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801  Other / Meta / Re: Any news about the treasurer (paraipan ) who stole BTC? on: April 18, 2019, 02:34:57 PM
No, several people looked into it, but nobody was able to make contact with anyone who knew anything about what he did with the BTC or who might've stolen it after his death. The 25% reward still stands on any returned amount.
802  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The only way that governments will successfully compete with Bitcoin on: April 17, 2019, 10:01:21 PM
First Chaumian Ecash Server Coming Soon
discussion Block Digest #172 22minutes in

That sounds pretty interesting and on the right track, though their website is incomplete, and it sounds like it might be fractional reserve:
our business model is based in locking in the bitcoin deposited in the system and not withdrawn for 12-24 months.

I'd really love it if it's not fractional reserve and the "bank" is actually a multisig of several independent entities. But as long as it works well and actually uses blind signing, it'll be good to see.
803  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Thailand files complaint against Bitcoin Seasteader on: April 17, 2019, 03:15:15 PM
This is our very own Elwar. I very much hope he makes it out of there safely...

It's depressing for the whole seasteading movement. The dream is/was to be able to have many tiny sovereign seasteads ("let a thousand nations bloom"), but this makes me think that we may in practice need larger, more defensible seasteads along with guaranteed-autonomy agreements with governments. Or maybe someone needs to create a large private military that is a credible threat against countries like Thailand, and sell "invasion insurance" to seasteads.

Also, I thought there were reports from the Seasteading Institute that Elwar had gotten permission from Thailand.

I remember that Blue Frontiers had some sort of an agreement with French Polynesia; I don't know about Thailand.
804  Other / Meta / Re: Is it allowed to publish Trust feedback publicly? on: April 17, 2019, 01:24:42 PM
Trust ratings are not moderated, and their value/accuracy is dependent on the viewer's trust network being reasonable. So they definitely shouldn't be indexed by search engines, at least: exclude it from robots.txt or use <meta name="robots" content="noindex,noarchive,nosnippet" />

I can't currently think of any other issues resulting from mirroring them if they're excluded from search engines.
805  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: April 17, 2019, 02:36:08 AM
The guy is a fucktard who spends all his free time on yachts drunk with paid hookers. He's no different than a John McAfee.

If that's the case, then that's nice (for us; sad for him), but I haven't been reading him that way. Admittedly, I only started paying him much attention recently.

OMG that's terrible. Hopefully they're able to get out of there safely.
806  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: April 17, 2019, 02:12:53 AM
Calvin's relationship/partnership with Craig right now.

Ayre has reportedly been involved with CSW since at least Feb 2016. See this lengthy article, though note that it uses info from several highly unreliable sources, so you have to second-guess everything. Apparently, Wright worked in Antigua on gambling websites a long time ago, which is Ayre's residence and line of business, so they probably met directly or indirectly through this.

Wright first publicly made his appearance in the Bitcoin scene in Dec 2015, and apparently he was engaging in the "I'm Satoshi but down on my luck, plz give me a small loan of a million dollars" shtick from at least around mid 2015. The fact that Ayre was involved so early makes me a bit suspicious that he could be in on the con, but it's also possible that he's just fallen for it real deep.

I find Ayre's actions inexplicable. He appeared in this space suddenly, with a thin recent history. He's fixated on statist arguments, but his history makes me think that he should be biased against the state. (CSW has also been talking about this: which one is influencing the other?) He's stuck steadfastly by CSW for 3+ years with nothing obvious to show for it, and probably significant losses. (But is there something we don't know about? Does he somehow stand to profit from the current course of events, where SV & CSW fail in a loud and dragged-out way?)

If anyone has some connection to Ayre through a friend-of-a-friend or something, I'd really like to know what's actually going through his mind.
807  Other / Meta / Re: creator? on: April 15, 2019, 04:22:34 PM
I thought you actually took over the forum from Sirius earlier than 2012, maybe last months of 2011.
Because I saw your topic on the forum's donation published on August 19, 2011, 08:29:22 AM Get Donator status by donating 10 BTC
Maybe you mis-remembered your forum-taking-over-day a bit, didn't you?

There was a period where both Sirius and I were active administrators. For convenience, I reckon Jan 1, 2012 as when I became head administrator, though it was actually a gradual transition starting before and ending after that.
808  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Austria wants to ban online anonymity - globally on: April 15, 2019, 02:54:45 PM
The EU (and its member states) is an authoritarian regime which is steadily marching in the same direction as the USSR. Every year they reduce individual freedoms. If I was in the EU, I'd be trying to leave ASAP.
809  Other / Meta / Re: Enough with the negativity give the forum some credit it deserves on: April 15, 2019, 02:38:05 PM
Bitcoin is changing, and I don't believe it will be a popular means of payment in the future. I consider Lightning to be a centralised  payment service, rather like a bank, and that may well become such a payment service, but it relies on the deposit of Bitcoin as an asset.

