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301  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: International Bitcoin Conference 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands november 6th - 8th on: November 02, 2013, 11:14:32 PM
I see the site currently shows:

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We decided to cancel the conference.
- http://bitcoinference.com
302  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Bitadress.org safety concerns on: October 31, 2013, 07:03:49 PM
For example, I notice they are loading external Javascript files from Googles servers.. Isn't external Javascript a very very bad thing to do on such a site?

I had been using http://www.changedetection.com to monitor the site and then manually verify and post an OK on the BitAddress forum thread.   Sure, that's not foolproof since if the site were compromised and spits out a compromised page let's say for 1 out of 10 requests, the chances are very low I'ld know for some time (i.e., a 10% chance of detecting it, 90% chance the attacker would get away with it -- for at least one day.)

Here are the steps I follow:
 - http://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/a/9115/153
303  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Encrypted Paper Wallet on: October 31, 2013, 06:37:44 PM
Any update on this project? I'm looking for something like this!

Now BitAddress, as of v2.5.1, has BIP38 Encryption (click Advanced, from Paper Wallet):
 - http://BitAddress.org
304  Bitcoin / Mycelium / Re: Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet on: October 31, 2013, 06:19:08 PM
Now that BitAddress supports BIP38 encrypted wallets, would you consider adding support for this in the cold storage spend feature?
305  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: How Can You Get the Company You Work for to Start Investing in Bitcoin? on: October 31, 2013, 04:32:37 PM
Send this to everyone you can in the company, and ask them to forward it:

The employers of tomorrow are those small startups who are today figuring out how to use Bitcoin as a competitive advantage.  Maybe that would be a better use of your time?
306  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: ICBIT Derivatives Market (USD/BTC futures trading) - LIVE on: October 31, 2013, 03:46:24 PM
My question is: does ICBIT charge clearing fee every day? How often the clearing occurs?
I sold only 1 contract, so the fee I was charged is only 0.0001.
In case if I sell 100 contracts, will I be charged 0.01 every day?

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Clearings happen at 20:00 GMT and 08:00 GMT,
- https://icbit.se/futures

So, X2.

 .... your 100 contracts cost $0.02 per day  (100 contracts X 0.0001 BTC X 2 clearings per day).

That is specific to BUX3.  Other BTC/USD contracts for durations further out don't have that daily clearing.  Also, some larger traders have enough volume to get a discount on that fee (both clearing fee and per-contract trx fee).
307  Other / Off-topic / Re: Bitcoin TOP-500 Richest on: October 31, 2013, 02:17:46 AM
The list is intended to help the people in question to identify themselves as Bitcoin powercenters,

Incidentally, this will likely get you unwanted attention.  I'm nowhere near even being in "Vladimir's club" so won't appear on this list but even I have received extortion threats demanding bitcoins.
308  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Ljubljana (Slovenia) meetup on: October 29, 2013, 02:22:40 PM
https://www.kiberpipa.org/sl/event/bitcoin-talks-1955/

Time: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Location: Kiberpipa, Slovenska 47, 1000 Ljubljana

I believe I had read that the talks will be in the MediaTek area?  If so,

Enter either on Slovenska cesta or Gosposvetska cesta and the entrance to the Otto Zupancic library is in the back corner.  After entering the library, take the stairway down which leads to the MediaTek meeting area.
309  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Law Enforcement Attending Bitcoin Meetups Undercover? on: October 26, 2013, 03:53:29 AM
The paranoia is strong with this one.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.
 - Joseph Heller

Seriously though...., don't dismiss this as a risk.   If in a couple years Bitcoin rises 50x from its current value, just like it did in that past couple years, the response by the State will likely be to round up those responsible.  And the surveillance they do now just helps them justify their case.    Did a trade on LocalBitcoins?    That might be enough to hold a person for a few weeks on suspicion of operating as a money transmitter without a license.      How would "they" prove it"?   Well, LocalBitcoins sends confirmation of each trade, in clear text, to your e-mail.   Hinted that you might like to light up?   Well, even if ten thousand people just like you in your part of town do the same thing what if you happened to be the one that got the knock on the door?    Coincidence?   Nope!

We know the the tools necessary  (Tor, GPG, mixers, shared send, etc.) but we (or most of us, myself included) don't use them.

We are doing nothing to prepare for the day they go on the offensive with regard to Bitcoin.
310  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2013-10-22 WSJ: Bitcoin Poses a Challenge for Law Enforcement on: October 23, 2013, 06:02:39 PM
A few inaccuracies ...


The virtual currency is essentially encrypted computer code that is accepted as a form of payment among users,

The reporters confuse how the private keys in a client's wallet can be protected with encryption and extend that concept to applying to Bitcoin transactions as well, which is incorrect.  There is no encryption in the Bitcoin protocol.

The diagram accompanying the article had errors as well.  In fact, its ratio of errors to things it got right might be in record territory.



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1.) Mr. A sends Mr. B an Internet address where payment is to be sent.
The use of "internet address" is ambiguous at best as that term is generally used to refer to an IP address.   The Bitcoin protocol does not include IP address in any transactions.

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3.) Upon receiving the address, Mr. B sends a bitcoin attached with his wallet's private key, used to verify transactions.
It is difficult to describe in one sentence, for sure, but the error here is that no private key is attached.

