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Technology & Information / Re: Ask Rushy about Bitcoins.
« on: July 14, 2017, 05:58:47 PM »
Because Bitcoin is made to limit itself to 21 million total coins, coin loss is greater than zero, and demand is increasing faster than coins are being produced, Bitcoin is pretty much doomed to be permanently deflationary. If I own Bitcoins, why would I be eager to spend them if I know that they pretty much constantly increase in value right now? What value does Bitcoin have if it's now being used as a currency because of this pressure to save them?

This seems like a strange sentiment. Why would I ever keep my savings in USD if I know it'll devalue over time? I think the easiest answer would be that USD is convenient (and required, if you're a US citizen, to pay taxes). You don't see me spending all of my USD because I know it will be worth less later, likewise, I haven't saved 100% of my Bitcoin simply by virtue of knowing that it will be worth more later.

The blockchain is ever growing in size. If Bitcoin is going to survive for decades, how do we address the issue of the blockchain size? If Bitcoin were suddenly the size of Visa, how would it manage transactions?

The rate of storage costs decreases far faster than the rate of blockchain storage increases. The Bitcoin Blockchain is still under two hundred gigabytes, which is nothing in terms of data storage in this day and age. Also, Bitcoin, as it currently exists, will never support Visa-level amounts of transactions. It simply isn't capable of doing so and the core developers don't seem intent on ever trying to change that.

If I want to make an anonymous purchase, how is Bitcoin better than cash in most cases?

Well first off I'd like to point out that Bitcoin is pseudo-anonymous, not anonymous. You can always view transactions between addresses, so if you find out Person A owns Address A, you can rather easily start tying together what their payment history is like. If you want to use a Bitcoin-like system that is fully anonymous, then I'd suggest using Zcash or Monero, both of which have obfuscated blockchain histories that make watching transactions difficult (or even impossible in many cases).

SexWarrior touched on a few issues with cash, but I think an important one is that carrying large volumes of cash across borders is illegal or requires declaration in most countries (where 'large volume' is usually defined as $10,000 or greater). You also avoid things like losing whatever is carrying your cash or having it stolen out of luggage. Bitcoin as a cash substitute is much more secure from theft, though it certainly isn't immune from being stolen.

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Arts & Entertainment / Re: Star Citizen
« on: July 04, 2017, 03:01:35 AM »
Guess who's going to CitizenCon 2017!

Lucky bastard. I wanna go see 3.0 get delayed to 2018 in person too.

It won't be 2018 but I wouldn't be surprised if it's late August or early September.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: No Religion= Peace
« on: June 27, 2017, 11:49:24 PM »
Jura is damaged goods. I don't think she can be saved. :(

Jura is a dude, dude.

If Jura wants to be identified as male she should choose a gender-appropriate avatar. Otherwise I'll call her as I see her.

That's a male avatar you sexist scumbag.

Don't you force your politics on me. I know a chick when I see one.

>implying

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: No Religion= Peace
« on: June 27, 2017, 08:41:27 PM »
Jura is damaged goods. I don't think she can be saved. :(

Jura is a dude, dude.

If Jura wants to be identified as male she should choose a gender-appropriate avatar. Otherwise I'll call her as I see her.

That's a male avatar you sexist scumbag.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: No Religion= Peace
« on: June 27, 2017, 05:04:33 PM »
Jura is damaged goods. I don't think she can be saved. :(

Jura is a dude, dude.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: No Religion= Peace
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:32:24 PM »
And really, if god didn't want us to be proud of our achievements, why the hell would he give us brains?  Why not make us like gold fish, stupid and unable to do anything more than fling poo and look pretty?

Well, actually it's heavily implied that angels were created for just that purpose. To look pretty and do nothing but worship God all day everyday (and it's also implied that they have no free will, that their worship is mandated). Any man can create an army of robots that worship him, but it takes a real leader to create something that has free will and have that being freely choose to worship you.

Therefore the answer to why would you create humans to worship you is obvious: because there's no fun in having something worship you when it is forced to do so.

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While this is certainly fascinating, it's not something that should be in The Lounge. I'm moving this to Flat Earth General.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Religion of Peace Strikes Back
« on: June 19, 2017, 02:37:50 PM »
London just needs to post "no van zone" signs on sidewalks and then that will solve the problem.

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Flat Earth General / Re: PDF about the Moon for all to use
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:38:30 PM »
I'm moving this to Flat Earth General. Discussions involving the shape of the Earth or celestial bodies does not belong in the Lounge.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Religion of Peace Strikes Back
« on: June 16, 2017, 04:45:54 PM »

Well it's gone now, £17,000 paid in bit-coins apparently.

what a waste of extremely valuable digital currency. Also it's just one word, bitcoin.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Religion of Peace Strikes Back
« on: June 16, 2017, 01:42:27 PM »

Talking of Nazi memorabilia, there is a signed Mien Kampf up for auction in Lancashire if you want one Rushy?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-40276600

I would no more want a signed Mein Kampf than a signed Quran.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Shots Fired at republicans!
« on: June 14, 2017, 03:49:52 PM »
CNN: "Was this a deliberate attack?"

