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1  Economy / Collectibles / [PRICE CHECK] 2017 Polymerbit ETH "Bitcoin Error" Note on: June 27, 2022, 02:00:18 AM
I've noticed one of my Polymerbit notes have some kind of error on the printing. It's an ETH banknote, but it has a text which reads "Bitcoin 2017 Document". I was wondering if this error makes the note valuable or something. I'm not sure what the asking price would be, so I'd appreciate your help on this. Thanks in advance. Smiley

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2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / What are the best non-custodial Bitcoin mixers available today? on: June 27, 2022, 01:00:52 AM
Does anyone know of any good non-custodial mixers besides those built into both Wasabi and Samourai wallets? There used to be something called "TumbleBit" back then, but it seems development for the mixing solution has been abandoned. Non-custodial mixers are often a better choice than centralized mixing services because you have full control of the keys (not your keys, not your coins). If Bitcoin Cash has CashShuffle and CashFusion, then why can't Bitcoin have various non-custodial (decentralized) mixing solutions?

That said, if you know of any other alternatives to the ones mentioned before (Wasabi and Samourai), please let me know. I'd like to have a list of all the non-custodial mixers available just in case one of them becomes abandoned by the developers (like what happened with TumbleBit). Any suggestions and/or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Smiley
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / ETH gas fees are low....A great time to get in? on: June 27, 2022, 12:51:41 AM
It seems that the persistent bear market drastically reduced ETH's network congestion. Gas fees have been ranging as low as 17 Gwei to 30 Gwei on average. The native cryptocurrency Ether (ETH) has been declining like crazy in Fiat terms, so it would be a lot cheaper to buy NFTs or do other network operations than before.

Assuming ETH doesn't go any lower in price, would now be a great time to get in? Or should I wait a little longer? Do you think gas fees will soar back up again after the crypto winter settles? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Smiley
4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Sweatcoins will be launching this summer...Is it worth it? on: June 27, 2022, 12:41:00 AM
There's an app called "Sweatcoin" which basically pays you by doing nothing other than walking. Each 1,000 steps will be equal to 1 Sweatcoin. Back then, the coin used to be proprietary from the app itself. But lately, the company took the decision to launch it as a real cryptocurrency. Apparently, the new coin will be launching this summer to be later traded at crypto exchanges. This reminds me of a similar coin that used to pay people for walking called "MangoCoinz". It didn't turn out to be a huge success, so I wonder if this new coin (Sweatcoin) will have the same fate as its predecessor?

What do you think about Sweatcoin? Is it worth walking/doing exercise just to get paid coins in return? If not, why? Do you think the project will have a future? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Smiley
5  Economy / Economics / How would a global economic recession affect Bitcoin's price? on: June 27, 2022, 12:32:39 AM
There have been talks among experts of a global economic recession taking place soon. The COVID-19 pandemic, the persisting Russia-Ukraine crisis, and several other factors will lead us there faster than you could imagine. Considering that the US Dollar is the world's reserve currency, anything that affects its value (inflation) will have a chain effect over other countries' economies as well. Now this could have profound effects over Bitcoin's price within the short term, as the crypto market "mimics" equity/stocks market's behavior. It's most probably Bitcoin will decline well below $10k, as the global economy comes to a halt. Or things could head in the other direction, leading Bitcoin towards new All-time-highs. The pioneer cryptocurrency has often been hailed as a "safe haven", so it should be able to serve as an alternative to Fiat during times of crisis.

What are your thoughts? Huh
6  Economy / Collectibles / Graded coins as NFTs? on: June 20, 2022, 12:41:17 AM
I'm not sure if this has been done before, but wouldn't it be great to prove ownership of graded coins on the Blockchain as an NFT? Grading companies like ANACS, PCGS, or even ICG could transfer you a unique NFT that would make reference to a physical coin. The NFT would be an image of the coin in a slab, but tied to a specific blockchain address proving that you're the sole owner of it. To transfer ownership, one would simply send the virtually-graded coin to another person across the Blockchain. If grading companies don't do it, then I will take the step forward by turning my graded coins as NFTs just to have an immutable proof of ownership.

Do you think this is a good idea? If not, why? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Smiley
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / If USDD is "overcollaterized", why did it lose its peg? on: June 20, 2022, 12:34:30 AM
Can someone explain to me why TRON's overcollaterized stablecoin lost its peg a few days ago? It's not exactly an algorithmic stablecoin like UST was, so this wasn't supposed to happen. With TRON DAO having a huge allocation of coins in its reserve, the peg should've been restored by now. Does this mean collaterized stablecoins will have the same fate as algorithmic ones? If that's so, then DAI will be the next one on the list to lose it peg.

