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1  Economy / Services / [deleted] on: February 17, 2016, 08:42:41 PM
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / FREE CHARLIE SHREM (and all political prisoners) on: January 30, 2014, 03:40:51 AM
I, for one, support Charlie Shrem...

3  Other / Off-topic / Gifts to Save a Kitty on: October 29, 2013, 11:58:21 PM
My friends Crystal and Rob need to raise about $1900 more for surgery for their cat, Cheeks. They're good folks, and Cheeks is a love monster.

Bitcoin donations: 12DHV9erBHtdWH5svkhnyK3izzVF2Lp9UP (Rob's mining address).

From Crystal's page,

Created by Crystal Doommonkey Gaz Pistol on October 29, 2013
Animals & Pets

Cheeks our beloved furiend needs surgery.

The vets found 3 masses in his intestines that are suspicious of lymphoma, a common cancer among cats. Current procedures of cytology have not be definitive in obtaining a ample that could be stated as a positive.

The surgery Cheeks needs will be to remove the 3 masses, as in a full biopsy, and the full tissue samples can be sent to the lab and we can get more answers.

Recently Cheeks was doing well recovery from oral surgery to remove some bad teeth. He seemed to be on the mend and doing well eating his meals and being the usual sweet goofball. Sometime at the start of October his energy and feeding habits started to decline and he was losing weight rather rapidly, so much so that we can feel his spine and hip bones protrude.

Currently he is on a steroid to stimulate his appetite and we have to feed in frequent small meals throughout the day and night. Though, we have to cut his steroid amount in order for the cells to be removed, since steroids have a tendency to shrink growths (good and bad) so the sooner we can get this moving forward the sooner we can have answers.

This has been a difficult time for us since we don't have children our furry children mean the world.

Cheeks came into my life as a wee baby kitten. He was born to a semi-feral cat around my house in California. Starting at about 5 weeks old Cheeks would squeak at me and start following me around in the yard. It was love at first sight, 12 years ago, and we've been together ever since. I think it's pretty obvious how he got his name, but just to give you all a mental picture ... imagine this little orange and white tabby kitten following you around and as kittens tend to have overly exaggerated features (before they grow into them), that was his big white cheeks sticking out from his adorable face. Every step he took he made a cute "brff" sound as we trotted around the yard. As he got older he found that it wasn't enough to just follow me--he needed to ride me, and one day as I stood outside he took that leap and curled his warm soft body around my neck always making sure that his head was on my right side (he's particular like that) and that has been an important bonding act ever since.

Cheeks was just over a year old when we picked up and moved to Austin, Texas and we've been here ever since. He has two other cat companions and his people that adore him.

This surgery has been estimated to cost us around $2000 give or take. Depending on what is found through this surgery will give us a greater idea on what further care he may need, and in the case of a cancer diagnosis being positive it would mean chemo treatments. We are hoping that these growths in his intestines are not cancerous and are just obstructions causing his digestive issues. Either way surgery is the only way to be sure what is causing our beautiful guy so much trouble right now.

Any left over funds will apply to any follow up needs, and in the case Cheeks doesn't need chemo left over funds will be given to no-kill animal shelters or rescues, or a similar campaign to ours.

Our pets we chose as companions, and as such they become more than simply a pet they are part of our lives like family.

Cheeks really is one of the most amazing cats I have ever known. Sweet, friendly, well behaved, funny, loving, and just all around great personality. For many who know Rob and I, understand the significance Cheeks has in our lives and ours in his. He has a knack for wanting us to feel better when we are ill. Every time I had been sick or really upset to tears and bewilderment Cheeks would race up and talk to me and purr. My light on dark days.

He's our love bug and we want to give him a chance at recovery and hopefully many more years because 12 years is simply not enough time for Cheeks in this world, not yet.

***For Bitcoin users please see this site address: 12DHV9erBHtdWH5svkhnyK3izzVF2Lp9UP
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Ross Ulbricht (allegedly a DPR of Silk Road) support & legal defense site on: October 08, 2013, 05:12:38 AM
Dear Friends (and with that statement I deliberately exclude the naysayers),

I've started a website in support of Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of being one of the Dread Pirates Roberts. There have been at least three by my count and at least four by the count of Eileen at From what little is known of Ross's writings online, I don't credit the idea that he was being any murders-for-hire.

