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Wonder Meat! (Unofficial Epilogue to End by NotARobot59)
Spencer Kilkenny was a conspiracy theorist and all around nutjob, doomsday prepper, bootlegger and man of the woods. He was considered by many to be a loon and not a man to take serious. That was until FluffZ and it’s outbreak which ultimately led to the destruction of all known fluffies. And then he became a fountain of knowledge. Everyone wanted to know what he thought and how he lived his life. The public distrusted corporations following the actions of the now-defunct hasbio and there was a lot distrust in corporations and government altogether. And that wasn’t the worst of it. With all fluffies gone a lot of people went redundant, there was a mass of job losses. The food industry greatly suffered as a result and the niche farmers who raised cows, chickens and other food animals couldn’t produce enough to sate the public’s hunger for meat. The fluffy was after all the perfect animal to produce into cheap food. The era of affordable, cheap meat was now gone. And the public could not face the reality of eating carrots. A solution had to be found. But why was Spencer so important you ask? Spencer was a proud libertarian and he believed in the free market. He made little complaints when he made money and lost money. Bitcoin was a valuable lesson. He learned to invest in physical commodities. He didn’t trust corporations or governments and he certainly didn’t pay his fair share of taxes! (To him, zero was a fair share) Spencer owned the (now) largest collection of fluffies in the world and no one knew about them. Unregulated, un-neutered fluffies “playing” freely in their filth as they were intended. All kept in small pens and fed hay and crap on his estate in Appalachia. No one came up there, no one said a thing. Everyone distrusted government here. They took their money and what did they have to show for it? Spencer was no slacker. And he was no rube neither. Everyone was begging for meat, and affordable meat at that, he put out some feelers on the dark web. And someone took his bait. A company wanted to produce cloned meat, lab grown in a test tube that was 100% cruelty free and sustainable. Ultimately something that grew quick and something that could be used to save the food industry. Other specimens took a while to grow into something you could put out en masse for mass production. But there was another type of meat that grew quicker. Mainly as it was artificial to begin with. Two suits and a lot of rubes met up with Spencer. He didn’t dress for the occasion and he kept tobacco and a shotgun by his side. He had a talent for sniffing out rubes and he knew he could always make money from white collars. Dressing like this gave him the advantage of allowing them to under-estimate him. They were looking at a regular old hillbilly here. Until he negotiated a big pay out for half of his fluffies and a share in the company if it took off as they had intended. This was the largest payout for a collection of fluffies in history. And no one could talk about it. Spencer went away a satisfied man. The fluffies that he gave away were packed tightly into the truck to take them. They thought they were free. They cheered when they could finally move their legs properly but they were all packed in tighter than their pens. And then it went dark. It was far too scary. And the fluffies were given a new home in a warehouse designed like a barn. The conditions here were much more sanitary than back at Spencer’s estate. A few of them died during the journey, a few of them died during cleaning! There were a lot of dismissals. This was one of the rare times anyone was ever fired for harming a fluffy. Of course, they had never been this valuable. No one would know it would be fluffy meat either! Labelled as Wonder Meats, this cloned meat would be the saviour of the food industry and a welcome return to affordable food. And a few of the fluffies were dissected and studied. Their genetics worked out to map how to grow their meat in a test tube. All of the fluffies were pin-pricked every day for their boo-boo juice. There were a lot of tears and a lot of flinching. They came to understand they needed to give it to stay at the barn. They didn’t know why the Daddehs needed it. They were given sugary drinks, salads, and even fluffy meat that had been grown to feed on. The fluffy meat was edible and fluffies, notorious for their poor digestion and inability to draw nutrients from food, were able to digest it and looked healthier. It looked like the meat would be a success after all!! The genetics were worked out and the bio-samples taken to produce more Wonder Meat. The fluffies were no longer needed. And the evidence destroyed in a large fire. The fluffies could not escape. They were trapped in their pens and as they were surrounded by flammable material, they would also be tinder for the flames. Spencer would also get a visit from unwanted and unwelcome guests…….no one must know how they got hold of the fluffy samples. And Wonder Meat was released to the public at large. And was a success. The food industry was revived, people were able to buy cheap, affordable food, jobs were saved. And best of all, no trace of the FluffZ virus………….. Until a man took ill. His face twisted and spasmed like a seizure, his mouth frothed and his body jerked and lost control, he became suddenly very violent. And with a painful erection that wouldn’t go down. This was the first recorded case of Murder Boner in months!! Where were the fluffies? And then there were more outbreaks. And more people became uncontrollable and violent killing themselves. The streets literally flowed with blood. But where were the fluffies?! And as it turned out, no one knew the virus had evolved. The tests at Wonder Meat confirmed that there was no trace of the virus in their samples. No one knew it came from the unclean slaughterhouses, kitchens and other places fluffies and fluffy meat had been stored. These places did not follow the rules behind cleaning and testing for traces of the virus. Everyone thought the virus died with fluffies and the death of all fluffies ended it. But here it was and it had found a new home. Here to stay. And now it was in the Wonder Meat. And it was now in the bodies of every human who had consumed it. The fluffies had unintentionally doomed us all even when they weren’t around anymore. Fucking Fluffies……...
Ever since the large jump in Bitcoin price at the end of April from 7.6k to 9.3k, bitcoin has gone sideways for much of the past 2 months, failing to break the 10k mark on multiple occasions yet finding strong support at the 8.5k and 9k levels. While most holders of bitcoin understand that the price doesn’t always go up in a straight line and are willing to hold on to bitcoin and ride through the uncertainty, some bitcoin holders are looking for alternative areas that can allow them to continue growing their wealth. While many traders and investors have tried to look for the “next bitcoin” among many of the promising crypto projects, the truth is that an overwhelming majority of these crypto startups don’t fulfil their promised potential. Deloitte found in 2017 that 90% of the 26,000 blockchain projects launched the previous year had become idle. https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/financial-services/evolution-of-blockchain-github-platform.html It’s almost akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Others have tried technical trading, and the results are mixed at best, and should you use a centralized exchange, you expose yourself to additional custodian risks. The safer alternative to generating returns would be to go into the Defi lending space. This entails converting your bitcoin to Ethereum based platforms and lending out your funds. Few notable platforms for lending out are MakerDAO and Compound. In doing so, there are risks involved as well such as platform risks and risks that the smart contracts that run these platforms have bugs and can be hacked. These are risks that you have to accept should you want to get higher returns and you should only be willing to risk money that you are willing to lose. Going into the defi markets has become increasingly popular as the total value locked in defi contracts has doubled from 800 million to 1.6 billion over the same period of end April to the start of July according to https://defipulse.com/. Total value locked (TVL) is one of the more important metrics that measure the growth of the defi lending space. This shows that there is growing confidence in the defi space to eventually take over traditional financial markets. Defi yield farmers have largely been drawn to this space because of the relatively stable and secure way to earn returns without being exposed to the risks of picking the right crypto company to invest in. This could be similar to how bonds are generally safer than buying stocks. I believe that the defi lending space will continue to grow and has the potential to replace traditional retail banks due to the transparent and efficient manner that uses algorithms to disburse loans rather than through human labour. This is perhaps the next financial revolution that the world is about to face.
I brought Wink when it was first release in 2014. The biggest problem I had then was finding devices it worked with. I was a avid supporter; I cannot tell you how many Wink hubs I gave as gifts in the next 2 years. The number of protocols and the hardware platform were the best. When the HUB 2 was release, I purchased it because it promised LOCAL control of your devices. Wink still produced the best home automation platform. Between the protocols, variety of devices that Wink could manage, interface to voice assistants, automation routines, and the mobile app; Wink was still the best choice. I even wrote a series of articles about Home Automation and recommended Wink as the best choice. About a year ago, that all changed. The hardware (Wink’s only source of revenue) was no longer available. And frequency and length of the outages significantly increase. Another sign of trouble was the status page was not being updated with outages. When I asked Wink support about this, they just brushed off my concerns. I also noticed that the amount of time to respond was growing longer. I am not opposed to subscription fees. I have SageTV for my Server based DVR. I pay Schedules Direct $25 a year for a subscription to TV Guide data. I can get guide data for as many locations as I want, and it downloads automatically every four hours. (A great business model.) A year ago, if Wink had said we need to move to a subscription model of $25 a year and we are going to initially give you 1 month free for every year you have been a customer, I would have signed up on the spot. Instead I received and extortion note from Wink. (It reminded me of those emails you get that your PC is infected and unless you pay with bitcoin, they are going to wipe your data.) Pay us in 7 days or we are going to turn off your lights. Another outage a few hours later showed just how bad their service had become. Instead of paying the ransom demand, the next morning, I picked up a SmartThings Hub from a local electronics store. By the end of the day, I had moved all of my devices (including GE light bulbs which were not officially supported) and my automations. I then removed the Wink hub from my account and factory reset it. We are in the middle of a global pandemic and the worst economic downturn in 80 years. Every day, you hear about acts of kindness (a CEO giving their wall street profit to his employees, Elmhurst hospital workers receiving a free 3-day vacation, farmers donating food, etc). Instead of an act of kindness, Wink choose to make an extortion demand when people are at their lowest. I personally could never support a company that would do this. Time for Wink to turn off their own lights.
