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1  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] ChipMixer.com - Bitcoin mixer / Bitcoin tumbler - mixing reinvented on: May 07, 2021, 07:32:05 PM
It would probably be better to use a bookmark instead of relying on memorizing links or relying on 3rd party sites give you addresses of businesses that you are sending money to.

Might leave a bit of a trace though in your browsing history compared to some random words written down...

If someone gains access to your computer, they would know you use, or at least access CMís website. There is a good chance they would know that anyway by looking at the wallet software on the computer plus using blockchain analysis.

Other than the above, I donít see any downside to using a bookmark. Obviously the upside would be that you pretty much remove the risk of visiting a phishing link.
2  Other / Meta / Re: {LIST}of the Merit Sources asking for more smerit. New Round. on: May 07, 2021, 06:33:16 PM
Active Merit sources can't make up for inactive sources, so the inactive users should be replaced.

For what? So that new merit sources to the same users throw their merit? The current sources have already raised the rates for evaluating posts, it is already rare that anyone throws 1 merit per post, at least 2, 4, or even more. What problems will new merit sources solve? None.

It makes no sense to change inactive sources to active ones so that they just exist.
Part of the reason merit distribution is declining is because merit is being received by people who are inactive. Otherwise, merit distribution is declining because people are not spending sMerit as they receive merit.

As merit sources donít spend their source sMerit, less new merit enters into the ecosystem. If all active merit sources spend all their merit, and the inactive sources donít spend any, it would appear that source merit is not being spent when looking at the data, but there would be missing context.
3  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Trump's new communication platform launched after Twitter and Facebook ... on: May 07, 2021, 02:09:19 AM
Trump is, in effect, evading his ban on Twitter and Facebook. The posts he writes can be shared on each of those platforms and I would guess that his supporters will often do so. Unfortunately, this will make policing Trumps content more difficult.

Being that Trumpís new platform is not as popular, it will be difficult to criticize what he says.
4  Other / Meta / Re: Bookmark threads on: May 06, 2021, 10:10:41 PM
You can always add a link to a thread to your browsers bookmarks/favorites. There isnít normally a reason to need to go back to a thread after you have visited it if there arenít any new posts posted.
5  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Viabtc help on: May 06, 2021, 09:30:23 PM
25% seems about right.   Total sent to me is 855 and its 221 or accelerate.    Not in contact with sender.   So its pay or wait longer
But I can use the paid version of viabet right?
Correct... I just logged in and it is currently quoting the following amounts to accelerate 644417ca91a9c16e1cb11ec0ed5a0928e203119d4f1bc00a93eb7da3ece1feb3:

0.0045472 BTC ≈ 228.90
0.2915 BCH ≈ 228.90
0.8557 LTC ≈ 228.90

You need to pay 25% of the sum of the outputs when using Viabtc's paid service? That must explain why they continue offering their free service, even when the mempool status requires very high fees. I am sure they probably make a lot of money from this.

I am surprised that more major pools don't offer similar services.
6  Other / Politics & Society / Re: [POLL] What is the best covid-19 conspiracy? on: May 06, 2021, 09:20:21 PM

Covid is real and can only be cured by the vaccine,
The vaccine does not cure covid, it prevents people from getting infected with covid. The majority of people who are infected with covid will naturally recover without treatment.


Strictly speaking about conspiracies, I would say the best are the ones about Bill Gates.
7  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Earn Interest on Crypto By Staking without verification or KYC requirements on: May 06, 2021, 09:04:31 PM
Any centralized service has the potential to require KYC, even if they advertise otherwise. There is the risk that your activity/behavior raises flags the exchange does not like, and will require you to verify your identity before allowing you to withdraw.

The only real way to be guaranteed to not have to provide KYC is to use some kind of DiFi platform.

