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1  Other / Off-topic / Would you kill your own children if God commanded you to? on: April 23, 2017, 07:51:12 PM
Would you kill your own children if God commanded you to?
A perfectly valid legit question.

Please no attempts to derail the thread with nonsense like "God would never say that" or "God would never change the rules with murder" etc....

2  Other / Off-topic / What really grinds your gears? on: July 13, 2016, 10:55:28 AM
For me it's irresponsible dog owners that can't be bothered to clear up their dog's mess on the pavement.  Angry

You know how it is, you step in it, then walk indoors and it goes all over the carpet. Angry
3  Other / Politics & Society / Who will trigger article 50 to offically start brexit? on: June 26, 2016, 08:44:05 PM
An interesting post I found on the internet:-

Quote
If Boris Johnson looked downbeat yesterday, that is because he realises that he has lost.

Perhaps many Brexiters do not realise it yet, but they have actually lost, and it is all down to one man: David Cameron.

With one fell swoop yesterday at 9:15 am, Cameron effectively annulled the referendum result, and simultaneously destroyed the political careers of Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and leading Brexiters who cost him so much anguish, not to mention his premiership.

How?

Throughout the campaign, Cameron had repeatedly said that a vote for leave would lead to triggering Article 50 straight away. Whether implicitly or explicitly, the image was clear: he would be giving that notice under Article 50 the morning after a vote to leave. Whether that was scaremongering or not is a bit moot now but, in the midst of the sentimental nautical references of his speech yesterday, he quietly abandoned that position and handed the responsibility over to his successor.

And as the day wore on, the enormity of that step started to sink in: the markets, Sterling, Scotland, the Irish border, the Gibraltar border, the frontier at Calais, the need to continue compliance with all EU regulations for a free market, re-issuing passports, Brits abroad, EU citizens in Britain, the mountain of legistlation to be torn up and rewritten ... the list grew and grew.

The referendum result is not binding. It is advisory. Parliament is not bound to commit itself in that same direction.

The Conservative party election that Cameron triggered will now have one question looming over it: will you, if elected as party leader, trigger the notice under Article 50?

Who will want to have the responsibility of all those ramifications and consequences on his/her head and shoulders?

Boris Johnson knew this yesterday, when he emerged subdued from his home and was even more subdued at the press conference. He has been out-maneouvered and check-mated.

If he runs for leadership of the party, and then fails to follow through on triggering Article 50, then he is finished. If he does not run and effectively abandons the field, then he is finished. If he runs, wins and pulls the UK out of the EU, then it will all be over - Scotland will break away, there will be upheaval in Ireland, a recession ... broken trade agreements. Then he is also finished. Boris Johnson knows all of this. When he acts like the dumb blond it is just that: an act.

The Brexit leaders now have a result that they cannot use. For them, leadership of the Tory party has become a poison chalice.

When Boris Johnson said there was no need to trigger Article 50 straight away, what he really meant to say was "never". When Michael Gove went on and on about "informal negotiations" ... why? why not the formal ones straight away? ... he also meant not triggering the formal departure. They both know what a formal demarche would mean: an irreversible step that neither of them is prepared to take.

All that remains is for someone to have the guts to stand up and say that Brexit is unachievable in reality without an enormous amount of pain and destruction, that cannot be borne. And David Cameron has put the onus of making that statement on the heads of the people who led the Brexit campaign.
4  Other / Politics & Society / Which country will be next to alight from the sinking EU ship? on: June 24, 2016, 07:58:49 PM
So who's next in line for an ...exit?
5  Other / Politics & Society / Cameron getting tough on money laundering on: July 28, 2015, 08:43:46 AM
Seems Cameron will start clamping down on illegal money laundering enterprises here in UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33684098

Does that mean he's going to shut down HSBC?
6  Other / Politics & Society / A UK resident? If so, prepare your anus. on: May 27, 2015, 01:58:21 PM
Best get a plentiful supply of Vaseline in stock as the government is aiming up for full penetration of any communication privacy you might have left.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32896921
7  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Running full node. Dynamic IP issue. on: September 13, 2014, 06:38:44 AM
Like a good little bitcoiner, I am running a full node 24/7. Everything works fine, port forwarding enabled. I'm currently connected to 76 peers at the time of writing.

Unfortunately my ISP changes my IP address randomly. Sometimes once a week, other times 3 times a day.
This messes up the node and it drops back to 8 connections permanently until I restart the daemon.

My ISP only supports static IP addresses with a business connection which I don't want.
The only other solution is to have the daemon restart automatically with a cronjob, say every 24 hours. Of course this isn't really a solution, just a work around.

