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1  Other / Off-topic / Re: Netflix in HTML5 using W3C approved Encrypted Media Extensions for DRM on: April 16, 2013, 05:45:46 AM
That's weird.  I love my bay, but I pay for Netflix, on account of it being so cheap.  Some people just want everything to be free Tongue

Edit:  At the same time, many regions are blocked from using Netflix, so I can see why torrenting would looking attractive.

There is more to it than not paying.  For Netflix, they are missing out on the market segment that can't run Microsoft Silverlight, namely users who only have linux desktop (although I am able to watch netflix just fine with a special wine emulator hack...on ubuntu: sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop).
2  Other / Off-topic / Re: Netflix in HTML5 using W3C approved Encrypted Media Extensions for DRM on: April 16, 2013, 05:18:52 AM
What are they attempting to prevent, exactly?

Apparently, all the major premium video content producers require strong protections on the video stream. Currently Netflix uses Microsoft silverlight browser plugin.  They don't want people copying the raw contents of the compressed video stream (of course you can always screencapure the raw frames of an entire video, but in order to redistriubte the video contents on a torrent for example, it would have to be recompressed so it can download in any reasonable amount of time, which would of course produce many undesirable artifcats.)
3  Other / Off-topic / Netflix in HTML5 using W3C approved Encrypted Media Extensions for DRM on: April 16, 2013, 05:09:56 AM
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/04/netflix-coming-to-html5-just-as-soon-as-the-drm-ducks-are-in-a-row/

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The third feature is, however, for many people unwelcome. Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) provide an API that allows using encrypted media streams with HTML5's <video> and <audio> tags. EME defines how HTML5 browsers will detect that encrypted streams are being used, and then look up an appropriate Content Decryption Module (CDM) that will verify that the license is being properly respected, and then decrypt the data.

What do bitcoiners think?  It's DRM, but the fact that the EME is an open API is reassuring (they do say most or all CDMs are likely to be proprietary, unmodifiable code).  It would be great for bitcoiners to sell selective protective access to video/audio and other media content to be easily viewed through a browser in exchange for bitcoin...

4  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2013-04-14 "The Joy of Tech" (Comic) "Champ at the Bitcoin" on: April 15, 2013, 06:16:04 AM
I must say the three of you are all humor-impaired. It's a joke! It's making fun of ... Never mind. I'm not going to explain it.

Finally someone gets it!
5  Economy / Goods / I'm looking to rent a room in Manhattan for a month of so this summer for btc on: April 15, 2013, 06:14:58 AM
A small room somewhere safe, preferably near the village where the jazz clubs are.
6  Economy / Speculation / Re: This bet will be impressively close. on: April 14, 2013, 10:40:09 PM
I suppose someone that either has a lot of bitcoin or a lot of USD on mt gox could easily influence this result by swaying to the exchange rate to one side or the other...
7  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: April 14, 2013, 09:55:05 PM
2013-04-14 "The Joy of Tech" (Comic) "Champ at the Bitcoin"

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=176649.0
8  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-14 "The Joy of Tech" (Comic) "Champ at the Bitcoin" on: April 14, 2013, 09:54:28 PM
http://tapastic.com/episode/3686



I don't know if this belongs in "Press Hits", but I don't know where else to put it.
9  Other / Off-topic / private drones on: April 14, 2013, 09:37:48 PM
Here's what Eric Schmidt says: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/04/google-head-worried-about-privacy-risk-posed-by-civilian-drones/

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"How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it? I'm not going to pass judgment on whether armies should exist, but I would prefer to not spread and democratize the ability to fight war to every single human being. It's got to be regulated... It's one thing for governments, who have some legitimacy in what they're doing, but have other people doing it... it's not going to happen."

But what do my fellow bitcoiners think on the matter?
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: bitcoiners' grassroot movement for LOWER transaction fees ( poll ) on: April 14, 2013, 04:41:54 AM
paypal's micro-exchange rate is 5 cents + %5, so that's 10 cents for a 1 dollar transaction.  But if I do a 1-dollar bitcoin transaction and if the transition fee is .0010, then that is worse than the 10-cent paypal fee when the exchange rate is >100 USD/BTC.  Transaction fees for these micro-transactions really need to be significantly lower (like no more than a cent for a dollar) if bitcoin is going to be a competitive micro-payment solution, such as for instant music downloads for $1 in BTC.
11  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2013-04-12 krugman.blogs.nytimes.com - Adam Smith Hates Bitcoin on: April 13, 2013, 06:36:41 AM
Here is an article that argues that it is really wireless & 4G networks that energy-concious people should be concerned about, not bitcoin or datacenters: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/12/what-bitcoin-teaches-us-about-the-internets-energy-use/ (and the corresponding post I just made on the bitcoin forums: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=175429
12  Bitcoin / Press / Re: NEW articles in Press Forum on: April 13, 2013, 06:28:36 AM
2013-0412 WashingtonPost.com - What Bitcoin teaches us about the Internet’s energy use

