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1  Other / Serious discussion / Can I charge a solar panel under cafe lighting? on: September 24, 2020, 04:20:47 PM
The back up power bank for my mobile has just packed up, and I have bought a replacement on Amazon. It has 3 ways ro recharge itself. and one is a solar panel. It has just occurred to me that this could work under the light in a cafe. If this is possible, what would be the best lights to recharge it.
2  Other / Meta / Should we post for members or guests? on: September 22, 2020, 01:16:45 PM
It's starting to be a bit of a struggle for me to get much interest in my topics, now this could mean that I am out of touch with the members, or that I'm talking rubbish. On checking my server stats, I see that I am picking up a bit of traffic from the forum. So what do you guys think? Would it be sensible to expand on the topics that attract the lurkers, and maybe try to get them to join the forum?
3  Other / Politics & Society / The second hand clothes market is booming. on: September 22, 2020, 09:37:08 AM
Lock downs, job losses and rising prices seem to be fuelling a rise in the sale of second hand clothes.It seems that Ebay sales have ridrn by 30%, and this report explains why the rise will continue. - It is slightly out of date, but the fundamentals still seem to be true.

I believe that this is a new opportunity for some of us to build extra income, especially if we can link payments to Bitcoin or crypto. In view of this, I decided to build a sales site with the appearance of a forum to sell elegant clothes, and I hope to encourage membership of this forum to boost Bitcoin usage. The site is called Rag St, and this is the thread that promotes this forum - Bitcoin Talk - the original Bitcoin training and discussion forum. Let me know what you think I could add to that thread to boost the forum membership.

So what do you think about the trend to buy second hand clothes? Would you consider buying or selling clothes?
4  Other / Meta / Reduced forum activity on: September 19, 2020, 01:09:55 PM
I'm starting to notice that several forums, including Bitcoin Talk, are not as active as they were a while ago. Also many of the threads and posts seem to be of lower quality. I would have thought that the lock downs would have increased activity, but maybe people are playing games and watching Netflix instead. I'm increasing my domain development, so maybe it is just that I'm spending more time on the net, and getting impatient. Has anyone else noticed a slowdown?
5  Other / Politics & Society / Will banning popular platforms and games help Huawei and China? on: September 19, 2020, 12:09:21 PM
People are saying that Huawei is dead because you can't get popular apps and games for their mobiles. However, Trump seems to be keen on banning a load of these products, so you could end up with the situation that you need to buy Huawei if you want the banned ones. How much will this affect the US if the tech war continues, and even escalates?
6  Other / Off-topic / Pets used to guard property on: September 19, 2020, 08:11:05 AM
This is my latest research project, and I'm looking at some of the more common pets that are used to guard houses, and other property. So far I have found -

Guard dogs - these are the obvious pets, and have been used almost as long as man has been around.
Guard donkeys - these are great for guarding flocks of sheep
Guard cats - a bit of a stretch this one,but cats are territorial.
Guard llamas - great for protecting goat herds.
Guard geese - often used to look after chickens. They kick up a hell of a noise when disturbed, and keep the grass short.
Guard snake - I had to include this, as Harrods used a cobra to guard a 65,000 pair of shoes.

Please let me know if you can think of any other interesting ones, or feel free to comment on the ones I have mentioned.
7  Other / Serious discussion / I'm reviewing my domain name business to focus on Bitcoin on: September 18, 2020, 12:36:06 PM
Investing and dealing in domain names sits nicely alongside Bitcoin. I've decided it's rime I did something with the names I have, and maybe I should pick up a few more as the global markets change. Would any of you guys be interested in discussions about finding, monetising and selling domain names to accumulate Bitcoin?
8  Other / Politics & Society / Well I had to fill in a contact tracing form this morning. on: September 14, 2020, 07:50:26 AM
As I ordered my coffee in the cafe I was handed a form which I weas required to complete in order to be served. It seems ther is a requirement to fill in the form, but no requirement to use genuine details. I wonder how many fake details will be harvested by this useless waste of money. It would have been far simpler, and more accurate, if they had collected the credit card details at the time of payment. There are four entries -

- Today's date and time, but no mention of the length of stay.
- Full name of responsible person, but no details required for any other member of the party
- Contact telephone number, but no mention that it has to be your number.
- Total number of people in your group.