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4.) The block chain confirms, processes, encrypts the transaction, posts it and deposits the payment in Mr. A's wallet.
Ummm ... ya.   Bitcoin can be hard to describe, but that was painful to read.
311  Economy / Economics / Re: Real commodities bought and sold for bitcoins on: October 23, 2013, 12:09:32 AM
I'm interested in how far we are from trading real world commodities with a physical settlement.
Something that a factory or a plant can use to pay in bitcoins for a settlement of the crude oil or aluminum, for example.
Is there any kind of the platform that is going to handle such trades under development at this moment?

ICBit did have Gold and Crude (WTI) "futures contracts" (which differ somewhat from what the industry refers to as futures contracts) that were priced and settled in bitcoins.  They didn't get much interest -- especially with the bitcoin exchange rates being so volatile at the time.   However, ICBit says gold and/or crude contracts may be returning.

As far as brokerages taking Bitcoin as a method for depositing of funds, that's already happening -- at least outside the U.S.:
 - http://www.mutualwealth.com

It would seem natural that more brokerages would accept bitcoin as it is non-reversible and has faster settlement than bank wire transfer, for instance.   However for the same reason these brokerages don't accept cash, they likely will not be chomping at the bit to start accepting Bitcoin either.   But when traders start to favor brokerages that use Bitcoin because of how easy it is to add funds and pull funds out, expect brokerages to have to add Bitcoin simply to remain competitive.
312  Economy / Goods / Re: WTB: Small Plane (Cessna, Piper, etc) on: October 22, 2013, 09:19:16 PM


 - http://www.bitpremier.com/items/view/26
313  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: List of all Bitcoin conferences around the world on: October 22, 2013, 06:27:46 PM
Pan-Nordic Bitcoin Conference 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Charlottehaven Konference center
Hjørringgade 12C, DK-2100 København Ø

 - http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/2013/10/14/pan-nordic-bitcoin-conference-2013/
314  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: List of all Bitcoin conferences around the world on: October 22, 2013, 06:27:32 PM
Bitcoin – Challenging the fiat money system or catalyzing economic development?
at Stockholm School of Economics

Friday, October 25, 2013
Stockholm, Sweden
 - http://sse2013-bitcoin.eventbrite.com/
315  Local / Skandinavisk / Re: Scandinavian Bitcoin conferences? on: October 22, 2013, 06:26:40 PM
Friday, October 25, 2013
Stockholm
 - http://sse2013-bitcoin.eventbrite.com/

Thursday, November 28, 2013
Charlottehaven Konference center
Hjørringgade 12C, DK-2100 København Ø
 - http://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/2013/10/14/pan-nordic-bitcoin-conference-2013/
316  Economy / Collectibles / Re: New Bitcoin Specie by the makers of New Liberty Dollar on: October 19, 2013, 10:53:00 PM
If Bitcoin rises in value vis-a-vis silver sufficiently, these premiums may be reduced downward.

The 0.05 BTC premium is now an amount worth more than $8.
317  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2013-08-17 Coindesk.com - Bitcoin Law: What US businesses need to know on: October 18, 2013, 05:53:48 AM
Part 2 is out as well.

Part 2:

Bitcoin Law: Money transmission on the state level in the US
 - http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-law-money-transmission-state-level-us/
318  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: What would happen if ASIC on Scrypt chain? on: October 14, 2013, 10:14:20 AM
What if the ASIC found the solution, and then passed that solution on to the video card so that the video card can generate that necessary proof of work?  In other words, couldn't they be made to work in tandem?

An ASIC does ONLY what the electronic paths in the silicon allow it to do.  SHA256 hashing is what the ASIC in an ASIC miner does.   If even one tiny little change to the computation is needed, that ASIC design is useless.   Scrypt is way different from SHA256.  There is no computation from any ASIC miner hardware that is even remotely useful in performing a Scrypt hash.
319  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Removing old coin uncertainty on: October 14, 2013, 09:59:44 AM
Every market thrives on information.  I would argue that large uncertainty about the amount of lost coins is hurting bitcoin adoption, especially its use as a store of value.

Is that really what your concern is?   Or is this the back-door you are looking at into allowing demurrage to get a foot in the door? (You wouldn't be the first).
320  Bitcoin / Mining / Re: How did BitCoin start on a technical prospective on: October 13, 2013, 10:57:22 PM
But how did it start? I mean back when noone had a bitcoin or a fraction of it.. how did the frist miners mine.. what was the "job" that was assigned to them? since there could not be a blockchain of transactions since no transaction occured at the very beginning of bitcoins...

Ya, the blockchain concept is a little foreign and takes a while to understand.

The "work" performed in mining is to compile a block that contains the coinbase transaction as well as ZERO or more additional transactions, and then perform a hash of the block such that the numeric value of the output of that hash is below some target "difficulty" value.

So there didn't need to be any additional transactions to build a block, other than the coinbase transaction.  Even today there are blocks mined occasionally with zero additional transactions in them (other than the coinbase transaction itself), simply because whoever mined it didn't include any.  That's perfectly valid, just not economically smart since there were likely fees from other transactions that were passed up.

Here's the first block
 - http://blockexplorer.com/block/000000000019d6689c085ae165831e934ff763ae46a2a6c172b3f1b60a8ce26f

Click on Next block .... it goes until block 170 without any transactions:
 - http://blockexplorer.com/block/00000000d1145790a8694403d4063f323d499e655c83426834d4ce2f8dd4a2ee

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