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221  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: BitBrew, or how Bitcoin merchants can improve their customer experience. on: November 06, 2013, 10:50:57 PM
Thanks for the constructive criticism, thelsdj. Some of your issues are no surprise and should have been addressed before now; for that, I sincerely apologize.

I hope to be able to improve the BitBrew experience soon, time permitting.
222  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: announcement: the international "when-bitcoin-reaches 1000,- $ party" on: November 06, 2013, 01:47:17 PM
Don't jump the gun only ask for ticket money after we hit $1000, and then start planning - we are in the ideation stage now, so all ideas need to be voiced.

For escrow services maybe ask around in the market threads. 

+1. I still think we may be too early for this. Even with the recent price run-up.

I agree. It could still be a few years before we hit $1000/BTC.


Do we even know anyone *coughbitcoin100* who is trustworthy enough to hold other people's money *coughforumtreasurerfor750btc* or is able to manage money for others *coughaccountingandfinanceforamsterdamconference*?

I trust Rassah but I won't be sending any BTC for this until a well known exchange records at least one trade at $1000/BTC.
223  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Computer Scientists Prove God Exists on: November 05, 2013, 01:12:05 PM
So did those computer scientists prove the Christian god, or Osirus, or Zeus or Allah or Ahura Mazda, or Krisna or what?
None of them. they only proofed that there exists a superior being. They did not even make the proof, that was Gödel who did that, they only checked it for correctness.

Actually, they didn't even do that. All they did was "formalize" it in a way that could be read by a computer and then let a Macbook "prove" it.
224  Other / Off-topic / Re: Anonymous Mail Service on: November 05, 2013, 02:54:01 AM
Okay, I've been giving this some thought over the last few days and think I may have a workable solution.

Please prepare for another wall of text.

Using a network and protocol similar to Bitcoin, I believe it is possible to have a (somewhat) decentralized, anonymous, transparent and open mail service. (DATOM)

Essentially, DATOM would be built on top of an alt-coin which creates "coins" that represent packages in different states. DATOM coins won't have any value in and of themselves, they will only be traded between DATOM Hubs, senders and recipients, created when package transactions are initiated and discarded once the package reaches its final destination. Anyone will be able to act as a node but there won't be any incentive built in, so, realistically, only Hubs (and possibly some related services) would find it useful to support the network.

Here's how I imagine it might work:

R buys a t-shirt from S online. R agrees to pay shipping from DATOM Hub 1 to DATOM Hub 2.
R generates a public key representing package "SHIRT", the package origin (Hub 1) and the package destination (Hub 2). This key is the "coin" of the DATOM network and, as such, can be generated by R himself if he happens to be running the client, but will more likely be generated by one of the Hubs offering this as a service to their customers. A corresponding private key is generated as well that R will keep private until he needs to present it as proof of ownership of package "SHIRT".
R then logs onto the website belonging to Hub 1, calculating and paying for shipping from Hub 1 to Hub 2. Each Hub will determine their own prices based on size, weight and rates charged by the drivers they utilize.
R sends the QR code representing public key of package "SHIRT" to S, along with the receipt of payment to Hub 1.

S prints out the QR code and affixes it to the package, which he has ready for shipping. S doesn't live near Hub 1, however. S is obfuscating his location. S follows the same steps R did but the originating location will be his local Hub, Hub 3 and the destination Hub will be Hub 1.
S re-packages the shirt inside an outer layer and affixes the appropriate label, including the new QR code.
S drives over to Hub 3 and drops off the package. Before S leaves Hub 3, he pulls out his smartphone and visits a site similar to blockchain.info designed for the DATOM network. After a few seconds, he can see that Hub 3 has scanned the package and broadcast to the network the fact that his packge "ONION" is ready for pickup by a driver headed to Hub 1.

Alice is a freelance driver registered with Hub 3. She picks up all the packages destined for Hub 1 after having her Driver Badge scanned by the operator of Hub 3. Hub 3 broadcasts over the DATOM network that package "ONION" is now en route to Hub 1.

Several hours later, Alice arrives at Hub 1 and waits while the Hub operator scans the incoming packages and broadcasts that they have arrived over the DATOM network. Alice stretches her legs and drinks a cup of coffee while she waits for Hub 3 to acknowledge the deliveries and sends payment to her BTC address.

S has been waiting for the arrival status of package "ONION" to be broadcast. He now contacts Hub 1 with the private key that corresponds to package "ONION" proving ownership and gives instructions to open the package and scan the next code which indicates it is now package "SHIRT" and payment has already been tendered.

Package "SHIRT" follows a similar journey as package "ONION", culminating in its arrival at Hub 2. R receives a text via the service he is subscribed to indicating his package "SHIRT" is ready for pickup.

But R doesn't live near Hub 2! R also wishes to keep his home city from S, so he contacts Hub 2, provides the private key to prove ownership, and instructions and payment to send the package "FINAL" on to Hub 4. The Hub 2 operator prints out a new shipping label and slaps it over the old.

