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21  Bitcoin / Project Development / Bitcoin Based Bounty Pool Software Platform for FOSS Projects - UPDATE on: March 14, 2011, 02:05:52 AM
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UPDATE:

Site is up and located here: http://bitcoin.cz.cc/

genjix has agreed to work on this at least part time. I have sent him 200 BTC for hosting costs. Others can donate here:

18DRwiDQPWDz6yiNfbysS5qNRFvnxCwKpE

http://blockexplorer.com/address/18DRwiDQPWDz6yiNfbysS5qNRFvnxCwKpE

Disclaimer: I cannot make any guarantees as to the quality or quantity of genjix's work or that he will even do anything at all. Please contact genjix directly for information on project timeline and any other details. He has agreed to update this thread periodically with his progress. DONATE AT YOUR OWN RISK
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Has anyone thought about how awesome it would be if other FOSS projects started using Bitcoin for Bounty Pools? I recently brought up this idea on the mailing list for a fairly large open source project called Pyjamas (www.pyjs.org), which is a port of Google Web Toolkit (http://code.google.com/webtoolkit/) to Python (www.python.org). The Pyjamas project leader Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton (luke.leighton AT gmail.com) thought that bounty pools are a really good idea for his project and so I did a writeup on bounty pools on his wiki: http://pyjs.org/wiki/bounties (please read this before continuing).

So here is the plan. We start a bounty pool for some Pyjamas developers to develop a FOSS web application that can be used by FOSS projects (such as Pyjamas) to run bounty pools for particular features, matching stakeholders who desire particular features with developers who can implement them (to be paid in Bitcion).

I think that Bitcoin and the bounty pool software would be a match made in heaven for FOSS developers and stakeholders. Developers from all over the world could get paid in Bitcoin for doing valuable work for stakeholders such as small businesses that need new features. And I think that FOSS software developers in general are a great group to get to adopt Bitcoin to grow the Bitcoin economy for a few reasons. First, they will have the technical background to understand Bitcoin and its advantages. Second, they are probably a lot more willing to accept payment in something that is volatile in value since many may not be receiving any monetary payment for their work now. Third, because of the second reason, they won't be relying on their Bitcoin revenue to pay for their bills so they won't be as concerned about converting it to a fiat currency. Fourth, Bitcoin is in line with the FOSS philosophy (it being a FOSS project itself) with the huge bonus of not a single bit cent going to central banks, corrupt governments or large government influenced corporations.

For those of you who are 'old time' miners out there who are sitting on a fat wallet, this could be the bounty pool for you to put some BTC into. If you put some BTC into this project, you could end up significantly growing the Bitcoin economy, thus increasing the value of BTC and your wallets.

I have been brainstorming about what kinds of features we would want to have in a Bitcoin Bounty Pool software platform. Here are some general features I came up with:

1. Rating system for escrow agents and developers.

2. Easily viewable Bitcoin escrow accounts (similar to blockexplorer.com)

3. Directory of Bounty Pools that is sortable by a variety of criteria (e.g. programming languages and time estimates)

4. Email and messaging alerts for developers based on keywords (e.g. PHP, Java, C++, Flash)

There are many more features to be mulled over. In any event, I am willing to put 100 BTC into this bounty pool, and possibly more if others are interested. Also, if there are interested individuals here, we can get in touch with the Pyjamas folks who could develop this application using Pyjamas.
22  Economy / Marketplace / Moneypak exchangers on: February 28, 2011, 05:44:04 AM
Are there any permanent BTC exchanges set up that accept MoneyPak? MoneyPak doesn't have chargebacks, can be purchased for cash locally at convenience stores, and can be converted into PayPal. https://www.moneypak.com/
23  Economy / Marketplace / Exchanges That Accept paysafecard on: February 27, 2011, 09:53:51 PM
Are there any BTC exchanges with a permanent site that accept paysafecard? It's a cash card that can be bought at local merchants and does not have charge backs.

http://www.paysafecard.com/
24  Other / Off-topic / Political Nihilism and Bitcoin on: February 12, 2011, 10:50:07 PM
Recently I realized the significant relationship between political nihilism and Bitcoin. I was reminded of this quote from Russian nihilist Dmitri Pisarev:

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Here is the ultimatum of our camp. What can be smashed must be smashed; whatever will stand the blow is sound, what flies into smithereens is rubbish; at any rate, hit out right and left, no harm will or can come of it.

