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1  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Tokens (Altcoins) / [ANN] [PRE-TOKEN SALE] TontineTrust - The Future of Retirement is Peer to Peer on: November 14, 2017, 07:06:34 PM

[UPDATE: token airdrop is live:
https://blog.tontinetrust.com/tontinetrust-airdrop-campaign-4c5a9d7e02ec]



[update: please note our tontine-style bonus programm for early buyers and holders:
https://blog.tontinetrust.com/the-ton-token-sale-aligning-buyer-incentives-through-holder-bonuses-tontine-style-3908c84e8c15]


TontineTrust is proposing a solution to the current global pension funding crisis

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2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / So we tried out Lightning tonight at ROOM77 on: April 02, 2017, 03:23:02 AM
For many years now we have been accepting Bitcoin (with zero confirmations and directly, not through Bitpay) at our bar/restaurant in Berlin. Today we have deployed a testnet lightning node and accept testnet coins via the lightning network from a few customers to get a glimpse into the future. And that future looks shining bright!

- No more waiting for the customer's transaction being broadcasted, transactions arrive in milliseconds, not seconds (or sometimes minutes in case the customer uses coinbase or another bank wallet).
- No more looking out for double spend attacks. Not even Peter Todd is going to RBF us on LN.
- No more confusion during times of malleabillity attacks. Transaction malleabillity is a thing of the past.
- Massively advanced privacy for us as well as our customers as only we can see the transactions on our payment channel.
- And we will finally be able to offer free-of-cost payments to our customers.

As a merchant I can tell you that every merchant on the planet wants this stuff. It is like after all these years Bitcoin shows that with LN it can live up to its promises in regards to efficiency, speed, irreversibility and privacy no matter how many people will use it.

Thanks to all the developers making this possible!

edit: pics http://imgur.com/a/64iwK

reddit thread: https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/62uw23/lightning_network_is_working_room77_is_accepting/
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoiners: make no mistake! Even though it is very likely that BTU is now going on: March 15, 2017, 02:24:12 AM
Bitcoiners: make no mistake! Even though it is very likely that BTU is now going the same way as XT and Classiccoin the re-centralization attempts will not stop.

Bitcoin is a revolutionary approach like never seen before in the history of the world. It is even more disruptive than any revolution seen before as it does not depend on weapons and the beheading of kings but offers an exit from the centralized financial world. It is a truly peaceful revolution that does not need guns and bloodshed and that is not aiming at putting someone else on the throne but burning down the throne altogether instead. Decentralization instead of replacing the central power that is.

Any kind of revolution always triggers a counter-revolution. Re-centralization of the network is the counter-revolution to Bitcoin. In an even more sophisticated way than Xtcoin and Classiccoin BTU is aiming to enable re-centralization of mining, nodes and software development. They even wanted to install a “president” of Bitcoin. No kidding! Smiley

With every wave the counter-revolutionary re-centralization movement is getting louder and stronger. This one has been exceptionally smart in attracting big miners / pools to it by telling them that they can outcompete and eat the smaller ones. But with every wave Bitcoin is getting stronger and more resilient as well and it has given us the ultimate tools to fight off these attacks: actual, factual decentralization and immutablity of the ledger. That is what Bitcoin stands for. No compromise on that, sorry!

And these attacks will never stop. So even if BTU goes down the drain now please be aware that the fight for your own freedom will never end. “Compromise” like it has been suggested a lot in the recent days is not anything the re-centralization movement wants. It wants perpetual war and perpetual infighting and it will do anything it can do to achieve that and that means that the next iteration of the counter-revolution is already at your doorstep.

Freedom is never achieved for good. Freedom is something you loose when you go to bed at night and that you will have to fight back again next morning when you get up.

Keep on hodling! Keep on running your own node! And maybe even get that old 33 Megahash USB-miner out of your memorability-drawer and hook it back up to the network just to make a point! Smiley

4  Bitcoin / Electrum / 'electrum dot is' seems to be a scam site on: January 31, 2017, 05:02:47 PM

Thomas confirms he has got nothing to do with that domain. Site looks exactly like electrum.org.

