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2701  Other / Meta / Re: Time to Move Bitcoin 2.0 tech (Counterparty/Mastercoin) out of "Alt Coins" on: August 04, 2014, 07:10:45 AM
Stuffing your altcoin's transaction data into the Bitcoin blockchain doesn't make it not-an-altcoin. The main sections are for the Bitcoin currency and things that you can directly do with bitcoins. If I can take my bitcoins, deposit them into your site, and then do something interesting without explicitly converting to a different currency, then your site can go in the main sections. For example, a casino could use a Counterparty currency as "chips", and this would be OK for the main sections as long as the casino could automatically convert deposited BTC into these chips. Similarly, if someone was selling Overstock shares for BTC, then this trade would be OK for the main Marketplace regardless of the technology used to handle the Overstock shares. (But don't try any nonsense like saying that every unit of an altcoin is a share in a company...)

Noob question for sure.

If a coin or protocol isn't Bitcoin, then by definition isn't it an "Alternative Currency" ?

Is Mastercoin or Counter Party, Bitcoin?

Mastercoin is a normal scamcoin (more scammy than usual, in fact). Apparently it's common to transact in BTC using Counterparty, but Counterparty also has its own currency. I suspect that Counterparty has no really useful technology, but all I can find about their technology via Google is marketing fluff (bad sign), so I can't be sure. They both use the Bitcoin block chain for timestamping instead of doing their own mining. I think that this is often a good idea, but it doesn't mean that they're not altcoins (or that they're actually useful).

By the way, if you're already using the Bitcoin block chain, then why are you even creating a currency? Just use BTC. From what little I've read about Counterparty, it looks to me like their XCP was included just to enable pump-and-dump. (The BitDNS proposal that I co-authored in 2010 was probably the first to propose using the blockchain like this, but it just used BTC.)
2702  Other / Meta / Re: My IP blocked? on: August 01, 2014, 11:43:08 PM
Unless you're flooding the forum with tons of traffic, you will not be banned from connecting to the web server and reading the forum.
2703  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Link to download uncompiled version of bitcore? on: July 31, 2014, 06:53:18 AM
The source is also included in the .zip/.tar.gz downloads.
2704  Other / Meta / Re: Looking for information on why my account posting was blocked on: July 31, 2014, 04:43:53 AM
I'm inclined to think pools should make one thread in mining, and stick to there.

Agreed.
2705  Other / Meta / Re: Marketplace trust on: July 30, 2014, 12:22:05 AM
I'm just curious about how the actual numbers get calculated.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=337207.0
2706  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 128 on: July 29, 2014, 03:27:28 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 (no marquee or blinking). Ads must appear 3 or fewer lines tall in my browser (Firefox, 700px 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 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 counts 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.

Auction rules

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

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made. In particular, bids from people with less than 15 activity points are likely to be rejected. I recommend not getting into a bidding war with someone who has less than 15 activity points, as their bids might not be accepted, but your latest bids will still stand. If you need to know right away whether someone's bids will be accepted, PM me.

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.

You must pay for your slots within 24 hours of receiving the payment address. Otherwise your slots may be sold to someone else. I will send you the payment information via forum PM from this account ("theymos", user ID 35). You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.
2707  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 127 on: July 29, 2014, 02:58:43 AM
Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
2 3.40 coinwin
2 3.35 Indacoin
4 3.35 BITMAIN
2708  Other / Meta / Re: Advanced Search 'Message Age' bug on: July 28, 2014, 07:52:22 PM
I've noticed that as well. It seems to work sometimes, but not always. I don't know why.
2709  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 127 on: July 28, 2014, 05:08:53 AM
Question: should we be bidding against coinwin? His/her activity is less than 15, but by participating in this auction, can't her activity go up to 15 eventually?

He prepaid, so I will accept his bids.
2710  Other / Meta / Re: Forum treasurer who passed away on: July 28, 2014, 03:05:57 AM
I haven't found his family's contact info yet, though I have some leads. (It doesn't help that I don't speak Spanish...) If anyone has any info, let me know. His account has been logged into a few times since his death, but I don't know who this is.

The BTC hasn't moved.
2711  Other / Meta / Re: Units of Evil on: July 27, 2014, 04:08:57 AM
When you register, the IP that you used when you submitted the registration form is used to calculate your evilness. The more frequently this IP or its neighbors were banned, the more evil is associated with your account. The amount of evil associated with an IP decays slowly over time, but the amount of evil associated with an account does not. You must pay or be manually whitelisted to enable posting on one of these "banned" accounts.

