_popescu: wait, no lizard lukoil ?
mircea_popescu: only nsa can has ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: science died.
mircea_popescu: wait, only lukoil science died ? nsa is fine ?
cazalla: mike_c: qntra authors: coinbase is an exchange now. <<< usd is more an altcoin eh, not really news worthy imo
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mircea_popescu: go cazalla
mircea_popescu: btw, asciilifeform speaking of the fast memory thing, did resistive ram go anywhere ?
mircea_popescu: i recall a bruhaha a few years ago
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: mram ?
mircea_popescu: wasn't it reram or something ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: can buy it now. (see, e.g, 'digikey corp.') patent lockup, monopoly, ruinous cost.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: speaking of magnetoresistive ram (behaves like eeprom, but no ion migration wear and virtually no write latency)
assbot: New silicon memory chip may offer super-fast memory -- ScienceDaily ... ( )
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: ah, this - no. but realize, all of these nice things (rebirth of ferrite core, nonvolatile ram) is wasted on unix.
mircea_popescu: <asciilifeform> mircea_popescu: science died. << "and yet we can't conserve tech in amber".
mircea_popescu: why wasted ?
mircea_popescu: im sure you can have glibc ported over :D
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: because the whole disk-ram dichotomy is predicated on volatile ram.
mircea_popescu: it's not like there;s an actual dichotomy. you can have a ramdisk or a diskram for all it cares.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: the whole notion of files. file systems. memory allocation as a separate thing from disk operations.
ben_vulpes: jurov: << "signed by" col looks a little wacky
mircea_popescu: that's clunk, sure, but it wouldn't ever know
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mats_cd03: based on my observation of news on this front, 'memristors' seems likely its rapidly becoming feasible and affordable
mats_cd03: not that i know anything at all about how this stuff really works.
mircea_popescu: i thought so too, kinda wy i asked. he seems in the prime market to care about em
mircea_popescu: asciilifeform sure, no argument there.
asciilifeform: mats_cd03: not even worth thinking about until chicoms shit on the patents and sell them near cost.
mircea_popescu: lol stan doesn't want to dream
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: not only dreamed, but simulated using bizarre terrorist contraption of fpga+dram+flash.
mircea_popescu: all this is wheting my appetite for b-a computers
mircea_popescu: which can't happen because hey! where is my nsa letter ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: at home, half written. i'm still at [censored], fighting with crapware.
adlai: oh you're talking about that other nsa
asciilifeform: adlai: the Real! nsa
kakobrekla: nsa check, bitcoin foundation check, ... whats next, usg?
hanbot: haha
adlai: after reading a bit more about the scamosphere, in my mind, "usg" now gets pronounced "usagi"
adlai: which raises the question of how "usagi" is pronounced
asciilifeform: adlai: pronounce as approx. 'you shaggy'
adlai: usagi-san?
adlai: ohhhhhh
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mats_cd03: it breathes
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punkman: "We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY. "Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times we have to upgrade!"
thestringpuller: i'm getting solicited to go to a CIA job fair...
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thestringpuller: "The CIA's strength and effectiveness as an agency depends upon its ability to employ a workforce as diverse as the nation it serves."
BingoBoingo: thestringpuller: Might as well go. They'll prolly station you in Russia.
thestringpuller: "Your first assignment is to become friends with this man *displays picture of Snowden*"
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo russia, idaho ?
mircea_popescu: i like these "as an X" aspirationals.
mircea_popescu: how about the cia's strength and effectiveness as a potato ?
mats_cd03: nah, your first assignment will be to befriend mp.
mircea_popescu: I HAVE NO FRIENDS!!1
BingoBoingo: mircea_popescu: Either one. Given the CIA's history of applying diverse hires I would expect thestringpuller to be assigned to somewhere lilly white or otherwise homogenous. Probably in a deep cover role
mircea_popescu: wait, thestringpuller is not like us ?
mircea_popescu reaches for his grand wizard hat
BingoBoingo: thestringpuller is blessed in melanin
mircea_popescu: thestringpuller you totally have to read more qntra. help fix the quantcast demos.
