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1  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Book release : Blockchain Programming in C# (Part 1) on: January 18, 2015, 08:33:04 PM
Well done! Glad to see you still working on your implementation. Very interesting and promising book.
BTW I've submitted the final stealth standard to Peter Todd ready for him to publish. There are some changes, but we'll have to wait for it to be published/reviewed. Here's the doc: https://github.com/genjix/bips/blob/master/bip-stealth.mediawiki
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: ISIS to create own coin. How can we convince to use Bitcoin? on: December 30, 2014, 11:27:32 AM
I can't believe there's some fucking scumbags here saying it's bad if ISIS use Bitcoin "because it gives Bitcoin a bad image".

ISIS is a slaving, murdering, fascist organisation that literally brutally tortures and executes hundreds of people every other week to instil terror, strapping bombs to young children and imprisoning 9 year old girls as sex slaves because they don't follow their specific religious sect. They are brutal fascist psychopaths, and the only problem for you is it could be bad for Bitcoin's image? Shame on you.
3  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: sx command line utilities - Empower The Sysadmin With Bitcoin Tools on: November 06, 2014, 01:06:17 PM
we're working on the server a lot, see this:
https://wiki.unsystem.net/en/index.php/Libbitcoin/Blockchain/htdb_slab_Performance

here are the development repos:
https://github.com/libbitcoin/libbitcoin-explorer (formerly sx)
https://github.com/libbitcoin/libbitcoin-server (formerly Obelisk)

sx has basically been rewritten by eric voskuil, and the server will undergo more improvements too (see https://github.com/libbitcoin/libbitcoin-protocol ) which will allow SPV for wallets with the new protocol.
4  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: sx command line utilities - Empower The Sysadmin With Bitcoin Tools on: November 04, 2014, 10:18:56 PM
hey so just an update as to what's going on:
- Obelisk has been renamed to libbitcoin-server and is undergoing lots of changes.
- libbitcoin has a new faster blockchain backend.
- SX is renamed to libbitcoin-explorer and has been improved.
we're still working on testing & improving the software, but once that's complete, there will be a new release.
sorry about all the troubles.
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] [VIA] ★ Viacoin ★ ~ the future of digital currency ~ ★ on: October 14, 2014, 01:44:29 PM
I know Peter Todd and interact with him quite a bit. He most certainly is involved in Viacoin a lot. He even quit MasterCoin to work on Viacoin. He sees it as a vehicle to implement his ideas, and Drak is an open collaborator. I've spent time with both of them.
see this also:
http://blog.viacoin.org/2014/10/01/petertodd-dev-update.html
6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 14, 2014, 12:23:06 PM
You are spot on with identifying and denouncing visions exposed by many ideologies and I empathize with your sentiment to resist certain labels because of your goal to address the issues directly rather than participate in less productive armchair politics. The romanticism espoused by certain trans-humanists , groups like the seasteaders , the zeitgeist movement, the venus project , and others all have an unrealistic and utopian ideals which makes them fascinating but anyone with any real experience living in a anarchistic community realizes there is no end utopia to be realized or even desired.

...

Despite the caricatures portrayed by socialists and anarcho-communists on the evils of an-caps and our love of corporations and hatred of the poor, in reality we have many of the same goals and motivations as them, just different methods at accomplishing such goals. We would rather allow a psychopath to identify themselves by not contributing rather than using force to mandate egalitarianism. When a community is kept small, social pressures can have a very powerful effect and we have been successful in running some of the most dangerous, heavily armed druglords out of town without the use of violence and by social pressures and solidarity alone in our community with our non-profit DRO.

cool I've had big arguments with communists before turning aggressive and loud calling me bourgeois despite my extremely modest lifestyle striving for my ideals. No matter what you say they are hopelessly dogmatic and unwilling to understand why you can't take power to fix things.

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Proudhon said of communism, "whether of the utopian or the Marxist variety, that it destroyed freedom by taking away from the individual control over his means of production" and "Communism is exploitation of the strong by the weak." Mikhail Bakunin stated "I hate Communism because it is the negation of liberty and because for me humanity is unthinkable without liberty.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issues_in_anarchism#Communism

Their ideology is rooted in an older period and is an obsolete dogma for our time.