I'm in daily contact with Ross's parents and assisting them from various angles.
5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The Bitcoin Foundation is TOXIC and must dissolve, plus a call to action on: May 19, 2013, 01:00:55 PM
My apologies for the length of this post, but I believe that it sums up what is broken with the Foundation, shows it is essentially unfixable, and includes at the end a call to action to form a new, democratically-constituted umbrella organization for the advancement and defense of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin first and foremost among them. I also believe you will find it valuable reading, if you're not already closely familiar with the matters at hand.

"Outgoing" Bitcoin Foundation Executive Director Peter Vessenes, aka "vess" here, @vessenes on Twitter, states in video from Bitcoin 2013 ( at 5:23 that the Foundation will be hiring a lawyer to lobby regulators in Washington DC:

As I wrote:
#BitcoinFoundation is DEAD TO ME. Lobbyists? Fuck you @Vessenes shyster sellout! Give my BTC 25 back!  #Bitcoin2013

Is that why you sold me  @vessenes? So you could look squeaky clean while cozying up to politicians?#Bitcoin2013  (

I got into #Bitcoin to improve this miserable planet and ESCAPE the iron grip of privileged moneyed interests, not JOIN THEM! #Bitcoin2013

And @Vessenes sues @MtGox for $75m. Send the king's swordsmen! I need more money! #Bitcoin2013 #Bitcoin #betrayal #rat #statist #sellout

Plenty more follows in my tweet stream, and includes a conversation with Smári McCarthy of the International (formerly Icelandic) Modern Media Institute (

I provided more of my reasoning (after a nice barbiturates-and-vodka cocktail and a bit of sleep) on Google+, in comments on Declan McCullagh's article ( from today:

TL;DR: Sending Bitcoin to DC is like sending My Little Pony to the veterinarian.

+Jon Matonis Despite my rantings, for me it's not about purity either, but about the Foundation running off in a direction starkly counter to the motivations of a good many members, without any consultation at all. I believe I also heard +Peter Vessenes say, in that opening pitch, that there would be a Bitcoin Foundation members' meeting during the conference. I guess that means that I'll be getting an invitation with a teleconference number soon(?).

+Jerry Brito and +Declan McCullagh Yes, the exchanges are a vulnerable point, almost a "systempunkt" in John Robb's terminology, the resiliency of the underlying protocol aside. At the same time, it's already widely recognized that the best solutions to that sort of risk in the Bitcoin ecosystem involve peer-to-peer fiat/BTC exchange on the lines of #bitcoin-otc, and/or some kind of price discovery and exchange mechanism, with market actor reputation tracking, working in distributed fashion either in the BTC blockchain itself or as part of some kind of complementary system based roughly on the same principles. It's into those kinds of solutions that I'd like to see funding from whatever replaces the now toxic Bitcoin foundation and where I'd like to see the massive amounts of human energy that will otherwise be sucked into the interdimensional tentacle-monster maelstrom of KYC/AML/FinCEN/FATF/make-it-play-in-Peoria compliance (vendor AND customer side) spent.

As +Nick Weaver alludes to, Bitcoin really is fundamentally incompatible with the pharaonic pyramids of the legacy banking system, or, in my parting words from last night, sending Bitcoin to DC is like sending My Little Pony to the veterinarian. Even though we lot on this thread may share similar ideas about the ideal end state for Bitcoin, I think we all agree that the means to reach those ends are important as well. There is clear disagreement about what sorts of means are the most efficient in bringing us all to shiny happy crypto-ponycoin utopia, and that's fine. I'm asking folks to consider the entire picture very carefully, and especially not with America-centric blinders on.

I could go on to complain (but won't do so here, hehe) that the Bitcoin core dev team -- and, by extension, the Foundation which pays +Gavin Andresen -- are, in my opinion, spending a disproportionate amount of time/energy on work which primarily benefits a small number of mining pool operators (taken collectively, another systempunkt!) and on work which tends more and more to support centralized and institutionalized structures such as BitPay and BitInstant -- with all due respect to those teams -- and to toward the deprioritization of work support independent merchants and the actual peer-to-peer future. Perhaps this is simply a disagreement regarding how to sequence priorities, but I can't help but think it points to the same sort of issues I mention above, which actually turn out to be key ones as indicated by others.

+Jerry Brito "Allowed" is a hobgoblin. Bitcoin doesn't need permission from the existing state/corporate financial system. In fact, it presents an existential threat to both. Fine, though, send some "diplomats" out to spread confusion in the enemy's ranks.

