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1  Bitcoin / Mycelium / 1xBit advertised on Mycelium on: July 03, 2022, 07:44:50 AM
We are sometimes surprised that every now and then new people are falling into the 1xCrap trap, as this recent thread shows:

1xbit is a scam betting site, DO NOT ENTER!!

On the one hand this forum does not moderate scams, which has a certain logic but is debatable, but in any case, from this forum we have tagged the members who promote it there are actives flag against their representatives on the forum.

But if they also advertise on sites of a certain reputation, it is not surprising that people continue to fall.



Do you think that Mycellium does not know that 1xCrap is a scam? Or they just turn a blind eye and take the money?
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Act to defend privacy or resign ourselves to its loss? on: June 11, 2022, 05:17:43 PM
There are several threads in the forum commenting on the loss of privacy with respect to Bitcoin that is occurring with some measures, such as more regulations, or the blacklisting of coins by some institutions.

Regarding this, I see two basic positions:

1) We must act as much as possible to defend our privacy, discontinuing the use of use of institutions (mixers, exchanges, etc.) that actively collaborate against it and making sure that we take the utmost care of privacy in the transactions we make.

2) The loss of privacy is inevitable. Governments were not going to allow Bitcoin to reach the degree of adoption it has today as conceived by Satoshi (as a person-to-person electronic cash in which centralized institutions had little or no influence). What we must do is resign ourselves and prepare for a future with little to no privacy.

My wishful thinking says 1) but more realistically I am for option 2).

I would like to be convinced otherwise, not based on ideals but on facts.

I created a 30-day poll because I would like to know what the community thinks today. The results will be shown when it is over.



3  Other / Meta / Why do these accounts have the right to wear a clickable signature on the forum? on: May 30, 2022, 05:25:32 AM
Let's see this profile: S A KHAIR

I will leave aside the fact that he promotes a known scam site which as we all know is not moderated in this forum.

What strikes me is that in 5 fucking years he has not been able to earn a single merit and here he is getting paid for writing garbage because the account was created before the merit system was implemented.

I think consideration should be given to either derank such accounts or give them a signature ban until they are able to earn the 10 fucking merits that enable them to wear clickable signatures, as it happens to accounts that were created after the merit system was introduced.

To earn 10 fucking merits in 5 years is clearly achievable even for a low-quality poster who cares to contribute positively to the forum.

Edit: in light of the discussion, I think the solution would be to remove all airdropped merit as NeuroticFish suggests.

Edit 2: you can find many more morons on page 2.
4  Economy / Service Discussion / Issues with signature campaigns (historical). on: May 11, 2022, 02:48:32 AM
There have been some issues in the recent signature campaigns that I would like to comment on and also ask those of you who have been on the forum for a longer time if you remember similar or anecdotes worth commenting on.

1) Bitlucy.com signature campaign.

It started on 04/28/2022 and has been paused for the time being due to abuse in the no deposit bonus:

Unfortunately I have to pause this campaign right now. Any eligible posts made till midnight yesterday will be counted for the running week. You are free to remove signature now.

Give me 24 hours from this post to sort out your payments. I am requesting to post your BTC address. This is a backup plan just in case we miss 24 hours time frame and in that case you will get paid directly to your wallet and any withdrawals in the system will be removed.

As per the CEO, they have had massive abuse on the no deposit bonus. From 3.5k users to over 21k users in just one day. Over 400 withdrawals and almost all of them are abusing with multi accounting. We have whitelisted many users and all signature campaign participants are on the whitelist too.

2) Amechain signature campaign.

It started on 04/29/2022 and has also been paused because the campaign manager did not hear back from the team:

This signature campaign has been paused for Project team inactivity. And team didn’t send 2nd weeks payment to me yet for distribution and they do not seen our message . bevery team  will pay hulf payment for hulf week working. Everyone can remove signature & avatar. this campaign will be open again. When team come back and send escrow. Thanks for working with us.

3) Jambler.io signature campaign.

It started on 03/21/2022 and just when the three weeks were up to see if the campaign would be renewed or not, not only the campaign manager did not hear back from the team, as in the previous case, but the site was down.

Friends, the third week is paid!


In addition, I still have not received a response from the customer, so I am announcing a week-long pause, which means that you can all remove the sig.

