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41  Economy / Gambling / Bitcoinduit Explores Social Media on: May 05, 2012, 02:53:48 AM
Need regular updates on new Bitcoinduit Rounds? Looking for new memes and bitcoin related info?

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BTW, check out the Rounds going on right now. Jackpots total over 100 BTC!
42  Economy / Gambling / Bitcoinduit and How She Is Played on: April 15, 2012, 06:41:56 AM
Quote
Rules

Bitcoinduit is an honest ponzi site. If a ponzi scheme is dishonest and claims it's an investment program, people can't make rational decisions, and everyone loses money except for the ponzi's owner. However, if a ponzi scheme is honest, it makes a great game. You have to guess whether there are enough people who come in after you to pay you out, and if you guess well, you win money. Here's how it works.

  • A game ends when nobody has deposited for long enough (the expiration time).
  • If you guess correctly and there are enough people after you to pay off everyone before and including you, you win a certain return on your "investment" (that's what the ROI, return on investment, column is).
  • If you guess incorrectly, but you are the last one in when the game expires, you win the jackpot.
    Otherwise, you lose money.

The jackpot is meant to encourage depositing even after you have little to no chance of getting paid the first way. This makes games longer and lets more people get paid. Here's a more in-depth explanation:

  • When you deposit, 5% if you're the first depositor and 2% if you're not goes to the house. This is a fee that keeps the site up and running.
  • Another percentage of this goes to the jackpot (the jackpot % column).
  • The rest goes to the pot.
  • Every time another person deposits, Bitcoinduit checks if the pot is large enough to pay out some people (including their ROI). As long as the pot is large enough, it will continue to pay people out.
  • You can also directly deposit to the jackpot to encourage people to deposit if it seems like you're not going to get paid. You can see the address for this on each round's page.
  • When the game ends, the jackpot is paid to the last depositor, and 50% of the pot is paid to the first depositor (the round creator). The rest of the pot (50%) goes to the house.
  • Note that when you create a round, you are required to make a deposit to get it started and to have it show up on the All Rounds page.
  • If your round expires without more than one deposit, we will pay you your money back, without fees.
  • If other people contributed directly to the jackpot address, and your round expires without more than one deposit, their money will be paid to you too!

To sum it up:
Money flows
  • On deposit:
    • 5% if first depositor, 2% if not, goes to the house as a fee.
    • The jackpot percentage determines how much goes to the jackpot.
    • The rest goes to the pot.
  • On expiration:
    • If the game expires without more than one deposit, all money associated with that game goes to the only depositor, including:
      • Jackpot
      • Entire pot
      • All fees are returned as well.
    • Otherwise,
      • 50% of the pot goes to the house. The other 50% goes to the first depositor / round creator.
      • The entire jackpot goes to the last depositor
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Questions?
43  Economy / Gambling / Official New Bitcoinduit Round Thread on: April 08, 2012, 02:23:43 PM
Here's the Official Thread for announcing any new Bitcoinduit Rouds.

Currently running:

Zombie Day
MassiveDoubler 
Super Awesome Game! 
Its Back! 
IntCrocAlligator 
THE_BIG_ONE 
Like a Boss 
Porn Stars

Have fun and good luck!

44  Bitcoin / Meetups / Pre-Conference San Antonio Meet-Up on: March 16, 2012, 03:43:25 PM
I'll be at the Guadalajara Grill this afternoon if any bitcoiners in San Antonio wants to meet up before the conference tomorrow. Feel free to PM me so that I can be on the lookout for you. I'm sure my table will be easy to spot - we'll be the guys trying to teach the waitress how to set up a BTC wallet so that we can tip her.

Or maybe I should I put a shoe on my head?
45  Other / Beginners & Help / Satoshi Superstars Newbie Thread - Win 100 BTC! on: February 01, 2012, 01:50:33 PM
Looking for a way to earn more than a few bitcents without spending any cash?

Win 100 BTC!

That’s right, the Grand Prize Winner of the Satoshi Superstars competition wins 100 BTC, along with all the bragging rights that come along with surviving the elimination rounds. Contestants must:

  • Complete tasks as part of a team and as an individual.
  • Win over the hearts of our audience to earn “votes” in the form of satoshis.
  • Garner the respect and admiration of our panel of celebrity (or at least well-known in the bitcoin community) Judges.


Similar to some “reality” competition based television shows, Satoshi Superstars aims to showcase talent in a wide variety of fields. So no matter what your area of expertise, if you think you have what it takes to become the next Satoshi Superstar, head on over to the Contact Page and let us know.

