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541  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Up Like Trump on: August 16, 2017, 08:14:37 PM
I liked his response to the Charlottesville incident. He blamed both the sides, rather than just blaming the alt-right. He was absolutely correct when he said that it is not proper to blame just the right-wing supporters, when the initial violence and provocations were unleashed by the left-wing loons.

I am very far from a fan of Trump, and I don't align myself with the alt-right whatsoever, but I was impressed by Trump's statements today acknowledging antifa "protesters" as a major source of violence. The media will crucify him for that, so that takes a lot of guts.
542  Other / Meta / Re: Busy, try again (504) on: August 16, 2017, 08:07:06 PM
I just changed something, maybe that'll help.

If people still get it, please post:

- Exactly the time you saw it.
- The footer of the error message (eg. "504 via master1")
543  Other / Meta / Re: Login captcha on: August 15, 2017, 01:07:29 AM
Here's an example of the "select all things until none are left" captcha slowdown (that I've encountered personally as well):

I've seen that happen before (rarely) on Tor, but a small delay isn't very bothersome, and I've always been able to fix the really bad delays by refreshing the page or getting a new Tor identity.

Elsewhere, someone suggested Solvemedia, but I think that all captchas based on reading text are actually easier for high-quality OCR to solve than for humans. The photo-based ones give computers a major disadvantage over humans. I don't care very much if people use services like to solve the captchas, since that at least has a cost, but if a captcha can be OCRed, then they have no cost at all, making them completely useless.

If someone has other suggestions for good captcha services/libraries, let me know. I don't really like using Google products, since Google's whole business model is spying on people. Though as I mentioned, I don't have much faith in captchas based on reading mangled text.

I am not sure how difficult to implement this via SMF would be, however would it be possible to have users attempt to login on /login.php then on a /login2.php page would check if the account attempting to be logged into meet a certain criteria

I thought about that, but it'd be a bit difficult to implement, and I'm not sure how much value it'd really provide. Even if a captcha isn't required in 99% of logins, the 1% of logins where it is required is going to screw up bots, etc.
544  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcointalk unusable on my device since the recent Javascript login Update on: August 15, 2017, 12:54:32 AM
Even if you have a "Remember me" button on your laptop, with the new update, I don't think you will leading straight to log in because you still need to answer a captcha.

No, "remember me" isn't affected. You will only have to answer the captcha on occasions when you would've previously had to enter a username/password.
545  Other / Meta / Re: Login captcha on: August 14, 2017, 01:12:43 AM
Anyway, there's a potential bug, or rather.. an oversight.

Fixed, thanks!

Please do not use google captcha.
Use alternative.

Why? Recaptcha is a bit difficult, though effective. And they don't ban Tor or anything like that.
546  Other / Meta / Re: Login captcha on: August 13, 2017, 09:14:35 PM
Lets say we lock an account after too many wrong password attempts, what would stop me from spamming someone's account with incorrect login attempts to get them locked out? If it were only locked for the current IP, that would be near enough useless as those looking to abuse it could just connect VIA proxy services.

Exactly, locking an account due to incorrect password attempts is insecure unless you already have some sort of partial authentication (eg. half of 2-factor authentication).
547  Other / Meta / Login captcha on: August 13, 2017, 06:52:19 PM
Recently someone has taken to using 5000+ IPs to bypass rate-limits and try many passwords. Therefore, it is now required to solve a captcha when logging in. JavaScript is required for this. I know that several forum users like to use NoScript, but I am not aware of any high-quality (ie. not OCR-able) captcha services/libraries which don't require JavaScript. You can maybe enable JS just for the login page, and then disable it again afterward.

There are a few people who use automated bots which need to login. Contact me with a description of your bot, and if it seems reasonable, I will give you a key which will allow you to bypass the captcha.

Let me know if you see any bugs.
548  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: ICO certification service needed on: August 07, 2017, 06:05:52 PM
Some people seem to have misunderstood: I'm not trying to recruit people here for something that I would manage; I want you to set this up, on your own and independently. Then if you do a good job, I would require that advertisers receive your certification (or a similar one).

how does one go about verifying fake people? in most cases founders don't seem to be high profile or well known

Usually these team pages say stuff like "XYZ team member has worked in the field for 100 years, and is recognized across the universe as the #1 expert." They should prove those qualifications to the certifier.

Most people leave traces that you can find. If there are one or two who can't be linked to anything, then that's probably fine. Also, it's fine if the people are pseudonymous but have a good pseudonymous history (eg. they've written a lot of code, etc.). But if the whole team is full of ghosts with no verifiable achievements, then that's awfully suspicious.

