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521  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Finland might be the first country for widespread Bitcoin adoption! on: September 11, 2012, 03:16:07 PM
This seems to be just a press release.
522  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Crowdfunding sites which accepts bitcoins? on: September 10, 2012, 06:41:14 PM
I like booster.io. Never seen any negative feedback on it, but I can't say I got any money from it either (the campaign I have running there doesn't really attract many people).

I don't think it's "build it and they will come".
523  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-06 CNN.com - Group claiming to have Romney tax records threatens to leak on: September 07, 2012, 07:35:34 PM
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Bitcoins?  Wasn't that the fictional computer currency that was featured in an episode of The Good Wife?

It's the real deal. We even have a mystery founder.  Wink
* kiba knows the OP will never actually pay attention.
524  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-06 CNN.com - Group claiming to have Romney tax records threatens to leak on: September 07, 2012, 01:02:04 PM
So far, they're talking about Romney and not bitcoin. Cry
525  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-06: forbes: blackmail and a briefcase of bitcoin on: September 06, 2012, 06:53:16 PM
Hey, I thought we're all about financial privacy?
526  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-05 venturebeat.com - Bitcoin value spikes after hacker demands ransom in on: September 06, 2012, 12:45:30 PM
Sometime, I believe this is all just a coincidence.

When something bad happens and the price rose, the bad things got attributed for the price spike. When something good happens, and the price declines, the good things got attributed for the price correction too.

Moral of the story? Sometime the bitcoin price just wants to spike for no other reason to screw with us.  Grin
527  Other / Off-topic / Writing Feedback on: September 06, 2012, 02:30:58 AM
So, um, I been writing lot of random stuff on http://kibabase.com/articles/notes-and-thoughts for a while. I still haven't really promote it to anyone for feedback.

The grammar is not top notch but I hope you find something of interest. Good or bad feedback, gimme! As long they're constructive, I'll take them into consideration. If you want to just criticize my grammar, that's fine.

Take note that those random stuff are just random stuff waiting to be developed into a complete essay or integrated into other piece of random stuff. Let me know what you find promising and what you find stupid.
528  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-05 news.bbc.co.uk - Bitcoin theft causes Bitfloor exchange to go offline on: September 05, 2012, 01:38:48 PM
Yep this is one of the better articles clearly stating that the theft occurred due to a serious mistake of the owner/operator and not some kind of a flaw in Bitcoin..

But most people don't understand it anyway.

I already got this article from a college nowing I'm into BTC. With the comment, "See I told you its a scam".


They will keep saying it's a scam years after years until they realize that this isn't a scam.
529  Other / Off-topic / Re: Thinking of doing my master's thesis (in statistics) on Bitcoin. on: September 05, 2012, 04:31:36 AM
How about you collaborate with http://bitmit.net and other platform services and quantify the economy of bitcoin?
530  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: Bets of Bitcoin - Bitcoin betting on real world events on: September 05, 2012, 02:49:06 AM
Did the service get updated lately? It seems stagnant.
531  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-04 betabeat.com - Wiki Weapon Project Continues to Raise Money for 3D Pr on: September 05, 2012, 02:04:50 AM
I was talking about things like this: http://www.copblock.org/2404/police-murder-another-three-dogs-this-month/ That was from 2011 and the instances haven't gotten any less frequent since then.

Apparently pets are in far more danger than people at the moment.

Please compile statistics from the stories, access the reliability of the stories, then we're talking. Right now, it's just a hypothesis, with strong pointers.

Remember, it is easier to convince a human with a compelling story than it is easy to convince someone with statistics. This is called the "narrative fallacy", a term coined by Nassim Taleb.

Anyway, the purpose of my initial post in this thread is to promote fear inoculation. I hope whenever you guys saw a story in the mainstream media about a massacre, you'll remember my post and knows how overblown it is and tell your parents, your kids, your spouse, your friend, until death statistics become common knowledge that the media will say "this is a novel mass murder incident".
532  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-04 betabeat.com - Wiki Weapon Project Continues to Raise Money for 3D Pr on: September 05, 2012, 01:42:57 AM
There had been a few cases
That's quite the understatement.

In Bitcoin we trust. All others, bring data.

In other words, citation needed. (to be honest, I should cite my statistics too.)

