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1  Other / Meta / How much BTC does the forum own, and who holds it? on: June 11, 2016, 04:16:53 AM
Just curious given it's probably worth a few million USD more than when the bulk of it was donated, and since the promised new forum software seems to have finally arrived. I seem to remember a thread which detailed who held the BTC (maybe there was multisig involved? or just theymos?), but I can't find it now.

I don't need a big discussion, just a link is sufficient.
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Foundation: Oppose trademark of "Bitcoin" on clothing on: November 25, 2013, 02:35:29 PM
Seems like this is the perfect opportunity for the Bitcoin Foundation to use its resources.

Someone is trying to trademark "Bitcoin" on clothing:
3  Other / Politics & Society / Definition of "aggression" on: November 21, 2013, 02:38:04 AM
Can someone give me a nice definition of "aggression" under the NAP?

It should be applicable to:

- Overuse of antibiotics
- Pollution
- Weaponized plant seeds (e.g. to harm farms)

- Assassination markets
- Injury markets (like the above)
- Theft markets  (like assassination markets, it's just bets)
- Other prediction markets about the economy, etc

- Obscene signs built on private land that can be seen for miles
- Obscene music
- Damagingly loud music
- Obscene actions (like the above, also sex, etc) on public land

- Purchase of large amounts of land as to make transportation very difficult
4  Other / Politics & Society / Competition in the Emergency Room Marketplace? on: November 02, 2013, 03:17:12 PM
Ambulances are required by law (and sometimes by sheer "don't let this guy die" practicality) to bring patients to the nearest emergency room. It seems to me that this is a case where there is no chance for competition at all: you don't get to choose your provider, then they bill you whatever they want. Complaints may be me with a snarky "would you rather be dead?" line.

There's a simple legislative solution that helps the customers: legislate caps on costs billed to patients.

Is there a free market solution?
5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Git commit ostensibly from Satoshi in recent transaction on: August 12, 2013, 11:58:59 PM

From a3a61fef43309b9fb23225df7910b03afc5465b9 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
    From: Satoshi Nakamoto <>
    Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 02:28:02 -0200
    Subject: [PATCH] Remove (SINGLE|DOUBLE)BYTE

    I removed this from Bitcoin in f1e1fb4bdef878c8fc1564fa418d44e7541a7e83
    in Sept 7 2010, almost three years ago. Be warned that I have not
    actually tested this patch.
     backends/bitcoind/ |    8 +-------
     1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 7 deletions(-)

    diff --git a/backends/bitcoind/ b/backends/bitcoind/
    index 6620583..89b9b1b 100644
    --- a/backends/bitcoind/
    +++ b/backends/bitcoind/
    @@ -280,10 +280,8 @@ opcodes = Enumeration("Opcodes", [
         "OP_WITHIN", "OP_RIPEMD160", "OP_SHA1", "OP_SHA256", "OP_HASH160",
    -    ("OP_SINGLEBYTE_END", 0xF0),
    -    ("OP_DOUBLEBYTE_BEGIN", 0xF000),
    -    ("OP_INVALIDOPCODE", 0xFFFF),
    +    ("OP_INVALIDOPCODE", 0xFF),

    @@ -293,10 +291,6 @@ def script_GetOp(bytes):
             vch = None
             opcode = ord(bytes)
             i += 1
    -        if opcode >= opcodes.OP_SINGLEBYTE_END and i < len(bytes):
    -            opcode <<= 8
    -            opcode |= ord(bytes)
    -            i += 1

             if opcode <= opcodes.OP_PUSHDATA4:
                 nSize = opcode
6  Other / Off-topic / gladoscc (TradeFortress) spit this out in the Just-Dice chat on: August 01, 2013, 04:55:09 AM
It seems like random, alphanumeric spam, but if anyone can make sense out of it...
7  Other / Off-topic / Ignore list swap on: July 28, 2013, 09:32:00 PM
Does anyone here have a nice ignore list I can borrow from?

