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August 09, 2015, 03:25:53 PM
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Ease of use is a bigger factor, TPTB, than you might think.  

Totally with you there.

Don't worry, I have my entirely life excelled at understanding this point. Go look at the marketing for CoolPage.com. The surfer dude is to represent that you don't have time for mucking around with HTML coding and just want to drag+drop items on your web page, click one button to publish and be done with it.

I was servicing Yahoo GeoCities and other free hosting with one-click web site creation back in 1999.

For example, I already made decisions about the language chosen for crypto work to make sure that all clients can run both in the web browser and stand alone.

Newbies don't want to wade through any technobabble. They want to click one button and go. It must literally be that easy. No one should ever have to know a damn thing about a Linux command line or how to compile from sources, etc..

I agree point & click. You'll be happy if ever I finish my work. I was 18 hours on the anonymity white paper today. Over 48 references cited already. My blinded eye is so blood shot that I can't barely keep it open. Headed to sleep. Zzzzzzz.

I am having a bad day. I can barely see. I took a 3 km run at 1pm in the tropical sun to the beach.

But my eyes are really shot.

Hope this will improve asap.


Your body telling you take a bit of a break?

If I take breaks, the work won't get done in time.

My M.S. really went bezerk today. I eyes were so blood shot that there was no white just red. My feet were in severe cramps.

I had backed off the vitamin D3 over recent weeks. Also hadn't eaten any carrots for weeks. I took 100,000 IU today and ate two carrots, also made sure to eat the uncooked leafy greens. Am able to see slightly better now.

I think I am barely controlling the M.S. with the vitamin D3 et al.

I need to go for that fecal transplant. I can't emphasize enough that I would perhaps 3 - 5X more productive if I could get the M.S. into remission.

I will be talking with my investors about funding me to go to Australia, perhaps in September. I think I've reached the point where it doesn't make any sense to try to make it all the way to the finish line for crypto work before attempting a cure. I really need my full speed productivity. It is very difficult for me to will a project to completion with this illness. I making progress but the malaise so much retards the process as compared to before I was ill.

I do better (than others and) damn well for having M.S.. I probably outperform most healthy people even in terms of my athletics at this age 50. But this is no where near what I am capable of. I feel without the M.S. my level is still in my late 30s. I've seen glimpses on days where I wasn't suffering malaise where my performances were no less than where I was in my late 30s both in athletics and in coding/mental work.

Also I can see a big drop off in my writing and intellectualism just since I wrote the essays linked from the opening post of the Economics Devastation thread. My understanding may have become more firm, but my elucidation and ability to think in a very high IQ manner is getting more sporadic.

I pray I can get the support I need to be successful. And I pray that those who are capable of doing it, have read my upthread posts recently about computer security and have implemented proper computer security.

No excuses.

We are losing precious time! Gaming won't accomplish the goal.

P.S. thank you for your concern. My concern is being able to do the job I want and need to do. I really want to work. I am extremely motivated. Very frustrating to have M.S. at this juncture when the opportunity is so very well fit to my talent, knowledge, timing, and desire.

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I am bothered by second guessing myself about whether I am rational about the severity of the coming problems in the world.

For example the recent discussion between trollercoaster and myself, wherein it is about him pulling up roots from a very first-class lifestyle country (Australia) with contemplation of exchanging it for a lower lifestyle country and lower standard-of-living (although I will say I love the simple life, so a farm isn't necessarily lower standard-of-living from my perspective).

Will the world really get so totalitarian that it is necessary to make such radical changes to our lives?

One would tend to think that society will get pushed to a certain point and then society will change or demand adjustments because people all over the world don't want to live in some sort of totalitarian hell.

Yet we have examples from history where society went F.U.B.A.R.. For example WW1 and then later WW2 were essentially due to the European socialism that resulted trying to resist the technological unemployment of the Second Industrial Revolution (mass production and the end of cottage industry).

Sound familiar?

