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821  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Why Google Is the New Evil Empire on: April 22, 2015, 03:39:30 PM
The hard part is my phone. Since they own Android it is impossible to get away from google using Android. There is a project to make an Ubuntu Linux phone, but it's taking forever.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CyanogenMod (though Microsoft have invested now)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replicant_(operating_system)

or just keep using Android but without a Google account and use the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-Droid store for everything instead
Yes, thanks. I have heard of these also but not checked them out. I do use GetJar as an alternate repository. Although it has been buggy for me.
822  Economy / Speculation / Re: Let's create scarcity via crowdpumping on: April 22, 2015, 03:24:54 PM
BTC does not need my help. The price is where it should be based on the supply and the demand. It is unhealthy to introduce altruism into the economy as it will only distort the price and cannot be sustained without an infinite number of bitcoins.

It may take years, even decades to get to a high valuation again. That's fine. This project is about fair money not high prices for bitcoin. 
823  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Is this how most people percieve Bitcoin? An NSA honeypot?? on: April 22, 2015, 03:15:03 PM
There is also the logic argument. Why? What kind of honeypot gives out honey?
824  Economy / Speculation / Re: Bitcoin simply are not worth ($10 or $9 or $8) on: April 21, 2015, 09:21:29 PM
You guys forgot to mention network security (look up the 51% attack) What is the cost of security and how do you even go about measuring it?


good question
Ah. It is a good question. The network does have disincentives that make a 51% attack illogical. If you have that much hash power you could attack and crash the market. It will destroy the price temporarily and your fake coins will be not be valuable enough to pay for the operation. In other words you could do it at a huge loss. Or you could use your hash power to create real coins with value and make a profit. Only an evil miner with money to lose launches a %51% attack. It would not end BTC either, it would be disruptive and hurt, but not kill. So why do it?  
825  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Any Legit places to buy BTC with CC on: April 21, 2015, 09:13:40 PM
I know you specifically asked about credit cards. But I find funding an account with a money order to be a cheap and less risky option. Not that Bit-X and other places are unsafe, its just that giving CC info can lead to access to more of your money in theory. A money order does not.  
826  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2015-4-21] Presidential Candidate Rand Paul Impresses at the NY Bitcoin Event on: April 21, 2015, 09:07:29 PM
On a related note, all other candidates were quoted as saying "A bit-what?"  Grin
827  Economy / Speculation / Re: speculating on speculation on: April 21, 2015, 08:59:11 PM
When did this style of website appear where you have everything on one page, and the links on the header just take you to different sections of the page? I've started seeing them everywhere recently.

http://demo.enginethemes.com/oneengine/

It's a wordpress theme that seems to have been almost universally embraced by irritating tech companies. I find it an instant turn off these days.
That is what I expected also. But I can't seem to find any indication that this site uses Word Press?

Anyway, happy to see a prediction market that uses BTC. I used to clean up at InTrade. If you are a news junky it is not that hard to outguess people.
828  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin vs Apple Pay on: April 21, 2015, 08:22:23 PM
Bitcoin  -->

Apple Pay  -->

PayPal  -->
829  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Why Google Is the New Evil Empire on: April 21, 2015, 08:08:44 PM
Here is a weird post script to my rant about Google/youtube. My wife was setting up her new unlocked phone over the weekend and I wanted to see how the fast processor rendered video. It was right out of the box and only just connected to wifi at a restaurant. (no cell service).

I went to youtube and when the page loaded it had a list of suggested videos that could only have been compiled for me. Weird videos that I have seen. The first being a Ryan Cleckner video on long range shooting. (The link is below and he is awesome at explaining things).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VA2PZBD5Tjg  

So what? Well, how the F did it know it was me? The only thing I have been able to come up with is that the camera ran a facial recognition search. This seems to Orwellian to be true, but I have no other theory. Anybody have another guess?
830  Economy / Goods / Re: Floyd Mayweather Jr Vs Manny Pacquiao Tickets - Boxing Championship - MGM Grand on: April 21, 2015, 07:52:56 PM
Care to explain prove yourself OP? Show the confirmation. Where did you pre-order from?

831  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Why Google Is the New Evil Empire on: April 21, 2015, 07:41:08 PM
I am un-googleing my life as time goes on. The utility they offer is no longer worth the security concerns I have. I search with StartPage or DuckDuckGo. I avoid google services or fill their databases with utter B.S. about me.
The hard part is my phone. Since they own Android it is impossible to get away from google using Android. There is a project to make an Ubuntu Linux phone, but it's taking forever.

