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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bitcoin payments taken away?

Yes, there’s issues with the 51% blocksize owners, but solutions to this problem were suggested long ago. The people who help improve the codebase are [nice name for typical unix devs], so because it wasn’t their idea, those solutions were not implemented. Now it’s too late, and anyone who could help fix the problem has been personally alienated by all of the bullshit social crap that goes with libertarian programmers who unironically monopolize all discussions and are the poison of progress.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Bitcoin payments taken away?

The Bitcoin market is crashing due to inherent structural code flaws deliberately implemented by a split leadership. There are a few specific individuals who very well may go to prison for their influences for defrauding bitcoin users. They’ll probably be tried even if the victims have little means to make provable claims against the Bitcoin conspirators. It’s really unfortunate, because it means that a true test of crypto-currency unmolested by regulation is liable to never be taken to term where we can get useful information about economies we’ve never been able to see before.

I’m personally of the mind that regulation is necessary because of stupid shit like this happening (it happened because of ego this time, but could’ve easily happened because of greed), but I still think Bitcoin was a cool at-your-own-risk experiment that could’ve been useful and informed a lot of real policy making. Instead some fucking neckbeards who wouldn’t admit their solution to a problem was bad are tanking an entire emerging industry. They’ve literally lowered the slope of cryptocurrency development and adoption by magnitudes, but have likely done the same to digital currency on a smaller scale, which is far more problematic immediately.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Modern Feminism and SJW's.

What a shithole thread. I just read 3 others from the past year just like it.

In the early days we had all kinds of insightful, thought provoking, sometimes life changing discussions about ideas. It always got heated, but there was something valuable within the words and there was legitimate progress made. Points were belabored for pages, but things actually happened. These aren’t rose colored glasses, either. When I read those threads, I can see tentposts in my own learning, debate methods, and thinking styles. It wasn’t just my young age either, I get that from other places now.

This thread is just pedantic polemics and zero values were ever discussed. When the topic turned around, the other person never responded. I think this place is just for people to get out their intellectual aggression now, and I’ve fallen into that same trap. Aggression feeds aggression, which is why catharsis is not an effective psychological treatment, and this place gets worse and worse.

I’m out. DM me sooner than later if you want my e-mail. It’s been good and then was pretty awful. Some of you are really important to me and changed the way I think on multiple topics. Most of you are teenagers playing with the Socratic method for the first time and it’s unfair for me to expect so much out of you, but this place is unmoderated and I am an intellectual bully. Sorry, thanks, bye.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / An Ideal Democracy

Only a Sith deals in absolutes—Oh and pretty much all of the keyboard philosophers, too.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / King Barack HUSSEIN Obama FURIOUS after armed revolutionaries take over government building

Okay, so the Bundy family are media hungry, privileged tax trolls. They’ve been doing these stunts since the 90s.

But there are farmers in the region who support them because they very much have had their land seized by inexplicable eminent domain cases, have been basically robbed at government subsidized corn silos that forced them to grow corn in the first place, have had cattle seized, killed, or double taxed (Or some shit, I don’t even understand it all.), and in general do not trust or appreciate the government. There’s a strong sense of disenfranchisement raising in farmers, and its not wholly unwarranted.

While I think the Bundy family is a joke, we should really recognize how they’re able to gain as much of a following as they did. We have a serious problem with representation in this country, but if anyone in a particular industry does gain power, they have to use it responsibly instead of paying for all of the things they’ve always wanted in their field.

Either way, black folks are going to riot and steal from big box stores that they have zero investment or identity to. Farms that take fewer and fewer people to run are going to feel isolated and disenfranchised with our society too, as people who have nothing to do with their work leverage the profound amount of starting capital a farmer has for their own irresponsible means. It’s really easy to make these legitimately disparaged people into terrorists and anti-social free agents by not understanding them, and shooting them because they’re angry.

BLM are refugees of a perpetuated historic bigotry. The Bundy family are not refugees of food wars, but they offer a conduit for those who are. I think if we listened to their voices, we wouldn’t hear their guns. Then we can go back to making fun of the Bundy family.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why do you guys think that competitive esports is dominated by males with little to no females?

In games where identifying yourself is less necessary, or the culture of the game originates in a foreign country, female players are able to compete with male gamers. Hearthstone has a high number of female players, most likely due to their community highlighting female voices in its conventions, and Blizzard taking time to protect its players from harassment with the game’s communication options. Starcraft has a large female following, both in the West and moreso in Eastern places. Power players in MMOs are well distributed and get better each year.