We are repeating the same. Europe is resisting the technological unemployment of the Second Computer Revolution (aka internet and Knowledge Age) by increasing socialism to sustain old engrained patterns (of the baby boomers).

Nature cleans out the old to make way for the new, and when the old refuses to adjust nature cleans it out with the necessary force.

Unfortunately boomers and socialists will not change. They'd rather die than give up their humanistic ideas. They firmly believe theirs was the righteous.

Ideological fanaticism is what drives horrific outcomes. We have that in spades at this juncture...

Edit: on the way up the debt mountain, everyone goes out of their way to relieve hardship and the brutal realities of nature. On the way down the debt cliff, it is a free fall into the brutality of nature. Communities which didn't eat the poison and remained self-reliant pull together. Communities that ate the poison spin apart into brutal chaos. Communities of tough love remain functional and compassionate. Communities of free love diverge into dysfunction and brutality.

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You were asking why Europeans support socialism and feminism... It is because they are humanists; feminism can be thought of as the culmination of humanist thought...

Karl Marx's own definition of Humanism reads:
"Humanism is the denial of God, and the total affirmation of man... Humanism is really nothing else but Marxism"
--Karl Marx, ECONOMIC POLITIQUE ET PHILOSOPHIE, VOL. I, PAGES 38-40.

Anyway, I'm sure many other Europeans will explain the general zeitgeist here too.

Let's do a Steve Jobs and be brutally frank.

Apparently feminism = hedonism.

I've noticed how much Westerners are getting a thrill from teaching two women to eat each other's pussies.

I think Nordic Europeans support feminism because it enables them to justify fucking non-virgins and then the hedonistic dominoes from there.

It also frees the men from the obligation to raise children, if they can convince the women they are more powerful if they don't bear children.

I've noticed here in the Philippines, the females are vehemently anti-abortion and anti-birth control. It is very, very difficult to get them to take birth control pills and they are not that happy about using a condom. These are real women who want to have the real happiness of bearing children and raising a family. My own mother criticizes me when I don't force the women I am involved with to use birth control pills!

Europe has entered decadent Frankenstein mode and the USA is following close behind.

I am not trying to be a moral dogmatic oppressor here. I know any of us can be influenced as we are human, but the thing is that once a man prefers to get happiness more from hedonism than from family, then the culture is broken. The society will collapse into an abyss.

And this is precisely what is happening to Europe.

How does a mother who has become bisexual raise her daughter and son  Huh (not my mother)

Sorry I am fairly open minded person and I've explored many things in life, but I can tell you there is a major difference between the gf I have now and some of the Western women. My gf values dogs, children, family. She could easily be a hedonistic queen given her D breasts and very attractive face (not to mention brown skin), but she is humble and wants the things that really make happiness.

Those Europeans who support feminism are insatiable. They want to steal and have everything. They don't want any natural limits on society. They want that man is superior to nature. Why should a woman be limited to sex with only a man or a human? She can fuck a pet monkey and that is more freedom. Why must she bear children. It is better we educate the women to fuck more people, sexes, and things and have more freedom! It isn't enough for her to undress and fondle herself on a webcam, instead the men want her to pee and insert objects into every orifice.

And that is why they've run their debt sky high. And they can not change their system. They are addicted.


Regarding the Trump discussion (and resurgence in Republicans in general), I have concluded the winner will be...

...the military-industrial complex.

Right on time with MA's War Cycle, which expects war and pandemic to start going hot in 2017 and really accelerating into 2018.

We'll get the increased military spending. The reduced taxes won't matter because the world is going to be so fucked by the rising interest rates and War Cycle, that no one will be able to avail of the opportunities to start businesses in the tangible industrial age economy.

The Knowledge Age doesn't give a shit about the taxes any way, since they will be 0 for the anonymous internet coming.

A global smashup ahead. Trump card doesn't change anything and if anything this lurch back to the hard right politics accelerates it.

