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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: Just a test transaction and finally stuck! on: Today at 01:30:24 PM
You can see the mempool here - https://jochen-hoenicke.de/queue/#1,4d

Looks like you timed it poorly - the mempool started filling up just an hour or so before you made your transaction. If you had made the transaction an hour earlier, chances are it would have confirmed quickly, as you can see other transactions with very low fees confirming in under 20 minutes: https://www.blockchain.com/btc/tx/ab844143090e558a2903e9ab69294ed5f9b41425093ad2621cebbc2e77219efc

You can also see on the first link that for the last week or so the mempool has been pretty much emptying overnight, between around midnight and 06.00 UTC. Your fee is very low at only 0.5 sat/B, but should confirm by this evening at the latest.
2  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Using Blockchain to lower healthcare costs. on: Today at 01:05:23 PM
What you are suggesting is the equivalent of using a plaster to treat a gunshot wound.

The US healthcare system is broken. In a Commonwealth Fund Report the US ranked last overall, as well as last for efficiency, equity, and cost-related access. The only category the US came first on was price - so as well as being the worst healthcare system in the developed world, the US is also the most expensive in the world, spending approximately 6-7% more of its GDP on health.



If you compare actual dollars per citizen the difference is even more striking - the UK's NHS, the highest rated healthcare system in the world spends $3,405 per citizen per year on healthcare. The US spends a whopping $8,508, and despite spending 2.5x per citizen, those citizen receive significantly worse care and outcomes. That's without even touching on the astronomical individual cost of health insurance, and the fact that any US citizen is a single major illness or disease away from bankruptcy.



Now the issue you describe - intermediaries charging to put patients in contact with services - simply does not exist in most countries. You walk in to either your General Practitioner, Primary Care Physician, Urgent Care Center or Emergency Room when you need to. They organize any tests or investigations your need, or set-up a consultation with any other doctor or any specialist you need. There is no "in network" or "out of network" nonsense. There are no intermediaries. There are no fees and no paperwork. They simply talk to the service you need and set up an appointment for you. It is quicker, it is more efficient, it is cheaper, and as we have seen, it leads to better outcomes for patients.

Trying to use blockchain to take the place of intermediaries is a far inferior solution to just removing the intermediaries altogether.
3  Other / Meta / Re: MYTHBUSTERS: Only high ranked users are rewarded with merits on: Today at 12:30:24 PM

I was going to send you 1 Merit for this post but I checked out your post history & it’s littered with Bounty Hunting spam so I’m not going to now, sorry.

You’ll never rank up if the majority of your posts are in that shit hole of the forum. More posts like this though & you’ll rank up.

I always find this argument really funny.  This is the one reason why so many newbies argue that it is really hard to earn a merit.  They will post a decent and high-quality post and you will point out that they do not deserve it because of their other posts.  Then what will happen? that newbie will be discouraged because he cannot remove/delete his past posts and cannot turn to a new leaf and will be forever be judged because of his past post and will never earn (or be lessened the chance to earn) a single merit in the future.

Think of it this way:

Let's say you have a colleague at work. This colleague has been there for a while - say twelve months. They aren't a good worker. They don't pull their weight and in meetings they generally just repeat the same meaningless nonsense over and over again, getting in the way of actual conversation and progress. They are rude, abrasive and obnoxious. Every time that they've spoken to you it has been to either bad mouth another colleague or try to sell you some bath bomb from the multi-level marketing scam they are involved in.

Suddenly and out of the blue, after a year or more of being lazy and rude, one morning this colleague starts being really friendly with you and offering to do some of your workload. What is your initial thought? "Wow, they are a better person now - I know, I'll go buy them a coffee and some doughnuts"? Of course not. You would be immediately suspicious and wonder what thing or favor they want from you.

Now, lets say that person is friendly to everyone and works hard all day and asks for nothing in return. And then does it again the next day. And for the rest of the week. And for the rest of the month. After a while you think "Finally this person has turned over a new leaf", and you start inviting them along to your Friday evening post-work drinks.

Merit is the same. One good post is not enough to erase months and months of shitposting, especially when it is obvious that as soon as the newbie gets that one merit they are desperate for, they will just go back to shitposting again. If you show a sustained change over weeks and months, then as has been pointed out already, merit will come your way.
4  Economy / Services / Re: bustadice signature campaign(2 open slots) on: Today at 11:54:41 AM
Btctalk name: o_e_l_e_o
Rank: Senior Member
Current post count: 2004
bustadice Name: oeleo
Wear appropriate signature: Will change on acceptance

I am the 22nd 21st most merited user of all time.
5  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: If you're ~15% in the red, is it crazy to sell? on: October 14, 2018, 09:32:11 PM
Those were coins from top 10 marketcap im 2013. They were like eth now and its hodlers are still waiting for recover.
Name 10 altcoins with working produkt.ETH? Code full of Bugs, unscalable and with eos, stelllar, waves, nem, tron, neo  (and mayby 50 more) doing the same.

