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1561  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 17, 2011, 10:27:31 AM
This author doesn't seem to understand that Bitcoin is a payment substrate upon which almost anything can be built. If such properties as he describes are really desired for particular markets, they can be constructed as an overlay.   


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Why payments won’t ever be anonymous

2011-12-16
Felix Salmon

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/12/16/why-payments-wont-ever-be-anonymous/

"The future of payments, then, is likely to be highly personalized and reversible — exactly the opposite of the anonymous and irreversible protocols built into Bitcoin. And that’s one big reason Bitcoin is not going to be a long-term success."


1562  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Wikipedia's yearly donation campaign; Time to accept Bitcoins? on: December 16, 2011, 08:03:23 AM
How about a bitbrew coffee pack to be sent directly to Jimmy Wales - along with a letter, preferably titled:
"A Community Appeal to Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales"

(see this post regarding the bitcoin gift pack idea: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=53986.msg650430#msg650430)

We could hash out a short letter here I guess. (I don't know how familiar we should assume Jimmy is with Bitcoin)
The letter should explain that we believe Bitcoin is a potentially important system for charities everywhere because it allows small payments.

We should also mention the wikipedia ad which read: "If everyone reading this donated $1, our fundraiser would end today. Please donate to keep Wikipedia free"
Now that there is a technology which allows just this sort of donation - they reject it??  Could we have donated $1 each without some intermediary slurping up a huge fraction of it before bitcoin? I don't think so.


I'll throw 1BTC in for that.  Any interest?
1563  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Newbie Experience with MtGox on: December 16, 2011, 02:16:42 AM

Totally agree with this, my MtGox account was hacked, my password and email were changed, and my bitcoins are now gone, about 300.  Nothing from MtGox, they don't give a shit.  When I received the account withdrawal email, I immediately told them to freeze my account, they didn't.

When did this happen?  Did you use the same password on multiple systems? Did you use a crappy short password?

I'm not trying to 'blame the victim' here - but in most cases it does seem to turn out that the user was using woefully inadequate passwords, or that the security breach was on the user's side, so please let us know if you have any information on how your 'account was hacked'.

Also - there is a daily withdrawal limit in place on most mtgox accounts.. are you saying that all 300 or so disappeared at once - or that this happened over a period of time?

How much followup have you done with mtgox support?



1564  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Trust No One on: December 16, 2011, 02:14:10 AM
Totally agree with this, my MtGox account was hacked, my password and email were changed, and my bitcoins are now gone, about 300.  Nothing from MtGox, they don't give a shit.  When I received the account withdrawal email, I immediately told them to freeze my account, they didn't.

When did this happen?  Did you use the same password on multiple systems? Did you use a crappy short password?

I'm not trying to 'blame the victim' here - but in most cases it does seem to turn out that the user was using woefully inadequate passwords, or that the security breach was on the user's side, so please let us know if you have any information on how your 'account was hacked'.

Also - there is a daily withdrawal limit in place on most mtgox accounts.. are you saying that all 300 or so disappeared at once - or that this happened over a period of time?

How much followup have you done with mtgox support?

I see you've made another thread regarding this: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=54711.0
Please reply there.


1565  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Nice looking new iPhone bitcoin client (bitpak) on: December 16, 2011, 01:44:07 AM
http://www.bitpak.com/  shows a pretty nice video demo of a Bitcoin client that they say will be in the iOS app store soon.

If it gets in, will this be the first actual wallet for non-jailbroken iPhones?

Anyone heard anything about bitpak or know who is behind it? (1st I've seen of them)
Their site says: "BitPak is a project of Ominous Megacorp."  http://www.ominousmegacorp.com

hmm..  'interesting' marketing considering the trust issues that we've had in the bitcoin community in recent months.
I hope that despite the name they'll come out and be a bit more 'open' than just 'ominous' Wink



1566  Economy / Web Wallets / Re: Blockchain.info - Bitcoin Block explorer & Currency Statistics on: December 16, 2011, 01:03:04 AM
The site now supports two factor authentication via email (Yubikey is still recommended if you have one).

Also the server side wallet code is now available at https://github.com/zootreeves/blockchain.info/blob/master/WalletServlet.java please review it if you are able and have the time.

