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1  Other / Off-topic / Re: Encrypted social network on: March 21, 2015, 05:52:47 PM
I did this on my facebook and 1 out of 27 friends so far like the idea.  So far thats a bad percentage. 

Point that one to this thread
2  Other / Off-topic / Re: Encrypted social network on: March 19, 2015, 01:37:11 AM
I disagree, there's a lot of people who use social networks such as facebook while also trying (in vain) to protect their privacy, and there's plenty of people who will use social networks if they can be confident their privacy is protected.

I understand but shit I have this woman on facebook who likes making videos, she has no clue about privacy issues, your right there are people who do care, like me.  There are others who do not know any better.

It's the people who care that i'm aiming for
3  Other / Off-topic / Re: Encrypted social network on: March 19, 2015, 01:12:26 AM
I disagree, there's a lot of people who use social networks such as facebook while also trying (in vain) to protect their privacy, and there's plenty of people who will use social networks if they can be confident their privacy is protected.
4  Other / Off-topic / Re: If you still trust Tor to keep you safe on: March 18, 2015, 06:34:43 PM
The way to protect against this attack is with some kind of blacklist, or better yet a whitelist of trustworthy nodes.
5  Other / Off-topic / Encrypted social network on: March 18, 2015, 06:21:45 PM
Thought this would be of interest to people here:

It's what i've been up to since BitInstant went down, beta will be coming around the end of april and there's a fundraiser on littlebitback with some more info:

As the littlebitback page says, depending on response to the fundraiser it'll either be funded by donations or via a freemium model. What I absolutely do not want to do is make it advertiser-funded as that opens up privacy risks.

If anyone is interested in helping out more directly, get in touch via PM.
6  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: CEX.IO on: April 05, 2014, 12:37:27 AM
Got same myself today, contacted support and let them know - was advised simply to change password.

I'll point out that it looks like a mass attack to them.
7  Other / Meta / Re: Changing name on: March 21, 2014, 05:25:50 PM
My previous name was:
Gareth (BitInstant)

Not going into why I wanted it changed....
8  Other / Meta / Re: Changing name on: March 21, 2014, 05:25:30 PM
Wait, did a moderator see this and changed his profile?

Maybe not and he wanted his name changing to "Gareth Nelson" with quotation marks haha.

Now that'd just be silly........... but somehow rather cool
9  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Facebook Security Director leaves for Coinbase on: March 21, 2014, 08:14:07 AM
coinbase more secure thanks to FB security guy

coinbase expanding features and uses thanks to amazon director guy

looks like coinbase is heading in a more professional direction, which will giv it much needed cred and trust, since the gox fiasco..

i can see coinbase spearheading the next price rise and expansion of bitcoin services.


hmm bittburger said it better though


10  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: BEWARE OF BLOCKCHAIN ! on: March 20, 2014, 02:27:56 PM


2014-03-19 04:55:35




You do not own any bitcoins if you are not the sole owner of the associated private keys!

blockchain encrypt the private keys - I got a wallet dumped from their support recently, they just emailed me an encrypted zip file
11  Other / Meta / Re: Changing name on: March 19, 2014, 05:00:52 PM
Never donated to the site (though I should consider doing so) - I am a longterm member though, so maybe that makes a difference.
12  Other / Meta / Changing name on: March 18, 2014, 09:56:13 PM
Hi, is it possible to get my name changed to just plain "Gareth Nelson"?

Would also like my avatar changed to blank if possible, if not this one will do:
13  Other / MultiBit / Re: Help me :( lost a thousand pounds trying to back my coins up on: March 18, 2014, 09:14:41 PM
Before doing anything else:
1 - stop your wallet software
2 - backup all the related files using normal OS commands
3 - seperately backup the backup you made earlier

You don't want to make things worse by corrupting those files in any form.

Next, get pywallet, run the --restore option on both wallet files, you may get lucky.
14  Other / Off-topic / Re: First bitcoin related suicide? on: February 05, 2014, 03:15:02 PM
Sometimes its the devil trying to kill people, when they are thinking of killing themselves.

