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1  Economy / Service Discussion / Suspicious things happen when I try to go to Mt. Gox on: May 07, 2013, 03:24:51 PM
First it says the site is offline,  and there's a button to click for a "live version"

Now,  I get what looks like a regular site, but there's  no green thing on the web address bar.

What the hell? Does anyone else have these problems?
2  Economy / Service Discussion / Is Mt. Gox web address/or my computer compromised on: May 02, 2013, 11:32:22 AM
I tried surfing to the Mt. Gox site and my computer gave me a security warning.  Subsequently I went there via explorer rather than Mozilla and over-rode the security warning.  Once there, I noticed the "green thing" on the web bar didn't appear?

1. Is this a bogus site?
2. Is there something wrong with my computer?
3. Should I refrain from logging in to Mt. Gox after ignoring security warning?  So far, I haven't.
3  Economy / Service Discussion / Are BTC withdrawals from bitfloor typically slow? on: April 12, 2013, 07:28:27 AM
I'm having problems waiting for them to show up at their destination address
4  Economy / Service Discussion / question about missing transaction on: March 01, 2013, 04:27:08 PM
I sent some BTCs from MT Gox to my wallet (which hadn't just quite updated at the time). It's been a couple hours and the BTCs haven't appeared yet.  Also, they don't show up as "unconfirmed" which usually happens once the blocks have updated. Anyone know what is going on?  How do I get these thing?

Many Thanks in advance.
5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / How can I transact in BTC "more quickly" than waiting for my wallet to get on: October 12, 2012, 06:38:21 PM

In my opinion, there are two impediments that are slowing BTC's adoption.  As we all know, coins can be sent frictionlessly across borders. However, it takes at least 10 minutes for them to show up.  If we want more transactions to occur, don't we need to have a way for the BTCs to swipe "immediately?"  If so, then we have to rely on some sort of trusted third party like Mt.Gox that issues it's own code and keeps reserves from both counterparties that it immediately honors.

I've been away for a while so pardon me if I touch on a redundant subject, but does anyone have any insight for how to speed up verification?

My guess is that once trusted third parties that offer immediate clearing arise and smart phones that (unlike the evil swine at Apple) allow BTC apps, then BTC is off to the races and gains wide acceptance. My prediction: third parties will issue BTC backed parallel currency that will transact immediately and people keep small amounts of their BTC deposited as escrow at those third parties.
6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Zero active connections to bitcoin network message on: May 09, 2012, 02:24:20 AM
I'm traveling in Eastern Europe and want send some BTC.  I have "what SEEMS to be" pretty fast internet access, yet my wallet says
Zero active connections to bitcoin network message in the lower right corner 

Can anyone make a suggestion or explanation so that I can expedite the transfer?

Thanks in advance.
7  Economy / Trading Discussion / Paging Mt. Gox management or someone else in the know: PLEASE REPLY! on: February 15, 2012, 09:56:53 AM
Do you have any contingencies if Mt. Gox  gets shut down or is Dwolla deposits end?  How do BTC keep trading if there isn't a liquid, transparent, frequently-quoted market.  Such an event would be tantamount to a stock getting booted from the NYSE and put on the pink sheets.  Only illiquid, bilateral trades would occur and the accuracy of their reporting would be questionable.

Could you set a "Silk Road" type BTC exchange?  Why not get parallel Mt. Goxes running in Sweden or wherever is more friendly to net liberty?  Tell me you've considered this contingency???!!!!
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Can someone please address how vulnerable Mt Gox and Dwolla are to being shutdow on: February 15, 2012, 08:05:08 AM
shutdown.  I'm sure that is the next objective of the US govt.

The most positive thing I've seen lately is that in Russia is making a market in BTC.  Fortunately, Russia is not part of the US umbrella and seems to be our savior as BTC holders.

