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1  Economy / Gambling discussion / Gambling cashback services? on: January 13, 2020, 05:21:18 AM
Since almost every gambling site offers affiliate programs, and it's not allowed to refer yourself, are there any services that offer cashback by returning you part of their earning from referring you?
If you know about such site, have you tried using them? What are the terms?

I'm thinking about developing such service, so any suggestions are welcome.
2  Other / Beginners & Help / FUDsters become active when the price goes down - learn to spot them on: November 28, 2019, 02:11:36 PM
There's a very clear correlation between the bearishness of the Bitcoin market and the amount of FUD we have to deal with in this community. As a newbie, it's important to understand that this FUD is just a trolling or manipulation, it's there to throw you off balance and none of those posters are arguing in good faith. Their goal is to make you panic sell or at least just feel worried about your coins.

So, let's learn how to spot the FUD on this forum.

1. Account age

Most FUD accounts are newbies that are only a few weeks old at best. This is because they are just sockpuppets for experienced fudsters. This doesn't mean that you should ignore every newbie, but when you read a negative post that was made by a newbie, you should become very suspicious.


2. Negative reputation

Boards like Bitcoin Discussion don't display reputation, but this doesn't mean that you shouldn't care about it - if you are starting to read a negative post, check the posters reputation first - if they have been active for a longer period of time, chances are someone tagged them for spreading FUD.


3. Indirect FUD

Sometimes FUD isn't as simple as saying "Bitcoin is doomed", and instead the poster tries to make us doubt Bitcoin on our own by portraying it in some bad light. Perhaps not all such posts are FUD, but when other red flags are present, there's a good chance that it is.


4. Technical analysis FUD

Sometimes you can see people predicting extremely low prices and trying to justify them with technical analysis - the rule of thumb here is if the claim sounds outlandish (i.e. $1000 or even lower), then it's most likely just a FUD. It's okay to make bearish predictions, but when someone says that Bitcoin will fall hard and fast, they probably just want to spread FUD.


5. Writing style

Most fudsters aren't very creative, and by carefully reading their posts it's very clear that they just try to manipulate the readers by using emotionally charged language, strawman arguments and other logical fallacies, claiming that their opinions are "facts' or "truth" and so on.

3  Economy / Speculation / Let this rise be a lesson - Bitcoin isn't strongly tied to anything on: October 25, 2019, 06:19:31 PM
As you know, every time there's a major price movements, the next day people, especially crypto journalists, start coming up with their own explanations why it happened - they try to tie it to some political or economical events in the world, statements by important individuals or organizations, correlation with some other markets, something related to mining and so on and so on.

Well, today Bitcoin went up by 14% ($1,000) without absolutely no reason - nothing important happened today that could have shaken the price so much. Let this be a lesson to people who look for patterns - Bitcoin is random and unpredictable in short terms, just accept it.
4  Economy / Economics / Bitcoin freelancing is dead? on: October 22, 2019, 09:16:02 PM
I'm a person who would like to do some work for Bitcoin, so I monitor freelancing sites occasionally, and at this time I feel like the freelance market in Bitcoin is nearly dead. The Services board is 99% listings of services rather than people who are looking to buy some; XBTfreelancer is empty or has 1-2 projects most of the time; cryptogrind has mostly just ridiculously underpaid projects or again service announcements (shouldn't they be banned there?), and there's also not much available projects overall; workingforbitcoins has very little traffic, just a few projects per month.

It was theorized that Bitcoin will help alleviate poverty by allowing people to work online without any restrictions, but on practice this just isn't happening. In your opinion, what is the reason for this?
5  Bitcoin / Project Development / Looking for web app ideas (free and open source) on: October 20, 2019, 10:18:14 AM
I want to play with some Javascript frameworks, and I want to create some practical application rather than yet another todo app. So, I'm looking for suggestions for a client-side web apps that follow these requirements:

1. No backend - I won't be able to dedicate any servers to this project, the app should be complently client side. Any needed data should be fetched from third-party API's.
2. Unique - I don't want to make another paper wallet generator or a portfolio app.
3. Not too heavy on data manipulation - I want to practice making UI's, not writing algorithm's from scratch. Any heavy lifting should be handled by a library.

The project will be free and open source and hosted on github pages, so don't worry about me trying to make profit off your idea. For reference, here's my last project -
6  Other / Beginners & Help / Don't get tricked by hidden spam on this forum on: October 07, 2019, 06:07:12 PM
We all know to not click on any suspicious links, and on this forum spam usually gets deleted pretty quickly. However, there's a special kind of spam links that often stays for longer periods of time.
It usually looks like the following:

Has anyone tried this service?
*link to the service or just name of the service*

By making it look like the original poster isn't promoting the service but merely asking people's opinions about it, such thread generates much more clicks and genuine replies than the usual spam link that gets deleted after a few minutes. The sites that are spammed in this way are usually the same scams, ponzi's, phishing and malware sites.

