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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / FBI says it recovered $2 million in Bitcoin Ransomware payment... How? on: June 07, 2021, 11:37:27 PM
Talking about this with friends.  FBI doesn’t give any details, of course, but says they traced it to a Wallet and seized it.  How do you think they got it back?

Our theories are:

-Traced it to an exchange, Forced it to be turned over
-Hacked the hackers
-Cracked the encryption
2  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / G-20 Cryptocurrency meeting on: March 20, 2018, 10:36:46 PM
I didn't realize there was a G-20 meeting on cryptocurrency, but according to CNBC, it was "very positive" for crypto.  Apparently, it was closed door meeting but reports were good.  From the article:

""The spirit of the discussion was very productive, and I agree that everybody left very pleased," governor of the Central Bank of Argentina, Federico Sturzenegger, said Tuesday during a press conference. "It was a very good meeting."

Cryptocurrency discussions happened during a closed-door session earlier Tuesday, a spokesperson from the G-20 told CNBC."
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / CNBC: Be “prepared to lose everything” in Cryptos on: February 27, 2018, 04:19:34 AM
So yeah, this is your typical traditional asset manager fear mongering, but I found this article most interesting because it includes a side by side comparison chart of volitility for BTC, ETH, Ripple and tradition assets, stocks and gold.  We already know how volatile it is, but had never seen a side by side comparison like that.

Remember, though, the word volitity has a connotation when talking about investments, but it goes both ways.  Highly volition assets can “explode to the upside”, too. 

At least this BlackRock asset manager does appear to acknowledge that Cryptos may eventually become mainstream.
4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Question about the coin tracking app “Delta” on: February 25, 2018, 03:37:50 AM
I’ve been a Blockfolio user, but I’m giving “Delta” a chance, and so far, I like it better. 

But what does it mean when there is an asterisk * next to the coin ticker ... LCC* ( Litecoin Cash) for example?

Anyone know?  I can’t find info on that.
5  Other / Meta / Who has earned enough Merit to Rank Up beyond "member"? on: February 19, 2018, 07:02:05 PM
I'm only aware of two "member", or above, who have earned enough merit to rank up.  There are probably more, but I have been paying attention, and these are the only two I'm aware of.

1)  One is the well-know member Nullius.;u=976210

Currently, a "member" with 435 merit, which would not only get him to Full Member, but Sr. Member, too, I believe, when his activity increases.

And this, of course, is well earned.  He is a great poster.

2)  The other member is DeeperX.;u=1038794

Also, currently, a "member" with 268 merit, which would not only get him to Full Member, but Sr. Member, when his activity increases.

While I have no opinion myself on DeeperX, I would point out that he has negative trust, by Lauda, for

"DeepOnion is a copy/paste project with a massive amount of shills. This user will censor any mention of this, which makes his behavior and project even shadier than it already is.
Read the reference link for more information.

More ratings and information can be found on the original account:;u=321080.
User has created this account to avoid their negative trust. Avoid this scam project."

Again, there may be others, and I'd be interested in hearing about members I may have over looked. 

I just thought it was interesting to note the seemingly wide variation in the quality of these posters, who have both reached the promise land.

6  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / A different perspective on KYC for bounties on: January 30, 2018, 10:35:07 PM
After being in a campaign that ‘surprise’ KYC’ed their members after the campaign was completed, I have to say, the KYC was worth it.

People do have a valid complaint about the 'surprise' KYC only being mentioned after the work was done, but from the looks of it, the manager has ID’ed hundreds of “spam syndicates”, duplicate accounts, people registering under other people’s BCT user name, etc …  and at least half of the members didn’t bother to KYC.  It means a lot more for the rest of us.

And I can tell you first hand, from what I’ve witness, the bounty manager is taking this very serious, doing his best to eliminate cheaters and give the people who actually cared about the project a larger share.
Now, I get the complaints, especially when the KYC isn’t mentioned in the announcement, but it worked like it was supposed to.  So far, the most common objections to KYC itself I’ve seen are:

Crypto is supposed to be private:  Yes, it could be, but every other investment I’ve been involved in has required much more info than what the KYC asked for…. Social Security numbers and the names of my heirs, for example.   KYC asked for my name, address, phone number, and a picture ID.  Really, not much more than you can find on a government website about me, or my business Facebook.

I can’t trust an ICO with my personal data:  Really?  You are promoting the ICO and asking people to invest their hard earned money in it, but you can’t trust them with your name and address?   This is only a valid concern if you are a professional bounty hunter retweeting every campaign out there without regard for quality.  If you engage in one bounty at a time, you have the luxury of researching the crap out of it before you get involved.

