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2021  Other / Off-topic / Re: your view on homosexuality on: August 31, 2011, 12:50:16 AM
Acceptance and protection of minorities such as homosexuals is a sign of a civilized society.
Likewise - I take it as a sign of a civilized and decent mind when someone is tolerant and respectful of the rights of homosexuals.

For me, it goes so far as I'd be reluctant to do business with someone displaying homophobic attitudes.
I think people who don't understand the rights of others, or who make harsh judgements based on a harmless issue such as ones sexuality - are unlikely to be reasonable moral people in other aspects.

When I was younger I had the very occasional approach from guys who were interested in me;  I had no problem with it - I just took it as flattery.
A guy who knows what he wants isn't threatened by it in the slightest.
2022  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Warning about the "United Association of Bitcoin International" on: August 30, 2011, 09:41:23 AM

I say I was wrong (I was wrong) and apologize not only for my poor representation of my real opinions, but in my thoughtlessness and momentary lapse of judgement on a topic of such sensitivity. I'm sorry. I really am.



So you think you were being criticized for the way the opinion was presented, and for lack of sensitivity in expressing it.. and that people didn't understand the underlying opinion itself?
Interesting. 
Would I be wrong to suggest that the underlying opinion is a turd - and you're still trying to polish it?

2023  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Treasure Hunt? on: August 30, 2011, 03:40:05 AM
Resurrecting this thread because of an interesting video I found:

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http://vimeo.com/28038393

"BitHunt is an augmented reality treasure hunt for bitcoins."

"Done as a Art Center College of Design class sponsored by Layar.


It's also been posted on Wired.
http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2011/08/augmented-reality-art-center-student-videos-bithunt/


Does anyone know if this is an actual bitcoin treasure hunt in the planning.. or just an art project to make a video?
2024  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: August 30, 2011, 03:00:02 AM
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Bitcoin Delivers Confidence for Online Casinos

Kit Dotson
2011-08-29
http://siliconangle.com/blog/2011/08/29/bitcoin-delivers-confidence-for-online-casinos/


"...PwC putting their own reputation on the line to essentially vouch for the casino’s fairness; but casinos that use Bitcoin may be able to take a different route and actually show that they’re being fair because the exchanges involved happen to be recorded publicly in the Bitcoin block chain."



2025  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The Bitcoin Show is a Failure on: August 30, 2011, 02:40:16 AM
The show provides a highly visible counterpoint to claims that Bitcoin is for shady businesses. It also provides a great platform for bitcoin service providers to present themselves to the bitcoin community.

(Although I really didn't understand the episode where he had two interviewees with faces hidden. It just seemed to be a live version of some lame forum thread and the point of why these people were even worth interviewing wasn't clear.)

I'm glad the show is around to spice up the bitcoin world and draw eyeballs to issues.  (Though 'up up up' is a little too much spice for my tastes!)


2026  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The Bitcoin Show is a Failure on: August 30, 2011, 02:29:44 AM
If you listened to the NPR audio from the other day, you'll hear Bruce state that that $25,000 wasn't his.

Oh, I see... Well, this brings up a question.

Did he lie to NPR, or did he lie to all of us? Bruce Wagner's own words on this forum after mybitcoin disappeared:

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Actually, Ed & I are only ONE account holder.   We had 25,000+ Bitcoin in only one of our accounts -- the largest one of about a dozen accounts we had there.

Read the whole post at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=34617.msg431056#msg431056 if you want to.

Which implies that at least a lot of that is his own bitcoins. Honestly, though, if it was someone ELSE'S bitcoins entrusted to him that he lost that's even worse. It means someone trusted him, and he simply fobbed it off to someone else instead of trying to be the one to secure and handle the coins.

I generally wouldn't refer to a shared account as 'mine',  but to explicitly say it's not yours when asked, I guess you could call lying by omission.

2027  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: August 29, 2011, 01:45:33 PM
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BITCOIN – PIRATE’S GOLD OR NEW GLOBAL CURRENCY?

