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veen  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I made a website explaining Ethereum transactions, what do you guys think of it?

I think it just derps out after a while. I've rebooted the server and it works on my end now!

madmatt112  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks much - works great for me now.

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2017

Have you had any luck trying the Socratic method?

WanderingEng  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I had to look up the Socratic method, but I don't think it would make much progress. It isn't that he's doing things wrong or has wrong ideas, he's just trying to do without trying to understand.

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2017

It's a new building, so there was merely concrete and dust. Putting in a laminate wooden floor was more expensive than I expected, but at least I got to choose a nice pinewood look.

flagamuffin  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

weird you had to pay, however if you are responsible for your own utilities it will save you in the long run

in other news, my p key only works if i press my o key first

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 19, 2017

Getting Published, Pt. 3

My article for De Correspondent got published this Monday instead of today! I'm super thrilled about it, and the response was bigger than I expected. Got some pushback but nothing I didn't deserve ("you're simplifying things" "I'm discussing a 200+pg niche book about transportation in just 1200 words for a bigger audience, whaddidyaexpect"). Still, it is nerve-wracking to put something like that out for the world to see.

Moving

Got the keys to my new place yesterday! It was a surprise where in the flat I'd end up - I didn't even know the floor - but I ended up getting a room on one of the top floors with a view of the skyline of Delft and The Hague. On a clear day I might be able to see the North Sea.

It's everything I wanted it to be - the studio is almost 300sqft of living area instead of the 180 I had. No slanted walls. The internet is 100 mbit fiber. The window is yuge. And as a student I'm eligible for rental aid, which means that this studio is 30% cheaper than my old room. Did I mention the view is amazing?

Anyway, yesterday me and my dad painted the walls, moved some basic stuff and got started on laying down the floor. Until the rest of the moving this weekend I'm sleeping on an air mattress. It totally beats sleeping in the sauna that is my old room. I'm gonna spend the evening working on the floor, let's see how far I can get today.

flagamuffin  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

you're renting but you have to put in your own... floor? what was there before?

veen  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's a new building, so there was merely concrete and dust. Putting in a laminate wooden floor was more expensive than I expected, but at least I got to choose a nice pinewood look.

flagamuffin  ·  2 days ago  ·  link  ·  

weird you had to pay, however if you are responsible for your own utilities it will save you in the long run

in other news, my p key only works if i press my o key first

It almost makes me want to put on my grey hat and start a token myself with the sole intention of teaching people the red flags of crapcoins. Create a smart contract, don't deploy it until the last second, have it hold money for five days and return it with a 5% stupid tax. Then, buy a boat.

insomniasexx  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·  

We were working on our "Buy insom and randomuser a house in LA" white paper until we had to get back to real work

elizabeth  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Have your heard of Hubskoins? It's the next big thing!

rd95  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

2 questions. How many Hubskoins does a dollar get me? Also, how many Hubskoins does it take to buy a badge? I need to know if it's financially possible to catch up to kleinbl00.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The trick is to buy now and pay later.

kleinbl00  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fuckin'A

I'm serious. The Ethereum FB group is as required reading as the 1600 daily is for the exact same reason: there are unsophisticated investors and then there are college morons who can't spell, don't understand what they're buying and are lambs to the goddamn slaughter.

Cryptocurrency is held by a lot of people who say BAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

EDIT insomniasexx say something so I can badge your ass

katakowsj  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·  

As in sitting at a poker table. If you cannot figure out who's the patsy sitting at the table, it's likely you.

insomniasexx  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·  

if i was going to run away with everyones money i would name my coin coindash too

veen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It almost makes me want to put on my grey hat and start a token myself with the sole intention of teaching people the red flags of crapcoins. Create a smart contract, don't deploy it until the last second, have it hold money for five days and return it with a 5% stupid tax. Then, buy a boat.

insomniasexx  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·  

We were working on our "Buy insom and randomuser a house in LA" white paper until we had to get back to real work

elizabeth  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Have your heard of Hubskoins? It's the next big thing!

rd95  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

2 questions. How many Hubskoins does a dollar get me? Also, how many Hubskoins does it take to buy a badge? I need to know if it's financially possible to catch up to kleinbl00.

kleinbl00  ·  3 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The trick is to buy now and pay later.

veen  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I made a website explaining Ethereum transactions, what do you guys think of it?

