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1  Economy / Web Wallets / Blockchain.info account hacked (450+ BTC) on: January 14, 2014, 02:45:05 PM
I'm posting this on behalf of a third party. The theft was almost certainly due to poor security and no use of a cold wallet rather than an issue at blockchain.info.

https://blockchain.info/address/1E1ppQabUCsJekEJaXv74TwKnGfJ2YJANX
https://blockchain.info/address/13TEX8Zfj2bvY7RXYy6TaxFHCZc4R5Ha8M

I've removed the rest of the post whilst this is being investigated, but the above addresses shall remain here for those people who track these things.
2  Bitcoin / Project Development / PROPOSAL: The Satoshi Science and Technology Trust (SSTT) on: November 17, 2013, 03:24:51 PM
The below is an idea I've been mulling over for a while in some form, a way to make good use of the fact that we have an inflating currency. To be clear, it is only a concept - it's not happening unless people want it to happen.

Inspiration: The Wellcome Trust, but for science/tech as a whole and science engagement.

PROPOSAL: The Satoshi Science and Technology Trust (SSTT)

A global charitable foundation dedicated to furthering knowledge and improving the well being of humanity through scientific research and education.

KEY FOCUS POINTS

Targeted research with a clear benefit to humanity
Theoretical research to further human knowledge
Identification and sponsorship of outstanding researchers and technologists
Improving public engagement and science education worldwide

Independent of both political and commercial interests.

WHY?

A friend always asks me what I want to do in life if money was no object; if I could go off and do anything I wanted. Eventually I worked it out.

I want to get people excited about science and technology.

I want to ensure good science continues to be done.

I want to find to enable the best people to find solutions to major problems, both in theoretical and practical disciplines.

I'd really like to see a revamped World's Fair type event, full of inspiring people, experiments and technology!

(My friend said - "I want to bring the moon buggy back to Earth")

Bitcoin has the power to do bring about change on many fronts. In this case, planning and fund raising now could bring about important advances in the future.

WHY BITCOIN?
It dawned on me that small donations now would lead to a large fund later. The trust wouldn't move into operational mode until a pre-agreed target, while the legal structures would be in place to protect the funds accordingly. With a Bitcoin Bank hopefully on the way, Neo, the funds can be safely stored under a multi-sig and legally compliant environment.

HOW WOULD IT BE FUNDED?
It would request sponsorship and backing from the Bitcoin community, both businesses and individuals. If 1000 people donated 1 Bitcoin, that could be worth $10-$100,000,000 in a few years. Of course I'd like to see more than that raised, but I feel that 1000 is a great first target.

WHAT NEXT?
This is just an idea. For it to happen it needs people, supporters, to put a framework together.

Any thoughts?

Anyone inspired?
3  Economy / Goods / [WTB] Coin Capsule for 1 BTC Silver on: November 16, 2013, 02:43:00 AM
Unfortunately I'm missing a coin capsule for my 2013 Silver 1 BTC. If anyone has something suitable....

(I'm UK based).
4  Economy / Goods / [WTB] Series 1 Casascius Coin with Casacius error 1 and 25 BTC on: July 13, 2013, 01:26:36 PM
To indulge my own Bitcoin interest I'm looking for 1 of each of the original, misprinted 1 and 25
BTC coins (must be unused and mint).

Graded by ANACS a bonus; evidence of purchase and a good OTC/Bitcointalk reputation required.

Will pay in BTC. Am based in the UK (bear this in mind for postage/insurance).
5  Economy / Economics / Fixed exchange rate cryptcurrency / OT / Ripple on: May 23, 2013, 02:16:53 AM
If volatility is the enemy of Bitcoin as a currency, and it was designed to be digital cash and not a commodity...

Why isn't a cryptocurrency set at a fixed exchange rate calculated based upon current fiat currency exchange rates and a notional number of coins. The coins would effectively be bought and returned to a pool in exchange for a currency.

In principle, this means 1 'Barter' could be $1, give or take, for the long term. It's still de-centralised digital cash but where the exchange rate is determined by algorithm and the Barters are bought from a central pool. People could still sell them if they wished, but anyone could buy or sell at the current exchange rate (minus a small transaction fee to those doing the processing).

This is somewhat related (in my understanding) to Open Transaction and Ripple, except OT has no currency and Ripple currencies don't have a fixed exchange rate relative to fiat, so both miss out on having a stable currency. No party gets rich selling coins (Ripple).

There is probably a really good reason, such a the maths or economics simply wouldn't work, but if the exchange rates are open source algorithms using open data, surely this is better for a currency versus Bitcoin's current commodity issues?

6  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Bundle: Feedback for Bitcoiners on: May 18, 2013, 07:54:43 AM
I wanted to share some of the feedback we've had for the bundle. One of my reasons for doing it was to establish the lay of the land outside of the Bitcoin community. I'm not too surprised at the results but they are interesting non the less. I've started a blog where I want to address our feedback and I'd like this forum's feedback to do so.