Now we see why the USA must break apart into regions as MA predicts. It is because the morass can not be changed from WA D.C. After 2017, the Americans will start to realize they have to take matters into their own hands.

The Feds will fight the militias. The country will break into parts. The world will be a much different place.

Crazy world we are heading into. Be prepared accordingly.

Edit: Rand Paul alludes to Trump being beholden to special interests. That Trump is loudly declaring that he isn't, is probably telling us that he is. Of course he knows he can't win without playing ball with powerful interests. He openly admits the realities of leverage. Trump is obviously willing to appease the NSA and military-complex in order to go after hard-nosed trade deals. He will appear to be a populist but is a wolf in sheepskin.

Trump represents a rise of fascist-capitalism in the USA. He is not talking about printing money the way the German socialists did, but instead it will be a hard lurch towards a brutal economic default coupled with military imperialism fully bankrupting Rome. As with Rome, the barbarians will later be at the gates of Rome and overrun it.

In fact, we need free trade and free markets. Rising protectionism is what lead to WW2. Trump is a very bad result for us.

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Citizenship in the sovereign State of ________ (hereafter referred to as the State)
Hell to the no. Individual sovereignty and the non-aggression principle are all I need for a decent world, thank you very much.

Indeed per the linked video, the State is going to collapse into a NWO eugenics hell. I have written extensively about this.

So what is your plan to avoid being persecuted as the totalitarianism tries to retain control and attempt to drag everyone down with it using extreme violence?

Will you just allow them to kill you?

Non-defense is not always a solution to aggression.

Hitler rolled over pacifists like a hot knife through butter.

I don't believe in anarchistic anything. To believe that such a system would work you have to believe that individuals are inherently good. I believe that in general individuals gravitate towards being inherently bad
Wrong and willfully ignorant.

Human nature is trusting, open, generous, curious, compassionate, and kind. Study Bonobo Chimpanzees for reference.

By contrast, most of human culture is myth-rooted, unscientific, deceptive, ignorant, fearful, hateful, and self-and-other-destructive. Why is that? Culture is ancient, it's been around for tens of thousands of years - most of that time dominated by violence - while modern reason is a relative infant at only around 400 years old.

http://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/28/science/researchers-trace-empathy-s-roots-to-infancy.html

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Your conceptualization of the issue is low IQ.

It is the power vacuum of organization that forces a power to fill it.

I suggest you read Eric Raymond, a man with a 150 - 160 IQ explain the issue of the Logic of Collective Action:

http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=984

Our hope now is for decentralization technologies to enable man to organize without the existance of a power vacuum. All my work in crypto is about his. This is why an anonymous internet and money is a movement and not just a fascination.

I don't believe in anarchistic anything. To believe that such a system would work you have to believe that individuals are inherently good. I believe that in general individuals gravitate towards being inherently bad

Individuals can't do that much bad against a society where citizens can carry guns.

Rather it is the collective organization of individuals that empowers the State to have the might to enact horrific megadeath.

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A concern, I've read some "conspiracy theories" putting the NSA behind CryptoNote.  I haven't gotten to deep into that research, so I'd love to hear from people that have.

CN uses Daniel Berstein's EdDSA (specifically curve Ed25519). Berstein has fought the USG in court and has been outspoken about threats against our cryptography freedom.

The main problem with CN is that ring signatures require equal denominations, thus Monero has to maintain power-of-10 balances, which bloats the block chain and complicates the wallet programming.

Then when you need to recombine the change from multiple transactions, if don't mix these you break unlinkability.

Also because Monero does not force all ring mixes to be mandatory amongst preset groupings, it could be subject to combinatorial attack which could unmask the anonymity. Their researchers are studying my complaint on this issue and my suggested fix.

Confidental Transactions from Blockstream hides the values of a transaction so business privacy is retained. CN doesn't do this.

No CN coins and in fact no altcoins that I am aware of, have really solved the issue that centralization of mining can cause transactions to be censored. This is an open problem for cryptocurrency.

