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General / Re: Me talking to Rush today
« on: November 29, 2010, 02:10:24 AM »
At some point, TimeLady, your notion of a noble cause will be impossible to sustain, no matter how much you try to convince others that your emotional argument is sufficient to produce a solution. The proportion of your discontent will correspond to the lengths by which you ignore individuality to promote the redistribution of resources under abstracted conditions without a consistent ethic.

What I think probably doesn't matter to you, but you should know I don't appreciate the idea of a bureaucrat telling me how and when to help others, or a politician using demonizing rhetoric to charge an illiterate voting public to buy into the idea that you can 'tax the rich' to their own self betterment. You do not earn sympathy by blindly advocating theft and claiming it isn't because it's somehow an equally mandated deprivation.

The idea that the government is somehow untainted by corporate lobbying insomuch that it can accomplish what you imply is incompatible with the reality: Politicians can't cure poverty, and if they could, it would put them out of a job. It's more politically expedient to make promises. Rather than curb lobbying, Obama has expanded its role in taking bailout money. He is catering to his biggest donors, after all.

General / Re: My John Galt Speech moment.
« on: November 09, 2010, 04:14:51 PM »
Translation: Adopt a "gold standard" so we can rape the value out of that too.

General / Re: My John Galt Speech moment.
« on: November 09, 2010, 03:28:53 PM »
Place your bets. I'm laying mine on real money.

For those of you who had the brains to own actual physical silver and gold, congratulations! For those of you who ridiculed these people as 'nuts', I'm sure this constantly growing pile of evidence is inconsequential to your confirmation bias and hatred of free commerce.

General / Re: Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer, Anybody Playing?
« on: September 01, 2010, 10:42:02 PM »
I'm close to finishing the story.

There are lots of unfriendly players out there, but gang matches are making me a stronger player, which means I'm better able to defend others. I was very green with multiplayer combat games when I started out on RDR, but now I'm much better.

The Viglance posse is still looking for players to hang out with! Hope to see you on some time, slayerboy.

General / Re: Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer, Anybody Playing?
« on: August 24, 2010, 02:35:29 AM »
Just finished the first session of the Vigilance posse.

It went well. We cleared a few gang hideouts, and then we went hunting Cougars with knives. I'd say it was fairly even. We were up on a steep hillside just east of Tanner's Reach and that seemed to keep the Cougars at bay.. at least at first. It's as if they learned from our behaviors and adapted, because soon they were charging us. At one point they slayed us all and we came back to see all the kitties on top of the hill protecting it. XD

After we endangered the species we headed off for one last gang hideout and experienced a bug that disabled the enemy locations, so that took a while to clear...

Participants (PS3):

Vigilance is always looking for a few good men and women to strike fear in the state! Until next time..

General / Re: Use of an Anarchic Model
« on: August 22, 2010, 01:11:46 PM »
What thinks you?

I think you should back up your post with some examples, otherwise it really will not happen as you suggest.

Photoshops / Re: Vigilance Redux
« on: August 22, 2010, 01:04:28 PM »
That's debatable.  Some people don't see energy as "physical" - your hard drive doesn't change, only it's magnetic properties do.  And then there's illegitimate access to information.  If a private road owner, for example, sets up a device that reads all visitors' smart-phone signals (or, in a sci-fi scenario, their brainwaves!) without their permission, that might not constitute a crime in absence of recognition of negative IP rights.

While it is true that people have different standards for the respect of property rights, and libertarianism does not provide a single form of property recognition outside of self ownership, energy is a property of the physical universe, and thus a physical form of property manipulation when someone deletes your files. It contrasts to the notion of IP because IP claims ownership over an IDEA and any physical manifestation of the idea, despite who owns the physical stuff which the idea is expressed through, no matter how 'arcane' or  specialized the property may be.

Illegitimate access to information is twofold: You may have an ethical authority to determine the use of your property, but an EFFECTIVE creation of privacy and protection of sensitive data requires that you invest the time/energy/resources to create that security. There is no expectation to privacy on par with a 'right'. Constitutionally, the government is supposed to recognize this, but there is no reason to assume to trust someone who claims to represent the government, either.

These are real problems which require market action to build conventions in contract so that invasive behaviors that advance the occurrence of fraud are put down before they get out of control.