From Conspiracy to Fact: An analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Information Control, and the New World Order (Appendix includes hundreds of citations) - PART 1
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PLEASE NOTE: This article may be updated periodically with new information and links as they become available. All referenced information and a whole lot more is indexed and linked in the relatedappendix posts.Please feel free to crosspost, share, and take from my ideas to build your own. Namaste. Part 1 | Part 2 | Appendix A | Appendix B Hello. My name is Chris. I am nobody, really. An average citizen. I am an overweight 42 year old white male from the Midwestern suburbs of the US who has been fortunate enough to live a pretty comfortable life. I used to be a freelance graphic designer with a focus on small businesses, but I'm coming to terms with the fact that that career and part of my life is more than likely over in light of current events. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. I've always been concerned about social injustice and tried to stay politically informed, even dabbling in some activism here and there. At times I've stepped away from paying attention for my own mental health, or due to laziness, defeatism, whatever. But I've never stopped caring, or trying, to fight the good fight and do the right thing. The news recently has of course swept us all up, and touched all our lives in some way or another. The world has never seen anything like the "Coronavirus Pandemic," and it's clear that our society will be changed forever when we finally come out the other end of this mess. But I've had the luxury of time recently, and in reading the news about things that were going on, I couldn't help but notice the patterns, and that a lot of stuff didn't exactly make sense. So, here we go, with the "conspiracy theory." I hate that term, because although it's technically accurate, it's been demonized and weaponized by the media and society at large to take on a bad connotation. Tinfoil hats, alien abductions, crazy people muttering to themselves, etc. You've no doubt got a lot of images in your mind of a conspiracy theorist. And make no mistake, what I'm going to tell you here is all currently very popular conspiracy theory. However, I think that by removing opinions and conjecture from it, and focusing on facts and things that have already happened, I can present this huge amount of overwhelming, disparate information in a way that makes it less a "theory" and more a "research project." And so that is how I have approached this. I have spent the last week doing little else besides reading every news and opinion article I could find, saving and organizing hundreds of links, and assembling a coherent, logical outline to organize and present these theories, and more importantly, facts. There are a lot of less-than-reputable sites and publications out there, and I have tried when at all possible to provide sources from verifiable news sites, with a wide range of slants and focuses, to illustrate that what is happening is not part of any one particular political agenda. I hope that you take the time to check the links, really look into the information presented here, and form your own opinions. Please do not just take my word for it. To that end, there are also a few links mixed in that are labeled as having come from conspiracy. These are well-written and well-reasoned posts from other concerned citizens that I think are worth reading, and relevant to the discussion here. One last thing - If you are new to most of these ideas, the information presented here is more than likely going to seem overwhelming at first. I encourage you now, and always, to take mental health breaks for yourself, and put down your phone or turn off your computer. The information will be here when you come back. And as you'll soon understand, what is happening is an unstoppable tide, truly a force of nature at this point, and there is nothing you can do to fight it, so try your hardest to relax, put on some chill music, hug your dog, and most of all... BREATHE. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - If you start researching conspiracy theory, you're going to find a lot of information. Some much better or worse presented than others, and some much more plausible or unbelievable than others. Despite the seeming ridiculousness of some things you might read, I encourage you to always approach new information with an open mind. That said though, I have one main principle that guides all my beliefs about conspiracy theories, and that is the "Filter of Likelihood." Essentially, you have to ask yourself how possible, how likely, and how feasible a piece of information is. Furthermore, you need to ask yourself what the motivation would be. In many cases, it's quite easy to see how something makes a lot of sense based on other known info, whereas some theories seem rather implausible no matter how you look at it. I am interested only in the plausible, and where possible, the already actualized. Additionally, there's a lot to be said, and a lot that has already been written on many of these topics, so I will focus on current events and simple concepts. I will also ask you to open your mind to possibility. Please consider this as you evaluate new information:
Do you believe there are things going on in the world that you don't know about yet?
Do you believe that there is technology and science you've never heard of?
Do you believe that society is progressing at an increasing rate?
Do you believe that as populations grow, we require new societal strategies?
Do you believe that those with power and money want to retain their power and money?
Of course you believe all these things, and none of these are wild or unusual concepts. Rather, these are very basic concepts that apply to everyone, and always have. They are all part of our shared human experience, and undeniable facts of life. Populations grow, societies evolve, technology advances, and the world changes. And most important to our discussion here, people, families, and empires constantly jockey for power and control, while fighting for resources, power, fame, and... MONEY. We all hate TicketMaster, right? Who do they think they are, what the hell is this bullshit "service fee," etc. It's something everyone can get behind. But did you know that TicketMaster willingly cultivates that image? That venues, teams, and artists, in their pursuit of more money, raise fees and then let TicketMaster be the bad guy and take the heat so their reputations remain intact? There are many more people, organizations, and other entities in the world playing that same role for those who really have the money, who really call the shots. And those who call the shots work very hard and spend absolutely unfathomable amounts of money, time, and blood, to make sure that you don't ever realize who's actually taking your money. They do this in the simplest, easiest way. If you simply control information from the top down, and disseminate it when and where you see fit, you can effect great societal change without lifting a finger. Please imagine... really, try to imagine... You just read an article, saw a video, whatever, from a very, very reputable source. And it just informed you that an asteroid was 83% likely to impact the Earth next month. What would you do? What would happen in the world? Hopefully an asteroid will not hit next month, but it's important to really imagine what would happen and why, and how. Because a huge amount of information would be generated and published, people would panic, society would crumble, and the world as you know it would change forever in an instant, the moment you read that headline. Control of information is one of the most powerful tools known to mankind today. A person living in 2020 can easily encounter as much information in a day as someone in Medieval times might have encountered in a lifetime. And it comes at you from all angles, in all forms, non-stop, 24/7. Much like the water in the pipe, the information is always there, and one needs but turn it on. Disseminating the information then becomes a practice all its own, and to be sure, information processing accounts for more than half of the US GDP. And the rate at which it's spread, and way it is handled makes a huge difference in the societal repercussions. So a few different techniques are used:
The "Slow Walk" - If a large, unexpected piece of information is given suddenly, people tend to react poorly and irrationally. Also known as "letting them down easily," this technique restricts the flow of information to prevent the audience from balking or being overwhelmed
The "Steady Drip" - This technique involves keeping your audience subjected to a constant stream of the desired information, so that they become accustomed to it and it becomes "normalized"
The "Firehose" - A deluge of information flying out at full blast, designed to overwhelm the audience so that they cannot focus on anything else
It might be the greatest understatement of all time to say that there has been a lot of information passed around about COVID-19, the "Coronavirus," recently. In fact, there has never been anything like what we are currently experiencing in all of human history, and not by a long shot. And this unprecedented turn of events has caused a lot of people to react in a lot of ways, and say and do a lot of things, for better or for worse. Full disclosure: In particular, if you look up conspiracy theory, you'll see a lot of stuff suggesting that the "Coronavirus is a hoax." (You'll also find a lot of poorly-written rambling) I want to be clear that I DO NOT believe that. I am 100% sure that there is a Coronavirus, that it is making people sick, that a lot of people are dying, and that our medical professionals and many other undervalued workers are overwhelmed, and breaking their backs every day to do their best to keep their friends, families, and loved ones safe. I am extraordinarily grateful for them and admire the resolve and bravery that so many have shown in the face of this disaster. I do not think it is a hoax at all. However, I think that literally everything else that is happening surrounding the "pandemic" is. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The Pandemic In the first week of January this year, I got sick. Really sick. I know when I got it and who I got it from, and honestly the exact moment I got it (I only was in proximity of the dude for a few minutes). He had warned me that he was really sick, and I blew it off. I started feeling sick a day or two later, and a day or two after that I felt like I was dying. Fever, chills, aches, extraordinary fatigue. And literal, nonstop, 24/7 coughing. I had every single symptom of what we now know as COVID-19. I commented to anyone who would listen that I didn't recall ever feeling that sick before in my entire life. The most memorable part of it though was that after a couple days, I completely lost my sense of smell and taste. Joked a lot about how you could feed me onions and soap cause I'd have no idea. I try to have a good attitude about being sick. I spent a week sleeping on the couch before I finally went to the doctor. She gave me a Prednisolone steroid pack (which has worked well for me in the past), some Trazodone to knock me out, and Benzonatotate for my cough. As soon as I took the first dose of steroids I started to feel pretty fucking great, and it was more or less a non-issue after that. I spoke to a lot of people about it then and after, and man, I can't tell you how many stories I personally heard from people I know that said the exact same thing. Then I started reading the same story over and over again on Reddit:
We didn't start really hearing about the Coronavirus in the media until the beginning of March, and we didn't hear about the "Pandemic" until just a couple weeks ago. And what a couple weeks it's been since then. But I am quite certain that it's been around for a lot longer and that I, and a lot of other people I know, had it - and DID NOT DIE FROM IT - way back in January. We now know that the first documented case in the US was on January 19th, but that word "documented" is so, so important here. That means that we had identified the virus, developed a test, and tested a person with the symptoms that day. It does NOT mean that was when the virus reached the United States. How sick do you have to be before you take a day off work? Before you go to the doctor? With America's healthcare system or lack thereof, it's almost certain that many people had this virus before we determined what it was, and how infectious it really was. There is also the matter of the statistics of severity vs the regular flu. This is a highly contentious topic and I am no medical expert, and do not wish to make any assertions. However, what I can tell you from my personal experience is this: I had a horrible "flu" in January, got basic medicine, got better. So, either I had the flu, or perhaps I did indeed have the Coronavirus. We will never know because I was never tested. But the important thing is that it doesn't matter. Either I (and many others) had the Coronavirus and it did not kill us (calling into question the severity of the infection) or we just had a bad cold or flu, but it had the exact same symptoms as COVID-19 (calling into question the extent of Coronavirus diagnoses). But logically, one of those two statements is true. Furthermore, the data keeps changing, and I don't mean increasing on a daily basis. I mean up and down, back and forth, it is deadly or maybe it isn't, etc. On January 14 the WHO told you it couldn't spread from human to human. But then on Jan 19 we saw the first case of Coronavirus in the United States. Then it turns out that the Wuhan market outbreak began earlier in December. And then it's an "epidemic," but most people will only get mild symptoms. What are you supposed to believe? And it sure does seem to come at you as a firehose, and it's hard to even think about anything because OHMYGODTHECORONAVIRUS! But let's stop and look a couple basic facts. As a matter of fact, I'm going to let Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi explain this one to you. This is a very informative 10 minute video, watch it: Sucharit Bhakdi - Very clear math showing that the COVID statistics are being manipulated So 80% of people only experience mild symptoms, and we're crashing the economy for this? The statistics aren't any more extreme than many other illnesses we've had over time, and we're crashing the economy for this? It doesn't make sense until you consider that there are other factors besides just the virus at play. Wolfgang Wodard - Explaining how the statistics are being manipulated to cause panic The media, and society at large is inundating you with terrifying information about the Coronavirus. But if it's not as bad as we originally thought, then why? We don't freak out about every illness that comes along, and we've certainly never in the history of civilization had over 1/3 of the global population locked down under mandatory quarantine. And then there's the debate about where the virus came from. We believe it came from a meat market in China, under unsanitary conditions. The science behind a coronavirus making the leap from one species to another is well-established and researched, and it is a very likely scenario. There are also conspiracy theories that state that China released it on its people intentionally, or even that the US military released it in China. Again, we will never know exactly where this Coronavirus came from. It may be natural, it may be man made, and there are very plausible paths for both. I don't know what to believe myself. So here I ask you to make your own judgement based on likelihood. What we do know though is that the state of the world this virus has been unleashed on has played a major factor in its spread. In 1950 the global population was 2.5 billion, and that has exploded to almost 8 billion people in 2020. As a matter of fact, population growth has been exponential since about the time of the Industrial Revolution. With all these people on the planet there are sure to be many disagreements and conflicts, and there indeed have been. As a matter of fact, 2019 saw global protests on an unprecedented scale, in Hong Kong, France, Syria, and many other countries. Citizens have literally been fighting police and military with rocks, clubs, arrows, and molotov cocktails. Did you know that? Despite my seeing headlines and pictures every day of the riots in Hong Kong, I have been shocked to learn that multiple of my close friends, intelligent and aware people, had no knowledge whatsoever of the protests even existing. But that is far from a coincidence; rather, it is quite by design. