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461  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / General question: Physical Bitcoin transfers, what's the best solution? on: September 22, 2011, 09:04:40 PM
After reading about the fake Chinese restaurant and now Bu.mp, I'm trying to think of creative ideas for physical spending of Bitcoins -- not from an exchange, but from your own wallet. What would make them as easy to spend as cash? What would be easy for the merchant? Without buying prepaid cards, without necessarily even having a cell phone, without QR codes...without any third parties whatsoever, which is the whole beauty of Bitcoin. There should be some kind of system that makes it really easy.

I have a kind of half-baked idea about this, but I need some help fleshing it out, so please comment on this to help me. Here's what I thought of:

Suppose you kept your wallet on a memory stick, and there was a program that merchants could use, to type in a USD amount, that read the amount and converted it to Bitcoin at the current exchange rate, and then said "Insert memory stick". When the stick was inserted, the program would ask the user to type in a PIN code that was stored in a hashed file on the stick called "pin.dat". If it was accepted, the program would then load a key file that would decrypt the wallet.dat on the stick, transfer the correct amount, encrypt it again, and print a receipt for the transaction.

The downside to this is that it would require you to walk around with the most recent copy of your wallet in a relatively weak encryption format. Otherwise, it's very physical and could be streamlined to be really fast. What do you think?
462  Economy / Gambling / [StrikeSapphire.com] 200% bonus, plus this weekend's happenings... on: September 22, 2011, 07:29:02 PM
BIG news from StrikeSapphire; we want this weekend to be our biggest ever.

#1: From now until Sunday at Midnight, we're offering a 200% Instant Bonus* on deposits up to $50. Use the code: wa55ab33 when you deposit to claim it!

#2: A $30 NL Hold'em Freeroll for no more than 10 players is going off at 9PM GMT, Sunday!

#3: We're also having a $20 ChipWars Freeroll at 6PM GMT, Sunday. But there must be 6 players for this to start. If you haven't tried ChipWars, it's a lot like Risk, only for Bitcoin! Get there early, because we have round-the-clock $1.10 freerolls in ChipWars going on now for only 3 players.

Good luck everyone... game's on!

* Bonus rules apply. See ToS for details.
463  Economy / Gambling / Re: Where are the poker players? on: September 20, 2011, 01:37:32 PM
You should try seals first. I send you some chips if you ask at my table, I'm playing now. Freemoney there also.
Playing at your website is pretty un-professional.

You're saying you've never played at btcontilt, username Weaver? Wink

The only one I've never seen play at his own site is Josh (StrikeSapphire).


Lol. Thanks. Our software blocks all pit staff, including me, from being able to sit down at a real-money game (for obvious internal security reasons, along with the equally obvious credibility issues that would raise).

But while we're on the subject: StrikeSapphire has $1.10 freerolls open any time there are 4 players. And this Sunday, we're having a $30 Freeroll at 9 PM GMT. Non-US players only!
464  Economy / Gambling / Re: OFFICIAL | StrikeSapphire Casino & Poker Room | Reps & Announcements. on: September 17, 2011, 11:02:01 AM
Network notice - the site will be up and down for the next few hours as we change servers. Don't be alarmed =)

Update: 2:08 pm GMT. We should be back online for most European users already. Other parts of the world should be up and running shortly.
465  Economy / Gambling / Re: my version of a gambling website (work in progress) on: September 13, 2011, 02:38:09 PM
I think it's a good idea, if it can be made user-friendly enough. Part of the reason for wallets on sites is that it streamlines the process and provides clear accounting once the bets are in. What you're talking about sounds more like a concept than a website; without having an exchange to go along with it, you're relying on people taking more initiative to do this than you want to...especially if what you want is to create enough volume to make the bets interesting. This boils down to a critical mass issue. Having less than critical mass means it won't work. Bitcoin's already a pretty small gaming market (although admittedly, it's probably the only existing technology that could give rise to an idea as wild and decentralized as what you're suggesting). Couple questions -- maybe I missed the answers in the faq --

