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141  Economy / Services / Re: Monbux's FREE Escrow Services | Non-IPO's: FREE | IPO's: 2% | Security Upgrade on: February 03, 2015, 07:59:51 AM
I have just completed a transaction (sold domains) in which monbux performed the escrow.  The were no complications and when the buyer instructed that the escrowed funds be released they were, so this was a good trading experience.
142  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Help with good bussiness ideas for cool domain names. on: January 28, 2015, 02:24:58 AM
I wish I own bitcoinpurse.com:)

Now's your chance ... make an offer! [Update: Sold]
   
[WTS] Premium Bitcoin Domains
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=848915.0
143  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Block size on: January 25, 2015, 05:49:23 PM
that consciousness is going to make the decisions, from now on.

Well, more specifically, it is the "economic majority" that decides.  This is the merchants and invest that buy the mined coins from the miners.   If they are willing to pay equal value for the coins generated in blocks mined using the changed protocol (with the larger block size) then the change happens.     If they aren't willing to buy those coins, then miners find a better deal (higher price) by sticking with protocol as it existed prior to the change.

When this happens (and I believe it probably will) it's going to be a nailbiter.  Will miners who had been running the code with the protocol changes (proven by including a new version number in the block header) get skittish if there is nobody will to pay full price for their mined coins (i.e., coins mined once the hard fork occurs)?  Since it is a possibility, they likely will be prepared to revert to the old code on-demand.

I wrote more on this possibility here:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=919629.msg10118626#msg10118626
144  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] LocalBitcoins.com - a location-based bitcoin to cash marketplace on: January 17, 2015, 02:55:10 PM
Why 5 minutes. If they throttle the payout to every 10s, they could still get some transactions at times while no or just one transaction at other times. For a business of that scale it would just make sense.

They already charge the user for the withdrawal.   Therefore, it wouldn't be fair to the user to have to wait for delivery because the service wants to earn a little profit on the fees by batching them up.   I doubt they'ld have more than one withdrawal per minute, but I don't know their volume levels so I could be wrong.

I just did a transaction minutes ago and do not recall a huge delay. The transaction was exclusively made for me though.

Same here ... my "send bitcoin" transaction had already hit the blockchain when I checked just a matter of seconds later.
145  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] LocalBitcoins.com - a location-based bitcoin to cash marketplace on: January 14, 2015, 12:52:31 PM
Recently, I processed a withdrawl from localbitcoins.
Here is the txid for it: https://blockchain.info/tx/3f63d57d8590aef8983052308661b40f926654f19ece48f0a6554c8c0e4bed83
One of the receiving addresses is mine.

I remember withdrawals from LocalBitcoins being pretty instantaneous.  If they were batching them (combining multiple withdrawals together) then it would not be instantaneous (e.g., maybe one trx every 5 minutes).   



So does localbitcoins charge a transaction fees from everyone separately?

The fees stated in the FAQ are reasonable (0.0001 to 0.0004 bitcoins). https://localbitcoins.com/fees
146  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Why did Roger Ver invest in Ripple? on: January 14, 2015, 09:31:02 AM
I don't really see it as a competitor to Bitcoin,

Ripple provides a unique form of gateways from Bitcoin to fiat and other assets.  Thus it is complementary to Bitcoin.   Now I suppose you could argue that XRPs compete against Bitcoin in that those investments might have gone towards Bitcoin instead (i.e., displacement) but that's a pretty weak argument -- they might have gone to gold, silver, NASDAQ, etc.,  too.

Disclaimer: Holds no XRPs and haven't since I sold the freebie handout ones given out to all BitcoinTalk users.
147  Other / Off-topic / Re: Sorry, y'all: Game Over. I'm about to buy all the bitcoin. on: January 13, 2015, 02:34:36 PM
Stlll going .... now mtgoox.com

Previous scams (in chronological order) likely by the same scammer:

 - EasZPay.com
 - MtGax.com
 - MtGix.com
 - i4Dollars.com
 - BTKoin.com
 - BitcoinTalks.com
 - VirWex.com
 - bitcoin.appee.com
 - silkroadtor.com
 - mtgox.us
 - bitswing.com
 - bitcoinarr.com
 - emocoe.com

Please report this scammer for phishing:

 - http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/?url=http://mtgoox.com
148  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Fork off on: January 12, 2015, 12:51:16 PM
The fork will not happen without miners' explicitly signaling consensus by updating the version number in the blocks they create.

