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1  Bitcoin / Wallet software / Re: Ballet wallets on: February 16, 2023, 11:32:42 AM
It is made of stainless steel.
I am no physicist but I just slapped a magnet onto my dogecoin Ballet and it did not stick.  Some stainless steel grades are magnetic and some aren't, I do know that but I thought it was aluminum.  Ahem.  I tried my best to bend the thing and could not without using excessive force so I guess you're right. 

The Ballet line of wallets are attractive I think, as is the packaging.  But when you're actually going to use a hardware wallet or just a slab of metal like the one sitting next to me it all comes down to the trust you have in the manufacturer since they're providing the private keys.  As far as I know Ballet has never been linked to any scam report, but still.  These are better as collectibles if that's your thing, and I would never feel comfortable storing a lot of funds on a Ballet.

They've been around for a few years AFAIK, yet there's never much discussion about them that I've seen.  Does anyone collect them?
2  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Stay away from crypto influencers on: January 25, 2023, 01:00:36 PM
90% of those YouTubers are doing this for the money but...
It's more than that in my opinion.  Even the GPU mining youtubers probably were earning more money through YT itself as well as sponsors and whatever else than they were by mining.  It's funny to see ones like Voskcoin and others try to keep their channels relevant now that nothing is profitable, because some of them have zero speaking skills and no interesting content to create anymore.

Bitboy crypto is the worst, tho.  You look at him and see how many followers he has and that should tell you how so many people got scammed by FTX, which no one should have kept coins on in the first place.
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: What will be the next crypto craze? on: January 23, 2023, 11:50:37 AM
I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Proof of stake coins have always been ignored and underrated.  In the early years when there were ones like Navcoin, GRC, Pink, PIVX, and the like.  There were no validators or delegators, and earning a passive income was as easy as owning some coins and keeping the wallet open.

In the present day the structure of staking coins has changed dramatically, and they've become way more centralized.  That doesn't mean there aren't some good ones on the market because there are and I think once people start looking to get what amounts to a dividend on the crypto they hold, i.e. passive income, that whole sector is going to explode.

Cosmos anyone?  Polkadot?  Tezos?  Take a good look at what they're trading at right now and tell me now isn't the right time to buy.
4  Economy / Games and rounds / Re: Win c.$50 on Free Lottery#1 JollyGood-Ratimov-Utopia: Fury vs Usyk on: January 23, 2023, 11:41:54 AM
I am feeling this one like a broken knee.


Thank you, JG!
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Ethereum POW - ETHW on: October 06, 2022, 04:00:59 AM
There's no reason for ethw to enter into the top ranking.
Nope.  None whatsoever.  The way I see it, it's pure opportunism on the part of whoever *developed* ETHW, and the asterisks around that word are because there wasn't any development at all; ETHW is just a clone, and in case nobody noticed or forgot, we have this little old coin called ETC.  Miners can still mine that one, though right now it's not profitable.  But in terms of functionality since ETC exists there's no reason for ETHW to.

Don't lose hope, GPU miners!  Everything is looking bleak right now, but we're still in an adjustment phase after ETH switched to POS, and nobody knows where they should put their hash power at or if they should simply put all those expensive graphics cards back in the bubble wrap.  Something is going to come along and make it possible to turn a profit, whether it's with a 4GB or 6+GB card.  I couldn't say when that something is going to arrive, but I've got faith that it will.
6  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] MeowCoin [MEWC] PoW GPU Mining on: October 05, 2022, 11:11:36 AM
If your wallet is having trouble syncing add these nodes to your** meowcoin.conf**

You can access the config file through the Wallet: Wallet Tab (Top) > Options  > Open Wallet Configuration File
Somehow I finally got the wallet to fully sync before I saw your reply, but thank you for being prompt with the assistance.  I've opened and closed the wallet a few times since then and there've been no more hiccups.

I really do hope MEWC lasts, because for whatever reason I have grown fond of it.  Perhaps it's my fancy for the feline species, perhaps because the DAG size doesn't make my 1050Ti crap out like Ravencoin does.  Regardless, most new altcoins show promise and enthusiasm in the beginning and then begin the long, slow decline to obscurity.  May MeowCoin not suffer that fate.
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] MeowCoin [MEWC] PoW GPU Mining on: October 04, 2022, 09:18:36 AM
If you check under donations section you will find all the relevant information on our donations. So far we’ve donated $3200 worth of crypto to animal shelters. Since they don’t take MEWC we do otc deals with people to acquire BTC/LTC to send the animal shelters.
OK, I guess I missed that somehow so my mistake.  

I wouldn't say that's a small amount at all, because one of the reasons I'm posting in this thread is because I work in the animal care field and know how underfunded a lot of nonprofit shelters and so forth are.  The cost of pet food just keeps on going up, and all of those kitties and other animals have to eat, and that's just part of the cost of taking care of them.

Sincerely I wish you good fortune with this project.  In support I've thrown some hashing power at MEWC mining.

