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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / MOVED: trouble with bitshield on: May 30, 2022, 09:38:57 PM
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2  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / MOVED: Want to recover funds FROM Multibit 0.5.13 on: May 19, 2022, 11:56:36 PM
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3  Other / Beginners & Help / MOVED: give me advice on how to choose a good exchange platform on: May 19, 2022, 04:45:54 PM
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4  Other / Serious discussion / Has anyone built a "briefcase computer"? on: May 13, 2022, 07:39:12 PM
You know, the ones which you slap a bunch of full powered computer components inside a briefcase, with all the framing, and what not, and call it a portable computer?

I've been thinking of doing it myself, since I'm getting a little bit tired of the price to performance ratio of laptops, plus I quite like the idea of having a triple monitor setup to aid with doing work on it. I'm not looking for a full powered gaming computer, this will mainly be a working computer. So, it'll likely be coming out in the field with me, so the weight ratio will have to be decent, and it would need to be semi rugged. I tend to buy rugged computers anyhow due to my life style.

I'm wondering if anyone has any specific security recommendations or thoughts before I commit to building it. If I'm going to do it, I might as well put hardware kill switches on it, and all the bells, and whistles. Then, throughout the years I can stick to this machine, rather than upgrading laptops. The current laptop that I do the majority of my work on is rather old, and quite slow when running Qubes OS, but I'm finding it rather difficult to justify upgrading due to the expense I would need for a rugged modern laptop.

I'm taking a little inspiration from this: although, that's way too big for my liking so I would be looking to downsize quite considerably. Although, he does have quite an interesting video on a battery, which I think I'll be whipping up also. Here's his power station video:

I don't plan on storing Bitcoin on it, so no need to go into that sort of detail. Although, I might think about integrating a Bitcoin node somehow. Haven't given it enough thought yet on how I'd achieve that especially if I wanted to run it 24/7.

5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Bounties (Altcoins) / MOVED: [ANN][BOUNTY] Elysian Finance - Next gen reserve backed token for DeFi 3.0 on: February 22, 2022, 12:43:25 AM
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6  Bitcoin / Wallet software / MOVED: Tether USDT Desktop Wallet on: September 01, 2021, 11:38:18 PM
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7  Economy / Games and rounds / MOVED: Want free bitcoins now? Post your wallet address here/Zero investment required on: April 08, 2020, 12:14:32 PM
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8  Economy / Service Discussion / Banking issues on: March 17, 2020, 01:25:44 PM
I've recently tried purchasing Bitcoin, and because it was a large amount the bank required me to call their fraud department, and confirm it was me. This is considered normal practice, and I didn't think I would run into any issues. However, when stating the reason for sending a large amount to buy "cryptocurrencies" it seemed to trigger an alarm, and despite me verifying that it was indeed myself, they went into depth about being sure that the company I was sending it to was legitimate. I verified that I had done my homework, and this particular company has transacted millions worth, however they were not convinced. In fact, they went as far to say that this sounds like a scam thats been going around recently ,and even though I said I accepted that risk, I still wanted the payment to go through. He said he would try to push it through, but came back a minute later, and said it was unsuccessful, and I would be required to go to the bank, and send it from there.

The thing is I actually live quite a bit away from my "local" branch, and with the pandemic going on, and a few cases they still advised me to go to the bank. This is annoying, and has convinced me to only use a bank for what is necessary. I can't verify whether this was a genuine concern about fraud, or if it was because it involved cryptocurrency.

I'm wondering if anyone else has had any issues with banks when purchasing crypto recently. This particular bank doesn't seem very friendly to cryptocurrencies because of previous actions, but I've also had no problems. I've also transferred out larger amounts with no issue other than confirming that I wanted to send it over the phone.

My works unfortunately only pays via bank, and therefore owning a bank is necessary. However, I'm thinking about regular withdrawals, and converting to Bitcoin. However, for that to happen I need a bank which actually allows me to send via the internet, and not go to a branch which isn't even local to me.  I understand, that banks try to protect their customers from large amounts or any unusual actions, but requiring my physical presence is often not convenient, and prevents me from moving my money whenever I want. Although, because of this happening to me personally this has personally reinforced my beliefs that whenever possible you should be in complete control of your money (private keys), and use a system which you do not rely on third parties like Bitcoin, but this is still rather annoying.
9  Economy / Gambling discussion / What Fantasy sports options do we have? on: January 26, 2020, 08:05:54 PM
I'm wondering what options we have for Fantasy sports which accept Bitcoin as a payment. I'm not big into gambling these days, and prefer the psychology, and discussion about gambling rather than participating myself. However, I definitely did enjoy buying into a league, and selecting my team each week via a Fantasy soccer website which accepted traditional currencies for a buy in to a league. I've tried searching this forum, and around the web, but can't seem to find any websites which allow you to select a team, and points are accumulated based off real life performances.