"Well it sure as hell wasn't an accident"

-Mo Brooks (R) Alabama, who was there when it happened, currently on the phone with CNN.

ayy lmao


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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Shots Fired at republicans!
« on: June 14, 2017, 02:01:33 PM »
This poor man probably just wanted to mess up the Republican baseball team so that the Democrats could finally win something.

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Technology & Information / Re: Ask Rushy about Bitcoins.
« on: June 14, 2017, 01:10:12 AM »
What's another good cryptocurrency to invest in? Because fuck mining, I'd rather play games.

Ethereum is doing well right now but I'm wary of it. It's inflation rate is 400% higher than Bitcoin and it's only just seen a large price increase from ~$10 to now ~$400 in the past two months.

Bitcoin is an interesting investment right now, but it's fast approaching a technical hurdle. On August 1st, the majority of Bitcoin nodes will hard fork the chain to integrate a new "space saving" feature called SegWit that will allow more transactions to occur in every block. However, many Bitcoin miners don't support this decision, and if they don't follow the new chain, Bitcoin could collapse in on itself and split off into multiple variations (some using the new version, some staying on the old). The BTC price is being mauled by uncertainty of the future.

Another coin you could look into is Stratis. Basically the same as Ethereum, but codes in C# and .Net instead of C++ and Solidity. The former two are more common languages in modern development circles, so it's an attempt to become prominent by using popular languages.

Siacoin is also interesting, but I'm pretty iffy on the usecase. It could far too easily run into scaling issues.

Monero is another fascinating project that aims to make the transactions perfectly private (as opposed to Bitcoin/Ethereum, where the chained transactions are always public knowledge).

Those are the current ones of the top of my head that aren't just cloned shitcoins (people taking someone's source code and then replacing the name of the coin). e.g. I copy Bitcoin into Rushycoin.

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Science & Alternative Science / Re: Solar Freakin' Roofways
« on: June 09, 2017, 09:41:42 PM »
Might be good if you want solar panels and don't have room, or some other reason why you can't just mount solar panels on the roof.

In all other cases, all these "futuristic" suggestions are dumb. Just put the damn solar panels out in the open. Not on roads, not on sidewalks, not on rooftops, not on Mexican walls. I just do not get it.

Solar is expensive and pretty pointless as a centralized energy solution. You can't just build a solar plant and say "well that's that" because it's not possible to load balance solar. For every single watt of solar energy the plant can produce you'd need a standby generator to also produce, which is why any solar and wind farm is equipped with diesel (for wind farms) and natural gas (solar) solutions.

To put it plainly, we can't control when the sun shines, and therefore solar can never be the focal point of an energy grid.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Religion of Peace Strikes Back
« on: June 08, 2017, 04:29:59 PM »

Rushy read this, especially the bit about the verse of the sword
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-40175088

Religions can always move forward given enough pressure, the problem being of course that the vast majority of Islam is firmly stuck in the past. In addition, higher education is strongly leaning towards Secularism, so an Imam with a Ph.D. in psychiatry is going to see that killing the infidels isn't exactly a good thing.

Also, he states that the verse only applies if you believe you're at war with someone. Well, a large portion of Muslims in the Muslim world think they're at war with the West (mostly because we've literally been at war with them for well over a decade now). That means his interpretation won't stop ceaseless killings of civilians.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 08, 2017, 04:21:47 PM »
I believe Comey

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Religion of Peace Strikes Back
« on: June 07, 2017, 02:26:03 PM »
Quote
They are, however, banned from demonstrating.

No, they're not.

I live in the centre of a city which has seen several protests, marches, and rallies from a variety of far-right groups, including members who have proudly worn symbols of British fascism, including the white Celtic cross. Hell, the National Front used to have its headquarters around the corner from my parents' old house.

As Jura said, wearing Nazi paraphernalia isn't banned, one of our Princes wore it to a fancy-dress party.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/736874/Bolton-mosque-protest-Neo-Nazi-rabble-un-British-anti-Islam-march
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/neo-nazis-national-front-white-pride-day-alt-right-scotland-edinburgh-unite-a7636611.html

Hm, I must just be thinking of Germany, then.

thought crimes are impossible, I never once stated otherwise, so of course you can't ban someone from thinking they're a nazi.
Think again. Theresa May will get the job done!

Pornography is a gateway to terrorism.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trump
« on: June 07, 2017, 01:13:47 AM »
So in the near future, the Trump administration is going to bring charges against Reality?

The universe is trolling us now.

...damn.

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Religion of Peace Strikes Back
« on: June 07, 2017, 01:12:28 AM »
Well then we are in accordance, as the Ghostly one has stated we haven't banned Nazi's and we won't ban Islam. The terrorist exclusion list of the US is similar to ours.

I think you're misunderstanding what counts as "banned". Again, thought crimes are impossible, I never once stated otherwise, so of course you can't ban someone from thinking they're a nazi. They are, however, banned from demonstrating. That's a big difference.

Where as your glorious leader is the one who called for “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”

 Who are you arguing with?

Keeping a certain class of people from entering the country is not the same as oppressing them inside the country itself.

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