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1  Other / Meta / Is the Important Announcements forum still relevant? on: August 24, 2015, 05:19:25 PM

There hasn't been a new post there in years. Which surprises me, because I would imagine king Theymos, Lord of all Bitcoin discussion, would post there about how we're not allowed to talk about Bitcoin XT on his personal forum, like on his reddit site.
2  Other / New forum software / Considering SQRL Support? on: November 14, 2014, 06:00:10 PM
Are you considering supporting SQRL on the new forums?
3  Other / Meta / Is this server vulnerable to Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability? on: April 08, 2014, 12:05:36 PM
4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Marketplace (Altcoins) / Order Filled - WTB $40 Amazon Gift Card for Mazacoin on: March 05, 2014, 02:11:35 AM
I have Mazacoin and would like to buy $40 gift card. Willing to buy at 5% premium.

Order filled elsewhere, thanks for your consideration.
5  Bitcoin / Meetups / Rio Grande Valley, Texas on: November 24, 2013, 08:07:10 AM
Not specifically a bitcoin meetup, but the closest thing I've seen so far.

Edinburg, McAllen, UTPA, Tech Tuesday
6  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-09-13 - Bitcoin's Vast Overvaluation... on: September 13, 2013, 10:41:27 PM

If Mr. Falkvinge is interested in a world without manipulation and price fixing, he should investigate a resource based economy.
7  Bitcoin / Legal / Groklaw shutting down on: August 21, 2013, 07:36:52 AM

Citing the Lavabit shutdown and the need for private email collaboration rendered impossible by US spying, she is no longer updating the site.
8  Other / Off-topic / Please help me and my friend on: August 10, 2013, 03:28:19 AM
Long ago, when bitcoins weren't priced anywhere near where they are now, I sent my friend some to an address he provided. He promptly forgot all about them. Now that they're worth more, he wants to know how to retrieve them. He doesn't remember where or how he got the bitcoin address, but I do know where I sent them and where they are now.


They are parked in this address, along with 10000 other bitcoins. Does anyone know who controls this block, and where my friend can reclaim them? I hope it isn't mywallet, which I think was popular at the time. Thanks for your help.
9  Economy / Economics / Occupy Money Cooperative - A new non-bank financial cooperative debit card thing on: July 22, 2013, 09:16:39 PM
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Occupy Money Cooperative

A VISA branded debit card for 99 cents a month.

I don't think they would be hostile to bitcoin.

I like how they have a guy from the Federal Reserve and the IMF on their Board though. That will make for some interesting discussion at voting time I hope.
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10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / [Community Proposal] Credibility Rating: A grading system for the media on: April 06, 2013, 08:46:47 AM
I've suggested this to the The Bitcoin Foundation, but I think it might be an overwhelming task for them to do on their own, so I wanted to tell the community about it. For too long, we, the bitcoin community, have suffered at the hands of an ill informed, uninterested, dispassionate and sometimes outright malicious media scrutinization. In particular, the underlying technical mechanisms, implementation details, overall architecture, differentiation between bitcoin and attendant services, as well as the major implications, both small and enormous, either elude the journalists who choose to write about it, or are deeply misunderstood or worse blatantly lied about. And while the media is not entirely filled with members fitting all of those negative attributes I listed earlier, and in fact there are many excellent journalists who are active participants here, the one thing they are all generally is unaccountable. We should probably look into changing that.

I propose a grading system, to be applied to major bitcoin media articles and other pieces, such that we the community and with time, the The Bitcoin Foundation, can publish and maintain to give meaningful feedback about those things which the media has gotten wrong (or even note it when they get it right). For too long, the fourth estate has gotten away with the worst misinformation, slander and libel about every subject in history, and this has served humanity very poorly. If we are to use bitcoin to benefit society, let's start with helping those who have the highest responsibility, informing the public.

Now I recognize that no amount of bad reporting could ever really fundamentally harm or damage the bitcoin network. I've never seen a CPU cry about a bad review or a piece of software sulk about poor mischaracterization. But this is not about defending the honor of or eliminating fud about the bitcoin software itself, or even the people participating in its community. It is about helping the uninformed public have a better understanding about the possibilities enabled by this project, and the very real and technical reasons why those possibilities exist. And while the media may continue to be unresponsive and unaccountable, we can at least construct an edifice of correction and education, a mirror that shows them for what they really are. And I suspect that the better of their number will appreciate and accept the help.

In general, I recommend a systematic grading system rooted in technical fluency and articulation. Broadly speaking, if the article mentions a technical fact or detail and attempts to explain it, it should be subject to technical scrutiny and correction. If they conflate the bitcoin project with a third party service, such conflation must be pointed out and explained. If there is a statement of fact that is demonstrably false, then it should be noted and examples or explanations provided.