mircea_popescu: so now since the b-a notary system is down, i can't check on wtf taxes mpoe has to pay
mircea_popescu: THIS IS BULLSHIT
mircea_popescu: we're back to the fucking state crap and we've not even revolutionized yet!
assbot: Analyzing the Bitcoin Foundation's 2013 tax return : Buttcoin ... ( )
mircea_popescu: quite on point, incidentally.
mircea_popescu: Page 8 shows the salaries the foundation pays.
mircea_popescu: Gavin Andresen, "chief scientist", received $209k of "reportable compensation" + $2,884 of "other compensation", for more than $212k. Apparently the foundation thinks it's better to pay one guy $212k for writing blog posts and giving talks and interviews than paying three guys $70k each to work on the software the whole pyramid scheme currency depends on.
mircea_popescu: Patrick Murck, general counsel, received $57k + $6k.
mircea_popescu: Lindsay Holland, assistant director, received $160k + $2,512. I have no idea what she's doing, other than writing press releases, uploading conference videos to YouTube and giving interviews about how she's paid in Bitcoin.
mircea_popescu: "tl;dr: The Bitcoin Foundation exists so a few people can pay themselves generous salaries and play important. Also, they seem to depend on the Bitcoin price rising seeing they lose money on revenue vs. expenses."
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: phoundation - can buy golden toilets. foundation - cannot buy me lunch (even if wanted to!) lol.
mircea_popescu: well, actually, it currently has enough for a few lunches,
mircea_popescu: but not a path to travel.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: path to travel is that i finish me gadget then proceed to fix bitcoind. but in this order.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: for some reason nobody else wants to. or can. or some combination of these. i can't say.
mircea_popescu: what are you talking about, tons of people working on it from what iv'e seen ?
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: working on the chipped paint on the bumper.
mircea_popescu: eh let ppls do their thing.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: lol, i'd love for this to get done without any participation at all of mine.
asciilifeform: mircea_popescu: am hoping that the mythical other fella who knows cpp, can crank gdb, etc. shows up.
BingoBoingo: I'm pretty sure the state of the world is that the one non-mythical person who knows cpp is asciilifeform and he loathes it.
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo: nah that was poor naggum.
BingoBoingo: Naggum now lives in the realm of the mythical
BingoBoingo: !up pi07r
adlai still wonders whether polish is better applied to turds than, say, shoes, or nails
undata: adlai: use it as fertilizer, grow something more palatable
adlai: what grows from turdilizer is not a turd, though
BingoBoingo: My nostrils can testify that this as of this fall turds were still a more popular fertilizer in my area for corn and soybeans than anything other.
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asciilifeform: i can't look at the phoundation figures without spitting with rage.
asciilifeform: it could buy planets.
adlai: are you being forced to look at them?
asciilifeform: adlai: devils tempt me.
adlai wonders whence the Second Foundation
asciilifeform: adlai: know that my own project with mircea, s.nsa, lives in a presently-unheated shed. i shall be installing a propane heater this week.
asciilifeform: adlai: phoundation motherfuckers are crapping into golden toilets as we speak.
mircea_popescu: kinda why we're here, neh ?
mircea_popescu: so their children know not of such bezzle.
adlai: that's not really news to me, beyond the details about the heater (congratulations, I guess?)
asciilifeform: i've been prefixing would-bes in conversation with 'after the war...' for some years.
adlai: although think of it this way - if you shat in gold toilets, you'd start dreaming about building Gold Woman
asciilifeform: however i can't promise that i'll be there, in that after, the war.
