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1  Other / Off-topic / I'm seriously contemplating suicide, why am I telling you lot this? on: October 11, 2015, 05:46:00 PM
I guess this is as off topic as it get's.

The older I get , the harder it hurts.
    
      First off, 8 years ago, I started getting these horrible "headaches". Not migraines or what you would think are normal headaches, but mind numbing killing head pains on the right side of my head called Cluster Headaches. Don't let the headache part fool you, I can not simply take a aspirin to get rid of this pain, this condition has been called suicide headache for a reason due to the intense pain that just can not be stopped unless proper treatment is provided. I have been on a cocktail of drugs for the past 8 years that has completely fucked up my life and lost a large portion of my friends and social life.

      It wasn't until last year that I started getting the right treatment I needed. I am on Verapemil, O2 , Topiramate and have Sumatriptan injections which are great for stopping an attack when it happens. Only a handful of the people I know , including family , truly understand the shit I go through for this lifelong none life "threatening" condition. Work is a cunt, all they hear is headache and think I am bullshitting most of the time. Everyday is a fucking drag going into work fucked of my head on meds stopping this chronic pain from making it's appearance, and when it does come at work I always feel guilty of the fact that I have to leave everyone in the shit by going home to suck on my o2 tank while they think I am bulllshitting my self out of work, I need the money, I don't get sick pay or anything!

      My social life is next to none, it's obviously better now I have some form of treatment but I have lost 8 years to this pain that I will never get back, I am 33 and single! I can't put any partner through this bullshit I am going through. It's such a burden for me, imagine what it will be like for them. This is the only reason I got into bitcoin due to having so much time being in so much pain. For the past fuck knows how many years I must of quit and rejoined Facebook well over 200 times due to this very reason, no one gives a shit. And why should they?.

      So what is the point? All I keep thinking about is taking all my meds and being done about it. Everyone is having kids and getting engaged or married, getting promotions and what not, and I'm still the same cunt bitching about me. Surely the world is better off without me, fuck it.

I haven't been that active here for the past year I guess, due to me trying to get my life back. And I guess I am saying this here due to this place being the last place I felt at home at...

I am sorry for saying this, I am sorry for making anyone's day shit by making them read my shitty grammer or horrible words of offence,

I just had to get it off my chest just in case I do something.

And thanks for the experience, I hope it goes well for you all.
2  Bitcoin / Press / [2015-08-20] Gizmodo - Why Does Montreal Have a Bitcoin Embassy? on: August 21, 2015, 03:30:36 AM
Gizmodo - Why Does Montreal Have a Bitcoin Embassy?

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2015/08/why-does-montreal-have-a-bitcoin-embassy/


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In the heart of downtown Montreal, between a boarded-up bar and restaurant, there’s a three-storey glass building. It looks for all the world like any other normal office — that is, until you spot the sign swaying in the wind: “Bitcoin Embassy”.
3  Bitcoin / Press / [2015-08-07] BBC - Japan court rules against Bitcoin compensation plea on: August 07, 2015, 01:34:42 PM
BBC - Japan court rules against Bitcoin compensation plea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33816664


Old news, new day.

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Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn told the BBC he was a little surprised by the Tokyo court's ruling but added that there was still a great deal of confusion over the legal status of Bitcoin in many nations.
"What's we've seen a bunch of times is different governments in different parts of the world coming to different conclusions about Bitcoin," he said.
4  Bitcoin / Press / [2015-05-20] BBC - Bitcoin's baby: Blockchain's 'tamper-proof' revolution on: May 20, 2015, 07:25:14 AM
BBC.co.uk - Bitcoin's baby: Blockchain's 'tamper-proof' revolution



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For Bitcoin, 2014 was not a good year. The virtual currency's value slumped as scandal after scandal struck, resulting in many people losing significant amounts of money.
Over recent months the "cryptocurrency" has stabilised, however it is still worth less than a quarter of its peak value against the dollar.
But while Bitcoin's long-term prospects may remain in doubt, some are suggesting that its underlying technology - the Blockchain - has a bright future.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32781244
5  Bitcoin / Press / [2015-03-13] BBC - Why 'Britcoins' may soon pay for your latte on: March 15, 2015, 08:24:24 PM
BBC.CO.UK Why 'Britcoins' may soon pay for your latte

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31856218

Found this in the business section (again) of the website, posted 2 days ago, seems to of been missed. Nice being in the business section rather than tech!

