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1  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Generate Receive Code Via API on: December 05, 2020, 05:25:08 AM

If you don't need to know which user sent you the donation, simply just use a single static address.

Address reuse leads to a reduction in privacy for everyone, and incremental reduction in security (I am guilty of this sometimes, as are many other people).

Ideally, the OP should generate a new address each time he receives a transaction, but at a minimum, he should generate a new address each time he spends any coin he received.  
2  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: The Lightning Network FAQ on: December 05, 2020, 05:18:54 AM
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There will be no need for rounding down millisatoshis on channel closure once we increase the number of decimal places on-chain. It is bound to happen some day.
That would be bigger than the scaling debate.
I would be surprised if this was the case.

Increasing the max block size was one solution to a technical problem that it was unclear was an actual problem in the present. Increasing transaction value precision will be the only solution (that I can think of) to a problem, and it will be very obvious if it is a problem, as it would be reflected in the price of bitcoin.
3  Other / Politics & Society / Re: How will Trump leave the White House? on: December 05, 2020, 04:43:53 AM


Maybe he will grant himself a pardon before he leaves office?

Smiley
Trump can only pardon himself for federal crimes. The state of New York would not be subject to any pardons that are issued by the President.

On that note, I do think should and will pardon himself on the way out of office. There would be too much pressure from the left to engage in politically motivated investigations and prosecutions that would end up further dividing the country.
4  Other / Meta / Re: Forum advertising DeFi totally-not-scams on: December 05, 2020, 04:36:54 AM
I would say the medium article is something closer to drumming up interest in an altcoin rather than an investment. I would compare the article linked in the ad to an article educating the reader about bcash or etherum.

Would an article discussing why (in the author's opinion) bcash is superior to bitcoin be allowed? If not, this ad should probably not be allowed. (I don't think bcash is superior to bitcoin, however, I do support the free-flow of ideas, and rigorous debate; people should believe bcash is inferior after reading an open discussion with a maximum amount of information available).

Pretty sure it's not the part about opinion or about technology that is the issue here.

It's the part that Theymos thinks that the advertisement that Phore itself is using isn't advertising an investment but they are advertising the the technology behind what they're building and the usage of it. It's easily arguable that there is a DIRECT LINK between talking about the technology behind a coin and a product trying to drum up some hype for people to buy the coin.

Not sure if I'm a fan of advertising products like this, kinda sounds like a wormhole of people coming in and talking about the wild claims of their coin even if there is little to no chance of any of that coming to fruition. Not knocking the idea of Phore or whatever as I really know nothing about it, but still.
My opinion is that the medium article is promoting the altcoin. I might compare it to an altcoin whitepaper, although a whitepaper would be more technical.
As an aside question, what would your thoughts be about advertising the more legitimate companies in DeFi such as Compound, Aave, and so on?
I would not allow an advertisement based on the company being 'legitimate'. There are plenty of legitimate companies that go bankrupt for reasons not being an exit scam, such as poor market conditions, or bad strategic decisions by management. Also, a legitimate company today may turn into a scam tomorrow.
5  Other / Meta / Re: Newbie with avatar? on: December 03, 2020, 06:49:48 AM


The account is 8 years old, and doesn't look hacked (he still posts in Spanish)
I donít think you can conclude it is not hacked. The account has made a single post in the past year and the post was two words.
-snip
that may be true but it is the safest assumption at least based on hist 4 pages of post-history and him suddenly posting doesn't really raise any suspicion of being hacked.
What are you talking about?

Someone making a single two-word post, 12 months after making their last post is not an indication their account is not hacked. (notice the double negative).
6  Other / Meta / Re: Newbie with avatar? on: December 03, 2020, 04:40:32 AM
The account is 8 years old, and doesn't look hacked (he still posts in Spanish)
I donít think you can conclude it is not hacked. The account has made a single post in the past year and the post was two words.

The account appears to have controversy regarding a photo it posted.
7  Other / Meta / Re: Forum advertising DeFi totally-not-scams on: December 03, 2020, 02:55:21 AM
I would say the medium article is something closer to drumming up interest in an altcoin rather than an investment. I would compare the article linked in the ad to an article educating the reader about bcash or etherum.

