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1  Economy / Goods / Brand New Star Trek Fleet Captains Board Game 4 BTC shipping included on: January 24, 2013, 02:16:37 AM
NEW plastic wrap still on box never opened. Good as collectible too.
I can guarantee you can't buy this with BTC anywhere else!
4 BTC includes shipping

Product Description
From the Manufacturer
Explore The Galaxy With Your Own Fleet. Warp into action with WizKids/NECA's latest installment to the Star Trek franchise. Designed by Mike Elliott and Ethan Pasternack, this stand alone strategic space exploration/ship-to-ship combat game will primarily focus on the eclectic Star Trek ships as they explore space and battle their opponents. Featuring 24 precisely crafted 3D HeroClix starships and over 300 cards, this game is a must-have for any Star Trek fan. Star Trek: Fleet Captains is a game for 2-4 players as they assume the roles of Federation or Klingon commanders and compete for sector supremacy. So ready your phasers as we expand into the final frontier and beyond.
Product Description
Star Trek: Fleet Captains, designed for two or four players, is set in the "Prime Universe" of STAR TREK (as seen in the various TV series and movies up to Star Trek: Nemesis) and is more adversarial in nature when compared to Star Trek: Expeditions. Each player begins play with a fleet of ships and starts at opposite ends of an unexplored sector of space. This sector of space is represented by hexegonal cards (which are shuffled before play and placed face-down in a pre-determined pattern). As each ship progresses through the sector, you turn the tiles face up, revealing what is in that part of the sector (a Class-M planet, a Class-J Nebula, empty space, etc...). Hopefully you will discover and acquire resources while simultaneously denying them to your opponent(s). When conflict inevitably breaks out, you and your opponent(s) will battle it out for sector supremacy. Last fleet standing wins the sector for their respective faction. Each ship will be on a base with a dial and accompanied by a "Ship Card". The Card denotes three different statuses for each ship; normal operating, Yellow Alert, and Red Alert. Each status affects how your dial plays as well as how the game and your opponents interact with you. There is also a deck of cards involved that each player brings with their fleet, and these are used during gameplay to affect the outcome of battles, player interactions, etc... This game is also marketed as a non-collectible, non-blind product but will also be built upon the expandable board game model.

Game play review

2  Bitcoin / Project Development / {Announce} Coming soon Bitphone on: October 18, 2011, 05:45:17 PM
Web-based payphone powered by Bitcoins accessible via TOR
There will also by softphone and hardware SIP access available.

I'm bringing back the anonymous phone call. Stay tuned. Project is 25% complete.

Calls will be SRTP + ZRTP + TLS encrypted. Access will be based on actual polling of the block chain so there is no database to be hacked.
Comments welcome.
3  Economy / Economics / Securities regulators seek high-frequency secret sauce on: September 02, 2011, 01:36:31 AM
Hopefully the SEC will finally ban these cheaters. How bout so true price discovery?

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Securities regulators have taken the unprecedented step of asking high-frequency trading firms to hand over the details of their trading strategies, and in some cases, their secret computer codes.

The requests for proprietary code and algorithm parameters by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a Wall Street brokerage regulator, are part of investigations into suspicious market activity, said Tom Gira, executive vice president of FINRA's market regulation unit.

"It's not a fishing expedition or educational exercise. It's because there's something that's troubling us in the marketplace," he said in an interview.
4  Economy / Economics / What is Debt? on: August 26, 2011, 10:40:53 AM
I found this an interesting interview about the history of money and debt.
 Check it out.

What is Debt? – An Interview with Economic Anthropologist David Graeber

David Graeber currently holds the position of Reader in Social Anthropology at Goldsmiths University London. Prior to this he was an associate professor of anthropology at Yale University. He is the author of ‘Debt: The First 5,000 Years’ which is available from Amazon.

Interview conducted by Philip Pilkington, a journalist and writer based in Dublin, Ireland.

Philip Pilkington: Let’s begin. Most economists claim that money was invented to replace the barter system. But you’ve found something quite different, am I correct?

