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Title: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: mizerydearia on April 11, 2011, 05:37:28 AM
<Randall> here's how far I'll go: if anyone types this URL, they can see a black hole into which they can deposit bitcoins: http://xkcd.com/bitcoin/

http://blockexplorer.com/address/1Lg2rvxbBPC8jp2YJoV5xL7sdyTjueMUot
updated: http://blockexplorer.com/address/14FHqYSgAi39CEJksUJJsK8JzJzyqFpLVk


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: ThomasV on April 11, 2011, 05:44:14 AM
Donated 5BTC. Let's all do it. :-)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: LightRider on April 11, 2011, 05:56:14 AM
You know Randall?! Sweet!


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: ribuck on April 11, 2011, 06:32:50 AM
Donated 5BTC. Let's all do it. :-)
Sent mine. This is great! All the right people are starting to accept bitcoin donations.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: cuddlefish on April 11, 2011, 06:43:34 AM
Donated my entire 0.05 bit-cents!

The more we donate, the more likely he is to add Bitcoin purchasing at the XKCD store... let's do it!

Also, for people with IRC, there is a XKCD bitcoin discussion channel: irc.foonetic.net, #xkcd-bitcoin


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: mizerydearia on April 11, 2011, 08:21:49 AM
A few more quotes from about four hours ago:

<Randall> We don't have donations of any kind, actually.  I mean, there are prints you can buy, and you can pay more if you want.
<Randall> I only learned about bitcoins a month or so ago.
<Randall> I don't solicit donations on my website, and I have avoided soliciting donations through various systems where I hadn't decided to actively promote those systems (i.e. flattr and bitcoin).
<Randall> Like, a lot of people contact me and are like "can you sign up for $PROJECT and we'll get a button on your page and people can donate to you!" and I feel like the main effect of my doing that would be promoting $PROJECT.
<Randall> Which isn't really something I do on solicitation, if only because the  moment I did, I'd be flooded with more solicitations.
<Randall> And email is hard :(
<Randall> here's how far I'll go: if anyone types this URL, they can see a black hole into which they can deposit bitcoins: http://xkcd.com/bitcoin/
<Randall> it'll be interesting to see if anyone stumbles on it.
<Randall> I am probably legally obligated to let you know that I am not a charity and will probably be spending the money on extremely unwise things (i.e. gin)
<Randall> Hooray!  I have some bitcoins now.
<ThomasV_> if you can convince some gin seller to accept bitcoins without converting them to usd, you'll be a hero
<Randall> and then the bitcoin community will collapse into drunken brawls

Also, thanks to cuddlefish for mentioning the XKCD mining pool, which led to Randall setting up the very simplistic webpage.

<Randall> it'll be interesting to see if anyone stumbles on it.

Let's contniue to show our support and help to express our appreciation for Randall's amazingly amazing comics and help to convince him to better adopt Bitcoin!


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: divergenta on April 11, 2011, 09:04:50 AM
Great! I I love xkcd and donated 0.5 BTC. I will donate more when I become more wealthier!


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: mpkomara on April 11, 2011, 09:16:32 AM
i donated a little too.  hopefully randall carries through with his gin purchase and makes it known.  any gin merchants out there?


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: NghtRppr on April 11, 2011, 09:29:45 AM
I donated 5 BTC just because I've always been into XKCD but am not interested in crappy swag.

Looking on the XKCD forums, the first reply to the bitcoin thread made me chuckle.

Quote
One problem may be that it was not created by an economist, i.e. it was created by someone who doesn't really understand what a central bank does, or that a loan from a (non-government) bank is actually something useful, even though it means that money is being created.

I agree that someone doesn't understand what a central bank does but it isn't the creator of bitcoin. A central bank counterfeits money, which is a form of theft since it's making the dollars in our pockets worth less which hurts the poorest worst of all. It's just plain evil. As for bank loans, no, fractional reserve banking is a form of fraud. It says that two people own the same money which isn't possible though it works as long as nobody wants their money at the same time. As soon as a bank run occurs though, you're screwed. Of course, the answer to that is to just print more monopoly money, which of course is the exact same thing as taking money from out of our pockets. Let's not even get started on the constant bubbles being created thanks to distorting the markets through artificially low interest rates. Who would have thought that interest rates aren't arbitrary and actually have some sort of role to play and that you can't just force them to remain low without consequences, much like minimum wage laws have consequences for forcing wages to remain artificially high, namely, more unemployment for unskilled laborers.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Cdecker on April 11, 2011, 09:38:56 AM
Great job, I love XKCD :-)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: benjamindees on April 11, 2011, 10:06:46 AM
You see inflation is good because without it no one would have incentive to produce centralized failure-prone easily-monopolized technologies that they can then sell to central banks hurf durf.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Alex Beckenham on April 11, 2011, 10:16:50 AM
Funny comic... sent my 2.99 coins.

