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 1 Economy / Gambling discussion / Bogap.com offering white label bitcoin casinos to qualified people. on: June 07, 2019, 10:16:45 PM This is interesting. Since I am a developer and love the crypto community. I found that Bogap.com is offering white label bitcoin casinos (and sportsbook) to qualified partners. If you have a marketing plan or can demonstrate you will make money they will partner up with you and build one for you. That means your domain name under your control. This means it's your casino and if you don't like Bogap, then you take your brand somewhere else.I asked about cost, and they only that it depends on the person who is starting the bitcoin casino.
 4 Other / Off-topic / My strong opinion of why 1 is a prime number. on: February 03, 2019, 08:56:55 PM Firstly, I know this is a silly argument about semantics. BUT.. it still grinds my gears everytime I read an article about prime numbers and not mentioning 1 as a prime number. I have an argument for 1 actually being a prime number. Wikipedia's definition of a prime number is:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_numberQuote"A prime number (or a prime) is a natural number greater than 1 that cannot be formed by multiplying two smaller natural numbers."ok, they say greater than 1, right off the bat. Why? seems arbitrary to me.Here's another definition:https://www.mathopenref.com/prime-number.htmlQuote"A prime number is a positive integer that has no integer factors except one and itself. "https://www.mathopenref.com/prime-number.htmlActually, "1" does fit into this definition, at least from an engineering perspective. So "1" by definition does fit. "1" is divisible aby itself, and only no integer factors except itself. Both conditions met.Definition.com, I like this website, they give da few definitions. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/prime-numberQuote"positive integer that is not divisible without remainder by any integer except itself and 1, with 1 often excluded: ""often excluded", leaves some wiggle room for interpretation.I think that the main divide in this silly argument is whether or not there have to be two discreet positive divisors. I see these things combined with "common core" math, and role my eyes.
 5 Other / Off-topic / Trip to remote Costa Rican beach. Ledger worked on roaming data on: January 22, 2019, 05:21:15 PM I recently took a trip to a remote beach in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. I barely received a signal on my US phone. I knew calls are expensive, so I never used my phone for voice calls, but data was free (From T-mobile no less). Not enough bandwidth for anything. Not downloading emails, no netflix.. nothing. I did make a BTC transaction using a ledger and Ledger Live app. (on OSX). All other tech didn't work, but the ledger transaction went through. It took about 3 minutes to get transaction info, but it worked.My take away from this is that even in remote areas with poor cell coverage, crypto is still viable. Very cool for us believers.
 6 Economy / Gambling discussion / What are the features you want most in a sportsbook? on: January 22, 2019, 12:43:32 AM We launched a Betbit.com's sportsbook a few months ago, and members here at bitcointalk.org have given us some great feedback. We are still implementing the ideas you guy's have had.We are continually looking to improve, so we wanted to ask you guys what are the most important features you look for in a sportsbook? Let's assume that you actually use a sportsbook, and prefer bitcoin as a deposit method.Please share your most important features. If you have more, please shout out below.
 7 Other / Serious discussion / 51% attack vulnerability could be more possible than ever, here's why. on: December 08, 2018, 06:17:41 PM It occurred to me these last few days, that since the cost of mining is going down many mining facilities are turning off their mining equipment. Makes sense, the cost of the electricity is greater than the profit mining. A no-brainer. So, if we look at the distribution of the mining factions below:From blockchain.com, url on the image.Let's say all of them reduce their hash rate proportionally. That seems like a sensible thing to do. Now if the hash rate gets low enough, any of these groups (more likely 2 of them are needed) could turn on ALL of their hashing power and go for the 51% unexpectantly. What's to stop BTC.com and an unknown hash source from jumping in and exploiting the relative increase in cost of mining BTC? How could the other miners react fast enough? Look below and see the hash rate decrease from 60TH/s down to about 35 TH/s. Just by eyeballing this it starts to seem like a real possibility in the 15-20TH/s region?Makes me wonder if some miners have already done the math. lol
 8 Other / Meta / Posting in forums with moderators who give no smerit? Solutions? on: December 07, 2018, 08:03:58 PM Hey guys. This is not a bashing post. I was thinking about some cool bitcoin topics and checked out the forums were I could post. Sometimes I like to spend some time making an awesome post. As you know it takes a while to write a quality post that will encourage quality engagement from other users. I noticed that on quite a few forums the moderators do not give out insignificant amounts of smerit. I will certainly post regardless, but I thought that it is discouraging to see so many threads that are 300+ replies but no smerits assigned, not even in any of the threads. What do you guys think is a solution?