Female gamers are out there, women want to play games, and women are just as competitive as men. A lot of old charge marketing assumptions are going by the wayside, and not because of PC bullshit. They’ve found gender metrics to be a weaker scope for measuring the reach and impact of their messaging than other identifiers. This is both due to a shift in our culture, but also because if it doesn’t have to do with your genitals/hygiene, your sex/gender probably don’t impact your buying decisions nearly as much as whether you consider yourself a social person, or even if you own a dog.

Shit, separating men and women in sports is probably an unnecessary measure where rules that promote a wider range of body types would add variety and texture to games, and would more realistically represent the variety of ways a person can be fit. Gendered sports already have body type roles, so it’s kind of bizarre that gender is excluded from those sports arbitrarily. You’d have lots of women as receivers, but there’d be all kinds of powerhouse women as linebackers that have better footwork, or are just stronger than the other options in the draft.

For all of the bitching certain socially conservative people do in our society, I don’t think multiple shades of gender are weird or controversial at all, and can be found in every facet of society. The binary we’ve limited our modern world to just makes no sense, both biologically or socially. What’s even sadder is that any assumptions made about gender and sex are enforced by those assumptions. Women are less interested in gaming, so their pool and range of skills is smaller by design, and so whatever truth is in statements about women not being gamers is redoubled by the attitude that women aren’t gamers. It’s a self fulfilling prophesy. We typically see when we reduce gendering, gender has far less to do with our world than we thought.

Just an aside: One of my long term girlfriends just was not a gamer, where most of the women I’ve dated at least played them a little. I considered her one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, much less dated. It wasn’t that she wouldn’t be skilled at it: She’d probably master it if she cared to. But she didn’t. Nothing about the games interested her. When something did pique her interest, those elements were such a small part of the overall design and idea that she’d enjoy watching far more than interacting. The game didn’t speak to her sensibilities and desires. We want a new gun with better stats, she wants a new mission, or a new companion, or a gun with a backstory that she can call her own.

We’re such a baby medium, and the consumers in our medium have such low expectations for things like story and cohesion. Men who care more about blood and explosions are pandered to instead of taking risks and strides in the medium. When held up against a film, games leave a lot to be desired. People die all the time in games I didn’t have enough of a connection to in the first place to barely care. Even in games people considered “developed,” they pale in comparison to characters developed in film and television. There’s reasons narrative is more difficult in our medium, but it’s one of the reasons games are, despite being one of the most growing markets, still a niche.

Even big famous sports leagues have this problem too, though. I’ll bet there’s all kinds of physically fit people who would love to be in a competitive sport, but the culture of major sports is so toxic and tailored to a market of a particular kind of whale, that they’re put off. You know some martial artists would tear up a football field. Culture is important, and as a global people we’ve lost the desire to deliberately contribute to and have pride in our cultures.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Atheism a belief system?

Agnostics are atheists.

The term “agnostic” is pretty vague and poorly applied term to begin with. It’s used as a proclaimed middle ground between atheism and theism, but fails to address the ideas those terms regard. A weak atheist lacks a belief in God, but doesn’t proclaim that there is in fact no god. Those who claim there is no god are also (strong) atheists, but by category. An agnostic is simply a weak atheist, but it seems many people don’t like that term applied to them.

They are decidedly undecided. I think I’d be fine for this if everyone who I’ve met or interacted with who made this distinction felt they were logically superior to atheists who many agnostics seem to think are just as dogmatic as the religious.

The thing is, religious people and atheists share in the agnostic’s logical superiority. Agnosticism has to do with knowledge of God, not belief in God. Belief in god is mostly binary. Even where strong atheists believe there actively is no God, the primary logical error they’re making is gnosticism. Claiming mankind can know absolutely whether there is or isn’t a God is what Agnosticism has to do with, and it its an entirely different question than whether you believe there is a God or not.

To say Atheism is a belief but agnosticism is not is ironically correct, but I don’t think you mean it like you say.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why do you guys think that competitive esports is dominated by males with little to no females?

Because video game advertising is one of the last places where tailoring your product and marketing to the safest, most reliable part of your market doesn’t have diminishing returns. Sponsoring women would be a completely unnecessary risk that wouldn’t pay off

Gamers are also often insufferable human beings who think their appearance and hobbies and not their awful personalities are what make them undesireable to women. If they accepted that women were also in their exclusive boys club and also like their hobbies, they’d have to also accept that it’s not their hobbies that are putting women off, but their personalities.