Here's mine. I'd say maybe 1 in 10 are actually worth listening to some of the time. A few others no longer post (e.g. bitlane) so maybe you want to unignore them for historical purposes.

Liberty Payout
Cara Navarre
Chang Hum
SEC agent
Abu Omar
8  Economy / Service Discussion / Security [Solved] on: July 02, 2013, 03:25:30 PM
Passwords hashed with SHA256 before sent to the server - we never know your password
This concerns me slightly. The whole point of a hash is irreversibility once the server is compromised. However, this just uses the sha2 as the password. It's therefore a step forwards in some areas and a step backwards in others, unless the server takes the hash of the hash once received.
9  Other / Meta / Patrol? on: June 23, 2013, 06:20:48 AM
(Yes, I did search the forum before asking)

Under profile settings there's an option to show the "Patrol" link. It works.

But what is the Patrol?
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / A solution to the distributed storage problem on: June 15, 2013, 12:40:52 AM
Note: While academically interesting (I hope), this is not applicable to Bitcoin without a hard fork.

The current problem of transaction spam is thus: miners collect the fees, but every full node must pay the cost of increased storage. There is, however, an elegant solution to this problem, which disincentivizes large (as in bytes, not value) transactions.

Require that each transaction destroy a small fraction of the currency unit. As satoshi himself said, lost coins are like a "donation to everyone." If the currency used floating-point or some other, non-atomic method of measuring value, this could continue indefinitely. A transaction could be considered invalid unless it destroyed some amount of currency, either directly proportional to, or exponential to, the size of the transaction itself.

This system would obviously reward those with higher balances more than those with low balances; however, it might be better than the current system, in which miners are incentivized to mine most fee-carrying transactions, regardless of the cost to the thousands of full nodes.

Another problem would be the high rate of deflation: a system like this would probably be more prone to a "deflationary spiral" than Bitcoin currently is. Making it work would require striking a difficult balance.

11  Economy / Economics / Reciprocal price chart please. on: April 10, 2013, 01:01:06 AM
Can anyone make a graph of the USD price, measured in bitcoins? (Hint: it's just bitcoin price-1)

I want to see the USD bubble pop.
12  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Android client that supports Privkey QR-codes? on: March 13, 2013, 01:18:12 AM
I'm looking for one. Blockchain doesn't, AFAIK
13  Economy / Digital goods / [WTB] Humble Bundle *Android* 1, 2, 3 gift codes on: March 08, 2013, 07:05:49 PM
I'm looking for gift codes to the first 3 Humble Bundle for Android releases. Obviously you can no longer buy them from, but unredeemed gift codes do not expire.

Entertaining all offers.
14  Economy / Digital goods / [Filled][WTB] Humble Bundle Gift Code on: March 06, 2013, 10:58:26 PM
Simple. Purchase a gift code with credit card, Amazon, PayPal, or Google Wallet here:
Pay more than the average (currently $6.64).

Give me an offer.
15  Other / Meta / [Bookmarklet] Open all "new" links (watchlist, unread, new replies, etc) on: January 24, 2013, 01:03:32 AM
Meta seemed an appropriate place, as this is "discussion about the Bitcoin Forum," but I'm half-expecting this topic to be moved.

A bookmarklet is a small piece of javascript inside a bookmark. All modern browsers can use them.
I made one to open all "new" links on the watchlist page. Coupled with the right browser settings to make pop-ups appear in tabs, (or for Chrome, the One Window extension) it makes reading much easier.
var ls = new Array();
var ln = document.links.length;
var h; var n;
h = document.links[i].href;
if (ls.length > 6){
n = prompt("How many links?", 6);
n = ls.length;
Obviously I didn't spend any time optimizing, prettifying, or anything of that sort. It works.
16  Other / Politics & Society / Right to endanger? on: December 27, 2012, 04:45:13 AM
I see myrkul is against speeding tickets. Because, if nobody gets hurt, no harm done, right? I should have the right to go as fast as I want, so long as nobody gets hurt, right?

Do I have the right to load a single bullet into a revolver, spin the chamber, aim at your head, and pull the trigger?

