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2061  Other / Off-topic / Re: Last Post of This Year Wins One (1) Bitcoin on: October 12, 2011, 12:12:36 AM
Winning.
2062  Economy / Speculation / Re: Long-Term Bulls on: October 10, 2011, 06:08:26 AM
How could it be a currency before anyone used it at all (let alone not having widespread use throughout the market) as a currency? 
By this definition no currency could ever be created.
netrin already gave a good reply to that immediately after your post: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=47360.msg565572#msg565572

Even a quick google search for metaphorical money seems to provide no results whatsoever, hinting at near zero demand for such a thing.
By that logic, there seems to be near zero demand for "non-metaphorical money" either - what does that tell us? Wink
Feel free to replace "metaphorical" with "fake" or similar and "non-metaphorical" with "real"...I somehow don't expect there to be many people preferring fake or pretend money over real money.

It will take time for the Bitcoin community and potential Bitcoin adopters to understand and/or accept what Bitcoin really is vs. the money metaphor most believe it is.
Yeah, it will also take some time until people finally understand and/or accept that this whole Internet thing is just a series of tubes as well, vs. this global communication network metaphor most believe it is.
Bitcoin is a decentralized ledger with a set of rules for storing and modifying arbitrary numbers associated with cryptographic keys, is it not?  When you look at the raw block and wallet data, do you see bitcoins anywhere?  (I'm guessing you've never looked.)  No.  There are pieces of data that say which number is associated with which public key (or it's hash), and the rules allow only the corresponding private key to decrease the number associated with that key pair and increase a number associated with a different public key (or it's hash).  That is the Bitcoin system.  Thinking anything more of it than that (concepts like actual "bitcoins", spending bitcoins, receiving bitcoins, losing bitcoins, destroying bitcoins, etc.) are metaphors intended to support the (false) idea of it being a currency.

What is electronic banking?  A bunch of decentralized ledgers with a set of rules for storing and modifying arbitrary numbers associated with routing numbers and account numbers.  When you look at the raw ledgers of the banks, you don't see dollars, you see pieces of data that say which number is associated with what account number and increase that number based upon transactions in or out.
2063  Economy / Speculation / Re: Long-Term Bulls on: October 09, 2011, 04:46:39 AM
I am long-term bullish on digital currency, and to whatever extent bitcoin remains the best example of digital currency, I am long-term bullish on bitcoin too. Perhaps we won't see significant gains until the block reward is halved in 2012, but then again, if everyone expects this to cause a significant drop in miner-caused inflation and thus a rise in bitcoin value, the major buying will begin potentially far before the 25btc/block date. So sometime between then and now, whenever the market determines the best balance of investor fear/cynicism/phantom bears and investor confidence spurred by the 2012 reward change.

+1
2064  Economy / Currency exchange / WTB mtgoxUSD for PPUSD [Need additional mtgox] on: October 09, 2011, 03:34:16 AM
Topic says it all.  I want to trade some ppusd for some mtgoxusd codes.  PM me.
2065  Economy / Speculation / Re: Long-Term Bulls on: October 08, 2011, 08:53:07 PM
I am a Long-Term Bull.


+1
2066  Economy / Speculation / Re: Dead Cat Bounce ??!! on: October 08, 2011, 12:47:12 AM
Not anymore!

I'm sorry, that was a joke. This is not:



Let's give it some context, shall we?  Here's a year chart.. not so much "dead" as it is "correcting".
2067  Bitcoin / Mining / Re: Half million tries on: October 06, 2011, 02:35:55 AM
The thing about bitcoin is that there is no way to know.  You could get it within 5 seconds or you could mine for 5 years with no block.  I'd say keep mining.
2068  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoin7.com 'hacked'. Database and wallets 'stolen' on: October 06, 2011, 02:13:14 AM
I think that statement of theirs right there makes it much more plausible that they are sincere. 

But didn't MyBitcoin say the same when they claimed that they were hacked? Hence the 49%/51% payoff for those 'lucky' enough to be refunded part of their money?

