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41  Other / Off-topic / Boaters, shout out! on: March 13, 2012, 07:29:22 PM
Anyone else in here love boating?  If so, what do you have, and what's your favorite water activity?  If you love boating but don't yet own one, what would you like to get (besides a yacht, of course).
 
 
1990 VIP Victory open-bow.  20 ft.  5.0 Ford motor w/OMC outdrive
 
I love cruising around with my wife and kids, and then stopping somewhere to jump out and swim around drinking some cold ones. Smiley

I'm trying to talk her into a 25 or 30 foot sailboat, but she likes to go fast I guess, 'cause she keeps saying "no" Smiley


[edit, fixed a typo which I discovered after reading the comment below]
42  Economy / Computer hardware / any interest in an Apple Macintosh LC or LCII or IIsi? on: March 06, 2012, 05:33:10 AM
After years of collecting dust, I'm starting to go through my old crap and realizing I need to get rid of stuff.
 
I don't even know if either of them work yet (no time to fire 'em up at the moment), but if there was interest, I'd try to get them started and see what's on them.  If they don't boot I could sell as-is, although the most likely culprit for non-booting those old machines would be a dead CMOS battery.
 
My IIsi, if I remember right, had A/UX (Apple Unix) running on it, although I don't have those installers anymore.  heck I don't even know if I remember the root password. Smiley
 
I have a few other older Mac stuff, too, but just need to dig them out and see.
43  Economy / Computer hardware / used RAM for sale on: March 06, 2012, 05:15:08 AM
I have 4 sticks of 512MB PC2-5300 ECC-registered ram.  Part number: hys72t64000hr-3s-a
for 1btc ea (plus shipping costs calculated in equivalent btc - USPS)

 and

7 sticks of 1GB PC3200 ECC-registered ram.  Patriot memory, part# psd1g400er
for 2btc ea (plus shipping costs calculated in equivalent btc - USPS)

Or the whole lot for 14btc (I will pay for regular USPS shipping out of my own pocket in this case).  If I ever find the 8th stick of RAM that I think I had of the Patriot, I'll add that as well, but I think I lost it.  I'll make sure that it's shipped with a tracking number. If I ship internationally, I'll need to see the costs for that, and might split it with you (I've never shipped internationally before) so tell me where you live out of country before we make a deal.
 
I will ship USPS, unless you absolutely need Fed Ex or UPS, in which case I will whine since it's a further drive for me. Smiley  I will calculate costs for shipping to you via other methods (or if I ship singly and not the entire lot).
44  Other / Off-topic / The AR-15 bitcoin project *finished* on: March 05, 2012, 02:55:27 PM
So I was thinking to myself the other day, can I purchase/assemble an AR-15 funded solely by bitcoins? Surely I can... so this thread will document the various parts that I find that I purchase using only bitcoins, either directly or indirectly.

What is an AR-15?  For those who don't know, it's a gun that can be assembled by a plethora of individual parts.  There is, quite possible, a bajillion different things you can do with them.  They're like the Honda Civic of the gun world, except much much cooler. Smiley

So that out of the way, my goal is to either trade bitcoins for AR-15 parts either directly (giving bitcoins to individuals or companies for direct trade) or indirectly (purchasing either amazon.com gift cards from a service, or selling the bitcoins for cash on an exchange, and then using that cash to buy the parts, from an individual, dealer, or gun show).

I'm pretty much a newbie when it comes to AR-15, so please don't make fun of my purchases in case I buy the "wrong" company or part. This goal is to see if I can get a "free" gun (minus the cost of electricity). I think it's possible, so that's why I'm doing this. Smiley

Note that I'm keeping this entirely legal, so I won't be buying fully-auto parts, since I'm not authorized to own such guns..


This thread may take a while, since I don't have an awesome computer, and cannot mine coins quickly. It will also depend on market price of the coins as well. If the value of coins drops a lot, this project may never complete (or I may cheat and buy it anyway). If the value of coins goes up, I will be able to complete it faster. Smiley Note that all shipping costs will also be paid for by bitcoins.

Away we go.....! Smiley
45  Economy / Trading Discussion / btcbuy.info still OK? on: March 04, 2012, 11:14:54 PM
I ask because I tried to send an email to the contact on the website, but it bounced back to me.
 
anyone had any problems with buying anything from them recently?
 
