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  1. before I start here's a primer on Bitcoin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um63OQz3bjo If you can't spare the minute and a half to watch the video (and to add more info to the video) Bitcoin is 1) digital currency and can be compared to gold 2) like gold, bitcoin is mined via a computer program, and there is a certain number of bitcoin produced every 10 minutes right now it's at 25 bitcoin every 10 minutes. In 4 years it will be half that number, and every four years the number of bitcoins produced will be halved. 3) There is a known, immutable supply of bitcoins (again similar to gold, the total amount is finite). There are only 21 million bitcoins that can be mined. After that number is reached, you cannot create more bitcoins to add to the supply. 4) bitcoins are stored locally (meaning saved onto your device), bitcoins aren't stored in a central server. Which means that no external power (like a bank or a government) that can freeze your Bitcoin account. This is like storing gold bars under your bed. 5) Bitcoin is a totally fiat currency, very much like the dollar. It isn't backed by anything, and the only value it has is the value that people give to it (again like the dollar). 6) there is no central authority that controls bitcoin. There is no bitcoin central bank, there is no entity to shut down if you want bitcoin gone. It operates peer to peer much like bit torrent clients. 7) bitcoin guarantees total safety and security. It relies on clever cryptographic algorithms to keep transactions safe, and the entire network works together to ensure the integrity of the currency. Basically every bitcoin miner takes a vote to determine if a transaction is legitimate or not. The cryptography has been reviewed by the world's best cryptographers and they have verified that it indeed does what it says it does, in terms of guaranteeing safety. Now here's the advantages that I can see: 1) Bitcoin is the first and only currency that I know of that is inflation proof. Because you can't create more bitcoins, the value can't be manipulated in that way which means that whatever the final value of bitcoin is, that's it (it might vary on a limited range depending on trading patterns). Politicians can't make bogus decisions to affect the value of your money, which is what is happening now. They can k*ll themselves all they want but they won't be able to affect the value of your money. And if you think about the actual money value you've lost due to rising inflation, you've probably already lost a lot. 2)Bitcoin is universal and is not tied to any country or government. You can use it anywhere, and not have to lose money in arbitrage due to the differing values of each currency. 3) I can transfer it instantly to anyone, anywhere, at anytime, without paying any sort of transaction fees (or paying a very very minimal amount as compared to the norm), and they will accept my money as if I handed it over to them myself. Now what this means on a macro scale especially for the philippines is staggering. right now there are millions of pesos transferred by OFWs to their families in the Philippines. But a huge portion of that money doesn't get transferred all the way since that portion gets chewed up by the money transfer companies in the form of fees (and transferred back to their richer countries of origin), now imagine if that whole amount gets transferred directly to the people here? 4) it is valuable as f*ck. When I first heard of Bitcoin in 2012, the value was 20 USD to 1 Bitcoin. NOW, the average value of bitcoin (across the different exchanges) is 750 USD to 1 bitcoin. So 1 Bitcoin is roughly around 30k Pesos. and it will only rise in value given the nature of the currency. They're projecting that bitcoin will eventually reach a value of 1500 USD. ---- this is all very exciting, especially since this is groundbreaking. Bitcoin basically democratizes money. It puts the control of money back to the person who actually owns it, and away from the bankers and the governments in the world. What this means, is that it will eventually level the playing field in terms of money. but bitcoin is not without its faults, right now trading in bitcoin is almost like a gamble. The value fluctuates very wildly, I've read of accounts of the bitcoin market experience a crash of 400 dollars and then rebound back by another couple of hundred in a matter of minutes (which is scary if you have money in bitcoin), plus there's the high possibility of the big banks buying up large amounts of bitcoin and dumping it all back in a pump and dump scheme to crash the market. Also bitcoin is not the only currency of its kind out there, there are 100 other crypto currencies in existence and are being actively traded, each of them hold different value, but I find it hard to see which one will come out on top as each one affects the other. This is fascinating to me, because right now we're seeing things change in finance, in the same way that the mp3 changed the music industry. We're right at the cusp of something big, whether that something big will be good or bad in the long run remains to be seen, but these are exciting times.
