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1521  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin TV episode CONFIRMED!!! on: December 24, 2011, 12:02:53 AM
I see in the list of guests is Jim Cramer, as himself.

BOOYA!

http://pastebin.com/d3emfRnP

And I suspect he'll be telling all the viewers that bitcoin 'has none of the characteristics of a currency'
http://it.twitter.com/#!/jimcramer/statuses/146790995416203264

..which might be nice from a legal standpoint - not so much if we want a lot of ordinary people to set up  a 'wallet'.

A 'wallet' containing something totally not like a currency?  Sounds like a hard thing to get anyone interested in.


1522  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Bitcoin100 ~ Soliciting Names of Nonprofit Organizations on: December 23, 2011, 03:42:51 AM
Medicins Sans Frontieres  (doctors without borders)
1523  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Re: BitPak - The Bitcoin Wallet for iOS on: December 23, 2011, 02:18:20 AM

You are correct that only verified Bitcoins show up. We may change this in future versions.

I hope you do.
I think it's an important feature. For many sorts of small transactions, seeing the transaction quickly is all that's needed to feel comfortable to walk away.
From the point of view of demonstrating bitcoin to a new user - it's a pretty big turn-off to not see at least something straight away.

1524  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: On Second Thought... on: December 23, 2011, 01:48:15 AM
Ironically, my last post was about getting involved in the marketplace section.  I've been doing some skimming of this forum and it seems there's a lot of childish activity going on...

What kind of place is this, anyway?

It's a wild west kind of place, with a wide variety of opinions and political persuasions.
Attempting to judge the general characteristics of the bitcoin community by the noise here is probably a mistake.
1525  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Re: BitPak - The Bitcoin Wallet for iOS on: December 23, 2011, 01:42:40 AM
The video seems to imply that the receiving user won't see anything until the transaction has been included in a block.. is that so?
It would be much preferable if the receiver could see even a completely unconfirmed transaction.
1526  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 22, 2011, 11:13:45 PM
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Bitcoin vs. Western Union: Itís About Strength in Numbers

Kit Dotson
2011-12-22

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2011/12/22/bitcoin-vs-western-union-it%E2%80%99s-about-strength-in-numbers/

This resurgence of value has caught the attention of media outlets like Ars Technica, in an article cross-posted in Wired Magazine, Timothy B. Lee argues that Bitcoin could be a threat to international money exchanges like Western Union, but couldnít possibly be a proper currency in-of-itself.

...

Bitcoin still has a long way to go and claims about its eventual power will only draw blood with serrated speculation.

1527  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 22, 2011, 11:24:20 AM
Perhaps not a particularly notable source - but this guy has been following bitcoin with a skeptical eye since at least may 2011.

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Bitcoinís Worth: Liquidity, Volatility and (Least of All) Value.

David Klemke
2011-12-22

http://www.therefinedgeek.com.au/index.php/2011/12/22/bitcoins-worth-liquidity-volatility-and-least-of-all-value/

Right now Bitcoin still has the same inherent instability that allowed speculators to create the huge bubble back in June and until it manages to stabilize itself I canít see getting past the technical novel stage. Whether itís capable of doing this I canít comment on as whilst itís a technically elegant solution economically the challenges it faces are quite large and Iím not sure they have a simple solution.
1528  Economy / Web Wallets / Re: Blockchain.info - Bitcoin Block explorer & Currency Statistics on: December 22, 2011, 11:04:18 AM
Glad to see you got it working. This should now be fixed anyway.

yep. works either way now - thanks.


Another issue I had was on a friends android phone.
On the 'Send Money' page - the 'Review Transaction' and 'Reset Form' buttons were simply nowhere to be seen.
I don't have access to that phone now - but I'll try to take another look some time.

1529  Economy / Web Wallets / Re: Blockchain.info - Bitcoin Block explorer & Currency Statistics on: December 22, 2011, 10:47:47 AM
Ok here is the error:

XMLHttpRequest cannot load https://blockchain.info/latestblock. Origin https://www.blockchain.info is not allowed by Access-Control-Allow-Origin.
XMLHttpRequest cannot load https://blockchain.info/multiaddr. Origin https://www.blockchain.info is not allowed by Access-Control-Allow-Origin.

It turns out it's because I accidentally accessed it using https://www.blockchain.info  but I usually use https://blockchain.info

When I drop the 'www' it works ok again.

1530  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 22, 2011, 10:31:23 AM
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Bitcoin Reborn: As a Financial Wire Service for the $10 Trillion System D?

John Robb
2011-12-21

http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2011/12/bitcoin-finds-its-intrinsic-value.html
1531  Economy / Web Wallets / Re: Blockchain.info - Bitcoin Block explorer & Currency Statistics on: December 22, 2011, 10:21:20 AM
Hmm.. this is a bit scary
"Error getting wallet balance from server"

And it's now showing 0BTC  (there was a small amount in there last time I looked)



On the Paper wallet.. I see the keys.. but all showing 0BTC
When I look up those addresses externally (blockexplorer.com or even the blockchain.info page) they still have a balance though.

I guess the wallet has just temporarily lost it's access to the blockchain or something?

1532  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: More solidcoin comedy - mutually assured destruction on: December 22, 2011, 09:35:17 AM

I always knew that RealSolid/CoinHunter was a raving lunatic with second rate coding skills, third rate design skills, a Napoleon complex, and a minor talent for lying about BitCoin. Now he wants to play botnets. That is remarkably stupid, even for him.

Go for it I say, lets see how well his network fairs when the various ISPs involved start dropping his idiot-followers machines off the net.


And considering he will be responsible for the software that does it I do believe that would make him criminally responsible for the damages the software causes when it attacks for the most part compromised machines. At least I would think Australia has laws against that sort of thing like most other counties do.