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Billionaires and Coincidences Another major talking point over the last 5 to 10 years has been the "1%" - the handful of super-rich individuals who posess and control the vast majority of the Earth's wealth and resources. Where it used to just be a numerical term, "Billionaire" is now a dirty word, and one of the nastiest. We all hate billionaires. They are evil, and profit off the exploitation of the rest of the world. The "Illuminati" we call them, in pursuit of a "New World Order." Crazy stuff, right? Mysterious symbols and people in black robes doing nefarious things in secret meetings, and running the world from behind the scenes. We love the Illuminati, it's a huge pop culture thing now. The subject of endless speculation, they are made fun of in the media, movies, and now Taco Bell commercials. It's so far fetched it could never really be true. And the fact that you think that is by design as well. So, we don't know where the Coronavirus came from, but it's certainly here, and there are lot of other things unfolding in the world around it. Many different current events from all different places and fields of study. Some of it seems a little too coincidental. It is certainly very coincidental that this economically destructive Coronavirus entered the world right as there were global uprisings, protests in the street, and a growing public hatred for billionaires. Well, here are a few other coincidences: Hundreds of CEOs of major companies stepped down from their positions in recent months. Multiple US Senators sold stock right before the market crashed. Even the boss of the New York Stock Exchange sold his own stock right before the crash. Did they know something they weren't telling us? Here's another coincidence. In 2010, The Rockefeller Foundation published a selection of future-predicting scenarios in the name of "exploring the ways that technology and development could co-evolve." One of these four scenarios, entitled "Lock Step," eerily predicts a global viral pandemic and the resulting hypothetical consequences, which almost exactly mirrors the COVID-19 pandemic we are in the midst of today. Also coincidental: The first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in China on November 17th, 2019. Literally one month earlier, The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Event 201, a high-level pandemic exercise on October 18, 2019, in New York, NY. In this exercise, they discuss the potential implications and consequences of a novel Coronavirus, including an economic crash, martial law, and of particular interest, the control of information. (You can view some published highlights here) The World Economic Forum is comprised of the richest of the rich. The 1%. The Billionaires. CEO's, politicians, business owners, and many other powerful and influential figures. They meet regularly to discuss topics of global concern, and strongly control the dissemination of information. And of primary concern to many of them is maintaining their wealth and power in a rapidly-changing world. And finally, here's one more coincidence: At the exact same time as the Event 201 exercise, The World Military Games was held in Wuhan, China, Oct 18-27, 2019. It was the largest military sports event ever to be held in China, with nearly 10,000 athletes from over 100 countries competing in 27 sports. Wuhan China was, as we now believe, the source of our current global COVID-19 outbreak. Whether you think it is a "conspiracy" or not, that is all certainly coincidental, to say the least. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "Why didn't I hear about any of this?" That's an excellent question, and one that likely has multiple answers. For starters, how much do you really pay attention? Where do you get your news from? Do you research things you hear or just accept them on hearsay? Critical thinking skills are paramount in making sense of the chaos unfolding all around us. As I mentioned before, I can tell you that I personally know multiple people who had no clue whatsoever about the riots in Hong Kong last year. As you read this, you may be one of them. And it may seem like something that is happening far away, and "could never happen here." Or you may have been aware of it but just that it was happening. But please, consider for a moment: millions of average citizens risked their lives and safety in the streets of Hong Kong for months on end, fighting police and military, and transforming the city they lived in into a warzone. WHY? Why would people do something like that? Regardless of their motivations, that many people were banding together to fight for something they believed in. And that is worth considering. It's not really your fault though that you may not catch wind of all this news. The "mainstream media" that you hear about all the time deliberately controls information - downplaying threats and overreacting to silly things - in order to make sure that you hear the version of the news that they want you to hear. Did you know that only 6 corporations control 90% of the media In America? That number is reduced from 50 companies in the 80's. And literally all the news you see on TV, at the very least, is 100% owned and controlled by these companies. Lately, distrust is growing for cable news networks, and many people turn to their local hometown station for trusted news. The problem with that though is that your hometown station is probably owned by Sinclair Media, one of the most powerful broadcast networks in the country that you've never heard of. Please watch this very brief video, illustrating the chokehold that Sinclair Media maintains over your nightly local news broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWLjYJ4BzvI Of course, not every piece of news is pre-programmed but a lot is. The real news is out there, but sometimes you have to look a little deeper than the infographics on TV news. Even if information is being directed from the top down, the boots on the ground tend to be passionate people with a variety of interests and agendas, and they are still doing their best to do real journalism despite corporate oversight. Think of those who are directing the information as steering an impossibly massive ship with a rudder. You can slowly adjust the course of direction, however it is slow to react. If you want to stop, you have to start thinking about stopping wayyy ahead of time. And similarly, once it gets underway, it is then influenced by an inertia all its own. Micro controls and adjustments aren't really possible. Our society is this giant ship. There are 8 billion people on this earth - that is 8000 million. An incomprehensible number that grows rapidly every day. As civilization grows and advances, so does our medicine, our technology, our cultural norms. These are all natural processes that are necessary to manage an increasing number of societies all around the globe. And many of the advances we're making have exciting potential benefits for humanity, although as with all tools, they also inherently possess the potential for abuse. Here are some other things happening in society right now, some you may be aware of and many you may not:
RealID - The Real ID law requires people to show security-enhanced IDs to pass through airport security checkpoints or to enter certain federal facilities.
Traffic Cameras - Most people know that there are traffic cameras in an increasing number of areas, some of which can assess your speed and issue you a ticket automatically.
Automation Everywhere - Beyond assembly lines, robots are continually performing more types of tasks from ever more companies, replacing human employees at an increasing rate.
Automated Trucks - Autonomous trucks are coming soon that can see forward over a half mile, farther than any other autonomous system in the world, and run during the day, the night and even in the rain.
Global Satellite Internet - Elon Musk's SpaceX recently launched its fourth batch of internet-beaming satellites, as the company builds a broadband internet business by deploying thousands of satellites into orbit
Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency - As digital payments become more and more prevalent, digital currency uses cryptography to secure and verify transactions as well as to control the creation of new units of a particular cryptocurrency.
Voluntary Nanochipping - People are having microchips implanted into their bodies so that they don't need to carry key cards, IDs, and even train tickets.
Programmable Viruses - As antibiotic-resistant bacteria becomes a greater problem, viruses are being engineered to fight the bacteria in targeted ways
Facial Recognition Technology - Airports are using facial-recognition cameras to confirm passenger identity. Mobile phone makers are using face recognition for biometric security. Retailers are using it to prevent violence and crime, and for advertising.
Thermal Scanners - Airports, casinos, and grocery stores are screening passengers for sickness. In China, this data is being used to control traffic.
ID2020 - Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is developing human-implantable capsules that have ‘digital certificates’ which can contain financial data, medical records, tracking tech, and more.
There is an interesting chicken or egg relationship between science fiction and real world science. Sci-fi writers are inspired by the real science of the day, then they apply their creativity to imagine what might be in the future. Young scientists encounter these fantastical ideas and think they are worth pursuing, and then set about to make them a reality, and the cycle continues. Futuristic concepts are then preempted and introduced through the media to the conscious mind, as we include them in books, movies, TV, video games, and more. Eventually we start seeing headlines of these new technologies and developments happening in other places, usually Japan and China first due to their prevalence in the industrial and technological sectors of our global economy. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
First i would like to start this post by saying i only want to tackle the actual gameplay aspects of the changes and not battling hackers. Im only level 20 this patch while last patch i was lvl 50 after a couple weeks. I wanted to take a break from the game and wait for new customs or a big patch before i started the grind again. Obviously as someone so low level it is hard to fully understand the full impact it has on the game but so far here are my impressions in the first 20 levels. I want to structure this so i mention a new feature, how it benefits the game and then the negative implications that follow. So to start lets tackle the new FIR status on items. The best part of the new FIR is obviously the lack of hatchet runner and marked room farmers. Having items locked to FIR makes it so surviving becomes essential to make money which honestly should be how the game operated 90% of the time. Combating hatcheters is easily the best part of the new feature! The negative aspects ive seen is the ability to create gun builds and actually customize your guns. Obviously you can grind traders and unlock cheap attachments so you can create any build as cheap as possible, but thats how it has always been. Grinding hideout and traders was an amazing way to make money and keep it coming in at a steady rate, lowering the cost of attachments and creating the option to buy parts and re sell them. This last part created a competitive marketplace and further benefited players who grinded quests and hideouts early. Players could re sell items and make a steady profit while fighting others trying to undercut them (excluding item buy limits which were bullshit) . This made low tier attachments such as the AK Recoil pad that goes for 3000 from lvl 3 prapor relatively cheap to players who were lvl 10-20 and wanted a basic budget build. Now that same recoil pad, the most basic attachment to improve a shitty AK, 30 000 rubles and up. Weapon attachments have always been highly priced if they are linked to a mission but now it has gotten ridiculous as the market has become significantly less competitive. I have no problem using shitty weapons but my favorite part of tarkov was the weapon customization. I would make 3-4 variants of the same weapon depending on how kitted we wanted to go. I think a simple fix could be to lock certain items with the FIR status such as tetrises, bitcoins, led x's, really any high tier item that isn't an attachment maybe excluding thermals.