I also run a tor node, but this seems to detect the change of IP address and adjust accordingly. I don't have the same issue with the tor node.

Anyone else got any other ideas I can try?






8  Other / Off-topic / So when we going to be classed as an "extremist forum"? on: August 27, 2014, 08:43:02 PM
As I'm sure most of you know, NSA considers Linux Journal an "extremist forum".  Roll Eyes

I'm officially an extremist!! Yay Cheesy

http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/nsa-linux-journal-extremist-forum-and-its-readers-get-flagged-extra-surveillance

So come on NSA, when's this forum and users going to get the old red flag treatment? LOL Cheesy

9  Bitcoin / Armory / Armory offline bundle for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on: August 01, 2014, 08:18:36 PM
Apologies if this question has been asked before, but does anyone know if an offline bundle for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is in the pipeline?
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Happy 5th Birthday Bitcoin on: January 03, 2014, 10:07:22 AM
Genesis block created 2009-01-03 @ 18:15:05 GMT.
Wonder what the next 5 years will bring?

So where's the Google Doodle today Google?
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / 1F1tAaz5x1HUXrCNLbtMDqcw6o5GNn4xqX on: October 07, 2013, 04:35:34 AM
Well Bitcointalk has been down for a few days, but I kept myself amused by reading all the angry butthurt drug junkie blockchain.info messages who lost all their coins. See, when mummy and daddy told you not to take drugs you should of listened. Anyway I'll get the FBI phone number if you like, so you can call and get your coins back.  Cheesy

In fairness, some non-druggies were using the opportunity to voice their opinions, I'm not talking about those.
12  Other / Off-topic / Can you find it? on: September 11, 2013, 07:45:45 PM
Fancy at job working at GCHQ (UK Government Communications Headquarters)?

Their “Can You Find It” competition launched today, features a string of 143 characters broken into 28 sets of five and one final set of three. Once cracked, the code provides a trail of clues that will lead participants on a “cyber treasure-hunt” to the final answer – and a possible job at the facility in Cheltenham, UK.

https://canyoufindit.co.uk/
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / What SHA256 coin will rise next? on: June 16, 2013, 08:58:05 AM
The future of Bitcoin mining is with ASICs. In the foreseeable future we will see advancements in ASICs with smaller semiconductor manufacturing processes, more heat and power efficiency per hash/s.

My question is; what will happen to all the old current ASICs which will eventually made redundant? The way I see it, owners will have a few choices:

1) Sell them, for very little resale value.
2) Leave them in corner of loft collecting dust.
3) Maybe use them for some SHA256 password cracking.
4) Point the hashing power at another SHA256 coin with lower difficulty.

My prediction is number 4, point the ASIC at another coin with lower difficulty.

But which one? Could this be a good investment now, before it happens?
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Bytecoin Rich List on: April 08, 2013, 08:53:58 PM
Top 100 accounts.
Updated 2013-04-22 @ block 15139

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15  Economy / Speculation / What type of investor are you? on: March 30, 2013, 10:21:08 PM
Thought I'd post this colourful list of possible investor types. It's been written for share trading so you need to adapt it for Bitcoin investing. But it's just a bit of fun really.
This list has been quoted from "The Naked Trader - 2nd Edition by Robbie Burns" book ISBN 978-1-9056-4151-2, so I take no credit for his work.



Mr Day Trader
Thinks he's going to make a mint from being a day trader. Anyway it sounds cool doesn't it? Imagine at parties! "What do you do?" "I'm a day trader!" Wicked! Day traders were common in the markets in 1998-1999 and many gave up their jobs to day trade.
Day trading means buying shares and holding them for not very long, taking lots of small profits. Trouble is most people lose at day trading and that's a fact. It takes an awful lot of effort and it's very stressful too. With commissions and spreads it's very hard to make enough each day to live off. Mr DT may easily get into denial and thinks he's making money when he's not.

Mr Chart Guy
Has decided his charts are the True Answer and will only trade shares from looking at a chart.
He examines things like Fibonacci ratios and Bollinger Bands. He also looks at things like moving averages and MACD divergencies and like to draw pretty lines all over the charts to prove something is a buy or sell.
Now don't get me wrong - there is the odd person out there who does manage to make money from charts alone, but I think they are few and far between. My view is those going for just charts are missing out on the whole picture.

Mr Safe And Steady
He'll only buy something he considers safe. So companies like utilities ("people always need power") or Tesco ("people always need to eat"). He probably does OK in the long run, and he may end up making more money than leaving it in the building society. The thing is he won't lose very much. But then again you do need to take some risk to make money.

