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181  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 308 on: May 21, 2020, 07:03:09 PM
Auction ended, final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
5 0.10 vipgame
4 0.09 WolfBet
182  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 308 on: May 10, 2020, 06:28:56 PM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

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. Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads; these people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

Design & ad restrictions

Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. No ICOs[1], loggable mixers[2], banks, funds, or anything that a person can be said to "invest" in; I may very rarely make exceptions if you convince me that you are ultra legit, but don't count on it. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

See the ad design rules for info on designing forum ads.

When advertising a new service, you should always check with me in advance whether your service is OK. I will sometimes accept bids of people who don't do this, but such people are taking the risk of being rejected at the last minute. It's also a good idea for you to have me check your ad's HTML+CSS in advance, especially if this is your first time advertising.

Duration

- Your ads are guaranteed to be up for at least 7 days.
- I usually try to keep ads up for no more than 11 days.
- Sometimes ads might be up for longer, but hopefully no longer than 12 days. Even if past rounds sometimes lasted for long periods of time, you should not rely on this for your ads.

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

Auction rules

New members are likely to have their bids rejected unless they PM me first, telling me what they're going to advertise. New members might also be required to pay some amount in advance. Additionally, if you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

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 @ 0.5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 0.4 BTC and 1 slot @ 0.5 BTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 0.5" means 2 slots for 0.5 BTC each. Not 2 slots for 0.5 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, like "5 @ 0.1 and 1 @ 0.5".
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 0.01.
- The bidding starts at 0.01.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time. Unless I say otherwise, I typically try to end auctions within a few days of 10 days from the time of this post, but unexpected circumstances may sometimes force me to end the auction anytime between 4 and 22 days from the start.
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.

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.

Price flattening

At the end of the auction, after the winning bids are all determined, I will do a "price flattening" operation. This has no effect on which bids actually win. For each bid, in order of lowest to greatest price/slot, I will reduce each bid's price/slot to the highest value which is equal to or only the minimum increment greater than the next-lower bid. This allows you to bid higher prices without worrying so much, but you still mustn't bid more than you're willing to pay. Example:

Code:
This:
Slots  BTC/Slot  Person
    6      0.20       A
    1      0.16       B
    1      0.08       C
    1      0.08       D

Becomes:
Slots  BTC/Slot  Person
    6      0.10       A [step 4: reduced to 0.09+0.01=0.10]
    1      0.09       B [step 3: reduced to 0.08+0.01=0.09]
    1      0.08       C [step 2: same as the next-lowest, unchanged]
    1      0.08       D [step 1: the lowest bid is always unchanged]

Payment, etc.

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.

[1]: For the purposes of forum ads, an ICO is any token, altcoin, or other altcoin-like thing which meets any of the following criteria: it is primarily run/backed by a company; it is substantially, fundamentally centralized in either operation or coin distribution; or it is not yet possible for two unprivileged users of the system to send coins directly to each other in a P2P way. The intention here is to allow community efforts to advertise things like Litecoin, but not to allow ICO funding, even when the ICO is disguised in various ways.
[2]: A loggable mixer is a service marketed primarily for improving transaction privacy which accepts full custody of cryptocurrency for a time and has the technical ability to log where the cryptocurrency comes from and goes to (even if they promise not to log).
183  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 307 on: May 10, 2020, 06:25:52 PM
2 @ 0.7

I'm assuming you meant 2 @ 0.07.

Auction ended, final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 0.08 SBOSS
5 0.07 sportsbet.io
2 0.07 Hhampuz
1 0.07 btb88.com
184  Other / Meta / Re: DT update log on: May 04, 2020, 10:14:32 PM
This month 134 users were eligible.

