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1  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Open Letter about the Recent Blocknet and ITO confusion and allegations on: October 31, 2014, 10:09:30 PM
Hi there blocknet people and interested followers!

How about you guys stop wasting time on back and forth discussion with random people all over the altcoin board and instead set up a strategy to deal with this situation on a broader and more structural way?   Wink

A good way to deal with this is to create an official press release on the issue, provide a full and undeniable explanation that is independently verifiable, and push it to the official website of blocknet, all coins involved AND as much big newsnetworks as you can get interested in running the story. See this as an opportunity to once and for all set the record straight and gain press time while you are at it.

I've said this once and i'm gonna say this again: In a decentralized environment, you prove your honesty and integrity by providing everyone with the tools and proof to make up their own mind and decide for themselves. Discussing the issue on a 1 to 1 basis with everyone who has any doubt is an terribly inefficient way to do things, and stating that you will not give the so called 'FUD' (which is a bogus term if you ask me) any credibility by refusing to interact with it is about the worst possible reaction to the problem I can think off.

Think about it this way: what you are trying here is to reassure people who are uncertain about the project and are expressing their doubts about the future of blocknet. You are also trying to convince the people that might be interested to invest but are afraid to do so in light of recent events.
How do you best convince the broad public to set aside those negative feelings? Not by answering the rage thread of every single user with a 50% explanation, also not by refusing to comment. You take the high ground, request the digital equivalent of a megaphone and hold a complete and explanatory speech to the masses. On the internet this means making a complete press release and spreading it trough every channel possible (coincourant, cointelegraph, coindesk, twitter, youtube,...).

Lets go back to the metaphor of a square filled with huge mob.
Right now you are standing in a corner, arguing with one or two disgruntled people who are legitimately concerned about your credibility. Around this small scene are about ten other people who are watching and are making up their minds about this ridiculous scene without getting involved themselves. The more you try to explain yourself to those two disgruntled people, the more those bystanders are thinking this is a ridiculous scene, and the more they are beginning to distance themselves from the situation, telling others who have never heard about it how idiotic it is. While you are addressing those two hotheads, slowly the entire square starts to hear wispers and rumours about "that one dude in the corner that allegedly did something bad". And weather you like it or not, gossip doesn't give a rats ass about truth, it just wants to be sensational.

Now you can do two things: either stay in that corner, arguing with those hotheads until one of them loses their temper and gives you a hit in the face, or you can break free from that unproductive situation, run over to the highest point of the square, grab a megaphone and start broadcasting the facts about the situation as loud as you can. Presenting irrefutable evidence that proves your point, as well as talking about what the steps forward are, how you are gonna make your stuff even more awesome and what you will do to avoid confusion in the future.  

This is what happens in that scenario. The two readheads will keep shouting and screaming, but frankly you don't have to give a fuck because the 10 people that stood behind them are now paying attention and listening to you, making up their minds about the situation from the presented facts. The further the story develops, the more people on the square will start to flock to this interesting new thing that is happening. People that may never have heard about this might start to pay attention, and frankly you don't care anymore about the two angry dudes that have now ran off, because you have an audience that cares enough to listen.

At the end of the day: you lost 2 guys, gave 10 others enough information to make a decision and introduced everyone else on the square to your project. Mass psychology.

Get out there, stop arguing and prove everything you are saying in here in one press release that doesn't require a reader to have any prior knowledge of the situation to come to a verdict.



And frankly: If you are afraid to do this, if you think it has a chance to backfire, if you think it "doesn't currently fit in our media strategy" or something likewise: you are heading in the wrong direction with your project and the two guys that cornered you on the square were 100% right to corner you and start complaining.

