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1  Other / Meta / Re: Contribute To Bitcoin Economy... on: Today at 08:39:46 PM
In addition to the enforcement issue: From time to time people have asked me whether they could sell their accounts or use them as collateral because they have an emergency need for money or have come on hard times. I'm not going to tell them they can't do this. It's your account and you can do what you want with it. I find it pretty distasteful (it's like selling your identity), but the act of selling your account does not itself hurt anyone else, and in fact scams via account sales are very rare.
2  Other / Meta / Re: Quickseller Gave me a negative trust Without Considering possibilities on: April 25, 2015, 03:55:57 PM
As long as BadBear trusts him nothing can be done.

Not true. If 2 other people on the default trust list exclude him, then he will no longer be in the default trust network.
3  Other / Meta / Re: personal messages question on: April 22, 2015, 07:51:44 PM
That code snippet has to do with deleted posts, not PMs.

PMs are deleted from the database when the sender and all recipients delete it. If this doesn't happen, then it's not deleted. There is no expiration. PMs can also end up stored long-term in the forum's periodic database backups.

On this forum, topics and replies are never truly deleted, and edits are also logged.
4  Other / Meta / Re: DDoS on: April 22, 2015, 04:39:07 AM
Since I mentioned Cloudflare in the OP, I thought I'd note this here: I just learned that Cloudflare's "keyless SSL" feature still allows them to undetectably MITM all traffic. How it apparently works is that you keep the HTTPS key, but session keys are generated in a special way that allows both you and Cloudflare to decrypt the HTTPS traffic. Pretty sneaky, and not at all widely known. My suspicions that Cloudflare exists to spy on encrypted Internet traffic continue to rise.
5  Other / Meta / Re: Do not post SSNs, etc. on: April 22, 2015, 04:19:04 AM
The idea of "illegal data" is indeed very ridiculous for a variety of reasons.

I believe that it is not actually strictly illegal for bitcointalk.org to allow people to post SSNs (though it may be illegal for the poster in some circumstances). It's probably also not illegal for me to allow users to post death threats, or links to Silk Road-type sites, or detailed instructions on how best to kidnap someone. But even though these aren't illegal for bitcointalk.org, defending these activities (especially to ISPs and other service providers) is too difficult/expensive to really justify.

If you need to use someone SSN etc. in order to prove that they were scamming or to link some scamming to them as an individual, then I will probably go out of my way to allow this. But if their identity and crimes are already well-known, then it's not worth the trouble.
6  Other / Meta / Do not post SSNs, etc. on: April 21, 2015, 09:37:39 PM
For legal reasons, any sort of secret ID code/number that is used by the insecure legacy government/banking systems is banned from bitcointalk.org.

This includes, for example:
- US social security numbers
- Non-US government ID numbers that can cause security problems when released
- Credit card numbers

Exceptions might possibly be made if this info is absolutely essential to a scam investigation or it's very certain that you're posting secret ID codes that belong to you.
7  Other / Meta / Re: BitCoinTalk hidden pages - undocumented features on: April 21, 2015, 05:00:32 AM
I enabled it sometime ago but I didn't understand what is patrol page? ATM I can see 85 posts in Patrol page only. Anybody?

It shows all recent posts by newbies. Posts new to the patrol page for you have a "new" icon. It's intended for patrolling for spam.
8  Other / Meta / Re: Is there a limit on PM inbox/outbox? on: April 20, 2015, 10:23:51 PM
I have more than 256 pages in my outbox and the sorting seems to work fine for me.
9  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 149 on: April 19, 2015, 01:34:32 AM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. About 25% of ad income goes to the forum moderators as thanks for all of their work. (There are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees.) The rest is stored in the forum's treasury (verifiably), where it sits until the forum needs it.

Ads are allowed to contain any non-annoying HTML/CSS style. No images, JavaScript, or animation. Ads must appear 3 or fewer lines tall in my browser (Firefox, 900px wide). Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

There are 10 total ad slots which are randomly rotated. So one ad slot has a one in ten chance of appearing. Eight of the slots are for sale here. Ads appear only on topic pages with more than one post, and only for people using the default theme.

The ad lasts at least 7 days starting from when I put it up. (However, if you look at the ad history you'll see that ads usually get at least 8 days, and sometimes as many as 10, but this is random and definitely not guaranteed.)

Stats

Exact historical impression counts per slot:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adstats

Info about the current ad slots:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adinfo

Ad blocking

Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads. I don't expect many people to use this option. These people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

I try to bypass Adblock Plus filters as much as possible, though this is not guaranteed. It is difficult or impossible for ABP filters to block the ad space itself without blocking posts. However, filters can match against the URLs in your links, your CSS classes and style attributes, and the HTML structure of your ads.