  2. This is 100% real My link so yeah there is a guy out there that has two working penises (or penii, is that the correct plural?), and has been answering questions on reddit.com if you doubt the legitimacy he's posted photos of his members (NSFW obviously) My link the thread is hilarious and informative thought I might share it as it is supernatural and totally out of this world.
  3. I guess most people who read this are already of the same mind that they think aliens exist, and a lot of scientists and other smart people think the same way too, if only because of the sheer numbers, there has got to be at least one other civilization out there in space. but why have they not contacted us? Physicist Enrico Fermi asked this same question with his now famous Fermi Paradox... The Sun is a young star. There are billions of stars in the galaxy that are billions of years older; Some of these stars likely have Earth-like planets[2] which, if the Earth is typical, may develop intelligent life; Presumably some of these civilizations will develop interstellar travel, a technology Earth is investigating even now; At any practical pace of interstellar travel, the galaxy can be completely colonized in just a few tens of millions of years. According to this line of thinking, the Earth should have already been colonized, or at least visited. But no convincing evidence of this exists. Furthermore, no confirmed signs of intelligence elsewhere have been spotted, either in our galaxy or the more than 80 billion other galaxies of the observable universe. Hence Fermi's question "Where is everybody?". -------- What follows are eleven probable reasons why the Fermi Paradox exists... 1. The Zoo Hypothesis Though it sounds like something from a Twilight Zone episode, it’s quite possible that we’re stuck inside some kind of celestial cage. ETI’s may have stumbled upon our tiny blue marble a long time ago, but, for whatever reason, they’re observing us from afar. It might be that we’re entertainment for them (like watching monkeys in the zoo), or that they’re studying us for scientific purposes. Regardless, they’ve invoked a hand’s off policy and they’re leaving us alone. This idea was first proposed by John Ball in 1973, who argued that extraterrestrial intelligent life may be almost ubiquitous, but that the “apparent failure of such life to interact with us may be understood in terms of the hypothesis that they have set us aside as part of a wilderness area or zoo.” We could be part of a vast nature preserve that has been set off limits, free to grow unperturbed by intelligent life. It’s an idea that somewhat related to Star Trek’s Prime Directive in which civilizations are left alone until they attain a certain technology capacity. It’s also an idea that UFOlogists are partial to — the suggestion that aliens are essentially here, but observing us from a distance. 2. Self-Imposed Quarantine This is pretty much the opposite of the zoo hypothesis. Extraterrestrials have the potential to be dangerous. Like, extremely dangerous. So rather than fart around the Galaxy in spaceships and hope that everyone’s super friendly, ETI’s may have collectively and independently decided to stay the hell at home and not draw attention to themselves. And why not? It would be perfectly reasonable to conclude, especially in light of the Fermi Paradox, that the cosmos is filled with perils — whether it be an imperialistic civilization on the march, or a wave of berserker probes set to sterilize everything in its wake. And to ensure that nobody bothers them, advanced ETIs could set up a perimeter of Sandberg probes (self-replicating policing probes) to make sure that nobody gets in 3. The Whack-a-Mole Hypothesis Imagine if there’s a kind of Prime Directive in effect, but that ETIs are hovering over us with a giant hammer ready to smack it down should it suddenly not like what it sees. These ETI’s would be like Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still, intent on preserving the galactic peace. "There's no limit to what Gort could do,” said Klaatu, “He could destroy the Earth." So what is Gort or other advanced ETIs waiting for, exactly? One possibility is the technological Singularity. In the space of possible survivable Singularities, a sizeable portion of them might result in an extremely dangerous artificial superintelligence (SAI). The kind of SAI that could set about the destruction of the entire Galaxy. So, in order to prevent the bad ones from emerging — while giving the good ones a fair chance to get started — the Galactic Club keeps watch. 