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1  Other / Off-topic / Re: Philosophical Quotes on: September 24, 2013, 02:47:06 PM
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"Avoid all wraith" - Pythagoras (Try not to make people mad at you)

Not to nitpick, but I believe that the intended meaning was to avoid being wrathful -- in context:

8. Be sober, diligent, and chaste; avoid all wrath.
In public or in secret ne’er permit thou Any evil;
and above all else respect thyself.



Frank
2  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Apartments to rent with Bitcoin - websites ? - on: September 22, 2013, 08:31:06 PM
I have properties for which I would accept Bitcoin (Panama City Beach, Florida and surrounding area.)   I have accepted alternate payment forms, mainly most of the digital gold currencies from the previous decade, for many years.  The problem is synching up a site that is designed for the broader vacation market, with the proportionately tiny Bitcoin userbase.  As with most other services out there, the potential business for Bitcoin volume for anything that doesn't specifically cater to Bitcoin users (eg. mining rigs, trust certification, that kind of thing) is so small that the cost and hassle of implementation represent a real barrier to implementation.


Frank 
3  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Personal responsiblity and the Ponzi scam. on: September 22, 2013, 08:12:11 PM
I'm not around regularly enough to have caught this post when it was new.  Having just discovered it, I bump it.   


Frank
4  Other / Off-topic / Re: Philosophical Quotes on: September 22, 2013, 07:43:30 PM
"An invulnerable armor is patience; the best weapon is wisdom." -- Buddha
5  Bitcoin / Legal / Re: Is TradeFortress breaking the law? on: July 15, 2013, 03:32:17 PM
posted by Inedible:
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Wait, isn't this just illegal rather than a scam?

The two words have very, very different meanings.

This.  Seconded.


Frank
6  Economy / Games and rounds / Re: Offering Free Bitcoin Mining (1 BTM Each) (Post your address to receive) on: July 15, 2013, 12:52:03 AM
1AoRmTv497MaEQyjRPHL3N9D6LgjNM8KSa

Thanks!


Frank
7  Other / Off-topic / Re: How likely is it for me to stop smoking? on: July 14, 2013, 11:10:48 PM
I am a recent quitter, less than four weeks in after nearly 25 years of smoking.   My wife and I both went cold turkey.   With two small kids at home on summer vacation.  And I work from home.  And my wife doesn't work.  And no one was murdered, or even injured.

Here's the real skinny of it:  Days two and three were misery, as the nicotine starts to work its way out of your system you become incredibly cranky and short-tempered.  But on the other hand, I put off quitting for years because of anxiety over how bad it was going to be, whether or not I'd succeed, etc. etc. etc. and the anxiety was far worse than the week or so it took getting used to. 

Being relatively recently quit, I am still finding triggers, and having what are commonly referred to as "cue-induced episodes."  Just last night, a terrific storm blew in around midnight.   I wanted nothing in the world more than to turn off the lights, go sit on the porch with a smoke and a cup of coffee and enjoy the rain.  Something I've done who knows how many times since I started smoking.  I went out with just coffee.  Not the same, almost insulting actually.  It aggravated me almost to the extent that I was glad it was midnight and the only place in town that carries my brand was closed, because I might well have gone and bought a pack.   However, the rain was nice, I went to bed and enjoyed the sound of it there instead.   

Almost dorky sounding, but there's a point to it, which is that the anxiety and wondering about how bad quitting is going to be seems to almost always be worse than actually quitting will be.   Give it a shot, and good luck to you.


Frank
8  Other / Off-topic / Re: Your oldest/worst password? on: July 12, 2013, 07:28:49 PM
posted by MikeChrist:
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"12345"

Amazing!  That's the same combination I use on my luggage!

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9  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: Modern Problems - Ubuntu not running clients properly on: July 11, 2013, 07:50:27 PM
Sorry for the long delay in responding, and thank you for the help.

The terminal command above appears to have worked; I am waiting right now for an extremely long sync up period to end, and hopefully will be able to use the wallet without an issue afterwards.


Frank
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Modern Problems - Ubuntu not running clients properly on: April 08, 2013, 06:23:15 PM
Anyone have any idea how the hell to get Bitcoin working on Ubuntu? 

Some specifics:

1) No, nothing on this forum related to Ubuntu appears to apply to 12.10, which is what I'm running.  I had no issues until I updated to 12.10, now nothing works.

2) No, nothing on the Ubuntu forum helps.

3) No, nothing in the first four pages of a Google search helps.

How the farking zarquon did Ubuntu manage to ditch Bitcoin?  I sort of need a working client here. 

Any pointers would be appreciated. 


Frank
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Cypriot bank deposits hit in €10bn bailout on: March 18, 2013, 06:00:35 PM
Holy shit, you know your statist intervention is a bad idea when Paul Krugman thinks it's a bad idea.   I try to stay out of politics, but couldn't resist looking up PK's blog to see (what I anticipated to be) his verbose and circular defence of this action, how it was perfectly reasonable when seen in the proper light and possibly something the US should be considering.   I stand corrected!


