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1  Economy / Auctions / Any interest in an 33,000 ETH crowd sale wallet thatís empty? on: September 22, 2020, 04:45:42 PM
Probably a very stupid question but Iíve actually had several people offer to buy it from me. 

Figured Iíd ask what you think the value would be of such a thing?

Itís actually 2-3 wallets with total purchase of 33,000 ETH.

-BB-
2  Economy / Collectibles / Wanted: 10 Year Anniversary London Times Newspaper on: February 17, 2019, 07:18:02 AM
Hi all -

I actually run the website on the Genesis Block Newspaper [ https://www.thetimes03jan2009.com ] and it figures that I managed to miss getting a couple copies of the Jan 3, 2019 issue of the London Times.

Given that its not the original, and its technically just an advertisement taken out by a random crypto company, I wouldn't expect that these will increase in value much over time, but to pair them with the original Genesis Block Newspaper as a collectible, would make the original it a little more interesting. 

Looking to get 2 copies if anyone has 2.   

Thanks

-B-
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / [ANN] [POE] Po.et: Proof of Existence 2.0 - Invest in the Future of Media on: July 26, 2017, 06:16:14 AM
Note:  I am not related to the team, so no translation requests, etc.  Many know I've been around this space for many years.  I am just excited about this project, and its strange there is no announcement here since the crowdsale is coming up soon.  I'm interested in keeping the information flowing.  There seems to be a major pivot happening in the ICO space where these companies are more interested in doing actual deals with other businesses in the industry, rather than empty promises or hype on Forums or Reddit.   That was the explanation I was given for the lack of social presence for Po.et.  They're already hard at work building an actual product.  I've been in this space since 2012 and this one's legit.

PO.ET  - PROOF OF EXISTENCE 2.0
An Open Platform for Managing Digital Media Assets

Strongly suggest you look at the backers and team members for this one:  https://po.et/team
Po.et White Paper:  https://po.et/whitepaper.pdf
Information on the upcoming Token sale:  https://po.et/token


Join the new Reddit Sub:  https://www.reddit.com/r/poetproject/

Here is a much more user-friendly graphical presentation on what the project hopes to accomplish:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/o44thlun3xtx870/PoetDeck-English.pdf?dl=0

ICO Crowdsale Begins:   August 8, 2017

Project Overview
Po.et is a shared, open, universal ledger designed to record metadata and ownership information for digital creative assets. Po.et is a continuation of Proof of Existence, the first non-financial application of the blockchain. By creating an open platform on the Bitcoin blockchain, Po.et aims to create the most institutional, globally-verifiable record of digital media assets. This record will be a framework for building smart, interoperable media applications using a shared, standard and extensible metadata format.

In the same way that blockchain technologies have revolutionized the financial industry by creating an immutable and distributed accounting ledger serving as a platform for financial applications, Po.et will transform the publishing industry by creating an immutable and distributed ledger for creative works that may serve as a platform for both centralized and decentralized media applications.

Mission Statement
We leverage blockchain technology to ensure the existence, integrity, attribution of assets, analytics and data as we lay the groundwork for new models of financial exchange, collaboration and sharing. As such, Po.et enables value and trust to flow within the publishing and digital media industry between publisher, editor and content creator.

Core Objectives
The core objective of Po.et is to create a platform which simplifies the process for publishing, licensing and authentication of digital assets. Simplifying the publishing process necessitates solving the issues of document integrity, licensing, arbitrage, analytics, syndication and attribution of digital assets. Po.et aims to create a blockchain-based platform with added smart contract functionality and applications to facilitate distribution of digital creative works and remove barriers to entry for publishers and asset creators by solving these issues.




4  Other / Meta / Why cant I read my own private messages? on: March 16, 2017, 04:13:38 AM
I click on my private messages and nothing happens. 

They are a little bit old ... but they're all still listed there ... and I have tried both browsers.