4. We’re Made Out of Meat From the Nebula Award-nominated short story, “They’re Made Out of Meat” by Terry Bisson: "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "Meat. They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat." "That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?" "They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines." "So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact." "They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines." "That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat." "I'm not asking you, I'm telling you. These creatures are the only sentient race in that sector and they're made out of meat." A little while later: "They actually do talk, then. They use words, ideas, concepts?" "Oh, yes. Except they do it with meat." "I thought you just told me they used radio." "They do, but what do you think is on the radio? Meat sounds. You know how when you slap or flap meat, it makes a noise? They talk by flapping their meat at each other. They can even sing by squirting air through their meat." "Omigod. Singing meat. This is altogether too much. So what do you advise?" "Officially or unofficially?" "Both." "Officially, we are required to contact, welcome and log in any and all sentient races or multibeings in this quadrant of the Universe, without prejudice, fear or favor. Unofficially, I advise that we erase the records and forget the whole thing." "I was hoping you would say that." "It seems harsh, but there is a limit. Do we really want to make contact with meat?" "I agree one hundred percent. What's there to say? 'Hello, meat. How's it going?' 5. The Simulation Hypothesis We haven’t been visited by anyone because we’re living inside a computer simulation — and the simulation isn’t generating any extraterrestrial companions for us. If true, this could imply one of three things. First, the bastards — I mean Gods — running the simulation have rigged it such that we’re the only civilization in the entire Galaxy (or even the Universe). Or, there really isn’t a true universe out there, it just appears that way to us within our simulated bubble (It’s a ‘If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?’ type thing). Another more bizarre possibility is that the simulation is being run by a posthuman civilization in search of an answer to the Fermi Paradox, or some other scientific question. Maybe, in an attempt to entertain various hypotheses (perhaps even preemptively in consideration of some proposed action), they’re running a billion different ancestor simulations to determine how many of them produce spacefaring civilizations, or even post-Singularity stage civilizations like themselves. 6. Radio Silence This one is similar to the quarantine hypothesis, but it’s not quite as paranoid. But it’s still pretty paranoid. It’s possible that everyone is listening, but no one is transmitting. And for very good reason. David Brin has argued that the practice of Active SETI would be like shouting out into the jungle (Active SETI is the deliberate transmission of high-powered radio signals to candidate star systems). Michael Michaud has made a similar case: “Let’s be clear about this,” he has written, “Active SETI is not scientific research. It is a deliberate attempt to provoke a response by an alien civilization whose capabilities, intentions, and distance are not known to us. That makes it a policy issue.” The concern, of course, is that we may draw undue attention to ourselves prematurely. It’s conceivable, therefore, that our collective governments may some day decide to shut down all Active SETI efforts. We should just be content to listen. But what if every civilization in the cosmos were to adopt the same policy? That would imply that everyone has gone radio silent. As an aside, it could also be dangerous to listen: SETI may be at risk of downloading a malicious virus from outer space. 7. All Aliens Are Homebodies This one isn’t so much weird as it might actually be possible. An advanced ETI, upon graduating to a Kardashev II scale civilization, could lose all galactic-scale ambitions. Once a Dyson sphere or Matrioshka Brain is set up, an alien civilization would have more action and adventure in its local area than it knows what to do with. Massive supercomputers would be able to simulate universes within universes, and lifetimes within lifetimes — and at speeds and variations far removed from what’s exhibited in the tired old analog world. By comparison, the rest of the galaxy would seem like a boring and desolate place. Space could very much be in the rear view mirror. 8. We Can’t Read the Signs Now, it’s totally possible that the signs of ETIs are all around us, but we just can’t see them. Either we’re too stupid to notice, or we still need to develop our technologies to detect the signals. According to the current SETI approach, we should be listening for radio signatures. But a civilization far more advanced than our own might be using a different technique entirely. They could be signaling with lasers, for example. Lasers are good because they’re tightly focused beams with excellent informational bandwidth. They’re also able to penetrate our galaxy’s dusty interstellar medium. Or, ETIs could use “calling cards” by exploiting the transmit method of detection (e.g. by constructing a massive perfectly geometrical structure, like a triangle or a square, and put in orbit around their host star). And and as Stephen Webb has pointed out, there’s also the potential for electromagnetic signals, gravitational signals, particle signals, tachyon signals, or something completely beyond our understanding of physics. It’s also quite possible that they are in fact using radio signals, but we don’t know which frequency to tune into (the EM spectrum is extremely