Frank
12  Economy / Goods / Re: What do you want to buy from Brazil? on: January 21, 2013, 11:04:03 PM
I want to buy a spot on this beach:



Dang it.  I was going to post a pic of the Brazilian Women's Soccer Team, but this pretty well beats me to the basic idea. 

Frank
13  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Why hasn't witcoin been replaced yet? on: January 21, 2013, 05:44:43 PM
UpTweet indeed looks like a better approach than Witcoin, with the distributed pay vs. per-post tipping.   Tipping is a time-honoured tradition even by internet standards, but it depends on too many variables, such as people who would otherwise be happy to tip a post but happen to not have the BTC handy, don't have time to do the spend or upload to a Witcoin wallet etc.   


Frank
14  Economy / Goods / '68 Mustang Lightly Modded on: January 21, 2013, 01:55:45 AM
Sold!
15  Other / Off-topic / Re: Laissez Faire City (a BFL connection(?), et al.) on: October 08, 2012, 02:15:21 PM
Can't believe I missed this thread.   I was searching to see to what extent Orlin Grabbe has been mention on this forum, and was going to post this link to his seminal essay "The End of Ordinary Money," which I thought would be interesting to some people here (although no doubt kind of quaint from a technological perspective, given its age.)   

Today would have been Grabbe's birthday.   He is missed. 


Frank
16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What will the state do? on: October 06, 2012, 07:25:57 AM
posted by AbelsFire:
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I don't think either one had the international reach Bitcoin has.

If the United States bans Bitcoin they can't stop me from using it to pay for VPN service from a provider in Europe. If they also convince EU countries to ban Bitcoin the service can move to any part of the world that's not banning it yet.

Once the critical mass of commerce is reached there won't be any practical way of shutting it down besides turning off the Internet entirely.

Decentralisation is BTC's strong suit, to be sure.   It is not without its chinks, and if it is too problematic to try to contain then the "gateways" (exchangers and the like) will be the pressure point -- which circles back to my original statement, that these gateways will always be a weak point.    My point about broad implementation was merely that it didn't serve as any kind of an aegis for regular users of the LD and e-gold.


Frank
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Stripcoin losing popularity? on: October 06, 2012, 07:16:02 AM
posted by jojo69:
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holy shit!

how did I never hear of r/gonewild?

later guys

 Grin

Like everything else on the 'net, it's not as awesome as it used to be.   Fortunately it had a long way to fall from its zenith, so it's still pretty awesome.
18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Stripcoin losing popularity? on: October 03, 2012, 06:12:26 PM
posted by mufa23:
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#2 - People don't want to pay for porn when you can get it for free.
#3 - If they are stripping for BTC, there probably isn't too many women smart enough in that field that are tech savvy (Not being sexist, just being statistical).

Issue with #3 is that it crosses over to #2 -- lots of very tech-savvy geek/gamer girls in r/gonewild doing for free what the girls in r/girlsgonebitcoin are doing for money.   It's not that they aren't smart enough to use Bitcoin; it's that lots of them just aren't charging to show off their bits & pieces, and that takes us to #2 on your list.   

Stripcoin needs to hit the weirdo niches, where quality free content is harder to find. 


Frank
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What will the state do? on: October 03, 2012, 06:05:08 PM
posted by AbelsFire:
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posted by fm1234:
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Really, the BTC<->USD conduit is and always will be the weak point in the Bitcoin idea.  As long as there is a significant need to move from one to the other, shutting down the BTC economy will be as simple as shutting off a light switch

The window of opportunity to do this lasts until there are enough things available for sale for Bitcoins that converting them to USD is no longer necessary.

In theory, yes; however, it should be noted that at the time of their respective shut downs, this was true of both the Liberty Dollar and e-gold.   

One could buy virtually anything online with e-gold, pay bills online, send payments to and receive payments from non-users of e-gold, etc.  Being largely offline the LD worked a little differently, but there were entire communities where it had a strong and sometimes almost universal acceptance.   Both rolled up and vanished practically overnight, as if they never happened.   The Liberty Dollar was referred to on record as a "unique form of domestic terrorism," and not one person outside of the LD userbase batted an eyelash or wondered how on earth minting and using silver coins could be a form of terrorism.   e-gold was shut down and its founders and officers barely escaped prison time, on the basis that a vast amount of criminal activity was occurring within the system; four years later, if even a single criminal has been brought to justice as a result of the multi-year, multi-million dollar investigation, the state is suprisingly quiet about it.   

Like a light switch.   So, while it is theoretically true that the weak link could be eliminated, it is not at all certain that it will be -- despite having certainly been possible in other cases, the critical "tipping point" just never occurred. 


Frank 
20  Economy / Speculation / Re: The SEC digs into GLBSE, Pirate and Bitcoin, what does that mean pricewise? on: September 26, 2012, 02:04:16 PM
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So it's a down indicator until it's clear the SEC intends to behave in a sane and productive manner.

SELL! SELL! SELL!  Wink
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