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2161  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: LocalBitcoins on: January 25, 2013, 10:15:57 PM
will the buyer be notified if the seller than moves the funds back out of his account? (de-funds the transaction...)

I'm not sure.  It probably does send a notification just like the funding event does.  If you'ld like to test, I have an ad on LocalBitcoins ( https://localbitcoins.com/ad/3391 ) you could place an offer on it to buy $20 worth. I'll fund it then de-fund it and you can report back here what happens.
2162  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: How are BitCoins that are stored offline still tracked in the network? on: January 25, 2013, 10:12:21 PM
So it would have to be done by someone who is willing to give up money just to mess with a handful of people?

Who are these people being messed with?  There's no victim other than the perpetrator who does it to himself.
2163  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Paper Blockchain? on: January 25, 2013, 10:01:28 PM
Not once did BTC cross my mind.  I drove past lines that were a mile or more long watching people hoping they could get gas. You could NOT get any cash, no ATM's.

So now let's say someone arrives from a couple towns away with a truck holding a bunch of filled jerry cans and are selling them where the gas costs about $15 per gallon.   You don't have cash (no ATMs remember), but they take bitcoin.

Would BTC cross your mind then?
2164  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: There has to be a better way (getting USD to BTC) on: January 25, 2013, 09:05:42 PM
There's 1 person about 5 miles from me but he's asking for $22USD/BTC....

How will someone who is willing to sell at spot but reluctant to place an ad on LocalBitcoins themselves able to find you unless you place an ad there yourself?
2165  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: ICBIT Derivatives Market (USD/BTC futures trading) - LIVE on: January 25, 2013, 08:57:37 PM
Feature request:

Ability for me to cause a new deposit address to be generated for my account.  

Currently, the blockchain shows all my deposits to a single Bitcoin address that get credited to my wallet at ICBIT.

The whole concept of there being a new Bitcoin address for each transaction is so that privacy is maximized.    Because the wallet is a hosted (shared) EWallet, the funds I deposit will likely be withdrawn by someone else, thus there are clues out there that the address is associated with ICBIT deposits and those addresses might get scrutinized further to try to determine the identity or other clues about who is the party responsible.
2166  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: BitInstant and BTC-E on: January 25, 2013, 08:44:45 PM
Stopped working an hour or two ago.

Anybody have an idea what is the problem between them ?

If by "Stopped working" means it no longer can be selected from their UI, that is correct but temporary:

What happened to the BTC-e option?

Down, making some quick changes. Should be back up within the hour.

The BitInstant support thread is:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=128314.0
2167  Bitcoin / Technical Support / Re: Blockchain.info/Blockexplorer.com question on: January 25, 2013, 08:28:18 PM
Ok sorry if this is a dumb question, but if I have an address I sent coins to, is there a way to tell how many total coins are in their wallet.dat?

If a subsequent transaction spending those funds also includes other inputs, you might be able to conclude that the recipient also has the funds from the other inputs as well.  That is not guaranteed though as if the wallet is a shared (hosted) EWallet, it will combine inputs which may be funds received from numerous unrelated transactions.
2168  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: How are BitCoins that are stored offline still tracked in the network? on: January 25, 2013, 07:33:32 PM
Huh If the BitCoins are offline, how could the BitCoin network know if they are destroyed, lost, or never to be used again?

The bitcoin blockchain is essentially a ledger system.   The ledger contains transactions that transfer funds from the address(es) on the left side (inputs) to the address(es) on the right side (outputs).    From this ledger, the status (unspent balance) of every address can be determined.

A Bitcoin address in a wallet has a corresponding private key.   That private key is needed for spending any funds sent to that address.  So if a private key is destroyed, lost or never used, that just means those coins sent to that address can never be spent.    It happens.  It isn't a problem ... except for the party whose coins were destroyed, lost or never to be used again.
2169  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: There has to be a better way (getting USD to BTC) on: January 25, 2013, 07:26:07 PM
I've used Coinbase and it's pretty simple. Once your bank account is confirmed, you can lock in a price immediately, even though it takes several days for the ACH to clear.

Yup, at just a 1% fee there is no way that is as inexpensive and easy.  Since the price is locked in at the time you place the order, the delays until the ACH clears should be less of a problem ... unless you are needing to make the purchase for immediate spending.   The $100 USD per-day limit will be increased to 100 BTC per-day after 30 days have passed since your first purchase and a few other steps are completed:
 - http://blog.coinbase.com/post/40233239772/you-can-now-buy-up-to-100-btc-per-day-with-a-verified
2170  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: So how on earth am I supposed to get bitcoins in the UK? on: January 25, 2013, 05:38:16 PM
The Bit2Brit Team

Where did the website go ?