The download links go to a dropbox account.

Jus sayin'.



5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / PSA1: ROOM77 does NOT have a Bitcoin atm anymore. PSA2: owners of an atm ... on: September 21, 2016, 07:24:32 PM

... please secure your location!

In short: we have made a lot of headlines beyond the Bitcoin community in the early days for accepting bitcoins at our bar / restaurant as the first bricks and mortar business anywhere. Three years ago we installed a Bitcoin atm which we took away again as the German central bank was not too happy about that. The atm also made it into the media. Still today people ask for the machine almost every day.

On the other hand for the last years we suffer a series of strange burglaries: the intruders invest a lot of time and force (for example to dismantle a heavy steel door in our basement) and risk jail time and then they literally take nothing with them (not even expensive whiskey or a laptop we use to play music) and do not even bother to search through anything (like shelves and drawers) which any burglar in their right mind would do to find our wallet or money. So they obviously are in search for something specific that would be in plain sight and cannot be hidden anywhere (police is of that opinion too).

Now connect the dots, secure your location in case you have an atm and please tell everybody we don't have one anymore! Wink
6  Economy / Collectibles / Casascius brass 1XBT / series one and two on: May 16, 2015, 02:11:51 AM
Offering:

Casascius 1 BTC in brass,

Series 2 of 2012 for 3 BTC.

Series 1 (error) of 2011 for 9 BTC


Willing to let go a few of each.

Never really traded on this forum but questions about my trustworthiness will be answered to your satisfaction. You're buying from the guy who actually published 'the error' on the first Casascius coins:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=41892.msg594780#msg594780

I take the freedom to call this a once-in-a-lifetime-chance! Wink

Joe





 
7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / So we did stop calling it an experiment, did we not? on: March 12, 2015, 02:10:51 AM
Just realised:

having talked about Bitcoin for years now to individuals, media, politics, financial industry and whoever else was interested, I always made sure to make clear that this is an experiment. A very successful experiment (most of the imes) but still an experiment. I did so just like many other early birds to Bitcoin because back then we agreed that this would be a reasonable approach when trying to explain that new technology to people who think we want to sell them a ponzi.

I only just realised that neither have I used the term "experiment" in any presentation or interview in the last at least six months or so anymore nor have I heard anyone else do so.

So: is it not an experiment anymore?

And: when was the moment it stopped being an experiment? Was there one? And if so: which moment was this?

Honestly, just being impressed by the progress this is making and wondering ...


Joe


edit: the question is:
_Is Bitcoin still an experiment or is it already the new paradigm?_





 


8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Post quantum computer cryptography for your favourate currency on: October 08, 2014, 05:43:58 PM

The fix to the problem seems underway well before the problem arises:

http://sphincs.cr.yp.to/

Gotta love this little remark from the developers:

snip--->

"Special note to law-enforcement agents: The word "state" is a technical term in cryptography. Typical hash-based signature schemes need to record information, called "state", after every signature. Google's Adam Langley refers to this as a "huge foot-cannon" from a security perspective. By saying "eliminate the state" we are advocating a security improvement, namely adopting signature schemes that do not need to record information after every signature. We are not talking about eliminating other types of states. We love most states, especially yours! Also, "hash" is another technical term and has nothing to do with cannabis."

<---snap

To blockchain eternity!

Joe

9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin needs Courage. Courage accepts Bitcoin! on: October 04, 2014, 05:34:48 AM
> tl;dr: Bitcoin needs truthtellers and whistleblowers from the banking and central-banking sector to come out and tell the world what is going wrong there. The Courage Foundation is supporting and protecting these people. Please support them with a donation as their cause is yours! <


I sometimes get the feeling that we have reached a kind-of saturation point when it comes to people joining the Bitcoin economy because they realise the world-changing potential of the blockchain. I mean peole who understand the problems with our legacy financial and banking system and who are eager to throw resources and passion onto a technology they believe might help solve these problems.

