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2721  Bitcoin / Technical Support / Re: How long does bootstrap.dat take to import? on: December 11, 2012, 10:30:16 AM
So, I hadn't updated my bitcoin blockchain in a long time and it was taking forever to download. Then I found out about the Bootstrap.dat method. I downloaded it and put it in the bitcoin folder in my application support directory. I had deleted the whole directory and moved my wallet.dat outside of the folder in an attempt to restart the whole thing. Anyway, when I started it up it said "importing bootstrap blockchain data" and it has said this for about an hour now. Is this normal for it to take this long?

Very little of the time in synching the blockchain is spent on downloading the blocks and most of the time is spent on CPU and I/O.   Because you have bootstrap.dat locally, what little time was spent downloading the data is cut but the rest remains.

It can take a day or more.

Version 0.8 isn't ready yet but it uses a completely different architecture and knocks that down to about an hour, on good hardware.


 
2722  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Bitinstant and trustcash on: December 11, 2012, 10:20:06 AM
Why can't I go through trustcash and make a cash bank deposit?

TrustCash no longer is serving any Bitcoin merchants -- BitInstant, AurumXChange, etc.  They may have another solution at some point in the future, but for now there is no cash deposit method at a bank.

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The cash deposits to banks have been suspended as we’ve had a number of problems with our partner. Until these problems are resolved, we won’t be accepting the cash deposits at banks.

 - http://blog.bitinstant.com/blog/2012/10/29/recent-service-disruption-and-new-features.html

If you have a Chase branch nearby you might be interested in BitMe, which accepts cash deposited at Chase:
 - http://www.BitMe.com

You might also try a Local Bitcoin trade:
 - http://www.LocalBitcoins.com

And if you weren't aware, there is now a BitInstant support thread that even those in Newbie jail can post on:

Official Newbie BitInstant Support Thread (Active Customer Support)
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=128314.0
2723  Economy / Marketplace / Re: BitMarket.Eu - ownership changed (in a way) on: December 11, 2012, 10:07:14 AM
i wonder if that page is legitimate, or put together by some hackers...

It is on their Twitter feed:

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BitMarket.eu needs your help! Please check: https://bitmarket.eu/donate

 - https://twitter.com/bitmarketeu/status/278375595774210048
2724  Economy / Currency exchange / Re: Buying and selling Bitcoin in Thailand on: December 11, 2012, 09:50:41 AM
There are some discussions here about buying Bitcoin in different countries. So, for all who have bank accounts in Thailand!

I also see that for those in Thailand but without a bank account can use a cash terminal to load an OKPay account.

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Commission charged is 10%. Thai baht bills will be automatically converted to USD and transferred to the specified OKPAY Wallet instantly.

 - https://www.okpay.com/en/company/news/fund-okpay-with-cash-in-thailand.html



2725  Economy / Securities / Re: Options trading on Cryptostocks on: December 11, 2012, 09:26:01 AM
New feature released, Options.

The actual link to get that:

 - https://cryptostocks.com/shareoptions/index
2726  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Need to buy 1 BTC on: December 11, 2012, 09:05:15 AM
Hi guys i need to purchase only 1 BTC. I've got a wallet and setup at block chain and need only the 1 BTC to complete a purchase for a subscription that has expired. If anyone can sell me 1 BTC and transfer it to my address i'll be so happy it'll feel like Christmas...  Grin

You didn't mention what payment methods you can offer.

e.g., PayPal, Dwolla, etc.
2727  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Turnaround time on: December 11, 2012, 09:01:26 AM
Its best to wait for at least one confirmation.

Especially because the transaction you received itself might not be confirmed.  This can cause a problem if you pay someone else and then you find out that the transaction to you was a double spend after you've already paid.

Or if you are sending the funds to something like SatoshiDICE -- you might think you won, but until the transaction confirms your payouts won't confirm either.
2728  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Accepting BTC on my website on: December 11, 2012, 08:20:40 AM
Not a new wallet, but a new bitcoin ID, or payment address within the same wallet, is recommended to keep track of payments from different buyers.