Each season of Satoshi Superstars is expected to last from four to six weeks with the winner announced at the end.

How to play:

1.Submit an application via the Contact Page.

2.Twelve Contestants are chosen by a Site Administrator. Each Contestant is assigned a unique bitcoin address to be used for the sole purpose of collecting votes in the form of satoshis. Bitcoins sent to these addresses become the property of Unofficial BTC and will not be passed on to any contestants!

3.Round One:
  • Twelve Contestants are divided into two equal groups of six and given a task to complete as a team.
  • Judges evaluate team submissions and each Judge awards a pre-determined amount of bitcoins as “votes” to the team with the best entry in the opinion of the Judge. Team votes are divided equally between Voting Addresses of Team members.
  • Site visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite Contestant by sending satoshis (smallest bitcoin unit) to the BTC address designated as the Contestant’s Voting Address. A pre-determined deadline for voting will be announced.
  • The three Contestants with the least amount of BTC in their Voting Address when the deadline is reached will be eliminated from the competition. Eliminated Contestants are eligible for future contests and encouraged to reapply.

4.Round Two:
  • Nine remaining Contestants are divided into three teams of three and given another task to complete as a team.
  • Judges evaluate team submissions and each Judge awards a pre-determined amount of bitcoins as “votes” to the team with the best entry in the opinion of the Judge. Team votes are divided equally between Voting Addresses of Team members.
  • Site visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite Contestant by sending satoshis (smallest bitcoin unit) to the BTC address designated as the Contestant’s Voting Address. A pre-determined deadline for voting will be announced.
  • The three Contestants with the least amount of BTC in their Voting Address when the deadline is reached will be eliminated from the competition. Eliminated Contestants will be eligible for future contests.

5.Round Three:
  • Six remaining Contestants are divided into three teams of two and given another task to complete as a team.
  • Judges evaluate team submissions and each Judge awards a pre-determined amount of bitcoins as “votes” to the team with the best entry in the opinion of the Judge. Team votes are divided equally between Voting Addresses of Team members.
  • Site visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite Contestant by sending satoshis (smallest bitcoin unit) to the BTC address designated as the Contestant’s Voting Address. A pre-determined deadline for voting will be announced.
  • The two Contestants with the least amount of BTC in their Voting Address when the deadline is reached will be eliminated from the competition. Eliminated Contestants will be eligible for future contests.
  • Votes from the public will not be accepted after Round Three. Any satoshis sent to Contestants’ Voting Addresses will be withdrawn as soon as possible by the Site Administrator.

6.Round Four – Final Round:
  • Four remaining Contestants are given a task to complete on their own.
  • Judges evaluate submissions and each Judge awards a pre-determined amount of bitcoins as “votes” to the Contestant with the best entry in the opinion of the Judge.
  • Out of the four remaining Contestants of the final round of the season, the Contestant with the greatest balance in his/her designated Voting Address when the Judges have awarded their final Votes will be announced as the next Satoshi Superstar and will receive the Grand Prize.

Be sure to also check out our Judges' blogs!

Feel free to use this thread to ask questions or discuss the contest but please use the Contact Page only to apply to be a Contestant - PMs requesting consideration will be ignored.

Good luck!

Satoshi Superstars is a competition created and run solely by Unofficial BTC.
46  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Win 100 BTC by becoming the first Satoshi Superstar! on: February 01, 2012, 12:58:26 PM
Win 100 BTC!

That’s right, the Grand Prize Winner of the Satoshi Superstars competition wins 100 BTC, along with all the bragging rights that come along with surviving the elimination rounds. Contestants must:

  • Complete tasks as part of a team and as an individual.
  • Win over the hearts of our audience to earn “votes” in the form of satoshis.
  • Garner the respect and admiration of our panel of celebrity (or at least well-known in the bitcoin community) Judges.


Similar to some “reality” competition based television shows, Satoshi Superstars aims to showcase talent in a wide variety of fields. So no matter what your area of expertise, if you think you have what it takes to become the next Satoshi Superstar, head on over to the Contact Page and let us know.

Each season of Satoshi Superstars is expected to last from four to six weeks with the winner announced at the end.

How to play:

1.Submit an application via the Contact Page.

2.Twelve Contestants are chosen by a Site Administrator. Each Contestant is assigned a unique bitcoin address to be used for the sole purpose of collecting votes in the form of satoshis. Bitcoins sent to these addresses become the property of Unofficial BTC and will not be passed on to any contestants!