And I think a lot of them would, as charter cities, corporations, business alliances, etc would find it in their best interest to become members of contractually-based IP recognition authorities.  My only disagreement with IP advocates is that it isn't a universal Natural Right to impose those IP recognition obligations by default.

I am in complete agreement here. This assumption of universally encompassing dictated "conventions" against the will and consent of individuals is a huge source of conflict, and implies that people would not choose a form of IP that best satisfied the interests of the participants. Advocates of democracy tend to be severely naive on the subject by ignoring consent. Socialists take it a step further and ignore the untenability of enforcement and market incentive to profit from ideas.

If GPL functions to rob people of the freedom to develop similar ideas, then it is no better than existing copyright law.

General / Re: Red Dead Redemption Multiplayer, Anybody Playing?
« on: August 21, 2010, 08:27:50 PM »
Well, I won a copy of the game from eBay so no more renting. Unfortunately I have a huge project deadline to finish so I won't be able to play too much for a little while. That said I would like to know if anybody is interested in joining up with me in an RDR posse.

I created a page on the Red Dead Redemption Wiki for the pro-liberty gaming clan Vigilance:

Any progress on your system purchase, Anklebiter?

Photoshops / Re: Vigilance Redux
« on: August 21, 2010, 08:14:57 PM »
Deleting files is a violation of your physical property.

Certainly, people should be free to come up with their own agency to resolve IP issues that they can contract into.

Well, as a C/C++ programmer trying to make a living, this affects me quite a bit.

What does? Their competing with you by making something free? Or is it their protective measures through GPL?

I'm not seriously asking anyone to stop using GPL'ed software in situations where there isn't a copyFREE alternative, thus my vi SVG joke, but don't think it is much better than pirating Adobe software instead.  At least with Adobe you get a much better quality product that will improve your productivity, and a much more marketable skill to put on your resume, thus it can be economically beneficial to use Adobe software even if you have to pay for it.

Keep in mind, these companies are providing tools that involve proprietary formats, therefore it's easy to get locked into their system which might not address demands for innovation. The costs involved in Adobe software are a consequence of having to compensate for piracy, but it detracts their opportunity for making more sales with less restrictive pricing.

Relative to its cost (of a free download), Inkscape provides great value and it has continued to advance in terms of features. I will at some point need to upgrade my OS to stay on top of advances...

I still use Photoshop 3.0.5 for my composition and sprite/pixel art needs. I use Corel Painter for illustration and Inkscape for vector illustration and composition. They all work well together, and I don't mind having to use multiple programs to get things done when they are as feature rich as these.

General / Re: Do you ever get video game flashbasks?
« on: August 21, 2010, 07:46:56 PM »
That might also be...


Steamband is pretty nifty too, though I still prefer Cthangband.

General / Re: Jane Jacobs' "The Death and Life of Great American Cities"
« on: August 21, 2010, 05:32:58 PM »
Dark Age Ahead by Jacobs is a great introductory book if anyone is thinking of picking up her work.

General / Re: What should Bill Brasky get tattooed on his right forearm?
« on: August 20, 2010, 12:27:19 AM »
Just finished this today based on a cleaner vector version. Maybe it would suit you, maybe not...

Photoshops / Re: Vigilance Redux
« on: August 16, 2010, 05:39:37 AM »
Thanks for the feedback.

LOL... Well, I appreciate the argument against intellectual property, but the developers are putting a valuable tool out there for people to freely access. Of all the organized statist tinged activities out there to rail against, this one is so far down the list it would resolve itself in the transition to a voluntary society as a reaction to the activity. :P

Updated and polished!

This one might make a good T Shirt design...

General / Re: Want somebody to troll?
« on: August 14, 2010, 12:33:17 PM »
Trolling made easy: Keep it short.

"I read your book. Cool story bro."

Photoshops / Vigilance Redux
« on: August 14, 2010, 12:09:26 PM »
Had a bit of downtime lately between projects and this Inkscape design is the result.

Actually, it's still a work in progress. I would like to add some cut-out areas behind the center area, and possibly a latin quote in the upper right. It's an Art Nouveau inspired variant of my neo-art deco Vigilance logo (I use it as a catch-all branding for art/online gaming/etc). I was specifically interested in something complementary to the late 19th century since I've been enjoying the Red Dead Redemption game lately. I'm sure the perceptive among you can appreciate the details. I'll give you a vector copy of the gun if you can figure that one out (should be easy, and it's also in RDR).

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