So what are they going to do with this load of useless rubbish. I don't know anybody who has been tested, or anybody who has been confirmed as having the virus. I believe that some reports indicate that as many as 80% of the UK population has some form of immunity to the Corona Virus family, but they don't seem to test for this, or to report any findings that don't support total annihilation unless we send loads of money to the Bill Gates eugenics programme.
9  Other / Politics & Society / People are so slow these days. on: September 13, 2020, 01:02:59 PM
I thought that we elderly members of the population were supposed to be slow and doddery, but it seems that most people now are slow and meandering as they move around. The fat ones seem to stop in the doorways as well, and that causes problems. With the Covid rubbish, people look at you as if you are a wild animal if you try to overtake them, and some even utter the chant of the sheeple "two metres, two metres".

Will people recover from their brain atrophy when the plandemic (sic) is seen for the scam that it is?
10  Other / Politics & Society / UK - From Monday it is mandatory to fill in contact tracing forms. on: September 11, 2020, 07:26:09 AM
This is just for restaurants and pubs at the moment.

What a stupid waste of money. The UK doesn't have a working contact tracing system, and it is being reported that 80% of tests are inaccurate, and any action will be too late anyway. The tests don't check for immunity, and most people should be immune by now, unless they have been self-isolating of course. There is a 1,000 fine for restaurants that serve people who haven't supplied a form, but they aren't required to check the details.

The forms are pretty useless anyway.  They ask for a name,and the date and time of entry, and also a telephone number and a count of the number of people in your party ( but they don't have to fill in forms). If they think that you have been near to a person with a positive test, then they will notify you, and you have to self-isolate for 14 days. It's madness, as you could have been sirring 50 yards away from the tested person, and there is no way they can check for proximity. I reckon it is just a way to collect phone numbers to spam with their fake virus warnings.

I wonder how many people will submit details such as Boris Johnson, 10 Downing Street, and will he have to self-isolate if the alert is triggered.
11  Other / Meta / Legendaries need love as well. on: September 04, 2020, 04:00:38 PM
What a struggle it has been to get my last 20 merits to get to my 2,000. Well, I guess I didn't really try too hard, as I wasn't posting in the merit earning threads. Merits are a recognition that a poster's opinions are of benefit to the forum, and I suspect that most members discredit the personal research that I have done into various health issues. But then, this is a Bitcoin and crypto forum, so I should really be contributing in those topics. I've just announced that I am going "Bitcoin only" in accepting payments for domain names in a domainers' forum, and I'll let you guys know how that goes.

Now the question is - can I behave myself, and stick to Crypto and economics. Maybe I will just slip in a few Knights Templar and the origins of Unicorns threads on the way.
12  Other / Meta / Is it time to have a Corona virus sub-board? on: September 02, 2020, 10:59:49 AM
The virus seems to dominate a number of boards here, and the discussions are getting repetitive, and even boring in some cases. We seem to have two camps - those who believe the globalist Pharma propaganda, and the open minded who have done some research and thought about the situation. It seems that neither camp will be able to convert the other, and in a few cases, members are having to resort to personal insults to replace their weak arguments.

I think it is debasing the forum, as it is affecting many other forums and news sites. Bitcoin, DeFi and global economics are far more important, and it would be handy if we could get away from discussions about a minor infection that is being used to distract the world from the really important issues.
13  Economy / Economics / Is it time to think of cash and bank deposits as different currencies? on: August 31, 2020, 08:01:35 AM
I know they are both based on fiat values, and governments are trying to reduce the use of cash, but many people seem to be withdrawing large amounts of cash at the moment. Obviously they are expecting difficulties with the use of banking accounts in the future. I suspect that they are expecting a financial reset, as governments try to replace the current virtual currency with a pseudo-crypto currency. Cash may become important in the transition period.

Bitcoin and alternative crypto currencies do provide alternatives,but they may continue to be slow in adoption. Cash has been trusted for many years despite the fact that it is a depreciating asset, and I believe that it will continue to be used after the change from the current banking system. Obviously banks will resist this, and any cash deposits will be withdrawn to reduce the supply. This could lead to an increase in the value of cash based on the current fiat currency, always providing that the public continues to use it of course.
14  Other / Off-topic / My URL forwarding service was hacked by spammers. on: August 22, 2020, 09:48:59 AM
As a result of this, it was subject to a DDoS attack, and we had to take down the domain. I had offered this service to Bitcoin Talk members, and I believe a few took up the offer. As a result of this attack, I am no longer prepared to offer this free service. I apologise for this, and please contact me if this causes any problems, please contact me, and I can probably set up a hard coded page so that links are not lost.
15  Other / Off-topic / Is Steemit srill active? on: August 21, 2020, 08:06:03 AM
I joined the project a couple of years ago, but I became disenchanted as it seemed to be a ponzi scheme. I'm reviewing my hosting and projects at the moment, and I revisited the site. It looks as if most of my earnings have disappeared, and I don't have much influence there. I looked at a couple of the current posts, and they seem to be in Korean.