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Two years ago, perhaps 4,000 or 5,000 merchants in the world accepted Bitcoin, says Nicolas Cary, co-founder of Blockchain, now there are more than 100,000.

"It's a very efficient way for a company to accept payment, since they receive 100% of the value of a transaction," he says. "Very different from dealing with credit cards, which take at least 2% to 3%."



As no one gives a shit, here's the whole article so you don't even have to click the link ( I know it's a hard task)

Two years ago, perhaps 4,000 or 5,000 merchants in the world accepted Bitcoin, says Nicolas Cary, co-founder of Blockchain, now there are more than 100,000.

"It's a very efficient way for a company to accept payment, since they receive 100% of the value of a transaction," he says. "Very different from dealing with credit cards, which take at least 2% to 3%."

His company, which offers a popular electronic wallet for storing Bitcoins, now has three million users - plus a London headquarters.

Britain's first Bitcoin cash machine has been installed in a Shoreditch coffee shop in London, where you can pay for your coffee from your digital wallet.

And argue some, with other successful UK start-ups including Coinfloor, a Bitcoin trading platform, and Elliptic, which aims to offer unhackable ways to store them in offline vaults- Bitcoin is becoming increasingly 'Britcoin'.

Britain's tech empire normally shrivels beside that of the United States. Last year London's 'Silicon roundabout' district received $1.4bn (£930m) in investments, compared to Silicon Valley's $22bn (£14.6bn).

But the financial crisis forced an outflow of talent from banking to start-ups.

And more global financial institutions make their home in wet Britain than sunny California.

So London became the world's new financial technology centre, employing more people (over 44,000) in the sector than either Silicon Valley or New York.

Silicon roundabout, London
Cryptocurrencies are increasingly important for financial technology hubs like London's 'Silicon roundabout'
Payment looms large in financial technology, and start-ups working with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ripple, which are the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation, are prominent.

Collectively, they're luring big bits of investment.

When Elliptic raised £1.2m ($1.8m) in seed funding last summer, it was regarded as an important coming of age for cryptocurrencies.

Liquidity savings
Cryptocurrencies offer an advantage in countries where official currency exchange is tightly controlled, like China.

Cryptocurrencies could revolutionise how banks handle payments, too.

Large retail banks currently use central clearing - everything goes to one place, and then back out.

But with Bitcoin, this exchange happens in different places and instantaneously.

At the moment, the small amount of liquidity in any particular cryptocurrency limits broader use of this system.

However, this would grow exponentially if several banks began to convert cryptocurrencies to a traditional currency, and back again.

This has happened in Germany, where Fidor Bank adopted the Ripple cryptocurrency for payments.

Two American banks have done so as well.

Bitcoin ATM machine
Bitcoin cash machines may still be relatively rare - but their numbers are growing
The Ripple protocol offers advantages over Swift, the 40-year old system which most banks now use to send payment orders.

"Banks don't have to hold liquidity in all far flung corners of the world," says Conny Dorrestijn, one of the judges of the 2015 FinTech50, which looks to promote new types of financial services technology.

"At the moment, if you're a bank in Germany and have two clients who do payments with Chile, you have to hold liquidity in a corresponding bank in Chile.

"With the new protocols, you don't."

Risk versus reward
Elliptic calls itself a 'Bitcoin custodian', storing the private keys which they compare to digital gold, in an encrypted form and a secure location.

Says its co-founder, Dr Tom Robinson, "If you're storing it in an internet-connected device, there's always the possibility of web-based hacking. So we store it in a bank vault."

He is unsure we ever will be using Bitcoins as we do physical cash on the High Street, but says block chains - the data structures that record Bitcoin transactions - can be used with tokens representing any financial asset, including shares or bonds.

If a company represented its shares in this way, then the platform could transfer ownership of the shares in a highly transparent manner.

