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861  Other / Archival / Re: bitcoincharts down on: August 25, 2012, 11:23:10 AM
I am building a site comparable to bitcoincharts and first wanted to use their API. Now however, I will be using each exchanges individual API. In the long term I am thinking about creating a bitcoincharts like API.

Looking forward to seeing it!  Yeah - using their API seems like a recipe for flakiness. Keep it as independent as possible.

862  Other / Archival / Re: bitcoincharts down on: August 25, 2012, 11:15:41 AM
wait... what was that?

hack.. or siteowner's hissy fit ?...  either way it's a blight on the reputation of the site.

Seems to be back up, but it's a good reminder that we need alternatives for every service in the bitcoin ecosystem. 


863  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin -> MasterCard (or any credit card)... who cares? on: August 25, 2012, 07:11:03 AM
I really hope they do figure out how to keep the balance in BTC and exchange to USD only at the point of sale. Otherwise it really would be just another MasterCard that is rechargeable with Bitcoin, but otherwise just holds USD (albeit I guess with lower fees).


The other important differences are the loading QR code on the card itself giving the ability to load without visiting and logging into some website, as well as the presumably high speed of the loading.
(zero confs(?) due to bitinstant having your verified ID and limits on amount that can be loaded)

The convenience this adds compared to other rechargeable cards I've seen discussed, seems like the drawcard to me.
864  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Gigantic physical bitcoin on: August 25, 2012, 05:23:00 AM
One of the reasons Casascius coins are considered trustworthy by many, is that they are assembled under strict control by one person, Mike Caldwell - whose business, reputation (and perhaps personal safety?!) depend on him not disclosing, leaking or keeping a copy of the key.

Doing this on a massive scale without assistance or being seen, might be tricky!
865  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: cryptoxchange trades occurring - but balance not updating!? on: August 25, 2012, 05:18:55 AM
The interface appears to be displaying bids and showing correct balance now.  Strange glitch.
866  Economy / Service Discussion / cryptoxchange trades occurring - but balance not updating!? on: August 25, 2012, 04:19:12 AM
I just put in a transaction at cryptoxchange to buy 1.666 BTC at 10.395 AUD   (A test transaction, because my bids don't seem to be showing up)

Interestingly, bitcoinmonitor.com showed the 1.666BTC trade as a red dot - but my cryptoxchange AUD balance did not go down, and my BTC balance did not go up!

ouch..   I've left a message with cryptoxchange support, but I hope this is just a display issue and not something more serious.



edit: mods - please move appropriately.  I'm pretty sure I've misfiled this within the maze of subforums.
867  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-24 malwarebytes.org - Passing The BitCoin on: August 25, 2012, 01:40:57 AM
Not 'press' exactly - but good to see a fairly positive look at Bitcoin from someone in the anti-malware industry.

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Passing The BitCoin

Adam Kujawa
2012-08-24

http://blog.malwarebytes.org/intelligence/2012/08/passing-the-bitcoin/


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Conclusion

BitCoin takes Science Fiction straight from the paper and puts it into reality, one where virtual money and real money are equal in value.  I do not expect BitCoin or anything that might be similar to it, to be going away any time soon.  I also think that making purchases in the future will rely even more on an international tender that exists in the physical world as nothing more than binary code. However, it is important to realize that as we put more and more of our dependencies, our assets and ourselves in the digital hands of the internet, we are opening the door for cyber-criminals to walk in and take it all from under our noses.
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868  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-24 article-3.com - In Bitcoin We Trust? The Benefits and Risks of a Cash on: August 25, 2012, 01:26:47 AM
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In Bitcoin We Trust? The Benefits and Risks of a Cashless Society

Eva Arevuo and Sona Makker
2012-08-24

http://www.article-3.com/in-bitcoin-we-trust-the-benefits-and-risks-of-a-cashless-society-98711


Are we on the verge of a global monetary revolution as new forms of currency are making their way into our pockets and bank accounts?
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869  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-24 slashdot.org - BitInstant Continues Bitcoin Paycard Plan on: August 24, 2012, 07:46:16 AM
Well slashdottings may not be what they used to be - but they're flowing thick and fast for bitcoin.

