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1  Bitcoin / Press / Re: Bitcoin takes another huge leap towards Mainstream acceptance on: Today at 01:16:12 PM
sounds a bit clickbait-ish, why not put more actual info in the headline?
2  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [09-22-2018] Bitcoin Transactions Up to 6000x Cheaper Than Bank of America Fees on: Today at 12:27:56 PM
the lightning network is not activated.

That's wrong, the Bitcoin lightning network has been operating for 6 months or so

People's minds are still in December where the costs were quite high. I see a lot of posts in this forum where people keep saying that bitcoin fees are high. 'even if it's currently some cents)
I don't know if it's ignorance or they haven't done a single bitcoin transaction in their life.

In Bitcoin 0.18.0 (release slated for March 2019), minimum fees are proposed to drop by 80%.

Anyone still maintaining Bitcoin has high fees this time next year is gonna look a little strange. By that time, segwit and lightning usage are likely to have increased even more, which will only put further downward pressure on fees in the direction of the new minimum rate.

Someday, that fee might look more like $10, $100 or more.

It's the cheapest if you need Bitcoin's security. I think there are lots of cases where that's probably not necessary -- smaller/micro payments and such. Offchain mechanisms like Lightning are one option, sidechains are another. Altcoins are another. In fact, once inter-protocol compatibility is figured out, any altcoin that can communicate and interact with Bitcoin is effectively a sidechain. All these options involve security trade-offs: They don't have Bitcoin's security, but they can be much cheaper to use.

It's unlikely that Bitcoin will ever need such high fees when you take into account all the on-chain scaling options that can be implemented long term.

The case for using atomic swaps to avoid Bitcoin's on-chain fees makes no sense at all: you need to have a payment channel open to do the swap, plus you need to pay a lightning routing fee to do the swap. Paying over the lightning network directly can only be the cheapest option in that case. How can you possibly save any money by paying additional fees to send on a different chain too?

The block reward halving will happen in May by the way and not in June according
to current projections (Reward-Drop ETA date: 21 May 2020 15:43:57).

If the hashrate continues to grow as it has been, the projections are that April 2020 is the more likely date for the next block reward halving. Long time till then, we will see.
3  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Lightning Network Discussion Thread on: September 13, 2018, 11:02:46 AM
for an average user of "Bitcoin as a payments tool", it would take more effort, time, and more eading.

Well, Bitcoin is a cultural change as well as a different type of money. I've learnt things I perhaps otherwise wouldn't so that I can be more effective using Bitcoin, there's no reason not to expect that others will be similarly motivated. Plus, complete lightning nodes are available for sale already
4  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Lightning Network Discussion Thread on: September 12, 2018, 08:18:51 PM
Is there a comprehensive list of solutions that mitigate
this "you always have to be online" problem if you want full
control of your funds in open payment channels?

Run your own lightning node 24/7/365. It's not very demanding, an Arduino or Raspberry Pi could do it (in fact, your internet router could probably do it, which is kinda convenient as being online 24/7/365 is what a router's designed for)

This just seems like a huge barrier to entry for newcomers, because many average
persons are neither willing nor able to run LN-related software 24/7. If the solution
is a centralized service that watches your open LN channels, there are obviously
several disadvantages inherent to a centralized solution.

Well, watchtowers aren't even an option yet, the code for the protocol doesn't exist AFAIK. As stated elsewhere in the thread, eltoo simplifies the situation, and there's probably more room for improvement too.

I personally think that having a small server running out of your house will slowly become a cultural norm, as lightning nodes are certainly not the only reason something like that is useful.
5  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Was Sergei Skripal poisoned by the Russians? on: September 12, 2018, 12:53:54 PM
I know you're still sore from the repeated spankings I gave you the other day but you're just making things up and outright lying now.

You're letting your ego drive you far too much. I don't really care about internet ego, that's why I don't need to use derogatory labels in order to protect mine.

You can't trust the Russians just the same as the Brits

Who needs proof when the media will spread what message you want out there for you. It's the same thing with the suspecting Iraq of having Nuclear weapons and Afghanistan harbouring Bin Laden which was used to justify the entire invasions:

Apparently requesting proof of any evidence is just a delaying tactic these days. Now we've just got to wait and see what sanctions or repercussions they try to put on Russia.

