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1  Economy / Services / Seeking Immediate VPN Service and .ch/.is/.kp domain reg + VPS. on: May 25, 2013, 01:17:27 AM
On behalf of an acquaintance I am seeking a VPN service which accepts BTC, accepts registration via TOR, does not require an email address for registration and rotates IPs often, you other VPN providers know who I am talking about. Basically a VPN service with a little bit of anonymous honor.

I have been around BitcoinTalk for a little while and would vouch for this acquaintance and assert there will be no activity conducted which is illegal in any country that I am aware of. Simply for the purpose of HTTP based research and data collection which may be uncomfortable to some entities.

Let me know the following if interested in providing VPN services:

1) technical specs (you know what I mean)
2) monthly/quarterly/annual costs in BTC
3) server locations and class size per location
4) length of time in operation

Thanks!

-TZB
2  Bitcoin / Legal / Re: How to live off of your Bitcoins? on: September 10, 2012, 02:12:13 AM
Move to Barbados, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Estonia, Isle of Man, Singapore or any other country without any capital gains tax.  You could also become a sovereign citizen and hop around the planet with multiple residencies and passports.

Sovereign citizen is an oxymoron. I am sure that was your intent right?
3  Bitcoin / Legal / Re: Bitcoin he-said she-said, or, will digitally signed payment requests be needed? on: September 10, 2012, 01:31:27 AM
We need a payment protocol with non-refudiation built in.

See https://gist.github.com/2217885 for a multisig version (the singlesig version is simpler, but the merchant <-> customer communication will be the same).


FTFY Smiley

When Stephen posted this earlier I started banging my head trying to figure out a solution to the scenario he depicted. I failed, I visited this scenario a year ago and still didn't have an answer. I think he is teasing me to use my brain better as he likely understands Bitcoin scripting better than I or many of us. Give us the answer Stephen!! Smiley

Regardless, when he mentioned this again today and even when I thought about it a year ago...MultiSig or a derivative seemed like the only answer...it still does.

I am confident that there is a way to execute escrow solely between two parties for everyday common transactions.

Will keep banging my head on the desk to figure out how.
4  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Letter of concern to the board of BitTalk Media Inc. (MNW 80K Fraud) on: September 10, 2012, 12:03:09 AM

and with with.

Quote
...position he might have
with with BitTalk Media Ltd...

I am thinking that a legal assistant/proofreader/contract writing service might be something to make available to the community...hmm. I'm on it. Smiley
5  Bitcoin / Legal / Bitcoinica Suit on: September 09, 2012, 08:55:35 PM
Referencing the post here:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=96118.msg1112347#msg1112347

and complaint here:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_ECG6JRZs-7dTZ5QS0xcUkxQjQ/edit#

After a cursory reading of the complaint I am getting the feeling that the Plaintiff's will fail to secure relief/judgement in their favor.

Has anyone reviewed the complaint? Thoughts?
6  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Letter of concern to the board of BitTalk Media Inc. (MNW 80K Fraud) on: September 09, 2012, 08:13:09 PM
damage damage?
7  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: I'm giving 100% ROI away to anyone who thinks pirate is a fraud on: September 09, 2012, 05:47:13 PM
The only problem is, courts could decline to judge a gentlemen's bet. However those who tried to hedge against pirate's default, and which Matt knew by his own admission, might claim damages by willfully leading them on. Who knows, maybe Matt tried to corner the debt market himself, which would lead this into outright fraud territority and liability.

IANAL

Yea, I suppose you are right. If a court would rule on such a bet, I still believe they would rule against MW...and I don't think it would be a difficult ruling for them to make. I learned the hard way in a contract dispute matter where I was the plaintiff and lost due to my ignorance in reading and fully understanding agreements and contracts, written or not.
8  Economy / Gambling discussion / Re: I'm giving 100% ROI away to anyone who thinks pirate is a fraud on: September 09, 2012, 05:20:38 PM
Is it time to take bets on whether MW would lose a case at judge.me or in RL court? I don't gamble but I am confident he would lose his argument in a RL court and likely at judge.me.