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Why has the oppressed proletariat not come to its senses and joined you in your fight for world liberation? ... [Because] they know that your antiquated styles of protest – your marches, hand held signs, and gatherings – are now powerless to effect real change because they have become such a predictable part of the status quo. They know that your post-Marxist jargon is off-putting because it really is a language of mere academic dispute, not a weapon capable of undermining systems of control…
—"Your Politics Are Boring as Fuck"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-left_anarchy

I sympathise heavily with these viewpoints:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free-market_anarchism#Left-wing_market_anarchism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geolibertarianism

In the end, we don't have all the answers, simply ideals to strive towards thinking how we should implement them in the here and the now. Unlike any utopic ideology, what separates us is putting what we say into practice and living our ideals as our activism.

I've lived around the world, and interacted with many activist communities. I'm friends with people across all the spectrum from academics, politicians, businessmen, anarchists of the south, libertarians of the west, ... and sense a common strand of perception on the world separated often by isolating language or political frameworks. What an American believes and emphasises is very much tied to the local culture, context and history, and differs from a Spanish guy. It's important to look past this with understanding about the issues with a recognition that we are one freedom movement.

There are different governance models, different ways of organising, and no one way is objectively better. There are tradeoffs. What we can do is work through markets to provide the things to empower people to self-organise. I fundamentally believe (take it as a dogma or experience Smiley) that free & open markets work best in our favour as we're working against the status quo. It's not simply a matter of what's better but also the inevitability of a changing global landscape that we have to adapt to. I want a world based on merit and empathy (if you're egoist, call it "enlightened self-interest", or leftist call it "mutuality"). I love to support people doing cool things or projects with my own money or have nice people around. My method is about creating the tools or means so we can have 10s of thousands or millions of people working together, supporting each other with a philosophy of "why put your money in the corporations, put your money in your friends". We spend lots of money everyday giving to big corporations, but instead if we could satisfy our needs as free people, we can continue to reinvest in each other. From different perspectives you could call this either socialism or capitalism (depending on your definitions of the word).

Here's an article about the CIC in Catalonia. They are using the legal structure of a cooperative to create their own startup government that provides the basic services that people need to live, but better than that of the governments of the state:
https://cooperativa.cat/en/integral-revolution/
They use the legal structure to create their own internal economy and are ~10,000 different organisations with a food network and different services for people. It's a cool vision.

Also our plan is to build our own cities:
https://wiki.unsystem.net/index.php/UnSYSTEM/Opensource_city

A communist town (interesting to understand):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marinaleda,_Spain
7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 14, 2014, 02:31:14 AM
inBitweTrust what's your community? Sound interesting, I want to visit.

I'm not anti ancap ideas, just that I empathise more with market anarchism as a tactic because sometimes the ancap wiki article sounds too fantastical and idealised rather than realistic. especially when it gets into insurance companies and private enforcers which is a big no no for me. I've seen some funky youtube videos where this company A pays that company B blaa blaa - very utopic almost.
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 13, 2014, 07:11:38 PM
transhumanism is wishful thinking bordering on utopic fantasies and self-congratulatory masturbation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHVtUw5wToA
a kind of techno fascism with no rooting in the present, nor in human nature but rather some psuedo-scientific future projections.
it's the palm reading of techno-philes.
bitcoin users suffer it when they talk about self-driving cars and crap like that:
http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2j2uia/having_your_own_local_economy_with_bitcoin/
this "vision" is not one of freedom through empowerment but of utopic convenience.
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 13, 2014, 03:19:27 PM
Comment above is spot on. We are told to be individualistic by nature, then reinforced by artificial scarcity and artificial need to compete.

The truth is we are headed towards 95% unemployment as only 5% of human labour will be needed to produce everything we need before the current century ends. Have fun trying to keep an economy alive with such a situation.

A lot of people is going to die or be disenfranchised. That's the way it has to be, I'm sorry.

Those of us that are organised will thrive however with the rise of ideological movements as the alternative base of political power.

Humans act altruistic or selfish depending on biological makeup, upbringing or environment. We possess both qualities- some more than other and altruism is well documented by science. Social darwinism as a social theory is old, outdated and discredited.
However to be effective, our proposals must speak both to altruism and enlightened self-interest.

As a political activist who rejects utopianism, it's important we think about our action here and now with a mind of where we want to go towards. Preserving individual spirit is the most important goal for breeding liberty. Liberty and equality are not always the same, sometimes opposed.

There is just no other way, people are going to die. Our trajectory cannot continue its insanity.
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 13, 2014, 10:05:48 AM
now how do you modify this selfishness which is genetically hard coded in majority of humans?

by teaching empathy at school and making them watch socialism movie?

by hanging socialist sign boards across the city?

Any solution we propose for how people live must be in their enlightened self interest. Call it whatever you will, but our current society is about blind consumption and short term thinking. It's pretty shit and could be much better.

