AllCrypt T-shirts Came

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Bitcoin | Posted on 24-04-2014

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I was thrilled to win the AllCrypt t-shirt slogan contest, and now I’m even happier that my AllCrypt t-shirts have arrived!

Mega Flappy Doge Nuts

AllCrypt

Pledge of Resistance

I can’t wait to wear one to the next Bitcoin Meetup.

Now, if they’d just add Huntercoin… ;)

(I think I look a bit goofy looking into the camera there… oh well…)

How to Make a Fortune in 3 Steps

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Awake, Money, Philosophy | Posted on 24-04-2014

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  1. Massively short the USD
  2. Buy all the food in the USA
  3. Burn all the food

PROFIT!!!

How hard would the USD crash with food riots everywhere?

(NOTE: This is only possible in fiatland.)

What Nobody Noticed About the Bundy Ranch Protests…

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Logic, Police, Police State, Politics, Sovereignty | Posted on 21-04-2014

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BLM is already there. Protesters show up. People get tased, assaulted, and arrested.

More protesters show up. A lot more. Some have guns. Nobody gets tased, assaulted, or arrested. Nobody gets hurt.

Something to think about.

Why Putin Answered Snowden Truthfully

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Police State | Posted on 19-04-2014

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Because the Russians aren’t that stupid to throw all that money away on surveillance that is useless. :P

No. I don’t really believe Putin, but it’s good for a laugh.

Why Rich People Should Do Less Time in Prison Than Poor People

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Logic, Philosophy, Stupid Questions | Posted on 18-04-2014

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V is for VoluntaryRich people should do less prison time for the same crimes compared to poor people. Here’s why.

In the modern world, you must pay taxes or you go to prison.

If tax is not theft, then the government owns a percentage of the results/rewards/consequences of your labour/time.

In other words, you are not solely responsible for the consequences of your actions. The government assumes a percentage of the rewards/consequences of your actions through tax. (If they could take your smiles and laughs, I’m sure they would.)

However, different people pay different rates of tax, depending on how much they earn.

For example, someone making a little may pay 25% of the fruits of their labour to the government as tax, whereas someone who earns much more may pay 75% of what they earn to the government.

In both cases the government steps in to assume ownership or responsibility for a percentage.

Now, if two people in different tax brackets commit the same crime, would it not make sense for the government to be consistent in its role of assuming the consequences of people’s actions, e.g. the rewards of the fruits of people’s labours (consequences of their actions), should they not equally assume that same responsibility for negative consequences?

On a 10 year prison sentence, it would then be just for the poor person in the 25% tax bracket to only do 7.5 years in prison (25% belongs to the state), whereas it would be most just for the wealthy person in the 75% tax bracket to do a maximum of 2.5 years in prison (75% belongs to the state).

Rich people should be less accountable than poor people under the law because the law works by percentages, and everyone must be treated equally under the law according to the rule of law. Of percentages. Because logic. Errr… science… err…

Ahem…

Or maybe tax is just slavery by a percentage, and that’s the problem that should be dealt with, and the only way for the rule of law to be upheld is for NOBODY to take what doesn’t belong to them whether it be a percentage or an entirety.

CommunityCoin (COMM) – Should be interesting…

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin | Posted on 15-04-2014

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CommunityCoin is a new coin with a very different distribution. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

Here’s a decent article on it:

http://www.cryptoarticles.com/crypto-news/2014/4/14/communitycoin-pos-for-the-community-by-the-community

The web site for the coin is pretty spartan, but it gets the point across. Besides, most coin activity takes place in forums, exchanges, troll boxes, IRC, etc.

http://www.communitycoin.info/

The Bitcoin Talk thread is here:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=558319

It’s only being given out to 500 people, so we shall certainly learn a bit about distribution and the network effect. FairCoin (FAC) seems to be doing pretty well, and far better than I’d anticipated. So there is very real potential for COMM.

