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821  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Do you need to manually reset the nodes every week? on: February 24, 2016, 02:00:07 AM
I was occasionally having problems with this on one of my nodes, but 0.12.0's mempool limiter totally fixes it.
822  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bitcoin 0.12 release on: February 24, 2016, 01:01:51 AM
Well this is odd.  I just updated from 11.2 and now I have a 'Pending' amount in my wallet that was not there before and there are no transactions for that amount that show in my wallet or blockchain for my address.

Not sure what would cause that, but a rescan might fix it.
823  Other / Meta / Re: Suggest To Add The latest Version Of BitcoinCore To News on: February 24, 2016, 12:48:11 AM
If theymos were to follow the same rules regarding allowing the discussion of XT/classic-like proposals in the Bitcoin section as he does these kinds of features, then discussion about 0.12 should belong in the altcoin section and 0.12 should not be advertised/announced by the forum. 

If RBF was a hardfork, there probably wouldn't be sufficient consensus, and 0.12.0 would not be Bitcoin. But RBF and the new mempool policy aren't changes to the consensus rules at all, not even a softfork. The utilitarian reason for the hardfork policy is not because I think that somewhat-controversial changes are inappropriate in general, but because in the specific case of contentious hardforks (and soft-hardforks):
 - Bitcoin is split into two pieces, which is extremely damaging to Bitcoin.
 - There is an attempt to coerce people who agreed to a certain set of "immutable" core consensus rules into abandoning these rules.
These two problems don't exist for softforks or network policy changes. Old nodes continue to follow the rules they agreed to, but they will still be on the same network/currency as new nodes. Likewise, for non-contentious hardforks, Bitcoin is not split, and very few people are disenfranchised.

They're also very good features. The mempool policy is especially useful. I had one node on a somewhat low-memory system that would often crash due to an overly-large mempool, and 0.12.0 fixes that. And RBF will allow for solving the "stuck transaction" problem in future releases. (If I thought that some changes were especially bad/damaging, I'd probably point to some consensus-compatible fork of Core like LJR instead.)
824  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bitcoin 0.12 release on: February 22, 2016, 03:53:12 PM
It's supposed to be released today or maybe tomorrow.
825  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: What is Consensus? on: February 21, 2016, 11:59:53 PM
p.s. If we agree to, we did not reach any consensus yesterday.

Right. Despite the hype, yesterday's meeting definitely doesn't constitute the widespread consensus required to do a hardfork. That sort of consensus doesn't occur in meeting rooms. However, the meeting was a constructive step toward a hardfork. A few notable experts and Core devs put forward a plan which I agree should be sufficiently non-controversial to actually get consensus once they write the code for it and present it to the community. (Note that they will not be releasing binary implementations of their changes prior to real consensus.)

Core has to provide a HF proposal for a block size increase between April and July.

The people at the meeting pledged as individuals to write code for this and present it to Core and the community for consideration. They were not speaking for the other Core devs.
826  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: RBF transactions to be enabled at the next core update on: February 19, 2016, 08:26:51 PM
Does this mean that transactions that need to change nSequence so they can use CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY will be forced to enable RBF?

No, the special sequence value UINT_MAX-1 disables RBF but also allows CLTV. UINT_MAX disables both.
827  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: RBF transactions to be enabled at the next core update on: February 19, 2016, 05:01:49 PM
Another nice thing about 0.12 in this area is that mempool transactions will by default expire after 72 hours. Previously they'd stick around until the node was restarted, which made it difficult to predict when the network had forgotten about the unconfirmed transaction and it was time to resend it or create a conflicting one with a higher fee.
828  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bitcoin 0.12 release on: February 19, 2016, 03:53:41 PM
But I will wait until its listed here just in case:

So please someone update the website soon. will probably update sometime between today and Monday - I'm not sure when.

If you're really itching to try 0.12.0, I uploaded the binaries here:!Q9MUgQZD!Wq44qDAtHzGEvifAxQIZbA

Verify them against the available gitian sigs. (Ie. look at the out_manifest section of the assert files in the gitian.sigs repo, compare those hashes to the files you download, and also gpg-verify the signatures on the assert files.)
829  Other / Meta / Re: Boards that don't contribute to activity on: February 19, 2016, 12:32:21 AM

Why? I don't read that section, but I feel like most of the posts there should be fairly substantial and contribute to a person's "record".
830  Other / Meta / Boards that don't contribute to activity on: February 19, 2016, 12:23:45 AM
I'm thinking of making Games & Rounds not count toward posts or activity. What other boards would be good candidates for this? Maybe Off-topic, though some decent discussions occur there, so I'm not sure about that.
831  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Are you going to run a lite node when 0.12 comes out or you will remain full? on: February 18, 2016, 02:40:18 PM
Pruned nodes are still full nodes. They have all of the same security, and they provide most of the same benefits to the Bitcoin network. Full nodes without pruning are called "archive nodes".