His mistake was accepting and agreeing to renegotiation of his initial offer. His initial offer as I see was simply a request, not a requirement...

To make your bets easier to read, please stick to the following format:
Code:
20BTC
13dSK4663Ts7j2PwHS1eUVjycKLBwx7PJM
Optional comment

When a party declined his request to follow a specific format and submitted an alternate format he should never agreed to that alternate format. By agreeing to the alternate format he vitiated his original offer. Whether "that" address was in his previous offer is moot. "that" address becomes the agreed upon submission.

I believe that any submission where he specifically accepted or agreed, he would be liable for the terms, if this matter went to a court. He would additionally be liable for any arbitrary conditions placed in the "Optional comment" section of the submission.

IMHO
9  Economy / Services / [WTB] Vectorization of existing logo + site frontend work on: September 07, 2012, 11:17:33 PM
I have been commissioned to rework a site for a non-profit and have donated some of my time to do so. You will not be asked to donate your time.

I am looking for someone to work with to do some vectors of existing logo and similar elements. I have a budget to work with although small. I am also looking for someone (preferably the same individual) to work with on some of the frontend work for the site. Again I have a budget but not significant (think hundreds of USD, not thousands, or 10s of BTC not hundreds). You will be paid in BTC only.

We must be able to work together as I have all the backend code done (or 95% of it done anyway) and you must have strong CSS and Bootstrap related skills. If you are interested in a new project and have the skills necessary to implement CSS heavy sites, please contact me to discuss.

I will not waste your time if I can't afford you, please don't waste mine either.

Contact me and show any examples/portfolio you might be proud of. If you don't have an example/portfolio to show (as I don't either because I am strictly backend), no problem, I will ask you to show me some examples of frontend/vector work you _could_ do....but I would fully expect that you _could_ do what you show me. Smiley

Thanks for your time!
10  Economy / Computer hardware / Re: Does anyone buy 5770's, 58xx's or Silver PSU's anymore? on: August 16, 2012, 03:35:38 PM
Sorry, everything is sold now.
11  Economy / Currency exchange / [WTS] BTC for Vanilla Visa on: August 10, 2012, 12:40:56 AM
To be clear, I have BTC, I want Vanilla Visa (more than one occasion). Sometimes I will only need the VV data (virtual card), sometimes I will need it mailed to me (physical). I am willing to pay a fee for mailing.

I typically would need a transaction to be completed within 4 - 6 hours of request. I am only interested in dealing with trusted and long time members (long time = > 6 months + successful TXs, + on Honest Traders thread).

I need ~$100 VV card right now. I can send BTC within minutes of an agreement on terms/fees.

Anyone interested?
12  Economy / Computer hardware / Re: Does anyone buy 5770's, 58xx's or Silver PSU's anymore? on: August 03, 2012, 08:09:47 PM
5850s and 5770s are all gone now. I have two XFX 5830s remaining ($75 each), one Seasonic ST-12D850 850W PSU (80+ Silver, $75), one PC Power/Cooling 650W PSU (80+ $40), a few rig motherboard sets (MB/CPU/2GB, $55 - $75 each set) and some 1x and 16x extenders ($3/$5).

All prices do not include shipping costs. Origination zip code is 93422.
13  Economy / Computer hardware / Does anyone buy 5770's, 58xx's or Silver PSU's anymore? on: August 02, 2012, 01:19:31 AM
I have a pile of GPUs and PSUs left over from our mining days. I have 6 or 7 5770s, 6 5850s and a couple 5830s. I also have 2 or more Seasonic Silver 850W units and some other 80+ PSUs...and some rig gear (MB, CPU, RAM, 1x/16x Extenders).

Anyone interested? If so I can shoot some photos your way upon request.

IIRC we were getting 220+ Mhash/s on these 5770s while core/mem voltage/clock tuned down to where we were under 100W each. Smiley We were Glakkeclock fans/contributors.

