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1901  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I'm done on: September 16, 2011, 04:39:04 AM
The problem isn't BitCard or my way of running it or my way of marketing it





Then there's that.

1hr of learning GIMP never hurt anyone.

Yeah..  how hard would it be to throw up a banner made up of a bunch of overlapping card images for example?
Who wants to deal with a merchant who doesn't appear to have put some time and effort in?
The message to the customer is that you don't have the time or don't care - which naturally makes them wonder just how much time and care you'd put in if for example there was a problem with their order!
1902  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I'm done on: September 16, 2011, 04:32:25 AM
Well I'm not surprised you didn't get customers..
off the bat
1) 'sales message goes here'?
2) incomplete contact details.
3) no indication of payment methods.. and specifically.. nothing regarding bitcoin?

Those are just basics.. and there's much more that could be done.
It needs time and thought.  I would have thought you could ask for suggestions and get feedback from a forum like this.

Anyway - honestly, it looks like you just haven't put all that much time into it.
I'd put the gift cards on the front page and make it obvious you can pay in bitcoins.

*shrug* Sounds like you're just down.  Find something you can get your teeth into and work on bit by bit (no pun intended!) in the meantime - and give it another shot when you've got your confidence up.

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The problem isn't BitCard or my way of running it or my way of marketing it, it's these folks on here that think their BTC is going to go up so they'l hoard it and not do anything with it. It's bad for business'.
Utter poppycock!
Accept people's criticisms and advice. The site doesn't inspire confidence. So *fix* it.

1903  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I'm done on: September 16, 2011, 04:04:46 AM
BitCard will be offline permantly when the time has run out from btcwebhost, as that project has ended in disaster.

Never heard of it.  Was this it?  http://www.bitcard.us/    'Coming soon' and last updated in July?

I don't have a clue about the backstory here.. but sorry to hear what sounds like an entrepreneurial spirit crumble.


1904  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Investors hiring for 'Bitcoin successor' on: September 16, 2011, 02:40:04 AM
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Job Vacancy : Hiring CEO, Lead Software Engineer, Lead Web Dev for Bitcoin Successor (financial district)

Investors hiring CEO, Lead Software Engineer, Lead Web Developer for Bitcoin successor.

2011-09-16

http://www.jobcareerdb.com/2011/job-vacancy-hiring-ceo-lead-software-engineer-lead-web-dev-for-bitcoin-successor-financial-district.html

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While we do plan on making our investment back, StealthCoin is more important to us on a social/philosophical level. We love Bitcoin but we don’t see the long-term technical viability of it as it exists today.

Well throwing money at a new bitcoin-competitor is a strange sort of love for bitcoin.

I guess it's to be expected that we'd have not just the amateur alternative-chain attempts we've seen so far, but some backed by people with a bit of funding.
Every man and his dog thinks he can do better it seems (or just wants control). Most likely they'll just fall at the same hurdles the other alt currencies have hit.


Another posting here, where they mention they are 'too busy with our current  obligations to tackle this project ourselves' but will be 'providing plenty of guidance to the core team'.   uhuh. But they haven't been too busy to understand the deep technical issues involved in securing and scaling such a currency? Colour me skeptical.
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1905  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: September 16, 2011, 02:19:16 AM
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Cybercriminals Have Their Eyes Set on Bitcoin

Michael Tants (Threats Analyst – EMEA Regional TrendLabs)
2011-09-15

http://blog.trendmicro.com/cybercriminals-have-their-eyes-set-on-bitcoin/

"It seems like Bitcoin is gaining popularity not only in the computing industry, but in the threat landscape as well."
1906  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: September 16, 2011, 01:57:17 AM
Adrianne Jeffries of betabeat does a roundup of some of the recent publicity and issues surrounding Bitcoin.