Thoughts? Huh
8  Economy / Goods / [WTS] Gold and Platinum bullion for cash (USD) on: June 17, 2022, 05:56:18 PM
I have a few gold and platinum bars that I'd like to sell for cash @ spot price (or near spot price). Tried selling them through online retailers like APMEX and ModernCoinMart but haven't had any luck because they require a minimum amount for purchase.

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The list of bullion items that I have for sale are the following:

1. PAMP 1g Gold Bars (5 total)

2. Valcambi 1g Gold Bars (2 total)

3. Perth Mint 1g Gold Bars (2 total)

4. Perth Mint 5g Gold Bar (1 total)

5. 2018 Canada Gold Maple Leaf Coin 1/10 oz (1 total)

6. PAMP 1g Platinum Bars (2 total)

7. Valcambi 1g Platinum Bar (1 total)

I'd prefer payment through PayPal or as a postal (USPS) money order. You can contact me via PM if interested. Thanks for looking. Smiley
9  Economy / Collectibles / How do I load a DIY Monero poker chip? on: June 08, 2022, 11:52:32 AM
I have one of those DIY Monero poker chips from Krypto Keepsafes. I've never used Monero for anything else other than redeeming certain pre-funded/buyer funded coins. I was wondering how to load the keys under the hologram of the poker chip, since Monero requires a view key and spend key to be able to access the funds. Fitting both keys under the hologram would be quite a challenging task to achieve. After all, both keys have a long string of characters behind them.

If you know how to load DIY Monero coins, please let me know. Any help, suggestions and/or recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Smiley
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Will governments force DEXs to comply with KYC/AML laws? on: June 08, 2022, 11:39:46 AM
It seems that governments are increasing their regulatory efforts after what happened with Russia "evading sanctions" and the recent Terra/LUNA crash. Day by day, we're seeing centralized exchanges requiring additional information in order to comply with KYC/AML as much as possible. There have been rumors that governments will target decentralized exchanges (DEXs) to require them to comply with KYC/AML laws. While we know this is impossible at the technical level (due to the decentralized nature of such exchanges), it's easy enough to prosecute the developers if their identities are publicly known across the web. A decentralized exchange requiring KYC will greatly defeat crypto/Blockchain tech's purpose in my own opinion. It will bring back the middleman which is the single point of failure crypto was meant to avoid in the first place.

What do you think will happen with DEXs if governments require them to comply with KYC/AML laws? Will they cooperate or not? If they don't comply, will that mean using a DEX be considered as an illegal practice? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Smiley
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Will countries ban Bitcoin mining due to environmental concerns? on: June 08, 2022, 11:25:09 AM
Most recently, the state of New York (in the US) passed a bill to ban Bitcoin mining due to environmental concerns. Some time ago, the EU did something similar (although it came into law) making both investors and miners largely concerned about the future of PoW cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin. If FUD related to PoW mining damaging the environment persists (remember Elon Musk also criticizing Bitcoin?), then cryptocurrencies with PoW algorithms will be forced to switch to PoS altogether. Bitcoin will be the mostly affected since it's the biggest PoW cryptocurrency in the world. Growth for the pioneer cryptocurrency will stifle, forcing miners to close down their business for good.

Do you think countries worldwide will ban Bitcoin mining due to environmental concerns? If not, why? If mining is banned, do you think Bitcoin will switch to PoS? Will it still survive being a PoW cryptocurrency? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Smiley
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Binance under scrutiny by the SEC...Will BNB survive? on: June 08, 2022, 11:20:03 AM
It seems like the US' SEC is now investigating Binance for allegedly doing money laundering practices. If proven to be true, this could be a huge blow to CZ's exchange as we speak. Not only will this affect Binance's exchange reputation but also it's very own cryptocurrency (as well as the rest of the crypto market). With Binance controlling most of the crypto market, any bad news like these could mean a bloodbath in crypto prices within the short term. BNB is known to be centralized (even though many claim it to be decentralized), so it's possible the cryptocurrency will vanish if things go the wrong way.

What do you think about these latest developments? Will the SEC succeed in its case against Binance? Or will it fail? Do you think BNB will still survive? If not, why? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. Smiley
13  Economy / Collectibles / Should I open these? on: June 08, 2022, 11:15:26 AM
I have a set of Crypto Stamps 2.0 that I've bought a long time ago. They're sealed, never opened since the time of purchase.

I was tempted to open them just in case I have the ultra rare red stamp on my hands. But I'm not sure if opening the stamps will affect their value, so I'm asking for guidance in this regard. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Smiley
14  Economy / Collectibles / [AUCTION] "What is Bitcoin?" Silkscreen Poster on: June 04, 2022, 01:03:14 AM
I'm auctioning one (x1) "What is Bitcoin?" silkscreen poster. It is numbered 64 out of 100 only made. The condition of the poster is FAIR, because it has a few dents from storage. There are some white paint marks on the back of the poster too, as I've tried to cover brown/yellow spots.

