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1  Other / Off-topic / The EU is pretty cool on: August 13, 2013, 05:42:56 AM
Stalker update #23: It's official, I'm no longer living in Korea and have moved to the EU. In the past month I've visited dozens of bitcoiners and experienced a breathtaking difference of lifestyles than what I grew up with in the USA as I went through the UK, Germany, Austria and now in Slovenia (visited the nice Bitstamp fellas yesterday too).

I think I am now more sure than ever that I should work towards repatriation to an EU country and renunciation of my increasingly aggressive US ties. Good news for those of you who love to hate me, I'll be living next door to you now!

Updates on the pirate bet situation: 75% has been settled in full and only the larger amounts straggle as I build up income with my new projects.

Updates on finances relative to the community: I have paid back over $60,000 in loans and business shares for businesses than didn't work out and now only have two personal loans to friends of mine. I am still owed over $48,000 from various loans I gave to others, refunds, and businesses that have tried to screw me over and owe me a settlement.

Updates on projects: I'm working on a few projects these days, one of which I'll be happy to sell at the Bitcoin EU conference this September 26~28 in Amsterdam. As part of that product line (will explain later) I have made an agreement with Hal and Fran Finney to donate 50% of the profits to his charity. I'm also working in a few non-bitcoin related companies now and couldn't be happier (you notice I don't post here much :-))

Updates on my views: I now agree with most of the libertarian sentiments on bitcoin's importance, but am still a realist when it comes to practical application and timelines (no crazy anti-government speeches and give it 20 years to grow, stop pump and dumping it!). I have decided also that this forum has been poisoned by corruption and sloth and will be working sloely over the next year to throw my hand into building a useful replacement where moderation won't be necessary as I have seen first hand that Theymos' integrity and wisdom is highly questionable (he also still thinks IP = person).

Updates on my trolling: I still think this forum is a joke, but after leaving Korea and meeting many bitcoiners in person, its obvious I was living in a shell until now and don't exactly hold the same hyper-aggressive feelings I have before (except for scumbag scammers and backstabbing profiteers of course).

I remain happily controversial, I remain alive and well, and I am positive I will continue to annoy many of the right people this year. That said, I look forward to annoying the good people less and making up for lost time.

P.s. because theymos doesn't appreciate freedom of speech, I'm technically banned and can't respond to any threads (including this one) until dear leader decides I am now "safe" to let back in (safe meaning I won't bring up the hypocrisy of letting Garr225 scam because they are friends and give me a tag, all while saying he doesn't give tags anymore as an excuse for not giving one to avalon, BFL, Garr255, etc. Hahahaha. Wow.)
2  Bitcoin / Project Development / Project "Bitcoin No Noise" on: June 21, 2013, 02:09:16 AM
How does it benefit a community to..

  • ..give a moderator of an internet forum 6,000 BTC?
  • ..require moderators and moderation from anyone other than a thread OP?
  • ..have advertising forced on them?
  • ..have a trust system without rebuttals?
  • ..have a barrier on their activity requiring posts and time served in order to function in the community?
  • ..not have basic encryption for messaging and thread visibility?
  • ..be assumed as scammers instead of just untrusted?

I'm not pretending to know all the answers and these questions I'm asking and more present individual issues all of their own, but this is what I am dedicating myself to for the rest of the year until we are able to create a forum for the community that in fact serves the community.

Through a transparent process of task based work, we will be partnering with Ian Knowles CIYAM Open work system (OpenTransactions is also currently using this system). There are many things to hammer out, but the general picture is:

  • The software will be a standalone C++ application, increasing the speed, scalability and security for everyone.
  • Messages in the system will be encrypted by default by the browser
  • Threads will only be visible if you have chosen to listen to, with the ability to individually and systematically remove parties from feeds
  • New members will not have to wait to participate, but as with real life, will need to know someone or earn someone's trust before being able to participate in private discussions unless thread starters enable public viewing and participation
  • Thread starters are moderators, programmatically impossible to add another moderator that the thread creator did not add themselves, or censor anyone system-wide without a user removing them from their listening feed.
  • Thread types will vary, including debate threads with pro/con sides that work in similar fashion to StackExchange but for both sides. Voting a popular answer up will require agreeing with the pro/con side first and disable your ability to vote the opposing side up or down. There will also be live chat threads that allow voting of important chat posts to be permanently part of the thread (at the discretion of the moderator) to allow for both live and forum-style communication on a topic (not all topics are important enough to make threads about, but almost all topics end up having educational outcomes).
  • Threads will allow other resources/evidence to be attached to and voted up. There is no need to hunt through 30 pages for a link, it will be on the thread's resources tab just as Wikipedia's article sources are.
  • Votes only count towards issues/threads/members that have trusted your opinions
  • Groups can communicate in encrypted invisible threads only inviting in whom they want to

Why should you be forced to listen to my Off-topic ramblings just because I wanted to start a topic?
Why can't you ignore topics?
Why would you even see my topics unless someone you trust, trusted me to post something worthwhile?
Why is spam supported and encouraged?
Do you want to shut me up? Then support a system that would empower you to do so without needing to make it a political or dramatic stand, yet affect what I say be forcing me to watch what I say so that you and others will listen to me and take me seriously. The cost of spamming here is far too low.

