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1  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2021-09-04] BBC.com Why China's bitcoin miners are moving to Texas on: September 05, 2021, 09:47:14 AM
Despite the repeated blackouts that hit Texas last winter, due to the scarcity of energy reserves, the state presents energy prices that are among the lowest in the world: it's also focusing on renewable energy, so much so that its share in the market is constantly growing: already in 2019, 20% of electricity was from wind power. Texas also has a deregulated market that allows customers to choose their electricity providers and, more crucially, Texas leaders have a very lenient attitude towards fans of the crypto world.
If I was mining, I'd go there too.
2  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: Tennis League All Thread on: September 05, 2021, 09:41:08 AM
Matteo Berrettini advances at the Us Open, landing in the round of 16 (vs. Otte). In New York, the n.8 of the ranking defeated in the third round the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka, n.53 of the ranking. Berrettini won in 5 sets. Don't ask me why but this guy in my opinion could reach the final and even win. I will place a pretty bold bet on him winning US Open this year! Reaching the final is @15.
3  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar - UEFA Qualifiers on: September 05, 2021, 09:31:17 AM
Less than two months ago, the best South American futbol teams were competing for the Copa America and y'all know how it went. Now we've the match valid for the sixth day of the 2022 World Cup qualifying round, which was supposed to be played last March but was then postponed due to the health emergency in South America.
Brazil was capable of obtaining seven victories out of seven so far. Argentina's in second place with fifteen points.
I don't expect an interesting game: Argentina should be able to avoid defeat against a Brazil that has many absences. Both are likely to score at least one goal on each side. It might well end 1-1.
4  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2022 NBA Season on: September 05, 2021, 09:25:06 AM
Apparently Monta Ellis isn't the only basketball player looking for a NBA comeback. And that's where the Houston Rockets are leading the way as well.
In fact, they invited Gerald Green to train with the team, the very man who wore the Rockets' red and white jersey as his last NBA jersey. Green hasn't played an official game in the league since 2019, cut from the roster after fracturing his foot in pre-season. In the previous two years, however, the guard averaged 10.3 points per game in about 20 minutes of usage (36.0% from three).
Comebacks aren't always good, let's see.
5  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: French Soccer League Predictions and Discussion Thread (Ligue 1) on: September 04, 2021, 04:36:41 PM
Kylian Mbappé will play in Ligue 1 after the international break for what could be his last season at PSG. But according to a few sources the player is not expected to leave the club for free at the end of the season. According to the sources, Mbappé is likely to extend his contract with PSG in the coming months!
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I'm willing to bet what you want that Mbappé will renew his contract with PSG
Above the words of the Spanish journalist Manu Carreno.
6  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: Premier League Prediction Thread 2021/2022 on: September 04, 2021, 04:24:35 PM
In England the skepticism of several Premier League players seems clear around covid vaccines and one player out of three has decided not to get vaccinated: "It is not a conspiracy theory to believe that the immune system is able to do what it was created for," said Everton midfielder Fabian Delph on the subject. And it has emerged that even Granit Xhaka, who tested positive to an anti-Covid test while in training camp with Switzerland, refused to get vaccinated, despite his club's attempts at persuasion.
Where do you guys stand on this? I feel the same as Fabian Delph.
7  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar - UEFA Qualifiers on: September 04, 2021, 04:20:20 PM
The fight for the first place is a matter between Belgium and Czech Republic. Belgium won a great game with  Estonia: in Tallinn, the match ended 2-5. The only bad news was the one around the defensive set-up was a bit shaky. On the other side, without Schick, the Czech Republic boasts fewer offensive solutions. But against a Belgium that is struggling in defense, it can't be ruled out that they'll score at least one goal in the match in Brussels. In any case, the Reds remain the favorites for victory.
8  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2022 NBA Season on: September 04, 2021, 04:15:33 PM
I also hear that the Nets are sending DeAndre Jordan to the Pistons, where he’s likely to be bought out and sign with the Lakers for his last attempt at securing a title.