Some facts:
- If you can't inspire trust, your decentralized project is going nowhere.
- Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt are legit feelings an investor can express. FUD is a bogus term that is used by people unable to adress concerns
- Decentralized due diligence, active open accounting, Regular newsupdates and transparency are the only way forward in the crypto world
- The only thing the few people that have doubts in your project can do is NOT USE IT. The only thing 7 billion other people on the planet can decide to do is to USE IT, but only after they KNOW IT EXIST.
- Don't fail to understand that you are not trying to convince everyone to use your project, you are trying to find the people that WANT to use it. Watch this video to understand what i mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw28y81s7Wo


Oh and just on a completely honest personal note: I believe in the project, i also had the intention to invest a bit in it, but i waited to do so because an investor always wants to have as much info as possible before investing, so it's wise to buy as late as possible.
At the moment my advice to oneself is to NOT invest, and this is completely legit for me to decide that, just as it is completely legit for everyone else to decide that.
It's up to you guys to convince me to rethink and join in anyway, and if you can't do that, it's up to you guys to completely and utterly ignore me, forget that i even exist and find the people on the internet that ARE willing to invest and join the adventure/cause. If you guys manage to get this situation on track again i'll happily put my money where my mouth is and join in as well.

At the moment you guys are doing a rather poor job on some of the key components of making this happen:
1. Reaching out to a broader audience: nope, no website, no media strategy, no marketing.
2. Setting the record straight with irrefutable facts: they might be in here somewhere, but i don't plan on reading 100+ pages
3. Ignoring the hotheads and talking to the community: please i don't even know who gains from those discussions.


/ Devils advocate.

Brutaly honnest again because it needs to happen. Brutaly honnest again not because i want to see this project fail but because i want to see it succeed. Brutally honnest again because that is what works in a decentralized community and because top down control and obscurity is exactly what we don't need right now.

Kind regards
Hoping to invest soon
Bytas
2  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Open Letter about the Recent Blocknet and ITO confusion and allegations on: October 31, 2014, 09:24:58 PM
Hi there blocknet people and interested followers!

How about you guys stop wasting time on back and forth discussion with random people all over the altcoin board and instead set up a strategy to deal with this situation on a broader and more structural way?   Wink

A good way to deal with this is to create an official press release on the issue, provide a full and undeniable explanation that is independently verifiable, and push it to the official website of blocknet, all coins involved AND as much big newsnetworks as you can get interested in running the story. See this as an opportunity to once and for all set the record straight and gain press time while you are at it.

I've said this once and i'm gonna say this again: In a decentralized environment, you prove your honesty and integrity by providing everyone with the tools and proof to make up their own mind and decide for themselves. Discussing the issue on a 1 to 1 basis with everyone who has any doubt is an terribly inefficient way to do things, and stating that you will not give the so called 'FUD' (which is a bogus term if you ask me) any credibility by refusing to interact with it is about the worst possible reaction to the problem I can think off.

Think about it this way: what you are trying here is to reassure people who are uncertain about the project and are expressing their doubts about the future of blocknet. You are also trying to convince the people that might be interested to invest but are afraid to do so in light of recent events.
How do you best convince the broad public to set aside those negative feelings? Not by answering the rage thread of every single user with a 50% explanation, also not by refusing to comment. You take the high ground, request the digital equivalent of a megaphone and hold a complete and explanatory speech to the masses. On the internet this means making a complete press release and spreading it trough every channel possible (coincourant, cointelegraph, coindesk, twitter, youtube,...).

Lets go back to the metaphor of a square filled with huge mob.
Right now you are standing in a corner, arguing with one or two disgruntled people who are legitimately concerned about your credibility. Around this small scene are about ten other people who are watching and are making up their minds about this ridiculous scene without getting involved themselves. The more you try to explain yourself to those two disgruntled people, the more those bystanders are thinking this is a ridiculous scene, and the more they are beginning to distance themselves from the situation, telling others who have never heard about it how idiotic it is. While you are addressing those two hotheads, slowly the entire square starts to hear wispers and rumours about "that one dude in the corner that allegedly did something bad". And weather you like it or not, gossip doesn't give a rats ass about truth, it just wants to be sensational.