But at the same time, I tried to be as flexible as possible and paid each of you a bonus of 2 mBTC. If the campaign does not continue anymore, this will be a nice bonus for you, and if the campaign is restarted again in a week, I will take these 2 mBTC into account for future posts.


Their website seems to be have been down for some time.

I hope they fix the issue and continue as a viable option for those seeking to mix their Bitcoin.

These are the most recent that I can remember. There are also the Lightlord campaigns 777coin and Bitvest.io with very long delays in payments, or the crappy 1xBit signature campaigns that are the shame of this forum.

Do you remember any curious anecdotes about the campaigns?
5  Economy / Economics / El Salvador close to default? on: May 09, 2022, 03:22:03 PM
I am going to put a news that I do not know to what extent to believe, because there are many economic interests in propagating FUD about El Salvador and Bitcoin, but if we enter a bear market I think there may be some problems.

El Salvador's bitcoin bond reportedly hasn't lured a single investor, and markets are bracing for a default on conventional debt.

Quote
Investors aren't flocking to El Salvador's bitcoin bond, and in fact, the crypto-backed offering hasn't drawn a single buyer, according to Bloomberg.

Millennial president Nayib Bukele is seeking $1 billion for the crypto-backed bond, though instead of financing he's received skepticism from credit agencies and the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF previously criticized Bukele's call to make bitcoin legal tender, and has called for the government to reconsider its reliance on the cryptocurrency.

Now, El Salvador's conventional bonds due in 2032 yield 24%, a steep level that suggests markets perceive the debt to be high risk and are bracing for a default. Bloomberg data shows that yields on El Salvador's conventional bonds have fallen further than every other nation except those of war-torn Ukraine.

When Bukele first debuted his plan for bitcoin bonds in November, the nation's dollar debt hit an all-time low, Bloomberg reported. In February, Fitch Ratings slashed El Salvador's rating to CCC, pointing to its increased dependence on short-term debt and limited financing sources. However, El Salvador's finance minister recently said there's "zero risk" of a default.


I am not very fond of believing politicians in general, and even less so when they deny something. The fact is that if the bond has failed to attract investors, if the price does not take off, and we even enter a bear market, if adoption there does not take off either... I do not know, I do not see a bright future in the short term, although I think Bitcoin is a good bet for the long term for the country if it manages to hold on through hard times.

What do you think?

6  Other / Meta / Neutral feedback of negative spirit on: May 05, 2022, 05:54:12 AM
As I once said, I am opening this thread to comment on this borderline case of the trust system.

In the forum we can see several cases of neutral tag in terms of color, but that are negative in terms of written feeback.

The thing is that many times we see these neutral tags that are not written in red because if it is done this way, it could be considered by the community as an abuse of the trust system, and writing it in neutral prevents this.

IHowever,  think in some cases it should also be considered abuse of the trust system. I will give an exaggerated example: I write a neutral color feedback saying this: "this person has repeatedly demonstrated that he is not trustworthy, I wouldn't trust him with a penny". I believe that such a feedback, although neutral in color, should be considered as if it were red for the purpose of analyzing whether it is an abuse of the trust system.

Also if a person tends to write a lot of these feedbacks, I think we would be in a borderline case to analyze.

What do you think about this? Experiences? Thoughts?

7  Other / Meta / Creating a second account after ban without being caught. on: April 28, 2022, 05:58:06 AM
I have been reading this thread:

Stop Spaming and making Red Trust on Baseless Facts.

Where for the umpteenth time, someone has been caught after being banned for creating another account, and on top of that he complains.

I don't know how they are so stupid that they get caught, because I think that if that happened to me and I wanted to create another account I would not get caught.

I don't want to go into details to give people ideas, but don't you think it would be very easy?

What happens is that it would cost you more work, if for example you have a Facebook account with a certain number of friends that serves you for the bounties, then you would have to start from 0 and create another new account and get friends.

Anyway, I don't know if it's just my impression or if they are just stupid.

8  Economy / Service Discussion / Do you think that some signature campaigns prioritize clients in some cases? on: April 28, 2022, 02:28:26 AM
Well, first of all I'm not sure if this thread belongs to this board, if you think it doesn't, tell me and I'll move it or report it.