1. Who arbitrates in cases where people bet on poorly worded propositions, or where the outcome either can't be confirmed or falls outside the decision space? Is there going to be a public vote on the result, or are disputed bets made void -- and if so, who decides which disputes qualify to void a bet? Stupid example: "It will rain in Paris tomorrow." 25 people bet each way. It doesn't officially rain, but of the people who said it would, 5 of them agree it drizzled over some neighborhood for a few minutes. The bet didn't specify it had to be according to the meteorological society's website. Will bets require an officially published source? Even if everyone votes down the person who started the bet, it doesn't solve the 50-person dispute now going on.

2. How are you going to make money off this?

3. What you're proposing, if I get it, is a kind of escrow service that uses the built-in features of Bitcoin to provide both anonymity and (by keeping keys secret) disbursement at the right moment. Why is a totally unmoderated prediction market necessarily a better thing to start this service with than, say, a sportsbook, a foreign exchange or shadow stock market, where the results can be computed automatically from publicly available sources? Choosing a particular market limits the number of things that can go wrong, and would probably help coalesce the critical mass you're looking for.
466  Economy / Gambling / Re: [StrikeSapphire] New: All weekend, play for free and win for real... on: September 12, 2011, 12:05:33 PM
Congratulations to our winner, ColdGuy, who walked away with a cool 28.995 BTC after parlaying his bonus last night! Nicely done  Grin

We'll be running more fun & unusual promos soon, so stick around!
467  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Who's propping up the currency? on: September 11, 2011, 07:01:24 PM
lol/what a weird, weird world we live in.
And here I though gaddafi was sitting on his submarine off the coast of Marseille, converting his hoard into Bitcoin over an Israeli/Palestinian connection to an Afghan bank hosted in Dallas  Grin
468  Other / Off-topic / Re: THIS IS THE 9/11 ANNIVERSARY TERRORIST ATTACK on: September 11, 2011, 06:26:44 PM
Its scary that we don't remember things that happend last week, 9/11 was 10 years ago, and I still remember every detail of that day. I think every American was scarred that day, but its a scar that made us stronger to move forward.

I was just thinking about this. I can't remember a single fuckin day since then, but I remember that day down to a gnat's ass. I remember it more than any Christmas, New Year, birthday, wedding or funeral since then. I'm not sure why. I guess it says something about the power of mass media and the trauma it can cause when it acts normal for 21 years of your life and then goes completely apeshit bananas.

My girlfriend called and woke me up at 6:30 am and told me to turn on the TV. Being a fan of conspiracy theory prior to 9-11 (l33t), by 7:30 am I was standing in a long line outside a gun store, which wasn't opening 'til 9. (I wanted to buy gas masks, because I thought "they" were gonna spray the west coast with germs, but the owner came out and told everyone to get fuckin lost. Much redneck grumbling.) After that, I picked her up and went home and we watched TV for a few hours. Finally when nothing after the Pentagon got blown up for a few hours, we decided to just have sex the rest of the day because the world was probably ending. After that, we went to her house and I announced to her parents I was taking her to a remote place up the coast in the mountains so we could carry on civilization. They didn't like that much. After 4 hours of fighting with them, we got hungry and gave up, so we decided to go get some food. We ended up needing entertainment, so we got really high and had some more sex in a parking lot and then we went and saw Evolution. We were the only two people in the theater, but even though it wasn't funny we found ourselves laughing our asses off at David Duchovny. I think we just needed a rise. I remember thinking I'd never forget that day...

If you took only a second to reflect on how people in Panama, Cuba, Vietnam, Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, or Libya felt whenever you see American bombs blowing their cities and villages up, you would have had a more realistic and balanced view of 9/11. You wouldn't be whining like your case was something special. It's just a bunch of idiots killing people because they think their agenda justifies it.

That, and also please move this to Society and Politics...

