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621  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-10-08 - Digital Currency Anonymous Like Cash? Introducing Bitc on: October 09, 2012, 03:31:55 AM
13+ minute Video - includes the well known 'weusecoins' video.

Digital Currency Anonymous Like Cash? Introducing Bitcoin.- Ep35

Paul Bauer

In this episode we take a look at a relatively new digital currency that is practically as anonymous as cash. It also isn't backed by government or commodities and no company owns it. It's pier-to-pier (P2P) much like bittorrent.

11,400 views already.. for a site which doesn't seem to have much of an alexa ranking - they seem to be doing pretty nicely.
622  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: October 08, 2012, 11:40:54 PM
2012-10-08 - The emergence of electronic gold...?
623  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: How do we get the women on board? on: October 08, 2012, 11:32:28 PM
Saw this study today, seems relevant to this thread:

Any more information about this study?

I'd like to know if the average age of female economists is lower than that of males. I suspect, given that there has been a gradual improvement in opening up fields of study to women over the decades, that this is so.
It might then be relevant to see if younger economists have different opinions to older ones - and whether this study took that into account.
624  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-10-08 - The emergence of electronic gold...? on: October 08, 2012, 10:52:31 PM
Exante is headquartered in Malta and was founded in March 2011 - it claims in Sept 2012 that: "XANTE Hedge Funds marketplace capitalisation reaches USD1.52bn"
625  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-10-08 - Four short links: 8 October 2012 Drone Conflict, 3D Sca on: October 08, 2012, 10:13:58 PM

O'Reilly media links to Paul Bohm's recent article "Bitcoin's value is Decentralization"
- also reported here via hackernews:

Four short links: 8 October 2012
Drone Conflict, 3D Scanning Booths, Bitcoin Consensus, and Moar Coders

Nat Torkington

Bitcoin’s Value is Decentralization (Paul Bohm) — Bitcoin isn’t just a currency but an elegant universal solution to the Byzantine Generals’ Problem, one of the core problems of reaching consensus in Distributed Systems. Until recently it was thought to not be practically solvable at all, much less on a global scale. Irrespective of its currency aspects, many experts believe Bitcoin is brilliant in that it technically made possible what was previously thought impossible. (via Mike Loukides)

626  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-10-08 - Paper Money = Despotism on: October 08, 2012, 10:10:32 PM
single mention
Paper Money = Despotism

Wendy McElroy ( Author, lecturer, and freelance writer, and a senior associate of the Laissez Faire Club.)

Thus, the “undocumented” are effectively barred from the monetary transactions that are part of everyday life. By contrast, counterculture financial institutions often require little more than a username and a password to deposit funds. No wonder some politicians are pushing agencies like Bitcoin to open up their data to close government scrutiny.

Well I haven't heard Bitcoin described as an 'agency' before... I guess it makes sense in a way.
627  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-10-08 - The emergence of electronic gold...? on: October 08, 2012, 09:57:22 PM
The emergence of electronic gold...?


(Article not publicly available without signing up - T &C's seem to require that you be an 'accredited investor' or 'suitably regulated to access this information'.
I don't know if/how they verify this)

“I hope our fund will be the first hedge fund to take advantage of using Bitcoins,” explains Anatoliy Knyazev in Moscow.
One of Exante's managing partners, Knyazev confirms that the firm is currently in the process of structuring the fund with a view to launch this autumn.

Bitcoin is a decentralised, digital currency that could revolutionise the world of payments.

I'm reporting this despite the lack of access to the text.. as the snippets available via google seems interesting.
Please fill in with any more info if you happen to have access.
628  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: lost wallet identifier on: October 08, 2012, 09:37:27 PM
Thanks Piuk.
I believe we have the password - and the wallet creation would have been just before the transaction so we have an approximate time.
I'll email with this info in the next day or so.
Much appreciated.
629  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: October 08, 2012, 12:09:52 PM
2012-10-08 - 3 Years in, Bitcoin Digital Money Gains Momentum
The digital currency exchange network now includes more than 1,000 merchants and at least tens of thousands of unaffiliated users, as it tries to solve barriers to participation
630  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-10-08 - 3 Years in, Bitcoin Digital Money Gains Mome on: October 08, 2012, 11:54:26 AM
3 Years in, Bitcoin Digital Money Gains Momentum
The digital currency exchange network now includes more than 1,000 merchants and at least tens of thousands of unaffiliated users, as it tries to solve barriers to participation