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=175429.0
13  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-12 Washington Post "What Bitcoin teaches us about Internet’s energy use" on: April 13, 2013, 06:26:03 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/12/what-bitcoin-teaches-us-about-the-internets-energy-use/

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Over at Bloomberg, Mark Gimein calls Bitcoin — yes, Bitcoin — an “environmental disaster.” Why? Because all that processing power used to mine for new Bitcoins requires a staggering amount of energy:
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Mining is a process in which powerful computers create Bitcoins by solving processor-intensive equations. …
Blockchain.info, a site that tracks data on Bitcoin mining, estimates that in just the last 24 hours, miners used about $147,000 of electricity just to run their hardware, assuming an average price of 15 cents per kilowatt hour … That’s enough to power roughly 31,000 U.S. homes, or about half a Large Hadron Collider.
It’s a stunning stat, but does this really count as a “disaster”? That’s less clear. After all, we need to consider the counterfactural: Is it possible that these computers would be used for other activities and calculations anyway, if they weren’t mining Bitcoins?

Later makes the point that it is really wireless and 4G networks that consume the bulk of energy costs, not datacenters or bitcoin, citing: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/04/cell-networks-are-energy-hogs/274961/
14  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2013-04-08 Zero Hedge: NYC Property Owner Is Now Accepting Bitcoins on: April 09, 2013, 01:23:40 PM
Sweet!!!

I'd like to know of places to stay in nyc that accept bitcoin.
15  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Instant payment notification for a merchant? on: April 08, 2013, 11:05:58 PM
Currently I am using the blockchain.info Receive API (http://blockchain.info/api/api_receive) but it takes like 10 minutes for blockchain to send confirmation.  I modified their example program...You can try my test link: http://efjz.in/?d=test.mp3
That is not quite correct. The API invokes your callback URL when it receives the payment (i.e. 0 confirmations) and then keeps invoking your callback URL for every new confirmation (1, 2, 3, ...). It will stop doing this when you acknowledge the callback (I think you need to return the string "*ok*" or something like that). So this is perfect for zero-confirmations payments.

Actually I do send the *ok* confirmation when blockchain.info sends a callback with 0 confirmations, but still take 1-10minutes (I see this in the log).  Same if I go though the shared wallet (which is protected against doublespending at 0 confirmations).  I have the browser's page be redirected to a page ready2download.php that refreshes every 10 seconds until this 0th confirmation is received, at which point that page turns into an file download.
16  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Looking for coder with ready made instant download script on: April 08, 2013, 01:47:02 PM
I'm interested in such a script...  How does it work?  What interface does it use to detect transactions?  How long is the delay between sending money and initiating the download?
17  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANNOUNCE] StrongCoin Merchants API on: April 08, 2013, 01:45:46 PM
I'm interested in instant download...but I notice yours doesn't work right now.

I'm trying to implement the same thin using blockchain.info websockets api to get notification when transaction occurs. 

I currently have it set up to download file after 1-10min delay to get in block chain...you can try example here: http://efjz.in/?d=test.mp3

If anyone has ideas, please let me know.
18  Economy / Digital goods / Selling .flac of live shows of my free jazz trio on: April 08, 2013, 01:30:20 PM
Here is my band website: http://livingtrio.com
Here is our latest studio album: http://artists.behiprecords.com/LivingSpace/NarrativesVol1/
Here are links to flac recordings of ~30-40 minute live shows that you can download for between ~.002 to ~.003 BTC:

http://efjz.in/?d=20130212_smiths_livingspacetrio_withoteil.flac
http://efjz.in/?d=20130304_theearl_livingspacetrio.flac
http://efjz.in/?d=20130330_elliottst_livingspacetrio.flac
http://efjz.in/?d=20130404_flatshoals_livingspacetrio.flac

I used blockchain.info shared wallet as an intermediary to protect your anonymity, but it takes between 1 to 10 minutes to download.  Try this test link if you want to make sure the code works: http://efjz.in/?d=test.mp3
19  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Instant payment notification for a merchant? on: April 08, 2013, 01:23:43 PM
I am actually trying to implement instant downloads also.  I have investiaged many options, and I beleive the best and freest way involves opening up a websocket to blockchain.info via their api (http://blockchain.info/api/api_websocket) and tell it to listen for notifications for whenever there is a transaction to your address.  Then it is just a matter of providing a secret download link for a particular ip addresses or account.  But again I'm still trying to implement this, so please let me know if you have any ideas or luck.

Currently I am using the blockchain.info Receive API (http://blockchain.info/api/api_receive) but it takes like 10 minutes for blockchain to send confirmation.  I modified their example program...You can try my test link: http://efjz.in/?d=test.mp3
20  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-04-06 Marketwatch "Paying your bar tab with Bitcoins?" on: April 06, 2013, 10:44:15 PM
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/what-can-you-buy-with-bitcoins-2013-04-06

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With the bank bailout in Cyprus rattling European stock markets, there’s been renewed interest in the country-less virtual currency Bitcoin, which soared in value in recent weeks. But lost in all the talk of a Bitcoin bubble is whether the digital denomination is useful for more than just a novelty investment. Where can you actually buy with it?
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