Are you sure that you can reliably check if the sender's address is not forged ?

To combat this you can now add a "Secret Phrase" to your account, this can be a phrase or word of your choosing and can be provided to help prove your identity. This service is not automated and so lost yubikeys//emails will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The sentence doesn't have to be exact, as long as can recall it partially. I've put up a page explaining a bit more about security etc.

I don't see why there would be a problem using email address recovery, unless someone is silly enough to have used the same password for their email system.
The standard way of verifying an email address is not forged is surely to send a code to it, and ask for it back if the action is approved.
1567  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: [ANN] New Premium Online Bitcoin Casino on: December 15, 2011, 02:27:21 PM
I believe you'd be in violation of Australian law if you let Australians gamble on your site. (the people doing the gambling aren't the ones violating it, the provider is, even if not within Australia)
They might have no way of enforcing it - but perhaps interesting to note if your company ever intends to open some other business here.

The point is - laws about online gambling are weird, and differently weird in different jurisdictions, and even working out whose jurisdiction applies can be weird.
1568  Economy / Speculation / Re: Payment solutions similar to Bitcoin on: December 15, 2011, 02:00:31 PM
Here's an interesting new one in Australia: https://www.pygg.co/

Apparently you load your account via paypal, credit card or from your bank account...  pay people by tweeting(or by email).. and 'every transaction is free'.


1569  Economy / Speculation / Re: Dwolla Announcement Tomorrow! BTC up or down? on: December 15, 2011, 02:12:43 AM
Three announcements are scheduled for tmr.  Bitsyncom has an announcement.  Also, producia.org has an annoucement tmr.

I know Producia have mentioned the currency 'Ven'..  but do they have anything to do with Bitcoin?
1570  Economy / Web Wallets / Re: Blockchain.info - Bitcoin Block explorer & Currency Statistics on: December 15, 2011, 01:51:25 AM
I've added your ip slush, not able to connect yet but as soon as a few nodes leave I should be able to.

Added yubikey support to My Wallet. For more info see

https://blockchain.info/wallet/yubikey

As far as i'm aware My Wallet is the only wallet service to offer two factor authentication (other than Mt. Gox). Existing Mt. Gox yubikeys should be compatible.

Wow~~,this is a serious wallet!

Really nice.  I just tested this with a mtgox yubikey.  I like that you can remove the two factor authentication and go back to just a password too.

Next feature I'm really craving is QR codes. Any plans for them on the receiving addresses?
1571  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 15, 2011, 12:24:38 AM
Just one mention of bitcoin in this one.

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GOOD AS GOLD? PRIVATE MONEY IS BETTER

David Barker Ph.D
2011-12-13

http://www.thecypresstimes.com/article/News/Opinion_Editorial/GOOD_AS_GOLD_PRIVATE_MONEY_IS_BETTER/53906

Nobel Prize winning economist Fredrick Hayek advocated privatization of the money supply as early as 1978. Barry Eichengreen, a respected, mainstream scholar of international finance recently wrote that “maybe the Tea Party should look for monetary salvation not to the gold standard but to private monies like Bitcoin.”
1572  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 15, 2011, 12:22:12 AM
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Bitcoin Beat: Is it time to privatize money?

Matthew DeBord
2011-12-14

http://www.scpr.org/blogs/economy/2011/12/14/4009/bitcoin-beat-it-time-privatize-money/

Have studied Bitcoin and the Bitcoin culture — or subculture — for a while now, I'm impressed at Bitcoin's resilience. It might not be the cyber-currency that knocks off the Almighty Dollar. But even the dollar ever does go down, Bitcoin will have had something to do with it
1573  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Does anyone else want to print bitcoin cash (coins or bills) on: December 15, 2011, 12:08:52 AM
I'm interested by the way, I have a potential backer for this here in Australia.
1574  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Internet Archive (Home of the Wayback Machine) Accepting Bitcoin Donations! on: December 15, 2011, 12:02:41 AM
It would be nice if they could spend the money as bitcoins. I'd imagine they could probably use it to buy some stuff at memory dealers for their serves. Does anyone know if there's anyone offering office supplies for bitcoin? It's not glamorous, but I'd imagine almost every charity that accepts bitcoins would need office supplies of some sort.