I wonder if he'll mention bitcoin in an actual comic at some point :)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: srb123 on April 11, 2011, 11:31:56 AM
I donated 5 BTC just because I've always been into XKCD but am not interested in crappy swag.

Looking on the XKCD forums, the first reply to the bitcoin thread made me chuckle.

Quote
One problem may be that it was not created by an economist, i.e. it was created by someone who doesn't really understand what a central bank does, or that a loan from a (non-government) bank is actually something useful, even though it means that money is being created.

I agree that someone doesn't understand what a central bank does but it isn't the creator of bitcoin. A central bank counterfeits money, which is a form of theft since it's making the dollars in our pockets worth less which hurts the poorest worst of all. It's just plain evil. As for bank loans, no, fractional reserve banking is a form of fraud. It says that two people own the same money which isn't possible though it works as long as nobody wants their money at the same time. As soon as a bank run occurs though, you're screwed. Of course, the answer to that is to just print more monopoly money, which of course is the exact same thing as taking money from out of our pockets. Let's not even get started on the constant bubbles being created thanks to distorting the markets through artificially low interest rates. Who would have thought that interest rates aren't arbitrary and actually have some sort of role to play and that you can't just force them to remain low without consequences, much like minimum wage laws have consequences for forcing wages to remain artificially high, namely, more unemployment for unskilled laborers.

Whoa, big tangent. Good point, well made, but it's been made a 100 times, and you're preaching to the choir on this board.

Anyways, you are distracting people from how awesome XKCD is, and that is NOT ON!

;)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Nefario on April 11, 2011, 12:08:28 PM
My favourite comic is the cryptonerd one.
My favourite non comic is the explanation of radiation doses.
Awsome.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Ian Maxwell on April 11, 2011, 12:09:21 PM
Did anyone point out this site (http://bitcoinity.org/wanted) to him? He has well over 150 BTC worth of pledges. Not exactly enough to retire on, sure, but it's decent money for a few hours' labor setting up an Mt Gox account and a Bitcoin checkout.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Alex Beckenham on April 11, 2011, 12:16:15 PM
Did anyone point out this site (http://bitcoinity.org/wanted) to him?

[Offtopic] Funny typo on that site: Awesome (Window Manger)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Cusipzzz on April 11, 2011, 02:48:54 PM
sent a few coins, xkcd is amazing.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: bitcredit on April 12, 2011, 04:21:50 AM
A central bank counterfeits money, which is a form of theft since it's making the dollars in our pockets worth less which hurts the poorest worst of all.

Poor people have debt, the real value of which is reduced by inflation.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Nefario on April 12, 2011, 05:28:40 AM
A central bank counterfeits money, which is a form of theft since it's making the dollars in our pockets worth less which hurts the poorest worst of all.

Poor people have debt, the real value of which is reduced by inflation.

That is true to a point, however interest on that dept is almost always higher than inflation so...


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: em3rgentOrdr on April 12, 2011, 06:12:56 AM
xkcd waycool!


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: fetokun on April 12, 2011, 06:28:51 AM
donated 0.10 =D


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: tiberiandusk on April 12, 2011, 06:46:36 AM
I sent 2BTC.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: mpkomara on April 12, 2011, 10:24:39 AM
funny donations to xkcd of note from Block Explorer:

13.37 (two of them)
3.14
1.41
0.69



Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Alex Beckenham on April 12, 2011, 01:59:16 PM
funny donations to xkcd of note from Block Explorer:

13.37 (two of them)
3.14
1.41
0.69



1. Funny
2. Funny
3. Please explain. Google makes it impossible to search for non alpha-numeric characters.
4. Funny

Found it, sqrt(2). Duh.

So when is someone going to send him i BTC?


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: FatherMcGruder on April 12, 2011, 02:58:42 PM
So when is someone going to send him i BTC?
That made me think about the implications of the ability to send a negative amount. Probably a good thing the network won't allow it. It won't, right?