 9 Other / Serious discussion / The Rap genre is the last bastion of misogyny that no one talks about. on: December 05, 2018, 06:25:41 PM Today it occurred to me that there are two glaring political / media hypocracies that no one is talking about. This kind of demonstrates how the media ignores certain demographics on purpose. Here they are:(1) Rap music. Don't get me wrong. I love rap music. I always have. Eminem, T, Snoop, Luda, Drake, Lil Wayne, and countless others. The question I have, is why doesn't the media harp on them? After all, they go after everyone in the public who steps out of line. Morgan Freeman, James Franco, chef Mario Batali, Nick Carter, Louis C.K, Aziz Ansari, Dustin Hoffman, Richard Dreyfuss, George Takei, and the list goes on. Most of these 15-20-year-old allegations with no criminal charges or any evidence. Maybe they are true, maybe not. Due process with law enforcement should have been done before public accusations. Too sad really.Ok, so back to rap. If women's rights and safety were paramount (which I do think is important), then why aren't rap artists being called out for the promotion of all and every form of misogyny? Personally, I have no problem with the content of rap. I think it's fun and allows me to cathartically unwind. It's fun. Even my wife thinks it fun, some of the time, lol.Check out this video. It's about changing rap. It's made by SNL. Very funny.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAL0wZu4JUg"Equal rights for that booty"(2) Bill ClintonIn the #metoo movement, there is a legitimate increase in public awareness of sexual abuse, and it's many forms. I do agree that there does need to be  more awareness and consequences of abuse. I do think that where the movement went wrong was the public outcry of public figures without due process. the public tends to take the alleged victums side. As a father of two sons, this is concerning. Even Neil Degrasse has had unsubstantiated claims that have recently hurt his career.Why hasn't Bill Clinton been called out for the Monica Lewinsky abuse? He was the most powerful political figure at the time. He wanted a BJ from an intern. By today's standards that is not true consent right?
 10 Other / Meta / They effect of re-allocating unspent smerit to users who give smerits. on: November 30, 2018, 09:38:45 PM I was thinking about the economy of the merit system today. Lately, I have been seeing some posts or responses that are high quality with no merits allocated. I am wondering if unspent merits are an issue? Imagine, how would someone feel if they spend 20-30 minutes on a well thought out reply and did not get acknowledged for their effort? I know users should theoretically be here for the love of the community, but we are human after all. The merit system gives users a little appreciation for time well spent. I usually spend smerits soon after I receive them. Why? why not, right.Would a good plan be to have a time limit on smerits? That way the user will feel there is a time limit, and understand that collecting them is useless? We all know that it's in our nature to accumulate.. lol. By doing this we could:(1) Allow a tighter control on the economy of smerits and the merit system. (2) Encourage users to spend smerits before they are lost to them. Give is better than losing.(3) Re-enforce users efforts on creating quality contributions.Valid argument or not worth it? I would love to hear what an economist that knows "game theory" would say on this matter.
 11 Other / Serious discussion / So much talk about 'cultural appropriation', nonesense or a real issue? on: November 30, 2018, 04:22:38 AM Lately, I've been noticing that our US society is becoming increasingly sensitive to "cultural appropriation". This entire issue hit my radar a few years ago when a saw a video of this stoner looking white guy with dreadlocks being assaulted by a black woman in a college setting. The woman was claiming that he stole their culture by wearing dreadlocks, and could not do that. The hippy guy tried to walk away and eventually did so.The video of this can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsIVy3cspckHere is the craziest example I've seen to date. The magazine Cosmo published an article saying that white girls cannot wear the Disney Cartoon "Moana" costume. Ben Shapiro pretty much addresses this and sums it up nicely here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg4oQ9AV8KYHere's the interesting thing. I hardly ever use the terms "white" or "black" when describing people. Seems like the media that does promote racially sensitive does excessively. I find that interesting. I had to in the above paragraphs, just to make a point.Was this even an issue 5 years ago, or am I just culturally behind. I most likely will end up one of those older guys who offend people without meaning to.
 12 Economy / Gambling / Best bitcoin sportsbook affiliate program comission structures. on: November 26, 2018, 08:09:50 PM For those of you who promote bitcoin sportsbooks. I would be interested to know what is your favoriteI've seen three different types of sports commission structures.(1) Turn over volume: I've seen this one on Cloudbet.com. They offer 0.2% of all turnover volume through our sportsbook ('turnover volume' is the lesser of the amount bet and the amount that can be won on a bet)https://affiliates.cloudbet.com/terms_and_conditionsIf the vig is 10% on losing bets, then they are essentially offering 2% of commission of losses by using the .2% turn over method? Please correct me if I am wrong. (2) Percent of overall losses: Let's say a program offers you 25% commission of the overall losses.  Is 25% competitive? What in your opinion is fair and competitive for the sports affiliate market?(3) Percentage of the vig : This one is the most attractive to the sportsbook I would imagine. This would be a percentage of the commission made from the punter. This is close to the (2) option in the (2) option has a very large player base. Option (3) would ensure a no negative carry over and avoid asymmetrical losses.If you are a sportsbook program, please put down your commission structure and percentages. Please keep it factual.
 13 Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / My argument for why BTC hard forks suppress mainstream adoption. on: November 19, 2018, 10:10:54 PM I was in total love with bitcoin and the blockchain. Not for money, but a real understanding of how disruptive BTC could potentially be. Then I found Ethereum. ETH opened up new ideas of what money could do. Then the BTC hard fork came along all of a sudden bitcoin Cash was going to "replace" BTC. My reaction was .. wtf! Remember, I was a die-hard BTC lover. My confidence was shaken and got me thinking about how the hard fork will dilute the perception of value between BTC and BTH. I think that was the beginning of the current downturn IMO. Then BTC Diamond, XT, Classic, unlimited, Gold, Private, ABC. Here's a list of all of them so far.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bitcoin_forksI realize changing the existing BTC blockchain is slow, and needs to adapt. What's a solution? Maybe Ethereum has a better shot at solving the scaling issue. All of these hard forks somehow dilute the confidence in BTC. I can't quite explain it, but that's what it feels like.