This is due to the fact that only an absolute minority of people understand how the legacy financial system works and therefor cannot see the benefit of changing it. Nobody has expressed this more precisely than Henry Ford: „It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.“

I am talking about people shrugging their shoulders walking by a set of keys to unlock their chains and just carrying on because they are not aware of the fact that they are in chains and that this set of keys is the key to their freedom.

Only when people understand the level of corruption and inequality ruling the legacy system they will understand the need for change and the fact that Bitcoin is the key for this change. Understanding leads to change, that easy.

Truthtellers and whistleblowers from the banking world are important to raise awareness about these chains. Truthtellers like Carmen Segarra the other day, who published more than 47 hours of secretely recorded tapes from meetings of the FED-regulators with their to-be-regulated GS-bankers. She gave us an insight to the immoral ongoings inside the banking regulatory world just as Edward Snowden gave us an insight to the immoral ongoings inside the 'intelligence community'. In both cases reality topped our worst fears.

These people are outrageously courageous and they usually get their lifes destroyed for telling the truth. We therefor need to help protect them and thus encourage more people to speak the truth.

That's why I would like to ask you to support and donate to the Courage Foundation on https://couragefound.org/donate (donation address 1courAa6zrLRM43t8p98baSx6inPxhigc).

The Courage Foundation is as legit as a whistleblower support network can be with Sarah Harrison as a front woman and as the organisation which officially coordinates the support of Edward Snowden and Wikileaks-whistleblower Jeremy Hammond.

If you too think that their work is really important let us show them how much we appreciate what they do and send some coins!

Thanks!

Joe
10  Local / Deutsch (German) / Panel zu Bitcoin im Bundestag on: September 29, 2014, 11:55:11 AM
Moin!

Ich möchte auf die folgende Veranstaltung hinweisen:

http://www.spdfraktion.de/service/termine/bitcoin-co-1

Es wird sowas wie die senate hearings in den USA in kleinerem Rahmen und soll eine Auftaktveranstaltung werden, um das Thema Regulierung von Kryptowährungen in D dann mal legislativ anzugehen.

Teilnahme ist kostenlos, bedarf aber einer vorherigen Anmeldung (siehe Webseite).

Gruss!

Joe


11  Local / Deutsch (German) / O'Reilly Deutschland hat mich gebeten ein Buch über Bitcoin zu schreiben on: September 20, 2014, 04:00:18 PM

Und in einer Woche wird es ausgeliefert:

http://www.amazon.de/Bitcoin-kurz-gut-Joerg-Platzer/dp/3955616509/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411161087&sr=1-1

Es ist ein Einsteiger-Buch, welches rudimentär die Funktionsweise von Bitcoin erklärt, Anleitungen zum Aufsetzen verschiedener Wallets und Cold Storage beinhaltet und auch auf das Thema Geld im Allgemeinen eingeht, damit der Unbedarfte Bitcoin selbst in diesem Kontext beurteilen kann. Und noch einiges mehr.

Man kann es einem Neueinsteiger in die Hand drücken und wenn er es gelesen hat kann er Bitcoin. Habe ich ausprobiert Wink.

To freedom of transaction!

Joe








12  Economy / Economics / Spain confiscates 0.03% of all bank deposits. on: July 07, 2014, 12:24:12 AM
I just think this may have the same significance as Cyprus.

And it is only the beginning.

Original article in Spanish:

http://www.libremercado.com/2014-07-04/la-banca-no-podra-repercutir-a-los-clientes-el-limite-a-las-comisiones-de-las-tarjetas-1276523068/

Joe

edit: short version in English: http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/spain-issues-retroactive-003-tax-on.html



13  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Everybody's identity has a price. on: May 17, 2014, 10:45:38 PM
Everybody who values their's at 10 USD or less will get a great deal selling it to Circle. What's the problem with that?

