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1  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin 20MB Fork on: February 02, 2015, 11:53:23 PM

This is a very important point.

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mircea_popescu: it was highlighted by intel about two weeks ago, and we're generally tracing it to philippines "top quality" content farms working for a number of (mostly ct and wash based) pr firms.
mircea_popescu: wasn't goping to say anything, but since it's public now..


I don't really understand your (nor Mircea's) point. Are you trying to say that some overt Bitcoin supporters are plants from PR companies doing positive astroturfing/Bitcoin brand amplification? Not just the standard negative trolling of style similar to the Something Awful?


It seems someone is indeed astroturfing. Not as a point of Bitcoin promotion, but promoting a certain kind of future for Bitcoin. It is very likely the grammatically correct, technically word salad posters are hired.
2  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin 20MB Fork on: February 02, 2015, 11:07:48 PM
I've noticed certain repeating characteristic in the writing of many members of this forum: they construct grammatically correct sentences but absolutely disregard the underlying semantics: incoming vs. outgoing, local vs. remote, source vs. destination, etc. Here in regards to TCP/IP ports, but I observed that in regards to pretty much any technical issue.

It reminds me of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_salad , but doesn't go as far in the unintelligibility. It is more akin to somebody just memorizing sentences and phrases without any sort of comprehension, something that actors have to do well.

What would be the real underlying psychological mechanism at work here? Conformism? Or maybe there is a physiological explanation, like some sort of milder http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korsakoff%27s_syndrome ?

I'm really puzzled, because I've noticed this also in some very visible and high-level people, eg. core developers talking about the hardware design instead of the software design.


This is a very important point.

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mircea_popescu: it was highlighted by intel about two weeks ago, and we're generally tracing it to philippines "top quality" content farms working for a number of (mostly ct and wash based) pr firms.
mircea_popescu: wasn't goping to say anything, but since it's public now..
3  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin 20MB Fork on: February 02, 2015, 10:56:36 PM
My understanding was that the 1MB limit was only ever a temporary measure to limit spam when there wasn't much real transaction volume.  Pretty sad if this ends up holding Bitcoin back.  Guess altcoins will be the future then.

so do i understad right: Bitcoin is over - one way or another?

No matter which side wins the argument, bitcoin is done and will cease to exist?

Well you'd think people could just learn to use Electrum or similar, rather than downloading the whole blockchain.

If you want any sort of privacy at all with Electrum you need to run your own private electrum server somewhere, which of course requires its own full node running under the electrum server software and another large database on top of it.

This is a very reasonable solution for running a wallet on a portable machine which you tether to a more "solid" base for blockchain information. The thing is running electrum the right way involves having a full node somewhere.
4  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Did pools scare Satoshi away? on: January 13, 2015, 05:25:42 AM
Satoshi went most of his BTC history not knowing if GPU mining would ever be. And not he never implemented his ideas of which there were many that counted on no GPU mining.

Satoshi knew pool mining was coming just like he knew gpu mining was coming. Back when I was mining with my laptop, the tiny bitcoin mining world was about to shrink to include only those willing to buy gpu's. Satoshi saw that as bad because it would mean that it would take longer for a large number of people to obtain bitcoin. There was a gentlemen's agreement to delay gpu mining.

I think coming up with a way to break blocks up so that 250 computers could mine 1/250th of a block while maintaining hash power in the network would help solve the pooling/central hashing issues.

Following Dr. Goss is one of the fastest ways noobs in BTC historically can lose coins.
5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Fork off on: January 13, 2015, 05:19:13 AM
I will vote with MP and tvbcof. I don't think the new fork will be economical to mine or use.
6  Local / Discutii Servicii / Re: NOTIFICARE IMPORTANTĂ: vă rugăm să va retrageți toate fondurile din BTCXchange on: December 16, 2014, 09:07:12 AM
Mariti-i salariul.
Putem face o petitie sa strangem fonduri pentru salariul lui. Eu sunt dispus sa donez. Odata cu btcXchange se va duce si bitcoinul de la noi din Romania. Sad

A fost Ón curs de desfășurare la această chestiune?Surpriza acum Ón timpul sezonului de Krampus?
7  Other / Meta / Re: i forwarded this site and part of it to the feds email so i hope they look into on: December 14, 2014, 10:13:37 PM
It is almost certain the feds already read this site. It is also established that Theymos is voluntarily cooperative with certain kinds of law enforcement queries and can be compelled to cooperate in others.

You need to go further back than that
One of the presumptions as to why satoshi left was because Gavin was meeting with the CIA on Bitcoin so the OP is only a few years late to the punch lol.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=113609.0

Sure, but now the watch the little people.
8  Other / Meta / Re: i forwarded this site and part of it to the feds email so i hope they look into on: December 13, 2014, 04:13:54 AM
It is almost certain the feds already read this site. It is also established that Theymos is voluntarily cooperative with certain kinds of law enforcement queries and can be compelled to cooperate in others.
9  Other / Meta / Re: DPR subpoena on: December 03, 2014, 07:37:13 AM
And just why the hell are you disclosing something of this nature?  Not that I condone or know what DPR did, but working in close proximity to lawyers for most of the day, I have a lay understanding that you probably shouldn't be openly disclosing this type of thing to anyone, let alone on the internet.

I'd say it sets a good precedent.  It's nice to know when justice is happening, even if we don't know why in this case.

Even though this is a private forum, it still has to obey laws.  I find that comforting.

This is an abominable precedent. When the subpoena arrives, the subpoena should go up. Not to mention that this thread was born well after the prosecution's discovery should have been submitted to the defense in the Ulbricht case.