And dividend payments would be more efficient, since you would simply send Bitcoins to whichever wallet holds the token.

Bitcoin and other payment logos
Some shops and retail outlets are now accepting Bitcoins, alongside more traditional payment methods
A Scottish company called MaidSafe issued 'cryptoequity' last year, with a crowd-sale of what it called MaidSafeCoins.

Worries by banks about the money laundering risk from cryptocurrencies has stunted use of block chain technology in the UK banking sector till now. But the money laundering risk from cryptocurrencies can be overstated, believes Dr Robinson.

"The risk is there, but there is a publicly available database, and everyone can look at it, and see every block chain transaction that's ever been made."

Regulating cryptocurrencies
The absence of regulation also has been a problem.

Britain's tax authorities released a guidance brief on Bitcoin a year ago (and decided not to charge VAT on cryptocurrency mining or trading). Last month, the Bank of England publicly explored the idea of issuing a 'digital pound'.

But in general, the UK government has adopted a wait-and-see attitude.

In America, New York state has been one of the first governments at any level to propose regulations for the virtual currency industry. Initially, its reporting and capital requirements were viewed as quite onerous on smaller cryptocurrency start-ups, but they have been relaxed.

Dr Robinson says it could be time for some light-touch regulation in Britain, to lend cryptocurrencies credibility, and give banks confidence in dealing with them.

Bank of England
The Bank of England has explored the idea of a 'digital pound' but questions remain about how this would work
And the Bank of England concluded if it were ever to create a digital pound, research would be necessary to ensure the technology would not constrict the central bank's ability to control its currency and secure the banking system against attack.

Miss Dorrestijn cautions that too much investment may have gone into the front end of payment, and neglecting banks' ageing infrastructure, where the bulk of payments are still handled.

"'98% of the world still works with banks as we know them today," she says. "I see a very new interest in investing in new core technology, new protocols, and new formats."

"I think the world is oversaturated with wallets, and mobile channels, if they only are a shiny face on an old fashioned mechanism."

More than small change
Michel Akkermans, founder of Clear2Pay, says retail banks are mostly hindered in payments by batch-based systems.

Transactions get processed once a day, instead of in real time.

And legacy payments software is "written in arcane programming languages no one knows any more".

He says after the 2008 banking crisis, banks have focussed again on their core business of enabling transactions rather than esoteric financial instruments and derivatives.

Michel Akkermans
Traditional payment processing methods hinder banking, says Michel Akkermans
But they are at very different stages in modernising their existing payments infrastructure, he says.

One new body, the Emerging Payments Association, represents newer entrants in the payments space.

It pushes for non-bank payment firms to have more equal access to retail clearing banks, for such things as faster payments and dealing with consumers through the Post Office, says board advisor Richard Wagner, chief executive of Advanced Payment Solutions.

Bitcoins may not yet have met their killer app. But how we pay is undergoing more than small change.

And Bitcoin, Ripple, and other new alternative forms of payment are steadily gaining currency, bit by bit.
6  Bitcoin / Press / [2015-02-25] Telegraph.co.uk -Bitcoin revolution could be the next internet.. on: February 25, 2015, 04:54:21 PM
Telegraph.co.uk
Bitcoin revolution could be the next internet, says Bank of England


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/currency/11434904/Bitcoin-revolution-could-be-the-next-internet-says-Bank-of-England.html#disqus_thread

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The arrival of electronic currencies could revolutionise the way Britons pay for goods and services, in much the same way as the internet shook up how we access information, the Bank of England has said.
Cashless forms of payment like the cryptocurrency Bitcoin “potentially combined with mobile technology, may reshape the mechanisms for making secure payments”, the central bank said.

Oh, a tweet from George Osborne as well...
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Good that @bankofengland looking into digital currencies – need to ensure UK customers benefit from new tech and #Fintech firms flourish
7  Economy / Service Discussion / Transactions keep increasing everyday! on: February 24, 2015, 07:06:17 PM
So recently blockchain.info just reached the 3 million wallet milestone. Yardi yar, rabble rabble.