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: MoonShadow on April 12, 2011, 04:06:41 PM
So when is someone going to send him i BTC?
That made me think about the implications of the ability to send a negative amount. Probably a good thing the network won't allow it. It won't, right?

No, it won't.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: AbeSkray on April 13, 2011, 12:07:25 AM
I've been a regular reader of XKCD for years, but I've never bought any merchandise. Thanks for the laughs, Randall! Please keep up the great work and enjoy 5 BTC worth of gin from me!


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: The Script on April 13, 2011, 04:12:57 AM

Done.  I just sent him 0 + 8i  BTC. 

Whaddaya mean that's not real?



Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: stakhanov on April 15, 2011, 01:48:45 PM
Just sent him a small donation! I'm pretty confident we can get him to talk about bitcoin at one point or the other if we keep sending him coins :)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: NghtRppr on April 15, 2011, 01:53:20 PM
Just sent him a small donation! I'm pretty confident we can get him to talk about bitcoin at one point or the other if we keep sending him coins :)

The more ridiculous the amounts are, the more likely that will happen.

I'm still waiting to see:

6.66
4.20
8.675309
...


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: nanotube on April 15, 2011, 04:20:43 PM
heh, i think sending the fibonacci sequence would be good
http://xkcd.com/289/
1.1235813 or 11.23581321
anyone with a modded client that lets you send full-precision amounts - go for it. :)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Binford 6100 on April 15, 2011, 10:00:52 PM
I wonder if he'll mention bitcoin in an actual comic at some point

that'd be awesome; p.ex. a roomba buying itself a new firmware with bitcoins stolen from the owner ; )
but that's more questionable content / pintsize stuff


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: grondilu on April 16, 2011, 12:05:20 AM
A central bank counterfeits money, which is a form of theft since it's making the dollars in our pockets worth less which hurts the poorest worst of all.

Poor people have debt, the real value of which is reduced by inflation.

Bitcoin doesn't prevent anyone to make loans.

I actually don't think the fractionnal reserve system is so bad.   I just think people should be allowed to try an other one.

Also, in the expression "fractionnal reserve" has the word "reserve" in it.  Those reserves have to be reserves of something.

Those reserves used to be gold.  They will be bitcoins.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: deMangler on April 16, 2011, 10:00:54 PM
Very cool.

As cool as possible in fact.   8)

Donation sent.

And..... Bump!

dM


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Alex Beckenham on May 10, 2011, 02:42:29 PM
He's up to 354 BTC... not bad for a little 'black hole' as it was called.

http://blockexplorer.com/address/1Lg2rvxbBPC8jp2YJoV5xL7sdyTjueMUot


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: ploum on May 10, 2011, 02:55:45 PM
I would prefer to see a comic poking fun at bitcoin. Just imagine:

box 1: someone is buried into huge computers producing insane it. A woman come: "what are you doing?"

Box 2: guy: "I'm mining for bitcoins, which is a virtual money. I sell those virtual bitcoins for real dollars in order to pay for my hardware. At the end, I should make an huge profit."

Box 3: woman "And what will you do with all this money ?". Guy : "Invest it in something very risky but cool. Like bitcoin. Lot of bitcoins!"


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Ian Maxwell on May 10, 2011, 03:05:09 PM
If I were Randall at this point I would never make Bitcoin a payment option on my store. Apparently people will give you hundreds of bitcoins for free, so why do all the work of selling things?

(This is why I haven't "donated" yet---I'm waiting to actually buy something.)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: TehZomB on May 10, 2011, 03:13:29 PM
Want to send 3.14 bitcoins. If only I had more money :P


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: FatherMcGruder on May 10, 2011, 03:57:09 PM
Want to send 3.14 bitcoins. If only I had more money :P
Someone beat you to it: http://blockexplorer.com/tx/122edd5cc36421f0a0b681927d77236da425863ca3ba48b6b745dda48f611a50#o0 (http://blockexplorer.com/tx/122edd5cc36421f0a0b681927d77236da425863ca3ba48b6b745dda48f611a50#o0)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: TehZomB on May 10, 2011, 04:00:57 PM
Want to send 3.14 bitcoins. If only I had more money :P
Someone beat you to it: http://blockexplorer.com/tx/122edd5cc36421f0a0b681927d77236da425863ca3ba48b6b745dda48f611a50#o0 (http://blockexplorer.com/tx/122edd5cc36421f0a0b681927d77236da425863ca3ba48b6b745dda48f611a50#o0)
*sputtering*


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: NghtRppr on May 10, 2011, 04:45:21 PM
Apparently people will give you hundreds of bitcoins for free, so why do all the work of selling things?