The title is not quite accurate either because due to the maximum number of characters I have not been able to put everything I wanted.

It has happened to me sometimes that when I have seen the people accepted in signature campaings I have not understood very well why certain people have been accepted and not others. This has happened to me only when there are vacancies, like 1 or 2 and with decent signature campaigns, I don't mean the crappy spam like 1xBit and others like that.

In the decent signature campaigns, as I said, sometimes I have seen members with little merits in relation to the activity, for example, chosen over people who have a much better ratio, and I think the main reason could be that it is taken into account that they are customers of the business. Probably at least part of what they are going to earn in the signature campaign they are going to spend in the business (or even more if it is a casino).

I don't know what you think about this. It is clear to me that the campaign managers will not only take into account the merits in relation to the activity, but also if they post on certain boards for example and other factors.

As I say, this has only happened to me in certain cases, in campaigns that I consider decent and that, in general, have quality posters.

Is this my guess or do you think I might be right?
9  Other / Meta / Please have a look at this crap (1xBit). on: April 19, 2022, 06:19:03 AM
User: ajochems

So, I was about to report a post by this guy, when it occurred to me to look at his post history, and I see it's all the same crap. It seems to be written by a simple robot from the first AIs that existed, answering something that sounds like it has something to do with the thread under discussion but is pure garbage.

On top of that, I see on bpip.org that he only has 9 posts deleted by moderators. I don't know if people see that he is part of the 1xBit scam campaign with the red tags and don't report him or what.

If anyone has the time and inclination, you may find a few posts worth reporting in the thread: Wall of fame / shame. Shit posts so bad that they are actually funny.

Since scams on the forum are not moderated, I think we could report all the garbage posters from the 1xBit campaign into one thread to see if the moderators will ban them for littering the forum with garbage. I don't care if it's in this thread or another one.
10  Other / Politics & Society / Fluid gender garbage. on: April 18, 2022, 05:50:18 PM
So, a few weeks ago I attended two conferences on diversity. One was on ethnic and socio-cultural diversity, which I found interesting, and the other on sexual and affective diversity, which I found less interesting and in some cases, such as the one I am going to comment on, pure ideological garbage.

I had heard the term fluid gender before but didn't know exactly what it referred to, just as I don't know exactly what the supposed dozens of genres that exist, it seems as many as 68 or more, refer to:

68 Terms That Describe Gender Identity and Expression


So, according to the supposed man and the supposed woman who were giving the conference (I say supposed because I don't know how they would define themselves in terms of gender, I simply want to emphasize that one seemed to have mostly masculine physical characteristics and the other feminine), gender is not a defined and static thing, but it is fluid and one can feel man today and woman tomorrow. But what's more: one can feel like 80% man today and 30% man tomorrow.

Here we would have to include other genders and tastes in the equation, that is, I could feel 30% male today, 20% non-binary, 25% female and the other 25% who knows what gender, but I could also feel attracted only to men today. If tomorrow I were to feel 100% female and I liked only women, then tomorrow I would be, in addition to being gender fluid, a trans-gender lesbian woman.

I think there is no need to explain too much why this is garbage. To begin with, if we were to apply this to any other aspect of life we would think that the fluid person is sick in the head.

These theories come out in societies where people have a full belly and because they have a lot of time to think they come up with things like this, which are nonsense.

Another thing is that what is statistically irrelevant is being passed off as normal. People who are not clear about their supposed gender and change it as they please are, by mathematical approximation, 0% of society.

I don't know if this has become trendy now and cool but it doesn't stand up to serious rational analysis.
11  Other / Meta / Cannot merit that post wtf? on: April 18, 2022, 05:29:58 PM


Can someone explain that?

For more details, I was going to merit this thread:

Lending Service (BTC Only) [Max $300] Help Charity.
12  Other / Meta / The 200 with most earned merit. on: April 09, 2022, 02:34:30 PM
Since I signed up in the forum, and started to earn merit, I had been steadily climbing positions in terms of earned merit, but lately I see that I have a hard time advancing, being around the 200th position, despite the fact that today I earn merit faster than ever, almost twice as many merits as activity, which I think is not bad at all.

