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  1. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~misc

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    Sometimes I've seen the ability to leave "delivery instructions" with the vendor that passes on to the shipper/deliverer. Could put the combination on there and once it's in the lockbox it doesn't...

    Sometimes I've seen the ability to leave "delivery instructions" with the vendor that passes on to the shipper/deliverer. Could put the combination on there and once it's in the lockbox it doesn't matter if it was printed on the package.

    Outside of that I have no idea.

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  2. Comment on Debunking the bitcoin death spiral theory in ~finance

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    Very true. I look at it this way: Bitcoin is a first implementation of blockchain technologies the same way that the early World Wide Web was an implementation of Internet technologies. The web...

    Clearly it's not just about the technology under the hood. Most people don't actually care about that, at all.

    Very true. I look at it this way: Bitcoin is a first implementation of blockchain technologies the same way that the early World Wide Web was an implementation of Internet technologies. The web nowadays (even this website) and all its wonders is something that the early creators of the Internet could only have imagined in their wildest dreams. The way we use the web today is still built on those same core technologies and protocols, but the layperson is only interacting with an abstraction layer that obfuscates the massive tech stack that makes it possible. I see a similar future for blockchain technologies, with perhaps many more layers built on top before it reaches such an appropriate abstraction for the end user that it has mass adoption.

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  3. Comment on Opinion piece: Bitcoin is close to becoming worthless in ~tech

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    So I agree that at this point Bitcoin is being treated just like a stored value commodity investment. However that doesn't inherently make it a "pyramid scheme" since your line of logic follows...

    So I agree that at this point Bitcoin is being treated just like a stored value commodity investment. However that doesn't inherently make it a "pyramid scheme" since your line of logic follows for all such investments. Investors hope to buy low and sell high, which requires new buyers who are willing to pay higher prices. Money doesn't "flow up" to earlier investors unless they sell their investment.

    In any case, we don't need to get into a terminology debate. I was only interested in why people have a strong enough sentiment that they use such terms that carry heavy amounts of negative connotation.

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  4. Comment on Opinion piece: Bitcoin is close to becoming worthless in ~tech

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    Nothing. That's why you use a newly created public/private key pair for every transaction in your Bitcoin wallet.

    Nothing. That's why you use a newly created public/private key pair for every transaction in your Bitcoin wallet.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on Opinion piece: Bitcoin is close to becoming worthless in ~tech

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    That Bloomberg link is returning a 500 error so I'm unable to read the full article for context, but from what you quoted: There's an investigation into spoofing in order to pump the price. That's...

    That Bloomberg link is returning a 500 error so I'm unable to read the full article for context, but from what you quoted:

    • There's an investigation into spoofing in order to pump the price. That's totally fair and worthwhile to determine if a small circle of large players is trying to artificially raise the price in order to offload later for profit. However this is an issue with all tradable commodities, right? I wouldn't say that it indicates that Bitcoin is a pyramid scheme, just that people are trying to do scammy things with it, same as they would with something like penny stocks.
    • The other quotes are about Tether, which is a separate platform than Bitcoin. It should be treated separately since changes to it, even technical ones, have no bearing on how Bitcoin functions (only investor behaviour which might incorrectly assume that all crypto trading is interrelated).

    The reason I asked is because a "pyramid scheme" is a pretty well-defined concept, which Bitcoin does not overlap with at all.

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  6. Comment on Opinion piece: Bitcoin is close to becoming worthless in ~tech

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    Curious as to why you think Bitcoin is a "pyramid scheme"?

    The sooner it's dead, the sooner we can get breathing room for cryptocurrencies that actually work as currencies instead of as pyramid schemes.

    Curious as to why you think Bitcoin is a "pyramid scheme"?

  7. Comment on What happens when a bad-tempered, distractible doofus runs an empire? in ~humanities

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    You learn from history or you are doomed to repeat it.

    You learn from history or you are doomed to repeat it.

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  8. Comment on What are some of your favorite mobile games? in ~games

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    RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic - (Android / iOS) It's not free, but it's $6 or $7.50 for the full RCT1 & 2 experience, on mobile, with zero microtransaction time-gating gameplay ruining bullshit....

    RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic - (Android / iOS)

    It's not free, but it's $6 or $7.50 for the full RCT1 & 2 experience, on mobile, with zero microtransaction time-gating gameplay ruining bullshit. You can purchase a couple of mostly cosmetic expansion packs or a toolkit that lets you design rides in isolation, and import tracks that people share online.

    All the classic scenarios are here that (if you're like me and played it growing up) you'll undoubtedly remember: Forest Frontiers, Diamond Heights, Funtopia. There's 95 total scenarios, with more in the expansion packs.

    It is absolutely my favorite mobile game.

    15 votes
  9. Comment on Undetectable Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Attacks through JavaScript and HTTP headers trickery in ~comp

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    How is your web standard change request proposal going? Or do you think that you don't need to follow the official channels?

    How is your web standard change request proposal going? Or do you think that you don't need to follow the official channels?