BingoBoingo: We know not when the war ends, but they enemy knows even less so!
adlai: only the dead have seen the end of war
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assbot: Australia: The Tax Institute Calls for 'Voluntary' Bitcoin Registry, Treating Bitcoin as Currency | ... ( )
undata: oz competing with the US for "worst former british colony"?
assbot: Text - H.R.5777 - 113th Congress (2013-2014): To protect cryptocurrencies. | | Library of Congress ... ( )
undata: BingoBoingo: the "protect" has me nervous, but that was the guy accepting bitcoin donations
BingoBoingo: Hard to say really what people mean.
undata: “Many [doctors] are dropping out of the profession because it’s overregulated. Now, what may happen to the bitcoin community is that, if there’s so much regulation, there’ll be a lot of people who say, 'You know what, I’m done with this. I’m not gonna do it,' and it’s going to crush the industry.”
assbot: Steve Stockman: New York's Bitcoin Regulation Could Crush the Industry ... ( )
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thestringpuller: mircea_popescu: the one of 30 black people of qntra is me
BingoBoingo: “Excuse me…” at that moment when the new nurse looked up from changing a bed pan, “Doctor Fritz!” Shannon yelled in amazement. “No it’s Nurse Charlie tonight,” he responded before she could question any further.
BingoBoingo: At times it has been a little confusing and difficult to keep the two separate. “On rounds the next morning I’ll ask my residents what the patient’s Is & Os were. They will tell me the nurse didn’t chart them appropriately. So I’ll wander over to the charge nurse and say who was taking care of Ms. Johnson last night –and of course it was me…”
mircea_popescu: undata yeah, bitcoin totally depends on the sorts of derps that care what some government says.
mircea_popescu: their absence "would crush the industry", except they never mattered in any sense.
mircea_popescu: i guess bitcointalk would get fewer posts.
assbot: DPR subpoena ... ( )
mircea_popescu: it's good he didn't spend all those donations on "forum software" then
mircea_popescu: "Hello, sorry if there is another thread for this kind of post, but I couldn't find one. I'm looking for the best and brightest IT pro in the bitcoin community to be the lead developer in a venture backed bitcoin startup company. The ideal candidate would have at least several years of web application development experience, having built applications from the ground up. A solid understanding of oop and software arch
mircea_popescu: itecture is a must. Experience in a start-up environment is a plus, or just being super hard working, self-motivated, and creative.
mircea_popescu: Compensation can be in the form of equity or a salary, or somewhere in-between."
mircea_popescu: ahh the beauty of 2011
BingoBoingo: I just wonder how the fuck is this his first contact with the law when the fucking FBI and Treasury Department drove down from Peoria to meet me?
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mircea_popescu: yeah, i'd say the top is immanent.
mircea_popescu: BingoBoingo could vbe he's lying.
BingoBoingo: Maybe this is the first formal subpoena, but... The shit that happens on the forum and his only reporting a DPR subpoena nao???
BingoBoingo: Not... When the US attourney was doing discovery, but NAO HE REVEALS SUBPOENA???
BingoBoingo: In other forum history, the Original supershill;u=15307
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adlai: guessing here: you don't need a subpoena to browse the internet during an investigation, but you do need it to take that same internet page to court as evidence?
adlai: ... kinda like your bot that signs pages
BingoBoingo: Dunno for sure
mircea_popescu: adlai generally, you only need it to twist the arm of pois.
adlai: pois?
decimation: lol << "“We actually don’t even recruit spies, to be perfectly honest,” said Ron Patrick, who heads recruitment efforts at the CIA. “That’s television. That’s movies. That’s the general theme about how people refer to what we do here. But it’s not at all what we do.”"
assbot: Jorge Ramos to CIA Director: Don’t You Need ‘More People Like Snowden?’ -- Fusion ... ( )
decimation: "The CIA confirmed to Fusion that for the last two promotion cycles to the Senior Intelligence Service, 40 percent or more of those who were promoted were female."
decimation: re: two strong oxen << Cray died with Cray, unfortunately, its corpse lives on.
decimation: But asciilifeform is right - the raw brute horsepower per watt of 2014 hardware outpaces 2008 hardware, notwithstanding retarded implementation
decimation: and by horsepower I mean "ability to perform arithmetic and convey the results in a timely fashion"
decimation: and asciilifeform is right, the usg folks who 'compute' have no problem running poettering shit if it 'gets the job done'
decimation: mircea_popescu: re: << a comment at the bottom: "Frog Do Says: IMO, “Moldbug studies” remain one of the more fertile areas of research for the American Outer Right. More interesting info in that “Trilema” piece than anything on Ferguson."