The Pledge of Resistance – Saul Williams – Anarchast Intro

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Anarchism / Voluntaryism, Awake, Bitcoin, Philosophy | Posted on 04-04-2014

I remember walking down the street in downtown Gangnam many years ago and someone trying to give me a pamphelt with “The Pledge of Resistance” and “Not in Our Names” on it. I took the pamphlet, glanced at it, and figured it was some nonsense socialist garbage. I wasn’t interested in yet another “save the children” bit of nonsense that was “probably” the exact opposite of what it purported to be. I already “knew” that whatever cause was being pimped out was 99% likely to be doing the exact opposite.

After all, aren’t all the “activists” socialist assholes? I don’t know what I did with it. I probably threw it out.

But I was wrong and I missed out then.

Jeff Berwick used that as the intro to his Anarchast show on Youtube. It’s powerful.

Pure, power.

SAUL WILLIAMS PLEDGE OF RESISTANCE

We believe that it is our
responsibility to resist the injustices
done by our government,
in our names.

Not in our name
will you wage endless war
there can be no more deaths
no more transfusions
of blood for oil.

Not in our name
will you invade countries
bomb civilians, kill more children
letting history take its course
over the graves of the nameless.

Not in our name
will you erode the very freedoms
you have claimed to fight for.

Not by our hands
will we supply weapons and funding
for the annihilation of families
on foreign soil.

Not by our mouths
will we let fear silence us.

Not by our hearts
will we allow whole peoples
or countries to be deemed evil.

Not by our will
and Not in our name.

We pledge resistance.

We pledge alliance with those
who have come under attack
for voicing opposition to the war
or for their religion or ethnicity.

We pledge to make common cause
with the people of the world
to bring about justice,
freedom and peace.

Another world is possible
and we pledge to make it real.

The music in the Anarchast intro really adds a lot to that. It’s really well done.

I recently won the AllCrypt t-shirt slogan contest. I put forth 43 different slogans with several of them being variations of quotes from that poem by Saul Williams. I’m very happy to say that AllCrypt has chosen several of the entries I submitted, and one of them was based on that poem by Saul Williams:

Another world is possible, and we pledge to make it real.
– Saul Williams, The Pledge of Resistance

That’s some pretty powerful stuff.

The winner blog post is here:

https://www.allcrypt.com/blog/2014/04/winner-of-the-t-shirt-slogan-contest/

They’ve chosen 4 of my entries (some edited):

Silly: Mega Doge Sex Nuts. Yeah, we have those.

Drugs: Wanna legally buy some POT and METH with Bitcoin? (Tweaking wording before it goes to print. We’ve gone through 8 revisions. We’re indecisive)

Political: Another world is possible, and we pledge to make it real. – Saul Williams, The Pledge of Resistance

Suggestive: We do it DOGE style.

Now, I really like all of those. And they’re going to send me a t-shirt, so I have to choose one… That’s a tough call. I want to promote crypto. I want to promote so many things, but to choose just one… I have to go with #3 there. Saul Williams has such a beautiful piece of spoken poetry there.

I don’t want to just make people laugh; I want to make them think.

As Jeff Berwick would say…

Peace, love, and anarchy.

Crypto Wallet Backup – Adds Testnet and CONF files

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in .NET, Bitcoin, C#, Money, Software, Solutions to Problems | Posted on 29-03-2014

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This is an updated version of the GUI version of Crypto Wallet Backup.

It adds in 2 things:

  • Testnet folders
  • *.conf files

There are no other functional changes.

If you use testnet, and need your testnet wallet, then this is what you want.

If you also want to back up your *.conf files, then this is what you want.

I added these because I lost a truckload of testnet coins that I needed for some other software development. They took me a good deal of effort to get, and thanks to a software blunder… POOF they went! Sigh… Lesson learned… again… the hard way… as always…

I added in *.conf files because, well, might as well do that too as I’m sure some people might find it useful.

crypto-wallet-backup-add-testnet-conf

The 2 new options are obvious.

Download Crypto Wallet Backup v1.1 < Program Only

Download Crypto Wallet Backup v1.1 source < Source Code Only (not elegant, but effective)

The program is the same otherwise… well, I did freeze the form while the backup occurs, but it unfreezes once the backup is completed. That’s the only other change, and it’s only cosemetic. So, for more information, check out the original post here.