Now you can do two things: either stay in that corner, arguing with those hotheads until one of them loses their temper and gives you a hit in the face, or you can break free from that unproductive situation, run over to the highest point of the square, grab a megaphone and start broadcasting the facts about the situation as loud as you can. Presenting irrefutable evidence that proves your point, as well as talking about what the steps forward are, how you are gonna make your stuff even more awesome and what you will do to avoid confusion in the future.  

This is what happens in that scenario. The two readheads will keep shouting and screaming, but frankly you don't have to give a fuck because the 10 people that stood behind them are now paying attention and listening to you, making up their minds about the situation from the presented facts. The further the story develops, the more people on the square will start to flock to this interesting new thing that is happening. People that may never have heard about this might start to pay attention, and frankly you don't care anymore about the two angry dudes that have now ran off, because you have an audience that cares enough to listen.

At the end of the day: you lost 2 guys, gave 10 others enough information to make a decision and introduced everyone else on the square to your project. Mass psychology.

Get out there, stop arguing and prove everything you are saying in here in one press release that doesn't require a reader to have any prior knowledge of the situation to come to a verdict.



And frankly: If you are afraid to do this, if you think it has a chance to backfire, if you think it "doesn't currently fit in our media strategy" or something likewise: you are heading in the wrong direction with your project and the two guys that cornered you on the square were 100% right to corner you and start complaining.

Some facts:
- If you can't inspire trust, your decentralized project is going nowhere.
- Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt are legit feelings an investor can express. FUD is a bogus term that is used by people unable to adress concerns
- Decentralized due diligence, active open accounting, Regular newsupdates and transparency are the only way forward in the crypto world
- The only thing the few people that have doubts in your project can do is NOT USE IT. The only thing 7 billion other people on the planet can decide to do is to USE IT, but only after they KNOW IT EXIST.
- Don't fail to understand that you are not trying to convince everyone to use your project, you are trying to find the people that WANT to use it. Watch this video to understand what i mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw28y81s7Wo


Oh and just on a completely honest personal note: I believe in the project, i also had the intention to invest a bit in it, but i waited to do so because an investor always wants to have as much info as possible before investing, so it's wise to buy as late as possible.
At the moment my advice to oneself is to NOT invest, and this is completely legit for me to decide that, just as it is completely legit for everyone else to decide that.
It's up to you guys to convince me to rethink and join in anyway, and if you can't do that, it's up to you guys to completely and utterly ignore me, forget that i even exist and find the people on the internet that ARE willing to invest and join the adventure/cause. If you guys manage to get this situation on track again i'll happily put my money where my mouth is and join in as well.

At the moment you guys are doing a rather poor job on some of the key components of making this happen:
1. Reaching out to a broader audience: nope, no website, no media strategy, no marketing.
2. Setting the record straight with irrefutable facts: they might be in here somewhere, but i don't plan on reading 100+ pages
3. Ignoring the hotheads and talking to the community: please i don't even know who gains from those discussions.


/ Devils advocate.

Brutaly honnest again because it needs to happen. Brutaly honnest again not because i want to see this project fail but because i want to see it succeed. Brutally honnest again because that is what works in a decentralized community and because top down control and obscurity is exactly what we don't need right now.

Kind regards
Hoping to invest soon
Bytas
3  Local / Nederlands (Dutch) / BTCB: Bitcoin Belgi, vrijwillige promotie en infoverspreiding bij merchants on: August 01, 2014, 01:04:03 PM
Op de bitcoin meet in gent ontstond in juni het idee om bitcoin actief aan te prijzen bij belgische merchants.

