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1  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: November 20, 2018, 08:26:38 AM
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high linguistic ability (an entirely female trait) in order to try and maximize scamming ability.  Males tend to have lower linguistic ability than females
because men can just go and do things themselves.  
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This is the reason why it is so great when you have high linguistic ability as a man.

Men have a weakness for visuals in general while women have a weakness for
soft words. If you have a certain playfulness with language, you can seduce literally
any woman. As you already pointed out most men don´t have this level of linguistic ability,
which makes seduction so easy for the men that possess that skill.
2  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: November 14, 2018, 04:37:13 PM
Market cap is down to ~95 billion $.

I still think that the drop below a market cap of 100 billion $ is only temporary.
Too many parties are incentivized to keep the price above the level that is necessary
for a 100 billion $ market cap.


3  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: October 29, 2018, 07:03:49 PM
aha

NXMH B.V. operates as a subsidiary of Barclays PLC.

Barclays bought Stamp

According to this Reuters article NXMH is a subsidiary of South Korea’s NXC Corporation:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bitcoin-exchange-bitstamp/european-investment-firm-buys-digital-exchange-bitstamp-in-all-cash-deal-idUSKCN1N314I

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NXMH, with assets under management of more than 2 billion euros, is the European subsidiary of South Korea-based NXC,
which invests in digital technologies. NXC also owns South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Korbit.
4  Economy / Gambling / Re: Dice Sites with FIAT currencies? on: October 19, 2018, 09:33:25 AM
The quality of answers to this threat has been really low... roughly half of the answers are either plain wrong or do not answer the question.

To clarify, we all agree that provably-fair algorithms are superior to the intransparent algorithms of traditional online casinos! However, the question in this threat is:
Why are Fiat online casinos not adopting the new provably-fair technology?

To have a reasonable discussion on this, please only reply if you either (a) know a Fiat casino that already offers a provably-fair algorithms or (b) give ideas on why Fiat casinos are not adopting the technology.

I started a similar thread a long time ago and received better replies
(including answers from users like dooglus or Stunna, who are highly
knowledgeable about the subject).

Why has no fiat casino adopted provably fair gambling?


5  Local / Trading und Spekulation / Re: Der Aktuelle Kursverlauf on: September 28, 2018, 09:26:33 PM
Ich wundere mich, dass hier die Schließung von 1broker.com noch kein Thema war.

Die SEC macht ernst: https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2018-218

Ich bin nun kein Experte im US-amerikanischen Aufsichtsrecht, aber wenn man das weiter spinnt, dann könnten sehr große Spieler wie Binance oder Bitmex große Probleme bekommen,
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Das Press Release der SEC, das du verlinkt hast, passt auch erstaunlich gut zu BitMEX:

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Investors could open accounts by simply providing an email address and a user name – no additional information was required –
and could only fund their account using bitcoins.

Also 1:1 wie bei BitMEX.

Wurde 1broker wirklich so aktiv genutzt? Hatte bisher nicht den Eindruck, dass der Service
besonders populär war.
6  Economy / Services / Re: [OPEN] ⚡BQT Signature Campaign | Member - Hero | 0.0007 BTC /Post ⚡ on: September 28, 2018, 08:24:58 AM
Hi Zapo,

I have decided to leave the BQT Signature Campaign. This is not related
to the max post decrease, I would have left anyway, because of a lack of time
in the upcoming weeks.

I will remove the signature tomorrow.

Thank you for the reliable payments and the solid campaign management.


Suggestion:
Maybe you could give my spot to the user @bitmover, who recently ranked up
to Sr. Member and is still being paid as Full Member.
7  Bitcoin / Legal / Re: US Government Agencies Up Blockchain Analysis Contracts on: September 27, 2018, 07:35:34 PM
@gentlemand delivering the goods as usual  Cheesy
Thank you for sharing this Twitter thread.

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swap to XMR as needed, and avoid KYC.

Monero is obviously the most promising altcoin, but it is still experimental tech.
Just take a look at the critical bug that was patched a few days ago:
https://thenextweb.com/hardfork/2018/09/25/monero-burning-vulnerability/

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“A bug in the wallet software allowed a determined attacker to cause significant damage to organizations
present in the Monero ecosystem with minimal cost,” declares the official statement. “[…] A determined attacker
could burn the funds of an organization’s wallet whilst merely losing network transaction fees.”

On an unrelated note the problem with avoiding KYC is very often that you end up
buying your first Bitcoins without worrying about privacy or fungibility at all. If you
discover the value of privacy and the extent of blockchain analysis down the road, it is often too late
and your coins are already tainted with a connection to your true identity.

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Some interesting reading about the stats of US government spending on blockchain analysis.
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https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IlH60Jd9tfKsttABORiZGhBlLz4L4pwSLX0jIYZWj2E/edit#gid=0

Why did the FBI receive money from Chainalysis (row #8 of the table)? In all other
deals the money was flowing from the government agency to an analytics company, which
is the direction that makes more sense.
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: jason derulo will make his own coin? on: September 27, 2018, 07:11:52 PM
These celebrities should be thrown in jail for promoting scam ICOS...