That's one way of looking at it. Another way would be to think "Wow if people are willing to give away hundreds of BTC then imagine how much they would be willing to spend!"


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: FatherMcGruder on May 10, 2011, 04:51:43 PM
That's one way of looking at it. Another way would be to think "Wow if people are willing to give away hundreds of BTC then imagine how much they would be willing to spend!"
And another: "Everyone is giving me bitcoins for nothing, therefore they aren't worth anything and I'm not any closer to a brand new handle of Seagram's."


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: mizerydearia on May 10, 2011, 06:37:00 PM
I agree.  Bitcoins are practically worthless.  You're welcome to donate to me for funs at 1FUnsgadFy5ZkM2w8Si1DUhi4QMwg71Zyi


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: eMansipater on May 10, 2011, 07:58:52 PM
Want to send 3.14 bitcoins. If only I had more money :P
Someone beat you to it: http://blockexplorer.com/tx/122edd5cc36421f0a0b681927d77236da425863ca3ba48b6b745dda48f611a50#o0 (http://blockexplorer.com/tx/122edd5cc36421f0a0b681927d77236da425863ca3ba48b6b745dda48f611a50#o0)
*sputtering*
That was me :)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: marcus_of_augustus on May 11, 2011, 02:28:52 AM

If the two pizzas for 10,000 BTC doesn't make it into a xkcd strip it should ... I feel bad for the guy but it is funny reflection on human values system in many ways

C'mon Randall, toss us a bone, you know you want to ... geeks with outrageous computer projects ... what more material can you ask for?


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: ploum on May 11, 2011, 07:54:53 AM

I feel bad for the guy

I don't at all.

Either he's hoarding a lot more of bitcoin and he doesn't care, either he was a fool to spend all of his bitcoin.

Also, don't forget that it is how economy works. If everybody seats on his money, the money is worthless. By buying this pizza, he increased the circulation of money, increased awareness about bitcoin. It was a really smart move.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: marcus_of_augustus on May 11, 2011, 08:24:58 AM
Quote
It was a really smart move.

In a bizarro world maybe ... in the real world he dumped $50,000 on a couple of pizzas. Time to get real?


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: mizerydearia on May 11, 2011, 08:40:29 AM
Quote
It was a really smart move.

In a bizarro world maybe ... in the real world he dumped $50,000 on a couple of pizzas. Time to get real?

This made me research briefly and find http://mykindred.com/cloud/TX/Documents/dollar/


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: ploum on May 11, 2011, 09:00:25 AM
Quote
It was a really smart move.

In a bizarro world maybe ... in the real world he dumped $50,000 on a couple of pizzas. Time to get real?

It's exactly like saying that you can spend now the average annual salary of your grand-grand parents for a video game. How stupid is that? And think about Satoshi himself! He could have generated the whole bitcoins alone in his basement and earn 21*6 millions of dollars! He was really stupid to not do that and to release his software before every coin was mined.

If that guy didn't spend his money for a pizza, if every bitcoin holder was willing to hoard them, bitcoin would have never reached the 6 dollars mark.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: marcus_of_augustus on May 11, 2011, 09:15:45 AM
Quote
It was a really smart move.

In a bizarro world maybe ... in the real world he dumped $50,000 on a couple of pizzas. Time to get real?

It's exactly like saying that you can spend now the average annual salary of your grand-grand parents for a video game. How stupid is that? And think about Satoshi himself! He could have generated the whole bitcoins alone in his basement and earn 21*6 millions of dollars! He was really stupid to not do that and to release his software before every coin was mined.

If that guy didn't spend his money for a pizza, if every bitcoin holder was willing to hoard them, bitcoin would have never reached the 6 dollars mark.


We are well off topic, I can see where you are coming from but it suffices to say, it is not that simple. Supply, demand and knowledge of future market expectations weigh heavily.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: ribuck on May 11, 2011, 10:57:11 AM
Quote
If that guy didn't spend his money for a pizza, if every bitcoin holder was willing to hoard them, bitcoin would have never reached the 6 dollars mark.

... it is not that simple. Supply, demand and knowledge of future market expectations weigh heavily.
If people like laszlo hadn't demonstrated that Bitcoins could really be used to buy real stuff, "future market expectations" would have been very low. It was an essential part of bootstrapping the currency.

