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1061  Other / Meta / Re: Connecting to BCTalk.org on: August 19, 2015, 10:13:40 PM
The downtime just now was due to a DDoS.
1062  Other / Meta / Re: Forum time is off 2 hours on: August 14, 2015, 02:19:05 AM
Fixed. This was actually a symptom of a larger hardware problem that I needed to fix, so thanks for posting about it.

The forum time (before custom timezones) should always be UTC.
1063  Other / Meta / Re: Theymos (operator of Bitcointalk and Bitcoin subreddit) is censoring Bitcoin XT on: August 13, 2015, 04:40:40 PM
What makes you think merchants won't switch to xt if the majority of miners mine on xt and not on core?

Would it not be in the merchant's best interest to accept coins on the chain that is more time efficient?

Coins being sent on the old chain would be super slow. Can't see why merchants would not switch of the majority of miners processing transactions moved to xt.

A chain with more miners is not more efficient. It is more secure, though there would be very few things that could attack even 25% of the network's hashing power.

Blocks would be slower (25 minutes on average instead of 10), but this would only last for a few weeks until the difficulty goes down. Even today it's common for blocks to take 25-60 minutes, so this wouldn't be Earth-shattering.

This wouldn't actually last for long in the scenario where 75% of miners switch but no big economic actors do because the miners who switched will switch back very soon after they realize that they're mining coins that no one will accept.
1064  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin XT Status Update on: August 11, 2015, 10:45:10 PM
And lets take the beast head on. The 21 million limit. Firstly Satoshi never actually encoded that limit in hard stone, it was added by devs just last year I think. Secondly, we have not even heard of any arguments in favour of it's increase. If say in 20 years it does appear that the fees are insufficient, and for the example let us suppose we are using lightning, considering that so many coins have already been lost irrevocably and may continue to be lost, what makes you think that you can today pass judgment on what may be a different situation?
1065  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / MOVED: DOWNLOAD: Bitcoin XT 0.11A is now released (bigger blocks support) on: August 10, 2015, 03:53:59 AM
This topic has been moved to Altcoin Discussion. XT 0.11A is an altcoin.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1148679.0
1066  Other / Meta / Re: Theymos (operator of Bitcointalk and Bitcoin subreddit) is censoring Bitcoin XT on: August 10, 2015, 03:18:04 AM
I'm impressed at the level of Bitcoin knowledge of bitcointalk.org users compared to /r/Bitcoin users. Smiley Most of the people in this thread and other similar threads are interpreting the issues correctly (or at least with some evidence of actual thought), unlike most Redditors.

I don't think it makes sense to call Bitcoin XT an alt-coin anymore than it does the current version of Bitcoin Core, which has hard-forked several times since it was introduced.  Furthermore, Bitcoin Core will only fork away from Bitcoin XT when XT has 75% of the hash power behind it.

Bitcoin's hardforks (though some people don't classify them as hardforks) were done with consensus among the the Bitcoin community/economy/experts. In the current state of the debate, any max block size increase won't have consensus, though I think that consensus on a compromise proposal might be achievable in 6-18 months.

Activating a hardfork based on what miners do is really bad. You could easily have a situation where 75% of miners support XT but none of the big Bitcoin exchanges or businesses do. Then miners would start mining coins that they couldn't spend anywhere useful, and SPV users would find that they can't transact with the businesses they want to deal with. The currency would be split, and in this case XT would be in a far weaker position than Bitcoin. The possibility of this sort of network/currency split is what makes XT not a "legitimate hardfork", but rather the programmed creation of an altcoin. A consensus hardfork can only go forward once it has been determined that it's nearly impossible for the Bitcoin economy to split in any significant way. Not every Bitcoin user on Earth has to agree, but enough that there won't be a noticeable split.

Bitcoin is not ruled by miners. In a hardfork, miners barely matter at all. (Softforks are different.) What's important is what the economy does.
1067  Other / Meta / Re: 1438838525 ? on: August 06, 2015, 05:36:22 AM
I messed up the CSS for little while. It's fixed now.

Those are indeed the anti-adblocker decoy posts. A random number are inserted before and after ads. This and several other tricks make it impossible for Adblock Plus to block forum ads (if the advertisers follow certain guidelines) without also completely breaking the site.

I wonder why more sites don't bypass ABP. In fact, I don't know of any others that bypass ABP without outright preventing ABP users from using the site. It's somewhat difficult to arrange the page layout so that it works, and you can't use any external JS or images for ads, but you'd think that the increased value to advertisers (and therefore increased ad revenue) would be worthwhile for many sites. Bypassing ABP is especially easy on sites that require JavaScript, since you can just directly undo what ABP does instead of trying to prevent them from being able to do it in the first place.
1068  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 155 on: August 04, 2015, 04:54:35 AM
What was taken down? Was it the PIA slot or the advert slot?

The PIA sponsorship was ended (by me). I will remove their stuff at the start of ad round 155.
1069  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 155 on: August 04, 2015, 02:30:32 AM
Note that from now on there are 9 slots for sale instead of 8. Each slot still has a 1-in-10 chance of appearing.
1070  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 155 on: August 04, 2015, 02:29:41 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. Nine 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 12, 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 nine slots are filled.