Would an article discussing why (in the author's opinion) bcash is superior to bitcoin be allowed? If not, this ad should probably not be allowed. (I don't think bcash is superior to bitcoin, however, I do support the free-flow of ideas, and rigorous debate; people should believe bcash is inferior after reading an open discussion with a maximum amount of information available).
8  Other / Meta / Re: Newbies can now pay a small fee to enable images on: December 03, 2020, 02:24:24 AM
If someone is "wearing" their copper membership (or other paid membership), their 'position' will not display on their forum account. This means that someone such as a moderator will not show that they are a moderator if they are 'wearing' their copper membership.

IMO, it is probably best to force moderators (and other staff) to display their respective titles.
9  Other / Politics & Society / Re: US Elections 2020 - very self such moderated on: December 03, 2020, 02:09:08 AM
Trump underperformed the down-ballot candidates almost everywhere. If the election stands, voters will have voted against Trump, rather than for Biden.

Loeffler should handily win as her opponent is especially radical in a Red state. Loeffler and Collins received a total of ~56% of votes, while her opponent only received ~32.9% of the vote.

There will be a show of force of fake votes, as they figure that after Joe and Hoe take office nobody will come after them and their vote fraud.

I suspect it'll be pretty much right out in the open.
If voter fraud is uncovered after Biden takes office, I would agree that it will not be investigated.

There are issues in PA such as not allowing GOP poll watchers to watch the counting of the ballots, however, I am not aware of evidence of sufficiently substantial and widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the election.

There are real issues with mail-in voting, however, the Republican opposition to widespread mail-in voting likely disenfranchised their own voters. The amount of effort put into voting for Biden per vote was less than the effort each voter put into voting for Trump.


Trump, rather than hurting the down ballot candidates, helped them in a big way by ensuring a huge turnout among the GOP supporters.
Republicans picked up about a dozen house seats, maybe more. The Biden administration will not be able to hire people serving in the house because the Democrat majority is so small.

This is probably better suited for its own thread, or even its own sub... I don't think Trump was well prepared to win the Presidency in 2016. His early administration was not well organized, which probably resulted in much of his first term being stymied
10  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: List of all Bitcoin addresses ever used (OP rewritten, updates work again) on: November 30, 2020, 03:42:59 AM
~snip

If you have the network capacity then it's better to just serve it locally (except, AWS bills your upload traffic too  Angry)
Your local ISP might not like it very much if you are uploading that much data.

Sorry, when I said locally, I meant on a VPS with another cloud provider with unmetered traffic, such as Hetzner.

I guess I have been doing too much of my work on the cloud to tell the difference anymore.
Ahh, gotcha.

I was under the impression that traffic out of the AWS network (for AWS) will count as egress traffic, and will be billed accordingly. Migrating your data from AWS to GCS will incur a charge from AWS for the amount of your data. There might be ways around this, I'm not sure.
11  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: List of all Bitcoin addresses ever used (OP rewritten, updates work again) on: November 29, 2020, 10:23:57 PM
As a FYI, you generally will not want to host files on a server. You will probably want to host files in a storage bucket that can be accessed by a server.
Amazon charges $0.09 per GB outgoing data, that's rediculous for this purpose (my current 5 TB bandwidth limit would cost $450 per month when maxed out). And Amazon wants my creditcard instead of Bitcoin.
I had used AWS as an example because I believed you used it for some of your other projects.

Yes, transferring data to the internet is very expensive. You can use a CDN (content delivery network) to reduce costs a little bit. 5 TB of data is a lot.

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Separately, sorting lists are not scalable, period.
Actually, sort performs quite well. I've tested:
10M lines: 10 seconds (fits in RAM)
50M lines: 63 seconds (starts using temporary files)
250M lines: 381 seconds (using 2 GB RAM and temporary files)
So a 5 times larger file takes 6 times longer to sort. I'd say scalability is quite good.
I think you are proving my point. The more input you have, the more time it takes to process one additional input.

To put it another way, it takes 1 unit of time to sort a list with a length of 2, it takes 1 + a units of time to sort a list with a length of 3, it takes 1 + a + b units of time to sort a list with a length of 4, and so on. The longer the list, the longer it will take to sort one additional line.