Trust me, you would feel safer and secured if it has a KYC requirement. Most of these who requires KYC are legit ones.
I believe the concern most people have with providing their KYC documents is that of their own privacy.
8  Other / Meta / Re: Spending smerits as you earn them. on: May 06, 2021, 08:57:50 PM
Theymos has not adjusted the source merit allocations in a long time, and has not appeared to have adjusted merit sources in a long time, even as merit sources have become inactive.
That is why I feel like he may reallocate the merit distribution since there is no changes were made in that area for very long time and also as you said some merit sources becomes inactive needs to be filled with new merit sources or reallocations or certain boards and sections will ran out of merits for sure no matter how good those posts are.
That doesn't make any sense.

IMO a reallocation is probably necessary, but I don't think it will happen. My assumption is that merit sources with large allocations probably don't exhaust their source sMerit, and merit sources such as TMAN will have their source merit allocation always be full. This will probably lead to metrics reflecting that there is sufficient source merit.
But since TMAN is inactive for very long time then its time to do it so right that is why we should give it a try!

There are some criteria for someone to be in the DT1 network which also has one as being active in certain time period which also can be implemented to the merit source to avoid the source merit is getting wasted when someone went inactive for very long time period.
I agree that TMAN's source merit should be redistributed, or at least removed from TMAN's account so there will be accurate reporting of the actual amount of source merit available. I am saying that TMAN has been inactive for over a year, and no changes have been made, so I doubt changes will be made. 
9  Other / Politics & Society / Re: [POLL] Do vaccines kill people? on: May 06, 2021, 08:52:31 PM
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According to the news, it was even in United States alone that over 4100 death were recorded, that means more death would be recorded in the world generally. I even thought the blood clotting adverse effect which was reported not common did not lead to death, thinking it will be impossible for few people not to die among millions of people given the vaccine. Although, not all will be linked to the vaccine.

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A review of available clinical information, including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records has not established a causal link to COVID-19 vaccines. However, recent reports indicate a plausible causal relationship between the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine and a rare and serious adverse eventóblood clots with low plateletsówhich has caused deaths.
It will really be interesting to know if the blood clotting caused by the vaccine is the reason for some or most of the infrequent death or not, this now makes me to be afraid of taking any of the vaccine.
It is likely that certain groups of people are more likely to develop serious adverse reactions to the vaccine. There is some data that suggests that people who recently were infected with covid are at higher risk for some adverse reactions. If you currently have covid, the vaccine is not going to do anything for you, so you should probably not get the vaccine.

Overall, the risk of death from the vaccine is orders of magnitude lower than from the risk of death from covid, even among the healthy. There is also the risk you will get seriously sick from covid, while this risk is basically non-existent for the vaccine.

As previously mentioned, if too many people decline to get the vaccine, you will either need to get the vaccine or eventually get covid.   
10  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: overflow incident on: May 06, 2021, 06:08:41 AM
if it happen just over not overflow , like over 50 bitcoin , and no body found it until over 200 block , this case how to cancel it
do we need to hard fork chain

IMO Hard fork isn't proper term since the goal is fix implementation bug, not change the rule. But if similar vulnerability is exploited, it depends on community agreement how to solve the problem, few possible option
1. Perform rollback
2. Create rule which allow the overflow on affected block height/hash
3. Create rule which invalidate affected UTXO

But it's very unlikely since there are many Bitcoin full node implementation, which makes such vulnerability exploitation will discovered quickly.
I would argue the overflow incident was the result of poorly coded software, not problems with the consensus rules for Bitcoin.

The above means that the original 74638 block was invalid because it did not follow consensus rules, but that defective software did not prevent nodes from accepting the block. This means that community agreement should not be necessary.

A similar incident in the future may result in less confidence in bitcoin software.
11  Other / Politics & Society / Re: [POLL] Do vaccines kill people? on: May 06, 2021, 05:53:32 AM
Yes, approximately 4100 people have died after taking the various covid vaccines. These deaths may or may not be attributed to the vaccine. Some of these deaths may be due to factors unrelated to receiving the vaccine.