assbot: Outside in - Involvements with reality » Blog Archive » Chaos Patch (#38) ... ( )
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mircea_popescu: ha, fancy that.
decimation: I don't think what we do here is 'moldbug studies' but I think the channel is at friendly to some of his conclusions
decimation: at any rate, people with brains recognize novel thought
mircea_popescu: i think that's an artefact of approach. in this sense, my pieces loling at usg feminists are properly "Feminist studies"
mircea_popescu: just like you know, pissing on an anthil is "ant deluvionation" if you're looking at the world from an ant.
decimation: yeah I buy that. more like "Feminist studies" than bitching about some nerd wearing a shirt with scantily clad women
decimation: re: follow-up on those 'oath keepers' who 'volunteered' to guard businesses in Ferguson: << "This past Wednesday (11/26), local police were advised in private briefings that the police (i.e. Federal agencies) now consider the Oath Keepers the threat, not the New Black Panthers, the pro-Michael Brown demonstrators, or ISIS."
decimation: "Early this afternoon, I confirmed (through a private source) what I have suspected since last August. Namely that the daily telephone interaction between MO Governor Nixon and the White House has involved Ms. Valerie Jarrett not the POTUS."
decimation: who knows if this guy is legit, but if what he is wrote is true, USG apparently views a group of actual people acting of their own free will to be a much greater threat than rampaging rivers of meat
mircea_popescu: of course it would duh.
mircea_popescu: rivers of meat are still just rivers.
decimation: heh someone lifted a qntra article
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decimation: Nick Land seems to be taking quite a liking to bitcoin-assets thought
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mike_c: no room on qntra amongst the daily australian bitcoin news for a piece on coinbase becoming an exchange now? such xenophobia.
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BingoBoingo: mike_c: Coinbase is not news. They exist. Their changing shit slightly totally not news. If qntra was a thing when they introduced their wallet less node thing, news. USD paypal wallet thing not news.
BingoBoingo: mike_c: Unless you can do charts for it...
cazalla: mike_c, despite my being an aussie, it's not bias, simply interesting news coming from down under past few days, the coinbase thing is meh, plenty of sites have usd type wallets, who really cares imo, they can add the iraqi dinar and maybe i'll post that
mike_c: this has nothing to do with wallets
mike_c: it is now an exchange. hold $$, hold btc, trade at will instantly.
BingoBoingo: The Aussie stuff though did come as a huge dump.
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BingoBoingo: Coinbase was always an exchange... just a slow one.
mike_c: now, it wasn't
BingoBoingo: That freezes accounts a lot..
mike_c: *no. you couldn't hold USD on coinbase. now you can.
cazalla: and i don't want to be seen to promote the idea that holding usd on coinbase is a good idea either
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BingoBoingo: mike_c: If you can news it up, qntra worthy prolly. Just when Australia had an orgy of pieces on the wrong politics...
mike_c: this is silly. where do you think US qntra readers buy their bitcoin?
mike_c: fucking bitstamp?
BingoBoingo: I thought US people bought bitcoin in Tijuana from Sinaloa
cazalla: mike_c, buying and holding 2 different things, i use similar sites but it's a one way street
BingoBoingo: I'm coming around to this maybe being newsworthy, but as someone without a bank account I think another USian could do a fairer take.
decimation: mike_c: where else to us qntra readers buy bitcoin? otc?
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cazalla: mike_c, you're always welcome to write it up, pocket some shares in the process
mike_c: qntra is not #b-a news, it is 'better than coindesk' news. i doubt they use otc.