Er is net een een git aangemaakt voor mensen die willen meewerken. Smiley Een overzicht met onze waarden en doelen is al aanwezig.
Aangezien het een open vrijwilligersproject zou moeten worden staat er nog niets vast en is de richting waarin het project gaat volledig afhankelijk van de medewerkers.
Feedback is dus zeker welkom!

http://www.reddit.com/r/BTCB/comments/2cbxw0/btcb_eerste_concept_vrijwilligers_gezocht/

Onze reddit is vrij te joinen, voor de git moet je toelating vragen, maar we geven die met plezier Smiley

Eerste focus is een bitcoin hub in het centrum van Gent te proberen opstarten (dit idee ontstond op een bitcoinmeet in Gent) maar hopelijk kunnen we snel over heel Belgi beginnen werken.

mvg
Andreas

4  Bitcoin / Hardware wallets / Trezor first edition unboxing on: July 28, 2014, 07:19:58 PM
I just unboxed the highly anticipated pre-order version of the bitcoin trezor hardware wallet.

Enjoy, feedback is much appreciated!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2T26IsfwqM
5  Local / Nederlands (Dutch) / Bitcoin trezor unboxing on: July 28, 2014, 07:16:56 PM
Heb net mijn pas gearriveerde bitcoin trezor ge-unboxed.

geniet ervan. Feedback welkom!

http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2byz49/unboxing_bitcoin_trezor_first_edition/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2T26IsfwqM
6  Local / Nederlands (Dutch) / De klassiekertjes! on: June 01, 2014, 05:23:49 PM
Dit leek me wel in de huidige sfeer te passen jongens Wink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfrBLPKKWHM

7  Economy / Speculation / Dja vu or coincidence? can anyone who knows the market explain? on: April 30, 2014, 12:58:08 PM
So, recently the bitcoin course has been strangely familiar to me, and i'm wondering if it's just coincidence, or if in fact, there really is a reason for this.
I have far too little experience with this whole thing to make a conclusion out of it, but maybe someone out there who knows his economics can tell me why the market is behaving like that. Maybe i'm just seeing patterns that really don't exist, i don't know.


Discuss!
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Creating a cold paper wallet with dice [ANY ALTCOIN] on: April 21, 2014, 09:33:30 AM
Hi Guys,

i would like to start creating cold paper wallets for ALL altcoins displayed on http://coinmarketcap.com/all.html by using dice.
I think it would be a good way for me to understand the way the creation of a Private key, adress and public key works, but as of right now i don't have the slightest idea of how it should be done.

Can anyone explain it to me?

I somewhere that i can create a private key by rolling 2xD8 64 times to create a key but wouldn't know how to go from there.


Some help would be appreciated!
9  Local / Nederlands (Dutch) / Hoe genereer ik zelf een paper wallet voor Altcoins ZONDER client download? on: April 18, 2014, 08:54:26 PM
Dag mensen,

Ik vind altcoins leuk, niet omdat ik denk dat ze een toekomst hebben (sommigen wel ongetwijfeld, maar zeker niet heel de schijthoop Tongue), maar wel als leuk hebbedingetje.
Nu is het ook niet de moeite om voor al die altcoins heel de client te downloaden en mijn harde schijf langzaam maar zeker te verdrinken in gigabytes aan data die ik voor niets gebruik behalve het bijhouden van een aantal coins. Tongue

Daarom ben ik op zoek naar iemand die technische kennis heeft van hashing en die me een goede methode zou kunnen uitleggen om voor een bepaalde cryptocurrency zelf een private key te kiezen en daaruit de public key/adres te hashen.
Bedoeling hiervan is dat ik op een eigen pc zonder internetverbinding een paper wallet genereer en dan daarna bij iemand die ik ken wat van die coin kan kopen met cash.