If so (or if not), are there any alternatives for buying Amazon gift certificates?
46  Economy / Goods / are gun accessories on topic here? on: March 03, 2012, 08:35:15 PM
I'm looking for a website (or person/dealer) that sells parts for AR-15 for bitcoins.  Right now I'm looking for a (new) lower receiver parts kit, preferably from Spike's or Stag, or other high-quality manufacturer.  But I'm also looking for the rest of the build, from uppers, bolts, stocks, barrels, etc. Smiley
47  Bitcoin / Mining / 7970 simultaneous Diablo 3 and mining on: February 09, 2012, 06:07:09 PM
So if you're a gaming nerd like me, you might like to know that you can play Diablo 3 and still mine nearly full-bore at the same time, and not taking any noticeable (at least that I could tell) hit on visible FPS.  Any FPS loss that I could detect seemed to be from network lag
 
If there were any hits, my eyes suck then, or I'm just too used to old crappy video cards Smiley
 
I wanted to try it so that I could still mine and have the miner use unused GPU processing power when the game wasn't using it, thereby keeping me from "wasting" when I was gaming.  That way it would be above zero during my gaming time, too. Smiley
 
Using diablominer
48  Economy / Marketplace / gold or silver bars as heirlooms? on: January 31, 2012, 05:14:29 PM
While I can't yet afford gold bars with bitcoins (I'm bitcoin poor at the moment), I was thinking of buying a couple silver bars to give to my kids as heirlooms.  I'm not sure what metal prices will do years down the road, but if your folks gave you a bar of silver (I'm thinking of one ounce bars initially, maybe bigger later) when you turned 18 or 25 or whatever your age is now, would you think that's cool, cheesy, or just "sure cool, whatever"?
 
I'd like answers from several age ranges. Smiley  The idea is not to sell them, of course, but to hold on to them as future heirlooms, or to sell only in cases of dire emergency.
49  Bitcoin / Mining / Thunderbolt to PCIe? on: January 04, 2012, 09:09:25 PM
Now, I'm new to Thunderbolt.  My MacBook Pro has a Thunderbolt port, and I'm currently able to mine a little bit with the built-in Radeon HD 6750M.
 
But my question is, with this adapter/chassis, would it be able to slap on some better video cards inside this?
 
Also is Thunderbolt used in this way daisy-chainable? 
 
http://www.thunderbolt-peripherals.com/t-bolt-pcie-expansion

And most important, if it did work, is current mining software able to see those video cards? Smiley
50  Economy / Marketplace / Value question for 5770 on: January 04, 2012, 05:10:54 PM
Hey y'all, quick question... if/when I get the new 7970 that's coming out, I'll sell my 2 5770s to my coworker.  I'd like to ask a fair value w/out screwing him since we have to work together.  He's going to use them for gaming.  My initial thought is $150 for the pair plus I'll throw in the Crossfire Cable.
 
Is this too high, too low, or just about right?
 
If he doesn't buy them, I'll just put them in a spare machine for more mining.
51  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / How do you make ฿ letter? on: December 30, 2011, 07:42:09 PM
Silly question since I posted the ฿, but I copied it from somewhere else. 
 
So how can one type out ฿ using either Mac or Windows?
52  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Google Wallet, NFC, and bitcoin discussion on: September 23, 2011, 07:19:47 PM
So, with the Google Wallet launch (for androids with NFC), and rumors of the iPhone 5 possibly having NFC, how trivial would it be to add bitcoin support for transactions?    Having a bitcoin wallet app that utilized such feature would be F-ing sweet.
 
Obviously it would need support for clicking on a "yes send this payment" lest you be robbed of your bit coins, but I see potential here!!
 
Of course if you knew what you were gonna buy, you could transfer just a set amount instead of your whole btw wallet.
 
Thoughts?  Opinions?
53  Other / Off-topic / wanted: Firefall beta invite on: September 07, 2011, 07:40:38 PM
anyone have a Firefall beta invite they're willing to share?   Grin
54  Economy / Invites & Accounts / giving out Demonoid.me invites on: August 26, 2011, 03:59:29 PM
The first 11 people to respond will get a demonoid.me invite for free.
 