The fun days hacking on ADL/Hardware...

Holler if interested, make an offer. Check my rep...

Thanks!

-TZB
14  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Introducing the Bitcoin 100: A Kickstarter for BUSINESSES! on: March 29, 2012, 05:48:08 AM
Have you done business/trades with Roger? If so, and a success then great for you. I tried recently and it failed miserably. I recovered my funds fortunately, never thought Roger would keep them and he didn't, but the experience definitively turned my wife off to Bitcoin trades. Now I have to do it without her permission.

Roger has done much for the Bitcoin community and I applaud that, however MD needs some massaging with regard to how they treat customers...and not just for Bitcoin trades, I have pointed several California and US based educational institutions to buy fiber/other products from MD for years, they have reported satisfaction in most but not all transactions.

Keep up the Bitcoin support Roger, but massage Bitcoin physical trade TXs and customer experience a bit. I think it would prove itself on your bottom line.

Trent,
Thank you so much for your past referrals. 
From what I recall of your specific order, you were trying to buy Bitcoins from me via credit card.
The card and information you were using set off just about every red flag possible indicating credit card fraud.
I am not saying that I think you actually were trying to commit CC fraud,  but it didn't look safe enough from my end to justify the risk.
I don't think I even billed your CC,  so I never even had your money.
Unfortunately we have had to reject between 1/3 to 1/2 of our Bitcoin orders due to the high risk of fraud, 
but I am glad to say after selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoins by CC and Paypal,  I have not had a single fraudulent order slip through. 
If anyone else is ever unhappy with an order,  they are welcome to contact me about it directly at any time.   
I will personally work to take care of any problem.
roger@memorydealers.com

I will continue to push business MD's way. In my book, Roger still rocks, although my wife (whose CC it is) vowed I would not have sex until I sent Roger a nasty email. Roger, I have to PM you something nasty, sorry.

The only reason I know this was a fudge on MD/Roger's part (or likely his processor, somebody perhaps in TO or Vallejo?) is because in the late 90's I wrote much of the pattern match code that FD used for AVS (the backend that Visa/MC used/uses). Granted, they may not still use that today but I feel confident I know how they work. They do put the fear of God in merchants. Roger, get to know (personally) some of the folks here. I am in your neighborhood in a month for a convention.

On Topic: I pledge $500 to NewEgg and $500 to MD, oh wait, MD accepts BTC? Expect some orders... Smiley
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Introducing the Bitcoin 100: A Kickstarter for BUSINESSES! on: March 29, 2012, 02:10:31 AM
You know what I like about this idea/thread? It's backed by Roger Ver, somebody who already has an established presence on the web, thus offering an official voice, of sorts, to other online entities, raising further awareness to Bitcoin.

~Bruno~

Have you done business/trades with Roger? If so, and a success then great for you. I tried recently and it failed miserably. I recovered my funds fortunately, never thought Roger would keep them and he didn't, but the experience definitively turned my wife off to Bitcoin trades. Now I have to do it without her permission.

Roger has done much for the Bitcoin community and I applaud that, however MD needs some massaging with regard to how they treat customers...and not just for Bitcoin trades, I have pointed several California and US based educational institutions to buy fiber/other products from MD for years, they have reported satisfaction in most but not all transactions.

Keep up the Bitcoin support Roger, but massage Bitcoin physical trade TXs and customer experience a bit. I think it would prove itself on your bottom line.

16  Economy / Trading Discussion / Re: Mt Gox thinks it's the Fed. Freezes acc based on "tainted" coins. on: March 26, 2012, 01:21:31 AM
I intended to use Gox tomorrow (Monday 03/26) to exchange some USD for some BTC. Now I am concerned and likely won't use Gox with this recent news unless Mark or Staff can answer how they are blocking accounts...

Gox: Are you blocking incoming BTC (into Gox) at the border and not during trades? I mean, if I execute a trade with someone who has some "taint" do I then become tainted?

