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121  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: BitID Mediawiki Plugin on: June 25, 2014, 11:43:33 PM
module implementing bitid

Info on BitID:

 - http://bit.ly/bitid-slides
 - Example: http://bitid.bitcoin.blue
 - Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eepEWTnRTc
 - http://github.com/bitid/bitid
122  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Tips for local transactions on: June 23, 2014, 06:54:37 PM
Physical security when trading in-person needs to remain the first priority.

I just read an interesting statistic:

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44% of M-Pesa agents report personally knowing someone who has experienced robbery or theft and the qualitative research revealed that some agents are hiring security guards which is increasing costs.

 - http://www.helix-institute.com/data-and-insights/agent-network-accelerator-survey-kenya-country-report-2013
 - http://helix-institute.com/sites/default/files/Publications/Agent%20Network%20Accelerator_Kenya%20Country%20Report_2013.pdf
 - http://bit.ly/1iqtp2R (using browser-friendly PDF viewer)

There is a significant difference between a Bitcoin trader and an M-Pesa agent as far as physical safety is concerned.  The M-Pesa agent needs a significant inventory of cash because there's no way to know how much cash will be needed to support the day's needs.   A person trading Bitcoin knows in advance of doing each trade the amount.   Therefore, the trader being asked to do a larger trade can adjust to give a heightened level of security for trades when prudent (e.g., for larger trades, or with those counterparties who
show few or no prior trades.)

There's certainly good reason banks, check cashers, and even convenience store clerks protect themselves behind bullet-resistant glass, steel cages, etc.  Those trading Bitcoin should be acutely aware of the risks businesses that deal with cash are subjected to.
123  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: MINERS UNITE! Block the FBI coins. Do not fund violent underground organizations on: June 16, 2014, 04:55:53 AM
The Bitcoin protocol remains unchanged

Not true.  This change to the client that blacklists those coins does not follow the Bitcoin protocol.  It rejects blocks that are valid using the client prior to the change, therefore this client is imposing a change to the protocol that is not backward-compatible.  (It is still forward-compatible though, meaning clients that don't implement the blacklist will still validate and accept blocks solved by this "blacklisting client").

Miners will be taking a risk by adopting a client that uses the blacklist.  They risk that there truly won't be enough miners using the blacklist.   If this happens, there will be a blockchain fork and those miners using the blacklist will be working on blocks that may not ever become part of the longest chain.   Miners are not gamblers -- they will not switch to a client that is not backward-compatible without first being really confident there is almost no chance the changes will cause a blockchain fork.

Even if there were something like 80% of the miners onboard, however, that doesn't guarantee success.

See, the buyer of these disputed coins has an economic incentive for them to be fungible.   So all this party would need to do is to spend some of the coins and include significant fees on those transactions such that miners are leaving a significant amount of money on the table by implementing the blacklist.   So if the block reward paid to miners is 25 XBT, then maybe adding a transaction fee of just a few bitcoin would be enough to sway over some miners such that the longest chain continues to extend off a block which includes the blacklisted coins.  That action requires no change to the protocol and no change to the client.  And once these transactions start to circulate, a blacklist on taint starts to harm others who are innocent and thus there's more "backing" available to ensure that the blacklist fails.
124  Bitcoin / Pools / Re: GHash.IO has 51% of the network now on: June 13, 2014, 01:46:31 PM
So, ghash.io acts as a benevolent dictator -- one who knows the penalty for abusing that privilege is instant decapitation.
125  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Buy Bitcoin with sms/phone - Need help/advice on: June 10, 2014, 12:37:59 AM
Is there a way to buy bitcoins using mobile phone credit?

The problem will likely be that mobile phone airtime/credit is usually reversible at some level.  For instance, an M-PESA transaction might be reversed under certain situations such as claiming a phone was stolen and the funds sent without authorization.

So where you see this first done, it is usually by individuals selling who will find trades using something like LocalBitcoins or MyCelium app's local trader feature.

It will therefore be spotty for some time -- a trader might be found for one mobile airtime/credit network but not the next.   Which mobile airtime/credit network were you looking to do this with?
126  Economy / Goods / Re: NEFT Vodka and Bitcoin on: June 09, 2014, 11:06:15 PM
Reddit thread with comprehensive info on availability:


NEFT Vodka "Limited Edition" Bitcoin Bottle Available in NY, NJ, NV, and CA
 - http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/25n6fd
127  Economy / Currency exchange / Re: Mang Sweeney's: send money to the Philippines through bitcoin on: June 09, 2014, 10:09:15 PM
From a Reddit post on Bitcoin in the Philippines:

- http://www.bitmarket.ph
- http://www.coinxchange.ph
- http://www.buybitcoin.ph
- http://www.coins.ph

Five weeks since we launched our first venture here in the Philippines called Bitmarket.ph
 - http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/27ougl

128  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Easiest way to buy bitcoins with credit card. on: June 09, 2014, 09:59:46 PM
http://TruCoin.com -- buy with credit or debit card.

Currently in beta, but those on the list are getting invites.