The other problem for all anonymous coins is that neither I2P nor Tor are reliable anonymity against a national security agency. And the nations are compiling these records to compile future tax and criminal cases against you.

(yes of course I have solutions to all of these weaknesses)

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Ease of use is a bigger factor, TPTB, than you might think.  

Totally with you there.

Don't worry, I have my entirely life excelled at understanding this point. Go look at the marketing for CoolPage.com. The surfer dude is to represent that you don't have time for mucking around with HTML coding and just want to drag+drop items on your web page, click one button to publish and be done with it.

I agree point & click. You'll be happy if ever I finish my work. I was 18 hours on the anonymity white paper today. Over 48 references cited already. My blinded eye is so blood shot that I can't barely keep it open. Headed to sleep. Zzzzzzz.

I am having a bad day. I can barely see. I took a 3 km run at 1pm in the tropical sun to the beach.

But my eyes are really shot.

Hope this will improve asap.


Your body telling you take a bit of a break?

If I take breaks, the work won't get done in time.



I need to go for that fecal transplant. I can't emphasize enough that I would perhaps 3 - 5X more productive if I could get the M.S. into remission.


Fair points. Just checking Wink

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http://www.armstrongeconomics.com/archives/35782

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Rand Paul, on the other hand, showed he could not stand up to Christie. He revealed a lack of passion and commitment and that showed he was not really a leader. Very disappointing.

Paul got straight to the point that is not necessary to violate everyone's privacy in a false strawman that it aids fighting terrorism. He got thunderous applause.

But what we really see is that the American public would much prefer a guy who can top-down manage the world, than a modest guy who wants free markets.

And so the Americans may get their Trump card, who wants to empower the military-industrial complex more.

What this shows is that there is no solution that can come from voting for a government. The only solution is taking matters into our own individual hands. For that, we MUST have anonymity technology else we are doomed to the whims of the collective.

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My take on The Debate was that Rand Paul did not come out a winner.  Ideologically, I probably like him the best, but he did not come off looking good.  *Sigh*

The Donald did come off reasonably well.  Maybe not enough to ENHANCE his front-runner status, but good enough to keep it.  For now.

Ted Cruz and Scott Walker came off well, especially Cruz, but Scott Walker has demonstrated that he can fight (he had Democrat hit teams come in from all over the USA to take him down as Governor of Wisconsin, he whipped 'em...).

Jeb! did not, kind of the Big Loser, but he was serious and did not lose much.

ANY of the above are better than Hillary (though Jeb! not much).
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TPTB let me know if your treatment is in Melbourne, I can help you out with a car, look for some accomodation, sight seeing, etc.

Also it is getting much harder to maintain the same lifestyle I had here in 2007, I earn twice as much now and my wife also works some part time hours.

The middle class will cease to exist in a few years if not sooner, so I don't think it's an over reaction to flee from this squeeze, I believe Armstrong when he says we are facing a situation similar to the 1700's, and/or the collapse of Rome when I have doubts of my own sanity.

I have always preferred to live a rugged lifestyle, I never wanted to leave Banaue when I visited, but my wife prefers everything suburbia has to offer, she gets bored easily.


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TPTB let me know if your treatment is in Melbourne, I can help you out with a car, look for some accomodation, sight seeing, etc.

Yes the specialist clinic is indeed in Melbourne. Thanks!

I am working on getting my gf's passport. If she can get a visa, she may join (although that adds cost of plane fare and her food while there). But if you can offer me a room to sleep and silent computer work, then it is not so important that she join me, since I won't be totally alone there. Perhaps it is easier if she will just return to her family's place while I am in Australia. Or if you are just helping me find a hotel or place to rent, hopefully you can help me find something that isn't so incredibly expensive. I remember Australia was quite expensive even back in year 1999 when I was in Brisbane. In any case, I think my investors can cover the cost, I am just trying to reserve as much of $ for development expenses (see below).

Do note that afaik the treatment will be 2 - 3 weeks in duration, because complicated cases require numerous transplants.

