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1  Other / Meta / Re: Warning against consecutive posts (SMF patch) on: May 13, 2024, 08:44:26 AM
How about automatically merging them? Like this:

There may be some instances in which it is appropriate to have two consecutive posts.
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: MemoryDealers aka Roger Ver Arrested! on: May 01, 2024, 10:14:53 PM
I don't think that is right. Civil and criminal liability are two separate things.
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: MemoryDealers aka Roger Ver Arrested! on: May 01, 2024, 09:52:36 PM
I'm curious about how the statute of limitations will apply. Much of the indictment refers to alleged crimes happening many years ago.
It appears the statute of limitations for tax fraud is 6 years.

nope.. its much longer
https://wiggamlaw.com/blog/irs-10-year-back-taxes-statute-of-limitations/
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Can the IRS Take More Than 10 Years to Collect Tax Debts?

In some cases, the IRS can take more than 10 years to collect tax debts. This happens when an event causes the clock to stop ticking on the statute of limitations and the deadline gets extended.
This is called tolling the statute of limitations.

To give you an example, imagine that you have five years left until the statute of limitations expires. Then, you take an action that pauses the clock for two months. At the end of those two months, you still have five years left on the statute of limitations. If the clock had not stopped, you would only have four years and 10 months left.
Tolling the Statute of Limitations

Here are actions that toll the collection statute:

    Applying for an offer in compromise — This tolls the statute from the day you apply to the 30 days after the IRS rejects the offer.
    Requesting an installment agreement — When you apply for a payment plan, the statute is tolled while your application is pending.
    Filing an innocent spouse claim — The statute tolls on the day you apply, and then it restarts at a range of different times depending on the situation. It only tolls the statute for the spouse who applies. It doesn’t affect the CSED for the other spouse.
    Filing bankruptcy — This tolls the statute during the bankruptcy case and for six months afterward.
    Filing a Taxpayer Assistance Order — The statute is tolled from the day you file the assistance order until the Taxpayer Advocate issues a decision on your request.
    Appealing a collection action through a collection due process hearing — The clock stops from the time you appeal until 90 days after you receive a decision from appeals.

    Leaving the country for six or more months in a row — In this case, the statute does not expire until at least six months after you get back to the United States.

in short being an expat in another country means the clock stops when you left. but when you return they can start the clock again. so even if you left the country in 2014 and returned in say 2022.. the deadline of a 2014 case only starts its first year in 2022

That article is referring to collecting back taxes, a civil matter. I was referring to the criminal prosecution for tax fraud.
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: MemoryDealers aka Roger Ver Arrested! on: May 01, 2024, 07:18:04 PM
I'm curious about how the statute of limitations will apply. Much of the indictment refers to alleged crimes happening many years ago.
It appears the statute of limitations for tax fraud is 6 years. I haven't read the indictment, but it is strange they are charging him this long after the alleged crimes.
 
edit to add:
I just read the indictment, and it seems like the statute of limitations has expired for many of the crimes alleged in the indictment. I am not sure how the government got around this, (maybe a covid exception?). According to the indictment, Ver needed to file various tax forms (and use the mail to do so) years after he renounced his citizenship.


I read the full indictment, and it looks pretty bad. The thing where he allegedly decided in 2016 to file a 2011 gift tax return saying that he had gifted bitcoins to his partner stood out as especially bad to me.
I think that portion of the indictment raises an interesting question of "how exactly can you legally transfer ownership of coin to another person?"

From a technical standpoint, this is easy, you simply publish a transaction that gets confirmed.

From a legal standpoint, this is more complicated. Most centralized exchanges will update a database/create a business record that reflects the updated ownership.

(I wonder: why are they allowed to use quotes from emails between Ver and his lawyer?)
Attorney-client privilege only covers legal advice. A discussion with your lawyer about a baseball game is not protected by attorney-client privilege.
5  Economy / Reputation / Re: Farewell on: January 17, 2024, 11:49:30 PM
Hi o_e_l_e_o / leo,

I haven't been able to spend much time on the forum over the past few years, but by chance, I happened to log in today.

Over the years, we have chatted in several threads about many topics. More often than not, we would disagree, and when we did disagree, you would always make a well-reasoned argument to support your position and would be respectful. I have to say that I have always enjoyed chatting with you, and tried to make a point to reply to your posts when you post in an interesting thread because you make for interesting conversation.

I am sorry to hear that you are sick and don't have much time left. I hope you are able to enjoy the last of your time with your family and loved ones.

You will be missed by many here and have been a major asset to the community over the years.

Godspeed.
6  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Jeffery Epseitn, his client list, and his ties to Israel on: January 04, 2024, 06:49:26 AM
that not one of the people on this list (despite many claiming to be humanitarians,) has condemned the genocide currently being perpetrated on the Palestinian people.
If you don't like "the genocide currently being perpetrated on the Palestinian people" I would suggest you ask Hamas to stop using the Palestinian people as human shields.
7  Other / Meta / Re: Mixers to be banned on: January 04, 2024, 06:40:49 AM
Chipmixer campaign participants were goats.
Say what?
A "GOAT" is short for Greatest of all time.