I wonder if you have noticed anything similar, although I suppose that not in all cases people will have noticed that around the 200th position. I am sure that n0nce, for example, did not notice anything at that position and will certainly do so later, when he gets to the first 25 or so. But his is an exceptional case, which we should not consider the norm.

I would also like to clarify that those in the top 10 of most earned merit (or those in the top 25 if you want) I would not call them just quality posters, I don't know exactly what I would call them, but it would have to be something else, like exceptional posters or something like that.

I don't know if we could consider that there are about 200 (or 150 or 250) high quality posters in the forum. Not only because of my perception, which could be subjective, but also taking into account the following:

There are 54 participants in the CM campaign, 25 in the Best Change campaign and 22 in the Jambler.io campaign. Maybe someone may have a member of these campaigns in mind who does not consider a quality poster, but the vast majority of them are. That would make about 100 members and we have to take into account that there are people who write with quality who are not part of those campaigns, either because they are part of other campaigns or because they don't wear a paid signature.

I believe that taking this into account, we would get roughly a minimum of 150 high quality posters, which coincides with my perception.

What do you think about it?
13  Economy / Economics / WTF? Food prices expected to raise up to 50% in German supermarket. on: April 04, 2022, 03:22:28 AM
I am not sure that this is not a fake news, because it is in several digital media but not in any of the big ones. In any case, there is inflation all over Europe, and there will continue to be, but such a rise in supermarkets, if it materializes, should make the ECB think about what to do, since its main mission is to control inflation, and lately it had been a bit lenient with it.

'...the German trade association said that before the Ukrainian war, prices had already risen by 5% in Germany "for the entire product line" because of rising energy costs. Moreover, "the second wave of price hikes is coming, definitely by double-digit percentages." Aldi also expects German food prices to rise by 20% to 50% in the next few weeks. According to a survey recently published by the Ifo Institute, almost all German food retail companies plan to increase prices. "Germany's food supply is guaranteed for the foreseeable next year," said the German Agricultural Organization. "But beyond that time frame, it is difficult to make predictions. "'

Source: German food prices will rise sharply, Germans have to face a more impoverished life.

The problem with inflation is that there is no short-term solution to it. You have to have at least a medium-term vision to fight it and it cannot be based only on withdrawing liquidity from the market as the ECB plans to do. Energy policy also plays an important role, and the solution proposed to stop depending on Russian gas is more expensive.

With respect to the ECB, another problem that may be encountered is that of a catch-22 situation. After many years of giving massive amounts of drugs to the junkie, you cannot withdraw all the drugs at once, or the junkie will go cold turkey. Let's see how they do it without a major crisis.
14  Other / Meta / Exceptions to the unofficial Bitcointalk rules. on: April 02, 2022, 06:18:16 AM
Hi,

I would like to know if there are exceptions to the unofficial rules.

I am especially interested in hearing the opinion of moderators, but also of fellow forum members who remember cases where exceptions have been applied.

I have just requested an exception to Rule 32: "Posting multiple posts in a row (excluding bumps and reserved posts by the thread starter) is not allowed."

I request to the moderators not to merge this post with the previous one, by its lenght to make things clear. These are obviously not shitposts and I do not do it to get paid more because this week I exceed my posting requirements.

I understand that since they are unofficial, there is a certain margin to apply them.

In this case I require it because the user franky1, had accused me of misinterpreting the latest draft on crypto payments approved by two EU commissions. In the first reply I have detailed, quoting the draft, why I reaffirmed what I had said in the OP was correct.

But after a while I discovered that franki1's reasoning was relying on an earlier draft that was not approved.

So, as my previous post is very long and is about the actual approved draft and not about franky1's mistake, I understand that it is much better that those posts are separated.

But in this thread I don't want to focus on that specific case, but in general if there can be exceptions to the unofficial rules and if you remember cases of exceptions.


15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Goodbye, privacy, goodbye, it was nice while it lasted. on: April 01, 2022, 05:49:18 AM
After yesterday's vote of the European Parliament committee, I have become very pessimistic:

EU Parliament Passes Privacy-Busting Crypto Rules Despite Industry Criticism.


"Lawmakers are set to end even the smallest anonymous crypto transactions, and plan measures that could see unregulated exchanges cut off."