CryptoDiffer teamHello, everyone!We are glad to meet here:Max Freeman (@maxfreeman4), Project Lead at Epic CashYoga Dude (@Yogadude), PR&Marketing at Epic CashXenolink (@Xenolink), Advisor at Epic Cash Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash Thanks Max, we are excited to be here! Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash Hello Everyone! Thank you for having us here! Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash Thank you to the CryptoDiffer team and CryptoDiffer community for hosting us! CryptoDiffer teamLet`s start from the first introduction question:Q1: Can you introduce yourself to the community? What is your background and how did you join Epic Cash? Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash Hello! My background is Marketing and Business Development, I’ve been in crypto since 2011 started with Bitcoin, then Monero in 2014, Ethereum in 2015 and at some point Doge for fun and profit. I joined Epic Cash team in September 2019 handling PR and Marketing. I saw in Epic Cash what was missing in my previous cryptos — things that were missing in Bitcoin and Monero especially. Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash Hello Cryptodiffer Community, I am not an original co-founder nor am I a developer for the Epic Cash project. I am however a community member that is involved in helping scale this project to higher levels. One of the many beauties of Epic Cash is that every single member in the community has the opportunity to be part of EPIC’s team, it can be from development all the way to content producing. Epic Cash is a community driven project. The true Core Team of Epic Cash is our community. I believe a community that is the Core Team is truly powerful. EPIC Cash has one of the freshest and strongest communities I have seen in quite a while. Which is one of the reasons why I became involved in this project. Epic displayed some of the most self community produced content I have seen in a project. I’m actually a doctor of medicine but in terms of my experience in crypto, I have been involved in the industry since 2012 beginning with mining Litecoin. Since then I have been doing deep dive analysis on different projects, investing, and building a network in crypto that I will utilize to help connect and scale Epic in every way I can. To give some credit to those people in my network that have been a part of helping give Epic exposure, I would like to give a special thanks to u/Tetsugan and u/Saurabhblr. Tetsugan has been doing a lot of work for the Japanese community to penetrate the Japanese market, and Japan has already developed a growing interest in Epic. Daku Sarabh the owner and creator of Crypto Daku Robinhooders, I would like to thank him and his community for giving us one of our first large AMA’s, which he has supported our project early and given us a free AMA. Many more to thank but can’t be disclosed. Also thank you to all the Epic Community leaders, developers, and Content producers! Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash I’m Max Freeman, which stands for “Maximum Freedom for Mankind”. I started working on the ideas that would become Epic in 2018. I fell in love with Bitcoin in 2017 but realized that it needs privacy at the base layer, fungibility, better scalability in order to go to the next level. CryptoDiffer team Really interesting backgrounds I must admit, pleasure to see the team that clearly has one vision of the project by being completely decentralized:) Q2: Can you briefly describe what is Epic Cash in 3–5 sentences? What technology stands behind Epic Cash and why it’s better than the existing one? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash I’d like to highlight the differences between Epic and the two highest-valued privacy coin projects, Monero and Zcash. XMR has always-on privacy like Epic does, but at a cost: Its blockchain is over 20x more data intensive than Epic, which limits its possibilities for scalability. Epic’s blockchain is small and light enough to run a full node on cell phones, something that is in our product road map. ZEC by comparison can’t run on low end devices because of its zero knowledge based approach, and only 1% of transactions are fully private. Epic is simply newer, more advanced technology than prior networks thanks to Mimblewimble We will also add more algorithms to widen the range of hardware that can participate in mining. For example, cell phones and tablets based around ARM chips. Millions of people can mine Epic that can’t mine Bitcoin, and that will help grow the network rapidly. There are some great short videos on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQBFfksJlM97rgrplLRwNUg/videos that explain why we believe we have created something truly special here. Our core architecture derives from Grin, so we are fortunate to benefit on an ongoing basis from their considerable development efforts. We are focused on making our currency truly usable and widely available, beyond a store of value and becoming a true medium of exchange. Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash Well we all have our views, but in a nutshell, we offer things that were missing in the previous cryptos. We have sound fiscal emission schedule matching Bitcoin, but we are vastly more private and faster. Our blockchain is lighter than Bitcoin or Monero and our tech is more scalable. Also, we are unique in that we are mineable with CPUs and GPUs as well as ASICs, giving the broadest population the ability to mine Epic Cash. Plus, you can’t forget FUNGIBILITY 🙂 we are big on that — since you can’t have true privacy without fungibility. Also, please understand, we have HUGE respect to all the cryptos that came before us, we learned a lot from them, and thanks to their mistakes we evolved. Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash To add on, what also makes Epic Cash unique is the ability to decentralize the mining using a tri-algo model of Random X (CPU), Progpow (GPU), and Cuckoo (ASIC) for an ability to do hybrid mining. I believe this is an issue we can see today in Bitcoin having centralized mining and the average user has a costly barrier of entry. To follow up on this one in my opinion one of the things we adopted that we have seen success for , in example Bitcoin and Monero, is a strong community driven coin. I believe having a community driven coin will provide a more organic atmosphere especially when starting with No ICO, or Premine with a fair distribution model for everyone. CryptoDiffer team Q3: What are the major milestones Epic Cash has achieved so far? Maybe you can share with us some exciting plans for future weeks/months? Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash Since we went live in September of 2019, we attracted a very large community of users, miners, investors and contributors from across the world. Epic Cash is a very international project with white papers translated into over 30 languages. We are very much a community driven project; this is very evident from our content and the amount of translations in our white papers and in our social media content. We are constantly working on improving our usability, security and privacy, as well as getting our message and philosophy out into the world to achieve mass adoption. We have a lot of exciting plans for our project, the plan is to make Epic Cash into something that is More than Money. You can tell I am the Marketing guy since my message is less about the actual tech and more about the usability and use cases for Epic Cash, I think our Team and Community have a great mix of technical, practical, social and fiscal experiences. Since we opened our YouTube channels content for community submissions, we have seen our content translated into Spanish, French, German, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, and other languages Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash Our future development roadmap will be published soon and includes 4 tracks: Usability Mining Core Protocol Ecosystem Development Core Protocol Epic Server 2.9.0 — this release improves the difficulty adjustment and is aimed at making block emission closer to the target 60 seconds, particularly reducing the incidence of extremely short and long blocks — Status: In Development (Testing) Anticipated Release: June 2020 Epic Server 3.0.0 — this completes the rebase to Grin 3.0.0 and serves as the prerequisite to some important functional building blocks for the future of the ecosystem. Specifically, sending via Tor (which eliminates the need to open ports), proof of payment (useful for certain dex applications e.g. Bisq), and our native mobile app. Status: In Development (Testing) Anticipated Release: Fall 2020 Non-Interactive Transactions — this will enhance usability by enabling “fire and forget” send-to-address functionality that users are accustomed to from most cryptocurrencies. Status: Drawing Board Anticipated Release: n/a Scaling Options — when blocks start becoming full, how will we increase capacity? Two obvious options are increasing the block size, as well as a Lightning Network-style Layer 2 structure. Status: Drawing Board Anticipated Release: n/a Confidential Assets — Similar to Raven, Tari, and Beam, the ability to create independently tradable assets that ride on the Epic Blockchain. Status: Drawing Board Anticipated Release: n/a Usability GUI Wallet 2.0 — Restore from seed words and various usability enhancements — Status: Needs Assessment Anticipated Release: Fall 2020 Mobile App — Native mobile experience for iOS and Android. Status: In Development (Testing) Anticipated Release: Winter 2020 Telegram Integration — Anonymous payments over the Telegram network, bot functionality for groups. Status: Drawing Board Anticipated Release: n/a Mining RandomX on ARM — Our 4th PoW algorithm, this will enable tablets, cell phones, and low power devices such as Raspberry Pi to participate in mining. Status: Needs Assessment Anticipated Release: n/a The economics of mining Epic are extremely compelling for countries that have free or extremely cheap electricity, since anyone with an ordinary PC can mine. Individual people around the world can simply run the miner and earn meaningful money (imagine Venezuela for example), something that has not been possible since the very early days of Bitcoin. Ecosystem Development Atomic Swaps — Connecting Epic to other blockchains in a trustless way, starting with ETH so that Epic can trade on DeFi infrastructure such as Uniswap, Kyber, etc. Status: Drawing Board Anticipated Release: n/a Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash From the Community aspect, we have been further developing our community international reach. We have been seeing an increase in interest from South America, China, Russia, Japan, Italy, and the Philippines. We are working on targeting more countries. We truly aim to be a decentralized project that is open to everyone worldwide. CryptoDiffer team Great, thank you for your answers, we now can move to community questions part! Cryptodiffer Community You have 3 mining algorithms, the question is: how do they not compete with each other? Is there any benefit of mining on the GPU and CPU if someone is mining on the ASIC? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash The block selection is deterministic, so that every 100 blocks, 60% are for RandomX (CPU), 38% for ProgPow (GPU), and 2% for Cuckoo (ASIC) — the policy is flexible so that we can have as many algorithms with any percentages we want. The goal is to make the most decentralized and resilient network possible, and with that in mind we are excited to work on enabling tablets and cell phones to mine, since that opens it up to millions of people that otherwise can’t take part. Cryptodiffer Community To Run a project smoothly, Funding is very important, From where does the Funding/revenue come from? Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash Yes, early on this was realized and in order to scale a project funds are indeed needed. Epic Cash did not start with any funding and no ICO and was organically genesis mined with no pre-mine. Epic cash is also a nonprofit community driven project similar to Monero. There is no profit-driven entity in the picture. To overcome the revenue issue Epic Cash setup a development fund tax that decreases 1% every year until 2028 when Epic Cash reaches singularity with Bitcoin emissions. Currently it is at 7.77%. This will help support the scaling of the project. Cryptodiffer Community Hi! In your experience working also with MONERO can you please clarify which are those identified problems that EPIC CASH aims to develop and resolve? What’s the main advantage that EPIC CASH has over MONERO? Thank you! Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash First, I must admit that I am still a huge fan and HODLer of Monero. That said: ✅ our blockchain is MUCH lighter than Monero’s ✅ our transaction processing speed is much faster ✅ our address-less blockchain is more private ✅ Epic Cash can be mined with CPU (RandomX) GPU (ProgPow) and Cuckoo, whereas Monero migrated to RandomX and currently only mineable with CPU Cryptodiffer Community
the feature ‘Cut Through’ deletes old data, how is it decided which data will be deletes, and what are the consequences of it for the platform and therefore the users?
On your website I see links to download Epic wallet and mining software for Linux,Windows and MacOs, I am a user of android, is there a version for me, or does it have a release date?
Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash
This is one of the most exciting features of Mimblewimble, which is its extraordinary ability to compress blockchain data. In Bitcoin, the entire history of a coin must be replayed every time it is spent, and comprehensive details are permanently stored in the blockchain. Epic discards spent transaction inputs and consolidates outputs, storing neither addresses or amounts, only a tiny kernel to allow sender and receiver to prove their transaction.