You might consider getting help from a priest.

I remember how the devil tried to get me to throw myself off of a high bridge into a swift moving river one time,
many years ago. I just barely survived, and I did not jump off the bridge.

but I wound up going to a christian priest at the salvation army, that very day.

The priest did not really seem to know what to do.
But the priest asked me if I wanted to receive Jesus, and Jesus could help me.
I said ok.

Then the priest annointed my head with oil, and he prayed that Jesus would help me, and become
my lord and savior. He gave me a holy bible to read.

And I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I then got help from Jesus after that,
to help with rebuking the devil.

I used to read psalm 91 out loud repetitively, asking for Gods protection.

No offence, but the religious stuff is really not appropriate - it's not "the devil" who makes people take their lives or harm themselves - it's mental illness (specifically depression), and this is something that needs proper help from a medical professional.

A priest may be a supportive figure for a believer (and without knowing the OP you don't know what his religious beliefs are), but they can only be there to "lean on" and should not be the primary source of treatment.
15  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: FAKE website on: January 31, 2014, 06:07:08 AM
I urge members of to change their password and add extra security e.g authenticator.
Reason being, I stumbled across a website that looked like, which was
Funny enough you could log on via this fake site. Unfortunately I was one of those unlucky souls. I didn't know, I just typed in cex in google and it came up on top.

I consulted with support and they replied:

From: CEX.IO Webmaster []
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 1:57 AM
To: ***
Subject: Re: verification of web address

Hey there ***,
We have no affiliation with
I already notified the domain registrar of the copyright violation and the website was closed.
Thank you for your notification.

I also asked them to make a global announcement about this, but they haven't done it yet, nor willing to.
This could be an inside job or I could be wrong, either way it pissed me off.

Take care peeps, and change your password!

The reason you could login is because it was proxying to the real site, in the process storing a copy of your login credentials.
16  Other / Off-topic / Re: Why do people keep on getting hacked? on: January 31, 2014, 05:39:42 AM
is a safe password enough to not get hacked?

lets say you have an account on MTGOX with a password that contains big and small letters
extra keys and numbers and is over 20 caracters long

is there still a chance getting hacked?

(except phising,keyloggers)
phishing is quite easy to avoid by using certificate-patrol.
keyloggers are quite easy to defeat by using keyscrambler.

Keyloggers come in 2 forms:
Hardware - which no software can protect you against - this comes in the form of a device physically sitting between your keyboard and computer
Software - depends on a lot of variables, but you should generally assume that if a malicious party has code running on your computer that it is completely compromised

Phishing is easy to avoid with a few simple precautions in most cases

To answer the more general point: proper information security is a hard problem, people make mistakes and private keys or exchange/wallet credentials leak to the bad guys
17  Other / Off-topic / Re: Are you a virgin? on: January 30, 2014, 09:31:09 AM
I expect around 95% to vote Yes.... but hopefully when you become the "wealthy elite" with bitcoins, that will not be an issue.
18  Other / Off-topic / Re: What was the dumbest thing you did for love? on: January 30, 2014, 09:29:24 AM
I invited a girl I liked to spend holidays at my place and to make a good impression taking her out almost every day. The only thing she paid for was a train ticket and I ended up spending half of my life savings in 1 month (equivalent of 6 months wage). I later found out she was happy to visit me anyway and would be even if we just ordered food instead of going out and stuff. Anyway, we had fun so I don't regret it.

Believe it or not, keeping it real impresses a woman more than trying to impress her Smiley  This won't be the dumbest thing you'll ever do for love, though! hehe

Don't you guys have female friends to give you tips and such? 

If you want a proper relationship yeah, keep it real - if you want a quick fling or affair (in which case I wouldn't say it's "for love", but "for sex" - these are related but different) then sure, go the "impress the ladies" route.

For myself i've only ever had luck in the love life with girls who started as good friends.