Hopefully that will help save some pain for someone.

Cheers,

Ryan

Huntercoin: Mithril Edition HOT TIPS!

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Software | Posted on 14-03-2014

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CTRL + H: This toggle visibility of all the floating windows. Use it to quickly clear the map for a bigger view.

CTRL + F: What is your FPS? This is displayed in the upper-left corner.

Zoom in to save resources: It is likely that most players can ignore this tip, but for those on older hardware or with low end video hardware… The Huntercoin map is very large with 252,004 cells and tens of thousands of hunters and a lot of coins. Displaying that amount of data takes computer resources (CPU & RAM). If you are on an older machine you can conserve resource by limiting the amount of time you spend zoomed out. You can also monitor how much power is being used with CTRL + F.

Plot interceptions: Use the “Show Direction” button to show you enemy paths. Then plot your intercept path by paying close attention to the numbers on the path lines. This can give you laser precision when hunting. However, make sure to check back that they haven’t changed their path! Also, consider that moves can take 1 or 2 blocks to get into the blockchain, so take “pending” time into account as well.

Use many teams: If you only play 1 team, you’re going to cry from boredom. Use as many teams as you feel comfortable with. You only need to make more than 1 HUC per team to be guaranteed profitable. Good players that make several hundred HUC a day use many teams.

Use many color teams: Don’t limit yourself to 1 color. You will not do well. Use more than 1 color, and use them in tandem with each other.

Get enough HUC: When you buy a few HUC, get a bit extra. Very long moves can cost you 0.005 HUC. Buy that tiny bit extra and save yourself some time so that you can make those long moves and come back later to check on them. You can buy HUC at https://www.poloniex.com/exchange/btc_huc. (Buy now while it’s cheap!)

LEAVE HUNTERCOIN RUNNING!: Unless you have a good reason to shut down Huntercoin, just leave it running. You will not need to wait for the blockchain to sync the next time you get back to playing then. If you do shut down Huntercoin, you will need to sync the blockchain again, and depending on how many blocks there are to sync, it could take a while. Huntercoin, like other crypto currencies, does not take up a lot of resources, and is better left running than shut down.

Your other option (and the best option) is to uncheck the “Restart Huntercoind process when game starts” and “Kill Huntercoind process at the end of the game” options in the settings. (Press the ESC key for the settings.) This will keep the daemon running and keep the blockchain sync’d for you. You can close Huntercoin: Mithril Edition, and then later restart it with the blockchain up to date.

Run a Virtual Machine (VM) and use multiple monitors: If you have multiple monitors, there’s no reason why you can’t run and watch both the MM client and the QT client at the same time. Get a VM running and run one of them in there.

Check the forum threads regularly: The Huntercoin: Mithril Edition is constantly undergoing changes with new features and improvements. (Some of the docs are bound to be wrong because of this.) Make sure to check the [ANN][HUC] Huntercoin – Mithril Edition Client forum thread in the Bitcoin Talk Forums whenever you have a question.

If you play Huntercoin in multiple locations with multiple computers: This has nothing to do with Huntercoin: Mithril Edition, but, it’s a solid tip… You can actually send your hunter teams between wallets! Use the “Config” in the QT client and enter an address from your other wallet into the “Transfer” text box. You must click “Go” for the transfer to take place, and you will also need to wait for the blockchain to pick up that command.

DEVELOPERS LOVE FEEDBACK!!!: Make sure to say “thank you” to Mithril Man at a minimum. Leave some constructive comments on what you like in his client, and leave some well thought out ideas for him as well if you have any. If you can spare a few HUC, make sure to tip him because nothing says “thank you” louder than a few coins! You can donate a few HUC to Mithril Man at this address: HMSCYGYJ5wo9FiniVU4pXWGUu8E8PSmoHE

For ADVANCED Players

Do NOT try any of these if you do not know what you are doing.

Set the datadir: For advanced users, you can set the folder that Huntercoin uses as the data directory. Normally the data directory is in %appdata%\huntercoin. The “-datadir=C:\Path\to\Huntercoin\data\folder” command can be set in the settings dialog, or can be set in the huntercoin.conf file as “datadir=C:\Path\to\Huntercoin\data\folder”. Use quotes for the full path if there are spaces.