To prevent matches against URLs: I have some JavaScript which fixes links blocked by ABP. You must tell me if you want this for your ads. When someone with ABP and JavaScript enabled views your ads, your links are changed to a special randomized bitcointalk.org URL which redirects to your site when visited. People without ABP are unaffected, even if they don't have JavaScript enabled. The downsides are:
- ABP users will see the redirection link when they hover over the link, even if they disable ABP for the forum.
- Getting referral stats might become even more difficult.
- Some users might get a warning when redirecting from https to http.

To prevent matching on CSS classes/styles: Don't use inline CSS. I can give your ad a CSS class that is randomized on each pageload, but you must request this.

To prevent matching against your HTML structure: Use only one <a> and no other tags if possible. If your ads get blocked because of matching done on something inside of your ad, you are responsible for noticing this and giving me new ad HTML.

Designing ads

Make sure that your ads look good when you download and edit this test page:
https://bitcointalk.org/ad_test.html
Also read the comments in that file.

I will send you more detailed styling rules if you win slots in this auction (or upon request).

Auction rules

You must be at least a Jr Member to bid. If you are not a Jr Member and you really want to bid, you should PM me first. Tell me in the PM what you're going to advertise. You might be required to pay some amount in advance. Everyone else: Please quickly PM newbies who try to bid here to warn them against impersonation scammers.

Post your bids in this thread. Prices must be stated in BTC per slot. You must state the maximum number of slots you want. When the auction ends, the highest bidders will have their slots filled until all eight slots are filled.

So if someone bids for 8 slots @ 5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 8 slots. If the two highest bids are 8 slots @ 4 BTC and 1 slot @ 5 BTC, then the first person will get 7 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 5" means 2 slots for 5 BTC each. Not 2 slots for 5 BTC total.

- When you post a bid, the bids in your previous posts are considered to be automatically canceled. You can put multiple bids in one post, however.
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 0.05.
- The bidding starts at 0.50.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time no more than 12 days from now. (I will probably end the auction 1-3 days before the ads are scheduled to go up.)
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.
- Bids are considered invalid and will be ignored if they do not specify both a price and a max quantity, or if they could not possibly win any slots

If these rules are confusing, look at some of the past forum ad auctions to see how it's done.

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made.

You must pay for your slots within 24 hours of receiving the payment address. Otherwise your slots may be sold to someone else, and I might even give you a negative trust rating. I will send you the payment information via forum PM from this account ("theymos", user ID 35) after announcing the auction results in this thread. You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.
10  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 148 on: April 19, 2015, 01:30:29 AM
Sorry for not clarifying before the end of the auction: I will accept CoinPalace's bid because CoinPalace = Pocket Dice, a full member.

Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
6 2.90 CoinPalace
2 2.90 Pocket Dice
11  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Hillary Clinton to Announce 2016 Run for President on Sunday on: April 18, 2015, 05:45:50 PM
It's really flabbergasting to me that anyone could actually be excited about Hillary. I guess you might see her as the lesser of two evils, but how could anyone really think that she's especially good? I've seen several people with "I'm ready for Hillary!" stickers on their cars, and I know some people who really like her. It boggles the mind.

You'd think that having to choose between another Bush or another Clinton (this is a likely scenario) would cause the American people to try voting for at third party or something. But it wouldn't. Democracy just doesn't work. The best possible outcome is that Rand Paul gets elected, but even he isn't perfect, and he is pretty unlikely to become president.

It'd be pretty hilarious of Walker got the Republican nomination. He has basically zero personality and not much of a platform. There's not much about him a Republican can complain about because he doesn't do/say much, but he'd be crushed by Hillary, and who knows what he would do if he somehow managed to win the presidency.
12  Other / Off-topic / Re: 2 more activity and I will become a Sr. Member. on: April 18, 2015, 04:48:12 AM
Gratz on the rank. One thing that has always confused me is that I seem to have equal Activity and Post counts. Not sure why but I guess I'm lucky to be 1:1.

That happens when you post very consistently, but less than once per day on average. Most people get 14 activity points every 2 weeks because they post a lot. But if you post less than 14 times in a fortnight (but at least once), then you get only [the number of posts in that fortnight], and the remainder is "banked": you can get it by posting at any time in the future. So every time you post, your activity will also increase by 1 until you're used all of your banked activity.

You have 1274 banked activity points, more than all but 113 users. A lot of people wish they were you. Smiley

For fun, here are users with a lot of "unused" activity. Such users often write especially high-quality posts.