Thanks! I was considering the scope of this: either stick to just how transactions work and just hint at the EVM, or put more effort in explaining everything because that's what's desperately needed. I'm gonna do the latter, it's totally the defining feature. I could not find this piece of information out though: when a calculation is done, do all nodes replicate the entire calculation, or do they just check the hash and nothing more?

    That is a nice domain name. Do you have additional plans for it?

Not much besides this... do you have additional ideas for it?

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I made a website explaining Ethereum transactions, what do you guys think of it?

Yeeaah it's not loading the font in the SVG properly. Does the same thing on my phone.

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: I made a website explaining Ethereum transactions, what do you guys think of it?

Thanks! I forgot to proofread that last part. When I wrote it I though 'oh! explaining nonce might be a useful thing' so I abandoned the sentence.

My CSS...is not very organized. When I started, I did not have many repeating styles, so creating a class for every part of the page seemed unnecessary. I'll see if I can clean that up. :)

It's not a nemesis, more that it doesn't really matter. I could've also written 'another site' instead.

kleinbl00  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

For some reason, on OS X on chrome the letter spacing is negative on certain words. They end up crowded.

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeeaah it's not loading the font in the SVG properly. Does the same thing on my phone.

ThatFanficGuy  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    more that it doesn't really matter

The only reason to use a euphemism is that it does.

I think you'll agree that, without a proper reason, saying "I live in a city in the Netherlands" sounds odd. "Yeah, duh! But now that you've mentioned the city, I'm curious what that city is". See what I mean?

veen  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Numerai: [IMO] one of the most interesting Ethereum use cases

It sounds interesting, but it also sounds like bait for hedge fund managers. Obnoxiously CGI'ed introduction films, "other smart people say it's a good idea", a barebones whitepaper and a coin that does jack shit after an initial pump.

Set aside, I do also get the impression that there are a bunch of really interesting ideas being tested with Ethereum startups. My hope for the tech itself is not gone, especially with all the politics and bickering and non-progress over on the Bitcoin side of things.

veen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: MIT Media Lab uses Machine Learning to Quantify Neighborhood Improvements

As I understand it, both describe injustice increasing but in different ways and scopes. Broken Windows is an unstable system (a small deviation from the norm directly causes more and more issues) whereas the tipping theory they describe is a stable system that is inherently unfair (if a neighborhood is good, it'll increase more than bad neighborhoods). It's "spiraling out of control" versus "increasingly unjust".

Broken Windows is about a direct criminological cause and effect: if there's a broken window, anything within eye sight is at risk. The problems they (and I) are thinking about are more structural, at a larger scale and much more indirect, e.g. nice streets increase property value which increases tax revenue which increases government spending to those streets.

(Also, Broken Windows has been heavily scrutinized in case you didn't already know that.)

kleinbl00  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There are two forks to Broken Window Theory, one of which deals with property and the other of which deals with society. The side that liberals love to pick on is the side that Rudi Giuliani used to crack skulls all across Manhattan. The side that sociologists pick on less is the one relate to graffiti and litter.

But, I mean, all roads lead to Zimbardo and there are no looser cannons in psychology. But when the theory was proposed in the Atlantic, they were using the "common knowledge" that buildings with broken windows end up with more broken windows and then extending it to criminology.

It ends up being a chicken-egg problem, and that's why I asked - spaces that people are invested in, they improve. Places that they don't invest in, they don't. My read on the article is that a space needs to be above a certain threshold before people will invest in it and the threshold, from my read of the study, was not conclusively found, thus my question.

veen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: MIT Media Lab uses Machine Learning to Quantify Neighborhood Improvements

    The finding that variables that predict the level of Streetscore in 2007 also predict the change in Streetscore between 2007 and 2014 seems to support a positive feedback loop—the essence of tipping models.

In the article I'm writing, I make a very similar argument in the realm of transportation: that better-off places are often improved more than worse-off places, making inequality worse. There, I trace the existence of the feedback loop to problematic assumptions in cost-benefit analysis continually tipping the balance in favor of the well-off.