Bottom line, this new software will solve both the trust and integrity issues of moderation, discussion and advertising in the bitcoin community, and the long noticed but never fixed noise-to-ratio issues.

These are just a few simple additions that are planned, some are experimental and innovative to the internet as well, and as such may be faulty at first and need to be tested by a live community. It is not expected to be an overnight job but I will not give up until it has proven itself to be a success or failure as deemed by the entire community.

The deal is this. You help support this effort and I will not stop working on it. I will invest my own money, what little I have when not paying for mistakes I made in bitcoin for the past 2 years. You help support with ideas and constructive criticisms, and I will never turn away from you. I will listen and try to resolve problems as they arise. You contribute what you can in the form of transparently spent funds (on CIYAM Open where each and every task is accounted for publicly to avoid even the accusation of mispending), development time, or management, and I will dedicate my life to making this forum a success not only for bitcoins, but for the internet at large.

I need your interest and support, I need your comments, your healthy constructive criticisms, it is what drives my passion, and my passion is clearly one of the strongest in this entire community or else I wouldn't annoy so many people with my occasional misguided words. Message me if you think it's a good idea. Pledge yourself to move to this new forum when it gets done. Message me if you think it will end bad and want to give some advice on how to save it. Comment in here regardless. Your messages are like food and water to me.

It's time for something more, something worth 6000 BTC that never got spent on it. Bitcoin deserves it. We deserve it. The internet deserves it.

I'll post here again when I have demo plans, accounts at CIYAM Open open, and am ready for more than just talk.



edit: I have made a spreadsheet to display current objectives as far as features, as well as to show support of pledgers. Pledgers can be people who support with donation pledges towards feature task completion on CIYAM Open, time for development, marketing, branding, hosting, or just general support and a pledge to move to the new software for testing once completed.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ajtx05YrHtIydGlfTDRzdE5tYldEWDNUZFh5WDk3ZGc&usp=sharing


When the above "pledge" sheet has 100 names on it, I will start producing design and flow demos and add them here.
3  Other / Off-topic / SilkRoad Rap on: June 20, 2013, 09:14:48 PM
Back on December 29th, 2011 I started writing a SilkRoad rap song but felt a little embarrassed and unsure of myself at the time (I also had a lesser understanding of what SilkRoad actually was as I had never used it and wasn't really comfortable writing lyrics about something I didn't know enough about). Now that I have a reputation that isn't spotless, I don't mind embarrassing myself by finishing it and recording it this Sunday in our studio. Unlike past years I am not posting this for self-glorification, but as a way of forcing myself to go through with it (otherwise Inaba might ironically ask for a scammer's tag for breaking my promise).

I would love to make a video, but I just don't see that happening without some money pumped into it and a few weeks of prep, so I hope a simple MP3 will suffice at first. If people like it, I'll record a music video since that's a profession I need to start breaking into anyway and sorely need practice.


See you guys in

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4  Other / Politics & Society / Speeding License on: June 20, 2013, 01:46:48 AM
I propose a movement to lobby local governments to allow for speed limit exemptions for those carrying a special speed license given to those who a) pass appropriate tests including physical reflex tests, b) receive special speed driver's training from a government mandated agency, or c) those who have experience professionally racing cars and can demonstrate their skill.

Speeding laws are created to protect the majority from an unskilled minority it would seem, but just as air traffic is heavily controlled but still allowed through requiring a special pilot's license to travel the speed of sound, potentially endangering thousand of people in the process, and even more difficult licenses for commercial jet flight which can potentially endanger tens of thousands of people's lives anywhere in the world at any time, and just as firearms require a license to carry and shoot in public places that would otherwise prove competance to carry an otherwise deadly weapon on ones person, it seems this could easily be carried over to roadway vehicles as well (with exception for certain larger makes/types of course).

The government has long called for exceptions to emergency vehicles, especially police in pursuit, but now ask for such exemptions1 2 for non-emergency vehicles as well, showing that human beings when given authority and responsibility of the state do not lack the necessary skills to control vehicles on roadway while speeding.

If such a license were possible, I think speeding would no longer be much of an issue, and like with most things, the relevant education would cause less accidents and allow people to respect the roads much more, thanks to their new training, fully knowing the risks involved.