Code:
+---------------------------------------+----------+--------+---------------------+
| realName                              | activity | banked | banked-activity     |
+---------------------------------------+----------+--------+---------------------+
| A-Bolt                                |      453 |   1274 |                 821 |
| teknohog                              |      376 |   1190 |                 814 |
| paci                                  |      427 |   1176 |                 749 |
| Schleicher                            |      519 |   1260 |                 741 |
| Bitsky                                |      518 |   1246 |                 728 |
| toffoo                                |      379 |   1106 |                 727 |
| fellowtraveler                        |      439 |   1134 |                 695 |
| btcsec                                |      419 |   1106 |                 687 |
| panic                                 |      349 |   1036 |                 687 |
| Tritonio                              |      588 |   1274 |                 686 |
| ufasoft                               |      400 |   1078 |                 678 |
| Vitalik Buterin                       |      330 |   1008 |                 678 |
| minimalB                              |      545 |   1218 |                 673 |
| vapourminer                           |      377 |   1050 |                 673 |
| Grix                                  |      484 |   1148 |                 664 |
| Dusty                                 |      697 |   1358 |                 661 |
| Bees Brothers                         |      405 |   1064 |                 659 |
| slothbag                              |      363 |   1022 |                 659 |
| bzzard                                |      396 |   1050 |                 654 |
| Andreas Schildbach                    |      510 |   1162 |                 652 |
| Hawkix                                |      510 |   1148 |                 638 |
| sgravina                              |      414 |   1050 |                 636 |
| bracek                                |      524 |   1148 |                 624 |
| dunand                                |      548 |   1148 |                 600 |
| qdi                                   |      563 |   1148 |                 585 |
| BigBobo                               |      565 |   1148 |                 583 |
| BookLover                             |      534 |   1106 |                 572 |
| damnek                                |      540 |   1106 |                 566 |
| eliale                                |      532 |   1092 |                 560 |
| yossarian                             |      492 |   1050 |                 558 |
| The00Dustin                           |      733 |   1288 |                 555 |
| runlinux                              |      567 |   1120 |                 553 |
| David M                               |      476 |   1022 |                 546 |
| apetersson                            |      666 |   1204 |                 538 |
| forrestv                              |      472 |   1008 |                 536 |
| Bimmerhead                            |      824 |   1358 |                 534 |
| luv2drnkbr                            |      733 |   1260 |                 527 |
| randomguy7                            |      524 |   1036 |                 512 |
| spndr7                                |      882 |   1386 |                 504 |
| idev                                  |      723 |   1218 |                 495 |
| asdf                                  |      527 |   1022 |                 495 |
| server                                |      810 |   1302 |                 492 |
| meanig                                |      527 |   1008 |                 481 |
| Keninishna                            |      546 |   1022 |                 476 |
| pooler                                |      590 |   1064 |                 474 |
| kwukduck                              |     1001 |   1470 |                 469 |
| Krak                                  |      589 |   1050 |                 461 |
| maxll                                 |      605 |   1050 |                 445 |
| barbarousrelic                        |      675 |   1120 |                 445 |
| Fireball                              |      671 |   1092 |                 421 |
| naypalm                               |      870 |   1274 |                 404 |
| pafu                                  |      718 |   1120 |                 402 |
| Shawshank                             |      688 |   1078 |                 390 |
| imanikin                              |      690 |   1078 |                 388 |
| EPiSKiNG                              |      735 |   1120 |                 385 |
| SgtMoth                               |      696 |   1078 |                 382 |
| arsenische                            |      907 |   1288 |                 381 |
| nrd525                                |      925 |   1302 |                 377 |
| hashman                               |      900 |   1246 |                 346 |
| Trader Steve                          |      690 |   1022 |                 332 |
| World                                 |      731 |   1050 |                 319 |
| chmod755                              |      866 |   1162 |                 296 |
| phatsphere                            |      734 |   1022 |                 288 |
| Dexter770221                          |      934 |   1218 |                 284 |
| coinotron                             |      839 |   1106 |                 267 |
| jago25_98                             |      860 |   1120 |                 260 |
| BrightAnarchist                       |      853 |   1106 |                 253 |
| smracer                               |      913 |   1162 |                 249 |
| amincd                                |      761 |   1008 |                 247 |
| abracadabra                           |      944 |   1190 |                 246 |
| Seal                                  |      765 |   1008 |                 243 |
| TTBit                                 |     1123 |   1358 |                 235 |
| aistto                                |      969 |   1190 |                 221 |
| Soros Shorts                          |     1045 |   1260 |                 215 |
| Komonec                               |      836 |   1050 |                 214 |
| somenick                              |     1005 |   1218 |                 213 |
| Grinder                               |     1202 |   1414 |                 212 |
| silverfuture                          |      825 |   1036 |                 211 |
| flix                                  |      957 |   1162 |                 205 |
| MiningBuddy                           |     1015 |   1218 |                 203 |
| ShadowAlexey                          |      850 |   1050 |                 200 |
| jimbobway                             |     1299 |   1498 |                 199 |
| Mageant                               |      999 |   1190 |                 191 |
| weex                                  |      959 |   1148 |                 189 |
| MemoryDealers                         |      939 |   1106 |                 167 |
| SolarSilver                           |      907 |   1064 |                 157 |
| Mjbmonetarymetals                     |      924 |   1078 |                 154 |
| Epoch                                 |      899 |   1050 |                 151 |
| wknight                               |      889 |   1036 |                 147 |
| Raize                                 |     1286 |   1428 |                 142 |
| Jay_Pal                               |     1091 |   1232 |                 141 |
| xchrix                                |      871 |   1008 |                 137 |
| zefir                                 |      914 |   1050 |                 136 |
| Jan                                   |     1041 |   1176 |                 135 |
| rebuilder                             |     1253 |   1386 |                 133 |
| starik69                              |      920 |   1036 |                 116 |
| daybyter                              |      965 |   1078 |                 113 |
| dancupid                              |      952 |   1064 |                 112 |
13  Other / Meta / Re: BFL subpoena on: April 17, 2015, 01:49:42 PM
Kind of scary how they asked for all PM's mentioning BFL. I recall a while ago theymos discussed the idea of adding javascript PM encryption as a way to protect the forum from unreasonable searches and seizures. It isn't the best way to do it, as of course theymos could modify the javascript at anytime (he could even potentially be compelled to do so by law), but modifying the javascript is detectable, and messages that were sent and viewed with the unmodified javascript are still safe. It adds an extra layer of security, which should be sufficient for most PM's. It would also be very useful should BitcoinTalk's database ever get compromised... again. Anyone who has something really secret to tell should use something like PGP instead of this however.