And: everybody here wishing for 'mainstream adoption' should be happy as we will then finally have the opportunity to go shopping on Ebay and on apple-thingy-store and all the other beautiful places, which will of course accept Bitcoin as soon as they are being 'de-risked' and 'consumer-protected' and sent by identified users from regulated Circle wallets.

The to-be-adopted masses of shoppers will be happy, Ebay will be happy, Circle will be happy.

And if Circle protects the users from their private keys even the FED will be happy Smiley.

So, happy times ahead all around, maybe except for the to-the-moon-guy on reddit, as he's not gonna get there. But that is a small sacrifice.

Joe


edit: spelling




14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Vulnerabilities in ECDSA on: April 25, 2014, 08:52:14 AM
Here may be the explanation for some of these cases of "My Bitcoins have dissappeared from my XXX-Wallet" for which no explanation has been found so far.

And maybe some devs want to analyse the claims made in this paper before it hits the media as I can already imagine the headlines it will create.

Quote
ECDSA, like DSA, has the property that poor randomness used
during signature generation can compromise the long-term signing key. We found several cases
of poor signature randomness used in Bitcoin, which can allow (and has allowed) attackers to
steal money from these clients.

From:
http://eprint.iacr.org/2013/734.pdf

Joe




15  Local / Deutsch (German) / Bitcoin auf dem VfS Sicherheitskongress in Leipzig on: April 05, 2014, 11:41:16 PM
Moin!

Die Sicherheitscommunity unseres Landes (also alle Polizeien, Geheimdienste aber auch so 'ne Buden wie das BSI) trifft sich einmal im Jahr zu ihrem Sicherheitskongress, diesmal hier:

http://vfs-hh.de/6-vfs-kongress-leipzig-8-9-april-2014

Der Titel der diesjährigen Tagung ist an dieser Stelle bemerkenswert:

„Gemeinsam gegen Kriminalität 2.0 und 'Underground Economy'“.

Falls jemand von Euch dieser Veranstaltung beiwohnt würde ich mich über Unterstützung im Publikum freuen, ich spreche da nämlich am Mittwoch über Bitcoin, Krypto-Ökonomie, 'Underground-Economy' und darüber, für wie erfolgversprechend ich das „gegen“ halte.

Ich weise hier auch aus Gründen der Transparenz auf das Event hin. Ich bin da eigentlich als Typ von der CECG eingeladen worden (so steht's auch im Programm), in ihrer Referentenliste haben sie jetzt aber auch meine Verbindung zum Bundesverband erwähnt, so dass ich dort wohl auch diesen repräsentieren werde.

Mit transaktionsfreiheitlichem Gruß!

Joe

16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / ... and then they fight you .... on: March 27, 2014, 11:33:59 PM
I refer to Gandhi's explanation of the steps it takes to change a paradigm:

„First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you and the you win.“

Wherever I was speaking recently I mentioned that I do have the feeling that we are approaching the end of the 'then they ridicule you'-phase. I concluded this from many observations I made recently, like a change in how media are treating us (I was in the last weeks able to dictate the conditions of interviews to what I conseider hostile media like WSJ) or the calming down of the  rethorics of other very hostile groups (even gold-bugs quietly stopped calling Bitcoin a ponzi and laughing at Bitcoin enthusiasts as idiots).

And I said that if I am right the next phase will be much tougher as it will be the 'then they fight you' one.

With the recent IRS-ruling I believe we have just entered that fight.

Implying that the people at the IRS have got some kind of brain it is clearthat  they must know that if those rules would be applied and obeyed to, Bitcoin a a currency would be as dead as Simbabwian Dollars.

There is no way they do not understand this. Interestingly, they can only play that card when they believe that other countries will follow their guidance because otherwise the only result of this would be a flight of innovation and growth to those other jurisdictions, which I do not believe they would risk.

Interesting times ahead.

Joe
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Embrace Bitcoin regulation! Gotta love it! on: February 16, 2014, 11:44:18 PM

I love Bitcoin regulation. And human kind is at a point in history, where Bitcoin regulation is needed to solve our biggest problems.