As a FYI, you generally will not want to host files on a server. You will probably want to host files in a storage bucket that can be accessed by a server.

If you want to update a file that takes a lot of resources, you can create a VM, execute a script that updates the file, and uploads it to a S3 (on AWS) bucket. You would then be able to access that file using another VM that takes fewer resources.

That may save on local resources but you will be paying a lot of money per month if people download several hundred gigabytes each month particularly if the files are large like the files hosted in the OP.

If you have the network capacity then it's better to just serve it locally (except, AWS bills your upload traffic too  Angry)
Your local ISP might not like it very much if you are uploading that much data.
12  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: List of all Bitcoin addresses ever used (OP rewritten, updates work again) on: November 29, 2020, 06:01:21 AM
Some results: The awk-thing uses just over 1 GB memory for 10 million addresses. So for 1.5 billion addresses, a 256 GB server should be enough. At AWS, that would cost a few dollars per hour.
As a FYI, you generally will not want to host files on a server. You will probably want to host files in a storage bucket that can be accessed by a server.

If you want to update a file that takes a lot of resources, you can create a VM, execute a script that updates the file, and uploads it to a S3 (on AWS) bucket. You would then be able to access that file using another VM that takes fewer resources.

Separately, sorting lists are not scalable, period. There are some things you can do to increase the speed, such as keep the list in RAM, or cutting the number of instances the entire list is reviewed, but you ultimately cannot sort an unordered very large list.
13  Other / Meta / Re: [TUTORIAL] ᗌ Embed GIF's in your own articles (Easy way) ᗏ on: November 29, 2020, 05:37:15 AM
This is not a problem today, but I can potentially see gifs becoming disallowed if enough people are sufficiently annoying with their GIFs.
In Firefox: about:config, search: image.animation_mode, set to "once" (type the word).
Sometimes it takes me months to realize a certain image is animated.
I don't think the administration would want users to have to make changes to their browser configuration to not be annoyed by random gifs in threads.
14  Other / Politics & Society / Re: How will Trump leave the White House? on: November 29, 2020, 05:35:23 AM
....

Most of the time that countries are seized by dictators, they will first be legitimately elected, and subsequently, make radical changes to the court system, such as packing the equivalent of the Supreme Court (cough cough). Once the courts are on the dictator's side, any other changes made are rubber-stamped by the courts and the Dictator can do as they choose.

In Argentina, all it took was a number of well publicized deaths of leading judges and the others all fell in line. I can't recall if the murders were made to look like accidents or if they were right out in the open, executions. Seems like the latter but maybe someone down there can help.
The US has the US martial service that protects the judiciary branch. I don't see judicial intimidation much of an issue in the US. IMO it would be more likely for political judges to be appointed.
15  Other / Meta / Re: Do you want more or less freedom? on: November 28, 2020, 08:14:13 PM
please add a poll option demanding a ban of people who, being accused of being cunts, reply with famous fine-art paintings of cunts.
I'm not adding more options to a running poll, that would give inaccurate results.
This poll is not going to get anything close to accurate results as it is. Bitcointalk polls are already not accurate because of the ease of sockpuppet voting, and the options are really not serious. I also personally often vote for poll options that are ludicrous specifically for the above reasons.
16  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Privacy Culture Manifesto on: November 28, 2020, 06:03:33 AM
Trump has warned about the dangers of unrestrained social media and abuse of Section 230.
Section 230 is separate and distinct from privacy related to social media.


I am generally a private person, and I do value my own personal privacy. I also am willing to acknowledge the benefits related to giving up privacy.

On an interpersonal basis, giving up privacy is what allows people to have intimacy with other people. Intimacy with other humans is one of the most rewarding things. Refusing to give up some amounts of privacy will not allow you to reap these rewards.

Somewhat similarly, giving up some amounts of privacy to companies may allow those companies to provide a more customized experience that is more interesting to you. The benefits are not the same as the above but are still benefits.

Ultimately, individuals should be in control of how much privacy they desire.
17  Other / Politics & Society / Re: [POLL] What is the value of 2 + 2? on: November 27, 2020, 04:50:54 AM
IMO, in 2020, in the US a politician running on a platform in which they commit to two plus two always equaling four would win in a landslide. I am curious as to what would have happened if Trump had declared that under his presidency, 2 + 2 will always equal 4.

