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1  Bitcoin / Wallet software / CoinJoin Alternatives to Wasabi on: April 26, 2022, 09:41:33 PM
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Having noted Wasabi's decision to block certain UTXOs from their service, I did a quick 'n' dirty look into alternatives.  My casual search yielded the below two services:

-- coinjoin.io   <--- never heard of them   apparent scam, see next post

-- https://samouraiwallet.com/download/whirlpool, a service of Samourai

It looks like Whirlpool has an app that you can download at the above link, it also looks like that you can download it to Windows and Linux desktop computers, not just to "Google phones".


My questions are:

1)  Can we use Whirlpool without the Samourai wallet?  That would make it a good alternative to Wasabi.

2)  Has anyone tried or heard of coinjoin.io?


Related, I read an article on a coinjoin service a week or two ago, it looked like Whirlpool (not sure though, and it was NOT via the link above).  The article mentioned that you can run your BTC through the service more than once (yet just pay for the first CJ), the article explained that doing that meant more privacy / harder to break.  If I understand correctly, Whirlpool might be a great alternative to Wasabi.


Also, if there are any other CoinJoin services that are EASY to use (for beginners), please share!


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2  Bitcoin / Wallet software / New version of Wasabi Wallet (22 March 2022) on: March 22, 2022, 08:50:01 PM
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I just opened Wasabi (this afternoon), and there is a note at the bottom left of the window advising that there is a new version available.  I had read earlier that a new version was coming, but it seemed further off in the future.

Has anyone checked out this "new version"?  I will download it now and take a look.  But I am not a programmer nor expert (nor etc.), so those of you who better know Wasabi might want to take a look as well.  And post any comments!

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Note that I too am unhappy about Wasabi's decision to censor some UTXOs from their CoinJoin feature.  Another tool lost helping us gain privacy.



EDIT:  The download went OK, but there seems to be no obvious differences in the new version (this one is version 1.1.13.1, I do not know what the version number of the "last one" was).
3  Economy / Service Discussion / Russian mixers, might this be a problem? on: March 01, 2022, 04:31:26 AM
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For various good reasons, mixing BTC is a good idea for many people.  Breaking the link between acquisition of BTC and their subsequent "resting place" gives a measure of security.

But, I have found that even rudimentary blockchain analysis techniques can pick up the fact that you have used a mixer.  And likely the chain analysis firms can track the country where the mixer operates.  Also, there are clues that can be sussed-out from the mixers' websites and/or commentaries.

This might become, very soon perhaps, a problem for users of mixers.

I have decided that CoinJoins will work better for me for the time being.

I welcome discussion!


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4  Bitcoin / Hardware wallets / BitBox02 Experiences on: February 16, 2022, 10:39:09 PM
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BitBox is a sponsor at the Bitcoin 2022 Conference this April in Miami.  I plan to go, and will take a look at their booth (and Bitbox02 as well I presume).  Miami Ref: https://b.tc/conference

Have any of you had the chance to use BitBox02 (whether the Bitcoin only version or the multi-currency one)?


(I have used Trezor Model 2 and Ledger S, I prefer the Trezor)
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Players! Investors! Decentraland or The Sandbox? on: February 16, 2022, 10:05:51 PM
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BTC investor here.

Recently my wife and I had a chance to experience some Virtual Reality (a 10 minute experience of flying around Machu Picchu, very well done and impressive).  I also note that FaceBook has decided that the Metaverse looks like their future, hence their name change to Meta Platforms.

So the time may have arrived more me to look at dipping a toe into parts of the "Virtual Reality Universe".

I invite comments and discussion on two aspects of gamer projects Decentraland (MANA as their currency) and The Sandbox (SAND) as so:

1)  Which of the playgrounds do you prefer?  I have looked briefly at both, they seem pretty similar, but I am a n00b at this.  I am looking at "player experieces", which do you like better and why?  Especially for those who have explored both.

2)  Which of the currencies (MANA or SAND) do you think would have the better future?  Why?

I note that GUCCI recently purchased some terrain in The Sandbox.
6  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Using fiatleak.com to Screen Possible Altcoin Buys on: January 22, 2022, 05:29:33 AM
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fiatleak.com is a website that has been around for years, but has evolved rather nicely.  I have been looking (somewhat randomly over the past couple of days) at the site and monitoring it to get some ideas as to Alts that may be of interest to me, I am still a BTC Maximalist for now, but willing to take a look.

