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#1199338 Bitcoin trading.....

Posted by @~thehung on Yesterday, 04:37 PM

crypto is a speculative fantasy in its current position


you did say 'in its current position', but you do seem to be cheering for its demise.  someone you care about is chasing teh fools gold perhaps?


crypto is a cool experiment that will lead to progress one way or another.  its stem cell research, not eugenics.   i dont get the sneering.


blockchain, however, is indisputably awesome.

50 are way more common, turn up with a pocketload and nobody bats an eyelid.


turn up where exactly, the speakeasy where you play poker? :P


...a bit OCD...


...  I know you didn't mean it that way and that ^that is just common usage these days, but boy does that get up my nose!  You're "anally retentive" - which is a horrible term, but there it is.  OCD, on the other hand, fucks up your life.  If someone can't get out of the house because they have to relock the door 88 times, pausing between times to wash their hands again, then they might be entitled to claim OCD.  People who line up their (like me) pencils and get uncomfortable with bad kerning do not.



what about if you only relock the door 8 times — thats a bit OCD innit? :P


seriously though, misuse of the term is annoying.  a bit like how "literally" has been trampled into nothing, except this has the added bonus of being casually offensive to those with an actual condition. 


having said that, maybe Jeruselem checks on his bitcoin 88 times each morning...

#1199278 Bitcoin trading.....

Posted by @~thehung on 19 January 2018 - 01:34 PM

i dont know what, if anything, could be done to reign in the volatility of bitcoin by formally tying it up *somehow*.


however, i think crypto will just continue creeping towards stability by insinuating itself into the mix.  


right now speculators far exceed those who own bitcoin for its actual utility.  but as more and more people are enticed to procure 'what the heck' amounts, and that disproportion begins to shift, this will have a dampening effect.  once enough of it is tied up as average joe's savings or 'in play' for the exchange of everyday goods and services, would-be peaks and troughs will just be absorbed by the masses rather than causing uncontrolled feedback loops.  you wouldnt sell off all of your aussie dollars if its value was in sharp decline.  fiat currency or not, your immediate reason to trust that it will stabilise is the shared dependence on it doing so with millions of other average AUD owners equally hostile to paying for their morning coffee in USD.

#1199255 Bitcoin trading.....

Posted by @~thehung on 18 January 2018 - 09:15 PM


A dramatic, unexplained 1,000 percent boom. Then a 50 percent collapse in weeks.

Not Bitcoin in early 2018, but at the end of 2013 and start of 2014. We have been here before.


If history is a guide, Bitcoin is set to fall further for longer, perhaps as much as 80 percent. But the urge to gamble in the great cyber casino with untraceable digital cash is hard to kill. Expect the establishment's cries of I-told-you-so to keep falling on deaf ears.

#1198935 Perth drivers - again....

Posted by @~thehung on 08 January 2018 - 02:37 PM

Why does a female who has written off two vehicles and had a license suspension still get cheaper insurance than a male who has a perfect history?

probably because the male is still statistically more likely to be at fault in a more costly accident?

i really dont know, but counter-intuitive conclusions are definitely possible in the long actuarial game when massive accumulations of data are known. which is not to dismiss them chasing whatever the market lets them get away with either...

in any case, quantitative measures arent necessarily ideal for making qualitative arguments, especially where semantic confusion abound.

the question of "Which age group is more dangerous?" is loaded with personal definitions. just like the old chestnut of who are the "better" or "safer" drivers, males or females. the insurance companies tell us its the women.  the instinct of many men, though, is to read these words as synonyms for "skill".  furthermore, i'd wager that most males in their heart of hearts would believe that if a large random pool of females battled a large random pool of males in an Ultimate Safest Driver Showdown, the males would dominate.  but all that would still obscure the tangential question of temperament in the real world.  i know that when i was growing up, i definitely proclaimed boys "better" at riding bicycles — i mean, we all had the skinned knees and elbows to prove it. 


from my experience, older drivers are definitely more annoying :)

#1198851 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by @~thehung on 05 January 2018 - 06:44 PM

Season 1 of this was some of the best, most original, frenetic, funny and refreshing TV ive seen in ages:



quite a departure from Stephen Mangan's ill-fated Dirk Gently which i understand stuck closer to the Douglas Adams source material.  this Dirk is really quite annoying, but he grows on you. 

#1198640 It's the season for jollies, and mania and Christmas ( if that floats you...

Posted by @~thehung on 25 December 2017 - 12:57 PM

merry christmas!

The Snowman is a children's picture book that was adapted into a silent (no dialogue) twenty-six-minute animated television special in 1982.
The film was produced using traditional animation techniques, consisting of pastels, crayons and other colouring tools traced over hand drawn frames.

#1198539 What's on your mind?

Posted by @~thehung on 21 December 2017 - 05:40 PM

Keep cool in the heat people! Unfortunately people are actually dropping dead from it.


'Terrible tragedy': Golfer dies during Sydney heat

the inclusion of those single quotes changed the tone for me


#1198530 What's on your mind?