I feel much better today. Whew that was alarming (not being able to see normally). 100,000 IU of vitamin D3 yesterday appears to control the immune system. I need the fecal transplant to try to address the theory of the root cause (leaky gut, dominant bad bacteria population in the colon, which can't be reached with undigested food to repopulate good microbes, thus the requirement to come up from the anus) which is causing the immune system to go bezerk.

I am in a very good mood today, because the PhD in Mathematics is going to start working with me later this week. So I can be sure my work has been properly peer reviewed. Being also an autodidact programmer, programming productivity may also receive a boost. Roughly a week ago that person had declined the collaboration lamenting that "this isn't going to work out, the security stipulations are too complicated". I appealed to the innovations I have and the importance of the work, and I got a reply that "interesting work is motivating" and "I am agnostic to the potential implications for our future, and you might be correct". I think it is one of the issues of adjustment for someone who hasn't been exposed to sort of things we discuss here.

I am reasonably sure my math is correct. A significant thing this individual can do is to implement wider ECC curves such as Ed41417 (also from Berstein), which is very much a technical need for this project. Ed25519 is only marginally secure in this context.

Daniel Berstein appears to be a very smart dude and very prolific cryptographer. He seems to be a really nice guy too in the one video I've seen of him (something I can't be sure about the strange personalities over there at Blockstream). Wish I could do all the math he knows. In my mids-40s before I got sick I was contemplating teaching myself a lot of math that I hadn't completed at the university. I was thinking about teaching my daughter a lot of math while she was only 12, because her IQ was scoring very high on for example raven's matrix tests. But unfortunately my life disintegrated due to the M.S. from about 2010 forward. Sheer will that I sort of pulled my life back together after the near death ICU-hospitalization for acute peptic ulcer in May 2012 (which is also when my ex demanded to yank my kids from Philippines to bring them to USA). I think the massive antibiotics in May is what messed up my colon. I remember I thought I had some kind of severe fungal infection. It seemed to improve with the high dose vitamin D3 in September 2012 when I brought my kids to Manila to fly to USA, but I didn't continue the vitamin D3 and by November the M.S. had really kicked into overdrive (motor running in the ear, inability to swallow, etc). Over 2014, I managed to sort of contain it and get back my ability to swallow and get the motor out of my ear. But apparently the M.S. has progressed to some extent as well in other ways such as the vision. I do remember my vision suddenly going extremely blurry back in 2010. Around 2009 or 2010, were the first times my feet swelled up to not quite as large as papayas. The earliest signs of M.S. were the feet getting tired and sore back in 2006 if standing too long. My ex infected me with some extremely virulent high strain of HPV in May, 2006 which I suppose she acquired from the drug dealers she was living with when we had to sleep over one night in a hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas to empty a shared storage unit we had from when we lived there 2002. Dumb (young & strong) me as we had separate beds and let myself get seduced into the dirty deed. And then a few days later my sister was murdered by her drug addict husband, and I wasn't able to attend the funeral because I was so incredibly ill from the HPV that I couldn't leave the hotel room for about 2 weeks. Actually I had told my mom I was headed to New Orleans to check on my sister because I had a feeling that something was wrong (my ONLY full sister had refused to talk to me since year 2002 when I refused to loan her $5000 for her to bribe a judge to ger her husband out of jail after he was in a bar brawl ... I didn't get to speak to her before she died). For a long time, I thought my problem was the HPV becausethe high strain she gave me is known to attack the head and throat causing head and throat cancers about 10 years after infection. I still think perhaps the HPV was one of the causes of the autoimmunity, and I think the high dose antibiotics is what exacerbated it in 2012 causing the M.S. to go bezerk. I took so much AHCC in 2014, that I think I killed off any remaining HPV infection. I don't seem to get the throat symptoms that I used to get. So my theory is that now is only remaining the damage to my gut. Hopefully they can get me repaired in Australia and I get back the life I had before I descended into that hell, which actually started around 1999 when my ex picked a fight with a gang and they attacked me blinding my right eye. Perhaps you have some idea why we are no longer together.  Roll Eyes I mean I still care about her and the kids, but the practicalities of interacting too closely with her are apparent (not to blame everything on one person, there is to some extent always at least two sides to every story).