I don't think there are 10 altcoins with a real world use, which is exactly my point. Your argument is an argument against altcoins, not long term holding. Long term holding is a perfectly viable strategy if you have picked a coin with solid fundamentals, a working product and a real world use that is going to grow over time, such as Bitcoin. If you pick some obvious scam like Bitshares or EOS, then no amount of holding will bring you profit.
6  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Can Ripple’s XRP Hit the $10 Mark by the End of 2018? – XRP Price Today – Sun O on: October 14, 2018, 04:41:44 PM
Absolutely not, and the article is nonsense. JP Morgan have no interest in a partnership with Ripple. They are busy developing their own blockchain, and have been trying to file various blockchain patents for years. If they do end up using blockchain tech, it will be in a way that completely benefits and profits them, and not in a way that will help pump someone else's coin.

Regardless, for XRP to hit $10, its market cap alone would have to be double the entire current market cap for all crypto. No way it's happening in 3 months, and unlikely it will happen ever.
7  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: If you're ~15% in the red, is it crazy to sell? on: October 14, 2018, 04:30:34 PM
Hodling is the riskiest strategy. There is no quarantee that your coin will recover.

Hodlers of those coins was also sure that their coins will recover someday (those are top 10 coins from december 2013)
Omni -90%
Peercoin -80%
Namecoin - 75%
Quark -95%
Bitshares -~100%
Wordcoin -~100%

That's not an argument against holding / long term investing though. That's an argument against trash altcoins. It is easily possible that someone could have day traded any of the coins you listed (or indeed any coin at all) and also lost 80% or more.

If you pick a coin that has a working product and real world use (such as bitcoin or the tiny handful of altcoins that fulfil this criteria), then holding long term is a completely viable strategy.
8  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcointalk Support on: October 14, 2018, 02:14:00 PM
As it stands, it's up to the individual to keep their account secure and everyone should know that if they get hacked they should expect to never regain access to that account again.  It's unfortunate but true.

It's ridiculous, really. Senior accounts are valuable, with many senior members having built up activity, trust and now merit over years. And it's all protected by a single password. The login page for my work's rota viewer, where I can literally only look at this week's rota (and not edit anything) has more security than that. For the world's biggest crypto forum, which should be advocating security, to not have 2FA or any form of account recovery is ridiculous.


Agreed.  I don't know what's stopping Theymos from delegating those responsibilities.

The same unknown reason that is stopping him appointing more mods or patrollers, I guess.
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Boxing Legend Manny Pacquiao’s Cryptocurrency Could Launch This Year on: October 14, 2018, 01:50:47 PM
Finally! A solid new coin with a working product and real world applications! (/s)

What a piece of trash. Name one reason that anyone, let alone a boxer, needs their own personal crypto, other than trying to scam money from idiots. Either Pacquiao doesn't understand the first thing about crypto, or he knows full well what he's doing and doesn't care about scamming people. Either way, this coin will be nothing but pure trash, the same as every other celebrity coin.

The day I invest in Pacquiao's crypto is the day I invest in Vitalik's boxing career.
10  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Do Telegram Singal groups work? on: October 14, 2018, 01:41:36 PM
Do Telegram Singal groups work?

No, not for the average user. They are simply pump-and-dump scams being poorly disguised as something else. By the time the signal is put out, the small handful of group leaders have already loaded their bags and are waiting to dump on you. The only people making profit are the people running the group - they only want you there because they need suckers to dump on.

As with everything in life, is someome is promising you fast, easy, risk-free returns, then you can be 100% sure it's a scam.
11  Other / Meta / Re: Negative Merit on: October 13, 2018, 08:46:44 PM
are there other punishment/s given to a forum member with negative merit/s?

The forum deliberately loads that little bit slower, so just as they are about to click on a link to the next page, everything jumps and they end up clicking on a signature link to some trash ICO instead.
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: ICO market statistics. September 2018. on: October 13, 2018, 06:18:16 PM
But the decline in activity is not due to the fact that people are even more literate when choosing a project for investment, it’s just that many of their crypto portfolios have dropped very much, they simply don’t have enough money to invest. I am sure that when the market enters the growth stage again, the ICO will again attract huge funds.

