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301  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Brain Wallet standardization on: August 01, 2012, 12:42:50 AM
My approach:

PrivKey1: sha256 x5 "my long passphrase"
PrivKey2: sha256 x6 "my long passphrase"
PrivKey3: sha256 x7 "my long passphrase"
PrivKey4: sha256 x8 "my long passphrase"
etc.

I might forget that I started at x5 at some point, but it doesn't matter much.
This sounds pretty good.  I might use a variant on that at one point.

To address the criticism that using one passphrase means the whole wallet is lost once the passphrase is gained, there's no reason you can't have multiple passphrases.  It seems to me that any deterministic wallet generation scheme is vulnerable if the seed is compromised.

Is there a tool that can be used offline that generates a public key from a sha256?  Preferably in javascript or shell script?
302  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Defeating Rubber-Hose Cryptanalysis on: August 01, 2012, 12:22:23 AM
What about writing down the secret (with archival quality materials) and storing it in a safe deposit box?
303  Other / Meta / Re: PM outbox doesn't work on: July 18, 2012, 12:32:04 PM
Thank you very much.
304  Other / Meta / Re: PM outbox doesn't work on: July 18, 2012, 12:19:07 PM
Thanks, and sorry for posting in the wrong forum.

Is there a way to turn it on by default?
305  Other / Meta / PM outbox doesn't work on: July 18, 2012, 12:02:46 PM
My outbox for pms always shows up as empty, so I have no way to double check if my messages were sent or not.  Can anything be done about this?
306  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Let's say I have about $4k on one of the smaller exchanges on: July 16, 2012, 02:09:15 PM
So, dollar cost averaging is the way to go I guess.  Should I do it by day, by week, by month, or does it matter?

@Stephen Gornick- I can give you some of the details of this situation by pm if you like.
307  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Let's say I have about $4k on one of the smaller exchanges on: July 12, 2012, 11:48:29 AM
In this hypothetical scenario, it's not practical for me to withdraw directly through any means this exchange provides, so I need to convert it all to bitcoin.

What would be the best strategy?

Dollar cost averaging over a couple of months?

Just make a large bid for current market value?

Something else?

What would you do?
308  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Stolen Valor Act Struck Down as Unconstitutional on: July 05, 2012, 01:36:01 PM
Now granted I've been away from the country and haven't been following the news from back home, but this struck me as an unnecessary law.

If you claim to be a veteran so that people will think you're a hero, what more suitable punishment if you're caught could there be than the punishment you'll get without government intervention?  What could be more fitting than the punishment of having those same people think you're a pathetic fool?
309  Economy / Economics / Re: Do bitcoin accepting businesses inherently add value to the currency? on: July 05, 2012, 04:05:57 AM
Ok, thanks again, and good night.
310  Economy / Economics / Re: Do bitcoin accepting businesses inherently add value to the currency? on: July 04, 2012, 04:38:05 PM
Well, thanks everyone.  I think I have a clearer picture now.
311  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Original Liberty Immigration Plan - Happy 4'th USA on: July 04, 2012, 01:45:30 PM
...snip...

If you are going to take away the rights of citizens, what other rights are safe?
You mean the right to enter and seek employment in a given country?  I'm not talking about taking away those rights, I'm talking about extending them to everyone.

I know and its obviously a nice idea.  But citizenship includes the right to vote for people who make decisions on who can enter and who can work in a given country.  

That's a valuable right - you can't just take it away.
The right to vote could in theory be decided by something other than geography.  Service to the country, for example.

I know there's a danger that those who gain the right to vote could give themselves power over and oppress those who haven't, but isn't that what happens now?

Hm, I guess this would be a form of citizenship, actually.
312  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Original Liberty Immigration Plan - Happy 4'th USA on: July 04, 2012, 01:30:13 PM
I would like it if there was no such thing as citizenship.

There isn't.
Quote
cit·i·zen
noun
1.a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html?_r=1


Ok, I guess we need a new term for the system wherein the legal privileges of an individual are increased or decreased on the basis of the spatial position of one's mother when she gave birth to said individual.  Cheesy

Maybe "serfdom" is the word for it after all.

If you are going to take away the rights of citizens, what other rights are safe?
You mean the right to enter and seek employment in a given country?  I'm not talking about taking away those rights, I'm talking about extending them to everyone.
313  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Original Liberty Immigration Plan - Happy 4'th USA on: July 04, 2012, 11:32:40 AM
I would like it if there was no such thing as citizenship.

There isn't.
Quote
cit·i·zen
noun
1.a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection

https://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/28/politics/28scotus.html?_r=1


Ok, I guess we need a new term for the system wherein the legal privileges of an individual are increased or decreased on the basis of the spatial position of one's mother when she gave birth to said individual.  Cheesy

Maybe "serfdom" is the word for it after all.
314  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Original Liberty Immigration Plan - Happy 4'th USA on: July 04, 2012, 11:12:35 AM
The country is overpopulated and 51% of the land is used for crops.  We need to lock the borders and start shipping people overseas if they want to breed.  Illegal immigrants are special if the come over as kids they can have a permanent green card, but to keep them off welfare no citizenship.  As soon as they hopped the fence, the parents knew they were breaking the law.  However, if they were smart enough to avoid capture for 5 years, they should get a green card too as long as they spend 1 month in Mexico a year.