Lightning is not like a bank at all. Mostly it works like a 2-of-2 multisig, where nobody can just steal your BTC, and the Bitcoin network itself guarantees security. The opportunity for theft only comes into existence in some edge cases which the LN software is supposed to prevent.

I am a bit skeptical of LN, especially in the short-term: it's currently very clunky and complex, and it seems likely to always have some notable inherent limits. I'm concerned that in order to easily smooth over these issues, a lot of people might end up using hosted LN wallets/payment-handlers, which are banks. But if people use LN directly, then it's not like a bank whatsoever.

There are various ways that Bitcoin could be made into an effective payments system aside from LN. I'm a fan of blinded bearer certificates and federated sidechains, which would be semi-centralized, but you could also do something like having a high-volume miner-security-only sidechain that expires and is replaced every couple of years. Store-of-value is the most important thing, but it's definitely also possible for Bitcoin to support high-volume payments.
810  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Julain Assange Arrested on: April 11, 2019, 04:26:09 PM
Not surprising, but sad. Assange is one of the original cypherpunks.
811  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Mother Forcing Chemical Castration & Gender Reassignment of 6 Year Old Boy In TX on: April 11, 2019, 04:35:25 AM
EVEN JUST DELAYING puberty results in PERMANENT CHANGES to a child's body which they will NEVER BE ABLE TO CHANGE regardless of what they decide later in life.

Probably, but it may still be the best option for minimizing harm/risk. If the child strongly, actively wants sex reassignment even after people try to reason them out of it, I don't think that it'd be right to outright prohibit them from pursuing it, and delaying puberty is a way to give them time to mentally mature and consider it before anything too irreversible happens. (This particular case is different because the child's desire is in dispute.)

You cite studies about psychological issues and suicide among trans teens, which I don't doubt. The problem however comes with your baseless conclusion that their issues result ONLY from bullying and abuse while TOTALLY IGNORING and even actively hiding the fact that gender dysphoria is often a result of PHYSIOLOGICAL HORMONAL IMBALANCE which can be treated with very high rates of success. Who knew hormonal imbalances can lead to severe psychological issues like depression and suicide right? Meanwhile those that transition show very high rates of suicide and mental problems which you immediately attribute to society victimizing these people because it doesn't serve your political narrative.

This is a good point. If someone is experiencing depression due to physiological issues, then this should be treated before doing anything drastic. And non-physiological depression is ~always an internal problem, not an external problem. If someone is utterly depressed about not being the "correct" gender, then this indicates an outlook on life which will probably cause them to be utterly depressed about not having the correct job, or not having the correct amount of money, or being unattractive, etc. Happiness comes primarily from within, not from without.

I'm sure that some people are able to calmly examine reality and decide that they'd be better off after sex reassignment, without unrealistically thinking that this will solve all of their problems. And while I don't think that this is a great idea, it's not my decision to make, and in the end I'm happy that human technology can today sort of deliver on this desire. But some people who end up at this point may be desperately chasing happiness via external factors, which never works and in this case is likely to be particularly counterproductive.
812  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Mother Forcing Chemical Castration & Gender Reassignment of 6 Year Old Boy In TX on: April 10, 2019, 10:39:28 PM
Still the important part is
”We can’t say with 100 percent accuracy, but we can get a good picture very early on,”

Seems to me that hormonal treatment and chirurgical operations shouldn't be delivered if you're not 100% certain or at least at the age of being in charge of yourself.

In these cases they'll often give them a hormone mixture that merely delays puberty for some years, giving them extra time to come to a final decision. 6-8 is too young to really decide. (Maybe this is what they're actually doing, and it's just being spun as "chemical castration".)

IMO it's unwise with current technology and culture to substantially modify your body in this way, but I also believe in individual sovereignty, so if you want to do it, that should be up to you. There are obvious problems when dealing with children, though, since children tend to be highly ignorant, and pre-puberty children are biologically programmed to believe what authority figures tell them to believe. In this case, he probably agrees with his mother when he's with his mother, and with his father when he's with his father.
813  Other / Meta / Re: Request: Enable XML on: April 10, 2019, 09:58:19 PM
That's actually a pretty interesting-sounding use-case which makes me want to fix action=.xml, but I'm not sure when I'll get around to it. Probably not in the next week or two, at least. (I can't just enable it, since it's too slow; I have to rewrite at least some of it.)
814  Other / Politics & Society / Re: This is it. This is the watershed event for decentralized social media on: April 10, 2019, 03:36:15 AM
However if the data itself is in fact immutable on the blockchain

AFAICT it's not, the public blockchain aspect is just the lino coin's ledger. It's a bog-standard centralized service, but with a (also-centralized) cryptocoin to go along with it.