In a DailyPaul debate about speed limits and the need for vehicle licenses, some interesting comments were made, including this one:


I drove the autobahn a total of twice and I was amazed at how safe I felt going 110 + on that highway. There's only 2 lanes most places and the trucks are going 55 - 70 in the slow lane and big black Mercedes (and others) are going 140+ in the fast lane. I looked carefully at the guardrails and the greenery along the highway for signs of the huge burn marks that must exist from the fireballs resulting from the high speed crashes but I saw NONE!. The guardrails were straight and true and the pavement was flat and smooth (real smooth). What I noticed very quickly was the way people drove on that highway. NO ONE ever switched into the "fast" lane until right on the bumper of the car they were overcoming. After lane signals, a very brisk lane change to the fast lane was taken and IMMEDIATELY after passing the slower vehicle another brisk lane change back into the slow lane. It was like watching a ballet. Every car moving in a predictable fashion. These rules were not enforced by "police". They were "enforced" by common sense. Traveling at high speeds requires extra caution and skill and if you aren't up to it, you stay in the slow lane. Before I learned this "rule" I thought I was pretty hot driving 110 and stayed in the fast lane for a while since I did not see any other traffic coming. I was quite surprised when I looked in my mirror to see a black Mercedes behind me with his left blinker on (a signal to get out of his way) and I quickly moved over and let him zip on by at what I estimate was about 130mph.

No, you don't need slow speed to keep you safe, you need drivers who exercise common sense. When you keep people "restricted" to the lowest common denominator, then "common sense" is a casualty. People stop exercising it and soon it withers and dies...


CASE #1: "The use of the highway for the purpose of travel and transportation is not a mere privilege, but a common fundamental right of which the public and individuals cannot rightfully be deprived." Chicago Motor Coach v. Chicago, 169 NE 221.

CASE #2: "The right of the citizen to travel upon the public highways and to transport his property thereon, either by carriage or by automobile, is not a mere privilege which a city may prohibit or permit at will, but a common law right which he has under the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Thompson v. Smith, 154 SE 579.

It could not be stated more directly or conclusively that citizens of the states have a common law right to travel, without approval or restriction (license), and that this right is protected under the U.S Constitution.

CASE #3: "The right to travel is a part of the liberty of which the citizen cannot be deprived without due process of law under the Fifth Amendment." Kent v. Dulles, 357 US 116, 125.

CASE #4: "The right to travel is a well-established common right that does not owe its existence to the federal government. It is recognized by the courts as a natural right." Schactman v. Dulles 96 App DC 287, 225 F2d 938, at 941.


There is also an article on Motorists.org that talks about the myths of speeding vs. safety.

Myth #1 - Speed Is a Major Cause of Accidents and Fatalities. NHTSA says 30% of fatal accidents are "speed related," meaning at least one vehicle was "assumed" to be exceeding the posted limit or traveling too fast for conditions. But such assumptions are meaningless when most traffic is 5-10 mph over limits set unnecessarily low.

A decade ago, authorities in Florida commissioned research to determine where best to concentrate enforcement resources to maximize their safety benefit. Statewide, this 1993 study found "Speed Too Fast" placed a distant fifth on the list of accident causes at just 2.2 percent. A 1994 follow-up study in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties found 1.5 percent of accidents and seven percent of fatalities "caused by speed." Of nearly 23,000 accidents investigated in Palm Beach Country, approximately 13,000 were attributed to "careless driving," 7,000 to "failure to yield," 2,000 to "improper lane changes," and only 650 to "speed."

This was not welcome news to Florida enforcers, who (like everyone else) continue to focus resources on "speeding" because radar makes it easy and because (as Clyde Barrow once said about banks), that's where the money is. Those other far more significant causes are more difficult to witness, ticket, and prove in court. This is why such studies are seldom undertaken and even more rarely released, which leads us to Myth #2.

Myth #2 - Speed Enforcement Increases Safety. In 1995, the Feds gave Connecticut nearly $750,000 to intensify speed enforcement on 55-mph highways. Over that Memorial Day weekend, scores of extra troopers, airplanes, and unmarked cars armed with radar and laser were dispatched with the stated objective of reducing accidents and fatalities. Compared to the previous Labor Day weekend, speeding tickets were up an impressive 33 percent, seatbelt tickets were up a dramatic 51 percent and DWI (driving while intoxicated) tickets increased 22 percent. Yet accidents on those targeted highways increased a breathtaking 66 percent, proving (again) that there is no correlation between enforcement effort (numbers of tickets) and actual highway safety.

Research shows that if authorities truly want to reduce average speeds, the most effective way is through highly visible police presence. People naturally drive more safely and pay more attention to their speed when the enforcement is easily seen. Conversely, "stealth" enforcement (unmarked and hidden cars, airplanes, instant-on radar) is highly effective at generating tickets and revenue but not at decreasing speeds or accidents.

Myth # 3 - Slower Is Always Safer. Despite the oft-repeated mantra that "Speed Kills," Federal and state studies consistently have shown that the drivers most likely to get into accidents in traffic are those traveling significantly below the average speed. Compared to keeping with the prevailing "pace," those driving 10 mph slower are statistically six times as likely--and those 20 mph slower are ten times as likely--to be involved in an accident. They get hit from behind or caught up in collisions caused by faster-moving vehicles suddenly braking and swerving to get around.