One thing we should avoid doing is grading the piece on those details or mechanics that it does not mention or discuss. It would be unfair to assess information not provided. Of course, if the point of the article is to explain bitcoin, and major important points are not discussed, then this would be something to bring up. But most jounalism is not interested in the technical fundamentals, and will likely not dive too deep into them.

The grading levels would be what you expect. While I personally detest the current educational system's gamification of the education process, it is general knowledge to the western world what these grades mean, at least loosely.

A - Representing an accurate portrayal of bitcoin mechanics, clear distinction between the bitcoin software, network and associated third party services, understanding of the implications of the emergent bitcoin economy, recognizing that while it may be used for some unappealing purposes, so is every currency and generally refrain from editorializing on how its value may increase or decrease in a specific time frame. Most importantly, it should not advocate investing in the system, or at least provide sufficient warning that bitcoin is an experiment and is not guaranteed to be valuable at any particular point in time. (We must be honest with ourselves here.)

B - Representing a largely accurate portrayal and explanation of bitcoin. There may be misuse of technical terms, or some incorrect descriptions of how certain processes take place. No specific differentiation between bitcoin and other services, but no direct conflation. Statements about hacks, ddos events or thefts must indicate specific events and clearly articulate that they did not effect the entirety of the bitcoin network. Any statements about the price of bitcoin should come with the explicit date, and should avoid loaded terms such as crash or bubble.

C - Representing a good faith effort to describe bitcoin mechanics. Suffers from flawed understanding and explanation of technical details and processes. Directly conflates bitcoin with other services. Represents hacks and attacks on bitcoin services as attacks on bitcoin itself. Makes misguided or uninformed value judgments as to the ethical and legal implications of cryptocurrencies in general or bitcoin specifically. Is clearly enthusiastic about either encouraging or discouraging investment/adoption of bitcoin without clearly indicating the risks or rewards for doing so.

F - Representing a severely flawed or complete misrepresentation of bitcoin software and its community. Asserts completely inaccurate statements of fact that are anathema to the way bitcoin operates (either positively or negatively). Is outright dismissive, hostile, malicious or otherwise expresses nothing but opinion in the guise of explanation or information. Obviously, editorializing is not subject to objective evaluation, but statements of fact that are clearly meant to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt are subject to correction.

This is just a general proposal with the most basic outline. And it should go without saying that this should be criteria in addition to the basic tenets of actual journalism. (If the author has a stake in bitcoin, it should be noted, etc.) I realize that this is not a very useful or actionable basis for the real technical and journalistic evaluation that can and should be done on the many articles coming out. And more importantly, there are many people who are tirelessly defending bitcoin in the comments and feedback of articles everywhere. But for every 1 well informed and helpful voice, there are hundreds of ill informed individuals that will only rely on the information provided to them by the media. With an organized effort and the resources of the The Bitcoin Foundation, we can start to adjust that ratio in the right direction. Thank you for your time and attention.
11  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / [0x10c] Bitcoin IN SPACE! (Kindof) on: November 29, 2012, 02:58:45 AM
It has long been a fantasy to have Notch's Minecraft interact with bitcoin in some way. Unfortunately, it isn't that easy to do, and only just now are we seeing some very rudimentary integration.

However, Notch is now working on a new space simulation, complete with its own in game computing platform, meaning players can create and run arbitrary code! This is the opening we have been waiting for! Can working bitcoin software be created on such a measly spec? I doubt it! But it's an interesting challenge to say the least.
12  Economy / Economics / Culture In Decline: Episode 2 - Economics 101 on: October 02, 2012, 06:58:41 AM

Culture in Decline | Episode #2 "Economics 101" by Peter Joseph
Oct 1st 2012

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13  Other / Politics & Society / 9/11 Was An Inside Job on: September 11, 2012, 05:31:44 AM

Do not allow the spectacle and the fear of an event that happened years ago to continue to be used against you and the rest of the world.
14  Other / Off-topic / Blizzard Hacked on: August 10, 2012, 04:08:02 AM

Let's compare and contrast recent notable bitcoin related hacks and this Blizzard hack. Take note of how the principals of the organizations deal with information dissemination, such as how long they took to announce, the clarity of significant information and the relative ease with which users can resolve anything they have to on their end.

Totally an apples/oranges comparison, but I want to see if the big boys do any better.

