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1  Other / Meta / Re: Bumping changes on some boards on: September 11, 2019, 04:15:02 AM
Hmmm... equally spacing out super bumps over the course of the month seems to result in a lower total bumping effect than e.g. sending a bunch of superbumps in one day, waiting 30 days and 1 minute, and doing it again.

By "effect" I meant "total bump score contributed to good topics". By that measure, your two scenarios are equal assuming the same set of superbumps.

If your goal is to be able to occasionally try to ensure - with highest probability - that some topics are at the top for a few specific days (before your contribution decays), rationing like that could make sense. On the other hand, if your goal is to try to continuously keep some topics as high as possible, you would want to spread it out as evenly as possible due to decay.

But really, people should just superbump good topics whenever they think to do so, and not worry about this sort of strategizing.
2  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Best/easiest way to generate a private key with XX sided dice. 16? 60? on: June 23, 2019, 04:41:11 AM
3  Economy / Collectibles / Re: [Auction] Bitcoin Binary Round Set Graded (MS-69) on: June 01, 2019, 06:25:46 AM
When you refresh the thread our posts are not alternating randomly or something, so it is definitive, the forum is listing the posts in the order in which they were received.

Correct, the one listed first was processed first by the forum (and therefore has a lower message ID).

I mean, you can't rule out that the second one was actually sent first but the thread it was assigned just happened to get scheduler-suspended for long enough that a later one was handled first, or something like that. And according to general relativity, simultaneity isn't universal anyway. Wink
4  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Is Inflation a Hidden Tax on the Public by the Government? on: May 28, 2019, 04:22:31 AM
It's called seignorage. In fact, Satoshi explicitly said:
I think this is a nice advantage vs fiat currency, instead of all the seigniorage going to one big entity, let it go in convenience amounts to people who need to scrape up a small amount of change.

In fiat economies I think that the majority of price inflation is basically a government-imposed wealth tax via money-printing, but some inflation is caused by other factors. For example, you could design (and I have elsewhere sketched out) a cryptocurrency based on debt, similar to government fiat currencies, but totally fair without any government skimming off the top; but due to the way these currencies work, you still need a small inflation rate (maybe 0.5%) to make it work. Some inflation can also be caused (even with a BTC world reserve currency) by things like oil price increases or changing market interest rates, though the long-term trend should be deflationary due to constant tech improvements.
5  Other / Meta / Re: [QUESTION] How Can I Activate Copper Membership? on: March 04, 2019, 03:04:48 AM
Looks like you underpaid by 0.00050000 BTC, probably because you incorrectly subtracted a network or exchange fee.
6  Other / Off-topic / Re: Is it time to make great again? on: February 18, 2019, 02:33:32 AM
When shitposters come here, they aren't bringing their best. They're bringing nonsense, they're bringing drama. (And I assume some are good people.) We need to build a copper membership and make shitposters pay for it.
7  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Anti EU; capitalists Brits, are facing starvation due to Brexit on: February 02, 2019, 04:34:26 AM
"Starvation"? First, tariffs = higher prices, not complete blockage. Second, import tariffs are taxes imposed by the UK, and they can unilaterally remove them at any time - they just don't want to.

In a no-deal brexit, there may be a short period of time where the chaos causes various shortages. But this'll be things like a lack of some fresh fruit, not starvation. The market will figure out solutions quickly, and demand will be met. Though probably there will be higher prices and lower quality until/unless the UK sorts out their trade and regulation issues; if they insist on maintaining the EU's ultra-high-regulation environment, then they're going to find trade deals very difficult, and it also increases domestic prices.

I still think they'll cancel brexit at the last minute, though.
8  Other / Meta / Re: DefaultTrust changes on: January 10, 2019, 08:37:08 PM
Typo? (10 -> 100)

No, that's just a possibly-interesting extra stat. The 100 merit list would be too big.
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: In relation to the user's who were victims of the word HODL on: December 14, 2018, 12:29:55 AM
Because it's obvious that theymos can save the price by introducing KYC for bitcoin. D'oh!!!!!  Grin

HoweyCoins was able to GUARANTEE PROFIT using KYC, and every single person who invested in it is now a trillionaire. Why not Bitcoin?
10  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Jeff Sessions Resigns at Trump Request on: November 07, 2018, 08:31:19 PM
Good, Sessions is a terrible person. I knew from the start that he'd be in Trump's initial administration, and I hated it. I hope he stays out of politics for good.