A sort of halfway-reasonable design would be putting a minimal amount of content metadata in their chain and then storing the data on IPFS, but even that would be inferior in most ways to just using Freenet, which was released over a decade ago. It's annoying to see these "blockchain!!!" people poorly reinventing the wheel.

(BTW, I wrote a while ago about an idea for censorship-resistant datastore which would be suitable for this sort of thing.)
815  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Switching to polyphasic sleep, has anyone done it and can I meditate for a cycle on: April 10, 2019, 03:28:33 AM
I tried polyphasic sleep a few times many years ago, but after a few days the sleep deprivation would become utterly crippling to the point where I could barely form complete thoughts, and eventually I'd reach the point where I'd invariably drift off within seconds of sitting down anywhere. It's possible that only some people can do it, or that it's totally fake like the "breatharian" thing. If it is possible, then from my experience I think that you'd need a helper 24/7 during the "induction phase" in order to ensure that your mind is kept active, you don't drift off, and you wake up from your naps on time. (If you could figure out a way to reliably induct people into polyphasic sleep, you could make a business out of it...)
816  Other / Politics & Society / Re: This is it. This is the watershed event for decentralized social media on: April 10, 2019, 01:42:44 AM
The existence of a competing centralized service is a "watershed event for decentralized social media"?

Dlive, like most of this garbage, is a centralized company which has brainlessly shoe-horned "blockchain" into what they're doing. Their infrastructure is centralized, they have rules which among other things prohibit "hate speech", and their lino coin is 100% centralized in both operation and distribution.

A proper decentralized social network or streaming site is possible, but it should either not have any blockchain stuff at all, or this should be a sort of side feature. It'd look like Freenet or I2P, not like Bitcoin.
817  Other / Meta / Re: creator? on: April 09, 2019, 08:49:16 AM
Are you sure about that date? admin account "u=1"[Date Registered:   November 18, 2009, 01:12:33 AM] Has Satoshi created it?

The forum was opened to the public on Nov 22.

I guessed you can blame Bitcointalk's terrible webpage on not having actual reliable sources, you cannot even see BCT links as cited sources for the page. I have read it before that Wikipedia don't count forum posts and links as a reliable source for the web page that is why you can only see others reference links outside of the forum, which is pretty surprising to me as they counted a cointelegraph article as "reliable" source for the page. If they do want an accurate history of Bitcointalk they'll be citing theymos' reply here in your thread.

Yeah, apparently links are banned, which is ridiculous.
818  Other / Meta / Re: Security deposits for Bounty threads on: April 09, 2019, 05:46:33 AM
forum will never hold users fund and forum will never moderate scam or likely scam.


I haven't put much thought into it, but something that might at least be acceptable would be to let anyone register as an "accreditor", and give them the ability to have their "seal of approval" or whatever added to threads. Different accreditors could have different standards, fees, etc., and good ones would build a good reputation. There are still many problems with that, though, and I'm not sure that it's worth the trouble.
819  Other / Meta / Re: Merit & new rank requirements on: April 09, 2019, 05:37:45 AM
This thought occurred to me recently:

If you wanted to implement Merit in a decentralized forum (ie. one in the vein of Freenet's Frost or FMS), you could do it in this way:
 - Everyone can, from their own perspective, give unlimited merit to posts, and these merit transactions are put into files which each user publishes via the decentralized system. (Like a merit.txt.xz which every user publishes.) Unlike on, you can also give people merit without an associated post.
 - For everyone who has merit, you download their merit-transactions-list, but scale down/up all of the numbers so that the total merit that they send is equal to the actual sMerit that they own. It might or might not be useful to do this via some sliding time frame scheme so that merit transaction amounts aren't just continually diminished over time as they increase in quantity.
 - Apply the above step recursively, creating a web-of-trust-style merit network

Then every user has a subjective merit score for each post (sort of like the trust system, which was inspired by FMS). And if you wish, you can assign people to be merit sources from your perspective by sending them large amounts of merit directly; these might or might not appear in the merit-transactions-list which you publish.
820  Other / Meta / Re: creator? on: April 09, 2019, 05:05:22 AM
The control was transferred to theymos around 2010 and he is the only owner and running the Bitcointalk effectively.

It's surprising how well-documented history can become totally forgotten... Satoshi created the forum on Nov 22, 2009, and was head administrator until almost 2011. Then Sirius was head administrator until 2012, which is when I took over.

Cobra also owns the domain name. I consider the forum to be basically owned by or at least dedicated to the Bitcoin community, though; I don't call anyone an owner of the forum.

That wiki article is kind of terrible...
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