As far as some background on TruCoin -- at one point in time (before there was a Bitcoin Foundation), TruCoin paid a salary to Gavin to continue as lead core dev and they also hired someone to do QA on the Bitcoin client.
129  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Tips for local transactions on: June 06, 2014, 10:59:52 AM
Physical security when trading in-person needs to remain the first priority.

Here's a report on Reddit of an attempted robbery during what was supposed to be a trade:

Be careful-Attempting mugging at in person trade
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=641160.0

Attempted to steal my bitcoins [and phone] in local trade
 - http://reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/27gke8
130  Other / Politics & Society / Re: U.S. CrowdFunding Bill on: June 06, 2014, 01:41:26 AM
Going to be interesting to see how this plays out!

The crowdfunding part of the JOBS act has been nothing but a total waste of time, to-date.

Now there is this:

The Equity Crowdfunding Improvement Act of 2014
 - http://financialservices.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-pih-crwdfnd-m001156.pdf
 - https://www.invigorlaw.com/congressional-committee-contemplating-jobs-act-2-0-to-revive-crowdfunding
131  Bitcoin / Legal / Re: The TD F 90-22.1 Form for Bitcoin on: June 06, 2014, 12:28:39 AM
scenario 1:

Trader had 400 BTC at Mt. Gox in June 2011 (when it was at one point worth $32 per BTC).

Does that trader need to file a 2011 FBAR

Sorry for the Necro thread but the IRS just made it clear that the value of Bitcoins doesn't count towards the FBAR threshold.

Rod Lundquist,  BSA Senior Program Analyst at the IRS announced the policy guidance when asked about bitcoin during a webinar:
“At this time, FinCEN has said Bitcoin is not reportable on the FBAR, at least for this filing season.”
 - http://coindesk.com/irs-no-bitcoin-reporting-fincen-foreign-banking-tax-form

Now that still doesn't make clear if a Bitcoin exchange where you can have a cash balance (for buying bitcoins or for the proceeds after selling) is considered a financial institution.
132  Bitcoin / Legal / Re: US Gox Account Holders - Think About Filing That FBAR/Form 90.22.1 on: June 06, 2014, 12:15:22 AM
If you had an account at Mt. Gox last year, and if AT ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR the account value exceeded 10k, you may want to file a foreign financial account form - called a 90.22.1 form (also known as FBAR).

Rod Lundquist,  BSA Senior Program Analyst at the IRS announced the policy guidance when asked about bitcoin during a webinar:
“At this time, FinCEN has said Bitcoin is not reportable on the FBAR, at least for this filing season.”
 - http://coindesk.com/irs-no-bitcoin-reporting-fincen-foreign-banking-tax-form

Now that still doesn't make clear if a Bitcoin exchange where you can have a cash balance (for buying bitcoins or for the proceeds after selling) is considered a financial institution.
133  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What stops a Federal Reserve crypto scheme of their own? on: June 05, 2014, 07:32:44 PM
Because a centralized decentralized monetary system makes no sense.

Bingo!   The reason Bitcoin exists is that it is a payment system that is from from censorship (i.e., restrictions on who can receive payments or what the payments are for) and from corruption (i.e., impose taxes on transactions or the money supply, confiscate the wallet of a lawbreaker, etc.)

The Fed already has electronic monetary systems.  A coin that competes against their own systems would not be welcomed.
134  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: python-obelisk: Pure Python Obelisk + Bitcoin client side library on: June 01, 2014, 11:27:58 PM
Just a heads-up, i read:

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Warning. Non-standard tx coming could probably fork libbitcoin/Obelisk from the main chain. #Bitcoin
- http://twitter.com/SDLerner/status/472388946761371648

And I see also:

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I need to send a non-standard tx.
- http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=627218.0

Is there a vulnerability and is it being addressed?
135  Bitcoin / Alternative clients / Re: Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet on: June 01, 2014, 11:17:08 PM
As far as I remember Stephen Gornick had some success running it on BB, but there were also some shortcomings (don't remember which).

The minor inconveniences in running on BB10, ... detailed here.
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=293472.msg6353007#msg6353007

And yes, ... backup was one of the issues I described.

I would instead create the private key offline, turn it into a QR code and import it into the wallet

That was the workaround I have used.

The only pain point I have is learning about a new response to my trade offer with Local Trader.  Right now I hear a beep -- that's it.  There's no interaction with BlackBerry Hub like I would get if there was a new WhatsApp message, for instance.  Of course, that's because it is an Android app with no access to BlackBerry notifications system (at least not yet, 10.3 will: http://devblog.blackberry.com/2014/05/new-beta-of-the-blackberry-runtime-for-android-apps-now-available, and also Android apps can use the Blackberry 10's sharing framework as well.  So the Mycelium backup feature will probably work with 10.3 when that becomes available.).

