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1  Other / Off-topic / What's a "bleak" job today that someone from 1900 would be amazed by? on: June 27, 2011, 03:20:58 AM
I was watching some Sc-fi about a space debris team in which they're thought of as easily replaced, lower income workers compared to the rest of the space operations. It made me wonder if there are any jobs we have today that would simple amaze someone from, say, the 1900's, but we today would think is boring. Any ideas?
2  Other / Meta / Can we start to use "troll" correctly? on: June 22, 2011, 09:54:01 PM
Seriously people, a troll is not someone who has a different opinion that yours. Read up on it if you have to on Wikipedia.

How many times will I have to see this scenario repeated again and again:*
Some poster: X card will be less profitable in the future
Troll dyslexia poster: All card will be less profitable you troll

Or

Some poster: You should think about X
Troll dyslexia poster: No, troll, I disagree.


*(Note: examples are subjected to extreme paraphrasing. See back for details)
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Why is BTC getting bad press? on: June 20, 2011, 06:05:47 PM
Maybe because things like this thread are going on.

You know what would get bitcoin good press, contacting newegg and apologizing on behalf of the honest part of the bitcoin community.  I've already contacted them and told them what's going on, and why they should not waive any shipping or restocking fee for anything ATI graphics cards. Why? Because this shit is getting stupid, you know the "I lost $10k to bitcoin because my investment didn't pay off in an hour!" and all the people who want to pull out with no cost, even though the mining and newbie areas are filled with threads about the profit of mining bitcoin and how it's not a get-rich-scheme.

Guess what? Bitcoin and bitcoin mining is an investment, as in a risk. If your investment doesn't pay off, then too bad. It's not our fault, it's not mtgox's fault, and it is far from newegg's, or any other company who's getting ATI card's back in mass RMA. Take some responsibility... oh wait, this is the internet. How foolish of me to think that there's such thing here.

If this whole mass RMA thing ends up giving bitcoin more bad press, I'm fine with it. I know there's a lot of nice, honest, and helpful people here trying to push the idea to be more mainstream, but sadly it's not going to happen if shit like this continues to occurs. To all of those honest people: I'm sorry. You're clearly not in the wrong, but you have to put up with this, and be associated with it.

Maybe this is a great time for the bitcoin community to show the honest side of this. Lets point these assholes trying to take advantage of hardware suppliers out. Lets not let companies take the investment risk, but rather have the correct person (hint: the investor) take the investment risk like all of the honest people have.

Good press doesn't make itself, something good needs to happen first.

 /rant
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Mtgox: Really Fishy Stuff Going On on: June 19, 2011, 05:55:24 PM
Volume is up from around 50,000 yesterday to 545,304 (nearly double what it was when I last checked it a few minutes ago). Low price at 0.01. Trade graph has a line straight down.

Something fishy?

Edit: Sorry, just saw the large amounts of post on the same topic.
5  Bitcoin / Project Development / JSON Pull Interval Time on: June 19, 2011, 07:10:15 AM
Any input on what the ideal time in between JSON pulls from sites should be? Right now I have mine app running at 60,000 milliseconds, which seems reasonable, but I'm not too sure if this interval is too taxing on the web service. Any good practices to consider while hitting a JSON web service frequently?
6  Other / CPU/GPU Bitcoin mining hardware / Kill-a-Watt Outlet Meters $5 off at Newegg on: June 19, 2011, 06:57:32 AM
If anyone was looking at something that'd monitor outlet use, newegg has Kill a Watt meters on sale. I can vouch for these, as I used them in electrical engineering courses.

Link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882715001&cm_re=kill_a_watt-_-82-715-001-_-Product
7  Other / Off-topic / Any Starcraft 2 players out there? on: June 18, 2011, 12:07:30 AM
To any fellow Starcraft 2 players/fans:

GSL Super Tournament starts tonight at 15:10 KST, on www.gomtv.net. Anyone want to make any for fun bets on the outcome?

I've got my coins on MMA. He's a very solid player with great drop tactics that really knows how to abuse the immobility of armies. He's also got the MGL championship (which I was there irl. I hugged Artosis Cheesy) that might be the start of the "little emperor" reign.

Regardless of who wins, I think these are going to be some great TvT games.

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