I feel like the people arguing here, are mostly arguing over terms than real substantive differences.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Issues_in_anarchism#Definitional_concerns

For how socialism could be achieved through markets:

http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/Practical_Post-Scarcity_Video

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free-market_anarchism#Left-wing_market_anarchism

This left-right thing is nonsense anyway, I don't even believe in it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-left_anarchy

As an ideal anarcho-capitalism is just as utopic as anarcho-communism. I've never heard a good answer as to who enforces property ownership. It's worth understanding that ownership of land (on which we were all born and belonged to nobody) is a purely western concept. Property is connected to labour- you might own the building, but you cannot own property titles to unused land without an enforcer/mafia.
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 12, 2014, 02:28:01 PM
"Socialism is a social and economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative management of the economy"

"Libertarianism (Latin: liber, "free") is a political philosophy that upholds liberty as its principal objective. Libertarians seek to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association and the primacy of individual judgment."

Socialism and libertarianism are not necessarily opposites. That's the problem with arguing about these ideological dogmas that place people into separating boxes. Start thinking what the values we want to promote are, and develop a deeper political philosophy. These labels are not addressing the root causes. From Wikipedia article on Anarchism:

"As a subtle and anti-dogmatic philosophy, anarchism draws on many currents of thought and strategy. Anarchism does not offer a fixed body of doctrine from a single particular world view, instead fluxing and flowing as a philosophy. There are many types and traditions of anarchism, not all of which are mutually exclusive."

Freedom starts with "I am my own master" but ends before "I am slave to no man". Liberty is the possession of agency, the power to fulfil your own potential. It's important in this modern day and age of mass criminalisation, and of stolen liberties, to understand that the only path to preservation of spirit is through preservation of action.

To preserve our human spirit, we must look not to surrogate father figures, or the great grand institutions but instead to each other, directly from one humble person to another. The Darkness becomes our protective cloak for this nascent perspective.
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 09, 2014, 12:53:53 AM
sick cool post beliathon
13  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 07, 2014, 03:17:30 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_liberty
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin changing my ideology from socialism to libertarianism! What about you? on: October 07, 2014, 02:39:58 PM
those books verge on pseudoscience.

looking at socialism and libertarianism as exclusionary ideologies is inherent dogmatic, and portrays a shallow political philosophy. it is more fitting to think of the values you wish to promote such as equality, liberty or security. does your concept of liberty include the right to deny freedom to others even through non-violent means? freedom for the pike is death for the minnows. for instance the difference behind the GPL and MIT licenses. does your concept of freedom mean freedom from external constraint, or freedom for the individual to fulfil their potential?
15  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: sx command line utilities - Empower The Sysadmin With Bitcoin Tools on: September 26, 2014, 03:27:09 PM
big changes coming to libbitcoin, obelisk and sx. stay tuned...
16  Other / Off-topic / Re: Celeb Nudes leaked (sold for bitcoin?) on: September 01, 2014, 06:21:13 AM
I'm enjoying the sheer madness of 4chan

I could care less about hollywood celebs
17  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: sx sign-input Javascript equivalent on: August 26, 2014, 12:02:36 AM
great stuff, darkwallet uses that too. you can check its source to compare with your code.
18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Why Anonymity so important to you? on: August 11, 2014, 08:48:55 PM
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2305863

That's really exciting thing to see because governments have had classic
trouble fighting tax haven jurisdictions, but recently have been gaining
more success by instead of fighting the jurisdictions, instead giving
more power to banks yet turning them into agents of the state. So the
banks serve the tax authorities and are given more power because
governments centralise the financial infrastructure.

We have a situation currently where people are taxed both from normal
taxes and inflation. Paper money contributes massively to state power,
not only by profits from inflation, but by giving leverage over who can
accumulate wealth.

Hence "captialism for the rich, socialism for the poor". Corporations
either stay competitive and evade tax through offshores, or go bust, all
while servicing state law, regulations and institutional power structures.

Now with Bitcoin though everyone can have a super tax-haven with no
requirements to report income and no liabilities. We already have
decentralised money laundering. The technology is improving fast and
this will only get much better too. Especially once we have the tools
for issuing securities to anonymous investors.
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Why don't people under ISIS rule buy bitcoin? on: August 11, 2014, 08:47:47 PM
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/is-the-islamic-state-really-using-bitcoin
20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: When I hear the words 'Widespread Adoption', I want to reach for my revolver. on: August 09, 2014, 09:57:36 AM
yes agree. these words are from the snake's mouth trying to sell us an agenda.
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