Excuse me, who the hell said I was whining?
I happened to be out in the streets and on corners every day, and got beaten up by the police and my apartment raided and my shit taken after the US invaded Iraq. I happened to be against what I thought was a stupid use of American power and what I thought was a vicious and unwarranted attack on civilians.
Maybe you can't wrap that into your post-9/11 libtard headspace, that a guy like me who believes in human freedom and universal rights might also be anti-war, but I am. Don't go railing on me about the wrongs committed by the US hegemony against indigenous peoples, because I've been fighting that tendency longer than you've been wearing freaking pantyhose. If you read my goddamn post you shoulda seen the humor in it, and if you didn't you shoulda seen the humanity. And if you didn't see that, you shoulda shut the f*ck up because you don't know what the hell you're talking about.
469  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Who's propping up the currency? on: September 11, 2011, 06:07:36 PM
Large buys or sells in the market should not immediately elicit cries of market manipulation. Some people have reasonable amounts of money and they buy and sell accordingly. A professional forex trader could easily buy or sell $100,000 worth of Bitcoin and not have any intentions other than, like all of us, simply trying to profit, speculate, or invest for the long term.

Totally agreed, and I'm (obviously, tactically, financially) not interested in generating negativity. What I'm wondering is how the market can suddenly be experiencing 40x the volume it was seeing three days ago, from a limited number of parties. I think it's reasonable to ask who those parties are and what their intentions are. The amount of money suddenly being dumped in and out of Bitcoin is dwarfing anything seen before, and the transactions are ping-ponging back and forth with increasing regularity. Increased volume definitely indicates increasing interest in the currency, but with the number of shady and state actors on the scene at this point, it's hard to know who's manipulating what, and to what end. It could just as easily be the USDOJ buying and selling huge blocks to themselves to destabilize it, ending in a final liquidation of a couple million dollars' worth right when it peaks and everyone has a chance to buy again. So as a paranoiac, I'm worried about who's got this much confidence, and who's got this much BTC to sell.
470  Other / Off-topic / Re: THIS IS THE 9/11 ANNIVERSARY TERRORIST ATTACK on: September 11, 2011, 05:54:33 PM
Its scary that we don't remember things that happend last week, 9/11 was 10 years ago, and I still remember every detail of that day. I think every American was scarred that day, but its a scar that made us stronger to move forward.

I was just thinking about this. I can't remember a single fuckin day since then, but I remember that day down to a gnat's ass. I remember it more than any Christmas, New Year, birthday, wedding or funeral since then. I'm not sure why. I guess it says something about the power of mass media and the trauma it can cause when it acts normal for 21 years of your life and then goes completely apeshit bananas.

My girlfriend called and woke me up at 6:30 am and told me to turn on the TV. Being a fan of conspiracy theory prior to 9-11 (l33t), by 7:30 am I was standing in a long line outside a gun store, which wasn't opening 'til 9. (I wanted to buy gas masks, because I thought "they" were gonna spray the west coast with germs, but the owner came out and told everyone to get fuckin lost. Much redneck grumbling.) After that, I picked her up and went home and we watched TV for a few hours. Finally when nothing after the Pentagon got blown up for a few hours, we decided to just have sex the rest of the day because the world was probably ending. After that, we went to her house and I announced to her parents I was taking her to a remote place up the coast in the mountains so we could carry on civilization. They didn't like that much. After 4 hours of fighting with them, we got hungry and gave up, so we decided to go get some food. We ended up needing entertainment, so we got really high and had some more sex in a parking lot and then we went and saw Evolution. We were the only two people in the theater, but even though it wasn't funny we found ourselves laughing our asses off at David Duchovny. I think we just needed a rise. I remember thinking I'd never forget that day...
471  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Who's propping up the currency? on: September 11, 2011, 05:34:42 PM
From what I see, the large buys are way too sudden to be random groups of BTC supporters... someone with a lot of money is trying to get in this, and someone with a lot is trying to unwind.