Well, that Bit2Brit appears to either have been a scam attempt or, less likely, simply failed to launch.
2171  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Blockchain gets stuck downloading no matter what on: January 25, 2013, 05:24:51 PM
I'm experiencing exactly the same problem, by using the official Debian package:


You are getting InvalidChainFound? Log snippet please.
2172  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] LocalBitcoins.com - a location-based bitcoin to cash marketplace on: January 24, 2013, 09:44:34 PM
Feature request:

Ability for me to cause a new deposit address to be generated for my account. 

Currently, the blockchain shows all my deposits to a single Bitcoin address for my wallet at LocalBitcoins.

The whole concept of there being a new Bitcoin address for each transaction is so that privacy is maximized.    If I am restricted to a single Bitcoin address, then someone might figure out from a deposit transaction to LocalBitcoins which transaction was mine and then see how many coins I've deposited since I first created my LocalBitcoins account.
2173  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What Bill Gates thinks...does it matter? on: January 24, 2013, 05:47:55 PM
Found this article on Bloomberg, and made me think about the recent run up in bitcoin. Could it be that deep pockets are moving into alternate currencies? Has anyone else heard of the Better Than Cash Alliance? I thought that already existed, and it was called Bitcoin! I worry that the sheeple will use whatever their overlords tell them to use...

From another thread:

It took me just fifteen minutes of listening to Bill Gates on Charlie Rose to confirm that billionaires don't and won't like BItcoin.

Mr. Gates throws around a lot of "we did this" type of statements, and what he really means is "we used our power and influence to get governments to do this".  I'm not saying the accomplishments were bad, but anything that lessen's a billionaire's influence will not be something the billionaires will support.
2174  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2013-01-23 theverge.com - Bitcoin-funded online casino turned a $572,000 profit on: January 24, 2013, 01:48:46 PM
Quote
Nathan Ingraham
2013-01-23

What, is Adrianne too good to cover Bitcoin stories anymore?
2175  Economy / Speculation / Re: Bitcoin doesn't need your courage, you do. on: January 24, 2013, 11:50:52 AM

Where can I buy the T-Shirt with that?
2176  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Futures and/or Options Exchange? on: January 22, 2013, 01:04:39 PM
I haven't look for awhile.  Anything new?

Are there any Bitcoin futures/options exchanges with enough liquidity to make them functional?  Something with low enough transaction fees that would make hedging practical?

The volatility is what makes there be essentially so few methods to trade futures.
2177  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: LocalBitcoins on: January 22, 2013, 12:51:56 PM
after a seller has funded the transaction; can they withdraw the funds?

Can the seller withdraw the funds, or the buyer?
With LocalBitcoins, the word "reserved" could replace the term "funded". 

So a seller reserves funds for the transaction.  The seller can cancel the transaction at any time though, and get the reserved funds back.  Essentially a funded transaction simply proves that the wallet for the seller's account does have X bitcoins in it (and confirmed).

To make the funds available to the buyer, the seller needs to release the funds.  This can be done via SMS (using the release code given previously to the seller) or through the web interface.   Once the funds are released, they appear in the buyer's wallet and are already confirmed so can be withdrawn immediately.

If the buyer has internet access, the wallet can be monitored and managed via the web interface.  If the buyer does not have internet access, then the seller provides the release code. The seller only would know the release code once the funds were truly released.
2178  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Buy bitcoin or USD moneybrokers on: January 22, 2013, 12:43:55 PM
Is possible to use moneybrokers to buy bitcoin? If is impossible to buy direct, how can i buy USD with moneybrokers later buy bitcoin?

You can use Moneybookers (Skrill) to buy bitcoins at VirWoX and Bitcoin.de:
 - http://www.VirWoX.com
2179  Local / Español (Spanish) / Re: algunas dudas, antes de invertir, nuevo usuario on: January 21, 2013, 03:36:03 PM
portatil 1:  acer aspire 5740, core i3 m330 @2,3 ghz 2,3 ghz, 4 gb memoria,
               ati Mobility Radeon HD 5400 Series
saco 10 Mhash/s

portatil 2:  asus n55s, core i5 2430M 2,40 Ghz, 6Gb memoria
               nvidia Geforce GT 635M
saco 25 Mhash/s

Traducido con Google Translate.
Avalon ASIC está a la venta. al menos las primeras unidades. Su primer grupo se sumará Thash muchos / s de capacidad, causando dificultad para espiga. Esto hará que los mineros GPU para salir en tropel.
Ahora no es el momento de empezar la minería GPU a menos que usted está buscando un pasatiempo para matar el tiempo.

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Orginal translated with Google Translate.
Avalon ASIC is now shipping. at least the first units.  Their first batch will add many Thash/s of capacity, causing difficulty to spike.  This will cause GPU miners to quit in droves.
Now is not the time to start GPU mining unless you are just looking for a hobby to kill some time.
2180  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Am I being impatient with MTGox? on: January 21, 2013, 02:59:54 PM
Am I being impatient with MTGox or not?

Maybe try to PM Natalie.  She seems to able to come through where others don't (can't?):

I have updated your ticket and sent you a message regarding the status of your account.
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