Unfortunately I suspect you are right. There are still plenty of "great project" idiots on every ICO thread - I have no doubt they would be sending their money off in to the abyss if they could afford it.

The ones who have been burnt the hardest by ICO scams are probably that bit wiser, but when the next bull market comes along there will be ten new idiots willing to lose money for every one that has learnt their lesson.

It's a sad state of affairs.
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: ICO market statistics. September 2018. on: October 13, 2018, 05:27:44 PM
So there are less ICOs and they are raising less money? Good. The vast majority of ICOs have either a woefully naive and unprepared team behind them with no product or real world use, or are an outright scam designed only to rip people off. ICOs make the whole of crypto look like a scam to the outside world.

The sooner we stop throwing our money away at these trash projects, the better.
14  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: binary trading option %100 legit on: October 13, 2018, 05:22:07 PM
You are offering 1000% return per day? Don't be absurd. There is absolutely zero chance you can promise these returns. 1000% a day is enough to make you a billionaire within a week.

Obvious scam is obvious.
15  Bitcoin / Alternative clients / Re: Nano Ledger S Ledger Live? on: October 13, 2018, 04:54:46 PM
But why would anyone not put a password for it?

Because my laptop has full drive encryption and is never unencrypted unless I'm actively using it. If someone can break that encryption then they can definitely break a password to some random application.
16  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Bitcoin/Coin Safety on: October 13, 2018, 04:07:21 PM
As mentioned, a hardware wallet is generally a good choice and what most people will use. Ledger Nano S and Trezor are the two most popular ones. If you are looking at storing altcoins, then check which hardware wallet (if any) supports the coin(s) you are interested in. Hardware wallets have the advantage of easily being able to spend or transact the coins. The disadvantages include cost and losing access to your coins if you forget your PIN and/or lose your mnemonic.

Another option is paper wallets. Although free, these have the downsides of being awkward to spend coins from, as well as potentially being risky if created on an insecure device.

Both methods have their pros and cons - best to research a bit and find the one that is right for you.
17  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: $100 price difference between exchanges ... on: October 13, 2018, 03:51:09 PM
The price difference between exchanges is called arbitrage. That is a risk free profit but you have to be careful about
liquidity on both exchanges, transaction time and fees, deposit and withdrawal fees.

You are both right and wrong in the same sentence. Arbitrage is absolutely not risk free for all the reasons you then point out. In the time it takes you to transfer your coins, the gap can close or the price fluctuate wildly. Exchange, deposit and withdrawal fees can easily eat all your potential profits and more leaving you at a net loss, even if the price gap remains stable. Low liquidity can stop you from selling altogether.

Yes, there are profits to be made with arbitrage, but it's usually by bots with fiat and BTC already sitting on a couple of exchanges waiting for opportunities to arise. By the time the average trader gets involved, the gap is usually closed.
18  Other / Meta / Re: MYTHBUSTERS: Only high ranked users are rewarded with merits on: October 13, 2018, 12:38:42 PM
-snip-

That's not true, though.

1 - Anyone can put a bit of effort in to researching and constructing a good reply. Having less knowledge is easily remedied by a little bit of effort.

2 - It is a minority of high ranking members that manage campaigns or bounties, and of those that do, the minority of their merits come from campaigns.

3 - You don't need to be a high ranking member to know the rules. You can read the forum rules in 10 minutes. And having a post deleted because it broke the rules doesn't mean anything, you can just continue posting.

Yes it's a reality that only high rank members get a lot of merits and us newbies or low ranks gets nothing because of these reasons:

The reason you get nothing, as has been pointed out, is because your entire post history is just spam bounty pyramid quotes.
19  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Bullish News for Tron with Proof on: October 12, 2018, 09:26:00 PM
Another pre-announcement announcement of an upcoming announcement? Justin Sun and Tron are pretty much a one-trick marketing pony at this point. This nonsense needs to stop.

And yet, the price of Tron is already going up. People buying based on pure speculation of absolutely nothing. So stupid. No doubt this will be another huge let down, same as everything to do with Tron.
20  Other / Meta / Re: Announcing the 🦊 Vulpine Order of Merit 🦊 on: October 12, 2018, 08:53:06 PM
A risky choice, since it contains an all-enveloping deadly mist! (Open with care.)

Sounds expensive! I'll take the bitcoin value of it immediately!

If not, send the box over instead. I have full a head-to-toe biohazard suit with respirator stored at work - just let me grab that and I'll be all set for world domination.
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