Any way, just to give readers some idea of how this sort of illness's symptoms progress even for someone doing his best to eat right, be athletic, and take supplements. I suppose many people here have a story about their life that is equivalently bizarre.

A permanent fixture in my thinking is how can I consider myself to be intelligent if I allowed myself to get into such situations in my life. So I've really tried to be much more thoughtful in my decisions lately. I suppose in my younger years, I was very haphazard in my decisions about life choices. Sort of "let's try that and see what happens" as if playing with bugs in the backyard when I was kid. Curiosity killed the cat.

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China's government has high standards as to ingredients that they allow and don't allow as food additives.

Poisoned infant's formula. Unlabeled Viagra in health drinks. The above statement is delusional. The government can't enforce such standards.

In 2015, more than 9.4 million Chinese students took what is basically the Chinese SAT test. Every single testing facility took countermeasures against cheating by using facial recognition-capable film surveillance. They even installed specialty materials to the windows and walls that blocked all electronic signal. Why are they so adamant about cheating? China believes that test scores alone should be the only thing universities consider when they decide who gets in - not monetary status or or familial ties.

Totalitarian police state is your idea of safety, freedom, and innovation  Roll Eyes

The problem with China's education system is they are too much focused on test scores and not enough focused on critical and divergent thinking. Robotics slaves is what the Communist party wants indoctrinated.

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Also it is getting much harder to maintain the same lifestyle I had here in 2007, I earn twice as much now and my wife also works some part time hours.

The middle class will cease to exist in a few years if not sooner, so I don't think it's an over reaction to flee from this squeeze, I believe Armstrong when he says we are facing a situation similar to the 1700's, and/or the collapse of Rome when I have doubts of my own sanity.

I have always preferred to live a rugged lifestyle, I never wanted to leave Banaue when I visited, but my wife prefers everything suburbia has to offer, she gets bored easily.

Filipinos do not like to be alone. They like a party. They want to be constantly engaged in some activity especially with some social component.

No worries in Latin America, they want to party all the time also. Avoid the dominantly native populated countries such as Central America, northern S.A., Boliva, and possibly even Peru, because then she will complain about them having some of the negative traits of filipinos (things they feel shame about such as their laziness) but liking weird music, etc.. Filipinos are more attracted to (admire, aspire to be like) people with white skin, thus she will be more enamored with Uruguay, Argentina, or Chile. In Buenos Aires, they dance in the streets and they don't like to start the night of partying until midnight.

If your wife was busy managing the production and canning on a farm like this and also a vendor stall along the highway for selling produce, maybe she would be busy enough and enough social life to keep her happy. It depends on her upbringing. My current gf was raised correctly and her mother was from the mountain, so she is okay with a farm:

http://www.byronlutz.com/castropalms.htm

Right now her goal is to earn a few $100s per month to lift her family up out of extreme poverty. I offered the idea to bring her family over to Argentina and start a farming village. She seems conducive to the concept. No visas needed to bring filipinos to Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia. I reckon once in Ecuador or Peru, it would probably be possible to find a way to get them into Argentina. Probably sufficient to just go to the embassy and explain that are touring the family around S.A. and appeal to their sense of pride, "can't you help me so I tour them to see the great attributes of Argentina?".

So what I am suggesting is to find some combination of rural and suburban that will balance out for your family. You can't just go live on the top of a mountain and expect your wife to be contented. You'd need to marry a tribal woman if you want that.

I do also like some times the entirely rugged and have spent some days up in the mountains here in Philippines (all the islands) and also USA and Central American countries. You could still get away and do that. Even bring your kids along as they get older.