5  Economy / Collectibles / Bookmark It: Genesis Block Newspaper - Collectibles Site on: January 06, 2017, 01:26:16 AM
GENESIS BLOCK NEWSPAPER - COLLECTIBLES SITE

Hi all -

As many of you know, Satoshi put the "meaning behind Bitcoin" into a notation on the Genesis Block coinbase, quoting the cover story from the London Times:

"03 Jan 2009:  Chancellor on Brink of Second Bailout for Banks"

A website has been put together with the intent to present this important document.  Primarily to keep the public aware of the true meaning behind Bitcoin.  But also to track and document the only known copies of this newspaper, as it has become exceedingly rare, and is of such importance to collectors.

The site:  http://www.thetimes03jan2009.com

Right now the list of owners (near the bottom) contains only dummy information aside from their usernames.

To all current owners of The Genesis Block Newspaper (as I am now randomly deciding to call it), if you could find a way to reach me so that I can make sure your copy is mentioned on the site, I would appreciate that.  Of course privacy will be respected, but I will be populating the information for each known copy with the following, so if you can provide it, that will be helpful:

1)  How many copies do you have?
2)  Are you currently offering it for sale?
3)  When did you acquire it?
4)  Did you acquire it from any of the known people listed (see website)?
5)  What current value in USD to you ascribe to it?   (as BTC price changes day to day)
6)  How are you storing it?  (please be detailed)

If you previously owned a copy:

1)  What month / year did you sell it?
2)  Would you be able to put me in contact with whomever purchased it so I can get the above information?

To everyone:

If you know of anyone not listed on the site who has one (scroll to the bottom) can you let me know how to reach them?

Once again please bookmark the site as it will be carefully updated and accurate, depending upon the cooperation of other paper owners. Any information needing correction on the site - please slap me upside the head with it and I will make the change immediately.  

BittBurger
(BitttBurger - 3 t's on Reddit)
6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Satoshi Nakamoto: "Bitcoin can scale larger than the Visa Network" on: March 08, 2016, 08:10:07 AM
Can someone explain to me why there is any debate when Nakamoto himself said:

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Quote from Mike Hearn:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=149668.msg1596879#msg1596879
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%22Bitcoin+can+already+scale+much+larger+than+that+with+existing+hardware+for+a+fraction+of+the+cost.%22

  • Satoshi did plan for Bitcoin to compete with PayPal/Visa in traffic volumes.
  • The block size limit was a quick safety hack that was always meant to be removed.
  • In fact, in the very first email he sent me back in April 2009, he said this:

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Email from Satoshi Nakamoto to Mike Hearn:

"Hi Mike,
I'm glad to answer any questions you have. If I get time, I ought to write a FAQ to supplement the paper.
There is only one global chain.

The existing Visa credit card network processes about 15 million Internet purchases per day worldwide. Bitcoin can already scale much larger than that with existing hardware for a fraction of the cost. It never really hits a scale ceiling. If you're interested, I can go over the ways it would cope with extreme size.  By Moore's Law, we can expect hardware speed to be 10 times faster in 5 years and 100 times faster in 10. Even if Bitcoin grows at crazy adoption rates, I think computer speeds will stay ahead of the number of transactions.

I don't anticipate that fees will be needed anytime soon, but if it becomes too burdensome to run a node, it is possible to run a node that only processes transactions that include a transaction fee. The owner of the node would decide the minimum fee they'll accept. Right now, such a node would get nothing, because nobody includes a fee, but if enough nodes did that, then users would get faster acceptance if they include a fee, or slower if they don't. The fee the market would settle on should be minimal. If a node requires a higher fee, that node would be passing up all transactions with lower fees.
It could do more volume and probably make more money by processing as many paying transactions as it can. The transition is not controlled by some human in charge of the system though, just individuals reacting on their own to market forces.

Eventually, most nodes may be run by specialists with multiple GPU cards. For now, it's nice that anyone with a PC can play without worrying about what video card they have, and hopefully it'll stay that way for a while. More computers are shipping with fairly decent GPUs these days, so maybe later we'll transition to that."