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BitInstant Continues Bitcoin Paycard Plan

2012-08-24

http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/08/24/0048219/bitinstant-continues-bitcoin-paycard-plan

"Virtual currency exchange BitInstant says its BitCoin credit card is still on track. even though Mastercard denied any involvement with the plans yesterday. BitInstant says it is applying through a third party bank which will broker a Mastercard application. BitInstant is still taking signups for the card. Oh, one clarification: the card will not be anonymous"
870  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-24 popsci.com.au - A Blueprint to Let Anyone 3-D Print an Open-Source Gu on: August 24, 2012, 05:33:51 AM
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A Blueprint to Let Anyone 3-D Print an Open-Source Gun At Home

Colin Lecher
2012-08-24

http://www.popsci.com.au/technology/a-blueprint-to-let-anyone-3-d-print-an-open-source-gun-at-home

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The group's Indiegogo campaign was shut down for "unusual account activity" Tuesday after raising $2,000, but they're still collecting funds from their site and via Bitcoin.
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871  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-22 geekosystem.com - Startup Attempting to Produce Bitcoin Debit Cards, on: August 24, 2012, 02:26:33 AM
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Startup Attempting to Produce Bitcoin Debit Cards, Sort of Misses the Point of Bitcoin

James Plafke
2012-08-22

http://www.geekosystem.com/bitcoin-debit-cards/

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Though the thought of a Bitcoin debit card does tickle our geek fancy a bit and helps us pretend we live in a sci-fi video game where the only currency in the entire universe is “credits,” a Bitcoin debit card would prove a little less useful in real life. If Bitcoin has a singular point, it’s that it is encrypted, untraceable, anonymous currency. Due to that, it’s popularly used in illegal transactions. Slapping your name on a tangible piece of plastic that connects to a bank seems to be missing the point.
..


Another journalist apparently attempting to preach about what the point of Bitcoins is or should be... 
872  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Your opinion on MNW's motivation to bet 10,000 BTC (one post per forum member) on: August 24, 2012, 01:10:34 AM
Whenever I tell people about having met a particular sociopath - invariably someone will tell me that they can just 'spot them'.

I think Matthew is the sort of person who *thinks* he can spot a sociopath.   Many of them don't bother to hide their identities - consequences are just something to be weaseled out of later.

You don't truly understand sociopaths, until you realize that you don't understand sociopaths. They can often mimic emotion and empathy - or they wouldn't be good at what they do.
(I suspect that even sociopaths don't understand sociopathy - it just works for them)


YOU CALLIN' ME A SOCIOPATH!? haha just kidding.

LOL. For the record.. no... I'm referring to pirate, but hey, I can't spot a sociopath until 30 minutes after they've ducked out of the restaurant to grab a smoke Tongue
I actually haven't put any money into pirate's scheme, nor made a bet one way or another.

I do lean towards him being a sociopath though - but that's the danger of having encountered them. You can start to think you see them everywhere!

I suspect he may pay back - but only because he's found some way to rustle up a few million and use that goodwill to pull off a much bigger ponzi next time!
I won't be investing in his next scheme no matter what.


873  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-23 betabeat.com - WikiWeapon Campaign to 3D-Print Your Own Gun Suspended on: August 24, 2012, 12:31:42 AM
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WikiWeapon Campaign to 3D-Print Your Own Gun Suspended by Indiegogo
Not wanting everybody to make their own guns? That seems narrow-minded.

Jessica Roy
2012-08-23


http://betabeat.com/2012/08/indiegogo-suspends-campaign-to-build-blueprints-for-3d-printed-gun/


Though Indiegogo has largely been the go-to campaign site for non-artistic endeavors and bullied bus monitors, it turns out that there actually are some projects that the site will not allow. Forbes reports that a group of 20-somethings called Defense Distributed collaborated on a campaign called the Wiki Weapon Project to develop open source blueprints for a gun that can be made with a 3D printer.
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Indiegogo, meanwhile, seems determined to stay out of the debate, simply listing “unusual account activity” as the excuse for freezing the page. Defense Distributed had raised $1,708 of its $20,000 goal, and switched to accepting Bitcoin donations following the campaign’s shuttering.
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874  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-23 forbes.com - 'Wiki Weapon Project' Aims To Create A Gun Anyone Can 3D on: August 24, 2012, 12:30:51 AM
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'Wiki Weapon Project' Aims To Create A Gun Anyone Can 3D-Print At Home

Andy Greenberg
2012-08-23

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/08/23/wiki-weapon-project-aims-to-create-a-gun-anyone-can-3d-print-at-home/

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As of Tuesday, the project had raised $2,000 of its $20,000 goal through a page on the fundraising website Indiegogo, when the company suddenly removed their page Tuesday night and froze their donations for what it described as a “unusual account activity.” The project is still accepting donations through its own website via Paypal and via the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.
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875  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-23 techinasia.com - Geekcamp Rewind and Review on: August 24, 2012, 12:27:47 AM
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Geekcamp Rewind and Review

