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161  Other / Meta / Re: The BCH value in forum wallets on: November 18, 2019, 02:32:01 PM
The major forks for the BTC previously held by OgNasty will be liquidated sometime before the end of the year. When this is done, you'll see a bunch of BTC sent to 17RTT[...]. The forkcoins for the other BTC will not be liquidated soon.
162  Other / Meta / Re: {LIST}of the Merit Sources asking for more/less source merit, @theymos. on: November 14, 2019, 07:56:45 PM
When your source is adjusted, it gets reset to the full amount. So whatever you have now is your total monthly source amount.

Right, I should've mentioned that in the PM. After you received my PM but before you sent any merit, the source amount displayed was your total allocation.
163  Other / Meta / Re: Inconsistency regarding who can post in Ivory Tower on: November 14, 2019, 06:00:00 PM
Fixed, thanks.
164  Local / India / Re: Ideas and Thoughts for celebrating 10th Bitcointalk Anniversary in Indian board on: November 12, 2019, 08:55:02 PM
A couple of people requested that I provide some stats on the poll voters here. I am generally willing to provide poll stats that are general enough not to identify individual voters. If you want actual voter lists published, then you have to warn people about this in advance.

One person specifically requested that I provide counts of voters who had at least 10 merit. 10 voters for DarkStar_ had at least 10 merit, while 8 voters for legendster had at least 10 merit. An additional stat which I came up with: Consider the amount of merit that each voter earned over the last year. The median of that stat was 82 for DarkStar_ voters, and 3 for legendster voters.

I am only providing stats; do not interpret this as me supporting anyone. I barely even know what you're voting on here.
165  Other / Politics & Society / Re: a society question about prison time on: November 10, 2019, 07:45:24 PM
Prison is a huge waste of both the government's money and the inmates' time, and it probably increases the chance of inmates committing more crimes.

First of all, victimless crimes are not real crimes and should not exist.

For most crimes, the sentence should be based entirely on the premise of getting the person not to commit the crimes anymore, based on a case-by-case analysis of the person. Often, prison shouldn't be necessary at all. For example, serial shoplifters could be sentenced to a period of having to wear a bodycam whenever in public so that they could be surveiled and prevented from stealing anything. This would be a huge invasion of privacy for them, of course, but it's better than prison. Psychological treatment may be appropriate in a lot of cases. Maybe in some cases it'd be appropriate to apply some corporal punishment (eg. "100 lashes"). Having someone languish in prison for years is pretty much the worst thing for everyone, including the prisoner; I'd definitely prefer 100 excruciatingly-painful lashes than a year in prison.

The above works in a state, but it's also in-line with my anarcho-capitalist ideal. In an ancap society, prison would be a service of your protection agency, operating a bit like insurance. Typically, such prisons would have the goal of protecting you from retaliation from the people you harmed, convincing society that you are no longer a risk after you get out, and preventing you and the protection agency from bearing costs of further crimes. So typical ancap prisons would be rehabilitation-oriented, not "lock up for x years"-oriented.

I don't actually think that this would be good in any way, and I'm not advocating for it, but I've thought that it'd be rational from the US's perspective to offer inmates convicted of certain non-violent crimes the option of reducing their sentence by serving it in the military. The military is already set up as something of a brainwashing machine, and having some less-precious troops would give the military more flexibility. The US faces a problem now in that they're only ever willing to dedicate handfuls of troops to most places because they're terrified that there'll be a massacre of hundreds of troops, which would be a PR disaster. "US penal brigade wiped out" sounds bad, but it's quite a bit better than "thousands of brave US servicemen massacred."
166  Other / Politics & Society / Re: 2020 Democrats on: November 09, 2019, 05:29:37 PM
I'm reading a lot of mixed predictions regarding Bloomberg. Some predict that he's just going to throw so much money at it that he'll replace & beat Biden, therefore winning the primary. The media certainly loves him. But I don't see it. He's apparently going to try running as a "better Biden", but he actually has a weird mixed record containing right-wing, ultra-left-wing, and ultra-authoritarian elements. He can be attacked a lot from both the right and left. I tend to think he'll go nowhere, like Steyer, but my uncertainty on this is high at this point.
167  Other / Meta / Re: Am I not allowed to submit any caption? on: November 09, 2019, 05:22:38 PM
You need at least 100 activity or 10 merit.
168  Other / Off-topic / Re: DNS over HTTPS on: November 09, 2019, 01:05:43 PM
This isn't a Meta issue... DoH is unrelated to Cloudflare's DDoS protection service.

I can understand why Firefox etc. are doing it. ISPs have a history of screwing up / tampering with DNS; networks & operating systems often have DNS misconfigured; and Microsoft isn't going to fix anything at the OS level. So for the average user it's going to improve the experience.