Can wordfilters bot be more effective in catching links inserted between bbcode? I think this is a useful loophole for a while for mixer-managed shills. I can write unclickable links without worrying about getting filtered this way, and it will stay there if no one reports it
Spammers have been using hidden links for years.

This should discourage any non-Newbie from trying:
Quote from: theymos
bypassing the wordfilter will get you banned.
Other than using URL shorteners, presumably, established forum members attempting to bypass the wordfiler with the purpose of reporting the problem to get the wordfilter improve is acceptable? yes?
8  Other / Meta / Re: Merry Christmas to the Forum on: December 25, 2023, 04:28:07 AM
Merry Christmas everyone!
9  Economy / Lending / Re: Lending Board Rules of Engagement - Attention Lenders and Borrowers on: December 23, 2023, 04:00:28 AM

  • What is not collateral:
    • Items the borrower has listed for sale.  If the borrower is looking to sell the item he's offering as collateral, odds are he's not going to return the loan and is trying to trick the lender into unwittingly buying the item.



In the past, I have agreed with this, but I think there are some exceptions to this rule. If a borrower is asking for a loan against something that has a well-established value, and the loan amount is far below the value of the item for sale, it may make sense for a lender to make a loan against said item. Obviously, the lender would be taking the risk of having to take possession of the item and resell it, but this is the case for any collateral loan.

For example, someone might be selling a physical coin, but needs money immediately. The seller/borrower may have already sent the coin to MJ, or some other reputable escrow (and they have received the physical coin), but will take some time to sell/auction.
10  Other / Meta / Re: Mixers to be banned on: December 23, 2023, 02:23:57 AM
I am a strong believer in the right to privacy (even if some people take it what I believe to be too far), and a centralized mixer has the potential to enhance privacy. Also, however, mixers have the potential to give nothing more than the illusion of privacy and highlight your transactions to governments and other nosy people.
I agree. Anyone who uses a mixer should consider that they might be a honeypot. And that's why it makes little sense for a real criminal to put these services above Monero and coinjoins, which are trustless.
There tends to be a good amount of coin that flows through the various mixers originating from criminal activity. This is why governments have employed resources into shutting down mixers and finding their operators.

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Sure, if mixers can be the cause to shut this place down, no matter how sad it might be, forbid them. It just makes little sense from a government's perspective. If I was a government official, I would want such services to run, because they would be central point of failures that I can go after. Forbidding them would push everyone (especially criminals) to decentralized, trustless solutions which I cannot control.
Governments are going after centralized mixers. I would question the legality of the government running a mixer as a 'honeypot' for more than a short period of time, although they can seize any logs the mixer was keeping, regardless of any public claims to the contrary.
11  Other / Meta / Re: Mixers to be banned on: December 21, 2023, 04:15:46 AM
I am a strong believer in the right to privacy (even if some people take it what I believe to be too far), and a centralized mixer has the potential to enhance privacy. Also, however, mixers have the potential to give nothing more than the illusion of privacy and highlight your transactions to governments and other nosy people. ChipMixer being the exception (which was shut down by the government), I understand that all mixers have leaked the connections between all inputs and all outputs through their service via the blockchain -- all that is needed to make these connections is a small transaction through their service, or a series of transactions through their service.

The underlying root cause of the policy change appears to be the fact that mixers are getting seized/shut down by governments with increasing frequency, along with the risk that users (and participants of signature advertising campaigns) will be subjected to government sanctions if they attempt to cash out any coin received from mixers.

As bitcon becomes more mainstream, using it will become incrementally less private. There will be a balancing act between privacy, and the benefits of seeing an increased number of people using bitcoin (and layer 2 solutions, such as LN).

For the above reasons, although disappointing, I tend to agree with the decision by theymos.
12  Other / Meta / Re: I forget, was there an email db leak for this forum? on: September 03, 2023, 10:34:13 AM
Yes, one of the prior hacks of the forum leaked the members table, which includes the email address associated with each forum account at the time
13  Other / Meta / Re: Why's PrimeNumber7 trust different # + on: August 11, 2023, 03:19:33 AM
There are quarks in the trust system. They are explained in the above posts.

I would suggest that anyone reading this to oppose the relevant flags.
14  Economy / Reputation / Re: Hhampuz using his position on forum to vindicate scams on: August 07, 2023, 06:19:49 PM
It looks like all the relevant trust ratings have been removed from the casino’s forum account trust page, so I think the issue is closed.

From what I can tell, hhampuz left a trust rating that reflected an actual transaction (actually a series of transactions), that had a real economic benefit to both parties outside of leaving the trust rating. There isn’t any reason why he shouldn’t be able to leave a rating under these circumstances.

