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1  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-02-10] NewScientist.com - Bitcoin and beyond: What you need to know on: February 10, 2014, 09:38:41 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/special/bitcoin

They have done multiple articles as part of a special on bitcoin. Seems someone at NewScientist is very much into Bitcoin as they have published a lot lately on them.
2  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-02-07] - Aria.co.uk accepting bitcoin from 10th Feb on: February 07, 2014, 03:51:26 PM
http://www.ariapc.co.uk/superspecials/

Following quickly on the heels of Scan.co.uk another UK computer parts company will be accepting bitcoin from Monday 10th February. Also they have a sale on a bitcoin / altcoin mining frame for holding graphics cards Smiley
3  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-02-06] Scan.co.uk now accepting Bitcoin on: February 07, 2014, 08:46:30 AM
http://www.scan.co.uk/info/bitcoin

You can now buy PC hardware and other things in the UK with bitcoin!

I use this site for the vast majority of my hardware so this is fantastic news, kind of tempted to treat myself to a new graphics card Smiley
4  Bitcoin / Press / [2014-02-06] NewScientist - Bitcoin: The future of money is at stake on: February 06, 2014, 09:31:18 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129551.300-bitcoin-the-future-of-money-is-at-stake.html
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / 2013-12-09 LiteCoin is Causing Shortages of AMD Radeon GPUs on: December 11, 2013, 09:13:01 AM
http://www.brightsideofnews.com/news/2013/12/9/cryptocurrencies-are-causing-shortages-of-amd-radeon-gpus.aspx

Not sure this is likely the case, but interesting none the less.
6  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-11-19 - BBC.co.uk - 'Legitimate' Bitcoin's value soars after Senate hearing on: November 19, 2013, 11:00:48 AM
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24986264

Reasonable article but the info box on 'HOW BITCOINS WORK' is absolutely terrible I think!
7  Economy / Economics / The end is near! My mum is thinking of buying Bitcoins. on: November 19, 2013, 10:38:35 AM
The end is finally near guys, this morning I got a lift from my mum. She knows I've got some bitcoins and laughed at it as a silly investment. But this morning she was asking me more about it and said she is thinking of cashing in some investments that are doing nothing to buy some bitcoins.

She said she was reassured after reading about what occurred with the US senate yesterday and the amount of coverage in the news including the BBC.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24986264

Good times ahead I think Smiley
8  Bitcoin / Legal / Best way of putting Bitcoins in your will? on: November 11, 2013, 04:11:54 PM
I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts on the best way to put bitcoins in your will? I thought about a paper wallet but then I wouldn't want to hand this over to a solicitor because then they in theory would have access to my stash, assuming they had any clue what a bitcoin was and how to cash them out.

I am off to write up a will later this week and whilst my stash isn't worth a fortune its not an amount I should leave out of my will for my partner / family but I'm not sure what the best way is of including it in?

I assume some others must be in the same situation and may have already come up with a good solution already?
9  Economy / Economics / personal dilemma on: November 08, 2013, 11:08:40 AM
So a couple weeks ago I cashed out some of my stash to recoup my original outlay so that all my BTC is now pure profit. Sure I am a little grumpy that they have doubled since then but thats life and I accept it.

I am in need of a new car now as mine is on a quick decline to repair bill-hell, I could cash in my BTC now and buy something pretty reasonable, about 8,000. But I'm not sure this is wise as I think we still have a long way to go with the price.

So I am wondering, should I instead take out a regular loan for the car over a short term like 2 years so the payments are highish and if I don't have the spare cash just cash out a chunk of BTC that month to cover my shortfall? This would mean that if the price increases more then I will still benefit, if the price started to tank I could just cash out or scrape by and afford it with my salary.

Thoughts?
10  Economy / Digital goods / Steam - Space Hulk game - 0.15BTC on: August 14, 2013, 12:35:38 PM
I have a spare copy of the game Space Hulk that can be gifted on Steam.

For sale for 0.15BTC, PM me if interested.
11  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-07-10 NewScientist - Bitcoin sells out as big business moves in on: July 11, 2013, 07:47:05 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929256.100-bitcoin-sells-out-as-big-business-moves-in.html

IT IS a currency founded by revolutionaries that went on to become the world's dominant payment method. Well, if the US dollar can do it, why can't Bitcoin, the peer-to-peer digital currency? Once little more than the plaything of online libertarians and crypto-anarchists, many Bitcoin advocates are now seeking regulatory and financial legitimacy as an ecosystem of companies springs up to support the currency.

In March, the US government sought to actively regulate Bitcoin by requiring companies classified as "money transmitters" to register with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange, was founded in 2010 but only registered last month, following the seizure of its accounts in May by the Department of Homeland Security.

A new generation of Bitcoiners is taking a different approach. They descended on London last week for a conference to discuss the currency's evolution from internet curio to serious financial instrument. "You need to show the world you're not going to try to overtake the government, you're going to take this global financial system and make it better," BitInstant founder Charlie Shrem told the Bitcoin London conference. He registered his payment system firm with FinCEN in 2011, before it had even heard of Bitcoin.

Topics discussed included cheap and fast global money transfers and even a Bitcoin ATM, with little mention of the drug trade and other illicit sales hitherto associated with Bitcoin on sites like Silk Road. "Most businesses in the Bitcoin world want to comply," says Daniel Friedberg, an attorney with Seattle-based firm Graham & Dunn. Friedberg is helping companies get involved in the currency, though he thinks it won't lose its early reputation. "Bitcoin is never going to be PayPal, and that's going to bother some established industries and create some risks for governments," he says.