The law will affect exchanges and non-custodial wallets, such as metamask, ledger and trezor, as I explained.

But it must be said that this is only the first step of a law, which will take some time to be approved and can still be modified, but they have made a bad start:

"The plans must also be agreed on by both the parliament and national ministers, who meet as the EU Council, in order to pass into law."

In line with my pessimism, I came across an even more pessimistic article, Digital currency industry melts down ahead of key EU vote on non-custodial wallets, from which I will quote an excerpt:

(The article was written before the vote took place)

"If the vote goes through, this will radically alter how digital currency transfers work in the EU. It will undoubtedly place huge burdens on unhosted wallet providers, but then again, the EU doesn’t care about that. It only cares about its objectives as a political entity, and it’s notoriously tough on financial crimes, money laundering, and tax evasion. The EU was never going to let Bitcoin and other digital currencies run free, given the way they have been portrayed for the last several years and given the widespread anti-government and anti-law sentiment within the industry.

This was always coming, and it’s going to happen everywhere

Slowly but surely, people are beginning to realize that Bitcoin can not subvert governments and allow people to do whatever they like without consequences. That narrative led to disasters like the Silk Road and extremist anarchists like Cøbra touting Bitcoin as a tool to bring in the sort of chaos they wanted to see in the world. However, Bitcoin isn’t suitable for any of that, and its success entirely depends on being legally compliant.

As we see, powerful governments can use the law to force their will on the industry. We saw in Ottawa how lawmakers could freeze wallets with millions worth of BTC in them with the stroke of a pen. We’re seeing how even the idea that the EU could require unhosted wallets to be linked to identity is causing mass panic across the industry.

What happened to the narrative that Bitcoin could withstand all of this, and governments were rendered powerless when faced with it? This was a lie all along, and big companies like Coinbase, Binance, and others with teams of lawyers and advisors have always known it. They are profit-seeking entities, and they will always comply with whatever regulations they are required to, or they’ll be banned from large markets like the EU, U.S., and others.

Everything is changing before our eyes in the digital currency industry. With bans on anonymous transactions well underway, the U.S. SEC circling the likes of Ripple and Tether, and Satoshi’s Bitcoin slowly being understood as an electronic cash system designed for small casual payments that works within the law and which is always subject to it, things are ever so slowly changing for the better. If the EU votes to pass the new rules, it will be another nail in the coffin for the false narrative plaguing the industry
."

And the problem with this is that it sets a precedent and entrenches a trend of increasing state control.

What do you think about it? Are you as pessimistic as me or this article?

Edit: go to page 2 for the key proposals of the draft.

Also: PLEASE REALIZE THAT franky's ARGUMENTS ARE GARBAGE. As they are based on a former draft on a slightly different subject, that didn't pass, as I've shown on page 2.
16  Bitcoin / Legal / The EU May Vote to Ban Anonymous Crypto Payments on: March 28, 2022, 02:43:16 AM
If this news sounds familiar, you haven't dreamed it. Last year there was already a similar news, which fortunately came to nothing:

EU wants to ban crypto anonymous transactions and wallets.

In fact, if you google: "eu to ban anonymous crypto wallets", the first thing you get is news from last year:

No, the European Union Is Not ‘Banning Anonymous Crypto Wallets’

I had to set my search preferences to the last week to get the current news:

EU Legislators May Vote to Ban Anonymous Crypto Payments

"According to new reports, EU legislators could block transfers to flagged jurisdictions and enforce ID  check on all crypto transactions.

Urged on by Russia’s increased focus on crypto to evade financial restrictions, lawmakers worldwide are reviewing regulations with renewed intensity. The European Union has not fallen behind in this global movement. The possible success of the upcoming vote will translate into a lot of changes for EU crypto users.

Additionally, the vote could also restrict transactions to non-custodial wallets.

...the proposed measures are likely to apply regardless of the quantity of crypto being transacted.

The present regulatory framework only enforces this for transactions scaling $1,099. However, the Union’s governments have supposedly sighted a loophole. To evade the prescribed limit, crypto users could divide the funds and conduct smaller transactions. The term for this is “smurfing.”
."