I think we should consider adding this to the new forum software.

The other big problem with that is how to handle private keys. If the private key is generated from your password, for example, then forgetting your password would mean losing all of your PMs. Most people aren't prepared for this.

This is pretty much the whole forum, right? Cheesy

It was 2.3% of topics. (This still amounted to ~5 GB of text.)
14  Other / Meta / BFL subpoena on: April 17, 2015, 05:36:49 AM
I recently received a subpoena related to a case against BFL (Case No. 14-CV-2159-KHV-JPO). I had to release all database info on a few employees/ex-employees of BFL (including their PMs), plus a complete copy of every thread in which anyone mentioned BFL or in which a BFL employee participated. (It was a huge hassle to put all of this info together.) The subpoena originally demanded all PMs that even mentioned BFL, which is ridiculous, but I managed to get this part eliminated.

If a PM of yours was released due to this, then I already sent you a PM about it.

I don't think that I'm going to send PMs about deleted posts that were released. 3196 users had deleted posts released, and I don't really want to send that many PMs when almost no one would care. I feel like people should have basically no expectation of privacy for something that they posted publicly anyway.

I also released all "report to moderator" reports involving or mentioning BFL. I don't think that these are very sensitive, so I'm not going to send out PMs about these.
15  Other / Meta / Re: Changing inaccurate factoids on: April 17, 2015, 03:12:52 AM
Isn't the source of the block headers and Merkle branches for SPV the Stratum servers?

Hmm, I thought that Electrum connected to the Bitcoin network, but it looks like you're right.

I guess calling it a "hybrid" wallet is therefore maybe not accurate. However, most SPV clients (all clients based on BitcoinJ) only ever connect to nodes returned by the centralized DNS seeds, and there are fewer DNS seeds than Stratum servers. So Electrum is more decentralized, and they are also not vulnerable to Sybil attacks, which the DNS seeds are not smart enough to provide much protection against. So I still think that Electrum's way of doing things is more secure than, say, Bitcoin Wallet for Android's.

Privacy-wise, SPV is probably better in normal circumstances because you don't have to give anyone a list of your addresses. (Though sending a peer a Bloom filter still gives them info about your addresses that they might be able to use to trace you.)
16  Other / Meta / Re: Changing inaccurate factoids on: April 16, 2015, 08:08:21 PM
Those informational factoids were mostly written by me. That one is correct. Electrum uses both Stratum servers and SPV, so if these sources of information disagree then Electrum should warn the user (though I don't know how good it actually is about this). This makes it stronger than either method alone.
17  Other / Meta / Re: How many active members are there? on: April 16, 2015, 08:03:04 PM
18,626 users have posted something (that has not been deleted) or sent a PM in the last 30 days.
18  Other / Meta / Re: Session Timed Out on: April 16, 2015, 02:01:52 PM
Sounds like something is wrong with the way your browser handles cookies. Try a different browser.
19  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 148 on: April 14, 2015, 02:55:14 AM
2@1.7

I won't accept your bid.

- You are not actually in HK.
- Your service is very likely a HYIP scam. This is an OK form of gambling if you're honest about it, but you're not.
- Your charity is fake. The images on your Facebook page are taken from elsewhere and (badly) photoshopped.
20  Other / Meta / Re: Inbox Size Limit? on: April 12, 2015, 12:16:27 PM
No. I have about 16,000 PMs in my inbox.
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