A notion has occurred to me: it might be possible to get an idea of "quality" Alts based on the exchange activity (that's what it apparently shows, sales of crypto for fiat via exchanges) shown at the site.  

This might yield similar information to looking at $-volume of these Alts at coinmarketcap.com, that would make sense, but I have yet to try and correlate the fiatleak graphics with the data at coinmarketcap.

My question for you guys would be: Would relatively larger trading volumes roughly correlate with that "Alt's Quality"?

The Alts with the greatest apparent volume bought would be, in rough order: ETH, ADA, LRC & MATIC (tied), LINK/ALGO/ATOM (roughly tied), so would appear to be the "quality plays".  

Your thoughts?



(I exclude SHIB and DOGE from this question, as clearly they are Alts with no "intrinsic value" (I'm just interested in making money, could G.A.S. about jokes & memes, etc.).  I also exclude LTC, as BTC serves me already pretty well as a purely MONETARY function.)


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7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Which is the better Alt: XLM or XPR? on: January 21, 2022, 11:11:52 PM
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I am a BTC maximalist (at least to date) and am considering an Alt or two or three to balance out my HODLings.  Two I am looking at are the financial oriented Alts that (maybe?) the banks may use:

XRP (Ripple)

XML (Stellar)

XPR has a larger market cap, 5 times XLM.  XLM was forked off from XRP.

As I am not a banker, I would appreciate any good observations.  Thanks!
8  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Wasabi Wallet Questions on: December 02, 2021, 12:26:07 AM
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I could not find out either here or at wasabiwallet.io if Wasabi can back up wallets that have 24 word seeds.

Various wallets give you a 24 word seed for backup purposes.  I have used Wasabi to back up 12 word seeded wallets, but cannot find anything on those wallets using 24.

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Also re Wasabi, I noted at their site it *looks like* their CoinJoin tool can back up multiples of the approx. 0.1 BTCminimum (eg, 0.2 BTC.  It also looks like if you want to CoinJoin, say, 0.7 BTC, Wasabi will then send 0.4, 0.2 and 0.1. 

I one tried to CoinJoin 0.2 BTC way back when, and it did not work.  Yet, the below link (maybe there have been some changes?) says that Wasabi will support other amounts than 0.1:

https://docs.wasabiwallet.io/FAQ/FAQ-UseWasabi.html#what-are-the-equal-denominations-created-in-one-mixing-round
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Some Walk-In Foreign Exchange Places Offer BTC on: November 17, 2021, 05:17:00 PM
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Recently I have found two:

-- a place in the USA (works with LibertyX, whom I have written about before, this place wants 8% commission)
-- a foreign exchange place in Peru, the owner does the TX (5% commission), he says BTC is catching on there.

And IIRC atmcoinradar.com continues more and more growth of ATMs around the world.


10  Bitcoin / Hardware wallets / BitBox 02 -- Has anyone here actually used it? on: October 15, 2021, 04:59:32 PM
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I had one of the old BitBoxes a couple of years ago, and liked it well enough although it (the unit itself) ran fairly hot making me wonder...

IMO, competition in the HW space is a good thing.  I really do like my Trezor Model T, but would like comments on the new generation of BitBox.
11  Economy / Exchanges / NCR to buy LibertyX (BTC ATM operator and POS cash for BTC at CVS and 7-Eleven) on: August 02, 2021, 07:03:24 PM
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LibertyX is that company that struck a deal with CVS and 7-Eleven to allow buying BTC for cash.  They are apparently the largest BTM operator as well.  Link:

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/business/ncr-acquires-bitcoin-atm-provider-libertyx
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Huge financial firm NCR to acquire BTC ATM operator and POS firm LibertyX on: August 02, 2021, 07:01:02 PM
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LibertyX is that company that struck a deal with CVS and 7-Eleven to allow buying BTC for cash.  They are apparently the largest BTM operator as well.  Link:

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/business/ncr-acquires-bitcoin-atm-provider-libertyx
13  Economy / Economics / They want $28 billion from "Crypto Brokers" on: July 31, 2021, 10:28:55 PM
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Language in the $550 billion infrastructure bill before Congress wants "Crypto Brokers" to pay $28bn of that...