Since freeway "pace" is often well above posted limits, drivers are faced with the uncomfortable choice of legal speed or the higher, yet safer, prevailing speed. Actually, the drivers statistically least likely to be involved in accidents-perhaps because they are more alert--are those traveling 5-10 mph above the prevailing speed. Guess who gets the tickets.

Myth #4 - Use of Radar Detectors Increases Speeds and Accidents. Every time someone sets out to prove this popular presumption - and there have been many, many studies by enforcement authorities and others with a vested interest in banning detectors--they end up disproving it. One respected 1988 Yankelovich Clancy Shulman study showed that detector users actually had 23 percent fewer accidents per mile than nonusers.

What do detector users do when their dashboard defenders sound off? They quickly check and (if necessary) adjust their speed and increase their awareness. Scanning for police, they may instead see a dangerous condition or impending accident in time to avoid it. This is why police and (unmanned) "drone" radar senders are often used at accident, construction, and reduced visibility (dust, fog, snow) sites -- because traffic speeds and accidents decrease when detector users slow and pay closer attention, influencing others to do the same.

Myth #5 - The Federal 55-mph Limit Saved Thousands of Lives. Because it was established during the 1973 fuel crisis, people naturally drove less and slower to preserve precious fuel, which caused a brief downward blip in fatalities. Once fuel availability returned to normal, so did driving miles and speeds. And the highway death rate quickly snapped back to its (already downward) trend line.

Myth #6 - Speed Enforcement is Driven by Safety Concern. Though vigorously pursued in the name of safety to assure public and media support, it's been mostly about money for almost three decades. A recent feature in my local paper stated this clearly: "Citations rise to 6-year high," trumpeted the subhead. "The tickets are expected to pump a much-needed $1.5 million into the city's general fund." While public safety was the stated reason, no data was offered to show that our streets and highways are any safer as a result.

Myth #7 - Lower Speed Limits Reduce Average Speeds and Accidents. Multiple studies have shown that drivers adjust their speeds primarily to road, weather and traffic conditions. Setting limits at the "85th percentile" speed, where 85 percent are at or below (and only about 5 percent are significantly above), always results in maximum compliance and fewest accidents. Posting limits well below this 85th percentile speed (common practice) naturally increases the number of speeders -- and therefore potential ticket revenue -- but does not slow traffic any more than posting speeds well above it makes everyone drive too fast.
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / [WANTED] Alt-Coin discussion panelists on: June 18, 2013, 09:55:03 PM
Bitcoin Alternatives Discussion Panel (Alt-coins) - http://theconference.eu/panels/

Looking for other alt-coin developers and highly knowledgeable representatives of coins such as Devcoins, IXCoins, Namecoin, PPCoin, etc to come and discuss the benefits, differences, and future of alt currencies on the panel.

PM if you're interested in presenting and discussing there for the televised conference panels!

6  Other / Off-topic / Has this happened to you? on: June 18, 2013, 03:36:11 PM
7  Other / Beginners & Help / Skipping newbie jail on: June 18, 2013, 03:33:14 PM
I've seen this posted dozens of times and I've finally tried it myself as well when making a business account here for PR purposes. I wasn't ripped off, the code worked exactly like it claims to. Apparently by just using the site, as long as you don't close the window or log out of the forums, it will get you out of newbiejail for you (minus the 5 posts).

Since I feel funny suggesting a site that I don't know the owners of, please post your experiences here as well in case it goes rogue and I should change my opinion of it.
8  Economy / Auctions / 24 hour auction for 85/Ghs Avalon (4 module+PSU) on: June 18, 2013, 09:30:55 AM
Selling a Batch 3 pre-order from Avalon.

4-modules (85G/hs) + PSU

Will be delivered insured air-mail to the winning buyer at no extra cost upon receipt in Korea.

This is one of two orders from Avalon that has been verified by the moderator "Tysat".

Bids must be in a minimum of 1 BTC increments. This auction ends in 24 hours. If a bid is placed within the last 30 minutes of the auction, the auction will extend another 30 minutes from that last bid.

The bidding starts at 1 BTC. Winning bidders must provide a shipping address and delivery phone number for DHL, and an email address for my own communication.

Happy bidding!
9  Other / Off-topic / Motorcycles on: June 18, 2013, 02:34:07 AM
Started on a Hyosung Exiv 125c, on my fourth now, a Yamaha R6, waiting for next year to go for naked.

What does everyone else have?

10  Other / Meta / Where's the new forum Theymos? on: June 17, 2013, 06:46:36 AM
12 months ago I donated 10 BTC to you to make a new forum. You have since then collected over 6000 BTC and continue to collect on a regular basis, under the guise of "creating a new forum", yet you have yet to create a new forum.

Please present a status report of your progress in the past 12 months with creating the forum. Thanks.
11  Economy / Service Discussion / The truth about the BFL 1000 BTC fund? on: June 15, 2013, 03:24:27 AM
As a consultant for the Bitcoin Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands this September 27-29,  against my better judgement I figured it couldn't hurt to query BFL in regards to their 1000 bitcoins already pledged and earmarked for charities, non-profits, projects, etc. as penance for over-promising and under-delivering. My courteous request for information turned into an eye opening revolution about paranoia and ego.