3.Round One:
  • Twelve Contestants are divided into two equal groups of six and given a task to complete as a team.
  • Judges evaluate team submissions and each Judge awards a pre-determined amount of bitcoins as “votes” to the team with the best entry in the opinion of the Judge. Team votes are divided equally between Voting Addresses of Team members.
  • Site visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite Contestant by sending satoshis (smallest bitcoin unit) to the BTC address designated as the Contestant’s Voting Address. A pre-determined deadline for voting will be announced.
  • The three Contestants with the least amount of BTC in their Voting Address when the deadline is reached will be eliminated from the competition. Eliminated Contestants are eligible for future contests and encouraged to reapply.

4.Round Two:
  • Nine remaining Contestants are divided into three teams of three and given another task to complete as a team..
  • Judges evaluate team submissions and each Judge awards a pre-determined amount of bitcoins as “votes” to the team with the best entry in the opinion of the Judge. Team votes are divided equally between Voting Addresses of Team members.
  • Site visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite Contestant by sending satoshis (smallest bitcoin unit) to the BTC address designated as the Contestant’s Voting Address. A pre-determined deadline for voting will be announced..
  • The three Contestants with the least amount of BTC in their Voting Address when the deadline is reached will be eliminated from the competition. Eliminated Contestants will be eligible for future contests.

5.Round Three:
  • Six remaining Contestants are divided into three teams of two and given another task to complete as a team.
  • Judges evaluate team submissions and each Judge awards a pre-determined amount of bitcoins as “votes” to the team with the best entry in the opinion of the Judge. Team votes are divided equally between Voting Addresses of Team members.
  • Site visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite Contestant by sending satoshis (smallest bitcoin unit) to the BTC address designated as the Contestant’s Voting Address. A pre-determined deadline for voting will be announced.
  • The two Contestants with the least amount of BTC in their Voting Address when the deadline is reached will be eliminated from the competition. Eliminated Contestants will be eligible for future contests.
  • Votes from the public will not be accepted after Round Three. Any satoshis sent to Contestants’ Voting Addresses will be withdrawn as soon as possible by the Site Administrator.

6.Round Four – Final Round:
  • Four remaining Contestants are given a task to complete on their own.
  • Judges evaluate submissions and each Judge awards a pre-determined amount of bitcoins as “votes” to the Contestant with the best entry in the opinion of the Judge.
  • Out of the four remaining Contestants of the final round of the season, the Contestant with the greatest balance in his/her designated Voting Address when the Judges have awarded their final Votes will be announced as the next Satoshi Superstar and will receive the Grand Prize.

Be sure to also check out our Judges' blogs!

Feel free to use this thread to ask questions or discuss the contest but please use the Contact Page only to apply to be a Contestant - PMs requesting consideration will be ignored.

Good luck!

Satoshi Superstars is a competition created and run solely by Unofficial BTC.
47  Economy / Goods / BitBrew now has coffee grinders! on: January 09, 2012, 10:17:36 PM
Now you can grind your BitBrew beans with a top-of-the-line BISTRO Electric Burr Grinder, available in five different colors. The grind can be adjusted to your preferred level of fineness and, best of all, the receptacle for the finished product is a glass container instead of plastic, eliminating much of the troublesome static electricity that is the bane of home grinders.

(Additional glass container with silicone sleeve available for 2 BTC.)



Only 15 BTC and, as with all BitBrew products, shipping within the contiguous United States is included.
48  Economy / Goods / BitBrew Year End Grab Bag Special! on: December 28, 2011, 08:35:39 AM
Last week, I bought some coffee in bulk to have on hand to fill last minute orders.  Unfortunately for me, I was a bit too optimistic and now have superfluous coffee ready and waiting to be shipped out but with nowhere to go. In order to prevent it from falling below the high standard of freshness that I set for the BitBrew brand and to get it into kitchens as quickly as possible, I'm creating this limited time offer:

For only 4 BTC, you can purchase two 12 ounce packages of BitBrew whole bean coffee (or two 12 ounce packages of Medium Grind for only 4.05 BTC) while supplies last.
 
But here’s the catch: This is a Grab Bag offer, meaning the coffee will be chosen at random from the stock I have on hand. As I mentioned above, however, these are our most popular coffees and, unless there is a particular bean you really would rather not receive, you’ll still be getting a premium coffee at a greatly reduced price simply by following the link below.

