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1  Economy / Collectibles / A friend of mine is selling his Casascius 2011 error 1 BTC coin on: August 28, 2017, 09:18:44 PM
He's chosen to use Ebay. I purchased a decent sized set of 25 BTC and 1 BTC pieces from Mike in November 2011. This is the first person I know of from that purchase that has decided to actually sell. I've mostly been able to talk the others out of it. Cheesy

The reason for my post here is to let others know he is selling and to ask a question or two.

He has a new Ebay account and is being asked about escrow for his coin. Does anyone know what that means for an Ebay transaction? A quick search indicates that they prefer to use for their transactions, apparently. Has anyone ever used this service and if so, how would they rate it? Thanks.
2  Economy / Collectibles / Selling 1 Casascius 1BTC 2011 Series 1 coin w/error on: October 26, 2016, 12:41:19 AM
I have a friend named John who has been the only owner of this coin aside from me that is willing to sell his original Series 1 Casascius 1BTC 2011 w/error.

I put my name and year on these so scammers don't try to sell based on these pictures on ebay. Not sure if this is recommended or not or if it even matters.

You can find more info about this coin here as he did kind of "register" it to him a long time ago when I told him about this site:

It is not graded, but he does absolutely want to sell it. If you want me to set you up with him via email let me know via PM. He might also have a Bitcointalk account, I haven't spoken with him about it yet. I'm not sure if he's going to want to escrow it through me or just give to me to sell it (and perhaps escrow through someone else?) or not yet, we didn't talk much about how best to go about it. I've previously traded with several other people but my last trade was 2015-10-02 with Pistachio.

If someone knows what the last 2011 error coin traded at, I'd be very interested in a link which you can send me via PM as well.
3  Other / Politics & Society / Unaoil: Largest Bribery Scandal in the History of the World on: March 31, 2016, 08:18:17 PM
Part 1:

Part 2:

Key Players:

Part 3:

EDIT: Added part 3 for Asia
4  Other / Politics & Society / Former MI6 operative pulling US data on Clintons on: September 01, 2015, 12:30:33 AM
I always thought this story was interesting as the guy was a math and cryptography expert who was studying Russian money-laundering. Turns out there's new updates...
5  Other / New forum software / Trust list recommendation on: August 15, 2015, 03:56:00 AM
It would be nice if we could tweak our trust lists or -- in whatever the new trust system is -- to say that we do not vouch for people who have not been active for X number of days when our last trade with them was Y number of days ago. I'd be genuinely upset that someone had a bad trade with a person who I had previously given positive trust to two years ago but had gone mostly inactive and/or later sold their account. Part of me worries about that presently with at least two or three of the people I've already given positive feedback for.

I'm sorry if this has been brought up before, I just wanted to mention it as a feature I'd be interested in.
6  Economy / Computer hardware / [SOLD] 80GH/s Avalon Batch #2 IN-HAND, Motivated Seller - 50 BTC on: August 06, 2013, 02:41:23 AM
7  Economy / Computer hardware / [WTS] Avalon 80 GH/s IN-HAND [Batch #2] Continental US on: July 30, 2013, 03:01:04 AM
What I'm selling
An Avalon unit 80 GH/s w/703 firmware that I have in-hand and ready to ship. I'm looking for 80-100ish BTC O.B.O.

When I'm selling it
Sale closes tomorrow (7/30/2013) @ 4:30pm my time. That's 16:30 Central Time (UTC-06:00). If you want escrow, please specify (see below). If you do not want escrow, then upon receipt of the BTC, I will hash for you till ship time (probably around noon on the subsequent day).

If the highest bid is a PM, I will post the amount publicly to the highest bidder in this thread after the auction closes and give them an option to beat or match you. If you are the private bidder and the public bidder agrees to match your payment, you lose. I think this is the only fair way to handle private bidding. I came up with this solution because it encourages keeping everything fair and open and will hopefully prevent delays.

See "Final Notes" below if you don't mind traveling to avoid shipping delay.