I think that, although I understand that people will be able to bypass this ban using Tor and vpn, this can do a lot of damage to Bitcoin, because for starters, companies that sell Bitcoin in the EU (for example Bitrefill), will not be able to accept payments without identifying who pays (KYC).

Let's hope it is not approved, at least in these terms.
17  Economy / Economics / What about the role of giving in personal finance? on: March 26, 2022, 06:39:54 AM
I write this post after having seen the following video of Dave Ramsey:

What You Think About Prosperity Is Wrong! - Dave Ramsey Rant

Ramsey has many haters as well as many supporters as he has helped many people get rid of debt and build wealth.

His approach to personal finance is the complete opposite of Kiyosaki. While Kiyosaki advocates using debt as a way to build wealth, using it to buy assets (mainly RE) and obtain a positive cash flow, Ramsey advocates getting rid of all debt and building wealth with your own resources. Mainly what he calls your most powerful wealth building tool: your income. With both systems you can build wealth, but in my opinion, for Average Joe, who tends to be impulsive, Ramsey's system is better.

In this video he argues that, despite what it might seem at first glance: that if you don't give money to anyone and keep it for yourself, you will get richer, it's actually the other way around. People who donate regularly end up building more wealth, as well as having better social relationships and a better life.

He defends it partly from a religious point of view, but I decided to create this thread because what he says fits my experience, even though I am an atheist.

The moment I started donating regularly and making extraordinary donations, also giving unexpected tips, etc., my personal finances, which were already going well, got a boost.

It could be a coincidence, but Ramsey has worked with thousands of people and seems to be speaking from experience.

That's why I'd like to hear opinions on how you think giving has affected you, your personal finances and your life in general.
18  Other / Meta / Betnomi Spam. on: March 25, 2022, 04:44:53 AM
I just took a look at the Gambling section and I see that there are several threads spamming Betnomi, all created by newbies. The strange thing is that only one has posted the referral link.

Betnomi and you.

One of the greatest Gambling site with lots of kind people.

I love betnomi!!!!!!!!!!!

My favorite Crypto bitcoin site

I don't know if you have seen this before and what is the reason.

If none of them had put the referral link maybe we could think that it is the house trying to promote itself and on the other hand if in all of them there was a referral link it would be more normal to think that it is an individual person trying to get referrals.
19  Other / Meta / Curiosity about being merited for a comment on a 4-months old locked thread. on: March 13, 2022, 04:36:19 AM
I wasn't sure where to open this thread, I guess meta is the most appropriate place.

Recently I have been given merits for a comment in a thread that I locked 4 months ago.

Some were given to me when I was just a few merits short of 1000, and I see the point that there are forum members who try to help you when you are just a few merits short of the merits needed to get to the next level. Thanks for that to those who gave me merits. But it's just that today I saw that Welsh also gave me merits for this and another old post when I had already reached the requirement.

As I say it's just a curiosity, but how did you get to that comment? Diving through all the posts?  I doubt if there is any way to find poorly merited quality posts among someone's post history in a quick way.

I remember that when I wrote it I was a few days without receiving any merit for it.
20  Economy / Economics / The ruble is going to hell (not anymore?) on: February 28, 2022, 04:55:24 PM
It seems that Putin's gamble is not working out as he had hoped. He is moving militarily rather slower than he anticipated and now apart he has taken two economic measures:

"President Vladimir Putin banned all Russian residents from transferring hard currency abroad, including for servicing foreign loan contracts, potentially putting much of the country’s $478 billion in external debt at risk of default."

Source: Putin’s Ban on Foreign Debt Service Raises $478 Billion Question.

To stop the bleeding of the ruble, which is plummeting even in the face of a weak USD due to over-printing, he has also ordered that: "Russian businesses that trade abroad must sell 80% of their foreign currency earnings and convert them to rubles...

A picture is worth a thousand words:



This is starting to cause panic among its population, which has rushed en masse to withdraw cash from ATMs:

Russians rush to withdraw cash at ATMs as rouble plunges; central bank hikes rates to 20%

The most important thing in the conflict is the human drama with dead, wounded and displaced people, but I wanted to open thread to comment in this economy section what could be the medium term future of the Russian currency and economy.

I wonder if some of these measures affect Best_Change, which I understand is a business located in Russia, but I don't know if they will want to comment anything.






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