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2961  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: PHP address validator (non JSON-RPC) on: March 03, 2014, 09:17:57 PM
If you're using my checkAddress, do this:

Code:
if(!preg_match('/^[1-9A-HJ-NP-Za-km-z]{20,40}$/', $address) || !checkAddress($address) )
    invalid address

My checkAddress assumes that the input is valid base58.

The PHP should probably be rewritten to be more efficient.
2962  Other / Meta / Re: The cancer that is Ponzi on: March 03, 2014, 09:05:07 PM
Ponzi owners say to users that is "120%" "LEGIT" "STABLE" and other shit. They do not say - you MIGHT lost lost your money.

When you place a bet @casino - you know what you are doing and you know before you place a bet that you can be a looser or a winner Smiley

that is main different between Ponzi and other gambling projects.

PonziCoin says "So, I could lose all my investment? -> Yes, that is the gamble you take when playing Ponzi games," and, "you should never deposit more than you can risk losing." Does this make PonziCoin not a ponzi?

If there are many people who like traditional gambling games and not Ponzis, then a category should probably be created, but I'm not sure where the line would be drawn between Ponzis and other games. Maybe traditional games must be based 100% on chance? But that'd eliminate many other games as well.

Are you serious?  Casino games can be provably fair.  You don't go in expecting to win.  It's a chance.

If you're good at poker, you might go into a poker game expecting to win in a high percentage of games. Similarly, people skilled at playing Ponzis might expect to win often enough to get ahead. In both cases, newbies are very likely to lose a lot.

I think that it might actually be possible to make a Ponzi game trustless using advanced Bitcoin features like LockTime.
2963  Other / Meta / Re: Active Mining - New Moderated Thread - Mods please come back on: March 03, 2014, 03:35:26 AM
I tried but didn't see registration fee page. I get this error:

Whoops, I guess I forgot to remove the old Tor ban when I added the new system. It should work now.
2964  Other / Meta / Re: Active Mining - New Moderated Thread - Mods please come back on: March 03, 2014, 03:24:31 AM
Yes, it applies to your account.

Someone should try it and post a screenshot of the registration fee page. I don't think anyone's done that yet.

BTW, this month the forum collected about 0.17 BTC from registration fees, which is amazingly high considering that fees are usually around 0.003.
2965  Other / Meta / Re: Active Mining - New Moderated Thread - Mods please come back on: March 03, 2014, 03:16:39 AM
well, what if half those IP4 addresses are tor exit nodes?  can hardly ban those here on Bitcointalk

Except that all Tor exit nodes are soft-banned here automatically. You need to pay a registration fee if you register using Tor.
2966  Other / Meta / Re: The definitive explanation of how post counts work! on: March 03, 2014, 03:12:15 AM
The definitive explanation of how post counts work!

Too complicated. How about:

If p0 is your oldest post and pn is your newest post, then define:

post_count_at(p0) := 1
post_count_at(pi) := post_count_at(pi-1) + 1 if 0 < i <= n

Then your post count is post_count_at(pn).
2967  Other / Meta / Re: The cancer that is Ponzi on: March 03, 2014, 12:54:03 AM
New categorization might be good, but what exactly distinguishes a Ponzi-type game from other gambling?
2968  Other / Meta / Recovering hacked accounts or accounts with lost passwords on: March 03, 2014, 12:45:09 AM
This is obsolete, see here instead.

If you use any sort of Google email service, then the password recovery email will go to your spam folder.

If you want us to recover a hacked/lost account, you need to prove that you own it. Typically, the only acceptable method of proving ownership is by signing a message (including current date and desired new email address) using a Bitcoin address or PGP key associated with the account. A Bitcoin address or PGP key is associated with the account only if the account posted the key/address, sent it in a PM, or if it is still listed in the account's profile.

I very rarely recover accounts if you can't prove ownership as described above. There are alternative ways of proving ownership, but they take too much time. If I point you to this thread, you can't prove ownership properly, and then I ignore your future PMs, this means that I'm not going to recover your account. Create a new one.

Send one PM to Cyrus. If Cyrus doesn't respond after two weeks, you can try sending a PM to me instead. When sending a PM, use a template like this:

Quote
-----BEGIN BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----
My account <account> has been hacked/lost. Please reset the email to <email>. The current date is <date>.
-----BEGIN SIGNATURE-----
<insert address here>
<insert signature here>
-----END BITCOIN SIGNED MESSAGE-----

Here is the unedited post where I posted that address: ...
OR
I sent that address to someone in a PM with PM ID#...