The Vitex mobile app is great for today, and we have a native mobile app for iOS and Android in the works as well.
Cryptodiffer Community $EPIC Have total Supply of 21,000,000 EPIC , is there any burning plan? Or Buyback program to maintain $EPIC price in the future? Who is Epic Biggest competitors? And what’s makes epic better than competitors? Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash We respect the older generation coins like Bitcoin. But we have learned that the supply economics of Bitcoin is very sound. Until today we can witness how the Bitcoin is being adopted institutionally and by retail. We match the 21 million BTC supply economics because it is an inelastic fixed model which makes the long-term economics very sound. To have an elastic model of burning tokens or printing tokens will not have a solid economic future. Take for example the USD which is an inflating supply. In terms of competitors we look at everyone in crypto with respect and also learn from everyone. If we had to compare to other Mimblewimble tech coins, Grin is an inelastic forever inflating supply which in the long term is not sound economics. Beam however is an inelastic model but is formed as a corporation. The fair distribution is not there because of the permanent revenue model setup for them. Epic Cash a non-profit development tax fund model for scaling purposes that will disappear by 2028’s singularity. Cryptodiffer Community What your plans in place for global expansion, are you focusing on only market at this time? Or focus on building and developing or getting customers and users, or partnerships? Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash Since we are a community project, we have many developers, in addition to the core team. Our plans for Global expansion are simple — we have advocates in different regions addressing their audiences in their native languages. We are growing organically, by explaining our ideology and usability. The idea is to grow beyond needing a fiat bridge for crypto use, but to rather replace fiat with our borderless, private and fungible crypto so people can use it to get goods and services without using banks. We are not limiting ourselves to one particular demographic — Epic Cash is a valid solution for the gamers, investors, techie and non techie people, and the unbanked. Cryptodiffer Community EPIC confidential coin! Did you have any problems with the regulators? And there will be no problems with listing on centralized exchanges? Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash In terms of structure, we are carefully set up to minimize these concerns. Without a company or investors in the picture, and having raised no funds, there is little scope to attack in terms of securities laws. Bitcoin and Ethereum are widely acknowledged as acceptable, and we follow in their well-established footprints in that respect. Centralized exchanges already trade other privacy coins, so we don’t see this as much of an issue either. In general, decentralized p2p exchange options are more interesting than today’s centralized platforms. They are more censorship resistant, secure, and privacy-protecting. As the technology gets better, they should continue to gain market share and that’s why we’re proud to be partnered with Vitex, whose exchange and mobile app work very well. Cryptodiffer Community What are the main utility and real-life usage of the #EPIC As an investor, why should we invest in the #EPIC project as a long-term investment? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash Because our blockchain is so light (only 1.16gb currently, and grows very slowly) it is naturally well suited to become a decentralized mobile money standard because people can run a full node on their phone, guaranteeing the security of their funds. Scalability in Bitcoin requires complicated and compromised workarounds such as Lightning Network and light clients, and these problems are solved in Epic. With our forthcoming Mobile Mining app, hundreds of millions of cell phones and tablets will be able to easily join the network. People can quickly and cheaply send money to one another, fulfilling the long-envisioned promise of P2P electronic cash. As an investor, it’s important to ask a few key questions. Bitcoin Standard tokenomics of disinflation and a fixed supply are well proven over a decade now. We follow this model exactly, with a permanently synchronized supply from 2028, and 4 emission halvings from now until then, with our first one in about two weeks. Beyond that, we can apply some simple logical tests. What is more valuable, money that can only be used in some cases (censorable Bitcoin based on a lack of fungibility) or money that can be used universally? (fungible Epic based on always-on privacy by default). Epic is also poised to be a more decentralized and therefore resilient network because of wider participation in mining. Epic is designed to be Bitcoin++ Privacy, Fungibility, Scalability Cryptodiffer Community Q1. What are advantages for choosing three mining algorithms RandomX+, ProgPow and CuckAToo31+ ? Q2. Beam and Grin use MimbleWimble protocol, so what are difference for Epic? All of you will be friends for partners or competitors? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash RandomX and ProgPow are designed to use the entirety of a CPU / GPU’s unique processing capabilities in a way that other types of hardware don’t work as well. You can run RandomX on a GPU but it doesn’t work nearly as well as a much cheaper CPU, for example. Cuckoo is a “memory hard” algorithm that widens the range of companies that can produce the hardware. Grin and Beam are great projects and we’ve learned a lot from them. We inherited our first codebase from Grin’s excellent Rust design, which is a better language for community participation than C++ that Beam currently uses. Functionally, Mimblewimble is similar across the 3 coins, with standard Confidential Transactions, CoinJoin, Dandelion++, Schnorr Signatures and other advanced features. Grin is primarily ASIC-targeted, Beam is GPU-targeted, and Epic is multi-hardware. The biggest differences though are in tokenomics and project structure. Grin has permanent inflation of 60 coins per block with no halvings, which means steady erosion of value over time due to new supply pressure. It also lacks a steady funding model, making future development in jeopardy, particularly as the per coin price falls. Beam has a for-profit model with heavy early inflation and a high developer tax. Epic builds on the strengths of these earlier mimblewimble projects and addresses the parts that could be improved. Cryptodiffer Community Some privacy coin has scalability issues! How Epic cash will solve scalability issues? Why you choose randomX consensus algorithem? Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash Fungibility means that you can’t distinguish one unit of currency from another, in example Gold. Fungibility has recently become a hot issue as people have been noticing Bitcoins being locked up by exchanges which may of had a nefarious history which are called Tainted Coins. In example coins that have been involved in a hack, darknet market transactions, or even processing coin through a mixer. Today we can already see freshly mined Bitcoins being sold at a premium price to avoid the fungibility problem Bitcoin carries today. Bitcoin can be tracked by chainalysis and is not a fungible cryptocurrency. One of the features that Epic has is privacy with added fungibility, because of Mimblewimble technology, Epic has no addresses recorded and therefore nothing can be tracked by chainalysis. Below I provide a link of an example of what the lack of fungibility is resulting in today with Bitcoin. One of the reasons why we chose the Random X algo. is because of the easy barrier of entry and also to further decentralize the mining. Random X algo can be mined on old computers or laptops. We also have 2 other algos Progpow (GPU), and Cuckoo (ASIC) to create a wider decentralization of mining methods for Epic. Cryptodiffer Community I’m a newbie in crypto and blockchain so how will Epic Cash team target and educate people who don’t know about blockchain and crypto? What is the uniqueness of Epic Cash that cannot be found in other project that´s been released so far ? Yoga Dude Pr&Marketing at Epic Cash Actually, while we have our white paper translated into over 30 languages, we are more focused on explaining our uses and advantages rather than cold specs. Our tech is solid, but we not get hung up on pure tech talk which most casual users do not need to or care to understand. As long as our fundamentals and tech are secure and user friendly our primary goal is to educate about use cases and market potential. The uniqueness of Epic Cash is its amalgamation of “whats good” in other cryptos. We use Mimblewimble for privacy and anonymity. Our blockchain is much lighter than our competitors. We are the only Mimblewimble crypto to use a unique cocktail of mining algorithms allowing to be mined by casual miners with gaming rigs and laptops, while remaining friendly to GPU and CPU farmers. The “uniqueness” is learning from the mistakes of those who came before us, we evolved and learned, which is why our privacy is better, we are faster, we are fungible, we offer diverse mining and so on. We are the best blend — thats powerful and unique Cryptodiffer Community Can you share EPIC’s vision for decentralized finance (DEFI)? What features do EPIC have to support DEFI? Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash We view Epic as ideally suited to be the decentralized digital reserve asset of the new Private Internet of Money that’s emerging. At a technology level, atomic swaps can be created to build liquidity bridges so that wrapped Epic tokens (like WBTC, WETH) can trade on other networks as ERC20, BEP2, NEP5, VIP180, Algorand and so on. There is more Bitcoin value locked on Ethereum than in Lightning Network, so we will similarly integrate Epic so that it can trade on networks such as Uniswap, Kyber, and so on. Longer term, if there is market demand for it, thanks to Scriptless Script functionality our blockchain has, we can build “Confidential Assets” (which Raven, Tari, and Beam are all also working on) that enable people to create tokenized assets in a private way. Cryptodiffer Community If you could choose one celebrity to promote Epic-cash, who that would be? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash I am a firm believer that the strength of the project lies in allowing community members to become their own celebrities, if their content is good enough the community will propel them to celebrity status. Organic celebrities with small but loyal following are vastly more beneficial than big name professional shills with inflated but non caring audiences. I remember the early days of Apple when an enthusiastic dude named Guy Kawasaki became Apple Evangelist, he was literally going around stores that sold Apple and visited user groups and Evangelized his belief in Apple. This guy became a Legend and helped Apple become what it is today. Epic Cash will have its OWN Celebrities Cryptodiffer Community How does $EPIC solve scalability of transactions? Current blockchains face issues with scalability a lot, how does $EPIC creates a solution to it? Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash Epic Cash is utilizing Mimblewimble technology. Besides the privacy & fungibility aspect of the tech. There is the scalability features of it. It is implemented into Epic by transaction cut-through. Which means it allows nodes to remove all intermediate transactions, thus significantly reducing the blockchain size without affecting its validation. Mimblewimble also does not use addresses like a BTC address, and amount of transactions are also not recorded. One problem Monero and Bitcoin are facing now is scalability. It is evident today that data is getting more expensive and that will be a problem in the long run for those coins. Epic is 90% lighter and more scalable compared to Monero and Bitcoin. Cryptodiffer Community what are the ways that Epic Cash generates profits/revenue to maintain your project and what is its revenue model ? How can it make benefit win-win to both invester and your project ? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash There is a block subsidy of 7.77% that declines 1.11% per year until 0, where it stays after that. As a nonprofit community effort, this extremely modest amount goes much further than in other projects, which often take 20, 30, even 50+ % of the coin supply. We believe that this ongoing funding model best aligns the long term incentives for all participants and balances the compromises between the ends of the centralized/decentralized spectrum of choices that any project must make. Cryptodiffer Community Q1 : What are your major goals to archive in the next 3–4 years? Q2 : What are your plans to expand and gain more adoption? Yoga Dude Pr&Marketing at Epic Cash Max already talked about our technical plans and goals in his roadmap. Allow me to talk more about the non technical 😁 We are aiming for broader reach in the non technical more mainstream community — this is a big challenge but we believe it is doable. By offering simpler ways to mine Epic Cash (with smart phones for example), and by doing more education we will achieve the holy grail of crypto — moving past the fiat bridges and getting Epic Cash to be accepted as means of payment for goods and services. We will accomplish this by working with regional advocacy groups, community interaction, off-line promotional activities and diverse social media targeting. Cryptodiffer Community It seems to me that EpicCash will have its first Halving, right? Why a halving so soon? Is a mobile version feasible? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash Our supply emission catches up to that of Bitcoin’s first 19 years after 8 years in Epic, so that requires more frequent halvings. Today’s block emission is 16, next up are 8, 4, 2, and then finally 0.15625. After that, the supply of Epic and that of BTC stay synchronized until maxing out at 21m coins in 2140. Today we have a mobile wallet through the Vitex app, a native mobile wallet coming, and are working on mobile mining. Cryptodiffer Community What markets will you add after that? Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash Well, we are aiming to have ALL markets Epic Cash in its final iteration will be usable by everyone everywhere regardless of their technical expertise. We are not limiting ourselves to the technocrats, one of our main goals is to help the billions of unbanked. We want everyone to be able to mine, buy, and most of all USE Epic Cash — gamers, farmers, soccer moms, students, retirees, everyone really — even bankers (well once we defeat the banking industry) We will continue building on the multilingual diversity of our global community adding support and advocacy groups in more countries in more languages. Epic Cash is More than Money and its for Everyone. Cryptodiffer Community Almost, all cryptocurrencies are decentralized & no-one knows who owns that cryptocurrencies ! then also, why Privacy is needed? hats the advantages of Private coins? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash With a public transparent blockchain such as Bitcoin, you are permanently posting a detailed history of your money movements open for anyone to see (not just legitimate authorities, either!) — It would be considered crazy to post your credit card or bank statements to Twitter, but that’s what is happening every time you send a transaction that is not private. This excellent video from community contributor Spencer Lambert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0blbfmvCq\_4 explains better than I can. Privacy is not just for criminals, it’s for everyone. Do you want your landlord to increase the rent when he sees that you get a raise? Your insurance company to raise your healthcare costs because they see you buying too much ice cream? If you’re a business, do you want your employees to see how much money their coworkers make? Do you want your competitors to trace your supplier and customer relationships? Of course not. By privacy being default for everyone, cryptocurrency can be used in a much wider range of situations without unacceptable compromises. Cryptodiffer Community What are the main utility and real-life usage of the #EPIC As an investor, why should we invest in the #EPIC project as a long-term investment? Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash Epic Cash can be used as a Private and Fungible store of value, medium of exchange, and unit of account. As Epic Cash grows and becomes adopted it can be compared to how Bitcoin and Monero is used and adopted as well. As Epic is adopted by the masses, it can be accepted as a medium of exchange for store owners and as fungible payments without the worry of having money that is tainted. Epic Cash as a store of value may be a good long term aspect of investment to consider. Epic Cash carries an inelastic fixed supply economic model of 21 million coins. There will be 5 halvings which this month of June will be our first halving of epic. From a block reward of 16 Epic reduced to 8. If we look at BTC’s price action and history of their halvings it has been proven and show that there has been an increase in value due to the scarcity and from halvings a reduction of # of BTC’s mined per block. An inelastic supply model like Bitcoin provides proof of the circulating supply compared to the total supply by the history of it’s Price action which is evident in long term charts since the birth of Bitcoin. EPIC Plans to have 5 halvings before the year 2028 to match the emissions of Bitcoin which we call the singularity event. Below is a chart displaying our halvings model approaching singularity. Once bitcoin and cryptocurrency becomes adopted mainstream, the fungibility problem will be more noticed by the general public. Privacy coins and the features of fungibility/scalability will most likely be sought over. Right now a majority of people believe that all cryptocurrency is fungible. However, that is not true. We can already see Chainalysis confirming that they can trace and track and even for other well-known privacy coins today such as Z-Cash. Cryptodiffer Community
You aim to reach support from a global community, what are your plans to get spanish speakers involved into Epic Cash? And emerging markets like the african
How am I secure I won’t be affected by receiving tainted money?
Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash Native speakers from our community are working to raise awareness in key markets such as mining in Argentina and Venezuela for Spanish (Roberto Navarro called Epic “the holy grail of cryptocurrency” and Ethiopia and certain North African countries that have the lowest electricity costs in the world. Remittances between USA and Latin American countries are expensive and slow, so Epic is also perfect for people to send money back home as well. Cryptodiffer Community Do EPICs in 2020 focus more on research and coding, or on sales and implementation? Yoga Dude PR&Marketing at Epic Cash We will definitely continue to work on research and coding, with emphasis on improved accessibility (especially via smartphones) usability, security and privacy. In terms of financial infrastructure will continuing to add exchanges both KYC and non KYC. Big part of our plans is in ongoing Marketing and PR outreach. The idea is to make Epic Cash a viral sensation of sorts. If we can get Epic Cash adopters to spread the word and tell their family, coworkers and friends about Epic Cash — there will be no stopping us and to help that happen we have a growing army of content creators, and supporters. Everyone with skin in the game gets the benefit of advancing the cause. Folks also, this isn’t an answer to the question but an example of a real-world Epic Cash content — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtAVEqKGgqY a challenge from one of our content creators to beat his 21 pull ups and get 100 epics! This has not been claimed yet — people need to step up 🙂 and to help that I will match another 100 Epic Cash to the first person to beat this Cryptodiffer Community I was watching some videos explaining how to send and receive transactions in EpicCash, which consists of ports and sending links, my question is why this is so, which, for now, looks complex? Let’s talk about the economic model, can EpicCash comply with the concept of value reserve? Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash In V3, which is coming later this summer, Epic can be sent over Tor, which eliminates this issue of port opening, even though using tools like ngrok.io, it’s not necessarily as painful as directly configuring the router ports. Early Lightning Network had this issue as well and it’s something we have a plan to address via research into non-interactive transactions. “Fire and Forget” payments to an address, as people are used to in Bitcoin, is coming to Epic and we’re excited to develop functionality that other advanced mimblewimble coins don’t yet have. We are committed to constant improvement in usability and utility, to make our money system the ease of use leader. We are involved in the project (anyone can join the Freeman Family) because we believe that simply by choosing to use a form of money that better aligns with our ideals, that we can make a positive change in the world. Some of my thoughts about how I got involved are here: https://medium.com/epic-cash/the-freeman-family-e3b9c3b3f166 Max Freeman Project Lead at Epic Cash Huge thanks to our friends Maks and Vladyslav, we welcome everyone to come say hi at one of our friendly communities. It is extremely early in this journey, our market cap is only 0.5m right now, whereas the 3 other mimblewimble coins are at $20m, $30m and $100m respectively. Epic is a historic opportunity to follow in the footsteps of legends such as Bitcoin and Monero, and we hope to become the first Top 5 privacy coin project. Xenolink Advisor at Epic Cash Would like to Thank the Cryptodiffer Team and the Cryptodiffer community for hosting us and also engaging with us to learn more about Epic. If anyone else has more questions and wants to know more about EPIC , can find us at our telegram channel at https://t.me/EpicCash . Yoga Dude Pr&Marketing at Epic Cash Thank you, CryptoDiffer Team, and this wonderful Community!!! Cryptodiffer TEAM Thank you everyone for taking your time and asking great questions Thank you for your time, it was an insightful session Spread the love
