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281  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Buy Any* Book with Bitcoin! on: July 12, 2010, 02:31:45 PM
Can you add payment instructions for BTC on your site so we can add it to
282  Other / Off-topic / BitMint on: July 12, 2010, 01:06:31 PM
Something that was posted on the IRC: Technology Driven Universal Currency
283  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Slashdot Submission for 1.0 on: July 12, 2010, 11:08:46 AM
Yeah. The overall sentiment doesn't seem to be all that positive though.

That was to be expected based on previous experience on some other forums. I still wonder why much of the criticism has such a negative tone and not "wow, sounds interesting, but I don't think it'll work". On the other hand, the people who joined the forum and IRC were very positive and interested. Maybe it's just that users with a mildly positive reaction don't comment as often as butthurts.

Thanks for the submission Teppy Smiley
284  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: How-to for running Bitcoin on Linux sans GUI? on: July 12, 2010, 02:34:11 AM
I've installed Bitcoin 0.3 on Ubuntu 10.04 Server x64.  Is there how-to for interacting with Bitcoin via tty?  Although I've found some info, it looks more like programming API than command line.

The API commands listed in the wiki can be used from the command line also, like this:
./bitcoind getinfo

Bitcoind is the headless daemon binary supplied with the download packages.
285  Economy / Marketplace / Re: We accept Bitcoins on: July 12, 2010, 12:46:21 AM
The Odd Shot photography. 

If you want to order an image, email me - contact details on the site.

bc address:  1BpyLNjGFjWXwiWK5TfQfLW4tFYP3Mb9Yj



Nice. Smiley

Can you include the payment instructions for Bitcoin on your site? I'm thinking we should set that as a requirement for being added to the Trade page, so the random surfer doesn't get annoyed when he doesn't see the payment option that was promised.
286  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Did anyone see the volume on the exchange market today? on: July 11, 2010, 08:26:55 PM
Just out of curiosity - what if I had to exchange large amount of cash, say few thousands of $, for bitcoins and then send them to my friend who will have to exchange them back to cash - would this be possible? If I'm understanding this correctly volume of daily exchange is only about few dozen bucks, so, is is possible to exchange larger amounts of money?

At the current market rate of 7$/1000BTC, 2000$ would buy you about 300,000 BTC. It would probably take some time to gather that many coins from sellers. However, the market rate goes up as you're increasing the demand for BTC, and you might end up having 200,000 BTC with the market price being around 10 - 20$/1000BTC after your last purchase.

I don't recommend using Bitcoin for moving around large amounts of money that you want to immediately convert back to dollars, not until the economy is bigger. Wink
287  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: Quick Question on: July 08, 2010, 06:41:52 PM
Hi, I haven't been able to try out Bitcoin yet as I have an old PPC Macintosh, so I'm out of luck for now.

Reading through the threads, I got the impression that there is no way to have a message field when sending to bitcoin addresses as opposed to IPs? If that is the case, how is everyone managing transactions through their websites that access the API?

The best practice is to generate a new address for each transaction. That's safer than sending to an IP and there's no message field to be misspelled.
288  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: Certificate error? on: July 08, 2010, 01:43:45 AM
That's because the certificate is self-signed.
289  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: On IRC bootstrapping on: July 07, 2010, 01:05:47 AM
Maybe we should have an option dialog that allows you to choose the IRC server and channel you connect to?
290  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Slashdot Submission for 1.0 on: July 06, 2010, 10:32:04 PM
How about this:

Headline: Bitcoin releases version 0.3
Body: The crypto-anarchist dream come true?  Bitcoin is a digital currency using cryptography and a distributed network to replace the need for a trusted central server. Escape the arbitrary inflation risk of centrally managed currencies: Bitcoin's total circulation is limited to 21 million coins. The coins are gradually released to the network's nodes based on the CPU power they contribute, so you can get a share of them by contributing your idle CPU time. [optional addition 1] There are multiple exchangers buying and selling Bitcoins for dollars, and even pizza has been successfully traded for these digital tokens. [optional addition 2] The newly released version 0.3 contains an API for programmatic sending and receiving of payments.

The first sentence in body should be something stimulating and interesting. Does this sound ok or should it be something less radical? What do you think about the optional additions? Also, do you think the headline could be something more interesting or informative?

Please notify me before we hit the Slashdot front page so I can make sure the server stays up.  Smiley
291  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Bitcoin Gift Shop on: July 05, 2010, 09:15:43 AM
The new logo in various sizes can be found here.
292  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Bitcoin Gift Shop on: July 04, 2010, 10:41:26 PM
Cryptohat Grin

I'd rather use just a big Bitcoin logo in place of the dollar. "In crypto we trust" is a nice unofficial slogan.  Smiley
293  Economy / Exchanges / Re: - Buy Bitcoins with your credit card on: July 01, 2010, 07:54:39 AM
Good job. You should also show some info that makes the customer trust you (in addition to your name and website), people don't want to give their credit card details to just any site. But you probably know that already :]

In 1971 the US Treasury stopped backing US Dollars with gold (see, but this did not devalue the dollar. Currencies derive their value based on how difficult they are to obtain. Bitcoins are valuable because they are limited, and they can only be generated through a slow computational process. It takes time, electricity and computers to generate bitcoins.