If the gun doesn't go off, no harm done. But if it does, then it's too late. Punishing me now won't bring you back to life. Therefore, there should be some deterrent against performing the aforementioned Russian Roulette scenario. Perhaps it's even morally wrong to endanger someone's life?
17  Economy / Economics / The pirate-based shitstorm was and is a necessary regulator on: November 24, 2012, 01:32:35 AM
We all know what happened. The "credit crunch," the "collapse," the "SEC emails," the shitstorm. Pirate ran off with the money, and with him went the shaky foundations of the impromptu Bitcoin lending economy. Even the biggest names in trustworthiness have failed to be responsible with other peoples' money. Lots of money was lost, there's no one left to trust, and that's a good thing.

First off, I am sympathetic towards those who lost money. The fiat world is so heavily regulated that jumping off a cliff is nearly impossible, and those who manage to do so find their landing padded by more regulation, lawsuits, insurance, government guarantees, and ultimately, welfare safety-nets. Thus, the risks associated with transacting  bitcoin are almost surreal in magnitude. It's not only easy to steal, but transactions are irreversable, and loot is easy to launder.

There have been cries for regulation; AnCap opponents have pointed to every major theft over the past few years and said, "see? this is how regulation gets started." Yet the SEC has not returned a single satoshi to any one of Pirate's victims, and with Bitcoin, regulation backed by governmental force is fundamentally impossible.

We must turn to the ultimate regulator: the free market. Though destructive, the shitstorm was a natural tool which arose from truly free exchanges of value. And it's worked exactly as it is supposed to. Next time, the fools (myself included, though my gains currently outnumber my losses) will be a little smarter with their money, or they shall be parted from it again.
18  Economy / Goods / WTB humble bundle for android 4 gift code (1 BTC) on: November 09, 2012, 03:12:23 PM
Simple. You buy the gift code, paying enough to get the bonus games, and I send you 1 BTC.
19  Other / Politics & Society / So how about that debate? on: October 04, 2012, 10:16:32 PM
"You can't have a free market"
 -- Mitt Romney
20  Economy / Scam Accusations / Usagi: Simple contract violation on: October 02, 2012, 02:02:46 AM
It is with great sadness and regret that I must announce my plan to close down the fund (NYAN.B).

Your choice of an equal weighting of 3 to 5 securities from NYAN.B or NYAN.C.

To encourage everyone to get this done quickly, it's going to be first-come first-serve as to who gets to choose which assets. After all shares have been exchanged back into the fund and/or bought back, NYAN.B will be delisted. It sucks, but I'm going to do the right thing here. Again, if you *prefer* any of these assets, let me know.

Nyancat Financial Contract for NYAN.B (Balanced Risk Fund)
1. The Balanced Risk Fund ("NYAN.B") profits solely from investment in, and ownership of, bitcoin businesses which are not mining operations and not exposed to "pirate".
2. Investments are chosen entirely based on sector; we seek to invest in the bitcoin community at large; but again, no mining, and no pirate.
3. NYAN.B will pay as dividend from the pool of A, B and C the lesser of 0.02 bitcoins per fund unit and the amount remaining after NYAN.A pays dividends.
4. Holders of NYAN.B are guaranteed second claim (after holders of NYAN.A) to any holdings, bitcoins or other assets of NYAN.
5. Dividends are paid weekly, to be paid within 30 days of the end of any unpaid calendar week.

Nyancat Financial Contract for NYAN.C (High Risk Fund)
1. The High-Risk Fund ("NYAN.C") profits solely from investment in, and ownership of, high-yield securities.
2. Investments are chosen entirely based on their interest rate without regard to the risk profile.
3. NYAN.C will be paid whatever isn't paid to NYAN.A and NYAN.B.
4. Holders of NYAN.C are guaranteed no rights or claim to any assets of NYAN, NYAN.A, or NYAN.B.
5. Dividends are paid weekly, to be paid within 30 days of the end of any unpaid calendar week.
Usagi should not be shutting down NYAN in this order. It's simple contract violation.
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