If one of those two teams doesn’t win it all this year, there’s going to be a lot of angry veterans.
Not the Pistons man but the Lakers eventually!
After being traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Detroit Pistons, DeAndre Jordan's formally agreed to a buyout with the Michigan franchise.  According to ESPN, Jordan intends to sign an agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers once the paperwork regarding his current contract is completed to become a free agent for all intents and purposes.
9  Economy / Economics / Re: Recent advertisement for Visa - what a joke on: September 04, 2021, 04:10:05 PM
They need to be under the eyes of the public all the time because like what happens to Amazon, Visa needs customers like us to survive. People need to feel secure when they use their VISA/MC/AMEX what-else credit card payment gateway. While they rip-off merchants and businesses with their astronomical fees, they need us to keep using their cards and their network.
Hence, all this advertising.
However, the weird thing here is that they act as if they are helpers of the world trying to connect people together and help the people who otherwise couldn't, bitcoin really does that, crypto does that but Visa charges a lot of money for that so not like they are a charity, they are a business that makes billions.
It's called branding, these guys need to keep their faces clean while doing their dirty business. You're right but the majority of people don't even think in these terms. That's the power that comes from these big brands.
They talk about inclusion, banking the unbanked yet they rip-off merchants and businesses with their fees which are out of the world.
If real crypto payments would take place we could see these giants die but I think that's never gonna happen.
10  Economy / Economics / Re: Recent advertisement for Visa - what a joke on: September 03, 2021, 08:40:09 AM
As jackg has pointed out, they are losing market dominance. 20 years ago if you wanted to buy something in a store or online, you could pay in cash, Visa, or Mastercard. Now you can use Google Pay, Apple Pay, Microsoft Pay, PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, Zelle, Advanced Cash, dozens of other banking or payment apps, and now bitcoin too.
I don't doubt any of what you wrote, but I still question whether it's advantageous for Visa to be advertising to the public.  It isn't like an advertisement for Coca-Cola or Twinkies, where the ad is designed to create a craving in the viewer for the product.  Nobody is going to crave a Visa card after watching a Visa advert, know what I mean?  I'm just not sure that creating brand awareness through a TV-type ad really helps a service like theirs.  I could be wrong, of course.
They need to be under the eyes of the public all the time because like what happens to Amazon, Visa needs customers like us to survive. People need to feel secure when they use their VISA/MC/AMEX what-else credit card payment gateway. While they rip-off merchants and businesses with their astronomical fees, they need us to keep using their cards and their network.
Hence, all this advertising.
11  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: Germany League - Bundesliga Prediction Thread on: September 03, 2021, 08:35:11 AM
The transfer period is over, but there are still opportunities. There many good players without a club. Some names of them are big and i think that someone of them will still find a club.

Serge Aurier - Been very successful with Paris Saint-German.
Franck Ribéry - Everyone knows him
Marko Marin - 2019 Player of the year in Serbia
Jack Wilshere - 182 games in the Premier League
Shkodran Mustafi - World Cup Winner 2014

Source: https://www.transfermarkt.com/statistik/vertragslosespieler


hellas verona is reportedly interested in Franck Ribery, according to the gazzetta della sera.
Marko Marin, like M. Balotelli, is a wanderer and will certainly find a new club for another season. Grin
It sure seems that Franck Ribery still has a lot of desire to play at high levels. After his experience at Fiorentina, the 38-year-old would like to continue playing in Serie A. Hellas Verona and Salernitana are ready to welcome him with but there's a problem: Ribery, at Fiorentina, earned four million euros net per season. To find an agreement with one of the 2 teams he'll have to drastically reduce the salary. Otherwise, his transfer to Italy sounds really complicated.
12  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2022 NBA Season on: September 03, 2021, 08:28:46 AM
Like OgNasty mentioned earlier Paul Millsap will become a player of the Brooklyn Nets.
The former Denver Nuggets player will be coached by coach Steve Nash after exploring the free agency.
Although the figures of the deal have not been disclosed yet, it should cover only one year at minimum salary. Brooklyn gets a profile of enormous experience basically low cost!
13  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: Germany League - Bundesliga Prediction Thread on: September 02, 2021, 09:52:42 AM
Leaving Germany's not only about football. Probably you don't know the following story.
Kasia Lenhardt (25yrs), former girlfriend of Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, died in her Berlin apartment on February 9 2021. The lifeless body of the young girl was found by the Police, which is still investigating the affair. The love story between the two had ended on February 2.
Leaving Germany for France might help also to forget this sad story.
14  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Segwit Adoption. I looked at some data, and we are not there yet. on: September 02, 2021, 09:44:26 AM
On a different note, it makes no sense also from a very simple security point of view. I'm no expert but I feel like I need to make 100% sure every time I make a BTC transaction since I'm exposing the private keys to sign the tx (yet they perform million of txs).
I don't get why they pay withdrawals from an addy holding Bitcoin worth 1.1 billion dollars. They even make several transactions per block nowadays. I'm curious how they sign the transactions offline, how many employees have access, and how they prevent huge mistakes from happening.

