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301  Other / Off-topic / Re: Distributed social networking + reputation systems on: June 23, 2010, 02:21:06 PM
A reputation system to replace courts? I highly dislike this idea because the point of courts is to judge people based on evidence and objectivity and to specificly ignore subjective factors such as reputation.  Someone's reputation can be strongly affected by hearsay, gossip, superstition, moral panics, prejudice, hysterical media, and the like.  That would be a world in which, de facto, a popular kid would have more rights than an unpopular kid. The thought makes me shudder.

I don't think it's anyone's "right" to be an asshole and force others to still buy from him or be his friend. I think everyone should be free to choose who they associate or don't associate with, by whatever criteria they might have.

Reputation systems have always ruled, because they're very useful. Long ago hearsay and gossip were the only channels to spread reputation, but the Internet opens us whole new possibilities that give us much more accurate information about things. People already check the reputation of shops and their products, or the employees they hire, from the Internet. I'm just speaking for a more refined version of the currently used systems. Instead of a million product review sites there would be one decentralized and well-adjusted system. It would also make things better for the reviewee, who could respond to all criticism targeted at him.
302  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Looking to Buy a 4GiB Flash Drive on: June 23, 2010, 01:48:28 PM
I am. But I don't use Paypal or banks. We could use mail. Or any other option you think of.

How about Bitcoin? Tongue
303  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Looking to Buy a 4GiB Flash Drive on: June 23, 2010, 01:46:09 PM
This is where we'd need the distributed reputation database. But hopefully in this case you can find some other way to trust the party who is to complete his part of the deal last. Wink
304  Economy / Economics / Re: How divisible are bitcoins and other market/economic questions on: June 23, 2010, 01:29:55 PM
Governments could simply outlaw Bitcoin, as I think they have done to most other "unofficial" currencies. They wouldn't "offer" you anything but the chance to stay out of jail.

The situation with Bitcoin is comparable to p2p filesharing networks. Both can be used for legal and illegal purposes. Shutting down illegal filesharing in the p2p networks has proven very difficult technically and politically, despite the best efforts of some strong interest groups. Outlawing the whole p2p networks (even for legal files) hasn't been even seriously proposed. I don't think that legal or illegal use of Bitcoin can be successfully stopped either, at least not in the western countries.
305  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: 0.3 almost ready on: June 22, 2010, 02:20:31 PM
Should we try for some publicity? Slashdot is good if we can get it.

I've had a number of submissions accepted, though always by one editor that no longer works there. Anyone else with a Slashdot connection?

We should try to get publicity, and focus the campaign on the time right after the release to get the maximum impact: simultaneously advertising on forums, irc, Youtube, Facebook, Google Ads and other places. Slashdot with its millions of tech-savvy readers would be awesome, perhaps the best imaginable! I just hope the server can stand getting "slashdotted" Tongue Maybe it should be upscaled beforehand just in case.
306  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Website translations on: June 22, 2010, 01:57:44 PM
I got the simplified and traditional Chinese translations of front page from my friend Michael Chen. Thanks Michael!

The simplified page still says "page not found" for some reason, I'm trying to make it work.

For the record: the Dutch translation is by giik.
307  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: new binary release? on: June 18, 2010, 08:24:12 AM
Satoshi, do you think we could change the about text "Do not rely on it for actual financial transactions" for the next release? It's good to notify of the risk involved, but telling not to use it for financial transactions is not very good if we want to build an economy. Maybe it could be "for transactions of significant amount" or something like that?
308  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: URI-scheme for bitcoin on: June 16, 2010, 08:26:14 AM
Yeah, I meant to say that cross-domain javascript calls are forbidden, so you can't call from a javascript that doesn't reside in Come to think of it, it would be quite funny if browsers allowed malicious cross-domain javascript to change people's Facebook pages etc.
309  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Command Line and JSON-RPC on: June 14, 2010, 10:26:45 PM
Here's an article about cross domain scripting:

It seems that direct remote calling from javascript might not be possible after all. I wonder if calling localhost:8332 is possible from pages stored on your hard disk.
310  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: donations on: June 14, 2010, 09:44:44 PM
I just noticed that there's two bitcoin facebook pages now.  There's not much on the other one yet, so I don't think it'll be much of a problem to choose either one.

Oh, I didn't notice that there was already one. I removed my version.
311  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Command Line and JSON-RPC on: June 14, 2010, 07:16:28 PM
Note: Running the server/daemon on a computer that you use for Internet browsing is unsafe. A malicious page could host javascript that calls your local API and sends your coins out.
312  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: donations on: June 14, 2010, 12:15:40 PM
I used the tagline "Say no to central banking use Bitcoin, the revolutionary P2P currency!" in Facebook, you can take it if you want.

Or should it be just "Say no to central banking use Bitcoin!"? That's easier to read. Maybe depends on the context and text field size.
313  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Social networks on: June 14, 2010, 10:41:22 AM
Created a page on Facebook, welcome to join and invite friends!
314  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Technical clarifications on: June 13, 2010, 10:14:19 AM
4) Can somebody please write more details about transaction fee: why is it needed, how and in which cases it's used and so on.

Transaction fee is needed to give an incentive to generate blocks after many years from now, when the block value has grown low. Also, if many nodes stop recording transactions into the blocks they generate (because of the small generation speed benefit gained), you can apply transaction fee as an incentive.

There will probably always be nodes that include your transactions into their blocks for free, but you might have to wait for a few blocks if many nodes don't.
315  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: IRC weekly meetings on: June 13, 2010, 09:16:31 AM
How about Sundays, around 19-21 GMT time?
316  Economy / Marketplace / Re: Introducing Bitthanks - beta on: June 12, 2010, 11:30:22 PM
Cool idea. With some additions to the Bitcoin api, your service could show the received amount for any address in the block chain and people could send their donations directly to the recipient.
317  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Advertising Bitcoin on: June 12, 2010, 08:40:29 AM
You can also write "" on each bank note that passes through your hands  Wink
318  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: donations on: June 12, 2010, 08:38:28 AM
Thanks tddk!
319  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Advertising Bitcoin on: June 11, 2010, 01:14:16 PM
A question to everyone: from which sites would you buy ad space for the project? would be a good pick if we want to find people with ideological support to the project. Where do we find people who are interested in the idea and are also technically able to utilize it?

In addition to Facebook and Google adwords, is also an option. There you can choose the page you want to advertise on.
320  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin mobile. on: June 10, 2010, 01:51:16 PM
You can of course use services like or on a mobile browser, depositing money there to the extent you trust them. But maybe a mobile wallet would be better in a sense.
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