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Undetectable Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Attacks through JavaScript and HTTP headers trickery in ~comp

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    Wow. You are such an antagonistic chicken little that constantly deflects away constructive counter-points that it's no wonder no-one wants to try and work with you.

    Do you like to stay vulnerable? Fine!

    Wow. You are such an antagonistic chicken little that constantly deflects away constructive counter-points that it's no wonder no-one wants to try and work with you.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on The State of Javascript 2018 in ~comp

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    You know the "seventies", "eighties", etc are abbreviations for the "1970s", "1980s", etc. The question is how to abbreviate "the 2000s". The "aughties" comes from the convention of using "aught"...

    You know the "seventies", "eighties", etc are abbreviations for the "1970s", "1980s", etc.

    The question is how to abbreviate "the 2000s". The "aughties" comes from the convention of using "aught" as a term for zero (e.g. "double aught buckshot" is 00 buckshot), and trying to force-fit it to the "-ies" suffix.

    My vote is for just using the full "the 2000s" without an attempt at abbreviation because the question I ask is: "How do you refer to our current decade, the one from 2010 to 2019?" The "10s" doesn't really make sense since it's occasionally used for the 1910s, so you'll have to specify "the 2010s" anyways.

    Of course, the English language is so malleable and up for changing based on the general consensus of its speakers and their customs at the time (e.g. the origin of "OK") so history will be the ultimate decision maker :)

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  12. Comment on The State of Javascript 2018 in ~comp

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    I seem to have a negative physiological reaction to that decade being called anything but "the 2000s". Every other naming scheme just sounds... wrong.

    I seem to have a negative physiological reaction to that decade being called anything but "the 2000s". Every other naming scheme just sounds... wrong.

    3 votes
  13. Comment on Federal judge rules US ban on female genital mutilation is unconstitutional in ~news

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    Because (IMHO) religion permeates a massive amount of US culture. Even with the separation of church and state, religious thinking influences politics and policies. When was the last time a...

    Because (IMHO) religion permeates a massive amount of US culture. Even with the separation of church and state, religious thinking influences politics and policies.

    When was the last time a self-described irreligious politician was elected?

    5 votes
  14. Comment on The Web is still a DARPA weapon in ~tech

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    I read your article. I understand the numerous risks and attack vectors possible through JavaScript. What are you proposing as the solution?

    I read your article. I understand the numerous risks and attack vectors possible through JavaScript.

    What are you proposing as the solution?

    2 votes
  15. Comment on The Web is still a DARPA weapon in ~tech

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    The web is a weapon the same way a hammer is a weapon. For the majority of users it's a tool, but a minority of users may use it to do harm onto others. Also applicable to knives, or a cargo truck.

    The web is a weapon the same way a hammer is a weapon. For the majority of users it's a tool, but a minority of users may use it to do harm onto others. Also applicable to knives, or a cargo truck.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on <deleted topic> in ~games

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    IMO Wube has set the standard for the so-called "early access" game development and distribution model: An unwavering commitment to the "it'll be done when it's done" attitude; A hardwired...

    IMO Wube has set the standard for the so-called "early access" game development and distribution model: An unwavering commitment to the "it'll be done when it's done" attitude; A hardwired connection to the community of gamers they've created, through whichever channel(s) gamers prefer to use; Baked-in, first party support for mods and extensions to their core game mechanics.

    5 votes
  17. Comment on Kilogram gets a new definition in ~science

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    Veritasium also has another video describing how the Kibble balance is used to measure the Planck constant.

    Veritasium also has another video describing how the Kibble balance is used to measure the Planck constant.

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Kilogram gets a new definition in ~science

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    Thanks! I was just lazy with a copy-paste and didn't fix the formatting like I should have ;)

    Thanks! I was just lazy with a copy-paste and didn't fix the formatting like I should have ;)

    1 vote
  19. Comment on Kilogram gets a new definition in ~science

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    From the Wikipedia article on the redefinitions: "The kilogram, symbol kg, is the SI unit of mass. It is defined by taking the fixed numerical value of the Planck constant h to be 6.62607015×10−34...

    From the Wikipedia article on the redefinitions:

    "The kilogram, symbol kg, is the SI unit of mass. It is defined by taking the fixed numerical value of the Planck constant h to be 6.62607015×10−34 when expressed in the unit J⋅s, which is equal to kg⋅m2⋅s−1, where the metre and the second are defined in terms of c and ΔνCs"

    This redefines the kilogram to a constant relationship of metres and seconds, which are tied to fundamental constants of the speed of light in a vacuum, and vibration frequency of the caesium 133 atom.

    EDIT: What's also interesting is that this redefinition of the kilogram is part of a sweeping set of redefinitions of all SI base units. Very cool stuff.

    7 votes
  20. Comment on Kilogram gets a new definition in ~science

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    From 1889 to 1960 the fundamental unit of length, the metre, was defined as the length of a particular block of metal sitting in France.

    From 1889 to 1960 the fundamental unit of length, the metre, was defined as the length of a particular block of metal sitting in France.

    6 votes