Yes.  CoinDL.com was created with this, for instance.

 - http://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/OsCommerce_Bitcoin_Payment_Module
2729  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: RFC : Trust & Transaction on: December 11, 2012, 08:07:57 AM
Does anyone else have more?

Coincidentally, Sirius (forum user #2, after Satoshi) began a discussion you might wish to review:
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=130137.0
2730  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: btc and forex on: December 11, 2012, 07:56:40 AM
maybe i should have elaborated cous i asked about differences, does btc have all the capabilities that are in forex, like if i were to try to make covered calls with options, which sites can offer that and if there is, how liquid are these markets?

Here are some financial investment services:
 - https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Trade#Financial

Liquidity is low with most
2731  Bitcoin / Technical Support / Re: How to use existing Yubikey with mt Gox on: December 11, 2012, 07:35:48 AM
I do not want to use google authenticator, and I don't want to have to buy Mt. Gox's yubi key.  

I believe you program the Yubikey OTP with the secret from Mt. Gox, just like you would configure Google Authenticator.
  - http://www.yubico.com/products/services-software/personalization-tools/yubikey-otp/
2732  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: On the contrary, its actually good ASICs are coming when they are... on: December 11, 2012, 05:26:29 AM
I'ld like to see that calculation (or I'ld be happy to run the numbers myself.)

What is your cost of electricity per kWh?  What hardware (e.g., what GPUs specifically)?

10.5c/kwh  .. 3300mh @ 1120watts

You are producing 3.3 Ghash/s and only consuming 1,120W?  That's atypical, at best.


I mine w/ just GPU's

Not just any old GPUs, and not without a lot of tweaking to get those numbers, I suspect.

Well, congrats -- you get about another 8 BTC worth of profit for the the next month before this happens:

If the foundry keeps up 4 layers a week from now on, it means ASICMINEr should receive the chips just before Christmas, so we could theoretically (hopefully) have something online before the end of the year....hashing the first ASIC mined block ever

then following that:

(~2-3 weeks)
First 6TH/s online
(~2-3 weeks)
Second 6TH/s online
(~0-4 weeks)
50TH/s of chips out
(~2-3 weeks, ~2-5 weeks if location changes)
Part or all of the 50TH/s online
2733  Bitcoin / Mining / Re: Enjoy the Last 24 Hours of Profitable GPU Mining on: December 11, 2012, 04:58:41 AM
Double dipping could only occur when product exists, it does not require any manufacturer take 51%, simply that they bring online their excess stock, to make money off both sales and unsold stock.

Not every ASIC manufacturer is selling hardware to customers.  From another thread:

If the foundry keeps up 4 layers a week from now on, it means ASICMINEr should receive the chips just before Christmas, so we could theoretically (hopefully) have something online before the end of the year....hashing the first ASIC mined block ever

then following that:

(~2-3 weeks)
First 6TH/s online
(~2-3 weeks)
Second 6TH/s online
(~0-4 weeks)
50TH/s of chips out
(~2-3 weeks, ~2-5 weeks if location changes)
Part or all of the 50TH/s online
2734  Bitcoin / Mining / Re: Spent a long afternoon with my Air Compressor on: December 11, 2012, 04:51:40 AM
Why not buy an FPGA or pre-order an ASIC?

You probably would want to read this thread first then:

If the foundry keeps up 4 layers a week from now on, it means ASICMINEr should receive the chips just before Christmas, so we could theoretically (hopefully) have something online before the end of the year....hashing the first ASIC mined block ever

then following that:

(~2-3 weeks)
First 6TH/s online
(~2-3 weeks)
Second 6TH/s online
(~0-4 weeks)
50TH/s of chips out
(~2-3 weeks, ~2-5 weeks if location changes)
Part or all of the 50TH/s online
2735  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Square's new account-to-account transfer ("Gift Cards") on: December 11, 2012, 04:21:44 AM
followed by a security shitstorm.

All the concerns about having a Bitcoin private key QR code exposed are kind of the same concerns someone printing out a Square gift card would have.   

