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641  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin XT - Officially #REKT (also goes for BIP101 fraud) on: December 07, 2015, 02:47:42 AM
Tehehe:   https://www.reddit.com/r/btc/comments/3vpb0u/think_bitcoin_20_is_a_good_idea_had_dreams_of/

(I await the wall of [deleted] when people start realizing how embarrassing their comments are...)

LOL Grin

(I still don't agree with your and Satoshi's dislike of Bitcoin data transactions, though. I still think that my old BitDNS idea, while flawed, would work better than Namecoin or a sidechain.)
642  Other / Archival / Re: Where's the money, Lebowski? on: December 06, 2015, 08:48:29 PM
The forum money I held has largely been spent now, mostly in the forum software project. Slickage was paid $100,000 per month in all of 2014 and until May in 2015. Since June 2015, they've been paid $50,000 per month. The exchange rate varied substantially throughout this period, but the end result is that most of the BTC was spent.

The rate ($85,417/month average as of the end of 2015) might seem high to people unfamiliar with professional software development, but it's normal. The project is quite a bit over-due and over-budget (the original estimate was 1 year and $1.2 million), but I've been constantly monitoring Slickage, and they've definitely been making solid, continual progress, so it seemed correct to continue to project. The vast majority of total forum revenue was from ads, not donations, but to the extent that donations were used: this software was in fact the main stated goal of donations.

As I've said before: I have absolutely no personal relationship to Slickage, and I receive no "kickbacks" whatsoever. I've never even met them in person. I first learned of Slickage from Warren Togami, who had previously done a lot of work for the forum and was himself recommended by gmaxwell and others. (I've also never met Warren in person.)

The current status of the software is that it's ~85% done. The core of it is entirely functional and often much better/faster than SMF, though there are still several missing features. There will be a public beta before the end of the month, I think, at which time I'll post more about what's left to be done. Also see http://epochtalk.org/ for more info.
643  Other / Meta / Re: [Proposal] New "Ancient" ranking / higher than Legendary on: December 06, 2015, 08:33:37 AM
Probably the next one would be "Mythical".
644  Other / Meta / Re: [Proposal] New "Ancient" ranking / higher than Legendary on: December 06, 2015, 06:48:09 AM
"Activity" is a good name because it shows how many days you've been active on the forum. If you created an account in 2010, used it for a week, and then returned in 2015, your activity (including potential activity) would be pretty small.

I agree that it'd be better to look at the quality of your posts and things like that, but this can't be calculated automatically.
645  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Does OP_CHECKSIG enforce the pubkey format? on: December 05, 2015, 07:53:11 PM
why not make it easier on everyone and just allow say, 64 or 128 bytes of random data in a transaction?
That's already possible.  <pubkey> OP_CHECKSIG.  <pubkey> can be 33 to 120 bytes.

I also support a third transaction type for timestamp hash sized arbitrary data.  There's no point not having one since you can already do it anyway.  It would tell nodes they don't need to bother to index it.
646  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin XT - Officially #REKT (also goes for BIP101 fraud) on: December 04, 2015, 07:10:18 PM
Satoshi (my emphasis):

A generation ago, multi-user time-sharing computer systems had a similar problem. Before strong encryption, users had to rely on password protection to secure their files, placing trust in the system administrator to keep their information private. Privacy could always be overridden by the admin based on his judgment call weighing the principle of privacy against other concerns, or at the behest of his superiors. Then strong encryption became available to the masses, and trust was no longer required. Data could be secured in a way that was physically impossible for others to access, no matter for what reason, no matter how good the excuse, no matter what.

It's time we had the same thing for money.
647  Bitcoin / Technical Support / Re: Checking bitcoind wallet without sending funds on: December 04, 2015, 04:52:25 PM
Did a start up with -rescan. Balance on 'getbalance' is still the same. That means all is well, right? Would you recommend I do anything now?

That should be accurate. -rescan causes Bitcoin Core to re-check all block chain transactions for changes to your wallet transactions.
648  Other / Meta / Re: Fanbitcoin.com - Mirror or phishing? on: December 04, 2015, 03:31:48 AM
I wish that Google was smart enough to notice this copying and ban the copycat sites.

I just attempted a login.