I, of course, would never turn down tips. Wink   You might not get the code right away, since I'm at work and have a wedding rehearsal tonight and wedding tomorrow, but if you're one of the first 11 people to respond you *will* get your invite code in the next few days.  I will send them via PM, unless you specify an email in your response. 
 
Note, I wouldn't suggest posting an email publicly, unless you make it hard for a bot (like posting something like tonto at i dot am dot awesome dot come or something like that Wink
 
Also note that demonoid.me does have ratios, so try to maintain a 1:1 ratio if possible, lest your account (and maybe even mine) gets warned or banned.
 
I would also suggest using an app like "PeerGuardian" for Mac or "PeerBlock" for PC to lower your chances of RIAA, MIAA, etc detecting your sharing.   Most bit torrent clients have an option to stop seeding once you've reached your ratio, if your bandwidth is limited (like mine), but please please try to maintain ratio Smiley
55  Economy / Gambling / Bitcoinduit 33% ROI! on: August 23, 2011, 01:04:06 PM
I started one up for shits and grins
 
33% ROI, with a jackpot.  I just discovered bitcoinduit yesterday, and it's kinda fun Cheesy

http://bitcoinduit.com/33_per_cent_ROI
56  Bitcoin / Mining / running miners in stealth mode? on: August 19, 2011, 07:28:41 PM
Hey y'all (directed at miner coders, but anyone can answer) is there a way to either currently or in a future patch run miners in "stealth" mode?  like in Windows have an option where, for instance, guiminer might have a mode after configuring it that it's hidden and only shows up in Task Manager (either as it's exe name, or even a configurable process name)? 
 
same question for linux.. maybe able to set up and then run on startup in the background?  Note I'm not very good in linux CLI, but given instructions I could follow them if this is already possible (like maybe a cron job or something)
57  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Are bitcoins your dirty little secret? on: July 25, 2011, 06:03:41 PM
And I mean in the context of your close friends/relatives, I don't mean here, since we obviously know you're into bitcoins.
 
I'm getting at... have you told your friends/family about bitcoins?  Or, like me, do you just avoid doing so because of the weird looks/questions that you're going to get?
 
Case in point, I told my wife, tried to explain about them, and I got stares, and then, "Have you bought any with our money yet?"   
"No, I just mine them, and it costs a little bit more electricity than normal."  [tonto's note, just a few dollars a month since they're 5770s]
"Well whatever, just don't spend any of our money on them."
 
And then the other day when I used some to buy a new Corsair case on newegg, she asks, "So how much did this cost again?"
"None, I used bitcoins to buy them."
"Hmmm, so you didn't use any of our money to buy that?"
"Nope."
"oh ok"
 
And that's all that's ever spoke on it.  So I just avoid it now.  If any of my friends ever tell me (or I overhear them speaking) that they're into bitcoins, I'll tell them, otherwise mum's the word!
58  Other / Off-topic / College American Football thread! on: July 12, 2011, 01:30:29 PM
From my avatar, you might guess which team I'm a fan of.
 
Who else reading these forums is a fan of American Football!? (hereafter in this thread will be referred to as "football", and the rest of the world's football, if it comes up, will be referred to as "soccer"... please refrain from doing a soccer/football thread, or start your own soccer/football thread, let's keep this on topic).
 
 
So if any of you are football fans, post your team/mascot/whatever.  Go ahead and try to smack talk, too, if you dare. Wink
 
August is just around the corner!!!
 
 
Go Big Red!
59  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Post your n00b mistakes!! on: July 05, 2011, 03:15:40 PM
I'll start with mine.. so wasn't still quite sure how bitcoin worked in relation to difficulty, hashing, etc, so I bought a second HD 5770 when price hit $30 thinking I could get a 6990 with not much more work after that....
 
and then the crash, and then the difficulty hit where now my 5770s are earning "half" of what they were when coins hit $30 ea. 
 
Had I not been a n00b, I would have sucked up and got a 6990 instead. Sad
 
So now I'm still less than 10btc, and waiting to build back up *sigh*
 
What n00b mistakes did/have you made???
60  Economy / Economics / Bitcoins made Time magazine on: June 29, 2011, 09:22:34 PM
http://curiouscapitalist.blogs.time.com/2011/06/29/bitcoins-does-an-internet-currency-mean-the-doom-of-the-dollar/


Get ready for the upswing!  We hit Time!
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