David Graeber: Yes there’s a standard story we’re all taught, a ‘once upon a time’ — it’s a fairy tale.
5  Economy / Goods / (WTS) GIGABYTE HD 5850 (SOLD OUT!) on: August 25, 2011, 03:20:59 AM
Was removed from box strictly to verify that it works. I don't want to deal with selling broken shit cross country.

Here are the results. This is stock voltage.

Other than  that it is new in box.

Bitcoin (18.5 includes shipping) or Dwolla ($200 includes shipping)

Obviously I prefer bitcoin but also wanted to make the sale newbie friendly.

SOLD TO  Stefanie Andrea
shipping status to follow

Shipped Priority  Mail ETA Saturday August 27,2011
6  Economy / Speculation / Why are we letting bitcoin fall into the floating fiat currency trap? on: August 09, 2011, 04:29:22 AM
I know people need to "pay their bills" but why are we competing against all these legacies currencies. Let them destroy themselves in the war they are presently in.
We need to go a step further. Retail is not the answer. We need producers of product to accept bitcoin. Farmers, Manufacturers, skilled workmen etc...
7  Economy / Trading Discussion / BTC transaction insurance on: August 07, 2011, 07:57:08 AM
I set up a sample spreadsheet of a insurance association pool. This will be a cooperative. If there isn't enough money in the pool to cover the highest possible single  claim you can't do that transaction...... unless you get sureties or yourself to make up the difference into an excess risk account. That basically means the more risk you put on the pool the more risk you also assume on yourself.

Naturally to start there is going to have to be a one time membership entrance fee to build the pool.

I have a single goal. To create certainy for the bitcoin sender that he/she won't get stiffed.

Anyway this is just random numbers entered . It is editable.
8  Economy / Currency exchange / Mtgox being manipulated? on: August 06, 2011, 04:57:06 AM
I just watched MTGOX make a sharp move up in several hours on a good volume of coins. All of a sudden a reversal  with microbids of coins. Someone as fucking with the exchange, I have no doubt.
The exchange would have to have jumped lower bids or people came in and bid lower with effectively chump change.
9  Economy / Economics / Taking the risk out of bitcoin on: July 26, 2011, 04:55:52 PM
It seems pretty obvious that bitcoin has a lot of risk at the moment. The risk isn't because of bitcoin per se.
It's because bitcoin is cash like. I someone purchase something with bitcoin it is akin to sending the seller cash through the mail.
Most people don't do this because of the risk that is involved if the seller is perpetrating a fraud.

In the US, the legal remedies for interstate transactions are really shitty with cash. One reason being, there is no Federal Small Claims Court.
International transactions are even worse.

How the law treats bitcoin is a big unknown but as we can see even if it where legally treated as cash there would be issues.

Any ideas on how to remove the risk?
Private arbitration?
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Everything you want to know about "money". on: July 25, 2011, 07:43:31 PM
Here is a lot of debate on this site about what money.
Much of it is erroneous especially when it comes to the historical and legal aspects.
As of right now, the world is in a "promise to pay" legal tender system which has screwed up everyone.

This is a list of links to educate and illuminate the subject.

The Science of Money

Money and civilization: or, A history of the monetary laws and systems of various states and their influence on civilization

The history of money in America

History of monetary systems

Basic Monetary Concepts in Law

The theory of money in the Law of Commercial Instruments

The Concept of Lawful  Money

A note on Lawful Money

If you find this short index useful , put a drop in the bucket.. I actually have a ton more reading material but this should give anyone a start.

11  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Smallest wallet size? on: July 19, 2011, 01:27:45 AM
Is there anyway to shrink a wallet (unused/empty of course) to a size that would fit in a QR code?
12  Other / Beginners & Help / REQ:legal section in forum on: June 19, 2011, 05:09:46 PM
There should be a whole section dedicated to the legal  implications of bitcoin. Otherwise they are always going to be discounted for risk. If you can't enforce a transaction in court then there is no point.
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