It's awesome, ok, sure.... what ev's, but..

I think the fact bitcoin transactions just keep going up compared to the "current" price of bitcoin, is even more glorious. Spectacular. Fantastical. Magical. Better.

https://blockchain.info/charts/n-transactions?timespan=all&showDataPoints=false&daysAverageString=1&show_header=true&scale=0&address=




P.s. I was gonna post an image of the chart but my computer says no. Revel with the happy lady holding stacks o' cash.

P.i.s.s

8  Bitcoin / Armory / No transaction history since last update. solved. on: October 20, 2014, 10:05:49 AM
My transaction history vanished from my watch only wallet since the last update. In the wallets tab it show's my balance but on the bottom right of the armory wallet window where it say's "Maximum Funds/spendable and unconfirmed funds" I have nothing.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

edit: FS lol

this post helped https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=815508.0

Sorry!
9  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-10-06] BBC - Bitcoin price falls to 11-month low on: October 06, 2014, 02:40:36 PM
BBC - Bitcoin price falls to 11-month low

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29507443

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The value of one bitcoin has fallen to its lowest level for almost a year.

On Sunday afternoon the Bitcoin hit a low of $290 ($181), and the virtual currency lost about 18% of its value across the whole weekend.

The crypto-currency has seen its value steadily fall since December 2013, when each bitcoin was briefly worth more than $1,100.
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / So my mum just got this email...Paypal now accepts bitcoin! BS on: September 19, 2014, 10:39:11 AM
So yeah, my mum just got an email from Moneywise with the title "Paypal now accepts Bitcoins- 3000% growth in 4 years"



I got her to forward me the email, to which the only thing I saw about Paypal was
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Bitcoin is independent, requiring no banks or intermediary. It is completely decentralized and free from government control. Bitcoin will rival major currencies and e-commerce businesses, such as Paypal, as an internet currency and payment vehicle.
So basically , they lied lol (unless I'm missing something?)
Here is the email http://info.moneywise.co.uk/HM?a=ENX7CqtxJO8v8SA9MOA-hxbnGHxKVL1SP_cStGb5lw8W0bBhOG5mpqVsje_HheD2wV2r

There are some buttons which say "click here for more information ", they take you to this page "Bitcoin Investment guide" http://www.investormailinglists.com/lp/bitcoininvestment/120714/lp.php?listID=TPG120814
At first I thought "scam?" but apparently not! (well Moneywise are quite well known and trusted). It does seem strange this email got sent out today during the mass dumpage , but hey surely this is good advertisement right? (or is it?)
I hope the links work btw.

Hmmm, that 2nd link has quite a bit of BS in it .... 1 out of the 3 accept btc.



Edit: Sending Moneywise an email to find out why they choose to speak shit.

Edit: Searched their number 0203 455 0146 and found this http://www.alternativesolutionsinc.co.uk/landing/hollywood_film/thankyou.html "Invest in major Hollywood Box Office films" , so scam it is. Time for a beer.
11  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-09-09] BBC - Paypal unit to 'embrace' Bitcoin crypto-currency on: September 09, 2014, 12:59:29 PM
BBC - Paypal unit to 'embrace' Bitcoin crypto-currency

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29124997

I know this is old news but BBC, bless 'em. Also a mention of the Satoshi email hack.

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Paypal subsidiary Braintree has started working on ways to process payments using the Bitcoin virtual currency.

The work is due to be completed within "the coming months", said Braintree boss Bill Ready in a conference speech.

It means that firms such as Uber and Airbnb, which use Braintree as a payment processor, will also be able to accept bitcoins.

So far, there is no indication that bitcoins will be accepted directly by Paypal and eBay.

12  Other / Off-topic / Forget Bitcoin, stock up on Nutella!!! on: August 20, 2014, 05:12:04 PM
Yep, that's right. Around 70% of Turkeys Hazelnut crop was wiped out during a March frost. Hazelnut prices have skyrocketed , so you better stock up and sell this shit to all your choc'e'nut skag heads out there at double the cost! (if not triple!)