Any of you dialed-in folks know how antagonistic the Japanese govt is towards BTC?
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Is there a way to combat this mining concentration AND get paid (some question on: January 27, 2012, 12:27:35 AM
Andreesen said that one mining pool had veto power over system changes.  I don't think that, in itself, is a big deal.  I know how to encrypt my wallet. 

On the other hand, I have no real understanding of what he's talking about.

1. Where are the "rules" about these large mining pools?  I didn't see it in Satoshi's white paper.
(please answer!)

2. Why does this matter?  Does the person who is awarded a block get to "control" it forever?

3. Instead of some commie a$$ appeal (sorry, I'm and 80s kid) to donate to smaller mining pools (which some of you were making), why can't I loan them to these "more virtuous" mining groups and get kicked back some of the discovered blocks, thus receiving a return on my investment - rather than "DONATING?"
If so, could you please such an enterprise!

4. Sorry if I sound like an arrogant buffoon that has a Bobby Knight poster on my wall, but I doubt I'm the only one who has the same misconception.  I'm buying BTC to try to make $$$ and am "tech-challenged."

10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin prevalence by country on: January 26, 2012, 09:00:31 PM

I wonder why so many instances are in Russia and Ukraine.  I know that the Ukrainian banking system is viewed with great suspicion by its citizens.

Is he referring to HOW MANY MINING RIGS are out there or is 739,000 the number of wallets?Huh?

Thanks in advance

739,033 unique computers running BitCoin.

Jan 13th, 2012 by William Fleurant

It’s 2012, and epic 2011 was totally being epic 2011.

I recorded 739,033 unique computer IP addresses using the BitCoin Currency over a 3 month period. Plus, According to MTGOX:

49.9883/BTC (BitCoins) is trading@ $6.45978/USD.

That’s $323 for 50 BitCoins. Happy-Happy Joy-Joy.  The Google Maps KML file is also quite rich. If you want to check that one out (and have the GPU/CPU power) contact me:

Snippet of a side project of mine, introducing my independent findings on the Worldwide usage of BitCoin. Data collected on a machine -not- running BitCoin. Read the WiKi to find out how. But, I would start by grepping the source code.

If you enjoyed this choppy post, send some bitties!  I’m @ 1PWsG31ywicAmF2jgQR3CxiCgULmWT33nj

    BitCoin is a currency. This currency is so different because anybody can use an Internet connected computer to generate BitCoins. It can be exchanged for other currency, commodities, and a variety of services. Similarly, it can be withdrawn or exchanged like all other currencies. But instead of a leather wallet or plastic credit card, BitCoin uses an encrypted digital wallet. This protected wallet can conduct transactions from a smartphone [3], an ATM machine [4] and of course a personal computer.

    This process of using ones computer to generate a BitCoin is in fact called mining. Mining for BitCoins independently is very competitive. It absolutely requires expensive hardware for the ability to gain a substantial return on investment. An initial investment of almost three thousand dollars should generate about 3½/BTC per day. [5]

Snippet of Hipster Data Collection section.

    In addition to using the free city lookup database, I was also able to utilize a CPAN Perl module to plot waypoints of GPS via their GeoIP API.  Note that before running the code GeoIP city lookup provides, recompiling the source with an output according to their API is required for their bash wrapper (output to ./.libs/ with all other compiled C)

    Start a WireShark filter to match ‘dst.port == 53’ and if on a Unix (Apple) or Linux computer the command ‘tcpdump –nqi eth0 udp port 53’ will suffice. Then, all of the captured DNS requests answered will be observed. In this 3 month case, there was a substantial number of IP Addresses which are read by the GeoIP application which in return are sent out for further resolution of origin via the computers default Domain Name Server and finally passed back through GeoIP for a database match and are attributed with such matching variables which are written in CSV format and saved to file.  The reversing of IP address to location took over 24 hours. I created a bash script to monitor this step.