I understand that there's licenses issues with this especially if covering the more popular leagues in the world. I know that the English premier league tend to be very strict on who they hand out rights too. However, I'm hoping there's a licensed fantasy football website out there which accepts Bitcoin?
10  Other / Beginners & Help / Bitcoin & Compartmentalization via Qubes OS? on: January 24, 2020, 10:09:44 PM
I've been thinking about writing up a guide of how you can use Qubes OS Compartmentalization for securing your Bitcoin, and system. I've mentioned this a few times over the last few weeks, and I'm knee deep into securing multiple systems with virtual isolation via Qubes OS. There are alternatives which I'm going to have to look at, because I'd like the keep the guide as unbiased as possible, but the content is going to be predominately based around the Qubes OS operating system.

This guide will be covering the basics, but will also be an opportunity to broaden my mind from the input from you guys, and hopefully secure my system even further. There is a lot of documentation to Qubes OS, but this can sometimes be technical. Hopefully, the aim of the guide would be tailored specifically to Bitcoin users, and some good practices with wallet software as well as discussion around securing a Bitcoin node via virtual isolation.

I'm wondering whether there would be any interest in this before committing to it. I'm not sure if there is specific interest for securing Bitcoin.
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Bounties (Altcoins) / MOVED: DISTICHAIN AIRDROP/BOUNTY CAMPAIGN on: December 30, 2019, 11:13:49 PM
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12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / MOVED: [ANN] 🚀 Dsdaq - We Make Investment Easier 🌕🌕 on: December 30, 2019, 03:03:48 PM
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13  Economy / Goods / Selling Iphone X A1901 64GB Silver on: December 10, 2019, 07:11:35 PM
I picked this up on my travels from a auction. I much prefer androids, but picked this up at a decent price.  Otherwise, I haven't used it, it looks in mint condition, and does boot up to the setup screen. Previous auction listed this as fully functional, and it even has a sticker on the apple box stating its warranty (which is now due to expire), and that its fully functional.

I don't know the history of this phone beyond the previous auction. I picked it up because of it being in very good condition.

This is locked to the Vodafone network. However, this is free to unlock through them. The recommended method for this is by ordering a free pay as you go sim on the vodafone network, and then asking them to unlock it for you after 30 days. Alternatively, you could try some of the other methods or by paying someone else to do it for you. If you're on Vodafone then great!

Trying to gauge interest before offloading for fiat. If you are interested, I can send pictures of the device as it has been opened, but comes with box. A plug charger is not included, however a USB cable is.

14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / MOVED: [ANN][PRE-ICO] Bitdollar Fund, the world's first collectively managed fund. on: November 23, 2019, 10:32:55 AM
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15  Economy / Service Discussion / Expedition services which accept Bitcoin? on: November 19, 2019, 09:36:02 PM
I've traveled solo, and with several companies in the past including Jagged Globe, and although their service was brilliant they only accept fiat based currencies, and solo can be a lot of work to do. This is a long shot, but is there any companies out there which specialize in expeditions to the 7 summits with past summits of Everest, Denali, K2 or Annapura?  

I'd probably be interested in using a service which accepts Bitcoin as long as they have a somewhat proven record of summits in the past. Someone who organizes sherpas, porters, and logistics can take a great deal of pressure off, and you can fully focus with the task on hand without too many distractions. The company should definitely kit the sherpas, and porters out with good equipment, offer a good pay to them, and look after them just as much as the clients which are paying for this service.
16  Bitcoin / Project Development / Bitcointalk trading cards on: November 18, 2019, 10:35:45 AM
Features proposed:
- Custom artwork
- Custom packaging
- Coloured cards depending on rank (bronze, silver, gold etc)
- Rare cards (holographic)
- Possibility of a online trading game based on Bitcointalk which links up with the cards

I'm wondering what the interest would be in creating some unofficial  Bitcointalk trading cards. These would primarily be made for collectors, although a game system would likely be included. Very much like other trading cards where they have different health, attack etc, but instead we base it on merit, posts, and activity. Possibly, even working with Vod, and his BPIP's data.

I've looked around, and even started to do some mockups on some of the cards, but honestly if I were to do this I'd get an artist to do custom artwork as my artwork leaves much to be desired. Cards would be based on the avatar of the user, and include something noteworthy as their description. This could be from big involvements they have in the forum or quotes by them.

