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121  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?
122  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?]
123  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: #BitcoinAfrica -- your help required! on: May 13, 2014, 04:23:52 PM
What's the risk Borja will run into someone who will want his cash ... but at the same time that person doesn't have plans to exchange bitcoins to get it from him?

Well, there were two of them traveling together.  That makes things a little safer.

Also, if you read the OP:

we are in an urgent need of exchangers, who would like to exchange bitcoins to cash in each country.

So they were only selling bitcoins, in exchange for cash.  And since nearly each country had its own fiat, there was no point in holding lots of cash -- and thus risk was muted a little from that as well.

If I remember correctly, they had more concerns about their cash going to "checkpoint guards" than to thieves [edit: who don't work for the government] .
124  Economy / Goods / Re: NEFT Vodka and Bitcoin on: May 13, 2014, 01:07:47 PM
I can shop around a bit tomorrow to see who is carrying it in stock.

I wonder if I could find anyone from L.A. coming to Bitcoin 2014 (Amsterdam) that I could pay to pick up a barrel of NEFT and bring it with them.  Actually, I want two (one to be opened at the conference, one left sealed to take home after) -- but the "duty free" limit for the person headed to Amsterdam is one litre per person:
 - http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/common/travellers/enter_eu/index_en.htm

[Edit: Not sure why I was thinking this had to come from the U.S., NEFT is sold in some parts of Europe, I believe.  Anyone, anywhere have a supply?]
125  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: re-use of addresses on: May 09, 2014, 05:32:59 AM
I still don't get how a dozen people sending to a single address of mine is protecting their privacy better than if I provide one address per transaction.

More explanation.
 - http://trilema.com/2014/why-exactly-reusing-bitcoin-addresses-strengthens-bitcoin-user-anonimity

If a hosted (shared) E-Wallet is used (e.g., like at most exchanges) I don't see any relevance to Mircea's argument.  Even when an E-Wallet isn't used, I'm struggling to grasp the benefit from his approach.
126  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: re-use of addresses on: May 07, 2014, 01:22:59 PM
But this view is not universal, apparently:

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Reusing addresses is therefore the preferred method of maintaining the privacy of your sources.
- http://bitcoinpete.com/2014/05/05/on-reusing-bitcoin-addresses

I still don't get how a dozen people sending to a single address of mine is protecting their privacy better than if I provide one address per transaction.  And I'm more interested in MY privacy than theirs, anyway.  If they want privacy, that's their job to mix or obfuscate -- not mine.

And then further that post reads ...

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And perhaps the ultimate best practise tip, a heuristic for the intelligent use of Bitcoin:

Take whatever the Core Devs say and do the exact opposite.

I don't even.
127  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] LocalBitcoins.com - a location-based bitcoin to cash marketplace on: May 05, 2014, 12:39:06 PM
Looks like they re-opened prematurely .... seeing sluggish performance, getting HTTP 500 errors, etc.

We are having some performance issues right now. ETA for getting basic functions working is 2-3 hours.
 - https://twitter.com/LocalBitcoins/status/463294142400192512

After logging in now I see:

We are working on the issues
We are experiencing heavy load right now. The site might respond slowly and you might run into issues. However please still feel free to try to access some of the site functionality. Our team is working on this and we should be back in business in a few hours.


But none of the trading functionality (e.g., Dashboard) is available.
128  Economy / Currency exchange / Re: Buying Btc via Bank-Western union-Skrill-amazon-neteller or Paypal on: May 05, 2014, 12:10:42 PM
Buying  Cheesy

Sent a PM.
129  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Marketplace (Altcoins) / WTS 0.2 XBT payment made via Moneybookers/Skrill service on: May 05, 2014, 12:08:20 PM
This is for a trade using Skrill's service that pays to an M-PESA number.

The countries that Skrill allow for this to be sent from are U.S., UK, Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and nearly every country that uses the Euro.

 - https://www.skrill.com/skrillit/?locale=en
 - http://www.bitcoins.co.ke/forum/showthread.php?tid=143

Will sell at the Bitstamp spot rate, converted to your currency using XE.com rates if you are sending from other than U.S.