Why I'm selling it
I was originally hoping to have had this unit back in April. Because I didn't get it till July, it's now summer and I can't feasibly run it in my small apartment due to heat, noise, etc. Plus, I'm in the process of purchasing a house and I basically cannot deal with constantly tweaking settings and loading firmware and watching it like a hawk to make sure I have zero downtime. Lastly, I have several trade-in Icarus for Avalons so this one isn't that important for me to hold on to. Had I received all my Avalons on time back in April, I would have rented commercial space and done this professionally, but now I just can't afford to take on that kind of risk, especially since the trade-ins haven't shipped yet. Sad

Where I'm selling it
I live in Central Iowa. I will only ship to continental US, but the shipping is included in your bid.

Who am I
I'm Raize, I've been here since early 2011 and my OTC account is early 2011 as well. Please be wary about PM. I worry about this forum and our accounts being huge targets without two-factor authentication. Ask me to verify either via PGP or the address listed on my OTC account in all PMs/emails. If I refuse to, consider that it is NOT me.

I am also authenticated on #bitcoin-otc for tonight till tomorrow morning if you have questions. I'll also check PM and this thread, obviously.

Hash: SHA1

I, NickRaize on OTC and Raize on, am selling a Batch #2 Avalon miner on 7/29/2013.
Version: GnuPG v2.0.20 (MingW32)


Hashing stats:

Physical proof: (Yes, I own two of these and have access to a third as well as my possible trade-ins)

(Sorry it is blurry. Yes, that is a 2011 25 BTC Casascius coin included for further proof that I've been on this forum a long time and am the real deal.)

Final notes
If the winner lives in the Midwest, I'm okay with having you pick it up at my work if you don't mind driving to Central Iowa. I can hash in the meantime, but I'll want the payment immediately.

I highly discourage PM for bidding, but didn't want to exclude it because I know newbies cannot come in here and even a newbie might have the BTC to pay for this. Additionally, some folks just want their privacy. The reason I discourage PMs for bidding is because they are almost always used by scammers or others that want to delay or otherwise hinder the sale. If you really want this unit, you'll make a newbie account, get it verified for this thread, and post a bid. I will NOT close this sale/auction early, it's not even a full day auction so that doesn't make sense.

If you want escrow, it will be done with JohnK. I've never done any deals with him, but everyone seems to trust him. Please note that if we do escrow, you pay for it, and I will NOT be hashing for you prior to shipping, because I'll probably be trying to ship ASAP.

Be sure to check "Notify me of replies" if you want to know when/if I post the sales of the other Avalons. I will include a link to whatever new post I make in this thread. Considering the house I'm moving to needs an electrical rework and the trade-ins are so extremely delayed, I might just be selling out of all of my stock when/if the trade-ins come in as well.

Lastly, sorry this was so long, I want to make it as fair and open as possible while preventing any gaming of the bidding. This isn't really a traditional "auction" as I want to primarily just sell the unit I have, so it's hard to manage all the caveats that could come up. I apologize in advance if there's something glaringly obvious I've missed. Let me know if there's other pictures you want to see for proof.

Public responses to PM questions that should be posted here in interest of fairness
Hash: SHA1

No, you cannot occupy the first position of first right of refusal. No one can. I just want to sell this unit, and I want it to be as fairly as possible. If you're interested, please bid. If not, I'm sorry, I cannot help you.
Version: GnuPG v2.0.20 (MingW32)


I can videotape the packaging process. I still have the same box it came in, too. They were, honestly, packaged very well.
8  Other / Politics & Society / California to hold hearing on nicotine vaporizer ban on: April 02, 2013, 03:08:46 AM
Anyone from Sacramento that plans to go or knows an avid e-smoker that plans to attend?
9  Bitcoin / Hardware / My Avalon ASIC Gen1 batch #2 pledge on: March 07, 2013, 08:35:29 PM
I'm one of the Icarus trade-ins. I am also supposed to be getting two regular order units in the second batch. I live in the Midwest, so I'd be a good "longer than average" guesstimate on the time it takes to do an Icarus trade-in and regular Avalon order. I pledge that I will update the forums with every communication I receive and action I take, from notification to the sending of two of my Icarus devices in, to their acknowledgement of the receipt, to their email confirming the Avalon has been sent and/or the tracking number of the device, to my receiving the unit and initial burn-in testing on a pool (Not sure which one yet, I might even split them). I'll also track the time between each step of the process as best as I can.