Here are some stats:

Evil% new users
053
0-135
1-104.4
10-200.80
20-502.2
50-1001.3
100+2.9

Currently each unit of evil requires a payment of 4023 satoshi. You only need to pay something if you have 1 or more, though.
2712  Other / Meta / Re: I can't post anything on: July 25, 2014, 05:03:00 PM
I'd suggest you simply copy each message before posting and try again after some time whenever you fail to post.

If you lose a post due to the limit, a draft will be saved.
2713  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: [Idea] Proposal for improving Bitcoin mining decentralization [Avoid 51% attack] on: July 24, 2014, 04:02:58 AM
Yeah, the incentives for miners are wrong. I think that some changes to how mining works will probably be necessary eventually, though it unfortunately might take a serious incident to make this palatable for Bitcoin users.

I really like Proof of Activity. It fixes several problems at once:
- 51% attacks are made much more difficult, and pools have greater disincentive to even try them.
- Users are incentivized to run full nodes, which is important.
- Miners lose all power over choosing which transactions to confirm. Instead, this power goes to randomly-selected Bitcoin users. I think that this will tend to make the fee and standardness policies more varied and fair.

Some people have proposed making pooling impossible, but I think that this would actually make the problem worse. Everyday people would be even less inclined to mine because their chance of winning would be almost 0. Only people who could afford to buy a significant amount of mining power would try mining, and economies of scale would still favor larger miners. Ideally, everyone would be required to use GBT with a full node or something like P2Pool, but enforcing this seems difficult or impossible. We might just have to learn to live with big pools (and learn how to do this without giving up on decentralization).
2714  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Karpeles Auctions off Bitcoins.com on: July 24, 2014, 02:59:42 AM
Looks like the auction has been halted due to court actions.   750k reserve price is pretty lofty..

That sucks. The creditors would've probably gotten much more money from this auction than whatever will happen now. (Maybe it'll be given to CoinLab for next to nothing? CoinLab seems worse than even MtGox...)

Mark should think about selling it on an auction site outside of the US. (Maybe this isn't legally possible, though.)
2715  Other / Meta / Re: BitcoinTalk phishing scam! on: July 23, 2014, 06:22:03 PM
I very rarely conduct forum business outside of forum PMs. If "I" do, you should ask me to PGP-sign my messages.

I only use this email addy on this site and I have been getting heaps of virus, spam, phishing emails.
The site has been hacked a few times but Theymos swears the hacker could not of gotten the email list, even though they had access to the backend for like 6 months........... Interesting ay.

Go reread the emails I sent out after those incidents and you'll see that I told people to assume that their email addresses were compromised.

However, since no one has ever published any accurate data from the forum's database, I tend to think that the attackers did not download large chunks of the forum's database, or at least they didn't share this data. For example, as far as I know, no one has ever published a list of Satoshi's IP addresses as used on the forum or his password hash. There have been very few cases of people complaining of increased spam on their forum email addresses, so I believe that these cases are actually unrelated to the forum (even if you think that your email address was unused anywhere else).
2716  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 127 on: July 23, 2014, 03:55:18 AM
Are ads 728 x 90 pixels ok?

The vertical height is limited to 42px. 728px is OK for horizontal height, though 700px is recommended for maximum compatibility. If you have a banner ad, remember that images are not allowed...

Also, you're too new to bid. You'll need to prepay. PM me if you want to bid.
2717  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: m of n where each of n addresses is m' of n' on: July 22, 2014, 10:29:46 PM
Thanks for the answer! What about "native" multisignature addresses (not P2SH)?
From what I found, addmultisigaddress requires n keys where
" Each key is a bitcoin address or hex-encoded public key ". So each of these can be a multisig address
as well?

Any address that starts with 3 is P2SH. There is no address format defined for "native" multisig AFAIK. Even if there was, using it would just be a shortcut to including more public keys directly.

You can only use an address in addmultisigaddress if the address is in your wallet. Bitcoin Core gets the public key from your wallet and uses that.
2718  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: m of n where each of n addresses is m' of n' on: July 22, 2014, 08:27:33 PM
No. A script can only contain at most one P2SH script evaluation. Trying to do a m-of-n with P2SH addresses would require more than one P2SH script evaluation (you'd need an OP_EVAL). Also, standard m-of-n scripts deal with public keys directly, not addresses.
2719  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: History of Hardforks and Rollbacks in Bitcoin on: July 21, 2014, 12:52:26 AM
I think that the only two hardforks were:
- The change in the version message which took effect on February 20, 2012 after two years of advance notice.
- BIP 50

The other changes are all softforks.
2720  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Number of m-of-n ouputs per transaction on: July 21, 2014, 12:38:49 AM
Invalid
Native MultiSig = more than 20-of-20

Each OP_CHECKMULTISIG has a limit of 20 public keys, but you can chain them together in Script to use more. The actual max number of public keys you can put in a transaction is probably 20,000 (the max number of sigops per block).
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