Yo #bitcoin-assets, I put contrarianism in your contrarianism

Apparently, a ritual of #bitcoin-assets is to blog about how #bitcoin-assets is marvelous and how we are superior to everyone.

Not entirely incompatible with my blog, which from its inception has been about how I am superior to everyone.

Still, I just don’t feel it is quite right.

Perhaps this is a better description:

herbijudlestoids:i gotta say, im used to hanging out with opinionated geeks, but yall have some of the weirdest forced opinions iv encountered

Better yet, this one:

We take ourselves very seriously here. Derp Derp, Derp Derp Derp.

Credit for the image is unknown, but I believe this was first about what.cd, though it has been true of the more or less exclusive communities I have been part of. Not that there is anything wrong with it.

A third description would be simply #bitcoin-curmudgeons.

A fourth (added after initial publication):

Framedragger: i’ve to admit, even though this chan is full of pompastic arrogant fucks, the content is pretty sweet

Two blog posts in a week, after more than a year of inactivity?! Well, the few readers that are left know this isn’t the first time. Perhaps blogging is a muscle.

Accounting for the Amazing Company. The Bitcointalk standard.

Q. This introduces the accounting rules for Bitcointalk public companies

Such accounting rules are proper and necessary, because Bitcointalk investing is fundamentally and structurally different from investing.

Since no revenue is to be expected, we consider most accounting standards to be useless. Some unique properties, which will follow, make them inappropriate anyway.

This accounting scheme is intended to be:

  1. Unclear
  2. Convoluted
  3. Ambiguous

W. The accounting system

1. The accounting period has to be creative. Reports can be announced any time and should not be released at said times. Failing that will show that the CEO is not busy enough with things.

2. The statement should include the perspective of the CEO on at least one unrelated matter.

3. The statement can include numbers; either totals or expenses, however they should not include both. A mention that some numbers might be outdated should always be present.

4. Ideally, the statement should not be in a standard format, especially not tabular. To achieve that goal, it could be told as a story. The CEO is encouraged to mention a personal matter; for example mention a visit to the vet for the family dog.

The assets account plan may consist of accounts:
One account type may be the proceedings of the multiple IPOs. It is however dangerous as shareholders might expect funds that were not used to be returned.
A more common account type is losses due to external but unfortunate and unforeseeable events. Due to the ever changing nature of Bitcoin drama, there are no guidelines, but a 2013 example would be Transaction Malleability, BitFunder, Mt.Gox or Heartbleed.
Listing expenses is discouraged as it might help the competition spy on the business plan (which was judiciously kept secret).

The liabilities account plan consists of no accounts:
Being involved with the Amazing Company is considered a privilege.

E. Using the accounting system for judging corporations.

It is considered a bad practice to use the accounting system to judge investments. Emotions, feelings, hope and current involvement with said corporation should be used instead.

R. Miscellanea

You can review an example of this system at work here.

Feminism is a mental illness

Read this.

So she:
– took a picture of the “offending” guys without their knowledge (isn’t that illegal?)
– published it on twitter
– instead of confronting them, publicly complains to thousands of other people who should not give a damn
– write a 2000 word unreadable blog post about the “situation”
– seems proud of getting the guys fired

I posted the following comment:

The only thing to retain from this article: don’t talk at a tech conference if there is a woman nearby.
Now, will this help women get into tech? Of course not, they will feel shunned. I’d like to have more women there, but batshit insane feminists will not allow it.

Granted, it’s not the best thing I ever wrote. Yet, it’s true: I will now not talk near women at a tech conference, because I will fear for my career.

Result? She banned my IP; not from commenting but from ever accessing her blog.

Thankfully, the most popular comments call her out on her bullshit too; they just don’t see she is also harming women by her actions.

Also, GitHub actually jokes on the “fork” word too, they display “hardcore forking action” when you “fork” a repository. I hope she goes after them next!

There’s more: she makes fun of developer stereotypes on Twitter, or jokes about penis size.

I have the whole “talking to a developer without making direct eye contact” thing down to a science, lol!