    I recorded the data from the centralized server and logged all connecting, and disconnecting clients.  The data was recorded non-stop.  I used a variety of programming languages to capture, parse and manipulate the data. Ruby, Perl, Sed, Awk, PHP, GPSBabel, GEPLOT, Excel and Microsoft Word programs were utilized. I first used MySQL Database but that was not necessary with the programs and scripts I utilized and wrote afterwards.  It took 45 hours to produce this document with a total of 7,542,601 observations [20].
11  Economy / Trading Discussion / How do Europeans deposit/withdraw into Mt. Gox? on: January 26, 2012, 05:39:49 AM
If it's not possible, do they use a different service?  If so, which one?
12  Economy / Speculation / My take on yesterday's price action on: January 19, 2012, 04:06:03 AM

Yesterday’s price action doesn’t surprise me at all.

1.   Sunday was the Good Wife episode that a lot of hot money was trying to chase.
2.   Basically this move went from $2 to $7.20.  It is quite common for 40-60% of the move to get retraced in a bull market. Guess what? The decline ended right at the 50% midpoint.
3.   I consider this to be quite constructive.  Parabolic moves don’t last (see last June).  Retracements such as yesterday’s tend to wash out the week hands and allow savvier more patient traders to load up at the hot-money speculators expense. Events like yesterday actually make it more likely for the up-move to persist.  People with strong hands dominate the market and the strong hands got paid yesterday.
4.   Also note that around the time of the show, BTC couldn’t really stay above $7.22 a high that was printed a few days earlier.  This also suggests that the market was “tired” or perhaps overloaded with latecomers and needed to get the dead wood cleaned out.
5.   IMO, the bulletin board and around-the-clock nature of bitcoin leaves it sort of vulnerable to quick (usually down) moves.  People don’t expect them to drop so far and a large offer can sweep out all the bids and cause the price to overshoot downwards.  It takes a while for the news of the price drop to get conveyed and after a while you would hope that new bids enter to capitalize on the overreaction – which is exactly what happened.
13  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / What if the NWO shuts down US access via Dwolla or convinces Japan to shut down on: January 19, 2012, 03:30:13 AM
MT.GOX?  I think the bitcoin Genie is out of the bottle.  However, outlawing a liquid exchange with transparent prices would be a big hurdle to use/adoption.  The overreliance on Mt Gox seems to be the weak spot in BTC.

Are there plans to set up an exchange in Sweden or somewhere that has more "pro-internet" laws?  I'm kind of surprised that Japan allows this given that they take marching orders from the US.
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Why does the "new" wallet not show the block count? on: January 16, 2012, 03:17:51 AM
I downloaded the new wallet that can be encrypted, but I don't see the number of connections or blocks listed.  Can any tell me where to find them or tell me why they are excluded.
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Looks like the block explorer is slowing down. Would this be due to the 25 coin on: January 02, 2012, 05:48:52 AM
rather than 50 coin per 10 minute change?
16  Economy / Trading Discussion / Anyone else having trouble with the DWOLLA website? on: December 31, 2011, 10:06:05 PM
I get a glitch.  If Mt. Gox and Dwolla have problems, that is bad for BTC.
17  Other / Beginners & Help / Any opinions on the efficacy of using Truecrypt to backup the wallet.dat file? on: November 30, 2011, 06:29:39 AM
I'm thinking about using it and a very smart nerd pal of mine suggested it
18  Other / Beginners & Help / Anyone know why the volume counter on Mt. Gox sometimes goes BACKWARDS?? on: November 30, 2011, 06:27:55 AM
or does that only happen on my computer when I refresh.  Gotta admit,  it's a tad odd.  Any explanations?

IOW, a few seconds or minutes later, LESS volume has been traded.
19  Other / Beginners & Help / What does the countdown ticker on Mt Gox signify? Anyone know what is happening on: November 29, 2011, 06:04:06 AM
20  Other / Beginners & Help / Anyone have a per unit cost estimate for mining bitcoins? on: November 09, 2011, 12:41:23 PM
Granted, electricity prices are different in different areas, but has anyone done any rough math on the expectation of getting a block awarded?
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