And to +Jeffrey Tucker, it is indeed sad that freedom itself is simply unthinkable, where in a proper society it would be the reflexive, unconsidered default posture and where that society would react swiftly and forcefully to deviations from its principles. Alas, even with several thousand years of thought and experience to guide us, we have not yet collectively made the freedom posture the default.


CLEARLY, Bitcoin no longer needs the Bitcoin Foundation as it's currently constituted, and it is probably too toxic to be salvaged in any form. The conflicts of interest among directors should make this perfectly clear. Plus, we now have Vessenes suing Karpeles over the MtGox/Coinlab deal while they are both on the same board. They both should have resigned immediately at the time the suit was filed and served.

Even worse, and utterly inexcusably, Peter Vessenes hired Patrick Murck as the Foundation's general counsel. This of course is the very same Patrick Murck who serves as Coinlab's General Counsel, and who is therefore Coinlab's top litigator in the suit against MtGox.

And, worse still, this is yet the same Patrick Murck who drew up the Coinlab/Bitcoinica/Bitcoin Consultancy deal which turned into such a massive clusterfuck that exactly none of the players involved emerged in any other manner than smeared with shit from head to toe. (;all)

Note also that NONE of these highly controversial acts and omissions were placed before votes of the Foundation's membership, in radical contravention of the founding spirit of the organization if not the language of its founding charter.

THUS, IMHO, and as a Foundation Life Member, I hereby move that the Foundation dissolve itself, immediately, and enter into a binding legal plan to reimburse all donors proportionately, once legitimate expenses and outstanding debt incurred to date is covered. Additionally, I move that the Foundation immediately terminate all relations with Peter Vessenes, Mark Karpeles (sorry, dude) and Patrick Murck, and that Jon Matonis be appointed interim Executive Director, to serve during the company's receivership and through it's final dissolution as a legal entity.

And I am ready to support a new organization which actually serves the interests of Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies, as appropriate), with such egregious conflicts of interest excluded from decision-taking power and with a broad umbrella missing to accommodate ALL of the Bitcoin community, not just those who are only too delighted to cuddle up to regulators and politicians on the little-guy donor's coin. The new organization shall operate democratically from day zero. I move that Jon Matonis be named custodian of founding donations and that he shall serve, once and only once, as Chairman of the founding, general meeting of the entire membership, at which a full charter and a full set of by-laws shall be adopted and a new slate of directors and executives elected, such meeting to be held not less than 60 days from now and not less than 120 days from now, and to include the technical capacity for as many voices as possible to participate and be heard (that is founding-donors-only google hangout, IRC channel, toll-free teleconference linked to a skype teleconference, etc.).

Who's with me?
6  Economy / Goods / WTS ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 motherboards - €70 each on: September 12, 2011, 03:54:33 AM
I'm selling 4x ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 motherboards.

€70 each. Payment accepted via bank transfer to US or Eurozone bank, or BTC equivalent at time of sale.

Worldwide shipping extra, at cost, via Slovenská pošta's 1st-class parcel service (pricing here:, including insurance for sale value or value of your choice. DHL or FedEx shipping also available. Local pick-up in Bratislava free.

All were purchased from a Czech retailer in May or June 2011. All come with all original packaging and accessories, and are in fine working condition.
7  Economy / Goods / WTS 5830s - €75 each on: September 12, 2011, 03:41:55 AM
I'm selling 24x Sapphire Radeon HD 5830 Xtreme cards.

€75 each. Payment accepted via bank transfer to US or Eurozone bank, or BTC equivalent at time of sale.

Worldwide shipping extra, at cost, via Slovenská pošta's 1st-class parcel service (pricing here:, including insurance for sale value or value of your choice. DHL or FedEx shipping also available. Local pick-up in Bratislava free.

All cards were purchased from a wholesaler in Slovakia between June and July 2011. All come with original BIOS, all original packaging and accessories, and are in fine working condition.
8  Bitcoin / Pools / Botnet resistance for pool operators on: July 06, 2011, 07:48:28 AM
Some disconnected but hopefully useful thoughts here for thoughtful pool operators.