Actually, Bitcoins are valuable because there are people who accept Bitcoin for payment, i.e. they can be exchanged for other things of value. The limitedness of Bitcoins just helps keep that value.
294  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: What is needed in an auction site. on: June 30, 2010, 08:59:37 AM
If there was a site like ebay where the seller could set the percentage of digital currency they would accept for a product they are selling it would be easier to test the water with bitcoin.The seller could accept say 20% per cent bitcoin and 80% liberty reserve or paypal or any other payment type they wanted.If this value could be set when you listed your products for sale easily this would be a great way to get the bitcoin ball rolling.Basically it has to be as easy and see through a process for buyer and seller as buying something on amazon or ebay currently is.The more difficult it is made the more friction there will be to acceptance.People are naturally lazy when it comes to online behaviour.Look at amazon's one click buying.I like the quote from steve jobs who says if you see a button you have failed  Cheesy

Having to pay for the same product with two payment methods would be disapproved by Steve Jobs.

I think the best idea is to sell stuff at Craigslist or some other place where you can define the price in BTC. Or you could say the price in dollars but require the corresponding amount in bitcoins for payment.
295  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Bitcoin Anonimity Proxy on: June 30, 2010, 06:48:15 AM
I'm going to contact support to request if they might consider accepting bitcoin and also consider an upgrade to test the paid service.

We could also market to Perfect Privacy (they already accept Liberty Reserve and WebMoney among others), Ipredator and Relakks. I think they'd benefit from having a truly anonymous payment option. I'll be in contact with them when the next release is out.
296  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Website translations on: June 27, 2010, 08:18:45 PM
Sirius, Can you update the German translation of the frontpage to the last version I posted? It contains the fixes proposed by SmokeTooMuch, foremost for the screwup with the – HTML entity. I'll attach it to this post again, for your convenience.

Done. You don't need those extra line breaks in the cms.

Thanks to Jonatan Lehtonen for the Swedish front page translation.
297  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Link2VoIP: Currency risk decreasing / increased acceptance on: June 27, 2010, 05:28:55 PM
That's great to hear. Hopefully you too can pay some of your bills directly in BTC some day.
298  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Bitcoin Faucet changes on: June 24, 2010, 09:37:39 PM

It costs someone $2 per 1000 captchas. So, they could suck out 5000 bitcoins for $2. lol. Smiley

But, that should help stop most people Smiley

I guess that's why the forum still gets those annoying spam user registrations despite the captcha.
299  Other / Off-topic / Re: Distributed social networking + reputation systems on: June 23, 2010, 10:00:48 PM
Hm. Morality by majority vote? I don't think I like where this is going. What if you get a bad reputation just for being, say, an atheist?

Then the problem you have is not the reputation database but the community you live in. In a democracy the majority is supposed to be in control of the state guns anyway, so non-violent reputation databases won't be your first concern. The kind of people you want to deal with won't ostracize you because there's "he's an atheist!" from a random dude on your profile.

There's also the problem of extortion: "Pay up, or me and my 100 buddies will give you a really bad reputation." (This actually happened in a MMORPG, but I can't seem to find the news article right now).

Yes, that's an issue that needs to be kept in mind when planning the system. Similarly the problem of "recommend me and I'll recommend you" schemes between strangers needs to be eliminated. Maybe by requiring good connectedness to the social network in some way.
300  Other / Off-topic / Re: Distributed social networking + reputation systems on: June 23, 2010, 05:41:53 PM
Yes, but the point of courts is not to restrict freedom of association, the point is to protect freedoms, such as right to property. Unconditionally. Irrespective of reputation.

If you get rid of courts and replace them with a purely repuation-based system, those freedoms would cease to be universal.

Ok. I'm not hoping for a world without justice and protection organizations. I'm just envisioning a system to compensate for the shortcomings of the state monopolized courts we have now. They don't really serve the ideals you mentioned. In fact, it's often quite the opposite.

It is one thing not to associate with someone because you think they are an asshole. It is another to beat them up without fear of reprecussions simply because they are disliked by a majority.

The repercussion for beating up a kid who stole candy would be bad reputation. Nobody wants bad reputation. On the other hand, somebody who "robs" a rapist who refused to compensate to his victim, might even get a reputation increase. That would be even further incentive to not be a criminal, in addition to getting a lower reputation rating.
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