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3021  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Giveaway threads are not allowed on: January 30, 2014, 11:24:38 PM
I can just imagine future history books: "On January 27, 2014, bitcointalk.org banned giveaways, marking the beginning of Bitcoin's end and LiteRippleObamaCoin's ultimate rise to dominance."
3022  Other / Meta / Re: Best Android browser for viewing bitcointalk? on: January 30, 2014, 11:21:06 PM
Yeah, why do all Android browsers suck so much? Firefox on Android is even worse than Chrome, but Chrome also annoys me a lot (especially how it constantly tries to redirect youtube.com to the YouTube app, with apparently no way to turn this off).

Code:
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://bitcointalk.org/Themes/custom1/mobile.css?fin11" media="handheld, only screen and (max-width:600px)"/>

Try this one, I have seen it working here. http://responsif.terminus13.com/ but max-width in this theme was 480.
Ps: There's a good article about mobile themes.
http://www.developerfusion.com/article/141514/working-with-mobile-devices-in-html5-and-css3/

I'll try something like that when I have a chance. Thanks.
3023  Other / Meta / Re: Advertising on this site on: January 30, 2014, 11:17:05 PM
The ad slots are auctioned. You'll have to wait for a new round. Here is a link so you'll get an idea how it works.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=406322.0

Hope it helps!

There's usually an auction ongoing. You can find the current auction in a link below each ad.
3024  Other / Meta / Re: The Legal Fiction Perpetuated by BitcoinTalk on: January 29, 2014, 09:48:37 AM
First, thanks for the informed response as I cannot get into Satoshi's mind to learn his intent for using the MIT/X11 license.

That said, I read the thread and am confused when I reread your response (or think you may be confused).

Are you claiming that Satoshi chose the MIT/X11 License (over GPL) so people would not create alt-coins by rewriting the main Bitcoin client?  That's what your response in the context of my quote seems to imply.  I could find nothing of the sort in the Satoshi thread you quoted as he seemed to be discussing the creation of another Bitcoin client that would utilize the same Bitcoin blockchain and makes no mention of alternate blockchains.

Aside from Satoshi's intent re MIT/X11 license, do you believe that there does in fact exist only one (1) official Bitcoin?

The point of the quote I posted is to disprove your claim that Bitcoin is MIT-licensed because Satoshi wanted altcoins. He gave his real reason there: he didn't see any point in forcing people to duplicate his effort in creating a Bitcoin client. (If you read many more of his posts, you'll see that he also wanted Bitcoin-Qt to remain the main Bitcoin client for the foreseeable future. He didn't want competing clients destabilizing the network.)  He didn't say anything about promoting competition, decentralization, etc.

Satoshi was not a huge champion of decentralization. He viewed the Bitcoin network as being equal to his Bitcoin software, and he tightly controlled all code changes to this software. In several cases, he secretly changed some of the core Bitcoin rules in ways that would nowadays cause absolute outrage. For example, the 1 MB block size limit didn't always exist. He snuck that in along with some other changes without announcing it or asking anyone's opinion. Don't get me wrong: Bitcoin itself is very decentralized due to Satoshi's work, but if Satoshi returned, everyone complaining about current centralization issues would find him to be much worse. So your "appeals to Satoshi" are ridiculous.

On this forum, there is only one Bitcoin. Elsewhere, you can define things however you wish.
3025  Other / Meta / Re: The Legal Fiction Perpetuated by BitcoinTalk on: January 29, 2014, 12:35:02 AM
Satoshi Nakamoto released Bitcoin SHA-256 under the MIT/X11 Open Source license for the specific purpose of allowing the creation of other versions of Bitcoin (aka Alt-coins).

The opposite is true, in fact. He released it under the MIT license so that people wouldn't feel the need to rewrite the main Bitcoin client:

If the only library is closed source, then there's a project to make an open source one.

If the only library is GPL, then there's a project to make a non-GPL one.

If the best library is MIT, Boost, new-BSD or public domain, then we can stop re-writing it.

I don't question that GPL is a good license for operating systems, especially since non-GPL code is allowed to interface with the OS.  For smaller projects, I think the fear of a closed-source takeover is overdone.