Warning: Below are the raw, uncut messages between us. Those who get offended easily on the internet may want to avert their eyes. Also, all comments must remain on topic or they will be removed. No BFL fanboying and no BFL trashing either. This is sewious.


I'm not sure if you're getting my messages and ignoring them, if you have me on ignore, or if you're just too busy to respond, but I wanted to try and get a hold of you one last time just the same.

There is a non-profit funded convention in Amsterdam, Netherlands this September 27-29 (http://theconference.eu) and our funds come from attendees, booth sales, and donations to the conference. Since BFL has to spend 1000 BTC anyway for being late on delivery, would it be acceptable to help sponsor this non-profit endeavor as well?

Cheers,

Matthew

You badmouth BFL and me every chance you get and you want a handout?  Yeah right, get real.  What kind of drugs are you on?  You should lay off them.

You're as bad as Charlie Hoskins whining for a handout for his bitcoin education project after claiming BFL is a scam.  

You badmouth BFL and me every chance you get and you want a handout?
You're mistaken. I supported Sonny K despite the obvious issues and I am very upset with BFL's lack of shipment. I think it is safe to say at this point that BFL is a scam until they have shipped though and I think a scammer tag is warranted until then (times have changed, Pirate saw sure to that).

I also don't remember "bad mouthing" you, are you sure you're not confusing me with people who care more about the subject, like smoothie or one of the other alt-currency board regulars? I'm usually busy bothering Theymos for his lack of integrity.

To point, the conference I'm referring to is not *me*, so your feelings about me are irrelevant. The conference is run by Moe Levin with accounting being done by Rassah. I am simply lending a hand to them as you should too. As I understand it, the BFL charity fund of 1000 BTC is directed to endeavors that deserve or need them, I don't remember seeing "must be a fan of BFL and their business ethics" as a requirement for applying, nor was I aware that you were the only one deciding who could receive funds. Could you clarify this for me?

You're as bad as Charlie Hoskins whining for a handout for his bitcoin education project after claiming BFL is a scam.  

Charlie Hoskins is delusional and here for self promotion. I'd just ignore him.

Matthew


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The topic here is where that money comes from (scams, scammy companies buying advertisements using funds they defrauded from users, etc),

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(No, I do not support BFL, I support honesty).

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Mine is the sole opinion of Theymos, whose integrity can be called into question on multiple occasions I might add (he supports ponzis, refuses to give BFL a scammer tag, reverses "absolute" positions constantly, and continues to collect funds for the forum that have yet to be put to use in 12 months, despite the now probably millions of dollars collected).

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I wonder if Theymos made the "Trust" segment in expectation of this and will just say "Okay, I finally agree that BFL are a bit shady but now we can just give their forum account negative feedback if you feel like it. Thanks for playing!"

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refuses to give a scammer tag to BFL

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but the real problem here is people like Inaba who spend their efforts arguing with BFL customers that they're doing a good job when any honest person could prove otherwise.

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It may seem like there is some collective experience here for your business, but don't forget that this is the community that put millions of dollars into Bitcoinica, Pirateat40, BFL, etc etc etc.

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And all we got was a nightmare.

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This. This is looking more and more like a long con every single day. Reminds me of 419 scammers who after stealing money come back later to promise to pay it back but need a little more to send it to them. Milking every last dime.

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That is correct. BFL could be considered a fraudulent business scheme (it would be harder to argue that once they actually ship, but since they haven't, they're defecto scammers).

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I am disgusted by BFL for lying repeatedly about "2 weeks", for a year now.

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I know why you did what you did, I know why I did what I did too. I know I'm not a scammer and I'm pretty sure you're not a scammer. This isn't about you or me, this is about what people classify as "scammers", what criteria Theymos uses to give the tag out (for god's sakes, BFL still doesn't have a tag!), etc.

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I don't know what he's waiting on for BFL either.

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Josh and BFL have already earned a scammer tag, Theymos is just apparently waiting for something. As someone who has received a hasty scammer tag from Theymos *twice* since joining these forums, it always has been quite insulting to watch the favoritism here. It's kind of what made me (a normally serious poster) into a troll in the first place-- I completely lost all respect for these forums on multiple occasions.

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Who here regrets NOT..

dealing with abuse everytime they try to figure out what's happening with their order?
being lied to on a regular basis?
waiting 7+ months (and still waiting) for anything to actually be shipped?
watching their opportunity costs rise and their bitcoins quadruple in value while they sit on their hands?

Even if BFL delivered TODAY, on spec even, it has already become a horrible, horrible investment in comparison to Avalon.

Yeah... thanks for your support.  There's no need for you to put yourself out any more and support us going forward, your efforts haven't gone unnoticed and you'll get exactly what your support is worth.  Not a damned thing.