I hope in the future that more bounties include whether or not they KYC in their announcement.   I know the merit system was just introduced, but I think KYC for signature campaigns will cut down the spamming and duplicate accounts much more.  It will discourage the “spam syndicates” from getting involved right from the start, and probably make the campaign manager’s job easier.

I would absolutely get involved in another project that KYC’s if they check out, so I hope they will start making that part of their announcement.   In fact, if I were a campaign manager, I would put “we reserve the right to KYC our members” in every announcement, just to discourage the multi-account spammers.
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / List of Forks [updated 4/3/2018] on: January 14, 2018, 02:25:37 AM
Scam Advisory:  I'm not involved in any projects listed below.  I have no knowledge of the legitimacy of any of the projects listed below.  In order to claim Bitcoin forks, you usually have to enter your Bitcoin private key into a new wallet or App.  This is a very dangerous thing to do.  Some of these "forks" listed below may be scams designed to steal your private key, and some 3rd party wallets claiming to support these forks may be scams designed to steal your private key, therefore it is advisable to move your Coins to a new wallet/address before attempting to claim any fork.  If a scammer has your private key, they have full access to your Bitcoin wallet and can steal any Bitcoins left in that wallet, and any associated assets, such as Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, etc.  This list is just for reference.  Do your own due diligence, use at your own risk, and do not trust any claims made by these websites without verifying.  

Bitcoin "Forks"

Name.......................... Symbol..Date..............Block......On.CMC?..Ratio.........Website
Bitcoin CashBCH8/1/2017478558Yes1:1
Bitcoin ClashicBCHC8/1/2017478558-1:1
Bitcoin GoldBTG10/24/2017491407Yes1:1
Bitcoin DiamondBCD11/24/2017495866Yes1:10
Bitcoin HotBTH12/12/2017498848-1:100
Bitcoin PlatnumBTCP12/12/2017498533-1:1 (Dead)
Bitcoin Minor?11/12/2017498754-1:1
Super BitcoinSBTC12/12/2017498888Yes1:1
Oil BitcoinOBTC12/12/2017498888-1:1
Bitcoin AllBTA1/1/2018498960-1:1
Bitcoin NeuroBNR12/13/2017498967-1:100,000 (Dead)
Bitcoin PayBTP12/16/2017499345-1:10
Bitcoin WorldBTW12/17/2017499777-1:10,000
Lightning BitcoinLBTC12/19/2017499999Yes1:1
Bitcoin StakeBTCS12/19/2017499999-1:1
Bitcoin KingBCK12/19/2017499999-1:1
Bitcoin FaithBTF12/19/2017500000-1:1
Bitcoin WonderBCW12/19/2017500000-1:1
Bitcoin EcoBEC12/19/2017500000-1:10,000
Quantum BitcoinQBTC12/23/2017?-1:1
Bitcoin NewBTN12/26/2017501000-1:1
Bitcoin TopBTT12/26/2017501118-1:1
Bitcoin GodGOD12/27/2017501225Yes1:1
Bitcoin FILEBIFI12/27/2017501225-1:1,000
Bitcoin FastFBTC12/27/2017501225-1:1
New BitcoinNBTC12/27/2017501225-1:1
Bitcoin Cash PlusBCP12/28/2017501407-1:1
Bitcoin Segwit2X X11B2X12/28/2017501451Yes1:1
Bitcoin UraniumBUM12/31/2017?-1:1
Bitcoin PizzaBPA1/1/2018501888-1:1
Bitcoin OreBCO12/31/2017501949-1:1
World BitcoinWBTC1/12/2018503888-1:100
Bitcoin SmartBCS1/19/2018505050-1:100
Bitcoin InterestBCI1/19/2018505083Yes1:1
Bitcoin BoyBCB1/22/2018505533-1:100
Bitcoin AtomBCA1/25/2018505888Yes1:1
Bitcoin CommunityBTSQ1/25/2018506066-1:10,000
Bitcoin ProBTP1/31/2018506984-1:10
Bitcoin ParallelBCP/BCPC1/31/2018507000-1:1
Bitcoin HushBTCH2/1/2018507089-1:1
Bitcoin BlvckBTCV2/5/2018507777-1:1
Bitcoin 2BTC22/5/2018507850-1:1
Bitcoin FlashBTF2/6/2018508000-1:1 (Dead)
Big BitcoinBBC2/12/2018508888-10:1
Bitcoin PrivateBTCP2/28/2018511346Yes1:1
Bitcoin DollarBTD2/28/2018?-1:1
Bitcoin SuduBCS3/1/2018?- -
Bitcoin MasterBCM?515000-1:1
Bitcoin LunarBCL3/20/2018?- 1:1
Bitcoin MetalBTCM5/1/2018?-1:1
Bitcoin ClassicBCL??-1:1