But even with that, whether I use Android or Blackberry, ... it probably would be nice if I were able to get an e-mail or text message notification that I received a new response to a trade ad.  All I need to know is that I should launch the app and check my Active Trades.
136  Local / Marketplace (India) / Re: WTB: Milaap.org gift certificate (INR) on: June 01, 2014, 01:57:27 PM
I continue to need this about once a month so will update here the next time I'm looking for more rupees.

Back for more ..

I'm looking to add 3,000 Rs again (1-Jun-2014).

How this works is,
1.) You and I agree on the rate (in BTC) for your 3,000 Rs.  [e.g., ~0.08 BTC if using today's BTC/USD of $648 on BitStamp]
2.) I provide to you my e-mail address.
3.) You buy a 3,000 Rs gift e-card from Milaap, paying with your Netbanking or with an Indian credit card.  Entering my e-mail as the gift recipient.

 - http://milaap.org/do-more-gift-card  <-- PM me for my Milaap "lender name and e-mail".

4.) You send to me your Bitcoin address for my payment
5.) I receive the e-mail, redeem the gift e-card, and send to you the bitcoins.

PM me if interested
137  Bitcoin / Alternative clients / Re: Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet on: May 29, 2014, 07:27:23 PM
We have the world map with all ads here: http://www.mycelium.com/lt/m

It took me a little bit to figure out the difference between the "green" colored (Bitcoin logo) map markers and the normal "gold" colored (Bitcoin logo) map markers.  After looking at the ads I noticed that the Buy ads are green, the sell ads are gold.

Is there a way to get a map legend displayed to explain the two different marker types?
138  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Coinjedi - Please provide all information you got on: May 28, 2014, 10:25:41 PM
PUSH

Still looking to gather all available information here.

Anyone with a voiceprint database?

CoinJedi was interviewed by "The Bitcoin Show", November, 2011:
 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekEyGhC1X0I

139  Other / Bitcoin Wiki / Re: Account creation problem on: May 28, 2014, 07:37:17 PM
but when I try to login nothing happens Smiley

Out of curiousity, could you try marking the checkbox that reads "Keep me logged in" when you try to authenticate?  Does that change anything where you can log in?
140  Bitcoin / Legal / Re: Virtual Currencies Compliance Conference (VC3) August 14th NYC on: May 19, 2014, 12:02:35 AM
The National Money Transmitters Association(NMTA) is putting on VC3.

The second (annual) VC3 is August 13th, 2014  (and a training day is the day beore, August 12th, 2014):

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National Money Transmitters Association, Inc.
12 Welwyn Road, Suite C
Great Neck, New York 11021
(516) 829-2742

May 14, 2014
 
Dear Colleague,
 
We are excited to announce the 2nd annual Virtual Currencies Compliance Conference ("VC3-2014") to be held on August 13th 2014. The setting once again will be the beautiful New York City Bar Association building, located in Midtown Manhattan, so please mark your calendar!
 
VC3 was created last year to provide an overview of the US regulatory landscape for those virtual currency firms FinCEN had recently dubbed "money transmitters." We thought those firms might have a lot of questions about the new legal environment they had just entered. In the time that has passed since then, the large number of regulatory inquiries that we receive almost daily, confirm how true that conjecture turned out to be.
 
This year, VC3-2014 will drill down further, focusing on getting practical advice to those who need it. We will explore ways start-ups can succeed, in spite of the many compliance challenges they face. We will look at:
Doing "Remote KYC" - Most virtual currencies firms will be doing business on the web, and so will have to get to know their customers with no face-to-face, in-person interaction. We will examine the methods available, the choices that firms must make, and analyze the trade-offs involved.
Designing the Operation - All money transmitters must create and administer compliance programs that are reasonably designed to detect, prevent and report money laundering. We will look at exactly what that entails for virtual currency firms, and the systems and controls they must build.
Complying With Legal and Regulatory Requirements - There is sometime confusion and concern - even for regulators - when money transmitter requirements are applied to the virtual currency realm. Selling virtual currencies is a unique form of money transmission, radically unlike any other. It demands that we implement - and sometimes invent - procedures that adapt to existing norms, with as little friction as possible.  
The importance of a knowledgeable compliance officer who knows how to automate compliance
Best practices for setting and enforcing dollar thresholds
How software and transaction monitoring should be set up for virtual currencies
How regulatory compliance can bring trust and legitimacy to the industry
An investor's perspective on the importance of compliance
Prepaid access regulations and compliance as they relate to virtual currency operations
We are getting an earlier start than we did last year, so we want to hear from you: we want to know what topics you think are most pressing, where you believe the most danger - and the most opportunity - will come from. If you are interested in participating, or if you have any thoughts or ideas you would like to share, please contact me or VC3's Event Coordinator, Brian Nelson, at bnelson@nmta.us. Speaking and sponsorship opportunities are available.
 
As a completely separate event, I will be giving an all-day class on general AML compliance topics on August 12, 2014, the day before VC3. Sign-up forms for both events will be up next week.
 
I look forward to greeting you at VC3-2014, in August!
 
Regards,
 
-David

[Edit: Adub, would you update the title on this post, and the OP, or should this 2014 event go in its own thread?]
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