I think if a handful of us do this, it'll help out with the transparency and give folks an idea of what to expect from their orders. I was kind of hoping the guys in Batch #1 would do this, but at the very least I think I can do it in #2.

1) Time of initial regular order : February 18, 2013 08:25 AM CST
2) Time of Walletbit confirmation: February 18, 2013 03:24 PM CST (There were several messages after this, but this was the first)
3) Time of BitSyncom regular order confirmation: None (I'm not sure when/if they will be doing this, anyway?)

4) Time of notification to send in Icarus device(s): April 15th, 2013 3:40 PM CST
5) Time that Icarus device(s) are shipped: April 16th, 2013 10:45 AM CST (Price: $220. They guaranteed delivery by Friday, April 19th)
6) Time of verification that the Icarus was received: April 19th, 2013 3:06PM CST
7) Time of Avalon trade-in order (or confirmation thereof): Will never happen
8) Time of Avalon trade-in order shipped per BitSynCom: Will never happen
9) Time of Avalon trade-in order received tracking #: Will never happen
10) Time of Avalon trade-in order arrival: Will never happen

11) Time of Avalon regular order shipped per BitSynCom: June 29th, 2013 8:32 AM CST
12) Time of Avalon regular order received tracking #: June 29th, 2013 8:32 AM CST
13) Time of Avalon regular order arrival: July 3rd, 2013 11:30 AM CST

Part of this is for my own record, but I figure if I do it publicly, it'll help people make a more educated decision on what to expect from an Avalon order.

EDIT - 9/11/2013:
Well, it was a fun ride, but I've given up on BitSyncom providing the Avalon replacements or providing a credit for the Icarus shipped back to him, or making up for the lost Bitcoin revenue from the last ~5 months of mining revenue. I will never do business with Yifu again.

I have given both ngzhang and xiangfu positive ratings for transactions scaling several hundred in BTC, but I have left a negative non-BTC rating for BitSynCom for failure to provide a refund for my Icarus.

In the interest of full disclosure:
Total lost in estimations for shipping costs and refunds was ~18 BTC based on the prices at the time of estimated shipment of the devices (~$100 per BTC). Lost mining revenue on the Icarus I estimate to have been around 13 BTC over the last 5 months.

It should be a warning to those of you contemplating future business with Yifu & Company that at least one "old miner" has lost ~31 BTC in dealings with them.

A word of advice to future mining companies. If you make a customer service portal... USE IT.
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Dwolla could be going away soon on: December 10, 2012, 04:02:37 PM
Dwolla may be going away soon or drastically increasing their fees. My guess is that their #1 source of business was Bitcoin, and the state venture capital funding is in default:

It looks like Iowan taxpayers are about to foot the bill for expenses that got wildly out-of-hand. Dwolla may share some of the responsibility for this.
11  Bitcoin / Project Development / BOUNTY: Spinoff address tabulator/identifier for Silk Road addresses on: September 18, 2012, 06:13:54 AM
UPDATE: The individual who PM'd me to do this privately was unable to do so within a week's time. I'm considering re-opening this at some point, and I will not be taking any more private requests.

Since we now know from the 1DkyBE post that the largest Bitcoin address is Silk Road's cold storage, I want to better follow and record the addresses coming out as withdrawls from the "spinoff mechanism" they are using for these processes to avoid dealing with potential criminals and drawing LEO ire. To get an idea of how they are doing this, please open a new tab with the following link:

Click the "1491KpNqoY1vGE2Rzdd76BCsuXK7QepNGU" address.
Click the "19N2NiMWcgF62mwmAzsdgEqKrVSafdyHo8" address. This is what I call a "fragment" address.
Now, from here, start clicking the largest address (the one on the top right) from each of these transactions, in order:

What I need is a program that will record the value, date/time, and address of the one listed immediately below it. I want it to continue to follow the most expensive addresses till there is more than one transaction output from it, and then stop recording the listed info. In this manner, I will be recording all outgoing addresses from Silk Road as well as the date/time of the transaction and the amount transferred.