Maybe this is the first time Theymos experienced a formal subpoena, but I have trouble believing that this is the first time he experienced a law enforcement inquiry. Especially considering the FBI and Treasury Department showed up at my front door because I used DBordello's BTCPak service way back in the day, Per: http://www.thedrinkingrecord.com/2014/08/25/a-law-enforcement-encounter-if-you-ran-a-bitcoin-related-service-before-the-thing-hit-100-you-prolly-ought-to-be-somewhat-concerned-andor-prepared/

Whatever DPR or Ulbricht or the Alleged suspect did, the rule of Just law is paramount and people in the position to disclose requests for this information ought to disclose these requests as they are received. Sure, running or patronizing a darknet drug market is one of the stupidest things a Bitcoin user could do, but it is also very shitty for a trusted member of the community running a venue to just go "Hey I got a subpoena" without offer its contents.

GPG signed version of this post: http://www.thedrinkingrecord.com/2014/12/03/for-posterity/
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: 2014 Proof of Honor (POH) Awards - Official Voting begins December 1st (12/1)! on: November 25, 2014, 09:30:41 PM
I nominate Mircea Popescu of MPEx and Trilema http://www.mpex.co/ http://trilema.com/2014/venetian-republic-and-find-spiritual-music/
11  Other / Meta / Re: 2 missing users on: November 21, 2014, 02:06:20 PM
Also there's the chance they've moved on from this forum. This place is... noisier than it used to be.
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [RECAP] Solidcoin's to-date History on: November 18, 2014, 05:09:34 PM
Oh, history thread and all of the ways RealSolid continues to milk the stupid for drama and profit three years later.
13  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2014-11-3 Qntra.net "Court Order: BFL to transfer Bitcoins to Court" on: November 04, 2014, 05:27:26 AM

THIS IS BAD!

Does the court know much about bitcoin technology? How does the court hold the receiver responsible for "bitcoin theft"  Wink (uknowwhatimean).

Stupid judge should assign some expert bitcoiners to setup multisig. Giving the receiver full control of those coins = says good bye to them already.


It's something. I just wonder how much is going to be left for BFL victims after the receiver hires all of the help they are authorized to.
14  Bitcoin / Press / 2014-11-3 Qntra.net "Court Order: BFL to transfer Bitcoins to Court" on: November 04, 2014, 04:23:20 AM
This judgment also gives the receiver authorization to convert the Bitcoin to dollars.
15  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Best Bitcoin Dice Game on: September 03, 2014, 06:54:50 AM
If this vote is still active please consider adding Direct Dice. Thank you.


OP hasn't logged in back since last December.
I don't think the poll is still active and I don't think OP will come back to update it.

And secondly, if OP was still active, JD would've been removed from the poll.

What really happened to JD? It was sudden. Anyone from here if they settled all their payments and debts before they close the site?

It appears Canadian tax laws changed suddenly.
16  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Running a full node is starting to be a pain on: September 03, 2014, 12:26:52 AM
Someone downloading the blockchain shouldn't make your computer unresponsive.  If you don't have enough upstream bandwidth, it could make your internet really slow.

If you really want to run one, just use something like this:

https://vpsdime.com/cart.php?a=add&pid=41

6GB RAM
30GB SSD space
4 vCPU cores
2TB traffic
10Gbps uplink
1x IPv4
OpenVZ/Custom
$7/month

... wouldn't do the annual billing tho, since 30GB won't be enough for a year.

Another option is getting a decent refurbished desktop box with a reasonably modern processor and acceptable amount of RAM (~4GB should be fine). With that you can toss some linux or BSD on it and run bitcoind with the full transaction index and set yourself up a private electrum server.

The box will cost ~$150 to $200. For a bit more you can get a massive hard drive or an SSD to  stick in it.

What this option gives you is a way to move the heavy lifting of handling the blockchain off of the box you interact with everyday while giving you a similar privacy benefit to running a full bitcoin node on it... As long as you set up electrum on you client machines to exclusively use your private bitcoin node/electrum server. You also won't have to worry about constantly worrying about overpaying for or exhausting your storage space as you would have to on a VPS.
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: BTC wallet for chrome os on: September 03, 2014, 12:08:28 AM
I'm considering buying chromebook (hopefully with bitcoins) is there any bitcoin wallet for chrome os?
Has anyone any experience with that system? Would you recommend it?

You best option is probably not buying a chromebook if it is going to be you only computer.
18  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Watch out for GawMiners, ZenCloud, ZenMiner.. PONZI Scheme! on: August 29, 2014, 08:08:57 PM
This guy has many accounts here and this is not his first thread about GAW.

First he came here and made a thread where he called gaw a scam, but deleted it when asked for a proof. He said he'll get proof and come back. He then made a new account and started to promote his own mining operation saying it's bigger, better and more real than GAWs. This is his third attepmt.

Before you start dancing to his music just take a look how old his account is and what his posts are about.
He just registered here and wrote 21 posts in 2 days, all about how bad GAW is, if you think this is just a simple scam accusation, think again Wink

I don't about this poster or the credibility of his specific claims. The Hashlet specifically though seems incredibly questionable.
19  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Watch out for GawMiners, ZenCloud, ZenMiner.. PONZI Scheme! on: August 29, 2014, 03:28:14 AM
The GAW clusterfuck reminds me of NeoBee. A lot of Marketing and a minimum of details.
20  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: BitBet Stole ~$7,000 from me (10 BTC) on: August 25, 2014, 12:29:14 PM
Anybody else get problem from this site? This BitBet.Us still operating normal, right?

Still operating, taking and paying out bets as they always have. http://bitbet.us/

They also still operate exactly on the terms they lay out, which makes it a pretty nice place if you're actually interested in bets.
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