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61  Economy / Goods / on: July 17, 2012, 11:22:01 PM
I just discovered that accepts bitcoin.  I don't know how long this has been going on, but that is pretty cool.
62  Other / Politics & Society / All about bitcoin except in name on: July 16, 2012, 09:34:46 PM

Really about the 'System D' economy, of which Bitcoin is a small part.
63  Other / Politics & Society / Electable... on: July 01, 2012, 07:37:11 AM
64  Other / Off-topic / Beware of a phishing email pretending to be MtGox on: June 26, 2012, 10:15:31 PM
I got a very professionally looking phishing email today, claiming that my account had been locked due to excessive login attempts.  I only grew suspicious when it conviently provided a click-through link to 'verify' my account.

Your Mt.Gox account access as been limited due to serveral login attempts on your
account, It's important that you verify your account. Mt.Gox is constantly working
to increase security for all users, you are a valued Mt.Gox customer and we do all
we can to protect your account at all times, during this verification process you
will not have full access to your Mt.Gox account. Restricted accounts continue to
receive payments, but they are limited in their ability to send or withdraw funds.

For your security we require further verification to allow us to fully restore your
account in a timely and secure manner.

Please visit the link to verify and restore access now.

Verify & Restore Account

Thank you for helping us protect your account.

We will remove the res!
 trictions on your Mt.Gox account once you have confirmed your online account.

Security Advisory
Best regards,
The Mt.Gox Team

65  Other / Off-topic / Any hobby candliers? on: June 18, 2012, 05:36:21 AM
I've been having a thought that's been nagging at me for a couple of days.  I'm bit of an obsessive compulsive learner, which was much harder before the rise of the Internet (and both Google & Wikipedia are my two best friends).  I'm also a bit of a 'prepper' in the sense that I am the kind of person who deliberately stocks up for a winter storm before the leaves on the trees turn to fall colors.  For some reason that I can't really recall, my brain got locked onto the subject of off-grid/power outage lighting.  As in candles, lanterns, etc.  When I get this, I keep revisiting the subject over several days, and this is what has been happening to me.

Over the past several days, thus, I have learned much about how modern lanterns work ( as well as historicly how we got there ( and the scientific process that such lighting depends upon (  (Just to give you an idea how my mind wanders across these broad subjects)  I also learned that candles, although they are the most basic of lighting technologies, are terribly inefficient as a light emitter ( (although pretty good little heaters at roughly 80 watts heat output per flame) despite still being in wide use on a regular basis across the "third world" along with lanterns, etc.  In such places, lanterns are favored for their superior white light compared to the yellowish light of a standard candle; not to mention the flicker of a candle.  Yet like many other simple & cheap technologies, candles persist even in first world countries because it's sledgehammer simple and will always work when we need it to.  Said another way, when the power fails and the batteries in the emergency flashlight haven't been changed in four years, a simple candle and a match will not fail you whether or not that candle was bought for just such an emergency or because it looks pretty on the mantle and smells nice.

And all this brings me to what has been bugging me.  There are many 'rare earth' minerals that have a high candoluminescence that we in our modern world are aware of, meaning that they glow whiter, brighter, with less emissions in the infrared spectrum (meaning less energy lost as heat) and at much lower temps than were ever known in the days that gas lamps dominated London, New York or Paris.  The best modern choice being thorium oxide, which is used in almost every modern lantern mantle mass produced in the world, including every Colman propane camping lantern ever produced.  So why don't modern candle wicks have a thorium-oxide coated thread of metal in them?  I understand why the candles intended for looks or nice smells or comforting background noise (such as Woodwicks) don't include such a simple improvement in luminous efficacy (and potentially light quality, since it would likely be a whiter light) but why not include them in candles made for the purpose of producing lighting, such as those deliberately marketed as emergency candles or those sold in regions of the world where candles are still regarded as a regular light source (as opposed to a medium for perfumes to be atomized and sent airborne in a controlled manner)?

If there are any hobbist candle makers around here, let it be known that I would certainly be willing to buy a custom made emergency candle that included the above simple feature, although I have no idea how one might go about getting thorium-oxide in any useful form.
66  Other / Politics & Society / Tomorrow I head to the Lions' Den.... on: June 09, 2012, 01:15:25 AM
I will get up at O'dark thirty to drive to the Kentucky convention for the Republican Party in my final attempt to become a delegate to Tampa.

The odds are long, and Robert's Rule suck.  Pray for me to whatever God or gods you prefer.  I'm sure it can't hurt in any case.
67  Other / Off-topic / An interesting proposal, for the death of fiat currencies... on: June 05, 2012, 08:57:57 PM

Not at all related to bitcoin, but interesting nontheless.
68  Economy / Currency exchange / Louisville, Ky on: June 01, 2012, 10:12:26 PM
Looking to buy more bitcoin from anyone near Louisville, Kentucky via an in person cash transaction.  Post or PM if interested.
69  Other / Off-topic / I wonder if this could work.... on: May 18, 2012, 05:19:28 AM
A bitcoin/cash 'capsule' hotel on one floor in this building....