Bitcoin Cash "Forks"

Name.......................... Symbol..Date..............Block......On.CMC?..Ratio.........Website
Bitcoin CandyCDY1/13/2018512666-1:1,000

Doge "Forks"

Name.......................... Symbol..Date..............Block......On.CMC?..Ratio.........Website

Ethereum "Forks"

Name.......................... Symbol..Date..............Block......On.CMC?..Ratio.........Website
Ethereum ClassicETC7/20/20161920000Yes1:1
Ethereum FogETF12/15/20174730660-1:1
Ethereum ModificationEMO12/15/20174730666-1:1
Ethereum CrystalCRT3/23/20185300000-1:1
Ethereum IncETI??-1:1

Ethereum Classic "Forks"

Name.......................... Symbol..Date..............Block......On.CMC?..Ratio.........Website

Litecoin "Forks"

Name.......................... Symbol..Date..............Block......On.CMC?..Ratio.........Website
Super LitecoinSLTC1/17/2018?-1:1
Litecoin CashLCC2/19/20181371111Yes1:10

Monero "Forks"

Name.......................... Symbol..Date..............Block......On.CMC?..Ratio.........Website

Cross-Chain Claimable "Forks"

Name.......................... Symbol..Date..............Block......On.CMC?..Ratio...............Website
Clams for BTCCLAM5/12/2014300377Yes1 BTC:1 CLAM
ByteBall for BTCBYTE2/11/2017VariesYesVaries (Claim Period Ended 11/4/2017)
Bytether for BTCBTH8/1/2017478558-1 BTC:1 BTH (Dead)
Semux for BTCSEM2/25/2018480000-? (Claim Period Ended 2/25/18)
BitCore for BTCBTX11/2/2017492820Yes2 BTC:1 BTX

Excluded From "Fork" List

Name.......................... Reason For Exclusion ...............................................Website
Bitcoin SilverAnnounced as Fork, Turned into Airdrop, Likely Dead-
Bitcoin RhodiumAirdrop, must be claimed
Bitcoin PietaWebsite offline, never provided fork info
Bitcoin PointWorst announcement thread ever
Litecoin PrivateAirdrop, claimable by LTC holders, limited claim period
UnitedBitcoinMust sign a wallet and claim, limited time
Bitcoin NanoMust sign a wallet and claim
ABitcoinAirdrop, claimable by BTC holders, limited claim period
Bitcoin@CBCClaimable @ block 498754, you lose 1 coin
Bitcoin LiteDate passed, never provided fork info


8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Ever heard of "Maker" (MKR)? on: November 27, 2017, 01:50:34 AM
According to this, it's the 4th most valuable ERC20 token (Between OMG and REP) at $386 Million.

Never heard of it.  Doesn't have a thread on BCT.  Doesn't even seem to be mentioned anywhere here.  Doesn't appear to be on any major exchanges, the only one shown on their web page is "OasisDex".  

It appears to be something like tether ... stabilized to fiat.

Anyone know anything about it?
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Gold - Top 5 On Coin Market Cap? on: November 11, 2017, 09:21:28 PM
If my math is right, Bitcoin Gold should debut tomorrow with a market cap of over $6 Billion, making it the #5 currency on Coinmarketcap, knocking Litecoin out of the top 5.  From there, who knows.  I could see it initially dumping pretty hard as it goes live.
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / wants to raise $500 million with an ICO on: October 25, 2017, 08:35:42 PM
Looks like ICO is going mainstream.  Not sure what their angle is going to be, or what problem they plan solve with blockchain.  Using the same team that launched FileCoin.

The link, BTW, is cnbc dot com.  For some reason it often gets flagged as a suspicious link.
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / So far, Bitcoin Cash is doing what it said it would do on: October 19, 2017, 03:30:04 PM
I found this chart which overlays bitcoin / bitcoin cash transaction fees.  You can see bitcoin cash in the lower right, in red.  The average transaction fee for BCH is about 10 cents, while BTC is $2-5  ... I know Bitcoin Cash is hated by many, but I don't see SegWit2X reducing fees by that much.  Did BCH have the better solution?
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / If Segwit2x does fork a new coin, what will it be called? on: October 17, 2017, 06:16:51 PM
It seems a given that opposition to SegWit2x is going bring us yet another fork of BitCoin in mid-November ... has anyone given this coin a name?  Seems like Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Gold were named well in advance, to give people something to talk about.  I've never heard an "official" name for the SegWit2x fork coin that's supposed to happen ... are both teams going try to claim they are the real "bitcoin"?
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / "RST-P" showed up at my address on Etherscan on: October 17, 2017, 03:52:44 PM
Looks like I got an airdrop I didn't sign up for ... 0.01 "REGA Risk Sharing preICO Token".  Anyone else see this on their Etherscan?  Was this just some sort of forced airdrop token or something?  Similar to what OMG did?