I don't trust the Russians. I don't trust the UK. I don't trust the media (Russian, US or UK), but this doesn't fit in with your strawman does it. I just happen to think this is more likely -- get that, more likely ie not a fact -- a Russian hit job, but apparently according to you that makes me a sheep for believing the narrative the media are also going with (but is it not possible that this might actually just be a Russian hit?), but those facts don't line up with your narrative and obvious biases of being so anti-state/media, so you'd be blind to the truth anyway and stick to inventing your own conspiracies instead.

If you're going to try pick apart or attack something I said please make sure I've actually said it first.

Well, you've said you lean towards believing the story the British police have put forward about Skripal. But their story doesn't make any sense; apparently, both Skripal and his daughter both touched the doorknob that had been sprayed with a fast acting nerve agent, when in reality it would be unlikely that both would close the front door to Skripal's house. That would be incredibly sloppy on behalf of those conducting an attack, depending on which of the 2 Skripals they were targeting. There's no way they could be sure which of the 2 would close the door! Then, having both used the front doorknob, they walked to a restaurant, where Sergei is reported by eyewitnesses to have been in an angry tirade, then went to the park. Only then, a few hours after being poisoned, did they succumb to a fatal and fast acting nerve agent.

This cannot be correct. You don't need a journalist to come along and say "the UK Police and Theresa May's government lied about the events of the Skripal case", as was the case with the Blair government's lies about Saddam Hussein's WMD, or about Osama bin Laden being protected by the Taliban (it's not even clear that this was a lie, I've never seen convincing evidence about exactly who was protecting Bin Laden or anywhere he lived subsequent to the September 11th attacks).

But I gt the feeling this is exactly how you're processing this: you're waiting for someone you trust to tell you what to think. This is not critical thinking about the facts, you're just following other's points of view if so. Feel free to prove me wrong, but you're not well known for using factual arguments at this stage.
6  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Was Sergei Skripal poisoned by the Russians? on: September 11, 2018, 05:50:54 PM
Maybe, but who are you trying to fool with this theory:

The British and Russian govs are probably doing a joint PR operation here, and the objective is likely to push people with strong anti or pro Russian positions even further into entrenchment (and subsequently ratchet up the "cold war 2.0" narrative). So it's likely good old fashioned divide & conquer, basically. That's been the outcome after all; pro-russians & anti-russians have a bigger distrust between them than ever, and the only benefit can be whatever outcome of the cold war 2.0 narrative is desired (which is likely both governments becoming more repressive, because public safety)

Because we're going to need to see some sources and evidence for this as well, or is it just another wild idiotic conspiracy theory based on absolutely nothing? Or are you claiming you actually know more than both the Russian and UK security services combined?

Maybe it's you that needs to read before you talk; at no point do I suggest I know anything, hence use of conditions such as "probably" and "likely".

And curiously, you fall perfectly into the outcome I suggested: that of an unthinking cheerleader for whatever suits your personality and tribal loyalties. You're simply repeating what you've been told by people you trust, whereas history should demonstrate to you that trusting the corporate media on important matters is frequently a mistake.
7  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Black Mirror and the "Chinese new social credit system" on: September 10, 2018, 09:19:34 PM

I will never participate in such a system, no matter the consequences. 
8  Other / Ivory Tower / Re: Donald Trump has been ordered not to meet Nigel Farage. on: September 10, 2018, 04:58:25 PM
We seem to have got rid of the monopolies commission, and reporting on the balance of trade in the UK. Our government has been busy selling off our national assets, and giving the money raised to the Deep State bankers via the Keiser Reich.

Now the women are fat and ungainly, and so are the big international corporations.


JetCash might be highlighting a problem with the merit system here: how do all the people who awarded merit points to the JetCash account get them back, now that he's started posting weird/incoherent posts?
9  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2018-09-01] The Economist: Show me the Money & Riding the Rollercoaster on: September 10, 2018, 02:57:16 PM
Alternative title:

"The longest list of reasons why Bitcoin is bad we could come up with", written by unbiased dependents of the incumbent financial system

10  Bitcoin / Press / [2018-09-01] The Economist: Show me the Money & Riding the Rollercoaster on: September 10, 2018, 02:54:57 PM
Show me the money - Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are nigh on useless. For blockchains, the jury is still out