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Despite Cyberattacks and Overspeculation, Bitcoin Economy Continues to Evolve

Adrianne Jeffries
2011-09-15

http://www.betabeat.com/2011/09/15/despite-cyberattacks-and-overspeculation-bitcoin-economy-continues-to-evolve/
1907  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: September 15, 2011, 04:20:19 AM
Yet another Silk Road story.  The para quoted below is all there was on bitcoin.

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Synthetic drug sales booming on Web

LARRY OAKES
2011-09-11

http://www.startribune.com/local/129596073.html?page=1&c=y


"Instead of credit cards -- which are routinely accepted at other sites -- Silk Road accepts only "Bitcoins," an untraceable digital currency available through online currency exchange services. Recently, the exchange rate was around $7 per Bitcoin. "
1908  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: September 14, 2011, 04:05:09 AM
I was a little surprised that Australia's Computer Reseller News (which produces a magazine of the same name) would report on some internet forum being hacked.
I guess they consider Bitcoin and related incidents to be noteworthy to their readers.

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BitCoin forum hacked by donor

Darren Pauli
2011-09-13

http://www.crn.com.au/News/271770,bitcoin-forum-hacked-by-donor.aspx
1909  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin mentioned at congressional hearing. on: September 14, 2011, 03:48:58 AM
I only know of this mention at 21 min:

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So removing legal tender status from US treasury coins and Federal reserve notes more generally would simply broaden the freedom to denominate debt contracts in whatever people want, not just dollars, not just gold, but they might want silver, they might want to say the debt is only discharged by cheques or wire transfers of dollars,
or it could be silver coins, or it could be units of foreign currency, claims denominated in consumer index bundles, or wholesale commodity bundles, (ah) or it could be Bitcoins.


Was that the only one?
1910  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: September 14, 2011, 03:35:35 AM
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Hearing entitled “Road Map to Sound Money: A Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1098 and Restoring the Dollar”

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 2:00 PM in 2128 Rayburn HOB
Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology

http://financialservices.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=258253



Dr Lawrence H.White mentions Bitcoins at 21Minutes in.

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So removing legal tender status from US treasury coins and Federal reserve notes more generally would simply broaden the freedom to denominate debt contracts in whatever people want, not just dollars, not just gold, but they might want silver, they might want to say the debt is only discharged by cheques or wire transfers of dollars,
or it could be silver coins, or it could be units of foreign currency, claims denominated in consumer index bundles, or wholesale commodity bundles, (ah) or it could be Bitcoins.

Discussion thread here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=43919.0

1911  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: Contributors-only forum. on: September 13, 2011, 05:54:13 PM
More and more I understand why Gavin Andreson lists 'a thick skin' as one of his primary qualifications for being a bitcoin dev.
I think that quality is probably required for any community endeavour around here... and judging by the epic trollability of many - it's just not widely possessed!

1912  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Mt Gox Break In Part 2 on: September 13, 2011, 03:44:43 AM
I notified MagicTux through his support email, and he sent back a useless form letter as a reply.

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Recently there has been a large increase in the number of “phishing” attacks that have been made against the users of Mt.Gox.
...
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience our users have suffered at the hands of phishers, and are doing all that we can to prevent further attacks in the future.

Thanks,

MtGox.com Team

I consider this a smoking gun.


What about browsing other sites whilst you are logged into mtgox?  
Due to CSRF attacks - this is something you shouldn't do when you are logged in to an important account.

You can argue that the site should be fully protected against CSRF, especially as this has come up before regarding mtgox - but it's possible there is a regression in this area or even that your specific browser version is contributing to this risk.

 








1913  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I just increased the value of your coins. on: September 12, 2011, 03:27:35 PM
Cryptocurrency may go big, but it won't be bitcoin.  The die hard libertarians surrounding it scare most people off.  Extremists of any sort tend to turn people off, even if they make sense. 

The die hard libertarians are already being diluted by the pragmatists and industrialists in this community.  It's the fact that libertarians are so trollable which keeps them so visible here.
They're a noisy minority - prod them for the hilarity while you still can!