broad). More conceptually, we may eventually find a message buried in a place where we least expect it — like within the code of our DNA. 9. They’re All Hanging Out At the Edge of the Galaxy This interesting solution to the Fermi Paradox was posited by Milan M. ?irkovi? and Robert Bradbury. “We suggest that the outer regions of the Galactic disk are the most likely locations for advanced SETI targets,” they wrote. The reason for this is that sophisticated intelligent communities will tend to migrate outward through the Galaxy as their capacities of information-processing increase. Why? Because machine-based civilizations, with their massive supercomputers, will have huge problems managing their heat waste. They'll have to set up camp where it’s super cool. And the outer rim of the Galaxy is exactly that. Subsequently, there may be a different galactic habitable zone for post-Singularity ETIs than for meat-based life. By consequence, advanced ETIs have no interest in exploring the bio-friendly habitable zone. Which means we’re looking for ET in the wrong place. Interestingly, Stephen Wolfram once told me that heat-free computing will someday be possible, so he doesn’t think this is a plausible solution to the Fermi Paradox. 10. Directed Panspermia Or maybe we haven’t made contact with ETI’s because we’re the aliens. Or least, they’re our ancestors. According to this theory, which was first posited by Francis Crick (yes, that Francis Crick), aliens spark life on other planets (like sending spores to potentially fertile planets), and then bugger off. Forever. Or maybe they eventually come back. This idea has been tackled extensively in scifi, including the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “The Chase” in which the uber-generic humanoid Salome Jens explains that its species is responsible for all life in the Alpha Quadrant, or Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, in which an alien can be seen seeding the primordial Earth with life. Even Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 is a take on this idea, with the monoliths instigating massive evolutionary leaps. 11. The Phase Transition Hypothesis This one is similar to the Rare Earth hypothesis, but it suggests that the universe is still evolving and changing. Subsequently, the conditions to support advanced intelligence have only recently fallen into place. This is what cosmologist James Annis refers to as the phase transition model of the universe — what he feels is an astrophysical explanation for the Great Silence. According to Annis, a possible regulatory mechanism that can account for this is the frequency of gamma-ray bursts — super-cataclysmic events that can literally sterilize large swaths of the galaxy. “If one assumes that they are in fact lethal to land based life throughout the galaxy,” he wrote, “one has a mechanism that prevents the rise of intelligence until the mean time between bursts is comparable to the timescale for the evolution of intelligence.” In other words, gamma-ray bursts are too frequent, and intelligent life is constantly getting wiped out before it develops the capacity to go interstellar. Looking to the future, however, given that gamma-ray bursts are decreasing in frequency, things are set to change. “The Galaxy is currently undergoing a phase transition between an equilibrium state devoid of intelligent life to a different equilibrium state where it is full of intelligent life,” says Annis. Which would actually be good news.
  4. I'm not very comfortable with small talk I'm very good at it though when I have to do it for work, like in meetings or official functions and what not, but if it's unofficial or if it's just a party or at some club I find it hard and awkward to do. It's not that I'm shy, it's just hard to find something common to talk about with a complete stranger. And the hypocrisy of having to smile and laugh about things you find totally mundane is unbearable, which is something I unfortunately have to put up with whenever small talk is necessary. I've always been amazed at people who can do this comfortably and convincingly. Can you do it?
  5. what are some of the more unusual things that you find attractive, I'm talking unusual here so answers with eyes, tits, ass, are not allowed: I'll start: 1) chicks with weird noses. Not screwed up noses just oddly shaped ones that on its own is unattractive but somehow fits perfectly with her face. Cooky Chua's nose for example. 2) Chicks with a slight overbite. 3) Kolehiyala sounding chicks or chicks that don't know how to make the hard "R" sound 4) Heels. 5) small dainty feet with naturally pink toenails. 6) biters. Chicks who bite their nails, hair, pen, etc., especially when they're thinking. 7) real smooth armpits 8) chicks who embarass easily and give a naive sort of smile when you say something obscene or naughty. 9) sweaty chicks who still appear poised no matter what. 10) white shirt and jeans. 11) women who can dance. not just sway around, but really shake that booty. Especially women who can salsa. 12) Rocker chicks. with dark eyeliner and black nails. 13) Geek girls. girls who can debate on whether or not Luke Skywalker was a true Jedi.