An old saying holds that markets are ruled by either greed or fear. Greed once governed cryptocurrencies. The price of Bitcoin, the best-known, rose from about $900 in December 2016 to $19,000 a year later.
Recently, fear has been in charge. Bitcoin’s price has fallen back to around $7,000; the prices of other cryptocurrencies, which followed it on the way up, have collapsed, too. No one knows where prices will go from here. Calling the bottom in a speculative mania is as foolish as calling the top. It is particularly hard with cryptocurrencies because, as our Technology Quarterly this week points out, there is no sensible way to reach any particular valuation. It was not supposed to be this way. Bitcoin, the first and still the most popular cryptocurrency, began life as a techno-anarchist project to create an online version of cash, a way for people to transact without the possibility of interference from malicious governments or banks. A decade on, it is barely used for its intended purpose. Users must wrestle with complicated software and give up all the consumer protections they are used to. Few vendors accept it. Security is poor. Other cryptocurrencies are used even less. With few uses to anchor their value, and little in the way of regulation, cryptocurrencies have instead become a focus for speculation. Some people have made fortunes as cryptocurrency prices have zoomed and dived; many early punters have cashed out. Others have lost money. It seems unlikely that this
latest boom-bust cycle will be the last. Economists define a currency as something that can be at once a medium of exchange, a store of value and a unit of account. Lack of adoption and loads of volatility mean that cryptocurrencies satisfy none of those criteria. That does not mean they are going to go away (though scrutiny from regulators concerned about the fraud and sharp practice that is rife in the industry may dampen excitement in future). But as things stand there is little reason to think that cryptocurrencies will remain more than an overcomplicated, untrustworthy casino. Can blockchains the underlying technology that powers
cryptocurrencies do better? These are best thought of as an idiosyncratic form of database, in which records are copied among all the system’s users rather than maintained by a central authority, and where entries cannot be altered once written. Proponents believe these features can help solve all sorts of problems, from streamlining bank payments and guaranteeing the provenance of medicines to securing property rights
and providing unforgeable identity documents for refugees.

Nothing to lose but your blockchains
Those are big claims. Many are made by cryptocurrency speculators, who hope that stoking excitement around blockchains will boost the value of their related cryptocurrency holdings. Yet firms that deploy blockchains often end up throwing out many of the features that make them distinctive. And shuttling data continuously between users makes them slower than conventional databases. As these limitations become more widely known, the hype is starting to cool. A few organisations, such as SWIFT, a bank payment network, and Stripe, an online-payments firm, have abandoned blockchain projects, concluding that the costs outweigh the benefits. Most other projects are still experimental, though that does not stop wild claims. Sierra Leone, for instance, was widely reported to have conducted a “blockchain-powered” election earlier this year. It had not. Just because blockchains have been overhyped does not mean they are useless. Their ability to bind their users into an agreed way of working may prove helpful in arenas where there is no central authority, such as international trade. But they are no panacea against the usual dangers of large technology projects: cost, complexity and overcooked expectations. Cryptocurrencies have fallen far short of their ambitious goals. Blockchain advocates have yet to prove that the underlying technology can live up to the grand claims made for it.

Bitcoin: Riding the Rollercoaster - The best-known cryptocurrency has been a failure as a means of payment, but thrilling for speculators

