Language/Mental Hack #423
Zealot speculators of crypto-currencies like to call their assets/obsessions "crypto".
I decided that to balance that, i would only refer to "crypto-currencies" as "currencies", in order to emphasize their monetary/financial nature.
@jz except they are not currency either. They are far too volatile to be used as a decent store of value (except for gambling extra money you can afford to loose)
@RaphJ well they are more just "currencies" than they are just "crypto" somehow... and the idea is here to reverse that language fallacy of calling them by one half of the word they are usually descrbied by.... but you're point is right indeed, to be precise they maybe should be called "volatile virtual spectulative casino tokens" or something like this? ;)
@jz Bingo. Needs to be said. When a millennial asked me to tell him what I know about "crypto", I started into symetric & asymetric differences. He had this confused look on his face. So I slowed down, to try to work out what he wasn't picking up on, and he eventually stopped me to say he meant "#cryptocurrency". I was a bit frustrated that the discipline had been hijacked.
"I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you’re referring to as "crypto", is in fact, "crypto-currencies", or as I’ve recently taken to calling it, "ponzi plus currencies". crypto is not a casino scam unto itself, but rather another scientific component of a fully functioning free society..."
@jz I don't like the villification of cryptocurrencies here (it has it's uses), but I am bothered by this terminology issue.
Relatedly: I think it's wrong for Ruby to call it's key-value mappings "hashes", also because devs using your language shouldn't have to know how you've implemented datastructures!
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