By the way, I'm having a very hard time getting the core wallet to sync.  The first time it got stuck on a particular block, and now after reinstalling it I can't get any connection to the network.  Any suggestions?
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] MeowCoin [MEWC] PoW GPU Mining on: October 03, 2022, 04:49:43 PM
This is from the "about" section of your site:

[We also intend to tokenize pets and animals on the Meowcoin blockchain. This information is important to the animals ongoing wellbeing. Tokenizing adoption will also provide this information at the time of purchase and allows future pet owners (should that occur) to be
aware of the pet's relevant information without needing to check with previous owners or vets.

The problem with that is nearly the same with using blockchain tech for anything having to do with medicine or medical records.  If it's a public blockchain, how are you supposed to enforce patient/client confidentiality?  And think about it.  The ICO bubble came and went, and out of all the projects that claimed to be doing different things, nothing useful ever stuck in the world of either human or veterinary medicine, and for good reason.

The donation part of this does look appealing to me, but it isn't clear from what's on your website who the MEWC is going to be donated to.  There's also the obvious issue of the amounts being so small simply because of the price of the coin that there's not going to be enough to make any sort of difference.
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: What exactly was the Ethereum Merge? on: October 01, 2022, 09:03:09 AM
What was the merge?  Quite simple, it was the most profound display of centralization a cryptocurrency could ever achieve.  While lesser tokens might have made the switch from POW to POS with little to no fanfare, the Ethereum merge caught the attention of the entire GPU mining community, all the ETH investors or traders, and even the media.

It was a showcase of centralization because the whole world got to see what happens to a crypto when the very wealthy and/or influential holders of that crypto decide to make radical changes.  It was bombastic and unholy.

Those GPU miners never cared for Ethereum, by the way.  I don't believe I ever heard a YT mining channel like RPM, Voskcoin, son of a tech, and that bunch talk about how valuable ethereum is as a coin.  Dollars to donuts they either mined to an exchange or used an auto switcher like 2miners.
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Worried about Moreno on: September 05, 2022, 10:29:28 PM
I'd like to see what comes of any attempt to regulate or even ban privacy coins.  Maybe some people would be scared away if laws were passed, but good coins like XMR will still thrive by those whose passions are crypto and privacy, and they'll do so knowing there's not a damn thing any gov't can do to shut down XMR's blockchain.

I have no pretenses about having expertise in cyber surveillance, but from what I've heard of Monero it would be very hard if not impossible to trace transactions.  That's all worry about what might happen.  We'll see what actually happens.

Alternatives?  I wouldn't bother, honestly.  Look at coins like PIVX or Firo and you'll see that there's a much higher degree of centralization because of features XMR doesn't have, e.g. masternodes or staking, the existence of a DAO, etc.  I've listened to that guy Reuben talk about Firo as though he's the CEO of the coin.  Any time you have a coin where there's any voting involved, watch out.
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: what you think of this altcoin for 2025 on: September 01, 2022, 06:42:34 PM
But Zil is one of the top altcoins in the rankings that you probably have considered because of its status. With its good position that we have right now, there's no one that can assure what will be its position for the next 4 years.
The only reason ZIL is in what you call a good position on CMC or coingecko is that there are like 16.5 billion coins in circulation and one coin happens to have a relatively high price given how much supply there is.  I think the reason why ZIl hasn't fallen to the price of something like Raptoreum which also has a max supply of 21 billion is because it's possible to stake it.

Last I looked, the return was decent using atomic wallet although the structure of locking/unlocking your coins and the fees you incur in doing so is just goddamn annoying.

I agree with all the other brainlets here that hodling onto a shitcoin for a long time usually isn't a solid plan, but ZIl might be one of the exceptions.  There have been many of those since the floodgates opened years ago.
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Can a corrupt team cook a blockchain? on: September 01, 2022, 10:01:18 AM
Forgive me for bumping this thread, but doing so is way easier than starting a new one when everything I wanted to mention is here.  Including the following post:

I stake about 12 coins (Neblio, Mintcoin, Noblecoin, CompoundCoin, VersionCoin, TruckCoin, HoboNickels, Stronghands, Mintcoin, Elite (was 1337), InflationCoin, Bottlecaps, Stackbit,  BitcoinTalkCoin, Stackbit, RAIN, OverpoweredCoin, and Proof of Stake coin), and these kinds of wallet maintenance tasks sometimes have to be put off until I have time, which I haven't had the last few days.  I'll post to the thread when I do it.  This kind of thing has gone on about 6 times in the last year for this coin.  

Considering that GPU mining will probably come grinding to a halt when ETH transitions to a female version of itself, I cannot help but think that proof of stake coins will gain significant popularity as well.  Some of those coins above, wow.  I don't think I've ever heard of half of them, and was there actually a bitcointalkcoin?

I would be remiss if I did not pat on the head those who recommended coins like DOT, ATOM, and the big ones that are thriving in the present year.  Whatever those losers are or were in the post above probably don't even exist anymore.
13  Economy / Speculation / Re: $1.9 trillion stimulus passes senate on: March 08, 2021, 03:02:25 PM
With a stimulus bill this high, I have no doubt at least a few recipients of those checks are going to be buying bitcoin and probably overpriced GPU's to mine ETH with as well.  Nobody that I know of is starving in the states, so it isn't as though most people need that money just to eat.  There is going to be a lot of purchasing of nonessential goods and services and bitcoin is going to be just one of those things.