But a miner can rollback to running a node that does not implement the hard-fork in just seconds, should there be any doubt that the hard fork might not succeed.  So just like in March 2013 when v0.8 blocks were ahead by a wide margin that didn't mean that side would ultimately continue as the longest chain.

Firstly it assumes that miners are driven to much by economics and to little by politics than is probably true.  I'm sure that most of the miners who count these days have every likelihoods of looking out days or weeks into the future and taking a monetary hit for a future enduring reward.

If that were true, p2Pool would be among the top 3.
149  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Fork off on: January 11, 2015, 11:08:43 PM
I have a few Qs...

1. Even If all miners accept the fork, can it sustain unless majority of nodes do not update themselves ?

On the technical side, you only need enough nodes using the software that implements the hard-fork to ensure that post-fork blocks get propagated.  But even if *nearly* all miners accept the fork, even if you only had something like 10% still hashing without the changes implemented you'ld still get a block every two hours -- frequently enough to include most high-value and high-fee transactions.   [Edit: (i.e., sustainable for anyone using a node without the hard-fork changes).]

2. If all miners do not accept the fork, then there will probably be 2 blockchains for some time. At that period of time, wont all coins be spendable twice on 2 different chain ?

Yes, that's why it will be so dangerous to accept payments from anyone that includes coins tainted with post-fork coinbases.    I personallly will not have a single millibit remaining on any exchange or e-wallet at the time of the fork if there is any hint of dissent like this.  I will only accept payment transactions that confirm on both sides, ... which can only happen if the transaction had no UTXOs tainted with post-fork coinbases.   Maybe after a week or two and there's essentially nobody remaining mining the original side of the fork will I be willing to accept post-fork coins.
150  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Fork off on: January 11, 2015, 10:37:09 PM
Control of Bitcoin rests in the hands of miners when you're talking about a chain fork.

And miners are essentially paid employees/contractors.

The Economic Majority is who the miners work for: http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Economic_majority

Now what isn't being appreciated is exactly how risky it is to miners to adopt changes that have the potential to put them mining on the wrong side of a fork.

Let's say you run an exchange (e.g., BitStamp), hosted (shared) E-Wallet (e.g., Coinapult), or merchant processor (e.g., BitPay).    If you start accepting bitcoins from miners (which become spendable after 100 confirmations) then you are taking on the entire risk of loss if the proposed fork fails to maintain the lead.   So maybe to protect against that risk you reject any deposits or purchases that include coins that are tainted from post-fork coinbases.  That immediately kills fungibility.  The miners won't want to take on the full risk themselves and begin to dump their newly mined post-fork coins at a discount.  Pretty soon the unchanged side of the blockchain fork gains hashing power and begins to snowball.  The writing is then on the wall.  Maybe 24 or 48 hours later, the proposed fork that initially had "wide support" is no longer the longest chain.

Now when that happens you have havoc wreaked because certainly this was an outcome that some fraudsters were hoping for and the two sides look nothing alike -- with many, many coins spent differently between the two sides of the fork.

I'm not saying I wouldn't like to see a bigger blocksize.  I'm just pointing out that a hard fork will require a huge collective leap of faith -- and even this sole promise of dissent might be sufficient to torpedo that forking effort.
151  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitstamp hack. A real life test of anonymity in Bitcoin on: January 11, 2015, 06:26:41 PM
There isn't even any proof that Bitstamp was ever hacked.

Exactly.  If we were to start treating these coins different from any others (e.g., by blacklisting them) then that provides an opening for all kinds of abuses (by those who might falsely claim "hack!" in an attempt to get the funds back or drive some other outcome.)
152  Other / Bitcoin Wiki / Re: Have a suggestion or problem? on: January 03, 2015, 12:27:08 AM
Having trouble logging in.   I know I am using the right password because if I try using an invalid password I get a warning.  After entering username and password I am brought to whatever page I was at when I wanted to log in, but the "Log in" link at the top right is still there -- meaning there was no authentication.