Maybe the ICO that Jason Derulo is advertising is a legit project
(I haven´t looked at the ICO therefore I have no idea).

Having said that I really doubt the advertising value of these
celebrity endorsements. How many people, who follow him on Twitter
are really going to buy tokens on an obscure exchange after he makes a tweet
about a project? I assume that many of his followers are minors as well, which
makes it more difficult to fund cryptocurrency exchange accounts anyway.

I´d argue that wasting 20k $ on a tweet by a celebrity like Jason Derulo is
probably not a good investment of your ICO budget. Better use that money
to get your token listed on a big exchange where cryptocurrency enthusiasts actually
buy and trade tokens.
9  Economy / Gambling / Re: Bet in Asia - Bitcoin as a deposit method on: September 27, 2018, 06:53:14 PM
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Those casinos who selectively enforce KYC only in case of withdrawals to find a reason to not send money owed are obviously shady!
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I have played at over a hundred different fiat and Bitcoin casinos and only
a single operator asked for verification right after opening an account.
It is completely standard to ask for KYC before the 1st withdrawal and literally
every casino operates like this. If your claim would be true, even the most reputable
bookmakers would be shady, because they allow you to deposit and to place wagers
without verifying your account first.
10  Economy / Speculation / Re: Save the date! May 2020 - Bitcoin price will explode ? on: September 26, 2018, 12:24:10 PM
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I can totally see a point at which Bitcoin will end up following gold in terms if stability.
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I think that this is extremely unlikely even if Bitcoin is widely used as a means of
payment. The big difference is that Bitcoin trading is just so easy and anyone
can join in on the action 24/7 from every country in the world. Besides, the supply
of BTC that is traded on the exchanges will decrease in the long-term as institutional
investors buy up big amounts of coins for the long-term. Wild price moves therefore
will be just as easy in the future as they are now, because simply not enough people
will have their Bitcoins on exchanges in open orders.

It will be just as easy to move the market by a 100 BTC market buy in the future as it is now
if you ask me.
11  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: September 26, 2018, 12:10:55 PM
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Do exchanges just create fake trades of XRP or are people stupid enough to buy and hold it?

Take a look at the Ripple Reddit...

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Minoltah15:
The perks of being an early adopter, even in spite of losses. 💰 Today is a good day. 💰

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peterepeat6921:
As XRP is basically replacing bitcoin as the crypto standard, it’s a long term buy and hold, enjoy your profits friends.. your on a marvellous thing.

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VeryMuchDutch1018:
I transferred most of my savings last night when it was 0.45... i could only start using it now at 0.54.

It sucks.. but only a little bit, as long is it keeps going up

Imagine having most of your savings in worthless XRP...








12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Another December Bull run on: September 26, 2018, 11:44:48 AM
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But I still kinda feel like it's not yet the bull run we are all hoping for.
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Where should the bull run even come from right now? We have no positive
news that could spark a price rise and many people are still remembering the huge
bloodbath after the 2017 ATH. Before we can embark on another bull run, we need
a real capitulation where everyone thinks that crypto is dead.

The last bear markets lasted for several years and yet people now claim that a bull run
should start only a few months after all cryptos formed a blow-off top.

I´d guess that we will see the next bull run in advance of the Bitcoin block reward halving.
Other cryptos will rise as well, because they are obviously heavily correlated to the BTC price.
13  Economy / Gambling / Re: Dice-Bet.com 🎲 0.7% House Edge | BTC, LTC, ETH | Play or Invest 🎲 on: September 26, 2018, 11:24:51 AM
I just checked out your site and here are a few observations/questions:

1. 2FA
It is great that you allowed users to secure their account using
2FA from the start.

2. Leverage
I love the idea of allowing investors to use a really high leverage %.
This makes investing a lot more fun. It is almost like gambling, but with
a positive expectation.

3. Bech32 support
Is it possible to withdraw BTC to a bech32 address? You should really
implement this if it currently isn´t supported.

Overall the site looks great and I hope it does well (I´d refer a few users,
but right now the affiliate system doesn´t seem to be up and running).
14  Other / Politics & Society / Re: SHOULD CITIZENS WHO DON'T PAY TAXES BE ALLOWED TO VOTE? on: September 26, 2018, 11:05:05 AM
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I think it makes sense.  Citizens who do not pay taxes or those who are non-residents do not have a stake in the game of how the taxes are spent.

Actually, the votes should be weighted based on how much taxes you pay.  The more taxes you pay the more valuable your vote should be.
If you pay no taxes your "vote weight" will be zero and your vote will not be counted.

The current system is unfair to the productive members of the society.

