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1581  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 14, 2011, 02:12:17 AM
I guess country by country we'll eventually see these 'silk road' drug articles rehashed for the locals...

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Kiwis use secret internet ‘supermarket’ to get drugs

Callum Valentine
2011-12-14

http://www.newswire.co.nz/2011/12/silk/

IT’S been described as the Amazon of acid and the E-bay of ecstasy– and it ships to New Zealand.
...
Bruce discovered Silk Road through internet research about Bitcoin, a new digital crypto-currency which makes the drug-market’s supposed anonymity possible.
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Despite its draw-backs and unsecure future, where Bitcoin does succeed is its ability to allow seamless international transactions, and it has been hailed by libertarian supporters as a way to opt out of the traditional banking structure.
1582  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The White Dot - What bitcoin can learn from the Norwegian paper clip on: December 14, 2011, 01:47:33 AM

"Would you be interested in me buying you your coffee today ?"
      "Yes thanks".
(coffee handed over)
      "thanks for the coffee.. gotta run"
"wait!"  (waving smartphone and pointing at QR code while winking)
      "huh?"
"You forgot the uh.. BTC"
       "weirdo..."   Undecided   (runs away)

Better make that dot on the phone an actual bitcoin logo sticker I think Wink
1583  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 13, 2011, 03:09:03 PM
Slovenian tech-site article on Bitcoin

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1584  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Looking for Niche products to sell on CIB on: December 13, 2011, 02:29:42 PM
methylcobalamin lozenges.  1000mcg or more.

They don't seem to be available in Australian stores. 

Vitamin B12 deficient people who don't want to get it the more efficient way (shots)... that niche enough for ya?

1585  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 13, 2011, 02:14:52 PM
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Brooklyn-Based Bitcoin Startup BitInstant Raises Seed Round

2011-12-13
Adrianne Jeffries

http://www.betabeat.com/2011/12/13/brooklyn-based-bitcoin-startup-bitinstant-raises-seed-round/

Brooklyn-based BitInstant, a startup that provides temporary credit in order to make Bitcoin transactions faster, has raised an undisclosed sum of seed funding from an angel investor.
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And soon–maybe even this week–BitInstant will offer cast deposits at five major banks, instant PayPal withdrawals and will start serving Virwox.com and CyryptoXchange.com.
1586  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 13, 2011, 01:41:13 PM

It seems the above  article stems from an earlier piece Czech Position did on Rick Falkvinge, which includes the recent video of him at the Hard Rock Cafe (during the 2011 European bitcoin conference)
(sorry once again for the google-translated titles - Czech bitcoiners - please beat me to it next time!)

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Dad Pirates: The Internet Inter boss music industry, banks and false policy
With the end mediators, said in an exclusive interview with the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party Rickard Falkvinge.

2011-12-03
Petr Matějček

http://www.ceskapozice.cz/zahranici/geopolitika/tata-piratu-internet-pohrbi-bossy-hudebniho-prumyslu-banky-i-falesne-politiky

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=cs&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ceskapozice.cz%2Fzahranici%2Fgeopolitika%2Ftata-piratu-internet-pohrbi-bossy-hudebniho-prumyslu-banky-i-falesne-politiky&act=url


CZECH POSITION: Yes. But before we get on this topic, tell why you came to Prague.
Falkvinge: Is there a European conference Bitcoin , which aims to build a decentralized network, where it will be possible to carry out financial transactions and verify the new digital currency. The advent of the Internet means that the already mentioned mediators lose their power. In this case the bank. In the next ten to fifteen years, the banking industry collapse, just as is now crumbling record industry. Bitcoin technology has huge potential to change the future.
1587  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 13, 2011, 01:30:52 PM
An article in the Czech Republic website "Czech Position"

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What is ČESKÁ POZICE/CZECH POSITION?

an elite information website for discerning readers;
it contains separate Czech and English versions;
it focuses on the decisive issues of Czech politics, business and society;
exclusive information from direct sources; analysed and published in what is effectively real time and with extreme reliability;
it uses the work of an international team of experienced professionals and an extensive network of qualified correspondents from the Czech Republic and abroad.


Article also appears here: http://www.investicniweb.cz/univerzita/zajimavosti/2011/12/12/clanky/internetova-mena-kaslete-na-eura-nebo-dolary-platte-bitcoiny/




1588  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Greencoin on: December 13, 2011, 05:32:53 AM
- Shouldn't be wasting (of resources) . When computers calculate only calculate valuable, even together.
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The 'fortune' – who can calculate and check other calculations – can be produced in another way. E.g. P2P drawing, the winners can calculate and check. The fortune should be weighted. The one who is loyal to the net and reliable (identified by key pair) should get more to do with bigger possibility from the network.