Little by little Google is becoming evil. I think it was just last week they announced that not only are you forbidden from uploading youtube videos anonymously, you will not be allowed to view them anonymously anymore.

IMO, Google is the most powerful company on the planet. Their rise has revealed a major flaw in the internet as it exists today and the countermeasures are cryptography and anonymity. 
832  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Police Force Quits After Black Woman Elected Mayor on: April 21, 2015, 07:26:57 PM
Any cop who quits because the mayor is a black woman should have never been given a badge.
833  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Is this how most people percieve Bitcoin? An NSA honeypot?? on: April 21, 2015, 05:29:41 PM
People who want to believe in some grand conspiracy will find it in everything they see. Every world event, every system they don't understand, every one they don't know. Let them think what they will. Our edge is knowledge and while they daydream we grow.
834  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2015-04-20] americanbanker.com: Get Ready for the Rise of the Blockchain on: April 21, 2015, 04:20:08 PM
I think of this as a major risk for bitcoin. If banks can get people to adopt their alt coins then our banking woes will increase. There is even more room for mischief than if a bank is using fiat currencies. I am not trading anything except bitcoin with a bank. 
835  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: 21 inc info collection on: April 21, 2015, 04:09:47 PM
The "rumor" that I heard about 21 was that it was going to be an Internet of Things company for bitcoin mining. So your thermostat suddenly becomes a miner. It doesn't seem feasible (difficulty would go off the chart), but who knows?
Besides what kind of hashing power could possibly a thermostat have? It seems pretty pointless trying to compete against the big mining machines, how could you profit from it?

True. It would be utterly pointless. But I think they are looking to put wallets in everything not miners. A thermostat with a wallet is a powerful idea. For example your rent could include free heat. But if you want more heat than they offer you could buy 24 hours worth from your thermostat. The same chips could allow countless machines to be monetized. Your refrigerator could even manage it's own money, buying replacement parts when it breaks or ordering more milk when your out.

In a more distant future your car may notice that it's low on fuel as it drives you to work. While you read your email it is buying fuel at the next station and arranging it's place in the line.

 
836  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: What's your contribution to the Bitcoin ecosystem? on: April 21, 2015, 03:51:55 PM
This is the attitude that built bitcoin in the early adoption phase. That changed when speculation took over and the question became "What is the bitcoin ecosystem doing to make me rich"?

My efforts include asking if they take bitcoin at every sale.

Talking to small business owners about what they could have saved on that sale using BTC.

Only using bitcoin online. If they wont take bitcoin I tell them "too bad, I would have bought from you". Then I tell them where I will go to buy the same product.

Printing and distributing info-graphics, buttons, etc. All paid in BTC, of course.

For a few friends, I give them some bitcoin with their promise to spend it or donate it somewhere.

Making a point of patronizing restaurants, bars, and other places that take BTC. I do this both locally and when I travel.
837  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Where to get free bits.. on: April 21, 2015, 03:40:18 PM
You may want to consider saving yourself hours of work to get a few pennies. It's better to just open an account at an exchange and buy some. Otherwise a month from now you will have $0.09 and still will have never used bitcoin. 
838  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: How Asia uses Bitcoin in one color-coded map: Do you agree? Surprised? on: April 21, 2015, 03:36:12 PM
I think the map shows the most common use in these countries. Not that they are exclusively used that way.
839  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Is Centralization in the Bitcoin Ecosystem Inevitable? on: April 21, 2015, 03:33:55 PM
My bitcoins will be as centralized as I allow. I suspect that the future model for most BTC users will be a centralized system using traditional banking, shared private keys, etc. But that is not my future. With bitcoin I have the choice to hold my own keys, run my own node, be my own bank. I will continue to operate in the parallel bitcoin economy.  
840  Bitcoin / Legal / Re: Bitcoin is VAT-exempt in Spain on: April 20, 2015, 09:07:50 PM
Hmm. Strong dollar and now this. Maybe my next vacation should be a trip back to Espaņa?

Bro, you can go to Cyprus and start ANY Bitcoin related business there. No Tax, No regulations.
They are still trying to figure out a way how to handle Danny's rip off with Neo-Bee.

Btw, did you change your avatar?
That sounds cool also. I love to travel and meet bitcoin peers. It's awesome that every time I go I have more BTC options. And I did change my avatar. I saw it was available again and thought it was time for something new. Like a shitty picture of myself, lol.
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