Yes.. I believe DoS attacks come under our definitions of 'High tech crime'.
In Queensland (where I believe coinhunter resides) - the police even arrested a journalist and confiscated his iPad this year after he wrote an article reporting on an IT security conference where facebook privacy control vulnerabilities were discussed.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/journalist-arrested-at-it-security-conference-20110517-1erjh.html
This suggests to me that QLD law enforcement is about as dumb (and as power-abusive) as CoinHunter though!
1533  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: More solidcoin comedy - mutually assured destruction on: December 22, 2011, 09:26:25 AM

I always knew that RealSolid/CoinHunter was a raving lunatic with second rate coding skills, third rate design skills, a Napoleon complex, and a minor talent for lying about BitCoin. Now he wants to play botnets. That is remarkably stupid, even for him.

Go for it I say, lets see how well his network fairs when the various ISPs involved start dropping his idiot-followers machines off the net.


I used to just think of solidcoin as a cryptocurrency for cretins.. but despite my usual respect for the rule of not ascribing to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity - this sometimes seems more like a 'trojan horse' for the whole cryptocurrency concept.
If it were to gather a large enough herd of cretins, it would seem well placed to discredit cryptocurrencies and generally set back progress with users, merchants and regulators for decades.
Thankfully it doesn't seem to have any real momentum, so hopefully coinhunter is as stupid as he appears. Even so, maybe he can do a fair bit of damage even without intent.
In general I don't have such concerns about other cryptocurrencies such as namecoin,litecoin etc.

Perhaps for coinhunter's next trick he could require some password-cracking proof-of-work to be done by his minions in order to aid his botnet in 'defending' itself Tongue
Some idiots already suspect bitcoin's proof-of-work to be doing something nefarious - so if he's out to muddy the waters whilst building his empire of idiots, I'm sure he can come up with some marketing spin on that which SoiledCoin sycophants will lap up.



1534  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / More solidcoin comedy - mutually assured destruction on: December 22, 2011, 08:22:20 AM
http://solidcointalk.org/topic/499-solidcoin-network-defense/

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So the question is if SolidCoin added a way to defend itself against packet flooding through the "age old" method of mutually assured destruction who would support it? That is, anyone running the solidcoin server software can "opt themselves in" to become so called "enforcer nodes". That will allow their nodes to participate in taking out attacker IP addresses who are attacking particular nodes on the network.

So it seems to be only a tentative idea at this stage.. but what is he proposing.. turning a subset of the solidcoin network into a 'defensive' botnet?
If some solidcoin infrastructure is being attacked by a DDOS - what IP address does he think they're going to strike back at??
Who would decide what IP to strike anyway?  (silly question.. CoinHunter obviously!)

Wow.. How can so many bad ideas be shoe-horned into one cryptocurrency? Tongue

1535  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 22, 2011, 05:06:41 AM
This looks like an interesting concept for a form of 'green address' which doesn't rely on trust in a particular entity.

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Instant transfer with Bitcoin but without 3rd parties

Jannes Vermorel
2011-12-20

http://vermorel.com/process/CreateJournalEntryComment?moduleId=5042156&entryId=14193327&finalize=true
1536  Economy / Speculation / Re: $5 Mt. Gox price contest! 2BTC on: December 22, 2011, 03:35:57 AM

If what you meant to guess got taken by someone else it would be hard for me to take it away from them to give to you. They can't read your mind. I would just guess a virgin date. Thanks

SOB! You know I sided with you immediately on that last contest right? *wink* *wink* JK no big deal.

Oh well, I pick 2012-01-06 then, the next nearest available date. It will really suck if it passes on the 4th though lol.

If this is Jan 6th then that's my vote. But after thinking about it I might as well not give the coins to myself so you can have that day. If this is June 1st then:)

2012-01-06 is *unambiguously* the 6th of January. Please don't muddy the waters by implying this format is ambiguous. It's not. Nowhere does it mean june 1.

1537  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin TV episode CONFIRMED!!! on: December 22, 2011, 01:18:18 AM
The Good Wife 3x12 - Bitcoin For Dummies - Promotional Photos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91dyC638iHI


Not exactly awe-inspiring pics - but good to see I guess.
1538  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Backing Bitcoin with People on: December 22, 2011, 12:44:19 AM
No.

One of the major weaknesses is that someone could own your money without having your wallet. Just by...mostly HUGE luck, generating the same wallet address as you.

It's true... but this is a major weakness in the existing banking system too.
Just by HUGE bad luck, (perhaps slightly less HUGE than in your example though) cosmic rays really could flip some bits in the computers that run your bank account and zero out your balance. There is NOTHING to stop this happening to the backup computer at the same time, and if there are enough cosmic rays, it COULD (just by HUGE luck) put a corresponding entry in some other account so that the beancounters never notice!

Watch out. HUGE luck is TERRIFYING!
1539  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 22, 2011, 12:06:47 AM
The Ars Technica piece also shows up on wired:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/12/bitcoins-comeback/


and another small piece based on the Ars Technica story:

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The Bitcoin Collapse That Never Happened

Rebecca Greenfield
2011-12-21

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/12/bitcoin-collapse-never-happened/46522/
1540  Economy / Speculation / Re: $5 Mt. Gox price contest! 2BTC on: December 21, 2011, 12:47:00 PM
2012-01-12 04:45:10.028 GMT

This is rejected as you failed on the timezone rule. Please try again.

2012-01-12 04:45:10.028 GMT   will be on 2012-01-12 in Thailand  (whether or not you have daylight savings there)

The rule stated as:
"Time zone is whatever Thailand uses. Its 4:11 p.m. now..."
does not in itself make it clear that you wouldn't accept a precise guess specified in another timezone

..but .. your game your rules.. so now it does!




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