...directly connected to this skyway network...

...with a price point around $12/person/night.  (If a capsule hotel goes for ~$30 per night in Japan, it damn well ought to be less in a US city with one of the lowest costs of living in America)  A relatively small 'capsule' hotel compared to those that do well in Japan, but would be ideal for backpacking travelers, locals who get hammered while downtown and convention attendees; in addition to 'couch surfers' in between couches.  Minimalistic accomodations; a comfortable place to take a sh*t, safe place to get a warm shower, and a relatively secure place to sleep without getting your gear stolen or the cops kicking you in the dark.

Seems to fit well into this article's viewpoint about future investment strategies....

This kind of thing should work even better in larger cities such as Chicago.  I wonder why it's never been tried in the US.

Anyone know how much commericially manufactured 'capsule' bunks cost?
70  Other / Politics & Society / Hmm, thoughts? on: May 02, 2012, 04:20:33 AM
71  Economy / Economics / The myth of the panic depressions before the Federal Reserve... on: May 01, 2012, 09:30:13 PM
... is only outmatched by the myth that a fiat currency cannot return to a gold standard without economic upheaval.

72  Other / Off-topic / Rooted cell phone this weekend.... on: May 01, 2012, 08:56:06 PM
I've got a Samsung Intercept I've had for a number of years, and I've long been annoyed with the poor battery life of the device, which is made worse by the bloatware that Virgin Mobile insists that I keep one the phone, that I never use.  Worse still by the fact that no oversized lithium-ion batteries are available for this device, because it's a slider and aftermarket batteries often need  to attack to the back of the device in such a way to make sliding impossible.  Well, it's long since off warranty, if it ever had one, and so this weeked I resolved for finally root this device and install a different rom without all that bloatware.  I did some research and found a rom call 'IcyPop' for the Intercept that runs Android 4.x.  I must say that I'm impressed at this guy's talent, and the addition of a cpu control that backs the cpu speed down to 66mhz while locked is quite the battery saver.  I think that my standby battery life more than tripled, even though my battery dies pretty fast if I'm using it. 

Which brings me to my question.  My device is capable at running at 66mhz, 266mhz, 400mhz and 800mhz.  Nothing else in between.  Does anyone know what the minimum speed that I could set the 'waking' cpu speed to that can support a proper phone call?

And if there is anyone else out there with a Samsung Intercept or Moment, consider doing this.  IcyPop isn't just fast and easy on the battery, it's beautiful.
73  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / The bitcoin band on: April 06, 2012, 08:12:19 PM
Much has been discussed, including by myself, on the value of bitcoin devices that don't require constant Internet access in order to transact.  Part of this would likely include some kind of ad-hoc p2p wireless networking ability between devices, as well as the ability to monitor a set band for bitcoin related data.  I had an idea.

Wifi uses the 2.5 & 5 gigahertz ISM bands, not because they are ideal, but because they are unlicensed AND they are wide enough bands to support the channel width required for high speed data transactions.  None of the ISM bands of a lower frequency (in this case, better transmission & propogation characteristics), however there is nothing that I know of that prevents a narrowband digital part 15 device (unlicensed intentional transmission) from working in the lower frequency ISM bands.  I've personally mentioned using Dash7 sensor tech (433 Mhz ISM band) for this purpose, and this might yet happen anyway, but Dash7 radios are still vapor-gear.  However, basic radio modems on chips are not.  Their bandwidth is narrow & data throughput is slow, but they can also operate on better bands & individual transactions are neither large nor subject to problems if distorted. (due to internal checksumming)  So error correction is unnecessary.  If we were to establish a 'standard' frequency and mode for the literal broadcasting of transactions from disconnected devices, then such devices could be sold that can monitor that frequency and either store transactions that it sees to be released to the Internet latter, or simply as base stations (inside brick & mortar vendors?) which forward the transactions immediately.  The transmitting device doesn't necessarily even need to know if other devices heard it; it could simply transmit in a standard pattern.  I.E., a buyer's device could transmit immediately, repeat again 5 minutes later, and again an hour later, then perhaps once each day until it sees it's own transaction in a block (or a supporting server tells it to stop).  This would both protect against a device not being heard due to no other devices being within range of the buyer's device, as well as protect against a broadcast 'collsion'.  The seller's device could ack the transaction, permitting the buyer's device to quit, but this shouldn't be required should the seller's device not support monitoring the bitcoin channel itself, such as a standard computer client or an android client.  Of course, it's in the interest of both seller & buyer that another bitcoin device that can act as a gateway to the internet does exist.

