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1  Economy / Speculation / Will the Italian bank bailouts start people buying Bitcoins? on: June 25, 2017, 08:10:48 PM
Italy is bailing out two of its banks with up to $19 billion. Will other banks soon need bailing out? Will the bailouts start people buying Bitcoins?
2  Bitcoin / Electrum / An electrum docs website link is redirecting to phishing sites. on: March 07, 2017, 02:37:52 PM
Today I clicked the link marked "tutorial: How to create a plugin" on the electrum docs website, and it redirected me to a phishing site. The link's marked with a red arrow on the screenshot below.

This is a virustotal scan of the first site I was redirected to.

I was very quickly redirected to another site afterwards. This is a screenshot of the second site.

This is a virustotal scan of it that says it's a phishing site.

After testing the "tutorial: How to create a plugin" link again I was redirected to a different site that virustotal said was clean. However it was trying to sell me some dodgy investment scheme.

3  Bitcoin / Electrum / Highest dynamic fee not high enough on: March 05, 2017, 06:34:34 PM

After some testing I'm fairly sure I identified a bug that affects the first run of a portable wallet, and a workaround for it. Please see this post for details

Earlier today my wallet only allowed setting a maximum dynamic fee of 0.001 BTC/KB, which it said would confirm within 25 blocks.

However, recommended using 0.00226 BTC/KB for a confirmation in the next block. Today the network has a huge backlog of transactions, but some electrum users will still want to set a maximum dynamic fee for a confirmation in the next block.

If I have got my facts straight, then maybe the server code that calculates the maximum dynamic fee needs tweaking to take account of the recent ATH for mempool size.


I tested the dynamic fee in my wallet today, and the maximum it allows is 0.001 BTC/KB, which it says will get my transaction confirmed within 25 blocks.

However, the bitcoinfees website recommends using 0.00226 BTC/KB for a fast transaction today. My wallet won't let me pay that much using dynamic fees, but will if I edit the fee manually.
4  Other / Meta / Bitcointalk showing no members online today on: February 05, 2017, 12:00:31 AM
The statistics center page shows no members were online today. All the other statistics are OK, but there's a bug in that field.

5  Economy / Exchanges / Why is Bitstamp down to 14th place for USD volume? on: March 26, 2016, 08:40:42 PM
I was shocked when I noticed Bitstamp has sunk down to 14th place for USD volume. It used to be the top exchange. Why has it sunk so far down in the volume traded through it? I know it was hacked a year ago but I don't think I ever saw it have such low volume as now.
6  Economy / Speculation / Will the Fed's auction move the price up, or down? on: November 01, 2015, 10:13:59 PM
The Fed's auction is in four days, will it move the price up, or down, or make no difference?

I think a high number of bidders could move the price up, and a lack luster number of bidders could move the price down. Have any of the previous bidders like Tim Draper, or any of the syndicates said they will be bidding yet? There hasn't been much discussion about it in the mainstream media.
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