All required info must be in one PM.

Do not create your temporary account using the same email address you want for the hacked/lost account. No two accounts can have the same email address.
2969  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 114 on: March 03, 2014, 12:23:36 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.

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 frequently get 1-2 extra days, 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.
2970  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 113 on: March 03, 2014, 12:23:00 AM
1 @ 1.65

1@1.5

You're too new. PM me next time.
2971  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 113 on: March 03, 2014, 12:15:18 AM
Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 1.80 sushi
1 1.70 bobsag3
1 1.65 uptweets
4 1.65 BITMAIN
1 1.60 Vortuarackne
2972  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Russia Invades Ukraine. Whats next? on: March 01, 2014, 11:38:08 PM
I really doubt that the US will become seriously involved. I'd like to see Ukraine become more independent, but that seems unlikely.
2973  Other / Meta / Re: Clicking PM subject no longer jumps to the PM? on: March 01, 2014, 03:42:36 PM
I think that the problem is caused by this filter:
Code:
bitcointalk.org##td[style="padding: 1px 1px 0 1px;"] > a

This filter is completely useless for blocking ads. On topic pages, everything near ads have random CSS classes that change on each pageload.

Is this the same filter as last time? Was it just never removed?

EasyList keeps trying this stuff and breaking pages, but all it does is hurt users. Ads which follow the ABP-bypassing guidelines cannot be blocked without also blocking important content because the language of CSS selectors (which ABP uses) is too limited. This week, none of the ads even follow the guidelines, so they can be easily blocked by selecting their CSS classes and styles.
2974  Other / Meta / Re: Proposal: Disallow Ads in Signatures on: February 27, 2014, 12:37:23 AM
I like the change. I'm amazed that the forum gives the option to have different signature categories. That's something that seems so trivial. Can't believe that's actually a standard feature.

It's not, I just wrote that feature. This forum is substantially modified from stock SMF. (A few modifications were written by Satoshi himself!)
2975  Other / Meta / Re: Proposal: Disallow Ads in Signatures on: February 26, 2014, 11:48:13 PM
Perhaps the allowed signature styling should change with activity score / membergroup. Like:
- Newbie: No styling (including links) allowed. Max 40 characters.
- Jr. Member: Links allowed. Max 100 characters.
- Member: Unlimited length.
- Full: Color allowed.
- Sr. Member: Size allowed
- Hero: Background color allowed

This is done, except that Newbies can use 50 characters and Jr. Members can use 150 characters. The style limitations are applied immediately, but the size limitations only apply when a signature is updated. Tell me if there are problems.
2976  Other / Meta / Re: Proposal: Disallow Ads in Signatures on: February 26, 2014, 09:15:18 PM
Perhaps the allowed signature styling should change with activity score / membergroup. Like:
- Newbie: No styling (including links) allowed. Max 40 characters.
- Jr. Member: Links allowed. Max 100 characters.
- Member: Unlimited length.
- Full: Color allowed.
- Sr. Member: Size allowed
- Hero: Background color allowed

Then newbies will be less effective advertisers, which would hopefully significantly reduce the incentive for low-content posts. And when people become capable of effectively advertising through their signatures, they'll have invested a lot of time into their accounts, and they won't risk being banned by spamming.
2977  Other / Meta / Re: Filter Unread by Language on: February 24, 2014, 10:11:05 PM
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;sa=ignoreBoards
2978  Other / Meta / Re: Why does the forum keep going offline? on: February 23, 2014, 03:16:45 PM
Why not? Isn't there any reliable/trustworthy cdn service out there?

I prefer not to trust any service.
2979  Other / Meta / Re: Why does the forum keep going offline? on: February 23, 2014, 03:08:06 PM
The forum has periodically been experiencing DoS attacks over the last couple of days. We're looking into options to fix this, though it's apparently difficult to protect against bandwidth-sapping DoS attacks without trusting a CDN service with your HTTPS key, and I'm not going to do that.
2980  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 113 on: February 22, 2014, 04:03:54 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 (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.

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 frequently get 1-2 extra days, 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.
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