The price chart at CoinDesk, a cryptocurrency news site, begins on July 18th 2010, when a bitcoin could be had for $0.09. By November 2013 it had reached $1,124. In the summer of 2017 it started to take off, reaching over $19,000 in December. By end-March 2018 it was back down below $7,000 and in late August it was hovering between $6,400 and $6,500 (see chart, next page). That has made a few people very rich (just 100 accounts own 19% of all existing bitcoin), encouraged others to play for quickgains and left some nursing substantial losses. Bitcoin was never meant to be an object of speculation. When the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto published a short paper outlining his plan for bitcoin a decade ago, it was as a political project. Bitcoin’s roots lie in the “cypherpunk” movement, a philosophy that combines an anarchic dislike of governments and large companies with the techno-Utopian belief that computers and cryptography can liberate and protect people. Much of the early development of the internet was informed by similar ideas. Bitcoin was intended as a computerised version of cash or gold, a “censorship-resistant” alternative to online payment systems run by companies such as Visa and PayPal. If trust in a central authority could be replaced with trust in computer code and mathematics, users could cut out the middleman and deal directly with each other, rugged individualist to rugged individualist. Electronic cash is not a new idea. In a paper published in 1982 David Chaum, a computer scientist, had suggested using cryptography to create electronic cash, and the cypherpunks had been kicking such ideas around since the late 1990s. What made Mr Nakamoto’s invention stand out was that he had found a solution to one of the biggest problems with computerised money how to keep users from spending the same digital coin repeatedly without relying on a trusted authority to check every transaction. With a physical currency, this problem mostly takes care of itself. Once a coin or note has been handed over, its original owner can no longer spend it. But digital currencies are just wisps of information on a computer, and computers are designed to move and copy information easily. Mr Nakamoto solved the problem by handing the job of policing the system to its users. Bitcoin is designed to generate a permanent, constantly growing list of every transaction ever performed with the currency the “blockchain”. Since all users have a copy of the system’s records, they would spot attempts to spend the same bitcoin twice. A centralised institution like a bank can simply update its internal records every time its customers perform a transaction. Since bitcoin is decentralised, though, all transactions must be broadcast to everyone on the network so that they can update their local copies of the blockchain. When two parties want to make a transaction, they alert everyone else of their intention. Those proposed transactions are bundled into blocks by a subset of users called “miners”, whose job is to maintain the records and ensure their integrity. Every block is connected to its predecessor by a chain of cryptographic links, which makes it next to impossible to alter records once finalised. In order to prevent malicious miners from subverting that process, bitcoin requires something called “proof of work”, in which
miners demonstrate their commitment by competing to crack mathematical problems that are hard to solve but whose solutions are easy to check. Only the winner of each competition is allowed to add a block to the chain. The network aims for an average block-generation rate of one every ten minutes. If blocks come in faster than this, mining is made harder to slow things down. All that computation takes a lot of electricity, and hence money, so each new block earns its miner a reward, starting off at 50 bitcoin in 2009 and programmed to halve every four years. It is currently 12.5 bitcoin, or around $80,000. These block rewards are the only source of new bitcoin in the system. Mr Nakamoto argued that central banks cannot be trusted not to debase their currencies by printing money, so he set a hard limit of 21m for the number of bitcoin that could ever be mined. All this may sound complicated, but the system generally works. Bitcoin can be used to make payments between any two users of the software, and though the experience is not exactly like using cash, it is a reasonable electronic analogue. Even so, bitcoin has failed to become an established currency, let alone as its more ideological supporters had hoped to flourish as an alternative to the traditional financial system.
One reason is that it is still not user-friendly. All participants have to download specialist software, and getting traditional money into and out of bitcoin’s ecosystem is fiddly. Moreover, although the lack of a central authority makes the system resilient to attempts at coercion, it also means that if something goes wrong, there is no one who can fix it. The original idea was that bitcoin users would “be their own banks”, responsible for the security oftheir own funds, says David Gerard, a cryptocurrency-watcher and systems administrator. But that is harder than it sounds. If you lose access to your stash of bitcoinsay, by mislaying a USB stick or accidentally overwriting a hard drive it can be impossible to recover. Many users therefore store their bitcoin on exchanges (companies that let users trade ordinary currency for the cryptographic sort). But many exchanges are amateurish operations and have an unenviable record of being hacked. And when bitcoins are stolen, there is no insurance scheme to make the owners whole. Nor are there any other protections of the sort that modern consumers take for granted. Mr Nakamoto’s original paper proudly points out that with bitcoin, chargebacks (used when a credit-card holder disputes a transaction) are impossible. There are structural problems, too. The size of an individual block of transactions is fixed, and the network enforces an average block-generation rate of one every ten minutes. In practice, that limits bitcoin’s throughput to around seven transactions per second. (Visa’s payment network can manage tens of thousands.) So when demand for bitcoin transactions is high, the system clogs up. Users have to accept that their transactions may be delayed or not go through at all, or offer miners extra fees as an incentive to prioritise their payments. Mr Nakamoto had hoped that bitcoin’s transaction fees would settle at fractions of a cent, but at the height of the boom in late 2017 they briefly reached $55. They have since come down to about $0.65.

