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1  Economy / Exchanges / Re: [OFFICIAL]Bitfinex.com first Bitcoin P2P lending platform for leverage trading on: October 19, 2019, 08:18:42 PM
But hey, at least they launched a referral program again apparently...
I suspect the controversy the NYAG is attracting, plus the overall lack of volatility is hurting their ability to attract new customers.   
2  Other / Meta / Re: Urgent moderation request! on: October 19, 2019, 04:21:34 PM
I am making an urgent request to the bitcointalk moderators and administrators to delete this thread because I disagree with what it is saying.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Roll Eyes
3  Economy / Exchanges / Re: Poloniex's taking money from its customers to cover its loss on: October 19, 2019, 04:18:06 PM
Circle announced that Poloniex is spinning out into a new company based in Asia (and backed by a new set of investors[?]). They announced there will be in excess of $100 million in investments in the new company’s platform. I am not sure how they would spend that much money improving the platform, but I would now find it unlikely that lenders will receive additional compensation.
4  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: How to export entire bitcoin blockchain into database on: October 17, 2019, 04:21:02 PM
Excel spreadsheets can have a maximum of approximately 1,000,000 rows, and there are approximately 600k blocks, 465mm transactions and 1.2b outputs.  As such you won’t be able to put the entire blockchain in an excel spreadsheet.

If you have enough RAM, you can put data from the blockchain into a Pandas (or you could use Spark if you have access to a cluster) DataFrame and do analysis via the DF. Otherwise you can put it into a SQL database.
5  Other / Meta / Re: Fake Bitcointalk forum Warning on: October 17, 2019, 06:54:33 AM
There are only a small number of people who are collecting enough data to pull this off.

I have said before that there should be limits as to how much data/many pages a person can access per time unit.

In case the person behind this site is not collecting the data live, but rather is pulling the data on request, it should not be difficult for the administration to compare a random set of page requests via the site referenced in the OP to logs to see the IP address of who is accessing the pages in real time, and take action.
6  Other / Politics & Society / Re: South Park Band in China + NBA pandering to China + Labron James on: October 17, 2019, 06:49:47 AM
The NBA doesn't have power to create change in China.  They will simply be banned from China and any influence they did have will be lost.  Thats bad for everyone.  I have massive problems with concentration camps and all the shady stuff that goes on in China which is why I'd like to start by closing our concentration camps, dark prisons, and reforming our police.  Once we clean up our own yard, then I might consider telling other countries how to run their shit. 
Except that the NBA is affirmatively promoting Chinese propaganda. They also often take a stance on domestic politics, and the stance is the exact opposite of what the NBA is actively protecting in China.

There are no concentration camps in the US. Comparing what happens in the US to what happens in China is, in effect, protecting the status quo in China, including the imprisonment of political dissenters. In the US, you can criticize the government all you want without consequences from the government, while in China, if you criticize the government, you will be imprisoned (if not murdered), and those associated with you will be unable to get a job or an apartment due to the Chinese credit scoring system.

Similarly, there is no systemic problems with the police force in the US. Sure, there are some bad apples, but that is true in any population numbering in the hundreds of millions. The overwhelming majority (>99.99%) of police encounters are entirely lawful on the part of the police officer, and there are no human rights being violated. On the other hand, in China, at the direction of the Chinese government, the police will arrest you if you say the wrong thing, or if you criticize the Chinese government.


Aren't these people insane. Right when they're asked a question about AN ACTUAL COMMUNIST COUNTRY THAT KILLS THEIR OWN PEOPLE he resorts to "fuck drumpf"
All these people care about is their own personal profit, and their own personal political power.

As mentioned above, I am strongly against advertiser boycotts, but this is one example as to when it may be appropriate to boycott those supporting NBA players and teams who are pushing Chinese propaganda.
7  Other / Meta / Re: Banning Franky1 by mods is lame. on: October 17, 2019, 06:33:09 AM
I disagree with much of, if not all of what he says, but I do believe there should be competing opinions and viewpoints in every sub, especially one such as the Dev and Tech sub.