Can we extend this to any ICOs wanting to Announce their projects here?

That'd probably be too restrictive.
549  Economy / Trading Discussion / ICO certification service needed on: August 07, 2017, 05:07:37 AM
I'm getting a bunch of ICOs wanting to advertise on the forum, but I don't have time to do more than a very cursory review of each. Somebody trustworthy needs to set up a certification service that will work like this:

An ICO will pay you to apply for a certification. You will then spend many hours thoroughly reviewing everything about them in order to determine that they're at least basically sane. Some things that you should maybe check:

 - If they're planning on creating software, require that they have the software already 5% done, preferably with a working proof-of-concept that you can play around with. Check that they haven't just filled a github repo with copy-pasted garbage code from elsewhere which doesn't actually do anything relevant.
 - If they're planning on operating a real-world business (solar, mining, etc.), check that they have a registered business somewhere. Do a background check on all involved individuals. Require that they have some of the necessary assets (property, etc.) already purchased, and verify this using public records, etc.
 - Check that there are no reasonable open scam accusations against anyone involved.
 - If smart contracts are used, verify that the English terms match the smart contract terms. If there's any way for the smart contract terms to be changed, make sure that this is specified in the English terms.
 - After reading all of their public info, ensure that there is no deception or any glaring holes.
 - Check their website for copy-pasted text, photoshopped images, and fake people.

If they fail your criteria, then you should not certify them. That's important. If you just give a certification to everyone who pays you, you're useless. You should keep the application fee even if they fail, though in some cases you could allow them to reapply for certification after failing with a reduced fee. Your goal should be to eventually be able to publish a statistic like, "99% of ICOs I certified did not turn out to be scams." You should not attempt to certify that ICOs will actually appreciate in value or anything -- that'd be far too difficult --, but just that the collected money will be used as advertised.

Once I notice that a good, trustworthy certification service like this exists, I will require that ICOs wanting to advertise on the forum receive such a certification. (If/when there are multiple good certification services, I will publish a list of ones I consider acceptable.) So you'll get a built-in market from this, and even if an ICO has no interest in advertising on the forum, acquiring a widely-trusted certification has significant value in itself.
550  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 218 on: August 07, 2017, 04:51:50 AM
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.

Ads are allowed to contain any non-annoying HTML/CSS style. No images, JavaScript, or animation. Ads must appear 3 or fewer lines tall in my browser (Firefox, 900px wide). Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

There are 10 total ad slots which are randomly rotated. So one ad slot has a one in ten chance of appearing. Nine of the slots are for sale here. Ads appear only on topic pages with more than one post, and only for people using the default theme.


- Your ads are guaranteed to be up for at least 7 days.
- I usually try to keep ads up for no more than 8 or 9 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.


Exact historical impression counts per slot:

Info about the current ad slots:

Ad blocking

Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads. I don't expect many people to use this option. These people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

I try to bypass Adblock Plus filters as much as possible, though this is not guaranteed. It is difficult or impossible for ABP filters to block the ad space itself without blocking posts. However, filters can match against the URLs in your links, your CSS classes and style attributes, and the HTML structure of your ads.

To prevent matches against URLs: I have some JavaScript which fixes links blocked by ABP. You must tell me if you want this for your ads. When someone with ABP and JavaScript enabled views your ads, your links are changed to a special randomized URL which redirects to your site when visited. People without ABP are unaffected, even if they don't have JavaScript enabled. The downsides are:
- ABP users will see the redirection link when they hover over the link, even if they disable ABP for the forum.
- Getting referral stats might become even more difficult.
- Some users might get a warning when redirecting from https to http.

To prevent matching on CSS classes/styles: Don't use inline CSS. I can give your ad a CSS class that is randomized on each pageload, but you must request this.

To prevent matching against your HTML structure: Use only one <a> and no other tags if possible. If your ads get blocked because of matching done on something inside of your ad, you are responsible for noticing this and giving me new ad HTML.

Designing ads

Make sure that your ads look good when you download and edit this test page:
Also read the comments in that file.

Images are not allowed no matter how they are created (CSS, SVG, or data URI). Occasionally I will make an exception for small logos and such, but you must get pre-approval from me first.

The maximum size of any one ad is 51200 bytes.

I will send you more detailed styling rules if you win slots in this auction (or upon request).