Meanwhile, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, who famously sued Mark Zuckerberg over the creation of Facebook, announced their plans for a $20-million fund selling shares to invest in the Bitcoin market. Buyer beware, though the pair's filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission warned that such an investment is not without the risk of Bitcoins being lost, stolen or completely collapsing.

Members of Bitcoin Talk, a forum for supporters, have broadly welcomed the move. "Thank you Winklevii, this is probably the biggest step to financial legitimacy in Bitcoin's brief lifetime," said one, though others are anxious about the increasing centralisation of the currency.

Don't pay too much attention to these complaints about how Bitcoin is changing, says Peter Vessenes, chair of the Bitcoin Foundation advocacy group and Bitcoin entrepreneur. "We took the coin price from 12 to 200, and they were wrong about whether you'd ever have to engage with regulators and lawmakers." Anarchist utopian types will always have a stake, he adds. "It's very important Bitcoin stays decentralised and distributed."

Perhaps we can learn from history. The first attempt at a US currency, the Continental dollar, failed after just a few years due to a collapse in value. It was only after the founding of regulatory body, the Bank of North America, that the US dollar became a success. Maybe Bitcoin will share this fate.
12  Economy / Lending / Selling BTCJam loan on: April 24, 2013, 08:12:12 PM
I have two investments in Ziggap that I am putting up for sale on BTCJam, in total there is currently 62.044184 BTC outstanding (43.079151 + 18.965033).

I have them listed on BTCJam to buy for 10BTC and 4.5BTC respectively.

If you are interested then check them out on BTCJam or if you have a reasonable offer PM me.

https://btcjam.com/notes
13  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-10 NewScientist: Bitcoin hits $200 but swapping for real money is risky on: April 10, 2013, 07:51:42 AM
http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2013/04/bitcoin.html

Can't say I really agree with it on a whole, as you have to be pretty foolish to leave large amounts of fiat or bitcoins on an exchange really.
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Truecrypt donations on: April 04, 2013, 02:33:15 PM
Has anyone contacted Truecrypt and asked them if they accept bitcoin donations? With them being solely based around encryption I would have thought they would jump all over bitcoin, but I see no mention of it on their website...
15  Economy / Currency exchange / [DONE] WTB bitcoins, via UK BT on: March 28, 2013, 08:05:02 AM
3000 of BTC wanted, PM me your best offers, only interested in people with a good reputation.
16  Economy / Service Discussion / MtGox BTC withdrawl problems? on: March 22, 2013, 01:46:38 PM
Is anyone else experiencing problems withdrawing BTC from MtGox?

Whenever I try and withdraw it just sits saying "Withdrawing..." but never does anything! Have tried Chrome and IE and neither work.

Tried to contact MtGox on their chat but its not connecting to anyone either...

Really annoyed as they are no longer able to withdraw to my UK bank account via their Polish account even though it worked a few weeks ago. They sat on a transaction for two weeks without telling me, so I eventually got my cash back and bought more coins and now I can't even move those!
17  Economy / Service Announcements / www.electronichealing.co.uk now accepts bitcoin on: February 06, 2013, 10:20:27 PM
See below:
http://www.electronichealing.co.uk/bitcoin.htm

Made a purchase with them tonight to support them, bought myself a self massager that I was thinking of getting from Amazon but paid for it with bitcoins on that site instead Smiley It's nice to actually be able to use my bitcoins for something useful!

This is what I bought, slightly more expensive than Amazon.co.uk but seen as my bitcoins are worth more than double what I bought them for a bargain I think Cheesy
http://www.electronichealing.co.uk/products/zenphysio.htm
18  Economy / Goods / $50 Amazon.com Gift Card for sale on: October 17, 2012, 06:58:43 PM
I have a $50 amazon.com gift card for sale as it is no use to me as I live in the UK.

Looking for 4BTC
19  Economy / Goods / Amazon UK for BTC - Free shipping on: September 19, 2012, 05:12:25 PM
Having spoke with AmazonStuff and confirmed that he is not wanting to expand his service to the UK, I thought I would offer a similar service to his for people in the UK.

I am offering to purchase items from Amazon.co.uk to be shipped to your destination address as a gift. Items should be in stock and sold by amazon.co.uk (not market place), in most cases this makes them elligble for Amazon Prime delivery thus I can currently offer free next delivery on these (until such point that this becomes too popular and potentially in breach of Amazons T&C's)

The process is:

1) Send me a PM with details of what you want ordering
2) I will check availabilities of items and give you a final price (based on Mt Gox weighted average + 5%), generally shipping will be free but otherwise this will be added and I will inform you
3) If you are happy with the price then you send payment to the provided address and the order will be placed
4) When item ships any tracking info will be sent on to you
5) Items will be sent as gifts so will not contain any information about me also your gift receipt can be used for any returns to Amazon for either exchange or refund for gift certificate as per their gift policy. This takes me out of the equation and thus you have no worries if I stop this service or am not contactable should you need to return an item.

I understand that there are a lot of scams recently and thus I am willing to provide details of who I am, where I live etc to a moderator or a highly regarded forum member such as Stephen Gornick in the event that I disappear, which obviously I do not plan to do but I want to provide this extra assurance to people as a courtesy.

My turnaround should be very quick on weekdays, especially during office hours, weekends will be a bit of a delay. Orders before 5pm should be delivered next day.

Any questions please ask, I would guess the first question is why? Simply, this provides a way to offer a service to people in the UK to purchase with BTC, whilst at the same time allowing me to accrue BTC without using exchanges, thus we're both happy.
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