By 'drawing' - you mean some sort of lottery amongst participants?
If so - how does this make the system less wasteful of resources?
Unless you have some central authority making sure each 'person' only creates a limited number of network nodes - then the end result will *still* just be that people create massive farms of computer systems which act as a *vast* number of nodes.

Instead of 1 person having a few mining machines crunching numbers - that one person will have millions/billions of 'virtual' nodes entering the lottery and so they'll still use a lot of electricity and hardware. 

Please explain how you intend to make the system not waste resources?

1589  Other / Off-topic / Re: Bitcoin100 & archive.org on: December 13, 2011, 03:55:35 AM
I won't put my input into the poll, as I haven't committed an amount to the Bitcoin100 (though I'm following and donating to some of the listed charities as I see fit)

It seems to me that while archive.org is a worthy cause (I've thrown them a small donation) they're not exactly a 'charity' are they?
I think it'd be better to preserve the bulk of the funds for causes which are more likely to be of wider appeal.

I'll give at least 1BTC to Médecins Sans Frontières if/when they put up a bitcoin address.
1590  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 13, 2011, 02:47:23 AM
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Dwolla Will Unveil Paradigm Shift in Business on December 15th

Kit Dotson
2011-12-12


http://siliconangle.com/blog/2011/12/12/dwolla-will-unveil-paradigm-shift-in-business-on-december-15th/

For some time now, Dwolla has been hinting at an instant-transaction mechanics within their finance network. In March 2011, many thought that the service would be brining that with instant ACH bank-to-bank transfers with FiSync.

If the payment network company does come out with instant-transfer finance mechanisms it will bring about a revolution of rapid-liquidity for Bitcoin transactions.

Discussion thread here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=54531.0
1591  Economy / Services / Re: Introducing the Bitcoin100: A Kickstarter for Charities on: December 13, 2011, 12:25:33 AM
Nice thread Bruno!
I'm one of those people who like to scrutinize each charity for specific properties. Mainly in my case..  strict secularity.
I'll be throwing what I can at some of these as they come on board.

Would it be practical to keep the list of charities that are newly bitcoin-accepting updated in the original post? (preferably with the date they started accepting)
1592  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Occupy Round Table on Bitcoin on: December 12, 2011, 03:06:27 PM
At the risk of this heading down a path that was NOT intended... some people just want the human contact. Whether they know it or not, this is one of the main reasons people visit masseuses today.

And that being the case... it seems clear to me that demand for this will always exceed the supply of people willing to just massage everyone for free out of charity. But that won't make the demand go away, despite the (monstrous, totalitarian) re-education that would be so desperately focused on to try to change human nature.

So, again, for someone seeking this service today, they just visit a spa, ask for the service, and pay some form of money for it.

How would one acquire a massage in a RBE?

You'd cultivate a relationship with someone.  The answer is most probably that one wouldn't 'acquire' one from strangers.
Is that a black mark against RBE?
"Respect from one's peers" will always be 'in demand' too... but (in most circles) you can't buy it. Same with genuine love. The demand outstrips the supply and money hasn't solved it.  
Is that a black mark against capitalism?

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despite the (monstrous, totalitarian) re-education that would be so desperately focused on to try to change human nature.
Where on earth does that notion come from?

I rather think the RBE will fail if one of it's main goals is to eliminate 'poverty' because the natural currency that would arise, without people even realizing it at first, would be 'reputation' & 'popularity'.
People would be sucking up to each other left right and center to 'put a good word in for me' with someone else.. to be part of the 'in' group etc.
That's how you'd get your massage. "hey.. get me invited to that party all the cool folk are going to.... I'll give you a nice back rub!"
There would still be social lepers - and they would be the new poor, but this time there isn't some other currency they can use to alleviate the suffering their social ineptitude might cause them.





1593  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Occupy Round Table on Bitcoin on: December 12, 2011, 08:40:57 AM
Heh, this made me think of what kind of porn they would have in a RBE society:

Citizen TC-834, you've been volunteered by the people's desire initiative subsection 7 to fulfill your fellow humans sexual desires. You will be coupled with a female comrade who will assist you in meeting our community's sexual needs. Please proceed to the bedding chambers in 5 time units.

The senior Zeitgeist did an about-face and headed down the right corridor and saluted a passing scientist looking for any psychological traits that implied "irrationality".