So let's say I receive a $100 Square gift card to a grocery that uses Square Register.  So I print it out and go to the store and charge $15.

Then the next time I visit I scan it and it says $0 balance remaining.    Who suffers the loss?

I would suspect that Square would tell me I'm out of luck.    There is a difference in that the grocery would be able to tell where and when the remaining amount was spent. 

But it likely won't take long for thieves to probe the system and figure out how to take advantage of these weaknesses.
2736  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: How would you like to design a bitcoin banknote? on: December 11, 2012, 04:14:05 AM
You kind of can't, but fortunately it is so expensive to get your own hologram that few are going to do it frivolously and without putting their name on them. Anonymous holograms are cheap there is no point in making a custom no name design.


Well, looks like bitcoin is no longer the only pioneer here.

"You can send a Square gift card to anyone with an email address. No smartphone? They can print out a QR code."

That's Square's Jack Dorsey:
 - https://twitter.com/jack/status/277824833130209280

I haven't seen a printout from Square with one of these gift cards, I'ld be curious to see one though.  (e.g., what size is the QR code).

But this paper QR code as a bearer instrument works because it is familiar -- it works kind of like cash [Edit: as long as the underlying electronic transaction can occur.]
2737  Local / India / Wikispeed talk in Bangalore - Dec. 12th, 2012 on: December 11, 2012, 03:00:17 AM
Joe Justice, of Wikispeed will be speaking at Yahoo! in Bangalore, 6 pm to 7:30 pm on December 12th, 2012.   

Registration to attend is free. 

 - http://innovativecars-joe-justice-and-solutionsiq.doattend.com

Wikispeed accepts bitcoin, so he may speak on that a bit.


WIKISPEED, first car-maker in the world to accept Bitcoin
 - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=94820.0
2738  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: ICBIT Derivatives Market (USD/BTC futures trading) - LIVE on: December 11, 2012, 02:27:38 AM
2. Because of that, trading participants will try to "arbitrage" this fact and will move the price quite close to that value before trading stops.

And that's exactly what's happening.

So the BUH3 (March 15, 2013) BTC/USD futures are in la-la land at $16 and change:
 - https://icbit.se/BUH3

While BUZ2 (December 15, 2012) is now within 1% of the Mt. Gox last / spot market price with just a few more trading days remaining.
2739  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Introducing myself and announcing publicly my new Bitcoin Video Poker website! on: December 11, 2012, 02:11:37 AM
Also, can check for JavaScript errors before sending that E-mail?

It very likely could be a browser incompatibility, and I'd like to get it fixed:)

Uncaught TypeError: Cannot call method 'play' of null

videopoker.js:248
clear_cardsvideopoker.js:248
handle_drawvideopoker.js:893
(anonymous function)videopoker.js:1157
v.event.dispatchjquery-1.8.3.min.js:2
v.event.add.o.handle.ujquery-1.8.3.min.js:2


[Edit: The site was updated, this is resolved.]

can you E-mail admin@bitcoinvideopoker.com the URL to your account?

e-mail? Seriously?  

E-mail is a clear text transport method, and thus is not good for sending URLs which have the ability to claim and/or withdraw bitcoins.

What's your GPG key so that I can encrypt it first?
2740  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Transaction change vanished on: December 11, 2012, 02:02:43 AM
Know how to do it?

There is no install.bat, it is a python script. 

So I'm assuming you are a Windows user then.

Windows doesn't come with Python installed, so you would need to install that in order to run the script.

 - http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.7.2/python-2.7.2.msi


Then download pywallet  (right click and "Save Link As" or something like that):

 - https://raw.github.com/joric/pywallet/master/pywallet.py


Then to run the script from the command prompt it would be something like:
  C:\Temp>  python pywallet.py

Though if the python executable isn't in your path you would need to probably add it and re-open the command prompt so that it is in the path.  There is more info here:

 - http://docs.python.org/2/faq/windows.html#how-do-i-run-a-python-program-under-windows
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