DAVID GLANCE
2011-08-29

http://owni.eu/2011/08/29/bitcoin-%E2%80%93-pirate%E2%80%99s-gold-or-new-global-currency/


"Whether the implementation of Bitcoin as it currently stands survives or is ultimately replaced by a variant will depend on how many other things go wrong and also on the development of more robust and easy to use software.

Of the two aspects, the recent Bitcoin events are growing pains in comparison to the fall out of the Global Financial Crisis and what countries, companies and individuals have lost as a result of a largely self-regulated financial industry.

Ironically, Bitcoin may end up being more resistant to national and corporate manipulation and possibly more robust as a result."


This is yet another article with quite a focus on the risks and recent issues in the bitcoin world - but you could hardly expect the media to gloss over that.
These sorts of articles still raise the profile of bitcoin.. and this one is another with a reasonable balance I think.


It looks like the source of the article is here:
http://myresearchspace.grs.uwa.edu.au/dglance/

reposted here with a slightly modified title:
Bitcoin: a pirate’s booty or the new global currency?
http://theconversation.edu.au/bitcoin-a-pirates-booty-or-the-new-global-currency-3130





2028  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: August 29, 2011, 01:33:52 PM
What looks like a pretty positive piece in the Dutch magazine - Bright.

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"Bright is the premium innovative lifestyle media brand in the Netherlands and Belgium covering and connecting digital technology, culture and design. Bright targets a 25+ unisex audience of innovators and early adopters with a sweet tooth for technology. Bright is published by Veen Magazines BV."

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The great experiment Bitcoin
2011-08-29

http://www.bright.nl/41-het-grote-bitcoin-experiment

http://translate.google.com/translate?js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bright.nl%2F41-het-grote-bitcoin-experiment&act=url

"Bitcoin uses the BitTorrent peer to peer protocol and is therefore untouchable. The only way to use them to address the end user to address them. Experienced companies in the music industry has largely learned. Napster was a legal entity with an office that could be boarded, not BitTorrent."

"Regulators like the Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) realize that. Kees Verhagen, DNB spokesman said Bitcoin for some time, 'closely followed'."
2029  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: To much time watching bitcoins in general on: August 29, 2011, 07:24:58 AM

That'll work till the difficulty increases to 60 a day, at which point a lot of thinkers will quit thinking bringing the difficulty down to 45 a day. Can't wait to see the first Exchange of ideas.

Meh.. ideas are cheap, it's implementation that's the key.   I think it's a ponzi scheme - and you can have that idea for free.

2030  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: August 29, 2011, 06:03:26 AM
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With New Miramax Partnership, Facebook Gears Up to Take on the G-20
Simit Patel
2011-08-28
http://www.businessinsider.com/with-new-miramax-partnership-facebook-gears-up-to-take-on-the-g-20-2011-8


"Facebook's monetary policy is critical here. What if Facebook all of sudden reprices the exchange rate between FB Credits and US dollars? Can they seize your FB Credits directly? If so, can you go to a jurisdiction in the global nation-state system and take legal action against FB and accuse them of theft? Other companies in the field of virtual worlds have faced these issues before; the Chinese government has even banned certain virtual currencies for their de-stabilizing effects. Likewise, US Senator Charles Schumer has identified Bitcoin as a threat to the US economy. "
2031  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Help me ! How to build a PC for bitcoin mine ? on: August 29, 2011, 02:37:19 AM
Also.. do your calculations as to electricity costs etc.
Many already say that it's highly dubious as to whether a card will pay for itself in any reasonable timeframe.

Spending the same amount of money on a bitcoin exchange directly for coins can indeed make more sense.
Not to put you off mining totally though.. personally I think it's nice to have at least a basic mining capability - so long as you're aware of the costs and that it's just a different way of speculating.

2032  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: What would stop me from issuing gold backed bitcoins? on: August 29, 2011, 02:21:30 AM
My first impression is that it could be workable.

I imagine also that redemption wouldn't require return of the physical bitbill-like card.