What do you guys think - should I forget about it, and delete my associated hosting?
16  Other / Serious discussion / My notebook upgrades on: August 13, 2020, 11:42:45 AM
My notebook upgrades aren't going as well as I had planned.

I gave up on trying to install Android on the netbook, and decided I would go for Kali. I wasted a whole day on that. Kali doesn't recognise the WiFi adapter in it, and there is no CD reader or Ethernet socket. I have a good Alfa receiver, but I couldn't load the drivers for it until I was online. I tethered my mobile, and overshot my bandwidth allowance. It renewed the day after ( today ), and I bought an extra 10Gb for 15. About an hour later I realised that I could have used the WiFi link on the mobile ( it wasn't a good day ). They seem to have changed quite a lot in Kali, and it looks as if it doesn't support all of the chipsets in the HP Celeron netbook. The next plan is to go back to Ubuntu, and just use the netbook for basic offgrid internet work. I know that is not a problem.

I'm going to install a 2TB SSD in the i5 notebook, and I will try Kali in that with the Alfa receiver. The good news is that the receiver I bought is a genuine Taiwanese one, and not one of the dodgy Chinese copies that are being sols on the net. I want to use the notebook as my main computer, and I'm not sure that Kalu is the best choice for thar, but it will let me do a bit of pen testing, and I will have a longer range for my WiFi connection. If all goes well, I can double the RAM, and that should help with any content creation that I decide to do. I will also start to use the hardware wallet I won for collecting revenue for my woodland trust. I post a review when I get that working.

At the moment the wildlife camera project has had to go on hold, but I may try to find an app that provides remote control ofthe camera when Kali isstable.

Just to make things worse the cafe has sold out of poached eggs, tuna, avocado and battered fish. Sad
17  Other / Politics & Society / Mississippi rejects state flag featuring giant mosquito on: August 12, 2020, 08:35:08 AM
The blood sucking insect slipped through the design screening process and got onto the final selection list. Maybe they will replace it with an image of a politician. Smiley
18  Other / Politics & Society / Will CANZUK replace the EU? on: August 11, 2020, 11:39:36 AM
This is something I have been suggesting in this forum for over a year, and it is interesting that it is starting to appear in political comments.for example -

CANZUK will be an alliance between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. They are 4 members of the Five Eyes alliance, the fifth member being the US. The Five Eyes Alliance is the dominant military force in the world at the moment, and it is a tool of the Anglophone empire. I don't believe that the EU was ever intended to survive, and it was just a temporary instrument to destabilise European economies and social structures. It has served that purpose. The Anglophone empire aspirations go right back to the Knights Templar, and many wealthy dynasties support it, such as the Rothschilds, The British Crown, The Rockefellers, The Clintons, The Koch brothers, and many others.

It is inconceivable that the US will not be a significant associate of the CANZUK alliance if it is created.
19  Other / Politics & Society / Fauci says the vaccine will only be about 50% effective. on: August 09, 2020, 05:19:34 PM
Wow! What a bargain governments are getting for the billions they are spending on vaccine research. Given that a lot of reputable scientists believe that we already have over 60% of the population with immunity, that is a negative result. Will you be one of the people who lose immunity through the vaccine? They don't even talk about the side effects either.. Then there is the massive amount of collateral damage from the lockdowns, the maskerades (sic), the job losses, and all the other problems the bankers have created.

The only good news is that it may have exposed the whole vaccination eugenics programme, and maybe we can leave vaccines alone in the future. That way we can see a reduction in the autistic kids, the allergies, and  :(the cripples that vaccines create.
20  Other / Serious discussion / Wounded Airbus A380, saved by Pros! Qantas 32 explained. on: August 09, 2020, 01:09:02 PM

I watched this video, and I found it interesting. Not so much because it was a flight crew coping with multiple disasters, but because of it's approach to some of the problems we encounter in life. One important message that I got from it was this - When you have multiple failures, don't focus on what is broken, but check to see what is still working. Then use that to work out how you are going to get out of the problem.
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