~ Satoshi Nakamoto
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Quote:

"Satoshi said back in 2010 that he intended larger block sizes to be phased in with some simple if (height > flag_day) type logic, theymos has linked to the thread before. I think he would be really amazed at how much debate this thing has become. He never attributed much weight to it, it just didn't seem important to him. And yes, obviously, given the massive forum dramas that have resulted it'd have been nice if he had made the size limit floating from the start like he did with difficulty. However, he didn't and now we have to manage the transition."

~ Mike Hearn, on bitcointalk.org, March 07, 2013, 06:15:30 PM

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1347.msg15366#msg15366
bit.ly/1YqiV41

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Quote from Satoshi:

It can be phased in, like:

if (blocknumber > 115000)
    maxblocksize = largerlimit

It can start being in versions way ahead, so by the time it reaches that block number and goes into effect, the older versions that don't have it are already obsolete.  When we're near the cutoff block number, I can put an alert to old versions to make sure they know they have to upgrade.


~ Satoshi Nakamoto, on bitcointalk.org, October 04, 2010, 07:48:40 PM

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So now,

If Satoshi himself "never really gave block size limit much weight"  (he assumed scaling was an obvious need that would happen quickly and easily), why are a group of developers refusing to scale the protocol... while simultaneously creating a tool that will generate massive income by moving transactions off the block chain, and into their exclusive transaction processing system (Lightening Network)?  Is it any wonder they were given nearly $50 million in VC funding when VC's realized they just took over Bitcoin transaction processing?

Is this not blatantly changing the design and purpose Satoshi gave to Bitcoin (to freely scale to massive sizes, to support on-chain transaction needs).  This seems to be of grave concern, no?

-B-


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7  Other / Meta / To the Mods regarding post quality here... on: December 27, 2015, 07:50:22 PM
I haven't been here in awhile.  I initially left because the posts were becoming 99% inane.  Meaningless comments, often in horribly broken english that basically said nothing of value.  Often just one-liners, or pointless replies.

Then I noticed that every single post by these people had a beautiful, large, full color banner for some bitcoin gambling site, or bitcoin product or service.

Now I am back, and I just looked through a thread in the General Forum.  Literally the entire thread is pointless meaningless comments with zero intelligence or thought put into any of them, and literally *EVERY* post has a banner ad in the signature.

Has it escaped the mods on this forum that their forum content quality has gone to complete sh*t and that its because you allow spamming / advertising in signatures?  Do you realize you can singlehandedly quadruple the intelligence and quality of posts here if you ban advertising in signatures?

Why?  Because these people only post to get their signatures displayed on the page.  Therefore what they write is going to be pointless by default.  And banning signature spamming will instantly stop them from bothering to post.

Unless this site is getting paid for those advertisements, there really is no reason to allow this to continue.  Each thread looks like a flashing billboard with near zero quality content.

Just wondering.

-B-   (forum Admin for nearly 15 years with 65,000+ members)
8  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / When are Sidechains going Live? And the Fork ... ? on: December 26, 2014, 03:48:09 AM
When is this happening? 

Last I heard was a LTB Pocast nearly a year ago, and the white paper wasn't done yet.

Since then I've heard the white paper got released, but there are people saying it can't be done due to security risks.

And then there needs to be a Fork.

Is Gavin on board with the fork?  Are all core devs on board?

Whats the date of the fork?

Frustrating having a decentralized system when there's nobody managing timelines, milestones, and delivery dates.....

-B-
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Want Consumer Adoption? Make them want Bitcoin. Here's how: on: October 27, 2014, 03:02:19 AM
Make Bitcoin the "the payment method you use to get stuff cheaper".

Discounts for those using Bitcoin during purchases has been discussed many times already, but lets think a little deeper...

I've got an online store. I was putting together my 'Bitcoin Accepted Here' logo and began typing this beneath it: "10% off all orders paid for with Bitcoin".

My userbase is no doubt 0% bitcoin holders. But one thing I can guarantee: If word gets around that they can get 10% off the products they're already buying from me, they are going to go sign up with Coinbase or Circle and get their hands on some Bitcoin.