- When a single account connects and hashes for more than 10 minutes with more than 50 IP addresses, disconnect and ban that account and IP for a day
- When a single account connects and hashes for more than 10 minutes from >10 IP addresses with CPU-level hashrates, as above
- When a set of accounts/workers connect meeting above criteria and with identical payout addresses, disconnect and ban for a day


1: I think anyone running a mining cluster or even a set of mining clusters is not going to exceed the first criterion. At the very least, they are going to have split things across multiple IPs (for various reasons, including risk-avoidance) and across multiple accounts (for accounting purposes)

2: I think it's reasonable to assume that large influxes of CPU-level hashrates to single accounts are indicative of botnet activity. (This includes, for example, the case of the person at the Australian Broadcasting Company recently featured as running miners on spare cycles across the enterprise).

3: Aggregate of the above.


I trust Tycho. I trust Slush. I trust Luke-jr, etc. I don't trust random people who show up with X gazillion H/s across thousands of IP addresses. Neither should you.

Pool manipulation is a potentially big issue with the size of the network today, especially when coupled with the effects we have seen when DDoS attacks against pools have been more or less successful.

9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / BitLaundry re-opens with exciting new security features you can't see! on: June 18, 2011, 01:18:39 AM

I've had the site down for most of a week, because I discovered a couple of *potential* holes that needed plugging. Back up and running, now, with the most important hole-plugging done, so launder away!

(BTW, if you just want a single-hop transaction bounce: (yeah, it's similar))
10  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / a handy tool for wallet transaction analysis on: June 08, 2011, 04:49:26 PM
I'm sure somebody has rolled this up before, but I had cause to today.

 bitcoind listtransactions '*' 999999 | python > transactions.csv
 Use favorite spreadsheet program to open transactions.csv


import json
import sys

input =
data = json.loads(input)

keys = []

for record in data:
for key in record:
if key not in keys:

cur = ""
output = ""

for key in keys:
output += '"' + key + '",'
output += '\n'

for record in data:
for key in keys:
if key in record:
if record[key].__class__ is int or record[key].__class__ is float:
output += str(record[key])
output += '"' + record[key] + '"'
output += ','
output += '\n'

print output
11  Bitcoin / Mining / gpu-temp-monitor: an optimum clocking tool for AMD GPUs on: June 07, 2011, 04:50:27 PM
I got inspired by this other thread ( and wrote a bash script to manage GPU core clocks versus temperature. gpu-temp-monitor supports up to 8 AMD GPUs (or more, by editing the initialization of the "holds" array).

The script assumes that you have DISPLAY and whatnot set up correctly in your environment, and that you've opened up a nice range for over/underclocking with AMDoverdrivectrl or similar.


TEMP_HIGH=95 # degrees C
FREQ_MAX=900 # MHz
MEM_FREQ=150 # MHz
HOLD_TIME=15 # sec
TOLERANCE=2 # degrees C

holds=( 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 )

setclock() {
if [ $clock -gt $FREQ_MAX ]; then
aticonfig --adapter=$id --odsc=$clock,$MEM_FREQ 2>&1 > /dev/null

reclock() {
if [ $hold -gt 0 ]; then
elif [ $temp -ge $TEMP_HIGH ]; then
setclock $id $((clock-FREQ_STEP_DOWN))
elif [ $clock -lt $FREQ_MAX -a $temp -lt $IGNORE_TEMP ]; then
setclock $id $((clock+FREQ_STEP_UP))
echo -n "$temp ($clock$flag) "

aticonfig --od-enable 2>&1 > /dev/null

while true
unset T
unset C
temps=`aticonfig --adapter=all --odgt | grep : | sed 's/.* - \([0-9]*\)\..*/\1/'`
clocks=`aticonfig --adapter=all --odgc | grep "Current Peak" | sed 's/.*: *\([0-9]*\) .*/\1/'`
for val in $temps; do

for val in $clocks; do

while [ $i -lt ${#T[*]} ]; do
reclock $i ${T[$i]} ${C[$i]}


And the mandatory megascreenshot:

12  Bitcoin / Mining software (miners) / The Ballad of the Bitcoin Miner (v0.1-alpha) on: May 28, 2011, 10:50:57 AM
The Ballad of the Bitcoin Miner (v0.1-alpha)

(To the tune of "Rawhide" by Frankie Laine, though preferably performed a bit more like the Dead Kennedys' cover:

I hereby dedicate these lyrics to the public domain under the terms of the Unlicense (

Hashin', hashin', hashin',
Hashin', hashin', hashin',
Hashin', hashin', hashin',
Hashin', hashin', hashin',
Hah! Hah!

