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161  Bitcoin / Hardware / Jalapeno fan blade snapped on: June 22, 2013, 03:23:01 AM
I discovered one of my Jalapenos was running hot. Too hot to touch.

Here's what I found inside:

It looks like the fan somehow hit the heatsink, as you can see a couple of bent fins.

I have no idea how this happened. The unit used to blow air just fine, it didn't make any strange noises while I was around and I haven't dropped it or moved it about - so perhaps it happened during assembly - but the broken blade only just now moved around and jammed up the fan... or maybe the heatsink and fan just moved closer together due to thermal expansion(?)

Keep an eye on your rig temperatures people!
162  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: Bitcoin Supernode System on: June 18, 2013, 07:48:55 AM
While I don't have any interest in participating in some techno-feudal system - I find it conceptually interesting.

Could you clarify who the fee is paid to and how it is managed?
My apologies if I've missed this.

It seems to me that Bitcoin's multi-key facilities offer a unique and powerful way to manage such hierarchies.
If the fee were paid to those next higher in the chain, but in such a way that it *also* required a quorum (not necessarily a majority) comprised from those paying to sign transactions - there could be advantages in terms of accountability and faith in fund management.
e.g A transaction by an Earl (from the pool of working funds provided from his viscounts) may require blockchain signatures from any 3 of his viscounts.
Perhaps a certain number of viscounts could co-sign a transaction allowing them to withdraw (most.. ie less reasonable fee) of the money they currently have under control of the Earl - in order to withdraw and form allegiance to a different Earl.
Such mechanisms would favour diplomacy and agreement - but allow more forceful action via the blockchain if diplomacy broke down.

Absent such controls - I don't see that such hierarchies would gain much scale - but if participants feel that they ultimately have a bit more control, they may be more likely to participate.

That said - the 'bible' references creep me out somewhat - and wealth is effectively an ad-hoc hierarchy in itself, so I'm not really sure why people would ally themselves into structures like this.

163  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Will a shorter block time be helpful or harmful to Bitcoin and its future? on: June 14, 2013, 12:26:43 AM
Bitcoin needs to be robust in the event of global internet bandwidth events which may cause congestion to regions or entire countries.
Surely the 10 minute interval is a wiser choice from that perspective.

As there are alternative methods to come for ultra-fast settlement and off-chain microtransactions - (and due to random variations, a shorter block time wouldn't solve that issue anyway) I don't understand why people keep suggesting this change.
164  Bitcoin / Group buys / Re: [Group Buy]12 KNCminer Jupiter's [Live] 13 Sold [Selling Jupiter #14] on: June 13, 2013, 06:08:54 AM
1 share - thanks.
165  Economy / Speculation / Re: price will pop back up to $120 monday morning on: June 12, 2013, 01:43:18 AM
I feel the mods would be providing a valuable service to the community to label the OP as scammer at this point.
Whilst I have no intention of being rude to those I deal with, I would now not deal with the OP and it's only by chancing on this thread that I know not to trust his word.
Sad to see it go this way.
166  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Got my JALAPENO today mining at 5.9 Gh/s with some tweaks on: June 01, 2013, 05:15:34 AM
Purchased by rjk who sold his preorder to sadpandatech who then sold to me.

SO this was real product that was shipped not a sale given priority for a PR reason??  IOW - a trickle of jalepenos is actually leaving bfl still - which of course is great news..

Yeah - this week I received 2 units here in Australia - and I was suprised to find a nice pair of Alpaca socks included! 
I ordered on the 2nd day.
167  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Ripple Giveaway! on: May 25, 2013, 06:31:43 AM
168  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: [Announcement] Avalon ASIC Batch #1 Ships on: May 16, 2013, 02:23:24 AM
And I thought people are mad at BFL. Man, if I knew I could make a few hundred dollars a day and something to do with shipping was holding my money machine I'd be very pissed off.  I've been following Avalon like a lot of other people and it is quite strange some batch 1 units still haven't been delivered.

I still find the whole ASIC thing to be shakey as f*ck. Chinese money printing machines being dished out in one of the most scammed filled environments on the internet. It just doesn't add up.

Oh it's adding up just fine for those of us who have them!
169  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: PicoStocks, bitcoin stock exchange on: May 16, 2013, 12:30:14 AM
Is it legal under Polish law to onsell shares in a Polish stock?
As picostocks is the legal owner of shares such as Proteon Pharmaceuticals - and when you google 'proteon pharmaceuticals stock", the picostocks site is the first hit - this surely won't go unnoticed.