For Trading JUNE 24TH New Highs For NASDAQ, AGAIN Market Recovers From Navarro Gold New Recovery High Close Today’s market was a recovery from Mr. Navarro’s comment last night that the China trade deal was finished after Mr. Trump tweeted that it was in fact, still on track. Choose what you wish to believe, but the farmers aren’t happy with soybeans well off their highs. Anyway, we got passed that conflicting news and managed to trade higher with NASDAQ at another new all-time high again today. The only issue was the fact that we closed mid-range, well off the highs. The DJIA +131.14 (.50%), NASDAQ +74.90 (.74%), S&P 500 +13.43 (.43%), the Russell +5.84 (.41%) and the Transports managed an up day, +119.59 (1.32%) for the best gain of the day. Market internals were just barely positive with NYSE 4:3 and NASDAQ 6:5, and volume expanded by 30% on the NAZ. The DJIA was 16:14 Down with the big winners again, AAPL +53 DPs, UNH +33 and V +21, with IBM the only double-digit loser -12. We added some CVS 7/67.50 calls on the decline with an average price of $1.16 and they finished $ .86, and the NEM 7/17 $60’s @ 1.55 and added to on Friday @ $1.30 for an average of $1.47 triggered a 100% Up Rule sale at $2.94 this morning. They closed the day $2.30. Our position in VLO 7/17 65 calls @ $2.45 closed $2.55. Our “open forum” on Discord, which allows me to interact with subscribers and others to allow direct questions and chart opinions on just about any stock, continues to grow with more participants every day. It is informative and allows me to share insights as the market is open and moving. The link is: https://discord.gg/ATvC7YZ and I will be there and active from before the open and all day. It’s a great place to share ideas and gain some insights, and we’ve grown to almost 1900 members. I also did this video titled “How to survive being an options trader and not blow up your account,” over the long weekend. I think it’s very informative as a guide to stock selection and option choices. The link is https://youtu.be/Y7H9RpWfLlo Enjoy!! Tonight’s closing comment video https://youtu.be/H32paScDnow SECTORS: The news that DELL would be spinning off its stake in VMWare (VMW) to shareholders, a $50billion deal sent both stocks soaring after the close. DELL had closed $49.01 and immediately jumped to almost $60 before settling $57.90 +8.82 (18%) and VMW moved from its close of $149.23 to trade $166 and finish $162.48 +13,26 (8.9%). Another disposal of a stake, this time Softbank’s position in T-Mobile (TMUS) looks like it will be a sizable windfall since TMUS closed at a new all-time high of $107.16 today, making it worth $32.6 billion. In the COVID-19 vaccine arena, Inovio (INO) is getting Dept. of Defense funding to manufacture its intradermal DNA delivery device. The stock, up from $4 to 19 in late March had settled back into a range around $12-15, closing $15.30 Monday and traded as high as $22.68 on the news and finished the day $21.57 +6.27 (41%). FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN was LOWER with TSN -.03, BGS +.04, FLO -.18, CPB -.31, CAG -.55, MDLZ -.43, KHC -.85, CALM +.28, JJSF +.59, SAFM -.30, HRL -.81, SJM -2.51, PPC -.01, KR -.10, and PBJ $30.96 -.23 (.74%). BIOPHARMA was MIXED with BIIB +3.90, ABBV -.21, REGN +.28, ISRG -.44, GILD -.60, MYL -.26, TEVA -.18, VRTX +.80, BHC -.23, INCY -2.41, ICPT +1.10, LABU +2.92, and IBB $138.40 +.27 (.20%). CANNABIS: was MIXED with TLRY +.24, CGC -.20, CRON +.31, GWPH -.85, ACB -.15, NBEV -.06, CURLF +.10, KERN -.45, and MJ $13.56 +.06 (.44%). DEFENSE: was LOWER with LMT -4.27, GD -1.80, TXT -.11, NOC -8.77, BWXT -.66, TDY -8.51, RTX -.39, and ITA $168.09 -1.64 (.97%). RETAIL was LOWER with the brands higher: M +.02, JWN -.17, KSS -.41, DDS -.05, WMT -.83, TGT -1.28, TJX -.02, RL +.12, UAA +.29, LULU -4.20, TPR +.07, CPRI +.47, and XRT $43.10 +.05 (.12%). FAANG and Big Cap: were HIGHER with GOOGL +12.27, AMZN +48.18, AAPL +6.33, FB +2.65, NFLX -4.04, NVDA -4.07, TSLA +2.68, BABA +6.60, BIDU -.01, CMG -31.26, CAT +.41, BA -3.01, DIS +.45, and XLK $104.63 +.75 (.72%). FINANCIALS were HIGHER with GS +.98, JPM +1.05, BAC +.06, MS +.27, C +.74, PNC -1.06, AIG +.22, TRV -.04, V +2.98, and XLF $23.82 +.11 (.46%). OIL, $40.37 -.36. Oil was HIGHER early in the day but couldn’t manage to hold the rally and fell back a bit. This is not unexpected, as I mentioned in the Pre-open comment this morning. I mentioned in last night’s video that it appears that prices are trying to work higher towards $45.00. The stocks were higher with XLE $39.29 +.04 (.10%). GOLD $1782.00 +15.60. It was a clean breakout and a continuation of the rally today, closing practically on the highs. We bought back the 3rd and final lot of NEM @ $58.86. And, we also added a half position in NEM 7/17 60 calls @ $1.55, and additional 50% @ $1.30 on Friday. We sold half on the 100% Up Rule @ $2.94 yesterday and we closed $2.30 +.16 today. BITCOIN: closed $9,660 +75. After trading back to 9,300 we rallied to new slightly higher ground. A break over 10,000 still sends us higher. We added 350 shares of GBTC last Wednesday @ $10.02 to our position of 400 @ $8.06, bringing our average price to $8.97. GBTC closed $10.596 + .36 today. Tomorrow is another day. CAM
For Trading JUNE 24TH New Highs For NASDAQ, AGAIN Market Recovers From Navarro Gold New Recovery High Close Today’s market was a recovery from Mr. Navarro’s comment last night that the China trade deal was finished after Mr. Trump tweeted that it was in fact, still on track. Choose what you wish to believe, but the farmers aren’t happy with soybeans well off their highs. Anyway, we got passed that conflicting news and managed to trade higher with NASDAQ at another new all-time high again today. The only issue was the fact that we closed mid-range, well off the highs. The DJIA +131.14 (.50%), NASDAQ +74.90 (.74%), S&P 500 +13.43 (.43%), the Russell +5.84 (.41%) and the Transports managed an up day, +119.59 (1.32%) for the best gain of the day. Market internals were just barely positive with NYSE 4:3 and NASDAQ 6:5, and volume expanded by 30% on the NAZ. The DJIA was 16:14 Down with the big winners again, AAPL +53 DPs, UNH +33 and V +21, with IBM the only double-digit loser -12. We added some CVS 7/67.50 calls on the decline with an average price of $1.16 and they finished $ .86, and the NEM 7/17 $60’s @ 1.55 and added to on Friday @ $1.30 for an average of $1.47 triggered a 100% Up Rule sale at $2.94 this morning. They closed the day $2.30. Our position in VLO 7/17 65 calls @ $2.45 closed $2.55. Tonight’s closing comment video https://youtu.be/H32paScDnow Discord Forum link in video description.. SECTORS: The news that DELL would be spinning off its stake in VMWare (VMW) to shareholders, a $50billion deal sent both stocks soaring after the close. DELL had closed $49.01 and immediately jumped to almost $60 before settling $57.90 +8.82 (18%) and VMW moved from its close of $149.23 to trade $166 and finish $162.48 +13,26 (8.9%). Another disposal of a stake, this time Softbank’s position in T-Mobile (TMUS) looks like it will be a sizable windfall since TMUS closed at a new all-time high of $107.16 today, making it worth $32.6 billion. In the COVID-19 vaccine arena, Inovio (INO) is getting Dept. of Defense funding to manufacture its intradermal DNA delivery device. The stock, up from $4 to 19 in late March had settled back into a range around $12-15, closing $15.30 Monday and traded as high as $22.68 on the news and finished the day $21.57 +6.27 (41%). FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN was LOWER with TSN -.03, BGS +.04, FLO -.18, CPB -.31, CAG -.55, MDLZ -.43, KHC -.85, CALM +.28, JJSF +.59, SAFM -.30, HRL -.81, SJM -2.51, PPC -.01, KR -.10, and PBJ $30.96 -.23 (.74%). BIOPHARMA was MIXED with BIIB +3.90, ABBV -.21, REGN +.28, ISRG -.44, GILD -.60, MYL -.26, TEVA -.18, VRTX +.80, BHC -.23, INCY -2.41, ICPT +1.10, LABU +2.92, and IBB $138.40 +.27 (.20%). CANNABIS: was MIXED with TLRY +.24, CGC -.20, CRON +.31, GWPH -.85, ACB -.15, NBEV -.06, CURLF +.10, KERN -.45, and MJ $13.56 +.06 (.44%). DEFENSE: was LOWER with LMT -4.27, GD -1.80, TXT -.11, NOC -8.77, BWXT -.66, TDY -8.51, RTX -.39, and ITA $168.09 -1.64 (.97%). RETAIL was LOWER with the brands higher: M +.02, JWN -.17, KSS -.41, DDS -.05, WMT -.83, TGT -1.28, TJX -.02, RL +.12, UAA +.29, LULU -4.20, TPR +.07, CPRI +.47, and XRT $43.10 +.05 (.12%). FAANG and Big Cap: were HIGHER with GOOGL +12.27, AMZN +48.18, AAPL +6.33, FB +2.65, NFLX -4.04, NVDA -4.07, TSLA +2.68, BABA +6.60, BIDU -.01, CMG -31.26, CAT +.41, BA -3.01, DIS +.45, and XLK $104.63 +.75 (.72%). FINANCIALS were HIGHER with GS +.98, JPM +1.05, BAC +.06, MS +.27, C +.74, PNC -1.06, AIG +.22, TRV -.04, V +2.98, and XLF $23.82 +.11 (.46%). OIL, $40.37 -.36. Oil was HIGHER early in the day but couldn’t manage to hold the rally and fell back a bit. This is not unexpected, as I mentioned in the Pre-open comment this morning. I mentioned in last night’s video that it appears that prices are trying to work higher towards $45.00. The stocks were higher with XLE $39.29 +.04 (.10%). GOLD $1782.00 +15.60. It was a clean breakout and a continuation of the rally today, closing practically on the highs. We bought back the 3rd and final lot of NEM @ $58.86. And, we also added a half position in NEM 7/17 60 calls @ $1.55, and additional 50% @ $1.30 on Friday. We sold half on the 100% Up Rule @ $2.94 yesterday and we closed $2.30 +.16 today. BITCOIN: closed $9,660 +75. After trading back to 9,300 we rallied to new slightly higher ground. A break over 10,000 still sends us higher. We added 350 shares of GBTC last Wednesday @ $10.02 to our position of 400 @ $8.06, bringing our average price to $8.97. GBTC closed $10.596 + .36 today. Tomorrow is another day. CAM
A Detailed Look at the Proposed Flea Market Changes And The Risks Involved
The flea market changes are unlikley to fix the problems most people are upset with in this game. I am going to try and breakdown why i think this is the case as easily as i can because i love this game and don't want it to die off like so many other awesome games have in the past. This will be a long post. Sorry. Key non-bug problems in EFT: A: CheatersB: HatchlingsC: RMTD: Trader flipping Proposed BSG solution: Limit flea to Found In Raid (FIR) Top-line Overall Result:
Explosion in prices for ammo, mods & armor
Top-line side effects:
Newcomers getting waxed by people who can game all day
More players going broke as loadouts quadruple in price
Less profit per raid because you can't resell other PMC loadouts on flea
Far more hatchet runners (for reasons i explain later)
If you believe that prices for goods won't skyrocket because of these changes i simply don't have time to explain economics 101 in this post, so i'll just move on. So lets see how the change impacts the key problems the playerbase is facing: A: Cheaters
This increases the reward for cheating because FIR loot will be worth far more than it is now
Most cheaters are doing it for the lulz or because its in their nature, maybe cultural, maybe they are just a bad person, not getting into that shitstorm here.
This change also increases the lulz value of wiping a server since you know how hard people tried to get a good kit
Best solution for cheaters: Strong anti-cheat systems with HWID bans and a post raid replay system that lets the community report cheaters. Potentially region locks. B: Hatchlings
This will increase hatchet/pistol/mosin runs as more players find themselves low on funds as gear prices rise, additionally, key items will be worth even more than they are now.
This change will increase hatchlings working for gold farming companies
Losing FIR due to runthrough is easily avoided by just getting killed by a scav or PMC or dropping a scav on your way out to extract.
C: RMT - Gold farming
This change will send more players broke and demand a higher time commitment to get good gear, which means a larger portion will turn to RMT to survive and enjoy the game their way.
It will not impact the process of RMT as you can list FIR milk/duct tape for 5m rubles and have the RMT company buy it from you. This is how RMT works in the game currently, generally using bitcoins.
Side note: How does gold farming work: (sources:here,here&here)
Gold farming is typically/primarily done by paying people in poor countries to sit at net cafes and do the same task all day. It is not done by cheaters wiping servers.
This is because the above process allows the Gold Farming company to calculate profit per hour with a stable and regular income of in-game currency and run a stable business. Wiping servers is too variable and results in more account bans which reduces their profit.
In tarkov, gold farmers primarily use hordes of hatchlings running for important loot to build their ruble stash for resale.