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/nut-price-spikes-stoke-nutella-shortage-fears-n184086

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/nutella-price-could-soar-amid-worldwide-hazelnut-shortage-1.2740003

etc...
13  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-08-20] Kotaku - Inside a Bitcoin mine in rural China. on: August 20, 2014, 10:22:38 AM
Kotaku - Inside a Bitcoin mine in rural China.



http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2014/08/20/inside-bitcoin-mine-rural-china

The article is fine, just talking about the mine and the 3 workers. Nothing much, mainly photos.

Some people might not be able to view that link as Kotaku was sold to Future, i.e. the domains might be a bit different. kotaku.com / kotaku.co.uk etc..
14  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-08-06] BBC - Bitcoin price crashes linked to web search surges on: August 06, 2014, 10:02:18 AM
BBC - Bitcoin price crashes linked to web search surges

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28665262

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A spike in searches for Bitcoins can be a good predictor of an imminent crash in its value, suggests research.

The conclusion emerged from a study of the web activity and social media chatter surrounding the virtual currency by Swiss computer scientists.

Their analysis of who was taking part in this activity helped to explain the meteoric rise in the value of bitcoins.

It might also offer insights into how online communities adapt and grow, suggested the research team.
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Wallet for Android / Wallet taking awhile to load up. on: July 04, 2014, 05:54:03 PM
My bitcoin wallet has started taking around 10 secs to load (avg) for the past two days. Just wondering what could be the cause, in my head I'm thinking it could be due to the amount of inputs?
I have restarted my phone to see if that helps but it still takes awhile to load up. Never had this problem before, any ideas? Thanks.

edit: I'm using a xperia z1
16  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-06-12] BBC.co.uk - Expedia to accept Bitcoin payments on: June 12, 2014, 05:14:33 PM
BBC.co.uk - Expedia to accept Bitcoin payments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27810008



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One of the world's largest online travel agencies, Expedia, has become the latest company to accept Bitcoin transactions as a form of payment.

The firm will initially accept the virtual currency for hotel bookings only, and is currently restricting the trial to its US site.

Late to the game as usual , The Beeb.
17  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-06-03] BBC.co.uk - Apple warms to apps using virtual currencies on: June 04, 2014, 11:50:13 AM
BBC.co.uk - Apple warms to apps using virtual currencies



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27680109


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Apps accepting payments made with virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, could soon appear in Apple's app store.

The firm has changed its policy for apps to allow software developers to use "approved virtual currencies".

Apple has yet to publish a list of which virtual currencies it considers to be "approved".

Many have taken this to mean that the Bitcoin cyber-cash system will soon be included in Apple apps as it is the most widely used virtual currency.

Edit: noticed the link had already been posted, av this instead!

Independent.co.uk - Bitcoin is back: digital currency skyrockets as Apple changes its app store policy

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/bitcoin-is-back-digital-currency-skyrockets-as-apple-changes-its-app-store-policy-9483068.html
18  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-05-19] BBC.co.uk - Bitcoin development group hit by resignations on: May 19, 2014, 08:47:43 PM
BBC.co.uk - Bitcoin development group hit by resignations

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27472249
19  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-04-25] BBC - How to mint your own virtual money on: April 25, 2014, 03:41:49 AM
BBC - How to mint your own virtual money

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27143341

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I am the richest person in the world but, sadly, only when it comes to Beebcoins.

That is the name of the virtual crypto-currency I created to see how easy it is to leap on the virtual cash bandwagon.

That bandwagon briefly propelled each Bitcoin, the best known crypto-currency, to be worth about $1,200 (£715). Currently each virtual coin trades for much less than half of the value of that November 2013 peak.

I smell premine...

20  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-03-11] BBC.co.uk - Bitcoin firm Mt Gox wins brief US bankruptcy protection on: March 11, 2014, 01:48:08 AM
BBC.co.uk - Bitcoin firm Mt Gox wins brief US bankruptcy protection
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26523826

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Troubled Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has won temporary bankruptcy protection in the US.

A judge in Dallas, Texas, agreed to protect the firm's assets and temporarily halt two US lawsuits while bankruptcy proceedings occur in Japan.
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