And that's not all. They're going to start looking for Bitcoin discounts elsewhere. In fact, want to make money? Put together a website that lists all the online merchants offering discounts via Bitcoin purchases.

Lets give bitcoin that reputation: It saves you money if you spend it.

Whether the discount is 3% or 10% does not matter. Whatever you are saving can be passed on to the customer. If merchants push a concerted effort to make this the "norm", bitcoin is going to begin to sink into consumers' wallets, and become part of their spending habits.

We will see the first trickles of real consumer adoption. Media will begin referring to Bitcoin as a cheaper way to send money, and a cheaper way to spend money. Voila. The currency (not just the blockchain) now has value, even in the eyes of skeptics. Im going to do my part.

-B-
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The Problem of Centralized Develpoment ("core devs") in Bitcoin. on: October 22, 2014, 05:42:46 PM
In a typical product development cycle, there are different groups:

1)  Sales team interacts with the customers who actually *USE* the product.
2)  Sales team communicates those *NEEDS* to an internal product development team.
3)  Product Development team


  a)  Creates specifications.  
  b)  Decides on timelines.  
  c)  Makes all the decisions for how the product will look, act, and evolve over time.
 
4)  Specifications are handed to Project Manager.
5)  Project Manager ensures that Dev, Design, and Test execute on the project plan.


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There is a reason its done this way.

"Core Devs" are not supposed to be making product development decisions. Developers do not have sufficient information, education, or interaction with the end user to have a clue how the product is supposed to work.  

The people out in the field are the only ones interacting with the customer.  We are the customers.  The man in a grass hut in Kenya is the customer.  The Filipino expat in San Diego sending money home every week to his family is the customer.  The entrepreneur wanting to innovate, is the customer.  These are the people who express their needs.

The developers themselves have *no* information about this group.
The developers themselves have *no* training in finance.
The developers themselves have *no* ability to make decisions on priorities, enhancements, or features for the product.

Gavin has stated numerous times that there is endless disagreement among the core devs.  On features.  Enhancements.  Modifications.  etc.  That they are in a "lock" of disagreement much of the time, and making little to no progress forward.  Here you have a bunch of people who are supposed to be coders.   They are cryptographers.  They are not Finance experts.  These guys should be focusing on executing what the customer (the world) needs Bitcoin to do.  

They should not be "making decisions" about how the product is going to work, function, or grow.  
They should not be setting the timelines.  
They should not be talking amongst themselves about what gets done, or why.

Gavin repeatedly makes mention of the difficulty in obtaining "consensus".   Well this begs the question.  Consensus among who?  Bitcoin is supposed to be a fully decentralized system.  Yet there are a "core group" of completely unqualified Developers making decisions on a new tool that may power world finance.   This seems absolutely insane to me.  To make matters worse - they can't reach consensus on most things.  So not only are they unqualified, and playing roles they should never play, but they're unable to agree on much of anything and move the protocol forward.  

Consensus should be from the community.

There should be a community-wide (world wide) voting mechanism whereby everyone involved in bitcoin has a vote.  A say, in what happens next with the protocol:

The community should decide when something gets added to the Protocol.
The community should decide what the priorities are.
The community should decide what changes are needed, and their severity.

Consensus should NOT be a group of "core devs" who make all the decisions.  Everyone in Bitcoin from the teenager with 0.005 BTC in his wallet, to Roger Ver .... should have an equal vote on where this protocol goes over the next 5 years.  

Obviously lay people don't know technical limitations, and may make unfeasible requests.  But this is why you have a process for product development.  Developers have *no power* over what is decided, aside from conveying what is technologically possible, impossible, risky, or unfeasible.  That is their role.  Nothing more.

Thoughts?
11  Economy / Service Discussion / Vircurex is *still* holding stolen coins. Where's the outrage? on: October 16, 2014, 05:38:52 PM
I keep hearing about exchanges / fraud / nonsense going on in the Bitcoin world, and these companies are falling apart day after day.