Dus, als iemand me hierbij kan helpen hoor ik het graag! Ik heb een basisbegrip van de volledige werking van bitcoin en hashing, maar niet de codeerkennis om er dieper op in te gaan.
Deze punten zijn denk ik belangrijk.   
1. Hoe verschillen de verschillende coins, en hoe vind ik uit welke algoritmes ik moet gebruiken om van een bepaalde coin een private key te genereren
2. Welke stappen moet ik doorlopen om uit deze private key mijn public key te krijgen.
3. Zijn er bepaalde gegevens die ik zeker niet over het hoofd mag zien bij het hele proces?
4. Is het voor mij mogelijk om zelf een simpel programma te schrijven om dit te doen met relatief weinig programmeerkennis (quick learner! Smiley ), en welke taal kies ik best.

Vriendelijke groet
Andreas
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / In response to Senator Manchin's request to Ban Bitcoin: Petition on: February 27, 2014, 01:57:30 PM
I made this petition to ask for legalization of Bitcoin in a clear framework.
Please consider signing it if you think there are valid points in there and share it with other people. Smiley

http://wh.gov/lEE49


Disclaimer: I am not a US citizen myself, but i couldn't find rules on the site that state i need to be one to make an account.
Given that Bitcoin globalizes the economy and this is a worldwide issue i saw no harm in speaking up.
Surely the NSA will be able to analyse in great detail what percentage of the votes comes from inside the United states and what percentage is global. Cheesy
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Standard transactionfees are getting high again? on: November 23, 2013, 10:25:31 AM
so, since the transactionfee was last adjusted in size, the value of bitcoin multiplied by more than tenfold again.
Isn't it time to push back the fee by another 2 or 3 digits?

Would be epic for smaller transactions, because it's getting excessive. the advantage of 'it has virtually no fees' is something we can't claim at the moment. 
12  Local / Nederlands (Dutch) / Bars die bitcoins accepteren in Amsterdam? on: July 27, 2013, 05:47:53 PM
EDIT: waarom heb ik deze post in het engels geschreven Huh Roll Eyes

Ik ga naar Amsterdam in November om een paar vrienden te ontmoeten die ook bitcoins gebruiken.
Een van onze doelen is om een pint te drinken dat is betaald met bitcoins.
Weet iemand hier soms al een bar in Amsterdam waar ze bitcoins al accepteren?



"I'm going to amsterdam in November to meet up with some friends that also happen to use bitcoins.
One of our goals is to "drink a pint paid with bitcoin". Is there any bar there that you guys know off that already accept the currency? "
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / [ALL] Altcoin Paper Wallet Template?! We need one! on: July 12, 2013, 10:39:18 AM
Hi guys,

We all know paper wallets are a very solid solution to store your coins. For bitcoin, multiple nice templates and wallets are available, but for all other coins they are hard to come by.
Because more and more people here are involved in multiple altcoins now, it would be a massively good idea to make a template that can be used and customized for ALL of them.
This can be done by making a graphic layout that FIXES the stuff all coins have in common, and leaving out the parts of the paper wallet that are a property of a certain coin.
I would like to get something out there, but unfortunately i don't have the photoshop talent to make a template, nor the programming skill to make an automated program around it if we desire that. Sad
I do however have a decent pair of brains, so let me explain what i was thinking about.

I would like to start from the layout that safepaperwallet.com uses, because the idea of a bill with a seperatable strip that you can store elsewhere is a very good idea for safety reasons.


First off, we need to get rid off all the bitcoin related stuff and divide the bill into zones that can be customised at will to make a bill for a certain coin.
The zones can be fixed in a certain spot, but will have different content every time, depending on the coin the bill is for.
I got most of my inspiration from the magic the gathering SET editor software (http://magicseteditor.sourceforge.net/screenshots), a fine piece of software that allows you to make custom MTG cards based on templates in a couple of clicks. a similar concept can be seen here if you want to test it out without downloading: http://www.mtgcardmaker.com/
just type in a bunch of random shizzle and watch it end up in the appropriate zones after you click generate.
This concept is very much applicable to paper wallets!

