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241  Other / Off-topic / Re: Guys, before you complain about ANYTHING else... on: July 08, 2014, 07:45:59 AM
I think that was one of MJ's better songs.  Didn't quit hit the charts because it wasn't a pop hit, but definitely has a lot more meaning to it than a song that uses "club, ice, baby, juice, bootay & krunk" 400 times.
242  Other / Off-topic / Re: Kinect is Coming to PC! on: July 08, 2014, 07:36:25 AM
So they didn't want normal people to get mad, so they overpriced it so devs could get it, write games/apps for it, and then they will drop the price for normal retail?
243  Other / Off-topic / Re: What's your favourite candy? on: July 08, 2014, 07:34:47 AM


Is that imported to the US?  I haven't seen it in US markets.  Milk chocolate = yum!
244  Other / Off-topic / Re: Let's talk about how hot Asian girls are. [NSFW] on: July 08, 2014, 07:31:29 AM

She looks like loads of fun!  Wink

She looks like an Asian version of Taylor Swift.  Again after staring at it for a couple minutes I can't make up my mind at what is going on  Grin Huh
245  Other / Off-topic / Re: What's your favourite candy? on: July 08, 2014, 07:08:01 AM
Did I just visit the psychic candy hotline, what the hell is that?  None made sense except the Reeces.
246  Other / Off-topic / Re: Why use bitcoins when my dollars are working just fine for me? on: July 08, 2014, 07:06:10 AM
ďA dollar bill also has no use other than what people are willing to pay for it. ď??!?!? Incredible. What about the federal, state and local governments in the US, which will send you to jail if you donít pay your taxes each year using US dollars.

Meanwhile, bitcoin mining firms are engaged in some sort of perverse arbitrage, wasting hundreds of dollars worth of power to generate a single unit of this fantasy currency. Weíll soon have to build new power plants dedicated solely to powering the legions of these overzealous enterprises, wasting tons of scarce resources in the real world and polluting our environment, all so anti-government fetishists and criminal lowlifes can engage in such folly. I canít wait for this tulip currency to crash down to the ground, taking those douchey Winklevii with them.

Head up your ass.  So quick to criticise BTC as detrimental to the environment.  The amount of fossil based fuel spent by the Secret Service and the US Treasury to stop counterfitting and print paper money and mint coins exceeds the total energy usage by the entire Bitcoin network - and that's just for the US.  Now imagine how much money is spent by governments worldwide?  I'm sure it's a magnitude larger than all the crypto power combined.

Go eat a tulip.
247  Other / Off-topic / Re: How many people like really *LIKE* caffeine on: July 08, 2014, 06:59:38 AM
I need caffeine to get rid of migraines occasionally.  I don't drink sodas, tea, or coffee, but in summertime I get headaches and caffeine is the instant cure.

Are you sure it's not just dehydration? Have you just tried drinking water instead?

Yeah it's not dehydration.  I can load up on 2 liters of water and it doesn't help.  I vasodialate more when it's hot and that leads to instant migraine when its sunny.  If I hit a little bit of coke right as I feel it I can prevent it.

Headaches can also be a symptom of caffeine addiction - when you don't get your daily dose. But your use to cure migraine seems reasonable in your special case. As far as I recall, caffeine is also a component in some general medications against headaches.

ya.ya.yo!

That would be an issue if I drank caffeine regularly, but for 8 months a year I don't touch it and I don't get headaches.  Once the headaches start in the summer from the heat and bright light then I need the caffeine to rescue me.
248  Other / Off-topic / Re: If you could move to any country, which would you choose? on: July 08, 2014, 06:56:34 AM
im suprised altoids didn't choose to live in a dumpster.

I would if you would join me baby!

I used to imagine living in Tuscany and owning a wine vineyard, but I would probably get tired of that as I don't drink much.  I'm thinking more along the lines of a high rise penthouse in Hong Kong now.
249  Other / Off-topic / Re: Ban the person above you (jokingly). on: July 08, 2014, 06:52:58 AM
Banned for being a pirate.

Banned for being discriminatory against pirates.
Banned for being lost.

Banned for having a more detailed sig than mine.  Damn you 72x pixels!
250  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: Bitcoin difficulty may actually go down in ~7 days! on: July 08, 2014, 06:46:30 AM
Why do you think there would be a bump when bitmain delivers miners? The miners have already been turned on and factored into the difficulty. You can't add the hash twice.

Exactly how much do you think Bitmain is putting into the future contribution.  Friedcat said he was shipping out 100PH/s worth of chips.  That will be going online sometime in the next 4-6 weeks.  Then there's the Neptunes, and any back alley shady deals BFL may put on.  Bitfury....

I was commenting on what thejuice said.

"We will see a bump next diff increase with the new bitmain miners"

I'm saying there wont be a bump next dif increase because of bitmain miners.

My apologies.  There will be a bump most likely, but it will probably not be from Bitmain.   Either that or Bitmain is getting so many orders they'll be testing more batches  Shocked
251  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: Bitcoin difficulty may actually go down in ~7 days! on: July 08, 2014, 06:22:55 AM
Why do you think there would be a bump when bitmain delivers miners? The miners have already been turned on and factored into the difficulty. You can't add the hash twice.