Additionally, the program must be able to work "up" the chain via an argument passed to the program. Please open the following address in a new tab:

Now, from here, start clicking the larger source address (the one on the lower left) from each of these transactions, in order:

Again, the program will record the value, date/time, and address of the Bitcoin address listed immediately below the first address on the right-hand side. It will do this till it encounters a transaction where there is more than one input to the highest address.

Edits for clarification: Exported format should be CSV or Tab-Delimited TXT. Can be open sourced or not, but I will need to audit code. The bounty will remain while Bitcoin is under $15/coin.

If anyone else is interested in such a program, feel free to add to the bounty.
12  Other / Politics & Society / Ignoring the warning signs on: September 13, 2012, 01:22:27 AM
One of my pastimes is doing extensive amounts of research on a current event for no real purpose. Here's a video of the recently deceased ambassador to Libya and a specific question is asked near the end. I believe I've set up the link directly to it. They are asking him about the TNC and the rebel forces in Libya that would later become the government security forces:

The question and followup question are pretty pertinent given recent events. The ambassador didn't seem too convinced himself.
13  Other / Meta / Recommendation: Move "Custom Hardware" up a level and prefix "GPU" to "Hardware" on: August 30, 2012, 04:06:55 AM
There's enough posting in the Custom Hardware section now for it to be a full section, IMHO, while Hardware itself could be renamed "GPU Hardware". This is just for aesthetic purposes, and is merely a recommendation.
14  Economy / Service Discussion / Prediction: Silk Road will remove its hedging service on: August 23, 2012, 11:22:13 PM
This will happen sometime after pirate finishes paying back the loans.

Until this week I didn't know Silk Road even offered this service, then someone mentioned it and suddenly it all makes sense. I wanted to get this prediction out there before it went away. That is all.
15  Other / Off-topic / Kaspersky needs help decrypting an encryption mechanism in Gauss on: August 14, 2012, 05:30:44 PM

I don't know if anyone from Kaspersky reads the forums, but I might be willing to throw some GPUs at this issue. Anyone else?
16  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Does a client/server combo like this exist? on: July 06, 2012, 04:29:01 PM
I have numerous friends and family that are now getting into Bitcoin but they can't use the regular client. They've been using and various other wallets/clients, but the problem is they think I run them because I gave the the information on how to set up wallets via these other methods. When I explain to them that such a site could get hacked and they could lose all their Bitcoin, they want to know if there's a way I can provide them with a wallet or wallet service without them having to trust anyone but me.

So basically what I would like is to have something like Electrum where I run the server. Or where I host the site. All of these are proprietary, though. What am I supposed to be doing for these folks? They don't want to store the full client or deal with the overhead (one of them uses an Android device). I have the capability to admin/run my own server/services and secure it, but there doesn't seem to be a product like this out there that doesn't require programming my own services, right? I know there was some work on Stratum at one point, did that just go nowhere?
17  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / To whoever made this sub-forum... on: July 01, 2012, 06:32:48 AM
Thanks. It was getting hard to follow all the different topics, I appreciate having them in one place. Also, this helps clear up the FPGA/Custom hardware forum.
18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / What if you could get paid in Bitcoin? on: June 24, 2012, 07:05:51 PM
Let's say your employer tells you that for your next paycheck you'll have the option of being paid in Bitcoin, would you do it? If not, or if so with caveats, what would be the reason preventing you from making such a decision?

I'm thinking that if we had a reliable way to pay with a debit card, keeping in mind that the owner of the card would NOT be able to reverse any transactions whatsoever, then more of us might be okay with the idea of accepting our paychecks in Bitcoin. What do the rest of you think?
19  Economy / Speculation / When I get my Bitcoinica money back I'm.... on: May 25, 2012, 03:01:33 PM
Buying or Selling?

I just realized I can't post a poll in here for some reason...
20  Other / Meta / Forum rules on: May 18, 2012, 08:28:03 PM
Does anyone know where the forum rules are? I've done both searches for them and looked at the terms of service and cannot find them posted anywhere. I see the moderation policy, but nothing that says: "Do x and you are banned."
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