Old:
Code:
theymos
HostFat
gmaxwell
TECSHARE
OgNasty
malevolent
yxt
qwk
fronti
mprep
Foxpup
philipma1957
babo
Cyrus
ibminer
vizique
Ticked
Timelord2067
figmentofmyass
jeremypwr
yogg
by rallier
greenplastic
hilariousandco
arulbero
Avirunes
Lydian
buckrogers
Lesbian Cow
cryptodevil
suchmoon
JayJuanGee
Rmcdermott927
achow101
teeGUMES
owlcatz
nutildah
minerjones
tmfp
BitcoinPenny
yahoo62278
Royse777
zazarb
SyGambler
klarki
actmyname
WhiteManWhite
The Pharmacist
LeGaulois
DarkStar_
asu
johhnyUA
kzv
ekiller
Jet Cash
bL4nkcode
Lafu
Coin_trader
Gunthar
finaleshot2016
crwth
Ale88
Kryptowerk
bobita
Vispilio
be.open
krogothmanhattan
wolwoo
JollyGood
Blacknavy
xenon131
AlyattesLydia
roycilik
CryptopreneurBrainboss
El duderino_
KTChampions
Coin-1
Veleor
sheenshane
o_e_l_e_o
3meek
vycl87
iasenko
gospodin
coinlocket$
dkbit98
witcher_sense
asche
DdmrDdmr
cabalism13
anonymousminer
morvillz7z
fillippone
taikuri13
abhiseshakana
Coolcryptovator
DireWolfM14
TalkStar
1miau
zasad@

New:
Code:
theymos
HostFat
gmaxwell
TECSHARE
OgNasty
CanaryInTheMine
malevolent
Balthazar
Vod
Anduck
Foxpup
philipma1957
babo
Cyrus
peloso
Welsh
ibminer
Mitchell
vizique
jeremypwr
by rallier
dbshck
hilariousandco
Avirunes
Lydian
mindrust
Buchi-88
Lesbian Cow
suchmoon
JayJuanGee
Rmcdermott927
achow101
DaveF
teeGUMES
nutildah
sapta
Royse777
LFC_Bitcoin
sandy-is-fine
klarki
bones261
LoyceV
actmyname
WhiteManWhite
DarkStar_
asu
SFR10
TwitchySeal
TryNinja
eddie13
TheFuzzStone
Jet Cash
bL4nkcode
Coin_trader
Yatsan
finaleshot2016
xtraelv
crwth
Ale88
duesoldi
Kryptowerk
bobita
nullius
Vispilio
imhoneer
krogothmanhattan
wolwoo
JollyGood
Blacknavy
xenon131
AlyattesLydia
CryptopreneurBrainboss
El duderino_
KTChampions
Steamtyme
Coin-1
bavicrypto
Veleor
sheenshane
iasenko
tvplus006
gospodin
mole0815
witcher_sense
asche
cabalism13
anonymousminer
Alex_Sr
morvillz7z
fillippone
taikuri13
abhiseshakana
madnessteat
Coolcryptovator
lovesmayfamilis
DireWolfM14
TalkStar
1miau
YOSHIE
zasad@
185  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 307 on: April 29, 2020, 07:08:18 PM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

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. Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads; these people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

Design & ad restrictions

Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. No ICOs[1], loggable mixers[2], banks, funds, or anything that a person can be said to "invest" in; I may very rarely make exceptions if you convince me that you are ultra legit, but don't count on it. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

See the ad design rules for info on designing forum ads.

When advertising a new service, you should always check with me in advance whether your service is OK. I will sometimes accept bids of people who don't do this, but such people are taking the risk of being rejected at the last minute. It's also a good idea for you to have me check your ad's HTML+CSS in advance, especially if this is your first time advertising.

Duration

- Your ads are guaranteed to be up for at least 7 days.
- I usually try to keep ads up for no more than 11 days.
- Sometimes ads might be up for longer, but hopefully no longer than 12 days. Even if past rounds sometimes lasted for long periods of time, you should not rely on this for your ads.

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

Auction rules

New members are likely to have their bids rejected unless they PM me first, telling me what they're going to advertise. New members might also be required to pay some amount in advance. Additionally, if you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

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 @ 0.5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 0.4 BTC and 1 slot @ 0.5 BTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 0.5" means 2 slots for 0.5 BTC each. Not 2 slots for 0.5 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, like "5 @ 0.1 and 1 @ 0.5".
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 0.01.
- The bidding starts at 0.01.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time. Unless I say otherwise, I typically try to end auctions within a few days of 10 days from the time of this post, but unexpected circumstances may sometimes force me to end the auction anytime between 4 and 22 days from the start.
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.