1914  Other / Meta / Re: Mail config problem since restore on: September 12, 2011, 11:42:47 AM
C'mon.. Fix this. This is pretty basic admin stuff.
People shouldn't have to whitelist for shit like this.
1915  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: September 12, 2011, 11:41:01 AM
Another idiot talks about Bitcoin as if it's history.
Opinions that something won't succeed are one thing - but Gurav Ghos is just making stuff up.
(Perhaps yet another journalist who copies from The Atlantic )

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Trust and Bitcoin

Gaurav S Ghos
2011-09-12

http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/choicerules/entry/trust-and-bitcoin

"Bitcoin failed in its attempt to become a widespread medium of exchange because it was missing and always would miss a critical element that underpins any currency.  That element was trust."
1916  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: High-resolution images of physical bitcoins on: September 11, 2011, 06:00:51 PM
The fine print says 'casacius' instead of 'casascius' Huh
That seems like it might  trick some people into thinking they must be counterfeit Tongue
edit: or is the mis-spelling a sneaky trick to catch the counterfeiters out? Wink

No, this is an unfortunate fail of me to recognize that on the proof.  I didn't notice it until the first time I blew up an image as big as these ones, and that was a whole two days after I received the holograms.  Fortunately I own the domain name "casacius.com" as well...

I think it's unfortunate you're not in the coin business more long term..  I'm hoping for 2012 & 2013 versions with corrected holograms, so the 2011 one becomes more of a collectors item Smiley

Looking forward to getting mine anyway!
1917  Other / Off-topic / Re: Best day of the year! WOOOOOOOOOOO! on: September 11, 2011, 05:50:13 PM
..I do think the pony jesus pic is cute.

If you look closely - creepy man has his tongue out, and pony has a tramp-stamp on her rump.  Sordid!


1918  Economy / Speculation / Re: Square root Applied to Bitcoin. (Near the bottom) on: September 11, 2011, 05:40:44 PM
Here is a simple fact to think about, No matter what there will never be more that 4582 people that hold more than 4582 coins. It may seem like there are huge amounts of bit coin available today but in the long run bitcoins are extremely scarce.

You _do_ of course realize a BTC can be divided to a 100 million-th, right ?

And if so, then what's your point exactly ?


Its the upper bound of what is possible, Imagine what the price of gold would be if there could only be 4582 people with 4582 ounces....... or 21 million ounces ever.

There is no upper bound to what's possible as long as you can divide BTCs
to smaller and smaller chunks. To quote Feynmann, "there's plenty of room
at the bottom".

And as a matter of fact, the current limit to chopping up BTC to 10^-8 can
easily be extended further (to put that in the context of your broken gold
analogy, image what you could do with gold if each atom could be split further
and further, to 10th, 100th, 1000th, etc ... of an atom ?)

Sure, the initial BTC holders would become rich, but then who gives a rat's
ass about that, as long as the currency delivers on allowing people to instantly
exchange value without centralized control.

znort987 - well props for a nice Feynman quote, but I don't understand why you think divisibility is relevant to DSPs point.

DSP is just saying that a *maximum* of 4582 people could own 4582 BTC or more.
It's a way of thinking about how large the pool is and how it could be distributed, but specifically with reference to the upper bounds of how many *large holders* of coins there could be.





1919  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: High-resolution images of physical bitcoins on: September 11, 2011, 05:16:29 PM
@op: how do I check the balance in the blockexplorer?

The fine print says 'casacius' instead of 'casascius' Huh

Uhh. Not really.

Yes. Really.  Look to the left and right of inner circle.
1920  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: High-resolution images of physical bitcoins on: September 11, 2011, 05:11:51 PM
The fine print says 'casacius' instead of 'casascius' Huh

That seems like it might  trick some people into thinking they must be counterfeit Tongue


edit: or is the mis-spelling a sneaky trick to catch the counterfeiters out? Wink
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