Morgen Peck

Bitcoin developers are quickly proving that they can design decentralized alternatives to even the most sophisticated financial institutions. But some are building applications that use money in ways that had never before been possible in the digital world.
631  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-17 - Infocomm technology roadmap - New Digital Economy on: October 08, 2012, 10:45:31 AM
Quite late to be reporting this here - but I never saw it before.

Part 10 of the Singapore governments Infocomm Technology Roadmap  has a section on Bitcoin

New Digital Economy

Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore

Increased consumer acceptance and trust in online financial transactions have generated new
alternative monetary transaction concepts including virtual currency such as Virtual Gold and
Bitcoin.  Leveraging of mobile devices, new payment mechanisms such as mobile airtime credits,
peer-to-peer (P2P) micro-payments, Google wallet and NFC payment platforms are already being
deployed in some countries. 


An open source project launched in 2009, Bitcoin is an electronic cash system that relies on peer-topeer (P2P) networking, digital signatures and public key cryptographics to enable irreversible
payments between parties, represented by transferring a symbolic token stamped with complex
numbers that confers ownership to someone else.  As of March 2012, this  virtual currency has a
value ranging between US$4 and $5.
Unlike other currencies, Bitcoin does not have a central issuing authority run by a government, bank
or organisation nor is the value backed by any real-world currency or solid commodity.  The Bitcoin
Network is somewhat similar to the BitTorrent Network invented by Bram Cohen.

Parent doc here:
632  Economy / Speculation / Re: There are signs men are trying to push their luck at selling at a higher price. on: October 08, 2012, 03:42:22 AM
What does this mean? Some men need to sell higher soon to make a bigger buck. A decline is coming.

Super impressed with your remote penis detection abilities Atlas!  (who needs grindr?)

Actually I suspect your use of this language is a deliberate troll at this:
.. or perhaps it was just talk like a toff day? :/

633  Economy / Service Discussion / lost wallet identifier on: October 08, 2012, 03:33:13 AM
I've been trying to help a friend recover a lost blockchain wallet ID - and emailed for assistance, but haven't heard back in a week.

Has anyone else had success getting a response regarding this?

I was able to supply info about the one and only transaction to that wallet (came from my own blockchain wallet) - but unfortunately the demo was cut short after delays due to problems with the iPhone blockchain app - and we didn't get a chance to email a backup etc.
We still have the password - but can't find the wallet.  (user deleted all his apps for some reason..)

Should info on a transaction theoretically be enough for piuk to identify the wallet and supply the ID?
I'm just curious to hear if anyone else has had luck with ID recovery and how long it took - thanks.

I know I should have gone through and done backup etc - but - we ran out of time. It wasn't a big amount - but it would be a shame if this guy's intro to Bitcoin was how easy it is to lose them.
634  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-10-07 - Op-Ed: How safe is Bitcoin? on: October 07, 2012, 11:15:36 PM
Op-Ed: How safe is Bitcoin?

Alexander Baron

Bitcoin has been hailed as the end of state controlled money. Although it has been around since 2008, it hasn't yet caught on. Will it, and more importantly, is it safe to use?


Whether or not this is a bad thing is beside the point, obviously where serious fraud is involved - as in the Asil Nadir case - or perhaps a civil case in which a plaintiff has obtained a substantial judgment, it is only fit and proper that the authorities should be able to trace and seize the assets of an individual or a company.

Whether or not you agree with that statement, and whether or not Bitcoin does turn out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, remember and learn from the rise and fall of E-Gold. And all the suckers who lost money through it.

635  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The EFF's damage to Bitcoin continues. on: October 06, 2012, 02:15:44 AM
The EFF isn't here to push the envelope themselves.  

They used to push envelopes:

1999: EFF and Anonymizer launch the Kosovo Privacy Project, an anonymous and secure email and Web surfing service conceived by Alex Fowler and Patrick Ball to ensure the protection of Kosovars, Serbs, and others reporting on the Kosovo War within the region from reprisal from Serbian officials.