To point, you are associated with the conference, therefore consideration is off the table, just like anything Phinneus or Charlie is associated with.  Your association with an organization has cost them thousands of dollars, I hope it's worth it.

You don't have to be a fan of BFL or the business ethics, you just have not be a hypocritical asshole.

Yeah... thanks for your support.
Nothing you've posted contradicts what I already said. I am absolutely for BFL getting a scammer tag *until* shipments are made. I am leaning towards Avalon receiving the same. There is no excuse for the lack of professionalism shown from BFL. Are you upset that I am not pleased with BFL? What does my opinion of BFL's business practices have to do with your opinion of me? Are you the owner of BFL?

Your association with an organization has cost them thousands of dollars, I hope it's worth it.
I don't think that's a genuine post in the slightest. I don't not buy a BFL rig because you're representing them, I don't buy because I doubt I'll ever receive one. I understand in the face of constant trolling you may think that my messages are insincere, but this is just me talking to you. The walls and excuses you're putting up are uncalled for.

I would like to ask that you give a response to my earlier inquiry that you seem to have missed.

As I understand it, the BFL charity fund of 1000 BTC is directed to endeavors that deserve or need them, I don't remember seeing "must be a fan of BFL and their business ethics" as a requirement for applying, nor was I aware that you were the only one deciding who could receive funds. Could you clarify this for me?

Are you the final judge of what charities or projects receive the funds?
Are charities, organizations, projects and any and all associated individuals who are against BFL's business practices to date, automatically disqualified from said project fund due to their association or opinions?

Thanks!

Matthew

Still waiting on a response, but it's starting to look like the fund is not a real fund, but just further investments and 'gifts' to fans of BFL. That doesn't seem to meet the sane requirements for a charity, and I think they should be called out on this. Since Theymos seems to be lacking in the integrity department by letting them continue to advertise here, not delivering a scammer tag, etc, I am beginning to think the only clear solution is to boycott the forums.

Looking forward to constructive, non-trolling comments.

(edit: I've deleted 2 anti-BFL troll comments so far and one BFL-fanboy comment. I would like to reiterate that the topic here is the fund, not the business or Inaba's personality).
12  Other / Politics & Society / Pardon Edward Snowden on: June 11, 2013, 07:07:20 AM
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/pardon-edward-snowden/Dp03vGYD

This is not an independent online petition on facebook that won't go anywhere, this is a legal petition that the White House will be forced to respond to publicly (and probably won't go anywhere other than a canned response about how Obama takes security violations seriously but will "look into it"). That doesn't mean we can't show them that we're all watching.

edit: The number of votes is increasing every second. This is amazing to watch!
13  Local / Meetings (Nederlands) / Bitcoin EU Conventie 2013 in Amsterdam Nederland op 27 tot 29 september on: June 10, 2013, 01:38:08 PM
(Many thanks to Stark-Fujikawa for the Dutch translation!)

Een non-profit gesponsorde conventie voor cryptografisch geld, de Bitcoin EU Conventie 2013 in Amsterdam Nederland op 27 tot 29 september is een Bekijk / Vraag / Ontmoet / Handel conventie.

Bekijk presentaties op het niveau van TEDtalks gegeven door innovators in het domein
Bevraag de talrijke panelleden die actief zijn in het veld, en krijg antwoorden op je vragen
Ontmoet ontwikkelaars, investeerders, marktdeelnemers en mensen uit alle lagen van de samenleving
Handel met cryptografisch geld op de conventiemarktplaats voor voedsel, geschenken, technologie en doneer aan echte goede doelen

The conventie is een open, door de community gedreven inspanning met geldinzameling die bijgestaan wordt door 000 Media. In de plaats van te opteren voor een politiek geladen vertoon van weelde, zijn wij hier om terug naar de grondbeginselen te gaan van wat Bitcoin echt is – een community, een gedecentraliseerde krachttoer. Geen stichtingen of agenda gedreven donoren, gewoon echte mensen die oprecht willen dat het project slaagt.

De conventie richt een schijnwerper op panelleden die onderwerpen bespreken die relevant zijn voor de community, en geven antwoord op open vragen vanuit het publiek zolang het tijdschema dat toelaat. Als je een idee hebt voor een panel of een panellid waarvan je denkt dat die aan bod moet komen, wees dan vrij Moe Levin een mail te sturen op panels@theconference.eu of stuur me een PM op dit forum.
De conventie zal ook verschillende 5-18 minuten presentaties hebben in de stijl van TEDTalks met sprekers zoals een recent slachtoffer van de accountbevriezingen in Cyprus “zeroday”, gaming ondernemers en zelfs enkele muzikale optredens door een paar speciale verrassingsgasten.

Breng zeker je bitcoins met je mee, want dit is een conventie waar er heel wat dingen zullen zijn die je ermee kan aanschaffen.