One last time, the package is picked up by a driver, delivered to Hub 4 and, when it arrives, its status is broadcast over the DATOM network so that R may retrieve it.

Incidentally, R would not be able to tell the difference if S simply held on to the package for 24 hours before dropping it off at Hub 1 and vice versa.
225  Economy / Currency exchange / Re: I want to buy your bitcoin for my PPUSD on: November 03, 2013, 07:48:24 PM
Sending PM.
226  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: BitcoinFriday2013 - Let's spent those hoarded bitcoins! on: November 02, 2013, 12:18:42 AM
http://bitcoinfriday2013.com/merchants.html

Merchants can now sign up with their deals!

We've also changed the date to November 29th.

Wait, what?

Bitcoin Friday is now on Black Friday?
227  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Computer Scientists Prove God Exists on: November 01, 2013, 11:22:18 PM
It's pretty simple when you think (or don't) about it.  If you can imagine something, it exists because you have connected to that reality where it does.  We are multidimensional beings, thoughts are other dimensions, other realities that we connect to.  If you can think of an all powerful conscious being, it surely exists.

What if I imagine a universe that operates according to physical laws without any sort of god or supernatural beings?
228  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: announcement: the international "when-bitcoin-reaches 1000,- $ party" on: November 01, 2013, 11:11:19 PM

Thanks, molecular.

Although Dubai may be a good place for the Bitcoin=$10,000 party.  Wink
229  Bitcoin / Meetups / Re: announcement: the international "when-bitcoin-reaches 1000,- $ party" on: November 01, 2013, 09:56:02 PM
dabei!

Do you mean Dubai?
230  Economy / Gambling / Re: SealsWithClubs.eu | Largest Bitcoin Poker Site | No Banking | Fast Cashouts on: November 01, 2013, 05:55:35 PM
Yikes...

I can confirm the shit was extremely laggy for me up until about ~20 minutes ago.



seems normal for me now.

Ditto.
231  Economy / Economics / Re: Wouldn't all the bitcoin eventually become unreachable on: October 31, 2013, 06:05:31 PM
In the "Distribution of wealth by owner" thread, it has been determined that there are about 11.5M coins in circulation (of 11.9M showing on Bitcoin Charts) meaning that about 4% of coins are lost.


But how can you say if the Bitcoins are lost or just stored in cold paper wallet  Huh

You can't, which makes these types of discussions moot.
232  Economy / Economics / Re: Wouldn't all the bitcoin eventually become unreachable on: October 29, 2013, 09:29:36 PM
This has been brought up countless times.

This is a very "real" fear and there are many cases already with this like the one posted 15 mins ago at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=321054

https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/FAQ#Won.27t_loss_of_wallets_and_the_finite_amount_of_Bitcoins_create_excessive_deflation.2C_destroying_Bitcoin.3F describes this as well:

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Also, Bitcoin users are faced with a danger that doesn't threaten users of any other currency: if a Bitcoin user loses his wallet, his money is gone forever, unless he finds it again. And not just to him; it's gone completely out of circulation, rendered utterly inaccessible to anyone. As people will lose their wallets, the total number of Bitcoins will slowly decrease.

I wonder why you didn't quote this part:
 
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In fact, infinite divisibility should allow Bitcoins to function in cases of extreme wallet loss. Even if, in the far future, so many people have lost their wallets that only a single Bitcoin, or a fraction of one, remains, Bitcoin should continue to function just fine. No one can claim to be sure what is going to happen, but deflation may prove to present a smaller threat than many expect.
233  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Origin of the Human DNA on: October 29, 2013, 07:41:11 PM
How would the bird evolve wings (and probably feathers first) provided that their rudiments would be a burden for those mutated species and would decrease their ability to survive. How would the bird "know" to continue to evolve wings until the point it can actually fly and take advantage of that?

Birds wouldn't evolve wings if they decreased their ability to survive. Birds (or proto-birds) don't need to "know" anything.

Riddle me this: If wings that couldn't provide flight weren't advantageous, why do we have so many species of flightless birds?

Then why don't we see those flightless birds to eventually get rid of the wings completely in the process of evolution? Why doesn't evolution optimize for that?

Evolution doesn't have any "optimal" designs that it's aiming for. The only thing that's required for a trait to be passed down to future generations is...future generations.

If a mutant survives long enough to reproduce, it has succeeded, evolutionarily speaking. As long as ostriches continue to have baby ostriches, the ostrich genotype will survive. If a mutant ostrich without any wings somehow manages to utilize its mutation to its advantage and passes it down to its offspring, you may eventually see birds without wings.



I wonder how birds teach their "chicken" to fly?
Consider the first capable-of-flight bird has everything in place for a flight and we can imagine that she learned to fly by an accident. But how do then other birds start to fly? Do they all learn it by accident? Can they pass their knowledge and experience to other generations genetically?

Flight doesn't "just happen" one day to one member of one species.