Crypto Brokers is not well defined, very vague, probably overly broad.  The crypto industry is not happy.

https://www.zerohedge.com/crypto/not-drill-infrastructure-bill-could-sink-american-crypto-industry
14  Economy / Exchanges / Convenience store operator Circle K to host BTC ATMs on: July 23, 2021, 04:16:00 PM
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Saw this on Fox Business this morning, and here are a couple of links:

https://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-atms-to-invade-circle-k-convenience-stores

https://cointelegraph.com/news/circle-k-convenience-stores-will-host-thousands-of-crypto-atms

Thousands more BTMs will be going into Circle K stores (convenience stores mostly found in the western and southern USA).  Bitcoin Depot machines.

Bitcoin is gaining traction...
15  Economy / Economics / The Rothschilds have quadrupled their stake in BTC since April on: July 20, 2021, 04:45:13 PM
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Hmm:

https://cointelegraph.com/news/rothschild-investment-corp-has-increased-its-bitcoin-exposure-by-300-since-april

It seems that as of now their HODLINGS are rather small.  But growing.

The Rothschilds are likely the world's richest family.  They own castles galore in Europe.  Banks.  Vineyards.  Gold.  They think very long-term.  Apparently they don't care if BTC price has moved down.

If we just look at wealth, the Rothschilds are the largest whales that exist.  They are also very well informed.  Very.
16  Economy / Economics / BTC is helping out Cubans and Venezuelans on: July 16, 2021, 05:03:04 PM
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For OPSEC reasons I don't (personally) want to go in to this topic too heavily myself, but this is already happening.

I have known about Venezuelans for years using BTC (and Dash) as a partial substitute for their worthless currency and hard-to-get US dollar fiat.  Apparently these efforts have been quite helpful to those in Venezuela in a position to use cryptos to make their lives better.

Now Cuban-Americans are sending BTC to embattled Cuba.  I do not know the amounts though.

These really ARE excellent use-cases in which BTC is helping to add value to the lives of those under oppression.  This is clearly a good thing.
17  Economy / Speculation / BTC Prices and Transaction Volumes After Difficulty Change on: July 03, 2021, 01:00:24 AM
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As I write there are 22 blocks until the Difficulty changes, it looks like it will be around a 28% drop, the biggest change in BTC history IIRC.  That should be roughly 1:00 AM (US Eastern Time).  I will be curious to see how the prices and BTC transaction volume change.  If either prices or volumes would NOT change after such a large drop, then perhaps difficulty changes would mean very little on their own.

BTC price has been in the $33,xxx for the past two days.

Anyone want to weigh in?
18  Bitcoin / Meetups / Miami BTC Conference -- Anything Interesting Happen? on: June 07, 2021, 09:14:05 PM
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A casual search here at the forum and another GOOG search seemed to show just a lot of people attending, but not much happening.  There was a lot of hype before the event.

Did any of you members go?

Did anything interesting happen or come up?
19  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Donating to a miner's address, what kind of "change" would I expect? on: May 12, 2021, 02:27:04 AM
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Most miners have a (relatively anyway) fixed address.  Here is one from Poolin that was the last block winner as I write:

191sNkKTG8pzUsNgZYKo7DH2odg39XDAGo

There is a substantial balance of BTC there (over 400 BTC now).


What happens to the "change" if someone were to donate, say, BTC0.0001 (+ small fee) to Poolin's address?  Would that BTC received back as change then be considered "clean"?

Asking for a friend...
20  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Extra security for a Wasabi Wallet? on: March 28, 2021, 10:23:30 PM
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I have used the Wasabi Wallet, but cannot claim to be an expert user.  One thing has bothered me however about it from a privacy standpoint.

If you start off using the default wallet name "Wallet0", do various operations that might be of interest, and then sometime later send all of you BTC elsewhere (which I have done various times), and then click "Open Wallets Folder" (via the Wallet Manager), you get a folder with get a JSON file named "Wallet0".  If you then delete that Wallet0 file, then it disappears from the Wallet Manager (as I would expect).

I once went on to create a "Wallet1" to do other operations, and then deleted that in the same way.

Now if I should go and generate a new wallet, and call it "Wallet0" (for reasons...), will that give me a brand new wallet with a different list of seed words?  In other words, would this "new Wallet0" be completely different than the "old Wallet0"?


Bonus question: Would repeat naming, using and then deleting "Wallet0" actually REMOVE that info from a hard drive?
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