I somewhat agree with your idea, but I would modify it slightly.
In your system retirees wouldn´t be able to vote, because they don´t pay
any taxes. However, it is obviously counterproductive to exclude the
most experienced and wise members of society from elections. Besides,
most retirees by definition have paid taxes for several decades and therefore
have made huge contributions to the community.

Therefore I´d argue that it is fine to exclude people, who not pay taxes and people,
who are non-residents from voting, but you should still allow retirees to vote.
15  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: Will ICOs trend stop in 2019 on: September 25, 2018, 12:05:07 PM
The trend of ICO will not end in 2019, because ICO is attracting money, very big money...

There are already the first warning signs that ICOs may not
be as popular as they were in 2017. Most people buy into
ICOs for speculative reasons and will therefore stop to invest in ICOs
if it gets difficult to sell the tokens for a profit when they start trading
on the exchanges.

This development gets exacerbated by the fact that people in 2017
were able to invest the profits from previous ICOs right into new upcoming ICOs.
If you make no profits from ICO investing in 2018, you don´t have any profits
to invest into new ICOs.

I still think that there a few promising projects out there, but the majority
of ICO investments will not bring you any profit in 2018. It was nice while it lasted,
but I think they will become less popular in the upcoming years.
16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Donald Trump's Gives Gives Hope For ETF Future on: September 25, 2018, 11:40:26 AM
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Also, ETFs could be a double edged sword for BTC/ETH, there's no guarantee it will cause a price spike.

I think an ETF approval would play out like the launch of the Bitcoin Futures.
A huge price rise in advance of the news of the approval and in advance of the launch
date. Afterwards a huge dump as people take profits. Bitcoin only really
goes on a crazy bull run if there is a catalyst for such a run (MtGox manipulating the market,
BTC Futures, block reward halvings...).

The current sideways price action is at least partly caused by the lack
of a catalyst for a bull run. Besides, the downside risk is also limited, because the price
is not much higher than the average cost of mining a single Bitcoin.
17  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: The duplicate input vulnerability shouldn't be forgotten on: September 25, 2018, 11:23:32 AM
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Other than those two, I haven't seen other examples of companies doing this.

Blockstream also has hired quite a few developers that contribute to
Bitcoin Core and don´t work on their sidechain products.
Allegedly they also receive time-locked Bitcoins to ensure that it is in
their interest to maintain Bitcoin (a pretty good idea if you ask me, more
companies should do this).

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6- Because of the last two factors, bitcoin now suffers from a software engineering problem: software bloat. Through years, incremental developments
plus efforts for keeping system downward compatible and insisting on soft forks against hard forks has ended to a situation in which bitcoin code is becoming
more and more complicated and hard to understand/contribute amd maintain.
...

Isn´t this true for any larger software engineering project?
18  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [09-22-2018] Bitcoin Transactions Up to 6000x Cheaper Than Bank of America Fees on: September 25, 2018, 11:02:38 AM
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It should be noted that in June 2020 the reward for mining will be reduced from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC for each mined block, so Bitcoin's fees probably will be increased,
because miners will not accept transactions with a low commission.

Miners have to pay for their expenses like electricity and hardware in fiat. It is entirely
possible that 6.25 BTC after the block reward halving in 2020 will have a higher fiat value
than 12.5 BTC as of today.

I´d argue that we will only see bigger transaction fees when
either new spam attacks are launched on the BTC network or the genuine demand
for BTC transactions outgrows the current capacity.

The block reward halving will happen in May by the way and not in June according
to current projections (Reward-Drop ETA date: 21 May 2020 15:43:57).
19  Economy / Speculation / Re: Tether Has No Real Impact on Bitcoin price on: September 24, 2018, 07:04:28 PM
I thought that the latest theory was that Tether was enabling people
from Asia (especially China) to buy cryptocurrencies that had problems
with wiring money to regular exchanges due to capital controls.

It just makes sense if you ask me. People from other countries can easily wire funds to exchanges and have
no need to use Tether as an intermediary. But people from China used Tether as an intermediary
in order to circumvent capital controls.

I used to doubt whether the money to back all outstanding USDT is actually there, but nowadays
I believe that the money is actually there, but it comes from Chinese whales and miners
that can´t fund cryptocurrency exchange accounts. Maybe they are so reluctant to open
their books for this reason.
20  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Marketplace (Altcoins) / Re: Wagerr - Sport Betting on The Blockchain - Update on: September 24, 2018, 06:50:27 PM
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Did any of you sports betters ever tried this?

I wanted to try Wagerr until I saw how high their commission percentage on winnings is.
I thought that they would be much cheaper than established betting exchanges
like Betfair or Matchbook, because they don´t have to pay for office buildings and other
expenses that the fiat betting exchanges have.

Somehow they managed to be even more expensive...

Besides, they obviously struggle for liquidity. It is hard to get a betting exchange running, because
no one is going to bother to bet there if there is no liquidity. And with no one to bet there,
there is going to be no liquidity. It is a classical catch-22.
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