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1  Other / Meta / New message indicator shows , but there is no new message on: June 28, 2017, 11:31:26 PM
I am getting a strange behavior. My account shows MY MESSAGES (1) but when I click on MY MESSAGES (1) there is no new message and the (1) is not cleared. This has never happed before. Any ideas? Thanks.

Edit: The MY MESSAGES is now cleared. So a phantom message that has now disappeared?
2  Bitcoin / Press / [2015-08-09] - Inside Bitcoins - Operating System Privacy Settings to Affect... on: August 09, 2015, 08:46:54 PM
Operating System Privacy Settings to Affect Bitcoin Usage?
3  Economy / Speculation / Some news on the US Marshals Auction on: June 28, 2014, 10:05:52 PM

The syndicate that Barry Silbert put together put bids for a total of 48,013 BTC. Hmm ...
4  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-06-23] LeapRate - Switzerland’s FINMA grants first Bitcoin Trader ... on: June 23, 2014, 08:12:32 PM
Switzerland’s FINMA grants first Bitcoin Trader license to SBEX, deems Bitcoin a means of payment

... One of the most advantageous and potentially market-changing factors relating to FINRA’s ruling is that Bitcoin has now become recognized as a means of payment in Switzerland. ...

I will let this article speak for itself.
5  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-05-12] - SCMP - Chinese bitcoin firms plan to go offshore to sidestep ... on: May 12, 2014, 09:32:53 PM
South China Morning Post - Chinese bitcoin firms plan to go offshore to sidestep crackdown

6  Economy / Service Discussion / Was not able to purchase my food with Bitcoin at Waves in Vancouver. on: May 02, 2014, 07:30:24 PM
To anyone who has been following the Bitcoin scene Waves Coffee House in Vancouver is well known as a centre for Bitcoin not only in BC and Canada but also around the world.

Let us keep in mind this was the first worldwide location for a Robocoin ATM and received worldwide media attention as the first Bitcoin ATM
It has been the location of many Bitcoin events.
It is also the location of Bitcoiniacs that has a major retail presence for the trading of Bitcoin.
etc. etc.

So I am visiting Vancouver for a few days and decide to check them out. I come up to the counter and order a coffee and a sandwich. When it comes time to pay I say that will be Bitcoin. I am then informed by the person at the counter that their Bitcoin system is down. Furthermore that it has been down for over a week and they have been trying to reach the company that is handling their Bitcoin payments / exchange, and that they have not got back to them. I asked who the company was and she did not know.

Given the prominence of this location it is important for whoever this company is to own up, fix this issue and apologize to the Bitcoin community. If they are not up to the task I am sure there are other competent companies who can provide Bitcoin merchant services with much better customer support.

The only positive aspect of this was that I was by myself, and avoided the embarrassment of this happening when I was introducing someone else to Bitcoin.

If you wish to have some of us early adopters spend rather than hoard our coins this kind of nonsense has to stop.
7  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-04-05] CoinDesk - Unofficial Apple iOS Store to Allow Bitcoin Wallet Apps on: April 05, 2014, 11:26:04 PM

This is really interesting because according to the developers:
1) This does not require a jailbreak
2) They have legal advice to the effect that Apple cannot censor their store. The latter needs to be seen as Apple is not likely to give up their lucrative business model based upon censorship and oppression easily.

Their site is definitely worth a visit.

If this works, and it is a big if, breaking the Apple censorship model could turn out to be a killer application for Bitcoin.
8  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-03-21] Gizmodo-What Bitcoin Would Have Been Like If It Existed in the 90s on: March 21, 2014, 08:43:32 PM
[2014-03-21] Gizmodo-What Bitcoin Would Have Been Like If It Existed in the 90s

The part about backing up your bitcoins on a floppy disk is actually still very relevant today. I actually use both 3.5in and 5.25in floppies as part of my bitcoin backup strategy. Floppies are in my opinion a much safer option than a certain Bitcoin exchange in Japan when it comes to safely storing Bitcoins. Wink
9  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-03-17] Ottawa Citizen Ottawa bitcoin exchange defrauded of $100,000 in ... on: March 18, 2014, 06:46:53 PM
Ottawa bitcoin exchange defrauded of $100,000 in cyber currency

One thing keep in mind here is that the data centre that was breached was owned by Rogers. Rogers is well known in Canada for providing totally abysmal customer service for well over a quarter of a century. To quote from the article
David Girard, senior security adviser for Trend Micro Canada, said while many of the attacks against other exchanges have been sophisticated, the way that Canadian Bitcoin’s walletwas accessed shouldn’t have happened.

“The guy at the data centre should have figured out that he was being phished,” said Girard, referring to a method of prodding personal information from a target. “He does everything that the person (online) is asking without authenticating the person by having him tell him his secret password, reveal his identity or call him back on a list of users authorized to be called back. You need to have some way of authenticating when you work in a data centre.”