December 2010: Following the United States diplomatic cables leak, the EFF offered support to WikiLeaks, with John Perry Barlow saying the EFF was 'trying to make sure they have plenty of mirror sites, back-ups, we're organising donations for them and generally doing everything we can to see that Wikileaks is not assailable by the methods that have been used against it so far'.

I'm not buying the EFF's explanations. I think they made an economic decision in order to protect their current interests and relationships but don't wish to say so publicly.

My intention here was not to stir up ill-feelings towards the EFF, despite my obvious consternation. They are invaluable on many fronts, and the Bitcoin community may quite likely rely on their assistance in future.

I'll even begrudgingly grant that their failure to put forth their own stance on Bitcoin in a way that didn't appear like a more general warning against it, is mostly a function of them not having the resources to take on this particular battle.

I suspect recent media reports that Wikileaks is considered an 'enemy of the State' are not accurate representations of the US gov position - but it does seem incongruous for them to advocate for others to directly support Wikileaks, whilst simultaneously giving a negative portrayal of the risks for supporting/using Bitcoin:  I haven't seen 'possible subject role' or 'untested legal concerns' type statements re Wikileaks.  In the scheme of things, I can see that support for government transparency and media freedom are likely to be considered by many to be more important and pressing than the monetary freedom we in the Bitcoin community generally espouse.

A good way forward I think would be for someone to present a case for the EFF to accept donations via a Bitcoin intermediary such as Bitpay or Paysius.
Someone from one of those intermediaries would probably be best placed to do that.

636  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-26 Seasteading Institute: Lasse Birk Olesen at TEDx on: October 05, 2012, 08:57:57 AM
Video here:
637  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The EFF's damage to Bitcoin continues. on: October 05, 2012, 12:45:12 AM
Wow.  A bunch of angry nerds pushing a false dichotomy.  If you don't completely support Bitcoin, you are Bitcoin's enemy.
Yeah, that is the attitude that will encourage the greater public to adopt Bitcoin..  Nice job boys!!

Well, in fairness, the EFF has a point that they need to avoid being their own test cases.

But... defending free use of technology by other people is kinda their whole reason for existing.

I don't think EFF is against Bitcoin. I think that for whatever reasons, they are not particularly interested in it at the moment (surprising given their statements on the importance of transparency/privacy regarding payment processors!) and/or they don't have the resources to get involved with it yet.

Their backing away from it does seem spineless to me - but that aside - it's the detrimental effect of their public and private statements upon uptake which is concerning. Bitcoin needs uptake from legitimate businesses/non-profits etc to balance out the common perception that it is mainly for 'black markets'.

Perhaps because the EFF doesn't see Bitcoin itself as particularly important, they simply haven't taken due care not to cause 'Chilling Effects'. Sad.

638  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: How do we get the women on board? on: October 04, 2012, 11:57:03 PM
Why is there an "other" choice, and who are the 16 people voted it? are you neither a man nor a woman?

Quote from: pretendo
lol @ "other"

The only funny thing I see about the 'other' vote is that intuitively, the number in the above poll seems a bit high. Perhaps here it includes people trolling, or who just didn't want to vote either way.
In general there are a number of people who don't identify as male or female - or who may self-identify as one gender even though the law in their jurisdiction regards them as a different gender.
Some jurisdictions allow gender to be recorded as 'indeterminate' or equivalent wording.

639  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-10-04 - Bitcoin Prevents Monetary Tyranny on: October 04, 2012, 10:15:32 PM

also discussed here:
640  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-10-03 - Can Bitcoin Offer Hope to Skidding Local and Natio on: October 04, 2012, 07:19:57 AM
Can Bitcoin Offer Hope to Skidding Local and National Economies?

Morgen E. Peck

Many Bitcoin proponents envision a future in which we are all using the same digital cryptocurrency, sidestepping banks and credit cards to directly exchange money with others online, and gradually asphyxiating the financial powers that be. It’s a grand scheme.
The jury is still out on whether Bitcoin will attract enough users to become a global, Internet currency. In the right hands, it could also change the world by reshaping regional economies.

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