You could allow people to open the card and trade it openly on the p2p network - even in fractions.
A website could be setup which could see from the blockchain where all the fragments are. You could allow redemption of some minimum amount - so that if these were being traded around in fractions someone would have to accumulate a certain amount and spend back to your website to get the gold.

It would be risky to put these gold backed coins into a normal bitcoin client - as it'd be very easy to accidently spend them as input to an ordinary BTC transaction - but a modified client could track which coins were issued by you - and online wallet services could also implement this in cooperation with your site.

2033  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Hard Numbers On How Much Money a Merchant Would Save If They Used Bitcoins on: August 28, 2011, 07:27:50 PM
Basically, you can confirm a purchase and complete a transaction in the time it takes you to have a proper bathroom break, if you use bitcoin.
In that time.. you could probably even spend it with another merchant!


How could you spend it with another merchant if it's already confirmed in the blockchain?

You - being the merchant who just received the confirmed coins.
Why couldn't you?
2034  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin press hits, notable sources on: August 28, 2011, 06:38:32 PM
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Gold campaign moves to accept Bitcoin: "More than ever, we need an alternative currency"
by Sakura Saunders
2011-08-28
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/08/28/18688943.php


"With gold prices reaching a record high this month, ProtestBarrick – an all-volunteer campaign against the world's largest gold mining company – has decided to accept the new currency"

This is a piece that surprised me..  I guess there are always contentious issues around real-world mining - but I wasn't aware of Gold-specific campaigns, and it certainly hadn't occurred to me that this might be an argument for bitcoin!
2035  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Hard Numbers On How Much Money a Merchant Would Save If They Used Bitcoins on: August 28, 2011, 06:11:47 PM
Basically, you can confirm a purchase and complete a transaction in the time it takes you to have a proper bathroom break, if you use bitcoin.
In that time.. you could probably even spend it with another merchant!

2036  Other / Off-topic / Re: Pattaya on: August 28, 2011, 06:01:51 PM
I believe that "The Big Conference" will be the one held in New York City each year.

Would you consider using a different terminology then?  e.g strictly refer to this as the bitcoin world 'expo' ?

I really think you've 'diluted' the conference idea by having so many locations.. but different terminology might help raise the status of the main one.
2037  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: How to make sure Bitcoin will never be banned by governments! on: August 28, 2011, 05:58:12 PM
Interesting Idea, but what about the tax implications?
I donate to charities annually; I like the tax credit.
I dont see anyway of doing this while donating with bitcoins...just a miner (pun) issue =)


Perhaps a good way for the bitcoin community to 'donate' to these charities - is to donate the time and tech skills to help set them up with a solution which allows them to give a receipt in local currency equivalent ( or optionally just donate anonymously).

2038  Economy / Speculation / Re: Lets break the 9.00$ resistance!!! on: August 28, 2011, 05:17:39 PM
I wonder if the recent exposure of Bitcoin to both mainstream US and Chinese investors in the past few days might help push it up a bit this week.
(marketwatch.com story plus finance.sina.com.cn)

2039  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: How to make sure Bitcoin will never be banned by governments! on: August 28, 2011, 05:10:32 PM
Good idea.. but some people (e.g me) are quite particular about which charities they'll support.

I like to make sure they're secular so I know the money's not going to supporting some preacher somewhere for example.

I'm sure for some people it's the reverse Tongue

Once it's set up so there is a donation address for specific charities - it should be good..   but..   who does the ultimate donation appear to come from?
I'm not saying anyone here would do this.. but an intermediary could treat the donation as their own for tax reduction purposes.. which would be a bit off!

Is it too early to try to convince individual charities to accept it directly?

2040  Other / Off-topic / Re: Pattaya on: August 28, 2011, 05:00:16 PM
All this argument about Pattaya & Amsterdam...    my question is why has the concept of an annual bitcoin conference been fragmented like this anyway???

I'd really like to hear Bruce's reasoning on this. I think a single world bitcoin expo/conference would have much more impact in terms of PR opportunities as well as efficiency for Bitcoin startups looking to spruik their offerings.

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