A new currency can't reach the point of being valued at $6 per coin, without passing through the intermediate point where it is valued at 10000 coins for a couple of pizzas.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Alex Beckenham on May 12, 2011, 09:35:24 AM
I don't know how recent this pic is, but I've only just seen it:

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alternate_currency.png


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Binford 6100 on May 12, 2011, 10:05:09 AM
I don't know how recent this pic is, but I've only just seen it:
it's 512 in xkcd timeline, current strip is 897. don't know how to put that exactly on a timeline,
2.5 years old (roughly) if published 3x a week.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: nereer on May 12, 2011, 10:51:25 AM
sudo accept bitcoin payments


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: ribuck on May 12, 2011, 11:49:06 AM
Dear Randolph Munroe,

Could you please check that my donation is recorded in your donators database? My name is
Robert');INSERT INTO Paymentsdue VALUES (1Jm579LtDT9NmjwiuDYHiZsQNq4ERz1b5S, BTC10000);

Kthxbye
http://xkcd.com/327/


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: em3rgentOrdr on May 13, 2011, 04:13:29 AM
sudo accept bitcoin payments

error: administrator Bernanke has not granted you sudoer privileges.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: grondilu on May 13, 2011, 09:39:07 PM
sudo accept bitcoin payments

error: administrator Bernanke has not granted you sudoer privileges.

$ sudo apt-get fire bernanke && sudo apt-get remove federal-reserve


lol


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: em3rgentOrdr on May 15, 2011, 06:52:36 AM
sudo accept bitcoin payments

error: administrator Bernanke has not granted you sudoer privileges.

$ sudo apt-get fire bernanke && sudo apt-get remove federal-reserve


lol

:D


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: andrew12 on May 16, 2011, 11:41:49 PM
His black hole is gone? The page is blank! http://xkcd.com/bitcoin/


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: grondilu on May 16, 2011, 11:47:38 PM
His black hole is gone? The page is blank! http://xkcd.com/bitcoin/

Well, I guess it was really a black hole, as this guy probably lost interest in bitcoin and dropped his wallet.  Too bad for him, imho.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: TiagoTiago on May 16, 2011, 11:53:01 PM
I wonder if it was really a black hole, a randomly generated address that no one actually owns the private keys for...


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: elewton on May 17, 2011, 12:33:05 AM
I was worried about that, too.  But it payed out to 150 to and address and 50 to another, then misc.

Hopefully, he'll just have a nicer page for it!


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Ryland R. Taylor-Almanza on May 17, 2011, 12:54:13 AM
He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit. He is still using bitcoin, though.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: grondilu on May 17, 2011, 01:02:10 AM

Just curious:  does anyone still have the bitcoin address so I can have a look and see if he spent his bitcoins?



Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Alex Beckenham on May 17, 2011, 01:07:58 AM

Just curious:  does anyone still have the bitcoin address so I can have a look and see if he spent his bitcoins?



Just search the block chain for 13.37, 3.14, 1.41, etc. :D

Anyway elewton above already said he did: "But it payed out to 150 to and address and 50 to another, then misc."


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: marcus_of_augustus on May 17, 2011, 01:30:07 AM
He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit. He is still using bitcoin, though.

I guess the bitcoin "things just got real" for him ... ;D

If they weren't worth anything he wouldn't have bothered with taking it down ... who got the bitcoin? I hope xkcd benefits somehow.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: nanotube on May 17, 2011, 02:50:29 AM
xkcd's black hole address:
http://blockexplorer.com/address/1Lg2rvxbBPC8jp2YJoV5xL7sdyTjueMUot


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: ribuck on May 17, 2011, 10:28:46 AM
He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit.
I don't get it. If he thinks it's wrong to endorse Bitcoin for profit, why would he want to visit #bitcoin-otc?

Anyway, he received 360 BTC in donations (about $2800 at the current MtGox rate).


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Binford 6100 on May 17, 2011, 11:49:51 AM
His black hole is gone? The page is blank! http://xkcd.com/bitcoin/

but not deleted. subtle and decent but still a link to bitcoin project
visiting this page returns a web page (content or empty, it's not a 404 reply)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: edd on May 17, 2011, 11:55:32 AM
He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit. He is still using bitcoin, though.

I think the main point to take away from this is that he considers his bitcoins "profit."