When you take into consideration that 100MM+ people have received the covid vaccine, the chances of death are very low. The death rate of people receiving the vaccine is much lower than the death rate of people who are infected by covid, by a large margin. If too few people get the vaccine, the choice people will need to make is to either eventually get infected by covid, or to get the vaccine. The data suggests that getting the vaccine is safer.
12  Other / Meta / Re: Spending smerits as you earn them. on: May 06, 2021, 05:34:42 AM
Theymos has not adjusted the source merit allocations in a long time, and has not appeared to have adjusted merit sources in a long time, even as merit sources have become inactive.
That is why I feel like he may reallocate the merit distribution since there is no changes were made in that area for very long time and also as you said some merit sources becomes inactive needs to be filled with new merit sources or reallocations or certain boards and sections will ran out of merits for sure no matter how good those posts are.
That doesn't make any sense.

IMO a reallocation is probably necessary, but I don't think it will happen. My assumption is that merit sources with large allocations probably don't exhaust their source sMerit, and merit sources such as TMAN will have their source merit allocation always be full. This will probably lead to metrics reflecting that there is sufficient source merit.
13  Bitcoin / Mining speculation / Re: $100 billion to be invested to increase chip fabrication capacity! on: May 06, 2021, 05:10:11 AM
I had mispoke. It is certain Chinese companies that are associated with the Chinese military/government that cannot buy from TSMC due to a ban on the sale of certain advanced US IP.

From the article:
 
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60% of sales from the U.S. and about 20% from mainland China
That does not ring true just to the massive amount of manufacturing going on in China vs. the US.
If they said "60% of sales from U.S. companies" that I would believe.

Could just be my view, but I don't see us here in the US making products here using 60% of TSMCs capacity.

Anyway, lets see how some things shake out. There have been some very very minor drops in some chip prices since Monday. Lets see if it's a blip or the being of a chip price slide.

-Dave
Like I said above, it is possible shell companies are being used based in other locations that are buying up some of these chips and eventually sending them to China. This could be USA based companies, or companies based elsewhere. I am not sure how a chip sold to Apple that is sent to mainland China that is used in an iPhone that is sold in the US would be counted. Or how if it was an iPhone sold in China.

TSMC also does not own all of the chip production capacity. Other companies account for about half of the global capacity. IDK how much of this additional capacity is being used by China.
14  Other / Meta / Re: Spending smerits as you earn them. on: May 05, 2021, 04:51:59 AM
I only get 100 source sMerit to give out each month, and I am often finding myself being out of source sMerit and earned sMerit. Over the months, I tend to give out a lot of merit at one point during the month, so I often have either no merit, or a lot of available sMerit to give out.
You can appeal for more allocation, because lot of merit sources can't able to complete their quota of source merits given to them each merit so Theymos can consider reallocation who are often stranded in a situation with out of smerit before the next time period begins.
I had sent theymos a PM when I ran out of source sMerit years ago, and posted on one of the threads for merit sources to ask for more merit. Theymos has not adjusted the source merit allocations in a long time, and has not appeared to have adjusted merit sources in a long time, even as merit sources have become inactive.
15  Economy / Services / Re: [WTB] Cheap Ubuntu VPS on: May 05, 2021, 04:41:31 AM
You can check out ramnode's Massive KVM VPS. They will give you a VPS with 2GB memory, 650GB of HDD space, and 7500GB of bandwidth for $10 per month, and they accept crypto as payment.

You can also check out lowendbox for cheap VPS deals. Not all providers accept bitcoin though.
16  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] ChipMixer.com - Bitcoin mixer / Bitcoin tumbler - mixing reinvented on: May 05, 2021, 04:36:53 AM
On a similar note, there is a feature on your website allowing someone to withdraw chips via CM broadcasting a transaction to the address of the userís choice, however there is no option to allow the user to customize the transaction such as the fee rate.
There are three ways to use withdrawn private keys and this one is the worst - privacy-wise. We do not recommend using it and we are not improving it.
You could give users the choice to emulate various popular wallet software, and could allow for multiple output addresses. If someone normally uses electrum, they could withdraw using an emulated BitPay wallet. Users could also be given the option to be given the signed transaction instead of you broadcasting the transaction so transactions would not be linked back to your known nodes.