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.

Price flattening

At the end of the auction, after the winning bids are all determined, I will do a "price flattening" operation. This has no effect on which bids actually win. For each bid, in order of lowest to greatest price/slot, I will reduce each bid's price/slot to the highest value which is equal to or only the minimum increment greater than the next-lower bid. This allows you to bid higher prices without worrying so much, but you still mustn't bid more than you're willing to pay. Example:

Code:
This:
Slots  BTC/Slot  Person
    6      0.20       A
    1      0.16       B
    1      0.08       C
    1      0.08       D

Becomes:
Slots  BTC/Slot  Person
    6      0.10       A [step 4: reduced to 0.09+0.01=0.10]
    1      0.09       B [step 3: reduced to 0.08+0.01=0.09]
    1      0.08       C [step 2: same as the next-lowest, unchanged]
    1      0.08       D [step 1: the lowest bid is always unchanged]

Payment, etc.

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.

[1]: For the purposes of forum ads, an ICO is any token, altcoin, or other altcoin-like thing which meets any of the following criteria: it is primarily run/backed by a company; it is substantially, fundamentally centralized in either operation or coin distribution; or it is not yet possible for two unprivileged users of the system to send coins directly to each other in a P2P way. The intention here is to allow community efforts to advertise things like Litecoin, but not to allow ICO funding, even when the ICO is disguised in various ways.
[2]: A loggable mixer is a service marketed primarily for improving transaction privacy which accepts full custody of cryptocurrency for a time and has the technical ability to log where the cryptocurrency comes from and goes to (even if they promise not to log).
186  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 306 on: April 29, 2020, 07:07:48 PM
Auction ended, final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
5 0.10 LuckyBitSupport
4 0.09 TORLOANS.COM
187  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 306 on: April 19, 2020, 01:16:33 PM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

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. Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads; these people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

Design & ad restrictions

Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. No ICOs[1], loggable mixers[2], banks, funds, or anything that a person can be said to "invest" in; I may very rarely make exceptions if you convince me that you are ultra legit, but don't count on it. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

See the ad design rules for info on designing forum ads.

When advertising a new service, you should always check with me in advance whether your service is OK. I will sometimes accept bids of people who don't do this, but such people are taking the risk of being rejected at the last minute. It's also a good idea for you to have me check your ad's HTML+CSS in advance, especially if this is your first time advertising.

Duration

- Your ads are guaranteed to be up for at least 7 days.
- I usually try to keep ads up for no more than 11 days.
- Sometimes ads might be up for longer, but hopefully no longer than 12 days. Even if past rounds sometimes lasted for long periods of time, you should not rely on this for your ads.

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

Auction rules

New members are likely to have their bids rejected unless they PM me first, telling me what they're going to advertise. New members might also be required to pay some amount in advance. Additionally, if you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

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 @ 0.5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 0.4 BTC and 1 slot @ 0.5 BTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 0.5" means 2 slots for 0.5 BTC each. Not 2 slots for 0.5 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, like "5 @ 0.1 and 1 @ 0.5".
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 0.01.
- The bidding starts at 0.01.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time. Unless I say otherwise, I typically try to end auctions within a few days of 10 days from the time of this post, but unexpected circumstances may sometimes force me to end the auction anytime between 4 and 22 days from the start.
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.

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.

Price flattening

At the end of the auction, after the winning bids are all determined, I will do a "price flattening" operation. This has no effect on which bids actually win. For each bid, in order of lowest to greatest price/slot, I will reduce each bid's price/slot to the highest value which is equal to or only the minimum increment greater than the next-lower bid. This allows you to bid higher prices without worrying so much, but you still mustn't bid more than you're willing to pay. Example:

Code:
This:
Slots  BTC/Slot  Person
    6      0.20       A
    1      0.16       B
    1      0.08       C
    1      0.08       D

Becomes:
Slots  BTC/Slot  Person
    6      0.10       A [step 4: reduced to 0.09+0.01=0.10]
    1      0.09       B [step 3: reduced to 0.08+0.01=0.09]
    1      0.08       C [step 2: same as the next-lowest, unchanged]
    1      0.08       D [step 1: the lowest bid is always unchanged]

Payment, etc.