You should change your password here just in case.
649  Bitcoin / Technical Support / Re: Checking bitcoind wallet without sending funds on: December 04, 2015, 03:11:27 AM
Run Bitcoin with the -rescan switch.
650  Economy / Digital goods / MOVED: MAKE TIMES 5 OF YOUR MONEY IN 30 DAYS. on: December 02, 2015, 06:32:46 AM
This topic has been moved to Investor-based games.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1272614.0
651  Other / Meta / Re: [Proposal] New "Ancient" ranking / higher than Legendary on: December 01, 2015, 09:07:46 PM
Legendary already takes several years to obtain. I feel like this is enough. Maybe if I someday start to see that there's some decently-sized subset of Legendary members who are "noticeably more veteran", then another rank would be appropriate.
652  Other / Meta / Re: Direct link on: November 29, 2015, 10:55:03 PM
Browsers don't send referrers on HTTPS -> HTTP links.
653  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 161 on: November 28, 2015, 06:18:31 PM
I have two extra slots in the current round 160. They will each last for at least 3 days and perhaps as many as 5-7 days from the time of this post. I will sell them for 0.45 BTC each, or possibly the best lower offer. First come first serve. PM me. Edit: Both sold.

P.S. fastdice.com can bid on any number of slots in this auction, and idsb2b can bid on 1 slot.
654  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: bitcoinblackfriday.info - Do NOT use their website. on: November 28, 2015, 05:16:26 AM
i am honestly thinking of going to the police with all of my screenshots of his fake bitmain website along with screenshots of all the bitmain addresses. i am just not sure it would do me any good, i wouldnt know where to begin to explain to them what happened.

Wouldn't hurt, at least. One time I worked with some police in Germany who actually managed to catch a scammer. If the police want the person's IPs, you can give them my email address (theymos <at> mm.st) and I'll give them the info.
655  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: bitcoinblackfriday.info - Do NOT use their website. on: November 28, 2015, 05:05:11 AM
I think this would be fairly difficult if bitcoin is used properly, eg a new address for every transaction. Also if you use a SPV client then you will want to create a new wallet every so often as the number of addresses your client is monitoring grows large enough. Plus some people keep their wallets/private keys completely off the internet. 

Requiring people to manually generate a unique address per transaction is an annoying quirk of Bitcoin that can and should be fixed. With BIP 47, for example, the recipient publishes a single BIP 47 address, and using this the sender and recipient can negotiate a unique long-term shared secret which allows them to generate very large number of one-use addresses for all future transactions between these two people.

I will need to find out the txid's of the forum advertisements

ffb0cf99d315417d6c26feb7fc4916ecfda93384a18a7904429a82a3ac2e8ab5

This is a very clear-cut case, so I'm willing to release his IPs to reputable people who are going to investigate the issue. I don't want the IPs to become public, though, since that could lead to witch-hunting and potentially violence. It seems that the IPs were all proxies, though I haven't carefully checked to see if he slipped up at any point.
656  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: bitcoinblackfriday.info - Do NOT use their website. on: November 28, 2015, 03:12:23 AM
If something like BIP 47 (Reusable Payment Codes) was used, then your wallet could warn you every time you're sending money to someone new. This'd probably make phishing a lot more difficult. (I think that probably the particulars of BIP 47 are not quite optimal, though.)

The payment protocol already uses HTTPS to some extent. Does it handle EV certs very well? I'm not sure (I haven't looked into it a lot). Though I don't like the CA architecture too much.

Also, Sirius created identifi.org for helping with the trust issue. Dunno how popular/useful it is.

In general, it'd be good to add more trust/identity features to the Bitcoin ecosystem at the wallet level. Though this should be done in a way that doesn't compromise anonymity, fungibility, censorship-resistance, etc.
657  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: bitcoinblackfriday.info - Do NOT use their website. on: November 27, 2015, 10:44:12 PM
Shoot, that really sucks. I removed the ad and added some warnings.

This sort of thing unfortunately can't really be prevented. Even if anyone had the time to exhaustively check a site for phishing links (etc.) before advertising them, the website could just change the links later. The only solution is for Web users to be constantly vigilant.
658  Other / Meta / Re: Password problems Bitcointalk on: November 24, 2015, 06:26:41 PM
I sent you an email earlier today about it.
659  Other / Meta / Re: Error: Sorry, SMF was unable to connect to the database. on: November 24, 2015, 06:19:18 PM
I saw that there was some downtime, apparently due to the database being too busy. How long did it last?
660  Other / Meta / Re: Marketplace trust on: November 20, 2015, 09:31:06 PM
What happened to this idea? Was this replaced by the Huh calculation where the system isn't sure, or was this just forgotten about? Or was it scrapped entirely?

I did it for a short while, but it looked stupid so I changed it back to black.
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