BingoBoingo: decimation: I actually can see a case for people to buy BTC off of CoinBase and pocket them elsewhere, provided they are willing to lose USD to the machine's quirks
decimation: eh, if they sell and deliver, that makes them a worth market participant right?
decimation: I think the complaint is that whenever the price moves, coinbase suddenly has 'issues'
BingoBoingo: decimation: Or it robs the waterfall of the ability to paper BTC
BingoBoingo: ALright I've set my timer. If someone else volunteers to do a COinbase has a USD wallet too nao, I won't give it a one sentence writeup.
cazalla: mike_c, it's also a question of priority, there is little to be gained by giving the coinbse news top priority when it is top of reddit and other bitcoin news sites
mike_c: huh? I don't want to read reddit and other btc news sites. i thought this was whole point of qntra.
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mircea_popescu: <mike_c> qntra is not #b-a news, it is 'better than coindesk' news. i doubt they use otc. << this is a point, but srsly, write it.
BingoBoingo: Point. I'll write it in a few if no one wants to give it a treatment.
mike_c: fine, I'll write it up.
BingoBoingo: Thank you mike_c
mike_c: this is what you get for complaining around here. work!
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cazalla: mike_c: it is now an exchange. hold $$, hold btc, trade at will instantly. <<< is it an actual exchange or continue to be market maker?
mike_c: the latter
mike_c: with tightish spreads though
BingoBoingo: I think they tend to still sell themselves as a broker
BingoBoingo: Effect will probably be to make BTC to USD transactions a bigger pain in the ass on their platform the next runup
mircea_popescu: <mike_c> this is what you get for complaining around here. work! << real do-ocracy over here.
cazalla: <mike_c> this is what you get for complaining around here. work! <<< there are plenty of bids for s.qntra shares on MPEx. BingoBoingo and I can't cover every single story, I have no intention to sell my own shares so anyone with the inclination to earn a bit of btc can cover what we miss and sell their shares if so desired
mircea_popescu: <BingoBoingo> Effect will probably be to make BTC to USD transactions a bigger pain in the ass on their platform the next runup << yup.
BingoBoingo: Honestly the situation with qntra shares is that if you want them you write, or buy into something kind of bubbly. I mean there's far less shares than BTC
BingoBoingo: !up Vexual
Vexual: ayo
Vexual: what u mean bubbly fool?
Vexual: I cream truck don't need no windsheild wipers
Vexual: It's sunny out
Vexual: I'm not sure how that relates, but it sure is some business science
decimation: what if it is raining funnel web spiders?
Vexual: you ain't gonna sell no icecreams
cazalla: i think i might've outdone asciilifeform's buterin diagram..
nubbins`: it's raining funnel web spiders
nubbins`: hallelujah
BingoBoingo: cazalla: You and your non-z80 based nintendos
cazalla: BingoBoingo, i bet this new one breaks within a year or two too
asciilifeform went home, sat down to write broadcast and ended up reading the eldritch horror on mircea_popescu's site.
mircea_popescu: which one of em ?
BingoBoingo: Maybe. I also bet I can get more interesting pokemans in my version blue on the original game boy
mircea_popescu: that's what trilema's for. eldritch horrors for everyone.
asciilifeform: how even came up with that one.
assbot: Logged on 18-02-2014 06:07:03; cazalla: btw my brother had the WR for fastest complete time for pokemon red on twin galaxies
asciilifeform: 'My dick piece never came off, but I didn't want it to, either. I found a black boyfriend that year, and so I discovered that the cause of my orgasm wasn't actually Tyrone's pee.'
BingoBoingo: cazalla: Cousin had red, brother had yellow
asciilifeform: can't help but wonder if tale is allegorical.
asciilifeform: for glbse or the like...
mike_c: cazalla, how do i submit this turd? pastebin?
cazalla: mike_c, it can be polished via
BingoBoingo: mike_c: emailed to either of us works. If editorial at all to cazalla after the pete_incidents.
mike_c: email sent to caz
cazalla: BingoBoingo, should i file this under scams/fraud? :P
cazalla: perhaps even altcoins!
mike_c: for the record, i was not really complaining about the amount of australian news. I'm read that stuff and am interested. It was just concerning that coinbase does stuff like expand to 20 countries and enable instant trading with no mention.
mike_c: makes me feel like i'm missing out on stuff.