Well, since I now have it, anyone know anything about REGA Risk Sharing -- looks like some insurance token from their announcement here?
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Are all these junk tokens a drag on Etherium Block Chain? on: October 15, 2017, 09:31:44 PM
We've all seen these junk ERC20 tokens being issued and airdropped, and if I understand correctly, they are smart contracts that operate on the Etherium block chain, basically sharing the chain with Ether.  I don't understand how this isn't the same as spamming the block chain.  Doesn't this slow down legitimate business, cause transfer prices to rise, etc?  What am I missing?
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Will a new Chain/Coin be created by the Nov. Fork? on: October 06, 2017, 07:20:26 PM
I'm still unclear on this.  I've read numerous articles and I've seen that the segwit2x improvement is highly opposed, but none of these articles state whether or not anyone with great hashing capacity actually intends to create a 'new' coin and continue mining on the "unimproved" BlockChain.  

What is the verdict on this?   Yes, No, We don't know yet?
16  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Airdrops & Forks: An ongoing, updated list of Altcoin Giveaways on: October 06, 2017, 12:15:29 AM
Upcoming/Ongoing Airdrops, Forks, and Giveaways

Name                   TypeDateReg./Sig.RankLink
Segwit2X ForkFork of Bitcoin~11/18/2017N/NN/A
BitcoinGold Fork of Bitcoin   10/25/2017   N/N  N/A
XBRLAirDrop to PPT Holders10/?/2017N/NN/A
OmiseGoAirDrop to Golem Holders  ?N/NN/A
OmiseGoAirDrop to SingularDTV Holders  ?N/NN/A
AltoCarAirDropOngoingY/N30 Days on BCT
CantraAirDropOngoingY/N100+ Activity
FunnelAirDropOngoing (4 of 5)Y/NJR+
DeepOnion AirDrop/Bounty  Ongoing (13 of 40)Y/Y  JR.+
BitCoinStake Airdrop  OngoingY/N  JR.+
EtheriumDarkAirDrop Ongoing (3 of 4)Y/N?
ByteBall  AirDropOngoingY/NN/A
BitCore AirDropOngoingY/NN/A
BitCoinG AirDropOngoingY/NMem+

Completed Forks & Airdrops (Unregistered)

Name Type   Snapshot DateNotes
BitcoinCash  Fork of Bitcoin      9/1/2017     1 BCH per 1 BTC Held
OmiseGo  Airdrop to ETH Holders  7/7/2017~0.05 OMG per 1 ETH Held
EtheriumClassic    Fork of Etherium7/20/20161 ETC per 1 ETH Held

Reg./Sig. = Registration Required/Signature Required

*Notice.  These Airdrops and Forks are not verified.  Always use extreme caution when registering for Airdrops or downloading new wallets to claim Forked coins.  Do not give your private keys to anyone, or download software from sources you do not trust.
17  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / BlockChain innovation ... Locking your coins against transfer? on: October 05, 2017, 07:05:26 PM
With all the scams, hacks, and phishing going on, I'm wondering if anyone knows of a project that allows you to lock your coins against transfer at the BlockChain level.  I.e., set a password, or some other system, that would prevent a transfer even if someone got your private keys, hacked an online wallet, key logged your computer, etc.  Heck, there are even people pooling resources to "check" private keys for balances.

It wouldn't be ideal for active traders, but for hodlers, I'd do it. 
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Can the AltCoin investment space be broken up into Sectors? on: September 22, 2017, 06:22:06 PM
For those familiar with stocks, you are probably aware that the stock market is divided in 10 main sectors, ... financials, industrials, utilities, energy, healthcare, etc...

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a website or project that has broken down altcoins by sectors ... or if anyone has considered what the major sectors could be (pure currency, platforms, gambling, etc.), what coin is the sector leader, etc. 

Could be an interesting project.
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Jamie Dimon bashes Bitcoin again on: September 22, 2017, 11:39:28 AM

This time he says it is "worth nothing" because it was made out of thin air.  He also talks about the importance of government backing in a currency and says again that Bitcoin will "end badly".  And adds that more governments will move to shut it down.

 I wish a reporter would ask him about the discovery that JPM was trading Bitcoin after he said he'd fire everyone he caught trading Bitcoin.
20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Holy Mempool Action ... on: September 14, 2017, 09:36:02 PM
Someone posted this on a Slack Channel I've been Lurking in.  Does this mean there is an insane amount of transactions still waiting to process? ... I hate to say it, but this looks bad.  Especially if these are headed to the exchanges.

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