Laurence Putra
2012-08-23

http://www.techinasia.com/geekcamp-rewind-review/

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GeekcampSG, one of the fastest growing local community driven events, took place last Saturday (August 18th), and saw over 200 geeks turn up in the morning with more streaming in throughout the rest of the day.
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This year’s keynote, by U-Zyn Chua, received more than 90 votes, and was on how bitcoins were safer than using banks. In his 30-minute keynote, he explained how bitcoins work, and all the underlying technical implementations that resulted in the Bitcoin system.
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876  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-23 finextra.com - BitInstant confirms Bitcoin card plans on: August 24, 2012, 12:20:15 AM
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BitInstant confirms Bitcoin card plans

2012-08-23


http://www.finextra.com/news/fullstory.aspx?newsitemid=24005

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Now, BitInstant has posted its own statement confirming the card is set to launch within two months and explaining the MasterCard confusion: "This is because formal negotiations are in progress with the MasterCard affiliate partners prior to full MasterCard submission.
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877  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-23 digitaltrends.com - Oh, the irony: NY startup launching Bitcoin debit on: August 24, 2012, 12:15:08 AM
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Oh, the irony: NY startup launching Bitcoin debit cards in two months
Bitcoin is about to enter the physical real world now that startup BitInstant aims to create a debit card system based on the BTC currency.


Natt Garun
2012-08-23

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/bitcoin-debit-cards/

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Still, the entire concept of BitInstant cards seem ironic, to say the least. The point of Bitcoin is to provide anonymity and leave banks out of the money transfer equation, yet introducing a bank-issued Bitcoin card would bring both issues back to the forefront. We can’t imagine that a bank would issue a BitInstant card without so much as providing a trackable feature on the card, ruining the whole anonymous transaction feature Bitcoin had going for it. Even if BitInstant and the banks that issued the cards cannot publicly release transfer history made on the card, we’re pretty sure one can get a hold of that information if a user can acquire a police warrant to make banks give them that data.
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878  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-22 fastcompany.com - BitCoin Plans A Debit Card Launch In 8 Weeks on: August 24, 2012, 12:12:40 AM
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BitCoin Plans A Debit Card Launch In 8 Weeks

NIDHI SUBBARAMAN
2012-08-22

http://www.fastcompany.com/3000682/bitcoin-plans-debit-card-launch-8-weeks


(entire article text)
BitCoin, that controversial encrypted digital currency will launch a debit card after all. The BitInstant PayCard is a pre-paid card. In a blog post spotted first by The Verge BitCoin says that the card will launch in about 8 weeks. Like other pre-paid cards, BitInstant Paycards will have a $1,000 limit and will follow AML and KYC policies, Team BitCoin explains.

When news of the card first surfaced yesterday, MasterCard denied knowledge of the program adding that it had no relationship with BitInstant. But BitCoin explains that was because negotiations are still underway between BitCoins partners and MasterCard. "BitInstant’s partners, who are issuing the card, have been working with MasterCard for many years, and the specific relationship will be between these partners and MasterCard (not directly between MasterCard and BitInstant)," a BitCoin team member wrote.

'Bitcoin' plans it...
'BitCoin explains...'
oh well.. they'll get it eventually :/
879  Bitcoin / Press / 2012-08-23 nacsonline.com - Start-Up Company to Launch Bitcoin Debit Card on: August 24, 2012, 12:09:44 AM
Many of these press hits re the bitinstant card are pretty similar - but generally worth recording as a record of how far and wide particular coverage goes.

This one is on the website of the National Association of Convenience stores (founded 1961)

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Start-Up Company to Launch Bitcoin Debit Card


2012-08-23


http://www.nacsonline.com/NACS/News/Daily/Pages/ND0823122.aspx

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While far from common, Bitcoin are valid payment for all kinds of goods and services. Their value is derived from a community that has collectively decided to accept the notes as tender, with a value that fluctuates like traditional currency.
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880  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Your opinion on MNW's motivation to bet 10,000 BTC (one post per forum member) on: August 24, 2012, 12:01:23 AM
Whenever I tell people about having met a particular sociopath - invariably someone will tell me that they can just 'spot them'.

I think Matthew is the sort of person who *thinks* he can spot a sociopath.   Many of them don't bother to hide their identities - consequences are just something to be weaseled out of later.

You don't truly understand sociopaths, until you realize that you don't understand sociopaths. They can often mimic emotion and empathy - or they wouldn't be good at what they do.
(I suspect that even sociopaths don't understand sociopathy - it just works for them)
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