Here's a pretty good read covering just this topic: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/vertebrates/flight/evolve.html



Also why don't we see more random species, that the evolution must have produced, like animals with 5 legs, 2 heads or 3 wings, some really random messy stuff like that? Yes, they would have died out, but nonetheless those "random mutations" must have produced a lot of those things, yet we only see the result of what I would call a "guided mutation".

Species don't mutate, individual members of species do and you do see lots of them. Try googling "five legged dog."
234  Bitcoin / Mining / Re: Mining on another planet. Possible? on: October 29, 2013, 07:09:16 PM
Mining Bitcoin on Mars is totally infeasible, as almost all blocks mined on Mars will be orphaned by the time they reach Earth. I have talked about a solution before:

Each planet will have its own locally-mined cryptocurrency (Marscoin, etc), which each have a floating exchange rate to the original Earth-based Bitcoin. Marscoins and bitcoins can be directly traded for each other in order to settle interplanetary trade balances, the only issue is the speed-of-light delay for confirmations (which is unavoidable no matter what). Naturally Bitcoin can't be mined on Mars and Marscoin can't be mined on Earth, but that's not important.


Depends on Bitcoin hashing speed on Mars, if you have more Bitcoin hashing speed on Mars, Earth Bitcoin miners will not mine much  Sad

True, whichever planet has the largest hashing power will eventually dominate. Regardless of who "wins", it's not good for Bitcoin as interplanetary currency. Only if the communication delay is negligible compared to the average block-time, will it interplanetary mining be feasible. A coin with a 24hr block-time can be mined on Earth and Mars just fine (assuming a network connection can be established of course).

Using bitcoins as interplanetary currency has been discussed here before, several times.

The only method that makes sense to me is for each planet to have their own version. Travelling from earth to Mars? Sign in to your local exchange before you go and trade some bitcoins for Marscoins. Mining bitcoins would only work for earthlings and mining Marscoins would only work for Martians.
235  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Origin of the Human DNA on: October 29, 2013, 07:02:28 PM
I think it's called "irreducible complexity" if I remember correctly and there are other examples of it.

Creationists love to cite examples of so-called irreducible complexity...until the complexity is reduced by an evolutionary biologist.

I have yet to see an example of "irreducible complexity" that makes any kind of sense.
236  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: BOUNTY ~ Bruno's Micro Pizzeria seeks Logo on: October 29, 2013, 06:58:38 PM
what an ignorant, profound waste of time.

its like, "hey i'm smart as fuck. look how stupid i can be in the name of science."




My favorite so far...but Santa's hat is upside down.
237  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Origin of the Human DNA on: October 29, 2013, 06:51:42 PM
How would the bird evolve wings (and probably feathers first) provided that their rudiments would be a burden for those mutated species and would decrease their ability to survive. How would the bird "know" to continue to evolve wings until the point it can actually fly and take advantage of that?

Birds wouldn't evolve wings if they decreased their ability to survive. Birds (or proto-birds) don't need to "know" anything.

Riddle me this: If wings that couldn't provide flight weren't advantageous, why do we have so many species of flightless birds?
238  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Origin of the Human DNA on: October 29, 2013, 12:31:54 PM
What is the name of that fundamental force that pushes simple elements into the shape and interaction of the DNA structure?

Evolution.

Countless variations and permutations amino acids came into being and faded away until one worked: "the shape and interaction of the DNA structure".



I guess somebody could calculate the likelihood of such machines being assembled without conscious help.
Why? There was no time limit. The universe existed for billions of years before life evolved on earth. It doesn't seem unreasonable to me that the right combination of circumstances needed for life to develop occurred during within that time frame.

Even if you do believe that ten billion years isn't long enough, consider that this might not be the first incarnation of the universe. Perhaps the universe cycled through several Big Bangs and Big Crunches, existing empty and lifeless before we came along.
239  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Origin of the Human DNA on: October 28, 2013, 10:08:06 PM
Does God could have created human through evolution?

If you believe evolution is a logical, natural process of certain genetic mutations flourishing due to their suitability in a given environment, why would you need a god to guide it?

i.e. Satoshi wrote a bunch a mathematical rules and laws that happen to "evolve" just as it is supposed to be (for now on).
So why not a God could not have created a bunch of mathematical rules and laws that make things evolved over time just as it is supposed to be.

The analogy isn't the best, but I understand what you mean.

The problem is, you are asking a hypothetical question that cannot possibly be answered with any amount of certainty. What's the point of asking? Couldn't the physical laws of the universe be the result of a omnipotent flying spaghetti monster having one too many beers and sparking the Big Bang on a lark? There's just as much evidence supporting either scenario.
240  Other / Politics & Society / Re: The Origin of the Human DNA on: October 28, 2013, 09:47:34 PM
Does God could have created human through evolution?

If you believe evolution is a logical, natural process of certain genetic mutations flourishing due to their suitability in a given environment, why would you need a god to guide it?
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