Faster, faster
Bitcoin’s developers have tried various tweaks and workarounds to ease the jam. A scheme called SegWit, first introduced in August 2017, has provided a little extra wiggle room. A more ambitious proposal, called the Lightning Network, hopes to take the bulk of transactions off the ponderous blockchain system and getting users to trade directly with each other, but after a couple of years in development it remains plagued by reliability problems. One recent evaluation by Diar, the cryptocurrency-research firm, found that Lightning transactions became increasingly less likely to be completed successfully as they got bigger. Volatility, insecurity and occasional congestion make for a poor currency, so bitcoin has done best on the economic fringes. One use is for buying drugs and other dodgy items from online black markets, where buyers and sellers are prepared to put up with the downsides because they want to cover their tracks. It can help citizens of countries with currency controls get around them, says Alistair Milne, a financial economist at the University of Loughborough. And some cyber-criminals have turned to it for ransom demands. Legitimate businesses, with a few exceptions, have proved more cautious. A report from JPMorgan published in 2017 found that, of the top 500 online retailers, only three accepted bitcoin, down from five the year before. Among those that have stopped supporting it are Expedia, a travel agency, and Valve, which runs Steam, an online video-games shop (which cited “high fees and volatility” as the reasons). Chainalysis, a research firm based in New York that tracks data from 17 different bitcoin merchant payment processors, found that monthly transactions peaked in September 2017 at $411m, and had declined to $60m by May this year.

The South Sea bubble redux
The volatility that makes bitcoin unattractive as a currency also makes it an exciting target for speculation. “If we’re being honest,” says Tim Swanson, the founder of Post Oak Labs, a firm that provides technology advice, “the majority of people are buying [cryptocurrencies] because they hope the price will go up, rather than for any great philosophical reason.” Condemnation from prominent figures has only added to the
currency’s allure. Warren Buffett, a wealthy American investor, has called bitcoin “rat poison”. Jamie Dimon, the boss of JPMorgan (the sort of financial institution that bitcoin fans dislike) has described it as “a fraud”. A research note from Goldman Sachs, a bank, published in July, describes cryptocurrencies as “a mania” and concludes that they “garner far more attention than is warranted”. Still, back in May the same bank announced its intention to open a cryptocurrency trading desk, citing demand from its customers. Autonomous Next, a financial-research firm, reckons that 175 cryptocurrency funds were set up in 2017, up from just 20 the year before. Would-be punters will need a strong stomach. Bitcoin is thinly traded and barely regulated, and rumours of large-scale price manipulation have been supported by unusual trading patterns on
exchanges. A paper published by two researchers at the University of Texas at Austin asks whether Tether, another cryptocurrency, is being used to prop up the price of bitcoin. Governments are beginning to take notice. In May South Korean regulators raided Upbit, that country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange. In the same month America’s justice department began a criminal investigation into manipulation of bitcoin’s price. Official scrutiny, and the recent drop in prices, have spooked many investors. Goldman Sachs argues that bitcoin remains overvalued. But for every bear there is a bull. Tim Draper, a venture capitalist who made his fortune backing technology companies, has forecast that by 2022 a bitcoin will be worth $250,000.

11  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2018-09-10] EU Lawmaker Wants Standard Regulations to Allow 'Passport' for ICO on: September 10, 2018, 12:51:48 PM
The internet is the whole world, it doesn't have a border that ends in the EU or anywhere else (even internet users in China and North Korea can find ways to reach the world outside).

So the only way this kind of effort could really work would be if there were a unanimous agreement around the world to implement a passport for ALL internet usage. This would only perpetuate the cat and mouse game further though, as people could build a private internet that doesn't require the passport.

The sooner that governements and their politicians realise that internet tech is more powerful than they are, the better. This story is a sign they will not, of course, go down without a fight. I expect that their self-interest will get the better of them, however.
12  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Lightning Network Discussion Thread on: September 10, 2018, 11:03:46 AM
Can I install LN node and daemon on Ubuntu 14.04?
I try but cannot compile..

The 1990s are calling: use ./configure!
The 1990s are calling: use ./configure!
make: *** [ccan/config.h] Error 1

install automake, then do ./configure && make
13  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Was Sergei Skripal poisoned by the Russians? on: September 09, 2018, 05:55:37 PM
so far there's more believable evidence presented showing Russian involvement and that's the way I'm leaning right now

There's no evidence of that at all. Your preferred version of the story is also a theory, the British government announcements are actually very carefully written in a such a way that they don't make any direct accusations, although they strongly insinuate a Russian state intelligence role nevertheless.