Keep hashin', hashin', hashin',
Oh my box is thrashin',
Keep them miners hashin', Bitcoin.
Fifteen machines in tandem,
But it's so bloody random,
An' I got this achin' in my groin.
All the things I'm missin',
Good vittles, love, and kissin',
Will be waitin' for me in Des Moines

Ain't no fool, gigajoule,
Power tool, keep 'em cool.
Ain't no fool, gigajoule:
Mine 'em out, cash 'em in,
Join a pool, keep 'em cool,
Mine 'em out, cash 'em in:
Hah! Hah!

Hashin', hashin', hashin',
Though the market's crashin',
Keep them miners hashin', Bitcoin.
Just let me solve the next block,
And I'll go back to Bangkok.
I've had my fill of Des Moines.
Em dee-five's calculatin',
My true love will be waitin':
Waitin' for me with sirloin.

Ain't no fool, gigajoule,
Power tool, keep 'em cool.
Ain't no fool, gigajoule:
Mine 'em out, cash 'em in,
Join a pool, keep 'em cool,
Mine 'em out, cash 'em in:

(Hashin', hashin', hashin',)
(Hashin', hashin', hashin',)
(Hashin', hashin', hashin',)
(Hashin', hashin', hashin',)

13  Bitcoin / Project Development / New service: on: May 23, 2011, 08:52:14 AM is a simple service which provides currency conversion between Bitcoin and other world currencies.

To use it, send a request in the form of:


  • Currently supported exchanges are "mtgox" and "bitomat". Currently supported conversion services are "google" and "xe".
  • MtGox and Bitomat are demand-polled every 10 minutes. Google and are demand-polled every 60 minutes.
  • MtGox is the default exchange (thereby making the US dollar the default basis currency), and Google is the default conversion service.


We'll ask for the value of BTC 100 in ounces of gold, using MtGox's last trade rate and's gold price:


{"converted": "4.78023000"}

Thus, 1,000 Bitcoins were equivalent to about 4.78 oz of gold at the time.

Like this service? Your gifts to 1B2Tsi3dz2jm9GBHvAd1QoroAeA3BEBrUS are much appreciated!
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin on on: May 21, 2011, 12:39:02 AM
I discussed Bitcoin today with Hiro White on Agorist Radio:
15  Other / Meta / should run advertising on: May 20, 2011, 04:46:29 AM should run advertising.

I don't know exactly what the motivations of the current forum operators are, but the Bitcoin forums, right now, are an extraordinarily critical resource for the growth and sustenance of the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Therefore, those incentives should be strengthened.

Please, oh gracious forum admins, whose noses we are not worthy to pick, add advertising to the forums, so that you may obtain an additional monetary incentive for your work.

That is all. If this message does not pertain to you, please return now to your scheduled work allocation.
16  Economy / Marketplace / BitLaundry re-launch! on: May 19, 2011, 11:45:58 PM
Dear friends,

Since acquiring BitLaundry (, I've been hacking away at the code, and have now launched an entirely new version of the site.

Go check it out!
17  Bitcoin / Mining / A warning on occupational diseases of miners on: May 02, 2011, 01:12:40 AM

Pneumoconiosis is an occupational lung disease and a restrictive lung disease caused by the inhalation of dust, often in mines.

Ick. Here's what Monty Python had to say about it, in 1713:

See, you really didn't know about the Treaty of Utrecht, did you?

18  Economy / Marketplace / Bitcoin Laundry reduces commission to 0.5% on: April 30, 2011, 07:28:30 PM
Just wanted to let folks know that I've lowered the commission at to 0.5%, effective immediately.

Churn, baby, churn!
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Jon Matonis pumps bitcoin at a KPMG eGaming conference in Gibraltar on: April 01, 2011, 10:23:28 AM
Matonis is known both for being a long-time deep thinker on the future of money as well as being the creator of

Intriguing slideshow. I'd love to have heard the talk alongside it, as well as the talk in the halls and in the bar afterward.
20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / PS3 botnet mining on: January 15, 2011, 03:47:48 PM
With the recent crack of the PlayStation 3's DRM, it's only a matter of time before botnet code emerges to take advantage of the console's sweet GPU for distributed bitcoin mining.

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