I think it is important to realize that building things (e.g. Bitcoin sites and Bitcoin businesses) is not the only thing that needs to be done. Certain institutions must be destroyed as well. I think that Bitcoin has within it, the means to destroy a great many institutions that should be destroyed. And in their place we will build fair and equitable institutions where each and every individual is in control of their relationship with such institutions. Not a single law must be passed, or any kind of 'consensus'. All that really needs to be done is to appeal to the individual's deepest desire for wealth, freedom and happiness. The idea is to make the incentive for the individual overwhelming enough so that once certain institutions he used to depend on are destroyed, he simply won't care because he will have access to alternatives that are far superior.

There is a great deal of work ahead, but the foundations have been laid.
25  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Swag on: February 09, 2011, 04:44:25 PM
I did some google searches looking for places that sell Bitcoin swag like Tshirts, mugs etc. Some stuff came up but I wasn't too impressed. Can everyone post ideas for swag or links to sites that sell Bitcoin swag here?
26  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin May Be Doomed on: February 08, 2011, 10:06:55 AM
Folks, I'm sorry to say it but Bitcoin may be doomed, as well as all other cryptographically based Internet communications outside the sanction of government. The reason is simple: centralized government controlled cloud computing could take over the Internet (as we know it). The concept is this. The Internet is currently a decentralized mash up of independent servers and clients. In the cloud data center model all significant data processing takes place in a data center, with only the peripheral inputs of keyboard, mouse etc. going into the data center and fully baked peripheral outputs coming out (video, sound etc.). So basically, you connect with a thin client PC to the data center. Your keystrokes and mouse movements are transmitted to the data center which processes them based on whatever application you are currently running in your data center 'user space.' Then, it transmits back to your thin client the video and sound that resulted from those inputs and running application.

A current example of this is the online cloud gaming service Onlive. A user goes out and buys a 'micro console' that simply transmits the game controller input to the data center and decodes the sound and video data transmitted to it back from the onlive data center. The micro console is for the TV, while for a laptop or PC, they have a browser plugin. However, they are already doing deals with TV manufacturers to build the micro console chips directly into the TVs. So in the case of onlive, they already have high definition video from their running games being transmitted back with relatively low latency. If they can do this with high definition games they can pretty much do it with any application.

So the scenario will eventually be that Joe Six Pack goes out and buys a large screen 'TV'. But this large screen 'TV' has chips built directly into it just like the onlive chips described above that allows Joe to connect his 'TV' up to his town's local data center. After he is connected up, he can access any desktop application he could ever dream of, all of his files and pretty much everything he ever had on his PC plus tons more.

So the question becomes: what will the Internet look like in this scenario? The Internet would basically become data centers talking to each other, and that's about it. All data being stored in the data centers would be monitored and sanctioned by the government. That means all encrypted data would be detected and erased with potential penalties for scofflaws. Personal computing equipment would be outlawed as well (hard drives, CPUs, motherboards etc.).

What evidence do I have that this is going to take place? China is already building a massive centralized data center to replace the Internet for their citizens:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9208398/China_building_a_city_for_cloud_computing

FTA:
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"I got a sense that the cloud is going to be huge in China for both efficiency reasons as well as the ability to control," said Sartor. "If everything was cloud computing and the government owns it, it's much easier to keep your finger on the Internet and other issues than [by using] a very distributed model."



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