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.

[1]: For the purposes of forum ads, an ICO is any token, altcoin, or other altcoin-like thing which meets any of the following criteria: it is primarily run/backed by a company; it is substantially, fundamentally centralized in either operation or coin distribution; or it is not yet possible for two unprivileged users of the system to send coins directly to each other in a P2P way. The intention here is to allow community efforts to advertise things like Litecoin, but not to allow ICO funding, even when the ICO is disguised in various ways.
[2]: A loggable mixer is a service marketed primarily for improving transaction privacy which accepts full custody of cryptocurrency for a time and has the technical ability to log where the cryptocurrency comes from and goes to (even if they promise not to log).
188  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 305 on: April 19, 2020, 01:15:11 PM
Auction ended, final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 0.07 lightlord
5 0.06 Stunna
1 0.06 victorhing
2 0.06 btb88.com
189  Other / Meta / Re: Domain name update on: April 18, 2020, 06:41:06 PM
If you don't like C°bra: C°bra had ultimate technical authority over both domains; I only had management access. There was never a point in history where I had ultimate authority over either domain. Now C°bra only has one domain. Furthermore, I have not been very active in influencing anything related to bitcoin.org for a couple of years, so nothing is likely to change as a result of me being removed from the list of domain administrators.

If you don't like me: C°bra never had any access to the bitcointalk.org server, and had essentially no influence over its operation, so things have not gotten "worse" in any way.

C°bra has been erratic at times, and has made some statements/decisions which I disagreed with, but I really don't think that he will suddenly "turn evil". He could've done that at any time over the past several years, and nobody would've been able to stop him. Lately, bitcoin.org has been developing especially well.

The ideal solution would be to somehow stop people from considering centralized sites like bitcoin.org/bitcoin.com/etc. as "important", but that's not going to happen. Even if you got everyone to switch to btcinformation.org or whatever, then you'd be creating a new important centralized site which would eventually be corrupted. (Not to say that such an effort is pointless, though, if you don't like bitcoin.org.) All we can do about this situation is to just individually try our best:
 - If you see something about bitcoin.org (or another site) that you don't like, try to get it changed.
 - If you don't like bitcoin.org (or another site) or you don't like the way that it's managed, point people to a different site instead, or create your own.
 - If you end up controlling an "important site", try to keep it operating in the most correct way that you can, for as long as possible.
190  Other / Meta / Domain name update on: April 17, 2020, 07:13:47 PM
Satoshi created both bitcoin.org and this forum, which was originally at bitcoin.org/smf. Later, the forum got its own domain name, but due to this history, bitcoin.org and bitcointalk.org have traditionally been linked, and for quite some time Cøbra and I have together managed the domain names. However, Cøbra has never had much involvement in bitcointalk.org's operation, and I haven't involved myself in bitcoin.org for a couple of years, so the linkage between the two no longer really made made any sense. Therefore, we decided to separate the domains: I no longer have any access to the bitcoin.org domain name, and Cøbra no longer has any access to the bitcointalk.org domain name. The two sites should be viewed as totally separate, which in practice they have been for years.

There will be no changes whatsoever on bitcointalk.org due to this, and I'd assume that the same will be true of bitcoin.org. The bitcoin.org open-source project has been advancing steadily, and I hope and expect that it will continue to do so thanks to the efforts of its contributors.

Thanks to Cøbra for handling much of bitcointalk.org's domain-name-related work in the past.
191  Other / Meta / Re: delevic was banned by mistake on: April 14, 2020, 09:49:55 PM
His file (hosted on Mega) is the same as the one on AliExpress (https://yadi.sk/d/4RDeoiyv3UoaWj).

SHA-256: 91799acfd28857cbf3a03389adbf46c9edb74c5f527cd1f89b1b1f4cb80976aa

Also, the first verification of the file on VirusTotal was made in 2018 (check the "details" tab).
"First Submission:   2018-05-06 06:33:35"

Thanks, so that looks fine at least as far as delevic is concerned. (You can't rule out malware in the official software, of course.)