PM me for more.
130  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] LocalBitcoins.com - a location-based bitcoin to cash marketplace on: May 05, 2014, 11:29:29 AM
Last update 16 hours ago:

We are restoring the site and you can log in already. Some contacts might not yet be available. Transactions are delayed.
 - https://twitter.com/LocalBitcoins/status/463035216471539712

Looks like they re-opened prematurely .... seeing sluggish performance, getting HTTP 500 errors, etc.
131  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: re-use of addresses on: May 04, 2014, 10:33:57 PM
ok, so I understand that you shouldn't re-use an address

GreenAddress just wrote a blog post on address re-use:
 - http://blog.greenaddress.it/2014/04/30/reusing-addresses-is-bad-m-kay/

But this view is not universal, apparently:

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Attention #Bitcoin : contrary to what USG moles are peddling, NOT REUSING ADDRESSES IS BAD FOR YOUR PRIVACY. http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=04-05-2014#659425
- http://twitter.com/Mircea_Popescu/status/463072372896333825

and then:
 - http://log.bitcoin-assets.com/?date=04-05-2014#659487

which I read but still have no idea why Mircea would make that claim.

Anybody?
132  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] LocalBitcoins.com - a location-based bitcoin to cash marketplace on: May 03, 2014, 07:32:44 PM
There is no information out-of-band

Just a few minutes after I posted that, there was a blog post and Twitter status update -- so LocalBitcoins did address the outage out-of-band eventually.

As far as what happened:

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LocalBitcoins received a very dangerous attack against the site infrastructure
The site will be down for a while as the system is being rebuilt

 - http://localbitcoins.blogspot.com/2014/05/attack-against-localbitcoins.html
133  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] LocalBitcoins.com - a location-based bitcoin to cash marketplace on: May 03, 2014, 07:20:50 PM
Any suggestions are welcome!

The site is currently offline (no response when accessing the site).    There is no information out-of-band, such as a message on a status.localbitcoins.com http://localbitcoins.blogspot.com site (hosted separately), or an acknowledgement of the issue here in this thread, and/or on Twitter: http://twitter.com/localbitcoins
134  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Wallet for Android / Re: BlackBerry BB10! on: April 25, 2014, 02:26:59 AM
Nothing terrible that it's a bit of an outdated version. Thanks!

Now that BB10 v10.2.1 can install an Android .apk directly, has anyone tried doing that yet with the Android version?



135  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Domain name Escrow service to accept Bitcoin and Litecoin on: April 24, 2014, 07:14:07 PM
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now accepting payments via both Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Only half way there.  They accept payment in Bitcoin:
 - https://www.agreed.com/online-escrow-services/payments-to-agreed

But disbursement to the seller apparently must be in fiat:
 - https://www.agreed.com/online-escrow-services/disbursements-by-agreed

136  Local / Marketplace (India) / Re: WTB: Milaap.org gift certificate (INR) on: April 24, 2014, 06:32:26 PM
I'm looking to add 3,000 Rs again (21-Apr-2014).

I have acquired a gift card successfully again through a trade here.

I continue to need this about once a month so will update here the next time I'm looking for more rupees.
137  Local / Portugal / Re: Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet in Portuguese on: April 23, 2014, 02:23:12 PM
Our initial focus is Chinese, Spanish, German, Russian, and Portuguese.

Looks like additional translations are now being supported.

From a post in this Issue entry on GitHub, translation contributions for Mycelium are made using Crowdin (by invite only though).
 - https://github.com/mycelium-com/wallet/issues/71
138  Bitcoin / Alternative clients / Re: Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet on: April 23, 2014, 11:06:09 AM
I'll be giving [packaging the APK for BlackBerry 10] another try in a few days when I have access to a Windows system.

I never did end up trying to build that package for BlackBerry 10 (due to lack of access to a system running Windows).

Now that my mobile provider (T-Mobile) has made an OTA update of BB10 to v10.2.1, I can now install the Android .apk directly without it being packaged for Blackberry 10.

So I did that app installation using the .apk right from the Mycelium.com website.

I did first need to change the setting to allow apps from outside BlackBerry World to be installed (Settings -> App Manager -> Installing Apps, then set the "Allow Apps from Other Sources to be Installed" slider to "On").

To install, I clicked on the mbw-v1.2.1.apk file after it had downloaded.  The installer then launched which allowed me a one-click install of Mycelium Wallet (for Android) from there.  I don't know why but the value for Version: shows 1.0.0.104.   After installation, the app's About page shows v1.2.1 so it definitely installed the app correctly.