  6. post your personal candidates here: 1) Michael Jordan's "sick" game - down with stomach flu and looking grayer than a tombstone, MJ battled it all and dumped 38 pts. in a crucial NBA Finals game against Utah. 2) Buster Douglas floors Iron Mike - it was a moment many didn't think would happen ever, but Buster Douglas did just that (although he eventually faded away in his latter years) people will remember this moment forever. 3) Manny Pacquiao beating Barrera down to a bloody pulp - many people didn't think Manny had it in him. In a boxing forum I posted on, I was the only who bet on Manny. Manny showed the world that he really belongs to the all time P4P best fighter list with this performance. 4) Alexander "The Experiment" Karelin - perhaps the greatest modern greco-roman wrestler the world has ever known. He was undefeated for Thirteen Years and went Ten Years without giving up a single point. That's like a pitcher having 10 years of all perfect games in baseball. I am convinved that Karelin really is an experiment borne out of the Soviet's secret super athlete program.
  7. 1) I love you 2) no really I do 3) I'll be ready in 10 minutes 4) your ass doesn't look fat in those jeans 5) that shirt doesn't make you look gay 6) getting a happy ending is NOT cheating 7) I'm just going to put it in for a minute, just to see what it feels like 8) I've never done that before 9) I only had sex with one other guy before you 10) I'll just touch the outside of your bra 11) it won't hurt I promise 12) it's totally ok to do it in the butt. now you go
  8. teenage years? 40s 50s 70s 80s? I would have preferred to have been around in the Philippines during the 50s Economy was great Government was ok (Huks were around but not as bad as it is today) People were starting to get their groove back from the war PX Galore cool outfits sweet cars Pomada when would you have liked to have lived?
  9. Are you different from what you are here and what you are IRL? Like me for example I have this "a-ssholish" personality here, sometime arrogant and always crass and low class. but IRL I'm a Catholic Priest (note: This doesn't mean that I'm into young boys). no really I am seriously guys.... anyway just answer the question
  10. Which sport is the most physically demanding in your opinion? Something that absolutely would k*ll lesser men, and would require athletes at an elite athletic level. My votes would be Rugby -80 minutes non-stop action -requires numerous athletic skills/traits, cardio, strength, speed, hand-eye coordination -requires that players take monster hits with very little protective gear Gymnastics -requires the most athleticism -very physically demanding -only people at an extreme level of athleticism can compete. Mixed Martial Arts (UFC Style fighting) -requires elite level fitness (strength, speed, endurance) -requires multiple skills (boxing, kickboxing, wrestling/grappling) -insane amounts of cardio what do YOU think is the toughest sport?
  11. one on one fight between these two, who do you think wins? James Bond - The UK's top secret agent. Has been in numerous dangerous situations and has survived through his wits and superior gadgets. James Bond is more of a badass, and seems more than likely to crack a few heads. Strengths: large variety of conventional and exotic weaponry, operational support via M and Q (god rest his soul). Weaknesses: Talks too much. Doesn't seem to want to get dirty enough. Jason Bourne - Robert Ludlum's assassin with a memory gap. Trained to be the ultimate killing machine, this guy can (from the first movie):I can tell you the license plate numbers of all six cars outside. I can tell you that our waitress is left-handed and the guy sitting up at the counter weighs two hundred fifteen pounds and knows how to handle himself. I know the best place to look for a gun is the cab of the gray truck outside, and at this altitude, I can run flat out for a half mile before my hands start shaking. Proficient in martial arts, quite the marksman, and has been in a near death experience. Strengths: Hand to hand fighting skill. Is able to find a way to get out without the aid of hi-tech gadgetry Weaknesses: Really doesn't want to fight anymore, memory is failing. --------- My personal pick? Jason Bourne via anything he wants. James Bond is just another suave pretty boy, Bourne is a killer on automatic who do you choose?
  12. sup MTC peeps I don't have a working radio just a cd player Can you guys recommend some good new music for me? Anything you like or anything that's hot right now kthx
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