This kind of customer service is typical for Rogers. For example Rogers decided to ground a cable modem by drilling into a live gas line and then refused to do anything about it when advised of the problem.

Edit: They also pick people basically at random and ruin their lives with bogus collection actions.
10  Bitcoin / Legal / Canada Revenue Agency and Bitcoin on: March 15, 2014, 08:55:01 PM

A recent document that obtained from the CRA regarding Bitcoin.
11  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-01-13] The Canberra Times - Young man's death highlights the tragic ... on: January 13, 2014, 02:41:23 AM
Young man's death highlights the tragic reality of online illegal drug stores

... Mrs Skelly has launched a petition on, calling on the government to outlaw encrypted bitcoin transactions. ...

Here is a link top the petition mentioned in the article.
12  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-13-28 The China Post - Taiwan competitors aim to capitalize on Bitcoin ... on: December 28, 2013, 10:10:18 PM
Taiwan competitors aim to capitalize on Bitcoin ban in China

I know this is the 21st Century, but this sounds straight out of the cold war. What is next a new Bitcoin exchange in Pakistan after the India ban?

Edit: China in the site name refers to Republic of China not Peoples Republic of China
13  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-10-08 Wired - The Ultimate Bitcoin Question: Can the Feds Spend $3.3M ... on: October 08, 2013, 05:51:28 PM
The Ultimate Bitcoin Question: Can the Feds Spend $3.3M in Seized Digital Currency?
14  Other / Meta / PM phishing attack on Bitcoin Forum - Potential theft of Bitcoin on Windows on: September 08, 2013, 11:56:51 PM
I wish to draw everyone attention to the following thread in Meta where the site is collecting users passwords in

Also a note from your friendly GNU / Linux user to those who use Microsoft Windows. If you run the .exe in the PM under Microsoft Windows your Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies could potentially be at risk from malware. Note: I have not tried the .exe on Windows so this is just a possibility. 
15  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-08-29 Market Watch - Do bitcoins belong in your retirement portfolio? on: August 29, 2013, 06:08:19 PM

I of course would argue they are a must.
16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Windows 8, DRM plus TPM 2.0 can pose a serious threat to Bitcoin. on: August 22, 2013, 03:49:45 AM
The following article shows the Big Brother potential of propriety software married with DRM and "Trusted" Computing. German Government Warns Key Entities Not To Use Windows 8 – Links The NSA. and also

To quote the first article:
Now there is a new set of specifications out, creatively dubbed TPM 2.0. While TPM allowed users to opt in and out, TPM 2.0 is activated by default when the computer boots up. The user cannot turn it off. Microsoft decides what software can run on the computer, and the user cannot influence it in any way. Windows governs TPM 2.0. And what Microsoft does remotely is not visible to the user. In short, users of Windows 8 with TPM 2.0 surrender control over their machines the moment they turn it on for the first time.

It would be easy for Microsoft or chip manufacturers to pass the backdoor keys to the NSA and allow it to control those computers. NO, Microsoft would never do that, we protest. Alas, Microsoft, as we have learned from the constant flow of revelations, informs the US government of security holes in its products well before it issues fixes so that government agencies take advantage of the holes and get what they’re looking for.

Read more:

This kind of centralized control by Microsoft and by extension certain governments can pose a very serious threat to the security and integrity of the Bitcoin network. Any thoughts on defensive strategies to counteract this threat?
17  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-08-21 The Hill - Bitcoin: Understated benefits and overstated risks on: August 21, 2013, 06:07:53 PM
A very good article stating many key advantages of Bitcoin
18  Economy / Speculation / Is the MTGox - Coinlab deal in trouble? Yes. It is in litigation! on: March 18, 2013, 05:12:26 AM
Since many feel that this deal can have an impact on the BTC / USD exchange rate I am posting a link to my post here in speculation.

Any thoughts on the impact on the price if this deal were to get delayed or to collapse?  

Edit: It is not just in trouble. It is in litigation!
19  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-03-02 Bitcoin Exchange Deal Repatriates Assets To U.S. on: March 03, 2013, 04:13:15 PM

The latest article from Jon Matonis which in this case contains a serious error.

... Mt. Gox’s non-U.S. customers are not affected by the change and they continue with procedures as before the announcement.
 This is blatantly wrong since the deal involves MtGox Customers in both Canada and the United States and last I heard Canada is not the 51st state. Also the title of the artilce is missleading since since there is no repratiation of assets when assets owned by a Canadian are moved from Japan to the United States.
20  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-02-26 Bitcoin to Precious Metals Platform Has Launched ... on: March 01, 2013, 05:05:26 AM
Bitcoin to Precious Metals Platform Has Launched: Reputable Precious Metals Dealers are Beginning to Accept Bitcoin for Bullion - See more at:

Another Precious Metals Dealers accepts Bitcoin. When people ask: What can I buy with Bitcoin? A simple answer is: Gold.
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