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1501  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What people would you like to see on denominated bitcoin bills? on: December 30, 2011, 02:04:03 AM
Ugh.  I'm not in favour of the Gnu at all.

It has a strong association with a certain virally incompatible licensing system - which thankfully not much software in the Bitcoin world uses.

Even if (unlike me) you are a fan of the Gnu philosophy - why would you want it associated with Bitcoin?

How is it even relevant to Bitcoin? 

1502  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 29, 2011, 02:38:19 PM
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Bitcoin – An Analysis

Erik Tews
2011-12-29

http://cryptanalysis.eu/blog/2011/12/29/bitcoin-an-analysis/


Kay Hamacher and Stefan Katzenbeisser presented their analysis of Bitcoin at 28C3.


video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlWyTqL1hFA
1503  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 29, 2011, 10:55:13 AM
Just one mention of Bitcoin - but in this article, Nathaniel Borenstein (a co-creator of the MIME email standard) sees a bright future for some sort of 'alternative' internet payment system.

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Alternative Online Payments: The Dream That Refuses to Die

Nathaniel Borenstein
2011-12-29

http://www.xconomy.com/detroit/2011/12/29/alternative-online-payment-systems-the-dream-that-refuses-to-die/

"From Digicash to Cybercash to BitCoin, there have been plenty of demonstrations of the technical feasability of alternative Internet payment mechanisms"

...

"A cynic might say that, because of the power of the banks and card associations, such an infrastructure will never come to be. I’m a bit more optimistic; I think the powers that be will continue to resist any attempt to open up the world of payments, but they’re unlikely to succeed forever. At some point, the combination of a clever new payment system and a market niche that needs it will be so useful that the world won’t let it die. And then, “suddenly”—after decades of waiting—we’ll see people sending money by email, new institutions floating their own currencies, and micropayments enabling sub-penny transactions that accumulate to form the basis of whole new industries."
1504  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What people would you like to see on denominated bitcoin bills? on: December 29, 2011, 07:03:26 AM
I think a series of Bitcoin notes all featuring famous cryptographers would be awesome.

Plenty to choose from!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cryptographers



1505  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What people would you like to see on denominated bitcoin bills? on: December 29, 2011, 06:58:22 AM
I was going to suggest Betty Boop... as a figure from the great depression era,  but it looks like someone beat me to it as far as using her image on money:
http://www.ioffer.com/i/betty-boop-million-dollar-novelty-bill-123205955

I guess she mightn't quite convey enough gravitas anyway Wink


Instead.. I'll vote for Alan Turing & Grace Hopper

1506  Economy / Services / Re: Introducing the Bitcoin100: A Kickstarter for Charities on: December 28, 2011, 05:00:05 PM
Can anyone edit that page of theirs?

Bitcoin addresses on publicly editable wiki pages?  How umm.. innovative :/
1507  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin needs a marketeer on: December 28, 2011, 04:49:53 PM
It made me realise we have all these techies working on improving Bitcoin at the technical level, but virtually none of us know the Art of Marketing. To recruit even a single person who knows this area inside out would be beneficial overall I think.

Well I agree some marketing will be good to have some time.. but I think weusecoins.com is pretty good - and in fact perhaps too good. Same with some other videos from crowds like bit-pay & cryptoexchange.
We're *already* marketing at a level that seems above what can be delivered in terms of convenience.

1508  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin needs a marketeer on: December 28, 2011, 04:28:56 PM
I think we need improvements in Bitcoin clients for mobiles before we need more marketing.

My family and friends use a mixture of iPhones and android devices.

If.. in a matter of minutes I can install a bitcoin wallet app which has an integrated QR scanner (or launches existing QR app),
and if I can then perform small demo spends between android and iPhone without
a) waiting 10 mins or so for block inclusion
b) paying a proportionally large fee even on a small amount such as 0.01 BTC

then..  I think Bitcoin has a chance to grow much more rapidly.


I've tried a few times to do some demos on friends/family phones and it's been a pretty tedious and flaky experience so far.
Full blockchain download on mobiles is a non-starter except for enthusiasts or people who specifically know about and want a local blockchain.

Wallet apps also need to explain 'where' the bitcoin private keys are kept, both in a detailed manner for the techies, but also in a user-friendly manner for the average user - at least enough to know things like:
a) if my phone is thrown in the sea do my bitcoins disappear with it
b) if the company providing the wallet goes out of business - do my bitcoins disappear with it
c) is there a way I can just hit a button, enter a password and backup/restore my wallet using a cloud service something like dropbox.

To me these things seem like basics that need to work - or the marketing is largely wasted.

1509  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Bounty Ladder on: December 27, 2011, 04:36:10 PM
indiegogo.com has a global rank of 8,157 (http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/indiegogo.com) and accepts donations at indiegogo.com/commonsense.


That appears to be merely one specific campaign on the indiegogo.com site - not IndieGoGo itself.
1510  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 27, 2011, 01:32:17 PM
German magazine De:Bug

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1511  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 27, 2011, 05:39:47 AM
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Deposit Cash at Bank of America and Get Bitcoin, Thanks to BitInstant and TrustCash

Adrianne Jeffries
2011-12-26

http://www.betabeat.com/2011/12/26/deposit-cash-at-bank-of-america-and-get-bitcoin-thanks-to-bitinstant-and-trustcash/
1512  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Location of next European Bitcoin Conference (London v Berlin) on: December 26, 2011, 04:06:57 AM
I may be able to make it to Berlin.  I won't go to one in London (not for a few years at least)

1513  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 25, 2011, 03:04:42 PM
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Bitcoins: A Decentralized Digital Currency?
A possible alternative to our growing financial crisis

2011-12-25
Katherine Thorsteinson

http://www.arbitragemagazine.com/topics/finance/bitcoins-decentralized-digital-currency/


"Considering how drastically different Bitcoins are from our current system, it is unlikely for the moment that this ‘change’ is going to come."
1514  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Dont miss the Christmas Special! December 25th on BitTalk.TV! on: December 25, 2011, 12:45:33 PM
Hey.. is that you two gravity-deniers frolicking in silhouette here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjunWH3aWuo

I love how she just stops dancing upon seeing your 'move' at 13secs..     too funny Smiley

1515  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Dont miss the Christmas Special! December 25th on BitTalk.TV! on: December 25, 2011, 12:31:27 PM
Such disrespect for gravity.. it's unseemly!
..and awfully reminiscent of those 'up up up' bitcoin bimbobulls Wink
1516  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 25, 2011, 07:52:59 AM
Just another slashdotting.

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1517  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 25, 2011, 07:51:52 AM

The article was reported.. but under a different url:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1958.msg656195;topicseen#msg656195
1518  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 24, 2011, 01:46:26 PM
I'm not familiar with this French site.. but it appears to be a magazine 'Digital Age'

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1519  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 24, 2011, 01:12:34 PM
This article seems a little hyperbolic, but if browsers can 'war' why not online currencies?

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The online currency wars are coming

Milo Yiannopoulos
2011-12-23

http://www.kernelmag.com/yiannopoulos/2011/12/the-online-currency-wars-are-coming/

...which of the new virtual currencies and credit systems will emerge victorious in the greatest war the internet has ever seen.
1520  Economy / Speculation / Re: Nagle on: December 24, 2011, 01:07:34 AM
While Nagle was a bit over the top - some grumpy realism as provided by proudhon is a valuable damper on the irrational exhuberance and groupthink that can arise within a community.

We need some Bear perspectives.  Sometimes they'll be wrong, but they help stop this thing from running too far ahead of itself.
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