To be clear, this frequency would be for the movement & broadcasting of transactions only.  These disconnected devices would have to get blocks by some other method, but an occasional wifi connection to promote updating the local blockchain would work fine, permitting stand alone devices to exist that could literally act as bitcoin wallets in meatspace.

As for the choices of ISM bands... (

The ISM band near 27 Mhz is very close to the Citizens' Band (USA) and the 11 meter ham band, so the propgation characteristics should be fair and the ISM is tiny, so it's rarely used by any other widespread tech that I know of.  So it shouldn't have to deal with much interference.  As the entire band is only 320 KHertz wide, even Dash7 wouldn't fit well using it's narrowest mode.  I'd say that a modern 'sound card' mode such as PSK31/63/125/250/500 would be ideal, but this requires both a sound processing chip (no longer a high requirement) and a tiny, single frequency (crystal controlled?) SSB transceiver (not so easy) to be within the portable device.

I don't like 40 Mhz, because the ISM band there is only 40 Khz wide, so PSK31 would be the only available mode narrow enough to fit without interfering into nearby licensed bands, which might bring the hammer down via the FCC; if only as an excuse. I don't consider PSK31 to be a fast enough mode to reliablely move a transaction, because it would take far too long to complete. (EDIT, I don't know what I was thinking here, except perhaps I was temporarily conflating Khertz with hertz; for PSK31 is only a 31 Hertz wide mode, not 31 Khertz.  A number of PSK500 channels could coexist on this band just fine.)

I don't like the 433 Mhz band, because it's already in use by many other consumer devices (garage door openers, being one) and the future might have that band packed with Dash7 devices.

I don't like bands of lower frequency than 27mhz, because even the 27 mhz band is going to require some fairly inefficient antennas to fit into handheld consumer devices, and anything of a lower freq is going to be worse.
74  Other / Off-topic / Hunger Games Movie on: March 23, 2012, 06:57:08 AM
Just got back from the midnight showing of Hunger Games.  Good movie, but falls way short of the book.
75  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Faircash versus Bitcoin on: February 29, 2012, 01:07:49 AM
Does anyone here have an intimate knowledge of Faircash?  ( From what I can tell, it's a central bank for a cryptographic token based digital currency.
76  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Bitcoin relay on a piratebox.... on: February 28, 2012, 06:58:44 PM
I've built a working piratebox from a TP-Link MR-3020 ( and now I want to put a small bitcoin 'relay' on the device.  The goal is to have a simple process running on the piratebox that will present itself to connected peers as a bitcoin peer, allow bitcoin clients (on android devices, for example) to connect as normal, and relay transactions, blocks and other messages from one connected peer to all others present, but not to perform checks on the transactions or blocks or to keep a local blockchain.  The idea is to allow two (or more) bitcoin clients to transact in meatspace (within radio range of the piratebox) without either device needing live access to the Internet to do so.  Imagine, as an example, a phone-to-phone bitcoin transaction during a power and/or widespread Internet outage; or alternately, a transaction between two people out camping beyond their service plan's coverage map.  Why two people would want to deal in bitcoin beyond the reach (or observation) of elements of the Internet are beyond the scope of this request.
77  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Bitcoin.conf on Imac on: January 21, 2012, 05:11:32 AM
I've recently bought an Imac, so that my children will have less trouble with their schoolwork.  Although it's a great platform for actually doing things that I want to do, it's not anything like BlackboxWM on GNU/Linux.  So I can't seem to find where I need to place the bitcoin.conf file for the newer Bitcoin-Qt client.  Also, I'd like very much to be able to proxy all the connections to Tor, and directly to .onion addresses if this is possible.  In other words, I'd like to set my local bitcoin instance as a hidden service and connect it directly to other such hidden services.  If anyone knows how to do either of these things, please let me know.  If you have already succeeded in starting your bitcoin client as a hidden service, and wouldn't mind another connection, please PM me.
78  Other / Politics & Society / Anon is hammering the Justice Department on: January 20, 2012, 12:51:38 AM
Apparently, the US Justice Department has arrested four founders of a website popular with Anonymous, and charged them with conspiricy to commit copyright infringment.  Anonymous has responded with the largest DOS attack in years, if not ever. 

Never disturb a sleeping dragon.
79  Other / Off-topic / What did the vegan zombie have for lunch? on: January 13, 2012, 04:05:08 AM


I need some sleep.
80  Other / Politics & Society / Should a Jewish resturant owner be forced to serve a skinhead? on: January 09, 2012, 03:05:44 PM
As a spinoff of the "A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for love" thread, I'm asking this question...

Should a Jewish owner of an eatery in NYC be forced by governments to serve a hungry neo-nazi skinhead, if he has the money?

How say you FlipPro?
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