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END TIME: JUNE 10, 2022 1:00:00 PM EST

**Payment due within 24 hours after the end of this auction**

SNIPE: Any bid made in last 5 minutes will extend the auction 5 minutes beyond the ending time.
If within those 5 extended minutes, a new bid is made, 5 minutes will be added to the auction from the time of that bid.

PAYMENT: Bitcoin -> 3C73jM8AVhzQVXSpNdddLZwa9ey7qEynoh
Shipping to US addresses ONLY at buyer's expense.

Countdown timer:

Thanks for looking. Smiley
15  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Strategies to save money on ETH gas fees? on: June 01, 2022, 02:26:36 PM
Whenever the ETH blockchain is heavily congested (which is most of the time) gas fees soar towards ridiculously high levels, making the whole network completely unusable by the average Joe. Right now gas fees have declined like crazy due to decreased on-chain activity. But the benefits won't last for long (especially during a bull market). I'm aware that you can save money on ETH gas fees with off-chain scaling solutions like Optimism and zk-sync, but not every project/Dapp support them. The main chain is what it's all about.

That said, I'd like to know what strategy you're following (besides using an off-chain scaling solution) in order to save as much money from gas fees as possible. Any help, suggestions, and/or recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Smiley
16  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Will algorithmic stablecoins have a future? on: June 01, 2022, 02:25:54 PM
The rise and fall of TerraUSD (UST) has shown us that algorithmic stablecoins aren't as ready for the world as we've thought they would be. If the UST collapse didn't happen, people would've still trusted algorithmic stablecoins with their money. Now that things are different, developers may need to re-think their strategy in order to make such stablecoins shine once again. If done right, algorithmic stablecoins could prove to be the "holy grail" of decentralized finance. It would mean having a stablecoin that's not backed by real world reserves (in Fiat) whatsoever. I think algorithmic stablecoins will prove to be even more decentralized than collaterized stablecoins such as DAI or USDJ.

What are your thoughts? Will algorithmic stablecoins have a future? If not, why? What do you think will be governments' response against stablecoins that are decentralized by design? Will they make them illegal for mainstream use? Or will they embrace them? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Smiley
17  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Why most crypto projects' team members are made public these days? on: June 01, 2022, 02:01:15 AM
I've noticed that most crypto projects have team members which are publicly known by the public. Projects like Ethereum, Cardano, Terra, and others have founders whose identities are known by everyone around the world. Wasn't Bitcoin designed by an unknown person (or group of persons) named Satoshi Nakamoto? If the pioneer cryptocurrency project has been widely successful without anyone knowing who the founder ever was, then why can't other projects do the same? I was surprised to see some centralized exchanges asking for the names of team members just to list a new coin. With ever increasing KYC/AML measures, I'm afraid the days where an unknown person launches a new crypto project are over.

What are your thoughts about this? Will this greatly affect the decentralization of the whole crypto/Blockchain industry? If not, why? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Smiley
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Will LUNA 2.0 be a complete failure in the long-term? on: June 01, 2022, 01:58:04 AM
It's only been a few days since Terra 2.0 launched, yet prices are struggling to rise back to their original levels. Many investors are skeptical about the new chain, especially when Do Kwon is facing scrutiny by the South Korean government. If the Terra team was unable to restore the original project (now Terra Classic) back to its former glory, what makes you think the new version will be a huge success? There are many other alternatives on the market which don't have a tainted reputation like Terra. If people were disappointed with what happened with the LUNA/UST collapse, then it's likely they will choose another alternative instead of going all in on the new chain.

What do you think? Will LUNA 2.0 be a complete failure or a huge success in the future? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. Smiley
19  Economy / Collectibles / [INTEREST CHECK] "What is Bitcoin?" Silkscreen Poster on: June 01, 2022, 01:50:32 AM
I have one of these posters lying around collecting dust. I'd say the condition of the poster is FAIR, because it has a few dents from storage. There are some white paint marks on the back of the poster too, as I've tried to cover brown/yellow spots.

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Before I make an auction or sales thread, I want to know if there's interest in this poster. Otherwise, I'll keep it. Shipping only to US addresses at the moment. Thanks for looking. Smiley
20  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Are you buying the dip? on: May 16, 2022, 12:15:38 PM
Major cryptocurrencies have been on a downfall this past week, as investors lost confidence on Terra (LUNA). Bitcoin, as well as, Ethereum, Cardano, and several other "blue chip" coins are being traded at a discount these days. This could be a huge buying opportunity before prices bounce back to their original levels. If Bitcoin is predicted to reach $100k, then imagine how altcoins will rise in price. Buying the dip might be the best thing you could do right now. If you're into crypto for the long haul, you'll know what I'm talking about.

That said, I'm curious to know if you're buying the dip? If so, I'd like to know which cryptocurrencies do you think are worth the investment for the long term and why? Your input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Smiley
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