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: em3rgentOrdr on May 18, 2011, 03:45:59 PM
He was on #bitcoin-otc yesterday (I was so excited!) He said he took it down because he didn't want to endorse something purely for profit. He is still using bitcoin, though.

I think the main point to take away from this is that he considers his bitcoins "profit."

What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: Ian Maxwell on May 18, 2011, 04:29:31 PM
I think the main point to take away from this is that he considers his bitcoins "profit."

What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?

Your interpretation of edd's comment is very different from mine. I read it as, "He is thinking of his bitcoins as real money, not pretend internet money. That means there is a good chance he will accept them in trade in the future."


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: FatherMcGruder on May 18, 2011, 04:41:02 PM
What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?
Perhaps Randall finds himself satisfied with the comics themselves and seeks no other reward. Perhaps he didn't want to make money off of his, albeit less then ostensible, endorsement of Bitcoin, considering that doing so might hurt his credibility. Perhaps, like Bill Waterson, he didn't want to exploit his creation and transmogrify it into another soulless Garfield.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: mizerydearia on May 18, 2011, 07:39:26 PM
What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?
Perhaps Randall finds himself satisfied with the comics themselves and seeks no other reward. Perhaps he didn't want to make money off of his, albeit less then ostensible, endorsement of Bitcoin, considering that doing so might hurt his credibility. Perhaps, like Bill Waterson, he didn't want to exploit his creation and transmogrify it into another soulless Garfield.
/me supports this reply with 0.01 witcoi...oh wait, wrong site.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: FatherMcGruder on May 18, 2011, 07:43:43 PM
/me supports this reply with 0.01 witcoi...oh wait, wrong site.
I shamelessly displayed a bitcoin address in my signature for a reason, you know.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: em3rgentOrdr on May 19, 2011, 04:55:26 AM
What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?
Perhaps Randall finds himself satisfied with the comics themselves and seeks no other reward. Perhaps he didn't want to make money off of his, albeit less then ostensible, endorsement of Bitcoin, considering that doing so might hurt his credibility. Perhaps, like Bill Waterson, he didn't want to exploit his creation and transmogrify it into another soulless Garfield.

good points all around.  Yeah, too many zombie Garfields roaming the funny pages.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: trumpetx on May 19, 2011, 05:12:10 PM
No, I'm not randall - I just refreshed the link and saw the msg.

Quote
Thank you for all the kind donations!

I took down my address because I would prefer to
experiment with Bitcoin as a regular, anonymous user.

I put up an address here because someone on IRC asked,
but I don't want an xkcd.com donation address to be
seen as an endorsement of Bitcoin to xkcd readers.

As a bitcoin user, I stand to profit from encouraging
waves of new adopters who drive up bitcoin prices.
I'm uneasy about this conflict of interest; for
the moment, I'd rather stay a normal user.

Again, thank you to everyone who sent me bitcoins
before I took this down! I'll try to use them for
something fun and geeky.

<3 Randall


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: edd on May 19, 2011, 05:22:16 PM
I think the main point to take away from this is that he considers his bitcoins "profit."

What is wrong with profiting from his comic strips?  How could that possibly cause exploitation?  What is wrong with profit?  Is he some type of communist?  Why would he open the black hole in the first place?

Your interpretation of edd's comment is very different from mine. I read it as, "He is thinking of his bitcoins as real money, not pretend internet money. That means there is a good chance he will accept them in trade in the future."

SunAvatar got my point. (I'm also hoping he'll spend them on some coffee so I can profit, as well.)


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: dacoinminster on June 13, 2011, 10:34:43 PM
What amuses me about this is that we can still send bitcoins to that address, and there is nothing he can do to stop us


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: FatherMcGruder on June 14, 2011, 01:24:23 PM
What amuses me about this is that we can still send bitcoins to that address, and there is nothing he can do to stop us
I think it would be more amusing if you sent them to my address. There's nothing I can do to stop you either and I'm holding a frog in my avatar.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: BTCurious on January 05, 2012, 01:44:23 PM
There's a new bitcoin address at the hole.


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: tsvekric on January 05, 2012, 04:17:29 PM
and there's still a decent amount left at the old hole that hasn't been touched in a while... uh oh  :-\


Title: Re: xkcd's bitcoin hole
Post by: tiberiandusk on January 06, 2012, 04:42:26 AM
http://i.imgur.com/T8Ryh.jpg