If his posts are off topic, or otherwise break the rules, they should be removed, and if necessary, his posts could be closely monitored/moderated. If his post follows the rules, and is on topic, but you disagree with what he is saying, you should challenge him, present your side, and facts to support your side, and others can judge for themselves. When there are competing viewpoints, you can say with more authority that you are correct. When you start preventing certain people from posting in certain subs that have opposing viewpoints, all information presented in the sub has less credibility. 
But he doesn't just present a different view point. He repeatedly flames other users and creates off topic posts. The fact that his posts often result in the locking of threads is pretty telling. Many people have challenged him and presented their side. His responses are usually some twist of words, snide remarks, or insults and they further drag the thread off topic. <>
Remove posts that are off topic or derail conversations. If others start posting off topic posts in response to his posts that are off topic, remove those posts, and add a mod note to his post to not respond to the off topic portion of this posts.

Remove posts that are personal insults, or even remove portions of posts that are insults and flames to prevent a flame war.

If the underlying question has been answered, and there is a substantiative, but off topic discussion, either split the thread or let the discussion go off topic.

It is my strong belief that opposing/dissenting viewpoints are very important, and they should be accommodated. I don't think the status quo is the long term scaling solution (the long term solution will probably look something more like LN than the bcash bs), and opposing viewpoints is one of the best, if not the best way to improve upon the status quo.
8  Other / Meta / Re: Banning Franky1 by mods is lame. on: October 16, 2019, 11:52:47 PM
I do not think that it is unreasonable for him to be banned from the Development and Technical Discussion forum.
I disagree with much of, if not all of what he says, but I do believe there should be competing opinions and viewpoints in every sub, especially one such as the Dev and Tech sub.

If his posts are off topic, or otherwise break the rules, they should be removed, and if necessary, his posts could be closely monitored/moderated. If his post follows the rules, and is on topic, but you disagree with what he is saying, you should challenge him, present your side, and facts to support your side, and others can judge for themselves. When there are competing viewpoints, you can say with more authority that you are correct. When you start preventing certain people from posting in certain subs that have opposing viewpoints, all information presented in the sub has less credibility.  

I think the OP is referring to this topic.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5192937.0

According to this post, Franky1 has been banned from "Development & Technical Discussion" board.
Yes, the OP is almost certainly referring to that thread:
Quote from:  Topic: Note: franky1 is banned from the this subforum  (Read 103 times) // gmaxwell
After years of continual harassment and misinformation from franky1 and repeated efforts to reach out and encourage polite and honest behaviour from him that have resulted in no improvements, franky1 is banned from the technical subforum.  The failure to remove people who are continually abusive and multipost repeated misinformation has done a lot of damage to the willingness of anyone technically competent to use this forum.

Any posts by franky1 which are made in or moved into this subforum will be summarily deleted.

Cheers,
9  Other / Politics & Society / Re: South Park Band in China + NBA pandering to China + Labron James on: October 16, 2019, 03:31:32 PM
Its none of his business what is going on with politics in China.  He is American, not Chinese.  There are enough problems to worry about in our country before he needs to criticize someone else.  Reminds me of Ali's mindset.
He is promoting Chinese propaganda...does your response mean that you are okay with putting Muslims in concentration camps? Or with the jailing of political opponents? I am pretty sure you are okay with China silencing those that don’t speak the party line.


It looks like Morey was the target of a state sponsored twitter smear campaign immediately after his initial tweet, with the number of tweets mentioning him spiking after his initial response.
10  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: [Data Breach] Check if your passwords have been compromised on: October 16, 2019, 04:06:46 AM

This is a major security risk too you could alternatively download exposed passwords (which haveibeenpwned does not distribute but they are usually from public leaks) and check it offline because you are still entering a password into a different site other than the ones its used for which is a security breach in itself unless you trust a third party with storing your password to check if its been "pwned".