[Edit: marking the checkbox "Keep me logged in" resolves the problem for me.]
153  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Bitcoin Kenya Meetup (Nairobi) on: December 01, 2014, 09:50:16 AM
Meetup today (Monday, December 1st, 2014, 5pm) at iHub (Bishop Magua Centre on Ngong Road) Nairobi

 - http://www.meetup.com/Kenya-Bitcoin/events/218657905
154  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Bringing Bitcoin to the world-competing with Western Union on: November 29, 2014, 12:10:35 PM
Some recent developments ....







 - http://coindesk.com/western-union-faces-backlash-removal-spoof-bitcoin-ad
155  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: #BitcoinAfrica -- your help required! on: November 15, 2014, 01:56:06 PM
Maybe, but for Bitcoin to be succesful in many parts of Africa it will have to be able to operate on USSD/sms level mobile phones.  I would imagine this would be centralised wallets operated by a mobile service operator or similar.

Safaricom is partly owned by the government (Kenya).  I would bet hell would freeze over before Safaricom would give  a Bitcoin wallet provider access to their local USSD gateways (which are required for secure communication of mobile-originated requests.)

Right now most new phones sold are smartphones.   This still means only a small segment of the population ... (like less than 20%) has a smartphone today but that's not as huge a hurdle as it may seem.  Families and neighbors are used to sharing resources.  Those that don't have a feature phone even yet today might have their own SIM card though.  With this SIM card one can borrow a phone to use M-Pesa, for example.   With an inexpensive hardware 2FA device a person without a smartphone can safely borrow someone else's smartphone to make a Bitcoin transaction.  Even paper-based wallet using BIP-38 might be useful with a borrowed phone (one that is provided by the merchant even), presuming the password is single-use (i.e., spend all funds in that wallet and the wallet is not re-used).
156  Economy / Services / Re: 1 Bitcoin BOUNTY for info on Michael Moriarty. Owner of 50+ bitcoin sites. on: November 07, 2014, 05:53:43 PM
The amount of spam I'm receiving from this dude's operations is growing steadily ... he's the "meetup organizer" for meetup groups in more than a half dozen cities (including L.A., San Francisco, and .... Vancouver ... that's a red flag), and I see nonstop spam/announcements from his other sites I joined to monitor.   This is getting worrisome ... is he pulling a long con?  

Quote
Do you know Dr. Michael Moriarty with a PhD from Stanford?
- http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=683757.0

A CHALLENGE to: Dr. Michael Moriarty
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=802144.0
157  Other / Archival / Re: MTGOX lost Bitcoins found by a Japan researcher on: November 06, 2014, 10:59:30 AM
bit.do/MTGOX-LOST-BITCOIN-FOUND

Incidentally, that goes to

blockchhain.info/MTGOX-LOST-BITCOIN-FOUND

which is meant to deceive the user into thinking the page is from the site blockchain.info, but it is obviously not.
158  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Marketplace (Altcoins) / [WTS] Premium domains, including CryptoGold.com, BitcoinGold.com & more on: November 06, 2014, 10:35:36 AM
I am selling the domain CryptoGold.com, BitcoinGold.com, BitcoinSilver.com and many others.

PM me with any offers, or with any questions or comments if you wish to communicate privately.
 
The full list of Bitcoin-related domains listed here:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=848915.0


[Edit: Originally this post was listing CryptoCoin.com for sale as well, but that has been sold.]
159  Economy / Auctions / Re: Bitcoin-related domains - winning bid chooses one on: November 06, 2014, 10:30:18 AM
Sorry to bump / necrothread.

which of your domains are still available and if you're still interested in selling

I have an ad where I've listed many of these domains for sale:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=848915.0
160  Economy / Digital goods / [WTS] Premium Bitcoin Domains, including BitcoinInc.com, BitcoinMint.com, & more on: November 06, 2014, 10:28:18 AM
I am listing for sale the following domains.  PM me with any offers, or with any questions or comments if you wish to communicate privately.

These include the @Twitter name that was registered as well.

BitcoinTreasury.com [Auction]  (Includes @BitcoinTreasury Twitter account)

Sets:

BitcoinNote.com & BitcoinNotes.com & BTCNote.com & BTCNotes.com [Auction]  (Includes @BitcoinNote,  @BitcoinNotes, @BTCNote and @BTCNotes Twitter accounts)

BitcoinMint.com & BitcoinMint.net [Auction]  (Includes @BitcoinMint Twitter account)


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