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1061  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Problem using accounts on: April 23, 2013, 12:08:14 PM
The accounts feature has been ignored and abandoned, and new development has continued largely ignoring this "feature". The selection of coins and the receiving of change seems to ignore it, and it is typical to see wild negative and positive balances on accounts after some use. Any modern development uses it's own databases to track user's balances.

Raw transactions are a good way to accidentally send your bitcoin balance to fees, as several have experienced. I can't think of a good scenario for a commerce site to use it, unless you were constructing special transactions for which there is not yet an API method (3 in 5, contracts, or other "test" transactions).
1062  Economy / Services / Re: Looking for someone to do Dwolla Escrow on: April 23, 2013, 09:07:49 AM
I don't understand why anyone would do this, the flow of money would look like this:

Buyer -> Escrow Agent -> Seller

after the seller gets their payment it would be more like this:

Fraud chargeback buyer -> sucker -> seller
1063  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Unconfirmed transactions from 0.8.1 w/ low txn fee: what are my options? on: April 23, 2013, 05:05:03 AM
As the too-low fees cannot be set in normal bitcoin and would require using the stupid "0 fee fork", I don't have much sympathy. However, very few relays will have these transactions in their memory pool as they also do not meet the minimum relay fees, and a new transaction spending these coins with an appropriate fee would likely go through quickly. You can delete all the unconfirmed transactions with pywallet, and then send your entire balance to a new address in your wallet.
1064  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Perfect Site For BTC Beginners <<New Faucet>> on: April 23, 2013, 02:08:43 AM
Note the answers above are still not "No" ; At least he's not a sociopath, they can lie without remorse.

I am 19, a student and unemployed (also suffer from severe depression).... I have made this site with about 50 which i have really struggled to get.

"Use our easy website builder to put your business, group, or personal website online at no cost."

Pressing CTRL-C and CTRL-V on weusecoins (without abiding the creative commons attribution license) is also free, as well as embedding a video that others paid 13000 BTC for. Making people click on ads to go to other sites is not my definition of "I am truly trying to help bitcoin as a whole", it is co-opting clicks into profit.

Also if anyone is looking for a Bitcoin investment I am open to offers, Please PM me with how much you are considering investing and we will see if we can come to a mutual agreement so we are both benefiting from the investment
Please donate to 1K7zadwk2PHYi91P1K6e9zNtvRgt3sVPVr for help with the development of this section of the site.
If you do not have any BTC to donate but would still like to help with the development of the faucet and lottery could you please just click on a few adverts
money, money, money.

1065  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Legality of withdrawing stolen Bitcoins on: April 22, 2013, 12:43:48 PM
I've been wondering quite a lot about this hypothetical situation. Situation: someone steals Bitcoins from one address, sends them to another address, then exchanges those Bitcoins for a fiat currency from an exchange.

Is there any way that they could be held liable for the theft, or are they protected by the general pseudonymity that exists within the Bitcoin network? (i.e. It couldn't be known that the supposed thief wasn't just sent the coins for whatever reason)

One only needs a small transformation to show the silliness here:

 "I've been wondering quite a lot about this hypothetical situation. Situation: someone kidnaps orphans from one country, sends them to another country, then exchanges those children for a fiat currency from a crime syndicate.

 Is there any way that they could be held liable for the kidnapping? Because if not, I'm totally doing it...

Criminal theft starts at "someone steals" in the quote above. There have been people that have had coins stolen without justice, but there is a non-zero chance you will steal the coins of someone that will identify you and feed you to fishes too.

1066  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: How do you guys explain Bitcoins to a Non-Bitcoin User? on: April 22, 2013, 12:37:54 PM
Most people have never had money explained to them, start there.
1067  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Was a timejacking attack ever performed? on: April 22, 2013, 12:26:12 PM
It's only a way to mine more blocks on feeble and poorly designed altcoins without increasing the difficulty:

1068  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Bootstrap.dat takes more than 10 hours to update the whole blockchain on: April 22, 2013, 12:03:26 PM
That is in theory. In practice there is a bug with the 0.8.0 version where only ~70K blocks are loaded from the bootstrap.dat file instead of 200k+. This is my experience and you can read about it on this thread:
I assume you are responding to "I found out that using the new version 0.8 it only takes a couple hours", since nothing I posted is in theory.

There is no bug in Bitcoin, anyone that has taken the time to actually file a bug report and follow up with testing after having such problems synchronizing the blockchain, it is determined that there are hardware problems with their computer causing inconsistent or unrepeatable errors.
1069  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Relationship between transaction confirmations and miners on: April 22, 2013, 11:51:57 AM
I wrote a concise answer that if understood allows one to comprehend the technology of Bitcoin. How DannyHamilton has the patience to keep writing the same answers repeatedly to noobs I cannot fathom.
1070  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Bootstrap.dat takes more than 10 hours to update the whole blockchain on: April 22, 2013, 11:35:45 AM
I am running bitcoind for the first time, mine is at 218590 blocks at the moment and it looks like its only getting 2 blocks per minute now.

Is it normal that bootstrap.dat (4.5gb) takes more than 10 hours to update the whole blockchain?

Hi Abdussamad,

I  have read about electrum before but is it usable for a bitcoin payment gateway system?

Btw, I found out that using the new version 0.8 it only takes a couple hours to process the whole blockchain.