If we can somehow combine the usefulness of that program with a template for a paper wallet, we would be able to make paper wallets for whatever coin we desire, and be able to customize color, background images and titles at will.

basically we would define a couple of zones in the template, and then the user can input whatever he desires in those zones. Some examples:
- Background [IMG]: set the background image
- Currency title [string]: Type in the name of your currency
- Amount [double]: define the amount of coins in the bill (optional if you plan on receiving more coins on that adress)
- Public key QR code [QRcode]: insert the image for the QR code linked to the public key
- Private key QR code [QRcode]: insert the image for the QR code linked to the private key (you can manually cover this off with scratch off strips after printing)

The template would make sure all data is in the right position. After finalising the custom design, the paper can be printed and used! Job done!

 

Anyone in? Would be lovely to make this happen!
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Is it possible to generate the same adress twice? on: June 13, 2013, 03:10:55 PM
I have this question that has been bugging me lately.

Is it possible to accidentaly generate the same adress twice on 2 different machines?
I mean, if you think of it, couldn't it be possible that i make a new adress on my pc to do a payment, and at the exact same time, someone else makes one too.
I know the chances are almost infinitely small, but in theory those 2 adresses could be the same right?  Does the client check with the network before making one? What about nodes that are disconnected but have empty adresses on them for later use?
How does the blockchain deal with that? Is there a safety protocol in place to prevent this? Would those 2 adresses have the same private key as well? Would the blockchain reject one of those adresses, and if so, which one?

I'm trying to understand as much as possible about bitcoin, so if anyone can enlighten me, that would be great!
15  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / [BTE] Difficultydrop countdown! on: April 27, 2013, 04:20:44 PM
so: most of us (BTE-users) are probably waiting for the difficulty drop So we can have decent confirmation times again.

Lets do some math shall we.
As of right now, we still have 839 blocks to go (http://blockexplorer.bytecoin.in/chain/Bytecoins?count=2016)
On april 26, a total of 49 blocks were consumed.
If we continue at this rate, this will mean that we only have 839/49 = 17,12 ~ 18 days left!
Not too bad. Smiley
16  Economy / Service Discussion / Go home blockchain, you are drunk! on: April 08, 2013, 02:13:16 PM

So, i saw this very strange thing on blockchain.info, where the newer block is older than the one before it O.o
What am i seeing here, is this a typical example of a fork? or just the website being silly?
Any theories on this?

17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Lower the minimum Transfer fee?! (Currently 0,0005BTC) on: March 29, 2013, 11:20:54 AM
Hi, i was wondering if it is possible to lower the minimum transaction fee for bitcoin.
It currently is 0,0005BTC(500BTC) and there is no way to change it as far as i know (i'm still e newb). Even if i lower the value in my options, my client gives a message and charges 500BTC anyway.
Wile 500BTC would have been a perfectly reasonable price half a year ago, the price of bitcoin rose 8 times since then, and so the relative transaction fee in % to the average size of a transaction did too!

I want to organise a bitcoin party to introduce the currency to people i know.
The plan for this is to award 1mBTC to everyone each time they buy a beer (yes, we are student and we like to drink Wink ) and the person who earned the most mBTC at the end of the evening gets a prize, everyone may also keep the bitcoin earned to get them started on their wallet.
This concept requires me to transfer small amounts of BTC to numerous new adresses and print those out as paper wallets (kinda like money)
With the current transaction fee of 500BTC, i will lose a whopping 50% of my money to transaction fees, and that's just not viable.
Using bigger amounts to hand out isn't an option either, as we still want to offer good prizes for a consumption and don't plan on running loss on the event.
On top of that, if people who are interested in bitcoin want to take all the BTC they earned from the paper wallets and store them in one account for ease of use, they will lose another 50% of their money. Total loss will be 2/3rd of the money i invested.

one of the advantages of BTC is its low transaction fees, but arn't we slowly taking away that advantage by not adjusting the transaction fee to the current value on a regular basis?
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