BitBrew Year End Special

Thanks to everyone who helped make this a great year for Bitcoin and BitBrew!
49  Economy / Goods / Gauging Interest: BitBrew coffee mugs on: December 20, 2011, 04:25:44 AM
I'm considering offering BitBrew coffee mugs and would like to get some feedback on what the community would be most interested in. The standard white ceramic mugs are cheaper but, if enough people want them, I'll be happy to offer higher quality travel mugs.

Here's what the standard mugs would look like:

I would probably sell these for about 2 BTC on the BitBrew website. Travel mugs would probably cost about twice as much.

Edit: At the time I wrote this, 1 BTC ~ 3.5 USD
50  Economy / Marketplace / Dozens of New Sites Added to The Bitcoin List! on: December 05, 2011, 12:07:43 AM
First off, I want to apologize to everyone who's messaged me asking to have their site added to The Bitcoin List. They should all be up now.

In addition to the listings added by request, I've just spent the last couple of days inputting dozens of links to BTC businesses, projects, etc., many of which didn't even exist when I first set out to make the most comprehensive list of bitcoin related sites.  Anyone still saying that you can't buy anything with bitcoins is either deliberately spreading false information or doesn't know how to do a simple internet search!

Another thing I'd like to point out: many visitors to The Bitcoin List arrived after searching for a list of mining pools, so I scoured the intrawebs and listed every active mining pool I could find.

I'll still be adding sites as time allows, but please feel free to inform me of any that I might have missed.
51  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin Meetup in San Antonio on: October 24, 2011, 07:06:11 PM
The first Bitcoin Meetup in San Antonio is scheduled for this Friday at 8 pm: http://www.meetup.com/Bitcoin-San-Antonio/events/38533662/

We're open to discussing anything and everything bitcoin related.
52  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Bitcoin is UNIQUE on: October 22, 2011, 10:21:16 PM
I've been sitting on this for a while because I haven't wanted to get caught up in any of the currency versus commodity debates going on but I can hold my metaphorical tongue no longer.

Bitcoin shares many of the traits displayed by money, currencies, commodities, stock, credits, and other exchangeable items that economic infrastructures are built around, however, it transcends them.

The synergy Satoshi created by utilizing a hash based proof-of-work system verified by a peer-to-peer network is not adequately described by any of the previous terms in their current incarnations. Consequently, new rules, laws, business etiquette, security measures, etc. will all have to be built from the ground up, free from the old, cumbersome restrictions and antiquated mentalities lingering in this brave, new world.

This manifestation of an intangible, archtypal ideal is giving us glimpses through doors that even the least cynical of us have always believed to be locked. Even if Bitcoin does die, it has opened my eyes to wondrous possibilities that will live at least as long as I do.

And that, my friends, is how Bitcoin won my admiration and continues to enthrall me to this day.
53  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / March 2012 BitCon in San Antonio, Texas - News Thread on: October 15, 2011, 04:25:56 PM


This thread will be used for making announcements regarding the upcoming conference and I'll update it as new information becomes available. Today, I'm pleased to announce the re-launching of the new and improved BitCon website. Thanks to BTCinch, you can send any amount of bitcoins anonymously through the Checkout button in the sidebar, or use the SCI to become a Supporter, Sponsor, or Exhibitor.

In addition, the contract with the hotels has been signed and the instructions necessary to get our discounted group rate should be posted here sometime during the next week. I will also be touring the hotels and convention center on Friday, October 21st and anyone in the San Antonio area is welcome to join me.

Your suggestions for making this event as beneficial to the bitcoin community as possible are strongly encouraged.

List of community members that will be in attendance
  • edd
  • Littleshop
  • Immanuel Go
  • evoorhees
  • btcontilt
  • Phinnaeus Gage
  • tbdunamis
  • michaelmclees
  • dustintrammell
  • FreeMoney

List of confirmed exhibitors
  • BitBrew
  • Bitcoin Leather by Martin Basurto
  • Cryptoanarchy.com/Littleshop

List of confirmed speakers, panelists, and special guests
54  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Your preferred arrival/departure dates for March convention. on: October 11, 2011, 07:07:49 PM
I've run into a little snag and wanted to get some feedback from everyone before signing a contract with the hotel for the weekend of the convention.

The plan is to hold the event March the 17th and 18th, Saturday and Sunday. Naturally, I assume most people would like to arrive on Friday so that they can go straight from their hotel room to the conference. The problem is, the hotel I've been dealing with, which is a very nice one right next door to the center, is sold out on Friday the 16th.