I don't have any particular confidence that the Linux file on github is safe, and I don't recommend using any of this stuff, but there's not enough evidence of malware at this point for delevic to remain banned.
192  Other / Meta / Re: Theymos, may be a custom title please. on: April 13, 2020, 08:04:20 PM
Is it 100% confirmed that he died? That everhere.com site kind of looks like a scam... Though based on Bruno's recent posts, it seems plausible.

If he did die, it's a great loss for the forum - one which I feel personally. I didn't know him that well, but I did know him for a long time, and that on its own leaves an impression. He was here since 2011, dedicated to busting scams and to livening the place up. I sometimes say that the early Bitcoiners (including myself) were "mixed nuts", and Bruno really exemplified that culture of fun, active, exciting eccentricity. Since I was only 20 in 2011, in the early years of the forum especially I sometimes viewed him as my senior, a source of wisdom. Years ago, he suggested that he and I go fishing someday: I kind of regret that it never happened.

Rest in Peace.



In general, giving titles/badges to users who died is difficult/problematic. It's almost a sort of "KYC", since death is inextricably linked to one's physical identity. It also opens several cans of worms: for example, should the account be locked after the person died? If so, it prevents their heirs from accessing PMs or even selling the account (which is allowed). If not, then you'd have users actively posting while wearing "RIP" badges.

I'm not going to do it regularly, but I'll make an exception here and give VIP status & a custom title to Phinnaeus Gage and Gleb Gamow. However, I know that these accounts changed hands in the past, and maybe arrangements have been for this to happen again in the future; therefore, if either account ever posts in the future, I will remove this stuff from the account.
193  Other / Meta / Re: delevic was banned by mistake on: April 13, 2020, 06:56:20 PM
virustotal is trash. It can't be used as "proof" of malware, only a very vague hint. It is mighty suspicious when someone posts a binary without source which you're supposed to run as root, though.


I can't download the firmware from there. Someone should check whether the official firmware indeed gives the same virustotal detections.
194  Other / Meta / Re: [table] limits on Bitcointalk (?) on: April 10, 2020, 08:34:50 PM
I'd guess that you're getting that because the post is over the size limit, gets truncated, and the truncated post has unclosed tags. Note that it's difficult to exactly calculate the length of a post as the forum sees it, since various conversions are made before counting; for example, "  " (two spaces) actually counts as 7 bytes for length-limit purposes because it's converted to "  " before counting.

Try removing https://bitcointalk.org from the links to make the post shorter. These are the same:
Code:
[url=https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1775207.msg17740024#msg17740024]17740024[/url]
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195  Other / Meta / Re: The credit card info sale is not good. on: April 08, 2020, 12:33:15 PM
This stuff gets spammed & quickly deleted all the time. Use the "report to moderator" link.
196  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 305 on: April 07, 2020, 02:09:14 PM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

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. Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads; these people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

Design & ad restrictions

Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. No ICOs[1], loggable mixers[2], banks, funds, or anything that a person can be said to "invest" in; I may very rarely make exceptions if you convince me that you are ultra legit, but don't count on it. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

See the ad design rules for info on designing forum ads.

When advertising a new service, you should always check with me in advance whether your service is OK. I will sometimes accept bids of people who don't do this, but such people are taking the risk of being rejected at the last minute. It's also a good idea for you to have me check your ad's HTML+CSS in advance, especially if this is your first time advertising.

Duration

- Your ads are guaranteed to be up for at least 7 days.
- I usually try to keep ads up for no more than 11 days.
- Sometimes ads might be up for longer, but hopefully no longer than 12 days. Even if past rounds sometimes lasted for long periods of time, you should not rely on this for your ads.

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

Auction rules

New members are likely to have their bids rejected unless they PM me first, telling me what they're going to advertise. New members might also be required to pay some amount in advance. Additionally, if you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

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 @ 0.5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 0.4 BTC and 1 slot @ 0.5 BTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 0.5" means 2 slots for 0.5 BTC each. Not 2 slots for 0.5 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, like "5 @ 0.1 and 1 @ 0.5".
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 0.01.
- The bidding starts at 0.01.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time. Unless I say otherwise, I typically try to end auctions within a few days of 10 days from the time of this post, but unexpected circumstances may sometimes force me to end the auction anytime between 4 and 22 days from the start.
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.