Edit: This Blizzard Tracker will come in handy, I'm sure.
15  Other / Politics & Society / Curiosity Rover Lands Safely On Mars on: August 06, 2012, 07:51:55 AM
Congratulations to NASA and the human species.

Just a matter of time until a bitcoin miner is also up there, I'm sure.
16  Other / Politics & Society / Culture In Decline on: August 03, 2012, 08:31:37 AM
The best reality show ever made.
17  Other / Off-topic / Bit-Coincidences: A Fiasco Playset on: July 14, 2012, 09:34:17 AM
About the game:

BTCit-Coincidences (The Wild West currency of the digital frontier.)

Relationships In Bit-Coincidences

  • 1. Netizens

    • 1. Tech journalists since the 00's
      2. Hacktivist out to change the world, friend grudgingly going along for the ride
      3. Alternative media producer, New instant fan
      4. Financial analyst and longtime subscriber
      5. Long distance, financially strained relationship
      6. "College Roommates" as far as you know...

    2. Entrepeneurs

    • 1. Makers of iCoinography, the first internet bitcoin based icon webstore
      2. Lead developer, angel investor of major secret bitcoin project(s)
      3. Genius teenaged web programmer and mentor
      4. Social Media Strategists and part time waiters
      5. President/CEO and his mistreated server monkey of - "World's largest bitcoin exchange!"
      6. "Dude, you and me are going to make the best bitcoin porn/gambling/drug site EVER!"

    3. Establishment

    • 1. Tech journalists since the 80's
      2. Major Bank Branch Manager and Bitcoin Enthusiast Clerk
      3. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and Nerdy Suspect
      4. Arrogant Economics Professor and student/secret lover
      5. Restaurant owner and tech savy bartender
      6. CIA Field Agent, mole

    4. Core Developers

    • 1. Agree on absolutely everything except that one thing
      2. Statist government supporter, Anarchist freedom fighter
      3. Disagree on absolutely everything except that one thing
      4. Always commiting buggy code, Always fixing their buggy code
      5. "Why don't you come to bed, honey?","I'm trying to fix this goddamn transaction bug!"
      6. Close friends with/is Satoshi Nakamoto

    5. White Hats

    • 1. IRC Bitcoin Bot coder, IRC Bitcoin Bot (that's developed a mind of its own!)
      2. Finds zero-day exploits on a daily basis, high-level responsible disclosure contact
      3. CodeCon (The Coder's Convention) Organizer, Innocuous Con gopher
      4. Bitcoin Police Agent, Suspected scammer
      5. Professional Penetration Tester, Current customer
      6. Co-Owners of the largest mining pool who just found out that they can't stand eachother anymore

    6. Black Hats

    • 1. Well known scammer, unsuspecting victim
      2. Scriptkiddy forum junky, Wrathful moderator
      3. Hacker extraordinair, Man on the inside
      4. Social engineer, unwitting accomplice
      5. Identity thief, Mark
      6. Anonymous Agent, High Value Target

More to come...
18  Economy / Computer hardware / [WTS] HP IPIBL-LB (Benicia-GL8E) Rev. 1.01 Rev. A03 PN 492774-001 Motherboard on: July 06, 2012, 05:13:11 AM

I am selling a LIKE-NEW IPIBL-LB motherboard. I purchased it for a customer who ultimately did not need it. It has been used only once to test, and then put back into storage.

Selling motherboard ONLY. No backplate, cables or other attachments available.

Cost: $100 including S/H to lower 48.
I accept cash or bitcoin. I DO NOT accept PayPal.

Shipping from USA, ZIP 78541.

(Awesome clock not included.)
19  Bitcoin / Project Development / [Announce] Chromecoinomy on: May 26, 2012, 01:08:23 AM

A Google Chrome extension/plugin/thing that locally and privately tracks a user's website and media consumption of participating Bitcoin economy content providers, and presents the gathered data to the user. The user can use this usage data to help determine consumption patterns and inform bitcoin donation decisions. Content providers will likely have to add a metatag or similar line of information indicating their participation, how they wish to be identified/recorded on the user's database, and a donation address for the associated content.

I've never created an extension/plugin/thing before, so it will be a long time until anything remotely useful is available. But I like technical challenges, and this is one of the first ideas I've had regarding the usefulness of bitcoin in general, and am increasingly frustrated that no one is implementing this kind of ecosystem building infrastructure/browser tools.

Please let me know how much the idea sucks and how I am totally failing at implementing it properly.
20  Other / Off-topic / The Greatest Threat to Bitcoin - Inexact Computing on: May 20, 2012, 04:39:33 AM

Interesting development. I sure hope that it doesn't catch on to many other platforms though.
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