Mr System Addict
Now here's the chap that just loves to buy trading systems. He'll be clicking on all the ads that offer to turn £2,000 into £75,000. He can't think of anything better than plugging in his amazing system that tells him when to buy or sell a share.
He just can't believe it when his system signalled a buy and yet the share went down! What is wrong with the share?! The system says it was going up! Especially as it was all meant to be so easy. The people that sold him the system said so. And they know what they are talking about don't they? I'm afraid the truth is you have to do a bit of work to make money in the markets.

Mrs Long-Term Investor
Notice the Mrs here - more woman than not are longer-term investors because they don't take as many gambles as the men.
Mrs LTI doesn't buy that often and is quite cautious. But she will do her research and will probably hold for long enough to make good profits. And you know what? Mrs LTI should do well. Her problem may be eventually holding on for too long and she needs to learn to take profits sometimes.

Mr Medium-Term Investor
Buys and holds shares for anything between 3 months and 2 years. Does some careful research. Stick to stop losses. Takes profits when it's sensible to do so. Keeps an eye on his shares bit doesn't necessarily wet-nurse them all day. Prefers smaller companies (with growth prospects) to the FTSE 100 ones.

Mr Analyser
Take the first four letters of his name and you know what I mean. This trader tries way too hard and analyses everything way too much. So much so that he'll end up not buying shares that could go up quite a lot because he has over-analysed and got too worried.

Mr Accountant
Loves poring over every detail of a company's accounts and takes great joy in PEG ratios and acid tests and all that. Thing is, he's misses the point of the market which largely ignores all that. If you look at all the ratios and the small things, you'd never buy a single share. Missed loads of good opportunities.

Mr Short
Mr Short thinks the market is always too high and everything is too expensive, so he rather bet on shares to go down. He shorts all the time rather than buying and enjoys being a bit of a maverick. One thing he's forgotten: over time shares go up more than they go down. So he's asking for trouble. Bull markets last way longer than bear ones and he is likely to make big losses during a long-term bull market. Shorting is fine in the right circumstances but not all the time.

Mr Quick In And Out
As well as fairly obviously being useless in bed, Mr Quick In And Out may have trouble making much money in the markets. This character looks for something that's going up, and hopes to hop on board and get out quick if it starts to go down. But the problem is he is trying to find shares that have dropped a lot that are on their way up - and he could end up holding some real shockers. For every one or two small successes, he is going to have the odd awful stinker that will bring his whole portfolio down.

Mr Bottom Picker
Yes, I know what you're thinking, that title sounds a bit gruesome. But if you're into such things, then good for you, not really my cup of tea to be honest but I have an open mind.
Mr BP just loves shares that have suddenly plummeted, preferably on a profits warning. He'll get up in the morning and the first thing he'll do is scan the list of worst performing shares and get stuck in. The reasoning is: "it's oversold."
He'll buy in an then start to worry a bit when it doesn't immediately start going up. It dips a little more the next day, but , "hey, it was nearly double the price the day before yesterday so it'll go back up and I'll make loads-a-money". Except it often doesn't, and what was meant as a short-term trade becomes a "long-term investment".

Mr Scaredy Cat
This type of trader sells the moment the market starts to go down a bit. they are scared of the slightest drop in the market. They sell everything the moment the market goes down and buy it all back again when it goes back up.
Trouble is, once all the costs of commission and spreads are taken into account, profits are never going to be huge, although losses won't be that big either.

Mr Bulletin Board
Mr BB spends his life on the bulletin boards - you wonder how he gets the time to do anything else. He reckons himself as a bit of a guru. He's everywhere telling people what he's bought. The buy is usually backed up with a pretty chart. He boasts about how well he's doing.
The funny thing is, if one of his buys tanks amazingly it's forgotten about. If he buys something that goes up, he will continue to remind the other people of the bulletin boards. The winners remembered, the losers forgotten.
Whatever you do don't follow Mr BB's tips. Do your own research!

Mr Penny Share
Loves his low-priced shares! Prefers to buy shares under 20p because they could double, treble or become ten baggers. More likely they will go bust than double!

Mr Footsie Player
Doesn't bother much with shares and prefers to play the indices. usually reckons to have found some kind of super system which tells him when to buy and sell. Will be on the bulletin boards making predicitons, most of which are wrong but somehow he persuades himself he is always right. Most people lose playing indices. If Mr Footsie Player tells you he's winning, take the boasts with a pinch of salt.

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