Managing Coordinator: Moe Levin
Managing Accountant: Rassah
Technische Ondersteuning: Nick Kallechy, Joey Gottleib
Coordination Consultant: Matthew Wright

Als jij op de een of andere manier ook deel uit wilt maken van het event, contacteer dan alsjeblieft community@theconference.eu.



De prijszetting voor aanwezigheid en de hosting van de stands is nog afhankelijk van de locatieselectie. Na de selectie, zal een vloerplan gemaakt en verdeeld worden naar mogelijk standhouders met prijzen. Potentiële sprekers en panelleden worden regelmatig geïnterviewd, dus verwacht dat we onze lijst vaak zullen updaten met nieuwe en vertrouwde gezichten. De reservaties voor je aanwezigheid op de beurs worden officieel geopend nadat we een locatie selecteren, maar officieus gezien mikken we op een opkomst van 500 mensen. 50 personen hebben al gereserveerd en de meesten hiervan hebben al vliegtickets gekocht.

Naarmate er vorderingen gebeuren zal ik dit topic updaten. Ben je een Nederlander en ken je een plaats die hiervoor perfect zou zijn, aarzel dan niet om mij een PM te sturen of een mail te verzenden naar Moe Levin op community@theconference.eu!

Tot op de beursvloer!



Reserveer vooraf (geen betaling vereist)



A non-profit sponsored convention for cryptocurrency, the Bitcoin EU Convention 2013 in Amsterdam Netherlands on September 27th - 29th is a Watch / Ask / Meet / Trade convention.

Watch presentations suitable for TEDTalks from innovators in the field
Ask numerous panelists who work in the field and get your questions answered
Meet developers, investors, operators and supporters of all walks of life
Trade cryptocurrencies at the convention marketplace for food, gifts, technology and donate to real life charities

This convention is an open, community driven effort with fund-raising aided by 000 Media. Rather than opt for a politically charged display of wealth, we're here to get back to the basics of what bitcoin really is-- a community, decentralized effort. No foundations or agenda driven donors at this convention, just real people who really want the project to succeed.

The convention will feature panelists who will discuss topics relevant to the community, and answer open questions from the audience as time allows. If you have an idea for a panel or a panelist that you think should be included, feel free to email Moe Levin at panels@theconference.eu or PM me on this forum.

The convention will also feature diverse TEDTalks style 5~18 minute presentations from speakers such as the recent Cyprus account freezing victim, "zeroday", gaming entrepreneurs, and even a few musical performances by some special surprise guests.

Be sure to bring your bitcoins with you, this is one convention where there will be plenty of things to spend them on.

Managing Coordinator: Moe Levin
Managing Accountant: Rassah
Technical Support: Nick Kallechy, Joep Gottleib
Coordination Consultant: Matthew Wright

If you too would like to be a part of this event in any way, please contact community@theconference.eu




The pricing for attendance and hosting of booths is awaiting venue selection. After selection, a floorplan will be created and distributed to potential booth renters with prices. Speakers and panelists are being interviewed for inclusion regularly, so expect our list to update often with new and familiar faces. Reservation for attendance will be officially open after venue selection, but unofficially we aim for a 500 person turnout, and 50 have already pre-reserved, most of them having already purchased airfare.

Will update this thread as progress is made. If you are from the Netherlands and know of a place that you think would make a perfect venue for this, feel free to PM myself or email Moe Levin at community@theconference.eu!

See you all at the convention!



Make a pre-reservation (no payment required)
14  Local / Nederlands (Dutch) / Wanted: Amsterdam Vendors on: June 10, 2013, 06:14:01 AM
Any food, beverage and snack vendors in Amsterdam who would like to service the Bitcoin convention in September, please contact so arrangements can be made! Thanks!
15  Local / Nederlands (Dutch) / Translation + assistance requested for conference in Amsterdam on: June 10, 2013, 05:45:09 AM
As many of you may know, Moe Levin from Amsterdam is organizing a conference (http://theconference.eu) and I'm trying to help however I can. While he is having some difficulty narrowing down a cost effective venue, I'd like to ask for two things from the Netherlands community:

1) Help me translate my original thread (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=230051) into Dutch so that people from the Netherlands (and all around the EU) can be aware of it. With roughly 100 days left, I'm worried that word won't get out fast enough for people to make plans!

2) Help me by hopping on Skype and coordinating with us to pick and negotiate the proper venue. Searching on the internet is not as good as having someone actually living in the Netherlands who knows large spaces for weekend rent cheap. Regardless of how it goes down, I would feel more comfortable personally having more support directly from the Netherlands. Moe Levin does have support in the Netherlands, but I would like to try and find my own venue options aside from Moe to increase options in this ever decreasing timeline.

Thank you and look forward to meeting you all in September!



16  Bitcoin / Meetups / Bitcoin EU Convention 2013 (Amsterdam, Netherlands September 27th~29th) on: June 09, 2013, 02:04:39 PM


A non-profit sponsored convention for cryptocurrency, the Bitcoin EU Convention 2013 in Amsterdam Netherlands on September 27th - 29th is a Watch / Ask / Meet / Trade convention.