But it's giving Cloudflare (ie. a probable NSA honeypot) an unprecedented level of data on users and websites, and also an unprecedented level of control. Cloudflare will be able to take down or redirect sites unilaterally now, only having to fear getting removed by Firefox as a result. Everyone uses ICANN's root servers because everyone else uses ICANN's root servers. If everyone starts to use Cloudflare, then Cloudflare becomes the new ICANN in practice.

Hopefully Tor isn't stupid enough to enable this in Tor Browser, since that'd allow for pretty trivial traffic analysis by Cloudflare, and you wouldn't be able to disable it without highlighting yourself as one of a few people behaving oddly.

It's really a demonstration of the failure of the Internet on a technical level. The Internet is decades of dirty hack on top of dirty hack, and now we're ending up with a world where the only easy way to get things working decently is "just put literally everything on Cloudflare". Very dangerous. The whole structure of the Internet needs to be rethought.

I agree with the idea of moving away from ISP resolvers and traditional port-53 DNS. It sucks. Though ideally it'd be done at the OS level, and in any case you can do a lot better than DoH, yet another dirty hack. For example, it probably wouldn't slow things down much for Firefox to just act as a recursive DNS resolver. That'd be maximally decentralized. Or you could at least use a private information retrieval protocol in order to rely on a single resolver like Cloudflare without actually giving them any information, and have the resolver also provide the full chain of DNSSEC authentication for every query answer.
169  Other / Meta / Re: Is the forum ad space now reserved for Captions only? on: November 07, 2019, 08:17:23 PM
Right. Paid ads will come back late in the month, around the 28th, I think.
170  Other / Meta / Re: Newbies can now pay a small fee to enable images on: November 07, 2019, 05:40:49 PM
I just want to ask, Does the bitcoin address for paying copper member-generated one is to one account so if ever I'll pay for it you will know that I'm the one who avails for the copper member and automatic it will be credited on my Bitcointalk account? I just want to make it clear sorry for asking  Grin Grin Grin

Yes, though they do eventually expire (after many months), so you shouldn't write it down and use it in a year or something crazy like that.
171  Other / Meta / Re: A caption appearing after first post of a thread is not properly linked! on: November 07, 2019, 03:04:43 AM
I found it, it was a bug in the random rotation. Rarely (5-10% of the time before I fixed it, though growing with an increasing set of captions+votes), it would assign the wrong link to a caption during random rotation.

Thanks!
172  Other / Meta / Re: A caption appearing after first post of a thread is not properly linked! on: November 07, 2019, 12:32:19 AM
Does anyone else see this? I can't reproduce it. I don't know how it could be a client-side issue either, though.
173  Other / Meta / Re: A caption appearing after first post of a thread is not properly linked! on: November 06, 2019, 11:49:50 PM
That is what the link is. I don't understand what issue you're seeing.
174  Other / Meta / Re: 10th anniversary art contest on: November 06, 2019, 09:42:37 PM
There are a ton of submissions; I'm finding it more difficult to judge than I'd thought. Hopefully people won't be too offended by my attempt at giving "effort grades" via merit.

I'd appreciate it if people could help in these ways:
 - Give at least 1 merit to meritorious submissions.
 - If people are stealing artwork (ie. not just using stock images, but true plagiarism), leave them negative trust.
 - If I give someone 10+ merit but the artwork is much simpler than it appears at first (eg. a fairly simple manipulation of something that already existed), post about it in this thread.

I'm aware than I'm giving merit for some pretty low-effort things, but IMO it's OK as long as they put at least an hour or two of effort into it. I only want to end up giving BTC/badges to truly substantial & original creations, though.

As per my understanding, there will be only 1 prize of 1 bitcoin to the best submission. Am i right ?

No. 1 BTC will be distributed among probably dozens of people. It will also not be an equal division. No one person will receive 1 BTC (unless my mind is absolutely blown by something and I decide to increase the total amount).
175  Other / Meta / Re: DT update log on: November 02, 2019, 05:57:44 PM
This month 114 users were eligible.

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Welsh
ibminer
TMAN
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Flying Hellfish
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ibminer
TookDk
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Micio
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dbshck
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hybridsole
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hilariousandco
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suchmoon
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achow101
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nutildah
dazedfool
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sapta
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ezeminer
MaoChao
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WhiteManWhite
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kzv
TheFuzzStone
Jet Cash
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Lafu
polymerbit
finaleshot2016
xtraelv
crwth
Kryptowerk
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Vispilio
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krogothmanhattan
wolwoo
JollyGood
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Goran_
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micgoossens
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tvplus006
gospodin
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mole0815
witcher_sense
asche
DdmrDdmr
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taikuri13
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176  Other / Meta / Re: So what's up with the Watchlist ? on: October 30, 2019, 06:32:42 PM
I have no idea why people are still seeing that. Are you using some weird browser, like Opera Mini or similar?