Use a RAM disk: For advanced, advanced users, if you’re looking for further performance boosts, you can set the data directory to a RAM disk. However, ensure that your RAM disk is properly flushing memory to disk or you may lose data. DO NOT USE THIS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Set the data directory to an SSD: If you have an SSD, use it for the data directory. You will get a performance boost.

For ALL Players

HAVE FUN!

You can get more information about Huntercoin at the official Huntercoin web site or in the official Huntercoin Bitcointalk Forum thread.

Huntercoin: Mithril Edition Floating Windows

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Posted by Cynic | Posted in Bitcoin, Games, Money, Software | Posted on 12-03-2014

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There are 6 floating windows to help you play the game:

  1. Mini Map
  2. Statistics
  3. Cell Info
  4. Target
  5. My Troops
  6. Chat

Mini Map

The mini map lets you zoom in and out and pan around the map in a small area. It is useful for monitoring different locations, tracking the crown, finding hearts, and finding coins.

Click the crown to instantly find the crown on the mini map and follow it.

Cick it again to stop following the crown.

During heated battles for the crown, this is essential information to have.

Click the heart to toggle heart visibility on the map.

Hearts give you extra hunters. They’re rare, so if you have a chance to get one, get it!

Click the coin to toggle coin visibility on the map.

These are the real prizes in the game. Collect as many as you can.

Double-click anywhere in the mini map to instantly navigate on the main map to that location.

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Statistics

The statistics window gives you quick information about how many hunter generals there are (players/teams), and how much loot they have.

It also tells you the total amount of loot that all players have, the amount that you can mine on the map, the name of the player that has the Crown of Fortune, and how many coins they have.

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Cell Info

Cell Info tells you about the specific square you have clicked on. If there are no hunters on the square, it is empty.

If there are hunters in that square, like here:

Then you will see all of their names and how many coins they have:

Click on a name to make it your “target”.

If you’ve closed the Cell Info window, you can easily open it up by double-clicking on any square. The Cell Info window will be restored along with information on that square.

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Target

Selecting a hunter in the Cell Info window makes that hunter’s team your current “target”.

Double-click on a hunter, or click “Center on Map” to quickly navigate on the map to where that hunter is.

If “Show Direction” is not greyed out, click it to toggle the hunter’s path so that you know where he is going. Paths are even numbered so that you can see how many blocks it will take for that hunter to reach a particular square on the map. <– This is a killer feature that will help you play much better! (Especially against bots!)

Enemy paths are drawn in cyan (light blue). (Your paths are drawn in red.)

The “Find” input lets you enter the name of any hunter to quickly locate them on a map.

To track a hunter, click the lock button. Your cell selection will follow that hunter.

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My Troops (moving not available in read-only preview)

The “My Troops” window is where you control your hunters.

Click on a colored tab to select the color of your team that you want to control.

In the first panel, select the name of the team. In the second panel, select the specific hunter that you want to control. Double-click on a hunter to center the map on that hunter.

Right-click on the square you want to move to. You can see the path that your hunter will take, along with the number of turns it will take to get to each point along the way.

The blue highlighted square is your currently selected hunter. The yellow highlighted square is your last selected square.

Your paths are drawn in red, unlike enemies that are drawn in cyan.

As you can see, in game chats appear in word bubbles, so you can quickly and easily find out who is talking. And hunt them down if you like…

Click the green checkmark to move. (Unavailable in preview.)

The radar screen shows all the different colors around your team. You can click the hunter icons to hide colors as well.

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Chat

FAIR WARNING 1: The chat window is uncensored. Some people may curse or express objectional ideas. Be prepared to ignore some people.

The chat window lets players communicate directly with all other players in the game.

FAIR WARNING 2: Chat is stored on the blockchain forever. If you do not wish to say something that you want stored forever, don’t type it into the chat. Once it is said, it is said FOREVER.

You can filter chat by color, view all chats, and view the console here.

HOT TIPS FOR PLAYING! (coming soon…)