I don't see that the Marshal Islands incorporation gives any protection as if the Polish regulators don't like this activity, they need only go to Proteon Pharmaceuticals - (or where-ever the underlying stocks are traded) and seize/freeze the holdings that PicoStocks has.
So.. do you have any comment on the legality and consequent risks of this?

Also - where can we see the underlying price that normal shareholders of Proteon Pharmaceuticals are trading at?

170  Economy / Speculation / Re: Please stop with the China hype on: May 10, 2013, 01:08:38 AM
"Why does everyone think that China is NOW finally getting involved with bitcoins? "

Probably because anyone following the global node map here:
will have noticed a massive uptick in Chinese nodes in the past weeks - and a huge difference in nodes compared to a year ago.

Up until recently, China looked very weak in terms of the number of full bitcoin nodes compared to Europe and the US.

That said - I've also seen a big drop in Chinese nodes a week or so after the CCTV story aired - so much of it is possibly just casual interest/experimentation which won't translate into buying.

I wish someone had a time-series of that globe so you could see the changes - but it wasn't so long ago that China looked more like India does now on that map.
I know this map only shows a small fraction of the people who hold Bitcoin wallets - but it should give at least a reasonable representation of relative interest in different countries.
171  Economy / Securities / Re: [BTC-TC] BitVPS on: May 08, 2013, 11:13:13 PM
How do you view the other 'sheets' on this spreadsheet?  
When I view the reports linked at   - I see the same thing for each link - Jan 2013 figures.
I don't see anything to click on to see other months.

edit: ok - looks like it's just the title is stuck at January 2013 - figures are actually different for each one.
172  Economy / Auctions / Re: 150 direct Asicminer shares 3 day auction on: May 08, 2013, 10:42:54 AM
10 @ 1.26
173  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon owners, what was the merchandise value on your package? on: May 08, 2013, 07:50:35 AM
I'm pretty sure CBP is not hanging out on bitcointalk looking to nab people not paying import duty.

Yeah.. I would have thought that too - well..yeah, they're not 'hanging out' here..  but I recall a thread somewhere here where somebody reported their customs service googling around to work out the value of some Bitcoin thingummy they were importing.
174  Economy / Securities / Re: ASICMiner vs ASICMiner-PT? on: May 08, 2013, 07:44:28 AM
Perhaps there will be more shares for auction immediately after the weekly dividend payout which is about to happen.
I can't work out if it's smart to buy now.. or just after Tongue
175  Bitcoin / Hardware / Re: Avalon owners, what was the merchandise value on your package? on: May 08, 2013, 07:34:41 AM
At least some 1st batch Avalon's were shipped described as something like 'industrial controller sample' (I've forgotten exact wording) - with a reported USD value about 1/5 of the price paid in Bitcoin.
I don't know if they'll continue that policy - as the more they ship, the more likely it is the various customs agencies are going to scrutinize it. Even discussing it here probably raises the risk that customs agents will discover a more realistic value and apply that for tax/duty purposes. 

I suspect they've been doing it this way as a favour to customers as its doubtful Avalon can get in trouble for it, and I guess the worst that can happen is that customs assign a higher value and ask the receiver for the tax to be paid.

176  Economy / Auctions / Re: [2 days]: [100 direct ASICMINER shares] on: May 07, 2013, 10:00:00 AM
don't really get that.. but ok
177  Economy / Auctions / Re: [2 days]: [100 direct ASICMINER shares] on: May 07, 2013, 09:58:21 AM
20 @ 1.24
178  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2013-05-06 Fox Business- Can Bitcoin Craze Outlast Looming Hurdles? on: May 07, 2013, 06:22:01 AM
Dunne believes Bitcoin, given its wild price swings, is more of a tool for speculation than a currency. “The trouble with Bitcoin is nobody knows what’s going on underneath the hood,” she said.

What a nasty-minded aspersion to cast on an open source and transparent system.
It seems to me that Bitcoin has a glass hood - you can *see* the motor running, as opposed to proprietary & governmental financial systems where you can't inspect the inner workings.

179  Economy / Auctions / Re: [2 days]: [100 direct ASICMINER shares] on: May 07, 2013, 05:11:10 AM
4 @ 1.22

Invalid bid as the bid must be for at least 5 shares.

My idea was actually "even multipliers of 5", but I wasn't 100% clear on that. Try to stick to that if possible. Thanks.

Sorry - please update to 5 - thanks!
180  Economy / Auctions / Re: [2 days]: [100 direct ASICMINER shares] on: May 07, 2013, 03:16:53 AM
4 @ 1.22
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