Watch presentations suitable for TEDTalks from innovators in the field
Ask numerous panelists who work in the field and get your questions answered
Meet developers, investors, operators and supporters of all walks of life
Trade cryptocurrencies at the convention marketplace for food, gifts, technology and donate to real life charities

This convention is an open, community driven effort with fund-raising aided by 000 Media. Rather than opt for a politically charged display of wealth, we're here to get back to the basics of what bitcoin really is-- a community, decentralized effort. No foundations or agenda driven donors at this convention, just real people who really want the project to succeed.

The convention will feature panelists who will discuss topics relevant to the community, and answer open questions from the audience as time allows. If you have an idea for a panel or a panelist that you think should be included, feel free to email Moe Levin at panels@theconference.eu or PM me on this forum.

The convention will also feature diverse TEDTalks style 5~18 minute presentations from speakers such as the recent Cyprus account freezing victim, "zeroday", gaming entrepreneurs, and even a few musical performances by some special surprise guests.

Be sure to bring your bitcoins with you, this is one convention where there will be plenty of things to spend them on.

Managing Coordinator: Moe Levin
Managing Accountant: Rassah
Technical Support: Nick Kallechy, Joep Gottleib
Coordination Consultant: Matthew Wright

If you too would like to be a part of this event in any way, please contact community@theconference.eu




The pricing for attendance and hosting of booths is awaiting venue selection. After selection, a floorplan will be created and distributed to potential booth renters with prices. Speakers and panelists are being interviewed for inclusion regularly, so expect our list to update often with new and familiar faces. Reservation for attendance will be officially open after venue selection, but unofficially we aim for a 500 person turnout, and 50 have already pre-reserved, most of them having already purchased airfare.

Will update this thread as progress is made. If you are from the Netherlands and know of a place that you think would make a perfect venue for this, feel free to PM myself or email Moe Levin at community@theconference.eu!

See you all at the convention!



Make a pre-reservation (no payment required)
Reservations Open! Go to http://theconference.eu/tickets/ to order.



Days until the conference!

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17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Decentralized Exchange Discussion Panel in Amsterdam on: June 09, 2013, 09:39:53 AM
Among many of the planned discussion panels in Amsterdam this September 27~29, there is one that I think people will be particularly interested in.



I think people who have had criticisms or high hopes for decentralized solutions should make it there to speak freely to the panel and get their points discussed openly as it will be broadcast later.

Since the panels are coming together pretty steadily, feel free to nominate someone for a panel you'd like to see.

Looking forward to meeting many of the bitcoiners from the EU this time around!
18  Other / Beginners & Help / Avalon 85Gh/s ASIC - Auction, ENDS IN 30 minutes! on: June 08, 2013, 10:28:06 AM
I tried selling an Avalon before (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=165105) but I think I missed out on a lot of potential bids from the newbies section because newbies can't post to the "auctions" subforum. Since I have another Avalon (same specs), I'll go ahead and try again here. I'm honestly not interested in waiting for Avalon myself and am in need of liquidity for other endeavors.

The rules are the same as the last auction, so are the machine specs, terms, etc. (Read the other thread carefully before bidding here).

I will be auctioning up to 50% of the profits from the Avalon in this thread. Right now I own 100% of it myself.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ajtx05YrHtIydDdwWU1RX250Nzg0QUZpdFpINnFJVEE

You should bid in the following format:

Code:
1% @ 1 BTC

Bidding will start at 0.1 BTC per 1% and will be incremented in even 0.1BTC intervals.

This auction ends in 3 days and I will be quoting posts as they are made for proof (I encourage others to do the same) as this is not the auctions subforum.

Happy bidding!



This auction ends in

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Next available lowest bid: 30% @ 0.4 BTC

Code:
User       -   Shares   -   BTC
The 4ner   -     30     -   .3
norman     -     20     -   .4



This particular rig is a 4 module + PSU, so it actually cost 101 BTC at the time of purchase. Happy bidding!
19  Other / Meta / Yellow square? on: June 08, 2013, 07:59:49 AM
First I've seen it. What is it?

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=228857.0
20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Request for opinions on: May 29, 2013, 10:46:38 AM
There are obviously a lot of hot topics in bitcoin right now, from Ripple vs OT, to LibertyReserve / MtGox account seizures, and this September 27th~29th in Amsterdam, Netherlands there will be a non-profit supported "Watch / Ask / Meet / Trade" convention that among other things (presentations, market trade floor) will also have panelists representing different ideas and opinions in discussion on certain topics.

Here are the topics that have been listed so far on http://theconference.eu

  • Decentralized Exchange Discussion Panel
  • Bitcoin Alternatives Discussion Panel (Alt-coins)
  • Bitcoin Development Discussion Panel
  • Wallet Security and Innovation Discussion Panel
  • Digital Currency Gambling Discussion Panel

What other panels would you like to see formed and of course whom would you want to invited in them (including the ones above)?
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