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.

Price flattening

At the end of the auction, after the winning bids are all determined, I will do a "price flattening" operation. This has no effect on which bids actually win. For each bid, in order of lowest to greatest price/slot, I will reduce each bid's price/slot to the highest value which is equal to or only the minimum increment greater than the next-lower bid. This allows you to bid higher prices without worrying so much, but you still mustn't bid more than you're willing to pay. Example:

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Slots  BTC/Slot  Person
    6      0.20       A
    1      0.16       B
    1      0.08       C
    1      0.08       D

Becomes:
Slots  BTC/Slot  Person
    6      0.10       A [step 4: reduced to 0.09+0.01=0.10]
    1      0.09       B [step 3: reduced to 0.08+0.01=0.09]
    1      0.08       C [step 2: same as the next-lowest, unchanged]
    1      0.08       D [step 1: the lowest bid is always unchanged]

Payment, etc.

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.

[1]: For the purposes of forum ads, an ICO is any token, altcoin, or other altcoin-like thing which meets any of the following criteria: it is primarily run/backed by a company; it is substantially, fundamentally centralized in either operation or coin distribution; or it is not yet possible for two unprivileged users of the system to send coins directly to each other in a P2P way. The intention here is to allow community efforts to advertise things like Litecoin, but not to allow ICO funding, even when the ICO is disguised in various ways.
[2]: A loggable mixer is a service marketed primarily for improving transaction privacy which accepts full custody of cryptocurrency for a time and has the technical ability to log where the cryptocurrency comes from and goes to (even if they promise not to log).
197  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 304 on: April 07, 2020, 02:06:56 PM
thathanka failed to prepay, so his bid is rejected. Auction ended, final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 0.06 dai100905 [flattened to 0.05]
4 0.05 btb88.com [flattened to 0.04]
1 0.05 BitDouble.io [flattened to 0.03]
1 0.04 SwC_Poker [flattened to 0.02]
2 0.01 sportsbet.io
198  Other / Politics & Society / Re: [SERIOUS] What do people think of direct cash payments (US stimulus package)? on: April 04, 2020, 02:55:31 AM
Imagine that 95%+ of people on Earth were forced to stop working for years, but the government paid everyone's old income. What would happen? ~Nothing would be produced, so the world would become a zero-sum game. Prices for everything would approach infinity: due to storage, maybe there'd be enough to keep prices sort-of sane for a month or two (though they'd rise due to expected scarcity), but quickly there'd simply be nothing to buy at any practical price. If the government wanted to increase their payment to people in order to account for this, then they'd have to exponentially increase the payment, and very quickly there would either be hyperinflation or a bankrupt government. Moving money around does not create value.

What's happening now is still pretty far from that situation, since 50-85% of people still seem to be more-or-less working, and imports from more productive countries are also possible (especially since USD is the world reserve currency). Still, it's important to realize that government payments are not creating any value whatsoever, but are merely moving around now-more-limited resources. The virus and the response to it took a bunch of toothpaste out of the tube, and now the government is squeezing the tube in various ways. As with the extreme example, I would expect to see price inflation (perhaps to infinity; ie. shortages) in areas where production/supply have been stopped/curtailed, though in the short-term this may have been counteracted by a one-time cratering of demand due to shifted lifestyles.

So when the government gives everyone $1200, they're moving value around, not creating anything. An important and difficult question is where is that value coming from? The economy is complicated, and I'm not 100% certain, but AFAICT the main way the value will be transferred will be something like this:
 - It's not really coming from tax revenue, since taxes have not been increased and probably won't be increased due directly to this spending.
 - On the surface, it will be funded by issuing bonds, and the cash will come from the buyers of bonds. Buyers of bonds are mainly the Fed (ie. money creation), other central banks, other banks, pension funds, and other institutional investors.
 - But the interest payments on the bonds are long-term-unsustainable, and are almost certainly going to be paid for with money-printing long-term. Basically the government prints money, gives it mainly to rich people, borrows it back from those rich people a little later, and the cycle repeats. You get an endless cycle of people who already hold assets getting increasingly more assets via money-printing, while it will be increasingly difficult for anyone else to become rich in the future, since yields on future investments will be reduced, and the economy will slow down due to misallocation of resources, debt "crowding", etc.

