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1  Bitcoin / Project Development / [PROPOSAL] bitshop -- a p2p online auction system on: July 10, 2011, 06:15:50 AM
By now, bitcoin is more subject to financial speculation than to anything else, it seems ... except maybe being a source of new ideas on a new field. Here is another one:

When eBay relates to PayPal, what relates to bitcoin in a similar fashion? A p2p online auction system would. Actually, to implement a p2p auctioninq/selling system (say 'bitshop', to have a working title), there are some similar problems arising when creating a p2p money transaction system. Bitshop could make use from the solutions bitcoin used for its design.

Similar tasks would be to create a timestamp (using the proof-of-work method) to determine which bid will be recognized as the final one. Another one would be to apply asymetrical cryptography keys to maintain a sellers ranking (to rate a sellers performance, the buyer has to sign the transaction -- including the rating -- with her/his keypair). This is similar to the bitcoin wallet. Other needed tasks, like p2p searches and caching of sales information (pictures, product texts), are well researched and can be easily adapted from other p2p software.

Other positive side effects of bitshop would be:
- with a rich user interface, one never again would have to wait for a slow eBay website page to build up.
- no ecological questionable server farms needed any more just to host the transaction system and to exchange a lot of unnecessary data (such as advertisments).

I would see bitshop as a sibling applicaion to bitcoin quite like eBay and PayPal as still http(s)-based web services are. I think, the latter two are dinosaurs. Let's bury them! Bitcoin doesn't have to earn  the respect of online selling platforms in a long and painful process. Bitcoins design, implemented in a selling software, could easily challenge them.
2  Other / Beginners & Help / screensaver miner & changing the Windows 'power plan' to power saver when active on: July 01, 2011, 05:53:24 PM
Currently, I only got a CPU miner at work on my quad core, just symbolic thing.

I love the screensaver version of the rpc-miner. Only thing is, as I have enabled the AMD cool&quite feature, it will double the cpu clock and burn another 50 watts or so when the screensaver starts. I don't want to afford extra energy beyond what my computer uses for normal operation. So I wondered: is there an easy way to switch the energy scheme from balanced to power saver when the scrensaver activates and back to balanced when it deactivates?
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