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1561  Other / Meta / Re: New legendary rank? on: August 19, 2014, 11:08:11 PM
All right, who's got the highest activity level? theymos at 1666?

Right.
1562  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 129 on: August 19, 2014, 10:07:42 PM
Note that I will accept icside's bids.
1563  Other / Meta / Re: What is the forum's policy on blatant software license abuse? on: August 19, 2014, 07:01:59 PM
GPL is not about protecting intellectual property for one person

I didn't say that it is. I don't doubt that GPL proponents are interested in helping the community as a whole. But that doesn't mean that the GPL is right.

With normal copyright, I can't distribute your work at all. With copyleft, I can distribute it, but I'm forced to do additional work to distribute the source code. The latter is much better, but you're still unjustly exerting control over my real property to protect your intellectual property. It is irrelevant whether you intend the license to benefit just yourself or the community as a whole -- it's still wrong to violently (via government) force me to contribute to your project just because I modified/used your copyrighted code.

Open source is often good, but the GPL is not. I use permissive licenses when publishing my own stuff, and the new forum software will use the MIT license.
1564  Other / Meta / Re: What would happen if you donate 50 bitcoin to the forum these days? on: August 19, 2014, 03:18:38 AM
Same thing has happened on the generic donate address, bar the odd huge transaction which doesnt look like a donation. I saw the same thing actually. Donations were maybe $100 a month, but immediately went to 0 as soon as the price went up.

The monthly "donations" to that address are forum revenue from ads, unproxyban fees, and (historically) Donator/VIP donations. I send it there to provide transparency. (However, note that the balance of 17RTT... is not a meaningful number.)

Real donations are indeed very rare. Which is fine. The forum has plenty of money.
1565  Other / Meta / Re: What would happen if you donate 50 bitcoin to the forum these days? on: August 18, 2014, 03:41:44 AM
You would get normal VIP status.
1566  Other / Meta / Re: Legendary coin color on: August 18, 2014, 02:46:29 AM
I changed it to dark blue.
1567  Other / Archival / Re: delete on: August 18, 2014, 02:38:41 AM
I tend to trust BitcoinEXpress's intentions, and I think that he would be reasonably impartial, but I'm not convinced that the altcoin section needs more moderation, and I'm not convinced that BitcoinEXpress would be the best possible moderator there in any case.
1568  Other / Meta / Re: What is the forum's policy on blatant software license abuse? on: August 18, 2014, 02:25:38 AM
I am opposed to all intellectual property, including copyleft licenses.

From a natural rights perspective: Intellectual property is not real property because it has no scarcity, and there is therefore no such thing as intellectual property rights. If we lived in a world without scarcity, where anything could be conjured up instantly with no cost, then the concept of property would be nonsensical because there would never be any conflict between people who wanted to use the same thing. Such a world is impossible for physical items because some things like original Gutenberg bibles or bitcoins are inherently scarce, but we already live in a post-scarcity world for information. I can copy and use any data without stopping you from using your copy of the data. So you have no right to prevent me from using my real property to duplicate and distribute any data, even if you created it, and even if the data is only protected by a copyleft license. (Unless I explicitly agreed to follow your conditions, but a notice in a file is not a contract.)

Source code licenses are especially ridiculous because you're saying that you own the result of some instructions that you've published, even though you don't even publish these results. (Source code being instructions for the compiler in producing object code.)

From a consequentialist perspective: If there was no copyright, then the producers of copyrighted content would have less incentive to produce content, but the free availability of ideas would probably inspire even more innovation and prosperity. In cgminer's case, maybe these hardware companies would have had to charge more for their hardware or been unable to create a product at all if they'd been required to publish their changes. I don't see how the world would be be improved if these companies were forced to expend resources to publish their modified cgminer code. (Would the changes even be useful for anyone else? I imagine that they're pretty hardware-specific.)

(I'm pretty bad at arguing things like this, so I doubt I convinced anyone here, but hopefully you at least understand my position.)

I recognize that it'd be ethically OK for the forum to support IP even if government-enforced IP is unethical, but I believe that fighting IP is good here for the same reasons that it's good elsewhere. Therefore, copyright violations should not be removed from the forum except where required by law. (Moderators should not deal with legal stuff, though. If posts on the forum violate cgminer-related copyright, send me a DMCA complaint and I will deal with it if necessary.)
1569  Economy / Service Discussion / Bitfetch needs competition on: August 15, 2014, 05:46:49 PM
I used bitfetch every now and then, and it worked OK for a while, but it often doesn't download torrents correctly anymore and it looks in general like it's mostly an abandoned project.