If anyone wants a mnemonic to write down/remember for the chars that appear:
Wage Zebra Xray Tropical Zoo Balance Worry

The same link loycev posted has been in my signature since around then and has been used.

It's useful to come back to this topic and see if anythings changed just before you go to use it though - even if it hasn't changed in almost 4 years.
It would probably be better to use a bookmark instead of relying on memorizing links or relying on 3rd party sites give you addresses of businesses that you are sending money to.
17  Other / Meta / Re: Spending smerits as you earn them. on: May 05, 2021, 04:28:18 AM
I have seen legendary members say that they have a hard time finding posts to merit. In my case it's the opposite, I have less merit than I would like to send. Sometime, seeing a post worthy of merit, I've thought: well, as soon as I get the next smerit, I'll come back to this post and give it a merit.
That exact same thing used to happen to me before I got tapped to be a merit source, and I was earning a pretty decent amount of merits back then, too.  But once I (or anyone else) became a merit source, I had both my earned and source sMerits to use, and believe me you get plenty if you're a source. 
I only get 100 source sMerit to give out each month, and I am often finding myself being out of source sMerit and earned sMerit. Over the months, I tend to give out a lot of merit at one point during the month, so I often have either no merit, or a lot of available sMerit to give out.

18  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: What's the mathematical puzzle miner solve? on: May 05, 2021, 04:17:55 AM
A simple explanation of mining IMO would be to compare it with rolling a dice.
Imagine if you wanted to get a number that is smaller than 3. You roll the dice and you have a chance of getting 2 and win on your first try but if you get something bigger like 5 you have to roll again. You do this random work of rolling the dice until you get a number that is smaller than or equal to your target.
That's mining. The only "math" in it is the integer comparison.
This is a good explanation.

To explain to someone who doesn't have basic knowledge of bitcoin:
equations have inputs and outputs. For example the equation y = 2x + 4 has one input, x, and out output, y. When you pass the input "3" into this equation, the output will be 10 because 2(3) equals 6 and 6 plus 4 equals 10. (remember PEMDAS).

In order to find a valid block, a miner will need to figure out the input to an equation that has an output below a certain value. The equation that is used is much more complex  than my above example, sha256. The equation used is also non-linear, which means if the inputs, 1, 2 and 3 were passed through the equation the output for the input 1 may or may not be greater than the output for the input of 2, and the output for the input of 3 may or may not be greater than the output of 2.

It is very easy to calculate the output based on the input, but it is impossible to calculate the input based on the output. So miners basically use the "guess and check" method by checking many inputs to see what the output is. Unlike most math tests you took in school, there are an unlimited number of possible inputs that can possibly be used to calculate the output. 
19  Other / Meta / Re: Spending smerits as you earn them. on: May 04, 2021, 07:08:18 AM
I have seen legendary members say that they have a hard time finding posts to merit. In my case it's the opposite, I have less merit than I would like to send. Sometime, seeing a post worthy of merit, I've thought: well, as soon as I get the next smerit, I'll come back to this post and give it a merit.
If you are out of merit, and are aware of a good post without merit, you can report it to merit sources here. Many merit sources monitor (and contribute to) that thread, and if you report a good post, it will likely receive merit from multiple merit sources.
20  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Are there any benchmark about Bitcoin full node client resource usage? on: May 04, 2021, 06:43:09 AM
How would somebody simulate the block size for blocks received by Bitcoin Core to perform these tests though?
You can run bitcoin core in testnet mode, change the code to accept different size blocks, and use a second device to mine blocks at the various specifications.
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