After installation, I had an icon for Mycelium Wallet app.

Using the app I was able to scan a QR code and use most of the app on a BlackBerry Z10 as I normally would on an Android.    

The only real issues I had were minor.  With Local Trader, the app pops up a warning:
"Your device cannot integrate with Google Play Services, and may not get automatic notifications when trade updates occur."  

Also in Local Trader, when I went to change location and clicked on the icon to grab my current location a message displayed:
"This feature requires your device to be able to tell its current location.  It seems that your device cannot do that.  Try enabling location services in your device settings".  
I do have my Settings -> Location Services -> Location Services slider set to "On".  In Application Permissions (Settings -> Security and Privacy -> Application Permission -> Mycelium), there are no settings I can change and the Location does show as "On" (as do all the other permissions -- Shared Files, Device Identifying Information, and Camera).  I resolved this by setting the location manually by clicking the keyboard option and typing in my location and choosing the right city from the list.

There was one other problem I had and that is with doing the backup.  After the backup PDF is created, the Share PDF options include  only Messages and Skype.  Messages is Blackberry Messenger, which I don't have configured and don't use.   I don't have Dropbox on my BB10 device -- that probably would have been an option I would have been given as a backup destination.   I guess I'll use the Skype method.  I would have liked to have been able to maybe save the PDF to the filesystem and manually back it up that way (e.g., with a thumb drive). [Edit: Showing the private key (via Export) and printing that QR code out is a suitable manual method to back up my private key.]

I see that BlackBerry now provides a plugin for use with Android Studio -- so not sure if that helps Mycelium developers [Edit: o any other contributors to the open source project] improve compatibility with BlackBerry 10.
 - http://devblog.blackberry.com/2014/04/blackberry-tools-for-android-development-2-0-2-beta-now-with-support-for-android-studio
139  Bitcoin / Alternative clients / Re: Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet on: April 23, 2014, 08:42:23 AM
The APK in the play store and on the web-site is the same, and signed under the same certificate.

How long before the version available from the Mycelium website gets updated to the same version on Google Play?
Currently v1.2.0 on the website, v1.2.1 on Google Play:
 - http://mycelium.com
 - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mycelium.wallet
140  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Tips for local transactions on: April 22, 2014, 08:36:21 AM
There is something that has the potential to impact local trading -- the "Replace By Fee" patch (and related "Undo" service BitUndo):

Peter Todd's recent 0-confirm double spends:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=574774.0

BitUndo:
 - http://BitUndo.com

Many in-person and online cash trades are settled immediately where the buyer hands over cash after seeing a transaction from the seller to the agreed-upon Bitcoin address.  But after the cash is handed over and the two parties each go their own way, the seller has the potential to reverse the transaction.  This is because with Bitcoin, transactions with zero confirmations are not safe -- until they receive a block confirmation or three (or six, depending on the risk level).

Historically, there hasn't been much "double spending" of zero confirmation transactions, and even significantly less double spending of transactions where there was at least one confirmation.   That's because the behavior of the Bitcoin client typically used by miners only recognizes the first spend and thus attempts to double spend (e.g., via race attack) are ignored.  
 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Double-spending

However, there is a modification to the Bitcoin client that miners can use that changes things signifcantly.  This change is intended to allow a person spending Bitcoin to submit an alternate of the transaction before the original gets mined such that the original transaction is ignored and the alternate gets included in the blockchain.

So though you as a trader might see a transaction where you receive your bitcoins, the seller could then mess with that transaction sent to you such that it will never confirm.

There is very little mining capacity currently using this modified client so the chances of someone trying to do this has a low likelihood of success.  But that risk exists (as it always has) just that it is now a higher risk.

A trade using LocalBitcoins doesn't have this issue because the coins are escrowed and then released into the user's E-Wallet with LocalBitcoins (i.e., trades on LocalBitcoins don't go through the blockchain).

Mycelium now has a "Local Trader" feature in which the risk can be lessened thanks to trader history ratings as well as a unique Transaction Confidence approach in which the network is probed to discover double spend attempts and the user is warned when transactions have a higher risk of being double spent (e.g., when they rely on other zero-confirmation transactions).

Mycelium Local Trader
 - http://www.mycelium.com/lt/help.html
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