Yet one company is still chugging along, doing absolutely NOTHING to release the funds it has stolen from its users, and nobody is saying a word.

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Vircurex announced basic insolvency back in March-ish, and started freezing hundreds of thousands of dollars in users Bitcoins and Litecoins, etc.

They're still frozen.

A friend of mine had just spent $10,000 on Litecoin and to this day, it is still frozen.

They claimed they would be slowly paying everyone back over time, but they've done nothing

They ignore emails.

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And now there's this announcement on their site:

"Earn interest on BTC, LTC and PPC account balances
We now pay interest on BTC, LTC and PPC account balances, they are paid multiple times every day. Check out the help for details. "

How the fuck are they paying INTEREST on BTC and LTC balances when they haven't paid back the people whose coins they've stolen?Huh??

Why isn't anyone in law enforcement going after these guys?

No investigation, no outrage, nobody even posting about it.

-B-
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / It costs $0.09 cents to send $0.24 cents of Bitcoin? Really? on: August 17, 2014, 10:32:38 PM
Hi -

Tried to send $0.24 worth of bitcoin and this pops up:




Is this what they mean when they say Bitcoin can never be used for micro transactions?   

Is this one of the 10 million things the Bitcoin dev team should have fixed 12 months ago, but has slated for "some time in the next 5 years" instead ?

Meanwhile the entire financial industry sees Bitcoin as having major flaws and never incorporates it.

And we never go ot the moon, because a bunch of developers have decided "we dont need that fixed right now.  we'll do it later" ?

Or is this something else?

-B-
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Litecoin Holders: Will you continue to hold or convert to Bitcoin? on: August 02, 2014, 10:26:56 PM
Posted this on Reddit and got basically no responses.  Still wondering:

I'm really not sure what to do. I have significant Litecoin holdings. I've been holding out for that next Bitcoin spike were LTC also goes up. I planned to cash out at that point. But it's just not happening. And seeing the decoupling of the two price trends, when they were so closely tied for so long, further concerns me.

Those of you holding relevant amounts of Litecoin: Are you going to convert to Bitcoin pretty soon here? Or is there still some indication out there that LTC will be the next welcome currency after Bitcoin?  To businesses.  etc.  If we base this on infrastructure and merchant adoption, we are looking at pretty much zilch on the horizon.

Will we get one more spike in price? Or should we convert to Bitcoin now...

-B-
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Address Monitoring Services - any risk? on: July 24, 2014, 05:06:18 AM
Based on how Bitcoin works, and your knowledge of the overall Bitcoin ecosystem, blockchain, addresses, wallets, hackers, etc ...

Is there any risk of entering your public addresses into a monitoring system, to make sure your balances are always there, and no coins are moving?

Simply put - its drawing attention to the existence of the address, whereas it may have never been seen on the network previously.

Then again, when you load BTC onto an address, it has been "seen" on the network.

But that doesn't mean the dude who made your iPhone app knew about it.  Until you load it onto his app.

Now you've got an address with some serious money in it, and some dude knows its there.

Any risk?  
15  Other / Beginners & Help / Are multisig Paper Wallets a thing? on: July 19, 2014, 08:39:21 AM
I keep hearing this chatter about Multisig being the "new thing" in Bitcoin security.

I have a paper wallet.  Bip 38 encrypted.   Is Multisig something that can be incorporated into paper wallet creation?

Or is it a completely separate concept altogether. 

Just want to be sure my Paper Wallet is using the most current security.
16  Economy / Speculation / Whats taking so long? on: July 15, 2014, 06:39:28 AM
BTC price going significantly up requires one thing (okay three):   

Consumer adoption, demand, and commerce.

This "stage" of the game is still some time off.  This is why the price rocket to the moon has not begun yet.

And will *not* begin despite any number of "good news" articles that come out.  Period.

The first round of Bitcoin startups (focused mainly on making bitcoin easier to use) are still in funding/planning/setup phase. 