Posted by @~thehung on 20 December 2017 - 11:30 PM

re: robotrump
first thing i thought was this thing
reminds me of this guy
then i saw this The Internet Can't Get Over How Much Disney's Trump Robot Looks Like Jon Voight

#1198465 And What Are You Listening To?

Posted by @~thehung on 18 December 2017 - 08:23 PM

haha this is so fucking good.  masterpiece! 


worth watching just for the way it was shot and the people's reactions



also check out some of Leo Moracchioli's other brilliant covers, like Toto's Africa :)

#1198453 What's on your mind?

Posted by @~thehung on 18 December 2017 - 02:37 PM




Apple need to test face id with asians more hey!


when asked for a comment Siri had this to say:


"You all look the same to me"



ive noticed i sometimes need more time to take in a chinese face than is socially acceptable LOL.  maybe only a matter of seconds, but that can sometimes be the difference between a glance and a leer.  i am talking specifically about social gatherings in which i am introduced to a lot of new people quickly who i may never see again or not see again for a long time.

these people tend to be from a similar demographic, ethnically Han, usually slim, of similar height, with black hair of similar length and style, brown eyes, and resting facial features that, to me, fall into a narrower set of categories than just about any other group.  distinguishing features are sometimes more a mess of subtleties like ideosynchratic mannerisms rather than macroscopic differences, all of which tend to take up fractionally more brain cycles to process and imprint during a brief encounter.

this sometimes leads to a certain amount of standoffishness on my part as i scan a room.  i end up being marginally cold to people greeting me with a familiarity ive failed to recognise, or worse, actually re-introducing myself to someone i spoke to for 20 minutes 6 months ago. that mistake isnt the worst faux pas in the world, but messing something up you ordinarily pride yourself on doing well always feels shitty.  

thing is, i've always been reeaally good with faces and voices, regardless of colour or creed.  i've often been the only person in who can pick the identical twins apart, or identify somebody in heavy disguise.  ive known people at the other end of the spectrum too, for whom Clark Kent's disguise would actually work.  this always blows my mind.  "Is this really the same actress??  But she wasn't wearing a hat in that other movie...last week." *facepalm*

also, it isnt nice to give someone the impression theyre so unremarkable that it will be hard for you to maintain knowledge of their existence moments after you look away.  one time too many in these situations and i risk the added bonus of coming off casually racist, which i have mixed feelings about: on the one hand i am mortified by this, on the other, my subjective impression of being somewhat ambushed by this predicament despite everything to the contrary is darkly humourous to me.  

there is very strong evidence that the brain is wired early in life to adapt to the facial features of a particular racial group.  so whenever a member of one group has difficulty telling members of another group apart there is arguably a lot more subjective bias at play than an objective lack of variation.  ive definitely come across this with chinese friends disagreeing with me vehemently that person X looks like person Y when probably a large portion of westerners could mistake them for the same person at first glance.

but having said that, the brain's capacity for specialisation is a complicating factor, which means i am not totally convinced there isnt less variation in macroscopic biometrics within some ethnic groups than others, as uncomfortable a suggestion as that may be to some.  which is why the thought of this faulty software actually being a result of something like that tickles me :)

#1198449 What's on your mind?

Posted by @~thehung on 18 December 2017 - 11:29 AM



Apple need to test face id with asians more hey!


when asked for a comment Siri had this to say:


"You all look the same to me"

#1198432 What Did You Watch Lately ?

Posted by @~thehung on 15 December 2017 - 02:30 PM

On a different tack... Everyone's heard how strong spider silk is, right?  Well, yes - but it's very, very much more complex than you might have thought:

no electron microscope images though, or discussion of how the molecular arrangements of proteins translate to specific physical properties of webs — which is what i was hoping for

#1198429 Bitcoin trading.....

Posted by @~thehung on 15 December 2017 - 12:53 PM

my biggest beef with bitcoin is that the inherent value of the commodity is thin air, and delusions of investment can't disguise the fact that it's all just speculation on an artificial thing of no substance

thing is, the world has operated just fine at both ends of the spectrum for a long time.

paper money is tangible, but also potentially of 'no substance' if people cease to believe in its virtual value. gold, less so, but the same applies. while real estate, of course, tends towards actual inherent value.

a consensus of belief in the sanctity of the blockchain is only a tiny step beyond believing in the authenticity of a watermark on a printed image of (usually) a dead white guy. and the underpinning technology is in many ways more robust.

the bottom may yet drop out of bitcoin, but its hard to imagine a future without cryptocurrency.

#1198349 What's on your mind?

Posted by @~thehung on 11 December 2017 - 02:32 PM

even if i could justify a special dedicated 'gaming laptop' i would avoid the pimped out, HEY EVERYONE I USE THIS FLAMING NEON BEAST OF A LAPTOP FOR GAMING!!!! look, in much the same way i would avoid donning fluorescent lycra when riding a bicycle.  ie. like the plague.


but maybe i am a bit extreme.  almost bought a second-hand MacBook Air the other day.  the first thing i would do with that is cover that fucking fruity HEY EVERYONE IN THE CAFE, MAC OWNER OVER HERE!!! glowing logo.

#1198277 Same-sex postal survey is a go

Posted by @~thehung on 07 December 2017 - 04:51 PM

lol, i missed this