The issue with using users avatars is copyright. If these cards were to be sold we would have to custom design the avatars to represent that user rather than their actual avatar. I believe this can be done, and certain users like Vod would have to have a completely custom artwork. It would likely be of a character licking his boob still, while wielding a "scammer whacker" mallet or something, but certainly not anything that resembles content which is copyrighted.

I've priced up different options, and the cheapest by far would be normal poker sized cards or cards similar to "top trumps". This would be around 2.75 to 2.5 inch. However, for truly rare users I believe holographic cards should be used like these (which would bump up the price):

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This gives a truly rare feel to the cards. These cards would only be used for the users that are on the top recognized over at BPIP (at the time of creation, all data would be taken from the same date)

There are two business model proposals:

1: Random cards
This business model means that you buy packs, and you receive a certain amount of cards in each pack some being rare, and some being 'normal', and they are completely random which means you could very well get duplicates. This is without the doubt the most fun, and rewarding experience. Although, I'm not sure if its the best way of going about this, and whether there would be enough interest in this approach.

My ideas on how this would work:
- 30 cards per pack
- 1-3 rare cards (holographics from users who are on the most recognized)
- Any new users who reach the top 100 (using BPIP's most recognized) will be added to future editions, same as those that dropped from rare to normal cards.
- Future editions released every 6-12 months

Unfortunately, because we aren't mass producing these ourselves, and would need to outsource them, get custom artwork done, and offer worldwide distribution these would likely be fairly expensive for trading cards. Compared to the likes of Pokemon cards for example. Especially, if there's only a handful of users interested in these. So, for things to realistically be worthwhile we would need to make these in a rather large quantity.

Top 100 approach
Alternatively, we make the top 100 most recognized of the year, and distribute them. All of those being holographic. Whenever, a new year comes around we'll update the list so others have a chance of getting their hands on new users that enter the top 100. This would likely appeal to less people, but ultimately keep the cost down as artwork only needs to be designed for 100 cards per year (less than that because you can reuse the artwork of many of the users), and although all of these would be holographic (rare) there would be much less demand on printing them. I imagine users will only be interested if they're included within the pack.

A few of us have had several discussions about this in the past, but nothing ever comes to fruition, and we haven't really got an idea of how popular these things would be. What do you guys think? Would you be interested? I understand its a concept which you wouldn't really expect for a forum to have, but I think it would be a cool gimmick more than anything else.

17  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Tokens (Altcoins) / MOVED: BUY ANY LIGHT (BAL TOKEN) ANN THREAD on: October 15, 2019, 05:38:54 AM
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18  Other / Meta / collectible coin ideas & vote on: October 08, 2019, 04:14:20 PM
Regarding the up and coming 10th anniversary of the forum, and a lot of speculation whether anything special has been planned, and if anything has come to fruition with the production of the collectible coins idea, and assuming they haven't I thought we could take on the philosophy of OgNasty's quote here:
I have long wanted to put out a community coin designed by the community, for the community.
And allow everyone to pitch in with ideas, and voting in hopes to move the Bitcointalk collectible coin proposal into a reality. Hopefully, with the end result being a community driven effort to show our appreciation to those that are rewarded the coins by theymos.

Here are some of my thoughts, however feel free to pitch in with your own ideas, and poll suggestions

Candidates to manufacture the coins

Assuming they would be willing to manufacture the coins
casascius the man himself who started it all, and is probably the most renowned, and respected due to being the first person to have manufactured a collectible Bitcoin coin called casascius. A user at the forum since 2010, and has contributed to the forum separate from his collectible coins manufacturing. Plus, in my opinion it would be fitting to have one of the more prolific coin manufactures create the Bitcointalk 10th anniversary coin. However, casascius doesn't seem to be that active in the last few years he definitely still remains one of the most recognized within the Bitcoin collectible world.

According to BPIP stats Casascius is the 182nd most trusted user on the forum.

smoothie known for their LEALANA coins. Has most recently worked with Monero coins, and has shown a decent production value. Being part of the forum since 2011, and arguably one of the most trusted users within the forums collectible scene, and has proven to be a productive user of the forum over the years. We probably wouldn't go far wrong with getting smoothie to manufacture the coins. smoothie being still somewhat active in the community is a plus.

According to BPIP stats smoothie is the 26th most trusted user on the forum.

Kialara being one of the newer users considering they registered on the forum in 2014. However, I think its fair to say that their production, and design of coins is nothing to scoff at. Probably providing the most elegant designs on this list, as well as still being part of the community for a number of years. Kialara looks to be still active, and participating in the forum.