Over the Summer (northern hemisphere), words and meanings were changed by institutions to fall in line with political winds, and the demands of the 'mob'. Few were brave enough to push back against most of this, or even call most of this out.

Obviously, two plus two will always equal 4. In the book 1984, the person who worked for 'big brother' torturing the main character to get him to 'accept' that 2 + 2 = 5 was aware that  2 + 2 actually equals 4.
18  Other / Meta / Re: Do you want more or less freedom? on: November 27, 2020, 04:39:08 AM

You're unironically arguing for more government. How do additional regulations promote "more freedom"?
In Democracies, the government is accountable to the people. Private companies are accountable to the market, however, if they have a large enough market share, they also control the market. Take YouTube, for example, content creators have to follow YouTube's rules in order to be able to publish their videos and advertise using YouTube's platform (monetize their videos). If YouTube has a rule that you don't like, you have the option to publish your content on another platform, however other platforms do not have the same reach that YouTube has, and you will not earn nearly as much posting on a competing platform. Therefore, content creators will adjust their content to follow YouTube's rules. In effect, YouTube is not accountable for its rules or policies. Modest government regulations could shift some rulemaking onto the government, who would be accountable for bad rules/regulations.


I do not think that the owners want to remain neutral.  Furthermore, with control having been divorced from responsibility in the modern corporation, you are confusing the owners with the managers.
Modern tech companies have their founders have ownership structures in which their founders own a special class of shares that give them control of their companies. They are also the heads of their respective companies or have substantial influence over the heads of their companies.

I would like to believe that Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be a neutral institution so as to maintain public trust in it as an institution. Facebook has a very liberal employee base, so this is oftentimes difficult.

Dorsey on the other hand appears to be using Twitter as a propaganda tool for the far left.


Give the freedom of the authoritarians to impose restrictions on others, while not applying said regulations for themselves.
Isn't that the basis of all restrictions? People cherry pick which rules they follow, whether it's spamming a forum, traffic rules, or murder.
In the US, there are countless local Democrat officials who were telling their constituents not to travel within minutes of traveling themselves. They are imposing restrictions on their constituents, and not following the restrictions themselves, and exempting their own political interests from said restrictions.
19  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: estimate tx fee in script on: November 26, 2020, 08:07:58 AM

I made a very simple script which will just look at the mempool and suggest the lower fee within the 1 MB blocksize.
The transaction may not be confirmed within the next block.

What do you guys think?
I don't think looking at the current state of the mempool is sufficient. What if for example, 4 or 5 blocks were recent found in a span of 3 minutes? A fee consistent with transactions 1 MB 'deep' in the mempool might not confirm for hours/days. On the other hand, if there have been 2 blocks found in the last 3 hours, a transaction 1 MB 'deep' might confirm in just a few blocks. In all cases, a transaction 1 MB 'deep' is unlikely to be confirmed in the next block.

IMO, any fee estimator needs to have an adjustable parameter that assumes the average block time for the next n blocks. Over the long term, blocks will be found on average, once every approximately every 10 minutes, but at 2:00 on a Saturday afternoon, the time until the next 6 blocks are found could be a wider range of times.

edit:
maybe a better analogy would be the last block was found 10 seconds ago versus the last block was found 90 minutes ago.
20  Other / Meta / Re: Do you want more or less freedom? on: November 26, 2020, 07:47:24 AM
You are missing one key option:
Give the freedom of the authoritarians to impose restrictions on others, while not applying said regulations for themselves.

The above is reflective of what many leftists are trying to achieve, both here and in various other institutions, such as the education system and colleges.

The forum administration appears to be very libertarian. This is generally in line with my worldview. My experience on this forum has shaped my view that libertarianism is good, but the 'state' needs to wield a modest amount of power. If the 'state' is too weak, a quasi-state will form that will impose restrictions and regulations on citizens without any kind of real accountability. A good example of this would be the major tech social media companies. Social media companies today hold an outsized amount of influence on public discourse, in some cases, the owners want to remain neutral, but in all cases, the employees have their own non-business agenda, and are powerful enough such that they are not held accountable for their decisions. A modest amount of state regulations on social media companies would largely solve this issue.
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