3026  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What is the right and fair way to stop Mike Hearn? on: January 28, 2014, 10:46:20 PM
If you want to shut down Tor, just DDoS 6 of the 10 authoritative directory servers to keep them down for a few days, and the whole network will break. Or compromise these servers and you can umask any Tor user. Unlike Bitcoin, Tor is 100% centralized.
3027  Other / Meta / Re: Best Android browser for viewing bitcointalk? on: January 28, 2014, 07:58:55 PM
I wonder if there's a better way to get them to use the stylesheet than what the forum does now:
Code:
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen and (max-width: 600px)" href="https://bitcointalk.org/Themes/custom1/mobile.css?fin11" />
3028  Other / Meta / Re: Want to change 'grabhive' to 'hivewallet' on: January 28, 2014, 07:54:03 PM
Next time, try actually PMing me instead of just saying that you did.
3029  Other / Meta / Re: Best Android browser for viewing bitcointalk? on: January 28, 2014, 07:36:58 PM
I've seen the same font thing on Reddit. I guess it's a browser bug.

I notice that Chrome doesn't use the forum's small-screen stylesheet, which is stupid.
3030  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 110 on: January 28, 2014, 12:28:49 AM
2 @ .5

You are too new.

Current status:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
2 0.50 aksplace
2 0.50 LuckyBitSupport
3031  Other / New forum software / Re: New message board wish list on: January 27, 2014, 06:52:29 AM
(for serious suggestion, some type of option to mark users "important" would be nice. I'd see this as creating a larger border around posts they make so it's easier for me to notice when I'm skimming a thread, or possibly just a little icon somewhere in their post.)

Something like that is fairly high on my to-do list. It'll work just like the Ignore feature, with highlighting when someone is "popular". (Ignore highlighting is currently disabled, of course. That's higher on my to-do list...)
3032  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Giveaway threads are not allowed on: January 27, 2014, 06:11:50 AM
Most giveaway threads are no longer allowed in the Alternate cryptocurrencies sections. From now on, posting or replying to such threads could result in being banned. Existing threads will be locked.

Specifically, you are not allowed to give people any incentive to post insubstantial posts in your threads. You can't offer to pay people who post their addresses, usernames, etc. You can do giveaways off-site and link to the giveaway page in a thread, but you can't give people any bonus for replying to your thread.

Similar threads are already restricted to Games and Rounds in the non-altcoin sections, but the giveaway-related post volume is so high in the altcoin sections that I've decided to just ban them entirely here.
3033  Other / Meta / Re: why did I go back to newbie? on: January 27, 2014, 05:42:03 AM
I fixed the bug preventing Newbie promotion.
3034  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 110 on: January 27, 2014, 05:35:04 AM
Note changes:

Quote
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 (or is otherwise suspicious), as their bids might not be accepted, but your latest bid will still stand. If you need to know right away whether someone's bids will be accepted, PM me.

And there are now eight slots sold here, not seven. There are still ten total slots. I'm just removing the forum's "Your ad here" ad.
3035  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 110 on: January 27, 2014, 05:32:51 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.
3036  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 109 on: January 26, 2014, 07:51:41 PM
1 @ 1.1

Your account is too new. I can't accept this bid.

Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 1.50 topminingcontracts
1 1.25 coino.org
3 1.15 CoinRnr
3 1.10 BITMAIN
3037  Other / Meta / Re: How are uniform table columns achieved for posts on this forum? on: January 26, 2014, 04:08:36 AM
[table]?
3038  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcoin Expert status on: January 26, 2014, 03:01:38 AM
Now please, who's number 3? Curiosity will kill this cat if you don't tell Roll Eyes

dacoinminster. He posts in Dev&Tech very rarely (though not as rarely as forrestv, actually), so I'm not surprised that you didn't find him.
3039  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Turing complete language vs non-Turing complete (Ethereum vs Bitcoin) on: January 25, 2014, 11:18:18 AM
Satoshi probably left it out because making a Turing-complete transaction scripting language safe is more difficult. You have to prevent scripts from running endlessly while also allowing them to run long enough to be useful, and you can't let them access too much external data or they might become invalid after being valid for a while and really screw things up. A Turing-complete transaction scripting language would be really cool, though. If done well, it could be used to add all sorts of new features (even new crypto) in a backward-compatible way.

I don't know much at all about Ethereum, but it looks like their scripts can access info about blocks, which seems dangerous. If this was possible in Bitcoin, then a reorg could cause many fully-confirmed transactions to all of a sudden become invalid by accident, without even any attacker. This is very undesirable. Maybe Ethereum does something to fix this -- I don't know.
3040  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcoin Expert status on: January 25, 2014, 10:39:01 AM

You're missing 3, though some of them post very rarely in Dev&Tech. See if you can find them all. Smiley
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