Your wife may come more to your ways as she gets older. I have Belgium friend 62 years old and he runs 10 kms three times a week. His filipina wife (50s) hated sports and was a "stuff my face with food" typical filipina. Now at this age, she has taken up running and is loving it.

As she gets older, her options decline tremendously. She will either diverge away from you and want to do her own independent thing, or she will come closer to you. My Belgium friend is a very dominant personality and he selected a "humok" wife (means soft in filipino language). His wife does battle him, but she gives in. Note he was a farmer and she was also raised on a farm (in the same small town where Manny Pacquiao was born and I've been there), even though she did attain a college education in Davao.

Also how you raise your kids will likely influence very much what your wife is focused on some years from now.

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August 10, 2015, 05:42:28 AM
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yes we need freedom and inovation but amasinlgy we need like 80% of economy like the way it its now and progress to better activity work and ideas. soo the total economy its impossible theres always residual falibility into the money factor that it even exists.

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August 10, 2015, 06:07:27 AM
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ANY of the above are better than Hillary (though Jeb! not much).

Let's see if you still think that if a Republican wins and allows a massive military buildup leading to nuclear war in the USA.

Again go look at how many nuclear reactors there are in the USA.

The morass can not be fixed. The USA must explode into parts, but first it must stomp on the world some more.

None of this looks good. My logic is there is no "better than". It is all worse than what we had. We are in a systemic collapse and there is nothing that can be done from the top-down to avert that. The only solutions will come from the bottom-up.

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August 10, 2015, 06:26:01 AM
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I have developed a design that has all the advantages Vitalik describes for private block chains, but on a public block chain.

The scalability white paper he linked to in that article is a more abstract and generalized description of the scalability design I had also invented around the time he  published this paper. This is the first time I've seen this research.

Afaics his abstract paper does not deal with some of the intricacies of the economics that have to be solved in order to make the design actually work in the real world. Also he apparently hasn't realized that it is possible to filter out a 51% attack.

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August 10, 2015, 06:46:01 AM
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That's exactly what I have been looking for, thanks for that link.

I can offer you a room to stay in, and it even has a racing car bed! It's probably more peaceful than the roosters, tricycles & jeeps you're used to hearing over there..

But I am located about an hour away from Melbourne.
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August 10, 2015, 06:48:07 AM
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Afaics his abstract paper does not deal with some of the intricacies of the economics that have to be solved in order to make the design actually work in the real world.
You see that often in unseasoned theorists.

Any significantly advanced cryptocurrency is indistinguishable from Ponzi Tulips.
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August 10, 2015, 06:53:55 AM
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But I am located about an hour away from Melbourne.

If I can borrow or rent a car from you, then no problem?

Well let's see what is most efficient. I need to first organize some details from my end.

Thanks very much! I am more interested to go if I someone can help me find my way around. I am so overloaded on tasks right now, I don't have time to do proper planning on knowing the city layout and food arrangements, etc.

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August 10, 2015, 07:12:22 AM
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No CN coins and in fact no altcoins that I am aware of, have really solved the issue that centralization of mining can cause transactions to be censored. This is an open problem for cryptocurrency.

This is only a problem if the miner can identify which transactions they want to censor by linkability or other analysis. Presuming that you can maintain unlinkability, miners won't censor transactions unless they want to censor all transactions. There's no easy fix for that - if someone wants to spend lots of money suppressing nearly all transactions, you are correct - they can do this.

CN has a viewkey. If the government takes control of the mining because due to centralization they can regulate 51% of network hash rate, then they can require every transaction publicize its viewkey. Effectively the government can force anonymity to be turned off, if they control 51% of the network hash rate.

Being able to guarantee that the mining will always be decentralized, is required to be able guarantee non-censorship.

This is probably the major flaw of crypto-currency.

I do believe I have a design solution and this should be published this year (hopefully). At this point, I wouldn't take my assertion as 100% given, because without peer review and implementation, one has to remember "devil is in the details" and faults could be discovered.