In order to maintain the isolation of these manchildren from more nuanced and less marketable tastes, gaming companies pander to and embrace the shallow, sexist culture. See Also: 80s Action Films, 90s Comic Books, 00s mainstream Hip Hop.

By the way these are all things I loved and appreciated growing up, and found lots of great works within. There’s just a lot of gross terrible things to slog through that was low brow, perpetuated bullshit to make money off of an internal market. It’s weird when your whales are your biggest market. There’s not a lot of creativity needed. The lowest common denominator is usually the only one who can manage it without going nuts.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / King Barack HUSSEIN Obama FURIOUS after armed revolutionaries take over government building

“Billie Bob, go to the walmart n get supplies!”
2 hours later “I got errything they had, baws!”
“Billie Bob, you inbred! You only got guns and ammo, what are we gonna eat?”

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is Atheism a belief system?

This is a technical question. Theism isn’t a belief system, and neither is atheism. Buddhism is an atheistic belief system. Humanism is a non-/a-theistic belief system. Catholicism is a theistic belief system. Are there organizations of atheists? Absolutely. But atheism itself only relates to one aspect of belief a person has, and doesn’t imply any other beliefs at all.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Cheating/Hacking Flash Games

This is totally good serious discussion.

I’ve only cheated once before to get a badge for a music timing game on here that simply wasn’t syncing the right frames on my computer, and wasn’t even doing it consistently so I could adjust for lag.

But I’ve had the hacking programs installed on my computer forever. I think the main rub is the difference between cheating and hacking. I enjoy hacking quite a bit. Flash games, being so easy to make, usually have poor balancing, so especially for RPGs, I like to make it easier or harder to smooth the curve. I also like seeing what happens when I change different variables.

I see no real point of cheating to accomplish a goal or achievement. Either you care about them and want to earn them, or you don’t. I think external influences are why people cheat for performance in games. I am a lover of games, and so cheating kind of betrays that love for me, but when I’m at a board game night and I can tell someone’s cheating, I don’t get angry so much as disappointed. I love the surprise events that a game can cause, and when someone cheats, or the game is just imbalanced, it robs everyone of the upsets and outliers that can happen in a well designed game. I play for the narrative, not even to win, so maybe there’s an element of competition that people who cheat experience, but I can imagine why legitimate competitive people would be incredibly put off by that.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Donald Trump can do no wrong.

Or: How the Republican party has failed to provide a single worthwhile opponent since the tea party split everyone right and I wish they’d frontrun people who are even remotely not neocons.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Donald Trump can do no wrong.

Name at least 5 of “all” the promises Obama has failed to deliver on.

Hint: I am not a blind Obama supporter and have several criticisms of his presidency and I don’t think you’re even remotely qualified to comment on anything based on the above post and my request is more of a joke than anything.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Freebleeding: Empowering or disgusting?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cy22Woq_Ls

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Freebleeding: Empowering or disgusting?

Originally posted by KhawKoonKqip:
Originally posted by TheBSG:

If men had periods, they wouldn’t be called periods. They’d be called “Exclamation Points” and men wouldn’t even use tampons. They’d just bleed through their jeans as a sign of masculinity.

Bra: “Sup bro?”
Bro: “Nothin, just feeling emotional.”
Bra: “You raggin?”
Bro: “Yeah man, you?”
Bra: “I think our cycles are synced bro!”
Bra: “Fuck yeah! Wanna go get drunk and cry about our girlfriends?”

I wonder if midget females get periods that are normal?

It’s less of a three day flow and more of a one day drip.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Freebleeding: Empowering or disgusting?

If men had periods, they wouldn’t be called periods. They’d be called “Exclamation Points” and men wouldn’t even use tampons. They’d just bleed through their jeans as a sign of masculinity.

Bra: “Sup bro?”
Bro: “Nothin, just feeling emotional.”
Bra: “You raggin?”
Bro: “Yeah man, you?”
Bra: “I think our cycles are synced bro!”
Bra: “Fuck yeah! Wanna go get drunk and cry about our girlfriends?”

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / ISIS directly threatens the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

These guys are just trolls and westerners reactions are validating and ironic.