Or even just coffee for their office(s): http://bitbrew.net/


  If we wanted to help get the brain juices flowing for them and future acceptors of Bitcoin, one sure fire way would be to send a gift bag of coffee, or other things purchased with Bitcoins and of course note on the card that they were purchased directly with Bitcoins. A good gesture and a passive suggestion that may just get their attention some more.

  Cheers

+1
I really like this idea. Support bitcoin merchants at the same time. Great!
1575  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Does anyone else want to print bitcoin cash (coins or bills) on: December 15, 2011, 12:00:03 AM
Hmm..  but if one of the participants does compromise the system (inadvertently or otherwise), it stuffs it up for everyone. ie Weakest link...

One thing I recently discovered about sociopaths - is that they don't necessarily care about hiding their identity.  They seem to figure the world owes them stuff, and if they get in trouble with one group of people or in one area, they'll move on.. the world's a big place.

That said - I do think sharing the costs for this sort of thing would be good, just that you might be best off with a maximum of 3 or 4.

edit: or..  for each 3 or 4 participants - release a slightly different hologram design.  Some sort of consortium of physical bitcoin producers could share tips on security procedures etc and even jointly fund projects such as common redeeming websites etc.
1576  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN] Instantly Withdraw MtGox to PayPal via BitInstant | LR, Paxum, Dwolla on: December 14, 2011, 06:07:54 PM
Sounds like a great service, which i will almost certainly use. Just out of interest though, how much of your 4.29 to 4.99% fee goes to paypal and how much to you?

Hey, thanks! When you do, can you send me some feedback?

Fees- The lowest fee is 3.49% (MtGox Code, Paxum, and Dwolla) as there fee's are low
We had to bump up Liberty Reserve to 4.29% only because LR charges us 1% on receiving LR funds from you.
Of the 3.49% Paypal charges between 2.2% - 2.5%.
However, unlike other sites that charge 7%-8% for LR-->Paypal we only charge 4.29% as we secured an insane rate from Paypal!


I bet paypal is happy to have bitcoin as a second class citizen.
Ordinary bank account -> paypal   -  zero fees.
Bitcoin exchange/wallet/bank ->  paypal - about 4%

I guess this is a step forward  but holy crap the bitcoin world gets eaten alive at the edges.
1577  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 14, 2011, 03:36:13 PM
I could put a link to the video but its in hebrew....

Please do. Pages in funny languages are also valuable references for those funny people that understand them.

Here you go:

http://10tv.nana10.co.il/Section/?SectionId=11536

Like I said the Video is in hebrew....  good luck Smiley
This looks like a more specific link: http://10tv.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=853179
1578  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Coming Soon: 5 BTC Casascius Coin on: December 14, 2011, 07:47:16 AM
I vote for keeping the cost down.
It's not like you need to make them distinguishable by feel for visually impaired people - as they've got no way of directly evaluating hologram validity anyway.
1579  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: [ANN] New Premium Online Bitcoin Casino on: December 14, 2011, 04:04:50 AM
whats with all the marvel stuff?

Perhaps being on the radar for illegal gambling (in some jurisdictions only - and it's a grey area anyway), and acting as a cryptocurrency 'mixing' service  just isn't exciting enough.. they also need a bit of heat from IP lawyers to really feel alive.
1580  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Internet Archive (Home of the Wayback Machine) Accepting Bitcoin Donations! on: December 14, 2011, 02:30:00 AM
You are right.

In my last email reply, after thanking them for posting the address, I asked for the BTC address to be posted directly on the donate page, with a label.  

However, if more people email them with their comments on the placement, as well as their enthusiasm to donate, they might be motivated to improve the placement sooner.

Let's keep the conversation positive.
I agree. The way my browser window is set up, I can't even see the donation link without scrolling the page! I can see the other donation methods just fine though. I'm not being unreasonable here, the positioning is extremely bad. It's a good point that more people should point this out, that it was difficult to even see it. I will email the archive today.

They've moved it up now. Nice Smiley
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