They have no problem holding the rooms for Saturday and Sunday night, but I don't know how many of you would be willing to head back home on a Monday. I'm considering just releasing the Sunday night rooms so that we aren't held responsible for them.

Now, here's an alternate proposal the hotel has made: we can reserve a block of 200 rooms at a sister property just 2 blocks away for Friday and Saturday night at the rate of $195 per night. This hotel isn't quite as luxurious as the first one and is a little farther away, but it is available at the most convenient times.

Of course, if I get a relatively evenly distributed array of responses, I'll just reserve two smaller blocks of rooms at both hotels.

Thank you in advance for your participation.
55  Economy / Goods / Re: 1btc BITBREW voucher FOR SALE at ONLY 0.8btc! on: October 02, 2011, 12:39:43 PM
Bitslut wants to unload a BitBrew voucher won from IBB but is still stuck in the Newbie section, so I'm linking here on his/her behalf: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=46321.0
56  Bitcoin / Project Development / Unofficial BTC now on GLBSE on: October 01, 2011, 03:09:30 AM
I've started an "umbrella" company, Unofficial BTC, to help manage some of the projects I've started myself and some I'd like to help others with. Shares are now listed at GLBSE, ticker ID is UBTC, and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. The main project at the moment is the upcoming convention in San Antonio. BitBrew and The Bitcoin List will (most likely) remain unaffiliated.
57  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Assistance Needed for 2012 Bitcoin Convention - San Antonio, Texas on: August 30, 2011, 10:44:06 AM
I have some experience organizing conferences, conventions, etc. and had considered putting together an alternate event for 2012, but since Bruce had several already in the works, I didn't think another one would be very productive or succesful. Now, however, it seems our community might benefit from one after all.

Let me say right off that I think the New York event was a huge success. These things usually require months and months of planning, firm commitments from vendors, sponsors, and attendees, and a small army of volunteers. For everything to go as smoothly as it seemed to (I was not able to attend) is a testament to everyone involved.

So, here are my questions for you:

When would you like the next Bitcoin Convention to be held?

Where?

What would you like to do at this event (workshops, networking, seminars, panels)?

How long should it last?

How far in advance would you be willing to purchase?

Would you be willing to sponsor or donate to provide an even more worthwhile experience for everyone?

Any other suggestions or recommendations. (I'm already assuming wireless internet for all and live coverage are necessities.)
58  Economy / Goods / BitBrew Promotion! on: August 29, 2011, 05:28:29 PM
First off, let me say thanks to everyone who has purchased coffee or tea from BitBrew. Many of you have had very kind words to say about the site, the product, and, most surprisingly, me.

So here's an incentive for you to help me answer that ubiquitous bitcoin criticism, "What can I actually buy with bitcoins that I would really want?"

If you bought coffee or tea from BitBrew.net after June 19th, refer a new customer and they can enter the email address you used when you made your purchase as a single-use only coupon code to receive 10 % off their purchase. Once their bitcoins are confirmed, I'll email you a coupon code good for 15% off your next order!

15% off coupon codes will only be distributed for bringing in new customers. If you can't convince anyone to try one of our premium products, you may use your own email to get 10% off your next order but you will not receive the 15% off coupon code.

But wait, there's more!

Procrastinators, you're in luck. Make a purchase before Septmeber 30th at regular price, and you can also refer a new customer to receive your 15% off coupon code!
59  Economy / Gambling / The_BitBrew_Round on: August 25, 2011, 02:03:00 PM
In honor of BitBrew's new relationship with Bitcoinduit, I've created The_BitBrew_Round.

ROI: 25%
Jackpot: 10%
Fees: 0.0%
Minimum Deposit: 0.2500 BTC
Maximum Deposit: 5.0000 BTC
Expiration: 12 hours of inactivity

Here's the BitBrew twist: the bitcoin address immediately preceeding the last, jackpot winning entry, will receive a rebate of 50% of his/her next BitBrew order!
60  Economy / Gambling / Perpetual_Ponzi on: August 20, 2011, 07:59:40 PM
New game for everyone to make some coin while we're waiting for some more updates from the 2011 Bitcoin Conference.

Perpetual_Ponzi

ROI: 15%
Jackpot: 5%
Fees: 1.0%
Minimum Deposit: 1.0000 BTC
Maximum Deposit: 2.0000 BTC
Expiration: 36 hours of inactivity

Great potential with this one, so get in early!
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