Trump's first priority in AG will be loyalty. Rand Paul has been careful to appear 100% personally loyal to Trump (while still expressing disagreements), and could conceivably be asked; while he's probably in a better position as senator, he'd be a very good AG.

I wouldn't be shocked if Trump picked one of his sons, even though that'd look super bad. Or Guiliani, maybe.

A really good political move would be to appoint a registered Democrat who has so far resisted the Russia hysteria. But it's unlikely.

Trump is bad at picking people, so the new AG might end up causing him the same issues. But it'll be difficult to find someone worse for the country than Sessions.
11  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Entropy, how to calculate it from series of outcome on: October 24, 2018, 08:36:06 PM

On Linux, that's basically how /dev/{,u}random works anyway. It does something like sha1(past_randomness + new entropy from keyboard etc.) repeatedly in order to produce endless random data. (This is a slight simplification, but it's more-or-less like this.)

CPUs offer a randomness instruction, but it's not used on Linux because people don't trust it. The CPU behaves deterministically, and entropy is gathered from elsewhere.

You can analyze the quality of random data to *some* extent using eg. ent (, but it is logically impossible to know whether some data is truly random. For example, the output of a secure hash function should on average always test as perfectly random, indistinguishable from perfect quantum randomness, even if it's a hash of "1234" etc. OTOH, highly ordered-looking data can come out of a true random source sometimes.
12  Other / Meta / Re: Ads placed in the forums on: October 15, 2018, 05:24:34 PM
There isn't any historical ad listing, but if you remember anything about it, maybe I'll know what you're thinking of.
13  Other / Meta / Re: Can merits be awarded in threads that aren't for public view? on: September 26, 2018, 12:22:19 AM
It shows as deleted/ignored/off-limits on a user page and doesn't show at all on the stat pages which list posts.
14  Other / Meta / Re: "Sorry, you have been blocked". WTF is this? on: June 30, 2018, 05:01:16 PM
Whenever this happens, please email or obfuscate-then-PM me what you posted. Cloudflare has a ton of rules, some of which seem useful (like detecting fake robots), but others do stupid stuff like that.
15  Other / Meta / Re: Forum feature request: set Alt-text by default for all embedded images on: June 22, 2018, 08:26:48 AM
Yes, the "throbber background image" doesn't go away for "some" of the images:
- Here's an "archived page" with that issue.

I was hoping that basically no one was using images with transparency right where the throbber would go, but I guess not. I'll have to add some JavaScript to fix it, I suppose. In the interim you could give the images some alt text, which disables this.
16  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: June 12, 2018, 06:58:10 AM
Theymos says 3 grand. I'm betting on 3 grand. Sad but true.

$3k is not impossible, but that was not my prediction. I think that:
 - The most recent crash was artificial, driven by very few whales.
 - The market has wanted badly to stabilize for a while, but keeps choosing what turns out to be a too-high price.

So I predict that the price will rise somewhat, maybe a bit above 7k, and then it will either stabilize (in BTC terms...) or *slowly* continue a downward trend. I feel that we are not too far from a sustainable longer-term price: I'd guess 5500 at the lowest. IMO 3k *could* be reached by widespread panic selling, and 1k could be reached if some shit *really* hits the fan, but I consider neither likely.
17  Other / Meta / Re: Reporting topics, opened with 2 lines, copied from an article + after the link? on: June 05, 2018, 09:59:34 PM
It's not plagiarism, but it can usually be reported as low-content.
18  Other / Meta / Re: [WTF] I reported a post for plagiarism and my accuracy rate went DOWN!?! on: May 18, 2018, 10:41:26 AM
The chain you found, OP, resulted in 2k+ deletions. And I just nuked another ~30 accounts behaving similarly, posting minor variations of the same thing hundreds of times. Really annoying. If anyone sees more of this nonsense, please report it.
19  Other / Politics & Society / Re: There is no freedom of speech in China. This political means is devastating.中国没有 on: May 06, 2018, 10:23:36 PM
Why don't you try to go to your local ccp office and become a member?

Not everyone is allowed to join the CCP.
20  Other / Meta / Re: Theymos Doesn't love the Forum Anymore ?? !!!!! on: May 05, 2018, 09:48:12 AM
I love all of my cute forum users. 💓
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