Basically bitfetch is a seedbox, but with pay-per-GB instead of a monthly fee, and it's intended mainly for downloading rather than seeding. I like this model a lot because I don't download enough torrents to justify a continuing seedbox subscription, and it's much faster than downloading+seeding a torrent on my rather slow Internet connection.

It'd be nice if someone would create an alternative to bitfetch. I'd definitely use it.
1570  Other / Meta / Re: Legendary coin color on: August 14, 2014, 06:43:19 AM
I have zero artistic talent, so if you want something other than a simple color, you'll need to create the image.

If you create an image, you can modify more than just that half-coin. I did that originally only because more than a half coin's worth of color is distractingly colorful. Colorizing half a coin doesn't symbolize anything. If you create an image, make sure it's not more distracting than the normal colored half-coin.

I have set up the template, so you can choose any color you like. I've played around with a few, as you can see below.







Those look very nice by themselves, but I think that they might be jarring if actually used because your coin icons look similar to but not exactly the same as the current coin icons. The current icons don't have the BTC. Still, I added the first two to the poll.
1571  Other / Meta / Re: Legendary coin color on: August 13, 2014, 04:32:49 AM
Maybe do a multicoloured coin? But out of the options listed I would go with dark blue.

I have zero artistic talent, so if you want something other than a simple color, you'll need to create the image.

If you create an image, you can modify more than just that half-coin. I did that originally only because more than a half coin's worth of color is distractingly colorful. Colorizing half a coin doesn't symbolize anything. If you create an image, make sure it's not more distracting than the normal colored half-coin.

If both coins are next to each other, I think it would be easy to spot the difference...
But if they're not, different shades of green or purple/violet could look the same.

Yeah, that's why I chose yellow originally. All of the other primary colors are taken. But it seems that people don't like yellow, so I'll need to reuse some color. Normal blue is used for global moderators and very light blue is used for local moderators, so this dark blue is also a reuse, though maybe it's easier to distinguish.
1572  Other / Meta / Re: Legendary coin color on: August 13, 2014, 04:21:06 AM
Dark blue
Other colors "interfere" green with donator for ex...
Unless you are going to permit 2 colored coins for a donator/VIP etc...?

They're slightly different colors.
1573  Other / Meta / Legendary coin color on: August 13, 2014, 04:17:45 AM
What color do you like best for the the Legendary coin/"star"?

Dark blue:

Grey:

Violet:

Orange:

Light green:

Yellow:

Mixed red with Bitcoin symbol:

Rainbow with Bitcoin symbol:


You can also post your own suggested images.
1574  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 12, 2014, 07:28:06 AM
By comparison, how many hero accounts are there?

805
1575  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 12, 2014, 02:27:28 AM
There are now 178:

That doesn't count people who have a non-default primary membergroup such as Staff.
1576  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 12, 2014, 02:24:10 AM
How many LEGENDARY accounts currently exist on the forum?

218
1577  Other / Meta / Re: Forum ranks/positions (What do those shiny coins under my name mean?) on: August 11, 2014, 05:32:01 PM
use something like the hash of UID + a salt to determine the point?

That's what I did. It just takes the first byte of the SHA-1 hash of UID+salt and adds it to 775. There aren't many users with more than 775 activity, so checking people for upgrades every 10 minutes doesn't cause any problems. I was able to do it with just one SQL statement because MySQL has a built-in SHA-1 function.
1578  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 11, 2014, 05:12:19 PM
Can you make getting legendary provability fair? So we know if you don't like us that we get it anyway Smiley

Nah, that'd significantly complicate things. Currently this randomness is done with a single SQL query, which is very convenient.

Code:
update smf_members set ID_POST_GROUP=21 where ID_POST_GROUP=8 and
activity>=775 and activity>=775+conv(substr(sha1(concat(ID_MEMBER,
secretSeed)), 1, 2), 16, 10);

The required activity level per user is suitably random for betting, but anyone who can read my code (there are a few such people) will be able to exactly predict when someone will become Legendary, so I don't really recommend it.
1579  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 11, 2014, 04:44:36 AM
Theymos are legendaries gonna have any more benefits than heroes? Bigger signatures?

Nope.
1580  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 11, 2014, 04:38:41 AM
I added a new Legendary membergroup with a yellow coin. I am completely open to the possibility of changing both the name and the coin color if people don't like them. In particular, if people find that threads are now too "glittery" with all of the yellow coins, I will remove the color or make it more subtle. If you think that some other color would work better, download the legendary.gif image, modify it with your color, and post your modified GIF image. Don't change anything but the color of that one region in the image, though. (I make these images by opening the image in GIMP, selecting the colored region, and then using the Colorize tool.)

To make things more fun, the Legendary membergroup has no universal activity requirement. You are guaranteed to become Legendary somewhere between 775 and 1030 activity, but the exact point in this range at which you become Legendary is random per user.
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