I am a Level 0 (non-AML) and intended tomorrow to move a few hundred dollars of USD into Gox (< $400), buy coins and transfer BTC out, do I pose a risk of having my account kiked if I accept a "tainted" coin via a trade? How in the hell would I know if a coin is "tainted" during a trade?

If there is the _SLIGHTEST_ chance that my account could be blocked for such activity, I would cease to use Gox. The second to last time I used Gox and tried to do a BTC withdrawal of just 200 BTC they had a "hiccup" in their system, gave me what appeared to be a valid TX ID but never pushed it onto the network. 36 hours later I found it was their hiccup, not mine...via Mark. Fortunately myself and the recipient of the coins were understanding and brushed it away.

I think it would behoove you (Gox) to explain this a little better so those of us who want nothing to do with "tainted" coins can choose how to conduct ourselves.

Thanks!
17  Bitcoin / Mining / Re: First power bill for my 6 GH/s rig on: March 13, 2012, 01:21:27 AM
I save these threads that start out "First power bill for my 6 GH/s rig" and end up about volkswagen vans, spark plugs, thermodynamic theory and oil coolers...to read when I have had too much to drink.

Based on the cost/performance I would guess somewhere in the $0.10 per kW/h that the OP is paying. Anyone else have a guess if the OP doesn't share? Or did I miss the actual numbers? Smiley
18  Economy / Lending / Re: [LOAN NEEDED] [CLOSED] 180 BTC on: March 12, 2012, 06:53:01 AM
Patrick was a pleasure to deal with!

Thread closed/locked.
19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Hacked Linode & coins stolen to 1NRy8GbX56MymBhDYMyqsNKwW9VupqKVG7 on: March 02, 2012, 03:52:18 AM
Getting access to the Linode admin UI doesn't give access to the server itself.  You can view the console, but you just get the login prompt.  You still need the server's password to log in.

To reset the password the server has to be shut down so that /etc/shadow can be modified.  At that point they could just go in and grab the data, but they most likely used Linode's password changer to minimize the downtime to a few seconds to help prevent getting caught.

A reboot wouldn't be required if they got access to the Linode hosts, but it doesn't sound like that was the case here.  I'm guessing the exploit is in their web-based server management.

This is by far one of the scariest things about the process.  Considering Slush and the Faucet were compromised at roughly the same time, it points to the flaw being in Linode's administrative control panel.  A -very- scary situation, considering Linode is one of the largest VPS providers around.

I'm late to the party. None of my bitcoind Linodes have been compromised...yet. Come and get 'em...all my coins are hot now.

I guess it was mostly the 'highest profile' targets that got hit, which explains Gavin getting chosen (although I always thought the faucet kept a rather low amount of coins in it at any time to a roughly equal inflow/outflow of coins or the fact that it used to run empty often

Yea, that is a reason to remain 'low profile'. But the faucet...yea, that just doesn't make sense. 5, 20 or 100 coins, grabbing from the faucet will hurt the end game.


20  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Hacked Linode & coins stolen to 1NRy8GbX56MymBhDYMyqsNKwW9VupqKVG7 on: March 02, 2012, 03:07:59 AM
Getting access to the Linode admin UI doesn't give access to the server itself.  You can view the console, but you just get the login prompt.  You still need the server's password to log in.

To reset the password the server has to be shut down so that /etc/shadow can be modified.  At that point they could just go in and grab the data, but they most likely used Linode's password changer to minimize the downtime to a few seconds to help prevent getting caught.

A reboot wouldn't be required if they got access to the Linode hosts, but it doesn't sound like that was the case here.  I'm guessing the exploit is in their web-based server management.

This is by far one of the scariest things about the process.  Considering Slush and the Faucet were compromised at roughly the same time, it points to the flaw being in Linode's administrative control panel.  A -very- scary situation, considering Linode is one of the largest VPS providers around.

I'm late to the party. None of my bitcoind Linodes have been compromised...yet. Come and get 'em...all my coins are hot now.
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