What are you talking about? How is using haveibeenpwned a security risk? You obviously don't enter your password on haveibeenpwned, only your email is required. Or did I misunderstood what you're trying to say here?
He was probably talking about this:
https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords

This is a separate feature from their email watching service, it also notifies people if their password was leaked, but you only send them a small part (called suffix) at the start of the hash of your password, and they return all the hashes from their database that also start with the same suffix, and then the code on client's side looks if any of the hashes matches the original hash.
11  Other / Politics & Society / Re: South Park Band in China + NBA pandering to China on: October 16, 2019, 03:57:24 AM
Lebron James recently said that that Daryl Morey should not have tweeted, but rather should have considered the '...financial...' consequences of what he was saying.

His statement, along with his subsequent tweets show that James only cares about his personal profit, and is a coward. Someone willing to speak truth to power would be willing to speak out against the Chinese government while in China. Instead James repeats Chinese propaganda.
12  Other / Meta / Re: Cloudflare is changing its Privacy Policy on: October 12, 2019, 10:05:37 PM
It looks like this is a summary of what is being changed:
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We have updated our March 14, 2019 privacy policy to address new products and services, to list our Portuguese entity as our legal representative entity in the EU, to address the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and to add to this Policy the statements we previously listed separately in our Privacy Shield Framework Statement. In addition, in light of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (Brexit), we have made changes to clarify our commitment to protect the personal data we receive from the United Kingdom after Brexit.
13  Other / Politics & Society / Re: South Park Band in China + NBA pandering to China on: October 12, 2019, 04:29:59 PM
Golden State coach, Steve Kerr was asked about the human rights violations in China after he returned from China, and he responded by comparing the Chinese fascism to what happens in the US.

This is just absolutely ridiculous. The Chinese government has hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Muslims in concentration camps, it kills political dissenters, uses surveillance against their citizens, and will arrest its citizens if they criticize their government. None of this is remotely comparable to anything that happens in the United States.

I am strongly against advertiser boycotts, however if there was ever an appropriate time to boycott advertisers, now would be the time to boycott advertisers of the NBA.

Fuck Steve Cur. Deport his ass to China so they can boil him alive and eat him in the dog meat festival. Also Nike is about to enter center stage in these boycotts, just you watch.

[img w idth=400]https://i.imgur.com/uoQmILj.jpg[/img]
Nike profits off of Chinese slave labor and likely wants the NBA to pander to China.

This incident shows that Steve Kerr, along with other far left liberals only care about their personal power and wealth and don’t actually care about protecting the people they claim to be supporters of.

Regarding your meme, Nike executives probably won’t care if their employees speak out supporting Hong Kong, they will just fire any employee who does so
14  Other / Politics & Society / Re: South Park Band in China + NBA pandering to China on: October 12, 2019, 07:08:34 AM
Golden State coach, Steve Kerr was asked about the human rights violations in China after he returned from China, and he responded by comparing the Chinese fascism to what happens in the US.

This is just absolutely ridiculous. The Chinese government has hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of Muslims in concentration camps, it kills political dissenters, uses surveillance against their citizens, and will arrest its citizens if they criticize their government. None of this is remotely comparable to anything that happens in the United States.

I am strongly against advertiser boycotts, however if there was ever an appropriate time to boycott advertisers, now would be the time to boycott advertisers of the NBA.
15  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Hillary Clinton to Trump "Don't Tempt Me" on: October 09, 2019, 04:28:46 PM
I wonder if she can win re-election in 2020.
16  Other / Politics & Society / South Park Band in China + NBA pandering to China + Labron James on: October 09, 2019, 03:33:52 AM
According to reports, the Chinese censors have scrubbed all evidence of the TV show South Park from the Chinese internet. This includes taking down links to videos of old episodes, discussion threads on Chinese internet forums about the show, posts about the show on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, and any other references to the show.

This comes after an episode of South Park recently aired, mocking Chinese censorship, the Chinese leader, and the hypocrisy of American companies who do business with/in China. The creators of South Park have given permission for everyone to watch the episode in question for free.

The creators of South Park have issued an apology to the Chinese government:
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OFFICIAL APOLOGY FROM TREY PARKER AND MATT STONE.

"Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn't look just like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the Great Communist Party of China! May this autumn's sorghum harvest be bountiful! We good now China?"