Exactly how much do you think Bitmain is putting into the future contribution.  Friedcat said he was shipping out 100PH/s worth of chips.  That will be going online sometime in the next 4-6 weeks.  Then there's the Neptunes, and any back alley shady deals BFL may put on.  Bitfury....
252  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: Start-up capital on: July 08, 2014, 06:20:42 AM
Unless your thinking about throwing the equivalent of 6 figures at mining equipment and are able to secure some sort of sweet deal you will more likely than not end up with less than you started with by the time your rigs are consuming more power than they are generating in coin.  <---any non pre-order will basically hit this point within a month or two at the latest.

That's not true at all. Someone with cheap power at home will break even much faster than a large mining farm.

A large farm has to worry about a/c, power distribution, and all sorts of overhead. Someone that is mining at home can have a small to medium setup with no extras at all. Sometimes the large farms let miners sit around because they take so long to setup. Someone smaller will be up and running in no time.

You've been here for 3 years and I find it odd you would believe that assessment.  I doubt anybody setting up a farm more than 0.1% of the network is mining with electricity at more than $0.10.  They probably also have more infrastructure and space to begin with.  True a home user mining with just 1 unit doesn't need to worry about heat but their overhead will probably be higher (plus they probably paid more than somebody buying 1k Neptunes for example).
253  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: 400GH/s - how many BTC can you extract? on: July 08, 2014, 06:17:09 AM
Are we all forgetting the price of Bitcoin might be $100,000 in 5 yrs
Then it might be worth mining again.

The experienced miners ignore the fiat value of BTC for the following reason:
Do you want to buy 100BTC @ $620 for a total of $62,000 and only have to worry about securing your coins for 5 years or
Do you want to buy $62,000 worth of mining equipment which would earn you 86BTC after 2 years with electricity costs

I'm pretty sure the first option makes more financial sense.  It's also easier to enter and exit.  Mining does have its benefits like generating anonymous coins, but that requires massive power and solo mining.
254  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: Reasons Mining Will NEVER Be Profitable on: July 08, 2014, 06:13:18 AM
mmmm, so how do we create a coin that the asic manufacturers can't muscle in on the little guy at home mining a few coins.            RandomCoin,    a coin that simply generates coins at Random maybe.

What about a coin, or Bitcoin protocol variation that looks at the network and says, because of the current difficulty, I'm only going to give you a 0.0001% chance of generating a Block.
That way, no matter how powerful your mining equipment, you have the same odds as someone CPU mining at home.


Other coins have concepts similar to this but they haven't been accepted anywhere near as widely as BTC.  Also this is a transient phase.  Sooner or later the growth will pull back and then when there is uncertainty the hardware vendors may go back to selling instead of mining.
255  Other / Off-topic / Re: My Ghost?... WTF (im really scared) on: July 07, 2014, 10:11:36 PM
Maybe you didnt clean the camera lens or somethings on there? So the result of the picture came out that way?

If you don't clean the lens you would get stain artifacts, not partially exposed subjects.   This was a subject that moved out of frame relative to the other objects that were exposed for the full time.
256  Other / Off-topic / Re: Petabyte hard drives on: July 07, 2014, 10:09:26 PM
If you have access to RAID redundancy then it is just easier to go with larger drives.

+1

QNAP 4-bay populated with 4TB drives in RAID5 here.  If you're storing that much data, do it right FFS.

I picked up a bunch of 3TB external WD at Staples a couple weeks ago.  I was going to crack them open and put them into a NAS that offers some basic RAID (for redundancy, not speed).  I heard the Drobo 5 bays are easy to use and cost about $400.  Should I go with Drobo, Synology, or Qnap as noted above?  I'll mostly be putting family pics and movies (about 500GB so far) and HD movie rips (have about 5TB of this).  I plan on using Win 7 x64 as the OS.  Any suggestions?
257  Other / Off-topic / Re: need help Earning Bitcoins online. on: July 07, 2014, 09:59:11 PM
There's a thread in meta where people discussed the option to allow sanctioned selling of accounts and it was poo pooed.  Ultimately they said it's not a good idea but there is nothing they can do.

Selling Hero accounts promotes scammers tricking new users.
258  Other / Off-topic / Re: The Checkout Guy At The Grocery Store: "ARE YOU "GOING GREEN?" on: July 07, 2014, 09:46:49 PM
I like this.  Everybody is waiting for companies to make green products and be carbon neutral.  It would be easier for the world if people didn't need to consume so much.  Sure it's nice to have a TV in every room of the house so everybody could watch whatever they want, but 4 people watching on 4 LEDs is the same to the Earth as a family watching 1 CRT - except the CRT won't have as much non degradable plastic.

259  Other / Off-topic / Re: Answer the question above with a question. on: July 07, 2014, 09:40:22 PM
How are we supposed to handle spam in this thread?

Would we just report it to the mods like we would in any other thread?
260  Other / Off-topic / Re: What's your favourite candy? on: July 07, 2014, 09:37:30 PM
Jolly Ranchers, Anything with caramel like a Twix or Rollos, and peanut butter like Butterfinger or Reeces
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