TC-834, began to scowl. He had been taught from birth to take kindly to such "voluntary" transactions or such will imply willful ignorance of the scientific method. The last time he was punished for his irrationality, he was sentenced to reeducation. He had traded lunch with his friend Kenneth and was labeled with ignorant capitalistic tendencies. Reeducation camp was long and tedious and consisted of cleaning toilets and massaging the backs of the many senior scientists. At least this time he could experience sex with a half-way decent partner. This is far better than the time he was assigned to the disabled...

Such negative thoughts about others is considered irrational by the Zeitgeist Commission since unconditional love is expected of all citizens, yet TC-834 cringed in disgust every single time he was assigned to sexual duty with partners he did not prefer. If found of this crime, TC-834 could be sentenced to re-education for another decade.

Heh, I should really write a book on this.

because why?  you think a strawman wrapped in bad fiction might be less obvious?
1594  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Occupy Round Table on Bitcoin on: December 12, 2011, 07:11:27 AM
(1) How do I acquire all-natural done-by-a-human oil massages? (Yes, I'm serious.)
What have you got against the masseuse-bots? They can look after your *every* need you know.

I'm only playing devil's advocate here - as I tend to think money will always exist.. but if you're going to go as far as postulating star-trek style replicators,
why would you want anything at all from another human which wasn't given out of pure willingness to give/please?

Couldn't it be that in a society awash with replicators and robots, the very idea of accepting any good or service from a person who 'expected' some reward would seem 'ugly' or 'perverse'?

1595  Economy / Speculation / Re: New Contest on: December 12, 2011, 05:46:55 AM
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1596  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 12, 2011, 05:04:19 AM
Please do not use this thread for discussion.

If you want to discuss a particular item in this thread - please start a new thread, and PM whoever posted the hit here asking them to edit their post to link to the thread.
1597  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Foundups.TV: 1,000,000 FOUNDUPS® Shares available for Bitcoin on: December 12, 2011, 04:24:09 AM
I saw this on youtube and posted a very reasonable comment asking about whether this violated SEC rules, and about proof of share ownership.

Now I see comments are disabled on the video.

Very shonky looking indeed.

1598  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: December 12, 2011, 03:54:56 AM
A mention of Bitcoin by Forbes blogger Andy Greenberg (as already posted by AgoraMutual above - oops!)

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On The Anniversary Of Cutting Off WikiLeaks, PayPal Slaps Christmas Charity Project

2011-12-06

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2011/12/06/on-the-anniversary-of-cutting-off-wikileaks-paypal-slaps-christmas-charity/

"It’s little wonder members of the hacker group Anonymous and others have called for PayPal’s boycott. For those who want an alternative, check out WePay, Skrill, Ukash, Dwolla, Amazon Payments, Google Checkout, or the decentralized crypto-currency Bitcoin."


A meta-article on this.. with a bit of a dig at bitcoin at the end(?).

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This Christmas, Forbes Magazine Suggests Bitcoin

2011-12-11

http://getoffmyinternets.net/2011/12/11/this-christmas-forbes-magazine-suggests-bitcoin/



After promoting a five-month old Boycott of PayPal – the one that Regretsy and its members ignored — Greenberg closes with this gem:

For those who want an alternative, check out WePay, Skrill, Ukash… or the decentralized crypto-currency Bitcoin.

Ah, Skrill. Which prominently serves a list of the states in which it’s legal via a domain that doesn’t match its rebranded name. Or Ukash, whose most recent news entry (from six months ago) contains the phrase “DO NOT SEND UKASH.” Leaving Bitcoin which, like all decentralized peer-to-peer services, surely provides awesome customer service in a pinch.



1599  Economy / Speculation / Re: The Bitcoin Sentiment Indicator on: December 12, 2011, 02:21:29 AM
ok.. this sentiment indicator means zip to me currently. How does it work? where is it explained?


i think i've designed it similar to the CBOE Put:Call ratio of index options which is a very simple, but very popular sentiment indicator for the stock market.

its simply the number of bulls to bears.  i should calculate the ratio to be more exact but the poll powered by Vizu doesn't have that capability.  their algorithm also controls how often you can vote which by my observations seems to be around twice a day or so.

Oh.. So it is some sort of survey.
I saw some graphic box on the right of your site indicating the percentages - but I didn't see how to contribute to the poll.
On further investigation I see you have to click 'comment'.   How utterly un-intuitive.

I guess your poll is highly skewed to those who are really *keen* to dig around to participate. 


1600  Economy / Speculation / Re: The Bitcoin Sentiment Indicator on: December 11, 2011, 06:48:46 PM
ok.. this sentiment indicator means zip to me currently. How does it work? where is it explained?
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