MyBitcoin took forever to come forward with anything.  They went offline for a while with not even an error message.
2069  Economy / Digital goods / Buying/Selling/Trading Gift Cards on: October 05, 2011, 10:21:31 PM
The topic says it all.  I'm looking to buy, sell, or trade gift cards.   E-gift certificates, prepaid debit, physical cards are all eligible.  I do attempt to get the phsyical cards to prevent chargebacks so I will pay bonuses if you can mail me the card.

My inventory seems to change pretty quickly so pm me with what you're looking to acquire or get rid of (or both!) and I will do my best to work something out.

My otc trust rating is in my profile.  I pride myself on quick responses to all orders.
2070  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: I0coin starting to come back on: October 05, 2011, 09:42:46 PM
I wonder if ixcoin author is gonna try resuscitating his little baby tho....

He's already dumped his holdings... why would he continue it?
2071  Economy / Currency exchange / Re: Coins for sale on: October 05, 2011, 12:47:58 AM
If they are better than bitcoin, why are you trying to sell them for bitcoin?

Much better graphic I suppose.
2072  Economy / Services / Re: Quick Bitcoin! Paying .01 BTC for 10 captchas! on: October 04, 2011, 11:32:50 PM
I'm working on this now too.  Just did 131-140.

18ppUeYgocaWvHqvFLHrWynn5DrqFgAo5
2073  Economy / Goods / Re: $25 Amazon e-Gift Card For Sale on: October 03, 2011, 05:46:31 PM
4.5 btc 

If you're gonna bid, bid, don't do that penny crap.
2074  Other / Off-topic / Re: Last Post of This Year Wins One (1) Bitcoin on: October 03, 2011, 12:42:15 AM
As long as my line is after yours but before the deadline, then sure.
2075  Bitcoin / Pools / Re: A S S P E N N Y P O O L . C O M on: October 02, 2011, 04:00:13 PM
This pool down or just me?

u mad bro?
2076  Economy / Goods / Re: [WTB] Newegg gift cards on: October 02, 2011, 01:13:53 AM
I will send newegg certificates for btc. Pm me. I am much more reasonable than 13%.
2077  Other / Meta / Re: Is anybody home at bitcoin.it (WIKI) ??? on: October 01, 2011, 06:17:09 AM
Actually, the link on the left that you're complaining about should be linked to bitcointalk.org

The en.bitocin.it/wiki/Forums is linked on the main page on the right hand side.  At any rate, I've posted it on the talk page.  An admin has to do it.
Not it should not, because bitcoin.it is the WIKI linked on bitcoin.org and the the consensus is that there is no primary forum anymore linked on bitcoin.org

Fair enough.  Either way, a wiki admin still has to do it.
2078  Other / Meta / Re: Is anybody home at bitcoin.it (WIKI) ??? on: October 01, 2011, 06:10:27 AM
Will leave this here,


Mailed contact@bitcoin.it 14 days ago,

Quote
to   contact@bitcoin.it
subject:   please do something with btc.it forum link
The "FORUM" link to the left that is visible on every page in the wiki.

is still linking to http://bitcointalk.org/ !!!

please change like to https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Forums

Thanks !

-Transisto

Actually, the link on the left that you're complaining about should be linked to bitcointalk.org

The en.bitocin.it/wiki/Forums is linked on the main page on the right hand side.  At any rate, I've posted it on the talk page.  An admin has to do it.
2079  Other / Meta / Re: Remove the ability for users to lock threads on: October 01, 2011, 05:59:09 AM
A good time to have a thread locked is after it has been dormant for a specified period of time.  If a person wants to revive a topic, then start a new one and link to the previous as a starting point.
2080  Economy / Lending / Re: "Reputation" Loans on: September 30, 2011, 04:13:54 PM
Basically, people should borrow when they need to borrow, lend when they want to lend, and let the trust form naturally.  You can't force trust.
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