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August 10, 2015, 07:21:04 AM
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Confidental Transactions from Blockstream hides the values of a transaction so business privacy is retained. CN doesn't do this.

It does to some extent because there are multiple outputs with some being change and some being payment (or payments). How they are grouped is not visible, so combinatorially this can give reasonable privacy of the payment amount. The choice of outputs affects how much actual privacy there is in practice and the current algorithm in Monero is not great, but is being improved.

As for size I gather that CT and CN are similar but I haven't reviewed it carefully.

You could hide value with CN. Split your value into small morsels, mix, then recombine through mixes. So then no one knows who owns that large balance.

Or simply use Monero as it is with balances split into powers-of-10 and thus (in theory) no one knows which sets of transactions are really the same transaction. Thus I agree with smooth's statement.

However, I have my doubts as to whether those powers-of-10 balances are not correlated via timing analysis. I don't have a specific algorithm nor research paper to cite, but rather just that we are dropping patterns all over the place. In an ideal anonymity set, everything should look the same, so there is no entropy to analyze.

So thus hiding value has the advantage of removing information that can be used to aid in combinatorial and timing analysis (combined).

Also it has another advantage which I won't mention yet...

In any case, I want to acceded that CN does in theory effectively add value privacy. I am just not confident that Monero is sufficient against the 5 Eyes and powerful analysis research that might be forthcoming if ever these CN coins become popular.

Think of my work as (an attempt at) the second stage of furthering the technology.

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August 10, 2015, 07:30:34 AM
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TPTB when was the last time you took a day for yourself to do something you enjoy? Or even just to relax for that matter... While I can't overstate the importance of your work, I get the impression that it's practically in control of your life. Also, on top of that I'd guess you're living with an unhealthy level of stress caused by the curse of your foresight into the calamity headed our way... I wish you luck with your medical procedures and hope you find some time at some point to get out and enjoy some of the things we're used to taking for granted. It's like you said, the world is about to change very soon. Don't let it wear you down mentally.

Also, I believe having a positive outlook affects a persons health and recovery. So here's something I hope will improve your outlook a bit. I honestly believe this.

While most people look at the world as if it were a living portrait, they see nothing but a transient snapshot of the present. Others, however are the "artists" of the world, the "makers", they view the world as a culmination of the underlying processes involved in the creation of this current iteration called reality. You're one of the artists... You can change the world.

This is the first post I've made here in a very long time... I've had a good amount of time to think about the future and spend some time on my own development. Nothing can ever prepare a person to live in a world where they may become "hunted" by their government for no real fault of their own, as witnessed during WW2 and elsewhere in history. That's what I envision is in store for the future to some degree, governments can sway a population to despicable acts during an extended period of depression. Governments aren't losing any force, but they have certainly lost a good measure of "real" control over the direction of society with the technological enhancements in telecommunications and human networking. Additionally, the exponential growth in these areas will make conventional attempts to restrict the use of these technologies a losing battle. The capabilities available to the common man are so much greater now than they were in the last century alone, the outcome of our current trajectory is a wild card in human history... There really is no other time we can reference without finding huge disparities in major factors that may have altered the outcomes.

But just to be on topic to this specific thread I'll throw in my opinion...
As far as solutions to protecting wealth under economic totalitarianism, there are only two that I can see...

1. Redefine wealth into categories of companionship, knowledge, personal ability, and personal property. Then assign value to these for yourself. Money is just an invention with a variable rate that we like to use for transferring or securing these aforementioned things... Money is but one means to a desired end, not the only one, and in my opinion its not a good metric for evaluating personal wealth... The wealth isn't the money...

2. Learn skills that others would likely find valuable when they themselves are also in need, and don't count on any monetary instrument to hold value for trade when the crash happens. Not even crypto will hold value during and immediately after this kind of event. The market will need to rediscover true values and that takes some time...

Basically, there is no way to protect wealth unless you stop valuing it in money. Unless that money also falls under "personal property" aka non state-owned.
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