Does anyone attribute these enormous swings to the new margins and options markets introduced recently?
472  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Who's propping up the currency? on: September 11, 2011, 05:28:03 PM
Ever see the move "the Rothschilds"? (If not, find it). What bank or gov't is backing the massive buys we're seeing right now that are keeping BTC afloat against the tide?

Edit::: I didn't mean the Nazi-propaganda movie "Die Rothschilds" (1940), I'm talking about "The House of Rothschild" (1934), in which Nathan (I think) holds up most of the French stock exchange through a series of frenzied buy calls.

473  Economy / Gambling / Re: [StrikeSapphire] New: All weekend, play for free and win for real... on: September 11, 2011, 03:06:16 PM
8 hours left in the tournament... you must be > $1000 play cash to win the $60 top prize (and have 100 player points).

Our leading player's only +$137.70 as I write this... check the leaderboard here...

There are a lot of players who have 100 player points or are very close to it... time's wastin'!!!
474  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Monopoly on: September 09, 2011, 07:19:34 PM
There has to be a way to place the game servers in a neutral-zone and allow anybody to gamble, no questions asked. This is the internet we're talking about. It's supposed to be a sovereign entity. I don't know why law is such an issue especially with Bitcoin of all things.

Yeah well, since I've expostulated on America and the hopelessness of everything else, why not tackle this question? It's a natch.

Sovereignty? Sovereignty's a polite word for a self-proclaimed right to use deadly force in defense of what's otherwise morally or logically indefensible; and continued sovereignty is the ability to do so successfully on an ongoing basis, mostly by pillaging your own population for their naturally just earnings and sending their first-born children to have their legs blown off and/or sending their second-born through X-rays at the airport to have their nuts irradiated.

Sovereignty's the big game huntin' law of the jungle. And if you think having access to the internet on some ISP or over a VPN or a dedicated server in Berserkerstan can buy you an ounce of sovereignty, think 'gain.

I happened to be sitting at a friendly poker game with 5 or 6 FBI agents back in 1999... I won't get too detailed here, but I remember the conversation turned to Carnivore and whether or not they could really monitor what was happening on the internet. One agent said, "Unfortunately, that ship's sailed." And the rest agreed.

Those guys didn't give up. They got it figured out now to the point where giving you an internet connection is twice as effective as putting you in front of a TV screen for marketing, and about a million times more effective for monitoring.

Get down to the bottom line -- how's a neutral, self-proclaimed sovereign online gaming house gonna get its online profits? Paypal freezes accounts over about $3k. Move more than $10k into a bank anywhere in the world without a license and paying your taxes, forget it, it'll never get to you. In Greece, you can't spend more than 1500 in a cash transaction or it's considered money laundering. The rest of the world will follow as austerity sets in. Austerity's the new word for 666. Move anything through credit cards you're screwed. Want to avoid the mark of the beast? Try Bitcoin -- one exchange runs away with all your money, another exchange can't process more than $10k a month, another exchange suddenly freezes withdrawal methods. Make all the money you want in the neutral zone -- it's just more for the real sovereigns to collect at their leisure.

The problem with online gambling isn't running the site. It's actually getting your money for running it. And it turns out that all payment methods on the internet -- including Bitcoin -- are tied up in this Gordian knot where without sovereignty -- and the force to back it, or the money to buy it -- it'll just go 'round and round 'til you're either in prison or ruined.

And that's why we don't take American players. It's called pickin' your battles. And that's why you can't just startup one of these things without thinking about the consequences.
475  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Monopoly on: September 09, 2011, 05:37:34 PM
saphhire - sounds great but you don't take U.S. players.. (cry)  which i don't quite understand yet since bitcoin is non regulated

I know... I know. A purely skill-based game like Monopoly might actually be perfectly legal under US law, too. So I'm hoping we'll be able to spin off a board game site at some point for US players. Our take on Poker was that it was OK too, until the FT/PS shutdowns went into effect... but the problem for us at this point is that once you have money in our system, you can gamble it on games of luck like Roulette, and at that point it doesn't really matter what method you used to get money in or out of the system, it's definitely not legal in the States.