The bootstrap.dat torrent includes blocks up to 216116, the complaint is about speed after this point.
The quotes above show the original poster already found out his problem is from not using the newest version of Bitcoin. No need to respond.

1071  Other / Meta / Re: Ban useless replies on: April 22, 2013, 03:51:20 AM
vBulletin has a "thank you" feature for those who feel the need to "upvote" or "like" to contribute:
1072  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: SCAMMER Coinabul owes me 3.3 BTC! on: April 21, 2013, 09:49:10 PM
It seems reasonable for him to protect himself from people who would get the gold if gold price goes up, or ask for a refund if BTC price goes up.
1073  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Crappy Site For Anyone <<No Faucet>> on: April 21, 2013, 09:32:58 PM
This is just a scumbag site that runs every URL through coinad to show people ads, and subjects visitors to unattributed copypasta in Comic Sans. It was created on the free

There's still a box on this site "put in your address and we will send you some coins". This guy's concept was to put people's addresses into another faucet, not give them any money himself.

I cannot afford to purchase coins at the moment, the aim of this site is to help out beginners.

See link in signature below for a web site with only original content, web hosting I paid for myself, and not a donation address or ad on it. Nor are there any promises to give you the equivalent of a free 0.0001.
1074  Bitcoin / Technical Support / Re: [QQQ] PYWALLET BLACK SCREEN OF BLACK on: April 21, 2013, 09:20:41 PM
If he's even got python installed, it might be a screen that flashes this:

Usage: [options]

  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --dumpwallet          dump wallet in json format
  --importprivkey=KEY   import private key from vanitygen
  --importhex           KEY is in hexadecimal format
  --datadir=DATADIR     wallet directory (defaults to bitcoin default)
  --wallet=WALLETFILE   wallet filename (defaults to wallet.dat)
  --label=LABEL         label shown in the adress book (defaults to '')
  --testnet             use testnet subdirectory and address type
  --namecoin            use namecoin address type
                        use other network address type, whose version is
  --info                display pubkey, privkey (both depending on the
                        network) and hexkey
  --reserve             import as a reserve key, i.e. it won't show in the
                        adress book
                        prints balance of KEY_BALANCE
  --web                 run pywallet web interface
  --port=PORT           port of web interface (defaults to 8989)
  --recover             recover your deleted keys, use with recov_size and
                        device to read (e.g. /dev/sda1)
                        number of bytes to read (e.g. 20Mo or 50Gio)
                        output directory where the recovered wallet will be
                        don't check if wallet version > 32500 before running
                        (WARNING: this may break your wallet, be sure you know
                        what you do)
1075  Other / Meta / Re: Ban useless replies on: April 21, 2013, 09:11:44 PM
1076  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Weird news from 60 years ago today on: April 21, 2013, 09:05:18 PM
I just did a Googling, and found a follow-up story from Apr 24 1953, the guy didn't go to jail (which he probably didn't regret come 1955 or 1957):

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A man who wanted to go to jail for five years to be with his pal waas freed yesterday by District Judge Clarence Mills despite his protest.

  Oscar Lee Clark had pleaded guilty to a car theft charge earlier in the week. He asked for a five year term like the one given his friend, Leon Wilkerson, who was sentenced for car theft and burglary.

  But Clark had no previous convictions, and an assistant district attorney recommended a suspended sentence. Clark said no thanks, he wanted to go to jail. He had agreed with Wilkerson they would stay together, and he wanted it that way.

  But Judge Mills paid no heed. "This doesn't make sense," he said. "Everybody that comes before me wants out." He suspended Clark's five-year sentence.
1077  Other / Politics & Society / Weird news from 60 years ago today on: April 21, 2013, 01:30:45 PM
I was reading an Apr 21 1953 newspaper, with stories in it like the FBI arresting a union leader who "lied" about not being communist, and came across this gem (I had to type for you):

 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A 47 year old man chose five years in the state penitentiary rather than a suspended sentence yesterday to be with a man whose friendship he prized more than freedom.

  Lee Clark was arrested and charged with larceny of an automobile. It was his first offense. His accomplice, Leon Wilkerson, had one previous conviction against him. He was also charged with the burglary of a city sporting goods store.

  Both pleaded guilty in district court last week, and Public Defender Charles Moss recommended a five year sentence.

  But Joe T. Martin, assistant county attorney, pointed out Clarks's record was spotless prior to this offense and he was entitled to a suspended sentence.

  The judge agreed, and phoned Deputy Sheriff E. A. (Boots) Capshaw the good news.

  But Capshaw said the men would not be parted.  "That's the way they want it. That's the only way they'd cooperate with me," he said.

  He quoted the convicted pair as saying, "We've agreed we'll go for five years and we'll go together."
1078  Other / Meta / Re: Ban useless replies on: April 21, 2013, 01:06:33 PM
Slashdot? The problem with voting/autohiding systems is that they are subject to manipulation by sockpuppets, and a few missing posts can break up the flow of a conversation.

A subclass of elected moderators called voters could vote down or autohide junk posts and post count pumping. Too much downvoting and a poster could be temporarily hidden or banned from new posts.
1079  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: blockchain shared send probs. on: April 21, 2013, 01:01:42 PM
Likely someone was trying to DDOS the site through Tor and got the Tor exit node's IP banned.
1080  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Get all bitcoin transactions ever on: April 21, 2013, 12:28:24 PM
If you just want your wallet transactions, you can do that with Bitcoin-qt. Just go to the debug console and type help for a list of options (or read them here:
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