So if someone bids for 9 slots @ 5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 4 BTC and 1 slot @ 5 BTC, then the first person will get 8 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.
1071  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 154 on: August 04, 2015, 02:21:15 AM
Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 1.80 CryptoMrM
1 1.75 bitcasino.io
1 1.75 AmberCoinDev
3 1.70 MariaQin
1 1.60 Dogedigital
1 1.60 victorhing
1072  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcoin Is British - Change the Forum Language Pack on: July 26, 2015, 01:23:00 AM
Satoshi configured this forum. If he'd wanted it to use British spelling, he'd have configured it that way.

America's way of spelling things is often the original English spelling. British spelling changed over time, but America kept the spelling that was imported at colonization. (Probably because the original colonists were almost all literate, unlike the Brits. Wink)

Yanks just don't use British English spelling - full stop (none of that 'period' crap, its bloody well 'full stop').  

Not true. I use the spelling that makes the most sense to me. I write "grey" instead of "gray", and in a few words I use the British "s" instead of the American "z".
1073  Other / Meta / Re: Connecting to BCTalk.org on: July 22, 2015, 08:45:56 AM
These issues should be resolved for now.

The periodic downtime and slowness (including the recent ~30 minute outage) was due to the forum's previous anti-DDoS provider x4b.net. I used them because they're the only company I've found that offers the security of GRE tunnels at a reasonable price, but clearly it's not worthwhile. Finally I decided that the downtime was unacceptable and ditched them. For now I've set up a basic temporary anti-DDoS thing until I find a better alternative.

In the coming weeks there might be downtime as I try out various services.

Top-tier anti-DDoS companies charge several thousand dollars per month for GRE tunneling. The forum can afford this, but it still seems awfully high. If you know how to more affordably protect against DDoS attacks, let me know. I am not an expert in network engineering. (Is there some way to do something similar to anycast without having an AS number, maybe?) Note that the most popular solutions (like Cloudflare) are no good because:
- For security, I don't want to give the anti-DDoS service the forum's HTTPS private key unless there are strong legal agreements preventing them from misusing it.
- To reduce annoyances (especially for users of NoScript or Tor), I don't want the anti-DDoS service to modify forum pages in any way.
- I need user IP addresses. These are integral to the forum's anti-abuse measures.
1074  Other / Meta / Re: Someone hacked my account on: July 20, 2015, 06:11:18 PM
Restored.
1075  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 154 on: July 19, 2015, 03:34:58 PM
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.
1076  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 153 on: July 19, 2015, 03:34:05 PM
Auction ended. FInal result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
3 1.70 MariaQin
4 1.65 victorhing
1 1.65 champbronc2
1077  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: BurtW arrested on: July 17, 2015, 02:53:31 AM
Brian Klein
Baker Marquart LLP
10990 Wilshire Boulevard, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90024
Phone: (424) 652-7814
Email: bklein@bakermarquart.com

Oh snap, isn't that the Oppenheimer tower across from the federal building? Good to know there's someone who knows their shit when it comes to Bitcoin. It's good to see you back again, and I'm sorry that you had to go through that whole mess.

They're also the firm that tried to threaten me into censoring anti-Josh-Garza topics on this forum...
1078  Other / Meta / Re: [REQ] Admin / Staff / Mod Escrow to help with CPFP bounty. on: July 15, 2015, 12:16:26 AM
Code:
addmultisigaddress 2 '["03f774db6e91afd2693096e9f9b77ecab6535e75a211f9146bb4b48902bc0e4e9f",
"02fd868606557cc1c9f61b43f067b74b289c1d4104557bd57cd34e67461f897f9f",
"02303fdba84202a9a23d19dcdaecfa728e2a044cc17fe966feddefe3edc20ee6e5"]'
3LSXVA52FUddYEkfLbeSwuRvQt1qKbd4QM

1079  Other / Meta / Re: [REQ] Admin / Staff / Mod Escrow to help with CPFP bounty. on: July 14, 2015, 10:15:46 PM
So the bounty would be for wallets that implement CPFP on the client side? CPFP already has fairly mature code for relaying and mining, I think. If so, and if I'll only need to sign transactions rarely, then I'll do it. 2-of-3 is probably better for such things, though.

Code:
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
Hash: SHA256

Public key for CPFP bounty multisig:
02fd868606557cc1c9f61b43f067b74b289c1d4104557bd57cd34e67461f897f9f
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE-----

iF4EAREIAAYFAlWlibYACgkQxlVWk9q1kef+6wD9GMgLQgTSmQMzHF2Tl1jtXW4R
jK9NOweNZLWJyvrePeYBAK2+AQjlFX/q5l47U2CLNItj4MkubVHxdIP4plU6gtdw
=tqyZ
-----END PGP SIGNATURE-----
1080  Other / Meta / Re: Who would be main admin if theymos was unable to carry on? on: July 11, 2015, 04:08:23 PM
See the section "THE BITCOIN FORUM" here:
http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=t9h2pL2y
And the list of trustees / community council members here:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=155002.0
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