Bitcoin is the most beautifully regulated piece of technology ever invented.

The ellegance of it's minimalistic yet powerful regulation is coded into a protocol more durable than anything ever written in stone and that one unbreakable rule underlying it's concept is freedom. Freedom of transaction. Everybody transact with everybody who they choose to do so with.

Bitcoin is regulated in such a way that no armed forces of any king whatsoever can threaten my little miner pointing their guns at it so that it would break that rule nor can anyone bribe it with however much money they put up.

Bitcoin regulation is the one and only thing we needed in order to solve the two biggest problems of our time and finally regulate banks and governments.

Gotta love that and embrace Bitcoin regulation!

Joe
18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Regulate my ass on: August 26, 2013, 04:31:45 PM

We are having a major press hit in Germany today, 4 pages in Germany's most important IT-magazine, the "c't".

Very high quality journalism and I did get a huge say in this, explaining the independance from banks and governments and why I see this as a good thing.

The shocking statement comes on page three, from the guy who runs the Fidor bank, now partner of Bitcoin.de

"The trend is rather going towards an adoption of the still young Bitcoin-ecosystem to the existing legal guidelines. ... Because in the end it is about protecting the money of the customers and to guarantee the stability of the economy."

HE IS TALKING ABOUT THE PROTOCOL.

A BANKER WANTS TO SEE THE BITCOIN PROTOCOL CHANGED SO THAT BANKS CAN PROTECT PEOPLE'S MONEY AND STABILIZE THE ECONOMY.

A BANKER SAYS THAT.

IN THE YEAR 2013!

And that's why people running huge Bitcoin businesses depending on the goodwill of governments should be nowhere where they can have any influence on the protocoll whatsoever.

Joe





19  Local / Deutsch (German) / Bitcoin Pizza Day @ ROOM77 / Berlin on: May 21, 2013, 05:02:56 PM
Guten Tag!

Zum morgigen Bitcoin-Pizza-Tag wollen wir den weltweit ersten bekannten Bitcoineinkauf feiern: zwei Pizzen für 100.000BTC am 22. Mai 2010.

Wir vom ROOM77 haben uns eine besondere Überraschung für unsere Gäste überlegt: es gibt den ganzen Abend Pizza zu Nostalgiepreisen wie damals.

Also 2 Pizzen für 10k oder auch eine für 5k BTC.

Ansonsten könnt Ihr andere Cryptonerds treffen und den ganzen Abend über Euer Lieblingsthema reden, dürfen viele ja zuhause nicht mehr Wink.

To blockchain eternity!

Joe



20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / In for the money? Get lost and good riddance! on: April 11, 2013, 11:01:17 PM
I have seen people panicking today. Real, actual panic and fear in their eyes. They were into Bitcoin for a couple of weeks only, not even understanding the technology properly, not to speak of the ideals behind crypto currency. They went in for the money, to make money and now they lost money and are scared shitless and dissappointed to the bone.

And I have seen people who were very relaxed today. People who might in theory have lost a few 100k in terms of euros or dollars in the last 24 hours.

Last night, when shit started I was sitting together with Mike and Philip to get some Bitcoin related stuff hacked together. We saw the turmoil starting, tried our best to analise and understand what was going on and then continued working. After a couple of hours I realised that none of us had even checked the exchange rate for those hours, being concentrated on work to bring Bitcoin forward.

There's people who are into Bitcoin to change the world for the better.

And there's people who are in it for the bucks.

The latter have created this exchange rate madness and will hopefully be put off again now for a while.

As one of the former I am relieved that this market overheating bullshit has come to a halt and that people who are after the money will now most likely stay away again for a while, so we can keep on developing this wonderful technology and watch it grow slowly, gradually and sustainably.

Actually, from every aspect I look at this event I find it positive for the further development of Bitcoin. This is worth much more to me and the most people in the community than what or what not our coins might be worth in fiat right now. And if people who came in for the money are getting out again now:

good riddance!

Just my 5 satoshis.

Joe
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