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201  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Password hasher, adds more security to your password! on: April 18, 2013, 03:49:52 PM
Glad your picking up such a useful language! Not sure how much use the program will be but you never know, someone could learn from it.

What other projects do you have planned?
202  Other / Off-topic / Re: Let's Count to 21 Million with Images on: April 18, 2013, 03:39:16 PM
203  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: [ANN][Official] Bitcoin Play! Satoshi Dice, Free Bitcoins, and more coming! on: April 18, 2013, 12:34:37 PM
I think for this to work you should make it provably fair as above and also generate vanity addresses to make it friendlier to send coins to.

Shouldn't be that hard to program if you've come this far in programming a 'dice' game.
204  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: where can i rent an ASIC miner on: April 18, 2013, 12:30:59 PM
Why would anyone rent one for less than what they'd earn from having it plugged in and then no one benefits.

They are becoming very overpriced and only early investors (like in bitcoin) will end up making any money from them.

Just get some graphics cards if you really want to mine some. Or just buy some coins and hope that the price goes up!
205  Economy / Micro Earnings / Re: FREE BITCOIN Sites *and* Free Newbie Lotto on: April 18, 2013, 12:20:17 PM
i remember when sites gave away 1btc a day to each user
Yeah! I remember 0.1BTC for free... If only I'd had a bit more money to invest back then! No time for regrets though.
206  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Is bitcoin mining environmentally responsible? on: April 18, 2013, 12:17:28 PM
I often wonder this! It is quite a waste of computing resources really. What we need is a useful sum! The power is used to find massive primes and that leads to the creation of a new block! Primes are useful!
207  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Introduce yourself :) on: April 18, 2013, 12:13:29 PM
Oh the ignominy of it - stuck in the newbie bin after 24 years of internet use, 18 years of linux, 30 years of programming from z80 assembler and up,  debating C++ template semantics with Stroustrupp while I was writing a parallelizing C++ source to source translator (before I evolved into a philosophically an anti-C++ person preferring C), enjoying USENET flame wars in the old days and tittering about newbies ineptitude Smiley

So anyway hi I am Adam Back, inventor of hashcash (the bitcoin mining function... all those mining cores and ASICs are grinding away producing hashcash).  So yep I contributed to the environmental crime of so far 40MW continuous mining.  We installed a 3.5kW solar installation but it seems like a small offset :|  I also implemented the opensource library credlib which implements Chaum and Brands ecash.  And actually reinvented offline multiple transfer Brands ecash (turns out someone else already figured it out when I asked Stefan).  I consulted for Nokia on ecash crypto back in 2002.  I worked at Zero-Knowledge Systems from 2000-2003.  So anyway I know a few things about ecash, privacy tech, crypto, distributed systems (my comp sci PhD is in distributed systems) and I guess I was one of the moderately early people to read about and try to comprehend the p2p crypto cleverness that is bitcoin.  In fact I believe it was me who got Wei Dai's b-money reference added to Satoshi's bitcoin paper when he emailed me about hashcash back in 2008.  If like Hal Finney I'd actually tried to run the miner back then, I may too be sitting on some genesis/bootstrap era coins.  Alas I own not a single bitcoin which is kind of ironic as the actual bitcoin mining is basically my hashcash invention.  (The only difference being a double hash for a bit of added design paranoia, the switch from SHA1 to SHA256 and defining fractional bits - hashcash difficulty can only double or halve - just count leading bits - bitcoin variant of hashcash defines the challenge as to find hashes < 2^x where x is the log2(difficulty)+32 in bits which is the same when there is no fractional part).

I am a strong believer in distributed trust models.  I was one of the early and vocal technical voices on the cypherpunks list.  Worked on distributed trust privacy tech and anonymity designs at ZKS (ToR is a newer re-implementation of their freedom network which includes my forward anonymity contribution), understand the risks of centralization, vocalized concerns about the risks of CA model, decade before we saw diginotar and others bring those predictions to fruition with Iranians and other CA operators issuing rogue sub-CA certificates for gmail.  I broke a number of crypto deployed systems most of which under NDA.  I have some concerns about centralization trends and how to avoid them on bitcoin.  Oh yeah I proposed something namecoin like also a decade or so back.

But for now I, just gotta get out of the newbie trap.

Ignominy, my word for the day Cheesy

Adam

I love this! Makes me feel less annoyed to be stuck in the Newbie section. Long term lurker and user of bitcoin stuck here because I don't like having forum accounts because I know how much time they waste!
208  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Are Brain Wallets really a good idea? on: April 18, 2013, 12:10:11 PM
I like this! Interesting reading. Also amazing that you found some bitcoins using it since I was sceptical.

I don't think they're a good idea because I know how unreliable my brain is!
209  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Best site to buy bitcoins? on: April 18, 2013, 07:08:54 AM
It entirely depends on location. If you are in the UK it is difficult which I'm assuming based on your name. I use OK pay (you can convert directly to bitcoins). It has the lowest fees in my experience but it takes a while to get verified.

Otherwise virwox is good.

Converting back is pretty hard though!

Being European or American really helps with bitcoin trading!
210  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Is BFL a scam? on: April 16, 2013, 07:35:49 PM
depends on definition of scam. it is quite legit company, just incapable of delivering what it sold.
if you would preorder duke nukem forever, wait 10 years of delays and it was quite bad int the end, is it scam or not?
Great comparison! Couldn't have said it better myself!
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