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1  Other / Off-topic / Re: U.S. Authorities Shut Down WordPress Host With 73,000 Blogs on: July 28, 2010, 03:29:10 PM
I know it's not bitcoin related but is there any way to set up a p2p blogging system that isnt centrally hosted?

Um, Freenet?
2  Economy / Marketplace / Re: FREE Microlotto / BingoLotto on: July 24, 2010, 06:25:45 PM
I feel generous  Tongue

Five fake-coins go to 2, 5, 7, 17 and 19.
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: There might be another bitcoin bubble.... on: July 24, 2010, 05:40:46 PM
I think the biggest problem for the value of bitcoin right now is paypal fees. To buy / exchange them if you are getting dinged to gain them, unless you are keeping the bc's and reusing them, everyone is getting dinged with fees.
The way around it is to choose the "gift" option, then if the other party has a paypal account there is no fee.

Unless the other party, i.e. me, is not in the US/UK.  Undecided
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: They want to delete the Wikipedia article on: July 24, 2010, 05:16:29 PM

No, sorry. See the information is accurate so they must have got it from here or the wiki, so it doesn't count. /sarcasm

WTF. Well, a direct copy of the Bitcoin homepage can't really be claimed as independant, no matter where it appears. I don't know that site, so despite the sophisticated layout I'll just have to assume some kind of spambot harvested the homepage and pasted a copy there.  Angry

I realize it's kind of bitter to see something that is of interest to oneself declared non-notable, but Wikipedia's policies are there for a reason, and we can always try again later. Although it sure would be a shame to break all those outside links to the Wikipedia article...
5  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Anonymous Prepaid Visa/Mastercard on: July 22, 2010, 07:34:56 AM
One suggestion would be to suggest to one of the bitcoin markets that they trade in Australian dollars. I am not sure how popular bitcoins are in AUS$ using countries.

Alternatively, Google has a feature that calculates currency exchange rates. You could use that to convert AUD to USD, and then calculate the Bitcoin value from that:
6  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Testing the waters on: July 22, 2010, 07:13:24 AM
I would do the drawing as follows:
  • Go to and generate the random number(s) between 0 and n based on a "persistent identifier". A good identifier to use would be a newly generated bitcoin address that has not been used yet.
  • Post the SHA-256 hash of the identifier on the forum to commit to the number(s)
  • Publish the guesses. This way, people can see if all guesses have been exhausted. This prevents me from claiming no-one won.
  • Announce the winner and publish the identifier used to generate the number(s), so everyone can verify the winning number(s).
7  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Security Bounty on: July 21, 2010, 08:05:50 PM
Well, once that reputable someone has been found, s/he could open a 'cause' on Pledgie. Pledgie doesn't take a cut, so everything would go towards the cause.
8  Other / Off-topic / Re: I want a Progress Quest Bitcoin Client on: July 21, 2010, 07:51:54 PM
Hehehe. While the Bitcoin client is connected to IRC anyway, why not make it login to an Idle-RPG? Problem solved. Grin

(This should probably be moved over to Off-topic or something...)
9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Official Bitcoin Unicode Character? on: July 21, 2010, 07:45:36 PM
Interesting, though it doesn't seem to work with your user name? Is the star burst supposed to appear over the D? For me, it appears after the D; I'm using Google Chrome on Windows.

Hm. I've tested it under Linux with Firefox and Chrome. Let me check... yeah it does look different on Windows. And neither Firefox nor Chrome display my example diacritics at all.   Embarrassed

The starburst character is a combining diacritical, so yes, it's supposed to surround the D. Then again, I kinda like how it comes out on Windows.

For the record, this is what it looks like to me:

I guess using combining diacriticals is out then, if they're not displaying correctly (everywhere).
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Official Bitcoin Unicode Character? on: July 21, 2010, 06:09:47 PM
There's also the possibility of using the Combining diacritical marks to cobble something together. I did this with the D in my user name, but haven't found something that'd really work as Bitcoin symbol, mostly because the symbols don't seem to line up properly:

B ̳     B ̶     B ⃦     B ⃝

Edit: Found a regular Unicode character that may work, although it doesn't look that good at small sizes:

11  Economy / Marketplace / Re: First Bitcoin financial pyramid: it's stupid but it works! on: July 21, 2010, 12:15:23 PM
This sounds like a Ponzi scheme to me. Kiss your monies good bye, those who choose to play.
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: They want to delete the Wikipedia article on: July 21, 2010, 10:23:20 AM
Excellent work.

Indeed. Added to the deletion discussion page on Wikipedia.
13  Other / Off-topic / Re: Nmap now includes a Bitcoin signature on: July 21, 2010, 10:10:01 AM
Isnt that a source from outside the bitcoin community that could be used to stop the wikipedia article being deleted?
I brought it up on the discussion page and added it to the article. We'll have to see whether it'll fly with the people there.
14  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Pick 3 Lotto - Current Jackpot (173 BTC) - Winner on 7/21/2010 on: July 19, 2010, 06:54:56 PM
Buying 557, 675, 006, 783, 585, 460, 524, 218, 401 and 832; numbers brought to you by  Cool
15  Other / Off-topic / Re: Jimmy the Virtual Bum Bot on: July 19, 2010, 06:20:48 PM
Geez. A page that's packed with ads *and* asks for donations... that's shameless.
16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Official Bitcoin Unicode Character? on: July 19, 2010, 04:00:36 PM

Is it just me or does that thing look like a badass snowman with a quarterstaff?  Grin


17  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Post-Minting Phase and CPU Usage on: July 17, 2010, 05:15:59 PM
Hehe, nah. Everybody's brain will have been copied into a computer by that time anyway, so no need for cell phones.  Cheesy

If Moore's Law holds 'til then, a single computer would be waaaay more powerful than all today's human brains combined. Kind of scary, kind of cool. Gotta love exponential trends...
18  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Safe Port Act (Online Gambling in the US) on: July 16, 2010, 11:41:55 AM
19  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Hash() function not secure on: July 16, 2010, 11:27:46 AM
Reversible computing techniques 'cheat' around the entropy limit. This means they can reach effective speeds far, far beyond what are possible with current computers, as they are effectively capable of performing nondeterministic operations.

Wait, what? I thought reversible computation just uses less energy. Where does the non-determinism come in?

Anyway, about the hashing being insecure: Wikipedia says that attacks on SHA-256 still take on the order of 2250 operations. And unless I made a big thinko here, doesn't the hash target change every ~10 minutes? Wouldn't that throw of an attacker? And if it was possible to break SHA faster, wouldn't the system adjust by raising the difficulty level?
20  Other / Off-topic / Re: Manufactured consent and Cyberwar on: July 16, 2010, 11:11:37 AM
p2p wifi.... Cheesy

Hehe. The proper name would be Wireless community mesh network. There are such networks all over Europe; the primary goal is not file-sharing, but some file-sharing is, of course, taking place.

I'm involved in a local effort to build such a network in my city; eventually we'll be connecting the network to an already established VPN that connects different cities. Later on, that VPN may be merged with other European networks, and in the end we hope to become mostly independent of traditional ISPs.

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