I think the situation highlights a problem with the trust system. Too many people are focused on raw trust scores and are ignoring the references and the words behind the ratings. Hhampuz left a rating for an advertising campaign. Anyone considering entrusting the casino with their money should give more weight to ratings regarding the casino honoring withdrawals and paying out appropriately. If, in the future, someone else is considering to run an advertising campaign for the casino, the feedback by hhampuz would be valuable to them.
15  Other / Meta / Re: Old posts aren't moderated on: June 14, 2023, 11:37:04 PM
Old posts are generally not going to bother anyone if they remain up. If an old post was causing a big enough problem, it would have been reported and handled around the time of the post.
16  Other / Meta / Re: Poll on solving the imgur issue on: June 09, 2023, 09:33:23 PM
If the image proxy keeps served images cached for a period of time, bandwidth probably won’t be an issue. But if the image proxy queries the storage bucket every time someone accesses the image, egress charges will quickly add up.
Caching is up to the browser, so it's a per-user thing:
The image proxy isn't a caching proxy. Proxied images are never saved to disk, and only small chunks of images are stored in memory at any one time. The proxy does work with client-side caching (it passes on appropriate cache-related headers, etc.), so you may cache images.
I suspect that is the underlying root cause of the imgur problems. If there is an image in a particular thread, the image proxy server may be asking for imgur to serve the same image multiple times over a short time if there is a conversation among several people. Replying to a post with an image may result in the same person causing the image proxy server to call the image three times, and this would not count the times the person reads a thread, but does not reply.

Imgur (in the past) uses AWS, so they are paying the quoted prices for serving images to the forum image proxy. Serving only the image means imgur doesn't get any ad revenue from the forum.

Someone is going to have to pay to get images from wherever they are stored to forum users. It doesn't look like imgur is wanting to pay for this anymore.
17  Other / Meta / Re: Poll on solving the imgur issue on: June 09, 2023, 04:58:49 PM
AWS S3 is really the most cost-effective option.
I did a quick price check:
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First 50 TB / Month: $0.023 per GB
AWS is very reliable, but quite expensive on bandwidth. 10 TB doesn't sound unrealistic, and would cost $230 per month. Contabo (I think TryNinja still uses this) gets you 32 TB bandwidth for €17.49 per month. And unlike AWS, that includes the rest of the server too. But it probably won't reach the same very high uptime AWS has.


You are right, I completely ignored that they make money from bandwidth. Btw, how big can be the demand on bandwidth in our case? I mean, this image hosting is dedicated for this forum, one will rarely use it outside of bitalk, so, not every uploaded image will waste bandwidth.
Btw what about Hetzner? It's in Europe (Germany or Finland) and is pretty cheap. I can't swear but I'm sure it's one of the cheapest option out there, it's not as cheap as Contabo but performs way better. Probably what makes AWS more attractive for joker_josue is probably the pay-as-you approach payment model.

No, it is not very economical, because bandwidth is very expensive.
In this type of service, the focus is not so much on disk space, but on bandwidth.
If it's not a secret, I'll ask this question again: How is the demand on your service? Is it increasing? Or stabilizing? Or decreasing since imgur links aren't broken anymore?

If the image proxy keeps served images cached for a period of time, bandwidth probably won’t be an issue. But if the image proxy queries the storage bucket every time someone accesses the image, egress charges will quickly add up. For example, an attacker/troll could potentially add the same image to a single post 1000 times, and subsequently access the post 1000 times — this would result in the same image being accessed a million times.
18  Other / Meta / Re: Poll on solving the imgur issue on: June 08, 2023, 04:59:54 PM
It looks like imgur has an api, but it doesn't look like the API can retrieve images currently. Perhaps they may be willing to add such functionality.
If they add it as a paid feature, I don't think the forum should go down that road. It would set a precendent for other image hosts to do the same.
I disagree. Imgur is providing a service (hosting images), and deserves to earn a fair profit. It would cost money for the forum to host images on its own infrastructure, and as long as the cost to use imgur (and all other image hosting sites) is less than the cost of self-hosting, it will make sense to pay.

I presume that imgur usually makes its money from ads when people access images on its imgur site (not the raw image that is accessed via the forum image proxy). I presume that the image proxy complicates various metrics that imgur uses.
19  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Proof of work comes to Tor on: June 03, 2023, 01:20:36 PM
I'm really keen to try this out. Wonder how long it will be before some sites start implementing it?
I assume this is only an option for hidden services (so only .onion sites).

Although facebook is not very privacy friendly to most (all?) of their users (based on the amount of data they collect on them), they do have a tor version of their site, and I can see them implementing this as a means to help others to implement this to prevent DoS attacks on hidden services.
20  Other / Meta / Re: Poll on solving the imgur issue on: June 03, 2023, 10:51:37 AM
It looks like imgur is no longer blocking the image proxy.
That didn't last long, it's broken again Sad
The most appropriate first step is to reach out to imgur to see if they can provide some kind of solution.

It looks like imgur has an api, but it doesn't look like the API can retrieve images currently. Perhaps they may be willing to add such functionality.
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