Best tip of all:
Stop treating women as a mysterious entity that you need to hack, it'll make you more relaxed and you'll find it easier to talk.
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Poll: Did you actually read the entire Charlie Shrem Criminal Complaint? on: January 30, 2014, 05:29:53 AM
After reading the complaint, I get the feeling that the unnamed co-founder of bitinstant (Gareth Nelson?) remains unnamed as he is a testifying witness?

that make any sense?

I am not at present a witness in this case

Well that answers that!

Is there anything you can add to the story? Or you cant talk about it?

I can not add anything further for legal reasons
20  Other / Off-topic / Re: First bitcoin related suicide? on: January 29, 2014, 07:56:36 PM
Maybe you've had better experience than me, but in all the cases i've contacted law enforcement over someone suicidal they've only responded if the person in question was making an active attempt - they did not respond when it was simply suicidal ideation without an active attempt.

When there is an active attempt, they will intervene, otherwise their response has usually been "not our role".

I have up close and personal experience actually. I'm not sure what type of work you do; a public servant/work in civil services... if this applies to you --> Just understand that you too could be named in a lawsuit should someone call LE because their spouse is having suicidal thoughts, LE don't respond for a 'welfare check' and the person follows through. Depending on your role, you could be named a defendant vice witness. I'd have to know more to determine whether vicarious or another form of secondary liability would apply.

But hell, with today's laws, people can sue for anything, right? Smiley  Let me get pulled over for intoxication (will never happen, I don't drink) and LE let me go with a warning and I get into a wreck and hurt myself or someone... I'd sue their asses for jeopardizing my life and others' because they failed to arrest me for DUI. Really I wouldn't sue, that's just an example to show you how far things can go.

Back on topic, perhaps you have a lazy department servicing your municipality, or they're just pulling a fast one over your eyes, IDK. Not all of them are good, and we all know the uninformed are taken advantage of. But if I were you, I'd become informed; just so I'd know I'm protected if something like that ever happened. Just saying. Sorry - I know I talk too damn much.

I've run online communities for autistics who tend to also have various mental health problems, including suicide threats - and in every case i've reported a threat to law enforcement they only acted if there was an imminent danger of an actual attempt, otherwise they advised it was not their role and stated that I should contact the individual's healthcare provider.

To be fair, in cases of an imminent attempt (i.e a person posted "i've just taken a bottle of pills") the police were quick to locate them and act. Simply seeing someone express suicidal thoughts was never enough to get law enforcement to respond.

Ah! That brings another beast into the equation... perhaps a slightly different beast? This piece is out of my league; way too many variables for me to even pretend I know what I'd be talking about. So I guess in this situation, the mentally ill person making the threats has immediate supervision (therefore no opportunity), don't have the ability to act, so their life isn't in jeopardy? Just can't imagine a non response in situations where opportunity, ability, and jeopardy exists.

Unfortunately not quite - most people with mental health issues are NOT under constant supervision (and in fact should not be unless it's absolutely necessary).

Neither do they not have the ability to act. Do not read "mental illness" as the hollywood depiction of someone shouting at invisible voices in their head, it's far more complex than that and suicidal depression in itself is a mental illness which manifests purely as regular old depression combined with suicidal ideation.

I won't pretend to know where to begin to with this one; too many variables outside of my scope to consider. Obviously the hollywood versions mandate a response (high potential for violence), and so do cases where a person is clinically depressed (more likely to act). Mentally ill or not, I can't think of one reason why LE won't respond, but evidently they exist. Pure speculation at this point but it could be because it's third party info, the person might not be threatening only thoughts with no desire to act, IDK to be honest. But the last thing I want to do is rent out space in head to thinking about it; that space is already reserved Tongue  I'll have to get back with you if one comes to mind.

Boy, haven't we highjacked this thread? Good stuff though - I hope others found it informative.

And why can't the the majority of communication exchanges on this forum debate with tact like us? Another thread I suppose Tongue We should do this again.


We have indeed hijacked this thread a tad, i've PMed the OP asking if he's alright and offering to help him contact local services if he needs it.
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