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/waleed-aly-hits-out-at-isis-over-paris-attacks-calls-them-weak/story-fn948wjf-1227611388541

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Equality vs. Competency.

http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/12/discrimination-workplace-prejudice-leadership-managing-bias.html

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / A Paranormal Activity

Originally posted by Mafefe_Classic:

not a video but a series

marble hornets

This would be a great premise if the editing didn’t betray every single conceit. “I found all of this footage and clearly there’s something creepy going on but I’m only going to make vague references to what you are about to see and what you just saw, while including the uninteresting parts of the footage to build suspension. The tapes are all out of order and there’s no time stamps but somehow I’ve discovered key pieces of information and can build a consistent storyline while simultaneously leaking footage one video at a time because I’m still going through it.”

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Equality vs. Competency.

No one should take the above poster seriously when he clearly identifies logical fallacies but then says the people he knows voted for Obama because he’s black. That’s trolling if I’ve ever seen it.

Apparently the only way you can be prejudice is if you declare it. Slave owners: Racist. Grandma telling a black person they have good manners for their race: He is pretty fucking polite!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Equality vs. Competency.

And none of the arguments for those traits are good either. “If women want to be heard, they should speak up.” Or, if instead of defining the dominant trait as the status quo, what if we all listened? Then more voices would be heard!? Listening more is not a valued trait because it dismantles the might-is-right paradigm that keeps so many people on top.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Equality vs. Competency.

People don’t typically characterize their priorities as biased, and so when electing individuals from a pool of candidates, we attempt to account for those biases artificially. There are many ways to do this, with removing irrelevant information from the decision making process being the most ideal. Positive correctional bias is not an ideal method, but is oftentimes the only method available when anonymity cannot be assured. Objective screening processes are hard to design, and may still include inherited biases. Even when candidates’ non-relevant information is removed, selection bias can still be present, and can be distinguished from measurements of performance.

What I mean is that even if you hand someone a stack of job applicants with their genders and names removed, people can still tell who’s a man and who’s a woman, and it still doesn’t impact their ability to do a job. Unfortunately there are certain dominant traits that we value in our society, period. Those traits have been associated with one gender erroneously and it damages our society by positioning people who lack these traits as unhelpful to mutual goals we all have, which is not necessarily true at all. We’re valuing traits that are useful in a tribal hunting/gathering culture, which is a tiny, almost nonexistent part of our modern society.

People don’t even recognize the construct of gender verses sex, I don’t think these less hairy apes are going to make it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Your view on legalization of Marijuana

Okay, that’s an argument I’ve thought long and hard about, and I think it’s an interesting illustration of a specific situation that a lot of arguments, not just this one, end up in.

No, there is no statistically significant indication that cannabis use makes someone more likely to try a harder drug. Any statistical analysis that suggests otherwise is a classical causation correlation error. People that do heroin for the first time are no more or less likely to have tried cannabis before.

But even as someone who has worked to make cannabis legal, and knows this argument is bunk, I find it pretty stupid to suggest that having to use an illicit drug doesn’t expose you to other illicit drugs. I know I wouldn’t have seen people spaced out on heroin if I hadn’t done cannabis at a young age. And I know not everyone who consumes cannabis has to come into contact with anything that extreme, especially and ironically in larger cities. People can have isolated relationships, where smaller towns, it’s kind of all or nothing. But come on, we can’t recognize that getting involved with illegal activity doesn’t put you at risk of doing illegal activity yourself?

That said, I’m not sure that’s an argument for criminalization, and is instead more of an argument against it. I do not believe that enjoying cannabis predisposes someone to want to try heroin. That’s the very big statement that people need to stop making. It’s different than saying that doing cannabis can expose you to other drugs, and if you’re predisposed to it are then going to try heroin. I would even go so far to say as I know people who haven’t ever touched a drug that I know would be heroin junkies if they were exposed to it, and so I also would hope they’d avoid cannabis or any dopamine-active drugs at all. I still don’t think that means the cannabis is what causes them to do heroin. It’s a mistake in what you’re meaning to say becoming what you end up arguing in favor of. You’re strawmanning your own argument.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / A Paranormal Activity

You guys suck. The one time of year I’m gonna be nice about bullshit and ya’ll wasted it.

I realize how ironic this thread is considering I’m probably the specific reason there’s no one left here who would have fun in this thread. Sorry.

“How patronizing. Now he’s ‘letting us’ talk about ghost stories.”

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Is eating meat moral?

I stand by my theory that Mystic is a lovechild Karma and I forgot making at the meet up. He’s got my rambling pages lacking direction or relevancy with Karma’s punctuation and uninvited justification of it all.