But the British government still plainly state that they do not have adequate evidence, and yet you believe you have more evidence (from reading newspaper articles) than they do. "It's easier to fool people than it is to convince them they've been fooled"
14  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Was Sergei Skripal poisoned by the Russians? on: September 09, 2018, 03:26:38 PM
Jet Cash obviously wants to believe the one that suits his agenda more hence the conspiracy he's already proposed. You can't trust the Russians just the same as the Brits, but in this case -- and in my opinion -- this is more likely to be a Russian-lead attack rather than a false flag committed by the UK.

The version of the story offered by the website you linked to is an accusation of conspiracy too. You're one of these people who don't know what the word "conspiracy" actually means, but still use it anyway
15  Other / Ivory Tower / Re: Donald Trump has been ordered not to meet Nigel Farage. on: September 09, 2018, 01:50:20 PM
Now, that we are done with the sad and cliche false equivalence argument, "liberalism" has been the dominant ideology for AT LEAST the last generation if not 2 in the West. This whole turn towards conservatism is a referendum in clear rejection of the documented failures of this ideology, true to name or not. The pendulum has swung too far to the left and the people are pulling it back.

There's nothing liberal about large companies being allowed to out-compete smaller independent businesses, that's the opposite of liberal. I agree that it's a problem, but conservative politicians does not and never has delivered what conservative politicians are promising now. It's a trick, in other words.
16  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Was Sergei Skripal poisoned by the Russians? on: September 09, 2018, 01:20:21 PM
It is no surprise to me that almost no-one in this discussion is interested in the totality of the actual evidence. You're mostly making assumptions and suppositions about what is true and what is false, and solely based on which story you prefer, not whether aspects of either story is or isn't credible. Both stories are flawed.

The totality is that it is part of a fake initiative to discredit Russia

There's no evidence to support that (and you'll probably never find any).

You're treating it very absolutely, that there are only 2 options: either one trusts the British establishment's interpretation. or the Russian establishment's interpretation. These are not the only 2 possibilities, however. You're right to distrust the British establishment, but the same reasoning can be equally applied to distrust the Russian establishment too.
17  Other / Serious discussion / Re: Was Sergei Skripal poisoned by the Russians? on: September 09, 2018, 10:26:02 AM
It is no surprise to me that almost no-one in this discussion is interested in the totality of the actual evidence. You're mostly making assumptions and suppositions about what is true and what is false, and solely based on which story you prefer, not whether aspects of either story is or isn't credible. Both stories are flawed.

This Salisbury story is a part of a very serious trend in world events, your only loyalty ought to be to the truth. When no serious investigation is taking place on the part of those whose professional duty is to investigate cases like these, it is your responsibility to do the most objective job you can with the material you have available, i.e. as if you were the jury in an actual trial, where real people's real futures were at stake, which they are. It's sad, but that's not what's happening in this thread.
18  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: How to:Running a hybrid full node = Broadcasting to clearnet and TOR hidden net on: September 05, 2018, 10:47:41 AM
so as i understand now, i have to run a hidden service to broadcast to TOR, no easier way to do that.

You can run a listening node on Tor, that will broadcast transactions to the Bitcoin network

when i do that, i also broadcast to clearnet? i would like to run hybrid mode.

Yes. It doesn't matter if you use a hidden service IP or not, transactions relayed by your node will reach the non-Tor Bitcoin network.
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: How to:Running a hybrid full node = Broadcasting to clearnet and TOR hidden net on: September 04, 2018, 04:32:12 PM
There's a link in the linked article that goes directly to the TOR Project's website. That's what it is telling people to download and extract. Furthermore, the link is to the download page, not a directly download link itself.

What malware might be running on the initially linked page? Linking to 3rd party guides always carries a risk, why do that when one can directly use the sources a 3rd party guide links to?
20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: How to:Running a hybrid full node = Broadcasting to clearnet and TOR hidden net on: September 03, 2018, 06:15:41 PM
Right click the file and ‘Extract all’. Open the new directory, then the one named ‘Tor’. Double click on Tor.exe.

Sounds suspicious, there's no need to do that at all.

My advice: Do not do this. Follow the guide in the docs at the Bitcoin page.
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