There was a bug on my end where those error pages were being returned with HTTP 200 instead of 503 (as intended and as the error claimed), and in some cases they could've been marked cacheable for up to 4 hours. But nobody should still be seeing them now.
177  Other / Politics & Society / Re: 2020 Democrats on: October 26, 2019, 12:30:50 AM
Interestingly, I believe my views are opposite Theymos' relative to how the odds change with an economic downturn.

I believe that if there is no downturn (or esp with an upswing) then the only candidates that have a chance are ones like Biden who offend few and seem non-threatening to most interests but will pick up the ANYONE BUT TRUMP voting block. If you're happy with how things are, you can trust that someone like Biden is not going to upset the apple cart too much-- maybe even less than trump, as many people still do worry that trump will accidentally escalate a twitter fight into a shooting war (since the media hasn't been tirelessly over-hyping that risk for the past two years I think people are less wary of it than random trump scandal dejure).

Many communities will be thinking in those terms, but perhaps not the most influential states in the election. Having grown up in the rust belt, I think that the swing demographic there is thinking this way: The economy was for this community in shambles before Trump, and they were completely ignored in the national conversation. Trump noticed them, and furthermore a case can be made that he's moving things in the right direction: unemployment is very low and the news keeps talking about how the economy is great. However, this community is actually suffering quite a bit from tariffs, and much of the economic development is surface-level or the same coastal-concentrated wealth expansion as was seen under Obama. The rust belt Trump supporters are driven by a little real progress and a lot of hope/faith. If that hope is shattered by a noticeable downturn before the election, then they will still be very angry and looking for change, but they will have lost faith in Trump. Instead, they will go to a radical on the other side. This rust belt demographic is not all that strongly tied to economic conservatism (or any ideology, really), and things like medicare for all or an increased minimum wage will speak to them.

Kamala Harris is a slightly more brown, slightly less homicidal version of Hillary Clinton.

I actually think that I'd prefer Hillary over Kamala. When I watch some really old videos of Hillary, I get the sense that she had some actual beliefs and passions. I think that she might've started out as a true believer (in some ideology), but being in the swamp for so many decades corrupted her substantially. But maybe she's only 99% evil instead of 100%.

Kamala on the other hand I think is and always has been rotten to the core.
178  Other / Meta / Re: Can FunCAPTCHA be used instead of ReCAPTCHA at BitcoinTalk? on: October 25, 2019, 06:11:43 PM
reCAPTCHA is the only effective one. I just looked at FunCAPTCHA, and the rotating-pictures thing would be pretty easy to train a neural network to solve. Also, the language on the front page makes it look like it's targeted toward enterprises who'd have no problem blocking Tor. I bet they'll start blanket-banning Tor once they start losing the arms race against attackers.

I use Tor a lot, and while reCAPTCHA is annoying when used via Tor, it only takes a few minutes. On the forum, you can do it twice and then get a bypass code.

Is there no way to make people mine monero for 5 minutes when they log in instead? I'd pick that over everythiing else, even just as an option (funds can be added to donations for the forum). Assume people have a 5GHz clock speed...

I've looked into that sort of thing, but there is no good solution as far as I've seen. Most solutions are focused entirely on maximizing profit, so they do eg. SHA256 mining which isn't good as an anti-spam PoW, and they use some central pool which has serious privacy implications. (For bitcointalk.org, the revenue from a mining-captcha could be discarded for all I care.) A good solution would:
 - Use a memory-hard PoW, or even better, one designed specifically for JavaScript.
 - Have an excellent API.
 - At least allow the site to proxy mining traffic to protect user privacy.

Also, web-miners are always detected as malware by antivirus software.

Anti-spam PoWs are always asymmetrical vs an attacker, which might make the whole idea unworkable. If it takes an ordinary user 1 minute to solve the PoW, then an attacker is always going to be able to improve on that using specialized hardware and software. If they can bring it down from 1 minute to 0.6 second, then the service is going to have to increase the difficulty so that ordinary users are spending 15+ minutes solving the PoW. For an anti-spam PoW to be a good idea, you need to be able to reduce this asymmetry to at worst something like 10:1, and this has to last, not just be a result of obscurity. I'm not sure that it's possible.
179  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 291 on: October 24, 2019, 10:24:13 PM
Auction ended, final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
2 0.10 lightlord
2 0.10 sschiessl
5 0.09 sportsbet.io
180  Other / Meta / Bump changes feedback on: October 24, 2019, 06:25:57 PM
A while ago the way bumping works was changed on several boards. I don't actually use most of those boards much, though, so it's difficult for me to get an intuitive sense of how well the change worked. What do you think? If you think that tweaks are needed, what tweaks would be good? Keep in mind that minor tweaks are more likely to be done than major changes.

Regardless of the poll result (which I will analyze in several ways besides raw vote count...), probably things will not go back to how they were in those sections, since they were an absolute mess. But if a lot of people think that it should be undone, that'd be good to know for future changes.
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