We are starving to death.
In what sense are we overpopulated and/or starving to death, and what does it matter how much land is used for agriculture?  Most overpopulated countries I know of are more concerned about land for housing, industry, and commercial purposes.

I know this has its flaws (feel free to point them out), but I would like it if there was no such thing as citizenship.  The only tax would be a land tax, and anyone regardless of national origin could be a landowner.  People would be free to come and go as they please, to work, visit, or live.  Of course, this means that social programs that couldn't be redesigned to adapt would have to be abolished.

As it is, I don't like the idea that I, like the serfs of yore, belong to a certain piece of land.
315  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Utilitarianism Versus Rights Poll on: July 04, 2012, 07:43:12 AM
What I had more in mind was that you are incapable of communicating the danger to him.  Perhaps he doesn't understand your language, or is too far away to hear you.  In addition, perhaps he believes it will do something good.  I suppose it comes down to how much he's responsible for the damage?

Another question I would ask everyone in this thread:  Does it change your position if the one person you have to kill to save everyone is yourself?
316  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Utilitarianism Versus Rights Poll on: July 04, 2012, 06:46:42 AM
Even if everyone will die unless I cause one person to die, I would not do it.

O.o

I would not even hesitate to shoot that one person in your hypothetical scenario.

Well, it depends on the situation. If it were a black box, push the button, one random person dies, if not everyone dies, No, I'm not going to push that button. I will not become a murderer. On the other hand, if it was a man who had one of those magic black boxes that was going to kill everyone if he pushed it, I wouldn't hesitate to stop him, with lethal force if need be.
Hypothetically, would that change if he didn't know that pushing the button would kill everyone, and couldn't be convinced?


As to the topic, I really can't say I have one rule that I'd follow in every situation.  I guess that means my morals are weak, but my decision wouldn't be perfectly logical.


Nope. I wouldn't change my stance if he didn't know, and wouldn't believe me when I told him.

And don't feel bad about not having one rule for every situation. There can't be. Every situation is unique, and will need to be dealt with on its own terms.
Interesting, so what distinguishes him from the random person that you wouldn't kill?  He is the cause of death, but he may as well have been randomly selected to be the cause of death.
317  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Utilitarianism Versus Rights Poll on: July 04, 2012, 06:15:06 AM
Even if everyone will die unless I cause one person to die, I would not do it.

O.o

I would not even hesitate to shoot that one person in your hypothetical scenario.

Well, it depends on the situation. If it were a black box, push the button, one random person dies, if not everyone dies, No, I'm not going to push that button. I will not become a murderer. On the other hand, if it was a man who had one of those magic black boxes that was going to kill everyone if he pushed it, I wouldn't hesitate to stop him, with lethal force if need be.
Hypothetically, would that change if he didn't know that pushing the button would kill everyone, and couldn't be convinced?


As to the topic, I really can't say I have one rule that I'd follow in every situation.  I guess that means my morals are weak, but my decision wouldn't be perfectly logical.
318  Economy / Economics / Re: Do bitcoin accepting businesses inherently add value to the currency? on: July 03, 2012, 07:53:25 AM
Well, that may improve bitcoins appeal as a payment service, but any affect on the price of a single BTC would be indirect.  The price will probably go up as bitcoin is more widely adopted, but it seems like it's based on speculation, hoarding, and demand.  All of these things would likely increase if bitcoin became more widely accepted, if only because it would be more visible.

I'm trying to figure out what, if any, effect the businesses themselves have on the price.  Whenever the price of BTC spikes due to media attention, people say it's a bubble, but what else is there to give BTC value besides attention?
319  Economy / Economics / Do bitcoin accepting businesses inherently add value to the currency? on: July 03, 2012, 06:50:26 AM
I've only made a limited study in economics, so I'm a little confused here.  I'm hoping someone with a better understanding can clear this up for me.

Until recently, like many here apparently do, I assumed that as more businesses started offering goods and services in exchange for bitcoin the value would rise.  After all, the value in any currency is in what you can buy with it, and therefore increasing the size of the economy should increase the value of the currency.

Recently, though, it occurred to me that you can already buy pretty much anything with bitcoin.  How?  By exchanging it for fiat.

After all, isn't this what many companies will do anyway?  They may accept bitcoin as a payment option, but some time after you give it to them, they'll exchange it.

So, are bitcoin businesses really that important to giving value to bitcoin?  If not, then what does give it value?  Like I said, I hope someone can clear this up for me.  Thanks.
320  Economy / Services / Re: WTB Training in setting up specific programs on a linux VPS on: July 02, 2012, 04:52:43 AM
My apologies for leaving this thread unanswered for so long.  I'm in the process of sending PMs now.
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