Here's some tips for distinguishing genuine questions from hidden spam:
1. OP is a brand new account.
    If OP is a fresh account, they probably were registered with sole purpose of starting this thread.

2. The thread is created in incorrect section.
    If you see such threads in board other than Service Discussions, it should raise a huge red flag.

3. The OP is very short.
    Legitimate topics about services usually start with some small personal review or short description of a service. Spam threads usually start with just a single question like "Have you heard about X?".

What to do if you encountered such thread

1. Do not click on any links or visit the site that is mentioned by googling it.
2. Do not reply to the topic, unless to warn other users about suspicious activity.
3. Report the thread to moderators.
7  Other / Meta / Can we have one small change on Recent Merits page? on: October 02, 2019, 11:31:27 PM
I would like to scrape;stats=recent to make real-time merit api and notifications, but this page lacks one crucial piece of data - the name and link to the profile of a user who received merit. Right now the only way to get this is to follow the link to the post that was merited and do additional scraping, but it just creates unnecessary load and is messy to implement.
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Ukraine wants to legalize crypto (again) on: September 28, 2019, 03:03:31 AM
This isn't on any crypto news sites yet, so I'll post the link to google translate of the original source -

In the past there was multiple laws submitted by MP's that aimed at legalization of cryptocurrency, but it seems like this issues wasn't important enough to even vote for it. But after the recent elections the parliament and government fully changed, and now Minister of Digital Transformation says he wants to legalize crypto, so that law enforcement would stop extorting miners and crypto traders/miners would start paying taxes. He also says that he wants to put government records on blockchain.

The new government has already started doing some reforms as soon as they got the power, so maybe there's a chance that they will indeed legalize crypto. But I don't think that this chance is too big - maybe they will be busy with other things again, and MP's simply won't have time to review and vote such a niche law.
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / What did you know about Bitcoin before becoming a bitcoiner? on: September 08, 2019, 11:57:36 PM
This is a question to people who at some point discovered Bitcoin, but only became Bitcoin enthusiasts later - what was your experience?

I'll start with my story - I have first learned about Bitcoin in 2012 when I was looking for payment options for one online deal. In the end I used some other payment options, and Bitcoin didn't catch my interest, although I did claim a 0.005 BTC faucet once.

Then in 2014 I have learned about Dogecoin, and I still have vague understanding of cryptocurrency, I traded my BTC for DOGE and even tried to mine DOGE on my GPU. Then I quickly forgot about crypto again.

After that Bitcoin caught my attention in 2016 and I finally became a bitcoiner.

Looking back at all this, I wonder why it took me so long to became more involved in Bitcoin. What if millions of other people know about Bitcoin, but don't consider it as payment option or investment or store of value - how can we catch their attention?
10  Other / Meta / JSON API for merit data on: September 02, 2019, 04:27:21 PM

I have created a public API for merit data, based on LoyceV's log of merit transactions, which is based on theymos's merit dumps. The data is updated once per week.

I didn't tune the rate limits yet, cause I don't know what kind of load can I expect, so refer to the headers if needed.
11  Other / Meta / Bitcointalk Notifier |merit and quotes| push notifications on: August 23, 2019, 06:50:53 PM

How it works
My site scrapes every 30 seconds, gets all top-level quotes from posts and sends webpush notifications to everyone who subscribed to those usernames.
It also scrapes the recent merit page and sends notification when a subscribed user receives merit.

Simply visit the site, give it permission to send push notifications (it will ask right away), and submit up to 3 bitcointalk usernames that you want to track. You can click "test notification" to receive a test notification (duh), to check that your browser is ready to receive them. When you click on notification, it will open the thread and post that quoted your username.

Since I scrape new posts, I can't notify you if someone adds the quote in their edit.

Webpush technology doesn't work well in privacy-oriented browsers - they don't persist service workers, or might just refuse to register them (chrome's incognito mode, for example).

To receive notifications in real time, the browser that was used to subscribe must be running. The site does not have to be open. If the browser wasn't running at the time a notification was sent, it will be delivered when the browser opens.

I'm matching /Quote from: (.*) on/ so any custom quotes will not be detected.

Firefox ignores "requireinteraction" option of service workers, so they disappear after a short period of time. This can be a problem if you are worried about missing notifications while you are AFK. See solution here.