I can't say I'm ecstatic about the bill even though it would benefit me personally.  Handing out this much money is going to put the country further into debt and contribute to inflation directly by pumping more money into people's hands.  That's sure to drive up prices of everything.  Let's hope bitcoin is one of those things that gets inflated.  Nobody around here would mind that much I'm sure.
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: this eth congestion sucks almost 5 hours on: February 23, 2021, 02:38:15 PM
That was a new norm in the Ethereum Network nowadays and this problem will not stop until Ethereum 2.0 development is not yet fully implemented the Ethereum Network Congestion resulted in very expensive gas fees that affecting us small-time Ethereum Network users nevermind those whales they can take care of themselves. IMO, the only temporary solution is to migrate in BSC or in the Tron Network in the meantime until this problem persists in Ethereum Network. 
Yeah, luckily there are other coins that can perform much the same function that ETH does and TRX is just one of them.  NEO is another and there are probably a dozen that I'm unable to recall since I don't own any of them.  This is the first time I've heard of the ETH network being congested.  Usually it's bitcoin's network that gets bogged down to the point of unusability, not ETH.  I don't know what's going on, but it probably has something to do with all of the speculation that's been going on for the past couple of months.

Hopefully this will all rectify itself with time, and hopefully sooner rather than later.
15  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: DOGE To The Moon on: January 29, 2021, 03:38:39 PM
The only thing I can say is that I wish I still had all the doge I used to have.  That's true for bitcoin and some other alts too, but damn.

Lots of pumping and dumping going on in the last few days, but I don't think the price spikes are sustainable.  Now's the time to be selling if you ask me.
16  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Re: What altcoins will do best in 2021? on: January 24, 2021, 05:41:12 PM
Topics pop up about this every day and I suggest you follow them.
Every day, multiple times a day in multiple sections.  There's no need for this one TBH.

Not that I can predict which alts are going to give the best bang for the buck, I'm sticking with proof of stake coins in 2021 (and BTC of course).  I've always thought POS coins have been overlooked, and that's surprised me.  They offer an opportunity to earn passive income, which is what everyone seems to want. 

As for picks, I'm going with Neo, PIVX, Curecoin (because of the folding at home project), and Gridcoin (for the same reason).  Can't really afford to own a lot of different coins right now, though there are some really good ones out there.
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Random thoughts on future Bitcoin supply on: January 24, 2021, 03:59:12 AM
It is inevitable, circulating bitcoin supply will be 0, in the far distant future.
Who knows if bitcoin would even exist anyway 'in the far distant future'.  There could be something that comes along that will make bitcoin obsolete well before all the coins are lost due to death and not transferring the private keys to any survivors.

You couldn't exactly call me crypto rich, but I keep every coin I have in a hardware wallet, and the seed phrase is written down and stored away securely.  If I should die unexpectedly, anyone going through my personal effects would be able to *hopefully* interpret what they're seeing and gain access to my coins.  What I haven't done is tell anyone specific what to look for, and that's something I should probably do.  I'm relatively young and don't expect to die suddenly, but you never know.
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: Where were you? on: January 24, 2021, 01:43:17 AM
I'm not buying ETH at these prices, but I have started mining it a little bit with a nice GPU that I just got.

What you're describing OP is typical in a lot of markets, however.  Nobody wants to buy X when X is near its all time low, and then all of a sudden when its at its all time high, everyone wants in and it's like panic at the disco with people elbowing each other trying to get buy orders in and filled.  And so it is with ETH at the moment.

It's a fantastic coin, don't misunderstand me, but the time to be loading up on it was precisely when it was going for $150 and nobody wanted to touch it.  Investors are retarded and never learn when it comes to that.  You have to buy the air conditioner in the winter when they're on sale, not in the summer when everyone is trying to stay cool.
19  Economy / Speculation / Re: Bitcoin can hit $50k? on: January 24, 2021, 01:25:21 AM
Somehow I have a sneaking suspicion that bitcoin's going to get to $50k at some point in 2021.  Just seeing myself type out those words is quite strange, because I had figured coronavirus would have cooled off the market for at least two years, and yet here we are with bitcoin still above $30k just taking a little break from the action.

It'll be even more likely if the states and other countries continue to get stimulus money, since I think a lot of the recipients of those funds are using them to gamble or invest or save for a rainy day rather than using it to buy food and that kind of thing.  From what I hear, the US at the very least is in for another round of stimulus money, so it'll be interesting to see if my prediction comes true or not.
20  Economy / Services / Re: [FULL] ChipMixer Signature Campaign | Sr Member+ | Up to 0.0375 BTC/w on: January 11, 2021, 10:21:55 PM
This isn't my boxing match, but why should Chipmixer campaigners get a reduction in payment?  They're for the most part the cream of the crop as far as bitcointalk members go, and sometimes you have to reward talent with a higher than normal compensation. 

Besides, bitcoin is down from its ATH significantly and if I had to wager a guess I would say that Chipmixer can well afford to keep the campaign going just as it is.
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