I certainly don't support tax increases, but in some ways it'd be more fair if this sort of thing was actually funded through past or future taxes instead of the Fed monetizing the debt. MMT increases inequality.

The bailouts for companies (including small companies) and the Fed's efforts to reduce volatility across every area of the market are really bad. Businesses that can't survive should die, even in a black swan event. That's how capitalism weeds out bad businesses. Businesses should either structure themselves to be able to survive this sort of thing, or they should buy insurance. But since the government keeps bailing out companies, it creates moral hazard: companies think (correctly) that they'll get bailed out, so they increasingly don't prepare for disasters (by eg. having sane amounts of debt), they don't buy appropriate insurance, and they don't properly hedge their investments against black-swan volatility. In fact, some in the mortgage market lost a lot of money because they were hedging against interest rate increases, and the Fed's MBS purchases screwed them; maybe they've "learned their lesson", and will in the future just rely on the Fed to save them from volatility. All of this intervention causes mispricing of time (ie. interest rates) and risk, leading to the increasingly-widespread existence of companies which don't actually provide optimal value to the economy, and may in fact be net drains on the economy. It's a (long & slow) path toward economic collapse.

The stated justification for the business bailouts is to save jobs. If that's the goal, then they should just give everyone a UBI payment for 6-12 months. The bad businesses will fail, and the newly-unemployed-but-not-starving people will find something more productive to do, such as starting businesses that won't fail and are maybe more useful in the post-recession environment. If you want to stop people from losing their paycheck, just give them a paycheck: don't prop up garbage businesses to act as a middleman. It seems as though a lot of people view businesses as immovable machines which distribute money to the immovable proletariat class, when in reality things are and should be much more fluid.

An additional largely-unstated reason for the business bailouts is to keep the stock market from crashing even more. Members of Congress and their donors tend to have large net worths, almost all of which is in the stock market. A lot of Americans also have a lot of money in the stock market, and they will not be happy with their representatives if their retirement fund is cut in half. But bad businesses should fail, and if you're not prepared for this, then you shouldn't invest in them.

On principle, I don't support the individual relief (ie. the $1200 checks and expanded unemployment benefits), either: people should save for disasters on their own, and if they can't/won't, private charity should be the answer. But people have been trained to load up on debt and rely on the government to save them from disasters, so they don't generally have a lot of savings, and in these conditions, something like the individual relief was politically inevitable. Without it, a lot of people would be totally hosed. So I don't mind the individual relief too much, though I don't think that it'll have much effect aside from keeping (some) people afloat for a month or two, and the longer the government wants to keep people at home, the more they'll have to pay due to the inflation/production effects I mentioned at the beginning of this post. The economy is basically halted, so it won't really stimulate the economy. Even though the total spend is large, because it's so widespread, I suspect that the payment itself won't have many long-term positive or negative economic effects, though the lockdown/virus which prompted it is economically disastrous, of course. Short-term:
 - Since the individual relief is actually going directly into the real economy, unlike a lot of what the Fed does, maybe we'll see some inflation from it. Probably in food and other Walmart-type stuff.
 - Since the unemployment insurance is pretty generous, employment numbers (and therefore production / economic growth) will probably be somewhat depressed for as long as the boosted benefits last.

I think that Trump will take and get credit for the payment. Maybe people will call it the "Trump check" or something, even. It could be pretty helpful for his campaign.

(Unrelated to the payment: I keep thinking that this would be a really bad time for some other black swan event, like an attack by Russia on a NATO member or something like that. It could happen, though.)
199  Other / Meta / Re: DT update log on: April 04, 2020, 02:12:00 AM
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200  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 304 on: April 03, 2020, 12:34:41 AM
Note that bids from ultramining.io will not be accepted, and thathanka's bid will require prepayment, so it is tentative. Current auction status:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
2 0.10 thathanka [tentative - may be removed]
4 0.05 btb88.com
1 0.04 SwC_Poker
4 0.01 sportsbet.io

(Price flattening would affect the final prices paid.)

The auction continues.
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