I have long found South Park to be immature, have held this opinion for probably close to two decades, have never really enjoyed watching the show (I wasn't even aware it was still on the air), but am a very strong believer in free speech and freedom in general.

This comes amid Rockets (NBA) general manager Daryl Morey tweeting (and later deleting) his support for the people of Hong Kong, and their push for democracy. The NBA commissioner later effectively condemned the tweet. The Chinese government has responded by removing references to the Rockets, many Chinese companies have pulled sponsorships from the Rockets, and have declared they will not air NBA pre-season games.
17  Economy / Reputation / Re: Livecoin is a shady exchange, Yobit is not on: October 07, 2019, 05:12:01 AM
Given that both LiveCoin and YoBit have active flags with a lot of support, I am curious why LiveCoin advertisers were added to a blacklist, while YoBit advertisers are not.
It would be a good incentive to not participate in the campaign, though considering the quality of the participants, it's unlikely that they (or rather, most of them) would be seriously considered by yahoo in one of his other campaigns in the first place.
They are being allowed to participate in the YoBit campaign, which is a campaign Yahoo has the ability to remove participants from.

The only difference between LiveCoin and YoBit that I can see is that Yahoo is presumably receiving payment from YoBit.

It is disappointing that yahoo is not receiving the same pressure to close the YoBit campaign as Hhampuz received to close the LiveCoin campaign.

The current posts made by those receiving a lot of money to advertise for YoBit are not nonsense posts, even if they are not written by crypto experts. Those advertising for YoBit tend to have a “diverse” posting history and have been posting very little prior to joining the campaign. This leads me to believe many of these accounts are being farmed and were possibly bought. I am a strong believer in the free market but a lot of what appears to be happening with those involved in the YoBit campaign is highly frowned upon by many and the situation as a whole leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
18  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: [Data Breach] Check if your passwords have been compromised on: October 06, 2019, 09:57:04 PM
You shouldn’t be reusing passwords anyway, so there shouldn’t be any value to use that service. The same is true for even part of your password.

If you are using something very close to a random password, having one compromised should not affect your security on any other site and you can search by username to check if a database has been compromised

And yet a lot of people do reuse their passwords, so this service can teach them how bad it is to reuse passwords with practical example. It also shows how easily weak passwords can be broken - even if your "password1" was never leaked on the site that you use, the same password could have been leaked on some different platform by different users.

Don't discard something because it is useless to you, lots of other people aren't as knowledgeable.
A third party having their password leaked doesn’t affect the security of your password if you happen to use a similar password provided it is semi-random.
19  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Is Binance still around? on: October 05, 2019, 04:40:02 PM
Just remembering that old exchange from long ago.  Are they still in business or did they get shut down already?  One would think they'd be Shut Down by now.  Yeah they had their share of problems...  Lips sealed
Why would they be shut down? They are operating in Malta and is known to be the go-to exchange for a lot of regular traders, regardless of how many problems they have had.

I mean, they aren't the leading exchange on the market anymore according to coinmarketcap, but they are up and running so there is that.
They are the exchange with the highest volume. One might say one of the futures exchanges have higher volume but this is difficult to compare to spot volumes due to their fee structure and how trades are settled.
20  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: [Data Breach] Check if your passwords have been compromised on: October 05, 2019, 04:29:08 PM
The last I checked, haveibeenpwned actually will only ask the end user to input the username/email and they will respond with any accounts associated with databases that have been compromised containing that email address or username.

https://haveibeenpwned.com/Passwords

This is a separate feature from their email watching service, it also notifies people if their password was leaked, but you only send them a small part (called suffix) at the start of the hash of your password, and they return all the hashes from their database that also start with the same suffix, and then the code on client's side looks if any of the hashes matches the original hash.

By the way, haveibeenpwned accepts Bitcoin donations, which is a good example of Bitcoin's adoption and real use.
You shouldn’t be reusing passwords anyway, so there shouldn’t be any value to use that service. The same is true for even part of your password.

If you are using something very close to a random password, having one compromised should not affect your security on any other site and you can search by username to check if a database has been compromised
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