That goes beyond any sane and logical risk management approach. Maybe I'm a black sheep here but I've never used them and knowing what I know now I'm more than happy to have never entrusted them with my precious satoshis.
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I can only think of one reason to dump all funds on one pile: it's a very large coinjoin pool, and makes it very easy to hide your transaction history from the outside world.
On this, if they're to become compliant in several jurisdictions that needs to change as well.
15  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2022 NBA Season on: September 02, 2021, 09:37:20 AM
What a mess the covid/vaccine situation in the States regarding the NBA championship.
As you know, NBA players are not forced to get vaccinated but, with the new restrictions for the those who haven't been jabbed in force in some cities, the story could change: in cities like New York and San Francisco those who haven't been jabbed, in fact, won't be able to enter the local arenas and sports facilities. The NBA will follow the various cities' rules on vaccine requirements and this could create a great mess!

16  Economy / Economics / Re: El Salvador retirees protest against Bitcoin as legal tender on: September 01, 2021, 08:58:10 AM
Now that the government made it clear that Bitcoin's not gonna be mandatory but people can choose whether to receive payments in USD or BTC freely, there are no more excuses.
If you want bitcoin, then take it.
If you don't want bitcoin then don't accept it.
This was a great move to avoid further problems, I've always been against making bitcoin acceptance mandatory. Now let the people recognize bitcoin's potential.
As for the retirees, well no comment.
17  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: 2022 NBA Season on: September 01, 2021, 08:51:32 AM
Yes, it's official now: Ben Simmons has asked for a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers, and he'll be wearing a different jersey next season! According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Australian player had a conversation with Doc Rivers and Daryl Morey: Simmons told his head coach and the president that he wants to be traded and that he'll no longer play with the Sixers. He also made it known that he will not be part of training camp.
Let the deals flow.
18  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Segwit Adoption. I looked at some data, and we are not there yet. on: September 01, 2021, 08:44:59 AM
The simplest reason regarding the fact that Binance is not full segwit is, in my humble opinion, also the most realistic one. We're talking about an address that's probably a good old cold storage and since our friends at Binance are comfortable with that system they decided not to change the process.
The additional fees for their own massive wallet are negligible compared to the fees on consolidating deposits. Address 1NDyJtNTjmwk5xPNhjgAMu4HDHigtobu1s has more than a million transactions, and almost 15 million Bitcoin went through it. Binance still pays 100 sat/vbyte for withdrawals, even though they could get away with 90 to 99% less. They're simply too rich and charge users too much for withdrawals to care about fees. And they want to keep withdrawal fees high to promote their own centralized shitcoin: they want users to withdraw made-up tokens instead of real Bitcoins. Low fees and smaller transaction sizes don't align with their (financial) interests.
This was the simplest answer, in fact.
On a different note, it makes no sense also from a very simple security point of view. I'm no expert but I feel like I need to make 100% sure every time I make a BTC transaction since I'm exposing the private keys to sign the tx (yet they perform million of txs).
As you said, the simple answer is that they don't care and by doing that they promote their useless binance coin and blockchain.
19  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Segwit Adoption. I looked at some data, and we are not there yet. on: August 31, 2021, 08:06:14 AM
The simplest reason regarding the fact that Binance is not full segwit is, in my humble opinion, also the most realistic one. We're talking about an address that's probably a good old cold storage and since our friends at Binance are comfortable with that system they decided not to change the process.
To me this seems to be the real motivation.
20  Economy / Speculation / Re: [arstechnica.com] Coinbase erroneously reported 2FA changes to 125,000 customers on: August 31, 2021, 08:02:16 AM

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The unexpected 2FA notifications led some customers to panic sell everything.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2021/08/coinbase-erroneously-reported-2fa-changes-to-125000-customers/

coinbase fuckery finds a new level.
Hey, hold on a sec!
That's not remotely possible. That's a company listed on Nasdaq!
Nasdaq companies are the best!
How dare you?
 Grin
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