Supported browsers:
12  Economy / Reputation / Yabtcl - hacked account on: August 21, 2019, 08:56:31 PM
This is something that I've known for a long time, and probably should have reported earlier, yabtcl account on this forum was hacked.

This was confirmed in my personal conversation with via email. You can also see that the account wasn't active since 2016, and it woke up once in 2018 when they stacked their address (obviously not the original owner).

The real owner said that they tried to contact the forum support in the past, and I suggested them to try it again when we had our conversation, but I don't know if they did.
13  Other / Meta / Are automated accounts allowed? on: August 18, 2019, 04:54:46 PM
I want to make a bot that notifies people when their posts are quoted. To do this I want to utilize the forum search function, and to do that I need to use an account. Are these types of accounts allowed, or will they get banned? And if they are allowed, are there any rate limits for searches? Thanks.
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / List of physical attacks against Bitcoin owners on: August 08, 2019, 06:51:19 PM
Jameson Lopp just published his gathered list of physical attacks against Bitcoin owners:

He wants to show us how important is privacy to Bitcoin, anyone who loudly talks about coins that they own on social media are making themselves a target. Lopp himself became a victim of such attack and since then he took a lot of measures to become untraceable.
15  Bitcoin / Project Development / Is there a need for tools for sig campaign management? on: July 29, 2019, 01:22:54 AM
I think a lot of tasks in signature campaign management can be automated, it's pretty easy to write a program that counts posts in given timeframe, checks in which boards they were made, checks that length was sufficient and so on. Of course it can't measure quality, so managers would still need to look at posts themselves, but it eliminates the need for counting, which is long and error-prone.

I know there are many services for bounty campaigns, and there was some service for automated sig campaign management in the past, but still I would want to know if there's a need for such tools today, because I could develop one if someone asked for it.
16  Bitcoin / Electrum / How to verify Electrum that comes preinstalled on Tails? on: July 26, 2019, 02:00:43 AM
I usually install and verify Electrum manually, but the last time I've used Electrum that comes with Tails (the OS itself was verified though), and I just realized that I didn't verify it, and simply trusted that it's the genuine version. How can I check that it was signed by Electrum devs? I'm not very experienced with Linux, so please, be detailed when you describe the steps.
17  Other / Beginners & Help / Warning to users from Kazakhstan - MITM attack on HTTPS traffic on: July 21, 2019, 12:35:21 AM

The government passed some law that requires everyone to use their certificate authority for HTTPS. The government uses that CA for man-in-the-middle attack against everyone who installed it, meaning they can read and alter the traffic. If you are from Kazakhstan, installed the CA and use any Bitcoin sites, you are at the risk of losing funds.
18  Other / Beginners & Help / Patience and carefulness are the biggest virtues in crypto on: July 05, 2019, 11:21:29 AM
Many people don't fully understand that cryptocurrencies are not only a source of big profits and a cool new tech, but also a huge responsibility for users. In crypto you are on your own most of the time - there's no one to appeal to in case something goes wrong, there are no warranties, and effectively no chances of recovering lost funds.

I believe that those facts make patience and carefulness the biggest virtues that people of any experience should cultivate. So, when you are doing any operation with crypto, you have to tripple check everything, but first learn how to properly check it, and never let your guard down.

Always verify every software you install by checking developer's signatures, always verify the addresses you send/receive crypto to, always verify the site addresses that you are visiting, verify the reputation of people you are about to trade with, be skeptical of news and rumors that you hear and check the facts yourself, do your research before buying altcoins.
This list can go on and on, but you should get the general idea - always think twice before doing something in crypto, because your decisions will quickly become final and irreversible.
19  Bitcoin / Press / [2019-07-02] CloudFlare Outage Takes Down Coinbase, CoinMarketCap on: July 02, 2019, 03:27:34 PM

A brief outage Tuesday morning at 10:00AM Eastern took down a number of crypto information and trading sites including Coinbase and CoinMarketCap. The issues cleared up around 10:18AM and most sites seem to be running again.
Read full article:

Just a few hours ago, I experienced this too - I've tried visiting some sites, including bitcointalk, and got "cloudflare 502" errors. This just shows how centralized the Internet becomes, when so many sites are relying on Cloudflare, that when it goes down, you feel like the whole Internet is down.
20  Economy / Gambling discussion / Casino investment - how to calculate ROI? on: June 27, 2019, 09:48:54 AM
I've been investing in casinos for quite a while, and during that time I've been opening and closing many investments with different amount and leverages, and now I would like to calculate my ROI percentage, but I just don't know how to do it. I have the log of all closed investments, which consists of starting amount, closing amount and leverage, but no dates. I also have the cumulative profit of all my investments. How do I calculate yearly/monthly ROI from this data?
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