I wonder what keeps the feedback loop going in this case? My guess is that property value and taxes lead to a virtuous cycle, but I don't know enough about that to say for sure.

kleinbl00  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Differentiate what you've discovered from Broken Windows Theory.

veen  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

As I understand it, both describe injustice increasing but in different ways and scopes. Broken Windows is an unstable system (a small deviation from the norm directly causes more and more issues) whereas the tipping theory they describe is a stable system that is inherently unfair (if a neighborhood is good, it'll increase more than bad neighborhoods). It's "spiraling out of control" versus "increasingly unjust".

Broken Windows is about a direct criminological cause and effect: if there's a broken window, anything within eye sight is at risk. The problems they (and I) are thinking about are more structural, at a larger scale and much more indirect, e.g. nice streets increase property value which increases tax revenue which increases government spending to those streets.

(Also, Broken Windows has been heavily scrutinized in case you didn't already know that.)

kleinbl00  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There are two forks to Broken Window Theory, one of which deals with property and the other of which deals with society. The side that liberals love to pick on is the side that Rudi Giuliani used to crack skulls all across Manhattan. The side that sociologists pick on less is the one relate to graffiti and litter.

But, I mean, all roads lead to Zimbardo and there are no looser cannons in psychology. But when the theory was proposed in the Atlantic, they were using the "common knowledge" that buildings with broken windows end up with more broken windows and then extending it to criminology.

It ends up being a chicken-egg problem, and that's why I asked - spaces that people are invested in, they improve. Places that they don't invest in, they don't. My read on the article is that a space needs to be above a certain threshold before people will invest in it and the threshold, from my read of the study, was not conclusively found, thus my question.

veen  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 12, 2017

My article is done! Well, almost. There's a few points that I still want to improve upon, but I'm happy with it, the editor's happy with it and the guy whose book I write about seems happy with it. (It's the book I raved about a while ago. ) The article is written in Dutch, unfortunately for you guys.

Looking back on writing it, it felt like a grind. A 37 hour 8 minute long writing / researching grind, to be precise. Maybe that's just something innate about (my) writing: it'll be unconvincing and terrible for a long time with progress going bird by bird until there's an inflection point. Then it's suddenly great and I don't stress about it so much.

If all goes well it'll get published next Wednesday, and I'll be able to put Journalist on my resumé without hesitation.

I stopped reading the lukewarm art book and have started reading Sherry Turkle's Reclaiming Conversation, which has reinvigorated the bookworm inside of me. I thought Alone Together was intriguing, but a bit dated. This book is way more relevant and, so far, a tad more interesting as well. While I have yet to witness some of the more abhorrent behaviours she describes in her book (the U.S. is always a year or two ahead in societal decay), I recognize a lot of elements and she continually provides interesting insights.

AnSionnachRua  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You keep going bird by bird and you'll get that worm!

veen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How We Hacked Reddit to Generate 5 Million Media Impressions in 3 days

Unidan is the exception, not the rule. I think that the number of posts and number of competent admins are so out of balance that they can't catch companies like 'HackPR', or even just regular clever people. Maybe they have a few algorithms to catch the really obvious manipulation, but you can work around IP problems with a VPN, work around 'new, no karma' accounts by reposting from a year or two ago, et cetera et cetera.

someguyfromcanada  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I agree unidan is not the rule but there have been many others like him who use sockpuppets that get caught pretty quickly. Happened to a high karma EarthPorn mod who apparently only upvoted himself 4 times.

You simply do not hear about them because they are not reddit famous. I used to be very active in reportthepammers so have seen many fairly sophisticated tricksters and spam/upvote rings that got caught. Coordinated new, no karma accounts are easy to spot. It gets much more complicated than that.

My main account, which I used to mod a couple of defaults and a bunch of others with and that's about it publicly, was banned after I started privately raising shit about the way they were treating employees. Not even vote manipulation. They didn't shadowban me but changed my password on that and a couple of accounts I was using through different IPs (but were obvious sockpuppets). I have never heard of that happening before or since. I didn't mind though; I was just pushing them to see how far they would go instead of quitting quietly. So it can happen to anyone.

veen  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How We Hacked Reddit to Generate 5 Million Media Impressions in 3 days

I am now! They probably made a lot of people angry. If you Google the title you can probably still read the cached version. The gist of it was that they paid a total of $255 on Fiverr to get posts about a political candidate to the front page.