BingoBoingo: cazalla: Prolly not. fiat/btc interfaces is prolly fine
mike_c: plz. you filed changetip under investment.
assbot: Coinbase Allows USD Balance for a Few US Customers | ... ( )
BingoBoingo: Changetip did get an "Investment"
BingoBoingo could have a Coinbase USD wallet if I could ACH...
asciilifeform: BingoBoingo banks at First Nigerian Bank of Spam?
asciilifeform: why no ach ?
BingoBoingo: asciilifeform: Prepaid debitcard and cash for my USD needs.
BingoBoingo: recieves ACH jsut fine
BingoBoingo: Simply no need or cause for having a full featured USD bank account
asciilifeform: but cannot send ?
BingoBoingo: Nope, cannot send
BingoBoingo: UNless they changed shit since last I checked.
decimation: BingoBoingo: how do you get paid? bitcoin?
asciilifeform: gold dubloons ?
BingoBoingo: I don't get paid.
mike_c: he gets paid in qntra shares
BingoBoingo: !s Have tent
assbot: 5 results for 'Have tent' :
decimation: you should under the stump like that one fellow
mike_c: cazalla: cool, thx for quick publish and light touch on editing.
BingoBoingo made the mistake of going to Library school. "All of these old people are going to retire soon" they said. "People want technology skills they said" as they sort applicants by facebook.
assbot: Logged on 26-07-2014 19:37:58; asciilifeform: now, if you're willing to live like a feral dog, it isn't even necessary to leave the country. i recall, a few years ago, an article about one fellow who lived in a dugout in a u.s. national park. for ~30 years. he was caught by pure chance.
assbot: News: Bitcoin Difficulty Drops for the First Time in 22 MonthsCoinsetter Bitcoin News ... ( )
punkman: you got scooped
mircea_popescu: yeah srsly, wasn't the bitbet bet here earlier ?
mircea_popescu: qntra totally needs a piece on that.
punkman: most interesting news for the day
punkman: maybe week
BingoBoingo: Fuck, drafting a piece nao.
cazalla: didn't occur to me despite logs earlier
mircea_popescu: punkman has it, it's major.
BingoBoingo: It is.
BingoBoingo: Fuck, I totally failied to recognize major event is major.
cazalla: in hindsight, could've prepared an article for the moment diff changed
cazalla: as they do celebs
mircea_popescu: yeah, some base of prepared articles for sopme stuff is not a bad idea.
assbot: "DICE" 160 GHs desktop USB miner / blockchain lottery device - TechnoBit ... ( )
cazalla: BingoBoingo, maybe include bitbet odds favoured it despite last minute bets
kuzetsa: <<< warning, japanese people are weird
assbot: 「3秒クッキング 爆速エビフライ」篇 - YouTube ... ( )
decimation: the us tardstream media *loves* pre-planned events
decimation: this ferguson thing is a good example
mircea_popescu: ahaha great one kuzetsa
punkman: how hot would the flame need to be to do that?
punkman assumes photoshop
mircea_popescu: << this shit is evil incidentally.
assbot: A Heroin Store ... ( )
mircea_popescu: there's no way to build a case out of that if rigurously observed outside of fed-fiat.
mircea_popescu: "we know you must convict this guy and won't tell you why or how we found out. sign here."
mircea_popescu: "Yes, I2P or Tor would work for such a website. Freenet is probably more secure because there are no entry/exit nodes to monitor, but Freesites can only serve static content, and anonymous Bitcoin payments don't have a way to include a message with them."
mircea_popescu: of course they do. trilema credits uses it.
assbot: First Difficulty Drop of the ASIC Age | ... ( )
BingoBoingo: Fuck that could have been up 5 hours ago
decimation: why would usg care if you were the intended recipient or a random victim?
mircea_popescu: because if one can joejob people this way ima put nuland in prison on federal drug charges ?
decimation: how would one "send" the mail anonymously?
decimation: like, you leave package on the postman's door?
BingoBoingo: I someone who can graph wants to do a longer piece on difficulty drops in Bitcoin's history...
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