According to BPIP stats Kialara is the 75th most trusted user on the forum.

External manufacturer who is not part of the forum
We could potentially search for other manufacturers which haven't been part of the forum, however this could end up taking away from the magic of the coin. I liked the quote by OgNasty of making this a community coin, and honouring that I believe it would be better to get manufacturers who are directly part of the forum.

*I think its worth giving one of these coins to the manufacturer of the coin as a thanks, and being part of the creation process.

The design process

Deciding on a design should in my opinion be done via the community if we would like to keep to the theme of a community created coin. Therefore, I would suggest holding a competition for anyone on the forum to enter on a dedicated thread. They would submit their designs for the coin, and their reward would be getting one of the coins themselves for designing it. This should prove to be incentive enough.

The result could be determined by either theymos, a whole community vote, or only those that are to receive the coins.

How many coins should be made and should they be funded?

As proposed by theymos he suggested creating between 50, and 300 collectible coins. My suggestion would be to create separate groups, and rewarding them for different reasons if the budget allows.  As well, as including both unfunded, and funded coins. For example, the first 10 coins could go to those which were absolutely vital to the development, and survival of the forum who have contributed so much that they deserve to be remembered. These first 10 coins could be funded with small/large amounts. The rest of the coins can be distributed unfunded, and to those that have had a remarkable impact on the forum, contributed greatly or been somewhat of a icon to the forum.

The issue with funding coins is a license may need to be required depending on the legislation of the country the person funding them resides in. I believe Casascius ran into problems with FINCEN because they believed it to be transmitting money.

Certificate and presentation?
I believe a certificate presented with the physical Bitcointalk coin would add a personal touch. The certificate could state who it has been rewarded too, as well as thanking them for their efforts. These certificates could be customized, instead of customizing the actual coin for each user, and could  save on costs without cutting back on the personal thank you, and meaning of receiving a Bitcointalk collectible coin.

Presenting this in a box with the Bitcointalk identification on it or perhaps a logo of the collectible coin on the box could be a nice final touch.  


Theymos hinted to the possibility of giving away these coins or the possibility of requiring users to pay for their coin to receive it. Manufacturing these coins as well as adding the possibility of further customization could rack up, and become very expensive quickly. The idea of allowing users to pay for their coins is a good ideal, and although I believe the vast majority of users would be more than willing to pay for such an item what happens to the coins which have been appointed to someone, and they don't want to pay? Distribution of the coins could then become problematic.

Delivery and logistics
Expanding on the point made in the costs section of this thread; The fact that users may not want to give their delivery address, might not have access to a PO box or might not even respond could become problematic. Therefore, the best option in my opinion would be messaging those that are to receive coins, and if they don't respond after a certain amount of time then the coin is distributed to someone else. If we were to create a public announcement of the users who are to receive coins, and possibly adding personalized certificates with each coin all users would have had to confirm they would like to receive a coin before this happens.

Who gets the coins?
We know the coins will have a limited supply which begs the question who should receive the coin, and what criteria must they fill?
It is assumed the criteria will be determined by theymos

However, Here's some example criteria:

- Active user (to avoid coins not being claimed)
- Iconic users of the forum (Users with a lot of history, and are known by the majority of the community)
- Those who have contributed substantially to the forum (major development, major security bounties, and long serving staff members)
- Using a formula such as BPIP's MAT (Most merited, activity, and most trusted)
- Using a custom formula similar to BPIP's
19  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / MOVED: [ANN]:🔥🚀XERA Exchange : First Beta Testing Successfully Completed🔥🚀 on: October 07, 2019, 05:30:47 AM
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20  Economy / Auctions / domain no reserve on: June 16, 2019, 05:15:17 PM
This domain was going to be hosting a complex, and in depth price tracker showing the entire history of Bitcoin with a few unique features thrown in, and although development was partially underway I've decided to discontinue any development towards the website, and combine two of my projects into one. This could be used for a price tracker as originally planned or it could be used for a Bitcoin news website.

Starting bid: 0.001
Minimum bid increment: 0.001

-No Reserve
-Auctions ends 23/6/2019 at 00:00 BST
-Bids in the last hour extend the auction by an hour after the last bid
-All bids must be made on this thread publicly
-Registered with namecheap
-Escrow is required
-Winner pays escrow fees, bid accordingly
- If you're a user with negative trust, or a rank below Member then proof of funds may be requested before your bid is accepted. Please, take that into consideration when bidding.
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