We're at 260 orders and approx 10 BTC. This was the lower limit of my expectations over the two week period so I'm pretty pleased. However, one key aim was to get discussion or at least mention in more of the game press than we have, so I have work to do on that.

Bitcoin Community
Good level of support from Bitcoin sites and Reddit. I can't think of any serious negatives that have come up. Thanks all, and please keep spreading the word!

The Humble Bundle made much more from one donation from either Tux or Satoshi Dice than we've made in total, even though we're Bitcoin only. Of course, we do understand why and have all been part of the bundle previously. Just saying Wink Although everyone will be at the conference right now (wish I was!).

I'm considering adding a top user donation list and also a mining pool list. Users could choose to associate themselves with a mining pool. I think this would be 'very Bitcoin'. Thoughts?

Gamer Community
I'd say the majority of coverage we've seen has been pretty negative, with a few bright spots. Our first bundle is older games that a lot of people have but this doesn't seem to be about that. Bitcoin generally has a lot of negative comments which I'll bullet point below. You'll be familar with these but I've put them in rough order of importance as I've seen it (very rough).

  • Bitcoins are too expensive. People simply can't work with a $100+ coin. This urgently needs addressing IMHO.
  • Bitcoin is a scam or ponzi scheme. They're only used to buy drugs.
  • Bitcoins are impossible to get hold of.
  • Bitcoin prices keep changing. They keep crashing.
  • Bitcoin is a waste of time. Why should I bother using it?
  • I don't trust anyone accepting Bitcoin. They are all scam artists and thieves.
  • I can't just tell my credit card company if it's gone wrong.
  • Bitcoin is just a way to avoid tax.

Developer Community
Mostly negative comments as with gamers, but some people have expressed an interest which is good. The negative comments are very much to do with people not understanding them incidentally; I've seen few valid points.

7  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / The Bitcoin Bundle - indie game developers support Bitcoin on: May 16, 2013, 10:21:30 AM
(Mods: Move this topic if not the best forum)

A bunch of us indie game developers just launched The Bitcoin Bundle (reddit link)

The developers of World of Goo, Eufloria, And Yet it Moves and Spirits wanted to express support for the currency, especially given what's happened this week, so you can pay what you want for our games, but only in Bitcoins.

All the developers will be paid in Bitcoins as well; we are not using BitPay or Coinbase to convert the coins when you buy the bundle.

If you like what we're doing, please spread the word on Reddit, social networks, or whatever Bitcoin site of your choice. The games are for PC, Mac and Linux, and are DRM free/Steam where available.

Many thanks to those of you who have helped us along the way.
8  Bitcoin / Project Development / [WANTED] Wallet developer(s) on: May 14, 2013, 11:00:03 PM
I'm looking for developers interested in creating new wallet software, initially for PC/Mac, and possibly for mobile and browser.

This project is for those interested in making a Bitcoin wallet more friendly to use for non tech users, whilst retaining a decent level of security.

I'm looking for one or more engineers who fully understand the technology, the core aim, and who could be part of a start-up if it became appropriate. Distributed development is expected and spare-time dev is no problem at this point. The project is at the concept stage only - I will only move it forwards with the right partners.

My background is game development and I work on Eufloria; I also have a small game related Bitcoin project due out shortly. My interest is on user-centric approaches.

Requirements: Good English and communication skills, solid engineering background in relevant languages/platforms, passionate about the concept, security aware.
9  Bitcoin / Project Development / Helpful links to shoppers want BTC on: May 07, 2013, 01:36:20 AM
We're preparing our game for Bitcoin purchasing, but we want to tell people where to go to buy Bitcoins. US users can use Coinbase directly since that's the system we're using, but what's the easiest way for others?

UK: BitBargain
Also: LocalBitCoins (but this seems very cash centric right now)
Speedybitcoin: Invite only

Elsewhere?

There are the exchanges of course, but they are confusing for people to use.
10  Economy / Speculation / Bitcoin $200 MtGox and Bitcoinity mentalism on: April 09, 2013, 10:53:41 AM
Not only has Bitcoin hit $200 on Mt Gox but Bitcoinity has gone mental!

We have a lovely video playing on there right now  Grin

Pic on my Twitter

11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Buy Indie games (Eufloria) with Bitcoin on: April 05, 2013, 11:41:38 PM
Hi all,

I'm the co-developer of indie game Eufloria. We'd like to try a pay what you want deal for Eufloria, and maybe some other titles, exclusive to Bitcoin owners. I want to see the currency succeed and this seems a good way to increase awareness. Some requests:

- First and foremost, do people think there would be any real interest?

- Would the fluctuating currency be a problem with a Pay What You Want Deal?

- We need a good tech guy to set up a simple front and back end, similar to other bundle sites. Contact me here or through TunaHQ if you're experienced and can help out. (Edit: found!)

- Any other comments?

If you would like to contribute to the idea or want a copy of the PC/Mac/Linux Beta or Android version of Eufloria HD, drop *any* amount of Bitcoin into this address and message me on this forum or though TunaHQ. Don't forget to let me know your source address, time, and amount donated!

In the mean time, you can donate/buy now from the Eufloria homepage.
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