I will probably mostly not enable pruning because I find that I need to rescan pretty frequently, and you can't do that with pruning.
832  Other / Meta / Re: Forum Ad Breaking out of Ad Space on: February 18, 2016, 02:27:46 PM
Fixed, thanks.
833  Other / Meta / Re: SMF was unable to connect to database ? on: February 17, 2016, 03:43:10 PM
Hopefully everything will go back to normal once maintenance is finished and hopefully theymos will explain to us what's going on Smiley

Actually it went quicker than expected, only 10 minutes.

I think that the previous problem should be much less common now.
834  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Would a fork to SHA-3 be usefull because of the destroyed mining market? on: February 16, 2016, 10:34:16 PM
I don't think that the security impact would be catastrophic. All we need is for the hashrate of legitimate miners to be greater than any likely attacker, and I think that this would become the case only a day or two after the PoW change, as soon as ordinary people start mining again in decent numbers.

But I don't think that there's any actual value in switching the PoW algorithm right now. It's likely that any new algorithm will get ASICs again in less than 6 months. (And if ASICs can be avoided - a very difficult task -, then the network will instead probably become dominated by botnets, and I don't know that it's good to rely on botnet operators for security. Though perhaps botnets would tend to be less centralized than ASICs, at least.) IMO it's better to stick with "the devil you know" unless the current miners actually abuse their position. But if the majority of current miners do abuse their position, then a PoW change is immediately warranted.
835  Economy / Reputation / Re: Removal of Update: Recommend users for DT 2, as is removed on: February 15, 2016, 04:35:19 AM
I tend to think that with the current trust we have three levels of how members should vote. First is untrusted and trusted from someone on default trust 2. Their trust ratings does not really mean much since they only show up on untrusted feedback and very few check there.

Next is default trust 2. Which means you have to be a lot more cautious who you trust now since your trust shows up for everyone. Your trust means you can trust this person and you show this to everyone. So it is not a thing of "a trade went well" anymore. You need to think of the person of someone you somehow got the impression of that you can trust him.


That's probably a fairly accurate description, but TBH I'm pretty disappointed that it worked out like that. The purpose of all the complexity in the trust system was to make it decentralized, yet to a very large extent it became centralized in the form of DefaultTrust. I'm tempted to try out my alternate idea for bootstrapping the trust lists of new users which I posted about a while ago just because I find the centralization very annoying, even if the new system might be objectively somewhat worse.
836  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Pasting untrusted blocks/ and chainstate/ to new pruned node safe? on: February 15, 2016, 03:53:43 AM
It is never safe to use untrusted copies of those directories. When someone gives you an already-made block database, it's possible for them to manipulate it so that they can fork you off of the real chain at any time or do various other nasty things. By default Bitcoin Core does no checking of info in the database except for some basic checks of the last few blocks. Checkpoints are not rechecked. And even Bitcoin Core's checkblocks feature won't find all possible traps.

The database files are cross-platform, but you should copy them only if you trust the source absolutely. Also, the files are all intimately related and different per node, so it won't work to copy just some files -- it needs to be an all-or-nothing copy.

P.S. watashi-kokotoのアブターはとてもかわいい。
837  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 165 on: February 14, 2016, 04:18:24 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. 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.

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 12, but this is random and definitely not guaranteed.)


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.

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 0.50.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time. Probably the end time will be 7-12 days from the time of this post, though it could be anywhere between 4 and 22 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.

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.
838  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 164 on: February 14, 2016, 04:11:50 PM

Sorry, I can't accept your bid.

Auction ended. Final result:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 2.00 xzzx
1 1.80 playtodos
3 1.80 idsb2b
1 1.75 Alex.BG
3 1.70 victorhing
839  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What are you going to do if Donald trump become president? on: February 13, 2016, 05:46:49 PM
There's a good chance that he will be one of the worst presidents ever. I don't think that even he knows what his policies are or should be, and probably he would be in way over his head. I think that he will be strongly inclined to implement protectionist trade policy -- restricting trade with China, etc. -- and this would be extremely bad for the US and world economy in both the short-term and long-term.

But I have to say I'm interested to see what Trump would do as president. Maybe I'm naïve, but I've become convinced that Trump at least does not have the same motivations as the vast majority of politicians. Possibly he's even honest about actually wanting to "make America great again". Also, it's likely that everything he tries to do will put the government into deadlock, which is always good. (I'm still not going to vote for him.)
840  Economy / Reputation / Re: Removal of Update: Recommend users for DT 2, as is removed on: February 13, 2016, 09:37:37 AM
So is Blazed only a temporary replacement?

No. There isn't a fixed number of seats in the default trust list or anything.
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