How do you know you’re talking to an outgoing developer? They look at your shoes instead of their own

you should put something in your pants next time…like a bunch of socks inside one…large…sock. TSA agent faint

Now, I’m not saying she should not make those jokes; but when you do that kind of shit don’t judge other people’s jokes.

Update: She lost her job too. I felt bad because it will probably will be harder for her to find a new one. Then I found yet another crazy tweet. How can someone think such horrible things that are damageable for everyone?

Black people CANNOT be racist against White people. Racism is a position of the oppressor who has the power

Steve Jobs is Big Brother

In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the members of the Party are convinced all the restrictions are for their own good, and all their thinking processes are convoluted, just like Apple fanboys accept the restrictions, wait and pay for each new feature passively, etc. Their perception of reality is distorted.

They look down on those who are not members of the Party (Apple fanboys tend to believe they are part of an elite), yet the proles are actually more free!

Apple’s communication is also quite similar to the Party, in the way that it is incoherent (“there is no iPhone 4 antenna issue, but we will provide a free fix for it”) yet completely accepted.

Production is always higher, just like every Apple announcement is a revolution, and every new product was a success. The latter reminds me of the historical blindness: fanboys erase Apple’s previous failures (technical and commercial) from their minds, and we’ve always been at war with Eastasia.

Steve Jobs once said “Freedom from porn”, which will remind of “Freedom is slavery”.

Steve Jobs is viewed as an immortal genius by fanboys; Big Brother is the immortal leader of the Party. Without Steve Jobs, there is no Apple; there is no Party without Big Brother. There is a very strong cult of personality, and you know what it usually leads to.

Poker is pure luck

Whenever I say that poker is pure luck, poker fans usually get quite mad1 about it, but can’t even start a proper explanation on how it isn’t. That’s the only stuff I found after quite some effort searching the web:

  1. You don’t understand poker
  2. “Skilled” players win over “unskilled” players or randomized players
  3. The same players come at the top of tournaments

I couldn’t find anyone explaining what the “skill” was exactly. Weird, uh?
My responses to these sorry-ass explanations:

  1. It is a very simple game after you remove all the vocabulary cruft and other useless talk. That’s why idiots like it: it’s simple yet they it makes them feel intelligent.
  2. These kind of studies are cited as scientific evidence that poker is not pure luck. Unsurprisingly, poker fans don’t understand much how science works. Some players are better at estimating odds, i.e. luck. A random player does not consider the odds. “Skilled” players are either stupid (they consider odds but they are not aware of it) or very intelligent but evil (they exploit the stupidity of others). A “perfect” human (or… a robot) could always have the exact odds at hand, and chose a safe strategy to win on the long run.
  3. That’s actually the most used argument. That’s just because all the others are idiots, who get influenced and don’t know it’s just a game of odds.

The sad fact is, anyone can write a bot to play online poker and win not much, but regularly. That’s why online poker sites try to block bots, by using closed-source clients and closed protocols, and monitoring how many tables someone is trying to play at once.

Even if you consider estimating odds is a skill, it’s just a fucking boring skill. I’d rather play FarmVille.

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Mac owners have to be sent to extermination camps

A bit I encountered that infuriated me:

Created w/ Audacity @ 16bit/44.1kHz.
Ripped using an Ortofon 2m Blue Cartridge mounted on a Music Hall MMF 2.2 with Acrylic Platter and Pro-Ject Speed Box. Sent through a Marantz PM5003 Integrated Amp w/ the units Pre-amp into the line in port on my MacBook Pro.

We see that very expensive and high-quality equipment is used to send everything to an absolutely crappy laptop sound card. It’s like eating caviar in a plate of vomit. What the fuck? And a good sound card would cost less than ten percent of all this stuff. WHAT. THE. FUCK.

But what is the most significant with this mac faggot is the use of my. Like all macfags, he uses my like my iPhone that I love so much I stuff it in my ass every day, my “unibody” MacBook Pro, my shiny iPad that is shiny, etc.

Ripped using an Ortofon 2m Blue Cartridge mounted on a Music Hall MMF 2.2 with Acrylic Platter and Ø Pro-Ject Speed Box. Sent through a Marantz PM5003 Integrated Amp w/ the units Pre-amp into the line in port on my MacBook Pro.