Here my citation for death stat:

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/lcod.htm/

http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscrime.htm

The rest is math I entered into google.
533  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-04 betabeat.com - Wiki Weapon Project Continues to Raise Money for 3D Pr on: September 05, 2012, 01:39:13 AM
People are relatively safe so far but if you have a dog just pray a cop never gets within shooting range of it. The last few years have been especially deadly for pets that get attached by vicious animals.

There had been a few cases in the media of no-knock raids going wrong. This is a problem with improper police procedure and improper use of force. The ultimate cause is of course, the drug wars, but proximate cause is much easier to address.
534  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-04 betabeat.com - Wiki Weapon Project Continues to Raise Money for 3D Pr on: September 05, 2012, 01:23:41 AM

I'd also like a statistic of how many people are murdered by thugs in blue costumes i.e. police. That one is always conveniently missing.

I believe all murders are generally included in the statistics, especially concerning the death of everybody. Regardless of your hatred for policemen, your probability of murder is very low compared to your likelihood of dying of heart disease or cancer.

If you want to reduce the rate of unjust murder by policemen, you could start wearing a sousveillance unit and follow the cops wherever you go. That is probably effective, but I am not sure that it is truly effective or the most efficient. If you're looking for efficient, you want the cops to wear a sousveillance system on their job.

Anyway, if you want to reduce your chance of dying, the best place to start is your heart. Research what is necessary to improve your heart's conditions and ways to achieve it. The doctor's advice of eating less and exercise more is the most useless advice ever, no matter how true it is. The problem is not knowledge of what will make you healthy, but in figuring out how to make it a habit so you don't stop exercising six months down the road.

Remember, the media like to focus on disaster porn and disaster porn happens to be rare and novel. Mass shooting don't happens everyday. So turn off your tv and research and make a rational decision.
535  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2012-09-04 betabeat.com - Wiki Weapon Project Continues to Raise Money for 3D Pr on: September 04, 2012, 10:44:19 PM
In 2010, 14,718 individuals are murdered that year, in a population of 300 millions.

The mass shooting in the Aurora movie theater claims 12 lives, the shik temple mass shooting claims 7 lives for the year 2012, ending with a total of 19 lives.

Assuming a conservative 13,000 murders out of a population of 300 millions, that mean 0.0043 percent ~ were murdered. Of that 13000, the mass shootings claim .146915384615 percent.

In 2009 alone, 599,413 people die of heart diseases. Another 567,628 individuals die of cancer. Heart disease and cancers are the biggest killers in the US.

Gun control and gun violence? Maybe you should worry about whether you exercise more and contribute to anti-aging research rather than worry about some kook printing some guns. He can buy guns on the black market and goes on a shooting spree if he want, but that's totally unlikely. Mostly, he's just a harmless kook.
536  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Bitcoin times on: August 30, 2012, 06:22:45 AM
DOES NOT BELONGS HERE!
537  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Coinbase - Become an Investor - Good Investment? on: August 30, 2012, 03:39:44 AM
Yes you can, investing in bitcoin means putting trust in it which in exchange raises trust levels in other individuals, who build an ecosystem around it.



And somebody still have to build their niches.
538  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Coinbase - Become an Investor - Good Investment? on: August 30, 2012, 02:59:31 AM
In a way, buying bitcoins is an investment in all bitcoin related companies.  You'll stand to benefit if any one or several of them are successful.

So why are you involved with bit-pay? You could have just bought up a bunch of BTC instead. Are you doing charity work for the rest of us?  Grin

Because you need an ecosystem for bitcoin to be successful. You can't just buy bitcoin and expect the ecosystem to grow.
539  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Coinbase - Become an Investor - Good Investment? on: August 29, 2012, 08:05:41 PM
Brian made a bold claim on the Huff Po live show that an African country will adopt bitcoin in 5 to 10 years.  I wonder if there are plans in his company to make this happen.

I thought he said a country will adopt bitcoin within 5 years.

The only question is: which country would be so bold as to adopt bitcoin as their official currency?
540  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Coinbase - Become an Investor - Good Investment? on: August 29, 2012, 07:50:10 PM
Investing in coinbase is also betting that bitcoin is going to take off. It's a double bet.
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