Barely the first 1, 2, or 3 of them have actually begun doing business and making themselves known.

*After* that, you're looking at a significant amount of more time where even more *Merchant* adoption has to take place.   

There's got to be somewhere for Bitcoin to be used, first. 

Both of these are necessary before Consumer adoption, demand, and commerce can even begin. 
 
And even then, its not like Consumers are just going to start going shopping with Bitcoin.   *Something* unique, interesting, and exciting must catch the consumers eye, and draw the masses in droves towards Bitcoin.  I wonder what that thing will be?

-B-
17  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Where is the Blockchain Apple App? Its been over a month. on: July 14, 2014, 04:01:49 AM
I guess they don't want to get in on the biggest mobile market in the world.

Bummer.
18  Economy / Service Discussion / Help me set up a merchant on: July 08, 2014, 05:30:14 AM
In short:   Whats the quick, seamless onramp for a one time payment from a random person (who knows nothing about Bitcoin) to a Bitcoin account holder?

Okay I know BitPay, etc.   Here's the situation though ...

1)   Breeder of English Bulldogs in Ecuador (originally Miami but moved down there recently)

2)  Ships puppies to the USA and regularly loses $4500+ because people do chargebacks on their credit cards.

3)  Frothing at the mouth to simply tell people:  "Go to this page and submit a payment to me in Bitcoin"

This isn't possible, is it?

What about with the new Coinbase page.  Lets say he sets up coinbase.com/breeder989.   Can he say "Go to this URL and pay me" ?

Will coinbase allow a quick, simple, direct payment to be sent from someone's bank account?

In short:   Whats the quick, seamless onramp for a one time payment from a random person (who has no Bitcoins) to a Bitcoin account holder?

Does BitPay offer something?

This is supposed to be digital cash.  So it should be like someone pulling a wad of $100's out of their pocket and sending it.

onramps and offramps:  the achilles heel of Bitcoin.

Thanks for any advice.
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Dev Sells 50% of his Bitcoin due to 51% threat. on: June 13, 2014, 03:34:32 PM
Peter Todd announced he has sold 50% of his Bitcoins due to the GHashIO situation, citing political biases in the system controlled by (i assume) Bitcoin core dev team and others refusing to address it.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/281ftd/why_i_just_sold_50_of_my_bitcoins_ghashio/

My suggestion was this:

This is a decentralized system.  But sometimes the question will arise:  Who manages the project in a decentralized system?  I suppose the community should be the most powerful influence in a decentralized system, yet there seems to be zero method by which the community can vote / influence the course of the code.  Obviously we don't want votes on every tiny issue, but on major issues like this, yes.  

Why doesn't someone institute a worldwide consensus voting system?  Bitcoin is perfect for such a thing, and being the first fraud-proof voting system on earth, this would be ideal.  In the end, powerful people and organizations are going to try to influence the bitcoin core code.  There should be a system put in place that doesn't allow any major changes without worldwide consent.  In this case, miners may be opposed to the proposal.  That wont matter because they will only have so many votes.

I am new here so be gentle.  This is just my idea from a newbie outsider perspective.  Its strange to see everyone just sitting around throwing their hands up doing nothing.  Very weird.

If change is needed.  Someone do something to make it happen.

Even if you don't think its that big of a threat, im pretty sure even you would agree it wouldn't hurt to institute limitations anyways.

-B-
20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Sending Messages with your Bitcoin Transactions? on: June 10, 2014, 02:57:03 PM
How do you do this?

Like when Satoshi put the legendary mark on the first bitcoin block:

"Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks."

See it here:  https://blockchain.info/tx/4a5e1e4baab89f3a32518a88c31bc87f618f76673e2cc77ab2127b7afdeda33b?show_adv=true

How do you put notes on Bitcoins you send to someone?

Like "Hey its me!" or "Great work" (I've wanted to do this on donations to podcasts like Coinsider This or Lets Talk Bitcoin)

Any way to make sure the recipient sees it?

Thanks
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