If we can make the transition to more board/skill-based Bitcoin games over time, and have enough to offer a suite of them for US players, then we definitely will.
476  Economy / Gambling / [StrikeSapphire] New: All weekend, play for free and win for real... on: September 09, 2011, 04:56:58 PM
Alright, here's the deal.

At Midnight tonight, every Sapphire player will have their playcash reset to $1000.

Whoever wins the most playcash by the end of the weekend gets BONUSES ... $60, $30 and $10, for first, second and third place.

Monitor the action here on our new leaderboard all weekend, including everyone's wins and losses per-game!!! (Remember, this resets at midnight, so until then you're just seeing the pre-tournament totals).

What's the catch? You have to have 100 Player Points (around $25 in real money wagered, ever) to qualify. The good news is, you have until the end of the weekend to earn those points if you don't have 'em. Check our blog for details. You can see your points in the Account > Account History menu.

The game is on... Good luck!!!

Josh Strike
Founder/CEO
477  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Monopoly on: September 09, 2011, 04:47:59 PM
I would LOVE to play monopoly with Bitcoin! 

The more I think about it, the more I think you should leave the US and work for us  Grin
478  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Monopoly on: September 09, 2011, 03:50:46 PM
Developing a Monopoly-style game has been one of our goals for a long time. Right now, we've got ChipWars, (a simple hexwar game, played with coins, which is similar to Risk). Parker Bros/Hasbro holds some of the most closely-guarded patents in the industry on "Monopoly" itself. Real-money Monopoly is a wonderful idea, just like it was played for $100 bills at the Playboy Mansion back in the '70s.

Our plan is to introduce something similar, but with unique rules.

If there are any programmers who'd like to work on something like this on the Sapphire platform, please get in touch through help@strikesapphire.com.

Required qualifications are a deep understanding of the LAMP stack; you can look at any SQL query and make it faster and more scalable at the same time; and extreme AS3 skills, as in you could write your own game engine within a couple weeks. Knowledge of Away3d and/or Papervision would be a big plus. We aren't currently hiring for full-time positions, but we'd like to get in touch with coders who are interested in working on the next generation of real-money turn-based games, particularly people who are already involved in the Bitcoin community and understand the terrain.

Edit: I should add that our platform already has all the hooks and most of the multiplayer / tournament / async style code required to run a game like this, and mostly it's a matter of plugging in rule sets and graphics. But before leaping, we want to create something really unique that makes the game truly our own, because we're all about original work, not ripping anybody off. So a turn-based hybrid between Monopoly and SimCity (or the original Dune) is closer to what we have in mind.
479  Economy / Gambling / Re: OFFICIAL | StrikeSapphire Casino & Poker Room | Reps & Announcements. on: September 08, 2011, 01:24:25 PM
We were running a prize last weekend of +5 BTC to the player winning the most on Craps. These are the results. In case you didn't notice, those aren't their real names  Wink

Edit: I shouldn't add to this, since you seem to just be a competitor trolling for a fight, but: the purpose of showing the results was so that there would be no question that the tournament we offered was fair. Like pretty much every online casino, we reserve the right in our TOS to announce results, including large winnings, using a player's handle.
480  Economy / Gambling / Re: OFFICIAL | StrikeSapphire Casino & Poker Room | Reps & Announcements. on: September 07, 2011, 03:31:15 PM
Thanks for letting me know you liked it!!! It gets more fun with more players, too.
We did get three Craps players over the weekend, but no winners:

MolleX: -$5.54
Repro: -$4.50
Defxor: -$0.48

We'll have to run the Craps special again soon and get everyone on at the same time  Grin

About the thread, I'm just making sure to take out the old offers so I don't confuse people, but any player comments are always welcome.
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