The change around run throughs will not impact them as all they need to do is get killed by a PMC or Scav to keep the loot and avoid this status.
I really want to stress, the idea that gold farming and cheating are related has no basis in evidence. Gold farming has alwaysrelied on paying people to do repetitive but simple tasks to grind in-game currency in a low-risk and often non-bannable way. In tarkov this means hatchet hordes.
D: Trader flipping
This will remove trader flipping, it will do this effectivley. But is this really such a huge problem that it requires this change and its huge impacts on gameplay as detailed below?
True concequences of this change:
Increase in hatchet runners due to the increase in players going broke so those honest players turn to hatcheting to survive. All they need to do is get killed by a scav or PMC to keep their loot. Easy.
Increase in demand for RMT as not everyone wants to hatchet, so they will just buy rubles for a few bucks online. This means
Far more hatchet hordes as this is the primary way gold farming works and an increase in demand for RMT means an increase in supply.
Potentially more cheaters though this is not how most professional gold farming companies operate.
Decrease in value of PVP leading to a rat playstyle being the only logical way to play. I am a rat, but its only fun because i am hiding from chads. If i am just ratting in a server with nothing but rats, there is no excitement.
Alternative solutions: A: Cheaters - as mentioned, stronger anti-cheat, post raid replay system with reporting. B: Hatchlings - Spawn scavs or even raiders near high tier loot immediatly at start of the raid or longer term, dynamic loot spawns. C: RMT - Best solved by cutting off easy money farming by killing off hatchlings, this makes gold farming harder, which pushes up the real world value of rubles, reducing it's prominence. D: Trader flipping - Localise trader stocks or limit barters for high value items to only a few per account per wipe as well as limiting purchase quantities per player per hour on items like high pen ammo. Summary: I am strongly of the opinion that this change will hurt the games core playerbase and lead to less people playing EFT as it devalues and makes more difficult parts of the game many people find enjoyable such as gun builds, PVP and getting real lucky taking down a juicedboi and reselling his kit. This is a beta, so hopefully these changes will be tested and community feedback garnered to see if the change should be permanent. Hence i have made this detailed and long ass post to help in that process. If you disagree thats fine, go off in the comments thats what discussions are about. I appreciate anyone who got this far, and thank you to the devs for making such a great game. Thanks Snitchezel
I'm a fan of a few blockchain solutions to replace the aging SWIFT system, but as an asset it's only real value is based on greed and scarcity. My concern is that we're moving money from the visibly wealthy, with the accountability and notoriety that that owners of companies and such carry, to people that are using their computers to solve a meaningless algorithm. We're talking about handing over a massive amount of power and control to people that are invisible to the rest of us. We are moving money from the light and into the shadows. The war on drugs has always done this, funneled value and assets into a separate economy, but what we're seeing with bitcoin is even more anonymous and dangerous. Think of your local rich guy. Right now he's freaked out because, although he may be profiting off the short term volatility of the market, all of his assets are still part of the economy - he's making "money" but what protects him from the risk of the dollar tanking? He needs something recession proof. So he buys gold but sees financial advisors making money and talking about bitcoin as digital gold. It's price is so high, it must be worth something, so he buys 100 btc and that wealth is then transferred to individuals whose computers did the work that they're now collecting insane amounts of money for. These newly rich people are functionally lottery winners. They could be anyone, anywhere, and now the local rich guy has just given them enough money to start making changes in the world. This isn't the redistribution of wealth that we needed. We needed the wealthy to voluntarily sacrifice their way of life in exchange for not being held accountable for destroying the planet. That's the only way this doesn't end terribly. By trying to profit, the rich guy has gone through the right motions of giving his money away, but instead of giving it to an effective NGO, he's given it to an unnameable entity. Who's to say that the Chinese government doesn't control all the bitcoin? We all owe them a lot of money, and they make all the hardware that we and they use to "mine" it. If I were trying to recoup my losses from a country that is so detached from reality that they see their stimulus cheque as free money - some people are putting their entire cheque into this market, which is a real fuck you to every tax payer - I'd do it by selling them something arbitrarily valuable so they couldn't complain about being ripped off when the price drops to zero. There is no intrinsic value to the bitcoin, and like Mark Blyth mentioned in his talk on Global Trumpism, the Chinese government has classified bitcoin as a "digital gambling token", which is entirely accurate. It's no more valuable than a casino chip or disney dollars, and people are handing over their entire fortunes to the shadowy figures that hold these chips. Converting your savings into btc is very much like taking it to a casino and putting your money in chips. People holding btc are betting that the interest is going to increase when the other markets become unstable, but in the mean time, their money is being used by the casino. It's not just sitting there. We need blockchain technology to keep track of things like trillion dollar stimulus packages to ensure they're not being squandered. We could even use one of the currencies as a global "back end" for fast and painless transfer of money. If this virus and the climate change that caused it should teach us anything it's that when money ends up in the wrong hands, we all pay the price. Right now, money is being bled from the west as they panic to protect their assets against the inevitable crash of the economy, but in so doing, are causing that crash to happen. I'm not sure we're thinking any of this through. By having a president that keeps floating absurd an unrealistic expectations, instead of doing everything we can to reduce the strain we're putting on the system (i.e. if you have local organic farmers, buy food from them as often as possible because that food doesn't need to cross any borders), we're getting fat in our houses, watching netflix and generally ignoring the fact that we just turned off a machine that really cannot be restarted after a point... especially as we burn through our stockpile of food and drink because this is the future and it's supposed to be easy... or however it is we're justifying "staying calm" at a time like this. While we're getting fat on cheetos, the wealthy are emptying the economy into invisible pockets. When we try to turn this back on, they will have turned all the real money we depend on, into physical assets like gold and bitcoin, and will have no idea where their actual money ended up. I'm sure a good deal of this money is being made by bad actors because it's just too perfect; paying for your evil plan with the greed of those whose greed has suffocated the planet? seems almost fair. This has got to stop. All of it. Whatever comes next will be different and new. It will require unity, and the strength that unity carries. Stop trying to profit from your neighbor and instead start trying to help them. Build strong relationships, share resources, get a network of people you can trust to look out for your interests as much as you look out for theirs. When poverty and capitalism collide you get theft and fraud. Just like the wave of pestilence we're facing, until we feed the starving countries of the world, they will steal as needed to survive. Can you blame them? Can we not yet agree that all of us are just hairless apes with slightly differing appearances and very slightly differing languages, that happen to have incompatible ideologies, but fundamentally we're all the same? If yes, how can we forget about the sick and hungry around the world, and if no, then money gets to decide the value of human life and we're giving that all away so don't expect things to get easier after this. Please spend your emergency money on bare essentials, not gambling. We don't know where that money is going or what it's being used for when it gets there. We're shifting fortunes from figures that can be held publicly accountable, to no one in particular. I like the general idea, i just dislike that the money isn't being evenly distributed but is instead being transferred to a possibly even more irresponsible and dangerous single actor we dont even know. Better to know your enemy. Stop watching netflix and start reading textbooks. Understand math and science and the biosphere. Understand how small our home is and how critical a stage we find ourselves at, where it seems like the plutocrats understand that their consumption cannot continue but figure if they wipe enough humanity off the board, the rich might have a chance. They believe they understand the problem because they're rich and so they must understand everything, but they can't see that theres no escape from this. They may have the best seat in the house, but when the building is on fire, they're all pretty shitty seats. Stop breaking the things we need, start sharing the things you dont, rebuild your faith in humanity by being the best person you can be, and love this planet for giving you life. This is your only shot at it, don't follow the crowd. Figure out what makes you happy that requires as little from the rest of the world as possible and just live. Trying to get rich right now is like trying to win a game of chess while the board is being broken. You can't win at a game that is falling apart, you can only choose to try to keep the board together or ignore it and keep trying to play around the cracks. It wont get you anywhere that wont be taken away from you in a year anyways, so we might as well get together and try to make something work, right? This is the very last bit of time we have to make a decision on this as a culture and we only get to make it once. There has never been a more consequential time to be alive and be involved but we need to acknowledge the truth of what we've created and then work from there to build a workable future, if that's even possible. If you have a close group of friends, now's the time to discuss pooling resources and making a commune out in the woods somewhere. You'll need to build an ecosystem from scratch if you want any real food security but it can be done. It's just impossible to find anyone that sees any value in it enough to invest in it. So you can have plans to feed everyone but if no one listens, you just have to suck it up and starve beside their stupid money they love so much. What does money even mean, after this? What value does it have? It would be funny if it weren't so frustrating.
Whereas a substantial portion of our population thinks wealth is purely abstract and can be created out of thin air without a cost somewhere, the reality is and has always been that money/currency is just a representation of tangible goods or services. Rather than walk around with a dozen cows looking for a car, you can bring a check with a hundred-cow-equivalent value of dollars to trade for the car. The seller can then give the check to a farmer in exchange for cows, if he wants to. Or for anything else. The convenience of notes is that they can be used to represent any real world resource, whether cows or gallons of gasoline or bags of rice or vials of insulin or hours of labor. But these are all just different resources. Money is a way of keeping track of resources. That's why the idea of getting rid of money is foolish, because you're going to be keeping track of who/where has how much of what, and whatever you use to do that is your currency, whether it's rations, bottle caps, cigarettes, bitcoins, gold bars or dollars. Because money only represents resources, consider the consequence of halting the economy. Much of it is service industry, and so doesn't create novel resources in the exact same way as farming, logging, and mining do, but there is still loss of productivity, just not to the same degree. The big concern is in manufacturing. By not producing resources for weeks or months, what happens when we begin to experience shortages downstream? You can have all the dollars in the world, but they only represent real world resources. If there aren't any, then the dollars won't help you get the resources you need later on. I've avoided specifics because I'm not knowledgeable yet on what exactly is being halted, but I wonder if locking down the entire economy won't possibly result in more people dying later on, from systemic issues of shortages of the tools needed for other medical treatments, or safety equipment maintenance, or cyber security, or difficulty getting loans to cover care because of banks being resistant to lend as a result of the stock market, ETC. It's almost impossible to measure directly, but I have to imagine that we'd be risking a lot more people dying in the long term because of consequences to our loss of productivity than those who will/would die from the virus. And that's without advocating for a do-nothing approach, either. There are three major Western philosophies on how to approach the issue, represented by the US, UK, and Denmark, and with my medical education I believe Denmark is most likely to turn out to be the best response. Waiting to see. Do you agree? Do you think the cost to human life is likely to be as or more severe because of the cessation of economic productivity?
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