Auction rules

You must be at least a Jr Member to bid. If you are not a Jr Member and you really want to bid, you should PM me first. Tell me in the PM what you're going to advertise. You might be required to pay some amount in advance. Everyone else: Please quickly PM newbies who try to bid here to warn them against impersonation scammers.

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 @ 5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 4 BTC and 1 slot @ 5 BTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 5" means 2 slots for 5 BTC each. Not 2 slots for 5 BTC total.

- When you post a bid, the bids in your previous posts are considered to be automatically canceled. You can put multiple bids in one post, however.
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 0.05.
- The bidding starts at 0.1.
- 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.
- Bids are considered invalid and will be ignored if they do not specify both a price and a max quantity, or if they could not possibly win any slots

If these rules are confusing, look at some of the past forum ad auctions to see how it's done.

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made.

You must pay for your slots within 24 hours of receiving the payment address. Otherwise your slots may be sold to someone else, and I might even give you a negative trust rating. I will send you the payment information via forum PM from this account ("theymos", user ID 35) after announcing the auction results in this thread. You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.
551  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 217 on: August 07, 2017, 04:36:08 AM

Your ICO strikes me as too risky, so I won't accept your bid this time.

1 at .9

I am noticing now that your email and password changed just before bidding, which is suspicious, and you never PMed me to tell me what you were advertising as required by the rules. Therefore, I won't accept your bid this time. PM me more info about what you're advertising if you want to bid in the future. I apologize for not catching this in my status update earlier.

Auction ended, final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
3 0.90 Kickico Bounty Hunter
1 0.90 Gunthar
2 0.85 Bdstar
1 0.85 gritter
1 0.85
1 0.85 melissa_sapmaz
552  Other / Meta / Re: Why is there no Japanese subforum? on: August 05, 2017, 10:34:42 PM
I just used google translate on this.


Google Translate is very poor at Japanese (and I'm not perfect). I said, "I love Japan, but I hardly ever see Japanese here, so a new section isn't necessary."
553  Other / Meta / Re: Can we have another section for BitcoinCash? on: August 05, 2017, 10:33:09 PM
For now, a few of the topics are on-topic enough for Bitcoin sections. But mostly they belong in the altcoin sections, and this will increasingly become true as time goes on. There's nothing special about Bcash which warrants a new section.
554  Other / Meta / Re: Why is there no Japanese subforum? on: August 05, 2017, 04:19:42 PM
555  Other / Meta / Re: Removing Multibit section on: August 03, 2017, 09:49:49 PM
It'll be moved to Archival after a few months.

If someone wants to post something, I can sticky it.
556  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 217 on: August 03, 2017, 06:20:16 PM
1 slot @ 0.55

You have negative trust for me, so I won't accept your bids.

melissa_sapmaz is cleared for up to 1 slot -- bids for more slots should be considered tentative.

atbcoincom PMed me canceling his bid.

Current auction status:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
4 0.65 ChipMixer
1 0.65 gritter
2 0.65 jamieebotwin
1 0.65 ATB Coin
1 0.65 Gunthar

The auction continues.
557  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Aug 1 summary on: August 02, 2017, 02:04:17 AM
I am waiting for the arrival of my ledger nano s.  I though that they had in a built in coin splitter, so my plan was just to re-seed the ledger nano s  from my wallet.  that would accomplish the same thing for all addresses in the blockchain wallet and then creates two wallets on the ledger nano s, no?

That sounds plausible, but I don't know enough about how the nano S works to say for sure.
558  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Aug 1 summary on: August 01, 2017, 09:26:29 PM
I'm curious about the instructions to move all BTC to a new wallet. Is this simply a way to ensure
BTC and BCC don't use identical keys going forward or is there a technical reason for it?

The point of that is to avoid giving private keys full of BTC to hosted wallets or largely-untested BCH software.
559  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Aug 1 summary on: August 01, 2017, 08:28:02 PM
Could he not import the private keys on the Bitcoin Cash client? I must be missing something here. removed the ability to export private keys. You need to regenerate them from scratch using the deterministic wallet stuff.
560  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Aug 1 summary on: August 01, 2017, 08:22:09 PM
I have a question, as I do have Coins in my BlockChain wallet, so can I get the BCH? I have seen different opinions on this.

It should be possible to claim your BCH, but it may be difficult. You'll probably have to wait for someone to figure it out over the course of the next few weeks.

What wallet would you recommend for BCH ?

I haven't tried any of them. The first thing I'd try would be ElectrumCash. But you have to be really careful, since now would be a perfect time for someone to put wallet-stealing malware in one of these pieces of software. That's why I recommended using a completely separate computer.
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